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After all the speculation and rumors, in less than a week from now Microsoft will officially unveil its next generation Xbox game console. The Xbox 720 (codenamed Durango), or whatever it ends up being called, will be introduced via a live stream on May 21, 2013 at 10 AM PDT (that's 1 PM for folks on the East coast) on Xbox Live, Xbox.com, and Spike TV, giving you plenty of viewing options, provided you can steal some time away from work. Microsoft set up a special online hub teasing the upcoming reveal and is encouraging users to "join the conversation" on Twitter. That should be an easy sell,... Read more...
Bethesda Softworks is prepping a new title in the Wolfenstein series that pits the franchise's hero, B.J. Blazkowicz, against an alternate-history version of the post World War II era in which the Nazis, not the Allies, were ultimately victorious. BJ, apparently on ice for more than a decade, awakens in this nightmare version of the future -- a nightmare that the trailer refers to as a "rewriting", implying that BJ, at least, is aware of what's happened. Some losses... are unthinkable Wolfenstein always delved heavily into the Nazi fascination with the occult; the last games in the series relied... Read more...
One of the most persistent and frustrating rumors about the upcoming Xbox from Microsoft is that the console would require an always-on Internet connection to play games. Such a move would severely damage the used games market for the Xbox 720 / Durango, and would prevent users with spotty connections or limited service from taking full advantage of the console. According to a leaked internal email sent to Ars Technica, the official word is that Durango categorically will NOT take this route. From that email: There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection,... Read more...
Microsoft has begun sending out invitations to members of the media for a press event at its Redmond campus in Washington. The event will kick off at 10:00 AM on May 21, 2013, at which point Microsoft is expected to announce its next generation Xbox game console, lest its invitation is grossly misleading. "On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com, Xbox Live, and broadcast... Read more...
Rumor has it--er, has had it--that the Xbox 720 “Durango”, which is potentially slated to debut in May, would have AMD silicon inside. A Bloomberg report further points to that rumor as being highly likely. Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg says that the Xbox 720 will run on an AMD “Jaguar” SoC, which means that the Xbox will shift from IBM’s Power PC technology to an x86 architecture. That’s great news for game developers, who previously had to deal with creating games for the PC and then retooling them for consoles. (Sony’s PlayStation 4 will also have... Read more...
Although some were expecting to see Microsoft debut a new Xbox system this month, it now appears that the company’s Xbox event will actually take place later. On “What the Tech”, Paul Thurrott said that the event scheduled for April 24th will actually occur on May 21st. (His Xbox musings begin around the 55-minute mark.) The next Xbox is codenamed “Durango”, and we’ve been privy to plenty of leaks concerning what it will feature. For one thing, it may require an always-on Internet connection, and it will probably ship with the next version of Kinect. It should... Read more...
Microsoft announced a new "Spring Bundle" for its Xbox 360 game console that will be available for a limited time and while supplies last. It replaces the Holiday Bundle, which you can still find online, and could be one of the last major bundles for the 7-year-old console, depending on when the Xbox 720 comes out and how aggressively Microsoft will want to promote its last generation hardware. First things first -- the Xbox 360 250GB Spring Value Bundle, as it's being called, ships with the latest version of the Xbox 360, a 250GB hard drive, wireless controller, headset, Darksiders II, Batman:... Read more...
At its New York City event earlier this week, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4. The device, which will be designed to compete with the next Xbox and Nintendo’s Wii U, includes a beefed up processor and a new GPU that the company says will deliver dramatically improved graphics in games. In fact, the console's GPU alone will be able to deliver almost 2 teraflops of compute performance. But perhaps the big story behind the event was that Sony didn’t even show off its hardware. Instead, the company talked about the many features its hardware will offer and focused on streaming. When... Read more...
The next-generation console ball is now in Microsoft's court. Nintendo is already moving full steam ahead with its Wii U console, which it released in November of last year, and earlier this week Sony formally introduced its upcoming PlayStation 4 console. That just leaves Microsoft as the odd man out among the three major console players. Maybe not for long. It was previously expected that Microsoft would unveil its Xbox 720 console at the E3 convention later this summer, as Redmond's been teasing, but the PS4 announcement reportedly lit a fire under Microsoft's feet. CVG claims to have spoken... Read more...
Just hours before Sony presumably takes the wraps off of its next-generation PlayStation, we're now faced with a fresh leak that details some of the more vital aspects of the next-generation Xbox. Every so often, we hit a period of rapid competition from console makers, and with the Wii U freshly in stores, it looks as if the rivals are now readying their final stretch as well. On the Microsoft front, the next-gen Xbox is surely in the pipelines, and we're inching closer and closer to a global release. With Kinect launched mid-cycle for the Xbox 360 (and going on to be remarkably successful), there's... Read more...
AMD has yet to make an official statement on this topic, but several unofficial remarks and leaks point in the same direction.  Contrary to rumor, there won't be a new GCN 2.0 GPU out this spring to head up the Radeon HD 8000 family. This breaks with a pattern AMD has followed for nearly six years. Starting with the HD 3000 family, which debuted in November 2007, each successive generation appeared 9-13 months later. The HD 4000 series debuted in June 2008, the HD 5000 products launched in September 2009, the HD 6000's in October 2010, and the HD 7000 family in January, 2011. By that calendar,... Read more...
Last year, an enterprising fellow with access to an Xbox Durango early development kit got himself into trouble by trying to sell it on Ebay. Now, the same mole has popped up with early data on the next-generation Xbox that confirms some rumors we've heard, shoots down a few others, and tosses in a new twist. The source in question is one SuperDaE, and he's passed accurate data to journalists at Kotaku before, accounting for the high profile behind these latest leaks. According to SuperDaE, the Xbox Durango will ship with a more capable version of Kinect. That's not particularly surprising, in... Read more...
For years, Sony's game division has been one of the major revenue earners at the beleaguered company; in 2011 gaming provided more operating income than any other division. That leg was rudely kicked out from under the company this past quarter; Sony's gaming revenue fell 17% while operating income dropped by 86%. Yearly sales for the PS2 and PS3 are now projected at 6.8 million units, down from the 7.4M devices the company moved in 2011. The really ugly story, however, is in handhelds. Sony counted all of its PlayStation Vita sales as part of 2012, but only expects to move seven million PSPs and... Read more...
Sony's next-generation PS4 unveil is just two weeks away, which means leaks concerning both it and Microsoft's next-generation Xbox Durango (sometimes referred to as the Xbox 720), are at an all-time high as well. Unfortunately, not all the news is good. Rumors continue to swirl that the next iteration of Xbox will lock out used games entirely and require a constant Internet connection. The used games angle is something we've covered before. New games would come with a one-time activation code to play. Use the code, and the game is locked to the particular console or Xbox Live account it's loaded... Read more...
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