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Normally, the question of whether a game runs better on the PC or a console is a no-brainer -- at least, for PC users. Watch Dogs, however, with its problematic PC play, challenges that concept. And since the gap between consoles and PCs is typically smallest at the beginning of the console generation, we decided to take the Xbox One out for a head-to-head comparison against the PC with this long-awaited title. What we've found may surprise you. Based on our results, and depending on just how much horsepower your PC has, the Xbox One might be the better option... Watch Dogs Graphics And Game Play:... Read more...
Normally, the question of whether a game runs better on the PC or a console is a no-brainer -- at least, for PC users.  Watch Dogs, however, with its problematic PC play, challenges that concept. And since the gap between consoles and PCs is typically smallest at the beginning of the console generation, we decided to take the Xbox One out for a head-to-head comparison against the PC with this long-awaited title. What we've found may surprise you. Based on our results, and depending on just how much horsepower your PC has, the Xbox One (and possibly the PS4 option, though we didn't... Read more...
Android TV is coming, and as we mentioned earlier, one of the killer features of the product will be the ability to play Android games on a nice, big TV. It appears that Android TV will ship on certain devices, but apparently there will also be a standalone Android TV box, and there’s a controller that will ship with said box. Google I/O attendee Artem Russakovskii posted an image on Google+ that shows the alleged controller with the alleged Android TV box. Russakovskii’s photo has been corroborated by some press renders of the controller discovered by Reddit user bedofgoatturds in... Read more...
“Doom” is one of those titles that is both legendary and also has been a frustrating tease. Back in 2012 “Doom 3” was remastered (we guess) for the Xbox and PS3, and earlier this year you could get access to a new Doom beta if you preordered “Wolfenstein” (what?). But now, in conjunction with QuakeCon 2014, it seems that an actual Doom game is coming. Or at least, there’s a trailer, so that’s something. Unfortunately, the trailer shows us next to nothing about the actual gameplay, but you can see a very dark, very frightening emergence of a beast--”an... Read more...
Today, Microsoft confirmed a development rumor that's been swirling around its next-generation console ever since it announced Kinect would become an optional add-on rather than a mandatory boat anchor.  Lifting that requirement will give game developers 10% additional graphics power to play with and help close the gap between the Xbox One and PS4. The story kicked off when Xbox head Phil Spencer tweeted the following: In a statement to Eurogamer, a Microsoft representative then confirmed that the performance improvement coming in the next version of the Xbox SDK was the result of making Kinect... Read more...
China is a curious market for game consoles, but Sony is about to dive in and try to make its bones in the populous country by selling its PlayStation there. According to the New York Times, Sony and Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group are setting up two ventures to sell Sony’s hardware and software, respectively, in China. The NYT noted that consoles have been banned in mainland China since 2000, but the country lifted the ban in January. As a result, although there’s a certain amount of piracy of consoles, many Chinese gamers prefer PC and mobile games. Obviously, Sony is hoping to change... Read more...
When the world's richest person offers an opinion on a business strategy, it's a good idea to listen to what he or she has to say. In this instance, that person happens to be Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and also currently the world's wealthiest person. In a recent interview, Gates said he would "absolutely" support Microsoft's newly minted CEO Satya Nadella's decision to spin-off the company's Xbox division, if in fact he went that route. Gates made the comment to Fox Business, which was first picked up by Eurogamer.net. During the interview, Gates talked about bringing PC gaming and Xbox... Read more...
It looks like the much-anticipated Halo live-action TV show could be announced soon. According to Variety, Xbox Studios is soon to close a deal with Showtime, which will result in the Halo-themed show airing on its channel first, and then on the Xbox after-the-fact. It's being noted that when the show hits the Xbox, users will be able to expect enhanced functionality. The fact that Microsoft is choosing to partner with a TV network is a bit surprising, since it seemed likely that the show would be exclusive to the Xbox platform. With this move, some might believe that it highlights Microsoft's... Read more...
For years, many thought that pay-TV companies could continue to do as they pleased, knowing full well that if they never offered their programming online, people would have no choice but to continue to pay ruthless prices for content. Now, we're starting to see exactly how the disruption is going to happen. With Netflix and Amazon already investing millions in their own original content slates, Microsoft is joining the fray this week with Xbox Originals. These programs will reportedly include "documentaries, cartoons, reality shows, and scripted dramas and comedies," and will be developed in-house... Read more...
It seems like everybody thinks they can make great TV shows these days. Following in the formidable footsteps of Netflix and (to a lesser extent) Amazon, both Microsoft and Yahoo are looking to get into the original programming business. Yahoo’s effort in that direction, as reported by the Wall Street Journal and its anonymous sources, will take the form of 10-episode half-hour comedies as well as potentially the sort of shows that Netflix has been making, and they’ll be helmed and created by people with experience in the traditional TV industry. No deals are in place yet, but developing... Read more...
As if 2014 hasn't already delivered plenty of video gaming goodness to keep you occupied well into the weekend (as in, every single weekend), here's a bit of news that'll have avid RPGers excited: Borderlands is back. The next rendition of the heralded title will be a "pre-sequel," described as a "full-on co-op shooter RPG set in the five year gap between Borderlands 1 & 2)." It will reportedly be set on the moon of Elpis, and players can select "one of Jack/Johns four lieutenants to play as in Athena The Gladiator, Wilhelm The Enforcer, Nisha The Lawbringer and Fragtrap, a militarized claptrap."... Read more...
Winds of change are surely blowing now that Satya Nadella has taken over the CEO role at Microsoft. During the company's BUILD conference this week, blockbuster news was announced regarding the pricing future of its most notable product: Windows. Going forward, Microsoft will make Windows free for phones and tablets, likely in a bid to better compete with Android and iOS. Both of those operating systems have monumental slices of market share in the mobile space, which Microsoft is seeking to infiltrate now that sales of laptops and desktops are sliding downward. Up until now, Microsoft was charging... Read more...
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced some leadership changes at the company this morning, and the Xbox area has a new chief in Phil Spencer. Spencer was formerly head of Microsoft Studios, and he’ll maintain that role and subsume the responsibilities of leading the whole Xbox crew--including the Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music, and Xbox Video teams. Spencer will report to Terry Myerson, the executive VP of operating systems, and thus Microsoft is keeping Xbox development and OS development cozy. “Combining all our software, gaming and content assets across the Xbox team under a single... Read more...
Buried under the typical eye-glazing congratulatory corporate-speak that is a mutual press release announcing cooperation between two companies is a curious nugget of information: Dell might start making Xbox consoles. Taking a step back here, the announcement pertains to Microsoft and Dell signing a patent licensing agreement wherein they’ll license each other’s intellectual property as it pertains to Android and Chrome OS devices as well as Xbox consoles. “Under the terms of the agreement, they agreed on royalties for Dell’s products running the Android or Chrome platforms... Read more...
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