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For months on end, the Xbox 360 outsold every other major game console on store shelves. But then, the next-generation war began, pitting the Xbox One against the PlayStation 4 and the WiiU. My, how the tables have turned. The NPD Group's latest research report shows that in January 2014, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One, and by a health 2-to-1 margin. A Sony spokesperson stated that demand has remained "incredibly strong" for the PS4 console, even after the holidays, making it the number one next-gen console to kick off 2014. Not surprisingly, he was quite proud to "nearly double" the sales of the... Read more...
There's a rumor going around on social media that you can enable Xbox 360 backwards compatibility  on an Xbox One by hopping through a series of steps meant to enable Developer Mode, changing a setting, and restarting the box. Don't believe it. There is no method of allowing the Xbox One to play Xbox 360 games, via any software program. Microsoft's Major Nelson has denounced the idea directly. This is an opportunity to talk a bit about <em>why</em> you can't play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One, and how we know the entire program is a hoax. The Backwards Compatibility Conundrum... Read more...
While Apple is over in Cupertino doing its best Ebenezer Scrooge impression by shunning cash discounts on products in favor of bundled gift cards, Microsoft is doing Black Friday the right way. There are some significant discounts on various Microsoft gear over at its online store, which not only means upfront savings, but you also get to avoid the hustle and bustle of the holiday crowd. The original Surface tablet can be had for $199, marked down from $349. Sure, it's saddled with Windows RT, and who knows if that operating system is long for this world or not, but at $199, it's at least an interesting... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Marco and Iyaz discuss the just-released Xbox One game console, Apple's super thin iPad Air, Google's hot new Nexus 5 smartphone with Kit-Kat, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780 Ti beast of a graphics card, and give a few details of our next sweepstakes in which we'll be giving away a couple of brand-new NVIDIA Tegra Note tablets, just in time for the holidays! Show Notes: 01:16 - A Grounded Evaluation Of The iPad Air 06:34 - Microsoft Xbox One, The Full Review 16:25 - Nexus 5 Review, Premium Android Experience 23:48 - NVIDIA GeForce... Read more...
With the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 both launched, the pressing question is: Which one should you pick? Comparing stats on the two is the typical way websites tackle this issue. I'm not going to. If you've read anything about the two devices, you already know the following: The PS4 is more powerful than the Xbox One. The Xbox One has Kinect. Some people hate Kinect. Some people don't. The PS4 is smaller and has a replaceable hard drive. The Xbox One is quieter, and will eventually support external storage. As of today, the Xbox One's menus and organization are nicer. It also supports MP3 playback.... Read more...
The Xbox One is more than just a game console. We know that may be blatantly obvious to many of you, but we want to drive that point home from the get-go. The gaming, home entertainment, and mobile/computing industries are vastly different than they were when the previous-gen Xbox 360 launched in late 2005. Since then, there’s been unprecedented intermingling, consolidation and integration across these markets and Microsoft took it all into consideration in the design of the Xbox One. Of course, the Xbox One plays games—really well, actually. With its updated hardware, more refined... Read more...
The Xbox One is more than just a game console. We know that may be blatantly obvious to many of you, but we want to drive that point home from the get-go. The gaming, home entertainment, and mobile/computing industries are vastly different than they were when the previous-gen Xbox 360 launched in late 2005. Since then, there’s been unprecedented intermingling and consolidation across these markets and Microsoft took it all into consideration in the design of the Xbox One. Of course, the Xbox One plays games—really well, actually. With its updated hardware, more refined controllers,... Read more...
Bungie's Destiny is a new FPS/RPG hybrid set in the distant future, in the aftermath of an apocalyptic series of events that reshaped human civilization and destroyed an empire that spanned the solar system. The company has kept much of its development under wraps, sketching out tidbits of information on the various character classes and enemies, but generally keeping everything close to the chest. Now, the company has released new gameplay footage -- and declared that PS4 and PS3 owners will be the first to beta test the title. Bungie has previously said that Destiny will be a living world, meaning... Read more...
November 29th is officially within eyesight, and if you're someone who pre-ordered an Xbox One console, you're no doubt doing everything you can to soak up as much information in the weeks leading up to launch. Thankfully, Microsoft has anticipated the hunger for knowledge, and has published a guide that details what kinds of TV and entertainment apps will be available on launch day. In addition to delivering live TV in every market where Xbox One will be sold, the company is also bringing premium, voice and gesture controlled TV and entertainment apps specifically designed for your living room.... Read more...
As we inch closer to the U.S. release of Microsoft's Xbox One, you can bet that you'll be hearing more and more about its features and functionality. Of course, a major selling point for the next-generation unit is speed: graphics and otherwise. The new Kinect sensor seems markedly quicker at recognizing inputs, and the console itself seems mighty quick at translating those inputs into actions. How so? Take a look at this Vine video, posted up by Major Nelson himself. He uses his voice to command the Kinect to look for a QR code, which just so happens to be a code that'll grant one a trial period... Read more...
It shouldn't come as any surprise that companies (particularly those in the technology realm) are now being asked to explain themselves more frequently when it comes to privacy. And, given that the next generation of home consoles are nearly here, it's Microsoft that's coming clean on privacy as it relates to the Xbox One and the forthcoming Kinect sensor. The company has this week published a privacy statement that applies to its Xbox line, Xbox Live, Windows Phone Games, Xbox Music, Xbox Store and Games for Windows Live. The post goes on to describe how and why it'll be collecting data, with... Read more...
The PS4 and Xbox One aren't out yet, but that's not stopping them from facing off in Battlefield 4, the next-generation, just-launched title from EA/DICE. We highlighted some of the visual differences we might expect between the console and PC versions of the game based on the performance of the in-game scaling software option, but now that the title has launched, what do we see? Quite a bit -- some of it good, some not so much. Fair warning here: The PS4 and Xbox One screenshots are quite large. I decided to preserve the YouTube videos and the original aspect ratios below, in order to give you... Read more...
One thing that's going to set the next-gen consoles apart from current-gen is the huge focus on multi-tasking. While the current crop of consoles support a multitude of different apps, switching between them isn't too elegant, and one might cancel another out. A new video showing-off multi-tasking on the Xbox One proves that we'll be dealing with true multi-tasking there. You might even begin to confuse it for a PC. Thanks to the Kinect sensor found on the Xbox One, users can issue voice commands to get things done. In the below video, we get an idea of the potential here: "Xbox, go to Pacific... Read more...
If you're of the mindset that Kinect on the Xbox One is simply a more advanced version of what we saw on the Xbox 360, you'd be grossly underestimating it. In a TechNet blog post, Microsoft goes into some great detail to explain what makes its next Kinect so amazing - and it's not just one or two things; it's a variety of things. I'll be honest in saying that prior to reading through this and checking out the videos, I had no special respect for Kinect - but my opinions have pulled a 180. As the video below shows, Kinect can read people three different ways. For starters, it can convert the person... Read more...
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