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A lot of work went into designing the new controller for Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One console. Though it looks similar the Xbox 360's controller, there are subtle differences that are the result of 20 research studies around the world with more than 500 participants of varying age, gender, and gaming proficiency, Microsoft says. After going through no less than 200 prototypes, Microsoft settled on a design that was "still distinctly Xbox, but refined and improved." In a blog post today, Microsoft detailed all the changes to the new controller, beginning with the impulse triggers. The controller sports four vibration motors, including small ones behind each trigger for precise haptic feedback... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, EA did something truly atypical to its usual business plan: it got rid of something that made it money. I'm of course talking Online Passes, an idea the company once conjured up as a way to make money from the used games market. In effect, you could give or sell a certain game to someone, and then the recipient would have to pay a fee (normally around $10) to gain the rights to play the game online. Obviously, this scheme didn't go down too well with consumers and thus EA, for once, caved in and dropped the program. At the time, it was speculated upon whether or not the company would retroactively drop the Online Pass mechanic from its earlier titles, and fortunately, it... Read more...
After months of waiting, Microsoft finally unveiled its next generation game console, the Xbox One, though not without a bit of controversy. Always-on DRM was a hot topic leading up to its launch, and after Microsoft squashed the rumors that you wouldn't be able to use the console if your Internet was out, the attention quickly turned to the used games market. Despite the uncertainty there, retailers are getting behind the Xbox One in anticipation of a busy holiday shopping season. To quickly recap, Microsoft has come up with a way to allow the used games business to remain while at the same time giving publishers a cut of the sales. As it stands, games are installed to the Xbox One's hard drive... Read more...
Microsoft might have one of the most talked-about products at the moment with the Xbox One, but would you believe it doesn't own the rights to the most obvious domain name to accompany it? Domain squatting is a real issue for companies about to launch a new product. If they register a domain before the official launch, people can find that and subsequently ruin the company's surprise. There's a fine-line here, to be sure. This particular case is different, however; the domain name wasn't registered just the other day. Instead, a UK resident registered the name XboxOne.com in December of 2011, long before Microsoft itself even likely had a definitive name for its upcoming console. So, what can... Read more...
Microsoft's Xbox One is set to ship at some point this year, and we all know what that means: accessories and peripherals galore. Turtle Beach, a known name in the audio sector, has confirmed that it'll be amongst the first third-party companies to reveal accessories to suit the next-gen console. The Ear Force X12 is already the best-selling third-party headset, so there's no surprise in the announcement -- clearly, Microsoft needs Turtle Beach producing Xbox One-compatible peripherals. "In Turtle Beach we have a partner that can help Microsoft deliver world class gaming audio experiences to our customers," said Branden Powell Director of Strategic Alliances Xbox Hardware Group. "Turtle Beach... Read more...
The always-on controversy surrounding what we now know as the Xbox One has quickly taken a backseat to a semi-related topic: Used games. Specifically, how is Microsoft planning to approach the used games market since titles will be installed directly to the hard drive, and just as important, will a used game market even exist? The answer to that latter question is "yes," though GameStop and other used games retailers may not like the details. First, a refresher. In an emailed statement to Wired earlier this week, Microsoft said that all game discs are installed to the Xbox One's hard drive to play. Each disc would be tied to a unique Xbox Live account, and while gamers would be free to bring... Read more...
In a world in which its corporate communication team wasn't apparently being run by two monkeys and a sack of hammers, Microsoft executives would've taken the stage yesterday and delivered a concise, official explanation as to whether or not used games will run on the console. In point of fact, everyone thought they did. Wired's exclusive report yesterday purported to have the full scoop on how this situation would be handled. Specifically: Wired asked Microsoft if installation would be mandatory. “On the new Xbox, all game discs are installed to the HDD to play,” the company responded in an emailed statement... What follows naturally from this is that each disc would have to be tied... Read more...
Microsoft's Xbox One is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the holiday season, assuming they do indeed get the system ready to ship by then. But, of course, consoles are made only in part by the hardware. The other part is the software, and Microsoft has seemingly lined up a pretty outstanding array of partners to ensure a star-studded launch day later this year. One of those partners is Infinity Ward and Activision, responsible for producing the next in the famed Call of Duty series. Call of Duty: Ghosts was teased in official fashion today during the Xbox One keynote, showcasing the leap in graphical technology compared to what the team had to work with in Modern Warfare 3. The visuals... Read more...
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