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Microsoft has made no secret of the fact that it wants the Xbox One to be the center of your home entertainment universe, and to that end the company is always looking for more features to keep users engaged. Last year, word broke that Microsoft was going to be developing original content for the Xbox platform, but until now not much has been happening on that front besides a cursory mention of an original Steven Spielberg-produced live-action Halo series at the Xbox One launch event. However, that promised content will be coming soon. “We’re hoping we will be able to put something up in the first quarter, at minimum second quarter,” Microsoft President of Entertainment and... Read more...
The good news is that Bungie’s eagerly anticipated Destiny finally has a release date. The bad news is that date is September 9th, 2014, which is several long months away. The Destiny Beta will kick off this summer, so those involved on that front won’t have to wait as long to dive in, but that still may be disappointing news for some--it was previously thought that the beta would launch sometime in Q1 2014. As we noted earlier, the beta will launch first for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, offering a tasty early selling point for Sony’s consoles over Microsoft’s. The latter’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One will get the game soon enough, though. Destiny is an ambitious... Read more...
Part of Valve’s Steam Machines gaming strategy is to employ third-party builders, and the first of those has been revealed. Boutique gaming PC builder iBuypower showed off its first two Steam Machine prototypes, dubbed Gordon and Freeman, that will enter the market to compete with gaming consoles mainstays Xbox One and PS4. The two models are the same, but one has a clear light band around the middle while the other remains black when it’s not lit (according to Engadget), and they’re currently running an almost-finished version of Steam OS. Of course, they’ll ship with at least one Steam Controller, too. iBuypower Steam Machine prototype (Credit: The Verge) There’s... Read more...
Unfortunately for llamas everywhere, media player Winamp may not be dead after all. Fortunately for longtime Winamp devotees, that’s because Microsoft may be purchasing Winamp and ShoutCast (a media streaming service, like Winamp also formerly a property of Nullsoft) from AOL. This is just a rumor, but TechCrunch (which is owned by AOL, incidentally) says a source indicates that Microsoft is in talks with AOL to buy Winamp. Why Microsoft would want Winamp is a little unclear, but we wonder if Redmond thinks it can get it for a song, since, you know, AOL was planning on shutting it down anyway. Microsoft would also snap up ShoutCast, and with both in hand, it’s possible that the company... Read more...
Tremendous news, everyone: If you’d rather play your new Xbox One all day long than go to work or school on when the new console debuts on Friday, Microsoft’s Major Nelson wrote a doctor’s excuse for you. (He’s not technically a doctor, but the rank of “major” must lend some credibility, don’t you think?) Here it is in full: As you can see, you’ve been stricken with the Zombie Flu--or if you like, Racecar Virus, Roman Rage, Golfer’s Elbow (you get the picture)--that can only be cured by a massive dose of Xbox One, and employers should beware that if work were to interrupt the treatment, Major Nelson will have to double the dose. For the ill,... Read more...
Just under the wire before the Xbox One launches, Microsoft rolled out the SmartGlass companion app that’s designed to let you use your mobile device as a second screen. You can control your TV watching experience, browse the Web, navigate the Xbox One itself, and view “extended experiences” of TV shows, music, and games with the SmartGlass app. For as handy as that may be in the living room, SmartGlass has some use while you’re out and about, too. You can search and browse for content to play later on the Xbox One and then pin it so it’s ready for you when you get home, and when it comes to games, you can interact with game friends, watch DVR-ed game clips, and... 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. These apps have reportedly been built from the ground up uniquely for Xbox One, and A/V geeks will... 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 of Xbox Live. After holding the card in front of the sensor, the console converts that code into... 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 these statements doing a solid job of summing it up: "When you sign in to Xbox using your Microsoft... Read more...
As the specter of the next generation of gaming consoles looms large on the horizon, there’s certainly a case to be made for rolling with a gaming PC instead of an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, and Dell’s Alienware is sweetening the pot by offering a $200 cash back incentive. When you buy a new Alienware gaming rig, you can trade in your old console and get $200 cash back; the same deal applies for old PCs. After you buy your new Alienware system, you can visit the Alienware Trade Up Portal and provide a copy of your receipt and your bank information. Then you’ll be given a prepaid shipping label to print and instructions for sending the old device and any power cables into Alienware.... Read more...
Microsoft reported its fiscal Q1 2014 revenue, and things are actually looking pretty solid for Redmond. For the three-month period ending on September 30th, GAAP Revenue was up 16% to $18.53 billion from about $16 billion, and operating income was up from $5.31 billion to $6.33 billion. The numbers include $113 million of deferred revenue from Windows 8.1 pre-sales. Revenue generated by Surface sales rose to $400 million, which bodes well for Microsoft’s homegrown tablet platform as the company debuts its new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 devices. It’s also interesting to note that although Windows Pro revenue continues to grow, Microsoft’s Windows OEM revenue dropped 7%. Overall,... Read more...
The latest Battlefield 4 game trailer from EA is here, and this one is a single-player story trailer that gives you a taste of the sort of character arc you can expect from the game. The trailer starts out with the evacuation of American VIPs from Shangai and--wouldn’t you know it--things get a little crazy on the way out. (WARNING: Some NSFW language.) We’ve been impressed so far with the videos we’ve seen of the game, and this one is no exception. It looks like there’s a good bit of drama and intriguing characters in the single-player story to go along with the killer gameplay and superb graphics. In our own preview of the title, we found that BF4 is basically a more... Read more...
If you’ve never played “Skylanders” with kids before, you’re missing out. It’s easy to see why the franchise is so popular; the game is simple enough that young kids can play it, yet it’s sufficiently entertaining that you don’t get bored playing it with them, and the multitude of available characters with different strengths and abilities provide another vector of engagement for the youngsters. There’s another installment launching today--”Skylanders SWAP Force”--and in this go-around, Activision has added a superb element: the ability to swap the tops and bottoms of 16 characters so that players can create their own combinations of... Read more...
Grand Theft Auto V is a huge hit, and while it’s lighting up many a console, to date there is no version for the PC, despite a petition. This isn’t totally unexpected, as releasing the game on consoles and then rolling out a PC version months later is what Rockstar Games has done with previous GTA editions, but it’s galling for PC gamers that the company hasn’t said anything affirmative about whether the game will be available on the PC at all. However, industry scuttlebutt is that a PC version of GTA V is coming in early 2014. Eurogamer says it has multiple sources that confirm that the game will on available on the PC in Q1 2014, and comments by NVIDIA’S Chris... Read more...
Among the various SNAFUs and PR misfires related to the Xbox One release earlier this year, one item that had people upset was that Kinect would be used for advertising--or worse, that the Xbox One Kinect was actually designed with advertising in mind. The source was a UI designer who was expounding the capabilities of the Kinect and how it could be used to deliver interactive ads and used for native advertising (i.e., ads built directly into the content). There was a great fear that Kinect was gathering biometric information, reading people’s emotions, gathering data about how many and what kind of people were in a room at a given time, and more. But in a forum post on NeoGaf, Microsoft... Read more...
We love a good gameplay trailer around here, and the latest one from EA showing off Battlefield 4’s multiplayer play looks fantastic. We already saw a lengthy (17 minutes) demo earlier this year that gave us a look at the fluid and detailed visuals as well as the storyline with a mix of scripted scenes and actual gameplay, and this latest video just adds to the fun. Judging from the clip, you’ll be able to fight with automatic weapons, perform hand-to-hand combat, and use a variety of land, sea, and air vehicles to take on your opponents. You can go solo in multiplayer mode, or you run with up to a 5-man squad. There’s also a commander mode lets you take command of multiple... Read more...
Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 will support voice commands and facial recognition through its PlayStation 4 Camera peripheral. Unlike the Microsoft’s Kinect camera, which is standard issue with the Xbox One, Sony’s camera will be sold separately--or taken another way, optionally. A Sony Entertainment spokesperson told Polygon, "Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that PlayStation Camera allows for voice recognition and we will look forward to sharing more details in the lead up to the launch of PlayStation 4 on November 29." The camera is listed on Amazon for $59.96, and the description says that the it will include functions “from navigational commands to facial recognition”,... Read more...
Henceforth, it appears that the Xbox Live Marketplace will be known as the Xbox Games Store. The Games page on the homepage reflects the change, and a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed what’s happening to Joystiq. “That's right, [Xbox Live Marketplace] is now called the Xbox Games Store, and will sit alongside the Xbox Music Store and Xbox Video Store,” said the person. “This is to make it easier for consumers to find content both on Xbox 360 today and Xbox One when it launches in November.” It’s only a name change--and a welcome one--but it’s yet another thing that Microsoft has changed about its Xbox Live universe, following the elimination of the Points... Read more...
Want to know everything there is to know about the new Call of Duty? Bang it here for the live stream of the full reveal of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Call of Duty: Ghosts will be available for the PC as well as the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 consoles. It appears to be coming for the Wii U, as well. We’ve covered this game a bit already, and the trailers look amazing. Enjoy getting all the details from Activision.... Read more...
The Xbox One is coming, and amid the many, many details we know about it already, one thing we haven’t seen is what’s actually inside the box when you buy one at retail. Microsoft’s Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) remedied that by unboxing the retail bundle on camera. The Kinect sensor is first out of the box, followed by a headset, the controller, a 4K-capable HDMI cable, the manual and other paperwork, and power brick and accompanying cord. Underneath all that is the Xbox One itself, wrapped in black. The console looks rather small in Hryb’s hands, but it’s very much the shiny black rectangle we’ve seen in product shots. The slot-loading disc drive is on the front,... Read more...
Microsoft has been in dire need of a win pertaining to its Xbox products lately, and this one is pretty good: Xbox 360 users with an Xbox Live Gold membership will be able to watch 300 of Time Warner Cable’s “most popular” channels live, right from their consoles with TWC TV. They’ll be able to navigate the channels using voice commands and the Kinect, which makes for an interesting experience. In fact, that sounds just about exactly like one of the Xbox One’s most impressive features--more integrated, powerful, and accurate voice control for all your entertainment needs on one device. So why isn’t this TWC TV deal available for the Xbox One yet? Microsoft... Read more...
Google is looking to disrupt yet another market by developing an Android-based game console. Citing “people familiar with the matter”, the Wall Street Journal said that this might be a tactical move by Google--an effort to get the jump on Apple, which may also be planning to build some sort of game console with its next Apple TV update. What such a console from Google might look like is anyone’s guess, but the most obvious comparison would be the OUYA console, which runs on Android and has been met with a groundswell of support since it became a Kickstarter darling last summer. It’s far more likely that Google would try and develop something similar to OUYA rather than... Read more...
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