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Ever since Microsoft announced the Xbox One, the company has been dealing with a good bit of blowback for some of the features of the new console, including the requirement for an online “check in” every 24 hours; a required, always-on Kinect (that costs an extra $100 to boot); and the inability to sell used games, among some other PR black eyes. It didn’t help when Sony released a funny video mocking the Xbox One’s sharing capabilities. Microsoft has backed down on most of those, but in the meantime it was easy to forget that the Xbox One was going to enjoy 15 exclusive titles that included 8 new game franchises. That’s a win, right? It would be, were it not for... Read more...
Plants vs. Zombies is a cute, 2D tower defense game. Scratch that, it was a cute, 2D tower defense game; now, with Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the game has evolved into a 3D shooter, and from the trailer video and screenshots, it looks like a lot of fun to play. PopCap developed the game on the Frostbite 3 engine and created completely enchanting animations, with detailed and interesting environments, delightfully satisfying audio effects, and overall smooth and pretty gameplay. You play from the perspective of the plants, and there are four classes to choose from: pea shooter, sunflower, the chomper, and the cactus. In 4-player co-op mode, you have to work together to defeat waves of... Read more...
For all the hullabaloo surrounding the respective launches of the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 (in which we’ve taken part), there was always going to be a time when sales numbers would tell the story. We’re not there yet by any means, but there is some indication that the PlayStation 4 might be leading its competition: Preorders for the PlayStation 4 (Launch Edition) are sold out on Amazon. Meanwhile, the Xbox One (Day One Edition) remains available. Of course, we must take all of this with a grain of salt, because we don’t know how many units each company was readying for preorder, but Amazon shows the PS4 as a top seller ahead of the Xbox One, for what that’s worth. Further, after... Read more...
Despite Intel’s dominance in the PC chip market, AMD is not going away; far from it. Talking to them at CES, you could tell the AMD folks had a plan, and apparently the Xbox One was part of it. AMD chips underpin the new consoles, and according to GameSpot, the deal AMD struck with Microsoft for the Xbox One is valued at over $3 billion. Bob Feldstein, formerly AMD vice president of Strategic Development, had a (now deleted) note on his LinkedIn profile stating that AMD developed a “custom silicon solution” for the gaming console. “This required the coordination of multiple functional teams within AMD, as well as regular customer meetings with leadership teams responsible... Read more...
Console gamers haven’t had to think about the issue of backwards compatibility much in recent years, as both Microsoft and Sony haven’t bothered to release new consoles for a long time. With the impending releases of the new Xbox One and PS4, though, several years of titles on the previous-gen consoles could suddenly be relegated to legacy status. Although it’s not exactly everyone’s favorite company at the moment, Electronic Arts will reportedly continue to make games for the current generation of gaming consoles. According to GameSpot, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen told a crowd at the Stifel 2013 Technology Conference confirmed that the company will keep publishing games through... Read more...
Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console (and everything-but-the-kitchen-sink entertainment hub) has been partially revealed, and some of the burning questions around it haven’t fully been answered yet, but one that many have wondered about has been settled: You do not need an always-on Internet connection. However, access to the cloud will be a vital part of the gaming experience; in addition to automatic updates, storing and saving games, cross-geographical DVR capabilities, multiplayer action, and more, the Xbox One will actually rely on the cloud for some in-game processing and computation. This may sound like a bad idea, as the latency from a cloud connection hardly seems like a good... Read more...
Because “Xbox 720” was ultimately kind of a dumb name, Microsoft wisely went with something different for its new console: Xbox One. At Microsoft headquarters today, the Xbox crew debuted Xbox One, showed off its new features, and promised to give us more at E3 next month. The most impressive feature of the Xbox One, at least at this point, is the enhanced voice and gesture controls it offers. With a simple voice command--”Xbox On”--you can turn on your Xbox and launch into your personal homescreen, which will remember what you were last doing. Showing off Xbox One gesture controls To get to your TV, simply say, “Xbox, watch TV” and it’s on. With the... Read more...
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