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Xbox Live to ditch "points" and switch over to real currency

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 5:44 pm

E3 2013 - It appears that Microsoft has finally came to their senses and decided to ditch the whole Microsoft Points system of virtual currency. At the Microsoft press event this morning at E3, Microsoft announced that it would be forgoing the points system in favor of real local currency.

 

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The Xbox Live points system has been my biggest gripe with Microsoft since it was implemented. I never really understood why the company chose to create a virtual currency when a simple actual existing currency would have accomplished the same thing. Cudos to Microsoft for making this change! Now game prices, DLC, and other features will be priced in your local currency.

 

Microsoft also announced that Xbox Live Gold members would not be able to share features with family members who share the same Xbox One console. Features like online multiplayer, and playing games purchased under your account are now open to the whole family without you being logged into your Xbox Live account.

Microsoft announces Forza 5 for Xbox One, utilizes cloud processing for unrivaled graphics and performance

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 5:22 pm

E3 2013 - Microsoft and Turn 10 studios announced the next generation in simulation racing this morning. Forza 5 just may be the most bad ass racing game I have ever seen. The use of cloud processing and what is being called a Drivatar, you are always racing, even when you are not online.

 

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The so-called Drivatar is an AI that learns your driving habits, your speed up and breaking habits, and even your crashing habits. It then races for you when you are not online. It is able to accomplish this through cloud processing which also gives the game graphics like no other game I have ever seen. The McLaren featured on the screen appeared to be a live video image and not a video game rendering.

 

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Microsoft updates Xbox 360 to align with new Xbox One Look, Xbox Live Gold gets massive updates

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 4:55 pm

E3 2013 - At this morning's E3 Expo, Microsoft announced a new version of its Xbox 360 which has been visually updated to more closely align with the new Xbox One design. The new Xbox 360 features a black facade with a more refined and elegant look.

 

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Additionally, the company announced that Xbox Live Gold members will now receive two free games per month every month that is theirs to keep. Keeping the Xbox 360 train rolling, Microsoft also announced a new Metal Gear Solid game would be coming to Xbox as well as Word of Tanks which has been PC only up until this point.

 

Head over to our live blog to see all the latest updates from the press conference!

Alienware teases upcoming product launches at E3, billed as an Epic Journey - Tune in tonight at 11:30 EST for live blog coverage

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 4:46 pm

E3 2013 - Alienware is said to be preparing a massive product launch at this year's E3 expo and in true form, the company has launched two new teasers on YouTube to get everyone pumped up for the new systems.

 

 

The launch event will take place tonight at 11:30PM EST in downtown Los Angeles and the TweakTown crew will be hosting a live blog of the event. Just like last week's Computex Show, TweakTown is bringing you all of the latest and greatest news from the largest gaming expo in the world. Stay tuned for it all!

 

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Mad Catz unveils photos of Project M.O.J.O ahead of E3, could be main rival to OUYA, and Gamer Stick consoles

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 4:24 pm

E3 2013 - Last week I reported on a little talked about project from Mad Catz that was being called project M.O.J.O. The little device was widely rumored to be in Android gaming console akin to the likes of the OUYA or Gamer Stick. Today we got our first glimpse of the actual device.

 

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It is widely expected that mad Catz will unveil the device at this week's E3 Expo in Los Angeles, California. At the moment not much is known about the console other than that it will be part of the company's GameSmart line of mobile accessories, and that it will utilize the Google Play Store for its gaming content.

 

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Our own Trace Hagan is on the ground at E3 and I have put in a special request for some more info on Project M.O.J.O. With the OUYA having such a rough start, how do you feel about cheap android gaming consoles? Let me know in the comments. Stay tuned to TweakTown for all the latest up-to-the-minute E3 news.

Mad Catz unveils new TRITTON Kunai next-gen console gaming headset at E3

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 3:56 pm

E3 2013 - This morning Mad Catz Interactive Inc. has announced the existence of a new universal stereo gaming headset aimed at the next-gen console market. Dubbed the TRITTON Kunai is backwards compatible with the most popular current generation consoles as well as the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

 

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The TRITTON Kunai features 40mm neodymium drivers and in-line remote offering easy access to headset controls. Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, said, "The TRITTON Kunai range has proven popular thanks to its balance of performance, value and aesthetics and today's announcement will allow us to reach passionate gamers on virtually any platform."

 

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Mad Catz said that the new headset will also work with PC and Mac as well as smartphones and other smart devices. The TRITTON Kunai Universal headset will be available in gloss black, gloss white and gloss red colors. No information has been released yet on pricing or availability.

Microsoft reacquires lost Windows phone "Blue" prototype

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 3:37 pm

Over the weekend a very mysterious AT&T branded, Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone popped up on the popular social networking site Reddit. The phone appeared to be running a new prototype of Windows Phone 8, and was confirmed when information was posted about the version of Windows Phone it was running was revealed in a screen shot.

 

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The Lumia 920 appeared to be running a Windows Phone build of 12084.WPMAIN(wpbldlab).20130509-1407, which gives us a compile date of May 9th. As for new features, a notification center can be seen in one of the screenshots, providing access to the typical Live Tile notifications, as well as a redesigned calendar interface, and the ability to sort apps by name or by the most used.

 

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Redmond appears to be working on improving multitasking in the new OS as well, which is apparent by the new ability to close apps in the multitasking view. The prototype phone was purchased on ebay, and the buyer mentioned that the phone has many apps whose name begin with the letter Z leading us to believe that it once belonged to a developer.

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Google suggest they can predict box office performance with 94% accuracy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 11:30 am

Google do countless things, but did you know that one of them is predicting just how much money a new blockbuster movie will make at the box office up to four weeks from its release? A new study from the Mountain View-based giant called "Quantifying Movie Magic with Google Search" has found that by using data from Google's search engine, they can predict a film's opening weekend box office results with up to 94% accuracy.

 

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Google puts them down to search volume for a movie's trailer a month before release, and as the release of the movie gets closer, the predictions become slightly less accurate. Just a week before a movie is released, Google uses search volume for a film's title rather than the trailer, combining this with theater availability to make predictions that are still around 92% accurace.

 

The company notes that if a movie receives 250,000 more searches than another movie that opens in the same week, it will make an average of $4.3 million more during its opening weekend.

RumorTT: Sony Xperia Z to be the next 'Google Edition' smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 10:32 am

I reviewed the Sony Xperia Z a little while back and loved it, I donned it our Editor's Choice Award and was left with the feeling that it could be the phone that sees Sony walk out from behind Samsung's shadow. Sure, they're not selling 10 million smartphones a month, but not everyone has the power to do that.

 

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One thing I've wanted for a while is just a pure Android experience, which is why my day-to-day smartphone is still the Nexus 4. But, the "Google Edition" smartphones are definitely getting more and more popular with Samsung announcing the Galaxy S4 Google Edition and then we saw HTC unveil the One Google Edition. Rumor has it that Sony and Google are preparing a stock Android version of the Xperia Z, which is something I would truly, truly love to see.

 

If you've been sitting on the fence from both the Galaxy S4 and One, then having a third choice just might make things easier for you. The Xperia Z is truly a work of art and worthy of your hard-earned dollars, even more so as a 'Google Edition'.

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