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Microsoft are just hours away from unveiling their next-generation Xbox, and now we have DigiTimes reporting that they are already shipping out orders in small volumes to certain clients, with mass shipments to start in Q3, with the peak shipments hitting in the following quarter.
The news comes from DigiTimes' sources in the upstream supply chain, who expect "Xbox orders to strongly boost their performances in the second half as the orders' profits will grow along with the volume".
We're nearly here - and yet, my excitement is continuing to build - the next-generation Xbox from Microsoft is to be unveiled mere hours from now. The entire news staff of TweakTown will be all over the Xbox event, covering it with a live blog and news posts.
The event kicks off at 1pm ET, so be sure to check back this afternoon for your next-gen Xbox details. What are you hoping to see? Here are some of our thoughts on the next-generation console from Microsoft, but I'd like to be totally surprised, and to see Microsoft go up and above the PS4 announcement with some incredible games and details on the console. Hopefully we get to actually see the console, not like the PS4 event.
Naughty Dog are nearly ready to unveil The Last of Us to the world, a game that launches simultaneously on Blu-ray and as a download through PSN on June 14. If you choose the download method, then you can only play the game once it has downloaded 50%.
The PlayStation 4 will have this feature, where it will allow you to play the games as you're downloading them. PS3 gamers will get a tease of this PS4 feature with The Last of Us, but the PS4's method will be far superior thanks to its dedicated hardware that is used for background downloading and processing.
EA has teased that FIFA 14 will be making a showing at tomorrow's Xbox unveiling. TweakTown will be live-blogging tomorrow's Xbox unveiling and will have coverage of the upcoming FIFA 14 game. For those who don't know, FIFA is the world organization for soccer--or as most of the world calls it, football--and FIFA 14 will be EA Sports' latest addition to their soccer game franchise.
Make sure to tune into our Live Blog that will be starting at 10a.m. PST tomorrow!
Ahead of Microsoft's Xbox event later this week, Sony has released a new teaser about its PlayStation 4. In this video we actually get fleeting glimpses of super close up shots of the actual PS4 hardware, along with a wide angle shot that is blurred to the point of looking like a black blob.
The video does allude to the fact that we will see the PS4 on display in some form at E3 which begins June 10th.
Personally I am not holding my breath as Sony has teased hardware in the past, only to show off very early prototype models. One thing is sure though, TweakTown will be at E3 and we will be sure to post the latest on everything PlayStation 4, so stay tuned for more information, images and video.
The day is nearly here, where we see the next-generation Xbox unveiled by Microsoft. We still don't know what to refer to it as: Xbox, Xbox 720, Xbox Infinity or Durango. Up until this point, no one knows what it is going to be called, and we don't have pesky insiders to tell us.
From what I've seen of Microsoft's strategy over the past twelve or so months, I'd like to see them flatly call it "Xbox" with no numbers near it. Then, two years from now, they could update it and release another next-gen console, making this Xbox the "2013 Xbox", just how the iPad naming goes. I expect it to pump out nothing less than 1920x1080 (1080p) at 60 FPS (frames per second). We should see Microsoft steer more toward an 'entertainment unit' rather than a pure gaming console, too.
What else should we see? Let's discuss that:
5.) Controller - The controller on a console is the center of your gaming experience, if it is shaped weirdly, is too heavy, or is too slow, the entire gaming experience can be ruined. We should expect an evolution, not a revolution, of the Xbox 360 controller. Something I expect is Kinect 2.0, or some form of augmented reality. I hope Microsoft actually push this and don't wimp out and just unveil a controller and throw the second option (Kinect 2.0/augmented reality) as a tack-on later in the year, or as a mid-life upgrade like Kinect was. Until this day there is still no killer app for Kinect.
Nintendo has decided to take a different approach to this year's E3. Instead of doing something massive at E3 for the journalists, Nintendo will be allowing consumers to play various unreleased Wii U games at 100 Best Buys around the United States. We think this is a rather interesting approach that could work out for the company.
Instead of relying on journalists, Nintendo is going directly to the customers to let them check out whats coming next. Word of mouth often works the best, so if Nintendo can convince people that the upcoming games are great, it could really work well for Nintendo.
If your local Best Buy is one with Nintendo's offering, you'll be able to get a first-hand experience of what TweakTown will be doing at E3: waiting in lines to try out the latest games. Details for the event are still slim, so we can't tell you which Best Buy ocations are participating, what games will be shown off, or when exactly it will be taking place.
We'll be sure to update you with more as soon as it becomes available.
While Google I/O may have been in the news a lot this week, NVIDIA's Shield handheld console has taken the prize as most talked about. First, the company opened up pre-orders to its newsletter subscribers, and then the device was spotted on ABC's Modern Family sitcom.
This morning NVIDIA announced that it has opened up Shield pre-orders to the general public three days ahead of its previously scheduled date of May 20. For $349 early adopters can secure their all-in-one Android gaming console at Gamestop, Newegg, Canada Computer, or NVIDIA's own pre-order site.
Shield sports a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen with 1,280x720 resolution, NVIDIA's Tegra 4 CPU which supports a maximum resolution of 3200 x 2000 pixels so games can be played at full HD on a TV. Other specs include 16GB of storage, mini-HDMI, micro-USB 2.0, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD card slot for storage expansion, 802.11n Wi-Fi, integrated speakers, and a headphone jack.
In an interview with Kotaku earlier this week, an EA Spokesman said that the company is not currently developing any games for Nintendo's Wii U console. This comes just two years after both companies announced an "unprecedented partnership" to bring big name titles to the companies flagship consoles.
"We have no games in development for the Wii U currently," company spokesperson Jeff Brown told Kotaku yesterday. Although he did not rule out future development for the Wii U, as things stand right now we will not see ports of the Sims 4, Battlefield 4, or the new FIFA game set to launch soon.
This also means that there will be no NFL games produced for the Wii U console as EA holds exclusive rights on future NFL titles. We want to know how you feel about EA pulling out of Wii U game development. Leave your thoughts in a comment below.
In an attempt to gain revenue from the used games market, EA introduced a program known as Online Pass. Basically, when a person purchased a used game, they would have to buy a new online pass that would allow them to access the online multiplayer aspects of the game. New games would be distributed with a one-time use code.
This program was despised by many gamers and it appears that EA is listening to the customer in ending this program. EA confirmed that this program would no longer be utilized in future games: "Yes, we're discontinuing Online Pass. None of our new EA titles will include that feature."
Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn't respond to the format. We've listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward. We're still committed to creating content and services that enhance the game experience well beyond the day you first start playing.
I'm sure many of our readers will be happy to hear that this change is being made.