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As someone with a business degree, I know that the main objective of a business is to get your latest and greatest product into the hands of the consumer. Apparently no one at Microsoft bothered to go to business school, or at least no one bothered to listen to anything that was taught.
In an interview with GameTrailers, Microsoft's Don Mattrick addressed consumer concerns about the Xbox One and those who have little or no access to broadband internet. When asked what gamers with no internet should do, Mattrick said: "Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity; it's called Xbox 360," he continued "If you have zero access to the Internet, that is an offline device."
He went on to attempt to empathize with US service men and women by saying:
"Seriously, when I read the blogs and thought about who's really the most impacted there was a person who said, 'Hey I'm on a nuclear sub.' And I don't even know what it means to be on a nuclear sub but I've got to imagine it's not easy to get an internet connection. But hey, I can empathize; if I was on a sub I'd be disappointed."
E3 2013 - Sony finally displayed the final form of the upcoming PlayStation 4 at this year's E3. We couldn't wait to get some close up eyes-on content for our readers, so that's just what we did. We turned our camera towards the pink-eraser-shaped PlayStation 4 and investigate just what ports are present and how the system looks. Because it was behind glass, the focus played games.
Microsoft has the Xbox One front and center at their booth at this year's E3. We took a quick walk-around on video so you can see it from all angles. Front-panel and back-panel are both covered in the video, so you can see all of the inputs and the layout. The device does look decent, but we still have reservations about some of the concerns that Microsoft has yet to address.
E3 2013 - We got a chance to speak with MadCatz about their recently revealed Android gaming console known as MOJO. Alex Verrey, a MadCatz spokesperson, walked us through the main features and benefits of their Android console and what sets them apart from other consoles such as the Ouya.
E3 2013 - Yesterday I posted the first images of Project M.O.J.O from Mad Catz, and promised to follow up with the hardware specs when I knew more. This morning Mad Catz has officially announced M.O.J.O at the E3 expo, and along with the announcement comes a list of hardware specifications.
Mad Catz M.O.J.O is an Android based micro-console the features a NVIDIA Tegra-4 processor, 16GB of storage, integrated Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth Smart 4.0. Mojo also features a pair of USB ports, HDMI out, and audio out as well as a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
Possibly the coolest addition to M.O.J.O is the inclusion of Mad Catz Xbox-like C.T.R.L.R Bluetooth gaming controller. Since the micro-console features a Tegra-4 it is possible that you could stream games from an NVIDIA-equipped PC, such as NVIDIA's project Shield does. Mad Catz has not yet released pricing but seeing as how it's up against $100 micro-console such as the OUYA, Game Stick and Gamepop, we are hoping that it will be similarly priced. Mad Catz says that we can expect to see M.O.J.O for sell this holiday season.
We all know the Microsoft Xbox One is an NSA spy box for your home, well, I do anyway, and so do a lot of people now - but the PlayStation 4 Eye is set to be a separate device. The PS4 Eye will be a $59 add-on to the $399 PlayStation 4.
I think it's great that Sony aren't forcing the camera on you, as personally I wouldn't buy the camera unless it was for some crazy next-gen game that made me just want it. The camera should always be an optional accessory and I think Sony's move with the Eye being an add-on shows that they aren't just forcing people to have these things unless they actually want to buy them. Good move, Sony.
Have you been wondering when NVIDIA should ship their portable gaming console, Shield? Wait no longer, people of the world, as NVIDIA are shipping Shield this month still, and will give pre-order consumers a limited edition Shield t-shirt and have included the shirt in the package for your pre-order.
When can we expect Shield to ship exactly? Late June is what most are hearing, so we still have a couple of weeks to go. But right now there is so much gaming content flowing through us that I'm sure the various news pieces and trailers of next-gen games can tie you over until the end of this month.
EB Games have just unveiled their pre-order pricing for Sony's next-gen console, the PlayStation 4, which will be $549 - Australian dollars of course. This is quite a bit higher than the US $399 pricing we've seen, but we're used to that in Australia, aren't we?
I'm hoping that while this price might be right, we should see some form of a bundle included, maybe in the form of an extra controller or a AAA title bundled. Either way, I'll be buying the PS4 on day one, and enjoying the ability to share my games with friends, nudge nudge, wink wink, Microsoft.
E3 2013 - So... Microsoft, I hope you're reading this and if you are, you'd better be sitting down with valium in one hand. Sony have just come out swinging, and rightly so, about how damn easy it is so share games on the PS4. In case you don't know already, the video below will follow you through the complicated procedure.
Um... yeah... that was a little easier than you thought, right? I laughed out loud at the video, as we all did here at TweakTown and as soon as I get back to Australia I'll be pre-ordering a PlayStation 4 for sure. Sony, you have impressed the world today, please don't stop doing so. Lots of love, the world of gamers and technology enthusiasts.
E3 2013 - At tonight's Sony press conference, the company has released pricing and availability for its upcoming Playstation 4 gaming console. The PS4 will retail for a mere $399 which undercuts Microsoft's Xbox One by $100. This is a direct slap in the face to Redmond, who until tonight seemed to be leading the next-gen console war. The PS4 will arrive on store shelves this holiday season.
Not only will the PS4 be cheaper, but it will not feature such hindrances as Always Online DRM, Used or Pre-owned game blocking restrictions, and its gaming network will only cost customers a monthly premium of less than $5. The basic Playstation network will remain free. At this point, Microsoft really needs to rethink their game plan, as I am willing to bet Sony is going to kick their ass in sales.