With this mornings launch of Titanfall, Microsoft has also enabled Twitch.TV live streaming on the Xbox One. Starting today, users will be able to begin streaming their gameplay sessions straight to Twitch, and allow users all over the world to watch them battle it out in real-time.
"Our second, and most significant, system update for Xbox One is starting to roll out today and includes improved matchmaking, party chat and friends features that will make gaming on Xbox One an experience like no other. To me that means playing games like 'Titanfall' on the best multiplayer service on the planet, using a new headset or the one you already own, while live broadcasting your games on Twitch," said Microsoft product manager, Mark Whitten.
As it stands right now in the next-gen console wars, Sony is beating Microsoft. One of the reasons, according to some, is that Microsoft's Xbox One is more expensive - priced at $100 more than the PS4 - because of its included, and mandatory Kinect 2 sensor.
Wedbush Morgan analyst, Michael Pacther, has said: "Sure they are going to unbundle [Kinect 2 from the Xbox One]. Not in 2014. They will not change the SKU that dramatically in the first full year. It is a 2015 event." Doing this would allow Microsoft to better compete with the cheaper, and better-selling PlayStation 4, too.
Pacther continues: "I think they'll actually pick the [Xbox One] core model and put a 2TB hard drive in it, and then the dumbed down one will have a 500GB hard drive and no Kinect for $400. That's the easiest way to do the price cut." He finished with: "The problem is that if they cut the price to $400 by spring 2015, Sony goes $349 for ours! Sony right now is in a position to stay ahead of them, and this is what happened with the PS2. PS2 kept taking share by cutting price."
Now that Stephen Elop, the former boss of Nokia, is running Microsoft's Xbox division, the company has reiterated that it is dedicated to Xbox. Microsoft Game Studios' Phil Spencer spilled the beans on how the company was still fully committed to its console in his SXSW Gaming panel.
Spencer said: "In a funny way, our job is to create great games on Xbox, on Windows, on Windows Phone, and the stuff that happens above the studios is kind of just 'stuff' to a lot of the studios, which I think is the right way." The Microsoft Games Studio boss added: "They're still driven by the creative juices inside the studios to make great things happen. In terms of Microsoft's commitment in the space, I know both Satya and Stephen Elop, I know them well. I've had explicit conversations with them about Microsoft's commitment to Xbox - they're extremely committed to Xbox."
"Xbox is a really critical brand for us as a company as Microsoft; when you think about consumers, what they love about our company, Xbox is one of the most beloved brands that the company has. We're in the middle of a good, competitive battle in the console space with PlayStation, which is great for the industry. And they remain extremely committed to us succeeding with Xbox, which is nice to hear, right? It's something that resonates well inside the walls when you're talking to the teams, or when I stand in front of Xbox fans, I want to make sure that they understand we are extremely committed to this product."
Sony's PlayStation 4 console has been on the market for months now, outselling its main competitor: Microsoft's Xbox One. But, we've never known the official clock speed of the AMD-made eight-core Jaguar APU inside of the PS4.
Sony has now confirmed the clock speed of the PS4's eight-core processor, clocking in at 1.6GHz. Sony UK's Google+ page has teased that the PS4 is around 43 times the performance of the PS2, which really puts things into perspective. The formula used to reach this conclusion isn't rocket science, but it is basically 1600 x 8, and then divided by the PS2's CPU in MHz - 299.
Considering we have eight-core CPUs in smartphones now, and 2.5GHz+ quad-core chips in most of the high-end handsets, the PS4 doesn't seem so fast anymore. Especially when you consider the #pcmasterrace.
Microsoft is trying to convince politicians to use its Xbox Live, Skype, MSN and other of its platforms for running targeted ads. It was found that Microsoft officials were handing out promotional material to several politicians at the annual conference for conservatives.
Mid-term elections are around the corner, and many companies are making a move to attract politicians in this 'political ad market'. Microsoft plans to use this opportunity of this business idea by displaying such ads on Xbox Live's dashboard. Political ad campaigns can be set according to preferred demographic made by interested candidates.
Titanfall is only days away, with Microsoft teasing an exclusive Xbox One console for the creators of the game, Respawn Entertainment. The studio tweeted out some photos of the custom console, which looks quite stunning.
While you won't be able to purchase this custom-made Titanfall Xbox One console, you can purchase the limited edition Titanfall Xbox One controller. There was a leaked image back in January, which hinted that we might expect a limited edition Titanfall Xbox One console, but it looks like it won't be happening. The company is however offering up Titanfall with a special console package next week, for $499.99.
Peggle was one of those games that you could not just spend a few minutes playing. I remember many nights spent trying to top my high scores and making the pegs disappear with as little balls as possible. The game grew to be so popular that entire websites popped up with hints and guides on how to beat it with as few moves as possible. When Microsoft announced that Peggle was returning during its Xbox One launch event, I was one of millions who instantly became excited.
Today Electronic Arts announced that Peggle 2 would be headed to the Xbox 360 on May 7th of 2014. The game will include Peggle Masters as well as a Duel mode in which players can challenge their friends in a heads up dual to see who can clear their pegs first. "With all the excitement from our fans in December at launch we knew we wanted to continue growing the Peggle universe starting with more content and then expand onto the Xbox 360," said John Vechey, General Manager at PopCap Games. "By offering the addition of Duel Mode, our fans will be able to challenge their friends continuously to find out who is the ultimate 'Peggle Master'."
HBO GO has finally appeared on PlayStation 3. The online video service app from HBO was available for Xbox 360 and other devices for a very long time, but it look a very long time to make its app service available for for Sony's older game console.
Phil also pointed out that they are 'working diligently' with HBO to make the app available for Sony PlayStation 4.
It looks like we will soon see the world of Ouya expand far beyond its own consoles, with Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman confirming that the company will begin building the Android-powered goodness into other devices.
Uhrman said: "One thing you'll start to see is Ouya on other people's devices. We started with a $99 box, but we always wanted to create a console platform that can live on other people's devices. We just knew it was going to take us a little bit of time to get it ready. Now we think the software is good enough, it's ready to be embedded in other people's devices".
Uhrman said that Ouya officials started talking with hardware partners during CES 2014 earlier in the year, where "the takeup was so great that we're really jumping into the strategy with both feet this year". Ouya will maintain a baseline standard to make sure that compatibility across Ouya, and future devices, while the Ouya console will continue to live on as a "reference device".
One of the hottest tower offence games of 2012-2013 is coming to the PlayStation 4. The news came from Pawel Miechowski of 11 Bit Studios, who posted the news on the official PlayStation blog. He did not give an exact date on when the title will arrive on the next-gen console from Sony, but he did go into great detail education readers who may not have played the game before, on what the game is all about.
"In Anomaly 2, the story continues right after the invasion of Earth in 2018. Our planet is controlled by the aliens, and humankind is almost extinct. Those who managed to survive are grouped in convoys. Your convoy is called Yukon," Miechowski said. "In this sequel, you're again playing as Commander, controlling him on the battlefield and supporting the units in your convoy with four special abilities which you deploy during missions."
I've spent some time in Anomaly 2 on the PC and it is an immensely addicting game, and if 11 Bit Studios can pull it off on the PS4 in similar fashion, they are sure to have a best seller on their hands. Anomaly 2 is an older game, and no word has been given on pricing, but it has been part of the Humble Bundle before, so I would not expect it to be too expensive.
Titanfall is one of the most anticipated games of 2014 and today Xbox One gamers got the big letdown everyone has been expecting since the beta took place. Instead of releasing the game in 1080p for the Xbox One, its developers say that the game will not arrive on the Xbox One in full HD but somewhere between 720p and 1080p. Titanfall on the PC is no slouch with almost 50GB of install files, so we know the high-resolution textures are there, but not being utilized on the Xbox One.
The news came from Respawn Entertainment co-founder, Vince Zampella, via Twitter where he answered a question about the game arriving on the Xbox One in full HD. A Twitter user linked to a Twitter post by @Titanfall_EN which said "Titanfall will be 1080p on Xbox One, and asked if this is true. Zampella responded with the word "no." Unfortunately this appears to be the general conscientious when it comes to AAA titles on the Xbox One.
The biggest question here is how could Microsoft continue to let the biggest upcoming titles in gaming launch on its platform in anything but 1080p? Full HD is the common resolution in household living rooms today and virtually every PC game launched in the last two years has 1080p support. It almost appears as if Microsoft wants the Xbox One to fail so it can exit from the console gaming arena entirely. A friend of mine recently commented that it "feels like Microsoft has moved the Xbox franchise onto the same release patter that it uses for Windows. Good, Decent, Crap, Good, Decent, Crap. If so, does that mean that in 10 years, we will see a full HD Xbox released when 8K resolution is beginning to be phased out?
Microsoft has announced a new console bundle with Respawn Entertainment's upcoming title 'Titanfall' for US$499/ AUD$599.
Titanfall is a game featuring assault pilots and heavily armoured, 24 foot 'Titans' where Respawn Entertainment assures pure adrenaline and fast-paced warfare which will set a new bar for online multiplayer gameplay. This is done with the hopes that Xbox one sales will pick up, which prompted Microsoft to reduce the European pricing from 499 euros to 399 euros. It was earlier reported that Sony PlayStation 4 is doing well is Australia and also recently about the global sales of PS4 and Xbox One.
With several reports popping up about the growing dominance of Sony's PS4 over Microsoft's Xbox One, it appears that Microsoft is slashing prices of its console to stay competitive in certain markets. Today Microsoft announced that it has dropped the price of the Xbox One from 499 euros down to 399.99 euros, which will go in effect on Friday.
In an effort to further boost sales that are beginning to lag behind the PS4, Microsoft also said that it has opened up pre-orders for a bundle pack that includes Titan Fall for $499.99. Unfortunately, even the 100 euro price cut is not enough to combat Sony's pricing on the PS4 which is currently at 349.99 euros, which is 50 euros less. The Xbox One does however come bundled with the Kinect and PS4 users must purchase their motion controller separately. What will be interesting is to see how long it takes for the price cuts to reach the US.
The Sony PlayStation 4 game console has earned another compliment from game developers, with Grasshopper Manufacture CEO Goichi Suda, "Suda 51," compliments the PS4.
Specially, Suda credits the speed of the PS4, likely talking about the console's hardware architecture, with visually stunning and complex games in development. Suda 51's company is working on a "super action game" for the PS4 and will look to benefit from the hardware power to make a more graphically intense game.
"The most impressive one to me so far has got to be 'speed,'" said Suda 51 in a statement. "As a video game console, that's the part the stood out to me the most for the PlayStation 4. We make games, so we want to make them fun, and we also put a lot of effort into making them as appealing as possible. In order to do that, we need hardware that can show 'speed.'"
Sony has launched its PlayStation 4 in Japan, over three months since the console launched in the US. With over 5.3 million PS4s sold so far, Japan is yet another market where the PS4 can stretch its legs.
The PS4 is being offered in two separate packages in the US, the first of which is the regular edition which sells for Â¥41,900, or the second bundle which includes the PlayStation Camera which retails for Â¥46,900. Sony Worldwide Studios' president, Shuhei Yoshida, talked with The Verge, where he said that there has been a "great response" to the PS4 in Japan.
Yoshida continued: "In a sense I hope [PS4 sells out in Japan too]. That's what's been happening outside Japan, so it would be strange to see just in Japan that there are units everywhere". Microsoft on the other hand, has not expressed any plans of launching its Xbox One console in Japan.
The Microsoft Xbox One next-generation game console is getting hammered by the Sony PlayStation 4, and it's possible an official price cut could be coming soon. Both e-tailers and brick and mortar stores already are offering discounted prices or strong incentives to try and woo consumers to purchase the struggling Microsoft console.
If customers purchase the Xbox One from WalMart, the large box retailer will throw in one free game with the transaction. Meanwhile, Target is now offering up a gift card worth the same amount as one free game title for customers looking to make other purchases.
It's a shame to see the Xbox One struggle so early, and it's going to take games such as Titanfall and other high-profile titles to help boost sales. Microsoft officials recently said it doesn't plan to launch cheaper models, or officially cut prices at the moment, though that obviously could change quickly.
Several days ago, we told you about Microsoft's plans to release new audio and video accessories for the Xbox One in early March, and today the final piece of that puzzle was officially unveiled. Today Microsoft confirmed the existence of an official Xbox One Media Remote, something we first saw leaked on Amazon last week.
The official Xbox One Media Remote features white backlit keys that are motion activated, which illuminates them as soon as you pick the remote up. Other features include a OneGuide button for the built-in Xbox One TV feature. Channel up and down buttons, and a touch-sensitive navigation pad is on had as well. Microsoft says that the remote will be priced at just $24.95 and will release world wide in early March, confirming the timeline we mentioned in our original post.
It seems that Microsoft and Sony just keep exchanging blows over which console is better than the other. Today Konami released a statement confirming that its long awaited fifth installment to the famed Metal Gear Solid franchise will in fact run better on Sony's PlayStation 4 console. This is a major blow to Metal Gear Solid fans who bought the Xbox One awaiting the game.
Konami says that Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes will run at its native resolution of 1080p at 60fps on the PlayStation 4 while only running at 720p and 60fps on the Xbox One. To further pour salt on the wound, the games creator, Hideo Kojima, said that; "I think, between the home console available in the domestic market, the PS4 is the best. Since it does it a little better than other hardware, the image quality of the PS4 is the most beautiful. It's the closest to the photo-realistic quality we are aiming at." With many new games launching with native 1080p resolutions, it appears that Microsoft may be playing catch-up with the PS4 for quite some time to come.
Convicted killer Anders Breivik is ready to go on a hunger strike of his self-proclaimed "torture" conditions at the Ila and Skien prisons in Norway. Breivik killed 77 people in a shooting and bombing rampage in 2011, and is now serving a 21-year sentence.
Breivik demanded the right to a newer PlayStation 3 game console "with access to more adult games that I get to choose myself," according to a letter he wrote to journalists. "Other inmates have access to adult games while I only have the right to play less interesting kids games. One example is 'Rayman Revolution,' a game aimed at three year olds."
The game title in question received a 3+ rating in Europe, so it's suitable for gamers of all ages above three years old. The ESRB gave the same title E+10, which means any player 10 years of age or older.
The Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One are engaged in a fierce battle in the console market, though it looks like the PS4 outsold the Xbox One by a hefty 2-to-1 margin in January. The NPD Group didn't release specific sales figures, only saying that the PS4 led the market in hardware sales, but Sony executives claimed that its console "nearly doubled" that of the Xbox One.
Game hardware sales in January 2014 were down 21 percent compared to the same time last year, though January 2013 had five weeks. Microsoft's reliance on restrictive DRM - or gamer perception of intrusive anti-piracy efforts has caused gamers frustration. In addition, cross-platform gamers are playing better on the PS4 than the Xbox One, along with the lower price tag of the PS4.
"Overall retail video game sales would be down only 1 percent instead of down 21 percent, if sales were normalized to account for the five-week January 2013 compared to the four-week January 2014," said Liam Callahan, NPD analyst, in a statement.
Next-generation consoles blend gaming and Web-based apps to keep consumers engaged in the living room.
Just when you though the console wars had died down and the battlefield had began to quieten down, a new report from Sony has came in that refuels the fight. Today Sony announced that its PlayStation 4 is now the best selling console in Australia despite Microsoft claiming it's Xbox One dominated the market down under in 2013.
Unfortunately, while the PS4 may be the best selling console in Australia at the moment, the country is still suffering from stock shortages of both consoles, and these new numbers could be greatly affected if Sony managed to get new shipments in before Microsoft did. The same can be said for Microsoft's claim of dominance in 2013, as it did manage to get more stock into the country than Sony did, and had a head start of a few weeks over Sony. Ultimately, we will have to wait until later in the year when stock levels even out and the demand no longer outpaces supply before we can get a definitive conclusion on which console Aussies like better.