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Google introduced YouTube Gaming last week, a new Twitch-like streaming service that Sony is putting into the new firmware update for the PlayStation 4.
The v3.0 firmware for the PS4 will not only include YouTube Gaming support but it will increase the cloud storage that PS4 owners have from the crappy 1GB they have now, to a more decent 10GB. The v3.0 PS4 firmware will also include the ability to livestream your PS4 gaming to YouTube Gaming, much like the built-in Twitch streaming that the PS4 is already capable of.
The new firmware will allow the usual screenshot sharing, but you can now blast video clips to Twitter too - albeit, they're limited to 10-second videos. Boo. There's also a new feature arriving, where you can ask your friends if you can watch them play with a new "Request to Watch" feature that is coming soon.
Official Xbox boss Phil Spencer has shut down the rumors that the Xbox One console will be getting a slimmer SKU this October.
Rumor has it that Microsoft is set to announce the Xbox One's new hardware refresh, the Xbox One Mini, alongside the Surface Pro 4 and Lumia 940/940 XL in October. But according to Xbox's own Phil Spencer the speculation is all for naught; in a recent Twitter exchange, Spencer confirmed the news is "not real".
The reports claim that the Xbox One Mini will be 1/3 the size of the current VCR-sized behemoth, with the extra space allocated thanks to the carved out Blu-ray disc drive. This would effectively make the slim console a digital-only system, and the SKU would be marketed at a lower price point.
If you're a Microsoft Xbox One gamer looking for a possible Star Wars Battlefront bundle, you're out of luck. It looks like the custom bundle is only available for the Sony PlayStation 4, which will launch on November 19.
In a Q&A on the EA website, news regarding a possible Star Wars Xbox One bundle was shot down: "The exclusive console for Star Wars Battlefront is limited to PlayStation 4." Pre-orders for the bundles will be announced soon. Pricing information also hasn't been released just yet.
Star Wars Battlefront is scheduled for release on November 17, and will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
It looks like Microsoft is having a huge amount of interest in the Xbox One Preview Program, with the Program being so popular that it has reportedly reached a "near-capacity level".
This has forced Microsoft to limit the number of invites that it hands out, and while Microsoft is thankful to everyone involved in the Xbox One Preview Program, it unfortunately, has to be careful of how many invites it sends out. If you do want to get into the Xbox One Preview Program, you might want to try to hunt down an invite from a friend or someone in the industry, as it looks like the Program might be next to impossible to get into in the near future.
A new patent reveals that Nintendo's upcoming NX system has a unique and rather dynamic sharing functionality that will let users compare and share high scores, achievements and video replays.
The Nintendo NX patent, originally spotted by Nintendo Enthusiast, is pretty beefy, but the general jist of it centers around users comparing their in-game feats. Essentially players will be able to compare each other's scores on a wide network of users, send and receive replay video clips, and check their standings on live leaderboards.
All shared data will consist of a "sheet" of content including high scores (which can be cross-checked with live leaderboards), a grading system (stars, etc), customized user-created messages and drawings (think Miiverse sketches) and the ability to view replay video. All users will be able to share and publish these "sheets" of content. The above picture is a mock-up scheme that servers as an example of a shared post.
The Nintendo 2DS has received a price cut from $129.99 down to $99.99, and now serves as a great way to enter the video gaming market.
Unlike the 3DS, the 2DS doesn't open or close, but is promoted as a sturdier and more rugged device better suited for children.
"At a suggested retail price of $99.99, Nintendo 2DS is an even more attractive introductory option for first-time gamers," said Scott Moffitt, EVP of sales & marketing at Nintendo North America. "The new lower-priced hardware combined with the strong lineup of new games launching this year and arguably the best library of games in this generation makes it a great time be a Nintendo fan."
A new patent filing has unloaded a bevy of new information on Nintendo's mysterious NX console, giving a new perspective on what Nintendo is cooking up for the future. The patent, which was filed in February and just released, describes Nintendo's filing as a "Stationary Game Apparatus, Game Apparatus, Game System, Recording Medium and Speed Control Method".
What we know so far is that the NX won't have a disc drive, that it sports two NAND flash memory banks as well as a primary hard-disk for storage, a processor, and its very own Wii U-like wireless display controller. Rather than relying on Blu-ray discs the console will instead rely on SD memory cards, which herald a nostalgic transition back to the cartridge medium which most of us grew up on. Only instead of the 128MB SNES cards of our youth, the NX will need at least 32-64GB SD cards to keep up with today's demanding games. It's likely that the system will also be buffered by digital games and apps via Nintendo's eShop.
According to the filing, the NX includes "a processor, a first memory, a second memory, an internal HDD (Hard Disk Drive), an image output unit , a communication unit, a wireless communication unit, a power supply unit, an HDD connection unit, a card slot, and a wireless display controller".
A new slim Xbox One model is rumored to be part of Microsoft's planned barrage of new hardware for October, including the Surface Pro 4, Lumia 940/940 XL and Band 2.
According to rumors the compact Xbox One, coined as the Xbox On Mini, is able to hit the smaller form factor by nixing the Blu-ray drive altogether and shaving off a considerable chunk of space--about 1/3 of the current massive VCR-sized monstrosity. This will turn the Xbox One Mini into a digital-only machine, and the excising of the drive will also lead to a nice price drop to boot.
News of a slim Xbox One circulated as far back as October of last year when AMD shrunk the console's 28nm APU to a smaller, cheaper and more efficient 20nm factor. The 20nm APU, which is 1.9 times more dense than the previous model, could lead to speeds up to 30% faster with 25% less power draw.
Microsoft is quite happy with the addition of Xbox One backward compatibility able to support Xbox 360 games, but the company may not just stop there. When asked by someone on Twitter about backward compatibility so Xbox One gamers could play original Xbox titles, here is what Xbox chief Phil Spencer said:
@HadleeSimons I don't think it's silly. I ask the BC team this question a lot. Need to finish 360 BC for now.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 19, 2015
Current Xbox One Preview Program members are able to test out Xbox 360 games, with a public rollout expected in November. Looking ahead, all Xbox 360 games with Gold titles will automatically be playable on the Xbox One.
Sony plans to release a Star Wars Battlefront PlayStation 4 bundle that will launch on November 17, with pre-orders starting soon.
The custom bundle includes a customized PS4 console and DualShock 4 wireless controller. The PS4 has a Darth Vader image and Star Wars logo, and the controller features Darth Vader's chest panel and Star Wars logo on the touchpad. Gamers will receive the Star Wars Battlefront Delux Edition and downloads for the following games: Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars Bounty Hunter and Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter.
Sony also will release the Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars 500GB bundle, featuring the PlayStation 4 Limited Edition, copy of Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Edition, and will be available exclusively at Wal-Mart. In addition to the console, controller and games, will also include Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Boba Fett figurines and the Rise Against the Empire Play Set piece.