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The minutes are counting down until the next-gen consoles launch from Microsoft and Sony, with the latter updating its PlayStation 4 Software Usage Terms today, stating that it may monitor and record PSN activity, including content of voice and text communications.
Sony has said that is cannot monitor "all PSN activity" and that it makes "no commitment to do so." But, Sony's statement does say: "However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM at our sole discretion, without further notice to you." It goes on to state:
Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users as described in 13.1. Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM, the content of your voice and text communications, video of your gameplay, the time and location of your activities, and your name, your PSN Online ID and IP address, may be used by us or our affiliated companies to enforce these Terms and the SEN Terms of Service, to comply with the law, to protect our rights and those of our licensors and users, and to protect the personal safety of our employees and users. This information may be passed to the police or other appropriate authorities. By accepting these Software Usage Terms, you expressly consent to this.
Mad Catz says that they are working with NVIDIA to bring GameStream to their M.O.J.O. Android-based gaming console before it ships to the public on December 10th. This would use the same technology that NVIDIA's Shield uses to stream games from the users PC and would definitely give the M.O.J.O. more appeal to gamers.
"We're talking to NVIDIA and we hope to enable GameStream soon after the launch of the console," said Mad Catz Global PR Director Alex Verrey. "[Were] also very excited for Steam and we look at all these opportunities with interest."
At the moment, none of the small Android gaming consoles really appeal to me. This could be due to the horrible experience I had with the OUYA, or it could be that for the most part, I never play Android games unless I am in a car, on a flight, or otherwise unable to game at my PC. GameStream on the M.O.J.O. might just be a way to lure those like me to purchase the small consoles.
Sony releases an unboxing video just less than a week before the console's release date. Along with being an unboxing video, the video itself is quite mysterious. It looks like it takes place in a dark server room. The video shows everything included with the PlayStation 4. It comes with the manual, network voucher, HDMI cord, USB cable, power cord, mono headset, the DualShock 4 controller, and finally the console itself which has a massive beam of light coming off of it in the video.
At the end of the video you will see that the mysterious man is Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony Worldwide Studios. He finishes off the video with "greatness awaits." Both consoles are just around the corner. The PlayStation will be available this Friday on the 15th in the U.S, and the 29th in Europe also the Xbox One will be available on the 22nd in the U.S and Europe.
I have to give props to KitGuru, who have called this huge resolution debacle surrounding the Xbox One "resolution-gate" and I'm going to use it from now on, too. We have yet another game that has joined the "we can only pump 720p out on next-gen consoles" club, Dead Rising 3.
The Xbox One exclusive title will not run at 1080p, and just 720p, but the more disappointing part of this, is that it's 720p, at just 30FPS. Executive Producer at Capcom Vancouver said during an interview with Eurogamer that 1080p wasn't their main target, he continued: "It was not really something we actually set as a mantra. When we first started there was no platform, it was PC and we were just targeting next-gen. It's more important that the end image looks awesome - look at how much stuff is on screen, that's always been a Dead Rising sort of brand. That still looks really good, and that's been our goal. I hope it shows - just look at how much insane stuff is going on screen."
This starts to beg the question, where did the resources go into, if Dead Rising 3 can't run at 1080p, or even 720p at 60FPS? Well, it looks like improved AI, and more on-screen actions in terms of the number of on-screen zombies, and objects.
The Xbox One doesn't launch for just over a week, but some lucky gamers have received their next generation Microsoft consoles, and provided the Internet with quite the weekend buzz. First off, the mandatory day-one update was required, something I thought MS wouldn't pump out until the day of the Xbox One's release, which is a good thing for these lucky gamers.
Next up we have the game installation sizes, which seem to vary between 12GB or so right up to 43GB for NBA 2K14, which is just gigantic. Call of Duty: Ghosts is a 39GB installation, Madden 25 is a 12GB installation, and for a few others we have: NBA Live 14 at 9GB, Forza Motorsport 5 at 31GB, Ryse: Son of Rome is a 34GB installation, and Dead Rising 3 is 19GB. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag slots onto the Xbox One's HDD at 20GB, which isn't too bad, with a game like Just Dance 2014 taking up more with a 22GB installation.
Someone has said that the Xbox One takes around 17 seconds to boot up and get into the dashboard, which isn't too bad at all.
It looks like the Xbox One will not be supporting 3D Blu-ray movies at launch, even after the kerfuffle Microsoft went through to get Blu-ray support onto its next-gen console. The news is coming directly from Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, who has vaguely confirmed both 3D and 4K output for the Xbox One.
But, during his most recent interview with CNET, Major Nelson said that the Xbox One will not be capable of playing back 3D Blu-ray movies. He did note that 3D Blu-ray playback hasn't been ruled out, and that it could arrive in a future update to the Xbox One. I have no idea why Microsoft would do this, it feels like both next-gen consoles are pretty gimped from launch, you would think they'd both have features spilling out of them, but it seems like the physical hardware launches are now like games these days - in beta form for months after release.
Microsoft's Xbox One is just two weeks away from launch and today we are learning more about what entertainment apps will be available for the device on day one. Today Microsoft released a list of all of the entertainment apps that will be available for download to the Xbox One as soon as you open it up and run the day one update patch.
The US will see most of the largest hitters such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant, TED, The NFL, Twitch, and Crackle, and many more. The UK will see Crackle, Eurosport, Netflix, Twitch, TED, NOW TV, and more, while Australia gets much of the same including SBS On Demand. No information was provided for the Asian markets, but we can assume that some of the same major players will be there as well, and regional powerhouses should be arriving soon too.
With the Microsoft launching the Xbox One on November 22nd, the company is beginning its big marketing push in hopes of generating record day one sales. With recent revelations about game resolutions, and patches that need to be installed before customers can begin playing games, the company is working on highlighting the console as more than just a gaming box.
Today Microsoft released a 12-minute walkthrough video of the Xbox One, and includes a full featured look at the consoles new dashboard. The video also goes in-depth with the Xbox One's multitasking, app-switching, voice commands, kinect features, and automatic sign-in. Todays video is the most thorough tour we have had of the Xbox Once since its unveiling event earlier this year. We want to know what console you will be buying this year, will you buy the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or will you hold out for a Steam Machine? Are all 3 going to wind up in your living room? Let us know in the comments.
If Microsoft does not already have enough bad PR about its upcoming next-gen console, today even more bad news has arrived for the Xbox One. Today the company revealed that users will be required to download and install a patch on day one before they are even allowed to play any games on the device.
"Functionally, you will be able to do very little without taking the day one update," says Microsoft's senior director of Xbox product management Albert Penello. "You're gonna need to take this update. It's not gonna be really an optional thing," he went on to say. "An initial, one-time system update is required for your Xbox One to function," confirmed another Microsoft spokesperson.
The patch is said to take only 15-20 minutes to download on a moderate broadband internet connection, and will update the consoles dashboard system. Microsoft is not alone in a required day one update though as Sony's PlayStation 4 will require a similar patch to play Blu-ray disc or DVDs. Games are still expected to work on the PlayStation 4 however.
We are so close to the PS4's release, I can almost smell that fresh electronic smell from here. Well, Wired has a nice exclusive, the teardown of the PlayStation 4. Sony's next-gen console gets torn down by Sony's Engineering Director, Yasuhiro Ootori.
Ootori both unboxes the PS4 and then tears it apart, showing off its innards to the world. We can see there's a gigantic heatsink that cools the AMD-powered APU down, but a smallish fan, which is a surprise. We have an integrated power supply, which we had with the PS3, and the usual circuit boards and components in and around the center of the console. Up until now, we didn't really get an up close and personal shot of the power and eject buttons, but they're here, and they're small.