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The PlayStation 4 is nearly here, with the next-gen, can't-play-CDs-or-MP3s-console expected to sell over 5 million units by March 2014. The estimations are coming from the PS4's parents: Sony.
Sony expect to sell over 5 million units before its current fiscal year is a wrap, but it should be able to meet those estimations with the demand it is seeing for the PS4. Comparing this to the 2.9 million PS3's that Sony sold in the same period when it launched, this would be a mammoth 72% increase in sales.
The original Ouya console didn't really aspire to much, mine is sitting on my shelving since I finished my review, completely untouched since. But, the company is pushing forward, announcing that a new, redesigned controller will ship in 2014.
The refreshed controller will hopefully fix most of the problems found in the origin, offering textured thumbsticks, more responsive triggers, and face buttons that don't get stuck in the controllers' faceplate. The problem with the new 'Ouya 2.0' is that it will be hard to differentiate between the current model and the model with the new controllers because the packaging will not reflect this change.
Ouya founder Julie Uhrman spoke with Polygon where she said: "The feel of the controller today is actually probably a lot better than in June. Our goal is to build a great controller. We wanted to build something that was ergonomic, that had great weight, that had a great feel, that offered developers a different way to develop games by including a touch pad in the design."
Weeks before its launch, the PlayStation 4 FAQ is out and it is a real disappointment for Sony's next-gen console. The FAQ is absolutely gigantic weighing in at 30 pages, but one of the biggest tidbits from it is that the PS4 will not playback CDs or MP3s.
The only way of playing background music in-game is through Sony's Music Unlimited service. Very disappointing for an electronics giant the size of Sony, who have countless music labels under their wing. What do you think about the PS4 not playing CDs and MP3s? In this day and age I really expect a console that costs $400+ to playback my CDs at least... right?
This is something I didn't expect, but the PlayStation 4 will not support external storage devices. This means that the internal 500GB mechanical HDD is all you'll be able to use.
However, you can upgrade the internal drive, as long as it's over 160GB in size. But, backups of your PS4 will not be capable because the next-gen console does not support external HDDs. I'm hoping that Sony reverses on this decision, and quick, because I'm sure it's going to have people worried not just now, but when they attempt to install an external drive to the PS4.
Really, in 2013 going into 2014 with a "next-generation" console, external storage should just be a given. Please Sony, wake up to this nonsense. Games are getting bigger, with 40GB+ installations and you want to stop people from using external storage... really?
With the Xbox One launching in just a few short weeks, Microsoft is looking to generate as much hype around the next-gen console as possible. Today a new video surfaced online that takes us on a brief, but detailed walkthrough of the console's dashboard. Unfortunately Microsoft has chose to post it on the official Xbox One Website, fortunately, IGN seems to have a copy on their YouTube channel.
The video is only 1:23 long, but it does a very good job at showing us how fast one can navigate through the various screens, menus and features using a combination of voice commands and input from the controller. Microsoft will launch the Xbox One on November 22nd and is expected to hit record sales despite a very rough reception after its announcement earlier this year.
This morning, NVIDIA announced that it has launched a massive update for its Shield handheld gaming console. The update brings forth GeForce. NVIDIA says that the update allows Shield owners to take control of thousands of Android games that were only designed originally for touch-screen devices and remap their controls to be compatible with the Shields physical controls.
The other new and exciting feature is what NVIDIA is calling "Console Mode," which allows users to transform their portable shield into "full living room gaming and entertainment experience" for the big-screen TV. This new mode allows gamers to pair up a Bluetooth equipped gaming controller to the shield, and play the games on the big screen. NVIDIA says that its GameStream mode is compatible with Console Mode and will allow users to stream their PC Games directly to their TV.
Other Android 4.3 feature updates include restricted profiles, expandable notifications, and code and bug fixes that make everything operate much smoother and fluid than before. Additionally, Shield owners can now select game and app files which they want to move to the SD card. Before only .APK files could be moved, but now .OOB files can make their way over as well which will free up a lot of room on the Shield's internal storage.
Finally, PC Streaming moves out of Beta and gets a new name. NVIDIA GameStream allows users to stream their PC games directly to the Shield, and allows for portable gameplay which would otherwise have you stuck at a desk. NVIDIA says that GameStream has been optimized for "game-speed Wi-Fi" with ultra-low latency and can support up to 60 frames per second on some titles. GameStream is said to be supported on more than 50 of the best PC games and is featured on several of the upcoming holiday season blockbusters such as Assassins Creed: Black Flag and Batman: Arkham Origins.
You've just unwrapped your shiny new next-gen PlayStation 4, plugged it all in and want to get some online gaming a bash - well, you'll have to wait because there's a 300MB day-one patch you'll need to complete before you do anything.
This 300MB patch will enable a bunch of multiplayer/online functionality such as Remote Play, sharing, broadcasting and more. Sony of the PS4 features won't be available at launch, such as the suspend/resume mode that allows the PS4 to enter low-power mode, and then lets you pick up where you left off. The day-one patch will enable to following goodies:
Users will be able to access PS4 titles displayed on their living room TVs and play them on a PS Vita system over Wi-Fi networks by using PS4 Link. SCE anticipates that most PS4 titles will be playable on the PS Vita system through Remote Play.
Earlier this morning everyone's favorite pre-release source, @evleaks, posted a photo on his Twitter account that clued us into what Moga's upcoming gaming pad for iPhone will looks like. Moga was one of the companies mentioned during WWDC when it talked about iOS gaming.
Not much is known about the controller other than the fact that it appears to be two separate pieces but a connecting cord could be hiding behind the iPhone in the photo. We do know that the Moga MFi will sport an 1800mAh battery that will charge and power the iPhone during play. This is the first of two form factors Apple mentioned for the MFi controllers, the second will be a separate controller that connects via bluetooth and functions without the phone being docked to the controller.
The PlayStation 4 launches within the next month, with Sony now confirming that you can use an alias on your console, or your real name, it's all up to you.
It's a social decision by the looks of things, pushing the PSN toward a more social experience if you're using your real name. Using your real name on the PlayStation Network is a bold move, but something that I think Sony has the right idea about. No more hiding behind an alias, although my game handle is just my first name followed by some numbers.
According to Dell, Microsoft will allow the Xbox One to run Windows 8 apps shortly after launch. The announcement comes in the form of a listing on Dell's website that states that the next-gen console will be able to run apps created from the desktop OS without any issue.
The official text on Dell's website reads, "With all your favorite Windows 8 apps able to be run on and synced to your Xbox One, now your phone, desktop, tablet and TV can all give you a unified web and entertainment experience." Since the Xbox One runs a heavily skinned version of Windows 8, this revelation makes perfect sense. This allows Microsoft to cash in on existing, and upcoming apps from thousands of app makers like Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Hulu, LinkedIN and more. Now developers will only have to create a single app for Windows and Xbox users will be able to use that app as well.