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Pre-ordering your next-gen console in the US needs to happen now, or you might miss out on launch day consoles
Retailers across the US are taking in their pre-orders for next-gen consoles but it looks like those pre-orders are stacking up quickly meaning that launch day purchases of the Xbox One and PS4 might not happen unless you get in with a pre-order.
GameStop closed their PS4 pre-order campaign last week, and back in June they stopped taking pre-orders for the Xbox One in-store. It looks like supply is going to not only be tight, but next-gen consoles are going to be very popular purchases for the holiday season. So if you're anywhere in the world right now and want to secure your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, do it now.
If you're like me and want to get some hands-on time with Sony's next-generation console, you can have your chance at Comic-Con 2013 which starts next week.
The PlayStation 4 will be available to the public for some hands-on gaming with three demo titles on offer: Drive Club, Knack and Octodad: Dadliest Catch. Too bad they won't be showing off any of their other huge games like Killzone: Shadow Fall and Watch Dogs.
Good guy Sony is at it again, will allow PS4 users to access their game library from any PS4 console
It appears that life for future PlayStation 4 owners just keeps getting better and better with every passing day. Today, a Sony official has confirmed that gamers will be able to access their entire PS4 game library from any PS4 console. Sony's R&D senior team leader Neil Brown confirmed that users will be up to log into their accounts from any PS4 console and start playing straight away thanks to the console's play as you download feature.
"You can visit your friends' house, you can log into your account and play any game from your digital library, which is good. But how useful is that if it takes half a day to download the game you want to play?" He went on to say that the system is quite similar to how Blu-ray technology works in that chunks of data are automatically copied over in the background leading to faster speeds after the first few minutes.
Trawling through Reddit on a Saturday night and happen to stumble across T3's world exclusive look at Sony's next-generation PlayStation 4. What makes this different, is they get to take a look at it out of the glass box.
This means some serious hands-on time with it, where we get some very close up shots of the next-gen console from Sony. They also take the time to look at the new Dual Shock 4 controller, too. By the looks of the design, the PS4 isn't something you'll have standing vertically, even though Sony offer consumers a stand for it.
It's looking great, and I'm really digging the design of it so far.
The upcoming Microsoft Xbox One will introduce a new Xbox Live Gold reputation system. This system is designed to rank players so mean or undesirable players are matched with other mean or undesirable players. The system will use player reports, moderator actions, mutes, and other reporting systems to rank players. The system may eventually take Xbox Live Arcade purchases and other participation things into account.
"There'll be very good things that happen to people that just play their games and are good participants," said Microsoft senior product manager Mike Lavin. "And you'll start to see some effects if you continue to play bad or, or harass other people en masse. You'll probably end up starting to play more with other people that are more similar to you."
The system will come with protections so a person's reputation won't be unduly affected by an angry mob. It will take into account factors such as whether or not the reporting player actually played a match with person being reported. If the player didn't, the report will carry much less weight than a report from someone who actually played a match with the player. It will also decline over time so that a single bad day won't affect your reputation by too much.
We have a full review of OUYA that will come in around a week, as I'd like a few good nights with it, and a few social nights with friends, in order to get a good look at the OUYA console.
For now, we have an unboxing video and a few teaser photos that you can enjoy.
Before we dive into our quick look at the Android-powered console, just how do you pronounce "OUYA". I have always thought it was "you-ah", but it is actually "ooh-AH". So let's take a quick dive into the OUYA.
I backed the OUYA console on Kickstarter in its early days with an exclusive package that included two controllers with the usernames of my choice etched into them. They are coming in a separate parcel, and I should have those in the next couple of weeks, hopefully.
The Xbox One is getting closer with every breath we take, and with each day that passes it feels like we're hearing more about the console. Today, the news has broken that the Kinect sensor has a cool ability.
This ability is that the sensor will let gamers scan download codes with the Kinect camera, versus the current way of entering them in manually - which is such a chore. Kinectimals is used as an example, which takes advantage of QR codes. It makes getting into the game not only easier, but faster.
We know that the Xbox One is pretty much a PC now, with its x86 architecture and Windows 8 bubbling along inside, but how are Microsoft talking to developers who are unsure where to start? Well, Microsoft have been saying they should create Windows 8 apps first.
Vice President of Microsoft's Developer and Platform Evangelism group, Steve Guggenheimer, has said: "Xbox One has two engines, it's got a gaming engine and it essentially has a Windows 8 engine." Microsoft are making sense here, something they really need to amplify in the months leading up to, and years after the Xbox One launch.
If developers begin on PC and just develop, the game requires no porting to the already x86-based architecture of the Xbox One. This means PC games will be stellar, with the only thing stopping us from having PC-built games is the game development will be done around the world of a controller (slower input method) and TV at a distance (field of view weirdness).
The Xbox one has this cool little feature that allows users to plug their cable boxes directly into the console which allows the Xbox to facilitate the changing of channels for you. While the Xbox 360 will not have the channel changing features it will be getting the ability to stream cable TV later this summer.
This morning Microsoft announced a deal with Time Warner Cable that will bring its live TV options to the Xbox 360. Unfortunately for this to happen users will not only need a pre-existing Time Warner Cable subscription, but will also need an Xbox live Gold membership before you can download and install the app.
Time Warner Cable follows in the footsteps of other content providers such as Verizon which brought its FiOS TV to the console 2011 along with ESPN and HBO to have dedicated apps. How do you feel about been able to stream Time Warner Cable TV through your Xbox? Is it worth paying for an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access the service you already have access to via your set-top box?
For those of you who have a PlayStation 3, don't fret, Sony will continue to support their current money-maker once the PS4 launches later in the year for $399.
The confidence in the PS3 comes directly from Sony Japan President, Hiroshi Kawano and Sony Worldwide President, Shuhei Yoshida, when they spoke during an interview with Japanese gaming magazine, Weekly Famitsu. They said that support for the PS3 will continue indefinitely, and that the company has "no intention of immediately shifting from the PS3 to the PS4."
Kawano also noted that after seven years since the PS3 launched, it continues to "sell at a constant pace" and that there are countless titles headed to the PS3 in the future. Kawano added: "With the 2014 launch of our cloud service in the US allowing users to play PS3 games on the PS4, some people may switch consoles from the PS3 to the PS4. But that'll be a gradual process, and to say 'we're releasing a new console, so trade in your old ones for it' would be a maker's ego talking, plain and simple."