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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.
Valve is set to light the entire gaming market on fire next year with the company firing on all cylinders with SteamOS, Steam Box, Steam Machines, Steam Controllers, and hopefully a slew of new games like Half-Life 3, Team Fortress 3, Left 4 Dead 3, and more.
Well, Microsoft has now chimed in with some 'advice' from Phil Spencer, Microsoft Studios' VP. He said: "Valve is right down the street from us. They've done a great job of keeping the PC ecosystem strong at a time where I don't mind saying that we could have been more focused on what was going on in PC gaming. We were probably too focused purely on console. With Steam, [Valve has] done an amazing job of building this thing that, in a lot of ways, we should have been building as well at Microsoft."
Spencer thinks that the Linux-based SteamOS will be a hard sell on consumers, and some hard times for Valve moving from developer and distributor to platform holder. He added: "That's an evolutionary jump. They made the jump from building Half-Life to having a set of franchises to running Steam. They did a good job of learning through that. Now they're taking the next job to become a platform company - in some sense a hardware company, but in the truest sense more of an OS company. That's not an easy transition."
Can you believe it? It has been over 7 years since Sony released the PlayStation 3, and overnight the Japanese electronics giant reached 80 million units worldwide. This is a mammoth effort, driven by some truly awesome PS3 titles.
Games like The Last of Us, selling 3.4 million units in just three weeks, or Journey, which won six awards at the 13th annual Game Developers Choice Awards. Even more games are launching for the console in the coming months, and some big ones just recently like Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts. We still have Gran Turismo 6, which launches in the holidays. The Gran Turismo franchise has sold a whopping 70 million copies worldwide.
The PlayStation 4 launch is nearly here, with Sony adding some more games to the launch lineup at the last minute. We have some indie titles as well as some third-party games, so PS4 owners will have the option to choose from 23 games at launch, including:
- Angry Birds Star Wars, Activision
- Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Ubisoft
- Battlefield 4, Electronic Arts
- Blacklight Retribution, Zombie Studios
- Call of Duty: Ghosts, Activison
- Contrast, Compulsion Games
- DC Universe Online, Sony Online Entertainment
- FIFA 14, EA Sports
- Flower, Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios
- Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Just Dance 2014, Ubisoft
- Killzone: Shadow Fall, Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios
- Knack, Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Madden NFL 25, EA Sports
- NBA 2K14, 2K Sports
- Need For Speed: Rivals, Electronic Arts
- Resogun, Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios
- Skylanders SWAP Force, Activision
- Sound Shapes, Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios
- Super Motherload, XGen Studios
- Trine 2: The Complete Story, Frozenbyte
- Warframe, Digital Extremes
Microsoft is looking to take on Spotify and Pandora in terms of free music streaming with its Xbox Music service on the Xbox One. The company confirmed in a tweet, that Xbox One owners will not have to subscribe to Xbox Music to stream music to the console, but that they would experience the occasional advertisement as a result.
This aligns Xbox Music on the Xbox One with the services Windows and Web versions which also allow free streaming through the use of advertisements. Unfortunately, Microsoft made no mention on if the Xbox 360 would be getting this same feature, or if it were exclusive to the Xbox One. With music streaming becoming more popular than illegal downloading these days, Microsoft is making a good move here and should compete well with other free streaming services like Spotify and Pandora.
Nintendo announced this morning that it will be releases its Wii Mini Console to the US in November. The Wii Mini strips away online functionality as well as other features, and allows fans of the system to play the Wii's vast library of games without the need to purchase a Wii U console.
The US bundle will include a red Wii Remote, and Nunchuck and a copy of Mario Kart Wii. This does mean that users will have to race against the console or others in their home since online gameplay has been stripped from the console. In my opinion, it would be much more beneficial to pick up a used Wii console for $100 and be able to play the same games online, but there must be a market out there for such a device or Nintendo would not have released it. What do you think about the Wii Mini? Let us know in the comments.
Valve has shown off its first Steam Machine to The Verge, which featured a Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN GPU. Not too badly specced for a prototype if you ask me, especially considering the size of the thing... with a TITAN GPU rocking along inside of it.
You can read more on it here, but the biggest news here is that we will hear first hand at CES 2014 in just two months time the proper Steam Machines from Valve's hardware and software partners. We'll also know which games will shift over to the Linux-based Steam OS which will be another interesting and exciting part of the show.
The box you see above is just one of many Steam Machines we'll see, with the Valve team stating: "You can get far smaller, and that's what many OEMs are doing... I think it's safe to say less than a quarter of the size."