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PAX PRIME 2013 - NVIDIA had plenty of their new SHIELD gaming consoles on hand for the public to go hands-on with. So in true TweakTown style, I took the system and started picking it apart for flaws. One of the small flaws that I noticed is a bit of delay between the SHIELD display and the actual desktop display when using the console to remotely stream desktop games. You can see what I'm talking about in the video below:
While the delay is small--I would guess around 50ms or so--it is definitely noticeable and would cause a delay in inputs. The SHIELD is still a very impressive piece of hardware and you should go hands-on and see if this lag presents an issue for you.
This is something I might have skipped, because I didn't know about it until now. But the upcoming next-generation console from Sony is capable of auto-downloading your games after you've purchased them from another platform.
The capable platforms include the PS Vita or your smartphone, where after you've purchased a game using your smartphone for example, the PlayStation 4 will wake up and start downloading your game digitally. A very awesome feature. After the PS4 is finished downloading your game, it will go back to sleep.
This auto-downloading feature is great for those who might buy a game once they get to work, wanting to play it when they get home, so they can whip their smartphone out, make the purchase, knowing their PS4 has woken up from its slumber, downloaded the game and has it ready to go when they get home. Nice work, Sony.
All bets are off with Nintendo of America's president, Reggie Fils-Aime, defending his company's console, the Wii U, against its upcoming next-gen competitors in the Xbox One and PS4.
During an interview with IGN, Fils-Aime said: "It's all about the games. The competitive systems have announced their launch lineups. I'm allowed to say 'Meh.' "I look at our lineup of titles and I feel good about our lineup. We've got Zelda. We've got Mario. We've got Donkey Kong. In addition to great titles like Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101, I feel very good about our lineup, and I feel very good about the value proposition we're putting out there for the consumer."
Really? "Meh?" Is that all Fils-Aime has to say before Sony and Microsoft unleash their respective consoles? Let's have a discussion six months from now, Fils-Aime, and I'm sure you'll be eating those words you just spewed from your mouth. Now, I'll unleash this post to you, the readers, and see what you've all got to say about Nintendo of America's president saying "meh" in regards to the Xbox One and PS4 launch title lineups.
This kinda come out of nowhere, but Nintendo has announced its latest handheld device, the 2DS. Nintendo's 2DS provides most of the 3DS' features, all without the three-dimensional whizz bang.
Nintendo is even making its new 2DS backwards compatible with its 3DS and DS games, with the camera still supporting 3D photo-taking, but you obviously can't look at those 3D photos on the 2DS. Nintendo is aiming the 2DS at the younger gaming crowd, with a decent price of $130. We should expect the Nintendo 2DS on October 12, which makes it the perfect Christmas lay-by for those parents out there.
Working for a major tech company usually has some pretty good perks, but with recent downfalls in the economy and companies squeezing budgets smaller in an effort to appease shareholders, many of the perks have went the way of the dodo bird. Fortunately, Microsoft appears to still be one of the good guys and a new report suggests that some employees will be receiving a free special edition White Xbox One package.
Eligible employees include those who work at Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business at the time of the Xbox One's launch. The free bundle will include a special edition white Xbox One, a full year of Xbox Live Gold, and all first-party games launched within that first year. Special features include an inscription on the Xbox One faceplate that says "I Made This" as well as a special Xbox live achievement that only employees can receive.
Before the new year rings in, Sony's next-generation console, the PlayStation 4, will have seen 33 titles. These 33 games will be a mix of first- and third-party games, as well as these titles being a mix of physical and digital titles.
What about post-launch? Sony Worldwide Studios' president, Shuhei Yoshida, has said he's confident that the post-launch stall of last-generation consoles won't be repeated and that Sony is pushing for a developer-friendly approach this time around. Yoshida spoke with Polygon during Gamescom, pointing out that the indie community in particular is cranking along well, with a slew of original games and ports that will keep the PS4 library growing.
He said: "We started preparing for the Gamescom press conference after we finished E3, and at that point, we had no idea what we'd be able to announce from these smaller teams. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I was informed by our third party teams that this was the lineup of games we had prepared. I was like, 'Oh! That's amazing."
It looks like Sony is having a great time with PlayStation 4 pre-order numbers, with the Japanese electronics giant already seeing more pre-orders for the PS4 than the launch numbers on the PlayStation 3.
Sony announced that the PS4 pre-order numbers have passed 1 million units, with Stern Agee analyst Avind Bhatia noting in a research note that the PS3 sales from the holiday quarter when it launched all the way back in 2006 didn't even breach 1 million units. This means that before the PS4 has even hit the hands of a single consumer, it has already done well in the eyes of Sony.
The war is only just beginning, though, but it's a great start for Sony.
TweakTown Web Poll Results - Next-gen gaming console
Our latest poll had over 10,000 people who answered, "Now you have the facts, which is your next-gen gaming console?"
This time, let's start the other way around, because that's more interesting. Microsoft scored the least amount of votes with its Xbox One
gaming entertainment console, with only eight percent of the votes.
Sony managed to score somewhat better taking 34% of the votes. TweakTown readers are still big PC gaming fans (or are just not interested or are buying something else).
Microsoft is committing to pushing Kinect down the throats, or living rooms, of every single Xbox One owner, where corporate VP Phil Harrison telling CVG during an interview that Microsoft's upcoming next-gen console will never be sold without Kinect.
Harrison went as far as stating that the Xbox One "is Kinect", adding that "they are not separate systems." Harrison said he currently owns the
NSA spy box gaming console, saying that it's a "very magical experience" to power up the console through a voice command and load his profile. He added: "They are not separate systems. An Xbox One has chips, it has memory, it has Blu-ray, it has Kinect, it has a controller. These are all part of the platform ecosystem."
He continued: "It makes you think about your relationship with technology in a slightly different way. It's personal. It makes you think, I wish more devices would do this."
Today, Sony announced a new trade-in program that will allow users to upgrade recent PlayStation 3 games to their PlayStation 4 versions at a significantly discounted price--around $10. This is similar to what GameStop and Amazon announced earlier this week for Xbox 360 games.
Games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Watch Dogs, and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag are on the list, and Sony's President Andrew House said that Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, and Warner Bros. are all on board right now for the program and we can expect other games to be added to the list in the near future. No mention was made on how long the promotion would run for or even how the program will work. As always, when we know more, we will be sure to pass along the information.