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We reported yesterday that the PlayStation 4 will not be capable of reading audio CDs, nor will it playback MP3s. Its main competitor, the Xbox One, has now been confirmed of being capable of playing back audio CDs.
Not only that, but the Xbox One will also service as a media player, where the next-gen console will stream media from your home network. This is great for those of us out there who run NAS systems, so the Xbox One is now back on my radar pending codec support.
One of my favorite features on Steam is the ability to purchase a game as a gift for a friend. Oftentimes I do this for multiplayer games I do not want to wait on my friends to buy. I will purchase 2-3 copies and gift 2 of them to my friends and keep one for myself. A recent Reddit Thread popped up that poised the question if Microsoft would implement such a feature in the next generation of Xbox Live.
The thread on Reddit caught the eye of Microsofts Xbox Chief Major Nelson who joined in on the conversation and said that Xbox Life gift giving is an excellent idea and that Microsoft would love to add it into the program in the future, but it would not be implemented at launch. During Microsoft's big Xbox event the company did allude to "really exciting things" that are being lined up for Xbox Live's future, but said that they would roll out over time, so maybe Redmond already has a gifting system already built, and are just holding off until the time is right to release it?
Sony has just announced via it's PlayStation Blog that users can now add funds to their Playstation Store account with PayPal. Sony says that adding funds is quick and easy and all one needs to do is click the add funds link when checking out in the cart in the PlayStation Store. Simple chose the PayPal option and add between $5 and $150 to your account.
"In our ongoing effort to offer more choice and convenience, we first launched the ability to add funds to your Sony Entertainment Network wallet through PayPal via the web last January, and, most recently, the ability to add funds to your wallet via mobile devices with the Mobile Billing option," said Sony in a blog post. "Your Sony Entertainment Network wallet can be used to purchase games, add-ons, movies, TV episodes, and more from PlayStation Store."
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.