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This morning, we're getting word that Sony has taken a few steps back on its DRM policies regarding downloaded video content on the PlayStation 3. The company has now made it much easier for people to download and re-download shows they paid for in the past. Additionally, consumers can now download their purchased video content from any PlayStation 3 device.
"If you purchase a copy, the video or TV show download will be available infinitely and can be transferred to other enabled devices," reads the announcement on Sony's Video Unlimited website "Movie rentals are available for viewing up to 30 days after purchase and can be viewed multiple times within 24 hours on the same device."
I see this as another big step forward in the movement to abolish harsh DRM policies that do more to hurt the industry than they do to help it. Sony has really been stepping up lately and looking out for the consumer more so than the content provider. This really is a refreshing attitude over other companies such as Microsoft, Apple, and Verizon.
This morning, Mad Catz announced a new addition of its Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 controller for the Xbox One. Now featuring a fully licensed artwork skin from the game Killer Instinct, the Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 has become even more intimidating for your opponents. Mad Catz says that the new controller will hit store shelves in time for the 2013 holiday season.
"E3 greeted us with a positive reaction to our Tournament Edition 2 FightStick and we're pleased that the controller will provide passionate fans of Killer Instinct with an even richer gaming experience," said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. "We earlier commented how the enhanced performance of the Xbox One opens up additional scope for innovation and believe that the Killer Instinct Tournament Edition 2 FightStick perfectly illustrates our commitment to the next generation of entertainment."
Mad Catz says that the Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 is expected to be the first fighting game controller for the Xbox One. It will feature arcade-perfect controls that have been extensively designed with the professional gamer in mind. The company says that the Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 has been designed with a philosophy that will offer greater levels of customization and quality to the end-user.
The next-gen Kinect sensor that arrives with the Xbox One has had its own world of controversy lately, with all of the always-on, always-listening pieces we've been writing about for weeks now.
But, news has broken from a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AmA) from a Microsoft employee who has said that the Kinect plays a large role in the Xbox One experience. The person said that Microsoft bundled the Kinect with all Xbox One consoles to make sure all developers and gamers had access to it for all games, not just specific ones.
He also added that Microsoft took a big risk with the new Kinect sensor, where he noted that it "costs almost as much as the console to make" and "the success of the Kinect carries much more weight." The high price of manufacturing the Kinect sensor could explain why Microsoft couldn't compete with the PlayStation 4's price of $399 - $100 cheaper than the Xbox One which will cost $499.
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.