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I really think that Valve can seriously take on the next-gen consoles from both Sony and Microsoft, where it could even come out on top with some of the best gaming experiences we've ever had.
Now the Washington-based game developer has teased its new Steam Box console on a new website, with a teaser image above. There's a countdown ticker that is counting down to 1PM EDT on September 23. We don't know what will be announced, but Valve says it will unveil something exciting - we should expect the Steam Box, in perfect timing, before the PS4 and Xbox One are released.
Pretty much anyone who grew up during the late '80s, '90s, and early 2000s has a deep nostalgic connection to Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda franchise. Many of us spent countless hours fighting every obstacle that was thrown at us just to rescue Princess Zelda. Today, Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker HD.
The launch comes alongside a special edition Wii U that features styling in the Zelda theme. The bundle also includes a digital copy of Hyrule Historia. Nintendo has coincided this launch with a $50 price drop on the Wii U for the US region.
If you were looking for the perfect Christmas present for that retro gaming loving friend or loved one, Hyperkin has your back with the Retron 5 gaming console. It features 10 classic gaming machines in one.
We have the NES, Famicom, Super NES and Famicom, Sega Master System, Genesis and Mega Drive, and Game Boy original, Color and Advance. Yeah - oh yeah. Hyperkin will be releasing the Retron 5 on December 10 for $99.99, which is not too bad at all. The exterior looks old school, which is great, even going as far as featuring a Sega Power Base Converter that lets you play Sega Master System games.
If this thing had a Sega MegaCD inside, it would be an instant purchase from me - but still, this is quite the device for your retro gaming needs!
Tokyo Game Show 2013 is unleashing quite the sea of content for the Sony PlayStation 4, which will allow video capture of games through its HDMI port. The news comes directly from Brad Douglas, who is the head of third-party relations for Sony Computer Entertainment.
Douglas said that "details will follow soon," but we've also seen Sony home console division president, Masayasu Ito announcing during his keynote speech that the PlayStation Network users on the PS4 will be capable of identifying themselves using their real names. Ito pegs this down to encouraging casual gamers to join the PSN community.
During its keynoet at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony announced they have high hopes for its next-gen consoles: it wants to sell over five million PlayStation 4 consoles before the end of the fiscal year, which ends in March 2014.
Five million PS4's might sound like a gigantic number, but the pre-order numbers have been quite huge so far. The PS4 won't be launching in its home country of Japan until February of next year, so these sales will most likely originate from mainly the US, Europe, Australia and more.
Sony will be launching its PlayStation 4 console in South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan in December. Why is this news? Because Sony is a Japanese company and won't be launching its latest and greatest product in its home country until February 22, 2014.
The news comes from Tokyo Game Show which is happening right now. There are no specific prices or launch dates for the launches in the Asian countries, but the PS4 reaches the United States on November 15, and drops in Europe two weeks later on November 29.
In a recent interview, Microsoft vice president Phil Spencer revealed that the company is incubating "literally hundreds of ideas" for original content shows that would be featured on the Xbox One. This builds on an announcement from the company earlier this year in which they said they would be offering interactive video content for the upcoming console.
Of course, the live-action Halo television series will be the first of these original content TV shows brought to the Xbox One. During the interview, Spencer said that we can expect a new announcement regarding the original TV shows sometime in the near future. Microsoft hired former CBS executive Nancy Tellem to head up the new TV shows, so at least Microsoft is trying to do things the right way.
The man responsible for giving us the voice behind Uncharted's Nathan Drake, Nolan North, spoke with Gamerhub at the GameStop Expo in LA about the upcoming PlayStation 4 from Sony.He seemed to be in love with the tech inside of the next-gen console, stating that he has seem some work and just couldn't believe it was real. He said:
I've seen of the prototypes of the PS4 and I know that a lot of the developers I'm working with that use the PS4... it's an amazing machine. I think it's going to step up the game for any game. Whether it's Uncharted, God of War, Call of Duty, all these games are going to benefit from just the technology that they're putting out.
When we think we've reached the pinnacle of what a game can look like, some genius somewhere makes it a little bit better and opens up the avenue for an opportunity to make the game more cinematic, more of an experience. I think the PS4 is going to be pretty amazing - it's going to push those boundaries even further.
North then teased gamers by saying: "I've seen some stuff... gameplay... that they're testing for... I don't remember what game it was but they were doing some testing on the PS4 and I couldn't believe it was gameplay. I mean, it's extraordinary technology."
Gabe Newell has gamers across the world, including myself and now probably you, excited to a degree we haven't felt in quite a while. While speaking at LinuxCon, the gaming God himself said "Next week we're going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room."
Yes, this would mean Steam Box. We know that Valve has been working on Steam for Linux for quite sometime, but meshing both the living room and Linux together can only mean one thing: Steam Box. This is going to be quite the step for Valve, and I'm hoping that with this announcement, we hear about Half-Life 3, which would really be raining on the next-gen consoles' parade.
I wrote a piece a while back, asking if the rumored Steam Box could "change gaming as we know it" and I still think it can. What are your thoughts on the upcoming 'console' from Valve? Could we see Half-Life 3 debut at the same time the Steam Box is unleashed? Imagine that.
Earlier today, Rockstar Games issued an advisory to Xbox 360 owners that warned them not to install the Grand Theft Auto V Play Disc as it could adversely affect in-game performance. The advisory came via the company's Twitter page and said, "For optimal performance, we recommend not installing that disc. We will have more info on our support site at launch."
For those not familiar with what a "play" disc is, GTA V for the Xbox 360 comes on two 8GB discs, with the first being an "install" disc and the second being a "play" disc. The install disk is mandatory, while the play disc can be used to play the game or install the full game on the console. No information has been given on if or when this issue will be fixed, so for now do not install the "play" disc and just run the game from the disc instead.