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Microsoft has just released its first teaser trailer for the upcoming E3 Expo. The teaser hints at new games such as Forza 5, Gears of War, Halo, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Splinter Cell, Battlefield 4, Fifa 14 along with revealing images of the new Xbox Live, Xbox One, as well as some updating content for the Xbox 360.
With Microsoft promising "A new generation of games" is no question that the Xbox One will be the star of the show. The only thing that could still under would be the hardware unveiling of Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4.
Tweak him will have full coverage of the E3 Expo with our own Trace Hagan on the ground putting in the footwork to bring you the latest and greatest from the gaming world. Stay tuned to TweakTown for all of your E3 and Computex coverage.
There are a lot of mixed emotions over Microsoft announcing it will charge users to play used games. Some people see it as fair, while others are calling it a blatant ripoff. Now one of the large studios is speaking out.
Game developer Take Two is reportedly looking for their slice of the pie. In an interview with Game Spot, Take Two CEO, Strauss Zelnick said, "There's no question that if Microsoft has figured out a way to tax used games, then we should get paid, too. It's hard to imagine why they should and we shouldn't."
It's a little unclear whether he would like to take a percentage off the top of Microsoft's used game tax or if he thinks Take Two should charge a separate used game tax. In any event, Take Two does plan on doing the right thing and offering gamers incentives not to trade in their game such as offering free DLC 3 to 4 weeks after release.
Sony's Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Sutdios at Sony Computer Entertainment, has confirmed that all PlayStation 4 games will be required to support the Remote Play feature with the PlayStation Vita. This should be good news for the PlayStation Vita, which has suffered from slow sales.
The requirement was confirmed via a tweet by Yoshia, who added some details to the requirement: "It's true [they will be required to support Remote Play] unless the game requires specific hardware like the camera. It will be great to play PS4 games on PS Vita."
One of the main causes for slow PS Vita sales is its small library of games. By forcing Remote Play upon all PlayStation 4 games, Sony is effectively expanding the library of the Vita to include all the new PlayStation 4 games. We'll still have to see just how well its implemented, but what we've seen so far looks promising.
Get ready to play the latest PS4 games while laying in bed with a PS Vita.
Several groups have spoken out over privacy concerns and the always-on, always-listening Xbox One Kinect sensor. Microsoft has confirmed that the new Kinect sensor can be completely turned off. Fears were that a hacker could gain access to the system and use it to spy on the console's owners.
Thankfully, this shouldn't be the case. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, "It is not always watching or always listening." Microsoft unveiled quite a bit at their press conference, but neglected to spill all of the details, which has contributed to some of the rumors and concerns circulating the web.
The spokesperson added, "Yes, you can turn the system completely off. This would use no power and turn everything off. We'll share more details about how it all works later."
We know our customers want and expect strong privacy protections to be built into our products, devices and services, and for companies to be responsible stewards of their data. Microsoft has more than ten years of experience making privacy a top priority. Kinect for Xbox 360 was designed and built with strong privacy protections in place and the new Kinect will continue this commitment. We'll share more details later.
We still have much to learn about the Xbox One. Microsoft will hopefully spill more details are E3 in a few weeks. Until then, we can all calm down a bit about the new Kinect spy tool.
Mad Catz has officially announced that it has started working with Microsoft on developing its new line of accessories for the Xbox One gaming console. The company has not released any information at this point but did tell TweakTown that they will be showing off their "vision of next-gen gaming" at E3.
Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. said:
"We are eagerly looking forward to the upcoming launch of the Xbox One and excited about the opportunity to develop a range of innovative products to support the platform. The launch of the Xbox One adds a new revenue stream and the enhanced performance of the Xbox One opens up additional scope for innovation. Today's announcement demonstrates our continued support of Microsoft's console and entertainment business and is part of our long-term strategy to bring innovative products to passionate gamers."
Microsoft was very thorough in showing off the deep integration with ESPN and other sports related content during its Xbox One launch event last week. In fact, the sports stuff took up at least one third of the entire event, rightfully so too as games like FIFA, Madden and NBA games make up a major segment of the Xbox's customer base.
This morning a spokesperson for BT, the UK license holder of ESPN's content, told TechRadar that the company "will be talking with Microsoft about Xbox One" content. This should seal the deal for the live streaming of both US and UK sports content to UK Xbox One units.
While the deal is not set in stone yet, the fact that the two companies are talking about a partnership means that things are moving in the right direction for our friends across the pond. Other contenders for the Xbox One's UK Sports content is Sky, but no official word has been released about any form of talks between the two companies.
It's not just the German government, but now the Civil Liberties Australia privacy group is concerned over the Xbox One
A story I wrote on the German government concerned over the Xbox One being a monitoring device blew up over the last 24 hours, and it seems like they aren't the only ones that are worried about the always-watching, always-listening Xbox One.
Now the head of the Civil Liberties Australia has said that the Kinect voice and video features on the Xbox One make it a "surveillance device" in people's homes. Gizmodo's Luke Hopewell says "Come on. Really?!" as if people who think that are paranoid, but the Xbox One is an always-on, always listening and watching device. The Xbox One's Kinect sensor is infrared, which means blocking it with some tape won't work, and you can't block it's microphone at all.
If worrying about the Xbox One watching, listening and feeling every movement of your body - with the German government even worried about it - then there's something else to worry about: the Xbox One will be region locked.
In a world of digital media, I don't see why the Xbox One should be region locked, but it will be according to a Microsoft representative who confirmed the news with Digital Trends. The Microsoft rep said: "Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale. We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One".
I'm disappointed with this region locking news, as it means here in Australia I can be charged $100 for a game that is sold elsewhere in the world for $30. Microsoft, just what are you thinking?
Sony appears to be trying to woo indie developers, or at least one indie developer in particular. Sony has sent Markus Persson, the creator of Minecraft, a VIP invitation to the company's E3 press conference along with a golden PSone. Sony also included a free copy of Dungeon Master 2.
Persson tweeted, "Sony also once sent me an original copy of Dungeon Master 2 they had lying around for some reason. They sure know how to bribe nerds. ;D" We're fairly confident that Sony took notice of Persson's complaints about the Xbox and Microsoft locking down the once-open Windows platform.
It's somewhat likely that Sony has some big indie developer news planned for their E3 press conference. Having the Minecraft creator there to see the news and hopefully tweet about it could be huge for Sony. Whatever Sony's plan is, we'll be at TweakTown to cover all the PlayStation 4 news you could possibly want.
A Sony employee has responded to rumors that the PlayStation 4 might implement some sort of DRM to prevent used games from being played by saying that the company hears the users. "Humbled by the outpouring of passionate PlayStation fans and their willingness to talk to us directly. Please know that we hear you," said Sony Computer Entertainment America's Nick Accordino.
Players want Sony to avoid a similar DRM scheme to that rumored to be implemented by Microsoft and the new Xbox One which requires gamers or retailers to pay an activation fee to play a used game. Sony has remained quite quiet about used games. "We are just now announcing the basic vision and strategy of PS4 and will have more information to share regarding used games later this year. But PlayStation has a long history of keeping its gamers happy and we won't make decisions that damage our relationship with them."
It sounds unlikely that PlayStation 4 would implement a DRM to prevent used games. In fact, both systems are confirmed to support used games, but the details are still unknown. We'll likely learn more from both Microsoft and Sony at E3 in just a few weeks. TweakTown will be there covering the event and you can expect to see lots of Xbox and PlayStation news.