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We all know the Microsoft Xbox One is an NSA spy box for your home, well, I do anyway, and so do a lot of people now - but the PlayStation 4 Eye is set to be a separate device. The PS4 Eye will be a $59 add-on to the $399 PlayStation 4.
I think it's great that Sony aren't forcing the camera on you, as personally I wouldn't buy the camera unless it was for some crazy next-gen game that made me just want it. The camera should always be an optional accessory and I think Sony's move with the Eye being an add-on shows that they aren't just forcing people to have these things unless they actually want to buy them. Good move, Sony.
Have you been wondering when NVIDIA should ship their portable gaming console, Shield? Wait no longer, people of the world, as NVIDIA are shipping Shield this month still, and will give pre-order consumers a limited edition Shield t-shirt and have included the shirt in the package for your pre-order.
When can we expect Shield to ship exactly? Late June is what most are hearing, so we still have a couple of weeks to go. But right now there is so much gaming content flowing through us that I'm sure the various news pieces and trailers of next-gen games can tie you over until the end of this month.
EB Games have just unveiled their pre-order pricing for Sony's next-gen console, the PlayStation 4, which will be $549 - Australian dollars of course. This is quite a bit higher than the US $399 pricing we've seen, but we're used to that in Australia, aren't we?
I'm hoping that while this price might be right, we should see some form of a bundle included, maybe in the form of an extra controller or a AAA title bundled. Either way, I'll be buying the PS4 on day one, and enjoying the ability to share my games with friends, nudge nudge, wink wink, Microsoft.
E3 2013 - So... Microsoft, I hope you're reading this and if you are, you'd better be sitting down with valium in one hand. Sony have just come out swinging, and rightly so, about how damn easy it is so share games on the PS4. In case you don't know already, the video below will follow you through the complicated procedure.
Um... yeah... that was a little easier than you thought, right? I laughed out loud at the video, as we all did here at TweakTown and as soon as I get back to Australia I'll be pre-ordering a PlayStation 4 for sure. Sony, you have impressed the world today, please don't stop doing so. Lots of love, the world of gamers and technology enthusiasts.
E3 2013 - At tonight's Sony press conference, the company has released pricing and availability for its upcoming Playstation 4 gaming console. The PS4 will retail for a mere $399 which undercuts Microsoft's Xbox One by $100. This is a direct slap in the face to Redmond, who until tonight seemed to be leading the next-gen console war. The PS4 will arrive on store shelves this holiday season.
Not only will the PS4 be cheaper, but it will not feature such hindrances as Always Online DRM, Used or Pre-owned game blocking restrictions, and its gaming network will only cost customers a monthly premium of less than $5. The basic Playstation network will remain free. At this point, Microsoft really needs to rethink their game plan, as I am willing to bet Sony is going to kick their ass in sales.
E3 2013 - At this evenings Sony finally unveiled its Playstation 4 in physical hardware form. The device features a sleek flat and gloss black two tone design, and a very chiseled form.
The PS4 forgoes the streamlined, aerodynamic look of the PS3 for something that more closely resembles a fighter jet's air intake. We will have more information on hardware specifications as they arise so stay tuned to TweakTown for the up to the minute news on the PS4. Head over to our live blog to see many more photos from tonight's press conference.
E3 2013 - At this morning's Microsoft Press conference, the company very briefly teased a new Halo game that will be launched on the Xbox One sometime in 2014. The games trailer previewed a desert encounter between a giant Mech and Master Chief.
Details on the game itself are scarce at best for the moment, and Microsoft neglected to show any actual game play footage, leading us to believe that the game is still in the early stages of development and not close to being ready to show off to the public. A studio rep told The Verge that the new Halo would use Cloud Processing in some capacity and would definitely run at 60 frames per second minimum.
It has only been a few weeks since we got our first glimpses of the upcoming next-gen Xbox One. Since its unveiling there has been much speculation of when it will launch and what it will cost. Today we found out the answer to both of those questions.
At the E3 Expo this afternoon, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will go on sale in November of this year and will cost consumers $499 in the US and £429 for our UK friends. I am pretty sure that I will be standing in line for my Xbox One on launch day, how about you? Did today's press conference ease any of the sourness left in your mouth from the launch event? Let us know in the comments.
E3 2013 - It appears that Microsoft has finally came to their senses and decided to ditch the whole Microsoft Points system of virtual currency. At the Microsoft press event this morning at E3, Microsoft announced that it would be forgoing the points system in favor of real local currency.
The Xbox Live points system has been my biggest gripe with Microsoft since it was implemented. I never really understood why the company chose to create a virtual currency when a simple actual existing currency would have accomplished the same thing. Cudos to Microsoft for making this change! Now game prices, DLC, and other features will be priced in your local currency.
Microsoft also announced that Xbox Live Gold members would not be able to share features with family members who share the same Xbox One console. Features like online multiplayer, and playing games purchased under your account are now open to the whole family without you being logged into your Xbox Live account.
Microsoft announces Forza 5 for Xbox One, utilizes cloud processing for unrivaled graphics and performance
E3 2013 - Microsoft and Turn 10 studios announced the next generation in simulation racing this morning. Forza 5 just may be the most bad ass racing game I have ever seen. The use of cloud processing and what is being called a Drivatar, you are always racing, even when you are not online.
The so-called Drivatar is an AI that learns your driving habits, your speed up and breaking habits, and even your crashing habits. It then races for you when you are not online. It is able to accomplish this through cloud processing which also gives the game graphics like no other game I have ever seen. The McLaren featured on the screen appeared to be a live video image and not a video game rendering.