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Valve is set to light the entire gaming market on fire next year with the company firing on all cylinders with SteamOS, Steam Box, Steam Machines, Steam Controllers, and hopefully a slew of new games like Half-Life 3, Team Fortress 3, Left 4 Dead 3, and more.
Well, Microsoft has now chimed in with some 'advice' from Phil Spencer, Microsoft Studios' VP. He said: "Valve is right down the street from us. They've done a great job of keeping the PC ecosystem strong at a time where I don't mind saying that we could have been more focused on what was going on in PC gaming. We were probably too focused purely on console. With Steam, [Valve has] done an amazing job of building this thing that, in a lot of ways, we should have been building as well at Microsoft."
Spencer thinks that the Linux-based SteamOS will be a hard sell on consumers, and some hard times for Valve moving from developer and distributor to platform holder. He added: "That's an evolutionary jump. They made the jump from building Half-Life to having a set of franchises to running Steam. They did a good job of learning through that. Now they're taking the next job to become a platform company - in some sense a hardware company, but in the truest sense more of an OS company. That's not an easy transition."
Can you believe it? It has been over 7 years since Sony released the PlayStation 3, and overnight the Japanese electronics giant reached 80 million units worldwide. This is a mammoth effort, driven by some truly awesome PS3 titles.
Games like The Last of Us, selling 3.4 million units in just three weeks, or Journey, which won six awards at the 13th annual Game Developers Choice Awards. Even more games are launching for the console in the coming months, and some big ones just recently like Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts. We still have Gran Turismo 6, which launches in the holidays. The Gran Turismo franchise has sold a whopping 70 million copies worldwide.
The PlayStation 4 launch is nearly here, with Sony adding some more games to the launch lineup at the last minute. We have some indie titles as well as some third-party games, so PS4 owners will have the option to choose from 23 games at launch, including:
- Angry Birds Star Wars, Activision
- Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Ubisoft
- Battlefield 4, Electronic Arts
- Blacklight Retribution, Zombie Studios
- Call of Duty: Ghosts, Activison
- Contrast, Compulsion Games
- DC Universe Online, Sony Online Entertainment
- FIFA 14, EA Sports
- Flower, Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios
- Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Just Dance 2014, Ubisoft
- Killzone: Shadow Fall, Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios
- Knack, Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Madden NFL 25, EA Sports
- NBA 2K14, 2K Sports
- Need For Speed: Rivals, Electronic Arts
- Resogun, Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios
- Skylanders SWAP Force, Activision
- Sound Shapes, Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios
- Super Motherload, XGen Studios
- Trine 2: The Complete Story, Frozenbyte
- Warframe, Digital Extremes
Microsoft is looking to take on Spotify and Pandora in terms of free music streaming with its Xbox Music service on the Xbox One. The company confirmed in a tweet, that Xbox One owners will not have to subscribe to Xbox Music to stream music to the console, but that they would experience the occasional advertisement as a result.
This aligns Xbox Music on the Xbox One with the services Windows and Web versions which also allow free streaming through the use of advertisements. Unfortunately, Microsoft made no mention on if the Xbox 360 would be getting this same feature, or if it were exclusive to the Xbox One. With music streaming becoming more popular than illegal downloading these days, Microsoft is making a good move here and should compete well with other free streaming services like Spotify and Pandora.
Nintendo announced this morning that it will be releases its Wii Mini Console to the US in November. The Wii Mini strips away online functionality as well as other features, and allows fans of the system to play the Wii's vast library of games without the need to purchase a Wii U console.
The US bundle will include a red Wii Remote, and Nunchuck and a copy of Mario Kart Wii. This does mean that users will have to race against the console or others in their home since online gameplay has been stripped from the console. In my opinion, it would be much more beneficial to pick up a used Wii console for $100 and be able to play the same games online, but there must be a market out there for such a device or Nintendo would not have released it. What do you think about the Wii Mini? Let us know in the comments.
Valve has shown off its first Steam Machine to The Verge, which featured a Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN GPU. Not too badly specced for a prototype if you ask me, especially considering the size of the thing... with a TITAN GPU rocking along inside of it.
You can read more on it here, but the biggest news here is that we will hear first hand at CES 2014 in just two months time the proper Steam Machines from Valve's hardware and software partners. We'll also know which games will shift over to the Linux-based Steam OS which will be another interesting and exciting part of the show.
The box you see above is just one of many Steam Machines we'll see, with the Valve team stating: "You can get far smaller, and that's what many OEMs are doing... I think it's safe to say less than a quarter of the size."
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.