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While the leak on NVIDIA's website last month that hinted at the possibilities of a 500GB version of the Shield Android TV, it looks like it was real. A new listing has appeared on Amazon, but was quickly pulled.
The listing had an image of the box, which said "500GB Android TV" and the image doesn't look like something that was thrown together for a laugh. The description says that the new NVIDIA Shield has "4K entertainment and apps, powered by Android TV" as well as "a new class of Android games-only on SHIELD". But it's the "500GB storage for all your media and games" that has us excited, and you will get a Shield controller and HDMI in the box, too.
It looks like there will be a normal Shield, and then the Shield Pro that we have here with a 500GB internal 2.5-inch HDD. As we mentioned above, Amazon has since pulled the listing, but we're sure we'll see a 500GB Shield from NVIDIA in the very, very near future.
The current generation consoles have been around for over 18 months now, with the PlayStation 4 being the more successful of the two. Until last month, that is.
Research firm NPD has released a new report, stating that the Xbox One topped the PS4 last month to become the best-selling console of April. With around 20 million PS4 consoles sold so far, Microsoft needs as much help as it can get to catch up, with around 12 million Xbox One consoles sold to date.
Xbox marketing boss Mike Nichols talked with GamesBeat, where he said: "As the best-selling console in the U.S. in April, fans set record April sales and engagement for Xbox One last month. Xbox One console sales in the U.S. increased 63 percent in April 2015 compared to April 2014 and Xbox Live comparisons showed the number of active global users [Xbox One and Xbox 360] grew 24 percent. We are grateful to our fans for their passion and support and are looking forward to sharing more on the best game lineup in Xbox history at E3".
During Nintendo's earnings report, the Japanese gaming giant revealed the overall Wii U sales figures, as well as updating its best-selling games list for its current generation console.
The company sold 3.38 million Wii U consoles during its last fiscal year, with the Wii U racking up a total of 9.54 million consoles as of March 31. If we compare this to its Japanese rival in Sony, which has shipped 22.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles. But when it comes to games, we finally find out which games Nintendo has been doing well on, with Mario Kart 8 being absolutely no surprise at all.
With 9.54 million Wii U consoles in the wild, Mario Kart 8 has sold 5.11 million units, meaning that over 50% of Wii U owners have purchased Mario Kart 8 which is quite big for Nintendo. New Super Mario Bros. U comes in second with 4.81 million units, while Nintendo Land comes in third with 4.68 million sales.
In a rather bizarre news story from Canada, parents of a teenage son faced a rather volatile situation related to a video game console. The family was forced to call the police after their 13-year-old son freaked out and turned violent when his Sony PlayStation 4 game console was taken away.
The problem began when the unnamed teenager argued with a sibling and his parents, involving PS4 usage. The teenager was locked in the garage by his parents, and then he tried to break the door and locks using a baseball bat and hammer, according to the police report.
Once police arrived, he was taken into custody after they talked him down and convinced him to surrender peacefully. He was charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and mischief under $5,000.
The new May 2015 update for the Xbox One is rolling out today, with Microsoft baking in new voice messaging and SmartGlass features into the update.
Voice Messaging is something new for the Xbox One, but has been something that Xbox 360 users could enjoy for the last 9.5 years. It has taken Microsoft close to a decade to provide a simple update to the Xbox One that its previous generation console has enjoyed, but the May update has finally delivered. Xbox One users can now record and send voice messages to both Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners.
Microsoft has also updated the SmartGlass app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone, something that allows people to use the SmartGlass app to turn their Xbox One on or off from the ease of their handset.
It was expected of Nintendo to talk about its next generation console at E3 2015 next month, but the company has confirmed that it will not be talking about its "NX" console at the show.
But, Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata said that the Japanese company will be talking about its NX console sometime in 2016. The Nintendo boss teased that they are calling it a new concept, with the team not considering the NX console a replacement of the Wii U. At this point, there's no clue what Nintendo could be working on, but if it's anything like the Wii, we could expect a big change to the game console.
The new NX console will also reportedly not be held back by region locking, as the company has been listening to customer feedback and proposals from the market.
Both of the current generation consoles have 8GB of RAM, which "should be plenty for the remainder of this console generation" according to ex-Naughty Dog developer and founder of Filmic Worlds, John Hable.
During a recent interview with GamingBolt, Hable said: "In general, I would not worry about the consoles becoming outdated. Remember, the PS3 and Xbox 360 have only 512MB of RAM, but the PC versions of the same games usually require 2GB or more. On consoles you have more control over memory allocations. The 8GB of RAM in both the Xbox One and PS4 should be plenty for the remainder of this console generation".
When Hable was still with Naughty Dog, he was in control of the HDR lighting technology found in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Current generation games are now using much more complicated lighting technologies such as global illumination and physical-based rendering, so GamingBolt wanted to know where Hable thought lighting technology in games would be going next.
John Riccitiello, former CEO of Electronic Arts and current chief of Unity Technologies, believes the Sony PlayStation 4 has "f**king nailed it" and deserves its "victory" compared to the Microsoft Xbox One.
Sony took a "gamer-first" approach, while Microsoft tried to expand the Xbox One's possible user base with marketing towards a broad market.
"Microsoft was focused on the shot after the one they needed to make, putting the 7-ball in the corner pocket, but they missed the first shot and didn't get another shot at it," Riccitiello said during the GamesBeat Summit. "Sony focused on the shot they needed to make, which was win the hearts and minds of the gamer. The broader scope of entertainment might be a bigger idea, but not with an unfocused execution. A tight execution on the 50 million people that matter, which are the people currently lapping up consoles... Sony f**king nailed it, and they deserve the victory."
Microsoft has pulled the plug on the Windows Media Center for Windows 10, but has something special planned for Xbox One gamers. Console owners can view live TV through the Xbox One, and will soon have the ability to record content.
"Of course, many Media Center fans actually use the product to record and watch TV shows via Media Center PCs in the living room," said Paul Thurrott, a Microsoft blogger, in a statement to GameSpot. "Microsoft's solution for this need will apparently be the Xbox One."
The update will reportedly go live sometime later this year, as Microsoft wants to provide a variety of different streaming options for gamers. Both Microsoft and Sony want to keep users engaged with their consoles, but Microsoft hopes to have an advantage after the release of Windows 10 later this year.
Microsoft plans to stagger the launch of Windows 10 later this year, with PCs receiving the new OS, and then smartphones, and other platforms at a later date.
The Xbox One game console, Internet of Things, HoloLens, and other services will have to wait - and it won't be the same user experience as a PC - but we'll have to wait and see what happens. Some gamers have questioned if users will be able to stream games from a PC to Xbox One, since Microsoft already confirmed gamers will be able to stream from the Xbox One to the PC.
Fable Legends, a free-to-play game that will be available before the end of the year, will support cross-platform streaming.