Sony releases an unboxing video just less than a week before the console's release date. Along with being an unboxing video, the video itself is quite mysterious. It looks like it takes place in a dark server room. The video shows everything included with the PlayStation 4. It comes with the manual, network voucher, HDMI cord, USB cable, power cord, mono headset, the DualShock 4 controller, and finally the console itself which has a massive beam of light coming off of it in the video.
At the end of the video you will see that the mysterious man is Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony Worldwide Studios. He finishes off the video with "greatness awaits." Both consoles are just around the corner. The PlayStation will be available this Friday on the 15th in the U.S, and the 29th in Europe also the Xbox One will be available on the 22nd in the U.S and Europe.
I have to give props to KitGuru, who have called this huge resolution debacle surrounding the Xbox One "resolution-gate" and I'm going to use it from now on, too. We have yet another game that has joined the "we can only pump 720p out on next-gen consoles" club, Dead Rising 3.
The Xbox One exclusive title will not run at 1080p, and just 720p, but the more disappointing part of this, is that it's 720p, at just 30FPS. Executive Producer at Capcom Vancouver said during an interview with Eurogamer that 1080p wasn't their main target, he continued: "It was not really something we actually set as a mantra. When we first started there was no platform, it was PC and we were just targeting next-gen. It's more important that the end image looks awesome - look at how much stuff is on screen, that's always been a Dead Rising sort of brand. That still looks really good, and that's been our goal. I hope it shows - just look at how much insane stuff is going on screen."
This starts to beg the question, where did the resources go into, if Dead Rising 3 can't run at 1080p, or even 720p at 60FPS? Well, it looks like improved AI, and more on-screen actions in terms of the number of on-screen zombies, and objects.
The Xbox One doesn't launch for just over a week, but some lucky gamers have received their next generation Microsoft consoles, and provided the Internet with quite the weekend buzz. First off, the mandatory day-one update was required, something I thought MS wouldn't pump out until the day of the Xbox One's release, which is a good thing for these lucky gamers.
Next up we have the game installation sizes, which seem to vary between 12GB or so right up to 43GB for NBA 2K14, which is just gigantic. Call of Duty: Ghosts is a 39GB installation, Madden 25 is a 12GB installation, and for a few others we have: NBA Live 14 at 9GB, Forza Motorsport 5 at 31GB, Ryse: Son of Rome is a 34GB installation, and Dead Rising 3 is 19GB. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag slots onto the Xbox One's HDD at 20GB, which isn't too bad, with a game like Just Dance 2014 taking up more with a 22GB installation.
Someone has said that the Xbox One takes around 17 seconds to boot up and get into the dashboard, which isn't too bad at all.
It looks like the Xbox One will not be supporting 3D Blu-ray movies at launch, even after the kerfuffle Microsoft went through to get Blu-ray support onto its next-gen console. The news is coming directly from Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, who has vaguely confirmed both 3D and 4K output for the Xbox One.
But, during his most recent interview with CNET, Major Nelson said that the Xbox One will not be capable of playing back 3D Blu-ray movies. He did note that 3D Blu-ray playback hasn't been ruled out, and that it could arrive in a future update to the Xbox One. I have no idea why Microsoft would do this, it feels like both next-gen consoles are pretty gimped from launch, you would think they'd both have features spilling out of them, but it seems like the physical hardware launches are now like games these days - in beta form for months after release.
Microsoft's Xbox One is just two weeks away from launch and today we are learning more about what entertainment apps will be available for the device on day one. Today Microsoft released a list of all of the entertainment apps that will be available for download to the Xbox One as soon as you open it up and run the day one update patch.
The US will see most of the largest hitters such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant, TED, The NFL, Twitch, and Crackle, and many more. The UK will see Crackle, Eurosport, Netflix, Twitch, TED, NOW TV, and more, while Australia gets much of the same including SBS On Demand. No information was provided for the Asian markets, but we can assume that some of the same major players will be there as well, and regional powerhouses should be arriving soon too.
With the Microsoft launching the Xbox One on November 22nd, the company is beginning its big marketing push in hopes of generating record day one sales. With recent revelations about game resolutions, and patches that need to be installed before customers can begin playing games, the company is working on highlighting the console as more than just a gaming box.
Today Microsoft released a 12-minute walkthrough video of the Xbox One, and includes a full featured look at the consoles new dashboard. The video also goes in-depth with the Xbox One's multitasking, app-switching, voice commands, kinect features, and automatic sign-in. Todays video is the most thorough tour we have had of the Xbox Once since its unveiling event earlier this year. We want to know what console you will be buying this year, will you buy the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or will you hold out for a Steam Machine? Are all 3 going to wind up in your living room? Let us know in the comments.
If Microsoft does not already have enough bad PR about its upcoming next-gen console, today even more bad news has arrived for the Xbox One. Today the company revealed that users will be required to download and install a patch on day one before they are even allowed to play any games on the device.
"Functionally, you will be able to do very little without taking the day one update," says Microsoft's senior director of Xbox product management Albert Penello. "You're gonna need to take this update. It's not gonna be really an optional thing," he went on to say. "An initial, one-time system update is required for your Xbox One to function," confirmed another Microsoft spokesperson.
The patch is said to take only 15-20 minutes to download on a moderate broadband internet connection, and will update the consoles dashboard system. Microsoft is not alone in a required day one update though as Sony's PlayStation 4 will require a similar patch to play Blu-ray disc or DVDs. Games are still expected to work on the PlayStation 4 however.
We are so close to the PS4's release, I can almost smell that fresh electronic smell from here. Well, Wired has a nice exclusive, the teardown of the PlayStation 4. Sony's next-gen console gets torn down by Sony's Engineering Director, Yasuhiro Ootori.
Ootori both unboxes the PS4 and then tears it apart, showing off its innards to the world. We can see there's a gigantic heatsink that cools the AMD-powered APU down, but a smallish fan, which is a surprise. We have an integrated power supply, which we had with the PS3, and the usual circuit boards and components in and around the center of the console. Up until now, we didn't really get an up close and personal shot of the power and eject buttons, but they're here, and they're small.
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.
The original Ouya console didn't really aspire to much, mine is sitting on my shelving since I finished my review, completely untouched since. But, the company is pushing forward, announcing that a new, redesigned controller will ship in 2014.
The refreshed controller will hopefully fix most of the problems found in the origin, offering textured thumbsticks, more responsive triggers, and face buttons that don't get stuck in the controllers' faceplate. The problem with the new 'Ouya 2.0' is that it will be hard to differentiate between the current model and the model with the new controllers because the packaging will not reflect this change.
Ouya founder Julie Uhrman spoke with Polygon where she said: "The feel of the controller today is actually probably a lot better than in June. Our goal is to build a great controller. We wanted to build something that was ergonomic, that had great weight, that had a great feel, that offered developers a different way to develop games by including a touch pad in the design."
Weeks before its launch, the PlayStation 4 FAQ is out and it is a real disappointment for Sony's next-gen console. The FAQ is absolutely gigantic weighing in at 30 pages, but one of the biggest tidbits from it is that the PS4 will not playback CDs or MP3s.
The only way of playing background music in-game is through Sony's Music Unlimited service. Very disappointing for an electronics giant the size of Sony, who have countless music labels under their wing. What do you think about the PS4 not playing CDs and MP3s? In this day and age I really expect a console that costs $400+ to playback my CDs at least... right?
This is something I didn't expect, but the PlayStation 4 will not support external storage devices. This means that the internal 500GB mechanical HDD is all you'll be able to use.
However, you can upgrade the internal drive, as long as it's over 160GB in size. But, backups of your PS4 will not be capable because the next-gen console does not support external HDDs. I'm hoping that Sony reverses on this decision, and quick, because I'm sure it's going to have people worried not just now, but when they attempt to install an external drive to the PS4.
Really, in 2013 going into 2014 with a "next-generation" console, external storage should just be a given. Please Sony, wake up to this nonsense. Games are getting bigger, with 40GB+ installations and you want to stop people from using external storage... really?