Last week I reported that the Sony PlayStation 4 would be capable of remotely downloading games, a very nifty feature that would come in handy in more ways than one. Well, Microsoft has now announced that it's next-gen console will also be capable of the same thing.
Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten confirmed the news, stating that the Xbox One will be capable of remotely downloading games purchased through smartphones and other devices on the Xbox mobile companion app.
The Xbox One will be available in the holiday season for $499.99.
PAX PRIME 2013 - Sony has once again put the PlayStation 4 on display for all eyes to see. The system was hidden behind a plastic shield, much the way it was at E3 when it was first unveiled. This time, however, the console was standing vertically in a reference stand and was also displayed alongside the mono headset that will be bundled with the system when it goes on sale later this year.
Sony notes on a sign inside the box that the design is still subject to change, though I find it quite unlikely that the system will experience any major changes between now and when it launches in a few months. In all likelihood, the console's production is already in full swing and the design won't change at all.
PAX PRIME 2013 - NVIDIA had plenty of their new SHIELD gaming consoles on hand for the public to go hands-on with. So in true TweakTown style, I took the system and started picking it apart for flaws. One of the small flaws that I noticed is a bit of delay between the SHIELD display and the actual desktop display when using the console to remotely stream desktop games. You can see what I'm talking about in the video below:
While the delay is small--I would guess around 50ms or so--it is definitely noticeable and would cause a delay in inputs. The SHIELD is still a very impressive piece of hardware and you should go hands-on and see if this lag presents an issue for you.
This is something I might have skipped, because I didn't know about it until now. But the upcoming next-generation console from Sony is capable of auto-downloading your games after you've purchased them from another platform.
The capable platforms include the PS Vita or your smartphone, where after you've purchased a game using your smartphone for example, the PlayStation 4 will wake up and start downloading your game digitally. A very awesome feature. After the PS4 is finished downloading your game, it will go back to sleep.
This auto-downloading feature is great for those who might buy a game once they get to work, wanting to play it when they get home, so they can whip their smartphone out, make the purchase, knowing their PS4 has woken up from its slumber, downloaded the game and has it ready to go when they get home. Nice work, Sony.
All bets are off with Nintendo of America's president, Reggie Fils-Aime, defending his company's console, the Wii U, against its upcoming next-gen competitors in the Xbox One and PS4.
During an interview with IGN, Fils-Aime said: "It's all about the games. The competitive systems have announced their launch lineups. I'm allowed to say 'Meh.' "I look at our lineup of titles and I feel good about our lineup. We've got Zelda. We've got Mario. We've got Donkey Kong. In addition to great titles like Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101, I feel very good about our lineup, and I feel very good about the value proposition we're putting out there for the consumer."
Really? "Meh?" Is that all Fils-Aime has to say before Sony and Microsoft unleash their respective consoles? Let's have a discussion six months from now, Fils-Aime, and I'm sure you'll be eating those words you just spewed from your mouth. Now, I'll unleash this post to you, the readers, and see what you've all got to say about Nintendo of America's president saying "meh" in regards to the Xbox One and PS4 launch title lineups.
This kinda come out of nowhere, but Nintendo has announced its latest handheld device, the 2DS. Nintendo's 2DS provides most of the 3DS' features, all without the three-dimensional whizz bang.
Nintendo is even making its new 2DS backwards compatible with its 3DS and DS games, with the camera still supporting 3D photo-taking, but you obviously can't look at those 3D photos on the 2DS. Nintendo is aiming the 2DS at the younger gaming crowd, with a decent price of $130. We should expect the Nintendo 2DS on October 12, which makes it the perfect Christmas lay-by for those parents out there.
Working for a major tech company usually has some pretty good perks, but with recent downfalls in the economy and companies squeezing budgets smaller in an effort to appease shareholders, many of the perks have went the way of the dodo bird. Fortunately, Microsoft appears to still be one of the good guys and a new report suggests that some employees will be receiving a free special edition White Xbox One package.
Eligible employees include those who work at Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business at the time of the Xbox One's launch. The free bundle will include a special edition white Xbox One, a full year of Xbox Live Gold, and all first-party games launched within that first year. Special features include an inscription on the Xbox One faceplate that says "I Made This" as well as a special Xbox live achievement that only employees can receive.
Before the new year rings in, Sony's next-generation console, the PlayStation 4, will have seen 33 titles. These 33 games will be a mix of first- and third-party games, as well as these titles being a mix of physical and digital titles.
What about post-launch? Sony Worldwide Studios' president, Shuhei Yoshida, has said he's confident that the post-launch stall of last-generation consoles won't be repeated and that Sony is pushing for a developer-friendly approach this time around. Yoshida spoke with Polygon during Gamescom, pointing out that the indie community in particular is cranking along well, with a slew of original games and ports that will keep the PS4 library growing.
He said: "We started preparing for the Gamescom press conference after we finished E3, and at that point, we had no idea what we'd be able to announce from these smaller teams. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I was informed by our third party teams that this was the lineup of games we had prepared. I was like, 'Oh! That's amazing."
It looks like Sony is having a great time with PlayStation 4 pre-order numbers, with the Japanese electronics giant already seeing more pre-orders for the PS4 than the launch numbers on the PlayStation 3.
Sony announced that the PS4 pre-order numbers have passed 1 million units, with Stern Agee analyst Avind Bhatia noting in a research note that the PS3 sales from the holiday quarter when it launched all the way back in 2006 didn't even breach 1 million units. This means that before the PS4 has even hit the hands of a single consumer, it has already done well in the eyes of Sony.
The war is only just beginning, though, but it's a great start for Sony.
TweakTown Web Poll Results - Next-gen gaming console
Our latest poll had over 10,000 people who answered, "Now you have the facts, which is your next-gen gaming console?"
This time, let's start the other way around, because that's more interesting. Microsoft scored the least amount of votes with its Xbox One
gaming entertainment console, with only eight percent of the votes.
Sony managed to score somewhat better taking 34% of the votes. TweakTown readers are still big PC gaming fans (or are just not interested or are buying something else).
Microsoft is committing to pushing Kinect down the throats, or living rooms, of every single Xbox One owner, where corporate VP Phil Harrison telling CVG during an interview that Microsoft's upcoming next-gen console will never be sold without Kinect.
Harrison went as far as stating that the Xbox One "is Kinect", adding that "they are not separate systems." Harrison said he currently owns the
NSA spy box gaming console, saying that it's a "very magical experience" to power up the console through a voice command and load his profile. He added: "They are not separate systems. An Xbox One has chips, it has memory, it has Blu-ray, it has Kinect, it has a controller. These are all part of the platform ecosystem."
He continued: "It makes you think about your relationship with technology in a slightly different way. It's personal. It makes you think, I wish more devices would do this."
Today, Sony announced a new trade-in program that will allow users to upgrade recent PlayStation 3 games to their PlayStation 4 versions at a significantly discounted price--around $10. This is similar to what GameStop and Amazon announced earlier this week for Xbox 360 games.
Games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Watch Dogs, and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag are on the list, and Sony's President Andrew House said that Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, and Warner Bros. are all on board right now for the program and we can expect other games to be added to the list in the near future. No mention was made on how long the promotion would run for or even how the program will work. As always, when we know more, we will be sure to pass along the information.
Today, Mad Catz announced the launch of its new Force Feedback Racing Wheel designed to work exclusively on Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One gaming console. Mad Catz says that the wheel has been specifically designed to offer the most authentic driving experience one can possibly have on an Xbox One.
The steering wheel has been CNC machined out of aluminum and then wrapped in genuine suede leather to provide a solid yet comfortable experience. Furthermore, the wheel is packed full of technology, including dual next-generation force feedback motors and high precision buttons, to ensure the highest performance possible. If that wasn't enough, the entire steering wheel is removable in the event the user wishes to upgrade in the future.
Mad Catz says that Force Feedback Racing Wheel is ideal for games such as Forza Motorsports 5 or any of the next-generation racing games coming to the Xbox One this fall. The kit also includes a fully adjustable pedal set that allows users to adjust the spring resistance, height, and even spacing on the gas and brake pedals. No information was provided on pricing or availability, but we do know that the Force Feedback Racing Wheel from Mad Catz will launch this holiday season.
Fans of the game Borderlands 2 will be happy to hear that its developer Gearbox has teamed up with Iron Galaxy Studios to bring the game to the PlayStation Vita sometime in 2014. The announcement came during Sony's Gamescom keynote with the company saying that Gearbox's Randy Pitchford is really excited to see Borderlands 2 on the PS Vita.
This announcement comes as Sony slashed the price on its PS Vita, bringing it down to just $199. No official release date has been announced and things are silent on pricing information as well. Additionally, the company made no mention of DLC add-ons or whether your Boarderlands 2 account will be able to transfer over.
Today, Amazon announced that until December 31, gamers who trade in Xbox 360 games will be able to purchase an Xbox One game for just $10. The way it works is you trade in certain Xbox 360 games, including titles like Call of Duty Ghost, Need for Speed Rivals, Madden NFL 25 and NBA 2K14, and assuming that the game is in good condition, Amazon will allow you to order the Xbox One version of the same game for just $10.
This is accomplished by Amazon awarding you a $25 bonus credit on games that have a trading value of at least $25. Combine these two values and you get $50. With all the qualifying Xbox One titles costing around $60, this means that you can purchase an Xbox One game for just $10. This comes in handy for those who want to play the latest titles before the Xbox One releases, which will not play Xbox 360 games.
Earlier today at the Gamescom expo in Germany, Sony officially announced the launch dates for its upcoming PlayStation 4 console. The next-generation console will be available in North America on November 15 at all major retailers both online and in-store. November 29 is the magic date for UK gamers who are chomping at the bits to get their hands on the Playstation 4.
Unlike Microsoft, Sony did not release any info on game titles that will be available on launch day, but industry insiders are speculating that we will see games like Call of Duty Ghost, Kill Zone: Shadow Fall, Drive Club, Knack, Skylanders, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, and Watch Dogs, available for purchase on day one. Sony has set the MSRP at $399, so if you have not already pre-ordered your copy, now is a good time to start saving!
This morning, Microsoft officially released the list of games that will be available on launch day for the Xbox One. The list contains 23 titles of some of the biggest series that will debut this fall. The genres range from first-person shooters to RPGs and casual games such as Peggle 2 and Zoo Tycoon. I have listed out all of the "Day One" games below.
- Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
- Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
- Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision)
- Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
- Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft)
- FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
- Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft)
- Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)
- Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
- Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios)
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive)
- Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios)
- Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
- NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
- NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
- Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts)
- Peggle 2 (Popcap, Electronic Arts)
- Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios)
- Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)
- Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
- Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
- Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
- Zumba Fitness: World Party (Zoë Mode, Majesco)
Additionally, Microsoft announced that all pre-order versions of the Xbox One in Europe will come bundled with a free FIFA 14 download. I'm sure for some of our friends across the pond, that is incentive enough to preorder their copy of the next-gen console.
Sony's 12GB flash-storage-based PlayStation 3 was originally only expected to launch in Europe and Hong Kong, but someone in Sony made a decision to release the device not only in Canada, but in the United States as well.
Today, Sony released the new ridiculously low storage PS3 console to the US via its PlayStation online store. The device retails for $200, which is just $70 cheaper than the normal PlayStation 3 with over 480GB more storage. While flash-based storage in a console is a good idea, the thumb drive I was given as a freebie by my insurance company contains more than 12GB of storage.
UK-based Toys R Us and Amazon stores have been told by Sony to stop taking pre-orders of the PlayStation 4 in case they run out of consoles on launch day. In the coming weeks, some retailers are expecting Microsoft to make a similar move.
There has been one good thing coming out of this, in that Toys R Us accidentally posting an availability date of the PS4 of December 13 and for the Xbox One, November 29. Are you in the UK? Have you tried to pre-order a PS4 in the last couple of days to no avail? Let us know in the comments!
The Xbox One was meant to arrive in 21 markets when it launches later this year, but the Redmond-based OS giant has now said in order to meet the huge demand for the Xbox One, it'll need to cut the amount of countries the console launches in from 21, to 13.
The eight remaining markets will see the Xbox One launch in 2014, with the following countries missing out, for now: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. The 13 countries to receive the Xbox One this year are: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and New Zealand.
All Microsoft has said about the launch date for the eight countries in 2014, is that it will launch "as soon as possible next year." Those who have pre-ordered the Xbox One in the countries where it won't be launching this year will have Microsoft giving consumers a free game, not bad I guess.
Microsoft has come out and confirmed something its calling the Season Pass Guarantee. Microsoft's Season Pass Guarantee offers consumers the ability to have their season passes purchased on the Xbox 360 carry over to the Xbox One, as long as you own the same game for both consoles.
Microsoft has partnered up with Activision, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, who will offer exclusive content for season pass holders on both systems for games like Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4. Microsoft seem to be doing quite a lot in the run up to the Xbox One launch, but is it enough to make you buy one?