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  1. Recently I've been thinking about how Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have been hits for Nintendo. This remake was an extremely smart, and perfectly timed event to do. Now the question remains, after the game being out since, November 21, 2014, Fans might be starting to think about what is next after this remake. (when I say 'fans', I mean me ) Don't get me wrong, there's still much more to be done with Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, time wise, but I think it is time they announce a new project, or just release some speculatory stuff about what is coming next. If Nintendo/GameFreak were to release a new Pokemon title, I'd either love a Remake of Crystal, or a remake of the very popular, Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness. If they don't do a remake, since they just did that, I have some strange feels about a new generation. I guess the question that remains is, how much longer can the Pokemon Video Game franchise just keep making new games? I mean, they do it with Halo, COD, GOW, and many other titles, but is there a limit to how many Pokemon Games there should be? What do you guys think?
  2. Today was the day microsoft finally revealed their new xbox, quite a few interesting things were revealed today with more on the way at E3 in just a matter of weeks. So lets go through some of the main things that was shown at todays presentation. The name. Microsoft has revealed the name of the new xbox, Xbox One. Not a name that many of us were expecting hear for the new console, the reason for the name is for the "all in one experience" the new console will have, games, entertainment and TV. The look. From the picture above we see the actual console itself, the new controller and the kinect camera/sensor. The new console design is not bad but they could have stayed away from the chunky straight edge look and more of a curvy smooth design, but it's still ok. The new controller hasn't changed too much from the 360 controller except for a few minor details, the over all shape and layout is the same but has an extension with a glossy finish that sits at the top of the main body where the bumper buttons and the xbox home button (now touch sensitive) are located, the thumbs sticks hasn't change much except for the grip around the edges. The kinect sensor has a bit of a different look this time. It has a flat front service with one camera lens, the movement sensor along the botton and it will be included with each Xbox one. The Power. The Xbox One specs revealed 8 Core CPU 8 GB System Memory 500 GB HDD Blu Ray Drive 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi Direct HDMI In/Out USB 3.0 The Xbox one will feature Skype, be able watch TV and a snap feature which allows the user to do more than one thing at a time e.g you can watch a movie and browse the web at the same time without closing down one application to access another. Xbox One unveil video Exclusives Microsoft confirmed that 15 titles will be exclusive only to xbox when the console is launched, we don't know what the titles are or who is developing them but no doubt E3 will shed light on that. Well they did show us a trailer of one of the Xbox One's exclusives, Quantum Break developed by Remedy. Halo 343 was briefly in the spotlight at the presentation but not to show of any video game related content, but to confirm a live action TV series and Steven Spielberg will be involved with it, but what role he will be playing is currently unknown. That's pretty much the main parts of the presentation, I will try and add a video of the full presentation for those have have not seen it yet.
  3. One of the main questions that have been buzzing around while we await to get out first main look at the next gen consoles is what will the next gen xbox and playstation's graphics will be like? Well we won't have to wait too long as E3 is on the horizon but in the mean time Ubisoft has given their view on what to expect. This article is from Examiner In the June 2013 issue of Game Informer, Mallat discussed in an interview that Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles – PS4 and the Next Xbox, Xbox 720, Durango or whatever you like to call it – will “blow us away” with their visuals. Although the graphics will be impressive, he believes these systems offer more than solely stunning visuals. "I think minds will be blown by the graphics as a hook, as an entry door," stated Mallat, but continued to share that there is more to these consoles than graphics. One of the greatest benefits the next-generation brings is freedom to developers. "I think that amount of power gives a lot of freedom to our creators and then it's up to them to tailor and tame that power to what suits the game the best." "To me, what's lying beneath that or beyond that will keep our players involved. When you think about that, even on current generation systems it always takes some time for developers to tame the machine - especially the PlayStation 3." As Sony has demonstrated, social interaction will play a pivotal role in the PS4’s online infrastructure. Mallat believes social interaction and connectivity will be what makes these system a true next-generation experience. "This time we may see creating amazing games on the visual side of things very quickly," said Mallat, "but to me the social complement and connected thing will be the next-gen experience compared to the current generation system.” "That being said, you'll be blown away by graphics."
  4. The most recent advertisement by Microsoft featuring an "invitation" to "a new generation. Where your games and entertainment are no longer separated, but together in one. This is an invitation from the all-in-one, Xbox One. Jump ahead." http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=_1mfIg1I3zE You can view the advertisement on the official page at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/this-is-an-invitation. Enjoy!
  5. Recently it was reported that Sony will not be making the PS4 compatible was used games and speculation began if the same thing will happen to the next gen Xbox and it seems that it going that way too and not only that user will be required a constant internet connection to operate the console. So as well as not being able to play used next gen games does this also mean the next gen Xbox won't be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games and will we not be able to play our beloved games like Halo 3, Reach, Halo 4 and many others on the new xbox? Well there is a possibility that the feature that prevents used games to be played will only be aimed at next gen games, or it could be like the 360 only selected games will be playable on the new console or the whole backward compatibility could be wiped out completely. This article is from Examiner With the expected announcement of Sony's next-generation console, the PS4, coming later this month, today we have acquired a few new details regarding Sony's direct competitor, Microsoft's Xbox 720. Through the information that was delivered in an article posted by Edge Online today, it seems that Microsoft's Xbox 720 will require users to have a constant Internet connection to operate the device. Along with the always online function, the Xbox 720 will completely eliminate the used game market. It is stated that Microsoft will still make physical copies of software available with the use of 50 GB capacity Blu-ray discs. These discs will be supplied with a one-time activation code and will be useless after this code has been used. Since Microsoft is targeting the online delivery model, it is stated that the Xbox 720 will have a sizable hard drive shipped with the system. Continuing to drive for the use of motion control, the Xbox 720 will be shipped with a new Kinect device bundled with the system. It is stated that this device will be much more responsive than the original Kinect.
  6. A playstation 4 reveal is set to be held on February 20th, quite a bit of time before E3 which will be held within the first week of June. This article is from CVG A post and video on the PlayStation firm's official blog invites fans to "see the future" at an event set for February 20 at 6pm EST. Sony has also launched a countdown website with the tagline "be the first to know". CVG understands invites have been sent to media and investors for a 'PlayStation Meeting' in New York City on the same date. A first unveiling of PlayStation 4 - or 'Orbis' - would fit with CVG sources' indications this month that Sony would unveil its new console "in weeks", well ahead of June's E3 fanfare. In January 2011, Sony held a similar PlayStation Meeting event in Japan to officially announce the PS Vita, before revealing fuller details at E3 several months later. CVG has been informed by development sources that the next Xbox will also be announced in some form before E3, but further leaks of information are not likely. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d-3GMHIgR-U 'Orbis' has been the subject of an increasing number of high profile 'leaks' in recent weeks, including more than one alleged system specifications dossier. In January senior games studio sources told CVG the next PlayStation will utilise a brand new controller, and that versions featuring a biometric sensor and LCD touch screen have been tested. According to a recent Kotaku report, PS4 will support "multi-user simultaneous logins", allowing multiple users to be signed into accounts simultaneously on a single console. Other mooted features include a rebranded PlayStation Home-style social network and a prevention measure against pre-owned games. Sony has publicly suggested that the next PlayStation will not go on sale before Microsoft's Xbox 360 successor, although one senior CVG source called the suggestion "ridiculous" considering the ground Microsoft gained by launching the 360 a year before PlayStation 3.
  7. Upon further reflection on the information brought to light at E3 I have to say both the Xbox One and the PS4 are about the same. Specs for both systems are essentially the same. The PS4 is slightly better but not substantially and developers aren't going to bother taking advantage of the slightly increased 'power' of the PS4 anyway, not cross-platform games at least. Both systems aren't particularly impressive to look at: Remember when the original Xbox came out? That thing was a behemoth but it was great, so stop complaining about how they both look internet. The PS4 controller has a touch screen but how much would that cost? And why would you need it really? For better or worse the Xbox One also comes with the Kinect whilst the PS4 you have to pay extra for the PS Eye. Either way you have to pay extra, but pricing is later. Software limitations wise the PS4 wins hands-down I have to admit. They have given straight yes/no answers: " ‘yes’ - the PS4 would be free of limitations on used games, that ‘no’ - there would be no need for online connections, and, a bonus, that ‘yes’ - the console would even be region-free (the Xbox One is not)." -independent.co.uk Whilst Xbox One has given sort of answers. ‘Kind of’ - the One would have limitations on used games, confusing ones that are difficult to understand. That ‘some times’ - there would be a need for online connections, also confusing, right now the consensus is every 24 hours for some reason. That ‘no' - the console wouldn't even be region-free (only straight answer) But actual software features wise I think the One wins. Sure you can watch tv on your tv but why complain if the One offers you the ability to watch tv through it with added features? You can instantly switch between tasks and I hear you ask "Why would I need such a thing?" Well it appears both the PS4 and the One are on a vendetta against loading screens: Now the Ones ability seems better, I hate waiting for a match to start and it is a novel way of distraction away from loading screens, a hell of a lot better then watching a little circle spinning around or watching the words 'Looking for players' for 5 minutes. Games wise (as in exclusives) same ol' same ol'. Nothing really impressive. Halo 5 but eh. Titanfall (One) looks pretty ok. The Order (PS4) looks pretty ok as well though. Pricing. Once again the PS4 wins over the One. $399 in the US and £349 in the UK and $549 in AU are the prices for the PS4. $499 in the US and £429 and $599 in AU are the prices for the Xbox One. As stated above you get the Kinect (even if you don't want it) with the One but have to pay extra for the PS Eye thingy so take that in to account and still PS4 wins. I can see both consoles selling rather slowly this year. They are probably going to have some sort of price drop (like the PS3 when it got released. Didn't sell, to high a price). This is just an extra thing but what de hell is with the price inflation in AU. An extra >$100. Shipping to AU and the Us would cost about the same. Sure the AU tax would be slightly higher but take that into account and it should only be a price rise of say $30. And the Au is equal to the US at the moment. I is bitter. The only real difference between the PS4 and the One has been marketing. 'Relevant applications and uses to our gamers' - PS4 conference (round about what the guy said) The PS4 has come out of the gated screaming to the heavens and all that will listen that the PS4 is designed for the gamers by the game developers (unlike the PS3 which screwed over indie devs, smell damage control). They claim to have gone to devs and asked what they would like and apparently designed the PS4 with that in mind (yet it end up essentially the same as the One). Those links up there show PS4 marketing it specs, using words like '1.84 Teraflops' and 'eight x86-64 core' to confuse most people into believing that the PS4 has alien tech and witchcraft inside it. But how much praise has actually been given to the PS4? It has mostly been the One sucks therefore PS4 better. 'Introducing the all-in-one entertainment system.' -Xbox One conference (similar to) The Xbox One has been market as 'the Xbox experience'. They don't just want you gaming on the One, they want you using the One for all entertainment needs. Movies, tv, internet activity, you name it the One is trying to deliver. They have also targeted mass public appeal over the PS4 'for gamers' approach. And really who can blame the One for its motives? It is initiative and the 360 got a lot more public appeal when they updated the home screen and added apps. The One is just taking it a step further before Sony or Nintendo has the chance to. The One has been criticized for being ambiguous but if successful the One will have set a new precedent for home gaming and entertainment. Also about all the blow-back the One has received it has just become the new thing to ***** about the One. The internet goes through crazes and this is just the current one. The first conference was a disaster gamers wise but before the event Microsoft sent out press releases stating the event was going to be concentrated on family appeal and the multimedia capabilities. They were saving the gaming for E3, which was a smart move that people took out of context. But you notice how now one has praised the PS4 for being epic, they have just insulted the One for being not good. Now after all that I hope I swayed the opinions of the seven of you that actually took the time to read through that. I think the conclusion is that everyone should hold of on buying the new consoles and voice complaints. The limitations imposed by Microsoft on the One (which are the main problem in regards to the One) can be easily reverted with patches if enough people voice their concerns. The prices of both will be reduced if enough people voice complaints on the price. I think I will end this with a quote, “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr.Seuss
  8. Update see bottom of post Microsoft confirmed that there will be a fee to play preowned games. When you put in a brand new disc in to the Xbox one you will be prompted with a mandatory installation to install the game onto the hard drive, if you wanted to loan or give that game to a friend or relative for example their xbox will detect that it was used on another console and that person will have to play a fee to install and play the game. This article is from CVG Microsoft has confirmed that all Xbox One games will require mandatory installation onto the system's hard drive and, to install the same disc onto another user's drive, a fee must be paid. Individual games will be tied to Xbox Live accounts, Microsoft said, meaning that the software giant can detect whether a game has been sold to a retailer and repurchased, or handed from one friend to another. In such instances, the second user must pay a fee. "On the new Xbox, all game discs are installed to the HDD to play," a Microsoft representative told Wired. The company added that, once discs are installed on the hard drive, games can be played without a disc being in the tray. The Wired article then elaborates: "What follows naturally from this is that each disc would have to be tied to a unique Xbox Live account, else you could take a single disc and pass it between everyone you know and copy the game over and over. Since this is clearly not going to happen, each disc must then only install for a single owner." It added: "Microsoft did say that if a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc." Microsoft did not disclose what the second-user fee would amount too, and did not clarify further on the matter. The article claims that there is no sweeping 'always-online' requirement for future Xbox One games. Update: Jon Hicks, the editor of Official Xbox magazine, has claimed that pre-owned games will be un-installed from the previous owner's system and installed onto another's. It is not clear if this process would negate a pre-owned fee. UPDATE Here is an article from Polygon indicating that this is not true. Reports of Xbox One's online requirements and used-game fees are no more than "potential scenarios" and not concrete details, Microsoft told Polygon via email. "While Phil [Harrison] discussed many potential scenarios around games on Xbox One, today we have only confirmed that we designed Xbox One to enable our customers to trade in and resell games at retail," Microsoft told Polygon. Initial news from Wired stated that those with second-hand or used games would be required to pay a small fee before being able to play. Additionally, Kotaku spoke with vice president Phil Harrison during today's event, where Harrison told the publication that users would need to connect to the internet every day. Microsoft could not confirm these details. "There have been reports of a specific time period — those were discussions of potential scenarios, but we have not confirmed any details today, nor will we be," Microsoft said. Microsoft said earlier today that Xbox One would not require an always on internet connection. The statement is echoed on Microsoft's Q&A page, which says that the Xbox One does require a connection, but does not always have to be connected. "We're designing Xbox One to be your all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready," the post reads. "We are also designing it so you can play games and watch Blu-ray movies and live TV if you lose your connection." This post has been promoted to an article
  9. Today was the day microsoft finally revealed their new xbox, quite a few interesting things were revealed today with more on the way at E3 in just a matter of weeks. So lets go through some of the main things that was shown at todays presentation. The name. Microsoft has revealed the name of the new xbox, Xbox One. Not a name that many of us were expecting to hear for the new console, the reason for the name is for the "all in one experience" the new console will have, games, entertainment and TV. The look. From the picture above we see the actual console itself, the new controller and the kinect camera/sensor. The new console design is not bad but they could have stayed away from the chunky straight edge look and more of a curvy smooth design, but it's still ok. The new controller hasn't changed too much from the 360 controller except for a few minor details, the over all shape and layout is the same but has an extension with a glossy finish that sits at the top of the main body where the bumper buttons and the xbox home button are located, the thumb sticks haven't change much except for the grip around the edges. The kinect sensor has a bit of a different look this time. It has a flat front service with one camera lens and it will be included with each Xbox one. The Power. The Xbox One specs revealed 8 Core CPU 8 GB System Memory 500 GB HDD Blu Ray Drive 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi Direct HDMI In/Out USB 3.0 The Xbox one will feature Skype, be able watch TV and a snap feature which allows the user to do more than one thing at a time e.g you can watch a movie and browse the web at the same time without closing down one application to access another. Xbox One unveil video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP_E6Bn6fWM Exclusives Microsoft confirmed that 15 titles will be exclusive only to xbox when the console, we don't know what the titles are or who is developing them but no doubt E3 will shed light on that. Well they did show us a trailer of one of the Xbox One's exclusives, Quantum Break developed by Remedy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_64IZNgxPKs Halo 343 was briefly in the spotlight at the presentation but not to show of any video game related content, but to confirm a live action TV series and Steven Spielberg will be involved with it, but what role he will be playing is currently unknown. That's pretty much the main parts of the presentation, I will try and add a video of the full presentation for those have have not seen it yet. This post has been promoted to an article
  10. We have had quite a few names for the new xbox, durango, infinity, 720 (well that was fan made) and just xbox. A recent report tells that Infinity has been the chosen name for the next gen xbox. Microsoft themselves has not confirmed this name as of yet but it is believed that Infinity will be the name that will success the 360. This article is from GameSpot Thanks to Smokin Shadowz for bringing this article over. The next Microsoft console will be named Xbox Infinity, according to a report by the UK arm of the International Business Times. Unnamed sources, who are believed to be involved in the development of the new console, confirmed to the publication that the new hardware will simply be called Xbox Infinity. These claims mirror those of a reportedly leaked image, which recently appeared on the Reddit website. IBTimes UK sources also revealed that development units have already been made available to software developer partners. Previous rumours suggested that some of Microsoft's next-generation titles may have been cancelled, while others may be as much as six months behind schedule. Microsoft is expected to officially unveil its next home console to the public at its event on May 21. Rumours have circulated for months regarding the branding that the Redmond, Washington, software giant will elect to use for the Xbox 360's successor, with Xbox 720, the Next Xbox, and the device's development codename, Durango all being used in lieu of any official moniker. GameSpot contacted Microsoft seeking clarification, but a spokesperson declined, saying, "We do not comment on rumours or speculation. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform, but we don't have anything further to share at this time."
  11. Microsoft confirmed that there will be a fee to play preowned games. When you put in a brand new disc in to the Xbox one you will be prompted with a mandatory installation to install the game onto the hard drive, if you wanted to loan or give that game to a friend or relative for example their xbox will detect that it was used on another console and that person will have to play a fee to install and play the game. This article is from CVG Microsoft has confirmed that all Xbox One games will require mandatory installation onto the system's hard drive and, to install the same disc onto another user's drive, a fee must be paid. Individual games will be tied to Xbox Live accounts, Microsoft said, meaning that the software giant can detect whether a game has been sold to a retailer and repurchased, or handed from one friend to another. In such instances, the second user must pay a fee. "On the new Xbox, all game discs are installed to the HDD to play," a Microsoft representative told Wired. The company added that, once discs are installed on the hard drive, games can be played without a disc being in the tray. The Wired article then elaborates: "What follows naturally from this is that each disc would have to be tied to a unique Xbox Live account, else you could take a single disc and pass it between everyone you know and copy the game over and over. Since this is clearly not going to happen, each disc must then only install for a single owner." It added: "Microsoft did say that if a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc." Microsoft did not disclose what the second-user fee would amount too, and did not clarify further on the matter. The article claims that there is no sweeping 'always-online' requirement for future Xbox One games. Update: Jon Hicks, the editor of Official Xbox magazine, has claimed that pre-owned games will be un-installed from the previous owner's system and installed onto another's. It is not clear if this process would negate a pre-owned fee.
  12. We have had quite a few names for the new xbox, durango, infinity, 720 (well that was fan made) and just xbox. A recent report tells that Infinity has been the chosen name for the next gen xbox. Microsoft themselves has not confirmed this name as of yet but it is believed that Infinity will be the name that will succeed the 360. This article is from GameSpot Thanks to Smokin Shadowz for bringing this article over. The next Microsoft console will be named Xbox Infinity, according to a report by the UK arm of the International Business Times. Unnamed sources, who are believed to be involved in the development of the new console, confirmed to the publication that the new hardware will simply be called Xbox Infinity. These claims mirror those of a reportedly leaked image, which recently appeared on the Reddit website. IBTimes UK sources also revealed that development units have already been made available to software developer partners. Previous rumours suggested that some of Microsoft's next-generation titles may have been cancelled, while others may be as much as six months behind schedule. Microsoft is expected to officially unveil its next home console to the public at its event on May 21. Rumours have circulated for months regarding the branding that the Redmond, Washington, software giant will elect to use for the Xbox 360's successor, with Xbox 720, the Next Xbox, and the device's development codename, Durango all being used in lieu of any official moniker. GameSpot contacted Microsoft seeking clarification, but a spokesperson declined, saying, "We do not comment on rumours or speculation. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform, but we don't have anything further to share at this time." This post has been promoted to an article
  13. One of the main questions that have been buzzing around while we await to get out first main look at the next gen consoles is what will the next gen xbox and playstation's graphics will be like? Well we won't have to wait too long as E3 is on the horizon but in the mean time Ubisoft has given their view on what to expect. This article is from Examiner In the June 2013 issue of Game Informer, Mallat discussed in an interview that Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles – PS4 and the Next Xbox, Xbox 720, Durango or whatever you like to call it – will “blow us away” with their visuals. Although the graphics will be impressive, he believes these systems offer more than solely stunning visuals. "I think minds will be blown by the graphics as a hook, as an entry door," stated Mallat, but continued to share that there is more to these consoles than graphics. One of the greatest benefits the next-generation brings is freedom to developers. "I think that amount of power gives a lot of freedom to our creators and then it's up to them to tailor and tame that power to what suits the game the best." "To me, what's lying beneath that or beyond that will keep our players involved. When you think about that, even on current generation systems it always takes some time for developers to tame the machine - especially the PlayStation 3." As Sony has demonstrated, social interaction will play a pivotal role in the PS4’s online infrastructure. Mallat believes social interaction and connectivity will be what makes these system a true next-generation experience. "This time we may see creating amazing games on the visual side of things very quickly," said Mallat, "but to me the social complement and connected thing will be the next-gen experience compared to the current generation system.” "That being said, you'll be blown away by graphics." This post has been promoted to an article
  14. The rumors that have been flying about that the next xbox will require a constant internet connection and used games will not work have been put to rest, so for those who were worried about this can breathe a sigh of relief. Also a report yesterday said that the next xbox will offer an add on that will allow users to use their 360 content on it's successor. More details below This article is from Examiner New information regarding Microsoft’s next-generation home console – codenamed Durango – surfaced on April 10 which suggest that recent rumors proposing that the Xbox 720 will require an always on connection to the internet are in fact false. Likewise, details about backwards compatibility for the Next Xbox have come forth which hint at the possibility that Microsoft’s next-generation home console will support backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 software, however, it will require a special add-on device. On Wednesday, April 10, new information about Microsoft’s Xbox 720 – Durango – came to light as VGLeaks reports that Microsoft will offer an add-on for the Xbox 720 to allow users to play their Xbox 360 games. This add-on will be networked with the Xbox 720 – Durango – to allow for backwards compatibility to all Xbox 360 software – meaning XBLA, digital, and retail Xbox 360 games will be supported. It is said to be similar to the HD-DVD add-on Microsoft released for Xbox 360. Additionally, the rumors of an always online requirement for Xbox 720 are apparently false. The system itself will always be online, but it will not be a requirement to play local content nor will it prevent people from playing used games. This post has been promoted to an article
  15. The rumors that have been flying about that the next xbox will require a constant internet connection and used games will not work have been put to rest, so for those who were worried about this can breathe a sigh of relief. Also a report yesterday said that the next xbox will offer an add on that will allow users to use their 360 content on it's successor. More details below This article is from Examiner New information regarding Microsoft’s next-generation home console – codenamed Durango – surfaced on April 10 which suggest that recent rumors proposing that the Xbox 720 will require an always on connection to the internet are in fact false. Likewise, details about backwards compatibility for the Next Xbox have come forth which hint at the possibility that Microsoft’s next-generation home console will support backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 software, however, it will require a special add-on device. On Wednesday, April 10, new information about Microsoft’s Xbox 720 – Durango – came to light as VGLeaks reports that Microsoft will offer an add-on for the Xbox 720 to allow users to play their Xbox 360 games. This add-on will be networked with the Xbox 720 – Durango – to allow for backwards compatibility to all Xbox 360 software – meaning XBLA, digital, and retail Xbox 360 games will be supported. It is said to be similar to the HD-DVD add-on Microsoft released for Xbox 360. Additionally, the rumors of an always online requirement for Xbox 720 are apparently false. The system itself will always be online, but it will not be a requirement to play local content nor will it prevent people from playing used games.
  16. The Next Gen Xbox has a demo at Square Enix and has revealed some footage of how the graphics, lighting and motion will look like. Below are some very well detailed images of video game characters and a video showing off some light and movement activity as a demonstration. This article and images are from Examiner. The Xbox 720 will receive some impressive tech from gaming's developers and among that will be the Luminous Engine from Square Enix, which has just released its newest demo. According to a report from Siliconera on Monday, a brand-new demo for Square Enix's Luminous Engine has been released and it is just as impressive as the others that have been revealed up until now. Given the potential and power the Luminous Engine has, hopefully Square Enix will return to making profits in the console space because it would be a shame to lose such a talented contributor. Square recently talked about some of the struggles they have had in the console space. "During the nine-month period ended December 31, 2012, the Company has not recovered the operating loss posted in the six-month period ended September 30, 2012. "[This is] primarily due to the increasingly difficult condition of the world-wide console game market, under which the Group is struggling to achieve a fair expected return on its investment. "On the other hand, content for other platforms such as PCs, smartphones and SNS such as 'Sengoku Ixa,' a browser game, and 'Final Fantasy Brigade,' a social networking game for Mobage, are generating an acceptable profit. "In addition, newly released game titles, such as 'Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur,' a social networking game released in April, 2012 serving more than 1 million registered users, have been expanding at a satisfactory pace. "Registered users of Final Fantasy Artniks,' a social networking game released in November, 2012 for Gree, exceeded 1 million at the end of December, 2012," Square said. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KFQYC7awTOc
  17. The Next Gen Xbox has a demo at Square Enix and has revealed some footage of how the graphics, lighting and motion will look like. Below are some very well detailed images of video game characters and a video showing off some light and movement activity as a demonstration. This article and images are from Examiner. The Xbox 720 will receive some impressive tech from gaming's developers and among that will be the Luminous Engine from Square Enix, which has just released its newest demo. According to a report from Siliconera on Monday, a brand-new demo for Square Enix's Luminous Engine has been released and it is just as impressive as the others that have been revealed up until now. Given the potential and power the Luminous Engine has, hopefully Square Enix will return to making profits in the console space because it would be a shame to lose such a talented contributor. Square recently talked about some of the struggles they have had in the console space. "During the nine-month period ended December 31, 2012, the Company has not recovered the operating loss posted in the six-month period ended September 30, 2012. "[This is] primarily due to the increasingly difficult condition of the world-wide console game market, under which the Group is struggling to achieve a fair expected return on its investment. "On the other hand, content for other platforms such as PCs, smartphones and SNS such as 'Sengoku Ixa,' a browser game, and 'Final Fantasy Brigade,' a social networking game for Mobage, are generating an acceptable profit. "In addition, newly released game titles, such as 'Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur,' a social networking game released in April, 2012 serving more than 1 million registered users, have been expanding at a satisfactory pace. "Registered users of Final Fantasy Artniks,' a social networking game released in November, 2012 for Gree, exceeded 1 million at the end of December, 2012," Square said. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KFQYC7awTOc This post has been promoted to an article
  18. Recently it was reported that Sony will not be making the PS4 compatible with used games and speculation began if the same thing will happen to the next gen Xbox and it seems that it going that way too and not only that, users will be required to have a constant internet connection to operate the console. So as well as not being able to play used next gen games does this also mean the next gen Xbox won't be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games and will we not be able to play our beloved games like Halo 3, Reach, Halo 4 and many others on the new xbox? Well there is a possibility that the feature that prevents used games to be played will only be aimed at next gen games, or it could be like the 360 only selected games will be playable on the new console or the whole backward compatibility could be wiped out completely. This article is from Examiner With the expected announcement of Sony's next-generation console, the PS4, coming later this month, today we have acquired a few new details regarding Sony's direct competitor, Microsoft's Xbox 720. Through the information that was delivered in an article posted by Edge Online today, it seems that Microsoft's Xbox 720 will require users to have a constant Internet connection to operate the device. Along with the always online function, the Xbox 720 will completely eliminate the used game market. It is stated that Microsoft will still make physical copies of software available with the use of 50 GB capacity Blu-ray discs. These discs will be supplied with a one-time activation code and will be useless after this code has been used. Since Microsoft is targeting the online delivery model, it is stated that the Xbox 720 will have a sizable hard drive shipped with the system. Continuing to drive for the use of motion control, the Xbox 720 will be shipped with a new Kinect device bundled with the system. It is stated that this device will be much more responsive than the original Kinect. This post has been promoted to an article
  19. It has been reported that at least 4 brand new titles will be released for the next gen xbox but they might not be released when the next xbox is released but perhaps at some point after. More details below. This article is from Examiner "Halo", "Gears of War", "Fable" and "Forza Motorsport" have been staples for the Xbox 360 and at least three of those are assured to return next-gen with the release of the next Xbox. Microsoft has been criticized in the past for not having original and exclusive titles for its consoles but a Microsoft Product Manager resume discovered Friday confirms that there are at least four all new intellectual properties (IPs) coming. Jonathan Brown is the current Senior Product Manager/Product Planner for Microsoft's Vancouver Studios which was renamed to Black Tusk Studios last November. In his LinkedIn resume he wrote, "I have been the primary product manager on four unannounced new IP and have been a key contributor to bringing these IP from the very early concept phase through green light to production." In an interview with The Vancouver Sun last year, studio head Mike Crump said, "[W]e are working on Microsoft’s next big entertainment franchise. We’re not working on an existing franchise, we’re looking to build the next 'Halo' here in Vancouver, for example, which is really exciting. We are building something from the ground up.” That distinction is important as it shows that Microsoft is working on AAA franchises and not just Kinect games which have been received poorly by 'core' gamers. Other studios with unannounced projects include Microsoft Studios - Log Angeles, Platform Next Studios, Playful Learning, Skybox Sports, Lionhead Studios, Lift London, Press Play, and Microsoft Victoria Studios. Some of these studios could be working on PC only titles or Windows Phone 8 games as well.
  20. It has been reported that at least 4 brand new titles will be released for the next gen xbox but they might not be released when the next xbox is released but perhaps at some point after. More details below. This article is from Examiner "Halo", "Gears of War", "Fable" and "Forza Motorsport" have been staples for the Xbox 360 and at least three of those are assured to return next-gen with the release of the next Xbox. Microsoft has been criticized in the past for not having original and exclusive titles for its consoles but a Microsoft Product Manager resume discovered Friday confirms that there are at least four all new intellectual properties (IPs) coming. Jonathan Brown is the current Senior Product Manager/Product Planner for Microsoft's Vancouver Studios which was renamed to Black Tusk Studios last November. In his LinkedIn resume he wrote, "I have been the primary product manager on four unannounced new IP and have been a key contributor to bringing these IP from the very early concept phase through green light to production." In an interview with The Vancouver Sun last year, studio head Mike Crump said, "[W]e are working on Microsoft’s next big entertainment franchise. We’re not working on an existing franchise, we’re looking to build the next 'Halo' here in Vancouver, for example, which is really exciting. We are building something from the ground up.” That distinction is important as it shows that Microsoft is working on AAA franchises and not just Kinect games which have been received poorly by 'core' gamers. Other studios with unannounced projects include Microsoft Studios - Log Angeles, Platform Next Studios, Playful Learning, Skybox Sports, Lionhead Studios, Lift London, Press Play, and Microsoft Victoria Studios. Some of these studios could be working on PC only titles or Windows Phone 8 games as well. This post has been promoted to an article
  21. The PS4 will be delayed until early 2014 for Europe as Sony released some of their other hardware late in Europe but plans for a 2013 release for the US and Japan still seem to be intact. More details below This article is from Gamingbolt Sources have told Edge that the PS4 will indeed be releases in Japan and the United States at the end of this year, but that it will miss a 2013 European release date and come out in the region early in 2014. This might just happen. Sony has had a history of releasing some of their hardware late in Europe, a la the PSP and the PS Vita (which released late in US too). Edge also detailed several new features that the PS4 will boast of, according to its source, in its article. The first one was an improved version of the PS Eye. The PS4 will also ship with a redesigned controller. “[it will be] the same size as an existing DualShock but features a small touchpad in place of the existing Select, Start and PS buttons,” reads the reports. “The tech is based on Vita’s rear touchpad, and is similarly responsive in use.” “A new Share button on the controller will, when pressed, launch a new feature that will allow screenshots and video to be distributed online,” the article added. “The PS4 hardware will continually record the most recent 15 minutes of onscreen action (with no processing penalty, claims our source), which users will then be able to edit and broadcast via the Internet.” The PS4 is likely to be announced on February 20th. This post has been promoted to an article
  22. The PS4 will be delayed until early 2014 for Europe as Sony released some of their other hardware late in Europe but plans for a 2013 release for the US and Japan still seem to be intact. More details below This article is from Gamingbolt Sources have told Edge that the PS4 will indeed be releases in Japan and the United States at the end of this year, but that it will miss a 2013 European release date and come out in the region early in 2014. This might just happen. Sony has had a history of releasing some of their hardware late in Europe, a la the PSP and the PS Vita (which released late in US too). Edge also detailed several new features that the PS4 will boast of, according to its source, in its article. The first one was an improved version of the PS Eye. The PS4 will also ship with a redesigned controller. “[it will be] the same size as an existing DualShock but features a small touchpad in place of the existing Select, Start and PS buttons,” reads the reports. “The tech is based on Vita’s rear touchpad, and is similarly responsive in use.” “A new Share button on the controller will, when pressed, launch a new feature that will allow screenshots and video to be distributed online,” the article added. “The PS4 hardware will continually record the most recent 15 minutes of onscreen action (with no processing penalty, claims our source), which users will then be able to edit and broadcast via the Internet.” The PS4 is likely to be announced on February 20th.
  23. A playstation 4 reveal is set to be held on February 20th, quite a bit of time before E3 which will be held within the first week of June. This article is from CVG A post and video on the PlayStation firm's official blog invites fans to "see the future" at an event set for February 20 at 6pm EST. Sony has also launched a countdown website with the tagline "be the first to know". CVG understands invites have been sent to media and investors for a 'PlayStation Meeting' in New York City on the same date. A first unveiling of PlayStation 4 - or 'Orbis' - would fit with CVG sources' indications this month that Sony would unveil its new console "in weeks", well ahead of June's E3 fanfare. In January 2011, Sony held a similar PlayStation Meeting event in Japan to officially announce the PS Vita, before revealing fuller details at E3 several months later. CVG has been informed by development sources that the next Xbox will also be announced in some form before E3, but further leaks of information are not likely. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d-3GMHIgR-U 'Orbis' has been the subject of an increasing number of high profile 'leaks' in recent weeks, including more than one alleged system specifications dossier. In January senior games studio sources told CVG the next PlayStation will utilise a brand new controller, and that versions featuring a biometric sensor and LCD touch screen have been tested. According to a recent Kotaku report, PS4 will support "multi-user simultaneous logins", allowing multiple users to be signed into accounts simultaneously on a single console. Other mooted features include a rebranded PlayStation Home-style social network and a prevention measure against pre-owned games. Sony has publicly suggested that the next PlayStation will not go on sale before Microsoft's Xbox 360 successor, although one senior CVG source called the suggestion "ridiculous" considering the ground Microsoft gained by launching the 360 a year before PlayStation 3. This post has been promoted to an article
  24. Quite a few specs report have surfaced over the past month or so and each one has been fairly similar but each have a few minor differences from others. So for those who have been keep themselves up to date with next gen news then you probably have a good idea of what to expect from the next Xbox. So here we have another specs reports but this time its is a detailed diagram of the hardware of the next Xbox. This diagram and report is from vgleaks. CPU: - x64 Architecture - 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) - each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache - each module of four CPU cores has a 2 MB L2 cache resulting in a total of 4 MB of L2 cache - each core has one fully independent hardware thread with no shared execution resources - each hardware thread can issue two instructions per clock GPU: - custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor - 12 shader cores providing a total of 768 threads - each thread can perform one scalar multiplication and addition operation (MADD) per clock cycle - at peak performance, the GPU can effectively issue 1.2 trillion floating-point operations per second High-fidelity Natural User Interface (NUI) sensor is always present Storage and Memory: - 8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM DDR3 (68 GB/s) - 32 MB of fast embedded SRAM (ESRAM) (102 GB/s) - from the GPU’s perspective the bandwidths of system memory and ESRAM are parallel providing combined peak bandwidth of 170 GB/sec. - Hard drive is always present - 50 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive Networking: - Gigabit Ethernet - Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct Hardware Accelerators: - Move engines - Image, video, and audio codecs - Kinect multichannel echo cancellation (MEC) hardware - Cryptography engines for encryption and decryption, and hashing
  25. Quite a few specs report have surfaced over the past month or so and each one has been fairly similar but each have a few minor differences from others. So for those who have been keep themselves up to date with next gen news then you probably have a good idea of what to expect from the next Xbox. So here we have another specs reports but this time its is a detailed diagram of the hardware of the next Xbox. This diagram and report is from vgleaks. CPU: - x64 Architecture - 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) - each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache - each module of four CPU cores has a 2 MB L2 cache resulting in a total of 4 MB of L2 cache - each core has one fully independent hardware thread with no shared execution resources - each hardware thread can issue two instructions per clock GPU: - custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor - 12 shader cores providing a total of 768 threads - each thread can perform one scalar multiplication and addition operation (MADD) per clock cycle - at peak performance, the GPU can effectively issue 1.2 trillion floating-point operations per second High-fidelity Natural User Interface (NUI) sensor is always present Storage and Memory: - 8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM DDR3 (68 GB/s) - 32 MB of fast embedded SRAM (ESRAM) (102 GB/s) - from the GPU’s perspective the bandwidths of system memory and ESRAM are parallel providing combined peak bandwidth of 170 GB/sec. - Hard drive is always present - 50 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive Networking: - Gigabit Ethernet - Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct Hardware Accelerators: - Move engines - Image, video, and audio codecs - Kinect multichannel echo cancellation (MEC) hardware - Cryptography engines for encryption and decryption, and hashing This post has been promoted to an article
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