Posts Tagged ‘Console’

PlayStation 4 is coming on…

August 21, 2013

… November 29 in Europe and November 15 in the United States.

And by Europe, Sony has said pretty much all countries, including mine, which you might remember that Microsoft skipped until “early next year”.

This, of course, is major news. Because the PlayStation 4 will now be available and region optimized for my area roughly 3-4 months earlier than the Xbox One. Basically, all my friends will be Sony customers and the content will be available to explore from here much better than an imported Xbox One will be able to do.

Add to this that Sony has announced Twitch streaming for the PlayStation 4, something that only the Xbox One had, and was a huge reason I chose the Xbox One over the PlayStation 4, I know have some serious consideration to do. Do I support Microsoft despite them pissing on my region? Despite saying to me “you’re not as important as these other European regions”?

I’m afraid that I have to withdraw my previous confirmation of the Xbox One. With all their policy changes, insanely delayed release date in my region, losing their Twitch exclusivity, it’s just too much to consider.

Sony are really doing everything to please me and impress me, whilst Microsoft seem to be riding high and mighty on a horse they really don’t have.

Will you buy a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One now that you know the facts? And if you live in one of the countries Microsoft canceled the 2013 launch for, are you getting a PlayStation 4 now instead?

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Sony to announce PS4 release date at GamesCom

August 18, 2013

GamesCom in Cologne, Germany begins in two days and Sony has confirmed that they will reveal the release date for their next generation console at that time.

The biggest question is how they will focus on the eight smaller countries that Microsoft shunned, among them are Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands and Norway. Sony has a free opportunity to win those markets simply by availability as I know several of my friends now picking the PS4 should it be released this year in those regions instead of 2014 like the Xbox One.

Only 48 hours left until we know when this beauty will be released.

Turn 10: “600% better AI thanks to the cloud”

August 1, 2013

I have been raving on about Microsoft’s impressive Azure Cloud service for the upcoming Xbox One, but just what benefits does it give? Well, Turn 10 has said that it has allowed them to create about 600% better AI due to the cloud and in turn improve graphics by over 20%. Not bad huh, and it’s only the beginning.

Where are my game purchases?

July 25, 2013

I’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding which games I have been buying. since I used to update about that here on the blog but don’t anymore, it’s a logical question. And there’s a simple reason for that: I haven’t bought a single game in a long time.

I’ve been consistently playing the Dota 2 beta and now the full game for two years. Since that game is free to play, it really doesn’t count as a purchase. My last purchase was actually made in August 2012, that’s almost exactly a year ago. The game that I purchased back then was Guild Wars 2, which I played for a few months and had a blast with, but it didn’t hold up in the long run due to many, many reasons. And I haven’t bought a single game since. Wow.

Console gaming? Not a chance. I’ve said numerous times that I grew tired of the current generation due to old and outdated graphics and AI, so I haven’t touched a console game since like 2010. But that will change this year with the launch of Xbox One.

However, my next game purchase won’t be on the Xbox One, it’ll be a PC title yet again, yes, I am a PC gamer at heart. Which title is my first game purchase in two years? Battlefield 4. I have high expectations for it and I know it will deliver 100, maybe even 200 hours of crazy action in the most gorgeous visuals that I have ever seen. I already have several friends who are picking it up so I know it’ll be some rare and hilarious memories formed. Plus that China expansion pack looks wicked. Very excited for that title, and I hope they fixed all the issues that BF3 had in the sequel.

BF3 was great and gorgeous, but severely flawed.

Names the Xbox never got

July 6, 2013

Here are some of the names that were tossed around for the original Xbox, which ultimately lost to Xbox.

– MAX (Microsoft Action Experience)
– AIO (All In One)
– MIND (Microsoft Interactive Network Device)
– FACE (Full Action Center)
– MITH (Microsoft Interactive Theatre)
– XON (Experience Optimised Network)
– MVPC (Microsoft Virtual Play Center)
– TAC (Total Action Center)
– MARC (Microsoft Action Reality Center)
– LEX (Live Entertainment Experience)
– M-PAC (Microsoft Play and Action Center)
– RPM (Real Performance Machine)
– MOX (Microsoft Optimal Experience)
– E2 (Extreme Experience)
– MTG (Microsoft Total Gaming)
– VIP (Virtual Interactive Player)
– PTP or P2P (Powered To Play)
– VIC (Virtual Interactive Cente)
– MARZ (Microsoft Active Reality Zone)
– TSO (Three, Six, Zero)
– EHQ (Entertainment Headquarters)
– O2 (Optimal Ozone or Optical Odyssey)
– MIC (Microsoft Interactive Center)
– R&R (Reality and Revolution)
– MEA (Microsoft Entertainment Activator)
– AMP (Active Microsoft Player)
– VPS (Virtual Play System)
– MAP (Microsoft Action Play)
– MEGA (Microsoft Entertainment & Gaming Attendant/Microsoft Entertainment & Gaming Assembly)
– CPG (CyberPlayGround)
– VERV (Virtual Entertainment & Reality Venture)
– OM (Odyssey of the Mind)
– P2 (PowerPlay)
– IS1 (Interactive System In One)
– MET (Microsoft Entertainment Technology/Microsoft Entertainment Theatre)

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4

June 26, 2013

I thought that I’d write down what aspects that appeal to me the most of each console and demonstrate why I decided to ultimately go with the Xbox One. I know that I already briefly covered it, but putting it out in-comparison-form feels like a more fun choice.

  • Best exclusive games: Xbox One (Titanfall, Halo 5, Quantum Break, Forza Motorsport 5, Killer Instinct, Ryse, Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, etc)
  • Best online features: Xbox One (300,000 servers, Azure Cloud gaming enhancements, television shows, movies, perfected matchmaking and latency reduction like no one else)
  • Best controller: Xbox One (According to my hands, of course. The PS2 and PS3 controllers were not comfortable, and I predict the PS4 to be less comfy as well. Loved the 360-controller)
  • Best hardware: PlayStation 4 (Although debatable due to Microsofts impressive Azure Cloud)
  • Best accessory: Xbox One (Kinect 2 looks absolutely beyond real)
  • Best features: Xbox One (Twitch streaming, Skype 1080p video/voice calling, built-in DVR, seemlessly integrated with the cable box [USA, at least], amazing voice commands)
  • Best hardware durability/quality: PlayStation 4 (Obviously guessing here, but comparing PS3 to Xbox 360, there is no doubt that Sony had the more durable and better quality plastic)
  • Best smartglass functions: Both equally good

Needless to say, to me, the Xbox One is certainly the winner when you break it down. When it comes down to my friends picking a console the edge is slightly towards the PS4 as in Europe it’s the dominant console. But for my US friends the Xbox One is the winner. I kind of expect the PS4 to get a head start in sales due to the 100€ cheaper price tag but ultimately it’ll be a close race. Microsoft will lower the price quickly I think.

What are your thoughts on the next generation consoles? Which one will you be picking?

New launch games

June 20, 2013

Now that I’m back on team Xbox again, my launch games have changed. You may have recalled my saying that Xbox One has the sharper exclusives, and now I can finally enjoy them.

New launch games:

  • Ryse
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Also considering Watch Dogs, Ghosts and Dead Rising 3. Killer Instinct is free-to-play so add that one in the basket as well.

    Are you jumping back to Xbox One now that it appears to be the superior console in precisely every single area?

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    You have no idea how much I want to be a roman warrior.

    Microsoft changes their policies for Xbox One

    June 20, 2013

    Microsoft has removed their region lock. Removed their DRM requirement. Removed their check-in requirement. Removed their used-games policies and restriction. The Xbox One is now a console of liberty.

    With these changes, I must say that I am once again buying Microsoft. My next console will be Xbox One!

    Why I’m revoking my PlayStation 4 choice and going with Microsoft for another generation:

  • No region lock
  • Better controller
  • Better online features
  • Better exclusive games
  • I like Kinect 2
  • In all honesty, the region free announcement was what sealed the deal with me. It’s that trivial for me as I travel a lot. And everything else just speaks for itself.

    I loved my Xbox 360 and sticking with Microsoft feels right. They’ve always treated me good.

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    Hello, sexy. This beauty will be mine.

    My take on the Nintendo situation

    June 17, 2013

    Wondering why I haven’t mentioned Nintendo even once during all this next generation console talk? It’s simple. Nintendo does not have a next generation console.

    The Wii U is weaker than the now seven-year-old PlayStation 3. But less than a year old. How pathetic is that I ask you. A lot? I concur. It’s flat-out embarrassing.

    I support companies that strive to take technology forward. Companies that deliver richer experiences to me, not only artistically but also technologically. And Nintendo doesn’t do that. I noticed that with the Wii, it was utter garbage. Low resolution crap that was out-dated immediately upon release. I tried several of the blockbuster hits for the console and I didn’t enjoy a single one of them the tiniest bit.

    Therefore, not buying Wii U was as clear as drinking water to me. I knew it’d be trash. 3.5 hour battery life on the controller? That’s just sad. Lack of features, and previous generation hardware wasn’t my cup of tea. I knew to wait for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 reveals instead.

    There are no Wii U games that I want. Mario? Zelda? Mario Kart? I grew out of them by age 12. I can’t stand that ridiculous color pattern and the poor and annoying sound effects that come out them. They give me a headache.

    So I won’t support Nintendo for two generations in a row now. They need to step up their hardware game A LOT, and create new IPs. Because I’m a very demanding customer. And delivering old things and expecting new money isn’t my game. I honestly can’t understand how Wii U has even sold three million copies. Fanboy enthusiasts, probably.

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    It’s quite big. That’s what she said.

    My launch game

    June 15, 2013

    I’m getting asked which game or games I’ll be picking up on launch day, so I thought I’d share that with y’all.

    Call of Duty: Ghosts is a given choice for me due to its online features and unquestionable value for $59.99. Also, to have it for the local multiplayer when friends come over. Can’t beat that, a fun guys evening that can’t go wrong.

    My second choice is a bit harder as all of the games are yet to be confirmed. But it’s heavily leaning towards Watch Dogs because I also want a game just for myself in which I can relax in a open world and explore and immerse myself.

    And I think that’ll do for launch. Later I’ll be getting Assasin’s Creed IV and probably FIFA 14 at some point.

    How about my readers? What games are you picking up on day one?

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    Can Watch Dogs live up to the hype?