I can go on and talk about how freakin’ awesome the IllumiRoom feature will be for the next Xbox, but that’d be stupid. Instead, just be amazed by yourselves:
Posts Tagged ‘Durango’
Microsoft have officially announced and confirmed that the next Xbox console will be unveiled and shown on May 21, 2013 at 19:00 CET or 1 PM EST.
I am very excited for this as I am always the type of person who picks one console and then sticks with it throughout an entire generation. At least that’s what I did the last generation.
The PS4 deemed to be impressive and surprised me a lot. Sony seem to be doing everything exactly right with the PS4 and Microsoft have a lot to prove to me if they want my money for a second generation in a row.
New rumors are coming in for the next generation Xbox console like there’s no tomorrow and that can only mean one thing: an official announcement isn’t too far away. End of April or mid-May is what people are saying.
But let’s focus on the information, the most recent one, that has been coming out.
- Durango will be priced at $499
- Will not require a constant online connection
- Will not block used games
- Will have a special HDMI-slot for TVRs, DVRs, and cable boxes to replace them with all-new Xbox UI for TV surfing. (It aims to become the ultimate multi-media tool)
- 500 GB hard drive
- Will be cheaper with “Xbox LIVE Gold subscription” feature
- Kinect will feature support for multiple people, improved readings etc
This all sounds pretty good in my eyes. The only thing I am afraid of is that it might be noticably weaker than the PS4. And that bothers me, otherwise I must say it sounds like Microsoft know what they are doing. But as usual, all we can do is wait until the official announcement comes out.
There are some shocking rumors regarding the next Xbox floating around as April and the rumored announcement approaches. Should these rumors prove to be true, I must say that I’ll find it extremely difficult to pick Xbox over PlayStation 4.
Here are some of the frightening rumors:
- Up to 30% slower performance in certain features.
- Kinect 2.0 focus, meaning that focus will be on casual social gaming through motion detection.
- DDR3 RAM instead of the DDR5 of PS4
Those are some pretty serious things. Performance means a lot to me. And I want to play beautiful games in best performance possible and it will be interesting to see how true these rumors are. One also has to take into account that the Xbox most likely will have exclusive social features such as the UFC app on the Xbox LIVE marketplace and whatnot.
As predicted, Microsoft will be revealing their next Xbox gaming console in April.
After the PlayStation 4 announcement, the pressure is now on Microsoft and every day that goes by is another potentially lost pre-order.
It was originally estimated that try would wait until E3 in June to reveal it, but after sony’s fast announcement things have changed.
I have insanely high expectations and the console needs to have very impressive online features and hardware in order to keep me as a customer for a third generation in a row.
Now that the real next generation has been announced due to the PS4 unveiling, I thought I’d analyze what this means for Nintendo who once again will be “competing” with Sony and Microsoft with last generation hardware.
When the Wii came out, it was on-par with the first Xbox in terms of power. This resulted in it missing out on all multi-platform titles that were in HD such as Assassin’s Creed franchise, Call of Duty franchise, BioShock, Final Fantasy, Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, well, you get the point. Basically only Nintendo provided AAA-titles for the Wii. And now with the Wii U being only as powerful as the PS3/Xbox 360, history will repeat itself.
However, this time, it will be different. This time consumers seem to have learned that Nintendo’s hardware is ancient. Sales are slow, sales forecast has been lowered, and it’s generally looking dark for Nintendo. They will miss out on massive AAA-titles once more. Their hardware is inferior 2 GB, where only 1 GB is available for gaming, compared to PS4’s massive 8 GB. That’s 1/8 the RAM for gaming in comparison. 1/8. Think about that.
Wii U’s strength was their tablet controller with the secondary screen. Something that was very expensive and upped the price for the Wii U a lot. How did Sony solve this dilemma? They will make a free app for smartphones and you can use them as your secondary screen or your PS Vita. Genius. This will allow them to compete with Nintendo’s ancient Wii U immediately at launch with superior online features, hardware and games. If I were Nintendo, I’d be very, very scared of what the future holds. Already Sony are looking to be vastly superior and I can’t wait to see what Microsoft will do, surely, it will also be vastly superior to the Wii U in every possible area. Especially online, perhaps the most important area.
Even though I don’t like that the Wii U will be included in the next generation’s console sales, PS4 and the new Xbox, it will be very interesting to see how it sells because really, what arguments can they use? Oh yeah, another Mario and Zelda game. How original and interesting. Not. I am sick and tired of them and have zero interest in them, although I know millions of people still do, so it will be interesting if they crave another Zelda/Mario game for the cost of an inferior gaming experience in every other sense of the way. Is Mario worth it? To sacrifice much more beautiful graphics in all other games, better online features, better social features, and missing out on massive AAA franchises from third-party studios? To me, it certainly is not.
I predict a very dark future for Nintendo and gamers that will stick to the Wii U exclusively. Naturally, people who buy all of the consoles have no issues as they can play all the games and enjoy all luxuries across. But there are still loyal fans that stick to only one console per generation – millions of them. And I would love to hear the logics behind those who pick the Wii U over the true next generation consoles as the PS4. I predict the lifetime sales of the Wii U to be no more than 35-40 million at best. Unless they pull a pricing miracle and cut the price to $199, then, that could change a lot if the PS4 and the new Xbox are priced at $399 or more.
What are your thoughts on Nintendo and their chances of becoming “winners” of the next generation? Did you consider the Wii to be a winner last generation even though it lacked so many games but “won through sales”?
I love rumors, as you probably noticed. Let’s start dissecting some juicy rumors all kinds of gadgets.
First up is the iPhone 5S rumors. Yes, Apple will go the lazy and easy route to make cash with a only slightly upgraded iPhone 5S that will have better camera and horsepowers and not much more. If this is the case, I will not buy it for another year. You might remember me skipping on the iPhone 5 due to reasons such as no NFC, wireless charging, 4G (in my country) and more essential features being absent. Well, considering what the Android phones are coming out with, Apple has to step up in my books to keep getting my money. They are no longer guaranteed it. The new Sony Xperia phone seems very promising and hot. And the rumors for the new Samsung Galaxy S4 phone are out of this world. Like I mentioned before, amongst them is 441ppi and unbreakable screen. Sup with that Apple?
Next up are the console rumors. More specifically, that PS4 will be more powerful than the new Xbox. Of course, these rumors lack credibility of any kind and the consoles won’t come out until late 2013 (December, probably) and it only takes a few days for the changes to happen. I am yet undecided on which console I will buy. To me the Xbox 360 was a clear winner in every sense and I will expect only awesomeness from my upcoming choice in a lot of areas. I don’t even know what the deciding factor will be for me when I make the ultimate and long-lasting choice between the “new Xbox” and “PS4”.
Microsoft has made an official countdown timer to E3 and promised that something big will happen. This further strengthens the theory that the next Xbox console will be announced this summer and released late Fall 2013.
I buy this. I think that the new Xbox will be called just that, the new Xbox and it will be integrated to Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and come with tons of media features such as Netflix etc. It will be more of a media machine gaming console hybrid.
What I hope that the new Xbox will have:
- AMD Radeon 6000 series GPU. (Preferably higher, but let’s be realistic)
- Netflix, Hulu, and many more streaming services
- 3D Blu-ray player
- Integration with my television, I want to be able to record what I am watching to my Xbox harddrive
- UFC PPV deals for my country
- No gold membership
- Strong launch titles with amazing graphics and online features
What are your thoughts on the new Xbox and the rumors about it being announced at E3?