Posts Tagged ‘Xbox 720’

IllumiRoom

April 30, 2013

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:

Next Xbox unveiled on May 21

April 25, 2013

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 Xbox “Durango” rumors

April 11, 2013

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.

 

Frightening rumors regarding next Xbox

February 27, 2013

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.

New Xbox announcement on April 26

February 25, 2013

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.

A mock-up of the next Xbox.

Tech rumors galore

January 22, 2013

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”.

The new gorgeous Xperia Z. Built to compete with iPhone 5.

 

Credibility to new Xbox 2013

January 11, 2013

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?

Could this be the new Xbox?

PlayStation 4 to be unveiled in February?

January 7, 2013

The rumor mill has begun to spin. This time it’s Sony in the spotlight and the rumors are concerning PlayStation 4 being announced as early as February, 2013. And you know what? They’re not that implausible.

Microsoft released their Xbox 360 ahead of the PlayStation 3 and it proved to be a very clever move financially speaking. It gave the Xbox 360 an advantage that Sony never could dethrone. So with the next generation coming, I am sure that Sony would like to avoid the same scenario.

How can they do this? Simply by announcing the PS4 console this coming February instead of at the E3 event in June. It is believed that Microsoft will announce their next console during their E3 press conference in June, so this would give Sony a little momentum in terms of building hype, pre-orders and some unofficial market shares. Seems pretty logical, right? Indeed.

I really hope that these rumors pan out. I’d love to get a first glimpse at the next generation (the real one, now the Wii U bullshit with six year old hardware) and see what it holds in terms of power and software innovation. Consoles are dramatically changing and becoming media station as well as gaming machines. And the competition in that area is increasing and I think that both Microsoft and Sony would like to get in while there is a little competition as possible.

I’ll definitely be scouting the end of February in hopes of Sony confirming an event. What are your thoughts on this?

Fake concept art of the PS4. What ya think?

More Next-Gen Talk

August 8, 2012

No, I am not talking about the Wii U. The Wii U is a current generation console from 2006 being released in 2012. I am talking about the upcoming true next-generation consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720.

None of these consoles are announced yet, but that doesn’t stop leaks and rumors and developers talking too much. We already know Microsoft has sent out their kit for Xbox 720 and it has been leaked and developers have accidentally spilled the beans on some details that “they are working on a next generation project” and whatnot. So we know there’ll be another generation shortly.

The latest news is that Thief 4 will not be released this generation, instead Official Xbox Magazine reports that it will become a title for PS4/Xbox 720, further fueling the rumors that we will be hitting a new generation for Christmas 2013. How nice would that be?

What are your thoughts on the upcoming consoles? Do you think they are “several years off” or do you think we’ll have them in our living rooms by the end of next year?

A fake picture of the Playstation 4 console.

Nintendo failed to impress

June 7, 2012

Some of you may know I quit console gaming back in October last year when Battlefield 3 came out. Then Star Wars: The Old Republic came out and then I received an invitation to Dota 2 closed beta and haven’t looked back at the console world since. In fact, one could even say that I quit in 2010 as that was when I last bought and played a console game, with Halo: Reach. Since then my Xbox collected dust for a year until it “officially” got retired.

Despite this, I decided to follow Nintendo’s E3 conference as they were announcing new information about their upcoming console the Wii U. I entered it with an open mind. If Nintendo were indeed to “pow-wow” me and impress with their presentation, I might actually buy it and casually return to console gaming from time to time. So did they?

Immediately at first glance of the new Wii U console Nintendo are stuck in the past. Their ugly low pixel and low resolution Mii:s made their appearance and I was repulsed. I thought “OK, maybe the Mii:s are there because some people find them ‘cute’ in some bizarre way?” but the sadness continued beyond the Mii:s. The displayed games look old, in the sense that they look identical to Xbox 360 and PS3. They showed off Batman: Arkham City, a year old game almost and bragged that it has some “specific features based on the Wii U remote” and that was just sad to hear. Really? That’s the best you got? Seven year old hardware and one year old games?

Then the classic Super Mario Bros. came on and I was all zzzz. And then Pikmin 3 came out and I was even more zzzzz. I never did like the first ones. And Nintendo Network didn’t cut it for me as it looked like a primitive version of Facebook. Will it be as deep asĀ  Xbox LIVE? I doubt it. But it certainly looks better than what they’ve had in the past, although it didn’t look enough. Sure, I’ll admit the video voice chat was a nice addition as it comes built-in with the controller and whatnot so it saves the extra time and money of buying additional accessories like it’s required on PS3/Xbox.

To sum it up, the Wii U will not be a next generation system in terms of hardware and performance. It will be slightly more powerful than the Xbox 360, barely visible and will use the same ugly Mii theme and primitive mechanics to attract the casual mass while offering almost nothing new to the core gamers. Zelda, Mario, Pikmin, Star Fox? Come on, Nintendo, that was fun 10+ years ago. Give us new stuff. I am confident that when the Xbox 720 and Playstation 4 are announced next year, they’ll blow the Wii U out of the planet with superior hardware and online capabilities.

What are your thoughts on the Wii U? Will you be buying it or are you waiting for a real next generation system such as the 720 or PS4?

From a design point of view the Wii U looks OK, but unfortunately it fails precisely everywhere else.