Posts Tagged ‘Xbox’

Unboxing Xbox One

September 29, 2013
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PlayStation 4 coming to Japan in 2014

September 9, 2013

Wow. Shocking news. Sony are prioritizing Europe and United States over Japan with the PS4. And that’s a lot of respect. Because those are their biggest markets and it makes sense, especially Europe. We deserve priority treatment and I am very happy Sony are giving it to us, unlike Microsoft who are pissing on us.

February 2014 is when the PS4 hits Japanese shelves, a total of three months later than EU and US. Good stuff, unless you are Japanese, of course.

This seals the deal for me. Microsoft have lost a customer. What else can I say? I will go to the company that treats me the best and caters to me, not the other way around. Plus the whole Xbox One ordeal has been nothing short of embarrassing. If Microsoft believes customers in Mexico, New Zealand and Spain, where the unemployment is through the roof are more important markets, then go ahead. But don’t expect my money any more.

Expect my “why I chose the PS4” post in the coming weeks.

Can’t wait to open up this box.

Microsoft begins production of Xbox One

September 4, 2013

Microsoft has proudly announced that they boosted the CPU power of the Xbox One and also begun their production for it.

This means that a release date cannot be far way. Officially it’s slated for “November” but no more than that. Let’s hope early November.

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)

D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die

July 2, 2013

D4 is a promising title for the Xbox One (exclusive) that will feature episodic content and is a thriller game where you must travel back in time to prevent the murder of your wife.

I really like the concept. I really like the story. I really like the design. I love the name. And I will definitely be buying these episodes when they are out on Xbox Live.Oh yeah, it will be digital release only and has heavy Kinect focus although you can play with controller should you want to do that.

But enough talking. Check out this slick video for yourselves.

Xbox One

May 22, 2013

Microsofts new gaming, or should I say multi-media console was revealed yesterday as the Xbox One and will launch globally this year.

They chose to focus 99% on the console and its features rather than games. The games will be shown at E3 instead and this has caused some major debate and hate from the gamer community, which is understandable yet not, as this was what Microsoft said they would do several days ago. Don’t you people read the news?

The Xbox One goes by the name “One” because of it’s philosophy. It’s meant to be an all-in-one box that is your ultimate device in the living room. You will be able to (in the US) to switch seemlessly between television, movies and your gaming with voice commands almost instantly.

  • 8-core CPU
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB HDD
  • Blu-ray
  • DX 11.1 
  • USB 3.0
  • HDMI 1.4
  • Skype integration
  • Snap Mode

And perhaps the most interesting addition is that it will come with Kinect 2.0 which is required in order for the Xbox One to work at all. Kinect 2.0 will feature:

  • 1080p video
  • 30 FPS
  • 250 000 IR sensors

It will recognize up to six people at once. It’s almost 1:1 in terms of speed and completely blows the old Kinect out of the park. It has voice features like never before and it also works completely in the dark.

And as usual the Xbox One will have Netflix, twitter, facebook etc. The newest addition being Skype in which we will be able to voice chat with in 1080p glory while playing games or watching movies/tv shows and whatnot which is a nice touch. Will this replace the former “Party Mode” that Microsoft had on Xbox Live?

In terms of games, which should be the most important part, Microsoft has saved 99% of it for E3. What they did say though, is that Xbox One will receive 15 exclusive games the first year and of which eight games will be entirely new franchises. I must say that this is an very impressive number.

Xbox Live is also growing from 15,000 servers to 300,000 servers. Microsoft want to remain kings of the hill in terms of superior online service and it looks like they will sit there for yet another generation with this power. Also, they have said they are focusing more than ever on developing first-party games in terms of exclusivity and integration between the players and the community.

The Xbox One event wasn’t too impressive, I’ll admit that. But I also knew that the gaming part was saved for E3 so I wasn’t disappointed. I feel the new Xbox One looks very nice and I am certain that a lot of the features will most likely only be available in the US at launch but with “hopes for globalization in the future”.

My decision will therefore be made after E3 when we know the launch games for both consoles and what exclusives titles they are getting. It will be a very, very interesting generation coming up and I am very excited for it.

Xbox Reveal Tonight

May 21, 2013

The next Xbox will be revealed tonight at 19:00 CET or 1 PM EST.

You can watch it on Xbox’s website.

We’ve come a long way from this. How will the third box look like?

Next Xbox release on November 13

April 26, 2013

The same rumor source that correctly leaked the delayed announcement date has now said to know the release date of the next Xbox console. November 13, 2013 release is the date to mark down apparently.

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.

 

Is it game over for Nintendo?

February 23, 2013

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”?

What’s the sales pitch for the Wii U? Six year old hardware? Inferior graphics, online, and old ports from PS3/Xbox 360 as majority of the games? It will be insanely interesting to see how it has sold by 2016 in comparison to PS4/Xbox 720.