Firstly let me just say due to academic reasons I’m sorry this blog has not been updated frequently however please keep checking back as I plan on more frequent updates this summer!
Now that is out the way as I’m sure many of you are aware the Xbox (the new console, one up from the 360) is due to be announced today 9am Pacific time which is 5pm for everyone in England.
This announcement will finally recall the look and features of the new Xbox by Microsoft and set aside the rumours allowing us to immerse between fact and fiction.
Make sure you watch the event live on YouTube or IGN or catch up on the event later for those of you who will be busy during this time.
Here is the link for those of you who would like to watch the event via IGN with IGN editors Ryan McCaffrey and Daemon Hatfield joining them is the one and only Peter Molyneux, Fable Creator and former Lionhead boss.
Ever since Sony shown off it’s latest console, the PlayStation4, to the world gamers, including myself, have all been wondering what will the Xbox 720 look like and just how Microsoft are going to respond.
Rumours have always been appearing on the internet however just like what happened before Sony lured gamers with the “see the future” event these rumours may start becoming truth. There is no confirmation of the name, price, or release date Microsoft are being very quiet however we could be close.
21st May 2013
This is the date every gamer, Microsoft, Sony fanatic should be aware of.
“Windows watcher Paul Thurrott revealed recently that Microsoft is planning an Xbox event for May 21st, and we understand this date is accurate. This is the tentative date for a next-generation Xbox announcement, but Microsoft had originally planned an April 24th event.” According to The Guardian.
Companies such as The Verge, IGN also suspect a May release date which will then benefit Microsoft by showing off their latest console just one month later at E3.
IGN quote that “Despite fears to the contrary, Thurrott also asserted in the podcast that the Xbox 720 will be a gaming device first and foremost, and will not attempt to serve as an entertainment hub for the living room. Supposedly another model of the console was originally planned to target that niche, but the idea has since been put on the back-burner.”
The Xbox720, who’s name may be changed, will hopefully focus more on gaming rather than an entertainment system,however download content such as movies may once again make the 720 an entertainment system. It is rumored to make use of Windows 8 and a separate unit set to appeal to the more ‘casual gamer’.
Interestingly it may have to be connected to the internet therefore being DRM, as quoted once by Thurrot,
“The thing that interests me, going back and looking at some of the stuff I got a long time ago, it actually says ‘must be internet-connected to use’ in the notes,” he explained, before adding, “And that’s all I have, but it does say that.”
This could be Microsoft way of exploring cross-platform opportunities which may eventually lead towards a phone and television set. However this is another story.
Please remember as of yet there is no comment from Microsoft.
IGN (2013) Veteran Tech Blogger Spills Xbox 720 Reveal Date, Pricing and More – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/04/08/veteran-tech-blogger-spills-xbox-720-reveal-date-pricing-and-more [Accessed: 9 Apr 2013].
The Guardian (2013) Press Start: Xbox 720 event rumoured for May. [online] Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2013/apr/09/press-start-game-news [Accessed: 9 Apr 2013].
The Inquirer (2013) Microsoft might announce the Xbox 720 in May. [online] Available at: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2259815/microsoft-might-announce-the-xbox-720-in-may [Accessed: 9 Apr 2013].
What’s Your Tag? (2013) Xbox 720 Reveal Date and Pricing. [online] Available at: http://whatsyourtagblog.com/2013/04/08/xbox-720-reveal-date-and-pricing/ [Accessed: 9 Apr 2013].
With all the hype surrounding the latest PS4 and the announcement which took place last week in New York, Microsoft have indeed reacted to this, although not in the way that you may have expected.
Of course there is, and probably will always be, a dispute between Sony and Microsoft who are the biggest competitors when it comes to Video Game Platforms, WHOIS data, has allegedly stated that XboxEvent.com was registered yesterday.
Another rumor is that Xbox may reveal the Xbox720 at E3 on 11th June, however with the Game Developers conference happening very soon perhaps Microsoft may decide to announce then.
More will be released on this story soon!
Updated 17th April 2013: Please note that since this post has been published the website mentioned is now removed. Please visit https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/xbox-720-reveal-date/ for more Xbox 720 news.
The NPD Group have revealed the Top 10 highest selling Video Games sold in America during 30th December 2012 and 2nd February 2013 (January period). They are the following:
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)**
Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC)
Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U)
NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)**
Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U)
DMC: Devil May Cry (PS3, 360)
Halo 4 (360)**
Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)**
Skylanders Giants (Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U)**
FIFA Soccer 13 (PS3, 360, PSV, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PSP)
**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)
Liam Callahan, who works for NPD, reflects upon the January period quoting
“With the exception of Capcom’s new Devil May Cry, January saw no major releases to speak of on the top ten, so 2012′s year-end hot sellers like Call of Duty and Far Cry 3 continued to top the charts. That said, new releases did fare a bit better than in past January periods.”
Some of the above figures may come as a surprise to many, with Just Dance 4 beating games such as Halo 4 and DMC, however it is important to take into account the release dates, target audiences and importantly sales of individual games being combined into groups by platform. For those who love the game ‘Ni No Kuni’, this came close ranking at number 11 however it would have ranked number 7 if sales of individual games were not combined into groups by platform.
IGN (2013) NPD: Black Ops 2, Far Cry 3 Top U.S. Sales Charts for January – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/npd-black-ops-2-far-cry-3-top-us-sales-charts-for-january [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].
NPD (2013) Video Game Industry Market Research – Video Gaming Trend Analysis – NPD.com. [online] Available at: https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/industry-expertise/video-games/ [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].
Recently there has been speculation surrounding the Microsoft Xbox 720 and if the console, when released will ban used games. This rumour first appeared on the internet when it was published on Edge.
Looking further into this the rumour currently seems to be complete speculation despite Edge informing they have
“…some concrete information from first-hand sources that points to the inevitable end of used-gaming.”
The reason they have behind this quote all comes down to the internet access on the 720. The internet may allow for games to be downloaded straight onto the system resulting in the players never having to purchase a disc. If true then many stores will also be affected by this decision.
“The Xbox 720 will have to have an Internet connection for it to work, which doesn’t bode well for used-gaming. Most games seem like they will be purchased through the system.”
Personally I hope that this is just a rumour and once the console has been announced they will put an end to the rumour.
Meanwhile, a board post has appeared on the IGN boards (please note that any user can upload to an IGN post and they are not always accurate, although IGN members are keen to stay ahead of the game) which discusses the following;
“Wii U May Be the Only Next Gen System to Support Used Games”
However Sony still have to announce the latest PS4. If the alleged posts proves true then, like the Xbox 720 rumour, the PS4 will not allow used games to work. We will have to wait until 20th February 2013 to find out. No one as of yet has spculated that the PS4 will not allow used games to work, however it may not allow previous PS3 games to play.
(See our PS4 posts here, https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/sony-ps4-update/
Personally with so much backlash against this alleged rumour then there is a high possibility it is false otherwise Microsoft may not see their sales as high as they would like with the 720. On the plus side the Xbox 720 is alleged to be equipped with a 1.6GHz eight-core AMD CPU, D3D11.x 800MHz graphics, and 8GB of RAM, along with a new Kinect sensor.
Do you think this is just a rumour? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
BGR (2013) GameStop warns that Microsoft could ‘significantly diminish’ appeal for new Xbox if it bans used games. [online] Available at: http://bgr.com/2013/02/08/xbox-720-gamestop-used-games-322732/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBoyGeniusReport+%28BGR+%7C+Boy+Genius+Report%29 [Accessed: 11 Feb 2013].
Examiner (2013) Xbox 720 banning used-games all but confirmed. [online] Available at: http://www.examiner.com/article/xbox-720-banning-used-games-all-but-confirmed [Accessed: 11 Feb 2013].
IGN Boards (2013) Wii U May Be the Only Next Gen System to Support Used Games. [online] Available at: http://www.ign.com/boards/threads/wii-u-may-be-the-only-next-gen-system-to-support-used-games.452870757/ [Accessed: 11 Feb 2013].
Just Push Start (2013) Gamestop Says Xbox 720 Sales Will Suffer With Ban Of Used Games. [online] Available at: http://www.justpushstart.com/2013/02/gamestop-says-xbox-720-sales-will-suffer-with-ban-of-used-games/ [Accessed: 11 Feb 2013].
A game which in particular i am really excited about its release is BioShock Infinite. Not only is this game one of the best games released in March it could also possibly be one of the most anticipated and exciting games to be released this year. Having the release date already been pushed back twice (October 16th, 2012 and February 26, 2013) this game will finally be released on the 26th March, I decided to discuss this game ahead of its release and see what adventures await before us. Published by 2K games and developed by Irrational Games.
First-person shooter PS3, Xbox 360 and PC
About the game
Set in 1912 you become Booker DeWitt, a main character and also a a former Pinkerton detective. The storyline we know of so far is short, the main goal is to find Elizabeth, a young woman who’s gone missing and been held captive in the floating city and return her unharmed. Unfortunately we can tell it won’t be simple otherwise then the game would be very short. She is guarded by Songbird, a monstrous, winged creature who has become her only friend.
Drawing off the two previous BioShock games (BioShock and BioShock 2) the game could very likely be another game with its main focus being on the story line this may not appeal to all gamers, however if you do like games which have a lot of shooting then this game could be worth playing and switching between a shooting game and this to gain the fast pace, BioShock previous games have been very deliberate and paced. There is also a possibility of the story line continuing further. Like previous BioShock games, the player has the option to use a combination of weapons, gear, psychokinetic powers granted through “vigors” against his attacks.
Breaking away from the underwater setting of the first two games most of the action takes place in a floating city held aloft by dirigibles. The floating city is supposedly Columbia, once a symbol of America’s success as a nation, floating around the world as a traveling World’s Fair, a marvel of human innovation. Hence the logo being similar to a torn American flag with a Carnival twist. If you would like to discover more view the trailers or a special look into the first 5 minutes of BioShock Infinite at the end of this post.
In 2011 Bioshock Infinite was announced as the big winner of E3 with four awards. They are;
- Best of Show
- Best Original Game
- Best PC Game
- Best Action/Adventure Game
For a full list of winners see the Game Critics Award link at the bottom of this post.
Try BioShock Infinite if you like…
RPGs, FPS, Resident Evil, BioShock, BioShock2, Borderlands
1Up (2013) Two Possible Reasons for BioShock Infinite’s 2013 Delay. [online] Available at: http://www.1up.com/news/bioshock-infinite-13-delay-possible-reasons [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].
Bioshock Infinite (2011) The Game. [online] Available at: http://www.bioshockinfinite.com/the-game/ [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].
Game Critics Awards (2011) Game Critics Awards 2011 Winners. [online] Available at: http://www.gamecriticsawards.com/2011winners.html [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].
Polygon (2012) BioShock Infinite hands-on: Mysteries in the clouds. [online] Available at: http://www.polygon.com/2012/12/7/3739008/bioshock-infinite-hands-on-preview [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].
YouTube (2013) City in the Sky Trailer. [online] Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRjNMQZ1qBk [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].
YouTube (2012) BioShock Infinite Beast of America Trailer. [online] Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gBVZj6ROV0 [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].