Xbox 720 Reveal Date

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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.

 

Sources;

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].

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Recent events in the gaming world

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Hello everyone!  Due to recent events in my life such as catching up with university work, going on holiday to Spain and starting a new job I haven’t be able to blog as much as I’d like 😦 Here is a catch up of all the events which have happened within the gaming world recently just to catch you, and me up.

Game Developers Conference

25th to 29th March 2013 saw the Game Developers Conference (GDC) being held in San Francisco, California, to catch up in full visit the following link http://www.gamasutra.com/gdc-2013  Companies who attended the event included Blizzard Entertainment, Microsoft, OnLive and many more! Sony did not attend this event, I believe they are saving the best for E3 later this year, TechRadar quotes “A room full of potential PS4 developers got a run down of the system’s architecture, design philosophy and online features. However, as local multiplayer fanatics, we loved hearing that the system will use its controller tracking to automatically swap split screen, should players rearrange themselves on the couch.”  Personally it will be interesting to see what will become of this and how it works, if it goes well perhaps other developers will look into this in the future. UMB Tech Game Network have confirmed that GDC 2013 attracted 23,000 attendees, the largest crowd in the show’s history. Future game ‘Battlefield 4’ seventeen minute footage was leaked, the footage is shown below.

Electronic Arts Boss denied there is any link between video game content and “actual violence”

Video Games and Violence is a topic of personal interest and hype in the gaming world as many gamers know video games do not cause violence, here are links to my other blog posts which feature this topic https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/a-brief-look-at-video-game-violence-a-political-and-video-gamer-view/ and https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/video-games-and-violence/

John Riccitiello, the boss of EA voiced the thoughts of many gamers in which he says video games can instead be good and they do not cause for any gamer to become violent or take part in violent acts.

Disney cancel the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ game

Sad news for any fan of Star Wars and gaming LucasArts has been closed by Disney. Star Wars 1313 which had a demo at E3 in 2012 will no longer go ahead. This game was set to place “players in control of a deadly bounty hunter as he uses an arsenal of exotic weaponry to hunt down his marks and uncover the truth surrounding a criminal conspiracy.” However LucasFilm spokesperson Miles Perkins, spoke to BBC, saying production on Star Wars 1313 has simply been “halted.” Therefor this game could still get the go ahead at some time in the future.

 

Sources;

BBC News (2013) EA denies games encourage violence. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21274482 [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Game Developers Conference (2013) Game Developers Conference | Exhibitor List. [online] Available at: http://www.gdconf.com/expo/exhibitorlist.html [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

IGN (2013) Star Wars 1313 . [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/games/star-wars-1313-project/xbox-360-135469 [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Mashable (2013) Disney Closes LucasArts. [online] Available at: http://mashable.com/2013/04/03/disney-closes-lucasarts/ [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Norris, E. (2013) Star Wars 1313 Isn’t Canceled, It’s Just ‘Halted’. [online] Available at: http://www.craveonline.com/gaming/articles/474643-star-wars-1313-isnt-canceled-its-just-halted [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Slash Film (2013) Star Wars Bits: ‘Star Wars 1313′ Game Would Have Starred Boba Fett. [online] Available at: http://www.slashfilm.com/star-wars-bits-star-wars-1313-game-would-have-starred-boba-fett-plus-ilm-layoffs-and-clone-wars/ [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Sony PS4 Playstation (2013) GDC 2013: Developer Conference record attendance at GDC 2013. [online] Available at: http://sonyps4playstation.com/gdc-2013-developer-conference-record-attendance-at-gdc-2013/ [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

TechRadar (2013) GDC 2013: top 10 moments from the conference. [online] Available at: http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/gdc-2013-what-to-expect-1129300 [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Sony PlayStation 4

It’s official Sony have announced the PlayStation4

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While the dual shock 4 does look similar to the prototype (admittedly this did disappoint me at first), do not let this stop you!

The all important features:

Share: As rightfully predicted by many, the PS4 features a ‘share’ button in which they can select some gameplay footage to share with friends and bring together the social experience. Not only this but players can also help out other players who may be stuck in a certain part of the game. Personally I love this aspect of having people who are able to help me when I am stuck in a game, and how other players worldwide can help. This is definitely what sold it for me!  Think ‘Onlive’.

Enhanced PC GPU

8GB UNIFIED MEMORY- this is a huge upgrade! Developers can now load larger levels and more textures

Touch screen

Blue bar

Hello Share and Options, Goodbye Start and Select – The Start and Select buttons which have been around consoles for 24 years are now being replaced making way for new buttons – ‘Share’ and ‘Options’.  This shows a change not only in media but also society.

Informed system architecture

Informed system architecture

The new PS4 seems to fit perfectly with the not so new PS Vita,
maybe this is a reason why they went cheaper before the soon to be popular demand.

Sony PS4 Announcement today!!

In just a few short hours the world shall lay eyes upon the new PlayStation 4, or ‘Orbis’ if you would like the working title.  I’m unbelievably excited to see not only what this console will look like, but also which of the rumors we will see become real.  At 6 p.m. in New York, Eastern time, 3 p.m. Pacific time and 11 p.m. GMT, it will be time to see the future of PlayStation unveil.  No matter what you are doing, whether at work, at home or maybe travelling somewhere, I recommend that you tune in and watch it for yourself on IGN  (Too bad for those who are in class…however if you are maybe you will find a way!).

Here is the link; http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/watch-the-220-playstation-event-on-ign

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Sony and PlayStation – The Teasers

Knowing all the excitement that is before them Sony have been teasing us.  Lets recap on what exactly they did;

Free Monday – For those who are lucky enough to already own a PlayStation console it may be very wise to check your inbox if you haven’t already!   PlayStation Network gave away $10 to its users (i’m so not jealous!) which they can spend on anything they like within the store.

PlayStation Vita Announcements – Sony Japan from out of thin air decided to tease an online streamed event, focusing entirely on PlayStation Vita, this event was held on 18th February at 5pm (Tokyo time).

What will the announcement unveil? 

Apart from the obvious, that being the latest gaming console(!), this is what I am excited to discover from the conference (in no particular order);

  • Games

As of yet virtually no games have been officially announced for this console, however the games that are announced will be crucial as from this we will gain an insight into what the console will be like.  Titles which have been rumoured for the launch are,  Killzone 4, Uncharted 4 and LittleBigPlanet 3 among others.  Highly anticipated are Destiny, Star Wars 1313, Watchdogs, Untitled Guerrilla New IP and Santa Monica New IP.

  • The Controller

Originally Sony seemed to be heading towards a screen and dropping the much loved dual-shock controller, however the recent prototype which appeared on the internet clearly showed controllers similar to the dual-shock, although it has been advanced. From researching numerous gaming sites they also mentioned a ‘share’ button, which may well allow gamers to take ‘screen grabs’ or video clips to post on a social networking site.  If this is proven true I know that there are some gamers who would take great advantages of this. Apparently we will also see for certain the touch pad as well.

  • Date and price

After the announcement Sony will have to inform the world of its several release dates and prices.  The rumour in England is that it will start from a somewhat reasonable £299.

For more of my blog posts about Sony and the PlayStation 4 view the links below,

https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/playstation-4-prototype-controller-vs-playstation-3-controller/

https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/special-report-playstation-4-ps4-the-latest-surrounding-rumours/

and do not forget to check the ‘Sony See The Future Announcement’ countdown a third of the way down this blog! Currently 9 hours to go! 

Sources;

IGN (2013) Watch the PlayStation Event Live on IGN – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/watch-the-220-playstation-event-on-ign [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) Sony Japan Teases Imminent PlayStation Vita Announcements – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/18/sony-japan-teases-imminent-playstation-vita-announcements [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) PlayStation Is Giving Out Free Money . [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/20/playstation-is-giving-out-free-money [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].

the Guardian (2013) Sony’s PlayStation 4: five things we want to know. [online] Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2013/feb/20/playstation-4-five-things-we-want-to-know?INTCMP=SRCH [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].

Xbox 720 to ban used games?

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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/

https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/special-report-playstation-4-ps4-the-latest-surrounding-rumours/)

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!

Sources;

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].

Sony PS4 Update

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At 3:06pm on the 31st January 2013 PlayStation simultaneously released a blog post, a tweet and a Facebook post.

Why? To tease to the world with an invitation to

“see the future”

All the links connect to one simple site, https://us.playstation.com/meeting2013/

Where you view for yourself this video, 

We recommend viewing this clip with the sound turned up pretty loud (although there are the exceptions if you can’t, such as in class) to get you excited.

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At the end of the video we see these symbols, well known to all who have played on a PlayStation.  The reason for this is they feature on the DualShock controllers.  Rumours have previously surrounded that the new PS4 will drop the old controller for something different  possibly an LDC touchscreen.  Will these buttons still feature?

Sony have made an announcement to “See the Future” on 20 February…despite the CEO saying they were in no rush and going to let Microsoft announce first. So why the change? 

Research has discovered this event is due to take place in New York City and “is about the future of the PlayStation business”.  All sign point towards a PS4 announcement.  The clues being that PlayStation have currently nothing else to announce, that we are aware of.

If this proves true then not only would they beat Microsoft in announcing the new Xbox720 but the statement made by Kazuo Hirai CEO of Sony on the 21st January, which he stated  “…it [PlayStation] will let Microsoft make the first move.”  Would have been a lie.

No matter what happens, we already can’t wait.  To view our previous post featuring the PS4 announcements click this link; https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/special-report-playstation-4-ps4-the-latest-surrounding-rumours/

The announcement made on facebook

The announcement made on facebook

The announcement made on Twitter

The announcement made on Twitter

 

Rumors

  • Play Station Plus will become next generation
  • Social Media functions, such as sharing will be incorporated into the device
  • No back up computer 
  • Dual 720p camera
  • The controller will feature an all new design which may be a touch screen or touch pad