Xbox 720 to ban used games?

Xbox logo

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].

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Super Bowl and Video Games

XLVII

As we hope you are aware today, 3rd February, is Super Bowl Sunday and will see either the Baltimore Ravens or San Francisco 49ers crowned Super Bowl XLVII champions, in America’s biggest sporting event!  No matter who you are supporting, or if you are going to play video games instead, here is a special blog post featuring American Football games.  Time to eat some football shaped Oreos.

Madden NFL 13

This video game has been talked about a lot recently in the sporting world, this is because people are looking at this game to predict a winner for today’s event.  Featured on the TIME website as number one for “Super Bowl XLVII: 9 Wacky Ways of Predicting the Winner”
Madden NFL '13 (Credit: EA Sports)
Madden NFL 13 – Ravens

“This annual bellwether is played not on the gridiron, but on the couch. The Madden gurus pitted the two teams against each other, in a game of Madden 13on an Xbox 360. Final score? Ravens 27, 49ers 24. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was crowned MVP after completing 70% of his passes and tossing two touchdowns. Sure, it’s just a video game  but it’s a painstakingly accurate one: Madden’s simulation has successfully predicted seven out of the last nine Super Bowls, and came within two points of predicting the exact final score of Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.”

Of course we will see how accurate this is tonight but right now it’s time to focus on the Madden NFL 13 game itself.  To see the final few seconds of this gameplay see the video clip at the end of this post.

Madden is available in stores now for Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, Wii, Wii U, Madden NFL 13 Social is also available on iPhone, iPad and Facebook.  This is very good news for all Vita gamers as Madden NFL 13 is the first Madden game to be released on the PlayStation Vita, as well as this it is also the first game in the series to have Kinect support for Xbox gamers.

With a player capacity of 1-4, and online multi-player capacity of 2-6.  This game redefines its previous, with an all new game design and, new pass-ready system and improved play action.  This game has set out to entice us, especially if you have played a Madden game before.  This game also features a new read and react defensive AI system which is the most intelligent pass defense to date, Madden NFL 13.  This game has some impressive real style virtual frame work.  This game certainly has come along way since it was first released in 1989.

IGN quote;

“Madden NFL 13 revolutionizes the way sports video game career modes are played with Connected Careers—a completely new and fully connected universe defined by deep gameplay, unique storylines and social integration. The game continues to evolve the sport sim experience with cutting-edge Infinity Engine technology, revolutionary Connected Careers and a complete audio and visual overhaul that delivers best in class presentation.”

Madden 13 Game Cover

Cover Art

Cover Art

On the game cover we see a very realistic looking Calvin Johnson, known to many as Detroit Lions wide receiver. 

John Madden Football 1989

Pre 1993 the EA Sports American football video game series was known as John Madden Football. Named after pro footballer and Super Bowl winning coach, John Madden.

Game play footage Madden '89

Game play footage Madden ’89

Super Bowl 2013 Predictions: Ravens vs. 49ers in Super Bowl 47

Sources; 

IGN (2012) Madden NFL 13 (PlayStation 3). [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/games/madden-nfl-13/ps3-128098 [Accessed: 3 Feb 2013].

Unknown. (2013) TIME. [online] Available at: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/01/29/super-bowl-2013-9-wacky-ways-of-predicting-the-winner/#ixzz2JpXpgO3V [Accessed: 3 Feb 2013].

YouTube (2013) Super Bowl 2013 Predictions: Ravens vs. 49ers in Super Bowl 47. [online] Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3WWFpzbhX5o#! [Accessed: 3 Feb 2013].

Disney Infinity

Disney-Infinity-Logo

A few weeks ago, on 15th January 2013, Disney Infinity was announced to the world during an exclusive media event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.  Set to be a new video game where a spark of imagination unlocks the freedom to play with some of your favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar characters.  This game wants to take us to infinity and beyond (pun definitely intended) so lets go and explore what this game is about.

Have you ever dreamed about writing your own story and having your favourite Disney/Pixar characters join together  and star in it?  This game can make that dream a reality. Disney Infinity, a third person adventuring mode, sees you accessing characters and environments by standing a series of chunky toys in different slots on the Infinity Base, this base is essential to the game as it allows the characters you have chosen to appear on screen before you.  With the characters you have chosen you can choose to either play in worlds native to the characters or make your own worlds.

The Infinity Base which allows characters to appear in the game

The Infinity Base which allows characters to appear in the game

It’s creativity and playfulness combined. If you’ve dreamed of ever having different Disney characters meet and explore their own missions then with good old Disney magic, this is a dream come true.  Personally for me what would be interesting to see is what characters it features and which ones they do not feature, for example can you have ‘The Beast’ from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ appear or have all the classic Disney characters unfortunately disappeared.

Characters in the world

Characters in the world

To play this video game to it’s full potential you will have to purchase additional features, there are power discs, playset pieces and hexagonal skin and item discs as well. The playset pieces unlock themed levels, the power discs which add buffs and abilities to characters when stacked underneath them, and the hexagonal discs allow you to unlock vehicles, items, wallpapers and give you even more to use when creating your own levels.  With each play set created to give you an estimated 15+ hours of game play this could be worth it.

John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive, says it is a “new interactive gaming platform.” He goes on to state, “Disney Infinity is not a single game.”

There will initially be 40 interactive pieces and 17 characters to collect, but additional pieces, sets, and characters will release over time.

  • The Disney Infinity starter pack will be $74.99(features the game, 3 figures, Infinity Base, Play-set token for three adventures (Monsters UniversityPirates and The Incredibles) and upgrade token.)
  • Other play sets/expansion pack will be $34.99(2 figures and a Play-set token for as yet unannounced franchises for launch)
  • Additional three-packs of figures for $29.99 (3 figures)
  • Individual figures for $12.99 (1 figure)
  • Power-disc pack for $4.99 (2 tokens in each foil pack but unseen before purchase)

If you purchased one of each of the above it will cost $157.95 (around £99.80)

We can't help but feel this is true

We can’t help but feel this is true

What you do in this game is up to you.  You can do a mission summoning a range of ‘prank’ devices to install at specific spots in a level, for example – things like call boxes which produce fly swats that knock characters around the map, or manhole covers that spring them into the air. Although each individual sets is reserved only for the specific characters whose worlds they draw upon. There will be no pirates around the plazas of Monster University and no superheroes on the deck of the Black Pearl.  Editing is all done without leaving the game world or switching to another mode which of course is a plus. You simply equip your character with a magic wand that lets them highlight and manipulate things. You can load in new texture packs and sky domes by stacking power disks onto the Infinity Base alongside your figurines. The entire process will feel pretty effortless which allows for smoother game play.

To view the Disney Infinity Trailer click on the link  

Infinity has been set for a June release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PC, and mobile devices.

This 3 characters will be included in the starter pack

These 3 characters will be included in the starter pack

Game footage

Game footage

Possible characters available

Possible characters available

E3 2013, what we know so far

e3

Although June does seem a while away right not we absolutly cannot wait for E3!  For that reason we’ve decided this blog post will feature what we already know about this years E3 and will be regulary updated with the latest news.  So you don’t miss out on this we will regularly post on our Google+ page when this post has been updated, be sure to check it out and please like this post.  Here is a quick link to our Google+ page https://plus.google.com/u/0/103896170333263244118/posts    Don’t worry if you are new to gaming, have never heard about E3 before, or currently do not know who will be at E3, all is explained and revealed below, just for you.

When is E3?

This year E3 is on 11th to 13 June at  Los Angeles Convention Center, California.  The show hours are; 12:00PM – 6:00PM on Tuesday 11th June 2013, 10:00AM – 6:00PM on Wednesday 12th June 2013 and 10:00AM – 5:00PM on Thursday 13th June 2013.  Please note all times are Pacific Time Zone, UTC-8.

What is E3?

E3 stands for Electronic Entertainment Expo.  If you want to be among the first to know anything that happens in the gaming universe then it probably will be announced or revealed at E3.  As quoted on the website the event;

 “…draws tens of thousands of professionals to experience the future of interactive entertainment. The most influential people leading the most innovative companies in the industry attend E3 to see groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products for computers, video game consoles, handheld systems, mobile and social, and the Internet.”

This is the largest trade show and covers all aspects of gaming.  You cannot rightfully be a true geek until you have either been lucky enough to attend or sat on your laptop at home watching live the latest streaming of E3 coverage.  (Or so that is my definition)  An Expo floor pass for all 3 days will set you back $795 ($995 after 29th April 2013), a Industry pass is free with the catch being you have to be a qualified Interactive Entertainment Industry, meaning  professionals only.

Who is attending?

There are over 90 exhibitors so far! To see the full list visit the ‘E3 exhibitor directory’ link at the end of this post.  We have selected the best below;

      • Activision Publishing, Inc.
      • Capcom U.S.A., Inc.
      • CI Games
      • Disney Interactive
      • Electronic Arts
      • Epic Games Inc.
      • Gameloft
      • IGN Entertainment
      • Microsoft Corporation
      • NAMCO BANDAI Games America
      • Nintendo of America Inc.
      • OnLive
      • Sony Online Entertainment
      • Wargaming.net
      • Warner Bros. Interactive

Latest News

Entertainment Software Association (ESA) have announced they will continue to hold this event in Los Angeles until 2015.

There is a possibility of Sony announcing the PS3 for the first time.  This has been hinted at with the past with Sony being in no rush to make an announcement, with the GDC (Game Developers Conference) happing in March maybe Sony will wait until June.

If you are a Nintendo fan then you’ll like this. Nintendo has confirmed that the next Super Smash Bros. game, which is to be a new 3D Mario game and a Mario Kart for Wii U will make their debut at E3.

More News Coming Soon!!

Such as the E3 2013 mobile app!  (if you prefer you now download the E3 2012 mobile app (available for Apple devices only) which features maps, photo gallery and a special E3 insider feature)

Links

E3 (2013) Exhibitor Directory. [online] Available at: http://e313.mapyourshow.com/5_0/exhibitor_results.cfm?type=alpha&alpha=@&CFID=78168060&CFTOKEN=f5644dccd231e99-1963A875-E1AA-7D72-EA0FE36A9180FC2C [Accessed: 23 Jan 2013].

E3 (2013) Welcome to E3 2013 . [online] Available at: http://www.e3expo.com/homepage/ [Accessed: 23 Jan 2013].

GenGame (2013) Major Nelson is Particularly Excited About E3 2013 for Some Reason | GenGAME. [online] Available at: http://gengame.net/2013/01/major-nelson-is-particularly-excited-about-e3-2013-for-some-reason/ [Accessed: 23 Jan 2013].

IGN (2013) Smash Bros, Mario, Mario Kart Confirmed for E3 2013 – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/01/23/smash-bros-mario-mario-kart-confirmed-for-e3-2013 [Accessed: 23 Jan 2013].

pwnrsmanual (2013) Dates for your geek calendar! (Part 1). [online] Available at: https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/dates-for-your-geek-calendar/ [Accessed: 23 Jan 2013].

Dates for your geek calendar! (Preview! Part 2)

July

August – 20th August will finally see the return of Sam Fisher.  Published by Ubisoft, exclusively for  PlayStation3, Xbox360 and PC.  From looking at the trailer this sees to be located somewhere in the Middle East.  As appose to previous games where he has been based in America, for example Washington DC, or other locations on the globe.  This time around he dons a new suit, while still focusing on the incredible stealth needed to complete all previous six Splinter Cell games.  New ‘bad guys’ are back bringing with them a whole new meaning to the words ‘bad guy’ and ‘interrogation’.  Could this new release date (pushed back from Spring 2013) hint towards when the two new consoles are to be released?  Either October/November 2013.

Playing the game with stealth or at a more fast paced, action speed, the choice is yours.

View the trailer online here -> http://uk.ign.com/videos/2013/01/16/splinter-cell-black-list-inauguration-trailer

September – Geek Event – Eurogamer Expo

The 26th to 29th of  September sees London’s very own Earls Court transformed into Eurogamer Expo.  In short this is the United Kingdom’s version of E3.  Over 50,000 people attended Eurogamer Expo last year (source; http://www.eurogamer.net/expo/) and this year the event promises to be even bigger.  There are many different categories of what to expect at this event. After attending a  tournaments or developer sessions you can head over and visit a gaming industry fair, (this is a must for anyone who is eager to have a career within the gaming world) or have a hands-on experience trying out many different consoles which include not only PC but handhelds as well.

As this is a major event we will post a special blog during the 26th to 29th of September to inform all our blog followers what is happening, so if you can not attend you will discover the latest news first.

You may be wondering which organisations are attending, for now this is being kept top secret.  With partners last year that included PS3, WiiU and Xbox 360 and supported by EA, Onlive and Ubisoft this will be a very special event.

Please note:  As announced on the forum by the Managing Director of Expo, there will be no ‘booth babes’ at Eurogamer Expo this year.  For more information please see the forum link below at the end of this blog.

October

(more to come soon)

November

Prepare for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday rush!

December

(more to come soon)

 

Reminder

Don’t forget to check our website and this blog for new posts daily!

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Special Report: PlayStation 4 (PS4) The latest surrounding rumours

2013 sees the release of two very different rival consoles.  The Xbox 720 and the PS4.  With the Xbox720 already being covered, (here’s a link for anyone who would like to read it https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/special-report-xbox-720-the-latest-stage/) it’s time to focus on the, soon to be, arrival of Sony’s PlayStation 4.

Rumours are speculating that Sony are to hold an “apple-like” event to announce the PS4 to the world.  In order to have an “apple-like” event you will need a main speaker, a conference with people in the respecting field and the all important press for publicity.  The annual Game Developers Conference (GDC),  being held on the 25th to the 29th March 2013 (expo dates 27th to 29th March) in San Francisco  California presents the perfect opportunity for this.  Although, there is still the possibility of the announcement being made around 11th to 13th June at E3 in Los Angeles in California.

(Update: Kazuo Hirai CEO of Sony  has announced today (21st January) that it will let Microsoft make the first move.  This could lead to Microsoft announcing the all new 720 at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California held on 25th to 29th March.  Therefore maybe the new PS4 will be announced at E3)

Whenever the announcement happens all eyes will be awaiting to see if Sony have decided to continue with the 18 button DualShock controller they are known for globally.  If this does happen it could drastically change not only the video game business for Sony but also other companies will await the reviews.  If they drop the DualShock controller for an LDC touchscreen will this then lead to an impact on future Xbox’s and game consoles?  With the 720 also being released this year it does not look like Microsoft will make any similar drastic changes soon.

Time for a makeover?

Launching more than 16 years ago,

3rd December, 1994 – Japan
9th September, 1995 – North America
29th September, 1995 – Europe
15th November, 1995 – Australia

the world was able to lay it’s eyes on this; what is known to many as the first of the ubiquitous PlayStation series.

PlayStation

By March 31, 2005, the PlayStation and PSone had shipped a combined total of 102.49 million units, becoming the first video game console to reach the 100 million mark.  Every time Sony add on to the PS family they make certain that  they continue to push limits and boundaries.  The original PlayStation really does own it’s title as a “classic” and has given many children and adults great memories of continuous hours of game play.

Now come March…or June we may see this;

PS4                      or                  PS4

The image on the left is taken from the “Official PlayStation 4 Magazine” website, a link will be at the bottom of this post.

This does seem impressive and clearly shows the modern menu, which we have seen on other PS consoles, along with several options.

The image on the right is taken from the website “Geeky Gadgets”, again a link will be at the bottom of the post.  Here we do see the DualShock controller but what is interesting is it’s built around a screen.   This would certainly allow for better cross play experiences especially between the already great consoles PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.  Featuring a touch screen would certainly raise competition with the WiiU.

Mock up designs are now appearing on the internet with some looking great and featuring the essential buttons along with the new screen.  For more mock up designs see the Push Square link below,  this one is my personal favourite,

Mock up design

Mock up design

Whatever it will look like people are speculating biometric sensors, a processor with a run-capability of 1.84 teraflops, if this sparks true it will be 50% more powerful than Xbox 720.  A downside is one rumour sees the PS4 ignore the possibility of backwards compatibility and focusing firmly on the next generation, this means if you want to continue playing PS3 games it’s best, for now, to keep hold of your PS3. You never know one day it could be useful for vintage gaming.

If the PlayStation 4 real name changes to become known as Orbis or Omni. Whenever it is released, possibly December 2013,  Sony will not disappoint and release another great console ready for gamers and PS fans everywhere to have many fun hours of game play on.

UPDATE 7th February 2013

One of Japan’s biggest newspapers, the Asahi Shimbun, has run an interesting story they hint towards the new PlayStation 4 will cost over 40,000 Yen, or about $430/£270/€320.  Interestly they only converted the price from Yen into $, perhaps Europe may have to wait a little longer for the PS4.  For more on this story see ‘The Verge’ link below.

Reminder

Don’t forget to check our website and this blog for new posts daily!

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/774884/Websites/claire/site/index.html

Sources;

Digital Trends (2013) PlayStation 4 drops the DualShock controller after 15 years | Digital Trends. [online] Available at: http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/playstation-4-drops-the-dualshock-controller-in-favor-of-a-new-wii-u-style-dna-sensing-pad/ [Accessed: 19 Jan 2013].

GDC (2012) Game Developers Conference. [online] Available at: http://www.gdconf.com/ [Accessed: 19 Jan 2013].

Geeky Gadgets (2013) PlayStation 4 Controller To Have A Touchscreen? . [online] Available at: http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/playstation-4-controller-to-have-a-touchscreen-19-01-2013/ [Accessed: 19 Jan 2013].

Offical PlayStation Magazine (2012) PS4 News – Official PlayStation Magazine. [online] Available at: http://www.officialplaystationmagazine.co.uk/2012/01/30/ps4-sony-ceo-says-we-will-probably-be-the-last-to-announce-something/ [Accessed: 19 Jan 2013].

PS4 (2013) PS4 Site – Playstation 4. [online] Available at: http://www.ps4site.com/ [Accessed: 19 Jan 2013].

Square, P. (2013) Which of These PS4 Controller Mock-Ups Is Your Favourite? – Push Square. [online] Available at: http://www.pushsquare.com/news/2013/02/which_of_these_ps4_controller_mock_ups_is_your_favourite [Accessed: 8 Feb 2013].

Tech Radar (2013) PS4 release date, news and rumours. [online] Available at: http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/consoles/ps4-release-date-news-and-rumours-937822 [Accessed: 19 Jan 2013].

Telegraph (2013) PlayStation – Sony’s gaming highs and lows. [online] Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/picture-galleries/9776067/PlayStation-Sonys-gaming-highs-and-lows.html [Accessed: 19 Jan 2013].

The Guardian (2013) PS4 rumours: ‘50% more powerful than Xbox 720’. [online] Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2013/jan/18/xbox-720-ps4-rumours [Accessed: 19 Jan 2013].

The Verge (2013) PlayStation 4 report suggests $400+ price . [online] Available at: http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/6/3961512/ps4-price-and-release-date-in-asahi-shimbun-report [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].