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Microsoft gives up on the Xbox One DRM and used-game restrictions

Xbox One

It appears that Microsoft have been listened to the almost unanimous complaints aimed at their restrictive digital rights management (DRM) they had announced for the Xbox One.

To be honest they had to reverse their decision or take a huge hit in sales.

Their new stance is as follows:

  • An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
  • Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

Don Mattrick, Head of Xbox, had this to say: Read the rest of this entry

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Xbox One Launch Trailers for Call of Duty: Ghosts, Anthem, Quantum Break and more

Call of Duty Ghosts

Yesterday saw lots of news about Microsoft’s Xbox One. Now here are lots of trailers for the different games heading our way.

Call of Duty: Ghosts takes the critically-acclaimed franchise into the next generation. New world. New story. New, next-gen engine. 

Infinity Ward Executive Producer Mark Rubin and the Call of Duty: Ghosts development team discuss the all-new world, story and characters, and take you inside the new, next-gen engine.

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New XBox may have a PC type processor

xbox-next-generationWhile Microsoft are keeping detals of the next XBox very close to their chest, rumours are beginning to leak out.

The latest details, if correct, suggest the next gen console will use an Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD) system-on-a-chip that combines powerful “Jaguar” central processing units with graphics chips. This was from an anonymous source talking to Bloomberg. The shift to the so-called x86 format ubiquitous in modern personal computers means Microsoft will drop the Power PC technology designed by International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), and game discs made for the current Xbox 360 won’t be compatible.

Microsoft also stands to benefit because game developers, who have moved toward making games for PCs and mobile devices, will find it easier to deliver those titles for the next Xbox.

If this is true then it will be a shame that it will not be backwards compatible with XBox 360 games, but it would mean the possibility of more games and pushing the boundaries of what is currently possible on consoles.
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PlayStation 4 out before Christmas?

PS4It looks as if this Christmas may see many of us playing on a new PS4 if new reports are accurate.

Sony Corp. is planning to unveil its next-generation home videogame console during a February event, showing off a successor to its current PlayStation 3 system.

The Japanese electronics giant unveiled plans for a special PlayStation-themed event set for Feb. 20, teasing fans to “see the future” at the event. People familiar with the matter have said the new device will make its debut there, beating Microsoft Corp. to the punch in announcing its own next-generation game machine.

Sony’s device will be released later this year, these people said, and will spar against Microsoft’s own machine, which is also expected to be released by the holidays.

Sony’s updated console’s arrival comes as the console videogame industry has entered a tailspin. Sales of new videogames, consoles and accessories at U.S. retail shops fell 22% in December when compared with the same time a year prior, according to surveys by industry watcher NPD Group.

Sony is planning to incorporate more social gaming aspects into the new machine, people familiar with the matter said. Also, while hardware improvements were a key focus of past console upgrades, Sony is more focused this time on the changes in how users interact with the machine, these people said.

When developing the PlayStation, Sony had considered removing its optical disk drive, opting instead to require gamers to download titles over the Internet, people familiar with the matter said. But concerns over the size of videogame files, and slow Web connections in some countries led Sony to scrap the plan, they added. Microsoft made a similar decision for its console as well.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Could Valve be beta-testing their console, Steam Box, next year?

Some exciting news in the world of console gaming is that Valve are working on bringing Steam games into the living room. This is thought to be via a new console currently being called the Steam Box.

Steam is the pioneering game platform that distributes and manages thousands of games directly to a community of more than 50 million players around the world.

While there is nothing official just yet, the thought of a console powered by Steam with all of those games available on it is very exciting.

Valve employee Jeri Ellsworth recently spoke about the prototypes they are creating at Valve’s new prototyping facility, but does not give away what exactly they are working on.

The team’s one year goal is “To make Steam games more fun to play in your living room.” That’s the team’s one-year goal, at least. According to endgadget “The challenge is making games that require a mouse and keyboard palatable to people who are used to a controller, or to people who just don’t want to migrate PC controls to the comfort of their living room. Working in tandem with Steam’s newly beta’d “Big Picture Mode,” Ellsworth’s team is creating a hardware solution to the control barriers found in many Steam games. She wouldn’t give any hints as to what that solution is exactly, but she left no options off the table — from Phantom Lapboard-esque solutions to hybrid controllers.”

The Hardware team are planning beta-testing with one of the first products ready for next year with those being tied to Steam in some way.

They are currently doing internal testing at Valve so that means there could be some very cool and interesting products heading our way.