Xbox One Unboxing

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Major Nelson Unboxes Xbox One

Xbox One Unboxing

Watch Xbox Live’s director of programming, Larry Hyrb, ‘Major Nelson‘, in the first official unboxing video of the Xbox One console. The video shows what inside the limited edition ‘Day One’ units. In addition to the console itself, the package contains a Chat headset, which was numerously hinted by Microsoft as ‘sold separately’.

Microsoft Reveals Xbox One Self-publishing Plans

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Microsoft Reveals Xbox One Self-publishing Plans

Microsoft Reveals Xbox One Self-publishing Plans

Microsoft will not only allow indie developers to self-publish on Xbox One, but it has confirmed that every Xbox One console can be used for development.

Xbox corporate VP, Marc Whitten said:

“Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage of all of the features of Xbox One and Xbox LIVE. This means self-publishing. This means Kinect, the cloud, achievements. This means great discoverability on Xbox LIVE. We’ll have more details on the program and the timeline at Gamescom in August.”

However, dev kit functionality will be added at a later date so it will not be available at launch.

Microsoft is already undergoing major sweeping changes to its Xbox One policies, after the always-online and DRM debacle. Today’s announcement comes in response to Sony‘s aggressive push to support indie developers for the upcoming PS4 console.

Play Digital PS4 Titles Anywhere and As You Download

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Play Digital PS4 Titles Anywhere As You Download

Play Digital PS4 Titles Anywhere As You Download

Sony has revealed that PlayStation 4 will allow players to play digital games on any console. Neil Brown, Sony’s R&D senior team leader, said at Develop that users will be able to go to a friend’s house, log into their account, and play any title.

According to Brown:

“You can visit your friends house you can log into your account and play any game from your digital library, which is good. But how useful is that if it takes half a day to download the game you want to play? With Play As You Download you get much quicker access to at least the first section of the game so you can start playing quicker. So this makes a digital library a practical option in the real world.”

“A similar system also works on Blu-ray, chunks are automatically copied to the hard drive in the background. This means that after the first few minutes your game can rely on having faster read speeds from the hard drive. Which provides a better experience for players, and this is a completely background process for the player. They don’t have to wait for anything to install before playing the game. The game will launch as soon as the disk has been put in the drive.”

Via OPM

Watch Full Sony E3 2013 Press Conference

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Sony PS4 Box Finally Revealed

Sony PS4 Box Finally Revealed

During its E3 press conference Sony showed PS4 console hardware for the first time and confirmed that its Gaikai service will debut in 2014 in the US.

  • Sony’s Worldwide Studios team has more than 30 PS4 exclusive titles in development
  • 20 of which will launch during the first year of PS4
  • More than 140 games in development for PS4
  • 100 of which will be available within the first year
  • PlayStation Plus memberships will carry over to PlayStation 4
  • To celebrate the launch of PlayStation Plus on PS4, Sony will offer DriveClub PS Plus Edition in the Instant Game Collection
  • PS4 games do not require a constant online check in and no restrictions on used games
  • PlayStation 4 will launch this Christmas in Europe and North America for 399 USD / Euros or £349 GBP. Microsoft’s Xbox One to retail at £429 / $499 / €499.
Watch the full Sony E3 Keynote below:

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