Xbox One Revealed: All-in-one Home Entertainment System

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Xbox One Revealed: All-in-one Home Entertainment System

Xbox One Revealed: All-in-one Home Entertainment System

At a special event today at the company Redmond campus, Microsoft has officially announced its new console, Xbox One. The new console is said to be the “the ultimate, all in one home entertainment system“. Launching around the world later this year.

Bundled with a new Kinect sensor, based on the latest technology, the system will allow for more physical gestures such as grab, pan and swipe up, along with new voice commands. The system can switch between games, movies, music and other things instantly.

The new system will also let you find TV shows using motion controls, voice, or by visiting what’s popular section on the Xbox community.

Xbox One will sport 8GB of RAM, 500 GB HDD, and be based on 64bit architecture, it will play Blu-Ray discs, transfer via USB 3.0, and allow for Bluetooth and direct WiFi.

Microsoft has also confirmed that all Xbox One games will require mandatory installation onto the system’s hard drive and, to install the same disc onto another user’s drive, a fee must be paid; i.e. games will be tied to a single user account. Another tidbit concerning the always-online speculation, according to Kotaku, the device is said to only require a connection every 24 hours. Hard drives in the Xbox One will not be replaceable and the USB 3.0 port is there for external storage so you can put anything on there you would on the internal drive, including games. All that TV stuff Microsoft were proud to show off in its conference? You actually need to buy a separate device in order for that to work, that’s it, it will not be supported out of the box; Xbox One Live TV will require a separate supported receiver device with HDMI output to function.

Here are a rundown of major things showed during the reveal:

  • Next Xbox called ‘Xbox One’
  • Internet connection not required
  • “Instant Switching”: Switch instantly between games, movies, music, TV etc
  • “Snap Mode”: Run multiple programs alongside one another, no need to shut any down
  • Skype: Integrated into the console (group video calls on TV)
  • Xbox One Guide: Find and watch whatever TV you like via search, voice, or trending
  • 3 Operating Systems in one
  • 8GB RAM; Blu-ray drive, Cloud functionality
  • Get back into save game instantly via Kinect recognition
  • New Xbox LIVE: Over 300,000 servers for Xbox One
  • Content stored in cloud
  • Much better matchmaking capabilities
  • EA Sports’ new engine “IGNITE”
  • NBA Live 14, FIFA 14, UFC and Madden 25 announced for Xbox One
  • Forza Motorsport 5 announced (launch title)
  • Quantum Break (Remedy) announced
  • 15 exclusives (8 original IP) to be launch within first year
  • Live Action Halo series announced for Xbox One (Spielberg)
  • Partnership between MS/NFL on Xbox One
  • Xbox One launching this holiday
  • COD: Ghosts (next gen/current gen comparison) demoed

Thief Reveal Trailer, Out of the Shadows

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Thief Reveal Trailer

Thief Reveal Trailer

Garrett, the Master Thief is back with this announcement trailer for Eidos Montreal‘s next title: THIEF, in development for PC, PlayStation 4 and other next-generation consoles.

Watch the reveal trailer below and tell us what you think:

There is a rising tide of fear in The City. Hatred saturates every stone and whilst the rich prosper, the less fortunate face misery and repression. Ravaged with sickness and famine, they wait for something to change. Into this shadowy world steps Garrett the Master Thief in a first-person adventure featuring intelligent design that allows players to take full control, with freedom to choose how they approach and overcome each challenge and forge their own path through the game.

Sony’s PS4: Everything We Know

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PS4 Announced

PS4 Announced

Sony Computer Entertainment, SCE, has finally unwrapped the company’s next-gen home console, PlayStation 4. Here are all the details.

The console:

The console sports an AMD 8-core CPU SoC based on Jaguar Technology and a set 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, with graphic AMD’s Next-gen Radeon based graphic engine.

PS4 Specs

PS4 Specs

Main Processor

  • Single-chip custom processor
  • CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
  • GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine


  • GDDR5 8GB

Hard Disk Drive

  • Built-in

Optical Drive

  • (read only)
  • BD 6xCAV
  • DVD 8xCAV
  • I/O
  • Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0), AUX


  • Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
  • IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)

AV output

  • HDMI
  • Analog-AV out
  • Digital Output (optical)*Specifications are subject to change without notice.

The console will launch in Holiday 2013. A rumor suggests that there will be two SKUs at price tags around $429 and $529.

Next-gen PlayStation Eye:

Each console is said to ship with the next-gen PlayStation Eye camera which packs a pair of wide-angle cameras that will pick up signals from the new DualShock 4 controllers.

PS4 Eye

PS4 Eye

PlayStation 4 Eye
  • External Dimension Approx. 186mm x 27mm x 27mm (width x height x depth)(tentative)
  • Weight Approx. 183g (tentative)
  • Video Pixel (Maximum) 1280 x 800 pixel x 2
  • Video Frame Rate 1280×800 pixel @ 60fps
  • 640×400 pixel @ 120fps
  • 320×192 pixel @ 240fps
  • Video Format RAW, YUV (uncompressed)
  • Lens Dual Lenses, F value/F2.0 fixed focus
  • Capture Range 30cm~∞
  • Field-of-View 85
  • Microphone 4 Channel Microphone Array
  • Connection Type PS4 dedicated connector (AUX connector)
  • Cable Length Approx. 2m (tentative)

The new 3D camera detects the player from the light bars attached to the new controller for an easy identification. It will let you spectate and watch other friends play games from your console’s dashboard with the ability to remotely control games their friends are playing to help them get through a tough spot.

The Controller:

The new controller, Dualshock 4, will come with a new small touchpad in the center that will work as an input button, capacitive type and two-point multitouch panel. A new “share” button, by which you can record gameplay and onscreen footage and share it directly with your friends. Some claims that you can actually have access to the last 15 minutes recorded anytime you press the share button.



Dualshock 4 specs:

External Dimensions
  • Approx. 162mm x 52mm x 98mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)


  • Approx. 210g (tentative)

Keys / Switches

  • PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button
  • Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right)
  • Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
  • R1/L1/R2/L2 button, Left stick / L3 button, Right stick / R3 button, Pad Button
  • Touch Pad 2 Point Touch Pad, Click Mechanism, Capacitive Type
  • Motion Sensor Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, threeaxis accelerometer)

Other Features

  • Light Bar, Vibration, Built-in Mono Speaker
  • Ports: USB (Micro B), Extention Port, Stereo Headset Jack
  • Wireless Communication Bluetooth Ver2.1+EDR
  • Battery Type Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery Voltage DC3.7V (tentative) Capacity 1000mAh (tentative)
PS Vita Integration and Second Screen:

PS Vita is fully integrated even you can play/stream PS4 games right on it, thanks to Gaikai technology. You’ll also be able to control the PS4 remotely from your tablet or smartphone, a companion apps will be made available for iOS and Android. Some speculate that most of online features will require a premium subscription to use. Sony’s new online service will be called PlayStation World replacing PlayStation Plus. Its not known yet whether this related to Gaikai or PlayStation Cloud.


PlayStation 3 titles won’t be supported natively, confirmed Sony. But all PS1, PS2 and PS3 titles will be playable using Gaiki streaming technology on PS4 or actually on any platform, anything, anywhere.

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Killzone: Shadow Fall

  • Knack Sony’s Japan Studio
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall by Guerrilla Studio.
  • DriveClub by Evolution Studio.
  • InFamous: Second Son by Sucker Punch
  • Destiny, by Bungie, and Diablo III, by Blizzard
  • Watch Dogs from Ubisoft is confirmed as a launch title
  • New Final Fantasy title for PS4 will be announced at E3 this year
+ Images courtesy of Sony

Sony Teases PS4 Reveal on February 20th

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Sony Teases PS4 Reveal on February 20th

Sony Teases PS4 Reveal on February 20th

Sony PlayStation is holding an event set for February 20th at 6pm EST under the tagline “See the future“. We believe the invites were sent to the media for the upcoming Sony next-gen console, PlayStation 4 reveal.

Earlier this month, we reported that the announcement of PS4 is expected prior to E3 with an official launch later this year. Rumors suggested that the heart of PS4 will be made by AMD. More on PS4 (codenamed Orbis) specs leaked can be found here.

Citing“people familiar with the matter,” the Wall Street Journal confirms that the event is indeed for PS4 reveal and the new PlayStation console will incorporate more social features, this comes in line with what rumored before that the new controller (upgraded DualShock?) will have a dedicated “Share” button.

The WSJ also claims that Microsoft’s new console will be released before the end of 2013, with announcement made before E3. More on Xbox 720 (codenamed Durango) specs can be found here.

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