While the Xbox One and PS4 took a lion’s share of the limelight at E3, there was more to the event than the console launches and their Day One games lineups. While catching up with NVIDIA about SHIELD at E3 I also heard about some of their plans for PC gaming. Arch-rivals AMD also have plenty to say on that subject, and an AMD spokesperson took a few moments to fill me in on their perspective too.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo of 2013 brought a convention-full of excitement, and it wasn’t just the reveal of the PlayStation 4 plus more details about the Xbox One. 48,200 attendees (up from 45,700 in 2012), myself included, had a look at the future of fun as E3 showcased the videogames that we’ll be playing in the coming months.
“X-Box One: Because that’s how many we’re gonna sell,” gamer Paul Sposato wrote on his Facebook page when he saw the Microsoft and Sony announcements at E3. Sposato is an Xbox enthusiast, an Xbox loyalist. But after last night’s presentations, he does not plan on buying the new-generation console, Xbox One.
Microsoft has sold 76 million units of the Xbox 360 since its release in 2005. Or shall I say, a mere 76 million units. That’s because over 96% of Americans homes have a television while only 49% of U.S. households own a game console. And from where I’m standing, it looks like Microsoft wants to close that gap with its next-generation console, Xbox One.
A PlayStation fangirl admits it: Today’s reveal of the Xbox One kind of blew the PlayStation 4 reveal out of the water. Even the name, Xbox One, rather than the casually monikered Xbox 720, is surprising and different. The PS4 reveal was centered on the games (and yes, the graphics capability of the PS4 seems superior). But the Xbox One focused on the integration of the Xbox with all of the media in your living room, making it “one” system. Obviously, a tech demo held at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond is less proof and more proof of concept, but if the Xbox One is everything Microsoft claims, it looks like science fiction made reality.
Ever since Sony announced the PlayStation 4 in New York City on February 20, Xbox gamers have been waiting for a response from Microsoft, a return missile lobbed in the console wars. And waiting. And waiting. But now the waiting game won’t have to be played much longer. The upcoming Xbox will be announced on May 21, at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
According to Venture Beat, EA has employed 1500 engineers over eighteen month to create a single ID system, Single Identity, which will unify all their games across every platform: PC, Xbox, PS3, even iOS and Facebook. Intrigued, I talked to an EA representative to learn more of this new system and what it will mean for EA…and for gamers. Okay, to be honest, my first thought was, “OMG, I can play my game on both the Xbox and the PS3.”
CEO of Ustream Discusses the Sony PlayStation 4, Turning Gamers Into Broadcasters: Let the games begin
Did you watch the passing of Asteroid 2012 DA14 near Earth last week? Many did—and not just on television. Over eight million people watched it live on Ustream, a video streaming service. That’s more than CNN, MSN, and Fox News combined.
Four More Games Revealed at the Sony PlayStation 4 Event (The Witness, Deep Down, Watch Dogs, and um, Diablo III)
There were game trailers and demos aplenty at the Sony PlayStation 4 event last night, a fabulous feast for the eyes. In part one of this article, I mentioned four games that Sony is bringing to the PlayStation 4. Here’s part two, below.
The First Four Games Unveiled at Sony’s PlayStation 4 Event (A look at Knack, Killzone, Driveclub, inFamous)
The PlayStation 4 will be released during the 2013 holiday season, which could mean could release their newest console anywhere between mid November to December 31. But what’s a console without games to play them on? not only revealed some important facts (while leaving out a few) about the PS4, but also gave us a […]