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The Sunday Seven: How the PS4 Could Win Next-Gen

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Console wars, game industry, Playstation 4, PS4, PS4 games, Sony, The Sunday Seven

The Sunday Seven: How the PS4 Could Win Next-Gen

Last week, I looked at how Microsoft could come out on top in the next-gen console wars despite their initial self-inflicted setbacks. So it’s only fair that I give the same treatment to Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4. Both consoles are going to release around the same period, just in time for the Christmas madness. We’ve not had consoles launch head-to-head for generations, which means we’re going to see a real fight between the two. Ring that bell Mr. Shopkeeper. It’s so on.

The Sunday Seven: How the PS4 Could Win Next-Gen

PlayStation Plus

The only downside to PlayStation Plus is the size of your hard-drive. Sony wants to fill it with quality every month. This month alone subscribers were given Battlefield 3, Saints Row The Third, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, Unit 13 and more.

Microsoft have started giving freebies away with Gold subs too. This month Xbox 360 gamers got Defense Grid and the promised ancients of Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed II are still nowhere to be seen. Frankly, it’s a bit embarrassing watching Microsoft try to defend their free tripe.

Yes, PS4 will require a PS+ subscription to play online, but when one subscription covers players for free games on PS3, Vita and PS4, they’d be mad not have one anyway.

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Microsoft Dismiss Valve Competition Threat

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Console wars, Don Mattrick, Gabe Newell, Microsoft, Valve

Microsoft Dismiss Valve Competition Threat

Does Microsoft see Valve as a competitor in the battle for the living room? Not really. Don Mattrick, Xbox president of Interactive Entertainment, has stated rather emphatically that although Valve are clearly  looking to innovate in that space, Microsoft's main competition will arise from more traditional, familiar names.

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RUMOUR: Microsoft Prepping For Their Own Reveal This April

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Console wars, Durango, E3, Games consoles, Microsoft, Next-gen, PS4, Sony, Xbox 720

RUMOUR: Microsoft Prepping For Their Own Reveal This April

Sony's gamesmanship was cracking. First came Kaz Hirai, scoffing at the notion that Sony might be concerned with going first. Then came the news that Sony were readying a reveal for as early as February. Finally, on Wednesday, Sony lifted the lid on their plans for next gen.

For the story to be any good, Microsoft must now be scrabbling around furiously to cobble together some sort of a comeback in the hopes of not losing ground to their competitor ahead of conventions season.

The Thunderdome presents... CONSOLE WARS!! Raaaaaawwwwrrrrrr! Maybe.

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COMMENT | Is Big Picture Mode A Console-Killer?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Big Picture Mode, Console wars, PC games, Steam, The Battle for the Lounge, Valve

COMMENT | Is Big Picture Mode A Console-Killer?

Steam's Big Picture mode has finally gone from rumour to beta and is kicking a fair amount of posterior despite a few teething troubles. Carl has already delivered our extensively detailed hands-on impressions (though you can opt into the beta update and try it out for yourself), exploring the new interface in all of its convenient, slickly-designed glory. Steam is now thoroughly intuitive to browse with a controller on a widescreen television, putting mainstream console UIs to shame, but Big Picture is also causing some suitably Big Questions to start circulating around the PC community.

Is Valve making a power play for PC living room dominance? Could Big Picture actually be a threat to home consoles?

The short answer is no.

The long answer is also a short one, but infinitely more interesting. Not yet.

COMMENT | Is Big Picture Mode A Console-Killer?

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Gaikai: One Current Platform Holder To Quit At E3

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Cloud gaming, Console wars, Gaikai, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony

Gaikai: One Current Platform Holder To Quit At E3

Well this is an interesting suggestion. Gaikai's Nanea Reeves has suggested that one of the current crop of platform holders will announce that they are bowing out of the console race at E3.

"Not all of the current console makers will have one more generation. That will be the big news at E3," said Reeves.

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Game Buzz 7: Blu-Ray Blues

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Console wars, Game Buzz, Gaming articles, Microsoft, Sony

Game-Buzz

Game Buzz is a weekly opinion column designed to take an irreverent look at one of the biggest news stories to break in the past week. Every Friday we’ll be bringing you another slice of reaction to topical gaming news, and inviting you to agree, disagree, shout assent, vent rage, scream and complain to you heart’s delight. This week we take a look at Microsoft's assertion that a lack of high-capacity media discs is all part of the game plan.

I love fanboys. I think it has to do with the inevitability of it all, the way a multi-layered argument with a variety of different yet equally considerable perspectives can be distilled so swiftly and decisively down into jokes about the sexual predilections of one's mother or the lack of another's genitalia. You can count on Nintendo fanboys being historical snobs, Sony's come with an air of superiority, feeling like the world of gaming owes them something, and Microsoft's are the modern day equivalent of Chaucerian social-climbers: new to the party, loud, obnoxious and rude.

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Here's a gratuitous picture of the awesomeness that will be Halo: Reach...

This week showed us that even the most well informed people can begin to get a little catty when the tough questions start rolling in. I am, of course, referring to the ongoing battle of the consoles that has begun a new chapter thanks to Microsoft's stubborn refusal this week to acknowledge the barest hint of poor planning with regard to their faith in DVD and subsequently digital distribution. The last month, in fact, has been peppered with big-hitters from both Microsoft and Sony letting it all hang loose and subtly backhanding the competition like men at a urinal trying to see who can pee the highest: it makes no real difference, but it's quite amusing. In a sad way.

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