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Unnamed sources speaking with Polygon say the Xbox One has a remote play feature between consoles, both hardwired and online, allowing friends to take over gameplay remotely. The demonstration the sources claim to have witnessed featured one Xbox One connecting to another using “a local hardwired connection between consoles,” with a Skype call bridging the two users. A similar feature is available on Sony’s next-generation console, the PlayStation 4, both between consoles and via PlayStation Vita.
The other piece of the report adds to a bit we already knew concerning the new Kinect. “At some point, we’ll be able to have conversational understanding,” Microsoft hardware lead Todd Holmdahl told us last week. That “some point” may be sooner than later, as Microsoft reps were apparently already demonstrating the functionality, and said it’ll be available either at launch or “post-launch within the first few months.”
In this episode, John Biggs, Matt Burns and Darrell Etherington discuss Microsoft’s just-announced Xbox One, complete with voice commands, a brand new Kinect, a slew of new entertainment/social features, and the best specs yet.
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Xbox One games will require internet ‘spot checks’, but Microsoft won’t charge to authenticate used games
Does the Xbox One actually require an internet connection? Will used game buyers or sellers have to pay an extra fee? Microsoft hasn’t made it clear, but a report at Polygon now claims that the answers are “yes” and “no” respectively. According to the publication’s sources, Xbox One games will phone home to Microsoft servers on a regular basis to verify that their users own the games. If you buy a used title, however, Polygon claims that you won’t have to pay Microsoft for a fresh license to the game.
Simply popping in the game disc and installing it will reportedly establish lawful ownership as far as Microsoft’s servers are concerned. When you install the game on your Xbox One, you’ll be deauthenticating it on the previous owner’s…
Can you believe we’ve had the Xbox 360 since 2005? As a child of the two- or three-year console cycle, a system still going strong after eight seems inconceivable. Finally, it’s being put out to pasture — somewhat unceremoniously. The Xbox One is its successor and, with no backwards compatibility for disc-based or downloaded games, those looking to make the leap to the next generation in the fall will already want to start weaning themselves from Microsoft’s current wunderconsole. It’ll make it easier for both of you when it comes time to unplug it.
And you probably will want to unplug it and make the upgrade, though to be fair there’s plenty to be cynical about with the Xbox One. So, I’ll get that out of the way first, starting with the name. Microsoft is trying to send the message that the new Xbox is the only device you’ll need to control your living room. That may be, but One? HTC, of course, called its latest flagship the One, but that was a case of a company distancing itself from previous, complicated naming schemes and going with something simpler. Here, there have been only previous generations of the Xbox. Calling the third one the “One” is simply confusing. Still, it beats “Xbox Foo,” which is what Microsoft’s initial press release mentioned. Someone, it seems, got the memo on the official name a little too late.
Microsoft believes it can sell 25 million more Xbox 360s despite announcing the console’s successor, the Xbox One, earlier this week. The Xbox 360 launched back in 2005, and has sold an estimated 77.2 million to date. Growth has slowed significantly in recent months (despite the console outselling the PS3 in the US for over two years straight), and it only sold 1.3 million last quarter. Speaking to the UK’s Official Xbox Magazine, Interactive Entertainment Business Senior VP Yusuf Mehdi said that Microsoft is aiming to sell the additional consoles over the next five years.
The Xbox One is a next-generation console, and as such, it’s built with some future proofing in mind. It can do things you’re not quite ready for just yet, such as play back 4K resolution games, movies, and TV. And it’ll support 3D visuals too, despite the fact that 3D in the home has yet to catch in any meaningful way when it comes to TV, movies, or games. Microsoft noted that the new console would support 4K at the Xbox One launch event on Monday, but 3D support was kept under wraps until Xbox spokesman Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb mentioned it in a Wednesday Yahoo chat session.
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AMD boasted that its Z-60 Hondo chip would bring Call of Duty to thin tablets, and its boasts were for naught, but it looks like the company’s latest processor core is going to see a lot of use in the next generation of cheap laptops. Today, AMD has revealed its basic performance claims for its Jaguar core, the same one that’s reportedly built into the chips in both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The resulting Temash and Kabini APUs could finally have the combination of performance and battery life you’d need in an inexpensive Windows 8 tablet or laptop.
While some of AMD’s charts are a little misleading out of context, this one is fairly straightforward: AMD claims that its low-power Temash system-on-chip simultaneously manages to…
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Now that Microsoft has given its quick reveal of the new Xbox One game console / set-top box, we have a pretty good idea of what we should be expecting once the machine comes out. We know how it’ll be controlled; we know what games we’ll be playing on it; and we know how it will keep us connected and entertained.
But we don’t know if people will use all these new things. Are we ready to look at our game consoles as more than a game console? Are we already there? I mean, we all use Netflix on our machines, right? May as well let them run our TV viewing too, right?