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Next-Gen Xbox Reveal Dated May 21 2013

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Major Nelson has confirmed what the world has been anticipating – the next-generation Xbox console will be unveiled on May 21st 2013 as previously rumoured.

Here’s the official word from Larry Hryb (Major Nelson)

On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada.

Microsoft will share their vision for Xbox, and “give you a real taste of the future.”  Further information about upcoming next-gen games will be unveiled at the E3 2013 Expo in LA on 19 days after the official announcement of the next-generation Xbox.

A New Generation Revealed
Xbox Campus, Redmond WA
Tuesday, May 21st @ 1p ET/10a PT/17:00 GMT

ThisisXbox will keep you updated on all the next-gen news to follow in the coming weeks.

Next-Gen Xbox Details: Blu-Ray, Better Controller, All Games Required To Be Installed

Microsoft hasn’t officially detailed the next-gen Xbox as of yet, but via the Durango XDK Documentation that assists developers on their journey to creating a next-gen gaming project – the addition of a Blu-Ray drive has been confirmed as well as minor hints on the next Xbox controller.

Within the Durango XDK documentation it states that every console sold will come equipped with a new high-fidelity Kinect Sensor which is a requirement for the system to operate. The new Kinect will not have a tilt-motor that is used on the Xbox 360 Kinect as a wider field of view for next-gen ensures none is needed, it also includes better resolutions and Active Infra-red for better visibility of gamers in low-light conditions. The next-gen Xbox controller bundled with the console alongside Kinect will have better ergonomics, use an improved low-latency wireless connection to the console, and have system interactions to the console that will be simplified for noncore gamers.

The next Xbox will have an ‘always on, always connected’ design so that gamers can instantly stay connected without waiting for load times in starting up the console, as it will also have different power states to draw minimum electricity when not in use. It also requires an always on internet connection and will have a Blu-Ray drive as standard including a HDD since the documentation states all games will need to be installed. Playing a game from the Blu-Ray optical disc drive will not be supported, backing up claims that every game is likely to require a one-time activation code. This might not render the console unable to support used games, but it is likely that codes or passes will need to be purchased separately. The disc drive will be able to install the game as you start playing to cancel out waiting times for installation before gameplay can begin.

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At least the XDK clears a few things up since it was also rumoured the next Xbox will not have a Blu-Ray drive. We now know that the console will ship with Blu-Ray, it will come with a large HDD, all games will need to be installed, games cannot be played from the drive directly, a better controller, Kinect as standard, and an “Always on, Always connected” power and internet state to reduce waiting times.

When Microsoft make announcements, we’ll keep you informed.

Via VGleaks

Is The Road To Xbox Infinity Really Just Xbox Gold?

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It’s been long rumoured that Microsoft could call the next-generation Xbox console a range of names based on what has been spotted about it’s design or functionality. Xbox Infinity was the more strongest of the rumoured names for quite some time and with the recent logo discovery appearing online – it fueled those rumours even further.

Another interesting leak that goes back as far as early last year was the name Xbox 8, a way of bringing the next-gen console in line with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 since all devices use the same core mechanics of the Windows 8 operating system. At the same time we were told of an Xbox 8 possibility the name Xbox Infinity came up in that it was meant to be an “Online Platform” – a way of integrating all the online functions of the next Xbox, Xbox on Windows and Windows Phone 8 together, a system in place that could also deliver apps to TV’s without the need of a console (somehow). Our Xbox Infinity information came our way February 2012 and since an 8 sign and infinity sign are very similar, only Microsoft has the answers. However with the likelihood of Windows this year being called ‘Blue’ a major update to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 it no longer seems feasible to have an Xbox named Xbox 8 for 2013?

More recently as noticed by Fusible, Microsoft has been out in force by taking ownership of domains that have XBOX GOLD in them. The latest acquisition XboxGold.org joins the new pile of internet domains that include: XboxGold.biz, XboxGold.com.co, XboxGold.us, XboxGold.at, XboxGold.ch, XboxGold.jp, XboxGold.mx, XboxGold.ru, XboxGold.tw and XboxGold.fr.

With the recently closure of the Xbox Gold Family Account on Xbox LIVE, the grabbing of domain names related to Xbox Gold could be due to an upcoming overhaul of the way that we pay for Xbox LIVE on the next-gen console, or that it’s going to be called Xbox Gold – which is a pretty bad name for a new console. Since all use of that name relates to a subscription service on current-gen, it’s more likely to relate to next-gen subscription services on the next Xbox because Microsoft would have taken these domains years ago. With the impending and long-overdue reveal of the next-gen Xbox, the timing of Microsoft acquiring these domains is pretty obvious.

Now for the speculation – if it does relate to a subscription service what we would like to see if the next-gen console does require an always-on connection to the internet, then how about a pay-per-console to Xbox Gold instead of pay-per-gamertag profile? With the decision on Microsoft’s part to cease without notice the Family Accounts – it would make more sense and a middle ground between becoming fairer in-line with the PSN Network to have each household connected to Live through the one console account?

Something is brewing up in Microsoft Corp’s HQ over Xbox Gold – and when the news of a next-gen announcement hit’s we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Microsoft Acquires File-Sharing Pando For Next-Gen Xbox?

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Calcalist an Israeli news site has reported that Microsoft has acquired Fendo’s Pando software for $11,000,000.00 – if you’ve never heard of the software before, Pando makes downloading, streaming and sharing large media files fast. If you need to email large attachments, IM a folder, or publish downloadable videos to the Web this is where Pando can streamline the whole process in a great way. It’s widely used by a host of well-known companies and software providers with the gaming industry part of their largest client base.

Calcalist quotes that the purchase was made in part to give Microsoft an advantage in sharing media files for the launch of the new Xbox gaming console which is expected in June, and to compete with Sony, who revealed last month its future media console PlayStation 4.

By June, we take this to mean an E3 reveal rather than a launch but with Sony showcasing some great services with Gaikai streaming and Ustream for the PS4 – Microsoft could be about to unveil something similar for the new Xbox which has not yet been officially unveiled, unlike the PS4.

If this turns out to be something in preparation for the next Xbox, we’ll keep you posted.

Sources: NeoGaf via Calcalist

Sniper Elite 3 For Current and Next-Gen in 2014

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505 Games has announced to the popular gaming behemoth IGN that a follow up to Sniper Elite V2 is in the works and will be released for both current and next-gen consoles in 2014.

It is quoted that “following the worldwide success of Sniper Elite and Sniper Elite V2 released on PC, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, 505 Games believe in the extremely high potential of this brand.” 505 says that Sniper Elite V2 “gained a great worldwide success around 1.1 million copies” sold “since the April 2012 launch to the end of December.”

ThisisXbox rated Sniper Elite V2 7.5/10 last May:

Sniper Elite V2 falls into the good-but-not-great category of shooters, it’s not boring in gameplay at all and some parts of the game are a real pleasure to see. One of the highlights for instance is the X-Ray Kill Cam that’s activated upon successfully dealing a heavy damaging blow to your enemy. In slow motion the bullet tears through the air before forcefully impounding itself into the body, and you get to see organs tear and burst, bones shatter and your enemy dies on the ground in pool of his own blood. Another is the ability to pull out your binoculars and tag the enemy as you plan your attack, but it’s just a real shame that the environments don’t feel like they are interacting with your journey.

No specifics on the story content or multiplayer elements have been released, but when details are announced in the near future we’ll keep you posted soldiers.

Thanks: IGN

Next-Gen Xbox Could Be Out By November 2013

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Admit it, as soon as you knew the release date for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (coming to next-gen consoles) was dated for November 1st, you must have wondered if this was to be a next-gen launch title releasing along side next-gen hardware?

Well, the developer of Assassin’s Creed IV in a recent interview with Outside Xbox, which appears to be the new Inside Xbox lately has pretty much hinted that the next-gen Xbox will be out by November this year. Whilst no other information was given since we’ve all read about the “it has blu-ray”, “no blu-ray”, blocks and doesn’t block used games, does and doesn’t require an always on internet connection – we’re still waiting on Microsoft to deliver the god damn news that we’re dying to hear… when, how much, what can it do etc?

At least for now we can start saving our cash for a likely Fall release.

Here’s the interview:

Thanks NOWGamer

THIEF Reboot Coming to Next-Gen Consoles in 2014

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Just as GameInformer announced their April cover, NeoGaf and VK has delivered screens of a stunning next-gen title under the name of THIEF 4, due for release in 2014 on the next Xbox.

THIEF 4 is a reboot to the classic THIEF series and has been under development with Eidos Montreal for sometime and will be published by Square-Enix in due course. Described by GameInfomer – “Series hero Garrett returns to the Gothic, industrial metropolis known simply as the City to steal any and everything that will make him richer. Unfortunately, the City is broiling with social tension as it is ravaged by a plague and lorded over by a political tyrant known as the Baron. In order to survive his adventures, Garrett will have to pay attention to his environment and make use of the may possible paths through each of the game’s levels.”

Some screens and even a leaked trailer is available below to feast your eyes over:

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Thanks NeoGaf & VK

UPDATE via Press Release

Eidos-Montréal, a part of Square Enix Europe and the award winning studio behind the critically acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution, today unveiled THIEF for PC, PlayStation 4, and other next generation consoles. THIEF is a reinvention of a franchise that helped define an entire genre of games.

Time has moved on. Power has shifted. New greed replaces the old.
But to remain free in The City of chains – that is still the greatest prize.
First I stole to survive… then I survived to steal.
I am one man; I hear your secrets, see your hidden truths.
I am the shadows, the dark and deadly, the velvet night. You will not see me coming.

I am Garrett….What’s yours is mine.

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 their path through the game’s levels and how they approach and overcome each challenge.

Exclusive coverage and developer interviews can be found in Game Informer’s April issue. Additionally, visit GameInformer.com/thief throughout the month for on-going coverage.

THIEF will be available in 2014 for PC and PlayStation 4. It is also planned for other next-generation consoles.

Will Bungie’s Destiny Bring The MMO Genre To The Next Xbox?

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It really is an exciting time to be a console gamer. Not only has the Xbox seen a recent run of incredible games, the platform recently proved that gaming experiences that are slightly outside most people’s regular comfort zones such as the turn-based squad tactics in X-COM can actually succeed. Now, Bungie has revealed its next project – Destiny, a huge-in-scale MMOFPS that will bring the MMO experience to console in a far more accessible way than, say, Final Fantasy XI.

In a similar approach to developers designing titles for iOS that are actually tuned to a touch-screen gaming experience, Bungie are aiming to bring a full-bodied MMO experience to your Xbox console, whichever one you may be using by the time the game is released. While it’s likely that Destiny will blow the minds of many gamers, it may also open the floodgates to massively-multiplayer gaming as a regular part of the future Xbox line-up.

They may not all be MMOFPS titles, either – while the MMORPG tends to involve a considerable amount of buttons, it’s not entirely necessary – combinations of button-presses and the triggers potentially allowing you access to up to twelve face buttons for commands at once (and that’s before you count the bumpers), gamers need not reach for a USB keyboard any more. It’s a shame Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning never made it to MMORPG status, as its huge world and Fable-esque approachable control scheme made it the perfect basis for a console MMORPG.

The MMO genre is branching out on the PC currently, titles appearing that opt for massively-multiplayer real-time strategy, shooters, even purely social games. It’s also worth noting that Destiny isn’t alone in appearing as a console MMO in the near future – Defiance is also a shooter making tracks towards the Xbox and PS3. However, it’s also coming to PC, and given it’s a shooter, those without a mouse and keyboard may find themselves frustrated should they go up against those who are in possession of these superior FPS peripherals.

This is the problem with the approach of some developers who are bringing the MMO gamer back to consoles – that they’re targeting PC alongside the Xbox and Playstation platforms. The issues this causes are numerous: That either the controller isn’t enough, or the keyboard is underused. That the graphics won’t match between platforms. There are endless issues with facing off the PC and console crowds over a single game, and MMOs tuned for a specific platform will always outperform because neither side is lacking in their experience.

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Destiny also needs to prove its ability to operate subscription free, and to keep consoles clear of the free-to-play elements that have plagued people’s PC and iPhone game libraries as of late. Subscription fees tend to elicit much hissing and spitting when it comes to new MMOs, big releases like Star Wars: The Old Republic soon to include a free-to-play model to stop the game from failing completely, but unfortunately sabotaging itself by locking off many of its crucial features behind pay-walls.

None of these approaches will fly with console users. They’re used to a down payment at the start and that’s that. Now, DLC prices make them feel like they’re being milked for content that would’ve come as an expansion, or on the disc at release, ten years ago. Console MMOs will be no different – while expansions will keep the game financially solvent, any hint towards sucking extra money out of players in a “pay to win” environment may push a lot of gamers away from an otherwise fantastic game. Destiny has thrown the doors open to console-only MMO titles, but unless the other games walking through it are willing to adapt to a console environment, nothing may change.

 

David Thompson is a fresh and upcoming technology and entertainment blogger who enjoys the challenges of creativity and attention to detail. His specific areas of interest include film, gaming and the mobile industry, encompassing everything from manufacturer-specific news from Apple to industry announcements from the likes of O2.