We’re striving to create more video content, and this week has seen a whopping six pieces come out. If you missed them on our YouTube channel then don’t fear, because you can also find them embedded below.
Greg gets angry again, this time with Resident Evil 7 on Madhouse difficulty:
Our Thursday stream on Beam has been uploaded in its entirety on YouTube for all to see:
Rob’s been busy with Resident Evil 7 and produced three let’s play videos this week:
And finally, our stream from last week on Twitch was uploaded to YouTube for all to see:
E3 kicks off tonight with EA and Bethesda, but before all that, we’ve got a few more predictions to get off our chest.
In this second video, join Greg Giddens, Dave Moran and Rich Berry as they discuss some more predictions for E3 2016 whilst playing Grand Theft Auto 5 Online. Expect some casual violence, wild speculation, some actual news, and the odd logical prediction.
Keep an eye on the channel for further E3 discussions over the next few days.
E3 kicks off Sunday night with EA and Bethesda, but before all that, we’ve got a few predictions to get off our chest.
Join Greg Giddens, Dave Moran and Max Powley as they discuss their predictions for E3 2016 whilst playing Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege for an hour. Expect some casual violence, wild speculation, some actual news, and the odd logical prediction.
Keep an eye on the channel for further E3 discussion videos over the next few days.
So in a bid to increase the hype even more (like Destiny actually needed any more!), Activision have teamed up with one of the UK’s leading YouTuber’s Ismail aka ‘MoreConsole’ to stage the moment The Traveler arrived above Earth, for real with just 1 day before worldwide release.
The behind-the-scenes video follows below including the official release from Activision immediately below. Enjoy and don’t forget to let us know if you’ll be playing tomorrow.
At least that’s what it looks like – as Ismail launched a weather balloon into near space this week successfully recreating one of the iconic images from Destiny. The image was captured in the outer atmosphere, via a high-altitude weather balloon 107,841 thousand-feet above Earth, to celebrate the imminent arrival of the game ahead of its launch across the world on 9th September.
The idea was inspired by some of the game’s artwork, which shows The Traveler arriving above Earth. In Destiny’s lore, it was the discovery of The Traveler that heralded Earth’s Golden Age, during which a lost civilisation explored the Solar System and built colonies on Mars and Venus. When players begin their adventure in Destiny, the Golden Age has collapsed and The Traveler is found hovering low above Earth, over what is humanity’s only sanctuary on the planet – the last safe city on Earth.
As a Guardian of the City, players must fight countless battles against our enemies, venture out to explore our lost colonies and unlock the great mysteries of the past in order to protect their future on Earth.
What better way to celebrate the Traveler, which plays a crucial role in the story of Destiny, than by bringing one of the most iconic images of the entire campaign to life? I’m excited to have created something unique that celebrates the scale and vision of the game. I imagine seeing the Traveler actually hovering over Earth will get lots of gamers in the mood to finally start playing for real when the game goes on sale next Tuesday.
Youtube is full of wonderful and creative masterpieces – and gaming music parodies is no exception. We’ve picked five of our favourite parodies featuring music from top artists as portrayed in a whole new way. From the LMFAO’s Sexy & I Know it in Call of Duty, to The Chainsmokers #SELFIE with Grand Theft Auto – press play below and prepare to be entertained, also hit the share buttons at the top to spread the love!
The Youtube App is available now on Xbox One and Xbox 360 (just in case you’re one of the 5 million who hasn’t seen it on the dashboard)
Finally, Xbox One gamers will soon be able to share those precious, special or down right embarrassing gaming moments captured from your console to your Youtube Channel. Xbox Wire has confirmed that an update to the Youtube App on Xbox One will start to roll-out from tomorrow, April 8th.
“Game DVR and Upload are among the most used apps on Xbox One. We know how important it is to be able to easily watch and share video clips, and starting tomorrow we’re rolling out an update to the YouTube app on Xbox One that integrates Game DVR and Upload with YouTube**, making it easier than ever to capture and share game clips with the world.
Now, use Game DVR to capture epic gaming moments, edit them in Upload Studio, and, with the simple click of a button inside the YouTube app (look for My Uploads – *Gold required), share them instantly to your YouTube channel. The updated YouTube experience also allows you to watch YouTube videos in Snap Mode, add individual YouTube videos to your Pins, earn Media Achievements, and add your YouTube channels to OneGuide for instant access to YouTube videos right next to your favorite TV listings or App Channels.”
So, if you’re not overkeen on the whole TWITCH experience at least the familiar Youtube service may be more to your liking from tomorrow.
I have always wanted to try out Game Capturing. I felt that it was a vital tool when writing about video games to show gameplay backing up points I make about a game whilst reviewing it as a video can sometimes show in more detail far more then text on a page. With Youtube offering a completely free way of editing and sharing videos, the only thing required was a game capture device. Many companies offer choices in kit to help make this happen and the leading company is Hauppauge. Recently at a Press Preview event of Titanfall, for the first time I was given the chance to use game capture to record gameplay of a new game in order to share it with the TiX community, that device was the Hauppauge HD Rocket PVR.
What makes the HD Rocket PVR stand out, is the unique feature of the device being designed to be used as a portable game capture device. The ability to take it with you to a friends house, take with you if you are gaming in a different location from home or for me as a writer to preview game events to capture gameplay. Whenever I thought about doing Game Capture recording, before the New Generation of consoles including the PVR ability, was of cables across my front room connected to my laptop and playing around with settings before actually loading up any game. The Rocket does away with all these shenanigans and presents the user with a quick and easy set up which only requires a console, a TV and a USB flash drive.
Set up took literally less then five minutes, it actually took longer moving my entertainment stand out the way and back again then it took to get the rocket Connected to the console. Powered by USB via the back of the Xbox, all you have to do is connect the HDMI cable from the console into the rocket, then a HDMI cable from the Rocket to your TV and you are good to go. Everything you need comes with the Rocket out of the box and because of its portable design, will make it an easy set up wherever you take the kit to go game Capturing. The back of the Rocket is simplistically genius making for an easy set up even if you are unfamiliar with setting up cables on devices.
The Rocket handles all the hard work of video processing as well. Capturing in full 1080P HD resolution every time and with the ability to use a USB flash drive instead of connecting it to a laptop or PC, you literally only have to set it up, pick what game you want to capture and once ready to record, simply hit the big red button and you are good to go. It really is that simple and easy. The Rocket using a light band to indicate it’s system state. When in standby mode the Rocket will flash Red. After inserting a USB Flash drive it takes less then ten seconds for the Rocket to recognize the flash drive, check it, and turn Green indicating that it is ready to go. When you start recording the Rocket goes red, and again, a second press of the big red button and in under ten seconds the Rocket processes the recording and there you go. A game capture recording on your Flash drive that can be immediately uploaded to Youtube or to a video editing software for you to play with further.
The Rocket handles everything, which for someone like me who has never done any form of game capturing before or editing, having a video file that is complete and ready to go makes this kit essential and superb to enter the world of game capturing for the first time. You are also able to record voice commentary by way of connecting a microphone to the front of the Rocket, and as you record your game footage you can add your voice to it which again, the Rocket will process it into one file which is ready to go in seconds after you end the recording. It would be great if the Rocket had the option of connecting a HDMI microphone but for the portability that the Rocket is designed for, its understandable why it is built this way.
The Rocket, whilst connected to a laptop or PC, will process one file for the duration of the recording. Whilst using a USB Flash drive, the Rocket is clever not to produce a file so big it would take a good many hours to upload to Youtube. The Rocket will break the recording down into files no bigger then just over 2GB. That equates to just over 18 minutes of gameplay recording. When it reaches the 2GB limit it simply makes another file and beings a new portion. Once the recording session is over, you can take each file and edit them seamlessly back together using your video editing software or using the free tools provided by Youtube. Depending on the speed of your internet connection, uploading for me of a 2GB file to Youtube took just over two hours but this is also affected by Youtube and how busy it is as a site. Using Flash Drive with the Rocket was perfect for me. Once I knew the recording time frame limit of using one, I was able to plan out the game capture so that I could keep it to a single file and if I did go over the 2GB file it was painless to edit the two video files together creating one video file to be shared.
The Hauppauge HD Rocket PVR is the most impressive Game Capture kit I have come across. It offers solutions to those looking to minimize their own recording set up and gives a quick, simple and powerful set up to anyone looking to start Game Capture recording for the first time. Just to have a bit of kit that does all the hardwork for you and provides you with a video file that is instantly ready to be used and uploaded for me, changes the entire way I look at game capturing. The thought of having to have cables lying across my front room just to capture some video has completely gone now. The Rocket sits nicely next to my console, and all I have to do is walk over to it, put in a USB Flash Drive and press the red button when I want to record something, press it again when I am done then upload the files on the flash drive via my laptop and in less then an hour I have a video on Youtube that is ready to be shared on social media or in a review of a new game. I have yet to find another bit of kit that is capable of doing this, right out of the box that does not require anymore set up then under five minutes of cable attaching.
For those who enjoy looking at the technical specs of hardware, below are the specs of the HD Rocket PVR:
H.264 AVCHD high definition video encoder, video encode up to 1080p30 from HDMI or component video.
No delay HDMI pass through:
HDMI or component in to HDMI out.
Recording data rate:
1 to 18 Mbits/sec.
MP4 in standalone mode, TS in PC connected mode.
USB thumb drive compatibility
USB 2.0 or USB 3.0
Size: from 1GB to 32GB
Minimum transfer rate: 2.5 Mbytes/sec
External hard disc compatibility: any self powered external storage drive with at least 2.5Mbytes/sec transfer rate
Mixes game audio with microphone audio
Supports both powered and unpowered microphones.
Microphone volume adjust, +20db boost and mute.
HDMI from Xbox, PC game systems or other HDMI sources without HDCP.
Component video in from a PS3 with stereo audio.
3.5mm microphone jack.
USB thumb drive connector.
4.75 inches x 3.5 inches x 1.5 inches.
5v @ 0.9 amps
Weight: 4.6 oz
Bundled with Hauppauge Capture software applicaiton:
Record your game play to your PC.
Record game commentary with game audio.
Upload to YouTube.
The HD Rocket PVR has opened up so many new way for me to enhance my game writing and my overall enjoyment of playing games through sharing cool moments with my gamer friends or recording online game playing with my friends that I really cannot imagine not using the Rocket going forward in my writing or video gaming. Currently with an RRP of £139, Hauppauge have delivered on the most valuable bit of kit in my video game set up and for me, essential for anyone looking to start their own social video channel for video games. So much power in that little box, it is mind blowing what it is capable of doing and I highly recommend it.
To ramp up the Summer of Arcade promotions on Xbox LIVE – Xbox has reached out to us to share with our readers details of the new live streaming events to celebrate each of the games in the Summer of Arcade 2013 line-up.
Microsoft Studios has teamed up with several popular YouTube gamers to host a live streaming gameplay event showcasing each week’s new release. Lisa Foiles will be hosting the live shows every Wednesday in August at 3pm PST, previewing that week’s new release. The live events will also feature JesseCox, Raychul Moore and GameGrumps – via Youtube.com/polaris
As a reminder here is the Summer of Arcade line-up on the Xbox LIVE Arcade for 2013.
Brothers: a Tale of two Sons – available now for 1,200 Points
Guide two brothers on an epic journey. Control both at once with each thumb stick in co-op play like never before. Explore puzzles, varied locations and fight boss battles.
Charlie Murder – available now for 800 Points
Fallen punk rock idols Charlie Murder must face off against rival death metal band Gore Quaffer and their army of the damned in an RPG brawler hybrid inspired by coin-op beat ‘em ups and dungeon crawlers.
Flashback – launches August 21st for 800 Points
Conrad B. Hart of the G.B.I. is re-enlisted for the return of an acclaimed gaming franchise. Uncover an alien conspiracy, getting through complex & deadly environments.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – launches August 28th for 1,200 Points
TMNT: Out of the Shadows returns to how it all began. Become the four turtles fighting to save New York City from mutants, the Foot & Shredder.
If you buy any two Summer of Arcade games this year you’ll receive a Souls Pack for Ascend: Hand of Kul, absolutely FREE!
So it seems that sheep mentality strikes again with all the negativity surrounding Microsoft’s Xbox One conference when the new console was shown to the world on May 21st this year. Dubbed the “All-in-One” entertainment device because it can take control of your TV, deliver Skype multi-video support and a bigger emphasis on owning the living-room has pissed off a large number of gaming folk. Microsoft has since disable comments on the Youtube channel for Xbox One!
Comments referring to switching to Sony’s console side of the world, amongst other crap has re-surfaced and appears to be a familiar trait when Microsoft aims to do something less-traditional; who remembers the Kinect reveal? Same thing! Whilst thisisxbox.com fully supports the Xbox One console (as you’d expect from an Xbox news site) I can’t help but think that a lot of negativity is jumping on the band-wagon. With the current Xbox 360 supporting media apps, video, music and other streaming services it couldn’t have been a surprise that Microsoft intend to go bigger-and-better with their entertainment features for the new console. The use of cloud based services with the Xbox One require a brief check-in online every now and then should also aim to combat the ever-growing modding community and aid against piracy. Your console will not switch off or end your gaming sessions because your internet went down (unless it’s Multiplayer), it’s just suited to those gamers who “have” the internet, and if you can connect online to bitch on Youtube then it shouldn’t be an issue having your Xbox One console check-in online for you?
Unfortunately, Kinect or as the new name suggest “Xbox Sensor” being a requirement for the console to operate is disappointing because if its usage is optional, then it’s requirement should reflect that. If the Xbox Sensor breaks then your fully working console will need you to buy an additional unit should you use it or not. Microsoft for the new generation seems to be aiming to have every console owner hooked to Skype. However, if you are only the type of gamer who wants to have a next-gen console for next-gen gaming…
Machinima – the next generation of video entertainment for gamers well – more than 202 million unique gamers, has landed on the Xbox 360 dashboard in the form of an App! The number one all-time entertainment channel on YouTube can now be viewed directly from the comfort of your own chair, bed, whatever takes your fancy by launching the newly released App on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
Machinima gives you an easy, all-access pass to watch episodic narrative series like the extremely successful “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” and “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”, live streams, gameplay videos, and original content, including weekly and daily shows such as fan favorites “Sanity Not Included” and “How to Annoy People.” As the top global online video destination for young gamers, you won’t want to miss downloading the Machinima app and getting instant access to all of your favorite Machinima channels, including the main “Machinima” channel, which is one of the largest YouTube channels, “Machinima Realm” focusing on fantasy and role-playing games, and “Machinima VS“ covering the world of competitive gaming, just to name a few.
Machinima speaks directly to the gaming audience and beyond, providing a destination to watch your favorite content in the comfort of your living room, or any location you choose. With Machinima on Xbox, you can also share videos directly from the app to Facebook.
Just let us know in the comments box below how much you enjoy this is app.