Both the Xbox One and Playstation 4 have very similar hardware, with the PS4 having a slight edge in terms of raw power, and the Xbox having the edge in power consumption. It’s too early to tell the clear ‘winner’ just yet, but with both consoles using an x86 architecture, it will make most likely porting games to the PC much easier than the last generation of games.
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Today’s quote of the day comes from Don Mattrick, head of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business:
If you’re backwards compatible, you’re really backwards
Sam Lake, Creative Director takes to Youtube to talk a little about the future of Remedy and Alan Wake. Sadly it sounds like Alan Wake didn’t sell enough copies to merit a true sequel, but it was received well enough for Microsoft to throw a pile of money their way for a new IP (Quantum Break).
I loved Alan Wake. It was probably one of my favorite games to come out of this generation of titles. And even though I’m disappointed it will be quite some time before I get to play a new game of the franchise again, I am looking forward to whatever they put out in the future. I just hope it wont be in development for another 8 years.
Update: December 9th, 2021
It only took 8 years, but a sequel is happening!
Not a big surprise. I could see them mimicking Steam Greenlight to get more the popular indie titles on the service though.
We have no idea what the videogame landscape will look like seven years from now, just as we had no idea in 2005 how foundationally streaming and smartphones would change everything. The very concept of any physical media box may well be obsolete within a decade. But even if this is the last true console we ever see, one thing is for sure: Gaming isn’t just games anymore.
Original source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/05/xbox-one
Most people I know that own an Xbox 360 use it to watch Netflix. Most of the people I know that own a Playstation 3 use it primarily as a Blue-Ray player. Sure, they bought games too, but they really dont play them. Attempting to call the Xbox One an entertainment system that just so happens to play games, is a brilliant move by Microsoft. After the conference ended, Reddit was quick to complain they wanted a new console, not a TV remote. The fact being overlooked is you still are getting a c
Most interesting statistic: Only 6% of all characters made cleared the highest difficulty.
And truly captures Wario’s character.
I’m sure its just a coincidence this was released a day before the Xbox announcement.
It’s hugely involved, with you mining the ground to gain resources to trade for coins to claim your land. Like a proper game of Civ, major construction involves clicking on the ground and watching the buildings extruding upwards. They’re functional buildings, allowing you to enter and use them, and enhancing them to provide the bonuses to the land.
This feels like the next natural stage of evolution of Minecraft.
Mostly fluff, but there is something to be said about a publication like WSJ covering the Xbox. It’s a little astounding how far video games have progressed for a new console release to be covered by mainstream culture.
One password, discovered over 20 years later, long after the Metroid password system had been completely reverse-engineered, does not grant you all items. This password just crashes and resets the game: