Todd watched all of the major press conferences from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Ubisoft and Electronic Arts. He brings us his take on what it all means, and picks an overall winner for E3 2014.
Another E3 Expo has rolled in on us again as the 2014 show opens its doors. To kick things off, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo pulled back the curtains to show what they will be planning for us in the next year.
With three months of Xbox One ownership under his belt, Todd lists all the things that the new console is doing well, and a few areas that could use some improvement.
The remade Killer Instinct has debuted on the Xbox One as a free title, and our reviewer finds that despite the price, it packs one heck of a powerful punch that everyone should try.
A new report by the Guardian newspaper alleges that GCHQ and the NSA targeted online games and communities, including World of Warcraft and Xbox Live, as part of their anti-terrorism activity. This is the latest revelation from the dossiers leaked to the paper, by Edward Snowden, the ex-NSA employee. According to the article, the spy agencies developed capabilities to collect data from Xbox live and have been going under cover as Orcs and Elves in WoW. The paper says, ‘There were attempts, too, to recruit potential informants from the games’ tech-friendly users.’ An NSA document from 2008, describes games communities … Continue reading NSA Spying On WoW, Xbox Live Players
Recently three Xbox One consoles were shipped two weeks before the November 22nd ship date. Each system landed in the possession of three unsuspecting gamers. Microsoft instructed all three gamers to not to use their systems. One of the gamers made youtube videos about the Xbox One and it’s features. Features like the fact Xbox One has to connect to the internet on day one for a five hundred megabyte patch before any games can even played. The gamer who posted the information had his videos taken off of YouTube and banned from his console due to a ‘Terms Of … Continue reading Three Xbox One’s Accidently Shipped Early
Ending the biggest and probably the last guessing game regarding the pending new consoles, Microsoft announced that November 22nd will be the date that the Xbox One launches in most of the world. Unlike Sony, whose PlayStation 4 is being released in stages, Microsoft is trying to get the Xbox One to most people on the first day. Buyers in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States will all be able to potentially pick one up on the first day. The move sandwiches the Xbox One between PS4 … Continue reading Microsoft Sets November Launch For Xbox One
Microsoft and Lionhead Studios announced that a new game called Fable Legends will be an exclusive title for the Xbox One console. The news came at the Gamescom Microsoft press event in Cologne. Director David Eckelberry stressed that the game was not a sequel to the Fable series, but its own game and new IP, set 400 years before the original Fable game. The game will require online play as it will use the Xbox One cloud service. There are four characters in the game and players can take on the role of any of them. Friends can then opt … Continue reading Gamescom: Microsoft Announces Fable Legends As Xbox One Exclusive
Steve Ballmer is to retire as Microsoft CEO within the next year. Unlike gaming boss Don Mattrick’s abrupt departure after the Xbox One launch failure, Ballmer is going to stay on and will even have a role in picking his successor, so it may be a year or more before he actually enters retirement. Ballmer did not just oversee the gaming arm of Microsoft, though he was always in the forefront of the company’s push on that front, and a frequent attendee and speaker at E3 Expo. The timing of the announcement comes during Gamescom, but that may be coincidence. … Continue reading Ballmer To Retire As Microsoft CEO
After a shellacking at the E3 Expo Trade show, and faced with disappointing pre-orders that put the Xbox One behind the PlayStation 4, Microsoft has decided to reverse its previous course with their pending console. The Xbox One will now allow used and rental games, will no longer require an online connection other than one time when the unit is setup, and will not have any regional restrictions. One casualty of this decision however is the fact that downloaded games can no longer be shared with other machines, something that was part of the original plan for the new device. … Continue reading Microsoft Reverses Xbox One Course To Allow Used Games, No Online Required