- 11:01 am - Tue, Jan 28, 2014
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RUMOR: PS1/PS2 GAMES HEADING TO PLAYSTATION 4
And most importantly, not through PlayStation Now but through local emulation with HD enhancements. Excuse me as I’m giddy at the notion of possibly playing Final Fantasy XII in 1080p.
Eurogamer is reporting that backwards compatibility is coming to PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Now is only part of the story. A well-placed source working with Sony’s streaming service reveals that only PlayStation 3 titles are currently scheduled to use the “gameplay over IP” cloud service. PS1 and PS2 titles are set to follow the more conventional route of running locally under emulation on Sony’s latest console - but with the possibility of HD visual enhancements.
Sony is actively pursuing the ability for older titles to run without the blurry upscaling seen on PS3, suggesting that native HD resolutions are being targeted. Assuming this intention carries through to final code, we’ll be seeing an effect similar to the resolution scaling seen on unofficial PC emulation of Sony’s consoles, as well as a great many of the “HD remasters” we saw on PS3 - where original assets were rendered at a higher resolution, often without any actual remastering at all.
- 1:02 pm - Wed, Jul 24, 2013
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XBOX ONE TO ALLOW INDIES TO SELF-PUBLISH GAMES [UPDATED]
Update: Microsoft has confirmed that this is true and issued the following statement:
"Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage of all of the features of Xbox One and Xbox LIVE. This means self-publishing. This means Kinect, the cloud, achievements. This means great discoverability on Xbox LIVE. We’ll have more details on the program and the timeline at gamescom in August."
Game Informer is reporting that Microsoft is changing their Indie publishing policies for the Xbox One and will allow Indies to self-publish their games. This is something that Indies have been able to do on the PlayStation 3 and will continue to do on PlayStation 4.
Along with this policy update, Indie developers will be able to set their own prices and release dates and Microsoft will adopt a new certification policy, certifying games within only 14 days.
It is also being reported that every Xbox One can be converted into a dev debug console. If true, this would make it even easier for Indies to create games for the system because more developers would have access to it.
Instead of having to get a custom console, Indie developers would simply install software that would convert the regular system into a debug one—giving more access to more people to develop content for the system.
(via Game Informer)
- 3:01 pm - Fri, Jun 14, 2013
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ANONYMOUS MICROSOFT ENGINEER MAKES SENSE OF XBOX ONE
An anonymous Microsoft Engineer of the Xbox One team has posted on Pastbin an explanation that details what Microsoft’s grand vision really is for the Xbox One; basically it’s to provide a more Steam-like experience on your Xbox One.
While it can’t be verified that the individual really is an engineer at Microsoft or if any of this is true, there are several points in the post that are quite enlightening so long as this isn’t yet another person on the internet F*ing with everyone.
Thanks to Arcchild for sending this in.
Read the complete post after the jump.
- 12:04 pm - Mon, May 20, 2013
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10 THINGS YOU CAN COUNT ON MICROSOFT NOT ANNOUNCING TOMORROW
Plenty of people have made predictions about what will be revealed at Microsoft’s event on May 21—always on connection, mandatory installs, super-hyper-Kinect, a new name—-and frankly we’re tired of hearing all the predictions.
So just for fun, we’ve put together a list of 10 ridiculous things you can count on Microsoft not revealing/announcing tomorrow:
- Xbox Infinity + Comcast = Xfinity!
The name speaks for itself but you can be sure that Microsoft won’t announce an Xbox that is also a Comcast cable box with DVR abilities built in. No way. That sounds like an AWFULly good idea.
- EA not working on any games for Next Xbox
With the recent announcement of EA giving up on the Wii U, wouldn’t it also make sense for them to decide not make games for the Next Xbox? It’s all part of their longterm strategy to stop pissing off gamers.
- New Xbox will be using Sony’s PS3 Cell Processor
In an effort to “one-up” the competition, Microsoft will use the PlayStation 3’s cell processor to offer PS3 backwards compatibility. Of course, it means the rumors were true, and the next Xbox wouldn’t be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games. Curses! The nerds were right!
- Microsoft and Pizza Hut Announce Bigger Partnership
Similar to the all-in-one breakfast maker that has been blowing up Pinterest, Microsoft unveils a new console capable of baking pizza and playing games! Red ring of death? More like red ring of yum!
- Next Xbox Goes Green
Tired of being known as an “energy vampire,” Microsoft’s new console is wired to run on positive feelings and emotions. Warning: console may abruptly shut off while playing any game starring Superman or involving Raccoon City.
- Microsoft Partners With Steam
We’ve heard plenty of rumors about “steam boxes” in development and Microsoft clears it up by announcing that the Next Xbox is really a steam box that will ship with Windows 8 as the OS and have Steam built right in.
- Exclusive Always Off Next Gen Technology
It was rumored for months about “Always On” but we got it wrong like a bad game of Telephone. The next Xbox will feature the most energy efficient power system ever by not even turning on.
- Next Gen Games = Kinect 1.21 Gigawatts!
With the Kinect, players were turned into the controllers. Why stop there? This next gen we’ll make the games too! Xbox Games will be user generated titles fueled by the imagination of gamers like the Dreamatorium. By turning the mirror onto ourselves surely there’s no way we’ll complain about poor graphics, missed deadlines and bad storylines.
- Microsoft Commits to Finding Whalers On The Moon
Where Sony used PS3s for cancer research, Microsoft has committed to using the Next Xbox to find the oft-rumored Whalers On The Moon.
- Pretty much everything in this video.
XBL image courtesy of the fantastically talented Cory Schmitz.
- 10:30 am - Fri, May 10, 2013
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SAY HELLO TO XBOX INFINITY (MAYBE)
Unofficial “official” sources, leaks, and friends who heard it from friends who heard it from a friend’s brother who heard it from his uncle who works as a janitor part time at Microsoft are confirming that the next Xbox will be called Infinity.
(And that has been your Microsoft rumor mill update for the day).
Just wait and we’ll find out for sure on May 21.