Tag: Microsoft

Internal Microsoft Memo Reportedly Debunks Always-Online Xbox

Internal Microsoft Memo Reportedly Debunks Always-Online Xbox

So after all the backlash from Xbox fans and gamers, it seems Microsoft is listening, I hope; to it’s user base.  This is good news if it’s true, which it should be if they want to stay in their position in the gaming market.

An email reportedly sent to Microsoft employees seems to debunk rumors that the next Xbox will require a constant internet connection.

The alleged email, obtained by Ars Technica, is said to have been sent to “all full-time employees working on the next Xbox” and contains the following text:

“Durango is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet. There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should ‘just work’ regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not limited to: playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game.”

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Atari Founder says Xbox will win NextGen

Atari Founder says Xbox will win NextGen

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell has chosen Microsoft to emerge victorious against Sony in the next-generation console race. Speaking on GameTrailersRollin’ With Nolan, the industry veteran claimed Sony will be held back by “lame” and difficult-to-understand software tools.

Bushnell argued that it is software that drives hardware sales and that Microsoft will outperform Sony in this department, thus dominating the next-generation console market.

“Microsoft, because of their strong software tools, will end up with much better products sooner [and] easier, in my estimation,” Bushnell said. “And with that, I think will be an advantage. And also don’t forget, Microsoft actually has so much money to defend this. Plus, they have a good infrastructure with the [Xbox Live Arcade], with their online world.”

Bushnell also cited Sony’s online presence as a weakness. He said the company “really needs to get their action together” to fix their “god awful” online infrastructure.

Adam Orth Quits Microsoft Game Studios

Adam Orth Quits Microsoft Game Studios

Adam Orth, the Microsoft Game Studios Creative Director who publicly defended the idea of a mandatory online connection for consoles last week, no longer works for the company.

A tweet by Adam Orth. Former MS Game Studio Director about Mandatory Online Connection.
A tweet by Adam Orth. Former MS Game Studio Director about Mandatory Online Connection.

Microsoft has issued a formal apology over the comments of one of its creative directors, Adam Orth, about always-on internet connections for consoles. Here is the Official Statement as published on Major Nelson

“We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers.  We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter.”

Some good info on the Next XBOX …

Possibly Updated 360 for $99.00 – This is awesome news if it’s true.

 

A Small Detail About The PlayStation 4 Could Have Big Implications

A Small Detail About The PlayStation 4 Could Have Big Implications

Among the bits of information dropped during last week’s PlayStation 4 announcement was this from PS4 lead architect Mark Cerny, as he discussed the system’s enhanced social features:

“[With the] PlayStation 4 we are transitioning to a friends network based on real world friends. We’ll keep around the alias and icon used in today’s multiplayer matches. These are great to have when anonymity is important. But most of the new social dimension to PS4 will be interacting with friends using real names and profile pictures most likely seeded from your existing social network.”

Some crucial-sounding words in there: “Alias.” “Real names.” “Profile pictures.” “Anonymity.” But what exactly does all that mean? Like so many other things introduced at the PS4 event, it’s not entirely clear.

Since its inception, the PlayStation Network has for the most part been a gateway to buying content and a loose way to connect with your friends to play games. But Sony appears set to turn their service into much more of a “proper” social network. And parts of that social network are going to involve your real name.

Let’s scrounge for crumbs of information and see if we can’t get a sense of what Cerny is saying, as well as what he’s purposefully leaving unsaid.

1. “We are transitioning to a friends network based on real world friends.”

Vague language, but he’s really just talking about emulating Facebook. When Sony launched PSN, Facebook wasn’t nearly the juggernaut it is today, and it stands to reason that Sony (and likely Microsoft) will be taking cues from Facebook when designing their consoles’ new social environments. From the look we got at the PSN’s new social profile page, it appears as though your friends list will made up of “real” people, by which Cerny just means that you’ll actually see the name behind the alias.

2. “We’ll keep around the alias and icon used in today’s multiplayer matches. These are great to have when anonymity is important.”

This bit is the escape hatch Sony has left, should the whole real names idea fall flat. An assurance that feels designed, more or less, to circumvent the sort of user-outrage that rained down on World of Warcraft– and StarCraft-makers Blizzard when they announced their Real ID program back in 2010. Blizzard’s thinking was that by forcing users to post in the Blizzard forums under their real names, it would cut down on jerks and trolls. But the community quickly pointed out a lot of unforeseen downsides that Real ID would have, in particular that it would make women much more visible than they had been and therefore even easier targets for creeping and forum stalking.

3. “Most of the new social dimension to PS4 will be interacting with friends using real names and profile pictures most likely seeded from your existing social network.”

When Cerny says, “Your existing social network,” he probably means “Facebook.” That dovetails with later remarks from Gakai president David Perry, who said outright that the new PSN will be integrated with social networks, including Facebook and UStream.

And, like Facebook, it sounds like they’re going to connect all of that to your real name and profile picture. Maybe you’ll also be able to import your Facebook friends list into your PS4, or go through some PSN app to invite your friends to play with you via Facebook. Or other such cross-platform stuff.

Read the Original Article at Kotaku

 

Microsoft IllumiRoom – The next level of Gaming and Media

Microsoft IllumiRoom – The next level of Gaming and Media

Our TV sets are getting bigger and bigger and with ever greater resolutions. But what if the screen isn’t enough anymore though? That’s the idea behind Microsoft’s latest idea, a technology that turns the room around your TV into an extension of it.

IllumiRoom uses a Kinect sensor and a projector “to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our virtual and physical worlds,” as Microsoft puts it the project’s official site.

Basically, the Kinect maps its surrounding environment, noticing the shape and distance of furniture and shelves, and then tweaks the images that are going to be projected so that they match the room.

Microsoft unveiled IllumiRoom at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show of Las Vegas last week, but there’s no word on the actual release, since the project is still just a prototype. According to Microsoft, we’ll know more about it later this year at at the Conference on Human-Interface Computing in Paris.

 

Halo 4 My Take

Halo 4 My Take

I won’t be divulging too much about the game like other sites do, just in case readers have not played.

After playing all the previous Halo Games on the Xbox under Bungie‘s crafting minds and hands I must say that 343 really took off running with the series. After the first word that there would actually be another Halo I was worried about the path Microsoft’s 343 Industries would take with the universe on a whole but especially the Halo game series. Continue reading “Halo 4 My Take”

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

 

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Trailer

Set against the backdrop of a UNSC military academy, a group of highborn cadets are training to be the next generation of soldiers in the UNSC’s ongoing war with insurrectionists in the outer colonial planets. Among these cadets, Thomas Lasky struggles with his doubts about this war, and with the burden of expectations he may not be able to carry. As Lasky comes to terms with his potential as a military leader, the terrifying alien alliance known as the Covenant arrives and turns his world upside down. Inspired by the Master Chief, he must decide what it means to be a hero.

Forward Unto Dawn: “Enlist”

Welcome to Corbulo Academy of Military Science, the UNSC’s premiere training facility for its brightest minds. From the very beginning, this arduous academy readies them for a life a of order, structure, sacrifice and belief in the righteous cause of the UNSC.

Forward Unto Dawn: “Cryo”

At Corbulo Academy of Military Science, cadets receive first-hand training with cryo-sleep, a technology necessary for deep-space travel to other worlds. But for one cadet, trying to get normal sleep the night before his first experience with cryo proves difficult when his head is filled with stories from his very creative roomate.