The hype train is at full speed now the Xbox One and PS4 are both public knowledge, and Electronic Arts is riding first class. According to EA CTO Rajat Teneja, Sony and Microsoft have systems so magically powerful, they're f...
In this special, singularly-focused edition of Office Chat, I'm joined by Jim Sterling and Jordan Devore as we discuss our reactions to the Xbox One reveal. From the frustrations of having to figure out what to now call the original Xbox console, to disappointing news that the massive library of existing Xbox Live Arcade games will have no home in the One, skepticism runs rampant.
It's not all bad news. The "snap" feature has earned some marks from us at least, but it appears that Microsoft is going to have to put out one hell of an E3 showing to win over these hearts and minds.
The Xbox One was revealed this weak to thunderous applause. Oh wait, did we say applause? We meant, farts. Thunderous farts.
Speaking of farts, here's a man who loves the smell of his, tearing Microsoft's unified entertainment philosophy to shreds and arguing how the Xbox One is basically a system for nobody but the privileged and demented.
We all know Peter Molyneux lives in a gumdrop world of magic and make-believe, but perhaps none of us realized he was so far gone as to live in a world where Nintendo and Sony apparently don't exist. According to the 22 Cans ...
Microsoft is gearing up to reveal the next generation of Xbox hardware in just a scant two weeks, but what will they be showing? In our latest installment of The Question, we make predictions for the event on May 21.
Which is better!? WHICH IS BETTER!? C'mon! Make a decision!
So here we've got another Flash cartoon by famed grump Egoraptor. The "console vs. PC" argument is by no means a new one, but that's not the real highlight of this ...
It's an innocuous enough little blog post -- an article on Battlelog aiming to help Xbox 360 users save space on their hard-drives by deleting obsolete Battlefield 3 update files. Fair enough, right? Wrong!
Tepid sales of Wii U hardware and the slow drip of content being released for it have led some to suggest that perhaps it would be best if Nintendo just got out of the business of making game systems for the living room. With their handheld business strong and their library of memorable properties, could they be better served as a company by backing out of the highly competitive home console market?
Should Nintendo stop making home consoles? Answer The Question for yourself in the comments!
Rumors that the Next Xbox will be restricted by the same always-online requirement that has crippled several major PC releases of late has not exactly been met with applause from prospective customers. One man, however -- Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth -- doesn't see why anybody could have an issue with a DRM Box.
"Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an 'always on' console," Orth proclaimed on Twitter. "Every device now is 'always on'. That's the world we live in. #dealwithit."
He followed his churlish contempt with some sarcastic false equivalence, glossing over the many stated problems with a potential always-on console to focus on a simplified -- utterly foolish -- set of comparisons.
"Sometimes the electricity goes out. I will not purchase a vacuum cleaner. The mobile reception in the area I live in is spotty and unreliable. I will not buy a mobile phone."
Epic Games' Mark Rein does not view the PlayStation 4 as a mere console, oh no. Echoing similar sentiments to Avalanche Studios, Rein believes the PS4 is a gaming PC with a memory advantage over less dedicated computers. In f...
Nvidia's Senior vice president of content and technology, Tony Tamasi, expects the next crop of mobile devices to outperform current generation consoles, claiming the Xbox 360 and PS3 can barely hold an edge over today's Tegra 4 powered devices.
"The PS3 and Xbox 360 are barely more powerful than mobile devices," he told Bit-tech. "The next click of mobile phones will outperform [them]."
Of course, there are a number of factors to consider before we get too excited/infuriated. The current crop of consoles are on the way out, with the 360 and PS3 now over five years old and due to be replaced by more powerful machines. One must also consider the fact that, while mobile devices can theoretically be more powerful, one doesn't know if manufacturers would care to make the investment. Just because something can be done, that doesn't mean it will be -- or even should be.
In any case, it's scary to see how fast this technology's been developing. I'm still blown away by the idea of a Game Boy, let alone the fact I've got what is, essentially, a slab of glass that magically plays Infinity Blade and incredible amounts of exotic pornography. Decadence, we know it.
Alice creator American McGee is not stoked about Sony's PlayStation 4 unveiling, explaining the lack of innovation in the controller department as the big reason for his apathy. The PS4's conventional DualShock 4 design has e...
Valve distanced themselves from Xi3's Piston via a public statement that came after an announcement that the Steam-ready console would cost $1,000. Now, Xi3's CEO says Valve asked him to build the Piston and that Gabe Newell ...
Cheerful game developer Jonathan Blow has been chatting up the PlayStation 4's potential, and like Avalanche Studios, is keen to tout the console's benefits over PC. According to the man behind The Witness, equivalent games will run faster on PS4 than PC.
"For The Witness we're mostly interested in the base machine and how fast it is -- the fact it has faster RAM than a PC, which really helps in shuttling graphics resources around, and since it's not running a heavyweight operating system like Windows that gets in the way of your graphics," he told Edge. "Rendering stuff through Windows has an impact on performance. Since a console is just about games, that doesn't happen, and the equivalent game will run faster. And if you can target to specific hardware you can make it run faster, too."
Blow's not wrong, really. PCs need their memory to do all sorts of things, while a console is a dedicated machine, and if your game is being targeted to a specific platform, it'll naturally run better. The PlayStation 3 knows all about that, famously acquiring rubbish ports of games like Modern Warfare 2 and Skyrim. If anything, the PS4 should mark an age where at least Bethesda can get it right. That'll be nice.