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Electronic Entertainment Expo Recap: Day 3

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By Jesse Tucker

 

For day 1, click here, and day 2 here.

Although all of the big announcements are typically over before Day 3, sometimes a few interesting nuggets of info do come out, especially about specific games.  Here’s what we found out today.

  • Many new indie games were shown off at the Horizon Indie Game Conference, including Fez II.
  • Microsoft detailed their new achievement system for the Xbox One, explaining that achievements can be earned outside of games now, but only game achievements earn gamerscore.  Additionally, there will also now be “challenges” that are time-based, can be community based, and can apply across several games.  Developers will be able to continue adding achievements and challenges after a game’s launch.
  • E3 2014 will be held June 10-12 at the L.A. Convention Center, where it will remain until at least 2015.
  • New interviews, trailers, gameplay demos and more have been added for many of the games on the show floor.  Check out the full list with links to all the info in IGN’s guide.

Electronic Entertainment Expo Recap: Day 2

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By Jesse Tucker

 

For day 1, click here.

With all of the press conferences over, day 2 didn’t bring nearly as much excitement as day 1, but there were a few new announcements of note.

  • It has been discovered that the touch pad on the PlayStation 4 controller is clickable.  What function this may cover is yet to be seen, but it never hurts to have an extra button.
  • Sony showed off prototypes for PS4 peripherals, including a headset, controller charging station, and the PlayStation Eye camera (similar to the Xbox Kinect).  So far, it seems all of these items will have to be purchased separately from the console itself.  This news somewhat lessens the Ps4’s $100 price advantage over the Xbox One, which comes bundled with both the Kinect camera and a headset, provided those peripherals are important to you.
  • Nintendo revealed in a financial briefing that it plans to release a free-to-play game before April 2014.  No further details were released except that it would not be a Mario or Pokemon game.  Nintendo is experimenting with new forms of software marketing, and might also release low-priced games and those that require monthly subscription fees in the future.
  • New interviews, trailers, gameplay demos and more have been added for many of the games on the show floor.  Check out the full list with links to all the info in IGN’s guide.

Oculus Rift Gets Upgrade

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virtual realityOutside of the gaming community, you might be excused if you haven’t heard of Oculus Rift. That will probably change soon.

The maker of a virtual reality device wowed The Verge with new screens in it’s headset. In the simplest of terms, the company now has two cell phone displays mounted in a helmet and paired them with a controller to translate the movement of the viewers head to the motion on the screen along with the video feed. The result will be an immersive experience for the viewer for games, movies, and training programs.

The 1080p screen is split in two, so each eye sees a 960 x 1080 portrait display — [CEO Brendan] Iribe said the company was worried about how the switch from landscape to portrait might affect the games, but said he’s seen no issues. Nor have they had problems with the games created by the 10,000 developers who now have Oculus Rift dev kits — the SDK is built to scale its resolution, so Iribe said it’s only the beginning. As cellphone displays get better, so does the Rift, and the company gets to outsource its R&D to Apple, Samsung, and the like.

 

Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times

Electronic Entertainment Expo Recap: Day 1

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By Jesse Tucker

 

E3 is officially underway and all of the biggest game and hardware developers are showing off their new stuff.  This is a handy guide of highlights for those without the time to sit through hours of press conferences and interviews.

Sony Press Conference

Sony has revealed in their press conference that the PlayStation 4 will launch at $399.  Unlike the Xbox One, the PS4 will not restrict the buying, selling, or lending of used games in any way, and will never require an Internet connection to play single-player games.  Existing PlayStation Plus accounts will carry over to the PS4, but PlayStation Plus will now be required in order to play games online.  For previously revealed details on the PS4, check out PlayStation 4: Rumor & Reality.

Newly revealed PS4 exclusive games:

Killzone: Shadow Fall

inFAMOUS Second Son

The Order: 1886

Driveclub

For a constantly updating list of all confirmed and rumored PS4 games, check out IGN’s guide.

Microsoft Press Conference

Microsoft has revealed in their press conference that the Xbox One will launch in November and cost $499.  Xbox Live Gold members will now receive two free game downloads every month, beginning with Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed II.  Xbox has also now partnered with streaming service twitch.tv so that gamers can stream their play sessions in real time and even view comments beside the game while they play.  For previously revealed details on the Xbox One, check out Xbox One: Rumor & Reality.  Microsoft also revealed a new, slightly smaller model of the Xbox 360.

Newly revealed Xbox One exclusive games:

Quantum Break

RYSE: Son Of Rome

Killer Instinct

Sunset Overdrive

Forza Motorsport 5

D4

Project Spark

Crimson Dragon

Dead Rising 3

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For a constantly updating list of all confirmed and rumored Xbox One games, check out IGN’s guide.

Nintendo

Although Nintendo did not hold a press conference this year, they did have an online presentation.

Newly revealed Nintendo games:

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Super Mario 3D World

Mario Kart 8

Super Smash Bros. (for Wii U and 3DS)

Other Games

There are tons of big games being revealed and detailed at this year’s E3.  Destiny, Titanfall, Metal Gear Solid V, Thief, Assassin’s Creed IV, Mirror’s Edge 2, Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts 3, The Witcher 3, Bayonetta 2, Battlefield 4, Dark Souls 2, The Elder Scrolls Online…  This is just the tip of the iceberg, and there are way too many games to list here, so check out IGN’s constantly updating guide to the games of E3 and see what catches your eye.

 

 

 

Sony Unveils New Details About the Upcoming PS4

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Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. President and Group CEO House presents the Sony Playstation 4 at the Sony news conference show on the eve of the opening of E3 in Los Angeles

Monday night, Sony revealed more details regarding the new Playstation 4 game console, which is expected to be released this fall at its E3 keynote presentation.

Sony only showed the games and the controller for the new console during the original announcement earlier this year. However, it unveiled the new PS4 console for the first time to the public on with an all new design.

Leading Video Game Companies Hold News Conferences To Open E3

A notable difference between the forthcoming Playstation 4 and the recently announced Xbox One is that the Playstation 4 will not restrict the transfer of games, either through selling to a third party such as Gamestop or sharing with friends. Futhermore, unlike the Xbox One which requires users to connect to the Internet at least once per day to play all games, the Playstation 4 does not require users to connect to the Internet to play.

During the presentation, Sony also debuted trailers displaying a variety of games, including Killzone: Shadow Fall, Infamous: Second Son, Destiny, and The Order: 1886.

According to the President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Jack Tretton, there are currently more than 140 games in development to be released on the forthcoming console.

In addition to a plethora of new Playstation 4 software, Sony also announced that some of the upcoming titles, including Diablo 3 and Destiny will also be available on the Playstation 3. Sony also showed trailers for already announced games for the Playstation 3, such as Grand Theft Auto V.

Sony also announced that its previously free online game service will now be a pay-to-play service and will cost $50 per year.

The Playstation 4 will be available this holiday season for $399.

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Which Playstation 4 games are you most excited for?

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How To Watch The Big Announcements Expected This Week at WWDC and E3

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It’s a big week for the tech industry as Apple, Microsoft and Sony prepare for their biggest events of the year.

At its World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco, on Monday afternoon, people in the know say that Apple going to announce iOS 7, updates to hardware and software, as well as a slew of new design updates.

9to5 Mac reports that Apple could unveil a new “flat” redesign for iOS. Additionally, there are rumors that the new update will increase functionality with Vimeo and Flickr to make posting videos and pictures an easier process for users. Also, it seems that Apple will be releasing updates to MacBooks, OS X and an update to iTunes which will contain a new streaming music service.

Apple will be streaming the WWDC event this afternoon, starting at 1:00pm EST, however only users using a Mac running Safari, iOS, or Apple TV will be able to watch the stream.

Additionally, gamers have the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles to look forward to. Sony and Microsoft will be announcing new details about the Playstation 4 and Xbox One at their keynote presentations.

IGN will be streaming Microsoft and Sony keynote conferences on Monday afternoon and evening at 12:30pm EDT and 9:00pmEDT respectively.

Workers set up signage and exhibits at the main registration entrance to E3 2013, in Los Angeles, California

Microsoft is expected to make announcements about new games and services. It is likely that Microsoft will place an emphasis on motion-games in order to take advantage of the built-in Kinect motion sensor in each console. Additionally, the new online features will likely be addressed in greater detail.

Sony is expected to finally display the console box of the long-awaited Playstation 4. At the original announcement, only the controller and gameplay were dislayed. Additionally, fans can expect to hear about new features, games and services that should also be announced as the release of the console grows closer.

Photo Credit: Brendan McDermid, Reuters

Photo Credit: Brendan McDermid, Reuters

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Microsoft Seeks To get Control Over X Box Related Domain Names

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2X00058_9Microsoft is hoping to wrest control over the domain names related to it’s new gaming console X Box One.

The domain names, xboxone.com andxboxone.net are under control of a man in London and were registered in 2011 according to PCmag.com.

Microsoft has to certain criteria when it pleads it’s case in front of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers,  ICANN, the names are  “identical” or “confusingly similar” to an owned trademark; the current owner of the domain names doesn’t own the right to the trademark; and the names were registered in “bad faith.”

(A) domain name registrant would be considered to have used a domain name “in bad faith” if it can be shown that he or she registered the name “primarily for the purpose of selling, renting, or otherwise transferring the domain name registration to the complainant who is the owner of the trademark or service mark…”

 

Sony Plans ‘Angry Birds’ Movie For 2016

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MIO5X220_7048_9Sony Pictures has made a deal to produce a movie based on the game ‘Angry Birds.’

“Every studio in town would love to add Angry Birds to their slate,” Sony co-chairmen Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal said in a statement. “There are few titles out there that bring this kind of excitement, brand awareness and built-in audience to the table. We’re thrilled to be distributing this film and we hope this is just the beginning of what will be a long relationship with Rovio as we look for ways to work on future projects together.”

Sony Animation produced the Smurfs movie, ‘Hotel Transylvania,’ and “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs,’ all of which have had sequels released or in the works.

Do you think the name recognition will last for the next 3 years?

Nintendo Changes Game To Eliminate Same Sex Marriage

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A Nintendo virtual reality game released in Japan allowed male characters to marry will get a software update to eliminate that scenario.

Questions arose after players of the popular new game Tomodachi Collection: New Life realized that men could marry men. They could also date, and raise children. Female characters in the game could not have the same interactions with one another.

NPR.org says the game which works on the Nintendo 3GS is among the top selling games in Japan and is not available in the United States. Same sex marriage is not legal in Japan.