Microsoft may be announcing the new Xbox in May.
According to The Verge, Microsoft is planning to hold an Xbox event on May 21 to announce its next console, and will unveil the device at the E3 in June. The tech blog cites “sources familiar with Microsoft’s Xbox plans”.
The next Xbox may be based on Windows 8, The Verge reports. There are no other details on what the console might feature or possible prices.
Microsoft’s competitors have already announced or released next-generation consoles. Nintendo released the Wii U — successor to the Wii — in the fall of 2012. Sony announced the PlayStation 4 console on Feb. 20, but has yet to release a sale date, or even show what the console looks like.
The Xbox 360 has consistently been the most popular console in the United States, for about 25 consecutive months. The device originally went on sale in November 2005 and retailed for about $300 to $400.
New Xbox might have a smiliar price tag depending on different editions of the device and subscription costs.
Source: The Verge
Valve finally prepares to roll out prototypes for its Steam Box in as little as four months. During a talk at Microsoft’s TechForum conference earlier this week (via The Verge), Microsoft’s head of Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick – that’s “Xbox boss” – said a simple “no” in response to being asked if he considers Valve a competitor.
Thankfully, Mattrick keeps his respect just as high as his confidence, stating he admires Valve boss Gabe Newell and the studio’s drive for “doing some innovative stuff.” He indicates fellow tech and gaming giants Sony, Nintendo, Apple, and Google represent a “richer scale of products and things being brought to market.”
Newell shared his own take on Steam Box’s stiffest competition back in January, citing Apple’s similar living-room ambitions as “the biggest challenge” facing the project. “I think that there’s a scenario where we see sort of a dumbed-down living room platform emerging,” he said. “I think Apple rolls the console guys really easily. The question is can we make enough progress in the PC space to establish ourselves there, and also figure out better ways of addressing mobile before Apple takes over the living room?”
Source: PC Gamer
Operating system Windows 8 will be a "catastrophe" for PC game makers, according to Valve Software’s boss.
Speaking at the Casual Connect game conference in Seattle, Gabe Newell said the next version of Windows could mean big changes to the PC market. Many took his comment as a criticism of the changed user interface in Windows 8 as well as its built-in Windows Store.
The Windows Store could dent the success of Valve’s own online market, Steam, through which players buy games.
Mr Newell, who worked for Microsoft for 13 years on Windows, said his company had embraced the open-source software Linux as a "hedging strategy" designed to offset some of the damage Windows 8 was likely to do.
"We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well," said Mr Newell.
"Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space."
The arrival of Windows 8 would be likely to drive some PC makers and others out of the business because it put so much pressure on their sales margins, Mr Newell added.
He said the success of Valve, known for its Half Life, Left4Dead and Portal titles, had been down to the open nature of the PC.
"We’ve been a free rider, and we’ve been able to benefit from everything that went into PCs and the internet," he told the conference. "And we have to continue to figure out how there will be open platforms."
However, he added, the openness that helped Valve as well as firms such as Google and Zynga could disappear with Windows 8.
"There’s a strong temptation to close the platform," he said, "because they look at what they can accomplish when they limit the competitors’ access to the platform, and they say, ‘That’s really exciting.’"
This is seen by commentators to be a reference to the inclusion of a Windows Store in the Microsoft operating system.
This is a shop through which users will be able to buy apps for their Windows 8 device.
On some versions of Windows 8, it will be the only way to get downloadable software such as games.
Microsoft takes a cut, up to 30%, of every sale made through this store. This could be a significant threat to the massively successful Steam online game store that Valve runs and which gives it a commission on every title sold through the online market. A Windows Store closed to everyone but Microsoft might reduce the range of games available for sale through Steam.
Windows 8′s links with Microsoft’s Xbox Live online game service could also dent the appeal of Steam for many people.
Mr Newell said Valve was preparing for the future in other ways. In particular, he said, it was trying to make tools and services that players could use to make games and gaming more fun for everyone.
"We think the future is very different [from] successes we’ve had in the past," he said.
"When you are playing a game, you are trying to think about creating value for other players, so the line between content player and creator is really fuzzy."
One harbinger of this future was perhaps found, he said, in the success of one Team Fortress player in Kansas who was earning $150,000 (£97,000) a year making virtual hats.
"This isn’t about video games," he said. "It’s about thinking about goods and services in a digital world."
Last night Microsoft hired out New York’s iconic Times Square to launch Kinect to North Americans. And with such an audacious event came the need to put on a bloody good show. Launch pictures from Gamesradar.
Microsoft expecting to sell more than 3 million units by year’s end. So will you help them achive this? Vote at the end of the post.
Update: added gallery
Microsoft is looking for beta testers for a new title created by Robot Entertainment which consists of many Age of Empires series developers. The new game has a codename, it’s either Spartan or Project S. The rumor is kinda obvious – adding the best Age of Empires features to some cool and modern graphic design/engine. I personally can’t wait for more info about this. You can read a lot more about this on Kotaku.
It finally happened. After weeks of waiting for Microsoft’s appearance on this year’s E3 event they announced that this fall Central Europe will get their XboX Live support (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece). You will be able to migrate from your current non-your-country XboX Live account (if you have any) to your current location.
We would like to thank the creators of We Want Live action – thanks to them console gaming will be getting bigger after this summer, hopefully the prices for new XboX 360 games will drop too ;-)
Oh and thanks for listening Microsoft.
Now, since the action is finally over we are taking off the banner for We Want Live from our page but we will never forget what you did for the gamers around the globe.
By the way, not only Central Europe gets XboX Live support, the following countries are included as well: Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Republic of South Africa.
They also announced this little thing:
Here’s an E3 2010 line up list. It was supposed to be confidential…
Update: Here’s more thanks to Dragoon – http://abstract360.com/2010/05/rumor-e3-2010-line-up-leaked/
Update 2: Confirmed fake! http://twitter.com/jeffgerstmann/status/13410527050
So you all hoped that there will be no weekend deal report again and you don’t have to spend money on this weekend? You thought wrong! :D
Don’t be afraid, take out your credit card and read on :)
GamersGate presents this weekend deal: Painkiller: Resurrection for
29.95€ 17.97€ (-40%) (Steam price: $29.99/£19.99/29.99€). GamersGate has always other (daily) deals running, so check them all out here or just follow them on Twitter :)
Steam is teasing with Aliens vs. Predator selling with 33% discount. (US:
$49.99 $33.49 / UK: £24.99 £16.74 (25% lower) / EU: 49,99€ 33,49€ (35% higher)). And also it has 68 metascore points, so it’s all up2u :)
GameTap is offering Mass Effect 2 with discount –
$49.95 $29.95 (Steam price: $49.99/£29.99 / 49.99€). Beware, offer ends @ 20. March 2009 as they said in their newsletter :D Also they are offering Universe At War: Earth Assault 75% off – $4.95 (Steam price: $19.99/£14.99/19.99€).
Impulse is offering 13 titles (including nice software), unfortunately EA games have geo-restriction. But still, you can see the list here.
X-fire has a good price for Empire: Total War
text-011″>€49.99 €16.99. (Steam price: $29.99/£29.99/49.99€)
GamesPlanet has slightly better deal for Empire: Total War –66% =
£29.99 £9.59 (10.68€) (Steam price: $29.99/£29.99/49.99€). PS! Offer is available until 30th March, so take your time :)
GetGames are offering also games for good price: Universe At War –75% –
$19.95 $4.99, Commandos Complete –33% – $19.99 $13.33, Serious Sam HD (with deathmatch multiplayer!) 50% – $14.99 $7.49. About SSHD DM read more here.
G2Play is offering too-good-to-be-true deals :) Recently released games (ie C&C4, DAO: Awakening, Assassins Creed 2, BFBC2 etc) for nice prices. Check them out here.
Microsoft ;) is offering Kane & Lynch: Dead Men for 50% less price – 800points. They reveal next deal on my birthday :)
So have fun and don’t spend too much :)
It was a good day yesterday. On March 15th whole Europe was celebrating the International Consumer Day.
People from We Want Live managed to contact Polish Federation of Consumers. And according to them Microsoft is selling a broken/missing product on the Polish market and the Polish XboX 360 users can easily get their money back by returning their consoles to the shop. And there is a chance that you will be able to do the same…with XboX 360 games that don’t have working multiplayer features.
We Want Live members gathered over 100 different things that is being treated as proof by the Federation. It’s mostly scans and pictures of user manuals of the console (which encourage people to create an XboX Live account and plug their console to the Internet).
Will Microsoft finally say something about it? Even though they did respond in few sentences earlier, some sort of longer and more official message should be announced in the media.
There’s a hope for Polish XboX Live and Games For Windows Live. As far as I know the creators of WWL are about to receive an official statement from Microsoft head quarters in USA.
Too bad Microsoft waited a month to do this… We will post more details here as soon as we know something.
Here’s an official Microsoft statement about XboX Live sevice in Poland:
Xbox is very committed to the Polish market and is appreciative of the passion and excitement that our community of users show for our products, including Xbox LIVE. This year, 2010, is going to be a historic year for Xbox and our aim is to bring to our Polish community of users the full and best interactive experiences possible on the Xbox 360. We currently finalizing our plans for the Polish market that we will become public at the forthcoming E3 consumer trade show, later in June. Our Polish community of Xbox users should expect to hear more about how we will take the Xbox 360 experience to another level in Poland.
They didn’t even bother to sign the freaking letter (no one knows who wrote this, it just says Microsoft). I say fuck them and their legal games in Poland, just don’t buy new XboX 360 games if your country isn’t supported – like the upcoming Bad Company 2 (a 100% multiplayer game which has no…multiplayer).
I’ll get back to laughing now! :)
A very nice weekend sale on Games For Windows Live has just started, the first title is: Batman: Arkham Asylum for only $12.49 (75% off!)
More games coming on next weekends. More information can be found here.
Warning! Games For Windows Live is NOT supported in some countries.
Microsoft has exactly 27 days, 6 hours, 14 minutes and 34 seconds while I write this. 27 days for what you say? Well you probably heard about We Want Live group. They sent a letter to Microsoft and gave them 30 days to respond to their demands for the XboX Live service in Poland (Games For Windows Live too I guess). If your country doesn’t have Live too simply go to their website and see what you can do for you country!
Will Microsoft have the balls to answer? We will find out soon.
You can now buy several Games For Windows Live games using the official Microsoft Games For Windows Live application. The prices are in dollars which is ok but they aren’t really very different from other stores around the globe. Check out the Microsoft store!
Microsoft has announced that on December 15th, Games on Demand comes to Games for Windows Live, which means they are going to start digitally distributing PC games.
The Xbox 360 Games on Demand program has been doing well enough, and services like Stardock’s Impulse and Steam have already proven the viability of the digital download store model, so now we’re getting Games on Demand for Games for Windows Live.
"With Games on Demand, we didn’t just want to create a cut-and-paste version of existing digital distribution services," said Mike Ybarra, general manager of LIVE Engagement Services. "We challenged ourselves to deliver an integrated platform that takes full advantage of the unique capabilities offered by the LIVE service. Our goal has always been to create a seamless online gaming experience for the Windows community, and Games on Demand is a great step toward that end."
The main difference between Games on Demand and something like Steam is the use of Microsoft points to purchase games along with actual cash money, but it’s certainly a start. If they can keep prices competitive, they could be on to something.
Service’s launch lineup will include Resident Evil 5, Red Faction: Guerrilla, and Battlestations: Pacific, along with Live-enabled versions of popular downloadable titles like World of Goo and Osmos. If those aren’t enticing enough, there’s also a free Live-enabled version of Tinker, the Windows Vista Ultimate Extra exclusive for those willing to download the Games for Windows Live client when the service goes live on the 15th.
You can download the Games for Windows Live client at Microsoft’s official website.