It’s NUReviews’ Next Gen Forecast! With the Xbox One and Playstation 4 right around the corner, no doubt the anticipation is nearing its peak. Listen as Brad, Andrew, Steve, and Sameer discuss who will end up on top: The Xbox One, PS4, or Wii U?
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Capcom has announced that physical copies of the remastered NES classic will be available for Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U on November 12th. The retail version will cost you $20, while the digital version costs only $15, either way the money is going to Capcom’s own dwindling money vault.
There’s a bit of information flooding out from Gamescon on the Xbox One front, so we’ll do a quick look up here and now. First off, Microsoft has released a list of titles that they are “targeting” for day-one launch(1):
- Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
- Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
- Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision)
- Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
- Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft)
- FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
- Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft)
- Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)
- Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
- Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios)
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive)
- Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios)
- Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
- NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
- NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
- Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts)
- Peggle 2 (Popcap, Electronic Arts)
- Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios)
- Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)
- Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
- Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
- Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
- Zumba Fitness: World Party (Zoë Mode, Majesco)
If that list is enticing to you, for whatever reason, and you live in Europe, Microsoft has announced that there will be an Xbox One bundled with Call of Duty Ghosts(3), and all European Pre-Orders of the system will get a free copy of FIFA 14(2). Other news includes that Call of Duty Ghosts will use the Microsoft Cloud to have dedicated servers(5), also Peggle 2 and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare will be released first on Xbox One(4).
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Netflix has always been the powerhouse for instant title streaming on your computer, Xbox 360, PS3, or even some DVD players, and if you’re anything like me you’ve probably had trouble deciding what to watch. You’ll browse through 100’s of listed titles but nothing seems just right, if only Netflix had a better suggestion method, something far more “Straight to the point” than just throwing titles at your face, right? Well than wait no longer, for if you’re a PS3 owner then you’ll be able to start using Netflix’s new app, Max, starting today. Max, developed by the guys behind the You Don’t Know Jack game, is a suggestion app that suggests a Netflix title based off your preferences and various other information. The app could ask you to choose a category then rate some titles to get your suggestion, to choose a specific actor, or even to choose one of Netflix’s numerous tags. Once you’ve done one of these, Max will recommend a title for you, and you can either watch it right away, get a 30 second pitch from the voice of Max himself, or get another recommended title. Eventually Max might know you so well, that he’ll just offer you a mystery title that he’ll think you’ll like. You get no information on this title, it’s either watch or move along. Currently there are plans for introducing different ways for Max to recommend titles and plans to bring it to all platforms, but for now you’ll only be able to experience Max if you own a PS3.
This is supposed to be a commercial for the Microsoft Surface Pro. If you’ve been to a movie theater in the past few months, chances are you’ve seen this dance routine accompanied by a short detailing how the commercial was made. I still have no idea what the tablet can do.
Compare this to their direct competitors in this area: Apple.
Apple details exactly what their devices capabilities are. The strengths of the iPad 4 are clearly stated, and the commercial reads more like a press release straight to their customers. Even their 30-60 second commercials are more direct and straight to the point. Microsoft just misses the point.
It’s no different in the console realm at the moment. Iwata and Reggie point out everything about the WiiU and 3DS through Nintendo Direct. It may as well be a press conference, but every one is receiving the same data at the same time.
Although Nintendo isn’t Microsoft’s main competitor; Sony is. The confusion over how shared games would work is a huge point. The XBox One was going to have the future of sharing entire game libraries with up to ten people; the confusion was whether or not this would be an hour demo or the complete game. Sony released a commercial overnight mocking this:
Microsoft has no clear idea what they’re doing any more. They backtracked on a good portion of the XBox One’s “features” due to bad press, but the public didn’t even know what those features fully entailed. There was no option to opt out of them either to limit accessibility.
For example: when you use an iOS device the terms and conditions state that you should be syncing to a computer to receive full functionality (as far as backing up your information goes). All Microsoft needed was a console that’d let you play offline for longer than 24 hours; maybe, as a repercussion, achievements wouldn’t work or you’d be unable to share games to your ten people. Instead, consumers initially received: “If you don’t have an always online connection, there’s still XBox 360.” Then there was the full backpedal of all of the restrictions.
It doesn’t help that the backpedal was after E3. Microsoft really needs to come together with a unifying vision for their company and actually sell their products.
Brad embarks on an adventure full of tears, frustration, and ultimately disappointment. The first of many highlight reels from Brad’s RPG Thursdays, the video game stream we host on twitch.tv. Check it out at http://www.twitch.tv/nureviews
This is one hell of a backpedal. Microsoft has just announced that they are removed the DRM restrictions for the Xbox One.
- An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
- Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.
With all of the bad PR moves and the two big problems with the Xbox One remaining (the mandatory use of the Kinect and the price), do you believe that Xbox One and Microsoft will be able to recover their lost audience or is it too late?