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Windows 10 – A “Snappy” Quick Impression

Stock photo not by me

Stock photo not by me

So, I finally got the notification that my upgrade to Windows 10 was ready to install the other night. I had Windows set to update at 3 am, so this way when I got home, Windows should be ready.

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Microsoft Dumps it’s DRM policies

With Sony pretty much stealing E3 when they revealed that you can pretty much do whatever you wish with your games, and NOT having it connect to the interwebs once every 24 hours, Microsoft announced today that it will pull the plug on it’s initial DRM policies, and retain what it’s been doing with the XBox 360.  Meaning you can sell YOUR games, you can lend out YOUR games, and you can buy USED games.  Furthermore, XBox One will no longer need to phone home once every 24 hours to tell it’s parent’s that it’s not doing anything illegal.  XBox fans can now jump for joy.

The damage I think has been done, and I’m sure it has already lost some fans.  Who know’s if they will jump back, with it having a higher price tag also will sure still play a major role.  I feel that MS has not handled this all too well, and some comments made after the initial announcement will linger on to some of us.  I in particular didn’t like that one comment from Don Mattrick, stating that users without good internet connection can just stick to the XBox 360.  (see video)

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I wonder if will get um….schitt canned.

And lastly, I just found out that some MS employees were sabotaging some Wii U displays at some Best Buy’s, saying things like ‘why buy a Wii U when the XBone will be out in a matter of months”.  Way to stick it to them eh MS.

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I will probably buy a Wii U, well before I get an XBox One.  No matter, I made up my mind after Sony’s press conference at E3.  My Playstation 4 is pre-ordered.

Whoa, Talk About Not Caring

I don’t know, but it seems like Microsoft is giving gamers a big ‘screw you’ with their DRM, always needing to check in, Kinect required XBone.  A recent comment from one of their officials, Don Matrick was interviewed prior to E3, and he said that gamer’s can stick to the XB360 if they don’t have an internet connection.

I’ve stayed away from this subject really, only because I wanted to see what was what during E3, and maybe they may shed some more light.  But, it just looks like they are sticking with their DRM policies, and well, after Sony‘s stance on the subject,   and this comment, it looks like Microsoft is sinking quite fast.

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http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/06/12/gamers-without-internet-can-stick-with-xbox-360-says-microsoft

 

 

XBox One Announced – Impressions

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Looks like my cable box

 

Microsoft announced it’s next console at a press event earlier today.  I’ve been sort of following it through out the day, grabbing little tid bits here and there .  From what I gather, it looks like it will be more than a gaming machine, it will be an all in one media type hub. It’s pretty much made to look to sit right next to your cable box and make it not so stand off-ish.  I am not too crazy on the looks, but at the same time I don’t mind it.  It’s made to be one with your home entertainment center, and it wont stick out like a sore thumb.  Microsoft also announced a new Kinect to go along with the XB1, and you cannot have an XB1 without a Kinect since it sort of needs it.

Don’t like the fact that you are tied to the Kinect, but I guess you can view it as having a Wii Motion Sensor but beefed up.  It’s another thing that will break, and in my mind, can be avoided, but somehow, you need a Kinect for the XB1 to work.

The controller looks about the same as the old XB360’s.  Some changes of course, but overall, like the PS4, it retains that shape we all are used to already.

Hardware specs wise, it seems to be on par with the PS4.  Both are running AMD chips on x86 architecture, both will have 8 GB of RAM (though PS4 will use GDDR5 as opposed to DDR3 on the XB1), DX 11.1 graphics capabilities, 500 GB of storage and a bevy of wireless signals, and USB 3 ports.  It will be able to support 4k also.  No real details on what the hardware can do as of yet.

They did show off some trailers, which look pretty impressive, but for some reason it didn’t have the same ‘oomph’ that the PS4 ones did.  But this was a fairly short event, so I’ll hold my reservations on that for now.

To be honest, I’m not as wowed with this.  It may very well blow my socks off later on, but as of now, I am putting my money on Ps4 first.  The tied to Kinect feature was a bit of a let down for me, but other than that, it looks like it’s going to be a powerhouse of a unit.  It’s up to the developers to really tie all what it can offer together.

I am excited to see what can be done with this and the PS4.  Hardware specs wise, both seem to be going at it neck and neck, and it will be exciting to see what sort of edge each machine can offer to the gamers.  Not all that media stuff, but on the games itself.  I couldn’t care less if it can handle Netflix and what not, but I want to see what it will be able to offer to us, the gamers, on the gaming side of things.  I need to do some more reading on this, and digest all the info that’s been outed.  Update’s to follow.

 

 

PS4 Tease update – Someone put the puzzle together.

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Photo courtesy of Kotaku

Someone from Reddit pieced it together.  looks PS3 ish.  I kind of like the minimalist design. Who knows how close this is to the final product.

 

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Sony teases us with glimpses of the PS4

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Photo courtesy of IGN

Not to be outdone by Microsofts next gen XBox announcement set tomorrow, Sony teased us with glimpses of the PS4.  We will still have to wait until June when they announce more info on their upcoming console.

I’m really curious also as to what Microsoft is set out to announce tomorrow.

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