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It’s official: the next iteration of Activision’s Call of Duty series is nigh, and far from being just another entry into the Modern Warfare series, it’s an all-new game with new characters, new setting, and even a new engine. Activision is calling it a “leap forward” for the franchise... Read more...
Microsoft Research has developed a proof-of-concept gaming uber-toy called IllumiRoom that expands the gaming environment from beyond the bezel of your TV to the whole room. Essentially, while the TV is still the focal point of the action, IllumiRoom adds a variety of effects that accentuates it. After a simple auto... Read more...
Microsoft has begun sending out invitations to members of the media for a press event at its Redmond campus in Washington. The event will kick off at 10:00 AM on May 21, 2013, at which point Microsoft is expected to announce its next generation Xbox game console, lest its invitation is grossly misleading. "On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll... Read more...
Rumor has it--er, has had it--that the Xbox 720 “Durango”, which is potentially slated to debut in May, would have AMD silicon inside. A Bloomberg report further points to that rumor as being highly likely. Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg says that the Xbox 720 will run on an AMD “Jaguar” SoC, which means that the... Read more...
Although some were expecting to see Microsoft debut a new Xbox system this month, it now appears that the company’s Xbox event will actually take place later. On “What the Tech”, Paul Thurrott said that the event scheduled for April 24th will actually occur on May 21st. (His Xbox musings begin around the 55-minute mark.)... Read more...
Sony shared more details on the PS4 today, including CPU specs, controller design decisions, and advanced information on the platform's API. We've known that the PS4 used an AMD Jaguar-derived core for months, but the new information today points to a standard implementation of AMD's reference design. The PS4 has two four-core Jaguar blocks.... Read more...
Microsoft has confessed that the Xbox 360 has been undergoing a makeover for the past few years -- a transition from a pure gaming console into an entertainment console. In fact, gaming consoles on the whole are now expected to serve double-duty in a lot of ways, and Microsoft seems to be leading a lot of those... Read more...
One of the interesting facts to come out of Sony's PS4 announcement is that the new console is, for all intents and purposes, a PC. This isn't the first time a major manufacturer has launched a console based on commodity PC hardware -- Microsoft's original Xbox was a Pentium 3 with an onboard GeForce 2 GPU -- but it's a definite first for... Read more...
Just hours before Sony presumably takes the wraps off of its next-generation PlayStation, we're now faced with a fresh leak that details some of the more vital aspects of the next-generation Xbox. Every so often, we hit a period of rapid competition from console makers, and with the Wii U freshly in stores, it looks as if the rivals are now... Read more...
AMD has yet to make an official statement on this topic, but several unofficial remarks and leaks point in the same direction.  Contrary to rumor, there won't be a new GCN 2.0 GPU out this spring to head up the Radeon HD 8000 family. This breaks with a pattern AMD has followed for nearly six years. Starting with... Read more...
Electronic Arts' Blake Jorgensen has laid out the company's plans for future console games and given some insight into what EA expects the game market to look like through the end of this year and the beginning of next. EA has already stated it plans to invest an estimated $80M in creating next-generation titles in FY... Read more...
Last year, an enterprising fellow with access to an Xbox Durango early development kit got himself into trouble by trying to sell it on Ebay. Now, the same mole has popped up with early data on the next-generation Xbox that confirms some rumors we've heard, shoots down a few others, and tosses in a new twist. The... Read more...
For years, Sony's game division has been one of the major revenue earners at the beleaguered company; in 2011 gaming provided more operating income than any other division. That leg was rudely kicked out from under the company this past quarter; Sony's gaming revenue fell 17% while operating income dropped by 86%... Read more...
Sony's next-generation PS4 unveil is just two weeks away, which means leaks concerning both it and Microsoft's next-generation Xbox Durango (sometimes referred to as the Xbox 720), are at an all-time high as well. Unfortunately, not all the news is good. Rumors continue to swirl that the next iteration of Xbox will... Read more...
Most of our console coverage tends to focus on hardware, rather than software, but with Sony's PS4 unveiling just weeks away, we want to consider the greatest threat facing the console industry:  mobile gaming. Console sales (hardware and software) have tumbled for the second year in a row, even as game purchases... Read more...
The Call of Duty series is immense. Each title manages to sell a record-breaking number of copies, and across all of the platforms they're available for, players tend to stick with them until the next one comes out. Despite all this, the game has very little presence in the pro-gaming landscape. Instead, it's titles... Read more...
There have been a number of spec leaks around the PS4 and Xbox 720 in the last few days, including updated information on what the latest dev kits from Sony contain. We'll cover these first, courtesy of Kotaku and then offer our own analysis, HotHardware style. According to Kotaku, the latest dev kits for Sony's PS4 contain: 8GB of video RAM... Read more...
Forbes contributor Adam Hartung dropped a bomb on the business world this morning when he forecast the complete collapse of Microsoft's business and the company's sudden exit from the entertainment market. Hartung draws on Surface's mediocre sales and the PC market's woes to claim that "Microsoft makes nothing from... Read more...
You’ve probably never heard of id8 Group R2 Studios, but apparently the home automation and entertainment startup--a project of Blake Krikorian, founder of Slingbox maker Sling Media--was a highly sought after commodity, attracting the attention of industry giants including Apple, Google, and Microsoft... Read more...
Did you end up with a new Xbox 360 from Santa? Lucky you! And now, Razer has a controller than may honestly be superior to the first-party edition that Microsoft shipped with the system. The company has just announced the new Sabertooth Xbox 360 controller, which offers up 6 additional buttons, an OLED screen, and a... Read more...
In keeping with its strategy to unify all screens in its product ecosystem, Microsoft has added a SkyDrive app to the Xbox 360 that allows you to see, interact with, upload, and share your SkyDrive photos and videos in the living room. You can pull up your SkyDrive media and easily show images or video from an event (bringing the living room... Read more...
Pong is 40 years old, and to celebrate the venerable video game, Atari is pulling out all the stops. First, there’s a new Pong game out for iOS called Pong World. Pong World is intriguing because it began life as an entrant in the Pong Indie Developer Challenge. The game features four different environments and... Read more...
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