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Next Xbox Rumors

Next Xbox Rumors

With a lot already known about the new PS4, people have been speculating as to what Microsoft has up their sleeve. Microsoft Analyst Paul Thurrot has shed some light on those speculations. The console will be revealed on May 21st at an upcoming Microsoft event. The console is expected to launch in November (just in time for parents to snatch one up for a Christmas present) and there will be two pricing options available. The first is a flat out purchase no strings attached $500 console. It’s suggested that there will also be a $300 subscription supported price most likely to Xbox Live. Another rumor flying around is that there will be a new Xbox 360 console out later this year that you’ll be able to grab for a measly $99. I’ve been wanting to switch from Gran Turismo to Forza but all I have is a PS3 and don’t have any real desire to buy all new hardware to try out a game. For $99 I might be persuaded to make the jump.

Any other console gamers itching to get the details on Microsoft’s next Xbox?


PS4 Announced

Playstation 4

Don’t wonder why I haven’t uploaded a picture of the console – I can’t for the life of me seem to find one on the internet and they didn’t show it yesterday evening during the announcement. Sony has finally announced the PS4. There was some rumored speculation that they wouldn’t name it PS4 due to the number 4 having some attachment to death in Japan, but they made the best and obvious choice and named it simply the PS4. In the logo it looks like a tent that’s blown over though…

PS4 Specs

The specs are pretty impressive for a console and for us PC gamers are a step in the right direction. The CPU is a 64-bit AMD 8-core processor. It’s the Jaguar CPU which is used in Netbooks for it’s lower power consumption but hopefully they’ve beefed it up and have gone with 8 traditional cores instead of any hyper-threading. It has 8 gigs of GDDR5 (some pretty fast stuff!) that will be shared between the system and the GPU which is going to be the equivalent to an AMD 7850. It’ll have USB 3.0 and will have the Bluetooth and Wifi built-in (no additional accessories needed).

PS4 Controller

The controller will have a touchpad in the middle as well as a built-in speaker and a headphone jack in the bottom. There will be some pretty sweet launch titles for the PS4 like Watch Dogs and even Blizzard has said that they’re developing Diablo III for it. In addition to all the hype about the PS4 yesterday, Sony announced the new PS Vita XL+ so if you’re a fan of the PSP and/or Vita, you may be interested in checking out more on the Vita XL+.

For more info and some more pictures, head over to the neogaf forums who did a pretty good writeup of it last night.


Ouya On Sale in June

Ouya at Best Buy

The Ouya that everyone’s been pretty excited about will actually be getting the brick-and-mortar treatment and will be available through Best Buy in June for only $99. An extra gamepad will run you another $49 from the store and $30+$10 shipping if you get it directly from the Ouya website. While it won’t be killing any of the major consoles already available at places like Best Buy, it makes a pretty nifty $100 toy that you can run emulators, watch youtube, play Android-based games, browse the internet on, etc. A few big name indie devs (Notch of Minecraft fame for starters) have already pledged to give the Ouya some love. If you’re tech-savy and already have a HTPC hooked up to your big screen, it’s probably not going to be on your shopping list. If you’re considering something like the Apple TV and don’t see yourself renting a bunch of movies from the Apple store and want to use it primarily for Netflix and Youtube, then this might be right up your alley.

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