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  • PS3 Firmware Update Bricked Consoles

    Whilst firmware updates are usually made for fixing bugs and issues on a system, there are times when a new bug goes unnoticed and slips into the firmware update. It seems a new update for the PlayStation 3, update 4.45, is causing issues for some people.

    Plenty of people are complaining that after downloading the update and rebooting their consoles, the console will then freeze every time it tries to turn on.

    Instead of showing the normal user interface, people have reported that the console shows strange wavy lines but never gets to the main interface.

    If you downloaded the new 4.45 firmware update, Sony has a new update to fix the error coming out on the 27th.

  • Microsoft Changes Policies on DRM for Xbox One

    One of the major reasons a lot of people have decided to side with Sony's PlayStation 4 instead of the Xbox One is down to the restrictions that Microsoft originally planned out for the Xbox One. These restrictions include clamping down on used games, no unhindered access to the console without a constant internet connection, and region locks forcing players to only be able to play their Xbox One in their home country.

    Since Microsoft's announcement of these features, there has been an outcry in the gaming community, and surprisingly, after noticing, Microsoft has decided to make an apology and make a change to the DRM features on the new Xbox One.

    The Xbox One will now be capable of playing used games, so gamers can still swap, trade and lend games between one another, and there are now no region restrictions on the console. On top of this, the console will no longer need to be online to be used after a first time set-up.

    It's really great that gamers have the voice to change such problems in the industry, and I’m happy to see Microsoft changing.

    Will you buy an Xbox One now that these changes are in place or would you still prefer a PlayStation 4?

  • E3 Press Release - One Last Look at a Fan-Made Concept art

    Whilst the Sony E3 press release, a place where we'll see the PlayStation 4 in all its glory for the first time is only just later today, we thought it'd be worth looking at a fan made concept design of the PlayStation 4. The Reddit user took lots of screens of the teaser video to help piece together what he thinks the PlayStation 4 may end up looking like.

    The Reddit user went onto describing his design, saying that "I rendered these a few weeks ago but didn't have the time to post these until now. Was finishing my bachelor in Graphic Design."

    The Reddit user got inspiration from Albino-Zebra's rendering and decided to have a shot at himself for the PlayStation 4.

    He then took inspiration from other renders and the teaser video to make his own, using plenty of ideas to fuel his imagination.

    Overall, the design looks like a more squared out version of the PlayStation 3, with a nice strip of cobalt blue going through the middle of the design.

    The end result can be seen on the Reddit page shown within the image.

  • Pachter: PlayStation 4 to sell for $349, Xbox One $399

    Whilst you should always take an analyst's word with a pinch of salt, their estimates on prices are usually well thought out. Investment firm Wedbush Morgan has made some comments on the pricing and production costs of both next-gen consoles, with Michael Pachter, analyst for the company, stating that the PlayStation 4 will retail in the United States for $349.

    He also stated that the Xbox One could retail for $399, and that production costs for each individual Xbox is $325. The PlayStation 4 is also similarly priced with a production cost of $275.

    If these stats are true, there's no denying that these prices are quite fair on the customer considering the high production costs, however, Michael Pachter has been wrong in the past, like many analysts.

    Pachter also talked about possible subscription methods for the Xbox. This would make sense - Microsoft has already tried such plans for the Xbox 360 in the US.

    "We believe the ability to watch live TV from a cable, telco, or satellite set-top box through Xbox One could entice an MSO to drive subscriptions through a subsidized box in exchange for a multi-year contract. The 'always connected' requirement for the Xbox One likely means that a broadband connection will be required, suggesting to us that ISPs may have an incentive to offer a subsidy as well.

    "In addition, Microsoft could conceivably subsidize the Xbox One through prepaid Xbox Live Gold subscriptions (as it has done on a limited basis in the past) or premium Skype functionality as well. Similarly, Sony could subsidize the PS4 through prepaid PlayStation Network subscriptions, but unlike Microsoft, it does not have a history of doing so," Pachter stated.

    Would you prefer to buy a console outright or have the opportunity to spend bit-by-bit each month, similarly to a smartphone contract?

  • Despite Controversy, Xbox One is incredibly popular

    You may be wondering how we could make such a claim before the new Xbox console is even out, and with gamers shouting the walls of the internet down with their rage-filled cries of shock at the new Xbox, it would sound like a crazy claim to even think about making. However, Microsoft must be on the right track despite what many have been thinking.

    Blockbuster has recently reported that the Xbox One has received more preorders than any other preorder in the history of Blockbuster (around 24 years). What this says at face value; many families and gamers alike seem to dig the home-media combo that is the Xbox One, and two, the Xbox One now caters for what the average consumer feels the need to have in their household.

    If the Xbox One was released ten years, ago, I doubt it would reach this many pre-orders, but as we become more and more connected, Microsoft's direction with the Xbox One does actually make sense.

    Perhaps the console isn't as game-centric as the Xbox 360 was in its early days, but the console will still have games, and on top of that, enough media to keep you spending any more money on TV boxes, music players and other living room electronics. (unless you already have all those features of course.)

  • No DRM On PlayStation 4?

    With news from Microsoft about the whole used games fiasco, there's no doubt that we're all a little worried that Sony will take a similar route with the PlayStation 4. Many gamers and PlayStation fans took to twitter to hash tag the phrase #PS4NoDRM, which stands for PlayStation 4 no Digital Rights Management.

    As you can guess, many gamers do not want Sony to make any more restrictions on the way we play games, especially when it comes to selling, buying and trading used video games.

    So far we haven't got a straight-up answer from Sony about the issue, but instead, we have the president of Sony, Shuhei Yoshida, trolling everybody involved.

    How did he do this? With this tweet-

    "Death Ray Manta" coming to PlayStation Vita! #DRMPSVita http://www.inquisitr.com/678568/death-ray-manta-blasting-its-way-to-playstation-vita/

    Whilst this doesn't straight up guarantee the fact that DRM won't be as big of an issue as it is on the Xbox One, it wouldn't look good for Sony if they did release a similar used games policy on their PlayStation 4 after Yoshida posted this.

    What rules the PlayStation 4 will have are unknown, but it's pretty likely it won't be as restrictive as the Xbox One.

  • Xbox One Will "Kill Sony at E3"

    The above words aren't my own, but are instead the words of Craig Davidson, the head of global marketing at Microsoft. He believes that at this year's E3, Microsoft will put up a show capable of kicking Sony and their PlayStation 4 in the dust...already.

    However, after Microsoft disappointed gamers by revealing a huge amount of sports, sports, sports and TV on the Xbox One, there is no doubt that many gamers are looking to the PlayStation 4 instead.

    Perhaps Microsoft can woo the crowd at E3, but with the non-gaming related media content, pay-to-play second hand gaming, worse hardware than the PS4 and bundled Kinect 2.0 sensor that will only raise the cost of the overall price, Microsoft have dug themselves a hole that's going to be very hard to get out of.

    There's no doubt that both Sony and Microsoft will be trying to get the most attention at E3, but to be honest, right now it's much too hard to work out who will come out on top at the end of this year, if anyone.

    What console do you think you'll prefer? The Xbox One or PlayStation 4?

  • Xbox One Reveal Aftermath

    Last week, the Xbox One was announced, and with it came a lot of boos from the gaming community. But why? Surely a brand new console is a good thing for us gamers?

    The truth is that, despite the console having updated hardware to play bigger and better games, many Xbox fans have felt that the Microsoft games consoles they once knew just aren't the same anymore. Microsoft has now put even more emphasis into the idea that the Xbox isn't just about gaming but it's also about media content.

    The 'all-in-one' machine as Microsoft have called it, is capable of being a games console, TV box, media player and many other pieces of hardware you may find in your living room. Whilst this is good for the family, gamers feel a little cheated.

    Gamers are now going to be bombarded with more media content on their dashboard, and are going to be encouraged to integrate that into their Xbox usage, thanks to various contracts that Microsoft has signed with companies like Amazon, Sky, Virgin and other media services.

    Whilst this may not have that much of a bad effect on gamers in the long run, Microsoft managed to pull a pretty boring show at the One reveal and instead of focusing on games, focused more on the media content and all-in-one capabilities. This has left gamers feeling a little empty-handed, and whilst a few games were announced, there really wasn't anything there to light the show up.

    If you're a gamer and are worried that the Xbox just won't cut it, don't give up faith yet, and wait till E3 to see what Microsoft have up their sleeves. Who knows, maybe the Xbox One will still be that outstanding gaming console as well as a handy all-in-one media player.

  • Will the new Xbox be named the Xbox Fusion?

    Xbox Infinity, Xbox 720, Xbox Durango, and now ... Xbox Fusion? Out of these names what sticks the most? It's a hard decision and will probably come down to a personal preference over a certain name. However, Microsoft's preference has yet to be revealed, and although the name, along with many other details are likely to be revealed by May 21st, us gamers can't help but wonder where Microsoft may be going with the name for this one.

    Although popular rumors have helped to spread names like 720, Durango, and more recently Infinity, there hasn't really been any real evidence that the new Xbox will be called these things. However, a new name that has sparked interest over the past week is the name 'Fusion.'

    Unlike the other names, Microsoft has already been busying themselves with new domains for the name fusion, and in fact the web pages Xboxfusion.com, Xboxfusion.info, Xboxfusion.biz, Xboxfusion.de and Xboxfusion.co.uk are now all owned by Microsoft and will lead back to the original Xbox website.

    Of course there's the possibility that the Xbox Fusion is linked or related to some other part or accessory usable alongside the Xbox, but it would make more sense that seeing as the reveal date is now not many days away, this newly registered Fusion name is for the new console instead .

    Microsoft hasn't mentioned the name 'Fusion' anywhere else, and the name would describe the fusion of casual games, media content, and content for more serious gamers that the company has tried to achieve in the late years of the current Xbox 360.

    Do you like the name Fusion? If not, what name would you prefer for the new Xbox?

  • Skyrim 1.9 Patch Finally Reaches Consoles This Week

    Skyrim 1.9 Patch

    The Skyrim 1.9 patch has been out for a while on the PC platform, however its port to the consoles has so far been a little behind track. However, Bethesda has finally confirmed on Friday that the title update 1.9 for The Elder Scrolls Skyrim is set for release on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on Monday, April the 8th.

    Currently according to the Skyrim developer, the Elder Scrolls patch is undergoing the certification process for console release, and it won't be long before the update has passed the test and Bethesda have confirmed that the release is scheduled for later this week.

    The 1.9 patch update, which has already been released on the PC version of Elder Scrolls Skyrim removes the current level cap and allows players to reset their maxed skills in order to re-level them, similar to the prestige feature in Black Ops 2.

    Because of this, it's now possible to level up and unlock more perk points consistently, even past the previous level cap. The 1.9 patch update will also include a new 'Legendary' difficulty mode geared for the more veteran players who want a greater challenge from the game.

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