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  • PlayStation 4 Amazon Pre-orders delivering on launch day, Sony ramping up production

    If you were worried about Sony running out of PlayStation 4's due to production issues before, you now don't need to worry.

    Firstly, Sony are pushing hard to produce as many PlayStation 4's as needed, and that high demand should hopefully be met with enough consoles spare for the shelves on launch day. A leaked image has shown boxes upon boxes of PlayStation 4's leaving a manufacturing warehouse so the PS4 is definitely now in mass production.

    Another good piece of news for those that haven't pre-ordered yet is that you still have a chance to pre-order and receive a console on launch day. Amazon are ensuring that any pre-orders for the PlayStation 4 console, even if they are just being pre-ordered now, will get the pre-orderer their console on launch day.

    However, if you do want to pre-order from Amazon and haven't yet, you will need to pre-order a bundled version that costs $459. This is the same bundle as the standard launch edition except that it includes an extra controller.

  • OUYA Android Mini-Console Is released

    You may have seen a lot of hype for the OUYA, a small console that can be held in your palm and runs off of the Android operating system, the same OS that Samsung's Galaxy phones are based on.

    Surprisingly, this small console managed to rack in millions from crowdfunding on kickstarter, and the company has been busy since then signing deals with game developers and manufacturing enough consoles to meet the demand that has been set out.

    Finally though, the OUYA is now available to purchase by anybody worldwide, and can be picked up off of the website.

    Whilst the OUYA console is miles behind the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in terms of hardware performance and gaming quality, the small box offers a bit of gaming for just $99.

    The console includes a dashboard that can be used to download free games- these games will be similar to the kind of games you can get on Android devices- so expect a lot of arcade-type gaming.

    Is the OUYA something you'd be interested in or are you happy with having mobile games on your phone?

  • You'll need an HD Capable TV to Play PlayStation 4

    As technology evolves, there are some steps that are needed to move the masses forward. For example, we went from video and cassette tapes to CDs and DVDs, and before that we had vinyl. We're currently seeing a shift from DVD to Blu-ray as well, and now, on top of that, a lot of the world has started to move to 'HD only.'

    This is certainly the case when regarding the PlayStation 4- the next gen console will only have HDMI adaptively, so if you want to make the most of it, you'll need an HD capable TV.

    Luckily though, if you've bought a TV in the last 6 or 7 years it's more than likely your TV already has HDMI input, and if it doesn't perhaps it's time for you to update your living room a little.

    Although it's not confirmed, it wouldn't surprise me if the Xbox One had the same connection options. We also don't know yet whether you'll be able to use an adapter, and if you can, what quality will be reached by using such equipment.

  • Not all Countries will Have Access to the Xbox One at Launch

    Although most of the largest consumer countries will get access to an Xbox One, there are still a large amount of countries that Microsoft won't support, at least at launch, and there's a possibility the new console won't be available in other countries at all, or at least for a while either.

    If you're located in the following countries, getting an Xbox One should be easy enough for you, as long as you can find stock:

    Australia
    Austria
    Belgium
    Brazil
    Canada
    Denmark
    Finland
    France
    Germany
    Ireland
    Italy
    Mexico
    Netherlands
    New Zealand
    Norway
    Russia
    Spain
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    United Kingdom
    United States

    On top of this, the Xbox One will be 'geographically locked' to the country it first resided in. This will mean that your country will not be able to be usable in any country other than the one it was used in, so if your country isn't on the list, you won't be able to ship an Xbox to your country, as the mandatory online will mean Microsoft will be able to suss out whether you're in the right country or not based on your IP address.

    If you move to another country, you'll have difficulty using your Xbox One as well- Microsoft may work on adding more countries.

  • 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.)

  • Sony Trolls Xbox with 'Slow News Day' On Xbox One Reveal

    There's nothing like a bit of a public trolling to reignite the fires of the console war. At least in Sony's eyes that is. Hours before the launch event for the Xbox One, Sony took to Twitter to poke fun at the Xbox and promote their new PlayStation 4 with a new Youtube video.

    The tweet that was posted on the official PlayStation Europe twitter page said 'Also - If you haven't seen our #PS4 teaser video, where have you been?! As it's a slow news day... here it is: http://bit.ly/12oYGG7'

    The link sends the reader to a new Youtube video showing quick glimpses of the new PlayStation 4. Due to all of the added photo and screen effects, it's hard to make out what the PS4 actually looks like. It is however nice to see Sony showing something of their new console.

    Microsoft's Larry Hryb similarly poked fun at Sony at their reveal earlier in the year by saying "Announce a console without actually showing a console? That's one approach."

    It'll certainly be an interesting year, and there's no doubt that the spotlight at E3 will be battled over by both Microsoft and Sony.

  • Pre-owned Games Will cost to install on the Xbox One

     

    There is a huge market for pre-owned games currently. It offers a way for gamers to grab games cheaper than prices for new games, and allows retailers to generate profit from circulating old stock and older games. It keeps companies like GameStop from stopping, but as the next generation of consoles leans closer, a lot of gamers and those in the gaming industry have wondered what will become of second hand games.

    Microsoft revealed a bit about how second hand games will work on the new Xbox One at their launch event, and whilst they didn't go into full detail, there are bad things about the news, and slightly good things.

    According to Microsoft, the new Xbox will require users to install a game after purchasing it, and this will then lock that game to the Xbox account. For other gamers to then use and install this game on their system, they will have to pay a fee for it to install.

    Details on how much this fee will cost is currently unknown, but if it isn't too expensive, it'd mean second hand gaming is still an option, and games developers can still profit of reselling of games.

    It is good news that the new Xbox doesn't prohibit second hand gaming like many had feared, but it does mean that it will end up costing gamers more than it currently does on the Xbox 360.

  • Xbox One Modded Controller

    Evil Controllers will offer the world's first Custom Xbox One Modded Controller as well as the world's first Modded Xbox One Controller. Be sure to follow Evil Controllers on facebook to stay updated.

    Here are some of the designs that we have brainstormed. Be sure to let us know what you think!























    Original Post Below:

    The new Xbox One was revealed today in Redmond, Washington showcasing the new controller. Evil Controllers is excited to announce that Evil Controllers will be the first company in the industry to release an Xbox One Modded Controller.

    Call of Duty: Ghosts was announced to be released on the new console in addition to the title's Xbox 360 and PS3 release. We are confident that we will be able to modify the controller to feature our well known rapid fire feature. The Rapid Fire Xbox One Modded Controller will give all of our fans the fastest firing rate, what they have come to expect from Evil Controllers.

    EA Sports demonstrated the potential of their Ignite engine which will utilize Microsoft's new hardware for their sports title, but with EA's full support for the next Xbox you can expect to see more Battlefield on that hardware as well. Evil Controllers will be sure to make the next generation of rapid fire controllers compatible for Call of Duty: Ghosts and EA's next First-Person Shooter offering, which is likely to be Battlefield 4.

    Be sure to follow us on facebook and to check our blogs regularly for Xbox One news and info. We can't wait to give custom Xbox One controllers a surge of Evil.

    When it comes to the next generation of Call of Duty titles, you can expect Evil Controllers to give you the edge.

  • Ridge Racer Goes Free-To-Play with Driftopia

    Next Ridge Racer is F2P

    It's not strange to see a free-to-play PC or mobile title, however free-to-play on the console is something you'll rarely see, especially when the game is part of a previously successful franchise. However, Namco Bandai has recently announced that Ridge Racer Driftopia, a new Ridge Racer game, will in fact be a free to play title for the PC and PlayStation 3.
    The launch is currently slated for 'later in 2013,' and although the vague date means the game could be out anywhere between next month and December, the announcement focused on the choice for free to play, and a few questions have been answered about the type of free to play model found within Ridge Racer Driftopia.

     

    As with most free to play or 'freemium' game models, players of Ridge Racer Driftopia will be able to pay for in-game items via micro transactions, although details on the depth of the micro transactional items and the effect they have on gameplay are currently unknown.

     

    Senior Vice President of Namco Bandai, Olivier Comte has given a little insight into why the free to play model was chosen for the new Ridge Racer title, and it feels as if it will play out like an arcade game instead of a fully-fledged retail game.

     

    "Free-to-play is playing an increasingly important role, so it's very exciting to be bringing one of our most successful franchises to the free-to-play space for everyone to enjoy," he said.

     

    Olivier has also mentioned in the past that a developed free to play title "can't be high quality," and it'd be surprising to see Ridge Racer Driftopia breaking that rule, mainly because the game could end up leaning towards 'pay-to-win' and the transactional aspects of the game could make Ridge Racer Driftopia feel unbalanced and restrictive to non-paying players.

     

    Whether the game itself will be worth it is currently unknown, but if it is developed well enough, it could make itself a great experience for paying and non-paying customers, despite the controversy surrounding the free to play model.

  • 343 Industries Drops Some info on Competitive Skill Rank

    New Halo Ranking System

    Competitive Skill Rank will be making its way to Halo 4 this week, and to help players get to grips with the new ranking system, 343 Industries has given some insight on Competitive Skill Rank and how it works.

     

    The Halo 4 Competitive Skill Rank (CSR) will rank players from 1 to 50 based on the player's performance in multiplayer matches, as well as the rank of those you play with.

     

    Everybody will start out with a rank of zero, and will be able to achieve higher ranks based on their performance. The CSR is also based individually on each playlist, similar to Halo 3's matchmaking system, meaning if you had a high rank in Team Slayer, you wouldn't have it in any other playlists.

     

    As some playlists are based on different rules, the CSR score will be calculated differently, however most playlists will rely mainly on your overall win/loss and kill/death record.

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