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Xbox One Damage Control: What Microsoft needs to do

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Microsoft’s Xbox One seems to be taking a huge hit when it comes to the popularity of their console especially following the Sony Conference but let’s just stop and think for a second about what exactly is happening before we rush into fanboy rants and assumptions about the next-gen consoles. The way Microsoft has been dealing with its policies is probably the saddest thing of all. They have talked and [...]

Pokemon X and Y launching worldwide on October 12

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Nintendo has announced that its upcoming Pokemon 3DS titles – Pokemon X and Y – will launch worldwide (even Australia) on October 12. Nintendo also confirmed that there will be a new Pokemon type, and demoed a new virtual pet feature called “Pokemon-Aime”. Nintendo will launch a “Fairy” Pokemon type, which will be super effective against Dragon-type Pokemon, and includes the new Eevee evolution Sylveon. It will also include retroactively [...]

Who won E3 – Sony or Microsoft?

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E3 2013 is finally here with Microsoft going head to head with Sony in a battle of supremacy over the next-gen consoles. So lets to a look at the positives and negatives of both of today’s conferences.

PlayStation 4 will be AU$549, according to EB Games (UPDATE: Sony confirms)

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It was already leaked out by EB Games, but Sony has confirmed the pricing of the PlayStation 4. It will be sold at AU$549.00 in Australia. That is a massive markup from its US$399 pricetag in America – and you can place the blame largely on the feet of the Australian Tax. “Sony Computer Entertainment Australia is pleased to confirm that the Australian pricing for the PlayStation 4 is RRP$549.00,” [...]

Destiny confirmed to be a “long-term exclusive” for PlayStation 4

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Bad news Xbox fanboys – the creators of Halo’s new game Destiny is about to get even better on PlayStation 4. After Sony’s exclusive preview of the game, it confirmed that it a “long-term exclusive agreement” with Bungie to provide additional content to the game (and possibly will have a lock on any sequels – but that’s just pure conjecture on my part) “I’m happy to announce that we’ve established [...]

Sony attacks Microsoft, promises PS4 will not restrict used games and will not require online “check-in”

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In a not-so-subtle attack on the Xbox One, Sony has announced that they will not impose any restrictions on used games and will not require online authentication every 24 hours in order to play games on the PlayStation 4. “PS4 won’t impose any new restrictions on your use of PS4 game discs,” Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, told a cheering audience. This pretty much means that you can [...]

Sony lifts the lid on PlayStation 4 – US$399, this holiday season

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Sony has been keeping fans waiting long enough, and it has finally lifted the lid of the PlayStation 4 – even the design of the body. The new console features a slant design, and will integrate heavily with other Sony entertainment properties. Sony Pictures announced that it will develop a programming plan to bring exclusive content to PlayStation 4 users – however they did not explain what the content will [...]

EA goes mecha with “Titanfall” – entirely multiplayer, exclusive to Xbox One

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EA and Respawn Entertainment – founded by former Infinity Ward executives Jason West and Vince Zampella – have revealed their first title together. Called Titanfall, the game is entirely multiplayer and is coming to the Xbox One. Respawn Entertainment, if you don’t know, is the new company founded by West and Zampella after being fired by Activision back in 2010 for “breaches of contract and insubordination”. Titanfall is their first [...]

E3 2013: Killer Instinct exclusive to Xbox One

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It was announced at today’s Microsoft E3 conference that a Killer Instinct would be an Xbox One exclusive. FINALLY! After 17 years of waiting for a follow up to Rare’s Killer Instinct Gold, KI fans can rejoice with this awesome reboot. Phil Spencer from Microsoft Studios teased last week that a “historic IP” from Rare might make an appearance at E3. With rumours of a new Banjo Kazooie, Conker and [...]

Apple confirms worst-kept secret in the world – iTunes Radio

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Apple is now entering the streaming music world with iTunes Radio. However, it will not be like Spotify and Rdio, but more like Pandora. It will base your “radio station” based on an artist or genre, and it will keep track of your song history to buy from Store immediately. iTunes Radio is free with advertising – unless you are an iTunes Match subscriber. It is coming to the US, [...]

Apple confirms iOS7 – and it’s going flat

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Apple has confirmed that iOS 7 exists and will radically update the user interface. Everything has been redesigned, from the layout and icons of the core applications to even the typography. It also adds parallex when you move the phone around. The most obvious change is the removal of the felt and wood – the skeumorphic design promoted by Jony Ive’s predecessor on iOS, Scott Forstall. Notification Center becomes translucent [...]

Apple is updating the Mac Pro – and it’s really fast, and really small

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Guess what, Apple is not ditching the Mac Pro. Apple has confirmed that the Mac Pro will be getting an upgrade, with the next-generation model sporting a brand new Xeon processor, faster memory, and a brand new body that is one-eighth the size of the current generation. Oh, and did we mention this is being made in America, not in China? The internal specs sound impressive – and it has [...]

Apple brings out new MacBook Air – with 12 hours of battery life

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Apple has announced an upgrade to the MacBook Air. While there has not been a design modification; it does have improved battery life, flash storage that is 45 percent faster than the previous generation, and a fourth-gen Intel Core processor designed for power efficiency. Both the 11-inch and 13-inch models get a large jump in their battery life. The 11-inch gets nine hours of battery life, compared to five; and [...]

Apple announces OS X Mavericks – supports tagging and multiple displays

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Apple is dumping the cats, and revamping its branding. Cupertino is now looking in its backyard for its new name, with Mac OS X Mavericks. It will now include support for tagging and multiple screen support. Finder gets a slight update with Finder Tabs – meaning that there are tabs in Finder. Files can now be tagged, so you can better management of your files. However, the best thing Mac [...]

Xbox 360 gets a redesign, with Xbox One-inspired look

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Microsoft has announced that the Xbox 360 will be getting an upgrade to make it more like the Xbox One; and will give Xbox Live Gold members two free games per month until the Xbox One is released in November, such as Assassin’s Creed II and Halo 3. Xbox Live Gold Members will also get a free download of Fable III. It is available today in the UK, US, Canada, [...]