More Xbox One details not mentioned in today’s reveal continue to come out. Earlier, we got official confirmation that Xbox One games will require installation to the hard drive in order to play. This installation can be done in parts so that you can begin playing without a long wait, but it immediately raises questions about hard drive capacity. The Xbox One’s 500GB of storage space might sound generous now, but any PC gamer can vouch for how quickly a decent game collection will eat up that space. Well, Microsoft’s senior director of product planning Albert Penello confirmed to Engadget that the standard 500GB Xbox One hard drive will not be replaceable. For more space, external storage is the only option.
Crytek is joining in the fray on the Xbox One support – they are already priming CryENGINE 3 for the new system. Given how hard the Crytek team pushes the engine, I have no doubt they are in fact eager for this newest generation. Some of the constraints on hardware have been greatly eased by the new hardware. Here’s what the team had to say about their newest iteration of their middleware solution:
EA is jumping in on the obvious train as well – they are announcing that Battlefield 4 will also hit on the Xbox One. They are also announcing that you can pick up the “China Rising” expansion pack if you pre-order. Available on October 29th on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, the game doesn’t have a release date for the two new consoles as we don’t have a release date for that hardware yet. We’ve seen a little bit of footage on Battlefield 4, so let’s hone in on the China Rising pack. Here’s a nibble:
Apparently we aren’t the only ones who thought some of the applause breaks during the Xbox One reveal sounded a little off. Adam Sessler, the Executive Producer of Revision3, tweeted during the event that the racous cheers and applause weren’t coming from the press. Is it surprising that the gaming media weren’t especially enthusiatic about the reveal’s focus on TV and sports? Probably not.
We here at Gaming Trend are a bit… skeptical about the Microsoft’s recently announced next-gen console, the Xbox One. The conference spent most of its time talking about features that have literally nothing to do with actual video gaming, and instead focused on Kinect and integration with cable television and sports broadcasts. What little time spent on video games was done so almost obliquely, with pre-rendered or live action trailers of safe announcements like Forza, with the only in-game footage shown being a brief snippet of Call of Duty: Ghosts at the very end of the conference.
Needless to say, the market has reacted.
We’ve got a bit more info on the guts of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, and we’d like to share them with you. While there is still a great deal of info to be answered, you can bet we will continue to dig as we head to E3. Click for the full comparison sheet.
In what is potentially more less-than-good news for the Xbox One, a report from Wired has confirmed more details about Microsoft’s new console. We already heard that the next Xbox would require games to be installed to the hard drive to play, and this has now been confirmed via email by Wired. We’ve also gotten confirmation of some more troubling implications of those mandatory installations, most notably a fee applied when installing a game to a second console. From the report:
It wasn’t mentioned in the recently concluded reveal, but we now have an answer on backwards compatibility for the Xbox One: “Nope!” Microsoft Xbox Live VP Marc Whitten has confirmed to The Verge that the new Microsoft console will have no backwards compatibility at all with Xbox 360 games. This isn’t a big surprise; the PlayStation 4 will also lack direct backwards compatibility, although some PS3 titles may be made available for download or re-released.
We had to know this was coming right? Ubisoft is announcing that that unnamed “next gen” platform they kept mentioning at the bottom of all of their recent announcements. Turns out it’s not a new Dreamcast, it’s actually the Xbox One. I kid, but at least it’s official. They are announcing that Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Watch Dogs, and “at least” six next-gen games will be released in the first year. You’d have to be completely blind to have missed out on all of the great footage we’ve provided on the two aforementioned titles, so instead let’s hear what CEO of Ubisoft has to say on the platform:
If you were following our Liveblog of the event, you know that it’s practically tradition to close with Call of Duty. Tradition holds here and we’ve got the trailer for the fantastic-looking title, Call of Duty Ghosts for you. With DLC launching first on the Xbox One, that tradition has also held. We’ve also got a behind-the-scenes trailer that was also shown for you to enjoy. Let’s take a look at the two trailers and the three screenshots revealed:
Today’s the day that Microsoft finally reveals their next-gen hardware to the world-at-large! Join us here as we liveblog the event for you so we can all laugh, cry, and be amazed (hopefully) with the one of the new boxes we’ll likely be playing games on for years to come. Will it need a persistent internet connection? Does it use blu-ray for disk storage? Will it be easier to develop for? We should find out all this and more today!
We here at Gaming Trend love us some giant robots. In fact, the only thing we love more are giant robots that turn into sweet fighter jets! So as you might imagine, we’ve been kind of interested in the Strike Suit franchise.