Microsoft has released three FREE games on Xbox Live this month! In order to get these games you must be Xbox Gold subscriber and download the game before the FREE game deadline expires.
*August 1 – August 15
Dead Rising 2 Dead Rising 2: Case Zero
*August 16 – August 31 *August 16 – August 31
Note: Click on each game’s image during the date range listed above to download them from Xbox Live.
Amazon.com currently has all three Bioshock games on sale for its exclusive Bioshock Triple Pack sale.
You can get Bioshock 1, Bioshock 2, and Bioshock Infinite for only $34.99. Get this great deal before it expires!
Xbox Gold subscribers can now grab a free digital version of Assassin’s Creed II until July 31, 2013 as part of Microsoft’s new push to compete with Playstation Plus.
To add even more, Microsoft has even cut the price of various Assassin’s Creed DLCs during this month.
So…what are you waiting for? Download it they change their mind!
Microsoft has announced it is giving away another free game to Xbox Gold subscribers
This month it is Defense Grid: The Awakening, an Xbox Live Arcade original title.
There is also rumors that Microsoft may release another free game sometime around July 16th. Microsoft has named Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3 as possible games it will release for free next.
This is more than likely in response to Playstation’s free game giveaways each month. Currently for PlayStation Plus Subscribers you can download: Uncharted 3, XCOM:Enemy Unkonwn, Catherine, The Cave, Demon’s Souls, Ico,Shadow of the Colossus HD, Kingdom’s of Amalur: Reckoning, and LittleBigPlanet Karting.
So it is official and both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One have been announced and the battle for the best console begins! We’re not so worried about the Wii U as Nintendo products tend to be in a league of their own. The question here is, which one do you plan on buying? Let us know in the comments! Here are some specs borrowed from ReadWrite.com:
PS4 vs Xbox One specs
So by now, most of us have heard the rumors that the newest xbox (code named Durango) may require a permanent network connection to function. Needless to say, gamers have not been very happy about this. However, a recent development [in the form of an email sent from Microsoft to xbox employees] seems to indicate that may not be the case:
“Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet.” It continues, “There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should ‘just work’ regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not limited to: playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game.”
So, the question here is, does this squash all rumors of a permanent online connection? Maybe, but maybe not quite. Note the explicit use of the phrase “single player game.” Does this mean all future multiplayer games will be explicitly online only? It seems as though the industry has been leaning in that direction lately as it may be.
So what do you guys think about these rumors?
PlayStation did not go into too much detail about when the PS4 will be officially released or even what the new console will look like, but they did say in a recent press conference that they expect the release date will be during a “Holiday” season of 2013. Rumors say that PlayStation 4′s release date is expected to be a global launch in all countries, not just the USA or Japan.
As of right now, we mostly know details about what features the PS4 controller and eye camera may have, not so much the actual console; however, the following has already been confirmed by Sony’s Senior Staff Engineer Chris Norden:
- The console will come with an AMD CPU (8-core) with 8GB of DDR5 Ram
– It will include a Blu-ray drive, which is expected to be up to three times faster than the current PS3 Blu-ray drive.
– It will include a “very large” hard drive in every system.
– Every console will include a headset and mic
- New analog sticks will be more precise than the PS3 controller
- A touchpad / screen on the controller will have a “tactile click” with a resolution of 1920 x 900; it will also be able to support gestures.
– Compared to the DualShock 3 and Vita console, PS4 controllers will have improved gyrometers to allow for better precision.
– The light bar on the controller will always be on replacing the port number you currently see on the DualShock 3 controllers and the new Playstation 4 eye camera will use this light bar to identify where the player is in the room.
– A speaker will be embedded in the controller, allowing users to stream audio directly from the PS4.
– The L1 and R1 action buttons will now be digital
– Each controller will have a smaller, but more powerful motor for rumble effects
– The R2 and L2 buttons will be unable to be pushed if the controller is on a flat surface thanks to a new curved design.
– The DualShock 4 can charge when connected to the PlayStation4, even if the system is in sleep mode.
PlayStation 4 Eye Camera
- Comprised of two cameras with a resolution of 1280 x 800 running at 60Hz.
- 85 degree wide angle view
- 3-axis accelerometer/tilt sensor built in
- Four microphones
- Dedicated connection port to the PS4
- HD wide-angle video, PS move support, and speech recognition.
What games will be released on the PS4 are not exactly clear, but TechRadar contributor, Mike Channel, said that Assasin’s Creed 4 is said to be released at the end of October this year.
Here is a list of all the games thought to be released on the PS4:
- Assasin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- Killzone: Shadow Fall
- Battlefied 4
- Watch Dogs
- Deep Down
- Infamous: Second Son
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- The Witness
- APB: Vendetta
- New Final Fantasy Game (Name To Be Determined)
- Diablo III
- Destiny (Bungie)
- Sniper Elite III
- CyberPunk 2077 (RPG)
- Carmageddon: Reincarnation
- Batman: Arkham Origins (Prequel to Arkham Asylum)
- Primal Carnage: Genesis (Think Left 4 Dead, but with dinosaurs instead of zombies)
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2014
- Blacklight: Retribution
Microsoft’s Official Statement:
“We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers.”
“We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter.”
This was all in response to a tweet send out by Adam Orth on April 4th. So it looks like an apology…but their statement doesn’t do anything to quell the rumors about Xbox 720. So it begs the question what exactly are they apologizing for?
Its possibly end of the world as we know it….at least for Xbox 720 used games. That is what the current rumors all point to this month from Microsoft. Microsoft’s creative director, Adam Orth, recently made the mistake of going on twitter expressing his belief thatno one would care if the new Xbox console would require players to be online 100% of the time in order for it to work. Boy…was he wrong.
Here is one of his most talked about tweets:
Adam Orth’s Original Tweet:
Quickly a fire spread around the gamer community resulting in over 16,000 comments to Adam’s tweet. Hmm why would the average gamer have an issue with this?
How reliable is your internet?
Besides the fact that not everyone is online, there is the concern of always being online that causes problems. How would you feel while playing your Xbox 720, your internet conks out for a few seconds, essentially kicking you off your Xbox gaming session. Or what if something even worse happens, your internet goes out completely Would you be upset about not being able to play single player games? Basically your Xbox 720 would be a large paper weight. Not to mention that the Xbox servers will occasionally need to go down for maintenance. If they go down for any reason, so does your Xbox.
No more used games
If Microsoft implements this model, there may be no market for used games on the Xbox 720 platforms. Microsoft could require gamers to register their games to their individual consoles, or not give them access to games unless they were logged into their Xbox live account. Worse yet, Microsoft could theoretically get rid of game discs all together, forcing players to download the games via their Xbox live video game library / store only.
Charging you forever
If Microsoft can force your console to be online at all times, what else could they do? Could they force you to buy Xbox Gold and pay a monthly fee? What happens when the Xbox 1080 comes out? Will they just shut down the Xbox servers and make your console useless?
So…what do you guys think? We obviously pointed out some flaws with requiring an always online console, but will that stop you from getting the new Xbox?