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Sony still has a lot to prove at E3 2013

Despite Microsoft's messaging missteps of late, E3 won't be an easy win for Sony. Here's what it needs to communicate next week.<p>Heading into E3, Sony has more to prove with the PlayStation 4 (PS4) than its console-making competition. Microsoft has already shown that, in its quest to take over your …

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Microsoft kills Microsoft Points for Xbox One: 'We're moving to real money'

Microsoft has announced that digital purchases on its Xbox One console will use real currency, rather than its much-maligned system of Microsoft Points. "We're moving to real money," said Marc Whitten onstage at Microsoft's E3 keynote presentation, explaining that users in various countries will be …

Microsoft unveils new SmartGlass for Xbox One with Twitch streaming

Microsoft is detailing its new SmartGlass for Xbox One at E3 today. The updated feature now allows gamers to get hints from their iPad, iPhone, or Windows tablet while playing games. Xbox Live will also be able to set up multiplayer games during the middle of games. Perhaps the biggest improvement …

Microsoft takes on PlayStation Plus with two free games a month for Xbox Live Gold members

Microsoft will start offering two free games a month to its Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The promotion is in the vein of Sony's PlayStation Plus service, which charges a monthly fee for a rotating lineup of free and discounted games. Sony does not charge PlayStation 3 owners for access to online …

Xbox One E3 lineup includes 'Ryse: Son of Rome,' 'Metal Gear Solid V,' a new 'Halo,' and more

Microsoft is trotting out new games for the Xbox One at E3 2013, including some of the platform's 13 exclusive launch titles.<p>The E3 show started with a trailer for <i>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain —</i> an open-world <i>Metal Gear</i> game for the Xbox One. The new <i>MGS</i> looks filled with plenty of the same …

Xbox One launching in November

Microsoft is reportedly launching its Xbox One console in November. Speaking on a pre-E3 show today, Rare executive producer Danny Isaac confirmed the launch date. Isaac only mentioned the month of November, but with Microsoft set to take the stage at E3 in a matter of minutes it's likely that …

Dive into the deep in the latest 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' trailer

We've already seen what the next generation of dogs will look like in <i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i>, and the latest trailer shows what we can expect from the game's underwater environments. At a pre-E3 livestream event, developer Infinity Ward revealed a new level for the upcoming blockbuster, dubbed "Into …

Next-gen Halo title announced for Xbox One: runs at 60 fps, available in 2014 (video)

What could be better than a live action <i>Halo</i> TV-series? Why, a fully fledged next-generation sequel, of course. Microsoft has confirmed that a new <i>Halo</i> game is making its way to the Xbox One, calming the doubts of fans who were concerned that the franchise was shifting to less traditional platforms. …

Don't flinch: the new Kinect could be the end of motion gimmicks

The first version of Kinect promised to completely change how we play games. Instead of sitting on our couch with a controller, we'd be running, dancing, throwing, and shouting our way through level after level. The new version of Kinect, the one that will ship with every Xbox One console in …

Sony spotlights PS4 camera in unambitious 'The Playroom' trailer

So far, Sony has been relatively tight-lipped about its plans for the PlayStation 4’s controller-sensing camera peripheral, holding a two-hour press conference yesterday for its new console without even mentioning the device, then later revealing it would be sold separately from the console. But a …

'Sword & Sworcery' developer and composer team up again for 'Below'

Capybara Games and composer Jim Guthrie — two of the three names behind <i>Superbrothers:</i> <i>Sword & Sworcery EP</i> — are back together for another beautiful, moody game titled <i>Below</i>. The title's eerie tone and cut-out graphics were revealed yesterday in a minute-long teaser at Microsoft's press conference. …

'Star Wars: Battlefront' revealed with intense Hoth combat trailer

<i>Star Wars: Battlefront</i> has come back from the dead. A new title in the series is being developed over at EA DICE, where it'll hopefully have a better chance at seeing the light of day than under its last publisher. DICE will be starting fresh for its revived take on the series: it's building the …

Sony's Jack Tretton says publishers can enforce DRM (update)

Less than 24 hours ago, Sony Computer Entertainment of America president Jack Tretton was met with uproarious applause after revealing that PlayStation 4 disc-based games can be freely given to friends and purchased on the used market. "PlayStation 4 won't impose any new restrictions on used …

Nintendo looks to boost Wii U's prospects with more Mario, Donkey Kong, and Zelda

Nintendo's timeless characters are the most powerful weapon in the company's arsenal, so it's no surprise to see them called upon to reverse Wii U's troubling retail performance. To boost its console's momentum in the months ahead, Nintendo today announced several new games that include two …

Xbox One won't hit Asia until late 2014, Japanese release confirmed

Microsoft revealed its Xbox One launch pricing this week at E3, with the company planning to release its next-gen console in November for $499. Twenty-one markets were revealed, including the UK and parts of Europe, but the company remained quiet about its exact plans in other regions. <i>The Wall</i> …

New 'Super Smash Bros.' for Wii U and 3DS coming in 2014, features Mega Man as playable character

Nintendo has just announced the newest entry in its chaotic series of fighting games — a new <i>Super Smash Bros.</i> will be coming to the Wii U and 3DS in 2014, and for the first time Mega Man will be a playable character. In addition to the Blue Bomber, the game will feature the standard array of …

Watch Microsoft's Xbox One E3 keynote in just two minutes

While Microsoft's original Xbox One announcement spent a lot of time focused on media and the living room, today's E3 keynote was geared primarily towards gaming. If you'd like to take a look at what the company and its partners had to show — or take a peek at the redesigned Xbox 360 — we've got …

PlayStation 4: Sony outmaneuvers Microsoft on price, design, and common sense

Xbox One controversy reaches its climax as Sony twists the knife<p>Before yesterday's E3 keynotes from Sony and Microsoft, opinion was split on the very different paths each company is taking. Some found the PlayStation 4 the more appealing proposal on paper — a more powerful, developer-friendly box …

Alienware updates flagship gaming laptop lineup with thicker designs and more horsepower

Alienware has refreshed its lineup of 14, 17, and 18-inch gaming laptops, and for the first time in years the update includes some noteworthy design tweaks. Along with the bump in specs, Alienware has ditched some of its crazy, distinctive angles for a more traditional boxy shape — but that doesn't …

Hands-on with Sony's PlayStation 4 and DualShock controller

Several months after it was first revealed, we now know what Sony's PlayStation 4 looks like, and surprise: it's a black box. While we still haven't gotten to see the PlayStation 4 in action, we've gotten a quick look at both it and the DualShock 4, Sony's new controller. Where the new PlayStation …

Sony PlayStation 4 at E3 2013: everything you need to know

Sony’s E3 press conference started a full six hours after Microsoft’s ended, plenty of time for everyone to digest the Xbox One’s $499 pricetag, glut of AAA games, and sparse utilization of Kinect and SmartGlass. Now Sony gets the last word, a chance to explain why the PlayStation 4 won’t repeat …

Xbox One and PlayStation 4: the best new games showcased at E3

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Specs suggest Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini won’t be a petite powerhouse

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Although the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is one of the hottest selling Android phones currently, its size is just too much for some …

Google Glass makes me want a smart watch

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>I just tried Google(s goog) Glass for the first time today – not for very long, just for a few minutes, but long enough to …

Scientists poke frozen mammoth, liquid blood squirts out

The frozen remains of a mammoth have been discovered on an island north of Siberia -- with blood that is still liquid.<p>The 10,000-year-old beast was …

Meeker: The next ten years will be about wearable computing and personal data

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>The photo wars aren’t over, but a shift is about to take place in terms of the content we upload and share to the internet, …

WWDC may not be entirely hardware-free after all

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>CEO Tim Cook hinted pretty strongly on the company’s most recent earnings calls that there would be no major new products …

Verizon Galaxy S III software update adds bug fixes, carrier billing and Multi Window support

With an AWS-enabled Galaxy S 4 looming on the horizon for Verizon (note: the rhyme has us cringing, too), Samsung's Galaxy S III is gracefully sunsetting its flagship status. But it's not bowing out quietly. A software update is set to roll out to Big Red GS III's that'll bring with it a veritable …

PS4 price set a penny shy of £600 by Amazon | Trusted Reviews

The PS4 price has emerged and it looks set to give your wallet a bashing, with Amazon listing the console for a penny shy of £600.<b><br>Although Sony has</b> …

The Classics: 'Commandos 2: Men of Courage'

Dismantling the Nazi war machine has never required such finesse<p>For a game with an almost cartoonish art style, <i>Commandos 2: Men of Courage</i> happens to be one of the most visceral and realistic recreations of the Second World War. Unlike the legions of gung-ho WW2 shoot-em-ups that have you blasting …