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Microsoft exec Marc Whitten dives deep into Xbox One in the aftermath of PS4’s E3 PR win (interview)

<i>Stay on top of all our E3 2013 coverage here.</i><p>LOS ANGELES — Marc Whitten faced some tough questions from the press after Sony outshone Microsoft on Monday in the dueling press briefings on the eve of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. On the surface, Sony scored a victory when it told a cheering …

E3 2013: Microsoft's Phil Harrison defends Xbox One as 'worth the extra'

Microsoft's corporate vice-president talks to Tom Hoggins about the next-generation console's games, online policies and cloud computing.<p>It's the day after the E3 2013 press conferences, and Microsoft's Phil Harrison is looking remarkably relaxed. The upcoming Xbox One console has been caught in a …

You’re Not Wrong, Microsoft, You’re Just An Asshole

“We have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity,” explained Xbox chief Don Mattrick. “It’s called Xbox 360.”<p>With those snarky words, Microsoft lost E3. That much was clear as soon as Sony’s press conference started. And it’s not because the Xbox One is a bad system. …

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 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 …

EA gets a chance to do parkour right with a new 'Mirror's Edge' game

Electronic Arts has announced a long-awaited sequel — or possibly prequel — to free-running game <i>Mirror's Edge</i>. The original <i>Mirror's Edge</i>, released five years ago, offered a unique and beautiful combination of traits: immersive first-person parkour that went beyond one-button jumps, a blindingly …

5 things you need to know from Day 1 of E3

Were you stuck in your cubicle all day with no streaming capabilities? Did you get so caught up in WWDC that you couldn’t take another six hours of …

Sony clarifies stance on PlayStation 4 'restrictions'

Sony has clarified its stance on PlayStation 4 game "restrictions," after executive Jack Tretton said earlier today on Spike TV that decisions about DRM would be left up to third-party publishers.<p>In a statement sent to GameSpot, Sony confirmed its Online Pass program will not be extended to …

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EA denies lobbying for Xbox One used game restrictions, calls Online Pass program a mistake

Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore has said the company made no attempt to push Microsoft and Sony into implementing restrictions on used games in their next-generation consoles. "EA did not aggressively lobby for the platform holders to put some gating function in there to allow or disallow used …

No internet for Xbox One? Get a 360, says Microsoft

Microsoft's confused and controversial online requirement for the Xbox One finally got cleared up last week, with the company confirming the console needs to connect to the internet every 24 hours. At E3 this week, a common trend is emerging about how Microsoft is dealing with future offline …

How traditional game stores can survive the digital revolution

Online multiplayer games, massive hard drives and digital delivery are the watchwords of the new generation of consoles, on display at E3 and launching in 2013.<p>Does this mark the end of your local game store? Not so, according to one of the digital revolution's biggest evangelists, who believes …

E3 2013's 10 most shocking moments

Surprise!<p>The Electronic Entertainment Expo is always filled with surprises, ranging from "oh that's cool" to "HOLY SWEET MERCIFUL CRAP WHAT IS THAT?" …

Sorry, PlayStation 4 Games May Still Carry DRM

Sony has clarified its decision to allow PlayStation 4 users to pass on used games – and the situation won’t necessarily be the completely free market that most gamers first assumed.<p>At the console’s launch, Sony Computer Entertainment of America president Jack Tretton delighted customers by …

EA Games Boss: We Don't Have A Problem With Second-Hand Sales

As it is written, so shall it be. Yesterday, in the aftermath of Sony‘s PR spanking of Microsoft at their big console reveals at E3 – where the Sony PlayStation 4 was put forward as not only $100 cheaper than the Microsoft Xbox One, but also possessed of a friendlier attitude to disc reselling, I …

Nvidia says Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are great news for gaming PCs

"I'm glad the new consoles are here," says Nvidia's senior vice president Tony Tamasi, "if for no other reason than to raise the bar." He points to a handy chart, which claims that the company's GeForce GTX Titan — a $1,000 graphics card — has roughly two and a half times the power of the …

Microsoft: 'We Have A Product For People Who Can't Access The Internet, It's Called Xbox 360'

In no way am I attempting to purposefully continue the dogpile on to Microsoft in the wake of their struggles Monday at E3 when by all accounts, they were thumped by Sony‘s PS4 announcement. But everyone did wonder how Microsoft was going to spin things once the dust settled, and attempt to explain …

How Bungie chose the level and the loot to introduce Destiny's gameplay to the world

Bungie, the developer behind the Halo series and the upcoming Destiny, unveiled the first gameplay for its upcoming sci-fi first-person shooter at Sony's E3 2013 press conference. During the demo, a group of players teamed up in what we'd know as Russia, but what the game knows as Old Russia, to …

Titanfall - E3 2013 Offical Announce Trailer

Battlefield 4 - E3 2013 Official Trailer

Microsoft E3 Conference 2013 Mash-Up

Missed the Microsoft conference? Can't be bothered to watch the whole thing? Don't worry guys, we've got you covered.<p>by on

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Halo - Official E3 2013 Trailer

Mirrors Edge 2 - Official E3 2013 Trailer

Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag -- E3 2013 Trailer

E3 2013: EA event recap

Sony bringing original programming plan to PS4

Sony Pictures is working on a brand new original programming plan for the PlayStation 4, CEO of Sony Entertainment and Sony Pictures Michael Lynton announced today during Sony's E3 press conference.<p>The unique content will be available for PlayStation 4 through the PlayStation Network and will be …

Sony shows off PS4 hardware design

<b>At its Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) conference in Los Angeles today, Sony finally unveiled the final design for the PlayStation 4.</b><p>It looks …

Canadians need proper debate about monitoring of phone and Internet

The revelation that Canadians' phone calls and Internet activity are being monitored by government officials in much the same fashion that Americans' are is disturbing and unacceptable. Even more troubling is that the authority to carry out this surveillance came via ministerial directive, thus …