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Next-Generation Video Game Consoles to Reinvigorate Gaming, Says Game Publisher.

While both Microsoft Corp. and Sony Computer Entertainment used to say that both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 would happily live on the market for ten years, it is nearly evident now that the two companies are going to introduce their next-gen consoles in 2013. Ubisoft, a major game publisher, believes that the current cycle has lasted for too long and next-gen consoles should be released rather sooner than later to revive gaming.

"we are waiting for the new consoles – I think that the new consoles will give a huge boost to the industry, just like they do every time that they come. this time, they took too long so the market is waiting. With the innovation that we will see from, first, the Wii U then the other consoles, the market is going to grow enormously again," said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer of Ubisoft, in an interview with GamesIndustry International web-site.

The market of console and PC video games is slowing down these days not only due to piracy and competition from new platforms like smartphones and tablets, but also because there is nothing brand new on the current-generation consoles. Games that will be out today will look and feel similar to titles released last year, something that reduces their success among the gamers.

For platform holders, long lifecycles of consoles is a positive thing as at some point their production costs are getting considerably lower, the amount of games in portfolio of each console is increasing, making them more appealing. Finally, they do not have to spend tens of millions of dollars to support game developers in order to ensure high-quality of titles on consoles like early during the cycle.

But long lifecycles can result in stagnation of video games’ progress in general. PS3 and X360 nowadays no longer impress with 720p-class titles, as a consequence sales of new games slowdown or even fall, which is bad for everyone.

"I think it is very important for new generations to come regularly with innovations for the industry, so I think we have been waiting a bit too long. what is important is that when those new generations do come, they bring enough innovation to make the market strong again," added Mr. Guillemot.

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    Posted by admin - August 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

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    Tectoy Zeebo 3G Budget Gaming Console

    It has to be said that, as a company, you’re either incredibly brave or somewhat overly bold (at the very least) to enter the gaming console market thus pitting your hardware against the likes of the PlayStation, Xbox and Wii, but Tectoy’s new Tectoy Zeebo gaming console certainly comes from a very differing angle in relying on a 3G network connection to provide gaming titles and being aimed specifically at emerging markets (who happen to have 3G availability and connectivity in their region).

    The device, understandably given the competition, therefore sets its sights on those that simply cannot afford the aforementioned consoles and, it that respect, we cannot help but feel that the Tectoy Zeebo deserves all the support it can get.

    Naturally you can forget about the latest in HD gaming, as the Tectoy Zeebo is a strictly VGA (640×480) resolution console that, as alluded to above, relies solely on downloading games from a 3G network on a pay per title basis which will undoubtedly make Zeebo titles especially ‘piracy proof’.

    Aimed initially at the Brazilian market one of the games used to showcase the Tectoy Zeebo, interestingly, was a Zeebo’ed (let’s coin a phrase here) Doom indicating that the Tectoy Zeebo may well, eventually, have wider appeal to retro gamers – though its not as it the latest consoles don’t already cater for the retro-gaming fraternity via such as Xbox Live. Of further interest is the offering of ‘Wii Remote’ style controllers some time in the future though, at the time of writing, details are rather scant in this respect.

    Of course, in order to excel in any ‘emerging market’ a budget console needs a budget price and in the Tectoy Zeebo’c case we’re talking around $599 in Brazil which equates to around $258USD which will put the Tectoy Zeebo within reach of many potential purchasers that cannot afford the likes of XBoxes, Playstations or Wii’s but to what extent it will prove to be within reach of the masses is very much open to debate. that said, we for one, wish Techtoy the best of luck.

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      Posted by admin - July 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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      Why PS3, Not Xbox Was My Netflix Machine Father’s Day Gift

      This Father’s Day I had a dilemma on my hands. My dad had expressed an interest in seeing what this newfangled Netflix thing was all about, and I thought a good gift would be a box through which he could get the streaming service.

      Naturally, as a gamer, my first thought turned to which console I could get him that would serve as a primary Netflix box. Yes, I could go with AppleTV, but if I’d never used it, teaching him would be a chore. Plugging in a laptop each time via HDMI would be too much of a hassle, and so I went with my original assertion, picking and choosing between which gaming console I’d get my dad. it was a present I never thought I’d give.

      The Wii was easy to rule out immediately as it feels downright archaic at this point. it was then just between the two dueling titans, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, and the decision suddenly became clear.

      I agree with our own David Ewalt’s assertion that the Xbox is “winning the living room war” in many ways. between all its apps and Kinect functionality, it really does seem like the best option for a media hub in a tech-savvy household.

      That said, I also agree with Gizmodo’s statement that it’s time for Xbox Live Gold to be free. Their main point was that if all these in-console apps are charging their own rates, Netflix, Hulu, etc, it seems unreasonable that it costs an additional $50 a year just to have Xbox Live Gold to access them in the first place.

      Unfortunately, Xbox Live Gold is a money printing machine for Microsoft at this point. I’m currently paying for it despite the fact I haven’t played an Xbox game online in over six months. it auto-renews year after year, and I’ll probably never shut it off for as long as I own the console.

      But it was the final deciding factor when it came to purchasing my father his Netflix machine. There was no way on earth I was going to shell out $250 for a system, then tell my dad that he had to pay Microsoft $50 a year to access Netflix, which is about another $100 year itself. the easy math here indicates that Netflix for Xbox costs about 50% more than Netflix for PS3 because of the additional Gold costs, and for my non-gaming dad, there are no outlying factors to consider like an undying devotion to Halo or the need to control the system with gestures and grunts.

      As seen in the picture above, my dad is now the proud owner of a PS3, and he’s happily watching streaming movies already. Microsoft may be winning the living room war, but by continuing to charge for Xbox Live Gold, they lost the battle for the TV in my parents’ house.

      Next stop: Getting him to play Gran Turismo.

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        Posted by admin - July 16, 2012 at 1:00 am

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        New Releases: Inversion, Madagascar 3, Pikmin 2, More

        With E3 less than 48 hours away, it’s understandable if this week’s new releases haven’t registered with you yet. and game publishers are doing their best to keep most new releases away from store shelves while the industry indulges in a little spectacle over “what’s next.” But a few big titles will soon land on store shelves:

        For example, there’s Namco Bandai’s gravity-defying shooter Inversion for the PS3 and Xbox 360. a PC version will materialize later this year.

        There’s also a new version of Pikmin 2 for the Wii complete with Wii Remote/Nunchuk controls.

        Finally, a tie-in game based on Madagascar 3 will stampede onto five platforms (3DS, DS, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360) and Katy Perry continues her transformation into a video game character with The Sims 3: Katy Perry Sweet Treats on the PC.

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          Posted by admin - June 13, 2012 at 5:00 am

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          E3 readies to again preview next year in gaming

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          Nintendo’s video game console Wii U is demonstrated at the Nintendo booth at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo is expected to show off exactly what kinds of games will be available for its new touchpad-powered Wii U console. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file)

          LOS ANGELES — is the Wii U right for you?at last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Nintendo captured most of the spotlight by unveiling the Wii’s successor, a high-definition console called the Wii U that utilizes a tablet-like touchscreen controller. Attention alone wasn’t enough to declare a victory. Folks weren’t, well, feeling it. Critical reaction was mixed, and the Japanese gaming giant’s stock dropped.“Nintendo has an uphill battle this year,” said Morgan Webb, co-host of the G4 gaming show “X-Play.” “It’s really a branding problem. I think a lot of people are still confused about the Wii U. They’re going to have a hard time convincing people that this could be a better gaming experience than the iPad.”at this year’s E3 convention, June 5 through 7 in Los Angeles, Nintendo Co. will attempt to assuage such concerns by introducing gamers to titles that will be available for Wii U when it’s expected to launch later this year. Previously, the “Mario Bros.” creator only teased what was capable through a series of technology demonstrations.

          E3 comes at a time when the gaming industry could use a few good parties and pep talks. The NPD Group, a research firm that tracks the U.S. sales of game software, hardware and accessories, said that while consumers spent more than $1 billion on games and accompanying gizmos in April, retail sales fell 32 percent from a year ago, the fifth month of decline.the continued interest in cheaper-to-produce mobile, social and downloadable games is expected to be showcased more than ever before at E3, a flashy extravaganza typically focused on building buzz for the loudest and sexiest games. Zynga, the developer of social games like “FarmVille” and “Words with Friends,” will have a presence at E3 for the first time.“every time I go to E3, I’m usually surprised,” said Jay Wilson, lead designer of the role-playing game “Diablo III.” “I expect to be surprised again. what I hope is that no matter what platform people are working on, no matter what new area that they’re exploring, the most important thing is gameplay. If a game provides great gameplay, the platform doesn’t really matter.”indeed, a strong line-up of games will be integral to the future success of the Wii U, a lesson Nintendo learned the hard way after last year’s lackluster launch of the 3DS, its glasses-free 3-D handheld device. “X-Play’s” Webb thinks Nintendo could win over the E3 crowd if it introduces innovative, unexpected, must-own games that appeal equally to both hardcore and casual gamers.unless Nintendo’s fellow first-party publishers Sony Corp. or Microsoft Corp. unveil new hardware or radical updates to their respective PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, the E3 spotlight — for better or worse — will undoubtedly be shining back in Nintendo’s direction. (Microsoft and Sony have previously shot down rumors they’d unleash new consoles at this year’s E3.)“the Wii U was announced last year, and that stimulates all kinds of thoughts about what’s possible,” said mark Lamia, the studio head at “call of Duty: Black Ops II” developer Treyarch. “It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the first parties. It’s always an exciting time when rumors are in the air, and we see if E3 is the time when they become more than rumors.” Continued…

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