Same Xbox Time, Same Xbox Channel

Microsoft, obviously upset at the fact that I never boot up my 360 and let my Xbox Live membership lapse, has been dropping hints as though they were objects heated to a point of uncomfortableness that they may be launching Xbox TV.

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Wii U Midnight Launch at Nintendo Store

I don’t know how U plan to spend your weekend, but if you’re anywhere near Nintendo’s flagship store in New York, you can spend it freezing your ass off to get one of the first Wii Us.

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Ouya — the open source, Android powered console — is a go

Yesterday I talked about “The Future of Handheld Gaming” wherein I said quite definitively that phone-gaming is a bit of a fad and true handheld gaming can (and hopefully will, survive).

Somewhat related to that is the news that Ouya — the open source console powered by Android — pulled $8.6 million dollars via Kickstarter. They’ve lined up some companies, too, and well, are now accepting pre-orders. This is huge news, of course: while the Vita has been stumbling its way through cross-play gaming, with an Android console that becomes a huge reality — taking games with you on your cell phone seems to be a real possibility.

The only question is, will developers jump for it?

Katsuhiro Harada — Mr. Tekken — recently said that he believes that a one-console future is the way to go, and while that would make things a cinch for devs and likely help the big three settle their differences, it at one point seemed unlikely. I remember imagining as a kid that that would be the future… I kind of doubt it these days, but with projects like Ouya going big, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are going to have to find a way to compete. Ouya will likely feature tons of free games — courtesy of Android’s already huge library — as well as premium content designed for the Ouya itself. Something open source like this will be ripe for piracy, too —  SNES/NES/GB roms on your Android powered console? Probably.

God knows console sales have been interesting over the last little while, but with a retail price that pretty much trounces the competition, not to mention the 3DS and Vita, I’d be worried if I was one of the big three.

New Xbox dashboard a-comin’

The “Metro” update is set to hit, and with it, we’re looking at something similar to the Windows mobile OS combined with PS3’s own great setup.

Voice integration sounds and looks cool but I don’t have a kinect so, whatever. Roaming profile sounds great, as I tend to occasionally roam without a profile, so that’ll solve that.

To be honest, all I really use my Xbox for is Netflix and video games (ie SKYRIM). Streaming movies/TV from my laptop has never worked well (always very laggy, a common problem, and the Box has a tendency to fuck with your media so you cease being the “owner” in Windows and have to reset ownership of your stuff… with a decent sized music collection, that’s a bitch), so I have my PS3 for that and Blu-rays (and sometimes, Netflix). Adding YouTube is a great idea, but including a browser (like the Wii and PS3) would be a smart move.

All in all, though, it does look smoother, so I look forward to that. Might be a review in the pipes.

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