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E3 2013: PS4 Blu Ray Discs Supports Used Games

In the Sony Press Conference they announced that PS4 will support used games, which means you can:

-Trade in
-Sell to another person
-Lend it to a friend
-Or keep it forever
-No Always Connected Online
-No Mandatory Authentication

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RGN Daily News #10: Xbox 720 “Not Always Online”, New Sequel to Zelda: Link to the Past

On today’s RGN Daily News #10: Xbox 720 “Not Always Online”, and the new Sequel to Zelda: Link to the Past are among some of the topics discussed as well as new Wii U news and the fully detailed Xbox 720 rumor that has come to light about the Microsoft next generation entertainment and gaming console to be revealed either this May or June at the yearly E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo industry event.

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Backwards Compatibility: Reverse the Curse, Stop the Madness

PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 have been flooding the headlines and the interest of consumers, investors, gamers, and speculators of all ages and demographics since the advent of next generation gaming became a mainstream conversation thanks to the massive success of Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 this current generation. One feature that has been at the forefront of the details being discussed, leaked, debated, and argued about passionately online by gamers is the ability to play PS3 and 360 games on the PS4 and 720. When gamers realize that they probably will not be able to do this at all, nevermind in their preferred fashion, a certain type of anger and spite begins to form in their mind.

With some justice, they feel that they have  been robbed for their collection’s ability to transfer to a new era of gaming alongside the evolution that they are expecting from the new hardware’s exclusive titles. However, this argument has been overlooking some key evidence being a gamer paying attention to the industry over the past few decades should have easily taught us. We don’t need Backwards Compatibility, and in fact, we are usually better off without it.

The truth about backwards compatibility is you don’t really need it and it doesn’t save you any money. Many people may start off their argument for backwards compatibility by expressing that they’re going to be saving money by having their old collection compatible with the newest, greatest game systems out. This may be true in some ways. However, the feature of having backwards compatibility costs game console manufacturers money and this is going to somehow affect the price of your next big gaming purchase. Price is of course another huge point of criticism from would-be early adopters of next gen every cycle, and yet the world goes on.

What Gamers think Backwards Compatibility is:

What Backwards Compatibility Really is:

Bad Disc Drives may not apply to the past Nintendo experience with backwards compatibility however the high failure rates and need for repair in Sony’s earliest PlayStation 3 systems which supported playing PlayStation 2 games via disc in them as well as the Xbox 360 series which strived to allow most original Xbox titles to be played via the disc drive as well has ended up becoming evidence in this debate against Backwards Compatibility. PlayStation 2’s original failures were also blamed on the compatibility with multiple types of media including PS1 games and DVD movies.

Our obsession with buying old games over and over again on new systems is a problem that is holding back the game industry and making companies only feel safe with reboots or gimmicks, but our obsession with getting everything backwards compatible could very well lead to higher electronics failure rates in the release of next generation consoles if manufacturers like Microsoft and Sony are pressured into making backwards compatibility remain physical.

Reverse the Curse, Stop the Madness. Say no to backwards compatibility Next Gen, Say YES to NEW GAMES!

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Xbox 720 Reveal Pushed to May 21 According to Microsoft Insiders

The Sony PlayStation 4 has been enjoying free reign in the press as the only fully announced next generation console from the video game industry’s next hardware cycle, but not for long. The original April 27 date has been officially pushed back to May 21, 2013 numbering the PS4’s days of  being the only confirmed next-gen system extended but running out.

According to Xbox 720 leak sources close to the project the game system will not use the name “Xbox 720” but instead bring on a new name (this is not finalized yet). The system is also reported as being a shift for the console manufacturer away from PowerPC chips and into the AMD x86 ease-of-development world which PC and PlayStation 4 currently share. Game developers may be able to truly capitalize on innovative ideas and hardware features next-generation with such a shift occurring across the entire spectrum of games, but will it remains to be seen whether or not the original brands identities and unique feels will begin to die when this takes place.

Currently this is all to be taken as Rumor and Speculation for the time being as Microsoft has refused to confirm/deny any information regarding the Xbox 720 until their own official reveal has taken place, which money has it is going to be May 21, 2013. Keep it locked on RealGamerNewz for the latest and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook using the links below.

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Fact or Fiction: Xbox 720 Drops Xbox 360 Compatibility, Xbox Mini to Stream 360 Games in 2013

The Xbox Mini has been rumored to have received its own release date for the 2013 fiscal calendar year, specifically in Holiday launch window alongside the Xbox 720 which has yet to be revealed but will likely receive its own press conference May 21, 2013. This Xbox Mini will reportedly allow consumers to stream Xbox 360 digital games owned on their Xbox Live account without the need to download it to a hard drive, thus keeping the price of this Xbox Mini hopefully very low.

The Xbox Mini will not just be for playing streamed 360 games. This rumor may not even be true, however the hypothetical scenario being presented sees gamers with physical discs sticking to their old Xbox 360 systems while the Xbox Mini serves as an always-online box that feeds gaming and movie content through Xbox Live subscription fees and product license purchases. For those who love digital distribution and streaming technology to alleviate the need to download their games before they play, Xbox Mini will provide an alternative way of gaming with your Xbox Live account’s 360 titles, video entertainment, and more including casual games.

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My Take On Digital Games [RGN User Blog]

It’s a new format. But with new formats comes with a sense of unfamiliarity, even fear. People are tactile by nature so having things in our hands gives us a sense of comfort. Which is why physical software games are still around despite digital having being readily available at your fingertips for some time. However this sense of intangibility with our games still makes people hesitant, which is why credit should be given to companies like Sony for making console games free with a subscription to Playstation Plus.

Sure, other services provide provide similar incentives but not to the extent Sony has done. By making popular games like Demon’s Souls and DarkSiders free, they’re actually demonstrating the convenience and ease of access of the digital format. It’s also a great choice for  console owners who can’t always purchase the latest game in stores, so 50 dollars a *year* for new, free games a month is a no-brainer. this has been proven by the PC community that Digital access to games is the way of the future.

But just not yet, as long as there is a demand for retail releases of games, and having options is never a bad thing, so why rush it?

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Microsoft’s Office 365 Fumble a Prelude to Xbox 720’s Market Challenges

With the recent release of Office 365 Microsoft is painting themselves as a company that has perhaps forgotten more than they have remembered over their years in the software industry. Taking a page straight out of their own book while ignoring some quite revered pages from heavy hitter Adobe, Microsoft originally locked down purchases of the new Office iteration to a single computer. This not only required users to buy multiple licenses at once (no more 2 license standard basic package) but also forced them to prove to MS they were still in warranty for the Office software should an unforeseen event like hard drive failure or virus infection occur. Microsoft is now re-evaluating their entire game plan for the product and how its licenses will work, marking this as a major false move in their efforts to shift towards an inviting and digitally distributed / cloud infrastructure to run their software platforms on.

Let me just cut it right there though. This is RealGamerNewz, and I know you are wondering when the part comes that I draw the video game industry, and more specifically the entertainment division of Microsoft, into this picture. Sony’s PlayStation 4 was recently revealed (and full specs released) and although digital cloud services such as streaming game demos and playing full titles before they are even downloaded will be included in the PlayStation 4’s online arsenal of features there is still disc-based content being released. A dual approach of physical and digital will be taken up for Sony’s next-generation console.

Never ending rumors and speculation coupled with Microsoft’s exec and PR talk for the past few years has led to the belief that it is likely we will see Xbox 720 to support Xbox 360 discs for backwards-compatibility, but that Xbox 720 games will  be digitally distributed through an enhanced version of Xbox Live. While we should be open arms to all new ideologies for the next generation of gaming, this is quite clearly a dangerous route for any company to pursue. Many are hopeful that Microsoft will not go this direction with the Xbox 720 and instead will introduce a Blu-Ray drive into their next system. The most up-to-date leaked Xbox 720 specs don’t cast any evidence in that direction, however.

If Microsoft truly does plan to go all-digital, they will have to do it right. Especially pressing is the matter of Steam entering the console wars to compete with the Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 on the living room digital distribution front, and from a cushioned position. Steam already has all the kinks figured out on how gamers want their games digitally sold to them, and how they want their library maintained and accessed.

Companies like Apple, Google, and Valve have taught us that great things can come from digital distribution. Microsoft has voiced many times they believe it’s the future of media, and most companies agree somewhat. But Microsoft also needs to learn from their mistakes with these early attempts at making Windows and Office digital services rather than physical products. If the abysmal reception of Games for Windows Live to this day teaches us nothing, it should teach us that the customer comes first with digital distribution (or they won’t come at all).

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Xbox 720 Specs and Details Leaked: Likely Digital Only

Sources from inside the Microsoft Xbox world have reportedly leaked the Xbox 720 specifications and details of how it will work.

The source who leaked the information wishes to remain anonymous due to non-disclosure agreements between Microsoft and themselves. This information is not to be released to the public until the Xbox 720’s official announcement.

  • AMD 8 Core x64 1.6Ghz CPU
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • 320GB / 500GB Editions Available At Launch
  • 1TB Hard Drive Sold Seperately
  • No Blu-Ray Support
  • Kinect 2.0 Support
  • Xbox Smartglass Support
  • Xbox 720 Will Be Playable at E3 2013
  • Xbox GOLD vs Xbox 720: Name Not Decided Yet

The fact that no Blu-Ray drive is included strongly suggests and supports the potential for the Xbox 720 to be a digital only system allowing perhaps backwards compatibility with existing Xbox 360 discs but forcing gamers to get all of their games digitally from the Xbox Live Marketplace. The large stock hard drives also hint to this option and the absence of a SKU with no hard drive seems to indicate the games will be downloaded not streamed. This configuration, if confirmed by Microsoft’s April reveal, will also make it very likely that we will see the end of used games for the Xbox console.

***DISCLAIMER: All of this info should be taken strictly as rumor for the time being, and RealGamerNewz.com will keep you in touch with everything next gen as the official Xbox 720 announcement date arrives in April.***

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