The Xbox 720 Secret Revealed; Rumored to Cost Approx. $300-$500

Gamers, developers, fans… Keep your eyes open as we hear that Microsoft is planning to unveil the successor to its Xbox 360; the Xbox 720 video game console at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Codenamed “Durango”, the Xbox 720 is expected to be launched right in time for the holiday season, in direct competition with Sony’s PS4, which is also slated for release during the holiday season.

Xbox 720In a blog post, Larry Hyrb, Microsoft’s Director of programming for Xbox Live (the console’s internet service), mentions a countdown for this year’s E3 event along with the message “And it’s on….”

Rumors say it that users will be able to bag the next-gen console at a price in between $300 to $500. Some speculations also claim that the Xbox 720 will come with an AMD system-on-a-chip codenamed “Jaguar,” that’s a user interface similar to Windows 8.

Sony’s PS4, on the other hand, is expected to cost around $400 or above, cheaper than its predecessor: PS3 when launched. The high price and average game library of the PS3 made some causal gamers buy the Wii and Xbox.

Apparently gamers will enjoy the holiday pricing battle between the PS4-Xbox 720 console war.

There has been lot of expectations from the new Xbox. The hardware and software giant is hoped to design it to be six times stronger than its predecessor, which will also make the Xbox 720 around 20 percent stronger than the Wii U. The future console might also come with increased role of motion controls, upgrading its current Kinect peripheral to use increasingly accurate detection of body movement.

A little disappointment to gamers, the Xbox 720 might also discourage used game sales by involving a code activation method that basically locks each disk to one console. Other changes include a switch to Blu Ray and a bigger focus on Cloud gaming.

Considering choices in games, the strongest hint indicates towards a new series by Bungie, the mastermind behind the original Halo trilogy.

Some of the reports suggest that the next generation Xbox 720 might feature 1.6GHz dual-core AMD processors, custom 800MHz graphics processor, and 8GB of GDDR3 RAM. A further possible feature would be the compatibility of Xbox 720 to play Xbox 360 disks using an x86 chip built inside the new gaming console.

All our rumors and speculations regarding Xbox 720 will come round the corner as we keep our eyes open for the E3 event that’s slated to be on June 11, 2013. Read the rest

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Play Station 4 Vs Wii U: The Gaming Afficionados To Get On A High Dose As Virtual Games Go On The Move

The number of virtual games continues to increase with each passing day. And the number of gaming aficionados only continues to increase, spanning all age groups. But in today’s day and age when our smartphones and tablets are becoming our exclusive support for all things work and entertainment, does it really make sense to bother investing in a gaming console anymore?

Sure, Nintendo launched an upgraded version of its gaming console, the Wii U, a few months ago, and Sony recently unveiled its brand new PlayStation 4. But most of us love gaming on the move, instead of playing games cooped up within the confines of our room. Gaming consoles make the concept of gaming a lot more restrictive – you can’t take your game with you to work or to college, and you certainly can’t play a PS4 game during your commute.

Not to mention, gaming consoles are awfully expensive – and we don’t just mean the initial investment when buying the console itself. You then have to continuously spend a lot of money every time you want a new game.

But when it comes to smartphones and tablets, getting access to new games takes literally just a few seconds. And of course, it costs a lot cheaper too. Not only that, gaming on your mobile device is something you would end up doing far more frequently in comparison to gaming using a console.

Given that the gaming market consists mostly of casual gamers – people who are into gaming as mere entertainment, the advent of mobile devices could potentially drag down the demand for gaming consoles. For you as a consumer, gaming on your tablet or smartphone is far more convenient and pocket friendly. And now even more so, given that most of the mobile devices can connect to large screen HDTVs to give you a much better gaming experience too.

So, do you still think you want to burn your pockets for a PS4 or a Wii U?… Read the rest

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The Countdown Begins: ‘Nintendo Wii U’ Will Hit the US Stores Nov. 18th, starting @$299!

18-11-2012.

That’s the day set, when all gaming fans will get access to the Nintendo’s next generation console.

For those waiting, the news comes as a respite as the Nintendo Wii U will go on sale in North America on Nov. 18th.

Launching just in time before the holiday season, gamers and developers will have something they can look forward to.

Wii U will come in two versions, with basic white color 8GB console costing $299.99 and deluxe 62GB version costing $349.99.

Wii has been a success for the firm and with a deluxe model in sleek black; Nintendo tries to be a hit, yet again.

Apple and Android offer serious mobile gaming threats to Nintendo along with Sony and Microsoft.

Nintendo is known for casual gamers, especially after its family-friendly Wii, which saw success with family-oriented games such as Wii Fit and Wii Sports.

At an event in the New York, Reggie Fils-Aime, President, Nintendo America talked of many features of Wii U, hyping the fact that “Nintendo TVii” service will let users integrate their video services, including Hulu and Netflix.

Wii U will come packed with a tablet-like GamePad controller, which users can also use as stand-alone playing platform or a television remote.

It offers competition to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, which the company announced in the summer, will finally be handy on almost any tablet via an app.

The latest Wii U is designed to support two of the tablet controllers, as well as four Wii remotes. It will be shipped with one GamePad.

Launched in 2006, the system’s graphics were noticeably lagging behind the market, and hence needed an upgrade.

The price range of $299 for the basic model puts this new console in line with the lowest prices for those aging consoles.

Will the game developers embrace the new design is what will define its success.

Nintendo officials said to include 50 titles for the console by March 2013, though many of the titles come ported from Sony and Microsoft’s consoles.

However, gamers in other countries will have to wait a little longer for Wii U as the console will hit Europe on November 30th and Japan on December 8th.… Read the rest

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