This is the last episode before the much awaited E3 2013 conference and I am providing my very own predictions on what Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, along with other companies will bring to attract the wallets of gamers around the world, THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW! Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. Beginning with Nintendo, we already know Nintendo will not be taking part in their annual press conference as they have over the years, but Nintendo plans on still having a large presence with smaller media events along with their Nintendo Direct presentation. With the Wii U off to a rough start, I expect to see Nintendo announce a few large titles such as a new Super Smash Bros., Zelda, Mario Kart, Mario 3D platfomer, Metroid, and even possibly a new Star Fox. I also anticipate a price drop for the console to better target their consumers and make the Wii U more appealing for the holiday season. Nintendo may also announce a few other titles for their successful 3DS platform and possibly announce better integration with the Wii U. With Microsoft, I see a heavy focus on exclusives for the Xbox One to back up their statement of killing Sony this coming E3. I expect to see Dance Central 4 emerge showcasing the new Kinect camera and its many technological advancements over the current Kinect, I believe we’ll see Ryse reemerge from its teaser trailer revealed during E3 2011 as an Xbox One exclusive, and I feel we are likely to see Banjo Kazooie fulfill the teased ‘historic Rare franchise’. Microsoft will announce a few third party exclusive deals on upcoming franchises and titles and may conclude the show with a teaser for a new Halo to bring the audience to its feet or possibly reveal Bethesda’s Fallout 4 along with announce the price and launch date. I expect Microsoft to showcase more of their entertainment features to attempt to prove why Xbox One really is the only box you need and for Microsoft to spend a little bit of time on the future of the successful Xbox 360 to build longevity for the platform. Sony will come out full force with even more exclusives making their way towards PlayStation 4 around launch and next year. I expect to see The Last Guardian finally return as a PlayStation 4 release, Sony’s successful MLB: The Show franchise emerge to showcase the level of realism the PlayStation 4 will be able to deliver, along with many announcements regarding new franchises such as the already leaked Warrior’s Lair. I expect to see more in-depth demos of already announced titles such as inFAMOUS: Second Son, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Until Dawn and more, along with a few third party exclusive deals regarding additional content. Sony will finally show off what the console looks like and may announce the price and release date, if not, during the upcoming Gamescom. I expect Sony to announce a price drop for the struggling PlayStation Vita as well as show off Remote Play with the PlayStation 4 and potentially another feature we have yet to hear about along with announce a few new releases. Sony will also spend some time on the PlayStation 3 and make it clear that they are not giving up on their PS3 market. Wrapping up Nick’s Gaming View, I see Electronic Arts showing off Madden NFL 25 running on the new consoles along with announcing a feature exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. I believe we’ll see Battlefield 4 not only shown off during their own press conference, but Sony’s as well announcing some form of exclusive content or timed content exclusivity on the PlayStation platforms. We’ll also see the new Need for Speed Rivals shown off with an official release date for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Ubisoft will blow us away with yet another new franchise designed for next generation consoles and will show off their upcoming Assassin’s Creed IV and Watch Dogs running on next generation consoles. I feel Ubisoft will have a few other small surprises here and there but will rely primarily on a new unannounced title, Assassin’s Creed, and Watch Dogs. Well that concludes today’s episode of Nick’s Gaming View and my predictions for E3 2013 but be sure to follow me on Twitter @NickMcCandless and keep checking back throughout the week next week for my coverage of E3 2013.
Naughty Dog reveals The Last of Us multiplayer, PS4’s exclusive DriveClub receives more details, and Nintendo recalling one of Wii U’s models, THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW! Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. With the anticipated launch of The Last of Us less than ten days away, Naughty Dog has finally decided to remove the curtain from the title’s multiplayer with a reveal video including details on what gamers can expect to experience come June 14th. Featuring multiplayer that seems very much alike to that of Uncharted 3, The Last of Us integrates a unique online mode by the name of Factions. In Factions, players will pick between the Hunters or Fireflies with each player starting with a small clan of survivors. Your goal is to keep the survivors alive and accomplish growth through two modes. In Supply Raid, players will scavenge the area and fight to keep their team alive with a pool of twenty reinforcements. Once the reinforcements diminish, the match will lead into sudden death. In Survivors, there are no respawns and once you’ve been taken out, you are eliminated until the next round. It’s the best of seven rounds and whoever comes up on top is declared the winner. With June 14th right around the corner, I couldn’t be more excited to jump online after beating the campaign myself, and hope to see many of you online. One title we’re sure to hear more about next week during E3, DriveClub, has unleashed small details preceding E3 such as the game not being about smashing others off the road, but not being a sim either. Lighting and reflections off of the car are said to be spectacular and showcase the many features and strengths of the PlayStation 4. Featuring heavy social integration, detailed implementation of the new DualShock 4, incredibly high attention to detail, amazing sound design, and much more, DriveClub is a title that continues to grab my attention and will surely be one of the first titles I pick up for my PlayStation 4 later this year. Wrapping up Nick’s Gaming View, Nintendo has contacted retailers asking that they return all brand new 8GB Wii U basic models to Nintendo by June 18th. While Nintendo and its retailers refuse to comment on such actions, I have a pretty good feeling we’ll hear Nintendo close out the model during their upcoming Nintendo Direct and potentially announce a price drop for their 32GB model. Well that concludes today’s episode of Nick’s Gaming View but be sure to follow me on Twitter @NickMcCandless and check back daily for Nick’s Gaming View for your daily access pass to all things gaming.
Microsoft proclaims advantage of Xbox One DRM, Microsoft cancels E3 post-conference roundtable, and AMD releases ‘Be Invincible’ trailer highlighting the tech behind PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW! Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. With much of Xbox One’s negative publicity deriving from DRM implementation locking games to the original owner, Microsoft has been forced to develop a message describing how such technology will provide a benefit to consumers. Phil Spencer, Microsoft Studios’ Corporate Vice President, has released such statement saying, “We think, actually, that having the content that’s yours go with you is an important thing,” Spencer continued by explaining, “You could have multiple Xbox Ones, your content is yours on every one of them, and it doesn’t require that you carry discs back and forth. The disc becomes a means of distributing the bits back and forth but the content is locked to you.” Questions are still floating around how the second-hand market will be handled, but Microsoft has continued to reply with the ‘just wait’ treatment, so hopefully we’ll hear more next week during Microsoft’s E3 2013 press conference. One thing we will not receive after Microsoft’s conference is their usual post-conference roundtable. Microsoft has announced that they have cancelled their roundtable with the media without providing any justification as to why the decision was made. It’s honestly a bit concerning considering the negativity publicity already surrounding the company’s upcoming console and considering their large statements last week about killing Sony during E3, I’m not too confident about this actually becoming the case. We’ll see for ourselves next week, but at this point, I’m feeling a bit shaky about Microsoft’s E3 presence. Wrapping up Nick’s Gaming View, AMD has released a new trailer for their ‘A Series’ chipsets titled ‘Be Invincible’. Featuring CGI-like graphics showcasing the power behind their latest technology, future owners of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seem to be in for an incredible adventure as if the trailer is any representation of what these processors are capable of, graphics are going to reach a point we never thought would be possible. Well that concludes today’s episode of Nick’s Gaming View but be sure to follow me on Twitter @NickMcCandless and check back daily for Nick’s Gaming View for your daily access pass to all things gaming.
Sony’s E3 2013 game lineup uncovered, E3 confirms Grand Theft Auto V on PC, and The Last of Us Demo to remain exclusive to God of War, THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW! Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. Sony is set to take stage at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena June 10th at 6pm to uncover their plans for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and even the PlayStation Vita. With Sony keeping a plethora of announcements under wrap, Sony interestingly revealed their E3 games lineup on the official E3 website revealing an unannounced title by the name of Warrior’s Lair. With no information outside of the name provided, we now know one of the titles Sony has lined up for their anticipated press conference, alongside games such as DriveClub, inFAMOUS: Second Son, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Until Dawn, and more. Just looking at the games already revealed has me excited, although I must say, when I saw Wonderbook: Diggs Nightcrawler on the list, a bit of concern developed in hopes that Sony doesn’t infect their conference with such oddity. Also originating from the official E3 website for 2013, Take-Two’s page features the highly anticipated September 17th release, Grand Theft Auto V. While Take-Two already said that Grand Theft Auto V won’t have much of a presence during E3, according to the E3 website, PC is listed as one of the platforms for the upcoming release. With Rockstar Games previously denying comment on a possible presence on PC, such news should come as relief to those in support of the PC gaming movement. Wrapping up Nick’s Gaming View, with gamers who purchased God of War: Ascension now having the ability to dive into The Last of Us demo, those who haven’t picked up God of War have been left wondering whether or not Naughty Dog will release the demo on the PlayStation Store to open play up to a wider audience. Eric Monacelli, Community Strategist at Naughty Dog, commented on the curiosity by stating “the demo is only available for God of War Ascension disc owners. We have no plans to release it otherwise.” Sad news for those not interested in God of War, but looking at the positive side of things, The Last of Us launches in less than two weeks on June 14th. Well that concludes today’s episode of Nick’s Gaming View but be sure to follow me on Twitter @NickMcCandless and check back daily for Nick’s Gaming View for your daily access pass to all things gaming.
Fallout 4 prepping E3 announcement, Ubisoft’s upcoming racer leaked, and Tecmo fighter going free-to-play, THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW! Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. E3 2013 is just a week away and gamers around the world are doing all they can to wait for the E3 that we’ve all been waiting for. With Sony and Microsoft going head-to-head with their new consoles, this year is going to be a bloodbath with both companies giving all they can to prove their console over that of their competitor. A title likely to make its way onto both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Fallout 4 has received more evidence of its nearing announcement thanks to one of Bethesda’s very own forum moderators. Creating a thread asking for community members to contribute their ideas and suggestions for Fallout 4, I feel it’s safe to say Fallout 4 is all but confirmed at this point and with E3 2013 right around the corner, I anticipate seeing Fallout 4 for the first time very soon. Ubisoft Reflections, the team behind the 2011 release, Driver: San Francisco, has found its way into the media thanks to leaked details regarding their ongoing project, ‘The Crew’. Expected to feature a semi-arcade style of racing similar to that of Driver: San Francisco, ‘The Crew’ will take place in New York City and Los Angeles with an open-world approach. Featuring a Google Maps like mechanic, gamers will have the ability to navigate using GPS functionality whether it’s going through missions or adventuring in the freeride mode. Multiplayer is said to feature eight players in either competitive or cooperative, but no further details have been discovered. Safe to presume ‘The Crew’ will become official during E3, as a racing fan, I must admit I am excited to learn more of what Ubisoft has in store and see if Ubisoft Reflections can outdo what they achieved with Driver: San Francisco. Wrapping up Nick’s Gaming View, Tecmo has announced that on September 3rd, they will be releasing a free-to-play version of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, subtitled Core Fighters. Including four playable characters, the full opponent roster, all stages, and the tutorial and training mode, the free-to-play version will not include the story but for those interested, Tecmo will charge $15 and each additional playable character will cost $4. As for online play, both free-to-play and retail versions will be able to compete against each other; however, neither version of Ultimate is compatible for online play with the original Dead or Alive 5 or Dead or Alive 5 Plus on Vita. Currently planned for an exclusive launch on PlayStation 3, Tecmo is said to be in talks with Microsoft for an Xbox 360 version, but only time will tell if Microsoft bites. Well that concludes today’s episode of Nick’s Gaming View but be sure to follow me on Twitter @NickMcCandless and check back daily for Nick’s Gaming View for your daily access pass to all things gaming.
PS4 games to require Remote Play with PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4 pronounced more powerful than Xbox One, and Xbox One said to kill PlayStation 4 during E3, this is Nick's Gaming View!
Xbox One said to kill PlayStation 4 during E3, Grand Theft Auto V’s publisher comments on next-generation used games debate, and Electronic Arts expands elimination of online passes, THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW! Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. E3 2013 is just a couple weeks away and I know for a fact that gamers around the globe are eagerly anticipating both Microsoft and Sony going at it to prove why their console is the one to purchase this holiday season. Already starting the war, Craig Davidson, Director of Global Marketing at Microsoft, stated both “Xbox One will surprise the world during E3,” and “We will kill Sony at E3”. Mighty big statements if you ask me, let’s just hope Microsoft isn’t all talk and will truly come out and blow us all away. With the use games debate regarding DRM being one of the most discussed topics in the realm of gaming, Take-Two, publisher of the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V, has commented on the topic stating “There's no question that if Microsoft has figured out a way to tax used games, then we should get paid, too,” Stating how they feel use game sales should be countered by finding ways to delight the customer, it will be interesting to see the used games and DRM debate officially unfold later this year and see how each and every company becomes involved. Wrapping up Nick’s Gaming View, when Electronic Arts announced that they were retiring online passes for their games, gamers around the world cheered in excitement, but one thing that wasn’t clear was if the elimination of the online pass program applied to all existing titles. Thankfully Electronic Arts has confirmed that they are in the process of removing the program from all existing EA titles thanks to the feedback from the players. Well that concludes today’s episode of Nick’s Gaming View but be sure to follow me on Twitter @NickMcCandless and check back daily for Nick’s Gaming View for your daily access pass to all things gaming.
PS4 games to require Remote Play with PlayStation Vita, GameStop reveals interesting information regarding Grand Theft Auto V, and Naughty Dog comments on DLC for The Last of Us, THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW! Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. With the PlayStation Vita experiencing a far from successful lifespan thus far, Sony has much to achieve to encourage consumers to invest within the portable platform. While Sony spoke briefly on Remote Play support with the PlayStation 4 back during the PlayStation 4 unveiling, Sony has confirmed that every title to hit PlayStation 4 will require Remote Play support with only games requiring the use of the new PlayStation Eye camera being exempt. It’s certainly exciting to hear such news from Sony themselves and I believe if executed and marketed correctly, the Vita could earn its way up the sales charts and also provide PlayStation 4 with a valuable advantage over its competitor, the Xbox One. Releasing on the current generation of video game consoles, Grand Theft Auto V has uncovered interesting information thanks to a tweet from the official GameStop UK account. Revealing Grand Theft Auto V will create furious storms, rough ocean waves and rain forming puddles in mud, my interest in Grand Theft Auto V has been towering since the day it was announced, but knowing this additional information has me even more curious to see what Rockstar Games has up their sleeves that they have yet to announce. Wrapping up Nick’s Gaming View, Eric Monacelli, Community Strategist for Naughty Dog, has spoken out on the DLC announced for The Last of Us confirming, “it’s not cut content. It’s new content we are working on post launch.” While I wouldn’t expect otherwise from the amazing team over at Naughty Dog, it’s comforting to hear such confirmation letting us know that the single-player experience will not be cut to save room for additional revenue through DLC. Well that concludes today’s episode of Nick’s Gaming View but be sure to follow me on Twitter @NickMcCandless and check back daily for Nick’s Gaming View for your daily access pass to all things gaming.
Xbox One’s advantage over PlayStation 4 defined, inFAMOUS Second Son implements impressive technology, and season pass for The Last of Us leaked with details, THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW! Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. Avalanche Studios, the team behind the Just Cause franchise who recently commented on PlayStation 4’s current advantage over the Xbox One in power, has released another statement defining what Xbox One currently has over the PlayStation 4. Stating that Xbox One’s cloud-side computing is “definitely an area where the Xbox One has a step up over PS4”, Avalanche Studios also revealed “It's perfect for open-world games like ours as it enables techniques to make the game worlds more alive and social, such as persistence and asynchronous multiplayer features,” With cloud technology upgradeable outside of the consoles themselves, such statement could also change, but regardless, it’s nice to know that both Sony and Microsoft will have much to improve with their consoles to compete and proof their console as the better choice. inFAMOUS Second Son, one of my most anticipated PlayStation 4 titles announced, has become even more interesting thanks to a reveal from Sucker Punch, developer behind the upcoming release. With the city of Seattle being populated by AI characters, Sucker Punch has turned it up a notch by recruiting 75 friends, family members, and professionals to sit in front of a complex camera installment with absolutely no movement as the lenses strobed out layers of their faces. While such implementation may seem minor, its satisfying to see developers focus on more than just the prettiness of their next-generation titles. Wrapping up Nick’s Gaming View, with June 14th just a couple weeks away, hype for Naughty Dog’s upcoming release, The Last of Us is soaring. In fact, the title’s very own Season Pass has leaked providing an overview of what to expect if one invests the $20. Three DLC packs including more story, maps and The Last of Us at a $30 value, “Grounded”, a 90 minute making of video, and exclusive upgrades including: increased crafting speed, increased healing speed, 9mm reload speed upgrade, and rifle clip capacity upgrade. As one anticipating potentially the last blockbuster release from Naughty Dog on current generation consoles, I will be sure to pick up the season pass and encourage everyone else looking for the full experience to do so as well. Well that concludes today’s episode of Nick’s Gaming View but be sure to follow me on Twitter @NickMcCandless and check back daily for Nick’s Gaming View for your daily access pass to all things gaming.
While in San Francisco earlier this month, I had the opportunity to not only experience Fuse before a majority of the gaming market, I also spoke with a few attendees to get their thoughts on the characters and who they found to be their best fit. Each and every player is different, so I encourage you all to try out all four characters and see who works best for you, but until then, listen to the gamers to see what their favorite character provides.
Xbox One pre-orders break retailer record, Sony employees react to ‘no DRM’ campaign for PlayStation 4, and Saints Row IV: Commander in Chief Edition unveiled, THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW! Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. Despite the negative publicity flowing around the media regarding Microsoft’s recently announced Xbox One, Blockbuster has reported that the successor to the Xbox 360 has broken the retailer’s pre-order records after 24 years of operation. I must say, discovering such news has left me shocked and I still have a hard time comprehending such information, but the true success of the console will come when the console launches later this year. With a large percentage of Xbox One’s negative publicity materializing from the idea of Microsoft imposing DRM on the console, the large PlayStation fan base has emerged on Twitter with their #PS4NoDRM campaign in an attempt to keep Sony from following suit. Seeming promising, a few big names from Sony responded with statements such as “This is why I love PlayStation fans-the passion bucket overflows #playstation” and “Humbled by the outpouring of passionate PlayStation fans and their willingness to talk to us directly. Please know that we hear you.
PlayStation 4 pronounced more powerful than Xbox One, launch prices of PS4 and Xbox One predicted to be cheaper than past, and developers express disgust over the Xbox One on Twitter, THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW! Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. Avalanche Studios, developer behind the Just Cause franchise, has commented on the raw power of Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles and pronounced the PlayStation more powerful than the Xbox One at this current point, but has stated its too early to declare the winner in power just yet, “With each new driver release, performance increases dramatically in some areas. The PlayStation 4 environment is definitely more mature currently, so Microsoft has some catching up to do. But I'm not too concerned about that as they traditionally have been very good in that area.” Only time will tell which console will come out on top regarding sheer power, but what will ultimately decide the winner are the software lineups and implementation of features on and offline. With Sony and Microsoft’s cats out of the bag, concerns have risen regarding the price of the consoles, especially with Microsoft including their new Kinect with each and every Xbox One sold. While neither company has announced official pricing, Rob Lloyd, Chief Financial Officer of GameStop, stated in the post-earnings financial call that he expects a "lower opening price point than they did last cycle." While we won’t know how accurate this is until the prices are officially uncovered, which I predict to release during E3, I must say if the following is true, I, along with millions of other gamers will be able to breathe once again with a sigh of relief. Wrapping up Nick’s Gaming View, videogame developers around the nation, primarily indie, have went to Twitter with their complaints regarding Microsoft’s Xbox One. With such statements like “Microsoft you *must* prioritize a low friction indie self publishing path. Otherwise you hand Sony games, devs and $.” and “Microsoft just handed the indie dev community to Sony, Nintendo, and Steam on a silver platter.” more concern has risen for the platform outside of the poor unveiling earlier this week. Well that concludes today’s episode of Nick’s Gaming View but be sure to follow me on Twitter @NickMcCandless and check back daily for Nick’s Gaming View for your daily access pass to all things gaming.
Xbox One/PlayStation 4 a generation ahead of top-spec PCs, Grand Theft Auto V premium bundles uncovered, and Electronic Arts announces their latest racing title, THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW! Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. Electronic Arts’ executive vice president and chief technical officer has released a bold statement regarding the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 by stating both consoles are “a generation ahead of the highest end PC on the market." With many of the top PCs on the market costing more than five times what consumers expect to pay for the next-generation consoles, I have a hard time believing such statement, understanding how the hardware is uniquely integrated rather than just pieced together as on PCs, I do see consoles offering the same, if not, better experience to that of the PC. Unfortunately not making its way to the next generation of video game consoles, Grand Theft Auto V has uncovered two premium bundles launching alongside the standard release on September 17th. For the price of $79.99, the Special Edition of Grand Theft Auto V will include the game, a collectible steel book with never-before-seen artwork of Michael, Trevor, and Franklin, a 21.5” x 26.75” blueprint map showing off Los Santos and Blaine county, the location where Grand Theft Auto V takes place, various in-game perks such as special ability boosts, single-player Stunt Plane Trials, and bonus in-game items. Weighing in at $149.99, the Collector’s Edition will include everything that the Special Edition includes plus a Grand Theft Auto V-themed 10.75” x 8.5” security deposit bag with a logo key, Los Santos-branded hat made by New Era, classic characters to use within the game’s multiplayer, and an in-game garage to store custom vehicles. Must say, this is a pretty impressive package, but at the price of $149.99, I’m not too sure about the sales performance we’ll see. Regardless, those pre-order any edition of the game, including the standard, will be able to pilot the Atomic Blimp in-game vehicle upon launch September 17th. Wrapping up Nick’s Gaming View, Electronic Arts has announced their latest racing title, Need for Speed: Rivals for release on current generation consoles November 19th with a next-generation release hitting next year. Developed using Electronic Art’s renowned Frostbite 3 engine, Need for Speed: Rivals will allow gamers to step into the shoes of a cop or racer with the police pursuing the racers for points and the racers evading the cops to also obtain points. Promising comprehensive customization, Need for Speed: Rivals seeks to outdo the franchise’s previous releases, but we will see later this year, if this becomes the case. Well that concludes today’s episode of Nick’s Gaming View but be sure to follow me on Twitter @NickMcCandless and check back daily for Nick’s Gaming View for your daily access pass to all things gaming.
Xbox One’s lack of games in preparation for E3, Ubisoft teases six Xbox One releases during the console’s first year on the market, and Electronic Arts’ promise for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW! Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. As expressed on yesterday’s Nick’s Gaming View, I, along with the many other gamers who tuned into Microsoft’s unveiling of the Xbox One, were disappointed by the lack of games shown for the console but according to Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, they are saving up for E3 2013, “Look, Xbox is created by gamers for gamers, so that’s our core. That’s our DNA. That’s what we do. We decided that we were going to do an unveil, tell people the name, let them see the box, let them see our vision. And we’re going to show such amazing content at E3. Be planned to be blown away.” With E3 just a couple weeks away, gamers are in for a battle between Sony and Microsoft and if all is true according to Microsoft, we’ve only seen the beginning, as I am sure applies to Sony as well. While there aren’t many exclusives known for the Xbox One up to this point, third party publishers everywhere are making announcements such as Electronic Arts with the confirmation of Battlefield 4 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One along with their sports titles and Ubisoft with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs. In fact, Ubisoft has revealed in a press release that the Xbox One will see six next-gen games within its first year of existence including the already confirmed Assassin’s Creed IV and Watch Dogs. With Ubisoft known for making big announcements at E3, I’m sure Ubisoft has a few surprises up their sleeves to help launch the beginning of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Wrapping up Nick’s Gaming View, Electronic Arts has announced that despite their heavy involvement in the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, they are committed to publishing on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 through at least 2017 thanks to their loyal fans and established markets. While it would be ignorant to cease involvement with current generation consoles any sooner, it’s comforting to hear confirmation from the company themselves. Well that concludes today’s episode of Nick’s Gaming View but be sure to follow me on Twitter @NickMcCandless and check back daily for Nick’s Gaming View for your daily access pass to all things gaming.
Xbox One Revealed with Revamped Kinect, New Controller, Lack of Games - Nick's Gaming View Episode #182
I’m talking all about Microsoft’s official announcement of the Xbox One. How will the specs compare to that of the PlayStation 4 and how will the new hardware benefit the console? What has Microsoft revamped hardware-wise outside of the console itself? And when can we expect the console to launch and what kind of software library should we anticipate? THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW! Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. The awaited unveiling of Microsoft’s successor to the Xbox 360 has officially crossed and I am left confused, who signed off on naming the third Xbox the Xbox One? Yes, I understand it’s an all-in-one device that does everything including brushing your teeth, but were marketing complications ever considered? Anyways, moving on from the awkward naming of the console, Microsoft’s Xbox One integrates very similar hardware to that of the PlayStation 4 with a Blu-ray drive, octa-core processor based on AMD’s Jaguar design, 8GBs of RAM, USB 3.0 ports, and runs on an x86 Pc-style architecture, knocking out backwards compatibility. Microsoft also confirmed the console would launch with 500GBs of hard drive storage and will feature Wi-Fi Direct. Xbox One will also include an HDMI in to allow for integration with user’s cable or satellite services. As shown during the unveiling, owners of the Xbox One will be able to simply speak using the new Kinect to launch television, switch to a game, answer Skype calls, multitask with internet browsing and television watching, and more all by voice in a seamless fashion. Thanks to the impressive hardware within the Xbox One along with the revamped Kinect that will come included with each and every Xbox One sold, Microsoft seeks to takeover the living room as they aimed for with the Xbox 360. Featuring a wide-angle 1080P high-definition depth camera capturing RGB color video at 30 frames per second, utilizing time-of-flight technology to send out light and measure the amount of time it takes to return, and even having the ability to read one’s heartbeat, Microsoft has revolutionized the Kinect making it more powerful than ever before. Along with the new Kinect, Microsoft has also remodeled the controller with over 40 technical and design innovations such as an updated directional pad, thumb stick, integrated battery compartment, and more ergonomic fit with vibrating impulse triggers. The controller will sync seamlessly with the new Kinect using the Wi-Fi direct technology creating a more integrated experience than before. Confirmed to release later this year to compete with Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft disappointed in the realm of games. Focusing primarily on redefining the television experience, the gaming experience took a hit. Happily for racing fans, Forza Motorsport 5 was announced, but via a teaser trailer, Electronic Arts took the stage to announce their new Ignite engine for next-generation consoles with FIFA 14 providing Ultimate Team exclusively on the Xbox One, Remedy announced their upcoming release titled Quantum Break, and Activision closed out the show with an in-game trailer of Call of Duty: Ghosts confirmed to run at 60 frames-per-second. Ubisoft also confirmed immediately following the announcement that Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag would make an appearance on the One, but this doesn’t come as a surprise. One surprise that does interest me is the fact that Steven Spielberg will be stepping behind the Halo franchise to create a Halo television series to run alongside the game series. While this sparked some excitement for me, it’s disappointing to not see any on-stage demos as seen with the announcement of the PlayStation 4, but Microsoft did catch my attention by announcing the Xbox One will receive 15 first-party exclusives within the first 12 months with 8 of the 12 being original franchises. Well that concludes today’s episode of Nick’s Gaming View but be sure to follow me on Twitter @NickMcCandless and check back daily for Nick’s Gaming View for your daily access pass to all things gaming.
Gran Turismo 6 redefines driving simulation on PS3, Grand Theft Auto V shoots down E3 2013, and PlayStation 4 ‘s developer engagement out powering any previous PlayStation console, this is Nick's Gaming View!
Fuse is an upcoming four-player action-packed cooperative experience fresh from Insomniac Games. While in San Francisco last week, I had the chance to play the final build of Fuse, launching May 28th, as well as catch up with the CEO of Insomniac Games, Ted Price. With Fuse being the first game from Insomniac Games to launch on a platform outside of PlayStation thanks to the publishing of Electronic Arts, many questions are to be answered, so watch as I obtain such answers from the CEO himself.
Gran Turismo 6 redefines driving simulation on PS3, PlayStation 4 ‘s developer engagement out powering any previous PlayStation console, and Ubisoft teases two unannounced titles, THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW! Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. As forecasted on Monday’s episode of Nick’s Gaming View, Kazunori Yamauchi, CEO of Polyphony Digital, has officially announced Gran Turismo 6 for PlayStation 3 with a release of this holiday season. Featuring seven all-new locations including UK’s famous Silverstone Circuit bringing the total to 33, additions to the car lineup bringing the total to 1,200, and much deeper customization combined with an improved engine, Gran Turismo 6 is once again shaping up to outdo its predecessors dating back 15 years to date. Promising expanded connectivity with other devices and increased social and community functions, Gran Turismo 6 will undoubtedly be a top seller this holiday season, I’m just personally hoping to see better implementation of damage than what was seen in Gran Turismo 5. With the PlayStation 4 also releasing this holiday season, PlayStation has a huge holiday season ahead of them. Commenting last week on an “amazing big title coming to Vita”, Shahid Ahmad, Senior Business Development Manager at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, has made an exciting statement regarding PlayStation’s upcoming console, “We’ve got more developer engagement on PS4 than we’ve had for any previous console, so that’s a really healthy sign.” While the PlayStation 3 had a rough start with developers, such statement when comparing to the support of the PlayStation 2, is pretty valuable. Wrapping up Nick’s Gaming View, Ubisoft has released its full year earning reports and while such reports are usually boring to those who do not possess stock in the company, Ubisoft has caught attention with the statement “revenue generated from games for core gamers is expected to rise strongly, with notably the launch of five major titles versus three last year. This line-up includes Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, Watch Dogs, and two titles that have not yet been announced, including one new creation." With E3 right around the corner, I would expect to hear of both titles during the event, but until then, all I can say is Ubisoft is providing a plethora of high quality releases that are sure to provide Ubisoft with another incredible year. Well that concludes today’s episode of Nick’s Gaming View but be sure to follow me on Twitter @NickMcCandless and check back daily for Nick’s Gaming View for your daily access pass to all things gaming.