Sony patents possible PlayStation 4 technology, Microsoft purchases another company to enrich Xbox’s living room experience, and EPIX to make its way to Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Vita, THIS IS NICK’S GAMING VIEW!
Hello everyone and welcome to Nick’s Gaming View, you are here with your host, Nick McCandless. With Sony’s next console likely releasing or at least being revealed within a year, rumors and speculation in regards to what Sony has planned is at its peak. In fact, a patent filed by Sony on September 9th, 2012 has been discovered as an attempt to suppress second-hand game sales. Implementing each game with an RF tag, the games will assign themselves to a console eliminating the resale of videogames next generation. While a similar idea was patented by Sony shortly before the release of the PlayStation 3 and this patent could never see the light of day, considering the measures being taken by Sony with required online passes for their first party titles along with companies like Electronic Arts, I would not be surprised to see both Sony and Microsoft implement such methods within their next consoles.
Speaking of Microsoft, the company has recently acquired yet another company to enrich the living room experience with their Xbox platform. R2 Studios, founded by the same guy who created the Slingbox, has been purchased by Microsoft to work on technology related to the distribution of digital media in households. What exactly Microsoft plans to get out of R2 Studios remains unknown, but its clear Microsoft still holds a strong focus on building the largest entertainment platform.
Wrapping up Nick’s Gaming View, the “big new movie channel that’s more than just a big new movie channel” known as EPIX will officially launch on both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita delivering content from Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM. Releasing on PS3 during the first quarter of 2013 and PlayStation Vita during the spring, those looking to take advantage of the on-demand movies and shows must subscribe to EPIX via their cable provider if they have not already likely abandoning a large market, but still cool nonetheless.
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