Microsoft has been beat up over its recently announced (and very unpopular) policies that restrict how its Xbox One videogame discs are traded, resold or rented – and the fact that users would be required to have an Internet connection to play their games. In face of a public firestorm, Microsoft has backed down, saying that an internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games, and users will be able to trade, lend, resell, and rent disc based games – just like with the Xbox 360.
The reversal reflects the fact that Microsoft is sensitive to the competition – specifically the upcoming Playstation 4. Sony was openly courting gamers by touting a lower price and Microsoft’s draconian DMR policies.
Microsoft’s handling of the Xbox One launch, in hindsight, bordered on a disaster. The company knew Sony was releasing the Playstation 4 at the same time. Simple research would have shown gamers distaste for the restrictions on selling, sharing and renting disc based games. The Internet should have been buzzing about the features of the Xbox One – instead it was one negative story after the other.
One area Microsoft hasn’t relented – price. The $499 price tag for the Xbox One stands.
Both the Xbox One and Playstation 4 will come out at Christmas time.
The Ivee Voice-Activated Assistant ($179) With simple voice commands you can adjust the temperature, set an alarm, dim the lights, turn on the radio, and more, all without lifting a finger. With a completely-open developer platform allowing third parties to integrate various services and devices, it seems like this is only the beginning. [Scouted by Frank]
Diddy has announced that his upcoming cable network Revolt TV, has officially signed with a national carriage agreement with Time Warner Cable. This will make it one of the largest launches in cable TV history and it is set to go live this fall.
This is a landmark distribution deal that demonstrates Time Warner Cable’s commitment to bringing a platform for music artists and fans to their subscribers. It positions Revolt to come out of the gate strong, and we look forward to igniting the passion of initial audiences across the U.S. With Time Warner Cable’s help nothing is stopping Revolt from becoming the new number one name in music.
Nvidia slashed the price of its Android-based game console Shield to $299 from $349. The console is due to hit the market on June 27. The move was specifically done by Nvidia to make it more attractive to gamers (Sony’s upcoming Playstation and Microsoft’s latest Xbox consoles will sell at $399 and $499, respectively). Nvidia is best known for making chips and circuit boards. The Shield can play Android games on its own, as well as stream games from PC’s equipped with Nvidia’s recent lineup of video cards.
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