Xbox One launch titles receive early ratings from app users

November 19, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Microsoft has released its SmartGlass app for Windows phones and many gamers who (somehow) managed to get their hands on a Xbox One console early are using it to post early ratings of games like Assassin’s Creed IV, Forza 5 and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Of course once the review embargos are lifted on the Xbox One’s launch titles in literally just a few hours/days then the onslaught of “proper” reviews from gaming publications will begin. Until then, you’ll just have to make do with what are mostly just game ratings (out of 5) from your average (but somehow well-connected) gamer.

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – 4/5
  • Angry Birds Star Wars – 3.5/5
  • Battlefield 4 – 5/5
  • Call of Duty Ghosts – 4/5
  • Crimson Dragon – 3.5/5
  • FIFA 14 – 4.5/5
  • Forza Motorsport 5 – 4.5/5
  • Just Dance 2014 – 4/5
  • Killer Instinct – 4.5/5
  • Madden NFL 25 – 5/5
  • Marvel Super Heroes – 4.5/5
  • NBA 2K14 – 4/5
  • NBA Live 14 – 4/5
  • Need for Speed Rivals – 3.5/5
  • Powerstar Golf – 4/5
  • Ryse: Son of Rome – 4.5/5
  • Skylanders – 3.5/5
  • Xbox Fitness – 4/5
  • Zoo Tycoon – 3.5/5
  • Zumba Fitness – 3.5/5

PS: If you’re wondering what the SmartGlass app is, it lets you pair your Windows-powered mobile phone or tablet with your Xbox One console. You can then control things on the console like menu functions as well as message friends and launch games and apps.

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PS4 mobile apps released for iOS & Android, Day One patch download details

November 13, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Both the “Day One” update patch (v1.50) for the PS4 as well as the official mobile companion apps for Sony’s next generation console have been released and we’ve got all the details.

What each of the Android and iOS apps will let you do, at least initially, is as follows:

  • Use your mobile as a second screen for certain games
  • Use your mobile’s on-screen keyboard to type on the PS4
  • Compare your Trophies with friends
  • Text chat with your friends and check out their profile (and yours)
  • Receive game alerts and browse the PSN Store

Unfortunately if you live outside North America you’ll need to wait until closer to the time of the Playstation 4’s launch in your territory (ie November 29) to download the apps and take them for a spin yourself.

As far as the Day One patch goes, we recommend that you follow the instructions posted by Sony here and download the patch via the internet now. You can then copy it to a USB stick and avoid the need to wait to download the patch on launch day directly to your console (along with millions of other people). It’s 323MB in size and will be required to log into the PSN on your PS4 on Day One (although you’ll still be able to play games without it).

Oh, and one other thing, Sony has published a web-based online user manual for the PS4. You can check it out here.

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