Xbox Live Could Come to iOS and Android Devices

March 5, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


If you enjoy using Xbox Live on your Xbox and Windows products, stay tuned—in the future, you could be able to access it on other devices, as well.

Verge received word from anonymous sources that Microsoft has plans to extend Xbox Live to devices that run the iOS and Android operating systems. This would make the service more versatile and far-reaching.

While we can’t confirm the truth of this rumor, it is supported by an old Microsoft job listing. This listing, which has since been deleted, referenced “a modern framework that is open-source, lightweight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android.”

Microsoft has declined to comment on the matter.

As with all rumors, take it with a pinch of salt. We’ll keep you update if further details emerge.

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Next Tony Hawk Game is a Mobile Title

February 27, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Remember when we announced that a new Tony Hawk game was in the works? Well, we’re afraid you’ll have to wait a little longer to see Tony Hawk on your new consoles. This next title is going to be exclusively mobile.

It turns out Hawk is really excited about mobile games and thinks this is a great move. In an interview with CNBC, he praised the free-to-play model (in which players pay for further levels once they’ve had a chance to start the game for free), but we don’t know for sure how the new Tony Hawk game will be priced.

How do you feel about this? We know a lot of fans were hoping for a console release, but we can’t deny that the mobile market is growing. Do you think the game will be a hit, or is the decision to go mobile a bad one?

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Playstation mobile app goes live in Europe, console launch apps detailed

November 26, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


The Playstation 4 arrives in Europe (and other places like Australia) in just a few days’ time on November 29 and finally, the PlayStation mobile companion app is also available to download.

If you want a full run-down of what the Playstation mobile app can do (and where can download it) then check out this previous blog post. Essentially it will let you use your mobile as a second screen for some games, communicate with your PSN friends, receive game alerts, start game downloads (including demos etc) and also compare your Trophies.

Sony also just published the list of console apps that will be available for European PS4 owners at launch. As you can see not all are available everywhere (in fact most are limited to specific countries) and in addition, the Quickflix app for NZ and Australian gamers will be rolled out later in December.

November 29

  • Music Unlimited (UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand)
  • Video Unlimited (Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK)
  • IGN (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, UK)
  • BBC iPlayer (UK)
  • VidZone (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK)
  • Amazon/LOVEFiLM (Germany, UK)
  • Netflix (Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK)
  • BBC Sports (UK)
  • BBC News (UK)
  • (Spain)
  • Total Channel (Spain)
  • Demand5 (UK)
  • Maxdome (Germany, Austria)
  • RTBF (Belgium)
  • NOS Sports (Netherlands)
  • Ximon (Belgium, Netherlands)
  • Watchever (Germany)
  • Viaplay (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)

December 4

  • Quickflix (Australia, New Zealand)
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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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New HD images of the PS4 console and mobile UI

September 24, 2013 by Staff - 1 Comment

Sony has just released some brand new high definition images of the user interface for the Playstation 4 console itself as well as its complementary mobile (smartphone and tablet) apps.

As you can see there are various pages/functions shown including:

  • What’s New
  • User Profile
  • Playstation Network status
  • Games Page
  • Media viewing/information page
  • User gaming channel
  • Sharing and editing pages
  • Messaging

Console UI








Mobile UI





We think it’s looking pretty slick and should be a massive improvement over the current PS3 user interface. In fact let’s be honest – what wouldn’t!?

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New PS4 system and UI images

July 23, 2013 by Staff - 4 Comments

Sony has just released some new images showing off the Playstation 4 system as well as the user interface.









As you can see, the PS4 UI features much better multitasking support that its predecessor, the Playstation 3, and there will also be a new mobile app that lets you view game details, check out your profile and those of your friends, view Trophies and of course message people (Android app pics shown).

One thing we noticed in the “PS4 package” image is the tablet, specifically the inclusion of the word “Start” below the Knack game image. Does this mean gameplay can be streamed to tablets (and presumably controlled with the DualShock 4)?

Otherwise it’s nice to see more of the direction Sony are taking with the PS4 UI… looks good to us!

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