Xbox One: Twitter, Vine, and More

June 4, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


Along with the June update, Microsoft had something else to announce for the Xbox One today: the arrival of 46 additional apps.

According to Microsft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, two of the most interesting apps on their way are Twitter and Vine. You’ll be able to use Twitter when you watch TV through your Xbox One, and it will display Tweets relevant to your program. With Vine, you can both watch videos and send your own videos from Upload Studio to Vine.

Watch the video below to see Major Nelson demonstrate the Twitter-TV integration (and turn on closed captioning for a bit of unintentional amusement at the start).

Interested? Take a look at the full list of new apps and tell us what others you’d like to see brought to your consoles.

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Titanfall: More Weapons, XP Distribution, No Rumble for Xbox One Triggers

March 2, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


With just a little over a week to go before launch, we’ve got some new details for you on Titanfall, thanks to Twitter posts by Community Manager Abbie Heppe.

First, the Pilot weapons we got to see in action in the beta aren’t the only weapons in the game. We’ll be looking forward to learning about the new ones when the game comes out. Maybe there will be a few interesting surprises in store.

Next, XP distribution is not uniform across the game. Although she did not give any specific differences, it will vary by game mode.

Finally, Titanfall doesn’t support the Xbox One’s trigger rumble feature. While this may be a disappointment to some, a lot of first-person shooter players prefer to turn rumble features off, as it inhibits aiming skills. Still, maybe Respawn can implement a rumble option later on.

Heppe was also asked if a player could transfer their stats between consoles, if they played Titanfall on the Xbox 360 and then played on the Xbox One. She did not have a definite answer, although she said she didn’t think so. We’ll let you know if we get official confirmation.

Meanwhile, Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella also announced that if you were one of the PC users who had problems with Titanfall not working with your Intel HD video card, download Intel’s new video driver update to fix the issue.

That’s it for now—and it won’t be much longer before we can discuss Titanfall itself.

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Xbox: we have the best games

November 14, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


With some Playstation 4 launch titles getting mixed reviews Microsoft seems to be stepping up its “Xbox One has the best games” marketing campaign.

The image you can see above was recently sent out via the official Xbox Twitter account. It’s true that the Xbox One does have a lot more launch title exclusives versus the Playstation 4, but we already know that Ryse: Son of Rome hasn’t lived up to expectations. Dead Rising 3 on the other hand has received positive feedback and as for the rest, well we’ll have to wait and see.

With the PS4 being officially released to the masses today (if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one) and the Xbox One following in just one week we’ll soon find out who indeed does has the best games!

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Sony takes a shot at Microsoft over Ghosts resolution

November 1, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment

By now you would have heard the goss that Call of Duty Ghosts will run at 1080p on the Playstation 4 and 720p on the Xbox One (but upscaled to 1080p). It’s great news for Sony and Sony fanboys alike. So much so that the team at Sony Germany decided to post the image below to their official Twitter and Facebook pages…


Apparently it must have created quite a stir because both of the posts have since been removed. Luckily Twitter user AlexAllenLuu managed to grab the image below from Twitter before it was removed there. Surely the Sony people realize that once you post it on the net, it’s there for good!?


Anyway, what do you think of Sony’s not so subtle shot at Microsoft?

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PS4 games can be fully installed onto hard-drive

August 31, 2013 by Staff - 3 Comments


Over the past few days there’s been a bit of confusion as to whether you’ll be able to do a full install of disc games to your PS4’s HDD (obviously this doesn’t apply if you purchase the digital version!).

It all started with Shuhei Yoshida (prolific Twitterer and SCE Worldwide Studios President) saying “you cannot install a disk version onto HDD”. Many took this as meaning that if you purchase the disc version of a game, you won’t even be able to install it fully to the PS4 hard-drive.

Yoshida-san has cleared the whole thing up (again via Twitter) as follows however:

So, the bottom line is that you can do a full install of a game’s files onto your PS4 hard-drive (for better performance), however the original game disc will always need to be present in the drive.

It will be interesting to see how many people decide to go “all digital” with their game purchases this generation, and take the convenience of not needing a disc versus the lack of ability to on-sell their games.

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