Next Windows to unite desktop, mobile and Xbox One OS

December 2, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


The name of the next major release for the Windows operating system is apparently “Theshold” and with it, the underlying software powering Windows PCs, Windows phones (mobile) and Xbox Ones (gaming) will be unified further and more tightly integrated.

What this more for us gamers, or more specifically us Xbox One gamers, is that we can expect even more Apps for the Xbox One than before. This is because developers making cool stuff for the PC and mobile devices that run Windows software *should* also be able to more easily port that same stuff over to the Xbox One (and vice-versa). And in fact, depending on just how tightly all the different Windows variants end up being intertwined, any sort of “porting” may not be that complicated or necessary at all…

Windows Threshold is currently predicted to release in spring 2015, so we’ve a while to wait, during which we’re sure lots more information (just like this) will be leaked.

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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 controller to be compatible with Windows

October 7, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


The basic functions of the PS4 controller will work on Windows PCs, Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed via Twitter.

While it’s clear that we can’t expect some of the more advanced functionality and features included in the DualShock 4 controller to be available on our Windows PCs, the buttons and joysticks will work (which is all you really need anyway right). After all you don’t attempt playing games on your PC if you want the full Playstation 4 experience – you play them on your PS4!

It’s also a nice surprise to hear given that Windows is made by Microsoft – the very same people behind the PS4’s main competitor (along with the Wii U), the Xbox One. Just don’t hold your breath waiting for the DualShock 4 to be similarly compatible with your Xbox One!

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