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Microsoft Backpedals on Xbox One Used Games and Internet Connection Requirement

Microsoft Backpedals on Xbox One Used Games and Internet Connection Requirement
Just days after confirming its ridiculous restrictions on used game sales, game sharing, and its requirement for an internet connection for even disc based games, Microsoft has changed their mind. Apparently giving in to consumer pressure and competition from Sony’s PS4 (which has no such restrictions), Microsoft today announced that it will be dropping these restrictions from the Xbox One.

PS4 Price, Hardware and Used Game Policy Revealed: Microsoft, Look Out!

PS4 Price, Hardware and Used Game Policy Revealed: Microsoft, Look Out!
At tonight’s pre-E3 press conference, Sony finally showed off the physical hardware for the PS4. Sure, we already know a whole lot about the next-gen PlayStation’s specs and capabilities, but it’s always nice to have a piece of actual hardware to ogle.
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GamePop Console Plays Mobile Games on TV: Appdroid TV

GamePop Console Plays Mobile Games on TV: Appdroid TV
The gaming world has gone topsy turvy. Microsoft is taking the iTunes approach with the Xbox One – except their walled garden is more like a constantly monitored and walled garden – and with the Apple TV and the Ouya, mobile games are heading towards your living room and the coveted big screen that’s sitting there.

Sony 4K Displays Wow Eyeballs, Wallets

Sony 4K Displays Wow Eyeballs, Wallets
While most of us have been pretty content with our 1080P HD displays, consumer electronics makers continue to up the ante, as they start to release their first production 4K resolution displays. One of the first to market with 4K displays is Sony, who recently released their first consumer 4K sets.

Microsoft Outlines Xbox One Lending, Trading and Connectivity Rules: The All-in-One Lock-in System

Microsoft Outlines Xbox One Lending, Trading and Connectivity Rules: The All-in-One Lock-in System
Before the Xbox One was announced, the Internet was inundated with rumors about how you wouldn’t be able to play used games on the console, how it was going to require an Internet connection and how its brand new Kinect is sorry, but it’s afraid it can’t let you do that Dave.

Xbox One Specs and Details Continue to Emerge

Xbox One Specs and Details Continue to Emerge
Yesterday, we told you about the reveal of the upcoming Microsoft Xbox One console, and there is plenty of buzz about how they were too focused on TV and not on gaming. While I agree with this, I think some of this was intentional, since they want to have some big things to show off at E3 in early June.

Xbox One Specs and Features Announced, Price and Release Date to Come

Xbox One Specs and Features Announced, Price and Release Date to Come
Today, Microsoft took wraps off of their shiny new gaming console, the Xbox One (formerly known as Xbox 720 or Durango.) If you can believe it, it’s been nearly eight years since the original Xbox 360 came out – the same year YouTube launched, and almost two years before the iPhone came out.

PS4 Console Design Sneak Preview Outed in Announcement Video

PS4 Console Design Sneak Preview Outed in Announcement Video
Sony today posted a video announcing that more details about the PS4 will be revealed during E3. In digging through the 39-second-long video, I found plenty of juicy tidbits which give a sense of the industrial design of Sony’s next-gen console.

Bang & Olufsen Unveil “Entry Level” BeoLab 14 Surround Sound System

Bang & Olufsen Unveil “Entry Level” BeoLab 14 Surround Sound System
When it comes to high-end audio products, Bang & Olufsen make some of the most elegant and expensive devices on the market. Saying “entry-level” for these guys sort of like saying entry-level Ferrari, in that you know just because it’s their cheapest product, it’s still going to be very expensive.

Razer Atrox Arcade Stick for the Xbox 360 Requires No Quarters to Play

Razer Atrox Arcade Stick for the Xbox 360 Requires No Quarters to Play
As a child of the 80s, I spent plenty of time in the arcade playing video games and continued that practice as long as there were arcades in the mall. One of the things that used to irritate me more than anything was when my favorite fighting game had a damaged joystick.

tim-E: The Big Mouth Billy Bass of Alarm Clocks

tim-E: The Big Mouth Billy Bass of Alarm Clocks
Waking up to go to work or school sucks. We all know it, and no one likes it. Except for your mean boss, he likes getting up and going to work because he’s mean. For the rest of us normal folk, getting out of bed is a chore – and if you have kids, you know firsthand that getting your kids up is an even bigger chore.

Ouya Game Console Launch Delayed

Ouya Game Console Launch Delayed
If you’re one of the vast number of people who backed the Ouya game console when it was on Kickstarter, another bit of bad news has turned up. The company has announced that it has again delayed the launch of the Android-powered game console.

Pyle Bluetooth Receiver Turns Old iPod Docks into Wireless Speakers

Pyle Bluetooth Receiver Turns Old iPod Docks into Wireless Speakers
If you upgraded from any older version of the iPhone to the new iPhone 5, you might have an old iPod docking speaker or other device around your house that you can no longer use. Pyle has announced a new Bluetooth adapter that is specifically designed to connect to older iPhone and iPod speaker docks to turn those devices into wireless speakers.

Activision Announces Call of Duty: Ghosts

Activision Announces Call of Duty: Ghosts
I can’t say I ever stopped to think about how many of the most fierce warriors to ever exist during human history went to battle wearing masks or a helmet of some sort that hid their faces.

Lightpack Ambient Light Kit Immerses You at Work and Play

Lightpack Ambient Light Kit Immerses You at Work and Play
Some of you may have heard of Philips’ Ambilight, a technology that’s only present in some of the company’s high end TVs. Ambilight projects ambient lighting that matches the colors and brightness of what’s being displayed on screen.

Microsoft IllumiRoom Project: Same Display, Bigger Screen

Microsoft IllumiRoom Project: Same Display, Bigger Screen
Earlier this year Microsoft introduced IllumiRoom, a prototype technology that augments TVs and other displays by projecting room-filling visuals that complement what is being shown on the screen. Microsoft Research recently released a video that explains the basics of IllumiRoom.
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