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  • PlayStation Vue Details

    The PlayStation Vue is currently available in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Sony plans to expand as quickly as possible

    Eric Lempel SNE’s Vice president during a recent interview explained further:

    "Everything we've launched usually comes out by country. In this case, because we felt local programming was important to the users, we wanted to make sure we got those deals signed so that it involves the local affiliates individually. But this year, we will be delivering a lot of new markets, so it's something that will evolve very quickly."

    Lempel also dubbed Vue as "a complete TV offering" and it should be given the price. The prices vary ranging from $50, $60, or $70 per month, depending on different subscription.

    While those values seem higher than Netflix and Hulu. Sony says that they are competing with cable companies such as Comcast. Lempel responded to some questions regarding different bundles:

    "We looked at that ... But you'll quickly see that if you choose a few of those, you'll be at a price much higher than our tiers. In our research and talking to consumers, they really did want that bundled offering. ... I think we'll continue to see this space evolve and similar to what we've done in the past, this product will evolve. We're adding new networks on a regular basis; we're in talks with a lot people."

    For those wondering, PlayStation Plus is not required for access to Vue, PlayStation Vue will also be accessible simultaneously across via three different devices at no extra.

  • More Third Party Exclusives for the PS4

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    Everyone has been claiming that number of exclusives for the PS4 are less than those coming out for the Xbox One. Although, I personally am not sure and thought both of them are getting equal number of exclusives, it seems now PS4 fans can rest easy as new exclusives are on the way.

    According to new rumors, PS4 will be receiving certain exclusives in the coming months. The trend now however has been timed-exclusives which allow the publishers to get the most profit out of their game. But what these rumors suggest will be full blown PS4 exclusives.

    This little bit of info came from Tidux (an industry insider) who said rumors suggest most developers are planning on shifting towards the PS4 which has majority of the next-gen gamers:

    "rumor from Cologne, third-party exclusive titles to #PS4 is coming. developers moving to the platform where the most people are. classic. but nothing that will be presented now, later"

    This bit of news comes shortly after Crytek boss Cevat Yerli revealed that Ryse 2 will be coming to the PS4 as well; main reason being that weren’t all too happy with the Xbox One sales.

  • GTA V on PS4 Getting 'Something Special'

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    GTA V is coming to the PS4 and will be bringing some exclusive content. Nothing has yet been confirmed but in a conversation between Kotaku's Stephen Totilo and Rockstar's North American Marketing VP John Koller, there were mentions of “something special” for PlayStation fans.

    Kotaku: I there anything to that particular deal or that particular offering that will make it better-suited to play on PS4 instead on any other platforms?

    Koller: I don't think we announced anything publicly on that, but there will be. I think GTA V is a title that did extremely well on the PlayStation 3. In fact... the index rate...—the index rate is the amount of people who purchase one platform or the other relative to the install base—it swung well in PlayStation's favor for GTA V, a lot of it because of the partnership we had with Rockstar. We would expect that to happen here, too. GTA is a PlayStation franchise. It started with us. We really feel strongly that it belongs as a key platform driver for us.

    Kotaku: You're saying that you can't say what it is, but that there will be something special for PlayStation owners?

    Koller: GTA V is going to be, I think, a title we'll talk about more in the weeks and months to come, but GTA V and the GTA franchise is something that will be something very special on PlayStation 4.

    Only time will tell what exactly that "something very special" will be. If we are to find out more over the following weeks, then I guess there is quite a bit to reveal. Is there going to be an upgrade option for those who own the PS3 version of GTA V?

  • Xbox One Console Overview Part 3: Used Games & BLU-RAY

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    (This is part three of an on going series)

    Xbox One Backwards Compatibility, DRM and Used Games

    If you had any hopes of playing your old Xbox 360 games on Xbox One then forget about it as previous rumors regarding the backwards compatibility has been clearly dismissed. Microsoft has clearly stated that Xbox 360 discs won't be supported on the Xbox One.

    Also, Microsoft will be taking DRM to the next level with Xbox One. Basically when you get your game it will be first installed into your console and using a unique code it will be attached to your console and account. You will no longer need the disk to play the game.

    This disc however cannot be used by anyone else since it is locked into your account. They will have to pay again (probably online) to use this game disc and current info suggests one will need to play full price. However, if you choose to go over to a friend’s house, take the game and then sign in with your own account, then you will be able to play the game. There will also be a online “check” every 24 hours. So according to how things stand, you will need to be online in to play the game. This actually in my opinion is what is going to affect Xbox One’s sales. Don’t know if many people are happy about this arrangement.

    BLU-RAY and Storage

    As rumored before, the new Xbox One will be coming with a Blu-ray drive and also a 500GB SSD hard drive. Well although 500GB is pretty hefty, I wonder how much space will be left overall if we need to install all our games before we get to play them. Well at least it will be quieter, faster and cooler than the mechanical hard drives.

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