Microsoft missed the boat by not bolstering Windows cross-platform capabilities
Let’s begin with the most amusing part of the widely derided launch of the Xbox One: At least some of the game demos for the new system were run on a PC using Windows 7 and an Nvidia graphics card. See! Even Microsoft doesn’t use Windows 8 for gaming!
The Xbox One broke all sorts of Xbox first-day sales records when it launched last Friday with over 1 million units sold across the 13 territories it launched in. It isn’t the Red Ring of Death, but Microsoft has acknowledged that it’s aware that a small subset of users is affected by broken disk drives.
DDR4 RAM is incoming, next-gen consoles finally launch, Microsoft tries to woo PC gamers, and we compare a retail R9 290X to the press board
It's time for episode #214 of the No BS Podcast! On this week's episode we break down the details surrounding the looming release of DDR4 memory, then have a brief discussion about the next gen consoles and what it means for PC gamers. We also discuss Microsoft's recent statements about how it abandonded PC gaming. Next, we talk about the AMD R9 290X retail board we acquired, and compare it to the press board, then we wrap it all up with our editor picks. Gordon ends the proceedings by delivering his usual rant, but this time paints his targets a little closer to home.
Since the beginning of time (or thereabouts), Intel has dominated the x86 scene, even when AMD blazed a trail into 1GHz territory (Athlon) and 64-bit computing (Athlon 64) on the consumer side several years ago. Both of those architectures represent design wins for AMD, and if we fast forward to today, AMD has done well to get its hardware inside all three major game consoles, especially the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both of which feature x86 foundations.
Microsoft brought privacy concerns to the forefront of gaming with the introduction of the Kinect peripheral, and with the advent of the Xbox One, which uses the same technology, users are concerned as to what exactly the console will collect as far as personal information goes.
Smaller living spaces may now function well with Kinect
Back in August we reported that Microsoft had done an early unboxing video to showcase its latest Xbox One console. Now that we're less than a month away from getting our hands on the piece of new tech, new details are surfacing left and right, like manual leaks (via ExtremeTech) that offer insight into how the console and the Kinect peripheral must be set up.
Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 consoles feature AMD hardware inside, and it's primarily because of those deals that the Sunnyvale chip designer was able to return to profitability this past quarter. AMD said it made a profit of $48 million on revenue of $1.46 billion in the third quarter of 2013, compared to a $74 million loss in the previous quarter and a whopping $157 million loss in the same quarter one year ago.
Microsoft has already received a bunch of negative press over various aspects of the Xbox One, much of which has been addressed to gamers' satisfaction (such as removing the requirement to dial home every 24 hours). However, there remains a point of possible contention that you'll find on Microsoft's Xbox One Pre-Order Production Information website. Among the list of requirements to use the Xbox One, gamers must waive their right to participate in a class action lawsuit against Microsoft.
Here's a heads up for any of you who may have pre-ordered or otherwise plan on purchasing an Xbox One game console. Depending on how adventurous you're feeling, you may need to rearrange your AV cabinet if you've already made room for the console and assumed it would be okay place it vertically. Turns out it's not okay and you could actually damage the console if you don't lay it flat.
First downplays the importance of hardware comparisons, only to later diss the PS4 spec by spec
With Sony abandoning the PS3’s Cell architecture in favor of a more conventional x86 setup and Microsoft also opting for something similar, it is far more easy to compare the specs of the Xbox One and the PS4 than was the case with their greatly disparate predecessors. Despite Microsoft bumping up the Xbox One’s specs recently, the PS4 still seems to be the stronger of the two (at least on paper), with reports putting the gulf between the two at between 30-50 percent. But what does Microsoft have to say about all this?