Facebook to buy Oculus VR

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Oculus VR — a company that was truly pioneering the modern idea of virtual reality gaming — has entered into an agreement to be purchased by Facebook (yes, Facebook) for $2 billion in cash and stocks. (more…)

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Should Apple Acquire Nintendo?

Should Apple Acquire Nintendo?

Brian Houston:

Super Paper MarioNintendo’s value of design in both hardware and software does indeed closely mirror the Apple ethos. Both Apple and Nintendo believe in creating great products – and then letting demand grow from that creation. I bet that Nintendo skips focus groups too.

Nintendo Japan has a market cap of around 1.3 trillion yen – or 13 billion US dollars. Apple has over 100 billion in cash overseas that it can’t bring into the US without paying a heavy tax penalty. For 13% of Apple’s international cash hoard, Apple could buy Nintendo and catapult into the living room console market.

If this means that I’ll finally be able to have Pokemon, Mario, Luigi, Zelda and Metroid on my iPhone and iPad, I’m all for it.

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Sony Impresses With a Deluge of Gaming News: PlayStation 4 Coming November 15 in US

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Sony today announced various new pieces of information and changes that will soon affect its entire gaming ecosystem. We have known since E3 2013 that the PlayStation 4 would cost $399 — $100 less than the Xbox One. It was announced today that the system would be available in the United States on November 15th, with releases in Europe and Latin America coming on November 29th. The console is expected to be available in 32 countries across the globe before the Holiday season is over. (more…)

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Sound Off: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Something Else Entirely?

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The entire internet has been ablaze with discussion of this week’s announcement of the Xbox One, and not all of it bodes well for Microsoft’s latest Xbox. While the various features announced seem to be well-received, gamers do not like the fact that Microsoft seems to have put the video services ahead of the actual gaming aspects of the One. While that situation may well be rectified at E3 — the largest gaming conference in the world, held in June this year — the situation has stained the unveil of the console itself.

The PlayStation 4 hasn’t been left out of this discussion, either. (more…)

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How and Where to Pre-Order the Xbox One

New Xbox One HardwareMicrosoft on Tuesday announced its next-generation Xbox One console, its take on the future of video games and entertainment for presumably the next several years. Blockbuster in United Kingdom appears to be one of the first retailers accepting Xbox One pre-orders, requiring customers to make a £20 deposit towards the console.

Microsoft isn’t launching the Xbox One worldwide until “later this year,” but eager gamers can dish out a bit of cash now to be among the first to get the latest Xbox. With powerful hardware, impressive new features and incredible looking games, you can’t go wrong. Will you be purchasing the Xbox One?

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How Much Will the Xbox One Cost?

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Microsoft announced the next-generation Xbox One console just moments ago, but neglected to comment on one important detail: the price. The current Xbox 360 sells for between an average price of $199 and $399, but the feature-loaded Xbox One could presumably cost more upon launch.

So while the price tag of the Xbox One remains unknown, likely until at least the E3 trade show next month, it is open to speculation. So we’ll turn to you, the iFans community, to provide your insight on the matter. How much do you think the Xbox One will cost? Will there be multiple pricing tiers?

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Introducing the Next-Generation Xbox One

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Microsoft has just announced the next-generation Xbox One at a press event on its Redmond campus, featuring voice-based commands such as “Xbox On” and new Kinect motion gestures, interactive TV and apps, Xbox Guide and much more. The console will launch around the world “later this year,” likely alongside the PlayStation 4. No mention of price.

The new Xbox One has a sleek design and brand new controller, with an 8-core CPU, 8 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive, USB 3.0, HDMI in/out, Blu-ray drive and integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi. A new 1080p Kinect camera detects the slightest movement of your wrist and even your heartbeat, and can also be used for Skype video calls. The new Xbox uses native 64-bit architecture akin to Windows.  (more…)

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Next-Generation Xbox Announcement Commences at 1 PM Eastern

Xbox IconMicrosoft is streaming live the announcement of its next-generation Xbox console, rumored to be named “Xbox Infinity” or “Xbox 720,” at the Xbox Reveal event on its Redmond campus at 1:00 PM Eastern (10:00 AM Pacific).

Just yesterday, Sony released a teaser video of its latest PlayStation console, which launches by yearend. The forthcoming Xbox, PlayStation 4 and Wii U will comprise the eight-generation of console gaming.

The latest Xbox is rumored to use powerful computer chips to deliver a fluid gaming experience, alongside a potential cloud streaming service and augmented reality integration. Follow the discussion on the iFans forums as the live event gets underway, or on Twitter using the #XboxReveal hashtag.

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Sony Posts Blurry Teaser Video of PlayStation 4

The next generation of console gaming is upon us. Nintendo entered the market first with its Wii U console, Microsoft is announcing the next-generation Xbox tomorrow and Sony announced its upcoming PlayStation 4 console back in February. One minor inconvenience: Sony still hasn’t shown off what the latest PlayStation looks like, now three months later.

Nevertheless, anxious gamers can finally get a sneak peek at the hotly-anticipated console. Sony has posted a new teaser video for the PlayStation 4 on its YouTube channel, although in extremely blurry fashion. Don’t expect to see much, asides from a few close-up elements that are rather difficult to interpret. Can you make out anything in particular?

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