Games consoles http://www.stuff.tv/games-consoles/all en-GB Nintendo considering “doughnut-shaped” 3DS replacement, say reports http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/nintendo-considering-doughnut-shaped-3ds-replacement-say-reports/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It may use Sharp’s Free-Form Display screens, which can be arranged in all sorts of weird shapes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nintendo considering “doughnut-shaped” 3DS replacement, say reports" alt="Nintendo considering “doughnut-shaped” 3DS replacement, say reports" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sharp-free-form-display-1_0.jpg?1418813543" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s some intriguing news out of Japan: Nintendo is reportedly pondering a handheld console with a doughnut-shaped screen.</p> <p>The new console, which would replace the 3DS, may use new screen technology from Sharp. While most LCD tech dictates that screens are rectangular or square, Sharp&rsquo;s Free-Form Display screens can be arranged in far more irregular shapes.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to Japan Times, Nintendo is considering using Free-Form Displays in two upcoming products: a sleep monitor (which the company announced it was developing <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-first-destiny-expansion-dated-nintendo-s-non-wearable-sleep-tracker-and-amazon-">back in October</a>, and is scheduled for a 2016 launch) and its next handheld console. For the latter, the company may use a screen with a hole in the centre.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not immediately obvious what advantage a console would gain from having a doughnut-shaped screen, but Nintendo has never shied away from making ballsy design decisions with its consoles (some of which have paid off, some of which... haven&rsquo;t).</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll keep our eyes open for more doughnut developments in the future.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/12/16/business/corporate-business/sharp-supply-free-form-lcds-nintendo#.VJFTrWSsWcI" target="_blank">Japan Times</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tragic-future-nintendo-iphone-ipad-and-android/feature">The tragic future of Nintendo on iPhone, iPad and Android</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Free-form Displays can be arranged in odd shapes" alt="Free-form Displays can be arranged in odd shapes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sharp-free-form-display-2.jpg?1418813543" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/nintendo-considering-doughnut-shaped-3ds-replacement-say-reports/news#comments Games consoles Nintendo Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:31:03 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1455585 at http://www.stuff.tv The 25 best PlayStation games ever http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/25-best-playstation-games-ever/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s the Sony PlayStation&#039;s 20th birthday today, so we thought we&#039;d celebrate by agonising for weeks over its best games ever. Here&#039;s what we ended up with </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="The 25 best PlayStation games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ps-controllers.jpg?1417659913" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well that was a bad idea.</p> <p>When we noticed it was the Sony PlayStation&#39;s 20th birthday today, we thought it might be fun to mark the anniversary by putting together a little list of what we consider to be the best games ever on the platform. But we were wrong. Very, very wrong.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 25. Silent Hill (PS1, 1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Resident Evil may have been first, but to many <em>Silent Hill</em> was the ultimate survival horror game. You found yourself lost in an eerie, fog-shrouded town as you searched for your daughter but instead discovered all manner of unmentionably horrific... <em>things</em>.</p> <p>While <em>Res Evil</em> wasn&#39;t exactly a gun-crazy killathon, <em>Silent Hill</em> took the survival bit to another level - for large parts of the game you were reliant on just your legs and your wits, plus a trusty iron bar. And if you did find a gun, you weren&#39;t very good at shooting it. The atmosphere was unremittingly tense, with the ghostly soundtrack and murky visuals combining to leave you constantly on the edge of your seat. Creepy. As. Hell. <em>MM</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WI5FCJF-Fas" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 24. SSX (PS2, 2000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You didn&#39;t have to be a snowboarding fan to love the original SSX. Combining the addictive trickery of <em>Tony Hawk&#39;s Pro Skater</em> with the exhilarating speed of <em>Wipeout</em>, it was the surprise hit of the PS2&#39;s launch titles.</p> <p>The brilliantly designed courses seemed to go on forever, while razor-sharp controls and hidden tracks kept you coming back for one more stalefish. <em>MW</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3kpAvsVtW4Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 23. Front Mission 3 (PS1, 2000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It won&rsquo;t be known to many, but to a certain type of gamer <em>Front Mission 3</em> was perfect. That&rsquo;s because it combined Japanese RPG storytelling and drama with turn&shy;-based combat involving mechs. You could customise your giant walking tanks with machine guns, rockets and brutal fists, and when you attacked an enemy the camera switched from the distant isometric layout to cinematic action shots. Well, it was cinematic by PS1 standards, anyway. <em>TP</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Dk5IcT71NHw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 22. God Of War (PS2, 2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Who knew that a gruff, ash-white-and-red guy would become such an engaging lead? Sony did, apparently, and Kratos has driven the <em>God Of War</em> series into the pantheon of all-time great action games. It started with the fantastic PlayStation 2 debut, which delivered epic showdowns against mythological bosses and incredible combo-driven combat, all while pushing the aging hardware to new heights. <em>AH</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jZkX3LJDeYQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 21. Burnout 3: Takedown (PS2, 2004) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even with the graphical enhancements of the two console generations since, it&#39;s easy to make the case that arcade racing hit its apex with <em>Burnout 3: Takedown</em>. Criterion&#39;s amazing entry delivered raucous, explosive racing action with an incredible sense of speed - and poured the resulting tension into wild city sprints and online showdowns. And who can forget the deviously destructive Crash mode? Not us, at any rate. <em>AH</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best games in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Y-SDempn82w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 20. Motorstorm (PS3, 2006) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before its launch, Sony made outlandish claims about the crazy power of its PS3 console. <em>Motorstorm</em> proved those claims weren&#39;t hot air. On the one hand it was a brutally quick arcade off-road racer that pitted hardy vehicles (cars, buggies, motocross bikes, trucks) against terrain that made the Paris-Dakar look like a nip down the supermarket. On the other, it was a thing of filthy beauty.</p> <p>It occupied the <em>Stuff</em> team for a year&#39;s worth of lunchtimes because it was both great to play and brilliant to watch, as its epic stacks resulted in a roar of schadenfreude and a Dorling-Kindersley style deconstruction of a vehicle into a shower of springs, wheels and bits of mangled chassis. As much a spectator sport as a killer game. <em>WF</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/J-W1RuR-a4A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 19. Tomb Raider (PS1, 1996) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not only is <em>Tomb Raider</em> important for helping to pioneer the 3D action-adventure genre; it was also one of the first games to give us a confident, self-sufficient female protagonist. Sure, Lara Croft and the series wore thin after several sequels (until last year&#39;s great reboot), but the original blend of gunplay, exploration, and puzzle-solving was revolutionary for its time, making it one of the most essential early PSone games. <em>AH</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/x1Lp3D2tUFg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 18. LittleBigPlanet (PS3, 2008) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s rare that a game is labeled an instant classic, but <em>LittleBigPlanet</em> was exactly that, and the series has since become a Sony staple for all ages. Not only did it deliver a unique platform-action experience with an amazingly distinctive aesthetic, but it also provided the tools to create your own experiences from scratch and share them freely online. It was already wonderful, but you could make it even greater. <em>AH</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AGzOKbVC2r8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 17. Crash Bandicoot (PS1, 1996) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Where Nintendo had Mario, PlayStation had Crash - a cheeky, rambunctious marsupial with a fondness for collecting fruit, a love of jumping on boxes and a hatred of his creator and nemesis Dr Neo Cortex. While Crash may not have brought much originality to the platform genre, the first game in the series was at the time a high watermark for colourful graphics and the gameplay was perfectly poised between just-one-more-go addictiveness and argghh-how-can-you-do-that-to-me frustration. <em>MM</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ioSaPJHxSkU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 16. Fallout 3 (PS3, 2008) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Fallout 3 isn&#39;t</em> particularly associated with PlayStation as many of the games here are - it came out on Xbox and PC too - but as one of the best games of all time it&#39;s hardly a surprise to see it in this list.</p> <p>So why do we love it so much?</p> <p>Well there&#39;s the sheer scale of the toxic, mutant-infested Capital Wasteland - a gameworld which covers hundreds of kilometres, dozens of towns and settlements and includes hundreds of characters to interact with.&nbsp;And there&#39;s the gameplay: part-RPG, part-FPS, part-adventure, part-open-world-explorer and part-who-cares-what-it-is-it&#39;s-great-fun.&nbsp;Let&#39;s not forget the engaging story, which you shape through your own actions. And the many, many sub-plots and diversions and side-missions which all add to the richness of the experience. Plus the graphics, and the music and the way it takes over your life for 3 months...</p> <p>Yep, that just about covers it. <em>MM</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-vote-game-year/feature" target="_blank">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Alien: Isolation is the Game of the Year</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iYZpR51XgW0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 15. Final Fantasy VII (PS1, 1997) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Final Fantasy VII</em> heralded the arrival of the modern Japanese role-playing epic, thanks to its amazing CD-powered cinematic edge that made possible gripping cut-scenes and brought characters to life like never before. Sure, parts of the game are absolutely loony, and time hasn&#39;t done this one any favours (hence recurring calls for a remake), but few games from this era elicit such strong emotional memories. <em>AH</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TEN-p5e2WkM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 14. Guitar Hero (PS2, 2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While PlayStation&rsquo;s <em>SingStar</em> had given hairbrush crooners a competitive outlet for their warbling in 2004, air guitarists had been neglected until <em>Guitar Hero</em> came along.</p> <p>With its colourful buttons, the shrunken, plastic axe used to play along to its catalogue of classics (and some rubbish funk-rock by the Red Hot Chili Peppers) might&rsquo;ve looked a bit Fisher-Price, but you&rsquo;d be hard pressed to find anyone who wasn&rsquo;t riffing along with a huge grin (or puzzling grimace of concentration) plastered across their face within minutes of picking it up. <em>TW</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-playstation-games-ever-guitar-hero.jpg?1417659913" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13. Metal Gear Solid (PS1, 1998) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A landmark title in terms of storytelling, presentation and pioneering stealth&shy;-based gameplay, <em>Metal Gear Solid</em> was one of the first games that truly felt like an interactive movie. With copious amounts of voice&shy; acting and long, often meandering cutscenes, this was a game as concerned with telling a compelling tale and creating iconic characters as it was with its sneaking mechanics and combat. </p> <p>And it&rsquo;s all so very Japanese: despite its reliance on Hollywood tropes and characterisation, there&rsquo;s a thread of self-knowing silliness running through it (and subsequent <em>MGS</em> games) that gives them a charm lacking in more po-&shy;faced Western&shy;-developed stealth titles. </p> <p>From the moment Snake first sneaks around beneath a cardboard box, you&rsquo;re aware that you&rsquo;re playing something a bit special. And the fourth wall&shy;rupturing Psycho Mantis boss battle will be remembered as one of the 20th century gaming&rsquo;s greatest moments. <em>SK</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_zrvEmP41-s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. Ico (PS2, 2001) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Ico</em> was a new type of game, because it was as much art as game.&nbsp;It was beautiful. It had emotion, mystery and peril, but it was told without dialogue or violence. </p> <p>You played a young boy with a wooden sword who finds a ghostly young girl trapped in an old fort full of nasty shadow spirits. It was your job to get her out, rather charmingly by holding her hand and escorting her through puzzles and mazes, letting go occasionally to batter back the ghosts.&nbsp;</p> <p>Without it, games such as <em>Flower</em>, <em>Journey</em>, <em>Never Alone</em> and <em>Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons</em> would probably never have existed. Playing <em>Ico</em> is an utterly essential part of your gaming education. <em>TP</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2h36mmMDI80" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2, 2002) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Neither as revolutionary as <em>GTA III </em>nor as grand in scale as <em>San Andreas</em>, <em>Vice City</em>&nbsp;was instead the most enjoyable <em>Grand Theft Auto</em> ever. From its exquisitely observed &#39;80s period details to its sun-kissed beachside setting and unhinged plot, everything about it was seemingly designed to make you smile.</p> <p>Jacking a helicopter from the top of the police station and flying it over the harbour as the sun set? Brilliant. Speeding along the waterfront on a motorbike as Spandau Ballet&#39;s <em>Gold </em>played on the radio? Amazing. Stealing a golf cart and mowing down pastel-clad golfers? Well it hardly sounds like a chore. Tremendous fun from beginning to end. <em>MM</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Grand Theft Auto V review for PS4 and Xbox One</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/G58AYUyiIzU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Wipeout 2097 (PS1, 1996) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original <em>Wipeout</em> might have introduced the series&#39; iconic anti-gravity racing premise, but its sequel<em> Wipeout 2097</em> gave the game a heart and soul &ndash; and perhaps most importantly, bite. The result is flashy and fun, not to mention aggressive and challenging, with impeccable visual design and one of the greatest soundtracks ever assembled for a game. It&#39;s still the high-water mark for this excellent franchise. <em>AH</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AOz7Uk52PkY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. Tekken 3 (PS1, 1998) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Widely regarded as one of the best fighters of all time, <em>Tekken 3</em> landed in PlayStation gamers&rsquo; homes a year after it first entered the world in arcade cabinet-form. Its side-scrolling fighter action threw in an element of 3D depth, allowing players to dodge attacks by jumping towards the background, and its roster of characters was about as diverse as you can get. </p> <p>We each had our favourites of course, but we were always rather fond of Paul Phoenix&rsquo;s incredible hair and Yoshimitsu&rsquo;s sword-bouncing madness. Yes, we mashed the buttons in panic-stricken rage, but thankfully the on-screen action was still thrilling to behold. <em>ED</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7qmU4wQqKQI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (PS2, 2003) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Some would say<em> Sensible Soccer</em> was the best footie game ever back in the 16-bit days. Some would argue that <em>FIFA 15</em> on PS4 takes the honours. But for many, many people it&#39;s <em>PES</em> from about 2001-2004.</p> <p>Why <em>Pro Evo 3</em> specifically? Well it&#39;s the one with Pierluigi Collina on the front, for starters. But beyond that it nailed the balance between exciting goalfests and more realistic tactical battles, expanded the superb Master League and improved the graphics to the extent that some of the players really did look vaguely like those they were supposed to be.</p> <p>We could easily have picked <em>PES 4</em>, which further expanded things and added a load of licensed teams, but it&#39;s<em> 3</em> that we remember most fondly on account of the sheer joy we got from crafting an eight-pass move finished with a flourish by a number 9 who looked a bit like Ruud Von Nistelroum. <em>MM</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3nY9gZbno6M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Gran Turismo 2 (PS1, 1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first <em>Gran Turismo</em> properly shook up the racing game genre with its utterly unbelievable graphics and simulation physics, but it&rsquo;s the second game that casts the longest shadow over every car game that&#39;s been released ever since. That&rsquo;s because it combined that revolutionary realism and presentation with a huge package that included 27 tracks and no less than 650 cars. It was bewildering, big and brilliant. It still is. <em>TP</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sJSfWsHmfaw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Tony Hawk&#039;s Pro Skater (PS1, 1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the most endlessly replayable games in PlayStation history, the first <em>Tony Hawk&#39;s Pro Skater</em> not only defined the modern skating game experience, but also helped catapult skateboarding back into the mainstream consciousness. Grinding through a shopping mall and pulling off constant 900s might not be realistic, but it sure as hell was a blast &ndash; and the next couple of games took the fun even further. <em>AH</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-14-gadgets-and-gifts-gamers/feature" target="_blank">14 Christmas gift ideas for gamers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/klYdM5fbZHA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3, 2009) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first <em>Uncharted</em> impressed with its beautiful graphics and modernisation of the action&shy;adventure&shy;exploration mix pioneered by earlier classics such as <em>Tomb Raider</em> &ndash; but its sequel turned everything up to 11.</p> <p>With huge environments, phenomenal voice acting and motion capture and some of the most memorably audacious set pieces ever seen &ndash; or rather, played through &ndash; in a video game, not to mention a decent multiplayer mode, it established Naughty Dog as Sony&rsquo;s premier subsidiary developer and became one of the PS3&rsquo;s must&shy;-own exclusive titles.</p> <p>The third <em>Uncharted</em> title, <em>Drake&rsquo;s Deception</em>, was equally ambitious and a superb title in its own right, but arguably lacked the groundbreaking impact of <em>Among Thieves</em>. &shy;<em>SK</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Sy7egE6CcVs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-21"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Red Dead Redemption (PS3, 2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rockstar Games took the mechanics of its<em> Grand Theft Auto</em> series and transplanted them to the Wild West, trading Mustangs for&hellip; well, mustangs. But while <em>Red Dead</em>&#39;s horseplay is every bit as entertaining as that of its motorised predecessor, it&#39;s the game&#39;s atmosphere that sticks in the memory. Set at the transition between the frontier lifestyle and the arrival of civilisation, it&#39;s shot through with a melancholy, doom-laden feel. Also, bullets. <em>SG</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PD24MkbHQrc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-22"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Resident Evil (PS1, 1996) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s hard to underestimate the impact of <em>Resident Evil</em>. There had been scary games before, sure, but <em>Res Evil</em> was a new, cinematic kind of scary in its approach to shocks. The most memorable of them - walking down a seemingly secure corridor you are suddenly pounced on by a bloodthirsty dog who&#39;s jumped <em>through the window</em> - is enough to give us chills now, nearly 20 years later. Even when you&#39;re prepared for it it shocks you.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s dated a lot of course. The graphics now look distinctly shonky, the voice-acting is famously hammy and you do seem to spend a lot of time just walking down corridors. But at the time, it was revolutionary, ushering in a world in which watching games could be as much fun as playing them. And as scary. <em>MM</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bdrbLeTx-xM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-23"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Grand Theft Auto III (PS2, 2001) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking at the highly polished, visually stunning and detailed cinematic masterpiece that is <em>GTA V</em>, it&#39;s all too easy to forget about the ancestor that brought 3D shenanigans to Rockstar&#39;s manic bullet-spraying crime-fuelled universe.</p> <p>Jumping into Liberty City back in 2001 was like seeing colours for the first time. Up until that point, we&#39;d only experienced <em>GTA</em>&#39;s magic from a top-down perspective, raining chaos down from the heavens. But walking through the grimy city streets, shooting enemies with proper sights and ploughing through traffic with tanks in glorious third-person 3D was a whole new world entirely. <em>ED</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-playstation-games-ever-grand-theft-auto-3.jpg?1417659913" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-24"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. The Last Of Us (PS3/PS4, 2013/2014) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For our money, there&rsquo;s no finer PlayStation game than Naughty Dog&rsquo;s post-apocalyptic action adventure. As a pure gaming experience, it&rsquo;s an exhilarating blend of stealth, exploration, puzzle solving, item crafting and brutal combat that feels like a darker take on the same developer&rsquo;s <em>Uncharted</em> series, but it&rsquo;s when you place that gameplay in the context of one of the most maturely &shy;written, best-acted stories and most wholly&shy;realised worlds in gaming history that <em>The Last Of Us</em> becomes something truly special. </p> <p>Thematically spot &shy;on, impeccably presented and unafraid of taking its players to incredibly bleak places, it&rsquo;s a game that felt &ndash; and still feels &ndash; truly special. Part of us wants Naughty Dog to deliver a sequel, part of us wants the company to leave <em>The Last Of Us</em> exactly as it is. <em>SK</em></p> <p><em>Words: Esat Dedezade,&nbsp;</em><em>Will Findlater,&nbsp;</em><em>Stephen Graves,&nbsp;</em><em>Andrew Hayward, Sam Kieldsen, Marc McLaren,&nbsp;</em><em>Tom Parsons,&nbsp;</em><em>Ross Presly, Tom Wiggins, Mark Wilson</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/playstation-20-how-playstation-changed-gaming/feature" target="_blank">PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MX6eqoCLbTc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/25-best-playstation-games-ever/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/25-best-playstation-games-ever/feature#comments Games consoles Gaming PlayStation Sony Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:15:10 +0000 Marc McLaren 1454403 at http://www.stuff.tv PlayStation at 20: What's next for PlayStation? http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/playstation-20-whats-next-playstation/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation 5? VR? Cloud gaming? We consider the possibilities </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation at 20: What&#039;s next for PlayStation?" alt="PlayStation at 20: What&#039;s next for PlayStation?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SonyHeadsetSide2_rt.jpg?1417658891" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As we mark the PlayStation&#39;s 20th anniversary today, it&#39;s impossible to resist the urge to look forward: What will the PlayStation experience be like in five or 10 years? Is Sony&#39;s brand built for the long haul? Will we be celebrating its 50th birthday in 2044?</p> <p>We could dream up all manner of wacky, far-fetched interpretations of what playing video games will be like a few decades from now &ndash; beamed directly to your brain! &ndash; but that seems wasteful (albeit fun).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A cloudy outlook </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cloud-powered gaming is positioned to be a large piece of the future PlayStation puzzle, given that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-buys-gaikai-cloud-gaming-coming-playstation-4/news">Sony acquired cloud-streamed gaming company Gaikai in 2012</a> to utilise its tech.</p> <p>Some of it helps enable <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-brings-ps4-remote-play-xperia-z3-range/news">Remote Play</a> between the PlayStation 4 and Vita, but it&#39;s also being used to bring full-fledged PlayStation experiences to devices that aren&#39;t dedicated consoles.</p> <p>In the short term, that&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/gamescom-2014/share-play-coming-ps4-plus-playstation-tv-and-playstation-now-dated-uk/n">PlayStation Now</a>, Sony&#39;s still-in-beta streaming games service that lets you rent PlayStation 3 games &ndash; and eventually older and newer games, as well &ndash; and stream them over the cloud to supported devices. Tablets and smartphones are slated to get in on the fun soon.</p> <p>In its current state, PlayStation Now isn&#39;t a great experience. The rental fees are often extravagant compared to buying discounted or pre-owned retail copies, and you need an excellent internet connection to even bother playing most games. But it&#39;s a great proof of concept: you don&#39;t need a big, expensive console to play big, AAA-style games. And it&#39;ll only get better as the tech advances and broadband connections improve worldwide.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="PlayStation Now" alt="PlayStation at 20: What&#039;s next for PlayStation?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation%20now%20hands-on_0.JPG?1417658891" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation 5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So what does that mean for the PlayStation 5? It&#39;s entirely possible that the next PlayStation console won&#39;t be a full-fledged console at all &ndash; at least not in the traditional sense, with a hefty GPU, a disc drive, and a large heap of plastic and silicon filling your entertainment centre.</p> <p>It could be a microconsole like the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-tv/review">PlayStation TV</a>, with just enough horsepower included to stream games over the internet from a very powerful server. Such a device would be more affordable out of the gate and much smaller; and you wouldn&#39;t have to worry about upgrading it in a few years to run the latest and greatest new games around.</p> <p>Except I don&#39;t actually expect that to happen with the PlayStation 5. Right now, the PlayStation 4 is one of Sony&#39;s biggest profit drivers, and that&#39;s in part because they stuck with a simple message: it&#39;s a gaming machine, like the gaming machines in the past, and we&#39;re not going to overload it with bundled peripherals or limit what you can do with your purchased content.</p> <p>It was a stark contrast to Microsoft&#39;s initial approach with the Xbox One, which changed after fan backlash. Not only is the PS4 leading the current console generation, but it&#39;s also keeping Sony viable as the company&#39;s smartphone and TV sales diminish.</p> <p>As such, I expect that the PlayStation 5 will be a traditional games console in the way that we know it now: a box and a controller, plugged into your TV and ready to entertain. But probably without a disc drive. Do you really think a PlayStation launching in 2020 or so will require optical discs? It seems unlikely.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/playstation-20-how-playstation-changed-gaming/feature">PlayStation at 20 - how the PlayStation changed gaming</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wbL0kVqyEao" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="A PlayStation microconsole for PS5?" alt="PlayStation at 20: What&#039;s next for PlayStation?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-tv_1.jpg?1417658891" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation everywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Doesn&#39;t making a traditional PS5 dispel the need for the cloud? Not at all: the PlayStation 5 has to be a traditional games console to appease hardcore fans that want the best possible gaming experience. It&#39;ll run games locally on its own hardware, surely at 4K or 8K whatever insane resolution we consider to be the benchmark in five or six years.</p> <p>Cloud-powered gaming will be for everyone else: people with smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and microconsoles &ndash; even PCs and set-top boxes. Before long, nearly any decent device with a screen or that can plug into a screen will be able to run powerful console games via cloud streaming, and I expect that Sony will embrace that as much as possible.</p> <p>Hardcore gamers will still get the best performance and newest games on PS5, but many more people can get something close to that without an expensive barrier to entry. It&#39;s the reason why I&#39;d be surprised if Sony bothers making another dedicated gaming handheld after the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review">PlayStation Vita</a>.</p> <p>Sony won&#39;t outright admit it, but the company has given up on growing the platform: first-party studios aren&#39;t making AAA-style games for it any more, and third-party developers aren&#39;t putting their notable franchises on it.</p> <p>Right now, it has value as a companion device for PS4 owners and as another destination for cross-platform games &ndash; particularly scrappy indie titles. Which is great, but with smartphones and tablets so common now, you don&#39;t need a dedicated handheld device just to run games that are found on your console back home. Your phone and tablet will accomplish those feats in the future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OByNPvxOgAQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bye bye PS Vita" alt="PlayStation at 20: What&#039;s next for PlayStation?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC03074_1.JPG?1417658891" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Virtually real </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But what about VR? Sony has shown off its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/head-hands-and-eyes-sony-s-project-morpheus/feature">Project Morpheus</a> headset &ndash; a console-powered rival to the Oculus Rift &ndash; for much of this year without committing to hard details. For now, it&#39;s not even necessarily confirmed for release. But with the rising fervor over VR experiences, I expect that it will debut by the end of 2015.</p> <p>Still, I don&#39;t sense that there will be such a mainstream push away from TV-based games that Project Morpheus (or whatever it&#39;s ultimately called) will be the default, mandatory way to experience the PlayStation 5. It&#39;s still likely to be too expensive to force on everyone, and some won&#39;t want that kind of deep dive immersion.</p> <p>VR can be amazing, but it&#39;s not for everyone. Not soon, at least. Instead, I see it as one of the PS5&#39;s potential biggest perks: experience the next generation of virtual reality, only on PlayStation 5. You won&#39;t get that kind of experience via the cloud on your tablet or microconsole, and it&#39;s bound to be much more advanced than what will be possible on PS4 over the next few years.</p> <p>In other words, there may not be one linear path ahead for PlayStation. It won&#39;t be as simple as owning the latest console and that&#39;s that. With cloud-powered gaming making the console less of a necessity and virtual reality coming up quickly on the horizon, I expect more ways to play and more options ahead.</p> <p>And as long as PlayStation keeps powering Sony&#39;s bottom line, the company is sure to explore all of those exciting possibilities. Here&#39;s to another 20 years of fun.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/25-best-playstation-games-ever/feature">PlayStation at 20 - the 25 best PlayStation games ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MAF1aG5sQ20" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Project Morpheus" alt="PlayStation at 20: What&#039;s next for PlayStation?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-project-morpheus-hands-on-review-001_1.jpg?1417658891" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/playstation-20-whats-next-playstation/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/playstation-20-whats-next-playstation/feature#comments Games consoles Gaming PlayStation Sony Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:06:10 +0000 Marc McLaren 1454370 at http://www.stuff.tv PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/playstation-20-how-playstation-changed-gaming/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As the original PlayStation turns 20, we look back at its era-defining impact on the world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Happy birthday, Sony PlayStation" alt="PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/playstation-at-20-psx-console_0.jpg?1417657719" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the early &rsquo;90s gaming was for kids. Games were a hobby you grew out of. Something to be banished to the attic with Action Mans and Care Bears in your teens. But then the PlayStation arrived and things would never be the same again. </p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s first console, which turns 20 today, was nothing short of game changing. The PlayStation had it all - revolutionary hardware, smart marketing and groundbreaking games. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An inauspicious start </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not that anyone was sure Sony&rsquo;s gamble on games would pay off back in 1994. Sony was an upstart and many, including some within the business, wondered if the company knew what it was doing.</p> <p>There were good reasons to be doubtful.</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s contribution to games pre-PlayStation had largely consisted of publishing consistently terrible games based on action movies such as <em>Cliffhanger</em>. What&rsquo;s more, Sony never intended to make a console.</p> <p>The path to PlayStation began in 1989, when Nintendo asked Sony to help it make a CD-ROM version of its Super NES console. All went well until Nintendo got all paranoid about Sony using the deal as a stepping stone to getting into the console business. So the day after the Super NES CD project was revealed in 1991, Nintendo announced it was dumping Sony for Philips.</p> <p>Furious at the humiliation, Sony decided to get revenge by, er, making its own console.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1rRrjvCCXvg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sound and vision </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From the off the PlayStation had technology on its side. The console was a beast, offering state-of-the-art 3D graphics and CD storage. For a gaming generation raised on a 2D diet of <em>Sensible Soccer</em>, <em>Mario</em> and <em>Sonic</em>, the PlayStation&rsquo;s visuals were jaw-dropping - a feature rammed home by Sony&rsquo;s T. Rex demo, a demo so good it doesn&rsquo;t look too shabby even now.&nbsp;</p> <p>The eye candy was backed up with top-notch audio thanks to the CD drive, which let game makers use recorded music instead of computer- generated chip tunes.</p> <p>And while Sony made a monster bit of kit, its main rivals dropped the ball.</p> <p>Sega designed its Saturn console as a 2D powerhouse before hurriedly tacking on 3D capabilities after getting the jitters about what Sony was promising. The result was a complex console that even Sega&rsquo;s own developers admitted that only the very best game makers would be able to use well.</p> <p>Nintendo, meanwhile, went 3D but refused to join the CD age. Instead it stuck with game cartridges, a move that limited the Nintendo 64&rsquo;s sonics and left N64 owners paying around &pound;20 more per game than their PlayStation-owning pals.</p> <p>The PlayStation&rsquo;s 3D and CD advantages were enough to persuade&nbsp;<em>Final Fantasy</em>&nbsp;creators Square to join Team Sony after years of loyalty to Nintendo. And, armed with Sony&rsquo;s tech, Square made&nbsp;<em>Final Fantasy VII</em>&nbsp;- the first Japanese role-playing game to make it big in the west.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YCtZIlolG6w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ergonomically terrific, Sony&rsquo;s hardware innovation didn&rsquo;t end with what was in the PlayStation either, for it also reinvented the game controller.</p> <p>Prior to the PlayStation, ergonomic game controllers were like unicorns. Game pads meant flat plastic slabs that threatened to turn your mitts into rigid claws if you played too long. Or - if you were unlucky enough to find an Atari Jaguar under the Christmas tree - a telephone keypad that also turned your hands into claws but did it with extra ugliness. </p> <p>The PlayStation controller was different: it was a three-dimensional object designed with human hands in mind. Goodbye cramp, hello extra playtime. </p> <p>Things got even better in 1997 when Sony launched the DualShock, a new version with twin analogue sticks and vibration. Nintendo&rsquo;s response? A three-pronged plastic fork that seemed tailor-made for octopii. Tellingly, it&rsquo;s the PlayStation controllers that became the blueprint for most of the gamepads that followed.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/playstation-20-whats-next-playstation/feature">PlayStation at 20 - What&#39;s next for PlayStation?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The original PlayStation controller..." alt="PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-at-20-Original-controller.jpg?1417657719" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="...and the DualShock" alt="PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-at-20-DualShock.jpg?1417657719" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Games galore </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So the PlayStation had the hardware - but that wouldn&rsquo;t have mattered a jot without great games. Fortunately, PlayStation owners had plenty of stellar titles to choose from, including first-rate ports of arcade hits <em>Ridge Racer</em> and <em>Tekken</em>, the motor fetishism of<em> Gran Turismo</em> and the <em>Mario</em>-challenging <em>Crash Bandicoot</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The PlayStation&rsquo;s games established many of the genres we now take for granted but were rare sights before that little gray box arrived.&nbsp;<em>Tenchu: Stealth Assassins</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Metal Gear Solid</em>&nbsp;brought stealth to the fore. The totally bonkers hip-hop adventures of&nbsp;<em>PaRappa the Rapper</em>&nbsp;established music games while&nbsp;<em>Cool Boarders</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Tony Hawk&rsquo;s Pro Skater</em>&nbsp;switched gamers on to the thrills of extreme sports.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EYrYSWxDf7o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The PlayStation was also where horror games finally got their claws into us, starting with&nbsp;<em>Resident Evil</em>, which backed up its b-movie frights with shockingly hammy dialogue (not least the &lsquo;I hope this is not Chris&rsquo; blood line&rsquo;), and followed by the twisted&nbsp;<em>Silent Hill</em>. Games that would be hard to imagine making waves in the family friendly world of Nintendo.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9oDGBDUKMcc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rebranding gaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And then there was <em>WipEout</em>, the hi-octane future racer soundtracked by The Chemical Brothers and Orbital that - here in Blighty at least - plugged the PlayStation into the club scene.&nbsp;</p> <p>The promotional campaign saw&nbsp;<em>WipEout</em>&nbsp;being put into superclubs such as Cream in Liverpool and Bristol&rsquo;s Lakota, together with controversy-seekings ad from its publisher, Sony subsidiary Psygnosis.</p> <p>&ldquo;Psygnosis was left to get on with its own stuff so it was doing things that Sony, in a million years, wouldn&rsquo;t have done directly,&rdquo; says Glen O&rsquo;Connell, the former head of PR at Psygnosis. &ldquo;Stuff like the WipEout ad with Sara Cox with a nosebleed. Nice, clean-living Sara Cox from Radio 1 looking like some sort of heroin overdose.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KRSVrkzDyuA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1100" height="900" title="Older readers will remember Sara Cox (left)" alt="PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-at-20-sara-cox-ad_0.jpg?1417657719" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Courting controversy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although early PlayStation ads like the Society Against PlayStation played it safe, over time Sony&rsquo;s marketing became more daring and distinctive with efforts such as the Double Life adverts.</p> <p>Several campaigns got into hot water. In 1995 Sony went to the Glastonbury Festival and handed out perforated postcards with the PlayStation logo. Officially the cards were for disposing of chewing gum, but they also happened to make ideal roaches for cannabis joints. Sony also courted controversy with an advert for&nbsp;<em>Cool Boarders 2</em>&nbsp;that talked about needing powder and &ldquo;having to get higher than last time&rdquo;.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6Bqq38WZctA" width="604"></iframe></p> <p>When complaints flared up, Sony said it was snowboarder slang. Any drugs references were purely coincidental. Honest.</p> <p>The push to connect PlayStation with youth culture worked. &ldquo;The PlayStation looked like any console but had content on it that people in their twenties were doing in their everyday lives. It talked to people about the interests they had, whether that be club culture, sports, whatever,&rdquo; says O&rsquo;Connell. &ldquo;At that time the DJs were playing music by some of these bands that also happened to be in these games and I think that touched a nerve with a lot of people.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WWJqAucdqmE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first PSX superstar </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Tomb Raider</em> gave Sony&rsquo;s quest to position its console as an entertainment system rather than a toy a further boost. Although the Saturn got it first, <em>Tomb Raider</em> became synonymous with PlayStation and Lara Croft became a star. </p> <p>For a while Lara was everywhere: on the cover of style bible <em>The Face</em>, in video footage at U2 concerts and peddling Lucozade. And, despite her unlikely proportions, the idea of the female gaming hero was startling enough for Lara to be hailed as a symbol of girl power.</p> <p>By the time the PlayStation 2 arrived in 2000, gaming had been transformed. PlayStation had taken games mainstream, established new genres, improved controllers and ensured consoles were no longer just for kids. </p> <p>It set the template for gaming as we know and 20 years on we&rsquo;re still living in the gaming world the original PlayStation created.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/25-best-playstation-games-ever/feature">PlayStation at 20 - the 25 best PlayStation games ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lara Croft in her mid-&#039;90s pixellated heyday" alt="PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-at-20-Tomb-Raider.jpg?1417657719" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="900" height="900" title="And on the front of The Face" alt="PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-at-20-The-Face.jpg?1417657719" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation at 20 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 20 years on, we look back at how the PlayStation changed gaming </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/playstation-20-how-playstation-changed-gaming/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/playstation-20-how-playstation-changed-gaming/feature#comments Games consoles Gaming PlayStation Sony Wed, 03 Dec 2014 10:48:07 +0000 Marc McLaren 1454361 at http://www.stuff.tv Xbox One may get a slimmer brother soon http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one-may-get-slimmer-brother-soon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For all the haters out there who said the Xbox One was fat... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s just big boned" alt="Xbox One may get a slimmer brother soon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one-console_0.jpg?1415148820" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Those turned off by the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Xbox One</a>&rsquo;s giant body may be lured-in by reports suggesting a slimmer update is in the pipeline.</p> <p>The Xbox One looks massive next to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">PlayStation 4</a>, but leaked plans for a more efficient processor mean Microsoft may get the console toned for the beach in 2015.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech-splanation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For a bit of explanation on what these numbers mean, they indicate Microsoft is working on a new CPU/APU for the Xbox One that has even smaller transistors - 20-nanometer ones a good 30% smaller than the current Xbox One CPU&rsquo;s.</p> <p>A new system architecture means the new processor will be more efficient, and able to run cooler while maintaining the same performance. And heat is one reason why the current Xbox is so bloomin&#39; massive - after all the issues with the Xbox 360 overheating, Microsoft played it safe with the Xbox One.</p> <p>Given it&rsquo;s dubbed a &lsquo;cost-reduced&rsquo; update, our guess is that its aim will be to reduce production cost and let Microsoft slim-down the casing, rather than upping processor power.</p> <p>So don&#39;t worry, those of you up in arms that the Xbox One renders certain games at 800p resolution while the PS4 manages 802p will still be able to complain loudly about it.</p> <p>As yet we have no idea when this revision might appear. It took Microsoft five years to bring out the Xbox 360 S, and the Xbox One has only been on the market for a year.</p> <p>However, there&rsquo;s good reason for Microsoft to want to offer some advantage over the PS4, which has significantly outsold the Xbox One since launch.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Microsoft Xbox One long-term test</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one-may-get-slimmer-brother-soon/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one-may-get-slimmer-brother-soon/news#comments Games consoles Microsoft Xbox One Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:58:59 +0000 Andrew Williams 1452164 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon's Fire TV box is a movie streamer, games console, babysitter and more http://www.stuff.tv/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 23/10/14: The Fire TV hits the UK today, with an £80 price tag </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="515" height="386" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-kindle-fire-tv-main.jpg?1414162620" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After months of rumours, Amazon&#39;s set-top box has been revealed at last. And at first glance it&#39;s a feature-packed entertainment monster.</p> <p>For starters, it&#39;s one of the most powerful set-top boxes around, despite its little-black-box appearance. A quad-core processor, dedicated graphics chip and 2GB of RAM make it, according to Amazon, three times more powerful than rivals such as the Roku and Apple TV. It&#39;s basically a high-end tablet, minus the screen.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Game on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&#39;s just jump straight to the main course. All that power means that, yes, the Fire TV can play games, and there&#39;s a dedicated US$40 controller to take advantage of it.</p> <p>Aimed at people who&#39;d prefer to play mobile games on the big screen, the Fire TV has thousands of existing games to choose from, with big names like Minecraft and Asphalt 8 among the A-list titles.</p> <p>Amazon Game Studios also introduced its first game, Sev Zero, a first-person alien shooter with tower defence elements.</p> <p>The controller itself has all the usual buttons and sticks, along with media playback controls.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="671" height="503" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-tv-controller.jpg?1414162620" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Voice search at last </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="392" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/EnchantingIcyBaboon" width="482"></iframe></p> <p>The Fire TV also has another impressive accessory - a bundled remote - which has a built-in microphone for voice search.&nbsp;</p> <p>That means no more pecking way at individual letters painfully slowly like on the Roku or Apple TV. Simply say the name of an actor, show or movie, and you&#39;ll be presented with the search results instantly. Bliss.</p> <p>There are tonnes of services to choose from too. Amazon Prime Video is naturally one of them, but so is its rival Netflix, along with Hulu, Vimeo, YouTube and more.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tasty extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One feature we&#39;re looking forward to testing out ourselves is called ASAP. It learns and predicts what content you like and caches it in the background when idle, meaning instant playback without any buffering.&nbsp;</p> <p>IMDB integration is also on the cards in the form of an &#39;X-Ray&#39; feature, allowing you to read up about on-screen actors during movies on your Fire HDX tablet.</p> <p>Other extras include Music in the form of Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and music purchased from Amazon itself. You can bring up lyrics of songs you&#39;re listening to with X-Ray as well, which is handy for spontaneous karaoke nights, if you&#39;re into that sort of thing.</p> <p><strong>Edit:</strong> Certain services like Pandora and Hulu won&#39;t be available for UK users, so it&#39;s worth double checking if there&#39;s a specific service you&#39;re after to avoid disappointment.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="451" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-pandora.jpg?1414162620" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Child friendly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>FreeTime, the Kindle Fire HDX feature which limits children&#39;s gaming and video-watching activities also returns, making sure that little Timmy doesn&#39;t get too distracted by blasting aliens instead of finishing off his homework.</p> <p>FreeTime mode also serves up a simpler child-friendly interface with whole host of free children&#39;s content from Sesame Street, Nickelodeon and more. FreeTime mode needs a password if you want to revert to the standard interface, for extra peace of mind.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="560" height="421" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kids.jpg?1414162620" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Kindle Fire TV will be shipping in the US from today, for US$99. We&#39;ve contacted Aamzon with regards to UK pricing and release dates and were told that &quot;Fire TV is not available outside the US at this time and we&#39;re not able to speculate on future plans&quot;.</p> <p>We&#39;ll keep you posted, as always.</p> <p><strong>Update 23/11/14:&nbsp;</strong>The Fire TV is available for UK gadgeteers to snap up from <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00KQEJBSW/ref=gw_aftv_183787007_1?ie=UTF8&amp;nav_sdd=aps&amp;pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&amp;pf_rd_s=gateway-takeover&amp;pf_rd_r=02JASG10CHF853F75EKE&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;pf_rd_p=541821507&amp;pf_rd_i=468294" target="_blank">Amazon</a> right now, for &pound;80.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Amazon Kindle Fire HDX review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon launches Fire TV box </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s a movie streamer, games console, babysitter and more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv.jpg?1414162620" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news#comments Amazon Games consoles TV Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:39:11 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434731 at http://www.stuff.tv All the details on Microsoft's Xbox One November update http://www.stuff.tv/one/all-details-xbox-one-november-update/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pssst. Wanna know the new features wending their way to Microsoft’s console in a few days? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="All the details on Microsoft&#039;s Xbox One November update " alt="All the details on Microsoft&#039;s Xbox One November update " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one_3.jpg?1413947065" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Xbox One&rsquo;s latest firmware update is only a few days away, and Microsoft&rsquo;s Larry &ldquo;Major Nelson&rdquo; Hryb has revealed the changes and features it&rsquo;ll be bringing with it.</p> <p>In a blog post and accompanying video (which we&rsquo;ve embedded for your viewing pleasure below), Hryb said the November Xbox One update would be adding the number one fan-requested feature: custom backgrounds for the dashboard, which can either be a colour or art gained from unlocking an achievement.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gamer Profile has also been tweaked a little, with users now able to add location and bio information, as well as setting up &ldquo;showcase items&rdquo; &ndash; up to six accomplishments and Game DVR video clips of which you&rsquo;re particularly proud.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be able to link your Xbox and Twitter accounts, too, which means you can share Game DVR videos directly from your console to your timeline (previously clips were only directly shareable via your activity feed or a message).</p> <p>The Xbox One&rsquo;s TV section is also getting an overhaul, with a Live TV Trending tab appearing (for US, Canada and UK users) which displays the 20 most-watched shows, as well as a Twitter TV Trending tab that tracks the most talked-about shows.</p> <p>A few minor changes to the store, SmartGlass and Internet Explorer round off the update, which will be rolling out to Xbox One preview programme members from today and other One owners from November.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://majornelson.com/2014/10/20/xbox-one-november-system-update-new-tv-personalization-smartglass-features-now-preview/" target="_blank">Major Nelson</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fFLxZI2tezo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/one/all-details-xbox-one-november-update/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/one/all-details-xbox-one-november-update/news#comments Games consoles Gaming One Xbox Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:20:23 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1450980 at http://www.stuff.tv Long-term test: Microsoft Xbox One http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Its most ambitious features still aren&#039;t perfect, but the updated Xbox One is now a great console </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One review" alt="Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSC02571.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Calling the launch of the Xbox One a bit of a false start would be going rather easy on Microsoft.</p> <p>There was Kinect, which nobody wanted but which was bundled into every box for an &pound;80 premium. There was the TV integration, which wasn&#39;t only unpopular but which also didn&#39;t work anywhere near well enough in the UK. And there was a performance deficit when comparing the same games against the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">PS4</a>. Needless to say, the Xbox One has been losing out to the PS4 in sales ever since.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £350.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solid line-up of games </div> <div class="field-item even"> Kinect-less console is cheaper and more powerful </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Occasionally useful multi-tasking and picture-in-picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flagship features still have flaws </div> <div class="field-item even"> A big, inelegant box </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design: a face only a mother could love </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not everyone will love the design of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">PS4</a>, but at least it looks like it has been designed, rather than simply shoved into the case of a VCR from the &#39;90s. Exaggeration? Ok, but the One is a big angular box of a machine that no-one&rsquo;s going to appreciate for aesthetic reasons.</p> <p>The extra height (about 3cm) and width (6cm) is all the more disappointing when you consider that the One still comes with a chunky external power brick, whereas the PS4&rsquo;s is built-in. Microsoft says it&rsquo;s all about enhancing reliability by increasing air flow and keeping everything cool, but while eight months in we&#39;re yet to experience or hear of any significant technical issues or heat problems with the Xbox One, the same can be said of the much sleeker PS4. There&#39;s always time for a big issue to turn up, but so far both consoles appear to be just as reliable as each other.</p> <p>Noise (or a lack thereof) is vital for an all-singing, all-dancing lounge-friendly fun box, and the Xbox One is generally a very quiet console. When idling we measured a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">PS4-matching</a> 42dB from 14cm in front of the console &ndash; that was just 2dB over the ambient room noise &ndash; and downloading and playing games or movies from the Xbox Store causes no increase in console noise. Popping a disc in automatically initiates installation, which increased noise to 49-50dB in our tests. Slightly disappointingly the disc drive continues to spin even after installation - even if you&rsquo;re not playing that particular game - but it does quieten to around 45dB, which is pretty much unnoticeable when combined with game or movie sound.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2899591698001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2899591698001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One versus PS4" alt="Xbox One versus PS4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02530.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One versus PS4" alt="Xbox One versus PS4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02534.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One connections" alt="Xbox One connections" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02583.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One power brick" alt="Xbox One power brick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02587.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not standing tall </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Planning on standing your Xbox One up? Microsoft&nbsp;<a href="http://uk.gamespot.com/tgs/microsoft-on-xbox-one-vertical-orientation-do-it-at-your-own-risk-6414731/" target="_blank">revealed</a>&nbsp;at the Tokyo Game Show&nbsp;that the Xbox One is designed to be placed horizontally only.&nbsp;&quot;We don&#39;t support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk,&quot; says Albert Panello, Xbox senior director of product management and planning. &quot;It wouldn&#39;t be a cooling problem, we just didn&#39;t design the drive for vertical,&quot; he adds. &quot;Because it&#39;s a slot loading drive, we just didn&#39;t design it for both&quot;.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The controller: if it ain’t broke… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xbox 360 pad, loved so much that even hardcore PC gamers have been known to plug it into their rigs, is no more. But fear not, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-controller-revealed-%E2%80%93-old-dog-new-tricks/news" target="_blank">the One pad that replaces it is very similar</a>.</p> <p>In terms of size and weight it&rsquo;s almost identical, but there are some small ergonomic points of difference, including a move of the Xbox Home button to an extended section at the top, a recessed d-pad, smaller thumb-rests on the analogue sticks and a battery compartment that doesn&rsquo;t protrude from the back as it did before.</p> <p>There are niggles, though &ndash; to us those thumb pads seem too small, the d-pad feels rather cheap and clicky, inserting AA batteries into a controller feels decidedly last-gen (is a bundled Play &amp; Charge kit too much to ask?), it rattles when shaken, and over time we&#39;ve become rather annoyed by the hard edges where the plastic panels meet. It&#39;s largely the same controller as before, but it feels a bit cheap compared to the PS4 pad.</p> <p>But there are also some improvements. The triggers and shoulder buttons are curved more comfortably, and Microsoft has upped the ante in terms of vibration &ndash; there&rsquo;s even haptic feedback in the triggers themselves.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s always been a hefty dose of subjectivity to the discussion over whether the Xbox or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation controller</a> is &ldquo;best&rdquo;, and this generation it&rsquo;s a closer fight than ever. Sony has closed the gap in terms of ergonomics and accuracy, while also adding a touchpad to a tech recipe that already included a motion sensor - on paper it certainly seems the more advanced pad, and in the hand it feels that little bit more premium. Having said that, to those migrating from Xbox 360 the Xbox One pad will feel totally &#39;right&#39;, and the localised vibration is a fun and occasionally very useful addition.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One control pad" alt="Xbox One control pad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02540.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One controller" alt="Xbox One controller" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02543.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One controller battery compartment" alt="Xbox One controller battery compartment" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02548.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Operating system: a slightly cluttered dashboard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sitting somewhere between the Xbox 360 dashboard and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8 Metro</a> interface, the Xbox One UI is clean, colourful and&hellip; a little confusing. The endless panes of the 360 have been stripped back to just three: Pins on the left, where you can keep your favourite apps and games ever ready, Store on the right, which is pretty self-explanatory, and Home in the centre.</p> <p>Home is a difficult place to settle into at first. The last thing you had open takes up the large centre image, while the four underneath are also ordered by how recently you accessed them and the one to the right of that represents the disc that&rsquo;s in the drive.</p> <p>With these tiles constantly shifting as you switch between apps and games it can prove a little tricky to keep up, and it&rsquo;s not helped by the fact that all of the system apps (Settings, TV, Store, etc) are represented by the same (user-selected) colour and a white logo, making them all look too similar for instinctive navigation. A game appearing in the recent activity tiles as well as the disc drive tile also seems a bit of a waste, especially as Xbox Movies you watch don&rsquo;t appear, meaning you have to delve back into the Store to resume whatever you were watching, even if you&rsquo;ve bought it.</p> <p>And talking of the Store, there are some weird issues here, too. Try using the One&#39;s global search function to find <em>Destiny</em>. You&#39;d have thought it would take you to game page where you could at the very least watch trailers and probably pre-order the game for download on the day of launch. Alas, that game page doesn&#39;t exist, the One doesn&#39;t yet support pre-orders of digital editions, and no trailers or other game information is turned up. It&#39;s almost like the game doesn&#39;t exist, but is made all the more weird by the fact that there&#39;s a trailer for the game on the console&#39;s Home screen. Think that&#39;s just Microsoft marginalising a game that&#39;s launching with exclusive PS4 content? Try typing in &quot;Advanced Warfare&quot; or &quot;Quantum Break&quot; and the result is the same.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One dashboard" alt="Xbox One dashboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Home_US_3P.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One pins" alt="Xbox One pins" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Pins_US_3P.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kinect: from cornerstone to marginalised accessory </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now here&#39;s the big change: Kinect, touted by Microsoft as an absolutely key component of the One&#39;s very existence, has been unbundled from the package. So should you buy one now that&nbsp;it&#39;s merely an accessory? Probably not.</p> <p>Over the last eight months we&#39;ve barely used ours, and given that Microsoft has now introduced new controller shortcuts that are actually much quicker than the mostly-correct-but-occasionally-annoyingly-inaccurate Kinect voice and gesture commands, there&#39;s even less reason to get it.</p> <p>There haven&#39;t been any particularly compelling Kinect gaming experiences, either, and those few developers who had such games in development will be seriously rethinking their plans now that the install base of Kinects can&#39;t be relied upon. Perhaps an amazing app or game will appear in the future that will bring Kinect back into the light, but we wouldn&#39;t hold our breath.</p> <p>If you&#39;ve already got a Kinect you may as well keep it set up for those&nbsp;handy features such as automatic login via face recognition &ndash; it can even log in a number of players at once and automatically switch priority by working out who&rsquo;s holding the controller.&nbsp;It also gives you one of the best Skype experiences we&rsquo;ve ever, umm, experienced, automatically panning and zooming to keep you in shot and producing crisp video and audio.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Kinect" alt="Xbox One Kinect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02558.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Kinect versus PlayStation Camera" alt="Xbox One Kinect versus PlayStation Camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02573.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Skype" alt="Xbox One Skype" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Skype_Group%20Call_No%20Snap.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TV, TV, TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It may have upset the thoroughbred gamers out there, but for a good number of people seeing Xbox control cable TV through voice commands during the announcement press conference was pretty exciting. It was a huge disappointment then, that this other huge new feature of the One was so underbaked for the UK at launch. Now, though, Microsoft has mostly finished the cooking.</p> <p>It all starts with&nbsp;HDMI pass-through &ndash; you plug your Freeview, Freesat, Sky or Virgin PVR into the HDMI input, and then plug the Xbox into your TV or AV receiver as normal. Hey presto, you can now watch your TV through the console dashboard. You can even set the Xbox to turn on your PVR, TV and amp automatically at start-up, ushering in the dream scenario of walking into a room and having all of your kit turn on with a two-word utterance of &ldquo;Xbox on&rdquo; - assuming you kept your Kinect, of course. A long press of the Xbox button on the pad will have the same effect if not.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve got a relatively simple setup in your lounge it&rsquo;s awesome, but it&rsquo;s worth remembering that while the Xbox can be taught the remote codes for all of your equipment there are only certain functions it can perform &ndash; switching inputs is not among them, so if your TV or AV amp start-up to an input other than the one your Xbox is connected to you&rsquo;re going to have to dig out the old zapper.</p> <p>But at least we do now have the OneGuide in Blighty. This fully integrates your PVR into the Xbox One UI, and gives you an Xbox-style version of your PVR&#39;s EPG. Testing it with Sky is initially exciting - the OneGuide is simple but actually much quicker than Sky&#39;s own EPG, and clicking on a program sends the relevant three-digit channel code to your Sky box via IR with real accuracy. There doesn&#39;t appear to be any loss of sound or video quality when using pass-through, and the earlier stutter issues caused by non-PAL refresh rates have gone.</p> <p>But there are issues. Recording isn&#39;t supported, and there&#39;s no way to access Sky&#39;s other menus through the OneGuide. Want to browse your recordings or the vast amount of on-demand content that Sky has to offer? You&#39;ll be reaching for the old Sky remote then.</p> <p>That rather undermines the whole feture, really, and you&#39;ve got to ask yourself whether routing your PVR through the Xbox UI is a good idea if you share your TV with non-gamers anyway.</p> <p>If you are the only person who uses your TV, there&#39;s still only really one major advantage to the OneGuide, and that&#39;s that you can multi-task using the Snap feature. However, there are some issues there, too...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox OneGuide" alt="Xbox OneGuide" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OneGuide_TV%20Listings_US.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Multi-tasking in a Snap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Snap is the Xbox One&rsquo;s picture-in-picture tech. At any time, while doing anything, simply say &ldquo;Xbox, Snap&hellip;&rdquo; followed by the name of any of the console&rsquo;s Snappable apps and it will appear in a column on the right-hand side of the screen. There&#39;s now a controller shortcut for this, too - a double-tap of the Xbox button. Guess what? That&#39;s even quicker than the Kinect command.</p> <p>Playing a game and want to see what the football score is? &ldquo;Xbox, Snap TV&rdquo;. Watching TV and want to see what your friends are up to? &ldquo;Xbox, Snap Activity&rdquo;. And when you want to go back to just the one app, simply say &ldquo;Xbox, unsnap&rdquo; or return to the dashboard and click on the Unsnap icon.</p> <p>Not every app is Snappable, but a good bunch are, including the Game DVR and Xbox Music. In fact, using Snap is the only way to play Xbox Music while gaming, which is rather a shame &ndash; you may well want to listen to Band Of Horses while racing cars in <em>Forza 5</em>, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean you want to sacrifice a portion of your screen to pictures of the hairy chaps. Alas, that&rsquo;s the only way to do it.</p> <p>The Snap feature now has independent volume control for the two apps you&#39;re running. That&#39;s a big improvement on having both blaring at you at the same volume as before, but it&#39;s still not ideal as you have to go back to the dashboard and into settings to make adjustments, so you can&#39;t hear the changes as you make them, and even then it&#39;s a simple sliding scale of priority. How about simply prioritising whichever screen is currently selected and muting the other, so that you can concentrate on a game but quickly flick to the snapped TV app when a goal is scored or something? Or even in-app, on-the-fly volume control? Is that too much to ask?</p> <p>There&#39;s now a Snap mode for achievements, and those who like to hunt down every last one will find it very useful, because as well as giving you info on the achievement you&#39;ve just unlocked, clicking on one you&#39;re yet to get does an immediate web search for help on getting it. It&#39;s brilliantly quick - even more so than using the phone sitting next to you.</p> <p>Putting Snap to one side, switching between apps on the fly is very quick and easy. If you&rsquo;ve already opened the app you want at least once in this session it&rsquo;s practically instantaneous, although you have to wait a few seconds for it to initialise if not. Game progress is automatically paused while you mess around with other apps &ndash; go back to it and it&rsquo;ll instantly resume wherever you left off.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Party Snap" alt="Xbox One Party Snap" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Party%20Snapped_Movie_US.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Music Snap" alt="Xbox One Music Snap" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Music%20Snapped_Gameplay_US.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t forget the games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Lest we forget, this is still a games machine first and foremost, and like Sony, Microsoft has been putting plenty of thought into how that should work for this new generation. Its DRM-like, constantly connected authentication system was binned after the post-announcement outcry, but you do install all games to the Xbox One, as you do with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4</a>.</p> <p>Disc-based games begin installing as soon as you slot them into the drive, but some games can be played before the process is complete. The 55secs it took for the PS4 to have <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/killzone-shadow-fall/review" target="_blank"><em>Killzone</em></a> ready to play is still the benchmark, though &ndash; on Xbox One we waited nearly 4 minutes for <em>Zoo Tycoon</em> to be playable, and 7 minutes for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/forza-motorsport-5/review" target="_blank"><em>Forza 5</em></a>. <em>Ryse</em> was &ldquo;Ready to Start&rdquo; in just under 2 minutes, when just 3% was installed, but it turned out that only applied to the menu screens &ndash; actually starting a game took us to an installation page and it was in fact over 8 minutes before we could play. Now that&#39;s just cheating.</p> <p>A recent install of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank"><em>Titanfall</em></a> took an age, too. 1min21secs to even begin (presumably because there was also a game update that needed to be cued up), and then we had to wait for the entire game to be installed before we could start playing, and that took a painful 17 minutes. Now that&#39;s not very next-gen.</p> <p>One issue that has been sorted is that you can now manage your Xbox One&#39;s storage yourself. Pop into the My Games and Apps section and you can see what percentage of your 500GB HDD is currently in use and delete anything you&#39;re no longer playing.</p> <p>Would you rather expand your storage than delete stuff? That&#39;s now very easily done, thanks to support for external hard drives via USB. 2TB external drives can be had for as little as &pound;60 these days, and the use of USB3.0 means there&#39;s no data-transfer choke point. The new storage is integrated seamlessly and unlike with the PS4, you&#39;re adding to, rather than replacing, the system&#39;s built-in storage. It may not be terribly neat having an external device dangling out of your console, but it sure is handy when you consider 40-50GB games are now the norm.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="It&#039;s not perfect, but Ryse looks utterly gorgeous" alt="Ryse" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Ryse.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The games of right now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There were 59 games available to play on Xbox One at the last count, which should be plenty but is actually a long way shy of the PS4&#39;s 96.</p> <p>It&#39;s about more than numbers, though, and most of the big hitters are available on both of the consoles, including the likes of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/call-duty-ghosts/review" target="_blank"><em>Call Of Duty: Ghosts</em></a>,&nbsp;<em>Battlefield 4</em>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review" target="_blank"><em>Assassin&#39;s Creed: Black Flag</em></a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-14/fifa-14-next-gen/review" target="_blank"><em>FIFA 14</em></a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review" target="_blank"><em>Watch Dogs</em></a>,&nbsp;<em>Need For Speed Rivals</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wolfenstein-new-order/review" target="_blank">Wolfenstein: The New Order</a>.</em> Unfortunately, a good number of these run in a higher resolution on PS4 than Xbox One, which is&nbsp;a bitter pill for gamers expecting the next-gen experience to swallow, even if the games still look and play great when tackled in isolation. At least it&#39;s a&nbsp;problem that&#39;s on the way out, thanks to the unbundling of Kinect freeing up a performance boost for game developers.</p> <p>And let&#39;s not forget the exclusives that are already out there. <em>Dead Rising 3</em> and <em>Ryse</em> are more solid than truly brilliant, but the PS4 still doesn&#39;t have a driving game to rival the Xbox One&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/forza-motorsport-5/review" target="_blank"><em>Forza 5</em></a>, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank"><em>Titanfall</em></a> offers one of the best multiplayer gaming experiences of the last few years.</p> <p>It does feel as though Sony is currently winning the indie game battle, but there are a couple of Xbox One exclusives that are well worth your time, including <em>Halo: Spartan Assault</em> and <em>Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Xbox-exclusive Titanfall is a modern multiplayer classic" alt="Titanfall" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/titanfall_2.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="It&#039;s seriously silly, but Dead Rising 3 is also quite a lot of fun" alt="Dead Rising 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dead-rising-3-Los_Perdidos.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1600" height="900" title="Forza 5 keeps getting bolstered by extra cars" alt="Forza 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/renault-spark-03-wm-forza5-aug-cu.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The games of the future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Eight months in, and the gaming floodgates are finally about to open - we&#39;re all going to get drenched in next-gen gaming awesomeness in the run-up to Christmas, and there&#39;s lots to be excited about after that, too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank"><em>Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em></a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review" target="_blank"><em>Battlefield Hardline</em></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review" target="_blank"><em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</em></a>&nbsp;all look like proper revolutions for their respective franchises, while&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review" target="_blank"><em>FIFA 15</em></a>&nbsp;is prettier and smoother than ever and next-gen&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/fully-charged-grand-theft-auto-5-ps4-xb1-and-pc-facebook-s-accidental-slingshot-launch-and-" target="_blank"><em>GTA 5</em></a>&nbsp;will give everyone an excuse to revisit Los Santos.</p> <p>Then there are the completely new titles -&nbsp;<em>Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor</em>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank"><em>Alien Isolation</em></a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review" target="_blank"><em>The Evil Within</em></a>,&nbsp;<em>Evolve</em>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review" target="_blank"><em>The Crew</em></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Project Cars</em>.</p> <p>All of these games are going to be available on both the Xbox One and PS4, though, and many an Xbox gamer is moaning that the PS4 version of the massively anticipated&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny</a>&nbsp;</em>is getting a whole load of extra content.</p> <p>Two can play that game, though, and the Xbox will be getting <em>Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em> DLC first.</p> <p>Microsoft&#39;s also got one over on Sony by announcing that <em>Rise Of The Tomb Raider</em> will be available only on Xbox, at least initially. A big third-party exclusive like that is ridiculously rare these days, and it comes on top of a bunch of exciting first-party exclusives, such as <em>Quantum Break</em>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/e3-2014/first-play-sunset-overdrive/feature" target="_blank"><em>Sunset Overdrive</em></a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-5/first-play-forza-horizon-2/feature" target="_blank"><em>Forza Horizon 2</em></a>, <em>Crackdown</em>, <em>Ori And The Blind Forest</em>, and the extremely intriguing <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/project-spark-brilliantly-sneaky-way-teach-your-kids-code/feature" target="_blank"><em>Project Spark</em></a>.</p> <p>And let&#39;s not forget <em>Halo</em>, which gets the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature" target="_blank"><em>Master Chief Collection</em></a> of remasters this year and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-5-guardians-confirmed-autumn-2015/news" target="_blank"><em>Halo 5: Guardians</em></a> in 2015.</p> <p>The future&#39;s looking very bright on the Xbox One games front. Brighter than the PS4? We&#39;ll have to wait until those games are actually playable to find out.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature" target="_blank">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/gamescom-2014-ultimate-roundup/feature" target="_blank">Your one-stop shop for all of Microsoft&#39;s Gamescom 2014 Trailers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Not much is known about Halo 5, but we&#039;re still ridiculously excited" alt="Halo 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Halo_Xbox_One_Reveal_04.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="Sunset Overdrive looks like the antidote to all those po-faced shooters out there" alt="Sunset Overdrive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset-overdrive-electricity.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1600" height="900" title="Apparently Quantum Break combines game with TV show, but we don&#039;t really know how yet" alt="Quantum Break" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/quantum-break.png?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Upcoming games in detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Click below for extra info and hands-on impressions of all of the most exciting PS4 games in development</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank"><em>Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare&nbsp;</em>hands-on preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review"><em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity </em>preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review" target="_blank"><em>Battlefield Hardline&nbsp;</em>first play preview</a></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review" target="_blank">FIFA 15</a></em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review" target="_blank">&nbsp;first play preview</a></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation&nbsp;</a></em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review" target="_blank"><em>The Evil Within&nbsp;</em>first play preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review" target="_blank"><em>The Crew&nbsp;</em>preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank"><em>Destiny&nbsp;</em>preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/e3-2014/first-play-sunset-overdrive/feature" target="_blank"><em>Sunset Overdrive&nbsp;</em>first play preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-5/first-play-forza-horizon-2/feature" target="_blank"><em>Forza Horizon 2&nbsp;</em>first play preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature" target="_blank"><em>Halo: Master Chief Collection</em> hands-on</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Online: how to make friends and follow people </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Already extremely robust on 360, the Xbox Friends system has been fairly heavily modified for Xbox One. One of the biggest changes is that you can now add anyone as a Friend to immediately get updates on their activity (assuming their privacy settings allow it), but to them you&rsquo;ll appear as a Follower unless they also add you as a Friend. It&rsquo;s like the old system with a bit of Twitter thrown in.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s easier to connect with the people you want to then, but crucially it should also be easier to avoid the foul-mouthed tykes that so often ruin an online deathmatch, thanks to a reputation system designed to segregate players with bad reputations.</p> <p>And of course the scarily addictive Achievements system has been ported over to Xbox One, along with your existing Gamerscore. Challenges are being introduced, too, so that specific goals can be set for individuals or the community at large to work towards &ndash; a nice idea that seems to have been borrowed from Bungie&rsquo;s <em>Halo</em> series.</p> <p>Less of a nice idea is Achievements awarded for non-gaming activities, such as watching a movie or listening to a song. Thankfully these don&rsquo;t add to your Gamerscore, which would just be weird.</p> <p>As with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">PS4</a>, pretty much all disc-released games are available for download from the Xbox Store, either directly through the console or through the website or companion app (SmartGlass), and as with the PS4, they&#39;re outrageously expensive. You&#39;ve got to be seriously lazy or impatient to pay &pound;60 for the download of <em>Watch_Dogs</em> when the disc is <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/UBI-Soft-Watch-Dogs-Xbox/dp/B00CM1KX0W/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1408980176&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=watch+dogs" target="_blank">&pound;43 from Amazon</a>. This really needs sorting.</p> <p>As mentioned earlier, pre-ordering digital versions of games isn&#39;t yet supported through Xbox, but is said to be on the way. Hopefully at that point we&#39;ll also get game pages so that trailers for unreleased games are easier to find.</p> <p>And Microsoft has also taken a leaf out of Sony&#39;s book by introducing free games for those who pay the &pound;40 annual subscription to Xbox Live Gold. Games With Gold gives every member the opportunity to download two free Xbox One games (and one Xbox 360 game) for free each month. The games made available so far haven&#39;t exactly been the cream of the crop, but hopefully once the back catalogue expands, the quality of free games will improve.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Profile" alt="Xbox One Profile" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Profile_US.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One headset" alt="Xbox One headset" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/XboxOne_Chatheadset_LHS_34_RGB_2013.png?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watching movies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To be a successful hub of all lounge-based fun, a modern console needs to do much more besides games, and on top of the hit-and-miss PVR integration previously discussed, there are a bunch of apps that deliver stuff to watch when you&#39;re not gaming.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s support for Blu-rays though the Blu-ray app, which plays in 1080p with support for Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio - although these aren&#39;t output natively, so you&#39;ll want to choose PCM to get them sounding their best. Plus, if you&rsquo;re the kind of person who gets a kick out of this sort of thing, you&rsquo;ll also love the built-in picture calibrator, which is an extremely thorough way to get your TV looking its best.</p> <p>There are lots of streaming apps, too.&nbsp;Xbox Video has a massive selection of movies available to rent and buy on-demand. Even films that are bought are streamed rather than downloaded, with the One dynamically scaling picture quality to match your broadband speed, but while there&rsquo;s touch too much judder for them to be mistaken for Blu-rays, the overall quality is high.</p> <p>Then there&#39;s the evergreen on-demand suspects - Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Sky&#39;s Now TV and YouTube. iPlayer is still missing but due at some point this year. Sky Go is also missing from the Xbox One, which is odd considering it is on Xbox 360 and has been confirmed as being on the way to PS4. Crucially, all of these media apps are available whether you subscribe to Xbox Gold or not.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 30 Best Things to Watch on Netflix Right Now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox Video" alt="Xbox Video" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Movies%20TV%20Store_US.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Making movies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4</a>, the Xbox One is constantly recording as you play. Clips are saved in two ways &ndash; automatically when you do something special in a game (usually it&rsquo;s unlock an Achievement), and manually by saying &ldquo;Xbox, record that&rdquo; or snapping the Game DVR app while you play. These clips are then made available in the Upload app, but the onus is on you to then go into the app and save the clips you want to keep &ndash; otherwise they&rsquo;re deleted to make room for more further down the line.</p> <p>Using the Upload app you can also edit and share your photos, including sending them to SkyDrive, where they&rsquo;re stored as a 720p MP4 for further editing and sharing however you see fit. As of March this year you can also broadcast gameplay live using Twitch. Simply say &quot;Xbox, broadcast&quot; if you&#39;re using Kinect or open the Twitch app if not, and whatever you&#39;re playing will be streamed to the internet for every other gamer to watch and comment on. I&#39;m sure they&#39;ll be nice...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Upload" alt="Xbox One Upload" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Upload%20Snapped_Killer%20Instinct.jpg?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xbox One has changed dramatically since it launched in November 2013. Simply put, Microsoft had bitten off more than it could chew and the console at launch felt decidedly unfinished.</p> <p>There are still issues with it - for instance the TV integration and Snap multi-tasking aren&#39;t where they need to be for gamers to embrace them wholeheartedly, and that&#39;s a big shame.</p> <p>But now that the price is the same as that of the PS4, that&#39;s much less of a problem. You might not be gaining much from their inclusion, but you&#39;re not losing, either.</p> <p>And it&#39;s all thanks to Kinect coming out of the package. It&#39;s sort of a shame in one respect, as Kinect was what made the Xbox One different and more ambitious, and the technology involved is seriously impressive. There&#39;s a feeling that if Microsoft had properly refined it before launch and supported it with better games it could have won people around, but it&#39;s hard to see a way back for the camera accessory now.</p> <p>So on the one hand the Xbox One is a less ambitious and more conservative console than was originally intended, but on the other that&#39;s allowed Microsoft to focus on the core gaming experience, and that puts it in a far better position to fight the PS4 in the future.</p> <p>For us the PS4 is still just about in front - right now it&#39;s got more games, many of which run at a higher resolution, more video apps, a nicer UI and a sleeker design - but the Xbox One is now very much in the fight. Let the comeback begin.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/games-machines/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games Machines in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One review" alt="Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02558_0.JPG?1409305386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are still niggles, but the newly Kinect-less Xbox One is a better, more focused games machine</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox One long-term test </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;The newly Kinect-less Xbox One is a better, more focused games machine&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Games consoles Games Machines Microsoft Xbox One Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:33:06 +0000 Tom Parsons 1426739 at http://www.stuff.tv OPINION: Why I don’t want to see an Apple games console http://www.stuff.tv/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Innovation within a medium doesn’t come from a return to the status quo, argues Craig Grannell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple gaming is already a big deal commercially" alt="Why I don’t want to see an Apple games console" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-games-controller-moga-1.jpg?1408844851" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Three Apple products routinely fail to appear during the company&rsquo;s live events: a smartwatch, a television, and a games console.</p> <p>The much-rumoured <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">iWatch</a> has stolen everything else&rsquo;s thunder of late, but the idea of an Apple games console continues to bubble away under the surface, like grim, stinky water threatening to explode from a drain.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A chequered history </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s unlikely today&rsquo;s Apple would churn out something as grotesquely awful as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/bad-apples-%E2%80%93%C2%A0six-apples-greatest-blunders/news">Pippin</a>, but the only official authorised gaming hardware for iOS devices hardly smacks of a company brimming with confidence and interest in the games industry.</p> <p>Third-party iOS games controllers based around official Apple specifications and - according to underground murmurings - manufacturing limitations and demands, remain badly supported and overpriced; with the odd exception, they&rsquo;re also not terribly well made - a far cry from the devices they&rsquo;re designed to be used with.</p> <p>On the App Store, Apple has recently made some smart decisions regarding the curation of its gargantuan games selection, to help people avoid countless dreadful titles that lurk, ready to make you wish you&rsquo;d instead hurled your 69p at a squirrel.</p> <p>Quality collections pepper App Store pages and there&rsquo;s a regular indie game showcase to surface little-known gems. However, pride of place is still often taken by grindfests designed to suck coins from your bank account, like a demented, malevolent vacuum cleaner with a cash addiction.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apple seemingly recognises the value of games as part of a greater ecosystem, but not always the value of quality titles in and off themselves; or alternatively, it doesn&rsquo;t care and is simply happy making money by foisting freemium garbage on to as many people as possible.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The app store has had a revamp recently" alt="Why I don’t want to see an Apple games console" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-games-app-store-1.jpg?1408844851" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A DIFFERENT KIND OF GAMING </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Perhaps most importantly, the cream of iOS has always been heavy on innovation, in part due to the lack of traditional controls on touchscreen devices. And the more games I play on the iPhone or iPad, the less I clamour for traditional gaming experiences.&nbsp;</p> <p>Perhaps it&rsquo;s a question of age - wanting something new after the countless games I&rsquo;ve played since first gawping in wide-eyed wonder at a <em>Space Invaders</em> cabinet as a kid. Or maybe I know I can grab my Vita if I want something with a D-pad and buttons. But I&rsquo;d sooner immerse myself in intuitive multitouch titles such as <em>Year Walk</em> and <em>Eliss Infinity</em>, and encourage more such innovation, than hope Apple desperately tries to shoehorn iOS gaming into an Xbox- or PlayStation-shaped mould, on a relatively distant TV screen, with all the associated baggage and expectations.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even if the company instead went with an overhauled, powered-up Apple TV that took gaming more seriously - something I&rsquo;ve previously&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/opinion-amazon-s-fire-tv-shows-it-s-time-apple-tv-embrace-gaming/feature">argued Apple should consider&nbsp;</a>- there&rsquo;s a risk of fragmentation and further c<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/will-objectivity-be-thrown-under-bus-google-and-apple-trade-video-game-exclusivity-promotion/feature">lamouring for exclusives</a>, along with additional demands on developers already struggling to cope with increasingly diverse iOS hardware.</p> <p>With traditional consoles firmly entrenched in a hardcore gaming mindset, but mobile&rsquo;s tendrils snugly enveloping the mainstream consumer, it&rsquo;s hard to see how Apple would benefit in squaring up to Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Perhaps there&rsquo;s something obvious no-one&rsquo;s really considered - that &lsquo;Aha!&rsquo; moment in gaming Apple could crack and everyone else would then clamour to copy. But maybe that&rsquo;s already occurred, and no-one really noticed.</p> <p>It could be we don&rsquo;t need an Apple games console, because the second screen has for many already become the first; even if Apple unveiled a console tomorrow, those wedded to an Xbox or PlayStation wouldn&rsquo;t budge, and those already gaming on their iPhones and iPads don&rsquo;t want or need another piece of hardware anyway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature">The 25 best games right now for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VuKGJyJZY7s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature#comments Apple Apps and Games Games consoles Gaming iOS games Opinion Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:46:51 +0000 Marc McLaren 1445528 at http://www.stuff.tv Long-term test: Sony PS4 http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eight months on, is the PS4 still the king of the consoles? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation 4 review" alt="PlayStation 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-playstation-4-review-verdict.png?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eight months is a lifetime in tech. A phone that&#39;s been available for eight months has already been demoted to&nbsp;irrelevance&nbsp;by the next dream device on the horizon.</p> <p>But with consoles it&#39;s different. Consoles have to live for years, and consoles evolve as they get older thanks to more games, more apps and more features.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £350.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stunning 1080p gaming for the win </div> <div class="field-item even"> Remote Play is brilliant </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Super-slick and fast operation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No DLNA - yet </div> <div class="field-item even"> 4K games still out of reach </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Some features look a little underbaked right now </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build: living life on the wedge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Smaller and lighter than it seems in pictures, the PS4 is not a device that you&rsquo;re going to have trouble finding a home for. In fact, it&rsquo;s very close to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-playstation-3-2012/review" target="_blank">PS3 Super Slim</a> in terms of width and height - the 30cm depth does increase its footprint, but only to<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-ps3-slim/review" target="_blank"> PS3 Slim</a> levels. It&rsquo;s a pretty compact device, then, and that&rsquo;s extra impressive when you realise that the power pack is built in, whereas the Xbox One has a big external unit.</p> <p>Overall this is a subtle but unique design, with the etched PS4 logo and glossy section (which is actually the removable hard drive cover) adding a touch of class. Only the slot-loader lets the side down in this regard &ndash; there&rsquo;s nothing exactly wrong with it, but it&rsquo;s got a bit of clunky resistance that the super-smooth <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo-wii-u/review" target="_blank">Wii U</a> drive doesn&rsquo;t.</p> <p>Far more important as far as we&rsquo;re concerned is the noise a console makes, and the PS4 is a very stealthy device. When idling we recorded 42dB from 14cm in front of the console &ndash; just 2dB over the ambient noise in the room. While installing a game disc this rose to 51dB, but once the disc is ripped it settles back down to around 43-44dB. In short, it&rsquo;s significantly quieter than the most recent versions of the PS3 and Xbox 360, and at most times completely unnoticeable unless the room is all-but silent. Impressive.</p> <p>Eight months on we&#39;re still to hear of any major technical issues with the PS4. There&#39;s always time for a Red Ring Of Death-type problem to reveal itself, but so far the slim, tightly packed chassis doesn&#39;t appear to impact reliability.</p> <p>It still looks like a classy bit of kit, too, even if the smart details such as the thin strip that runs around the edges are tireless dust-collectors.</p> <p>And if black is just a little too subdued for your tastes, you can now <a href="http://www.game.co.uk/en/white-playstation-4-with-destiny-vanguard-only-at-game-301247" target="_blank">pre-order a really pretty white version of the console</a>, which comes bundled with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2930395778001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2930395778001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Thankfully, while the DualShock 4 looks like only a minor departure from its predecessor, it&rsquo;s a much better pad.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a small increase in weight, slightly larger, rounder handles, and the L2 and R2 buttons have greater surface area and far greater travel. Each individual improvement is a subtle one, but together they&rsquo;re enough to transform the DualShock into a far more satisfying controller and a worthy rival to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One pad</a>.</p> <p>Also in the &ldquo;subtle changes&rdquo; category is a shift from mini USB to microUSB for the top-mounted charge-and-sync socket. There are also two new sockets below the PS button on the underside of the controller. One is for connecting a wired headset (more on that below), the other &ndash; labelled &ldquo;EXT&rdquo; &ndash; has a purpose not yet revealed by Sony. We love a good mystery, but if it turns out to be for a QWERTY keyboard attachment we&rsquo;re going to be right miffed.</p> <p>The Start and Select buttons have now been retired and replaced with Share and Option buttons, the first of which enables easy uploading of the game footage that the PS4 is constantly, automatically capturing, while the latter largely behaves just as the DualShock 3&#39;s Start does during games, but also reveals more info and options when pressed while an icon on the GUI is highlighted.</p> <p>Those two new buttons straddle the DualShock 4&rsquo;s boldest new feature &ndash; a clickable, multi-touch-capable touchpad. Unfortunately we&rsquo;re not completely sold on the usefulness of the touchpad &ndash; it does nothing at all when you&rsquo;re in the PS4&rsquo;s menus and only serves a purpose in games if developers specifically integrate it. Eight months on, the cute controls in <em>The Playroom</em> and&nbsp;control of the OWL robot in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/killzone-shadow-fall/review"><em>Killzone Shadow Fall</em></a> - both launch titles - are still the most interesting uses of the touchpad, with other games using it only as an extra button, if at all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-ps4/gallery?viewid=105978" target="_blank">CHECK OUT OUR FULL PS4 AND DUALSHOCK 4 GALLERY HERE&nbsp;</a></p> <p>We&rsquo;re still similarly underwhelmed by the light bar on the top edge of the controller. We understand that it helps the optional PlayStation Camera to track you and it does look pretty, but the suggestion that it can communicate player status and the like by flashing and changing colour is rather undermined by the fact that you can&rsquo;t really see the bar when holding the DualShock at a normal gaming angle.</p> <p>We wouldn&rsquo;t mind, but the touchpad and light bar are presumably the high-tech elements that most push the cost of a separately bought DualShock 4 up to the hefty sum of &pound;49. We suspect Sony would have sold a great deal more controllers by now if they&#39;d been cheaper, even without the light bar and touchpad.</p> <p>One of the fancy features of the DualShock 4 that we do love is the in-built speaker. Again, it&#39;s been used only sparingly so far, but alerts in <em>Resogun</em> and voice logs in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naughty-dog/last-us-remastered/review" target="_blank"><em>The Last of Us Remastered</em></a> are injected with an extra dose of awesome when they come out of the controller.</p> <p>Speaking of sound, the bundled mono headset continues to be an unpleasant blemish in an otherwise very premium package.&nbsp;Essentially half of the cheapest-feeling pair of earphones you&rsquo;ve ever seen, the bud actually does a decent enough job of pumping voice-chat into your lugholes and has a mic and switch at around chin height so that you can spout expletives at your enemies and use voice control for the PS4 UI. If you&#39;re looking for a voice-chat upgrade, we&#39;d heartily recommend the <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Turtle-Beach-Ear-Force-P4C/dp/B00EI4V3FU/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1407861583&amp;sr=8-7&amp;keywords=ps4+headset" target="_blank">&pound;12 Turtle Beach P4C</a>.</p> <p>One extra advantage of the headset socket is that it can be set to carry all audio, so any normal pair of headphones can be plugged into it for a spot of private gaming or Blu-ray watching. There are also now a whole host of PS4-compatible headsets out there, ranging in price from about &pound;20 to &pound;200.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/3-best-ps4-headsets/feature" target="_blank">Three of the Best PS4 Headsets</a></strong></p> <p>Finally and unsurprisingly, motion control makes a return in the DualShock 4, and it&rsquo;s far more accurate than before - as anyone who&rsquo;s played <em>Flower</em> on the PS3 will notice when they download it (for free) and try the PS4 version. It&rsquo;s just far more responsive, accurate and smooth. The motion control is so much better that you can now use it as a way to enter text in the PlayStation&rsquo;s menus, and it&rsquo;s much quicker than using the d-pad.</p> <p>All in all, while we&rsquo;re not yet convinced by every one of the DualShock 4&rsquo;s features, we are very convinced by the&nbsp;overall quality of the new controller. There are reports of the thumb pads on the analogue sticks degrading, and we have in fact seen that happen ourselves on the pads used with <em>Stuff</em>&#39;s dedicated <em>FIFA</em> machine, but to say those pads are subjected to excessive wear and tear would be a massive understatement. One that&#39;s looked after should remain solid for a long time to come.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation 4 DualShock controller " alt="PlayStation 4 DualShock controller " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-4-review-controller-1.png?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation 4 DualShock controller " alt="PlayStation 4 DualShock controller " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-4-review-controller-3.png?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation 4 DualShock controller " alt="PlayStation 4 DualShock controller " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-4-review-controller-2.jpg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation 4 mono headset " alt="PlayStation 4 mono headset " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-playstation-4-review-mono-earbud.png?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Already got a PS4? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Check out our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ultimate-setup/feature">PS4 Ultimate Setup here</a>, and read about the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-4-5-best-games-2013/feature">best PS4 games here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Operating system: “PlayStation Dynamic Menu” doesn&#039;t do it justice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So you&rsquo;ve ogled and plugged in the console and fondled the controller so much that it&rsquo;s already covered in mucky fingerprints - now it&rsquo;s time to get gaming. Or at least it will be once you&#39;ve done any and all firmware updates that will probably be available for your freshly unboxed console.</p> <p>Once done you can finally get to know the PlayStation 4 interface, known rather undynamically as the PlayStation Dynamic Menu. This row of bold, square icons always contains What&rsquo;s New, TV &amp; Video, Live from PlayStation, Internet Browser, Video Unlimited, Music Unlimited and Library, with any games you&rsquo;ve installed slotted in in the order you most recently installed or played them. This whole section is designed to feed you live information, though, so hover on What&rsquo;s New and you&rsquo;ll see news and updates from around the PlayStation Network (now to be known as PSN), while leaving the cursor on a game brings up a row of extra icons that include things such as new content that&rsquo;s now available, the section that you last reached (so that you can hop straight back to that point), your friends&rsquo; recent activity in the game, community videos and the game manual. It&rsquo;s all genuinely quick, slick and useful.</p> <p>But don&rsquo;t mourn the old XrossMediaBar, for it&rsquo;s just an upwards-press away, and with so much content now having been moved to the PlayStation Dynamic Menu, this is now a clearer and cleaner selection of icons that takes in the likes of the PlayStation Store, Friends, Parties, Trophies and Settings. All are pretty self-explanatory although it&rsquo;s well worth exploring the Settings menu to ensure all is set up the way you want; we&rsquo;d definitely recommend enabling standby features so that the PS4 can download software updates and provide power via USB when it&rsquo;s on standby.</p> <p>One omission that still hasn&#39;t been rectified is that you&#39;re not alerted when your Friends come online. For some people with hundreds of friends (they don&#39;t count as real friends - you do know that, don&#39;t you?), that may be a blessing, but having the option to turn those notifications on and off surely wouldn&#39;t be that tricky. Perhaps a way to group friends into groups, so that you can be notified from some and not others, would be a neat touch.</p> <p>When it comes to actual gaming, pop a disc in and the bad news is that you have to install at least some of it before you can play it &ndash; in fact the process starts automagically as soon as you slot the disc in. The good news is that this doesn&rsquo;t take as long as you might imagine. In fact, we were able to play <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/call-duty-ghosts/review" target="_blank"><em>Call of Duty: Ghosts</em></a> just 55 seconds after slotting it into the drive. The game continues to install in the background, but the only way to tell is a touch of extra noise from the console &ndash; the game itself plays flawlessly.</p> <p>Not quick enough for you? Games can now be pre-ordered from the PS Store and downloaded before launch, ready for play as soon as the clock ticks over to the official release date. It&#39;s a brilliant feature that would be far more attractive if buying digital versions of games from the Store wasn&#39;t so much more expensive than buying the discs from your friendly online shop. Buying non-physical copies direct from the source shouldn&#39;t command a premium in 2014, but it does.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/uk-ps4-players-be-ripped-game-downloads/news" target="_blank">UK PS4 players get a rubbish deal on game downloads</a></strong></p> <p>Using the PS4 is a slick and fast experience all-round, though. Whether from standby or switched off entirely the console takes just 25-30 seconds to boot, and lag or stutter when navigating menus and multitasking is a rare, rare thing.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a pleasing openness to Sony&rsquo;s approach, too. Sure, unlike with PS3 a &pound;40 per-year PlayStation Plus subscription is now mandatory if you want to play online, but if one person in the house has subscribed, everyone else who uses that console also gets access. Ditto any games, movies or DLC that have been purchased and downloaded.</p> <p>On the other hand there are a couple of odd omissions. You can&rsquo;t customise the wallpaper, for example, and the suspend and resume feature still isn&#39;t available. More annoyingly, the PS4 doesn&rsquo;t have DLNA built-in and still won&rsquo;t play media files over your network or from USB. The company has been &quot;exploring possibilities&quot; since launch with regards to adding the features, but eight months on there&#39;s still no confirmation. Fingers crossed they&#39;re part of the plan for the recently announced 2.0 firmware, due in the autumn.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="PS4 Home" alt="PS4 Home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Whats-new.jpg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation 4 review Profile " alt="PlayStation 4 review Profile " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/05_Profile_1380034395.jpg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation 4 review Gallery View " alt="PlayStation 4 review Gallery View " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/03-GalleryView_Video_1380034394.jpg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation 4 review Share button " alt="PlayStation 4 review Share button " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/share_button_update_1380034396%20copy.jpg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gaming performance: the next-gen promise fulfilled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We demand more than great games from a modern games consoles, but gaming performance still comes first, and once you&rsquo;ve overcome the disappointment that 4K games are still the exclusive domain of the high-end PC the PS4 is hard to fault in the performance stakes.</p> <p>But while at launch the PS4 had a graphical advantage over the Xbox One, with many key cross-platform games such as <em>Call Of Duty: Ghosts</em> and <em>Battlefield 4</em> hitting 1080p on the former but falling short on the latter, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/flight/fully-charged-xbox-one-s-kinect-less-power-boost-flight-wi-fi-expanding-across-europe-and-wor" target="_blank">Microsoft&#39;s decision to drop the Kinect requirement</a> has freed up enough processing power for the gap to be largely bridged.</p> <p>Now we&#39;ve essentially got parity in the technical quality of games across the two platforms, it becomes even more about the content itself. Eight months in, how&#39;s the PS4&#39;s line-up looking?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Call of Duty: Ghosts " alt="Call of Duty: Ghosts " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Skyscraper.jpg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When 500GB just isn’t enough </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The PS4 comes with 500GB of storage space, which might sound like a lot compared to the 60GB that the PS3 launched with, but with the OS and its gubbins taking up 92GB, plus big games taking up anything from 30-50GB, that hard disk is going to fill pretty quickly. Deletes and installs are quick, but there is a better solution &ndash; upgrade the hard disk.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a thoroughly straightforward job, and according to Sony as long as the drive you&rsquo;re putting in is a 2.5in model with a speed of at least 5400rpm and capacity of at least 160GB, it will work.</p> <p>We&#39;ve done some experimenting ourselves with a bunch of different HDDs and&nbsp;there are definite benefits to upgrading, but you have to decide whether speed or capacity is your priority.</p> <p>Going for a 1TB HDD is the obvious choice. It more than doubles the usable space on the PS4 while still keeping costs down (2TB 2.5in drives are still prohibitively expensive). I tried the Western Digital Blue 1TB, which is currently &pound;50 on <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/inch-SATA-Internal-Hard-Drive/dp/B00C9TEBJQ/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1385727446&amp;sr=8-9&amp;keywords=western+digital+blue" target="_blank">Amazon</a>, and found that loading and install times were broadly on a par with the original PS4 HDD - so it&#39;s all gain, no pain.</p> <p>However, if you want to take the opportunity to speed up your new gaming pride and joy an SSD is a good way to do it. I tried the <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/HyperX-480GB-SATA3-Gaming-Solid/dp/B007R9N0O0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1407944753&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Kingston+HyperX+480GB" target="_blank">Kingston HyperX 480GB</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-CT480M500SSD1-2-5-inch-480GB-Internal/dp/B00BQ8RHJ2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1407944800&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Crucial+M500+480GB" target="_blank">Crucial M500 480GB</a> and both saw improvements to install and loading times. We&#39;re only talking 5-10 seconds quicker to install a game disc, as the optical drive is the choke point there, but some loading times were significantly improved - starting a new game of <em>Assassin&#39;s Creed IV: Black Flag</em> was 24 seconds quicker when using the Kingston, with the Crucial just a couple of seconds behind that.</p> <p>There is a cost, though - currently &pound;200 for the Kingston and &pound;160 for the Crucial, and of course neither solves the overall issue of storage space. More speed or more capacity - your call.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The games of right now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The roster of 25 games at launch has risen to a very healthy 96 at the last count - a number that&#39;s made all the more impressive when compared to the Xbox One&#39;s 59.</p> <p>There&#39;s plenty in there that&#39;s not really worth your time, of course, and loads of big hitters that are available on both consoles - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/call-duty-ghosts/review" target="_blank"><em>Call Of Duty: Ghosts</em></a>, <em>Battlefield 4</em>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review" target="_blank"><em>Assassin&#39;s Creed: Black Flag</em></a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-14/fifa-14-next-gen/review" target="_blank"><em>FIFA 14</em></a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/watchdogs-preview/review" target="_blank"><em>Watch Dogs</em></a>, <em>Need For Speed Rivals</em> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wolfenstein-new-order/review" target="_blank"><em>Wolfenstein: The New Order</em></a> to name but a few.</p> <p>Then there are a few big exclusives: <em>InFamous: Second Son</em>, <em>Killzone: Shadow Fall</em> and its excellent standalone expansion <em>Intercept</em>, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naughty-dog/last-us-remastered/review" target="_blank"><em>The Last Of Us Remastered</em></a>. That last one might be a remake of a PS3 game, but it&#39;s a remake that every Xbox One owner wishes they could play.</p> <p>PS4 is also marginally winning the indie game war, with crackers such as <em>Fez</em>, <em>SteamWorld Dig</em>, <em>Flower</em>, <em>The Swapper</em>, <em>Transistor</em> and <em>Resogun</em> all unavailable on the Xbox One.</p> <p>There are obviously Xbox One games that PS4 users can&#39;t play, with <em>Titanfall</em> and <em>Forza Motorsport 5</em> being particularly lust-worthy, but you can&#39;t help but feel that eight months in you&#39;re more likely to find a gaming experience that&#39;s up your street on the PS4 at the moment.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-4-5-best-games-2013/feature" target="_blank">The Best PlayStation 4 Games So Far</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="It&#039;s a remake, but what a remake" alt="The Last of Us Remastered" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Last-of-Us-remastered-1600x900.jpeg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="The Killzone Intercept DLC is really a full co-op expansion" alt="Killzone Shadow Fall Intercept" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Killzone-Intercept-1600x900.jpeg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1600" height="900" title="The gameplay won&#039;t be to everyone&#039;s taste, but few games are as downright pretty as InFamous Second Son" alt="Infamous Second Son" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/inFAMOUS_Second_Son-1600x900.jpeg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The games of the future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The games that are out now are really just scratching the surface of what the PS4 is capable of, and there&#39;s a heck of a lot to be excited about in the run-up to Christmas and beyond.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank"><em>Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em></a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review" target="_blank"><em>Battlefield Hardline</em></a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review" target="_blank"><em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity</em></a> all look like proper revolutions for their respective franchises, while <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review" target="_blank"><em>FIFA 15</em></a> is prettier and smoother than ever and next-gen <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/fully-charged-grand-theft-auto-5-ps4-xb1-and-pc-facebook-s-accidental-slingshot-launch-and-" target="_blank"><em>GTA 5</em></a> will give everyone an excuse to revisit Los Santos.</p> <p>Then there are the completely new titles - <em>Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor</em>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank"><em>Alien Isolation</em></a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review" target="_blank"><em>The Evil Within</em></a>, <em>Evolve</em>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review" target="_blank"><em>The Crew</em></a> and <em>Project Cars</em>.</p> <p>All of those games will be available on both PS4 and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a>, of course, but the game at the top of many a gamer&#39;s 2014 list, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank"><em>Destiny</em></a>, has enough bonus content on PS4 to make the green side of the console divide even greener with envy.</p> <p>There are also full exclusives on the way in the form of cutesy platformer <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review" target="_blank"><em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em></a>, <em>Forza</em>-alternative <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-driveclub/feature" target="_blank"><em>DriveClub</em></a>, and <em>Dark Souls</em> semi-sequel <em>Bloodborne</em>.</p> <p>Whether they can make up for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-5/first-play-forza-horizon-2/feature"><em>Forza Horizon 2 </em></a>and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/e3-2014/first-play-sunset-overdrive/feature" target="_blank"><em>Sunset Overdrive</em></a>, both&nbsp;which are exclusive to Xbox One,&nbsp;will only become clear once we&#39;ve played them all. It&#39;s also worth mentioning that&nbsp;<em>The Rise Of The Tomb Raider </em>is, controversially, exclusive to Xbox, at least initially.</p> <p>What is clear now is that the summertime lull is nearly over and&nbsp;the rest of 2014 contains a bonafide bonanza of brilliant games, regardless of which console you&#39;ve plumped for.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature" target="_blank">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/gamescom-2014-ultimate-roundup/feature/sony" target="_blank">Your one-stop shop for all of Sony&#39;s Gamescom 2014 Trailers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="PS4 players get some exclusive Destiny content" alt="Destiny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/earth_twilightgap_2.png?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="Unity looks like a real step forward for the Assassin&#039;s Creed series" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ACU_screen_79_SP_Environment_Climbing_GC_140813_10amCET_1407889490.jpg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1600" height="900" title="Alien Isolation could well turn out to be the scariest game ever made" alt="Alien Isolation" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5_1401190461_0.jpg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1600" height="900" title="The addition of exo suits has the potential to completely alter the way Call of Duty is played" alt="Call of Duty Advanced Warfare" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CoD_AW_Defender_Under_the_Bridge_1407753668.jpg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Upcoming games in detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Click below for extra info and hands-on impressions of all of the most exciting PS4 games in development</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank"><em>Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare&nbsp;</em>hands-on preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review"><em>Assassin&#39;s Creed Unity preview</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review" target="_blank"><em>Battlefield Hardline </em>first play preview</a></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review" target="_blank">FIFA 15</a></em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review" target="_blank"> first play preview</a></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation </a></em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/evil-within-first-play/review" target="_blank"><em>The Evil Within </em>first play preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review" target="_blank"><em>The Crew </em>preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank"><em>Destiny </em>preview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review" target="_blank"><em>LittleBigPlanet 3 </em>preview</a></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-driveclub/feature" target="_blank">DriveClub </a></em><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-driveclub/feature" target="_blank">first play</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Online gaming: living the digital distribution dream? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These days a console lives or dies on its online offering, and the PS4 is a very well connected console.</p> <p>As well as all of the indie games previously mentioned (and a great deal more that weren&#39;t) every disc release is also available as a digital download, and many can now be pre-ordered and pre-downloaded so that you&#39;re ready to play the moment the official launch day begins - no more midnight excursions to the shops for those massive releases that you just can&#39;t wait for.</p> <p>The problem is that, as mentioned earlier, digital downloads of games cost more from the UK PlayStation Store than the same games on disc do from the likes of Amazon. The gap is often more than &pound;10, and to our mind the extra convenience isn&#39;t really worth that. This needs to be sorted, but in Sony&#39;s defence, it&#39;s also a problem for Xbox.</p> <p>There are good points, too. PS Plus is now mandatory if you want to play games online, but it also includes free games as it did on PS3. Admittedly your subscription only entitles you to one free PS4 game per month (plus two PS3 games and two Vita games), and so far the games that have been offered haven&#39;t really been top-tier releases, but we fully expect that to change once Sony has a bigger back catalogue to draw from.</p> <p>And then there&#39;s PS Now, which reintroduces backwards compatibility through streaming of PS3 (and Vita) games on a rental basis. At the moment it&#39;s still in beta, and only officially available in the US, but we&#39;ve already done some testing with it and even though we were streaming to London from servers in the States the performance was very impressive. This will be a very exciting feature when the UK beta launches in early 2015.</p> <p>There are other big online features on the way, too, such as Share Play. Described by Sony as a &quot;virtual couch&quot;, it allows you to take it in turns playing a single-player game with a friend, even if that friend is halfway across the world and doesn&#39;t even own the game. Local co-op will be playable this way, too - perhaps it&#39;s time we came up with another name for that.</p> <p>When it comes to traditional online gaming with friends, Sony now has a service to rival Xbox Live, which is just as well seeing as you now have to pay for it. It&#39;s very robust, chat is clear, and setting up parties is pretty quick and easy. The fact that you&#39;re not alerted when friends come online seems a weird gap, and hopefully one that Sony isn&#39;t going to take too much longer to fill.</p> <p>And if showing off is your kind of thing, there are plenty of ways to share your gaming exploits, thanks to the dedicated Share button. Simply pressing the button opens a menu in which you can choose to either save your screenshot or the last 15 minutes of gameplay, which the PS4 has automatically been recording in the background. If it&#39;s not an opportune moment to be taken out of the game - fear of a fragging, for example - holding the button for a couple of seconds saves a screenshot for you to share later, while a double-tap starts recording a specific section of video.</p> <p>You can upload screens and videos straight to Facebook or Twitter, or can now transfer to USB. One word of warning, though - for some reason the PS4 compresses screenshots as you upload or transfer them. The only way to get full, 1080p shots is to send them in a message to a friend across PSN, then open the Messages area of the PlayStation comapnion app and save the picture to your phone. Fiddly.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-ps4/gallery?viewid=105978" target="_blank">CHECK OUT OUR FULL PS4 AND DUALSHOCK 4 GALLERY HERE&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The £40 annual PS Plus subscription includes monthly free games" alt="PS Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PS-Plus.jpg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="Practically every game is available to download, but prices are really high" alt="PS download prices" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PS-store-prices.jpg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What to watch when you&#039;re not playing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Games consoles have to be about so much more than just games, and the PS4 is strong here, too.</p> <p>If you&#39;re the sort of old-fashioned type who still watches movies from optical discs, the PS4 will spin them like a demon DJ. Performance is comparable with a decent standalone Blu-ray player, and 3D Blu-rays are now supported on top of standard Blu-rays and DVDs.</p> <p>And if you&#39;re more of the streaming type, you&#39;ve got the likes of Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, BBC iPlayer, Demand 5 and Now TV. The latter gives non-Sky subscribers access to Sky Movies, Sky Sports and Sky Entertainment on a contract-free, pay-as-you-go basis, and those that do already subscribe to Sky will be pleased to hear that Sky Go is on the way later this Summer; once it&#39;s arrived, it&#39;ll essentially make your PS4 a multiroom box. Neat.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> <p>And then there&#39;s Sony&#39;s own Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited. The first is basically a Spotify rival with the advantage of being able to stream music in the background while you play games. The latter is a really rather excellent movies-on-demand service that has all of the big new releases available for streaming in 1080p with 5.1 surround sound.</p> <p>What about 4K? While the PS4 is said to be capable of outputting a 4K signal, that hasn&#39;t been enabled yet. Perhaps when Netflix gets more 4K content and Sony launches the 4K version of Video Unlimited worldwide it might happen. But don&#39;t hold your breath for 4K games. While it might be able to output video, actually processing 4K gameplay is probably too much for even the PS4.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a web browser built-in, and this time it&rsquo;s less afterthought and more fully featured application. Google results appear rather small and difficult to read from across the room, but actual web pages behave pretty much as they do on a desktop and most embedded video plays without issue.</p> <p>And if the only thing you want to watch when you&rsquo;re not gaming is other people gaming, the Ustream and Twitch channels in the Live From PlayStation section are where you want to be. In the eight months since launch this has become utterly rife with ridiculous gaming action. So if you think some guy&rsquo;s doing a terrible job with that <em>Diablo</em> boss, you can helpfully tell him so in the comments that appear on the right-hand side.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature">The 25 best things to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Movie rentals and purchases on the PS Store are integrated with Video Unlimited" alt="Video Unlimited" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PS4-video.JPG?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="There are plenty of apps for on-demand TV and movies" alt="TV and Video" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TV-and-video-2.jpg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1600" height="900" title="Live streaming of games is available through Twitch and Ustream" alt="PS4 Twitch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PS4-twitch.jpg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The camera: turn your lounge into The Playroom </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It now looks as though Sony&#39;s decision not to bundle the PS4 with a camera was a very wise one, but there has always been one available &ndash; the ingeniously named PlayStation Camera. The wee unit, which looks as though it&rsquo;s been constructed out of cubes, costs &pound;65 and has two lenses on the front so it can gauge depth.</p> <p>Once connected the camera can scan your features to enable facial recognition for automatic login, which is very quick and consistent. You can also use it for voice control. It&rsquo;s far more limited than Kinect&rsquo;s functionality, but the voice recogition is reliable and allows quick navigation between games, as well as hands-free screenshots.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-ps4/gallery?viewid=105978" target="_blank">CHECK OUT OUR FULL PS4 AND DUALSHOCK 4 GALLERY HERE&nbsp;</a></p> <p>However the best way to show off the PlayStation Camera is to open <em>The Playroom</em>, which is pre-installed on all PS4s. Once it&rsquo;s talked you through correctly setting up your camera (I&rsquo;m afraid you&rsquo;re going to have to move that coffee table) <em>The Playroom</em> gives you access to three activities. <em>AR Hockey</em> is the only real game, as it pitches two players against each other in a game of - you guessed it - Air Hockey that involves using the DualShock 4&rsquo;s motion control to bend and twist the table to your advantage. The other two involve messing around with a floating robot called Asobi and a bunch of delightful little people called AR Bots. The most fun is to be had with the latter, who inhabit your controller until you flick them into your lounge using the touchpad. You can then kick them, make them dance, or throw them objects that you create using a connected tablet. The thrill is relatively short-lived, but as a way to show off the capabilities of your new console <em>The Playroom</em> is absolutely superb.</p> <p>Really though, eight months on from launch we&#39;d have expected to have seen more software that takes advantage of the PlayStation Camera. As it is, other than login we&#39;ve not really used it, making that &pound;65 outlay look like a real waste. The advice now is to save your money - you can always add the camera if a killer app or game for it comes along in the future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation 4 review PlayStation Camera " alt="PlayStation 4 review PlayStation Camera " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-4-review-camera-eye.png?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Remote play: PS4 + Vita is a match made in gaming heaven </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Talking of killer, it&#39;s time to dig out that old <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review" target="_blank">Vita</a> you&rsquo;ve left gathering dust. Connect Sony&rsquo;s handheld to your PS4 and you&rsquo;ve suddenly got the ability to play next-gen games anywhere. The closer to your PS4 you are, the better it works, but Remote Play does actually work across the internet - we&#39;ve even had it working from a cafe a couple of times.</p> <p>You lose a little graphical fidelity, of course, but PS4 games still look quite astoundingly awesome on the Vita&rsquo;s 5in screen, and while there&rsquo;s a touch of input lag (particularly when playing over the web) that will make it a poor choice for competitive deathmatches, for single-player gaming it&rsquo;s barely noticeable. Extra buttons are cleverly mapped to the touchscreen and rear touchpad, too, and as everything you see is a mirror of what the PS4 is doing, you can simply use the Vita as a fancy extra control pad for the main console if you so wish.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review" target="_blank">Sony PlayStation Vita Slim review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Playing PS4 games on a Vita is really quite amazing" alt="PS Vita and PS4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC03071_0_2.JPG?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PS4 versus Xbox One: the gap is amazingly close </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At launch it was easy to see the PS4&#39;s advantage over the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a>. It was &pound;80 cheaper, cross-platform games looked and performed better on the Sony console, and many of the Xbox&#39;s headline features were half-baked at best.</p> <p>But now Kinect has been taken out of the equation and both the price and performance gaps have been obliterated. The PS4 is still the prettier device, but do you choose a console based on that? We certainly hope not.</p> <p>Choosing which one to get should come down to two factors: the exclusive games that you&#39;re most excited about and which one your friends have got. There&#39;s now no wrong decision.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Xbox One vs PS4" alt="Xbox One vs PS4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xbox-one-vs-ps4_0_0.jpg?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Its big advantages over the Xbox One may be gone, but the PS4 is still an absolutely cracking console, and one that keeps getting better with every new game, app and firmware update.</p> <p>For many, the only real priority is beautiful 1080p gaming, and the PS4 has done that since day 1. But with Remote Play, Share Play, PS Now and PS Plus it has a bunch of true next-gen features that add real value and wow factor. And it&#39;s all delivered with&nbsp;a degree of snappiness that the previous generation couldn&rsquo;t get close to.</p> <p>Of course we want more. We want to see some really clever stuff done with the PlayStation Camera and the DualShock 4&#39;s funky features. We want loads more games. We want more free games through PS Plus and we want digital downloads of games to be cheaper than the discs.</p> <p>But that&#39;s because we&#39;re greedy. The PS4 was brilliant when it launched in November 2013 and it&#39;s undeniably even better now. We can&#39;t wait to see what comes next.</p> <p>Words: <strong><a href="https://plus.google.com/108645194361577794712/posts" target="_blank">Tom Parsons</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation 4 verdict" alt="PlayStation 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-playstation-4-review-main.png?1409308058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Slick, powerful and packed with stand-out features, the PS4 delivers on the next-gen console promise</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony PS4: long-term test </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eight months on, is the PlayStation 4 still the king of the consoles? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review#comments Games consoles Games Machines PlayStation 4 Sony Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:52:46 +0000 Tom Parsons 1425765 at http://www.stuff.tv Xbox One’s huge August update is now available http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-s-huge-august-update-now-available/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3D Blu-ray support and low battery notification are among the additions in Microsoft’s biggest update yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Xbox One’s huge August update is now available" alt="The Xbox One’s huge August update is now available" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one_1.jpg?1408458750" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has announced that its August update for the Xbox One, the console&rsquo;s biggest yet, is now rolling out.</p> <p>The update brings with it a number of improvements, most notably support for 3D Blu-ray movies &ndash; something the Sony PS4 offers already &ndash; and the ability to purchase games and DLC remotely. The latter means you can buy something while you&rsquo;re at work (through the Xbox website or the SmartGlass app) and have it ready to play on the console by the time you walk in your door later that evening.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s also low battery notification for controllers (no more surprise dead gamepads to spoil your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ps3/fifa-14/review"><em>FIFA 14</em></a> session), as well as the ability to disable all notifications while videos are playing.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the activity feed has been overhauled, with the interface becoming a single column that&rsquo;s longer and features more content. You&rsquo;ll now be able to add text to your feed, to &ldquo;like&rdquo; and comment on items from your friends, and to post game clips either publicly or privately via messages. It&rsquo;s become a lot more like Twitter, essentially.</p> <p>The update will be downloaded automatically, and these things often take a day or two to arrive on everyone&rsquo;s machine, so don&rsquo;t be alarmed if your Xbox One hasn&rsquo;t updated itself already.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://majornelson.com/2014/08/17/next-xbox-one-update-begins-rolling-today/" target="_blank">Major Nelson</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Microsoft Xbox One review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QZbYi_2aB_g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox One&#039;s August update goes live </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Games consoles Microsoft Xbox One Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:45:21 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445173 at http://www.stuff.tv Gamescom 2014: the ultimate trailer and news round-up http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/gamescom-2014-ultimate-roundup/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the best bits from this year&#039;s show, served up on one giant platter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1066" height="799" title="Motion blur" alt="The best trailers and biggest news from Gamescom 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Untitled-1_4.jpg?1408073029" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&#39;ve been rushing around scouring the cavernous halls of Gamescom here in Cologne this week, slashing zombies, shooing enemies and jumping into virtual worlds.</p> <p>We&#39;ve rounded up everything you need to know about this year&#39;s show, so sit back, catch up on the trailers, and start marking your calendars - there&#39;s plenty to look forward to.</p> <p><strong>Jump straight to:</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft&#39;s biggest announcement this year was that <em>Rise Of The Tomb Raider</em> will be exclusive to Xbox One, pitting Lara Croft directly against Sony&#39;s Nathan Drake and the <em>Uncharted</em> series.</p> <p>Two <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/microsoft-reveals-three-new-xbox-one-bundles-ones-white-other-has-1tb-storag" target="_blank">new Xbox One consoles </a>were also announced - a white version bundled with<em> Sunset Overdrive</em>, and a <em>Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare </em>model with a futuristic military look and a 1TB hard drive.</p> <p>Master Chief fans will also have a brand new <em>Halo Channel</em>&nbsp;to look forward to, coagulating everything from the <em>Halo</em> universe into one digital portal. From the latest game updates to new episodes of Ridley Scott&#39;s live action <em>Nightfall</em> series, it looks set to be every <em>Halo</em> fan&#39;s go-to source for news and content. Well, other than <em><a href="http://stuff.tv">Stuff.tv</a></em> of course.</p> <p>We also got a first look at the&nbsp;trippy time-bending gameplay of&nbsp;<em>Quantum Break</em>, which looks set to be a powerful exclusive weapon in Microsoft&#39;s arsenal.</p> <p>Indie games received a strong showing this year, with titles such as the surreal<em> Below</em> and action-packed multiplayer online battle arena <em>Smite</em> both looking mighty promising.</p> <p>We also were surprised and delighted to see <em>ScreamRide</em>. Essentially a twisted, futuristic version of <em>Roller Coaster Tycoon</em> (and made by the same developer, Frontier), your aim in it is to create the most insane, heart-stopping rides, with success measured by screams.</p> <p>Anyway, on with the show - here are all of the best trailers from Microsoft&#39;s event, together in one place.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/microsoft-reveals-three-new-xbox-one-bundles-ones-white-other-has-1tb-storag" target="_blank">Microsoft unveils new Xbox One models at Gamescom</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="841" height="631" title="Xbox " alt="The best trailers and biggest news from Gamescom 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140812_152655.jpg?1408073029" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quantum Break (Xbox One) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZUAzotGeboM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity (PS4, Xbox One, PC) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ap4nwVYKaM8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer 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ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LO3fspwLyi0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/e3-2014/first-play-sunset-overdrive/feature">Sunset Overdrive First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FIEU9p9g1Z8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DO48lWuMpaM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ScreamRide (Xbox One, Xbox 360) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2yKmh4X5J3E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field 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<div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ewzUcfmzzGk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Evolve (PS4, Xbox One, PC) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tGJrAqPG-V0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this 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<div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smite (Xbox One) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ICKVE7pyiJg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FKkYq55xPBE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony kicked things off by revealing the impressive figure of 10 million PS4 consoles sold to date.&nbsp;</p> <p>It also announced the version 2.0 firmware update which brings some tasty new features to the table, including Share Play - a feature that lets friends join your game, even if they don&#39;t own a copy themselves.</p> <p>The PlayStation TV micro-console was also given a European price and release date - &euro;99 on 14 November. The PlayStation Now streaming service received a vague European release date of &#39;2015&#39;, with a beta set to roll out in the UK first.&nbsp;</p> <p>Games-wise, there was plenty to get excited about. We saw the first ever gameplay footage from PS4 exclusive <em>Bloodborne</em>, while horror fans were also treated to announcements for <em>Until Dawn</em> and <em>P.T.</em> - and it turns out the latter is itself a sort of playable announcement [SPOILER ALERT] for a new <em>Silent Hill</em> game by a dream team consisting of <em>Metal Gear Solid</em> legend Hideo Kojima and movie director Guillermo del Toro.</p> <p>Zombie survival favourite&nbsp;<em>DayZ </em>was also revealed to be making its way from PC to the PS4, while a new <em>Destiny</em> trailer showed off snippets of explosive multiplayer action.</p> <p>Sony&#39;s conference had a phenomenally powerful indie line-up, the most interesting (and weirdest) of which was <em>The Tomorrow Children</em>. We have no idea what it&#39;s about, but watch the trailer below and you&#39;ll understand exactly why we want to get our hands on it as soon as possible.</p> <p><em>WiLD</em>, from <em>Rayman</em> creator Michel Ancel, also looks very interesting - although we know very little about it apart from the fact that you&#39;ll be able to play as any living creature in an area that&#39;s the size of Europe.</p> <p>Hideo Kojima himself also made a surprise appearance, showing off an insane <em>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain</em> video in which the trusty cardboard box gets used in bizarre (and juvenile) ways.</p> <p>Anyway, enough talk. Here are all of the trailers from Sony&#39;s Gamescom showing this year:</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/gamescom-2014/share-play-coming-ps4-plus-playstation-tv-and-playstation-now-dated-uk/n" target="_blank">Share Play coming to PS4, plus PlayStation TV and Now dated for UK</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="841" height="631" title="Sony" alt="The best trailers and biggest news from Gamescom 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140812_184214_HDR.jpg?1408073029" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Tomorrow Children </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9bnfz3XjUxQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text 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allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Until Dawn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field 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class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> P.T. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/B4kIbwlGxBg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Far Cry 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/e3-2014/far-cry-4-first-play/feature">Far Cry 4 First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6tXc0cgiyzg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny Beta review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2oc-meFNi3Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-21"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WiLD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hVcv4lihhUQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-22"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tearaway Unfolded </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/INgdq_HuTMg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-23"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Driveclub </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-driveclub/feature">Driveclub</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uf6_FI_biVQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-24"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hellblade </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vQ3SWggdafg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-25"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hollowpoint </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/80b7iB4ICvY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-26"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volume </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zYL-6Jghogc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-27"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Vanishing of Ethan Carter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5RivPyPuQQk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-28"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alienation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8NmdrgAEw8k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-29"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Order: 1886 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/e3-2014/order-1886-first-play/feature">The Order 1886 First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_yTx9Mmx6mI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-30"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Infamous: First Light </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gdG_uQze5aY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-31"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LittleBigPlanet 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet 3 First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kbmEWI72Pe4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-32"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best of the rest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In addition to Sony and Microsoft&#39;s offerings, there were of course countless other titles being shown off this year.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are some of our favourites:</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="841" height="631" title="The best of the rest" alt="The best trailers and biggest news from Gamescom 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140811_120422_1.jpg?1408073029" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-33"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS3/4, Xbox One/360, PC) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hands-on</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/M_zrWI4P2P4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-34"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dead Island 2: Sunshine and Slaughter (PS4, Xbox One, PC) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1IKsV5EOV5U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-35"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS3/4, Xbox One/360, PC) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yHeWOQvVRd8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-36"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battlefield Hardline (PS3/4, Xbox One/360, PC) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review">Battlefield Hardline First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Cyz4qh0I7ww" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-37"><div 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class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TDXPE6LCQtE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-38"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Crew (PS4, Xbox One/360, PC) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/crew/review">The Crew preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RcHxYyVQyzU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-39"><div class="field 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field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/b5ID0Im-7-I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/gamescom-2014-ultimate-roundup/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/gamescom-2014-ultimate-roundup/feature#comments Console games Games consoles Gamescom 2014 Gaming Microsoft PlayStation 4 Sony Xbox One Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:06:25 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1444831 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft unveils new Xbox One models at Gamescom http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/microsoft-reveals-three-new-xbox-one-bundles-ones-white-other-has-1tb-storag <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One&#039;s white, one comes with 1TB of storage and the third features Peter Schmeichel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="4160" height="3120" title="The new Sunset Overdrive edition Xbox One" alt="Microsoft unveils new Xbox One models at Gamescom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/20140812_160612_HDR.jpg?1407912786" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Microsoft has revealed three new Xbox One console bundles at Gamescom 2014 - and two of them look markedly different from the current all-black model.</p> <p class="p2">First up there&#39;s the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/e3-2014/first-play-sunset-overdrive/feature"><em>Sunset Overdrive</em></a> bundle which, unsurprisingly, includes a copy of the super-bright, insanely fast monster shooter. More noticeable, however, is that it&#39;s white.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All hail the 1TB HDD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">For those of you looking for something a little grittier, there&#39;s the <em>Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em> bundle. Guess which game you&#39;ll find in this particular box?</p> <p class="p2">In addition to the <em>CoD</em> look and military green/grey colours of the console itself, the <em>Advanced Warfare</em> edition console also has bumped up internal storage, with a healthy 1TB compared to the standard 500GB.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">The extra space will be good news for those who digitally download most of their games, avoiding the constant need to delete then reinstall titles.</p> <p class="p2">The extra storage does come at a cost though - &pound;430 for the whole package. It&#39;s available for pre-order from today, and will be released on 4 November.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4160" height="3120" title="The CoD Xbox is rocking the military chic look" alt="Microsoft unveils new Xbox One models at Gamescom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140812_160955_HDR.jpg?1407912786" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4160" height="3120" title="Microsoft unveils new Xbox One models at Gamescom" alt="Microsoft unveils new Xbox One models at Gamescom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140812_161026_HDR.jpg?1407912786" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4160" height="3120" title="Microsoft unveils new Xbox One models at Gamescom" alt="Microsoft unveils new Xbox One models at Gamescom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140812_161049_HDR.jpg?1407912786" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Great Dane Returns </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Finally, there&#39;s the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review"><em>FIFA 15</em></a> bundle. No snazzy paint job here - just a console and a copy of the most popular sports title on Earth.</p> <p class="p2">Xbox One gamers will have exclusive access to legendary players in Ultimate Team mode, including&nbsp;former Manchester United ace Peter Schmeichel. Who, incidentally, made a surprise appearance onstage.</p> <p class="p1">The <em>FIFA 15</em> bundle will be available to pre-order from 25 September, ahead of its 29 October launch.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review" target="_blank">FIFA 15 - First Play preview</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4160" height="3120" title="The three new Xbox One bundles" alt="Microsoft unveils new Xbox One models at Gamescom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140812_152520%207.jpg?1407912786" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4160" height="3120" title="Just to reiterate, Peter Schmeichal doesn&#039;t really come for free with the FIFA 15 version. Unfortunately" alt="Microsoft unveils new Xbox One models at Gamescom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140812_153809.jpg?1407912786" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/microsoft-reveals-three-new-xbox-one-bundles-ones-white-other-has-1tb-storag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/microsoft-reveals-three-new-xbox-one-bundles-ones-white-other-has-1tb-storag#comments Console games Games consoles Gamescom 2014 Gaming Microsoft Xbox One Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1444671 at http://www.stuff.tv PS4 arrives at the Sky Now TV party, Xbox One owners still queueing up outside http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/ps4-arrives-sky-now-tv-party-xbox-one-owners-still-queueing-outside/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky&#039;s internet streaming service lands on Sony&#039;s superconsole </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="600" title="They look good together" alt="PS4 arrives at the Sky Now TV party, Xbox One owners still queueing up outside" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/now-tv-ps4.jpg?1406197350" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky&#39;s Now TV streaming service will be available for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation 4</a> owners from today.</p> <p>Now TV serves up a variety of packages for users to sink their eyes into. The Sky Movies Month Pass provides access to over 800 movies for &pound;9 a month following a 30 day free trial.</p> <p>Sports fans can also get in on the action with the &pound;10 a month Sky Sports Day Pass, which serves up live action from all Sky Sports channels.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/ps4-arrives-sky-now-tv-party-xbox-one-owners-still-queueing-outside/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/ps4-arrives-sky-now-tv-party-xbox-one-owners-still-queueing-outside/news#comments Games consoles Now TV PlayStation 4 Sky Sony Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:28:29 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443158 at http://www.stuff.tv R-KAID-R is an arcade powerhouse in a hand-crafted wooden case http://www.stuff.tv/r-kaid-r-arcade-powerhouse-hand-crafted-wooden-case/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This wooden box looks like it&#039;s an antique chest, but open it up and it&#039;s a portable MAME-powered arcade machine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="R-KAID-R" alt="R-KAID-R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/r-kaid-r-01.jpg?1404525833" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Looks like it belongs on my granny&#39;s dressing table&hellip; </strong><br />Until you open it up &ndash; then <a href="http://www.lovehulten.com/rkaidr.html" target="_blank">R-KAID-R</a> looks like a vintage arcade powerhouse. That belongs on your granny&#39;s dressing table. Seriously, look at those adorable little filigree designs around the screen.</p> <p><strong>Yes, but why does it look like an antique? </strong><br />Manufacturer <a href="http://www.lovehulten.com/" target="_blank">Love Hultèn</a> reckons that we&#39;re addicted to the upgrade cycle &ndash; and too ready to chuck electronic kit away after a couple of years. It&#39;s trying to create a product that&#39;ll last and acquire a patina &ndash; hence the solid wood construction. You can pick up the R-KAID-R in a variety of finishes, including emerald green maple, walnut and black ash, with brass detailing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What can my silver-haired grandma play on it, then?</strong><br />Quite a lot; it runs MAME, so pretty much any vintage arcade game is up for grabs. The R-KAID-R supports (deep breath) Neo Geo, PC Engine/Turbo Grafx 16, PS1, Atari 2600, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, NES, Super NES, Sega Master System and Mega Drive and SCUMMvm titles, as well as Doom and Duke Nukem 3D.</p> <p><strong>What about the hardware? </strong><br />You get an 8-way joystick, 10 push buttons and a mono speaker to play your games with &ndash; and an 8in, 800x600 monitor to watch them on. The R-KAID-R also comes with USB and SD card connections, plus a stereo jack and HDMI out.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5ZxM6CgA-Lc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="R-KAID-R" alt="R-KAID-R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/r-kaid-r-02.jpg?1404525833" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="R-KAID-R" alt="R-KAID-R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/r-kaid-r-04.jpg?1404525833" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Well, I&#39;m sold. How much? </strong><br />&euro;2,500. Or &pound;1,980 of your British pounds.</p> <p><strong>I&#39;m sorry, there must be something in my ear, because I could swear you said &pound;1,980. </strong><br />You heard correct. You&#39;ll have to be pretty dedicated to want to spend that much on an arcade emulator, but the R-KAID-R is a rather beautiful object. So you&#39;ll undoubtedly want to snap up the hand-stitched leather carry case to tote it around in, for a mere &euro;240 (&pound;190).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.lovehulten.com/rkaidr.html" target="_blank">Love Hultèn</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/how-could-you-not-lust-over-this-portable-wooden-arcade-1599706894" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/these-suitcase-speakers-pack-bags-sound/news-1" target="_blank">Suitcase speakers that pack in bags of sound</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="R-KAID-R" alt="R-KAID-R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/r-kaid-r-06.jpg?1404525833" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="R-KAID-R" alt="R-KAID-R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/r-kaid-r-03.jpg?1404525833" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="R-KAID-R" alt="R-KAID-R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/r-kaid-r-05.jpg?1404525833" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/r-kaid-r-arcade-powerhouse-hand-crafted-wooden-case/news#comments Games consoles Gaming Hot Stuff Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:06:47 +0000 Stephen Graves 1441008 at http://www.stuff.tv