Microsoft http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/news en-GB 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 Windows 9 to be unveiled on 30th September? http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-9-be-unveiled-30th-september/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New report claims Microsoft is “tentatively” planning a big OS reveal for next month </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="604" height="453" title="Windows 9 to be unveiled on 30th September?" alt="Windows 9 to be unveiled on 30th September?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-logo_1.jpg?1409236169" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you looking forward to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/windows-9-be-revealed-april/news">Windows 9</a>? If so, you might not have too much longer to wait for your first real look at Microsoft&rsquo;s next version of the operating system.</p> <p>According to <em>The Verge</em>, &ldquo;sources familiar with Microsoft&rsquo;s plans&rdquo; claim that the company is &ldquo;tentatively&rdquo; planning a press event for 30th September, at which Windows 9 will get its big unveiling.</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crossing the Threshold </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 new version of Windows is currently codenamed &ldquo;Threshold&rdquo; &ndash; it might not actually be called &ldquo;Windows 9&rdquo; at all &ndash; and will add a number of new features and UI changes: Microsoft&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/cortana-will-be-windows-phone-s-answer-siri/news">Cortana</a> personal assistant will be included, the Charms bar will be going bye-bye and a new miniature Start Menu is set to be debuted.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s been rumoured in the past that a preview version of Threshold would be made available to developers as early as October of this year, and that ties neatly in with a potential late September announcement. Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/21/6052807/windows-9-preview-press-event-september" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/rumour-microsofts-upcoming-windows-9-advertising-campaign-could-mean-q3-availability/news">Rumour: Microsoft&#39;s upcoming Windows 9 advertising campaign could mean a Q3 availability</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> <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"> Windows 9 coming 30 September? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Microsoft Windows Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:19:12 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445614 at http://www.stuff.tv Halo 2: Anniversary - 10 years on, is the magic still there? http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We take a trip down memory lane, and it&#039;s littered with bullet casings and plasma burns </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="Nostalgia overload" alt="Halo 2: Anniversary - is the magic still there?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/halo-2-new.jpg?1408500867" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Among all the big titles at Gamescom 2014, we made it a point to fight through the crowds and spend some time with <em>Halo 2: Anniversary</em>. Before we jump into our first impressions however, it&#39;s worth recapping what it&#39;ll actually bring to fans when it lands on 14 November.</p> <p>The game will be bundled alongside <em>Halo: CE Anniversary, Halo 3</em> and <em>Halo 4</em>, with the quartet making up&nbsp;<em>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</em>.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For us, <em>Halo 2</em> was one of the best first-person shooters ever made, and the fact that the anniversary edition&#39;s single-player cutscenes have been remastered by Blur (the folks behind the awesome CGI Deadpool footage) has us very excited indeed.</p> <p>Every game in the collection will run at 1080p, 60fps, but <em>Halo 2</em> has also been given an anniversary-style facelift. As with&nbsp;<em>Halo CE: Anniversary</em>, the graphics have been redrawn from the ground up, and you can swap between the old and new visuals at the press of a button.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</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/AgLj-vXmrmM" 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"> Matchmaking </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>Halo 2: Anniversary</em>&#39;s online matchmaking is split into <em>Halo 2 - Remastered</em> and <em>Halo 2 - Classic</em>.&nbsp;The former has six of the best original <em>Halo 2</em> maps, all of which have undergone the same impressive visual overhaul, with minor tweaks and additions to the layout and HUD.</p> <p><em>Halo 2 - Classic</em> matchmaking includes all of the original maps, while still running at a higher resolution of 1080p and 60fps. </p> <p>Bar the increased resolution and framerate however, the maps retain their original graphical textures, and fan-favourite glitches and quirks such as BXR and rocket jumps remain exactly the same.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">Kill your productivity - 30 amazing games you can play for free in your browser</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="Pretty, isn&#039;t it?" alt="Halo 2: Anniversary - first impressions from Gamescom 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/halo1_0.jpg?1408500867" /> </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="1920" height="1080" title="Halo 2: Classic" alt="Halo 2: Anniversary - first impressions from Gamescom 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/e3-2014-halo-2-classic-ascension-first-person---smg-vs-banshee-16870ae6d9be41df859f76cfe8447cdc_0.jpg?1408500867" /> </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"> First impressions </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 were lucky enough to jump into a <em>Halo 2 -&nbsp;Remastered</em> match on one of our favourite levels, Ascension, now renamed Zenith.</p> <p>The first thing that struck us were the visuals. The <em>Halo</em> universe has never had the gritty grey realistic look of shooters such as <em>Call Of Duty </em>- instead, it&#39;s always been about&nbsp;bold, bright and colourful graphics. The good news is that this style looks even better in 1080p resolution and at 60fps, while now running smoother than a greasy grunt at the business end of a banshee.</p> <p>As we explored the familiar stairways and boulders, a few other changes stuck out. The HUD in the Remastered mode has been updated, reflecting the newer layouts in more recent <em>Halo</em> titles, and weapons now have large &#39;hold RB to pick up&#39; prompts hovering above them.</p> <p>Thankfully, though, the layout of the map remains the same. Weapons spawn in exactly the same locations as before, and within minutes both teams were rushing for the rockets and sniper rifle. It felt good to be back.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jb79igcU7yY" 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="841" height="631" title="Game on" alt="Halo 2: Anniversary - first impressions from Gamescom 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140812_161347_HDR_0.jpg?1408500867" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A new central energy shield which definitely wasn&#39;t there in the past threw us initially, but beyond that, we&#39;re happy to report that gameplay is just as fun and as hectic as it&#39;s always been.</p> <p>We savoured the ability to dual-wield weapons - a feature that has been absent in all <em>Halo</em> titles post <em>Halo 3 </em>- and revelled in the fact that<em>&nbsp;</em>our favourite combinations worked as well as they ever did; killing enemies with the needler&#39;s exploding pink crystals spawned more than a few satisfied smiles.</p> <p>While we stayed away from the sniper rifle due to rusty technique, we unapolagetically rained havoc on the opposition first with the shotgun and then with the rockets. It wasn&#39;t long before we were being mentally transported back to 2004.</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="Ah the banshee, bane of my life" alt="Halo 2: Anniversary - is the magic still there?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/halo2.jpg?1408500867" /> </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>Much as we loved the experience, though, it&#39;ll definitely take some gamers a bit of time to adjust to it. While modern FPS games let you sprint, for example,&nbsp;<em>Halo 2</em>&nbsp;has a constant speed. Jumping around feels slower too, as if the gravity has been cranked down slightly.&nbsp;</p> <p>While this is a little unnerving at first, everyone else is in the same boat. And there are some definite advantages to it. Coupled with our recharging energy shields, we found ourselves living longer than in modern shooters such as <em>Call Of Duty</em> and <em>Battlefield</em>. Living longer = more fun. It&#39;s standard gaming mathematics.</p> <p>So although going back to a ten-year-old game won&#39;t appeal to everyone,&nbsp;those of us who grew up with the <em>Halo</em> universe can start getting very excited. Because&nbsp;<em>The Master Chief Collection</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Halo 2: Anniversary</em>&nbsp;in particular, looks like a wonderful addition to a ground-breaking series.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/gamescom-2014-ultimate-roundup/feature" target="_blank">Gamescom 2014: the ultimate trailer and news round-up</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="1920" height="1080" title="Red vs Blue" alt="Halo 2: Anniversary - first impressions from Gamescom 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/e3-2014-halo-2-anniversary-ascension-first-person---dual-duels-2fe9eab8c60e4bac8a620a54b90a7566.jpg?1408500867" /> </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/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/gamescom-2014/halo-2-anniversary-magic-still-there/feature#comments Console games Gamescom 2014 Gaming Microsoft Xbox One Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:30:51 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1444931 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 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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 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"> Shadow Realms (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/electronic-arts/gamescom-2014/bioware-s-new-game-shadow-realms-episodic-modern-day-pc-rpg/news" target="_blank">BioWare&rsquo;s new game is Shadow Realms, an episodic, modern-day PC RPG</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/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 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"> Hyrule Warriors (Wii U) </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/oculus/gamescom-2014/oculus-rift-dev-kit-2-eyes-preview-gamescom-2014/feature" target="_blank">Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2: eyes-on preview at Gamescom 2014</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/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 Microsoft tech turns frantic GoPro footage into slick, stable time-lapse clips http://www.stuff.tv/glass/microsoft-tech-turns-frantic-gopro-footage-slick-stable-time-lapse-clips/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Algorithm dramatically smooths out first-person video, and it’s coming to Windows </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="GoPro" alt="GoPro" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gopro-skydiving.jpg?1407808996" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>GoPro, Google Glass, and other first-person-centric personal video cameras have made it easy to capture your antics and adventures, but having a heap of juddering, uninteresting footage to sift through can be a real drag.</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"><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>Hyperlapse takes your footage and creates an ideal path along the 3D camera route, stitching together and blending scenes to stabilise the image throughout. It&rsquo;s not perfect, as you can see with the rock-climbing footage, but the odd software artifacts seem a far better trade-off than watching something that&rsquo;s bound to give you motion sickness while sitting still.</p> <p>Best of all, the Microsoft Research team behind the project says that they&rsquo;re working on making the algorithm available to Windows users as an app, so we may all be able to make killer time-lapse clips from our mundane bike jaunts before long.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/hyperlapse/">Microsoft Research</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/11/5990287/microsoft-hyperlapse-video-tool">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review">GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition 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/SOpwHaQnRSY" 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/glass/microsoft-tech-turns-frantic-gopro-footage-slick-stable-time-lapse-clips/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/glass/microsoft-tech-turns-frantic-gopro-footage-slick-stable-time-lapse-clips/news#comments Glass GoPro Microsoft Windows 8 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:17:46 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1444585 at http://www.stuff.tv Digital TV Tuner brings Xbox One media functionality to over-the-air channels http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/digital-tv-tuner-brings-xbox-one-media-functionality-over-air-channels/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finally, those without cable or satellite set-top boxes can utilize the TV features </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 Digital TV Tuner" alt="Xbox One Digital TV Tuner" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xboxone-digitaltvtuner.png?1407437079" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has scaled back some features of the Xbox One to refocus on core gaming, but it remains a pretty neat companion for live TV - and soon owners without set-top boxes will be able to utilize that functionality.</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"><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/microsoft/digital-tv-tuner-brings-xbox-one-media-functionality-over-air-channels/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/digital-tv-tuner-brings-xbox-one-media-functionality-over-air-channels/news#comments Film and TV Microsoft Xbox One Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:42:05 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1444286 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Surface Pro 3 http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Has Microsoft cracked the hybrid nut at the third attempt? Why yes, yes it has </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="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-surface-pro-3-1.jpg?1407861323" /> </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/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft&rsquo;s new Surface Pro 3 alone may not wreck its maker if it fails. But if it succeeds, it could be a welcome turning point for a company that&rsquo;s struggled for too long to out-innovate <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple" target="_blank">Apple</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google" target="_blank">Google</a>.</p> <p>While on paper the Pro 3 is a humble range-filler (it takes the vacant slot at the super-size end of the Surface spectrum), it has enjoyed the kind of hype usually reserved for game-changing products.</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"> £640.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £849 as tested, plus £110 Type Cover </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"> Kickstand and Type Cover now work a treat </div> <div class="field-item even"> More powerful than a tablet, more flexible than a laptop </div> <div class="field-item odd"> The Surface Pen is superb </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lovely screen </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"> Many apps scale badly for the screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Looks pricey next to a laptop or tablet </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery will drain fast if pushed very hard </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: WHY DIDN&#039;T THEY DO THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE? </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>After just a week with the Surface Pro 3, the&nbsp;Type Cover 3 and flexible kickstand had left us furious with Microsoft. But only because&nbsp;the changes they bring from the first and second generation Surface are so obvious that you wonder why they didn&rsquo;t happen earlier (don&#39;t worry if you own an earlier Surface - we&#39;re sure Microsoft has a letter of apology in the post...).</p> <p>In place of the two-stage kickstand debuted by the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2/review" target="_blank">Surface 2</a>, the support now bends almost all the way back, using a brand new hinge design.</p> <p>The Type Cover keyboard, meanwhile, can now be latched at its upper edge magnetically to the bottom of the SP3&#39;s screen, creating a rigid platform in place of the wobbly board that haunted previous Surfaces.</p> <p>Those two changes transform the Surface into a good laptop that will work almost everywhere. With the kickstand bent back to 120-130 degrees and the keyboard attached, it works as well as any conventional laptop if you spend your life with your legs crossed on the sofa.</p> <p>Tilt the kickstand back further to 140-150 degrees, and it&#39;s a perfectly-angled writing surface for use on a desk if you&rsquo;re taking notes. In fact, we couldn&#39;t find a scenario where the Surface Pro 3 borked: it now works, really well.</p> <p>The kickstand, in particular, is a minor engineering marvel. It retains the first two stages from the Surface 2; pull it away from the body, and there are two distinct locking points.</p> <p>But push gently beyond the second lock point, and it will bend back to almost 150 degrees. We&rsquo;re not irresponsible enough to give any view on the hinge&rsquo;s long-term durability, but we will say that it feels beautifully made, and operates with the same well-damped smoothness after a hard month of use as it did on the day of opening the box.</p> <p>The Type Cover 3, meanwhile, is a dramatic improvement over the Type Cover 2. The keyboard&rsquo;s now spacious enough for big, clumsy fingers, and at last the trackpad is of a size and sensitivity that make it a pleasure to use. One thing, though: the keys clack if you&rsquo;re typing in anger - but even then, the cheap-ish clack doesn&rsquo;t infer shoddy build.</p> <p>The kickstand and keyboard aren&#39;t the only changes for the better. Many (including us) found text too small on the 1920 x 1080 10in screen of the Surface 2 or Pro 2. So the switch to a 12in display at a rather unusual 2160 x 1440 resolution for the SP3 is welcome, as is the shift to a 3:2 aspect ratio. Somehow, the Pro 3 just looks and feels the right size (whatever that is), while its predecessors were too small to be taken that seriously.</p> <p>The SP3&#39;s now natural to use in portrait mode (a claim you could never make for the Surface 2), making it a great (albeit large) ebook reader (which was one of Microsoft&#39;s stated intents with the 3: make it feel as much as possible like a good paper notebook).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-updates-all-macbook-pro-retina-display-models/news" target="_blank">Apple updates all Retina MacBook Pro models</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 kickstand has morphed into something that&#039;s genuinely great" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-7.jpg?1407861323" /> </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="The screen can now be angled for pretty much any position" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-19.jpg?1407861323" /> </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="The rigid hinge turns the Surface into a genuine laptop replacement" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-6.jpg?1407861323" /> </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"> PERFORMANCE: A GOOD LAPTOP, A BRILLIANT TABLET </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 Surface Pro 3 will be available with a choice of Intel i3, i5 and i7 chips, 4GB, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and 64GB, 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of SSD storage.</p> <p>Whatever combo you go for, you&#39;re buying a ridiculously powerful tablet, and a decently meaty mid-range laptop - and you can be confident that even the lowliest spec won&rsquo;t be a slouch. Our Intel i5 / 4GB / 128GB model belted through just about every task we could hurl at it - Office, browsing, email, music and movies.</p> <p>That said, let&rsquo;s be clear on one thing - the SP3&rsquo;s no gaming rig. It will happily chomp through the lighter games you&#39;ll find in the Windows Store. But with only an Intel 4400 HD graphics chip on hand to push the pixels, it&#39;ll stammer to a halt if you fire up <em>Crysis</em> at max settings (at which point, you&rsquo;ll also discover how hot the top right hand edge of the unit can get).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-official-and-really-really-powerful/news" target="_blank">Nvidia Shield Tablet is official - and really, really powerful</a></strong></p> <p>Avoid giving it that kind of abuse, and the SP3 will run quiet and cool. We did find that the top right of the tablet (or top left, if you&#39;re holding it in portrait mode) is always slightly warm (we&#39;ll assume that&#39;s where the i5 is housed), but it&rsquo;s barely enough to register in normal use.</p> <p>So which spec should you go for? After a month with the 128GB i5, we wished we&#39;d chosen 8GB of RAM and the 256GB SSD.</p> <p>While 4GB of RAM will keep&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a>&nbsp;running happily enough, the OS is happier with 6-8GB under the hood (and since the memory is soldered to the SP3&#39;s motherboard, you can&#39;t upgrade at a later date).</p> <p>As for wishing that we&rsquo;d gone for the 256GB hard drive, the Pro 3 has convinced us that it&rsquo;s more than a toy - it&#39;s easily flexible enough to be used day in, day out, with the result that we&rsquo;ve half filled the 128GB with our usual digital detritus.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a well-hidden microSD slot tucked into the back of the Surface&rsquo;s casing, enabling you to add up to 128GB of extra storage.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s all very well, but as of now, you cannot install Windows Store games to an external drive - and with some of those games weighing in at over 1GB (<a href="http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-gb/app/halo-spartan-assault/8fe2d694-baa2-4011-99c0-3a22216223bb" target="_blank"><em>Halo: Spartan Assault</em></a> is 1.6GB, for example), we&rsquo;d still spend the extra for the comfort of 256GB of onboard space.</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="If you can stretch to it the 8Gb of RAM and 256GB SSD are worth it" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-15.jpg?1407861323" /> </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"> Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tech Specs </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>All specs for specific model tested. For full pricing and customisation options check out the <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msuk/en_GB/pdp/Surface-Pro-3/productID.300212300?WT.mc_id=SurfaceBG=Surface-Pro-3" target="_blank">Surface Pro 3 Configurator here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Operating System</strong>&nbsp;- <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a></p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>&nbsp;- 12in LCD with 2160 x 1440 resolution (3:2 ratio)</p> <p><strong>CPU</strong>&nbsp;- Intel Core i5 (also available with i3 or i7)</p> <p><strong>GPU</strong>&nbsp;- Intel 4400 HD</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>&nbsp;- 8GB (also available with 4GB)</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>&nbsp;- 128GB (also available with 64GB, 256GB or 512GB)</p> <p><strong>Optical drive</strong>&nbsp;-None</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>&nbsp;- 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, microSD, Mini DisplayPort</p> <p><strong>Cameras</strong>&nbsp;- 5MP front, 5MP rear</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>&nbsp;- 201 x 292 x 9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>&nbsp;- 800g</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"> THE SCREEN: BEAUTIFUL ENOUGH - AND THE RIGHT RATIO, 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>The Pro 3&#39;s screen is stunning. Although it has fewer pixels per inch than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> (216ppi vs 264ppi), you&#39;d need comically good eyesight to find flaws with the 2160 x 1440 display. Everything&#39;s pin sharp.</p> <p>The 12in screen is also commendably natural in the way it renders colours: its neither neutral to the point of being washed out, nor vivid in a way that&#39;ll give you a headache after an hour. It&#39;s just right.</p> <p>And Microsoft has chosen a display that will go bright enough to ensure that your Surface will stay usable even in pretty bright daylight (just as well - the screen has a glossy coating that&rsquo;s quite reflective).</p> <p>Be aware that the driver for the Surface screen will only allow two resolutions - the native 2150 x1440, and a laughably old school 1024 x 768. Couple that with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1&rsquo;s</a>, er, &lsquo;interesting&rsquo; approach to DPI scaling, and be prepared to tweak before everything&rsquo;s to your liking.</p> <p>You should also know that quirks in that same DPI scaling can make life with an external monitor more arduous that it should be.</p> <p>Our SP3 hooks up every day to the HDMI input of a 23in Philips 1080p desktop monitor, via the Pro 3&rsquo;s mini display port. As regular as clockwork, we lose five minutes every morning to signing out and then in again once the Philips is connected, simply to re-scale the icons on the desktop. Annoying, and surely not that difficult for Microsoft to fix?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/you-can-now-get-4k-screen-less-500/news" target="_blank">You can now get a 4K screen for less than &pound;500</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="Microsoft has chosen a display that will go bright enough to ensure that your Surface will stay usable even in pretty bright daylight" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-9.jpg?1407861323" /> </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"> THE PEN AND ONENOTE: THE PARTNERSHIP THAT MAKES THE PRODUCT? </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>Thanks to the Surface Pro 3&#39;s new pen, Microsoft&#39;s note-taking, file-storing rival to Evernote gets a whole new lease of life.</p> <p>Prod the pen&#39;s purple top button once, and your Pro 3 will launch a full-screen note, regardless of whether the machine&#39;s asleep or awake. It&#39;s intended to allow you to get sudden ideas down quickly, and that&#39;s precisely what it does. Double-tap the same purple button, and it will give you the option to lasso a section of the screen for storing away into OneNote. Smart, and genuinely useful.</p> <p>Live with the SP3 for a bit, and the combination of the pen and OneNote feel as much a part of the everyday experience as the keyboard and kickstand. And you begin to appreciate that OneNote 2013 isn&#39;t that shoddy an application. It&#39;s great for taking and organising just about anything you throw at it, and the keyword search works a treat.</p> <p>OneNote&#39;s only hitch, in our humble opinion, is its tight integration with Outlook 2013 for task management. If Microsoft really wants to own the productivity game (and it does), it needs a task manager that can sync to the cloud and every other mobile platform.</p> <p>If you&#39;re still a desktop Outlook addict (there are some still out there&hellip; right?), you&#39;ll adore OneNote. But if you spend your days in one of the thousands of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android" target="_blank">Android</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-7" target="_blank">iOS</a> task managers, you&#39;ll find OneNote a bind. There are Microsoft-made OneNote apps for Android and iOS, sure, but they&#39;re no match for their Evernote equivalents.</p> <p>Out of the box, your Surface Pro 3 will come with a small pen holder that&#39;s meant to attach to the Type Cover. Bluntly, it doesn&#39;t work.</p> <p>After three or four days, we almost lost the pen after the tab holder detached itself without our noticing; the sticky part just isn&#39;t sticky enough to stay attached to the Type Cover, and a normal knock will send it flying.</p> <p>We&#39;ve taken to carrying the Surface pen around in a laptop case or shirt pocket. That guarantees that it will eventually go missing. Given how important the pen is to life with an SP3, Microsoft needs to come up with a more permanent, attractive solution - and fast (especially when <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-gb/accessories/surface-pen" target="_blank">a replacement from the UK Microsoft Store is &pound;44.99</a>).</p> <p>We&rsquo;d also advise that you find a reliable local stockist of AAAA batteries before you invest in an SP3; the Surface pen is powered by a single AAAA, and we chewed through the power of the battery that came in the box in about four weeks (so let&rsquo;s make that 12 batteries a year).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-unbelievably-good-free-windows-phone-games/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best Free Windows Phone Games</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="The combination of the pen and OneNote feel as much a part of the everyday experience as the keyboard and kickstand" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-5.jpg?1407861323" /> </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="4000" height="3000" title="Prod the pen&#039;s purple top button once, and your Pro 3 will launch a full-screen note, regardless of whether the machine&#039;s asleep or awake" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-14.jpg?1407861323" /> </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"> BATTERY LIFE: GREAT - AS LONG AS YOU’RE US… </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>Budget laptops are forgiven if they suffer from poor battery life. You know that you&rsquo;re compromising by spending the bare minimum, and most cheap 15in lappies aren&rsquo;t really built for an entire day away from a charging point.</p> <p>The Surface Pro 3 has no such excuses. Its entire appeal rests on its flexibility - one minute hammering through a PhotoShop file at your desk, the next reading a Nook book on the morning commute. For the whole concept to stack up, you mustn&rsquo;t feel nervous when taking it out for a day on the road.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-books-every-geek-must-read-summer/feature" target="_blank">20 Books Every Geek Should Read This Summer</a></strong></p> <p>Microsoft claims up to nine hours from the Pro 3&rsquo;s lithium-ion battery &lsquo;while browsing the web&rsquo;, with careful warnings that your mileage may vary depending on your habits (and it&#39;s fair for Microsoft to hedge its bets here: a device as powerful as the Surface can indulge in some heavyweight, juice-sapping work).</p> <p>Our i5, 128GB model is good for a working day, although we confess that we&rsquo;ve yet to deliberately run it to red line.</p> <p>In one day last week, it was unplugged from charge at 7am, then pounded at a conference from 9.30am to 4pm, before taking care of email and transcription duties on the 30-minute train ride home. By the time we re-attached it to a charger at 5.30pm, it was showing 30%. We&rsquo;d call that good, by any standards.</p> <p>But then, we&rsquo;ve read enough forum posts from users suffering from disappointing SP3 battery life to feel blessed. What a forum post can&rsquo;t tell you, of course, is what use the poster is putting the Surface to. What we can say is that heavy use - particularly video streaming - has a very visible effect on the SP3&rsquo;s battery drain.</p> <p>By the way, brownie points go to Microsoft for the design of the power supply. Too many 11-13in laptops come with leads and blocks that weigh more than the thing they power - the Pro 3&rsquo;s is compact and light, and even includes a USB charging port in the power block.</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="How long you get from each charge depends hugely on how you use it" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-18.jpg?1407861323" /> </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"> PROBLEMS: YEP, THERE ARE SOME </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>Since its launch in the US in late June, users began reporting problems with their Pro 3s waking from sleep, staying awake and suddenly freezing. There have been several firmware releases aimed at squishing the bugs (one of which takes a nail-gnawing 15-20 minutes to install).</p> <p>But we&rsquo;ve experienced none of the sleep or wake issues (bar one freeze that forced a hard shutdown - an update shortly after appears to have fixed it).</p> <p>However, we did fall foul of one of the other commonly reported issues: flaky wireless. The latest update (July 16) claims to have sorted it for good. That claim looks to be accurate: our SP3 will now happily tether to our HTC One M8 (impossible before the update), and connect to the 2.4GHz wireless in Stuff Towers without constantly dropping.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review?page=1" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) Review</a></strong></p> <p>There&rsquo;s one other SP3 problem that Microsoft cannot fix alone (although with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a> Update 2 coming down the tracks, they could sure as hell help).</p> <p>The high dpi screen demands that developers update their software so that it renders correctly - and as it stands today, some significant developers have yet to catch up.</p> <p>Until very recently, even Google Chrome looked awful at hi-dpi (the latest Chrome beta solves most of the issues). <a href="https://www.dashlane.com" target="_blank">Dashlane</a>, a popular password manager, displays as a boil-washed version of itself. Evernote desktop is usable, but ruined by miniature icons and smaller-than-needs-be text.</p> <p>Developers are getting there, but we understand the Catch 22 from their point of view - it takes time and effort to make the software work well with high dpi displays, but the market for high-end PCs with displays that go beyond Full HD is hardly thriving.</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="The high dpi screen demands that developers update their software so that it renders correctly - and some significant des have yet to catch up" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-12.jpg?1407861323" /> </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"> Microsoft Surface Pro 3 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 Surface Pro 3 is excellent.</p> <p>There, we said it. And with a straight face.</p> <p>At last, Microsoft has delivered on the promise of the tablet-cum-laptop hybrid. It proves Microsoft&#39;s argument that there&#39;s space in the world for a design that&#39;s more productive than an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note</a>, but easier to hump around than a traditional laptop.</p> <p>Would we buy one? Yes. We&rsquo;d avoid the 64GB and 512GB models (you&rsquo;ll either have no space left in a week, or regret paying the high price after a month). But put a 128GB or 256GB on the counter, and we&#39;d tap in a PIN code without a moment&#39;s hesitation.</p> <p>It would be daft not to point to the fact that the Windows Store still hasn&rsquo;t reached the heights of the Play Store or iTunes, but that&#39;s an issue that&#39;s at least somewhat mitigated by the fast that Pro lets you install practically any piece of PC software on the desktop side of the two-faced OS.</p> <p>Price still has to come into it. The i5 / 128GB SP3 &pound;1000 asking price (with the Type Cover included) would buy an awful lot of Windows laptop, or a similarly-specced <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review" target="_blank">13in Macbook Air</a> with &pound;100 change to spare.</p> <p>But the Pro 3&rsquo;s different enough to undermine absolutist comparisons: a chunk of that &pound;1000 is going on &lsquo;unusual&rsquo;, and we think that for many it will justify itself on that basis. And if you insist on like-for-likes, the fact is that the Pro 3 is as quick and capable as either a Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 or a Macbook Air.</p> <p>At last, there&rsquo;s a Surface that&rsquo;s right.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Laptops in the World right now</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets 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="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Verdict: At last, there’s a Surface that’s right." alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-20.jpg?1407861323" /> </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"> power </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"> screen </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"> build </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"> apps </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"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><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"> battery </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> <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>Third times the charm - the Surface Pro 3 is a hybrid device that&#39;s right</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"> Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3/review#comments Laptops Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablets Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:07:33 +0000 Tom Parsons 1443275 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC reportedly planning One (M8) for Windows Phone, while Microsoft plots two more handsets http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-planning-one-m8-windows-phone-while-microsoft-plots-two-more-handsets/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft&#039;s platform seems ready to come out swinging this autumn </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="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-onem8.jpg?1406685464" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to a couple of reports, both HTC and Microsoft have intriguing plans for their Windows Phone handset efforts - particularly the former, which may be bringing its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">flagship Android phone</a> (pictured) to the platform.</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"><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/htc/htc-planning-one-m8-windows-phone-while-microsoft-plots-two-more-handsets/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-planning-one-m8-windows-phone-while-microsoft-plots-two-more-handsets/news#comments HTC Microsoft One (M8) Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:08:07 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443570 at http://www.stuff.tv Sharks Cove is Microsoft's answer to Raspberry Pi http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sharks-cove-microsofts-answer-raspberry-pi/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Turns out there’s more than one tiny computer board around – but Microsoft’s Atom-powered Pi rival can’t match it in every respect… </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="Sharks Cove is Microsoft&#039;s answer to Raspberry Pi" alt="Sharks Cove is Microsoft&#039;s answer to Raspberry Pi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ms-sharks-cove.jpg?1406685795" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Listen up, tiny computer fans! Microsoft has just launched the Sharks Cove, its Windows-based answer to the Raspberry Pi &ndash; although its price tag suggests that it&rsquo;s aimed at a slightly wealthier market.</p> <p>While the current Pi, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/raspberry-pi/new-raspberry-pi-b-arrives-same-price-board-it-replaces/news">Model B+</a>, costs just &pound;26, the Sharks Cove is priced at US$299 (&pound;175) &ndash; but that does include the Windows 8.1 operating system and all the necessary utilities to run it on the board.</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Swimming (and coding) with Sharks </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 board itself is based on a quad-core Intel Atom processor (the Pi uses ARM architecture) and sports 1GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage, so it&rsquo;s also a lot more powerful than the single-core Pi. It&rsquo;s designed as a development board for both Windows and Android, and Microsoft believes it&rsquo;ll find a market among independent hardware vendors and enthusiasts who want to build small but fully-featured computers &ndash; so probably a different audience to the Pi.</p> <p>Sharks Cove is available for pre-order now, and Microsoft has set up a site where prospective users can learn more here: <a href="http://www.sharkscove.org/" target="_blank">SharksCove.org</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windows_hardware_and_driver_developer_blog/archive/2014/07/26/the-sharks-cove-is-now-available-for-pre-order.aspx" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/this-is-microsofts-new-raspberry-pi-style-tiny-windows-1612535958" target="_blank">Gizmodo</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="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> Microsoft Windows 8 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:40:42 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1443552 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Live-action Halo digital feature trailer, NASA drops 3D-printable models, and Comixology adds (some) DRM-free backups http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-live-action-halo-feature-trailer-nasa-drops-3d-printable-models-and-comixolo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ring in the end of the week with our latest quick-hit news roundup </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="Halo: Nightfall" alt="Halo: Nightfall" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/halo-nightfall.jpg?1406356495" /> </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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> First Halo: Nightfall trailer released </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>San Diego Comic-Con is happening right now, which means we&rsquo;re getting our first look at a lot of the cool, geeky stuff coming down the pipeline later this year and beyond. One of the first is Halo: Nightfall, the live-action, five-part digital feature that ties into Microsoft&rsquo;s massive first-person shooter franchise.</p> <p>Produced by Ridley Scott, Nightfall stars a new character, Jameson Locke, who will be playable in next year&rsquo;s Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One, and thus the show serves as an essential stepping stone for series aficionados. From the trailer, Nightfall can&rsquo;t help but look like the Scott-directed Prometheus, albeit with the budget of something like the modern Battlestar Galactica.</p> <p>Nightfall was luckily spared in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-kills-nokia-android-and-feature-phones-xbox-entertainment-studios-amidst-mass-job-">last week&rsquo;s brutal Microsoft cuts</a> that extinguished most of the rest of the now-former Xbox Entertainment Studios&rsquo; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/what-s-tv-halo-series-and-other-content-planned-xbox-originals-slate/news">future plans</a>. It will be released free to Xbox Live Gold members come November, as well as bundled along with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which collects and enhances Halo 1-4 for Xbox One.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw2oqtZoc8s">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-5-guardians-confirmed-autumn-2015/news">Halo 5: Guardians is coming to Xbox One in Autumn 2015</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/Iw2oqtZoc8s" 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"> NASA releases 3D-printable asteroid and probe models </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>NASA&rsquo;s really getting into 3D printing, huh? Just last month, we heard about how the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-3d-printer-espresso-machine-headed-international-space-station/news">first space-ready 3D printer</a> was cleared for installation on the International Space Station, and now the North American space agency is supporting terrestrial printing enthusiasts by releasing various miniature models.</p> <p>As spotted by CNET, the organization has released a total of 21 files ready for 3D printing, which are based on the like of the Mars Odyssey, Voyager, and Kepler spacecrafts, as well as a pair of asteroids and segments of the surfaces of the Moon and Mars, respectively.</p> <p>They&rsquo;re tiny little things, with the largest dimension reported to be 10cm, and NASA says that the files may need to be tweaked to work with the average consumer 3D printer. And if you think that you&rsquo;ve improved on the original file, you can send it back their way. Who needs to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-nasa-aims-capture-asteroid-2019-nest-acquires-dropcam-and-watch-crazy-gopro-fil">catch an asteroid</a>&nbsp;when we can just print model ships and swap emails with astrophysicists?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/models/printable">NASA </a>via <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/3d-print-space-probes-asteroids-courtesy-of-nasa/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-3d-printer-espresso-machine-headed-international-space-station/news">International Space Station is getting its first 3D printer &mdash; and also an espresso machine</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="Made in Space 3D printer" alt="Made in Space 3D printer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/space-3dprinter.jpg?1406356495" /> </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"> Comixology adds DRM-free backups—for some books </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>Digital comics leader Comixology took a beating in the public perception when&mdash;after <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-grabs-digital-comic-app-comixology/news">being acquired by Amazon</a> earlier this year&mdash;it <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-comixology-hobbles-its-ios-app-hp-s-android-notebook-ambitions-and-atari-s-buri">removed the in-app store</a> from its mobile apps and forced users to purchase all comics from the website. Luckily, the company might earn a little goodwill back with this move.</p> <p>At San Diego Comic-Con, the company announced that it now allows users to download DRM-free backups of any purchased comics from participating publishers, which are available in PDF and CBZ formats. However, only a handful of publishers are actually onboard right now, including Image and Top Shelf; Marvel and DC don&rsquo;t seem all that keen on it, at least for now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://comixology.tumblr.com/post/92763758163/drm-free-backups-now-available">Comixology</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-comic-reader-apps/feature">Six of the best comic reader apps</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="Comixology" alt="Comixology" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/comixology.jpg?1406356495" /> </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/microsoft/fully-charged-live-action-halo-feature-trailer-nasa-drops-3d-printable-models-and-comixolo#comments 3D Printing Film and TV Microsoft Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443244 at http://www.stuff.tv The Lumia 530 is Microsoft’s next low-end Windows Phone http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/lumia-530-microsoft-s-next-low-end-windows-phone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After Nokia’s Android-based X line was axed, another cheap WinPho appears </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="Nokia Lumia 530" alt="Nokia Lumia 530" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-lumia530.jpg?1408504782" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When Microsoft <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-kills-nokia-android-and-feature-phones-xbox-entertainment-studios-amidst-mass-job-">killed the Android-powered Nokia X</a> phone series last week, it vowed to fill the lower end of the market with cheap Windows Phones. The Lumia 530 looks like a solid first step in doing so.</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"><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>And selfie fans: sorry to say, but there&rsquo;s no front-facing camera here&mdash;only the 5MP shooter on the back. All told, the specs are by and large in line with what we&rsquo;d expect for the price range. Both the 520 and 630 impressed for their price levels, and it&rsquo;s likely the 530 will do quite the same.</p> <p>Microsoft says to expect the Lumia 530 to start rolling out worldwide in August, and an array of colourful Shell and Flip Shell backings will naturally be available to accessorize it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://conversations.nokia.com/2014/07/23/lumia-530/">Nokia Conversations</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 Best Smartphones 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/T663YbyHzDY" 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/lumia-530-microsoft-s-next-low-end-windows-phone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/lumia-530-microsoft-s-next-low-end-windows-phone/news#comments Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:59:08 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443073 at http://www.stuff.tv All versions of Microsoft Windows to become one http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/all-versions-microsoft-windows-become-one/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;This isn&#039;t even my final form,&quot; says cross-platform operating system </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="1202" height="900" title="This is Windows 8.1, not Windows 9. Hey ho." alt="This is Windows 8.1, not Windows 9. Hey ho." src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-8-1.jpg?1406173105" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft is set to create a &quot;single converged operating system&quot; by merging its different versions of Windows into one.</p> <p>That means that instead of having separate teams working across Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox, there will be a single, unified version of Windows with a common architecture.</p> <p>Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed the news during the company&#39;s quarterly earnings call, adding that the move will allow developers to create &quot;universal Windows apps&quot; that work across mobile, console and desktop versions of the OS.</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/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-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/microsoft/all-versions-microsoft-windows-become-one/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/all-versions-microsoft-windows-become-one/news#comments Microsoft Windows Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:38:00 +0000 Stephen Graves 1443056 at http://www.stuff.tv RIP the Surface Mini – for now http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/rip-surface-mini-now/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft confirms the canning of its small tablet in annual earnings report </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="604" height="453" title="RIP the Surface Mini – for now" alt="RIP the Surface Mini – for now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/surface-mini-case-amazon_0_0.jpg?1406163277" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We don&rsquo;t suggest you spend your day reading Microsoft&rsquo;s earnings report (spoiler alert: revenue is up, profits are down) but among the dreariness is one piece of bad news that caught our eye: confirmation that the Surface Mini tablet has been axed.</p> <p>The report reads: &ldquo;Current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from a transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor.&rdquo;</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Surface tension </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 did of course see a new 12in Surface Pro 3 tablet this year (the &ldquo;newer generation device&rdquo; mentioned) but there was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-mini-outed-amazon-listing/news">strong evidence</a> to suggest that it&rsquo;d be accompanied by an all-new 7in or 8in Surface.</p> <p>Such a device never materialised, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/so-where-s-surface-mini/news">rumour has it</a> it was pulled from the May launch at the last minute due to being, well, not different enough to what was already available from other manufacturers &ndash; but not before Microsoft had manufactured between 15,000 and 20,000 units.</p> <p>&ldquo;Not shipping&rdquo; does not mean that the Surface Mini is totally dead, of course, but we&rsquo;d be very surprised if we saw it launched anytime soon. Microsoft seems to have taken its smaller tablet back to the drawing board, and we don&rsquo;t expect to see it unveiled until 2015 (if ever).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/investor/EarningsAndFinancials/Earnings/PressReleaseAndWebcast/FY14/Q4/default.aspx" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/we-really-want-surface-pro-3-and-you-should-too-hands-review/news">Microsoft Surface Pro 3 hands-on 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="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> Microsoft Surface Mini Tablets Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:56:12 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1443037 at http://www.stuff.tv