Games consoles http://www.stuff.tv/sg/games-consoles/reviews en-SG R-KAID-R is an arcade powerhouse in a hand-crafted wooden case http://www.stuff.tv/sg/r-kaid-r-arcade-powerhouse-hand-crafted-wooden-case/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This wooden box looks like it&#039;s an antique chest, but open it up and it&#039;s a portable MAME-powered arcade machine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="R-KAID-R" alt="R-KAID-R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/r-kaid-r-01.jpg?1404525833" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Looks like it belongs on my granny&#39;s dressing table&hellip; </strong><br />Until you open it up &ndash; then <a href="http://www.lovehulten.com/rkaidr.html" target="_blank">R-KAID-R</a> looks like a vintage arcade powerhouse. That belongs on your granny&#39;s dressing table. Seriously, look at those adorable little filigree designs around the screen.</p> <p><strong>Yes, but why does it look like an antique? </strong><br />Manufacturer <a href="http://www.lovehulten.com/" target="_blank">Love Hultèn</a> reckons that we&#39;re addicted to the upgrade cycle &ndash; and too ready to chuck electronic kit away after a couple of years. It&#39;s trying to create a product that&#39;ll last and acquire a patina &ndash; hence the solid wood construction. You can pick up the R-KAID-R in a variety of finishes, including emerald green maple, walnut and black ash, with brass detailing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What can my silver-haired grandma play on it, then?</strong><br />Quite a lot; it runs MAME, so pretty much any vintage arcade game is up for grabs. The R-KAID-R supports (deep breath) Neo Geo, PC Engine/Turbo Grafx 16, PS1, Atari 2600, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, NES, Super NES, Sega Master System and Mega Drive and SCUMMvm titles, as well as Doom and Duke Nukem 3D.</p> <p><strong>What about the hardware? </strong><br />You get an 8-way joystick, 10 push buttons and a mono speaker to play your games with &ndash; and an 8in, 800x600 monitor to watch them on. The R-KAID-R also comes with USB and SD card connections, plus a stereo jack and HDMI out.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5ZxM6CgA-Lc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="R-KAID-R" alt="R-KAID-R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/r-kaid-r-02.jpg?1404525833" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="R-KAID-R" alt="R-KAID-R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/r-kaid-r-04.jpg?1404525833" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Well, I&#39;m sold. How much? </strong><br />&euro;2500. Or 4235 Singapore dollars.</p> <p><strong>I&#39;m sorry, there must be something in my ear, because I could swear you said S$4235. </strong><br />You heard correct. You&#39;ll have to be pretty dedicated to want to spend that much on an arcade emulator, but the R-KAID-R is a rather beautiful object. So you&#39;ll undoubtedly want to snap up the hand-stitched leather carry case to tote it around in, for a mere &euro;240 (S$410).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.lovehulten.com/rkaidr.html" target="_blank">Love Hultèn</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/how-could-you-not-lust-over-this-portable-wooden-arcade-1599706894" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/these-suitcase-speakers-pack-bags-sound/news-1" target="_blank">Suitcase speakers that pack in bags of sound</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="R-KAID-R" alt="R-KAID-R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/r-kaid-r-06.jpg?1404525833" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="R-KAID-R" alt="R-KAID-R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/r-kaid-r-03.jpg?1404525833" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="R-KAID-R" alt="R-KAID-R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/r-kaid-r-05.jpg?1404525833" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/r-kaid-r-arcade-powerhouse-hand-crafted-wooden-case/news#comments Games consoles Gaming Hot Stuff Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:06:47 +0000 Elissa Loi 1441051 at http://www.stuff.tv The Microsoft and Sony E3 keynotes were exciting… and made me want a gaming PC http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/e3-2014/microsoft-and-sony-e3-keynotes-were-exciting-and-made-me-want-buy-gaming-pc/featur <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s the first E3 since the launch of the next-gen consoles, and neither has come up with a compelling exclusive, says Stephen Graves </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="Sunset Overdrive" alt="Sunset Overdrive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sunset-overdrive.jpg?1403060638" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The first wave of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature" target="_blank">E3 2014</a> is over and done with, and there&#39;s plenty to dissect from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/e3-2014/microsoft-e3-2014-heres-why-gamers-should-be-excited/news" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/e3-2014-six-things-sony-s-ps4-event-you-need-see/feature" target="_blank">Sony</a> keynotes.</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="/sg/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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"> Familiarity breeds... </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 exclusives largely trod familiar ground; Microsoft leaned heavily on Halo; Sony on Uncharted. If you&#39;re not already invested in those franchises, there are some new IPs &ndash; Xbox One gets Sunset Overdrive, which has an interesting multiplayer co-op mechanic, but its energy-drink-fuelled visuals and knowingly sarky tone remind me of all those desperate corporate attempts at cool in the 1990s. Remember&nbsp;Poochie from The Simpsons? Exxtreme to the maxx, dude.&nbsp;</p> <p>Over on PS4, there&#39;s Bloodborne and The Order: 1886. Bloodborne, a &quot;spiritual successor&quot; to Demon&#39;s Souls and Dark Souls, can reasonably be expected to be more of the same; fine, if you like that sort of thing. As for The Order: 1886; I&#39;m not really one for cyber-monocles and laser blunderbusses and other steampunk trappings.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature" target="_blank">All the latest news from E3 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="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="Bloodborne" alt="Bloodborne" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bloodborne-2.jpg?1403060638" /> </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 Order: 1886" alt="The Order: 1886" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-order.jpg?1403060638" /> </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"> Feature 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>Like many, I&#39;ve been waiting to see which of the next-gen consoles is worth investing in; the exciting prospect for me was what they could do that PCs couldn&#39;t. Both Microsoft and Sony initially talked up their consoles as being the centre of an entertainment hub; swiping through TV stations with Kinect, game-sharing on PS4, and so forth. But there seems to be little of that in evidence in the titles on display at E3 &ndash; bar a few flashes of innovation, buried in Microsoft and Sony&#39;s indie games presentations.</p> <p>For the most part, the story was one of a retreat from interesting new technologies and game mechanics, back towards tried-and-tested franchises.&nbsp;Since neither of the next-gen consoles is making the most of their unique features (indeed, Microsoft&#39;s even releasing an Xbox One <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/xbox-one-be-sold-without-kinect-june/news" target="_blank">minus the previously-essential Kinect</a>), you&#39;re left with a numbers game based around specs and titles &ndash; and on both counts, the PC looks to have the consoles trumped.</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/J4mjCHKAilA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s PC gone mad </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, I&#39;m no PC gaming evangelist; I do most of my gaming on a PS3, and my antiquated notebook struggles to run Skyrim on low settings. But spec up a current gaming PCs and you have something that&#39;s easily on par with the PS4 and Xbox One on raw graphical grunt. And almost all of the non-exclusive titles are making their way over to the PC; Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Far Cry 4 and GTA V are all releasing on PC alongside the console versions.</p> <p>PC specs are as good as you&#39;re prepared to shell out for; upgradeability means that you can start small and upgrade as cashflow allows, and with Steam&#39;s Big Picture mode, you finally have a PC gaming interface that sits happily in your living room. The launch of Valve&#39;s Steam Machine project may have been delayed, but then, PCs are an open platform, and if you want to bung SteamOS on your machine, there&#39;s nothing stopping you &ndash; once it launches, of course.</p> <p>The library of titles available on PC includes all the big cross-platform franchises, plus some exclusives like the expansive Star Citizen and Syndicate throwback <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/satellite-reign-awesome-syndicate-sequel-we-shouldve-had/feature" target="_blank">Satellite Reign</a> &ndash; both of which employ the interesting game mechanics that the big console-exclusive titles seem to shy away from. There&#39;s also a vibrant indie scene on PC that the consoles are only just catching up to.</p> <p>I could be wrong; Sunset Overdrive might turn out to be the best thing I&#39;ve ever played. But on the current evidence, neither of the next-gen consoles are making the most of their unique features &ndash; and that leaves me wondering what, exactly, they do that a PC can&#39;t.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/save-game-how-kickstarters-resurrecting-your-favourite-games/feature" target="_blank">Save game: how Kickstarter&#39;s resurrecting your favourite 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="Satellite Reign" alt="Satellite Reign" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/satellite-reign.jpg?1403060638" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The amazing Microsoft and Sony at E3 </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"> The keynotes will make you want a gaming PC again </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset-overdrive.jpg?1403060638" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/e3-2014/microsoft-and-sony-e3-keynotes-were-exciting-and-made-me-want-buy-gaming-pc/featur" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/e3-2014/microsoft-and-sony-e3-keynotes-were-exciting-and-made-me-want-buy-gaming-pc/featur#comments Console games E3 2014 Games consoles Microsoft Opinion PlayStation 4 Sony Xbox One Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:36:40 +0000 Elissa Loi 1438892 at http://www.stuff.tv Xbox at E3 2014: five exclusive titles that could turn the tide http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/e3-2014/microsoft-e3-2014-heres-why-gamers-should-be-excited/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft brought games, games, and even more games to LA this year. Here&#039;s our pick of the best exclusives to tantalise your trigger fingers </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="Awww yeah" alt="Microsoft at E3 2014: here&#039;s why gamers should be excited" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/halo-master-chief-collection.jpg?1402651657" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Games. That&#39;s what E3&#39;s all about, and that&#39;s exactly what Microsoft brought to the stage in LA this year.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hardware was strictly off the table as Phil Spencer and swathes of game developers addressed gamers from around the world, feeding them title after title in a relentless onslaught of explosions, bullets, screeching tires and fire. And there&#39;s enough quality fodder here for MS to start clawing back the hardcore fans it alienated in the run-up to the Xbox One&#39;s launch.</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="/sg/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"> Halo: The Master Chief Collection </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 shed a few tears of joy when this collection of every Halo from Combat Evolved to Halo 4 was announced. With over 100 maps remastered in glorious 1080p (running at 60fps), it&#39;s Christmas come early for Halo fans. We&#39;re itching to jump back into classic maps like Blood Gulch, but the first thing we&#39;re going to do is dive into Halo 2&#39;s Lockout - one of the best maps in the franchise&#39;s history, and dual-wield a lethal SMG/plasma rifle combo, before grabbing the energy sword. With the original game engines remaining untouched, everything will be just as manic as you remember, with shiner graphics to boot. We. Cannot. Wait.</p> <p>Oh, and if that wasn&#39;t enough, owners of the Master Chief Collection will be granted beta access to the Halo 5: Guardians beta. Time to loosen up those plasma grenade throwing arms&hellip;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forza Horizon 2 </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>Forza is back, and it&#39;s stunningly beautiful. During our hands-on time with &nbsp;Forza Horizon 2 here in LA, we were blown away by the simulated weather, the light reflecting off every minute detail on the sleek super cars, and of course, the vast, open world. With over 20 cars, 700 driving events and at least 100 hours of gameplay if you want to complete every challenge, Forza looks set to be every petrol head&#39;s dream plaything.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/forza-5/first-play-forza-horizon-2/feature" target="_blank">Forza Horizon 2: First Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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"> Fable Legends </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 next-gen iteration of Fable sees four player-controlled heroes team up against evil forces controlled by an all-seeing villain - a fifth player- who controls all his minions and traps from above. Heroes can specialise in ranged, magic or melee combat, and it&#39;s a sure fire (not to mention fun) way of simultaneously making and breaking friends in one fell swoop.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Crackdown </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>If you were glued to Crackdown as much as we were, then you can probably still hear the enticing hum of an agility orb ringing in your ears. The third title in the Crackdown series will simply be called, er, Crackdown. Once again, you and a friend are dropped into an open-world city in which you get to deal out death and Michael Bay-levels of destruction form the streets to the rooftops. From smashing cars with Hulk-like strength, to leaping form skyscraper to skyscraper, you&#39;re entire life will look utterly mundane and pathetic in comparison.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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 </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>XTREME TO THE MAX.</p> <p>Ahem.</p> <p>Sunset Overdrive is an insane third-person free-running, high-jumping shooter that&#39;s cranked up monster killing to a whole new level. Retina-searing colours, crazy guns, and a soundtrack littered with manic guitar riffs should leave you feeling more buzzed than hummingbird at a Red Bull festival.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> What about hardware? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While Kinect was mentioned in passing, the quiet loss of its compulsory bundled status was not. Microsoft has played it safe by giving gamers what they cave the most. Games, and lots of them.</p> <p>There was no focus on TV capability, no 15 minutes dedicated to apps, multimedia streaming or arm-flapping cartoony titles for Kinect.&nbsp;</p> <p>Instead, Microsoft has focused on the core gamers, who should now definitely feel reassured that they&#39;re still very much a priority in the Xbox One&#39;s master plan.</p> <p>While it&#39;s a little disappointing not seeing some exciting new hardware developments (perhaps an answer to the Oculus Rift or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/head-hands-and-eyes-sony-s-project-morpheus/feature" target="_blank">Sony&#39;s Project Morpheus</a>), we can&#39;t fault Microsoft for keeping things simple.</p> <p>As both next-gen consoles celebrate their second E3, we&#39;re looking forward to wrapping our hands around as many controllers as we can here in LA, so stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature" target="_blank">E3 2014 - all the best news and games so far</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox One at E3 2014 </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"> 5 exclusive titles that could turn the tide for Microsoft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/halo-master-chief-collection.jpg?1402651657" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/e3-2014/microsoft-e3-2014-heres-why-gamers-should-be-excited/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/e3-2014/microsoft-e3-2014-heres-why-gamers-should-be-excited/news#comments Console games E3 2014 Games consoles Microsoft Xbox One Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:26:05 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1438876 at http://www.stuff.tv E3 2014: Watch the Xbox keynote live stream here http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/e3-2014/e3-2014-watch-xbox-keynote-live-stream-here/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on Microsoft&#039;s E3 press conference and check out our live blog for all the latest news as it happens </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="E3 2014: Watch the Xbox keynote live stream here" alt="E3 2014: Watch the Xbox keynote live stream here" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xboxE3-main.jpg?1402508554" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft is gearing up for its Xbox press conference ahead of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature" target="_blank">E3 2014</a>, and Stuff will be reporting direct from the event.</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="/sg/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</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"> Microsoft Xbox E3 Live Stream </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>Catch up on all the action from the Microsoft keynote below</p> <p><iframe align="center" frameborder="no" height="319px" name="frame1" scrolling="auto" src="https://download-ssl.xbox.com/content/mgs/liveplayer/production/xblflow/v4/events/e32014.html" width="567px"></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 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"> Microsoft Xbox E3 Live blog </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/StuffTV/e3-xbox-one-live-blog/embed?header=none&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe> <p>[<a href="https://storify.com/StuffTV/e3-xbox-one-live-blog" target="_blank">View the story &quot;E3 Xbox One live blog&quot; on Storify</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"> 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"> E3 2014: Watch the Xbox live stream here from 5pm </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"> We&#039;re live blogging and streaming the Xbox E3 event right here </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/e3-2014/e3-2014-watch-xbox-keynote-live-stream-here/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/e3-2014/e3-2014-watch-xbox-keynote-live-stream-here/news#comments Console games E3 2014 Games consoles Microsoft Xbox One Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:53:56 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1438835 at http://www.stuff.tv E3 2014: Watch the Sony keynote live stream here http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/e3-2014/e3-2014-watch-sony-keynote-live-stream-here/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch Sony&#039;s PS4 press conference live stream here from 9am Singapore time </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="Sony PS4" alt="Sony PS4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-ps4-01.jpg?1402361263" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature" target="_blank">E3 2014</a>, and Sony is going big, screening its press conference to 40 cinemas in the US and Canada.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&#39;re in another country, you&#39;ll just have to make do with the live stream. Which we have, right here, from 9am Singapore time. Just don&#39;t blame us when your boss gives you a glare while you&#39;re watching the live stream during office hours.</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="/sg/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony PlayStation 4 live stream </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="357" src="//www.ustream.tv/embed/443086?wmode=direct" width="567"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/sony-ps4/review" target="_blank">Sony PlayStation 4 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-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/sg/playstation-4/e3-2014/e3-2014-watch-sony-keynote-live-stream-here/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/e3-2014/e3-2014-watch-sony-keynote-live-stream-here/news#comments Console games E3 2014 Games consoles PlayStation 4 Sony Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:35:25 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1438831 at http://www.stuff.tv S$639 for the Xbox One isn't exactly affordable http://www.stuff.tv/sg/xbox-one/x-marks-spot-xbox-one-finally-makes-it-way-singapore-639-september-23/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft explains the rationale behind the costing, which is around S$100 more compared to its US and Hong Kong pricing </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="567" height="425" title="S$639 for the Xbox One isn&#039;t exactly affordable" alt="S$639 for the Xbox One isn&#039;t exactly affordable" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSC02558_0_0_0.JPG?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The wait is over. Microsoft&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Xbox One</a> launches islandwide on September 23 from S$639 without Kinect.&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="/sg/users/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</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"> Why is it so expensive? </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>With the Xbox One retailing at just<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/xbox-one-be-sold-without-kinect-june/news"> US$399 (S$500) without Kinect</a> in the USA, the console is much more expensive locally than it is to order it online off retailers such as Amazon.&nbsp;Add that to the fact that it costs only HK$3380 (S$545) in Hong Kong, and we essentially have the same pricing issues as the PS4.&nbsp;</p> <p>In a group interview at E3 with Alan Bowman, Microsoft&#39;s&nbsp;Regional Vice President, Retail Sales and Marketing for the greater Asia region, he explained to Stuff that this discrepancy was due to added charges such as local licensing, channel costs, and taxes. Tough luck for us, we suppose.&nbsp;</p> <p>He also added that Microsoft was confident they were still in a position to compete, given the strength of their game selection come September. From what we saw at the E3 press conference, we think <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/e3-2014/microsoft-e3-2014-heres-why-gamers-should-be-excited/news">he may be on to something there</a>, with the likes of&nbsp;Forza Horizon 2 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection amidst the launch lineup.</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="5184" height="3456" title="S$639 for the Xbox One isn&#039;t exactly affordable" alt="S$639 for the Xbox One isn&#039;t exactly affordable" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_3629.JPG?1403748800" /> </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"> In the box </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>Each purchase of the Xbox One will net you the standard fare of a console with 500GB hard drive, one Xbox One Wireless Controller, and a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live gold.</p> <p>Local Xbox One features will include a fully localised dash, Game DVR/Upload to record your gaming moments, and HDMI pass through for your TV. Microsoft has also just rolled out <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/still-no-sign-xbox-one-singapore-theres-some-goodies-microsoft/news">Gold Rush</a>, a program that allows Xbox Live Gold subscribers to win actual gold (as in the precious metal), and a Collector&#39;s Edition Titanfall pack.&nbsp;</p> <p>Users who subscribe to a 12-month plan before 30 June will also receive $100 of free stuff including a free copy of Ryse: Son of Rome, and Killer Instinct Ultra Edition addons. You&#39;ll also be able to enjoy Xbox Fitness for free untill the end of the year, so you&#39;ll have around 3 months to get in shape.</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="940" height="705" title="S$639 for the Xbox One isn&#039;t exactly affordable" alt="S$639 for the Xbox One isn&#039;t exactly affordable" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02571_1.JPG?1403748800" /> </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"> S$639 for Xbox One </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"> Everything in Singapore costs more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02558_0_0_0_0.JPG?1403843112" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/xbox-one/x-marks-spot-xbox-one-finally-makes-it-way-singapore-639-september-23/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/xbox-one/x-marks-spot-xbox-one-finally-makes-it-way-singapore-639-september-23/news#comments E3 2014 Games consoles Microsoft Xbox One Mon, 09 Jun 2014 23:47:38 +0000 Melvin Tang 1438826 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Xbox One http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s never been a more ambitious games console, but the Xbox One doesn&#039;t yet live up to its enormous potential [UPDATE: now with video] </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="940" height="705" title="Xbox One review" alt="Xbox One review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSC02571_1.JPG?1402357006" /> </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="/sg/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While the Xbox 360 and PS3 basically matched each other for sales with a frankly bonkers 80m each, there&rsquo;s a feeling that the Xbox really won the last generation console battle, especially among hardcore gamers.</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"> S$639.00 </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"> S$739 with Kinect </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">8 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"> Kinect is amazing in many ways </div> <div class="field-item even"> Solid selection of exclusives at launch </div> <div class="field-item odd"> 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 fall just short of their potential </div> <div class="field-item even"> A big big and inelegant </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Some big titles still 720p </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&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/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 &lsquo;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 we&rsquo;ve had no technical issues or heat problems with our Xbox One, our PS4 has been problem-free, too &ndash; only when thousands of gamers put millions of hours of gaming in will we find out if one is more reliable than the other.</p> <p>Noise is something we can test now, and the Xbox One is generally a very quiet console. When idling we measured a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/review">PS4-matching</a>&nbsp;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, and 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-2855965622001" 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="2855965622001" /> <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="567" height="425" title="Xbox One versus PS4" alt="Xbox One versus PS4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02530_0.JPG?1402357006" /> </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_0.JPG?1402357006" /> </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_0.JPG?1402357006" /> </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_1.JPG?1402357006" /> </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.&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,&nbsp;the One pad that replaces it is very similar.</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 &ndash; to us those thumb pads seem too small, the d-pad feels rather cheap and clicky, and inserting AA batteries into a controller feels decidedly last-gen (is a bundled Play &amp; Charge kit too much to ask?) &ndash; but the overwhelming sensation is that this is largely the pad you know and love.</p> <p>There are some improvements, too. 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&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/sony-ps4/review" target="_blank">PlayStation controller</a>&nbsp;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, and on paper it certainly seems the more advanced pad. But there&rsquo;s a very compelling argument that you&rsquo;ll get more out of the enhanced vibration of the Xbox One pad. For now we&rsquo;re just going to say that both are excellent, and we&rsquo;re going to have to wait to see how the new features are utilised by developers in the future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="Xbox One control pad" alt="Xbox One control pad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02540_1.JPG?1402357006" /> </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 battery compartment" alt="Xbox One controller battery compartment" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02548_0.JPG?1402357006" /> </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" alt="Xbox One controller" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02543_1.JPG?1402357006" /> </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&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8 Metro</a>&nbsp;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 instinctual 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> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Xbox One dashboard" alt="Xbox One dashboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Home_US_3P_3.jpg?1402357006" /> </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_1.jpg?1402357006" /> </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: a game of nine-tenths </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But of course Microsoft has a solution to that: Kinect. The rather hefty, bundled-in camera accessory (which plugs into a proprietary socket on the back of the console) has been given a serious makeover for Xbox One that includes the removal of motorisation and insertion of a 1080p sensor with IR for seeing in the dark and time-of-flight tech for gauging distance and sensing motion.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also got a multi-microphone array for voice control, and that&rsquo;s primarily how Microsoft intends the Xbox One to be operated. The majority of the time it works brilliantly &ndash; you can turn the Xbox on or off, open apps and games, multi-task, record game clips and perform endless other functions just by barking commands, and unlike with Xbox 360 the Kinect here is generally very accurate and quick to respond.</p> <p>If we were to estimate we&rsquo;d say that during our week or so of testing it&#39;s worked around nine times out of ten, and that&rsquo;s impressive, but that final failed instruction is ever so frustrating. It happens most often when there&rsquo;s other noise &ndash; whether that&rsquo;s other people in the room or music and sound effects coming from the Xbox itself.</p> <p>The One also understands only very specific commands, such as &ldquo;Xbox, go to Forza 5&rdquo;, &ldquo;Xbox, Snap TV&rdquo; and &ldquo;Xbox, go Home&rdquo;, and you&rsquo;re going to have to put rather a lot of effort into learning the whole lot in order to make full use of the feature.</p> <p>You will open the wrong apps, you will swear at the Xbox and you will give up and reach for the control pad, almost certainly all within the first fifteen minutes of turning the One on. Gesture control is too fiddly for the UI, too. After about a week with the console we found ourselves using Kinect for some specific functions &ndash; recording clips and Snapping apps, for example &ndash; but most of the time the controller was our operational weapon of choice.</p> <p>What Kinect does give you is handy features such as automatic login via face recognition &ndash; it can even log a number of players in at once and automatically switch priority by working out who&rsquo;s holding the controller. It does these things instantly, even when sitting 3m away in a fairly dimly lit room (the recommendation is 2m).</p> <p>It also adds the best Skype functionality we&rsquo;ve ever 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-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="Xbox One Kinect" alt="Xbox One Kinect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02558_0_0.JPG?1402357006" /> </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_0.JPG?1402357006" /> </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_0.jpg?1402357006" /> </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"> 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. Only some of the features shown off are actually available at launch, which is a great shame, but this is still a feature with great potential.</p> <p>Essentially the Xbox One has 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 &ndash; &ldquo;Xbox on&rdquo;.</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 channels and inputs are 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>More disappointing for those of us in Blighty is that the OneGuide isn&rsquo;t yet available in the UK. This is the theoretically brilliant feature that fully integrates your PVR into the Xbox One UI, allowing you to browse channels and shows, set recordings and flit from program to program, all with voice control if you so wish &ndash; and without it the TV functionality is massively hampered.</p> <p>In the UK you can adjust volume, pause and play, but you can&rsquo;t do other simple things such as change channel or access the EPG, which is a great shame when you consider that the Xbox works by sending IR commands to your devices and already knows what the commands are as you gave it your original remote&rsquo;s code when you went through the setup.</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="Xbox OneGuide" alt="Xbox OneGuide" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OneGuide_TV%20Listings_US_0.jpg?1402357006" /> </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"> OneGuide in Singapore </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>There is noticeably no news about OneGuide integration with the Starhub set top boxes here in Singapore. With Microsoft delaying the launch of the console to later next year, it won&#39;t be until then that we&#39;ll hear ANYTHING about such support.&nbsp;</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-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>We&rsquo;ve mentioned Snap a couple of times now, but it bears looking at in a bit more detail, especially as it gives you a reason to connect your TV box to the Xbox even though the OneGuide isn&rsquo;t available.</p> <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.</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;.</p> <p>Not every app is Snappable, but a good bunch is, 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&nbsp;<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 also lacks independent volume control for the two apps you&rsquo;re running. It tries to intelligently decide what the priority is, but currently music and TV audio is too loud and drowns out game sound. We&rsquo;d like to be able to watch the football, muted, while playing Battlefield, but it&rsquo;s just not possible yet. Microsoft tells us it&rsquo;s &ldquo;exploring the best way to add user control to various audio sources and will have more to share in the future&rdquo;. Hopefully that future is not too distant.</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-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="Xbox One Party Snap" alt="Xbox One Party Snap" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Party%20Snapped_Movie_US_0.jpg?1402357006" /> </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_0.jpg?1402357006" /> </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"> 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. It&rsquo;s DRM-like, constantly connected authentication system was binned after the post-launch outcry, but you do install all games to the Xbox One, as you do with&nbsp;<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 Killzone ready to play is still the benchmark, though &ndash; on Xbox One we waited nearly 4 minutes for Zoo Tycoon to be playable, and 7 minutes for Forza 5. Ryse 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.</p> <p>Interestingly there&rsquo;s no way to check how much of the 500GB hard drive you&rsquo;ve used. We&rsquo;re told that when you do eventually fill it you&rsquo;ll be prompted to delete some content (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/why-microsofts-phil-harrison-was-actually-really-happy-reaction-xbox-one/news" target="_blank">save games are safe in the cloud</a>), but there isn&rsquo;t yet enough content available for us to find out. Expanding storage capacity via USB (of which there are three sockets on the One) is apparently coming in the future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="Xbox One Crimson Dragon" alt="Xbox One Crimson Dragon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CrimsonDragon_04_0.jpg?1402357006" /> </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 launch line-up </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 we mentioned&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/sony-ps4/review" target="_blank">in our PS4 review</a>, the Xbox One arguably has a marginally better launch line-up, thanks in no small part to the brilliant Forza 5 &ndash; if you&rsquo;re into driving games it&rsquo;s going to make you do a happy dance.</p> <p>But not everyone is into driving games, and the One&rsquo;s other big exclusives &ndash; Dead Rising 3 and Ryse &ndash; are more solid than spectacular. What&rsquo;s more, a number of big cross-platform games, most notably Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4, play at lower resolutions on Xbox One than on Battlefield 4, and that&rsquo;s going to be 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.</p> <p>Looking to the future we&rsquo;re very excited about&nbsp;<a href="http://www.titanfall.com/" target="_blank">Titanfall</a>, which is an Xbox One exclusive, but only time will tell if it lives up to expectation. For now, let&rsquo;s concentrate on the launch-day exclusives.</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/_1mfIg1I3zE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed IV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-iv.jpg?1402357006" /> </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"> Forza Motorsport 5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Forza 5 is the first next-gen game we&rsquo;ve played that seems to use the console&rsquo;s power for more than just pushing extra pixels. It looks incredible, with even the reflection of your car&rsquo;s steering wheel sometimes visible in the windscreen when the light catches it just so, but the most noticeable changes in gameplay come from the more advanced physics, which give you a much better idea of what the car&rsquo;s doing underneath you than ever before (helped in part by the Xbox One pad&rsquo;s targeted vibrations).</p> <p>The cloud-powered Drivatar &ndash; which informs the on-track behaviour of computer-controlled cars based on how human Forza players really drive &ndash; is a massive success. Bump it up to the higher levels and single-player races actually feel like multiplayer games. And when you log off your own Drivatar continues racing and earning money for you.</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 Forza 5" alt="Xbox One Forza 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Forza5_Gamescom_Audi_R18_E-tron_03_0.jpg?1402357006" /> </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 Forza 5" alt="Xbox One Forza 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Forza5_Gamescom_Mercedes_300SL_01_0.jpg?1402357006" /> </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"> Ryse: Son of Rome </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>Bloodier than Patrick Bateman&rsquo;s coffee table after a night in,&nbsp;<em>Ryse</em>&nbsp;lets you hack and slash your way through ancient Rome relieving enemy centurions of their limbs as you go. With gameplay graphics that are barely distinguishable from the cut scenes,&nbsp;<em>Ryse</em>&nbsp;is a real showcase for your new hardware, but the button-mashing action gets rather samey rather quickly.</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 Ryse" alt="Xbox One Ryse" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ScreenShot0045_0.jpg?1402357006" /> </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 Ryse" alt="Xbox One Ryse" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ScreenShot0024_%282%29_0.jpg?1402357006" /> </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"> Dead Rising 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>This zombie-slayer-cum-DIY-&lsquo;em-up allows you to combine weapons or vehicles to create preposterous contraptions that increase your horde-wasting abilities to extreme levels: mash a motorbike together with a steamroller, or a wheelchair with a lawnmower. If nothing else, the sheer size of the zombie crowds it can show on screen should give you an idea of how much processing power the Xbox One has, even if the general graphical quality and frame-rate is a bit patchy.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DR3_mecha%20dragon_0.png?1402357006" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DR3nick%20%20annie_0.jpg?1402357006" /> </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"> Zoo Tycoon </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>Build a zoo! Fill it with totally adorable animals! Race around your zoo on animal-shaped golf buggies! All in 1080p! Kid-friendly but deep and rewarding, Zoo Tycoon is a management sim with added cuteness. You can even use Kinect to interact with your animals, but while pulling faces at chimps works a million times better than you&rsquo;ll expect, feeding elephants using gesture control is a frustrating farce. At least that&rsquo;s optional. And no, you can&rsquo;t let a tiger loose in the penguin pen &ndash; this is a family game after all.</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 Zoo Tycoon" alt="Xbox One Zoo Tycoon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ZooTycoon_20130814_0010_0.png?1402357006" /> </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 Zoo Tycoon" alt="Xbox One Zoo Tycoon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ZooTycoon_20130814_0005_0.png?1402357006" /> </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 Zoo Tycoon" alt="Xbox One Zoo Tycoon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ZooTycoon_20130814_0013_0.png?1402357006" /> </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"> Xbox Fitness </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>Endless gaming making you a bit pudgy around the middle? You could do worse than fire up the free Xbox Fitness app for a quick workout between sessions. It includes a bunch of free workouts presented by very American, often nauseatingly enthusiastic trainers, but Kinect is accurate enough to track your movements and weight placement and offer specific feedback as you go, although the heart rate tracking wouldn&#39;t work for us during testing. There are more fitness videos available for download, but the free selection is pretty generous and thorough enough to get you working up a sweat.</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 Fitness" alt="Xbox Fitness" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xbox%20Fitness%20Screen%20%286%29_0.jpg?1402357006" /> </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"> The Full Xbox One Launch Line-up </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><strong>Exclusives</strong> <p>Crimson Dragon</p> <p>Dead Rising 3</p> <p>Fighter Within</p> <p>Forza Motorsport 5</p> <p>Killer Instinct</p> <p>LocoCycle</p> <p>Powerstar Golf</p> <p>Ryse: Son of Rome</p> <p>Xbox Fitness</p> <p>Zoo Tycoon</p> <p>Zumba Fitness</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cross-platform</strong></p> <p>Angry Birds Star Wars</p> <p>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed IV Black Flag</p> <p>Battlefield 4</p> <p>Call of Duty Ghosts</p> <p>FIFA 14</p> <p>Just Dance 2014</p> <p>Lego Marvel Super Heroes</p> <p>Madden NFL 25</p> <p>NBA 2K14</p> <p>NBA Live 14</p> <p>Need For Speed Rivals</p> <p>Skylanders SWAP Force</p> <p>&nbsp;</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-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"> 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. With so few players online pre-launch we don&rsquo;t yet know how well the feature works, but it sure sounds good.</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&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&nbsp;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> </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_0.jpg?1402357006" /> </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_0.png?1402357006" /> </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"> 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>Talking of movies, the Xbox One gives you a variety of ways to watch them. There&rsquo;s support for Blu-rays, which play in 1080p with support for Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio (although those formats output to your amp as Linear PCM), and if you&rsquo;re the kind of person who gets a kick out of that 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 video apps, too, and while Netflix wasn&rsquo;t available during testing and Sky isn&rsquo;t due until next year, Xbox Video has a massive selection of movies available to rent and buy on-demand. Even movies 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> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Movies%20TV%20Store_US_0.jpg?1402357006" /> </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 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&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">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;. These clips are then made available in the Upload app, but the onus is on you to then go into the app and save clips you want to keep &ndash; otherwise they&rsquo;re deleted to make room for more.</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. That&#39;s much more open than the Facebook-only video uploading of the PS4. On the other hand the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">PS4</a>&nbsp;has live Twitch streaming available at launch, whereas Microsoft has just delayed the Xbox One&rsquo;s Twitch integration to 2014.</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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Upload%20Snapped_Killer%20Instinct_0.jpg?1402357006" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>There&rsquo;s something of a theme running through this review, and it&#39;s that just about every one of the Xbox One&rsquo;s flagship features has a caveat attached.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s Kinect, which is often truly brilliant but occasionally unbearably frustrating. And TV integration that could be amazing but doesn&rsquo;t yet fulfil its promise, especially in the UK. Then there&rsquo;s the Snap picture-in-picture tech that with a few small tweaks could be massively useful.</p> <p>If it&rsquo;s simply games your interested in we&rsquo;d argue that&nbsp;<em>Forza 5</em>&nbsp;probably pushes the Xbox One&rsquo;s launch line-up above that of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">PS4</a>, but Sony&rsquo;s console counters with higher resolutions for key titles such as&nbsp;<em>Battlefield 4</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Call of Duty: Ghosts</em>. Whether you&rsquo;re more interested in an incredible driving game or the crispest versions of those cross-platform games really comes down to personal preference.</p> <p>Overall, we&rsquo;d say the Xbox One is the more ambitious console, but it just doesn&rsquo;t quite manage to follow through on all of its potential.</p> <p>This isn&rsquo;t a console battle, though &ndash; it&rsquo;s a console war, and just about all of our criticisms of the Xbox One are things that can be fixed on the software side. This feels like the beginning rather than the end, and if the One realises it&rsquo;s potential we&rsquo;ll immediately bestow upon it that missing fifth star.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02558_0_2.JPG?1402357006" /> </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-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>Hugely ambitious and with game-changing potential, the Xbox One just isn&#39;t quite there at launch</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 review: &quot;Hugely ambitious, with gaming-changing potential&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item big image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image" width="920" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/Xbox%20One.JPG?1402357006" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review#comments Games consoles Microsoft Xbox One Mon, 09 Jun 2014 23:36:19 +0000 Nigel Yap 1426755 at http://www.stuff.tv The Xbox One will be sold without Kinect from June http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/xbox-one-be-sold-without-kinect-june/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft delivers “more choices”, and opens up streaming services to non-Gold members </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 to be sold without Kinect from June" alt="Xbox One to be sold without Kinect from June" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one-kinect.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has announced that, from 9th June, it will begin selling the Xbox One without a Kinect camera unit.</p> <p>The new option, which will cost &pound;350 (S$737) (the current Xbox One with Kinect costs &pound;400 (S$842)), comes as a result of consumer &ldquo;feedback&rdquo;. Not everyone, apparently, wants an all-seeing eye and all-hearing microphone in their living room &ndash; and so Microsoft has backtracked on previous statements that the Xbox One would never be sold without Kinect.</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="/sg/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>For those who buy the non-Kinect edition then feel like adding the sensor later, Microsoft will begin selling standalone Kinects in the autumn. Microsoft maintains that you&rsquo;ll get &ldquo;the best Xbox experience&rdquo; with the Kinect.</p> <p>Along with this announcement, the company also confirmed that it will begin opening up entertainment apps to all Xbox One and 360 owners, rather than just those who subscribe to Xbox Live Gold. That means subscription services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Sky Go will work through both Xbox consoles without the need to shell out extra money. Bravo, Microsoft &ndash; but, to be honest, it&rsquo;s about time.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/05/xbox-delivering-more-choices">Xbox.com</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/kinect/microsoft-tells-stuff-why-kinect-isnt-evil-telescreen/feature" target="_blank">Microsoft tells Stuff why the Kinect isn&rsquo;t an evil telescreen</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-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/sg/microsoft/xbox-one-be-sold-without-kinect-june/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/xbox-one-be-sold-without-kinect-june/news#comments Games consoles Microsoft Xbox One Tue, 13 May 2014 15:42:37 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1437083 at http://www.stuff.tv What’s on TV? Exclusive Halo series and more planned for Xbox Originals slate http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/what-s-tv-halo-series-and-other-content-planned-xbox-originals-slate/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Original televised content coming to Xbox consoles and Windows 8 devices </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 series and film for Xbox Originals" alt="Halo series and film for Xbox Originals" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/halo.jpg?1398753226" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has hinted at its Xbox-based media plans for some time, but today let loose hard details by announcing its Xbox Originals brand.</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="/sg/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/sg/microsoft/what-s-tv-halo-series-and-other-content-planned-xbox-originals-slate/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/what-s-tv-halo-series-and-other-content-planned-xbox-originals-slate/news#comments Games consoles Microsoft Xbox Xbox 360 Xbox One Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:52:01 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1436332 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: Is Ouya the next big thing in gaming? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/video-ouya-next-best-thing-gaming/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ouya marks the dawn of a new breed of low cost Android consoles – but does the hugely successful Kickstarter project have what it takes to stand out in the gaming world? </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="Video: Is Ouya the next best thing in gaming? 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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> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/video-ouya-next-best-thing-gaming/video#comments Android Games consoles Ouya Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:31:27 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1436153 at http://www.stuff.tv Video review: Sony PS4 – the fastest selling console in history http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/video-review-sony-ps4-fastest-selling-console-history/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The PS4 is slick, powerful and packed with stand-out features to ensure Sony definitely delivers on its next-gen promise </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="Video review: Sony PS4 – the fastest selling console in UK history" alt="Video review: Sony PS4 – the fastest selling console in UK history" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202013-12-13%20at%2012.10.04.png?1398392461" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2930395778001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2930395778001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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> <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"> Video review: Sony PlayStation 4 </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"> Sony delivers on its next-gen promise with the PS4 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/video-review-sony-ps4-fastest-selling-console-history/video#comments Games consoles PlayStation 4 PlayStation Vita Sony Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:59:30 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1436141 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: The history of Sony's PlayStation http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation/video-history-sonys-playstation/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let us take you on an interactive journey through the life of one of the biggest names in console gaming history… </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="Video: The history of Sony&#039;s PlayStation " alt="Video: The history of Sony&#039;s PlayStation " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202013-12-27%20at%2012.13.45.png?1398392391" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <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-2977444890001" 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="2977444890001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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But the fact that it&#039;s in the pipeline is still a reason for celebratory cake </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="940" height="705" title="Can you spot the 360 in there?" alt="Xbox 360 game emulation is coming to the Xbox One " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one-main.JPG?1396923656" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many a gamer cried out in tearful rage at the lack of backwards compatibility for both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Xbox One</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4</a>, but now it looks like Microsoft will bring last-gen gaming to the table. Eventually.&nbsp;</p> <p>The news comes straight from the mouth of Microsoft&#39;s Partner Development Lead Frank Savage who confirmed that plans for Xbox 360 emulation are on the way.</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="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/xbox-360-game-emulation-coming-xbox-one/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/xbox-360-game-emulation-coming-xbox-one/news#comments Console games Games consoles Gaming Microsoft Xbox One Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:06:45 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435025 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon's Fire TV box is a movie streamer, games console, babysitter and more http://www.stuff.tv/sg/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The retail giant has just announced a do-it-all box that could be set to take over your living room. Chromecast, Apple TV et al - take note </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="515" height="386" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-kindle-fire-tv-main.jpg?1396950729" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After months of rumours, Amazon&#39;s set-top box has been revealed at last. And at first glance it&#39;s a feature-packed entertainment monster.</p> <p>For starters, it&#39;s one of the most powerful set-top boxes around, despite its little-black-box appearance. A quad-core processor, dedicated graphics chip and 2GB of RAM make it, according to Amazon, three times more powerful than rivals such as the Roku and Apple TV. It&#39;s basically a high-end tablet, minus the screen.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Game on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&#39;s just jump straight to the main course. All that power means that, yes, the Fire TV can play games, and there&#39;s a dedicated US$40 controller to take advantage of it.</p> <p>Aimed at people who&#39;d prefer to play mobile games on the big screen, the Fire TV has thousands of existing games to choose from, with big names like Minecraft and Asphalt 8 among the A-list titles.</p> <p>Amazon Game Studios also introduced its first game, Sev Zero, a first-person alien shooter with tower defence elements.</p> <p>The controller itself has all the usual buttons and sticks, along with media playback controls.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="671" height="503" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-tv-controller.jpg?1396950729" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Voice search at last </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="392" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/iframe/EnchantingIcyBaboon" width="482"></iframe></p> <p>The Fire TV also has another impressive accessory - a bundled remote - which has a built-in microphone for voice search.&nbsp;</p> <p>That means no more pecking way at individual letters painfully slowly like on the Roku or Apple TV. Simply say the name of an actor, show or movie, and you&#39;ll be presented with the search results instantly. Bliss.</p> <p>There are tonnes of services to choose from too. Amazon Prime Video is naturally one of them, but so is its rival Netflix, along with Hulu, Vimeo, YouTube and more.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tasty extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One feature we&#39;re looking forward to testing out ourselves is called ASAP. It learns and predicts what content you like and caches it in the background when idle, meaning instant playback without any buffering.&nbsp;</p> <p>IMDB integration is also on the cards in the form of an &#39;X-Ray&#39; feature, allowing you to read up about on-screen actors during movies on your Fire HDX tablet.</p> <p>Other extras include Music in the form of Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and music purchased from Amazon itself. You can bring up lyrics of songs you&#39;re listening to with X-Ray as well, which is handy for spontaneous karaoke nights, if you&#39;re into that sort of thing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="451" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-pandora.jpg?1396950729" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Child friendly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>FreeTime, the Kindle Fire HDX feature which limits children&#39;s gaming and video-watching activities also returns, making sure that little Timmy doesn&#39;t get too distracted by blasting aliens instead of finishing off his homework.</p> <p>FreeTime mode also serves up a simpler child-friendly interface with whole host of free children&#39;s content from Sesame Street, Nickelodeon and more. FreeTime mode needs a password if you want to revert to the standard interface, for extra peace of mind.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="560" height="421" title="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter" alt="Multitasking master: Amazon Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babys" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kids.jpg?1396950729" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Kindle Fire TV will be shipping in the US from today, for US$99. We&#39;ve contacted Amazon with regards to pricing and release dates outside of the States and were told that &quot;Fire TV is not available outside the US at this time and we&#39;re not able to speculate on future plans&quot;.</p> <p>We&#39;ll keep you posted, as always.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Amazon Kindle Fire HDX review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t pin your hopes on Singapore availability </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>Till now, even the most basic Amazon Kindle e-book readers and Fire tablets have not made its way into Asia Pacific, let alone Singapore. Our advice? Don&#39;t expect it here anytime soon.</p> <p>There are alternatives to have the Fire TV shipped outside of the States. And if you&#39;re using a service provider such as MyRepublic which comes with a VPN service, you should be able to access Amazon&#39;s services provided you have a valid credit card or Amazon gift card.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon launches Fire TV box </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s a movie streamer, games console, babysitter and more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-fire-tv.jpg?1396950729" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news#comments Amazon Games consoles TV Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:34:58 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434766 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft looks set to join the smart glasses party with Kinect Shades for Xbox One http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-looks-set-join-smart-glasses-party-kinect-shades-xbox-one/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch out OculusRift and Project Morpheus - there could be a new headset in town </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="818" height="613" title="Sam Fisher called. 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