Sony’s PlayStation 4 is officially a real thing now, and while we might not know what it looks like yet – expect a shiny, black box – we know enough to have a general sense of the direction that the next-gen is headed in. As important as improved technical bells and whistles are, the big next-gen push highlighted in Sony’s presentation is on ease of use and accessibility. The PS4 will significantly enhance its social presence, with community-oriented features designed to foster increased brand loyalty. Sony’s Gaikai acquisition also adds value to the new platform, by way of remote play capabilities and promised future support for legacy titles on the non-backwards compatible consoles all through streaming capabilities.While technically Nintendo was the first to enter the next-gen fray, Sony was first out of the gate for next-gen hardware announcements in 2013. This leaves Microsoft in a position of having to announce an Xbox 360 successor that … [Read more...] about What Microsoft’s next Xbox needs to do to keep up with the PS4
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I'm about to discuss an idea currently couched in fantasy, but one that's probably occurred to more than one Windows, Xbox, or Windows Phone user already. The cards seem laid out. The coincidences and similarities seem too great to ignore. Also, there's this: we're talking about one company, Microsoft, and its products.Here we go: could Windows 8 be on the next Xbox?A new Xbox is likely to be on its way--maybe in just a couple of years--and rumors have flown regarding its capabilities, processing power, and even whether or not it will have physical discs. Of all of these Xbox rumors, one I don't hear discussed at all is the possibility of Windows 8 being the next Xbox's core operating system.As weird as it sounds, it's a theoretically logical concept. Here's why.Metro UI already looks the new 360 dashboard. A graphical language is clearly being laid out by Microsoft, and I don't think it's just window dressing. Squint, and Windows 8 on a PC looks an awful lot like an Xbox 360. At … [Read more...] about So, what about Windows 8 on the next Xbox?
Let's say you're *this close* to completing that latest grueling quest in Fallout 4, but you just can't stand to sit at your computer monitor for another minute. Or your marathon Halo 5 multiplayer session has bumped into the start of a Red Sox game. And now your spouse's icy glare is forcing you off the TV. You, my friend need to start streaming your games. So what is game streaming? Game streaming is a more interactive version of video streaming (think: Netflix). When you stream a movie or TV show through Netflix, you're not actually downloading that video to play it. It's playing on a remote computer somewhere on the Internet and the images and sounds are being sent to your TV or computer. It's the same idea with game streaming. And with games, streaming technology is breaking down years-old barriers between consoles and PCs. Now, not only can you easily play your PC games on your TV, but you can play your console games pretty much anywhere in the house. And there are lots of … [Read more...] about Play your games where you want: The best ways to stream games on PCs and consoles
The lines between console gaming and PC gaming have blurred. With controller-friendly games like Tekken 7, Cuphead and Sonic Mania coming to PCs the same day they hit consoles, many people are looking for a good way to play these games as they were originally designed. Likewise, if you're a former PS4 or Xbox One gamer crossing over into the PC space, you might be looking for a more familiar way to play your games. Thankfully, that's easier to do today than ever before. With several first- and third-party controller options, you'll need to choose which controller is the best fit for you and the games you play. Gamers who play a variety of game genres would be best served by picking up Microsoft's Xbox One Controller, which offers better comfort, build quality and ease of use than anything else we've tested.Other controllers offer better support for more specific kinds of gaming, so we took some of the most popular pads available today and ran them through their paces in games of … [Read more...] about Best PC Game Controllers 2017
Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 are constantly evolving — both consoles have gotten slimmer designs, new features and, naturally, lots of big games since they first launched. The Xbox One has tons of entertainment apps and can play a bunch of Xbox 360 games, while the PS4 has continued to double-down on key exclusives and user-friendliness. There are even spruced-up versions of both systems that offer things like HDR video playback and 4K gaming. More importantly, the Xbox One and PS4 both have tons of great games, and are both available for less than $300. But which console should you choose? We've put the Xbox One and PS4 up against each other in an eight-round brawl to determine which system is strongest. Editors' Note: Looking for Sony's and Microsoft's newest consoles? Check out our face-off between the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One S right here. Latest News and Updates (October 2017) Xbox just topped PlayStation in our first annual Gaming Support … [Read more...] about PS4 vs. Xbox One: Which Console Is Right for You?
Kodi has slowly but surely made an impression on anyone who wants to share content around the home. The service has actually been available since 2002, when it was known as the Xbox Media Player. In 2003, it became the Xbox Media Center, which it remained until 2014. Then the XBMC Foundation, which works behind the scenes to deliver the service, renamed it Kodi. Regardless of the name, Kodi provides access to streaming media content , including videos and music, and it offers a way to store and watch that content around the home. Better yet, it works across just about every major operating system and across hundreds of devices. By all measures, Kodi is a compelling option if you want to access and store content, but it’s also a big question mark for many folks. This FAQ should answer many questions you might have about Kodi, and help you decide whether it’s the right option for you. What Is Kodi, Anyway? Kodi is an open source software media center, allowing … [Read more...] about What Is Kodi? Everything You Need to Know
Editor's note, October 19, 2017: 8bitdo has changed the name of this product from NES30 to N30.Emulating classic games is a wonderful way to relive the past—but it never feels quite right playing Super Mario Bros. on an Xbox One controller. 8bitdo's NES30 ($32 on Amazon) wants to complete your retro gaming experience.The NES30 is 8bitdo’s modern take on the iconic Nintendo Entertainment System’s controller. Its faithful design and Bluetooth connectivity help the NES30 stand out in a horde of cheap and flimsy retro controllers. The controller also comes pretty damn close to the real thing in terms of build and switch quality, and in some ways it surpasses the original—but 8bitdo might have gone too far by including additional buttons.The NES30 is fully compatible with Windows 7 and above, macOS 10.7 and later, Android 4.0 and up, Steam, and the Nintendo Switch. Load up the ‘Legacy’ firmware and get access to Raspberry Pi and Nintendo Wii and Wii … [Read more...] about 8bitdo NES30 review: A stunning Nintendo-style retro controller with too many buttons
The Nintendo Switch hit stores last Friday, and the gaming world is buzzing about the convertible handheld/home console hybrid—and top launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While you may never get the chance to play the new Zelda on your computer, there is a surprising connection here: the Joy-Con controllers can pair with your Mac. That’s right: the little control nubs that bookend either side of the Switch’s screen detach from the unit, and since they pair via Bluetooth, you can use them with Mac games. We certainly wouldn’t recommend buying a Switch solely to use the Joy-Cons on Mac, but if you game across multiple devices and snagged the console, then Mac compatibility is a sweet perk. And the Switch’s beefier Pro Controller works with macOS, as well.Want to wield some Nintendo hardware with your Mac? Here’s how to get set up, how well it all works, and why you should even bother.As first spotted by software engineer Sam … [Read more...] about How to use the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons with your Mac – and why you’d want to
Switching from a Mac to a PC doesn't have to be difficult. Crossing over to a different operating system can be a daunting task, but there are many ways to ease the transition. Whether you prefer to use a PC after experiencing a Mac or a Mac no longer fits your business's needs, a little bit of patience and investment of your time can go a long way.To help you make the move, here are 10 tips on switching from a Mac to a PC.The great thing about switching from a Mac to a PC is that you have a much wider range of device options and price points. You can choose from desktop computers, laptops, tablets and two-in-one notebooks that can be converted into tablets. You can also choose between business laptops and consumer laptops as well as custom build your device to fit our business's unique needs.Additionally, whereas Macs are pricier, PCs offer more budget-friendly options from different manufacturers. For instance, you can purchase a workhorse laptop with enterprise-level specs, fast … [Read more...] about Switching from Mac to PC: A Business User’s Guide
When you have nothing interesting to watch on TV, you can always switch to the Internet for an unlimited supply of videos ranging from television shows, podcasts, music, full-length movies, news and even live concerts.Your computer screen is not always the best option to watch web videos, especially if the whole family wants to join in, so let’s look at some devices that will let you enjoy Internet TV on your widescreen television without requiring any complicated setup.Apple TV – Connect the device to your TV using a HDMI or component video cable and you’ll be able to download movies, TV shows, podcasts and music from iTunes’ vast library directly through your TV.You can also use Apple TV for watching YouTube videos, for listening to Internet radio stations and for viewing photos that are on your computer or on Flickr. Apple TV will connect to the Internet through Ethernet or built-in Wi-Fi and retails at $229.Roku – If you are looking for a simple and … [Read more...] about Bring the Web to your Living Room