Sony ditches PS4 camera for pricing + Pictures leaked of PS4 box contents

Have you ever wondered why the Xbox One will cost a whopping 100 dollars more than the Playstation 4? Well, here’s why: Sony didn’t include the PS4 camera feature in the base package so that their initial price wouldn’t be as high as Microsoft’s, who did put their Kinect camera in the base package of the Xbox One. The PS4 camera will be available at an extra $ 59.99, which is still less than the extra 100 dollars Microsoft asks for its console.

A picture has appeared on Amazon UK, showcasing the contents of the box a PS4 will ship in. The box contains the console, the DualShock 4 controller, a HDMI cable, an earphone, the manual, a USB cable and a power cord. A second picture has also been added, showing the earbud plugged in into the controller of the PS4. You can see both picture below.

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Xbox One and PS4 pricing analyzed

A price analyst named Michael Pachter has made an approximate, pre-E3 pricing list of the Xbox One and PS4 consoles. Based on the amount of money needed to build it and the current fluctuations in the gaming market, Pachter has calculated that the Xbox will sell for 399 dollars, while the PS4 will take a bite of 349 dollars out of your budget. Please note, however, that the consoles might be bundled with games or, in Microsoft’s case, subscriptions to online features. The subscription-based Xbox package won’t cost more, as you might think, but it’ll save you about 100 dollars, according to Pachter, a Wedbush Morgan analyst who made all these calculations for his investors. At E3 we’ll see if he was correct or not.

Xbox One revealed

Xbox One reveal Microsoft has just revealed their new console, the Xbox One. While the 360 was rather curvy, Microsoft has chosen for a more cubed design on the console, new Kinect sensor (which is delivered in each Xbox One standard package) and also the controller. The new features are listed below:

-The new Kinect sensor knows your voice and logs you in automatically if it hears your voice.

-Kinect is the pillar of the console, because it directs everything the console and the TV do and it can be easily controlled by using simple hand gestures and voice commands.

-The One has 8 GB of Ram and 5 billion transceivers, along with 500 GB of HDD memory, a Blu-Ray drive and USB 3.0 ports.

-Smartglass returns and lets you open a little screen on the right of your screen, so you can multitask on one screen.

-Skype will be available while you game.

-The console can switch between TV, games, movies and music in less than a second.

-The camera of the Kinect has a 1080p resolution.

-Kinect can read your heartbeat, which can influence your gaming experience.

-The Kinect knows where the controller is, as it knows where your body is in the room.

-The D-Pad on the controller has been re-made to be more precise.

-The battery is implemented in the controller, so you won’t need loose batteries.

-The Xbox One is powered by 300,000 servers.

-There is a TV guide implemented in the One.

-DVR game capturing is built in, so you can capture every beautiful gaming moment and upload it to social media like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

-Achievements are now more dynamic and give you more of an overview of your personal way of playing games.

-The multiplayer will be able to have more players per server.

-Based on your achievements, you can search for your perfect gaming buddy online, while you play a game or watch a movie.

Xbox One specs

-EA Sports will launch an entirely new gaming engine only on Xbox One, which is able to reflect real human emotions and reactions, so AI becomes even more realistic.

-There will be 15 exclusive games (one of them will be Forza Motorsport 5, which is going to be already available on launch day) in the first year after the release of the One and 8 of them are new franchises (like Quantum Break).

-Steven Spielberg is making a Halo TV series.

-NFL will partner with Microsoft over the Xbox One, so people who play on the Xbox will be able to enjoy exclusive NFL goodies like videos.

-No exact release date has been given, but it will still release in 2013.

-There hasn’t been given any info as to what the One will burn out of your wallet, but expect it to be pretty expensive on launch day, even though Microsoft had already said they were going to make their next console a bit more price friendly than the 360.

-Call of Duty DLC will still be a timed exclusive.

Xbox One controller

This is nearly everything the Xbox One will be able to offer. On E3 there will be some more info about games, but this is it for now. On the reveal, the latest Call of Duty, COD: Ghosts has also been presented by Activision. Here is some info about it:

-It has a new engine, which allows fluid dynamics, high resolution shaders and textures and even interactive smoke.

-One of your squadmates is a dog.

-The AI has been massively improved, even for animals.

-There will be character customization for multiplayer.

-The story will be more emotionally involving and the characters will act in a way so you care about them as real persons.

The new COD is being developed by Infinity Ward, the creators of the Modern Warfare series. You can watch the reveal trailer for Ghosts here and the behind-the-scenes footage here.

COD Ghosts Xbox One reveal

Official Xbox reveal only 3 hours away

In 3 hours, Microsoft will start the reveal show that will give everyone new info about the next Xbox. You can see everything in the live stream on MajorNelson’s website, on your xbox 360 or, if you live in the USA, on Spike TV. The stream will start at 1 pm ET/10 am PT/17:00 GMT. The whole gaming world has high hopes as to what Microsoft will introduce to us in a few hours. What is going to be new on the next-gen console? What will it be named? And maybe the most important question: what is it going to cost you? If you want to find out, then make sure to tune in to the live stream, which you can find here, but if you don’t have time to watch it entirely, you will be able to find all the important information here, as soon as the show has ended. in 19 days, on E3, Microsoft will also give a line-up of some of the AAA blockbuster titles coming to the next Xbox.

F2P coming to next-gen consoles

Mark Rein, the Vice President of Epic Games, has just revealed on the Game Horizon conference that Microsoft and Sony are embracing free-to-play games and in-app purchases in those games. Although the 2 companies don’t say much about it, Rein is very confident that it’s the truth. Here are his words:

“The next-gen consoles are going to be fully embracing the free-to-play and these IAP-type business models. So in case you don’t know that, I’m putting that out there. Sony and Microsoft are both going heavily in that area.” On the statement that Sony and Microsoft hadn’t said anything like that, he reacted: “Well, I’m telling you. I’m telling you what they’re telling developers.”

With E3 coming in a couple of weeks, maybe we’ll know soon enough what Microsoft and Sony are planning for their next generation of consoles.

“Xbox Fusion” domain registered

ImageSome attentive internetters have seen that Microsoft has recently registered several domains, including Xbox Fusion. By doing this, Microsoft has fueled the rumour train even more, but it is not yet certain if Fusion will be the actual name of the new Xbox. It could be a service or accessory for the next Xbox as well. We can speculate all we want, but to know for sure, we’ll have to wait for the 21st of May, because then the official release is planned.

Free Xbox Live weekend

Free Xbox Live GoldThis weekend (April 20th and 21st) every silver Xbox Live member will be able to access all Gold features, like playing online multiplayer and accessing some apps that are for Gold members only. In addition to the previous, you can also benefit of the double XP events some games like BO2 and Far Cry 3 are hosting. It isn’t said out loud by Microsoft, but this might very well be an apology for the Xbox Live server breakdown a week ago. The free Gold has already started today and won’t end until Monday the 22nd.

More speculation about the next Xbox

ImageA Microsoft employee working on software for the next-gen Xbox has leaked tons of new information about the console. To start with, it will run on a full version of Windows 8, which means it will have a lot of functions that used to be only for PC, but are now coming to a console. The always connected rumour is false, reports the insider. The Xbox will not need an internet connection to work, but it does need a “Kinect 2.0” if you want to have motion control features and games. It is highly possible that the old Kinect won’t work anymore, because it will not have all the novelties the new one does. Also, the console will come with a chip set for backwards compatibility with the Xbox 360. The controller design hasn’t changed but the D-Pad is improved and the batteries last 16% longer. However, nothing of this info has been confirmed yet, so it might be false.

BO2 Uprising DLC released for xbox 360

Uprising DLCToday the latest DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops II became available for all xbox 360 owners. The PS3 and PC users will have to wait a little longer because Microsoft has timed exclusivity for BO2, but the wait won’t be longer than the one for Revolution, so expect it to hit PS Store and Steam within a month. Uprising consists of 4 multiplayer maps and 1 zombie map. The multiplayer maps are StudioVertigoMagma and Encore. Studio is a reboot of a popular maps on the original Black Ops, Firing Range, and is actually a Hollywood set, Vertigo is set on a skyscraper in India that has a VTOL landing pad, Magma is a village with the occasional lava flood, which adds an extra element so you have to adjust your strategy. Encore features an amphitheater in the heart of London. The new zombies map is named Mob of the Dead and makes you survive on the island of Alcatraz, one of the most famous prisons of all time, but it also lets you run around on the Golden Gate Bridge. The characters are mobsters from the prohibition era, based on some famous actors in gangster movies. Arthur Arlington, Salvatore DeLuca, Finn O’Leary and Billy Handsome, these are the names of the four unlucky gangsters. The easter egg is an escape plan to get off the island, but it isn’t known yet if it will let you win the level. That would be the first time ever that you can finish a zombie level without just getting killed, so I don’t think that rumour is very plausible. Overall Uprising is better than Revolution, but I do miss the addition of a new weapon like in the previous DLC, so hopefully Treyarch will make one for the next bit of downloadable content.

Uprising is the second DLC pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops II and costs 1200 MS Points, but Season Pass owners get it for free. To get it with the Season Pass, download the DLC from the in-game store, not the XBL Marketplace because then you will pay twice.