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Microsoft’s Xbox One vs. Sony’s Playstation 4

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The first volley of the next generation console war has been fired, and as the smoke clears, it becomes apparent that we know far less about the imminent release of the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One than is customary for hardware releases of this size and importance.

We’ve put together a comparison of what we do know in order to better illustrate the differences between the two, and we will be updating as more information becomes available.

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Xbox One – The Next Generation of Microsoft’s Gaming Console

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Xbox One – The Next Generation of Microsoft’s Gaming Console

Today sees the announcement of Microsoft’s next generation of gaming console, and the stakes are high.

Microsoft has lost a lot of consumer faith over the last six months due to a number of crippling rumors about the features of the new Xbox – and perhaps more importantly, a lack of response to these rumors. Threats of always-on internet connectivity requirements, relatively lackluster specs, storage media concerns, and more have spread like wildfire, and Microsoft’s response has largely been dangerous silence. Sony’s headstart announcement did a lot to build momentum for the storied giant and to provide a safe alternative to many of the concerns that the gaming public has about the Xbox.

And therefore today’s conference is an incredibly important moment for Microsoft. They still have a great deal of brand momentum, and they absolutely need to use it. There are important questions that need to be answered, and they need to be answered clearly and quickly.

So what’s the verdict on today’s conference? Does the Xbox One deserve your attention? Find out below.

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Homeland Security Wants to Hack Gaming Consoles

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Homeland Security Wants to Hack Gaming Consoles

We probably should have seen this one coming.

The Department of Homeland Security is researching ways to hack into gaming consoles to access private data, ostensibly for use as evidence in tracking credit cards, passwords, and other sensitive information. Armed with this technology, investigators could probably recover data even from a system that had been wiped – so be careful if you intend to sell a used console, particularly if you’re outside the United States.

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[E3 2011] Star Wars Kinect – Hands On Impressions

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[E3 2011] Star Wars Kinect – Hands On Impressions

After seeing the Star Wars Kinect demo, Monday morning during Microsoft’s Press Conference, I was really skeptical about the game.  It looked like another motion controller gimmick game. It wasn’t until Jess and I got onto the E3 show floor to play it first hand at the Xbox booth that made me think otherwise. The game was pretty fun and has a lot of potential.

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Students: Buy a PC and Get a Free Xbox 360!

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Students: Buy a PC and Get a Free Xbox 360!

Students, have you had your eye on a new PC lately, however you wanted to save up for a new Xbox 360 as well? Microsoft has you covered.  For a limited amount of time starting May 22nd, you can buy a brand new Windows 7 PC and get a free Xbox 360!  Of course, there are some limitations and not all retailers are doing it, so make sure you check first.  Microsoft is attempting to appeal to students who are about to head to college in the Fall, and I have to admit – that is a fantastic deal.  Read on to find out the limitations and the details, as well as some of my suggestions for a new computer.

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[Rumor] Is There a New Microsoft Console in the Works?

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[Rumor] Is There a New Microsoft Console in the Works?

A number of news sites have been handing out rumors that there may be a new Microsoft game console on the way, even potentially being announced at E3.  Have the news sites jumped the gun however?  After all, there is currently a beta going on for Xbox 360 to test a new disc type.  Why would they release a new disc type only to release a new console immediately afterwards?

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Spare Change: XBL Deal of the week-Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

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Spare Change: XBL Deal of the week-Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

For this week only! Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. and the DLC for the game are on sale for 50% off. Raid this deal before she does.

The deal of the week for Xbox Live Gold Members is a real treasure. Fans might notice the new approach in this title: rather than a third person Platformer, it has changed to an arcade top-down view.  If this game has peaked your interest but you never purchased it, this might be the time to try it for half price.

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