Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced a raft of changes to its upcoming Xbox One platform in response to palpable gamer outrage. Barely a week after its controversial E3 press conference, the company has back-flipped on DRM and used game restrictions — the console will no longer require you to connect to the internet every 24 hours and disc-based games can be sold and swapped at leisure. While this is a partial win for consumers, from a business perspective it can only be viewed as another blunder.
Dear Lifehacker, I was so excited about the announcement of the new Xbox One and PS4 at E3 on Tuesday and even happier when they mentioned the price. This excitement soon died when I released EB Games had priced the Xbox One for $100 more and the PS4 for $150 more than the announced price at E3. Why do us poor Australians pay such a large markup ? Are they overcharging? Thanks, Console Me
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (AKA E3) is the single biggest event on the gaming calendar. Not unrelatedly, Microsoft and Sony both chose to unveil fresh details about their Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles at today’s E3, including pricing, release dates and some all-new game announcements. Here’s an overview of what we now know, along with the console we think came out on top…
4K TV, or ‘Ultra HD’ is the new buzzword being spouted by television manufacturers as they smartly side-step the Hindenburg-sized catastrophe that was 3D TV. If you listen to the hype, the next-generation of televisions are an industry-changing revolution that will make your 1080p displays look like an oil-stained nickelodeon canvas from 1915. (They said the same thing about 3D but this time they really mean it. Honest.)
OK guys, it’s time to dust of your old laptops, Blackberrys and gadgets. The guys at Gizmodo have teamed up with Sony Australia and Intel Australia to give away almost $6000 worth of VAIO Duo 11 hybrid tablet / Ultrabooks in prizes. Entering is easy…just send us a photo of some old technology you have lying around to get started! Here’s how to enter.
Regular readers will now that I’m rarely blown away by big screens or high-definition content. But having been to the first Australian demonstration of Sony’s massive 84-inch 4K television, I might just become a convert. This screen is ridiculously good looking when displaying high-resolution media.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission yesterday announced that five TV manufacturers — Samsung, Sharp, LG, Sony and Panasonic — had failed to make clear in their advertising the need for a separate adaptor to use the Wi-Fi features on TVs boasting the “Wi-Fi Ready” branding. As a result, the companies must now remove the branding, or make it clear that an extra purchase is necessary.