Its no secret that Valve has been working on creating a Steam box that can play games meant for the living room TV. Earlier today, Valve announced that the company has been working with several manufactures on prototyping the hardware.
Just last week Gabe Newell, head of Valve teased that something big would be announced this week. Valve surprised many when it announced that the company will be releasing a Linux based custom OS built around Steam. The operating system will be free for users to download and will also be licensed out to hardware manufacturers.
During the Tokyo Game Show, Microsoft mouth piece Albert Penello elaborated a bit more on the snapping feature on the Xbox One. According to Penello just about any HDMI input can be hooked into the Xbox One.
The Xbox One will be releasing in the initial 13 markets identified by Microsoft on November 22. The launch markets include North America, Australia, Germany, France, Brazil, Italy, UK, Austria, Ireland, New Zealand and Spain. The Xbox One will launch in other territories in 2014.
Its another week and another 180 for Microsoft regarding the Xbox One. Microsoft scored a major win at Gamescom when it announced that all Xbox One preorders would come with a free copy of FIFA 14 only in Europe. While many argued that it was still cheaper to buy a PS4 and FIFA 14, it still went a long way towards adding value to pricier Xbox One.
Nintendo recently revealed that a new handheld device will be joining the DS family with the all new 2DS. The 2DS is apparently the 3DS without the 3D capabilities. The device will sell for the low price of $130 and will be released in October.
Titanfall is Respawn Entertainment’s next big title coming out for the Xbox One and PC sometime in spring 2014. The game makes use of the aging 10-year old Source engine with some updates made by the Respawn team to bring the title out for the next gen.
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft recently announced that he would be stepping down from Microsoft within next year. Rumors of a major reorg have persisted since last year but many suspected that it would be limited up to Ballmer’s divisional reports. However, it appears that the top dog will be reshuffled along with all of the department heads.
On top of the slew of games announced at Gamescom, Sony fired the first shot with the reveal of the launch date for the PS4. Andrew House, head of SCE revealed that the PS4 will be launching in the US November 15 with Europe to follow closely behind on the 29th.
Tomorrow is Europe’s largest game industry event at Gamescom with an attendance expected to peak at 275,000 visitors. The event kicks off with Microsoft at 5am EST, a first at Gamescom in a very long time and then followed by Sony at 1pm EST.