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The Next Console War Part 2: Microsoft’s Next Xbox

Click here to read Part 1 of this article, where I talk about the Wii U.

Microsoft Xbox Next

Release Date: Late 2013-Late 2014
Price: $399-$599

The Situation:

Microsoft is the most successful game company out of the big three at the moment thanks to Kinect. According to Microsoft, they have shipped 66 million Xbox 360 consoles and 18 million Kinect systems worldwide. They have been the best-selling console of each month in North America since the release of the Xbox 360 Slim model and have escalated since the release of Kinect. Top-selling franchises such as Call of Duty, Gears of War, and Dance Central continue to be a powerhouse for the Xbox brand, winning over both casual and hardcore audiences with their library.

However, many gamers have been complaining about the lack of non-Kinect exclusives for the 360. The only two notable first-party games that released last year were Gears of War 3 and Forza Motorsport 4, and the only non-Kinect first-party game being released this year is Halo 4. It seems like Microsoft is focusing more on capturing the casual audience while leaving the more hardcore experiences for the third-party companies.

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Official Droid 4 Images Leaked

Anyone wondering whether or not the upcoming Droid 4 will pretty much be a Droid Razr with a slide out keyboard, you can now put those concerns to rest as, yes, that’s pretty much exactly what it looks to be.

Droid Life has obtained some official press images of the Droid 4, including a comparison sheet which compares it to the likes of its close sibling, the Droid Razr and yesterday’s news, the Droid 3. Like the Droid Razr, it certainly looks nice and seems to have ample hardware to back it up, including a 1.2 GHz processor and 1GB of RAM as well as Verizon’s 4G LTE connectivity built in for super-fast web browsing and the like (oh dear, did I just use ad-speak in an article?). Hardcore texters should enjoy the addition of a physical keyboard (though I’ve certainly taken a liking to virtual keyboards as of late) and the slightly smaller screen (4 inches versus the 4.3 inch display on the Droid Razr) shouldn’t be much of a downside to most users. I’m a little miffed that the phone will be shipping with a Gingerbread-flavored Android as opposed to the new hotness, Ice Cream Sandwich but hopefully, Motorola will provide an upgrade to Android 4.0 in the very near future, especially with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on track to launch on December 8th.

Check out the rest of the official shots, straight from Droid Life, right after the break.

Source – Droid Life

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Microsoft Rumored to be Continuing with Multiple Launch SKU – And Why They Shouldn’t

Yet more speculation has arisen regarding Microsoft’s next home console, seemingly pointing towards a continuation of the multiple  SKUs that were available with the 360.

According to the Digital Foundry report on GamesIndustry.Biz, sources have told them that the technology giant is likely to launch with two varying versions – similar to the 360′s Core and Premium models.

Whilst the first is defined as the traditional “fully-featured machine with optical drive, hard disk and backward compatibility aimed at the hardcore”, a second model is said to be “pared down” with an aim to sell for as cheaply as possible, likened to more of a “set-top box”.

Kinect will remain a focus, with sources claiming that there is a “strong likelihood” that it will end up being bundled with the machines.

Although this is currently all rumour and speculation – it is another element of a rapidly unfolding story.

The latest rumoured reveal period is at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2012 [reported by Xboxygen].

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Amazon Has Just Cornered the Market

The oft-rumored and long-awaited Kindle Fire 7” Android-powered tablet was revealed today at their press and media event and will retail for $199. With the Kindle Fire, Amazon has done what Samsung, Motorola, RIM, HP and so many others have failed to do. They’ve created the first truly successful non-iPad tablet…and it hasn’t even hit the market yet.

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