Back in May Microsoft’s Xbox One was unveiled at a special media event, bringing with it a number of ill-favoured key policies, such as enforced Digital Rights Management (DRM), a compulsory Kinect camera and a £429 price tag (the latter of which was announced at E3). As a result of these unpopular decisions Sony’s PlayStation 4 quickly became the leading ‘next-gen’ choice in many gamers minds.
However, a lot has changed since then, with us now arriving at a point where things are a lot more even. So, with the playing field levelling out, does it really matter which ‘side’ you pick?
Just over a week has passed since Microsoft announced further details about their upcoming Xbox One console, including plans to check user software licences every 24 hours. However the company has now dropped their controversial Digital Rights Management (DRM) approach, along with making several other key policy changes.
In an open-letter titled ‘Your Feedback Matters’, Microsoft’s Don Mattrick explained how the firm has listened to feedback, taking the opportunity to “thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One” — despite earlier claims by Microsoft executive Phil Spencer that they would not be changing their policies.
So, just when will you be able to finish the fight? 2007’s Halo 3 promised just that, as its strap-line proclaimed closure on Master Chief’s story. Heck, if you didn’t play the games hardest mode, you were left to assume that John 117 was dead. Spoiler – he isn’t.
That was 2007, and here we are in 2011 and Microsoft has just confirmed at their E3 presentation that Halo 4 will be making its way to the Xbox 360 next year. It seems the folks at Redmond decided to take note when Chief uttered the words “wake me when you need me“, taking that to mean “wake me when you need money”.
Microsoft revealed a new-look Xbox 360 console at their E3 media conference in Los Angeles this Monday.
In a move similar to Apple, Microsoft announced that their new hardware would be shipping to retailers today, with the slimmer console being available in stores before the end of the week. However, Microsoft’s Don Mattrick failed to mention that these welcome launch plans only apply to the United States.
For those here in the United Kingdom you will have to wait an extra four weeks before you can get your hands on the updated hardware. Graeme Boyd, Xbox Community Manager for Europe confirmed via Twitter that the refreshed Xbox 360 will launch in the UK, and across Europe, on Friday the 16th of July.
The updated Xbox 360, which came as no surprise due to an Italian leak, will include a range of refreshing changes. The updated model boasts a 250GB hard drive, built-in WiFi, 3 USB ports on the rear, an HDMI port and even a Kensington security lock. All this is expected to sell for the same retail price that the current Xbox 360 Elite costs: £199. According to Microsoft, the slimmer hardware is also said to run a lot quieter than older Xbox 360 models, due to a quieter on-board fan – something which is no doubt going to please many.