Archives For Always on Xbox

We have been pretty lax with the content lately, but fear no more, 2015 will be the year of NerdSynq #Yanerdme. I am here to share with you the 2015 promo of the RadioShow, a few clips to wet your whistle to see how we are behind those microphones.  If you haven’t checked the show out you can find it on both iTunes and Podomatic–but here are the links and the video for your viewing pleasure!

NERDSYNQAnd here is the video we have all been waiting for at NERDSYNQ:

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Adam Orth, who started a fervor with a series of tweets about an ‘always on’ console has departed from Microsoft. According to Game Informer, Orth resigned, but it is unclear if “whether this was a voluntary or forced resignation.” After the Twitter debacle, Microsoft commented “we apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers.”

It’s probably a safe assumption to infer that he was forced to resign, considering Microsoft had to come out and clean up his mess the next day. It’s probably not good business to tell customers to go fuck themselves and “deal with it.” What do you guys think? Did his comments rub you the wrong way? Let us know!

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We are slowly, but surely getting a picture of what Microsoft’s next console is going to be like. It was revealed in Bloomberg today that Microsoft’s next console is going to be using an AMD chipset,and it combines powerful “Jaguar” central processing units with graphics chips, said one of the people, who sought anonymity because the plans aren’t public. The shift to the so-called x86 format ubiquitous in modern personal computers means Microsoft will drop the Power PC technology designed by International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), and game discs made for the current Xbox 360 won’t be compatible. The source also confirmed the May 21 reveal date, which is unsurprising, because the Xbox 360 was also revealed in May 2005 right before E3. This news is interesting because it is now making the new Xbox similar to Playstation 4,which is good news for gamers because ports of games will not be as drastically different as they were this generation. This will free up resources for more game development and possibly less instances of game delays, it has been discussed by many developers that the Playstation 3’s difficult to handle architecture caused many delays for their titles. We can all look forward to May 21 to learn more, and Nerdsynq will be covering the event to keep it here!!

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Windows Blogger Paul Thurott has revealed rumored pricing options for Microsoft’s Next Generation Xbox on his Youtube What The Tech show. He claimed the console will launch in November, and will have a subscription-based model for $300, and a buy-outright model for $500. He described the platform overall as “expensive.” Thurott also claimed that there will be another version of the Xbox 360 called “Stingray.” He offered no other details about that particular model. He also shed some light on the controversial ‘always on’ requirement of the next-gen system. He said it is a confirmed feature, and the system notes specifically states that it “must be connected to the internet to use.”

When will they finally announce the system you ask? Thurott said Microsoft is planning an event on May 21, which matches up with an analyst report. Thurott added that Microsoft will share further information about the Xbox 720 during two June events: the Electronic Entertainment Expo and the Build 2013 developer conference. Thurrott further claimed that Microsoft was working on an entertainment-focused Xbox that would not play games. He said this device was called “Yumo,” and speculated that Microsoft decided not to pursue this because it could cause market confusion.

As for who Thurott is, he is a noted Microsoft insider and runs Paul Thurott’s Super Site for Windows. All of this jives with what has been floated out there anonymously by game developers and other leaks. My hope is that the top-end Xbox will be for the hardcore and cater to them instead of trying to be everything to everyone, like the Xbox 360 has become. I think having cheaper entertainment focused SKU’s could alleviate that. What do all of you think? Let us Know in the comments!!

Well, that was quick. Adam Orth, a creative director at Microsoft Studios, has taken to Twitter and seemingly confirmed the existence of an always on Xbox. He isn’t at the very top of the food chain at Microsoft,  but definitely high enough to know what’s going on. Anyway, read his tweets in the pics below and decide for yourself. This may be an example of the hubris that some developers have been privy to in the last few months.

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