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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!!

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A new report is claiming that Microsoft’s next console will require an internet connection to start up. A source spoke to Kotaku and revealed that if the system goes offline for more than three minutes, any game or app that is running will be suspended.

“Unless something has changed recently, Durango consumer units must have an active internet connection to be used,” the source said.

In case you weren’t aware, it was revealed some time last year the codename for the next-gen Xbox is Durango. “If there isn’t a connection, no games or apps can be started,” the source added. “If the connection is interrupted then after a period of time–currently three minutes, if I remember correctly–the game/app is suspended and the network troubleshooter started.”

This report currently corroborates a story from February, when a source claimed that Xbox Live would be an “Integral” component, thus making an “always on” internet a requirement. A report from April 2012 claimed the “always on” component was for combating piracy.  Further speculation claims it is an attempt to block used games. I think it is important to keep in mind that Sony has basically said that the Playstation 4 needs to be always online for it’s features to work, but in a more pleasing and less blunt fashion.

So what do you think? If this turns out to be true, would you not buy a next-gen Xbox. Let us know below!!

 

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Today Ubisoft revealed Pre-order bonuses and Special Editions of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. In North America, customers who preorder Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag at GameStop will gain access to The Black Island Pack. This gives players an additional treasure-hunting quest at Black Island, access to the Black Ship, special silver flintock pistols used by Captain Morgan for single-player, and additional Captain Morgan items for use in multiplayer. Customers will also get a poster designed by comic artist Todd McFarlane.

In Europe, four additional versions of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag are being made available: the Special Edition, Skull Edition, Buccaneer Edition, and Black Chest Edition.

The Black Chest Edition is exclusive to the Uplay store, and comes with a55cm model of protagonist Captain Edward Kenway on the bow of his ship, the Jackdaw. There’s also a parchment copy of the game’s world map, and a real-life replica of the Black Flag. A steelbook copy of the game is also included, which contains an artbook, soundtrack, two lithograph and two canvas prints, and unspecified additional in-game content. The contents are enclosed in a custom, special edition box.

The Buccaneer Edition, meanwhile, is exclusive to Game in the UK and GameStop in Ireland. It contains the Edward Kenway figurine, artbook, soundtrack, two lithograph prints, a collector’s box and additional content.

The Skull Edition, which is available across all participating retailers, includes a jumbo steel case alongside the artbook, soundtrack, in-game content, and two lithograph prints.

Ubisoft’s Uplay Store is pricing the Black Chest Edition at £109.99, the Buccaneer Edition at £69.99, and the Skull Edition at £54.99.

Finally, there’s the Special Edition, which contains exclusive content and is only available through Game in the UK and XtraVision in Ireland. It’s available at standard RRP for customers who preorder the game, and promises additional content at launch.

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