E3 Starts on Monday with Microsoft’s press conference. I wanted make some predictions here before the show started:
I think Microsoft will be announcing full game downloads directly to the Xbox for new games. They will probably start with their first party titles, like Halo 3 ODST. If they offer these same day and discounted they will make a killing. The PS3 offers this for Burnout. Xbox Live is probably the only service that could offer this for AAA titles and not crumble.
I’d like to think that the Zune HD will get some game support smiliar to what the iPod Touch and iPhone have. But if Microsoft is this far behind on getting to the Zune HD I don’t know.
Sony will likely announce a new PSP with no UMD drive supporting only downloadable games. Whoops, seems that was leaked yesterday.
I don’t think Sony will announce a price cut on the PS3. I think that will come later in the year, right before holiday. When they do announce a price cut it will be along side a slimmer PS3.
I have no evidence of this but I hope Nintendo will announce connected download service for the DSi and Wii. Because really, if I buy a game on the virtual console on my Wii I should be able to take it with me.
Nintendo will announce a new Zelda title for the Wii coming (probably) in 2010. Twilight Princess was a ported GameCube game, this one will really show off the motion controls.
Things I’d like to see more of: Valve announcing new campaigns for Left 4 Dead. Rockstar showing off LA Noire (it’s been too quiet for too long). Dead Rising 2… I hope it’s as good as I want it to be. Brutal Legend, the music adventure game starring Jack Black looks intriguing. I really liked Assassins Creed and look want to see more from the sequel
Ha! It seems too many people have broken the terms of service and have been skewing facts about their organization via Wikipedia. That’s a no no, so now every computer on the Church of Scientology’s network has been banned from editing anything.
Microsft is set to launch a successor to Windows Live search… and they’re calling it “Bing.” The goal for Microsoft is to eventually overtake the monolith that is Google. And while Google has engrained itself into our brains so much so that it has itself become a verb that doesn’t mean that people have any loyalty to it. If Bing gets me the information I’m looking for that’s the search engine I’m going to use.
The Telegraph reports that 40% of searches currently go unanswered. A statistic that boggles my mind. Bing intends to bring that number down. From the Telegraph:
"Bing automatically suggests refinements to terms, and then brings up answers relating only to those ideas – so the system was demonstrated by a search for physicist Steven Hawking, and it suggests ‘biography’, ‘quotes’ or ‘books by’. The resulting pages, therefore, only contain the right information."
I blame people. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the Internet in 2009 you’re probably not searching correctly. You don’t need all the words in a sentence. Typing in “steven hawking quote” will probably get you what you want, having a search engine suggest something to me will probably just take to long. That said I respect what they’re trying to do. Competition between Microsoft and Google will only breed better services.
Later this week President Obama is likely to appoint a new White House official to develop and oversee a strategy protecting both private and government computer networks. And according to the Washington Post the official will be able to contact the president directly should the situation arise.
I am glad our we have someone in the White House smart enough to realize the Internet can create a real threat to national security. I just wonder how much power this “Cyber Czar” will have over private networks. Will he/she be allowed to subpoena ISP’s or Facebook? How easy will it be for this person to turn off your Internet?
Currently it’s still very wild west her on the interwebs (though not as much as during the Napster days) I just worry about losing that if someone has to large of a hand here.
“win 7 is nice though… have it running on my mac mini… but i only it use it for blu ray ripping… ya know, cause that all windows is really good for… stealing intellectual property with poorly designed UI”—William Savona
A couple of months ago it was thought that Last FM handed over all of its user listening data to the RIAA. Everything from users IP addresses, names, to songs they listened to. Last FM and parent company CBS were quick to deny this and quick to put on a good show saying how angry they were that someone would even start this rumor.
Well, it turns out, Last FM didn’t turn over data to the RIAA. They turned it over to CBS who turned it over to the RIAA. So Last FM didn’t technically lie when they denied giving away your personal user information, but anytime you have to say the phrase “didn’t technically lie” it’s a lie.
Hang on, it gets worse.
The RIAA most likely wants this information to support lawsuits against Last FM users. And, AND, the passing of information to a third party company like the RIAA violates Last FM / CBS’s own terms of service as well as the Data Protection Directive in the European Union. Prepare for lawsuits to come down from the EU as well as (I’m sure) a class action suit from people here in the states.
[Starters of the original rumor and the followup: TechCrunch]
Circuit City has been reborn into an online entity. Such is the way of 2009. Overhead is too much in these waning times and as an online retailer they can keep costs low and still provide the services they previously offered. I’m excited.
"Members of the 4Chan message board, a well-known internet discussion forum, have claimed responsibility for the attack, which appears to be in retaliation to YouTube’s policy on removing or silencing copyright music videos unlawfully uploaded to the website by users. The hackers tagged videos with the names of popular acts, such as Hannah Montana or the Jonas Brothers, to trick users in to viewing the clips. Many of the videos start out innocently, before fading in to explicit material.”
Actually a list of 12 (there are two honorable mentions), I don’t exactly agree with all of them, but I do love me some lists so enjoy.
10) Virtual Reality
9) Alternative Search Engines (things other than Google)
8) Voice recognition
7) Apple Lisa
6) 10GB Ethernet
1) Windows Vista
Honestly this list is from two complaining, bitter technology guys. I had voice recognition on an old Motorola phone that worked great, the people who need FireWire use it still, and did anyone really expect the Zune trump the iPod… no.
Microsoft Working On New Handheld "Converged Device"
So the rumors are flying about a new handheld device Microsoft plans on releasing. And it is being substantiated by the fact that new Zune hardware and software is coming this year and that Live Anywhere is a service that is “still being worked on.”
But what exactly are they working on? What are the rumors? Kotaku is reporting that they are working on a new “converged device” to compete with Apple, Nintendo, and Sony in the handheld games market though it should be noted that it will not be a phone.
Here is what I would be working on if I were Microsoft. They already have an extremely robust online service that can pull games down to your Xbox. These games, except in special cases, have a size cap. Microsoft also has an extremely easy way of moving those games (and your Xbox Live profile) from Xbox to Xbox in the form of their Memory Unit.
They could easily release a handheld that allowed you to load up an MU with your profile and some of the games from XBLA. I would love to take Geometry Wars or Mega Man 9 with me on my commute.
Since this handheld wouldn’t have the graphical power of the Xbox proper Microsoft would have to mark the games that could work with their handheld. But I think it would be very easy for them to keep their store on the 360 where you add MS points and download games. Then place them on an Xbox 360 MU and slide the card into your handheld.
If they wanted to get real fancy, add an OS and WiFi and allow me to pulldown games wherever I am and stick them on the memory unit. I would have to be logged into Live, but that’s ok, my profile is on the card already.
Though not the most elegant solution, it’s certainly not the worst. It saves MS and smaller publishers the money of having to produce retail products and take up retail space and it allows more people to buy into the Xbox brand. It becomes very complimentary to the 360.