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The real future of gaming?

In the wake of E3 we find ourselves fed the industry’s vision of the future, the big reveals of the PS4 and the XBONE  Although some argue the number of actual consoles this generation. Some people think that this is the last console generation as such. Through Kickstarter we’ve received several new vistas for our gaming needs.

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The OUYA bringing back classics through an emulator in your living room. And some other Android-based games. With the much smaller price-tag (read one-fourth) of the PS4 and it’s vast library of games that are substantially cheaper. It shows that indie games are the next step in gaming.

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Many have awaited the arrival of the VR-headset, which has been a dream for many years. The Oculus Rift finally made it happen through kickstarter, and maybe with help of the resurrection of 3D film. While it is not a console in itself, and all console support is very speculative. It brings up the question on whether we need consoles. I think that we do, but that it depends very much on Sony and Microsoft not to make themselves a thing of yesterday. Living in the tablet age, nobody has a computer anymore, and a console is much cheaper if one desires gaming. I see huge potential in tablet and console removing the desktop from many homes.

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Diving into VR, we really need to use our hands inside this new reality of ours. Using the controller or mouse and keyboard, just feels dull with the new-found dimension. Sixense might have just the thing to couple with our Rift. Maybe we will also see the rise of gun-controllers as the FPS is a very natural platform for VR.

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The thing that I would want more than these controllers, though, is MYO. There’s no need for controllers, use your hands. There would be more opportunity to reshape the experience with a completely new interface. Just imagine skyrim with it, swapping spells by changing hand gesture just like in-game.

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This is one thing that excites me alot. I have had many ideas for different contraptions like this one in the past. The Omni is a little bit more clever than my sketches ever were. Translating your running, crouching, jumping into the game has always been a bit of a dream on my part. And now it is soon to be real, even though I probably won’t fit it in my living room or any other room for quite some time.

Imagine now that we had full PS4 support for these items, and that it was possible to play PC titles available today on it. No matter how unlikely that is. There wouldn’t even have to be any games designed for it, at least to begin with. Oculus Rift already has alot of support in Unity and Source. The Omni translates into keystrokes and could be plugged into any game out today. The MYO would be able to translate the gestures similarily. You could probably play at least HL2 after some tweaking, straight out of the box.

That would mean that in early 2014 you could get the whole VR dream package:

PS4 $399 + 2x MYO $298 + Oculus Rift $300 + Omni $448 = VR $1445 = £954 = €1113 = 9781 SEK

Which is quite a sum. But not considerably more than buying a “Real Gaming Computer”. And with some tweaking and modding, it would be available to anyone.

The future is at the gates.

-Ken

E3 Contest: 50+ Steam Titles

As it is the last day of E3 we have deviced  to host a contest with several amazing prizes.

We have watched all of the conferences and written about them. But we would like to hear from you. What was awesome about E3 this year, or did it suck? Was Watch Dogs gameplay all you ever dreamed of?

My favourite part was the DRM war, or how Sony got the best chance ever to get back at Microsoft.

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40+ Dota 2 Beta Access Keys

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6  Steam Trading Card Game Beta Keys

We also have copies of Left 4 Dead 2, Gish, Cogs and Cortex Command which will be distributed to the best comments on E3 2013.

Want to claim one of the great prizes? Great, here’s what you do.

1. Take a stand on E3 2013, vote in the poll.

2. Explain why you vote this way in the comment section below.

3. Tell us what prize you would like to receive.

4. Don’t forget to add your Steam ID!!! So that we can add you on steam and get you your prize.

Ready, set, vote!

-Andreas

E3 HIGHLIGHT: THE WAR

It’s not a secret that I was less than excited for this years E3. Persson tried (in vain) to get my hype up. But there really isn’t anything really that exciting going on.

I guess I have to confess that I was wrong. Even though I’m still not too interested in the NEXT GEN thing. Since even though the PS4 price tag of €400 is alot less than I was thinking it still is alot more than I can afford right now. And I’ve managed good playing most games last year on my new PC. One of the things that has stood out now is the DRM War.

As Microsoft dropped the bomb in their XBOX ONE presentation that the machine would always be connected to the internet and that the games you buy would be unlocked on your account. Hinting that used games would not be playable on any other machine.
But could be unlocked for a fee. A stroke that would whipe away the whole used games market and with it every single videogame store ever.

Sony didn’t announce anything on their very short peek at the PS4. But in response to the upheaval created by the Microsoft announcement (see #nodrm) Sony higher ups were seeming quite jovial. And if that wasn’t clear enough, they announced during their conference that there would be no DRM on the PS4. They prolonged this announcement because I am sure they knew the impact it would have even before the crowd went bananas.

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They even made it PS4 SUPPORTS used games.

Microsoft put some clarity to how the DRM will work on the XBOX ONE during their  press conference. That you will be able to share your games with 10 people in your “family”. (In case mom would like to play Batman on her machine.)

To sum it up, it seems like Microsoft has sided with the developers to help them get rid of the used games industry taking their profit. And Sony siding with the gamers and the games stores. As the rule in business is to always side with the customer if you want profit; we’ll only have to wait and see if this DRM system will be noticeable.

Or maybe Sony knows that the disc is so shortlived that allowing discs to live out their time. All I know is that the opportunity for Sony to get the “We listen to our customers”- tag, was all too big to pass. Just watch their instructional.

And we’ll see how we will be gaming for less in the future.

Cheers!
-Andreas