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[VIDEO GAMES] NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition: “NBA 2K Is Back & Still Just As Great As We Remember”

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It’s the time of year basketball fans love. NBA 2K19 is here – are you ready? Trust me you know I am. The best basketball franchise out right now looks to pull out all the stops as it gets ready for its biggest release to date.

From LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo as the cover athletes to the disputed player ratings from the players themselves let’s get into why you need this title because NBA 2K is about to be lit AF.

The anniversary edition with LeBron as the cover athlete gives you a leg up on the rest of the competition. First, you’ll get the game 4 days earlier, but it will cost you a pretty penny marked at $99.99. For those who go straight to the pick up games, this will benefit you greatly because you’ll have the extra 100K virtual currency to start off, along with 50K MyTeam points just to name a few. So, if you put up the money right away, your player and MyCourt will be fresh right off the break. Definitely worth it to give yourself the best chance to get to the 90+ rating.

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[VIDEO GAMES] Red Dead Redemption 2

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is just under five months away, and we still know very little about the game. That’s no surprise, considering that publisher Rockstar Games prefers to play things close to the vest. The company announced all the exclusive content that it’s packing into the game’s two special editions and offering as pre-order incentives, and the long list provides some clues as to how Red Dead Redemption 2 works. In particular, some of the items suggest that the game will feature deeper role-playing mechanics than we’ve seen in the series to this point.

Before we begin, let’s just get this out of the way: This is all pretty much speculation at this point, although we’ve tried to make educated guesses. None, some or all of the following may turn out to be true when Red Dead Redemption 2 launches on Oct. 26.

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In Red Dead Redemption 2, players will step into the boots of Arthur Morgan. The outlaw serves as an enforcer and debt collector for Dutch’s Gang, a group of bank robbers led by the eponymous Dutch van der Linde at the tail end of the 19th century.

The original Red Dead Redemption featured another member of the gang, John Marston. As Marston, players completed missions and open-world activities to progress through the story, earning money that they could spend on weapons, horses, consumable items and more. Consumables included medicine, which would restore Marston’s health; apples, which replenished the stamina of Marston’s horse; and chewing tobacco, which would refill his Dead Eye gauge.

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Red Dead Redemption didn’t really offer traditional RPG mechanics, like a tree of skills to learn or attributes to upgrade, although the player did unlock levels of Dead Eye upon completing certain landmark missions. It sounds like Red Dead Redemption 2 may expand on this system, with the developers at Rockstar Studios taking a page out of franchises like The Witcher to deliver a system akin to the one in 2018’s God of War.

The Special Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 comes with items such as a “Core Stat boost,” which “benefits Arthur’s Stamina, Health and Dead Eye Cores,” according to Rockstar’s description. Perhaps those three elements are “core stats” for the character that players can upgrade through play, rather than just meters to refill. And if they’re core stats, then maybe there’s a system of skills or secondary stats to go along with them.

To wit, the Special Edition also includes two “gameplay bonuses,” the Eagle Talon Talisman and the Iguana Scale. Morgan carries the latter item in his satchel, where it allows him to “take less damage while riding on horseback.” The former is a charm that players can put on Morgan’s boots so that his “environmental awareness skill will last longer.” (Maybe that skill takes the form of a visual assist, like Eagle Vision in Assassin’s Creed or Geralt’s Witcher Senses?) Either way, the boot and satchel suggest that Red Dead Redemption 2 will feature a gear system in which players can equip certain items to receive gameplay benefits.

Speaking of gear, Rockstar’s descriptions of Morgan’s costumes break things down by components. For instance, the Special Edition comes with the Nuevo Paraíso Gunslinger Outfit, which consists of “a wide brimmed black cowboy hat, deep indigo coat, worn denim chaps, leather gloves and boots.”

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Marston sporting the Savvy Merchant outfit, which gives him a half-price discount on all purchases from gunsmiths.
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Outfits may work the way they did in the previous game, as a complete set of attire. But perhaps Red Dead Redemption 2 players will be able to swap out individual accessories and articles of clothing, like hats, shirts, pants and boots — of course, there’s precedent for that in the Grand Theft Auto series. And maybe each piece of an outfit will have an equipment slot of its own, like the way that armor in God of War features sockets for enchantments.

Then again, it may very well be the case that Rockstar is merely providing a detailed description of the outfits, and only Morgan’s boots will have a slot for talismans. It’s worth noting that in the original Red Dead Redemption, a number of costumes provided gameplay benefits: For instance, when Marston wore the Deadly Assassin Outfit, his Dead Eye meter regenerated at twice the normal rate.

We also know from initial preview coverage that Red Dead Redemption 2 will involve some level of management for the Van der Linde Gang’s working camp, which is another new mechanic for the Red Dead series. As Morgan, the player will need to delegate upkeep responsibilities across the group — and help out themselves, by gathering resources and hunting game — to ensure that the camp has enough food and supplies to keep running.

The locations of Red Dead Redemption 2

The descriptions for the contents of Red Dead Redemption 2’s various editions also offer some hints at the places that players may visit in the game’s world. That’s especially true if we compare the latest information with one of the earliest Red Dead Redemption 2 leaks: an off-screen photo of what was supposedly the game’s world map. The more we learn about the game, the more it seems that the leaked map is real.

The map, which was leaked on NeoGAF in April 2016 and quickly corroborated by TechRadar, featured a location with a strangely coincidental name: a town called New Bordeaux, in the bayou by the Lannahechee River. The New Orleans-inspired setting for 2016’s Mafia 3 — an open-world title published by 2K Games, which shares a parent company with Rockstar — was also called New Bordeaux.

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The purported Red Dead Redemption 2 world map that was leaked online in 2016.
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Rockstar is producing a package of physical goods for the game, the Red Dead Redemption 2 Collector’s Box. One of the items in it is a 100-piece wooden jigsaw puzzle that, when assembled, features an image of “the bustling port of Saint Denis,” according to Rockstar.

New Bordeaux appears to fit the bill — the city and its environs take up what is by far the largest neon green area on the map, where that color indicates a “town.” Putting two and two together, it seems that New Bordeaux was a placeholder title, and that Rockstar has since renamed the town Saint Denis.

A Redditor by the name of IntegraleEvoII took the helpful step of manipulating the image of the puzzle that Rockstar released. In the puzzle’s aerial shot of the urban metropolis, it looks to have the same rounded shape that can be seen in the leaked map. If the jigsaw puzzle is an accurate representation of Saint Denis as it appears in Red Dead Redemption 2, and the leaked world map is true to the game world, the “town” would easily be the biggest, most developed corner of civilization in the game or its predecessor.

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It appears to say “Lemoyne” beneath the name Saint Denis. Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville is credited as the founder of New Orleans.
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There’s another description that appears to confirm something from the leaked map. Both the Special and Ultimate editions come with an exclusive bank robbery mission, in which Arthur and his cohorts plan a heist in “the southern town of Rhodes.” (Don’t feel like you’ll be missing out on anything major if you don’t pay extra for one of these packages: Rockstar says that neither the mission nor the exclusive Del Lobos Gang hideout are part of Red Dead Redemption 2’s story.)

Look due west of New Bordeaux on the leaked map, and you’ll see the town of Rhodes in the center of the Scarlett Meadows district — which indeed lies in the southern portion of the world map, about halfway between the Bayou NWA district and Flatiron Lake.

Rockstar’s item descriptions also point to the possible return of a location from Red Dead Redemption: Mexico. That game featured a northern province of the country named Nuevo Paraíso (“New Paradise”). In addition to the aforementioned Gunslinger Outfit, there’s an accessory that’s named for Mexico: the Nuevo Paraíso Saddle, which is attached to the horse known as the Dappled Black Thoroughbred.

Since multiple items in Red Dead Redemption 2 mention Nuevo Paraíso, it seems reasonable to expect that the game will bring you there at some point — even if a major segment of the story isn’t set there this time around. Nuevo Paraíso doesn’t appear on the border of the playable U.S. region on the leaked map; instead, there is an inset map that appears to show a Mexican island or perhaps peninsula, with Spanish place names including El Hueco and Cinco Torres.

But hey, who knows? The possibilities are as wide open as the American frontier.

 

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[VIDEO GAMES] Assassin’s Creed Origins

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Assassin’s Creed Origins is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the tenth major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series and the successor to 2015’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. It was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 27, 2017.

The game is set in Ancient Egypt during the Ptolemaic period and recounts the secret fictional history of real-world events. The story explores the origins of the centuries-long conflict between the Brotherhood of Assassins, who fight for peace by promoting liberty and The Order of the Ancients—forerunners to the Templar Order—who desire peace through the forceful imposition of order. Origins received positive reviews from critics, who praised the story, voice acting, immersive world of Egypt and visuals, while criticizing some of the pacing and technical issues. Despite this, some critics called it the best installment of the series since 2013’s Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed Origins is an action-adventure stealth game played from a third-person perspective. Players complete quests—linear scenarios with set objectives—to progress through the story, earn experience points, and acquire new skills. Outside of quests, players can freely roam the open world environment on foot, horseback, camel-back or boat to explore locations, complete optional side-quests and unlock weapons and equipment.

The “eagle vision” mode, which was used by the franchise to give players the ability to scout an area by highlighting enemies and objects, has been replaced by a Bonelli’s eagle named Senu as a companion.Players are able to take control of Senu and scout an area in advance, highlighting enemies which will then be visible when they return to controlling Bayek, the game’s main character. Players can also tame various predators which will serve as a companion for the players and assist them against enemies. Naval combat, underwater exploration and tomb raiding return to the series. However, unlike previous games in the series, Origins Does not include many tall structures for climbing to unlock areas of the map.

The game also features revised combat mechanics. Previous titles in the Assassin’s Creed series used a “paired animation system” whereby the player character would engage with an enemy and combat would be dictated by a series of predeterminted animations based on player inputs and scripted AI movements. Assassin’s Creed Origins will move to a “hit-box system”. When the player wields a weapon, they will strike at whatever is in range, allowing them to hit enemies directly, injure individual body parts, and creating the possibility of missing an enemy entirely. Complementing this is the way weapons fall into different categories and are rated on their damage dealt, speed and range. Enemies will be drawn from several basic archetypes that use a variety of tactics in combat which, combined with the hit-box system, will require players to learn the attributes of individual weapons and tailor their playing style to succeed in combat. As enemy combat is also dictated by the hit-box system, the player will be equipped with a shield and will need to balance their offensive and defensive capabilities. Locations within the game world will be designed to enable players to choose their playing style by offering stealth and open combat as equally-viable choices for completing objectives.

Origins introduces an arena-based combat system where the player fights waves of increasingly-difficult combinations of enemies culminating in a boss fight. While the introduction to the arena is incorporated into the main story, the arena mode stands alone from the wider narrative. The game world features several arenas, with a variety of enemy combinations and unique bosses not found in the game world. Players will be able to unlock additional weapons and equipment by completing arena fights.

A future update to the game will add “Discovery Tour”, a sandbox mode allowing players to freely explore the open world with no objectives or combat, and embark on guided tours that highlight aspects of Egyptian history

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[Video Games] NBA 2K18 Release Date September 19

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NBA 2K18, this year’s entry in the Visual Concepts developed basketball sim from 2K Sports, look set to be another essential purchase for sports fans. In this article we’ll detail all there is to know about NBA 2K18, including the NBA 2K18 release date, NBA 2K18 pre-order info, details on the cover stars, NBA 2K18 All-Time Teams, and special editions

NBA 2K18 Release Date – PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch Versions

The NBA 2K18 release date is September 19, 2017. Anyone who pre-orders can get the game four days early on September 15. The latest iteration of the premiere basketball sim will be releasing for PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. 

Anyone still gaming on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 will also be able to buy NBA 2K18, but as these platforms are no longer the focus of development, chances are these editions will be very similar to the previous releases. 

NBA 2K18 Nintendo Switch Details and Hands-On Impressions

We recently got to go hands-on with NBA 2K18 at a special preview event in New York, and we can now confirm that the Nintendo Switch version of the game will be near enough identical to the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Every single mode, including MyGM, MyPlayer, and MyTeam will be included on the Switch version of the game, meaning you won’t be missing out on any features. 

The Switch version of NBA 2K18 will also feature Amiibo support, although we don’t currently know in what capacity, and the game will run at 30 frames per second in both docked and handheld mode. Check out our editor Kat Bailey’s quick impressions of the Switch version just below: 

NBA 2K18 New Neighborhood Social Club Feature

At the aforementioned preview event for NBA 2K18, we got our first glimpse at the new Neighborhood social hub feature for the game, which you can see a few snippets of just below. It looks set to be a forum for player avatars in the game, in the same way that Splatoon 2’s Inkopolis Square lets you show off your equipped clothing items and other accessories. 

NBA 2K18 Gameplay Trailers

The official NBA 2K YouTube channel recently published a video of behind the scenes developer interviews, while also giving us our first look at gameplay for the upcoming NBA 2K18. 

The full trailer, which you can see for yourself just below, highlights the focus on player accuracy in NBA 2K18, with the dev team having rebuilt the entire player body system from previous NBA 2K iterations, in order to accurately match the real life counterparts of the players in the game. 

The team then went into detail about MyPlayer, and about how the facial scan feature from past 2K games is returning in greater detail than ever. There’s now slated to be more options than ever before for when you’re customising your own character, and the team showed off some of the more advanced body proportion controls. 

On August 16, the NBA 2K YouTube account again posted a gameplay trailer for NBA 2K18, highlighting some of the flashier moves seen around the league on a nightly basis

The trailer at points gives some nice looks at defensive plays, as well as showing off some of the more emotional aspects of players on the court. Elsewhere, we could see the likes of Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and more doing what they do best. 

NBA 2K18 MyTeam Details Revealed

With less than a month to go until the worldwide release of NBA 2K18, a brand new developer diary on the MyTeam mode was recently posted to the NBA 2K Facebook page, where associate producer Peter Cornforth revealed some of the new details coming to this iteration of the flagship basketball sim. 

Cornforth outlined several new modes and features for NBA 2K18 MyTeam, all of which we’ve highlighted and detailed just below for you: 

  • Pack and Playoffs – In this mode, you’ll start by opening a pack and picking the coach for your team, and then opening successive packs to assemble your full squad, which you’ll then take into 5v5 matchups online with other assembled teams. The further you advance before being eliminated from this tournament, the bigger the prize.
  • MyTeam Super Max – This mode introduces a salary cap and season gameplay to online competition within MyTeam, with each player having to assemble a roster of players based on their salaries. If everyone uses one card, for example Steph Curry, then his value will go up, causing less people to use him in their teams.
  • Strategy Cards – These cards can be played during timeouts, and have certain affects on your team for a limited time only. The higher rank your coach is, the more Strategy Cards you can bring with you into a single game.
  • All-Time Domination – Think you’re good at 2K? You might want to think again, as 2K18’s MyTeam brings in the All-Time Domination mode, where you can take your team to play against lineups compromised of the best players in a franchise’s history. This means Kobe, Shaq, Kareem, Magic, Wilt, Jerry, and more can all be found in a single team, for you to take on.

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UNCHARTED: The Lost Legacy Release Aug 22

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is an action-adventure video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It is scheduled for release in August 2017 for the PlayStation 4, as a standalone expansion to the Uncharted series. Players control Chloe Frazer, who seeks the Tusk of Ganesh in the mountains of India in the midst of a civil war, with the help of mercenary Nadine Ross. The game is played from a third-person perspective; players use firearms, and can use melee combat and stealth to defend against hostile enemies. Players solve puzzles, incorporating several platformer elements to advance the narrative, and navigate the game world on-foot or by vehicle.

Development of The Lost Legacy began soon after the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End in May 2016. Chloe became the central focus of the game, with the story, design and gameplay elements reflecting her character. Claudia Black and Laura Bailey reprised their roles as Chloe and Nadine through voice and motion capture, and assisted writer Josh Scherr and creative director Shaun Escayg with the development of the characters and story. The game builds upon gameplay elements established in previous Uncharted titles.

 

From award-winning developer Naughty Dog comes a brand new UNCHARTED game, starring Chloe Frazer.

In order to recover an ancient artifact and keep it out of the hands of a ruthless warmonger, Chloe must enlist the aid of renowned mercenary Nadine Ross and venture to India’s Western Ghats to locate the Golden Tusk of Ganesh. In Chloe’s greatest journey yet, she must confront her past and decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to forge her own legacy.

Owners of UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End Digital Deluxe Edition, UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End Triple Pack, and UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End Explorer’s Pack will receive UNCHARTED: The Lost Legacy as a download at launch.

 

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[GAMES] Madden 18 Release Date Aug 25th

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The NFL regular season is just a matter of weeks away, but for Madden players, competitive football games are just on the horizon.

On August 25, Madden 18 will hit stores and give football fans the most realistic, in-depth gaming experience they’ve ever had. As the game evolves, so does the Madden cover player.

Madden 18 will release on EA Access on August 17 for users with Xbox One consoles. For PS4 users, the game will be released on August 25.

Even though there is a stigma attached to being a cover athlete, more specifically “the Madden curse,” it appears that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is unfazed by being the face of the game.

With each game comes new faces and players to play with, mainly players coming from the collegiate ranks. But what stands out about this year’s edition of the game is the authenticity of it, including added animations and movements from players during a play that makes the user feel as if they are controlling every aspect of their team, as seen in the trailer below.

In addition to new player movements and mechanics, there is also enhanced gameplay for the user player, who will be able to take play-calling to a new level with more sophisticated in-game tactics and schemes to gain any little advantage they can over their opponent.

With new tackling and blocking controls, no longer will there be any confusion why elite pass-rushers get stuffed at the line of scrimmage for so often or why elite-level offensive linemen are beaten off the line of scrimmage with regularity.

The new blocking/tackling mechanics will make Madden feel as realistic as ever, even with the addition of new game modes.

The three new game modes (Arcade, Simulation, Competitive) will give the user new ways to enjoy the game. Arcade is a more intensified, fast-paced game where it’s all about style points and running up the scoreboard. Simulation sticks to the rules of football and is as real as it gets down to each player’s attributes and game-changing ability. Simulation will also serve as the default setting for connected franchise mode.

And last but not least, Competitive is, well, as competitive as it gets. A tournament-style gameplay experience will separate the true Madden superstars from the wannabe gamers. In this mode, there are no injuries or limited penalties, and there is no room for crying.

This year’s Madden is geared up to be the most realistic NFL video game yet. The only question is, are you ready to play?

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[MUSIC] T.I. “DOPE GAME” & THE GAME “WHAT ELSE” ON GHOST RECON

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Mortal Kombat X

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Mortal Kombat X is a fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios. It is the tenth main installment in the Mortal Kombat video game series and was released on April 14, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows, scheduled to be ported to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by High Voltage Software in Q2/Q3 2015.[12] NetherRealm’s mobile team developed a version for iOS and Android devices. The iOS version was released on April 7, 2015.

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PS4 leads US hardware sales in February, but by narrow margin

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February was a good month for games, with strong sales for almost everybody regardless of platform.

For overall console sales, the NPD reports, “PS4 led hardware sales in February 2014, but by a narrow margin with Xbox One selling over 90% of what the PS4 sold in terms of unit sales. However, with Xbox One’s higher price point it led hardware sales on a dollar basis.”

And Microsoft also clarified specific numbers in a separate press release stating that the Xbox One sold 258,000 consoles “surpassing Xbox 360 sales by over 61 percent at the same point in time.” Microsoft also wrote that, combining the 360 and Xbox One, “The Xbox platform sold more hardware than any other home console platform,” which would put it above the PS3/Vita/PS4 and Wii U/3DS combinations.

But regardless of the spin, it’s good news for both companies. The NPD wrote, “Within console hardware, we continue to see strong year-over-year increases due to the success of the Xbox One and PS4,” and “The majority of hardware platforms experienced double-to-triple digit increases compared to January 2014.”

Software sales were also very positive; the NPD reported that game sales for both the Xbox One and PS4 were up 80% “when compared to the combined first four-month sales for the Xbox 360 and the PS3.”

Despite strong sales of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which Nintendo reported earlier, the NPD clarified that the game “did not rank in the top ten when looking at title-level sales.”

February 2014 Top 10 Games (New physical retail only across all platforms, including PC)

Call Of Duty: Ghosts (Activision Blizzard)
The LEGO Movie Videogame (Warner Bros. Interactive)
NBA 2K14 (Take 2 Interactive)
Thief (Square Enix)
Grand Theft Auto V (Take 2 Interactive)
Battlefield 4 (EA)
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix)
Minecraft (360–Microsoft)
Bravely Default (Nintendo)

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PS4 or Xbox One: Which Game Console is Best for Non-Gamers?

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Finally, the major game consoles are getting updates with the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One releases are right around the corner. There will be plenty of awesome game titles for both the PS4 and the Xbox One, but even if you’re not big into gaming, these systems might have something to appeal to you. After all, the PlayStation 3 was one of the first widely popular Blu-ray disc players, and the Xbox 360 was one of the first home entertainment devices to offer Netflix’s streaming video services. And the latest-gen consoles have even more entertainment .
What the PS4 and The Xbox One Can Do
Both the Xbox One and PS4 are fully functional Blu-ray players. Microsoft only supported DVD playback for the 360, but the Xbox One will finally make the jump to Blu-ray formats, and that means you’ll be able to watch high-definition movies on your system of choice.

Both systems will also have access to online media services, like every other major gaming platform (including handhelds). You’ll be able to access Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and other services to watch television and movies and listen to music on either system.

And they both will have access to large libraries of on-demand movies, television shows, and music, but this is where they start to differ. On the Xbox One, you’ll be able to rent or buy content from the Xbox Live Movies & TV and Music Stores. PS4 users will be able to rent or buy content from the Sony Entertainment Network and access Sony’s Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited on-demand services. The availability of movies, music, and television shows might differ slightly between the two services, but they’ll both carry most major releases from studios and labels.

What Xbox One Does More
The Xbox One goes much further in home entertainment value with its television integration. The system has an HDMI pass-through and infrared blaster that you can connect to your cable or satellite box to integrate TV watching into the Xbox One. The process and features are explained in more detail in How to Watch TV on Your Microsoft Xbox One, but it basically lets the Xbox One take control of your cable or satellite box so you can browse programming alongside online media services in the Xbox One OneGuide and change channels using your voice and the Kinect. The Xbox One also lets you use apps and services while watching television; apps can be snapped to the side of the screen so they don’t obscure the television signal.

We’ll have to play with the Xbox One and Kinect ourselves to see how well this feature works, but the idea of switching between your favorite channels and shows with your voice and watching TV alongside the different apps and features of the Xbox One dashboard sound very useful. This could turn the Xbox One into the real killer in non-gaming applications, and makes it stand above the PS4 as a pure home entertainment hub.

These features come at a price, though. The Xbox One already retails for $100 more than the PS4, and using online media services requires a subscription to Xbox Live Gold, which costs $60 per year. You can use all of the PS4’s media features without subscribing to PlayStation Plus, and the system itself retails for $399 to the Xbox One’s $499. If you watch a lot of television, and perhaps watch TV far more than you’d even care about playing games, the Xbox One is a better bet.

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