Nintendo Announces the Nintendo 2DS, No This is NOT a Joke.

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This morning Nintendo announced, the Nintendo 2DS Handheld. It will play all of the DS and 3DS games, but only in 2D.

In the US it will be available in red or blue for $129.99 from 12th October, the same day Pokémon X and Pokémon Y comes out.

The Nintendo 2DS plays the entire library of packaged and downloadable games for Nintendo 3DS only in 2D, and features a fixed, slate-type form factor. Optional carry cases will be available in red or blue at launch for $12.99 a pop.

As for hardware features, the 2DS shares the Nintendo 3DS’ dual screens, gameplay controls and touchscreen features, and has backward compatibility with the existing library of over 2000 DS games. There’s also wireless connectivity for online multiplayer, Nintendo Video and access to the eShop.

Take a look at some screens of the 2DS below.

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Via Press Release

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

20 things you didn’t know about the PS4

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Today, Playstation Access released this fantastic video showing off the PS4 like you have never seen it before. Check it out below.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Microsoft backpedels on DRM policies, tries to right ship.

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In a move that came out of left field, today Microsoft announced that they would be reversing their controversial DRM policies in regards to the Xbox One. This morning, Don Mattrick, President, Interactive Entertainment Business for Microsoft wrote this.

Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.

For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.

Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.

You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.

So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:

An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.

Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions.

These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.

We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.

Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year.

So ladies and gentlemen, does this change your mind in the upcoming PS4 vs Xbox One battle?

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Ubisoft unveils new next gen, open world RPG.

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During Ubisoft’s E3 press conference yesterday, they announced a new open world action RPG called The Division. It appears to be a 3rd person action RPG set after the effects of a bio terrorist event has gone off. It is looking crazy good. Take a look at this gameplay video and screens to see what i mean.

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The Division will be coming to next gen consoles, no release date has been given yet.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Sony reveals PS4 to be $399 at launch.

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After much media speculation, Sony revealed tonight, during their press conference at E3, that the PS4 will launch this holiday season for $399. That puts it a solid 100$ less then the Xbox One. So between the price, and the total lack of any used game restrictions, Sony looks to be aiming for a price sensitive sweet spot, and dare I say, they are hitting it. Start, these console wars have!

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Sony anounces used games strategy.

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Today, in a shocking E3 reveal, Sony announced its used game policy and created a video to show you how exactly this will work.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, It will work the exact same way it works now. No online checks, no needing to call home every 24 hours, your disk based games work exactly as they do right now. If you want to trade in your games, trade away my fellow gamers.  They also stated that unless you’re playing a MMO (Massively Online Game) you will not need to be connected to the Internet. So, for those of you out there who don’t have your consoles connected online, breathe easy my friends, Sony has you covered.

Sony reveals PS4 console hardware

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Today at E3 Sony unveiled the console hardware for the PS4. I personally really like it, it’s rather unassuming, but looks sharp. Instead of me blathering on about the hardware, why don’t I just show you.

What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody