But that doesn't mean you should rush out and buy one.
Even if you're excited about the next wave of console games, signs are pointing in flashing red neon to wait. You could -- and probably should -- wait until next year to enjoy the fruits that these consoles will hopefully bring.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Russ Frushtick reviews Call of Duty: Ghosts.
- People are cramming entire movies into GIFs now, and the results are mesmerizing.
- The Internet Archive seeks donations after fire destroys $600,000 of equipment.
Apple products don't get to have all the fun when it comes to weird, excessively expensive smartphone accessories. The HTC One has now been honored with an $8,000 phone trumpet for battery-free sound amplification. The Gramohorn II looks like a cross between a ram's horn and an ear trumpet, with an HTC One mounted in the middle.
The high-end Gramohorn II from Wolter Designs is made from stainless steel powder and infused bronze. It's built to dock an HTC One and increase the sound from the phone's speakers using an old principal for amplification.… Read more
With the PS4 and Xbox One launching over the next couple of weeks, I've been asking my fellow editors whether they're getting one, and if so, which one? Many currently have a PS3 or Xbox 360 -- or both -- so they're in the game, so to speak, and would be candidates for a new system. However, the answer I'm getting more often than not is "neither." Most seem to have have adopted a fairly cynical attitude toward next-gen consoles and as such, are taking a wait-and-see approach and won't be hopping on … Read more
Those of you eyeing the Xbox One can get a 12-minute tour of what awaits you.
Posted by Microsoft on Friday, the online demo follows Xbox marketing chief Yusuf Mehdi and Xbox VP Marc Whitten as they sign into an Xbox One, see their personalized content, move around the console's Dashboard, issue voice commands, play games, switch among open screens, call someone via Skype, and watch live TV.
Presenting a demo of two people actually using the Xbox One is a great way to show off the new features and teach people how to use them.
The Xbox One … Read more
Microsoft's Xbox One will have very little functionality out of the box when it launches later this month.
Speaking to Engadget in an interview published on Friday, Microsoft's senior director of product management, Albert Penello, said that owners of the Xbox One "will be able to do very little without taking the day one update." When pressed on what users could do with the Xbox One before the update is added to the console, Penello said "nothing."
That Microsoft is requiring Xbox One buyers to download the day one update is no surprise. The … Read more
The Xbox One is ready to be the hub of your living room.
That's been the pitch since Day 1 for Microsoft's next-gen console, but it wasn't until this Wednesday that the CNET crew had a chance to check out many of the Xbox One's home entertainment features in person.
We already knew that the Xbox One would include Blu-ray playback, the TV overlay functionality called OneGuide, and built-in support for voice and motion control through the included Kinect. But many of the specifics have been hard to come by, especially regarding the challenges of integrated TV.… Read more
Watch Dogs may look so good on the PlayStation 4 that even Microsoft decided to showcase the game on its competitor's hardware.
That or someone made a colossal mistake when uploading gameplay footage of the upcoming Ubisoft stealth action title. Watchful viewers of the months-old video -- uploaded to Microsoft's official Xbox YouTube account -- noticed only recently a slight discrepancy in the footage wherein a button prompt, visible for only a second, indicated a circle as an option. The only problem is that the circle is a PlayStation button, whereas the Xbox One uses a red "… Read more
HTC could be working on a new handset code-named M8, according to recently leaked images.
TechRadar published on Thursday photos first uncovered on Taiwan-based site ePrice showing what the leaker says is the case for the HTC M8. The images show a design that's similar to that of the HTC One. However, unlike the HTC One, the M8's metal body extends beyond the edges. The HTC One has a break in the metal.
In addition to posting images on the M8, ePrice claims the handset will feature a 5- to 5.2-inch screen size and 3GB of RAM. … Read more