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OUYA Accelerates towards live market

OUYA Accelerates towards live market

With the Microsoft Xbox 720 and the Sony PlayStation 4 looming, it may seem strange that an Android-based gaming console called OUYA would have any impact on the public's interest. But there it is, a tiny box working with Google's mobile OS and the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor (with 4-PLUS-1 technology) and the ability to run a lovely collection of games right out of the box. And given the news and updates we've seen over the past few weeks, it's more than just the Kickstarter fans that are aiming to get their hands on the OUYA action.

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Xbox 720 specs “suggested” by former Microsoft exec

Xbox 720 specs “suggested” by former Microsoft exec

This week the Microsoft Xbox 720 specifications are flying like leaves off a tree, and today's bit of information comes from none other that former Microsoft executive Joachim Kempin. This man was the Vice President of Windows Sales at Microsoft for a whopping 20 years and has, since his retirement, released a book that's lambasted Steve Balmer and made it clear with IGN Microsoft originally created the Xbox "to stop Sony." Now he's ready to speak about the possibilities in the Xbox 720, and it's starting to look a whole lot more like Windows 8.

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Xbox 720 specifications leak in waves

Xbox 720 specifications leak in waves

This week the Microsoft-made Xbox 720 has effectively been dumped out into the market with a leak of specifications so wide we've got to wonder if the pipes have burst. This update comes from Edge Online where word of Online-Only playability was noted earlier today. While that bit of information appears to be just as possible as impossible, the rest of the bits and pieces seem to be more willing to stick for a final release.

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Grand Theft Auto V for next-gen consoles: not so much

Grand Theft Auto V for next-gen consoles: not so much

This week the developers behind Grand Theft Auto V (aka GTA5) have made it clear that the delay they're experiencing with the release of their next-generation game has nothing to do with Microsoft and Sony releasing new consoles this year. While Take-Two chief executive officer Strauss Zelnick's words didn't explicitly confirm nor deny the idea that the Xbox 720 or PlayStation 4 will exist in the very near future, the idea that GTA:V will be released on those mystical machines seems to have been clearly dashed.

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Xbox 720 rumored to block used games

Xbox 720 rumored to block used games

This may very well be the year of new gaming consoles, folks. Sony has a PlayStation event planned for February 20 where we could finally see the PlayStation 4, and it's also likely that we'll hear more about Microsoft's Xbox 720 at E3 2013 in June. Rumors have already been pouring in, but several new rumors have come in just this morning, including the speculation that the next Xbox may include technology that will block used games from being played.

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OUYA to be sold at retail stores starting in June

OUYA to be sold at retail stores starting in June

After OUYA's immense Kickstarter success, the company is looking to branch out and go mainstream. The portable Android-powered gaming console will begin selling in select retail stores starting in June. Best Buy, Target, and GameStop will sell the console for $99, the same price that Kickstarter backers have been paying for the device.

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PlayStation 4: What Sony must do

PlayStation 4: What Sony must do

If you believe the hype, then Sony will be revealing the next PlayStation in just a few short weeks at a February 20 event. The announcement of a new console is all well and good, but once the party's over and the reveal has been made, Sony then faces the difficult task of making the next PlayStation successful in the new generation. It's something of a blank slate - the other competitors in the console space are releasing new machines as well, so the platform wars can begin anew. Sony did a lot of good things with the PS3, but in order to make the PS4 a smashing success, it's going to need to ramp it up in a few areas.

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PlayStation 4 details leak: new touchpad-laden controller inbound

PlayStation 4 details leak: new touchpad-laden controller inbound

It's been a big 24 hours for PlayStation news, with Edge Magazine now claiming to have some inside information on the PS4. According to sources close to the project, the next PlayStation will feature a somewhat redesigned controller. Even though it should look more or less the same as a DualShock 3 controller, the select, start, and PS buttons are being swapped out in favor of a small touchpad similar to the rear-facing one on the PS Vita.

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PlayStation 4 reportedly hitting shelves this year

PlayStation 4 reportedly hitting shelves this year

Last night, Sony released a new teaser that seems to point to an incoming PlayStation 4 reveal. The Wall Street Journal today is reporting that Sony will indeed reveal the next PlayStation at this event on February 20, and that the console will be releasing sometime this year. That's a pretty exciting claim if true, but keep in mind that we won't know Sony's real plan until at least February 20.

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PlayStation 4 announcement tipped for February 20 in Sony teaser

PlayStation 4 announcement tipped for February 20 in Sony teaser

Rumors of the next console generation are hitting left and right as we head deeper into 2013, and today Sony may have just given us a date for the reveal of its next console. The company has released a new teaser trailer of sorts on the PlayStation Blog, and it suggests that the next PlayStation will be announced on February 20. That's less than a month away, so the PlayStation 4 may be closer than some think.

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