Nintendo has revealed some plans that are sure to turn smiles upside down for those who enjoyed attending the Nintendo E3 Press Briefing each year before the show began. Historically, Nintendo has had their E3 Press Briefing the Tuesday E3 began several hours before the show floor opened. For Nintendo, this gave them “the last word” after Microsoft and Sony moved their Press Briefings back to Monday.
Nintendo has elected to cease their E3 Press Briefing and will focus on their Nintendo Direct events. Nintendo Boss Satoru Iwata says:
The Xbox 720 rumors continue to come out and now an unnamed source has said that the Xbox 720 will require an Internet connection for any games or apps to run. If you lose your connection, you have three minutes to regain it or the app/game will suspend until you regain it.
The majority of this country still doesn’t have a great Internet connection and some have no broadband or only once choice available.
Ian Livingstone, Eidos President, says that the next-generation of consoles, with the PlayStation 4, and whatever Microsoft calls their next Xbox, will go half-way to moving to a full digital platform. Though Microsoft and Sony don't want to continue offering disks, they still are forced to because global broadband is not fast enough, or available in all places, to ensure easy delivery of games without issues.
Razer has shown off an intern playing Crysis 3, sitting on a beanbag, and running it on the Razer Edge Gaming Tablet. While it is hard to see just how well it is running, the fact that the upcoming tablet can run games like Crysis 3 is an amazing accomplishment for the power of the platform.
Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will be able to play used games and the anti-used game block patent had nothing to do with the PS4 at all.
Yoshida also confirmed that you can play the PlayStation 4 offline but they are trying to add enough features and content that you will want to keep it online all the time. You won't be forced to connect to social networks if you don't want to.
DmC Devil May Cry players have another reason to keep playing as Capcom has revealed a pair of DLC for the rebooted franchise. Vergil's Downfall will be coming to PlayStation network, Xbox Live, and PC platforms on March 5, 2013, for 720 Microsoft Points or $8.99 on PSN and PC platforms. Vergil’s Downfall features the opportunity to play as Vergil with hours of new gameplay, four difficulty levels and an all new storyline, weapons, combos, enemies and locations.
On the eve of the biggest PlayStation news of the year, a few more details are starting to become more clear. The Streaming service Sony purchased last year, Gaikai, will be rebranded as PlayStation Cloud. This service will be how Sony handles backwards compatibility with PlayStation 3 titles on the new hardware and chipset within the PS4.
Kotaku got an exclusive insider telling them more about the next Xbox, Xbox 720--codenamed Durango, that will require the new Kinect 2.0 to be plugged in and calibrated for the new console to function. This means that Microsoft will have a camera and microphone that will be active every second you have your new Xbox online. Call me a crazy but this sorta disturbs me as someone who values his privacy.