I want to go back in time and kill Steve Jobs as an infant, preventing this touch-screen thing from ever catching on. The screens never seem to work for me, so I guess I'm going to have to be stuck in the stone age forever since everything is moving in that direction. :(
I can see how that's sort of the idea, but the DS doesn't have motion controls, the DS has 2 screens right next to each other for a single user while the Wii U's Pad is often touted as coordinated play between 2 players, it's definitely got some of the current tablet crazy feel to its premise IMO. It's got motion controls, NFC, a camera and speakers, that's tablet territory, even if some are also on the DS.Quote:
You know, I've never really looked at it as trying to cash in on the tablet craze. I see it more as trying to cash in on the success of the Nintendo DS in home console form. The TV is the upper DS screen and the touch screen on the Wii U controller is the lower touch screen of the DS.
Meanwhile, the Wii U is sold at a loss - despite its middling hardware (seriously, who puts a 1.2ghz tri-core CPU, a 550mhz GPU, and just 2gb RAM, and 8gb flash memory in a next-gen console?!? My cellphone has better specs and it's a cellphone) - and without the blu-ray and gamecube emulation (which WOULD have been easy had they put truly next-gen hardware in this thing) the Wii U's sales are in a tailspin, April's sales were down 19% from March's.
The Xbox One's controller doesn't have touch elements, it's essentially the same as the 360's controller but with individual force-feedback to buttons.Quote:
Sony and Microsoft's new systems are also either already confirmed (PS4) or rumored (next Xbox) to be jumping on the "touch craze" to some extent like the Wii U. Sony's PS4 "duelshock 4" controller will have a touch pad (similar to a laptop's touch pad) on it. Sony also recently took out a patent for a "touch screen" game controller similar to the Wii U's touch screen controller. The new Xbox is also rumored to have a touch pad on it's controller. The new systems are also going to continue to support the motion functions of their predecessors. The PS4 has PS move compatibility. The new Xbox system is rumored to come bundled with an improved Kinect. Microsoft is also working on a project known as IllumiRoom. By combining a Kinect camera and a projector, IllumiRoom turns the area around your television into a game screen. The Kinect captures the appearance and geometry of the room, and then it uses this data to adapt the extra visuals that are projected against the wall and furniture around your TV.
The improved Kinect (Kinect 2.0) is sold separately and not doing any room-projecting at launch.
If the screens don't recognize your touch, your skin may be too dry, try moisturizing. My devices are excellent at reading touch but my mom's hands occasionally have a missed gesture.
The new Samsung Galaxy S4 has an improved digitizer, so in a year or so I'm sure most cheaper phones will step up their touchscreen game as well.
PS3 and Xbox 360 are in the red. The Wii U on the other hand (while currently being sold at a loss) is actually, as a whole, has already made up that difference (on currently available systems) from game licensing fees.
system requires the new Kinect to be connected. It is unclear what Microsoft has planned for IllumiRoom in future, though I don't think anyone realistically expected it at Xbox One's launch.
So, if you go on vacation and disconnect your router to save power, your games won't work?
That. Is. Bull. Shevik.
According to Phil Harrison and confirmed by Larry Hryb, the fee to play a used game, or a borrow game, will be full price.
Way to screw everyone over Microsoft. PS4 is still hush-hush on the issue. Maybe they are waiting to see the backlash of XBOX One.
patent taken out by Sony not to long ago would suggest the Xbox One scenario. Hopefully more clarification comes at E3 in about three weeks. Suddenly Wii U, even with all its faults, isn't looking so bad.