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Now it is time for Click. Do you think playing video games as Meiji
more aggressive as a person? -- has Welcome to Click. Welcome to Los
Angeles, warm to the world's biggest video games show. It is
going to be a monster this year, you can count on that. We have the
XBox One Andy PlayStation 4, two consoles bowled slogging it out at
S3. It is time to get all the explosive details on the two next-
generation games machines that want to take over your living room.
Which one made the biggest bank here at the show? Which you games
are about to set them alight with high-definition mayhem. We bring
you the big announcements from Apple's big event in San Francisco.
And, a safe place to keep your important files in Webscape. So,
here we are, in the middle of S3. This is the south wall of the LA
Convention Centre. All around, people are cloying to get a look at
everything that is being announced that the show. The two biggest
thing I these guys. Look, they have put them right next door to each
other. Both companies firing their opening salvoes in exactly the same
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Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the console wars. A little bit much you
think? The Los Angeles Convention Centre
is the battleground for an epic confrontation between Sony with its
new Playstation 4 and Microsoft with the Xbox One. There is also a
third faction in this battle for gaming supremacy, Nintendo with its
Wii U, which is currently being outsold by the Xbox 360, the PS3
and the old Wii. Which clearly isn't good news for the house of
Mario and Zelda. Nintendo's hasn't bothered with its usual flashy E3
press conference, instead leaving press event preening to Microsoft
and Sony, who, after all, have brand new consoles to show off. And
first out of the gate was Microsoft. At its launch event last month,
Microsoft waxed lyrical about the Xbox One's credentials as a
multimedia device. But here at E3, far more attention was paid to
slaying barbarians in a kind of Saving Centurion Ryan manner in
third person actioner Ryse:Son of Rome, and engaging in martial arts
mayhem with rebooted blast from the past Killer Instinct, and of course
shooting lots and lots of guns in first person shooter Battle field 4.
Games and more games was the order of the day. And driving franchise
Forza rumbles on with this fifth instalment, adding cloud computing
to its racing repertoire. The game can learn its players driving style
using it to provide the AI for computer controlled opponents. It
means the game can play by itself without the users input wracking up
in game credits for its user. Quite how much fun getting a console to
play a game for you is, well that's debatable, but Microsoft are
confident that the cloud and consoles are a match made in
computing heaven. Being connected to the cloud is going to allow
creators to make worlds that are alive. They are gonna have
communities you are going to be able to interact with your friends
they are gonna be rich changing vibrant real time. And Microsoft
raised eyebrows by announcing the Xbox One will cost $499 when it's
released in November. Xbox One will launch this November in 21 markets
around the world at $499 in the US and 499 euros in European markets.
Over at Sony's press event later the same day the covers finally
came of the PS4. Ladies and gentlemen, I am thrilled to
introduce, the Playstation 4. the world's press caught a first
glimpse of, well, a rather anonymous black rectangle, but an
anonymous black rectangle with a few surprises in store. Under that
black plastic skin, can be found essentially similar hardware to the
Xbox One. Both machines are basically PCs in a box, however the
PS4's price is $399, significantly cheaper than its rival. But when
exactly did Sony arrive at this Xbox box spoiling price point?
would say that we have not taken the decision lightly and it's been
built into the holistic view of the business plan. I would say pretty
much from the start. A concerted counter attack from Sony then.
There were of course plenty of games on show, from gameplay of
Halo creators Bungie's much anticipated first person
mulitplayer sci-fi epic Destiny, to third person teenager with super
powers adventure, Infamous: Second Son. Around the announcement of
these next generation consoles, something unusual has happened.
What started as a minor online skirmish has erupted, into a major
conflict. A conflict centred around how next gen machines will deal
with pre-owned or second hand games. And how often they need to be
connected to the internet. Microsoft has publicly stated that
it won't charge gamers an additional fee to play second hand
games on its new console, it's leaving that decision up to games
publishers, it's also said the Xbox one will need to connect the
internet once every twenty four hours in order for single player
games to work. Well look the world, it has changed from offline devices
to online devices, if you think about how your tablet works, how
your computer works, having an internet connection allows it to
stay current allows it to stay vibrant and plug in to that
community. Delivering a devastating body blow to its rival Sony
announced it had very different plans for its machine. When a gamer
buys a PS4 disc they have the rights to use that copy of the game,
they can trade in the game at retail, sell it to another person,
lend it to a friend, keep it forever. PS4 won't require you to
check in online. We feel that it's not necessary to provide a degree
of consumer enjoyment for the machine and at worse it runs the
risk of being somewhat obtrusive. Finally Nintendo invited
journalists to a low key briefing, outlining plans for a turnaround of
the WiiU's fortunes, a state of affairs that Nintendo seems to be
in confessional mood about. Well we all know that software sells
hardware, and we just unfortunately haven't been able to deliver a
strong enough software line-up to really drive sales for launch,
however the good news is that we are showcasing today an amazing
line up of amazing software that you can only play on Wii-U. Ninty's
strategy for success seems to involve launching fans favourite
titles such as Mario Kart 8 and Donkey Kong tropical freeze for
WiiU later this year. So all of the major players now their cards on
the table, however in the battle for home console dominance it's
still not completely clear which company will emerge victorious. All
the big announcements from this you's S3. Someone who has been
following developments as avidly is Chris Grant, a gaming editor.
It a very much sounds like, or the two giant, Sony has won this one
hands-down. It is not necessarily what they will do long term, but in
terms of performance, the theatre of the press conference, hands down.
Unarguable. Soni one. Standing ovations. The most brutal thrashing
I've just seen in a decade. In the hours after Microsoft's press
conference, Sony thought that the you put the problems were to
address and they would kick them when they were down. I cannot
imagine them being that nimble. That is impossible to imagine.
of the other big talking points was the price of the consoles. We now
there will that the XBox One is $100 cheaper -- $100 to do.
Nintendo traditionally sells a chipper device. Are any of these
consuls too highly priced? For new console lunches, they are all
within normal prices. They got down in time. They are already
subsidised. Microsoft and Sony are paying more to build it. You get in
a subsidised box. With Sony, the PlayStation 4 comes with the
PlayStation 4. In XBox One, it comes to the Kinect. 1 Wii U, it is
a current generation console. Sony does not have any of these
peripheral. You get the controller and the box and that is it. That
means they can ride this line of $400. Do you think the Wii U really
is dead in the water? There is a rule about Nintendo, never count
them out. They also have the Virtual Boy. Maybe you can count
that out. We talk about these big manufacturers, Soni, Microsoft and
Nintendo, but there are other platforms coming out based on
Android. Should we be thinking about the wider range? That is
where Microsoft is looking. It is about things like apple TV and the
stripping boxes hooked up to your television. -- Apple TB. --
streaming. What will be do with television? Will it be a gaming
console? We are seeing a lot of Android-powered consul devices. It
remains to be seen if they will have any consumer power. They need
games and the need killer apps. Once they get them, it is
attractive. You can get a lot of games you don't see other consoles.
They can be cheaper. At the moment, there is no problem with console
gaming. That you for your time and your thoughts. What have you seen
that has caught your interest? The big consols of the smaller players?
Get in touch. Next up, the other It follows leaks suggesting the US
government is looking on communications networks. Meanwhile
some of the biggest names are pressuring Washington to reveal
more about its request for users' information, with Google insisting
that security services have no back door to its surveyors was top
Facebook is to start making hashtags clickable.
It follows other services that allows users to add a hash tag in
front of words to make it easier for you to other users to find
similar comments. Results in Facebook will include those outside
a social circle. Finally, Samsung is about to start
selling a smartphone with a powerful ten times optical zoom
lens. The Galaxy S four can magnify whatever users set their sights on
without losing any of its 60 mega pixel resolution.
-- 16. Welcome back to the expo in Los
Angeles. As we mentioned earlier, E3 is not the only technology event
making headlines. By coincidence, Apple has scheduled its worldwide
development conference for exactly the same time. It is a few hundred
miles north in San Francisco. More details on Apple'sUp and look.
First up, a software overhaul. Design guru Jony Ive gave us a
sneak peak of iOS 7, the new operating system for Apple's mobile
devices. It sports a more transparent design complete with
eyebending parallax effects to give the illusion of depth when you tilt
your phone. As well as looking all layer-y, the revamp included some
Android-esque touches. Like a fresh way to multi-task with a swipe to
switch between apps and a swipe up Control Center for quick access to
settings. Siri, Apple's voice activated digital assistant...
what can I do for you? ..can now tell you what your friends have
been saying on Twitter, access Wikipedia and search through
Microsoft's Bing. Disruptive news came in the form of iTunes Radio.
This free app streams playlists inspired by genres or bands. You
can even make them yourself. It joins a raft of music services
released this year. Think Pandora or Spotify with a Quickfire route
to purchasing tracks in iTunes. And in a triumphant "it's not a bug,
it's a feature" fanfare, apps finally update to the latest
version automatically. Also, the app store's become location-aware,
suggesting the popular apps that might be useful where you are.
While a test version of iOS 7 is now available for developers,
everyone else will get access this autumn. As well as mobile devices,
laptops and desktops got a software refresh with OS Ten Mavericks. For
those wondering, it's not a cat like the others, it's the name of a
beach. Updates include better task management to get more out of the
processor. Also there are now tabs in the finder window, making it
easier to cut and paste between folders and disks. Plus, files can
be tagged with keywords as well. Great for Getting Things Done
enthusiasts! Onto the hardware. The new MacBook Air packed in more
graphics capability and for once the outer design wasn't thinner or
lighter, it looks pretty much like the last model. Not so for the
revolutionary design of the new Mac Pro computer. It was revealed in an
ad reminiscent of the auto industry. Boasting ports galore on the back,
potentially 12 processing cores inside this machine, it's squarely
or should that be roundly aimed at the power user. Speed was the
buzzword, with talk of twice the processing power of the last model
and solid state storage instead of those outdated spinning hard drives.
Its design is certainly bold, prompting comparisons to Darth
Vader and...a bin. Whilst the Pro enjoyed positive attention from the
web this week, initial reactions to the iPhone's makeover were mixed,
with some noting similarities with rival Android's OS.
Also this declaration that the company has not lost its edge.
Cannot innovate any more, my ass. It is clear that Apple is keeping
at least one eye on the competition. What you think of the new look?
Drop us a line. Meanwhile back at E3, a reminder from Disney that not
all video games are about guns, zombies and exploding vets. A
reminder that not all technology revolves around video games, as we
go to Webscape. Most people have trouble
remembering where they left important paperwork, especially if
they have put it away somewhere very safe. But what if you have a
fire or a flight? Policy buddy has been set up as a super safe storage
vault for you to digitally store records of insurance papers, so you
will never lose track of them again. The fact that you can access the
documents from any connected device makes it very convenient if an
emergency occurs. Which, is just when you are likely to need your
insurance policy details. Security wise, it seems as tight as any
other good cloud servers, and meets UK data protection standards. But
like many other aspects of life, there is never a total guarantee of
security. It can also remind you when a policy is up for renewal,
and there is a quick comparison tool for UK residents, although you
are not committed to using it, and the service is open to people all
over the world if you only want to store policies.
There are enough if it distracting apps out there to fill several
courts, but what if you are looking specifically to train for a
marathon, and had a windows phone said then? Marathon Runner should
be right up your street, or 26 miles of it. I love marathons, I
could watch them all day. Seriously, I would not want to be in your
shoes if you are about to run a marathon, or anywhere near your
shoes if you have run a marathon. The app is free and will help you
plan and take a running regime so you can say for increase endurance
and mileage as you get ready to take on the full marathon. Two
wheels and an engine, now that is more my idea of travelling long-
distance. If you are a social Byker living in or visiting the UK, you
may be interested to learn about Realrider, a social platform to
connect with other bikers so that you can meet up and explore the
countryside together, making a record of the best routes to share
with the wider community. Safety is a real issue for every biker, and
one of the great things about this site is that it acts as a
crowdsourced base of knowledge, when dangers are found on the roads,
such as diesel spills, potholes, all other unexpected hazards. The
information gets out on the road to the people who need it straight
away, so riders can avoid any reported hotspots. It also provides
speedy access to emergency services, including detailed location data if
you are out on the countryside. You can event at important medical
information for first responders, making this the ideal pillion
passenger. If you are driving all riding through Europe or the United
States, you can save money on parking with a parkatmyhouse.com.
They have just added a brand new app that lets users search and pay
for convenient parking in town centres, near airports, train
stations and stadiums, with over 250,000 registered spaces and
rising. Residents can sign up to earn cash through the sherry
economy, by adding their own space to the rentals.
That's it from Click at E3, but it has been the world's biggest video
We are in Los Angeles at the world's biggest gaming expo, we take a closer look at the big rivals Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Plus we bring you the big announcements from Apple's new tech event in San Francisco.