Week in Tech: Tech Christmas comes early with PS4, Xbox One and Mac Pro

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Imagine if Christmas came not as soon as a year, however two times – and in the summer season, when the weather was much better. That’s how we feel every June when E3 and WWDC arrive, delivering double helpings of device goodness, and this year has been specifically fantastic.

It appear like Tim Cook kept his pledge to double down on secrecy, due to the fact that when Apple unveiled the brand-new Mac Pro – something that looks like Darth Vader’s small dustbin – everybody was genuinely surprised.

That hadn’t been the only shock, either. We’d the vibrant and suddenly bright new visual design of iOS 7, a brand-new, Haswell-based MacBook Air and a brand-new version of OS X with a brand-new calling system to boot. This one’s called OS X Mavericks, and it and future Mac OS Xes will be called after United States areas Apple likes. If you are asking yourself, Mavericks is evidently a terrific location to surf.

There’s good news for gamers too, with Apple opening up iOS 7 to standardised third-party game controllers.

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Our writer Gary Marshall suched as Phil Schiller’s ‘can’t innovate any more, my ass’ comment. Apple’s on a roll, Marshall says: ‘Keynotes can be quite laborious things [however] this one was primarily killer and really little filler.’

Craig Grannell concurs, arguing that iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 reveal a renewed Apple. The business not seems tentative, ‘careful of stepping out from under the shadow of its founder’. These updates ‘stand for a business refresh, not just a splash of new paint on some os.’

Three-player death match

Apple was not the only company looking into the future. This week Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo set out their really various visions of gaming’s next generation at E3.

Of the three gaming titans, Microsoft got the worst reception: while the Xbox One is clearly a magnificent bit of kit with some great-looking games, it’s likewise an expensive one with strings attached: it needs to phone house every 24 hours or you’ll be locked out of your games, and it appears like making use of pre-owned games will be limited too.

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That left the objective broad open for Sony and PS4, which hadn’t been slow to react: its console is more affordable, does not restrict previously owned games and doesn’t have to telephone house before you can play.

Now we have hung around with it we are hugely amazed, but we are likewise cynical about Sony’s supposed DRM-free policies: as Michael Rougeau and Alex Roth report, ‘it may be up to 3rd celebration publishers to set resale restrictions’ – so the preowned flexibility might only put on Sony’s own launches.

Collect the coins

As ever the hardcore gamers will suggest over specs and special titles, but Patrick Goss reckons the genuine decider will be money. Microsoft is ‘asking a substantial quantity of its devoted fanbase to hand over a lot even more than its rival,’ he says.

‘These systems aren’t simply after the players, they’re likewise after a big slice of those who’re wanting to relocate beyond their Wii, to take a step up from app games, and who want a house entertainment system as well as a games machine. And price IS significant to this audience.’

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Where does Nintendo fit into every one of this? It’s safe to say that Nintendo’s Wii U has not already been a roaring excellence, but as Michelle Fitzsimmons reports, Nintendo employer Reggie Fils-Aime reckons its gadgets ‘are still worth a gold coin’: exactly what issues is not really the hardware or the distribution technique, but ‘how you feel when you play a game’.

Damn right, states Hugh Langley: ‘The Wii U is not going up against the Xbox One and PS4. Which’s fine.’ ‘Nintendo has its own game to play,’ Langley describes. Who cares about hardly set apart ‘dismal shooters and photo-real racers’ and consoles that value chip rates over creativity?

‘If it’s between racing anti-gravity go karts while lobbing bananas at my buddies on Mario Kart 8 and drooling over realistic cars on Drive Club, then I understand which mushroom-jumping side I am on. Horse power be damned. And my point is that this still is true for lots of other people too.’