Could Cross Network Gaming Between Xbox, PS4 & PC be a reality soon?

Gaming Between Xbox, PS4 & PC

If you haven’t heard already Microsoft announced a huge new feature this week which blew the whole of the gaming community’s mind, and that was the release of cross-network play. Firstly what is cross-network play? Well it’s something that been hinted for years and is essentially the ability for Xbox One, PS4 and PC gamers to play the same games together online, and the reason it blew our mind was it came completely out the blue. Going into more detail what the feature will do on Microsoft’s end is simply open up the Xbox Live network to accept matchmaking with players from other networks like PS4 or PC.

However as you might have guessed it there is a problem and that is it needs support from rival companies for it to work. Currently developers who build games for Xbox One and Windows 10 will be able to support the cross-network play feature without any issues. However for cross-network play to work Microsoft will require Sony and the PC gaming industry to get involved and participate in order for games to be played across Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Basically you could say what Microsoft have done is showed there hand, and put the ball of cross-network play in the hands of rival console makers and the PC industry in order to start the conversation and see where they stand, why? Simply everyone involved will have to cooperate for cross-network play to become a reality.

At this point you’re probably thinking Sony and the PC industry will most likely want no involvement in this at all, however you would be wrong as most of the parties involved have allowed for cross-network play on various games for some time now like Final Fantasy XIV. What’s more since this news from Microsoft was announced Sony have made a response and stated "PlayStation has been supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy 11 on PS2 and PC back in 2002.” What’s more and more importantly they state “We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play." To me the response from Sony shows there’s a definite interest in cross-network play and there willing to listen to developers who want it also, it’s just they didn’t state they would want to work with Microsoft.

Going back to what Microsoft are doing and their involvement in cross-network play the first title that will be supporting the new feature will be Rocket League, but were going to have to wait till E3 in June to find out about others that will follow suit. What’s more the only other thing were hearing from Microsoft on the feature is again there’s an open invitation for other networks to participate in cross network play as well, which to me hints others will lend their support to it in the future.

Finally if rival console makers and other developers do get involved and get behind Microsoft's support for cross-network play then it will change the shape of gaming industry completely, as simply gamers won’t be restricted on who they can play. More importantly from now on gamers won’t need to pick a console or a PC based on what their friends have, as cross-network play would enable gamers to play their friends regardless of whatever device they're using.

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Review: Lenovo Vibe X

Lenovo is a popular laptop and desktop company from China. The company has also ventured into the mobile market as the smartphone market in electronics today is a fast moving and lucrative market for any electronics company. They launched few successful smartphone models and have announced a really good and competitive smartphone for 2014. This recently released smartphone in India is a smartphone for the middle segment of the market. With this smartphone Lenovo intends to compete with global giants in the smartphone industry like LG, Sony and Samsung. The following is a review of the various features of the smartphone:

Review of Lenovo Vibe X Features:

Hardware and Display

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The design of the new Lenovo Vibe X is quite impressive and it looks like a quality smartphone, however it does not have a metal body like some of the previous Lenovo smartphones which can be a negative for this smartphone. The Vibe X has an impressive 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 16M colors. It has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and it is a multitouch smartphone with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The smartphone has Full HD resolution display screen. The smartphone is available in Black and Silver colors.

Processor and Operating System Details

The smartphone has a Quad-Core 1.5 GHz Cortex A7 Processor and a Mediatek MT6589T chipset. This is a powerful processor and is expected to deliver well in terms of performance of the smartphone. The Vibe X operates on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Operating System which is one of the latest versions of the operating systems.

Memory and Camera

The Vibe X has no extendable memory slot which is a huge negative in terms of memory capacity of the smartphone. However it is available in both 16 GB as well as 32 GB versions so the customers can choose according to their phone memory needs. A plus point is that the smartphone has 2 GB RAM which is an advantage in that price segment of smartphones. A major selling point of the smartphone is that it has a 13 MP primary camera with many features including LED Flash and video recording. The secondary camera is also 5 MP camera which is really impressive.

Battery and Sound

The Vibe X has a Li-Po Non-removable 2000 mAh battery. This feature could have been slightly better as many smartphones that are priced lower than the Vibe X have more powerful batteries. It has a standard sound system with standard features like 3.5 mm jack and loudspeaker.

Other Features & Price:

The other features are also quite impressive. The smartphone has a HTML5 browser and is available on 2G and 3G networks. The smartphone is available at the price of Rs. 25,999 which puts it in the middle segment of the smartphone market. Compared to some other smartphones in this segment the Vibe X is a little slow which is unfortunate.

Overall it is an impressive smartphone launch by Lenovo that will most probably help it gaining more ground in the smartphone market across the world.

Review: The Apple iPad Air

Apple Inc. is a major player in the worldwide smartphone and tablet market and they just released their new tablet called the Apple iPad Air in October – November of this year. This is an exciting new entrant in the 10 inches tablet segment of the market and with great features that are incorporated in the new iPad Air, it looks like one of the best new tablets out there in the market. This is the fifth generation tablet released by Apple Inc. There have been some major changes that have been adopted by Apple in this new fifth generation iPad Air. The following is the iPad Air review of all the features of this new tablet in the market.

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Hardware and Display

Apple has made some major changes in the design of the new iPad Air as compared to the previous models of the iPad. Firstly it is much thinner than the previous versions and the iPad has smaller screen bezels. The iPad Air weighs just over a pound and the design looks super sleek. The display screen is an LED-Backlit IPS LCD screen. This multitouch capacitive screen has 16M colors and is a 9.7 inches screen size with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution. The display screen has a scratch resistant glass and an oleophobic coating. The tablet is available in two colors- space grey and silver.

Processor & Battery

When the customers buy the iPad Air they will get the latest Apple software and operating system. The iPad Air has the iOS 7 operating system with Apple A7 chipset. The CPU of the tablet is a 1.4 GHz dual-core. The tablet comes with all the latest processor details that are developed by Apple. The tablet has a fantastic battery life so with heavy use it will last the users for hours. The battery is a Non – Removable Li-Po 8,820 mAh battery.

Camera & Memory

The tablet comes with both primary camera and secondary camera as expected with tablets in this segment. The primary camera is a 5 MP camera with all the major features and the secondary camera is a basic 1.2 MP camera. The tablet has a good video recording option available on the camera. The iPad Air does not have any memory card slot which is a negative but it can be bought by the customers in various internal memory options. There are 4 options that the customers can go for- 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. So customers can choose accordingly. The iPad Air has a 1 GB RAM.

Features:

The Apple iPad Air is available for the 2G, 3G and 4G (LTE) networks. It has most of the Apple online services like App Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore, iCloud, iBookstore and the Game Center.

The iPad Air is available in a varied price range depending on the memory option that the customers choose to buy. It is available from around $500 to more than $900 depending on option chosen by the customers. Overall this is an iPad model that has been appreciated by the critics and has got a positive response from the buyers so far.