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Next Gen Xbox Rumors

Most Xbox fans are already looking forward to see what Microsoft has in store for the Xbox 360's replacement. So far some of the rumors we've been hearing haven't been the greatest, mainly since it is being reported that you won't be able to play used games (or loan your friends you games) as they will only be allowed to be registered once on one system. That rumor is still out there and now it is being rumored that you will need an internet connection if you want to use your system which as expected isn't getting gamers very excited. Kotaku has more details on these rumors.

 

A new Edge report suggests that Microsoft's next Xbox gaming console, code-named Durango, will require an Internet connection to use. It also won't be able to play used games, Edge says.

We have not been able to confirm the veracity of this new report, which claims that Durango discs will ship with one-time-use activation codes that render them irrelevant to anyone but the person who first uses them.

OCZ @ CES 2014

We had the chance to stop by and catch up with OCZ here at CES 2014. As you might already know, OCZ had a rough 2013 and is currently in the process of being acquired by Toshiba. OCZ Vertex and Vector drives traditionally have been using Micron flash memory inside them, however, that will be changing soon as OCZ will be begin using Toshiba flash memory in their new Vertex 460 SSD and they are saying that this move could really help improve performance which has everyone at OCZ excited. At this point we don't have any numbers but when the lineup and new models are finalized the performance numbers will be released. Stay tuned to BCCHardware as we will taking a look at these new drives down the road and we will see just how much performance they were able to gain.



OCZ Vertex and Vector SSD Lineup

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

 

Alienware 'Alpha' Is a Half-Step Toward Steam Machines

Alienware is one of the companies that have jumped on board and promised Valve a Steam Machine. This has been a really slow process as Valve has tried something new with the controller and it hasn't worked out as good as they'd hoped. They've been back to the drawing board a few times and now with their new little "Alpha" system, they are half-a-step closer. Valve has done pretty much everything wrong with this launch and here's another example. We don't need "half". We need all.

Not long after, at CES 2014, Valve revealed a full line of Steam Machines from 14 different companies. Chief among them was Alienware, Dell's gaming PC arm, which showed a teensy $550 box called the "Alpha." Alienware was a standout not just due to name recognition, but because the company proposed a launch window for its "game console". The Alpha won't ship with any of the promises of the Steam Machines initiative: no Steam OS and no Steam Controller. Valve's delayed both, but Alienware's pushing on nonetheless with a fall launch.

Source: Engadget

WTU Episode #277 - Steve Ballmer Leaves Microsoft for Good

We have just posted up Episode #277 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Sony and Microsoft users get denied service, Steve Ballmer throws in the towel at Microsoft and early earthquake warning systems still have a long way to go. We have those stories and more and the links below!

 

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MSN Messenger Shutting Down Last Zones

Microsoft is finally shutting down Microsoft Messenger in mainland China as they have now completely fazed out their messenging app in favor of Skype. China was one of the last countries to hold onto it, but even that is going away. MSN was the first messenging app that I used and later I moved to ICQ/Trillian for a while. Either way, I'm a bit sad to see it go as this is some internet nostalgia that won't be returning.

Many Chinese users of Windows Live Messenger, more commonly referred to as MSN in short in China, have received an email which says the service will close down on October 31st (two months away) in mainland China. To encourage Chinese users to migrate to Skype, the online calling service Microsoft acquired in 2011, each of them will get 2 dollar worth of a coupon for Skype calls.

Source: TechNode

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