Welcome to Episode 6 of Parents Press Play. This week Kaleb, Dan, and Michael are talking Games we are Playing, Things we are Watching, Tech we are Playing With, The latest News, and our What the Heck!?!? segment.
This week is also Dan’s last show for a bit. He and his family are headed to Ireland and we don’t expect to see him return for at least 4 to 5 episodes.
In Games, Kaleb talks about Star Wars pinball and how it makes video pinball fun in a world without real pinball tables.
Dan talks about the Card Hunter Beta and explains to us what makes it so unique. You can sign up for the beta here.
In Tech, we learn, from Michael, more about the upcoming iOS 7 that he and Kaleb cannot admit they are using.
Kaleb talks about the Zagg Sparq and BodyGuardz PowerBank and how these devices saved his life at E3 2013 last week.
Michael rounds out our Tech section by discussing the Kenu Airframe.
In Watching, we discuss the Lego Movie, coming in 2014
In Gaming News, we discuss Rayman Legends Delay because of the poor sales of the Wii U. Is this the end of Third Party exclusives for Nintendo this generation?
In our last Gaming News story, Don Mattrick, Head of Xbox, made this statement yesterday. You can read CVGames humorous take on it here. “Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.
For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.
Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.
You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.
So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:
An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.
In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions.
These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.
We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.
Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year.”
In this week’s What the Heck!?!? Sony explains how they designed the PlayStation 4 to not make you feel shame or embarrass your family and friends when they come over to your house. Also, black is still the new black. Remember to follow Parents Press Play on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to the Podcast via our RSS feed or iTunes.
Until next time, Keep Pressing Play!