The Xbox One and PS4 Kick Off a New Arms Race: Entertainment
WITH both Microsoft and Sony ready to release their next generation consoles, price isn't going to be the only battlefield. While Sony's PlayStation 4 will be coming in nearly $100 cheaper than the Xbox One, consumers have more than price to think about when they drop their hard-earned cash on these consoles.
While vying for that all-important spot in the living room, Xbox is banking on its all-in-one capabilities as a media centre as one of its main selling points. The system will have an impressive group of video apps at the rollout. Unfortunately for Canadians, not all will be available north of the border come rollout time. Games, TV shows and movies sales will still be front and centre in the dashboard. Xbox Music is also a nice bonus on the One. It's Microsoft's attempt at getting into streaming music. The company announced over Twitter it would give Xbox Live Gold members free access. You can have cool second-screen information displayed on your Windows phone or tablet while you are listening to Xbox Music.
While the PS3 helped break Blu-Ray into homes, the new console from Sony doesn't have any of those major technological leaps. While games look beautiful and streaming movies look extra crisp, the PS4 doesn't seem to be geared as heavily towards entertainment -- although it has more apps available this time than in the past. Sony's Marketplace will still be enticing for those who want to buy and download movies and games online.
Both systems have their pros and cons (also don't under estimate brand loyalty) and are obviously juiced up for more than gaming, so it will be up to consumers to decide which machine makes more sense in their home.
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Download of the Week: Deepchild -- Live at the Cube (MEME 2013)
ALTHOUGH transplanted Aussie Deepchild was one of the headliners of the 2013 edition of local electronic music fest MEME, his closing set of opening night at the Cube was really special and was one of the most talked about performances of the weekend.
As part of an ongoing series being released by the festival, you can download Deepchild's trippy excursion into techno and acid via Soundcloud. The festival has also released Funk D' Void's performance from that weekend. Visit memetic.ca for either set or sign up to the festival's newsletter and get early access to other content from past events.
Video of the Week: Mad Decent Block Party
MUSIC festival culture in North America has exploded over the past couple years and Mad Decent's Block Party has grown from a humble, grassroots event in Philadelphia to a 13-gig North American tour that showcases some of the most cutting-edge electronic artists operating today. Past tour stops have featured Diplo, Skrillex, A Tribe Called Red, Major Lazer, Danny Brown, A-Trak and others. More than just a music festival, Mad Decent has been able to improve the concept, while retaining some of the qualities that make it more about the people and the music than most other events around these days.
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