Next-generation consoles already have to deal with the disappointment of backward incompatibility when it comes to games, so how do the accessories and peripherals hold up? The answer is mostly a mixed bag.
Want to have a better idea about the accessories you already have? What about audio specifications? Be sure to watch as Jeff and Peter slice through the misinformation about legacy devices and give some sound advice on what gamers should do with their old headsets and accessories, and whether or not it's wise to hold off on purchasing new ones for use with Xbox One and … Read more
Next-gen means more than just flashier graphics and better performance. It also means new and innovative features that fall in line with what's popular in gaming culture. Right now, there's nothing bigger than videogame spectating.
What started as a DIY phenomenon is now a worldwide spectacle, where millions of viewers spend time broadcasting, watching, and commenting on live and recorded video game action. To catch up with that trend, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 both have game DVR functionality built right into their framework, making it easier for gamers to participate.
In this latest episode of … Read more
In what can only be described as a match made in Internet heaven, CNET and GameSpot have finally teamed up to bring you a brand new series called "Ask the Experts."
Well versed and highly regarded experts Jeff Bakalar (CNET) and Peter Brown (GameSpot) have put together seven episodes designed to carefully navigate viewers through the treacherous waters of next-gen gaming. Using reader-submitted questions from each site's audience, Jeff and Peter break down the sometimes confusing details about each console and give their professional advice on the future of video games.
In our first episode our experts … Read more
Awaiting you in this episode:
Game consoles almost need to shed the word 'game.' They are still masterful at gaming, but so much more is coming in terms of broadcast TV, online video, and communication that they are moving to the center of the living room. We'll take a look at how consoles win over incumbent technologies that already do all that and cost much less.
Plasma televisions are our favorite. Too bad they appear to be dying. The market has swung hard to LED LCD and it's still too early for OLED to make a dent. We'… Read more
The old saying about the baseball season is that it's a marathon, not a sprint. So too is the footrace between the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.
Certainly both contestants are off to a fast start. Microsoft announced Wednesday that the Xbox One has sold 2 million units since its November 22 launch, doing so at a higher price point of $499.99 and only three days longer post-launch than it took Sony's PS4 to pass that same milestone. While that number is impressive and far surpasses sales of the Xbox 360 at this stage of the … Read more
Sometimes, social media is there to make you watch videos you would normally ignore. Enough of my friends posted a video titled "Captain Picard sings 'Let it Snow!'" that I finally broke down and became a viewer. It was worth it.
Video editor and aspiring video-game designer James Covenant painstakingly cut the short video together from snippets of dialogue from "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Picard recites his way through the familiar lines of "Let it Snow."… Read more
AT&T is finally providing its no-contract customers with a break on its plans.
The company said Thursday that it is tweaking its mobile share plans, changing around various parts to give customers a break. The savings apply to customers who pay full price for their phone, bring a compatible phone to the network, or participate in its monthly installment plan, AT&T Next. Customers can sign up for the new plans on Sunday.
By reducing its prices, AT&T is finally addressing the biggest knock on its prior no-contract plans: the lack of a discount that … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Your traditional Black Friday Walmart gadget brawl footage.
- Shoppers whip out mobile gadgets to tackle Black Friday madness.
- The dirty secret behind Black Friday discounts.
- 92 percent of 2013 Black Friday ads contain the exact same items at the same price as 2012.
- Amazon drones: Bold experiment or shrewd publicity stunt?
- Amazon "drones" stir up privacy concerns among lawmakers.
Friend of the show Harold Goldberg drops by the studio today to talk to Jeff about his amazing profile of Sam Houser, the notoriously reclusive head of Rockstar Games and the man behind Grand Theft Auto V.
- Criminal Mind -- The Harold Goldberg interview with Sam Houser.