Now that Microsoft announced Xbox One console for this autumn we wanted to take a closer look at the changes of Xbox Live marketplace and possible changes to their currency system.Xbox One is the latest console that Microsoft is going to replace Xbox 360 with. Its advance in hardware is obvious and any true fan of Microsoft’s consoles will surely buy it. I think there is no reason why they would change it since its working really good. For those who are new to Xbox consoles and if you are considering to buy it now , let me explain what Xbox live is and what are these points
What is XBL ?
Xbox Live is a place where you can buy games and other virtual goods such as expansions for games that you already own , as well as other stuff like controllers and similar. They were the first to introduce the virtual currency called Xbox Live codes. They spit it into two types , one being gold membership which was used to access some premium services like watching movies. The other is Microsoft Points and these are mostly used to buy games online without using credit card. This was great since many teenagers do not have access to CC and they can also get these points by buying MS points codes at the local retail stores. This is also a perfect gift for any gamer.
So the main question here , do you think that Xbox One should continue to use Xbox live as usual , using these two types of codes to access premium sections and purchase virtual goods. I think that they have made it good and there should be only minor changes made it it. For example i think that gold members should have some discounts when buying games, that would make a everyone consider getting gold if they buy a lot of games.
I can’t buy MS points , is there a way to get them free?
Well , long story short , there is but you should only go after giveaways since using hacks is risky and i do not recommend it. There is however a giveaway version of Microsoft points generator at Giftcardsbay and it uses codes that are provided by sponsors. This means that all Xbox Live Codes that you get , may it be in daily draw by generator or monthly as part of the premium giveaway you get the codes that are legitimate and you do not have to worry about it being removed. If you searched a bit about this you will notice that there are many hack programs that claim to add xbox 360 codes but even if you manage to get one you will most likely have it removed.
Even better advice would be that you join premium giveaways of free microsoft points and you can do that here . The reason why i recommend this is because even though you have to wait for giveaway to finish you will get the most out of it.
Since the beginning of 2013 there was much advance in terms of emulator stability, performance and overall speed at which the games run when emulated on PC. Of course not all emulators are same in their ability to run games at maximum graphics and resolution. Development of each of these emu’s is different and requires people and programmers with different skills. Continue reading →
There is certainly a reason why it’s difficult to make Emu , and perhaps whether its easy to try to make those for PS3 as well as Xbox 360 it will likely be genuinely very difficult. I stumbled upon a few interesting ones but till its the whole version is made let me wait with overview.
Consoles have advanced very much in last generation, but they feel quite aged now compared to PC’s. I guess we all heard of the new console announcements , like PS4 and Xbox 720 and its very nice to see that consoles are still being developed. As far as emulators development, we know that when one console generation ends that emulators tend to be made really quickly after that. So , let’s talk more about what can we expect in 2013 , but first lets say a few words about emulators in general. Continue reading →
As a Playstation 3 user you may be or may not be familiar with PSN or PlayStation Network . If you are not , it is a virtual shop where you can purchase you games and other goodies for the PS3 console , PS Vita and other Sony consoles including the upcomming Playstation 4 that was just recently announced. IF you compare it with Xbox Live its quite similar and depending on which console you prefer you can get similar features from both services. PSN offers you to add money to your account in 2 ways . You can add it directly with Visa or other CC, or you can buy PSN Cards . But , there is another way , a free in fact where you can get Free psn codes as part of the giveaway.
You may be asking yourself , what is a giveaway ? Well , its a sponsored campaign where there is limited number of cards which are given away for most active members and we found a site where you can actually use psn code generator as a daily activity calculator, and that tool will also give you psn card if you are among the most active members for that day. You can see here how it looks like , a simple picture of the generator main window.
It is very easy to use , and the most important thing we can say about it is that you should always try to get fresh database when downloading it since its not very good to use old database , as the free psn codes that are loaded in it are updated each day. You can download playstation network card generator on the developer blog post at http://giftcardsbay.com . One of the best reasons we are recommending this is because they never claim that their psn code generator can give you card 100% , but if you gain some entries you will be more then happy with it since some members said they get these psn cards very often if they get these “entries”. You can get them by liking and sharing the post , its automatically calculated in the generator. This is a video showing how it works and its basically a tutorial:
One more thing that draws attention and many people miss it , its the Monthly premium giveaway or draw for the users that shared the most for that month , and its very popular to those who are using it for more then 1-2 months since it can give you two ways to get free psn cards .
Earlier in 2012 we thought that developing of many emulators such as the one for Nintendo 3DS are possible, but today we are witnessing that it is in fact possible and the only thing that is missing is to perfect this kind of software that will let your run 3DS games on PC and mac . In this post we are going to walk you through setting up your first game with 3DS emulator on PC and how you can optimize emulator according to your computer spec.
Emulators have been around for many years , and around mid 90′s computer hardware was good enough and it was possible to make a software that will be able to replicate the console games on desktop computer. These first programs were somewhat not finished and often lead to glitches and other problems when running the game. Making of this kind of software meant that developers needed to be reverse engineered. Since Nintendo Entertainment System or NES was one of the first consoles that were made it was the one that was studied the most and later when SNES was released it was such a breakthrough when the emulator for that console was made. The other commonly studied console was Gameboy and there are many emulator software that are used today for this particular platform. Later many other Emu emerged and it was widely used , one of the best examples is the translation of Final Fantasy games .
Fifth generation of emulators such as the ones for Sony Playstation and Nintendo 64 meant that this is going to be one of the fan favorite projects, and after the Sixth generation for Game boy Advance meant very good progress in emulator development. So far the best emulator is one for the Playstation 2 called pcsx2 . As far as new consoles such as Nintendo DS and 3DS are concerned there are some good software already under development. While you can find mostly finished emulators for DS console you will have to look a bit more around when it comes to 3DS since its quite new platform and not enough time was invested into making a working emu. Today we are interested in one from http://hackingnation.org and they had their 3ds emulator updated few times this year and stating that its working for many games such as New super Mario brothers 2 as well as few other popular games. So lets review this new software and we will try to give you some tips to optimize it on your computer according to your hardware.
This is the main window of the 3DS emulator for PC after its 3rd update
When you download the emulator you will be presented with an automatic update check and it is advised that you update if its available since as the developers claim , they add many improvements with each version. The UI is good , could be better but for this early beta stage its OK. Running the actual games is done by loading appropriate 3DS roms into the emulator and it will then check for the plugins for graphics, controller and audio. These are separate so they can be configured for each hardware combination. If you are running it on Intel processor you will have to config the bios settings . With this new update of 3ds emulator ,the Games run at around 50 frames per second on Mid range configuration. The best tip we can give you is to update your graphic card drivers to the latest version and configure the plugin , resolution and other settings according to that card since its the most important component.
There are many things that can be improved but so far this is first working version that can be used for more then few games and with most of the PC components. Here is the video review as well and instructions how to run it.
Music streaming services have become very popular over the last few years and certainly once that are most popular are iTunes and Spotify , there are also Rdio , Pandora and Deezer. So in this post we are going to talk more about iTunes paid subscription and Spotify premium as well as a review of other streaming services.
The review :
Some of you may already know what iTunes is , its owned by Apple inc and they are one of the biggest music streaming services at the moment. iTunes allows you to listen to your favorite music, stream videos , buy and download songs to your PC or phone. They offer many features for paid members but you still have to pay for the songs. As far as Spotify they have become very popular over the last few years and are on the way to become the leader in the industry. They offer some of the best features of iTunes as well as some of their own , for example you do not have to pay for songs to download them to your computer , you just need Spotify premium subscription which can be obtained in 2 ways. You can buy it with your credit card directly or you can purchase the Spotify Premium Code and use it later or give it to your friends. This will allow you to upgrade to special premium account where you will unlock many great features such as HQ streaming and increased music quality and listening to songs offline. Lets see what the other 3 services have to offer.
Rdio is a service thats free of ads and generally used by people from US , France and Germany. It is also available on many platforms including Blackberry and Android. It can play music online and save it to listen later when you are offline, which is good but it lacks the quality of Spotify and iTunes bitrate. Pandora on the other hand offers much better quality service and it is also automated custodian of music meaning it will suggest songs based on your previous songs. Users can provide feedback on songs making a good social platform and interesting to use. As far as Deezer it is mostly used in France and has over 1.5 million users overall, a good service but it lacks the features that the two premium services like iTunes and Spotify have.
So in essence in comes down to 2 of the best music streaming services, and its Spotify and iTunes. If we would have to take a guess which one of the two will be more popular in 2013 we would place our vote for Spotify because from when it was released it has grown to a large community very fast and faster then iTunes. Also there are many ways on how to get free Spotify premium code and upgrade your account , while iTunes doesnt have that much options .
Getting the free Spotify Premium code
There have been number of methods through out the period where many of the them worked and some of them did not . One of the good ones that we noticed is on www.Ezhacks.net and what they came up is something they called spotify premium code generator ,and its announced that it will be updated soon. Anyway, the software generates the code and allows the users to download it once per day. The whole idea is very simple and anyone can do it. With the Spotify account upgraded to premium it will most likely become your favorite streaming service. Complete Tutorial can be found at this vimeo video :
There are hundreds of ways to pay on the internet and it has become a increasing trend for the new services to appear and offer you some new ways to pay for stuff without using credit card or giving away information . Paysafecard is one of them and we are in luck because we found a way to get this great cards for free , but we will explain it later in the post and give you a nice tutorial as well. But lets talk more about what paysafe is and what is it used for.
Paysafecard is one of the best ways to pay for your online shopping and it has started as europe based service and has spread to all over the world and now you can buy these prepaid cards in many countries all over the world. It is basically purchased as eVoucher and you can use that 16 digit code you get to pay for your games, software and other physical or digital goods online. These paysafe card prepaid codes are sold generally at retail shops , gas stations, kiosks and similar vendors like Pay Point in UK. When you find what you want to buy you can use the psc PIN and purchase the item and the value will be deducted from your card and you can use it later if you still have credits on it, and that feature is by far one of the best i saw. Some would say that psc is similar as Ukash, and in some ways it is , but i prefer paysafe since it is available in many more stores. There are some ways where you can get the paysafe prepaid codes easily and we will try to explain it in this tutorial.
While trying to find the best way to get these free PSC card codes we found this site called Ezhacks.net that has a peace of software called paysafe card generator and it offers something new . There are some other software that we found but none of them worked quite well , and this generator is not perfect but it works at least. So lets explain a bit how it works and what we got from it after testing it.
paysafecard code generator as it seams was available for use last couple months and in that time it had some major updates and changes . For example it is now updated to version 2 with new skins and UI but most importantly it has improved success rate of activation and now as stated by one of the developers has 87% success when it comes to activating paysafecard codes. there are some rare cases where it can fail due to bugs in database but that is not so important as its success rate is huge. After testing it for couple days we were able to get 2 paysafecard codes , and it was 20 and 50e ones. Its also worth mentioning that it has a great server which was updated with the latest version and provides great security features to all users. Some say that certain countries cant use it quite well like USA but our editor tested it in Europe when the paysafecard generator v2 came out and it worked out great. Making sure that your database is updated is one of the most important things you have to know , and downloading it is now even easier then before. When you generate it you will be transferred to secured server for download and then you can check the db if the psc codes are available and request activation which takes about 24 hours in our experience.
As someone who’s been a very happy Xbox 360 owner for the past six years, I waseagerly anticipating buying an Xbox One this coming holiday season as a sort of Christmas present to myself. The console’s specs look killer, its new TV set-top box features look like nice additions and its ability to make Skype calls through my television is a great touch. But then I read about Microsoft’s policies on both used games and Internet connectivity on Friday and I’ve concluded that, barring a significant change, I will not be buying an Xbox One. Continue reading →
Microsoft has revealed its new Xbox, the successor to the Xbox 360. It’s a next-generation console, with plenty of power under the hood, but it’s also clearly about consolidating your digital entertainment and operate as much more of a lifestyle device.
“Where all of your entertainment comes alive in one place,” is how Microsoft’s Don Mattrick put it on stage during his introduction. The entire event was prefaced with a description of the various types of non-game media that’s becoming popular with online streaming set-top boxes and mobile devices. “To continue to lead, we must provide compelling answers to new questions,” Mattrick said. Continue reading →
If you were hoping to be able to play your Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One, you are out of luck. The Verge has just learned that Microsoft has no plans to offer backwards compatibility with the Xbox One. Microsoft Xbox Live VP Marc Whitten confirmed that the new Xbox One console will have no backwards compatibility whatsoever.
“No, there’s not,” said Whitten, when we asked the question. “The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn’t really work from that perspective.” Continue reading →
Following up our Dota 2 performance analysis, we benchmark the most-played PC game in the world, League Of Legends, and find out just how much graphics and CPU performance it requires for high-resolution, high-detail play, even across three screens.Continue reading →
The Nexus 10 bests the iPad’s screen resolution, but does it offer anything more?
The development of new chips that deliver zippier performance, smoother gaming, faster Web surfing, and longer-lasting battery life will soon make their way into new Android tablets. While chips themselves and the high-end tablets that will house them, have yet to be released, we have it on good authority that they’ll deliver on their promise. Continue reading →
The open world genre has given us some fantastic games, titles which present stirring emotional tales with a freedom to explore and extend the longevity of said game, well after the end credits have rolled. Continue reading →