According to Nic Healey of CNET, Quickflix is coming to the PS4 next week.
I cancelled my Quickflix account back when the service was DVDs-via-the-Post, but it might be worth another look. $14.99 a month for the streaming service is pretty decent. Their library is looking quite healthy these days, with a bunch of HBO programs, and the odd movie worth watching.
Microsoft on their Scroogled site:
At Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, it’s all about separating the real deal from the imitation—and the Google Chromebook sticks out like a sore thumb.
Rick and his crew are leery of the Chromebook—and you should be, too. See for yourself in this video.
Here’s something that caught my eye on the Scroogled site; they have an ‘expert’ section with quotes from a variety of authors on Chromebooks. They quote
film director tech writer Kevin Smith:
It’s not a laptop. It’s not a tablet. It’s a shell that houses a Web browser. That’s it.
…but, if you go on to read the entire article, Kevin concludes:
Overall, the Chromebook still feels like it doesn’t have a place in the world. If you’re looking for an ultra-portable device to simply browse the web and enjoy media, you’re probably better off getting an iPad or similar tablet.
So I looked back through all the other quotes too.
Julie Borts (Business Insider) & Jeffrey Van Camp (Digital Trends) concluded they were going back to their Macs. Jill Duffy (PC Mag) made no alternative recommendation. Larry Seltzer (ZDnet) was overall positive on Windows vs. Chromebook devices, but said:
Windows 8 hybrids would be a slam-dunk if only Microsoft could get people more enthusiastic about Windows 8. Will Windows 8.1 turn the corner? I wouldn’t bet on it, but perhaps. There’s no question in my mind that Microsoft can get consumers to buy a lot of these devices just by flooding stores with them and promoting them properly.
Not exactly a ringing endorsement of Windows.
From the videos, to the cherry-picked quotes, to the merch: this whole Scroogled campaign just feels incredibly desperate to me.
Today, we’re announcing the very first wave of some of the world’s biggest names in entertainment rolling out on Xbox One in the 13 launch markets between Nov. 22 at launch and spring 2014:
- MUZU TV
- Network Ten’s tenplay
- SBS On Demand
Notably absent from the list are ABC iView and YouTube, both available on the Xbox 360.
Sam Byford for The Verge:
Sony has just announced PlayStation Vita TV, a 6 x 10 cm console and set-top box that connects to a TV. It’s based on PS Vita hardware, and besides playing Vita, PSP, and PS1 games, also offers access to a range of entertainment services and PlayStation 4 cross-functionality.
There are two compelling things about this for me. Firstly, the ability to shoot a PS4 off to another TV is really cool, and solves a very common problem. Secondly, the price at US$95.
In fact, this is probably the first compelling hardware feature that truly separates the PS4 and Xbox One for me. Aside from some cool demos, I just haven’t been shown a reason to care about the Kinect at all.