Paramount is now offering digital versions of UltraViolet-based movies with the unveiling of a new service named Paramount Movies. The new service will allow users to stream physical or digital movies they have purchased by storing it on a digital locker in the cloud. The streaming will of be available for iOS devices with no support for other mobile operating systems as of yet. The current content catalog of movies from Paramount Movies includes 60 titles at $19.99 a pop for HD movies and $12.99 for Standard definition (SD) films.read more
Microsoft’s Brian Prince at GDC China talked a little bit about the future of the Xbox. He ventured into the possibilities of cloud gaming and said that services like Gaikai and Onlive are the distant future of online gaming and the services have certain limitations.
The drawbacks he was referring to is that the services are relying on big game or AAA titles “typically these platforms focus on AAA PC game titles,” he says. “If you’re not in that space, they don’t want to talk to you as much. Another problem is that your gamers need high speed internet access. That’s fine if you live in a city, but most of America doesn’t live in a city, for example.” Microsoft plans to use their Azure service to save game data and allow cross platform game resumes from the browser to console to PC.
Cloud gaming is the obvious evolution to cloud gaming, however bandwidth usage and cost will definitely be an issue. Microsoft will likely have to strike deals with internet service providers to get around current bandwidth limitations to get the service off the ground. I am excited to see this come to the Xbox.
Price does confirm that these services will exist in the future for the Xbox console. He even hints that he is working on it right now. What do you think? Would you play cloud games on a console?read more
Apple today has released their first Over The Air update to the public since the release of iOS 5. The update brings users to iOS 5.0.1. The update brings a few new features and a couple bug fixes to iOS 5.
The update includes the following changes:
- Fixes bugs affecting battery life
- Adds multitasking gestures to the original iPad
- Resolves bugs with documents in the Cloud
- Improves voice recognition for Australian user using dictation