Final issues of PSM3 and Xbox World out today


The final issues of PSM3 and Xbox World go on sale today.

As part of its final issue, the PSM3 team polled its readers and debated the ’50 greatest PS moments ever’.

The final issue also includes a list of the 25 greatest PlayStation games ever, voted for by the PSM3 team, a ten page PSM3 celebration feature, and lists including the mag’s Top 10 features ever, Worst 5 games ever and where departed staff members are now.

PSM3 editor Dan Dawkins has written a feature talking about the ‘making of’ PSM3, office secrets, the highs and lows, how things have changed and how the future looks.

Finally, included is a poster with all 161 PSM3 covers.

Meanwhile Xbox World rounds up the biggest, loudest, saddest, funniest, most shocking moments in Xbox history and gives GTA5, arguably the biggest Xbox game of 2013, one final, epic preview.

The team looks back at the history of Xbox World, highlighting everything from the best covers to the worst puns, and ex-editor Tim Weaver also reflects on his years in charge of Xbox World, revealing touching truths, and his special relationship with Master Chief.

Xbox World was launched by Computec Media in 2003, before being purchased by Future later the same year alongside sister mag PlayStation World (PSW).

PSM3 was launched by Future in 2000 as PSM2 and has published over 160 issues.

Buy the final issue of Xbox World online or on Apple Newsstand here (UK) or here (US).

Buy the final issue of PSM3 onlineor on iOS here (UK) or here (US).

PS4 release date ‘spring/autumn 2014, codenamed Thebes’


PlayStation 4 is likely to be released in the spring or autumn of 2014.

That’s according to tech site SemiAccurate, which also claims to have heard from Japanese speaking sources that Sony’s next-gen console project is codenamed Thebes, rather than the previously rumoured Orbis.

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“Other than it being an AMD CPU and GPU, we don’t have much more specific details,” the site says.

“It is said to be a 28nm part, likely fabbed at Global Foundries or IBM for the first run, and out after Oban. That would most likely be the spring of 2014, but it could be fall of that year too.”

Oban is supposedly the name of the developer test system chip being used for Xbox 720, or whatever Microsoft’s next-gen console is called. SemiAccurate reports that the console’s internal codename is Kryptos, and not Durango, as widely rumoured.

The site says Oban is still scheduled for mass production wafers before the end of 2012 in preparation for the console’s planned September 2013 launch, but that previously reportedproblems like “painfully low” yields (a measure of functioning devices) could delay that timeline.

Xbox World has been at the cutting edge of Xbox 720 coverage for over 12 months and yesterday, ahead of the release of the mag’s final issue, we published its huge ‘Xbox 720: everything we know‘ feature which does its best to expose Microsoft’s next-gen console plans.

source: cvg

Xbox 720: XBW uses penultimate issue to ‘tell you everything we know’


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Xbox World has used its penultimate issue to publish an 8-page feature containing “everything we know” about Microsoft’s next-gen console plans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mag has good form when it comes to next-gen Xbox leaks, having revealed in January Microsoft’s plans for augmented reality, directional sound, and a four-player, finger-tracking Kinect, all of which were later confirmed in the now infamous leaked planning document in June.

Editor in chief Dan Dawkins told CVG: “Xbox World has been at the cutting edge of Durango coverage for over 12 months. Unless something really dramatic changes, everything we reveal in our penultimate issue will be revealed long before E3 in June.”

According to the mag’s final ‘exposé’, the next-gen Xbox – which it speculates is likely to be called simply “Xbox” – will introduce Kinect 2.0, use Blu-ray discs and feature directional audio, a TV output AND input, ‘innovative controller’ and – at a later stage of the console’s life – AR glasses.

Current codename ‘Durango’ dev kits boast a CPU with “four hardware cores, each divided into four logical cores” and an impressive 8GB of RAM, XBW reports.

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Xbox World has used the Microsoft leaks and industry sources to come up with a 3D mock-up of what it expects the next-gen Xbox to look like.

“We built ours with the same glossy face and patented VapourMG magnesium alloy Microsoft uses for its Surface tablet, and modelled the silver band after its new ‘Wedge’ touch keyboard and flexible Arc Touch mouse,” it writes. “The future will be black, sharp and curved.”

To read the full 8-page feature, buy the latest issue of Xbox World online or on Apple Newsstand here (UK) or here (US).

PSM3 features an equally large feature on PlayStation 4 and you can buy that on iOS here (UK) or here (US).

Xbox World and PSM3 magazines to close


UK media business Future has confirmed the closure of Xbox World and PSM3 magazines in the UK, as it continues its focus on digital growth
The final issues of the unofficial magazines will go on sale Wednesday, December 12, with an aim to redeploy affected staff across the business.
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Clair Porteous, Future’s Head of Entertainment, said in a statement: “After careful consideration, Future has made the decision to close Xbox World and PSM3 magazines with the final issues going on sale on December 12.

“This decision has been taken as Future continues to focus on its strategy on accelerating digital growth across its international digitally-focussed brand business.

“Future’s gaming portfolio saw over 14m unique users for October 2012 – up over 20% on October 2011. We intend and fully expect there to be no redundancies and will be looking to redeploy all staff within the business.

“Future continues to publish the highly successful Official Magazines for Xbox and PlayStation.”

Xbox World was launched by Computec Media in 2003, before being purchased by Future later the same year alongside sister mag PlayStation World (PSW).

PSM3 was launched by Future in 2000 as PSM2 and has published over 160 issues.

Full disclosure: CVG is owned by Future PLC