Gaming.

Ben Logan
7 January 2014

Following many gripes about the usability glitches present at the release of the much anticipated Xbox One, Microsoft has now announced that they will be adapting and refining the device’s UI over time by listening to user feedback. Director of Programming at Microsoft, Larry Hyrb, commented: “When we look back and look at what we’ve done, we want to continue to adapt the system to what gamers want. The team that works on Xbox are gamers themselves. We want to build the system that we use and that we know gamers would enjoy using. We’re going to continue to refine…

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Ben Logan
20 November 2013

PlayStation 4 hasn’t even been out for a week and already the 1.51 system update has been released, demonstrating that the company’s usability testing team are hard at work. While the new update is not nearly as expansive as the 1.50 ‘day one’ update that made many PS4 features available to gamers, it contains important usability features such as improved software stability and a refined user interface that clearly indicates when a person downloads a game and a game patch at the same time. North American PS4s have automatic downloads of system updates enabled by default when the PS4 is…

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Ben Logan
5 November 2013

Fresh details are filtering through about the much anticipated PlayStation 4 user interface, as well as about certain limitations it will present. Due for release on 29 November in Europe, the next-generation console’s UI (version 1.5) has three divided levels – the top section contains functionality for Friends, Profile and Settings; the middle section features icons of various games and the last layer contains the Library and Store. Overall, the user interface is said to be “light but fast” – players can leave and enter a game in an “instant”, while jumping between various areas is easily done through simple…

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Ben Logan
29 October 2013

The launch of Microsoft’s Xbox One is creeping towards us, and as the November 22 release date draws ever closer a new video has been released to showcase the next generation console’s updated user interface. First to be seen is the Home screen on display when users boot up their console – it features a Metro style interface (as has been known for some time) and various apps such as Netflix, Internet Explorer, Xbox Music, Skype and a Friends list. Although it is not made clear whether the user interface video is running in real time, a narrative voice is…

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Ben Logan
1 August 2013

Portable gaming might not seem to be the best venture to currently embark upon, with Nintendo’s 3DS having more or less sown up the market for core gamers and thereby leaving the more powerful Sony Vita behind. Into this market though, Nvidia have seen fit to launch their new ‘Shield’ – a high quality handheld gaming device whose performance is being described by reviewers as “incredible”. Nvidia’s first end-user release resembles a 5 inch Android tablet protruding from a console style gaming controller. As such it can run all of the expected Android apps, but also serves as a powerful…

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Ben Logan
25 July 2013

Whilst Microsoft are back peddling as best as possible from the disastrous launch of their new console, rival Sony have just released a few images of their new PS4’s user interface. Although you couldn’t call it revolutionary, the user profiles, PlayStation Store, Video Sharing and Inbox Messaging shots are certainly reminiscent of the PS3, PSP and Vita user interfaces. In addition, elements of Metro style tiling are to be seen when it comes to the social feed functions. More details have also been released on the console itself, with the FCC revealing that during their extensive usability testing, the PS4…

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