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  • TheFrozenOne - January 27, 2014 4:29 a.m.

    I remember that there was an alleged rumour that Micorosoft was creating a handheld device. There was even a picture. It was about the size of the very first iPod, it had only 2 buttons on it as well as a D-Pad and the game that was being shown was Street Fighter (one of the old pixelated games). Whether Microsoft will enter the handheld market is unknown; they would struggle to compete with the 3DS most certainly though I do think that if they played their cards right that they could benefit from creating a portable gaming device.
  • Eightboll812 - January 24, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    I don't know if any of these are bold. MS not announcing a handheld--when they've never had a handheld gaming product--isn't bold at all. The Skyrim mod thing...maybe the only bold prediction of the bunch. It won't happen for a few reasons. First if you allow open modding, that doesn't jive with the slide about locking down USB. The fact is, allowing user access to any part of the system can be used to step-wise hack to more privileged areas and in the end lead to jailbreaking it entirely. So open modding just won't happen. What about the alternative then, where Bethsoft releases a closed set of mods that you can just enable/disable. Well I don't see that happening because many of the best mods are from the community. I highly doubt Bethsoft will pay those people to distribute their mods, or officially support them. Just not seeing that happen.
  • APerfidiousDane - January 23, 2014 1:53 p.m.

    I never see Microsoft allowing mods in their console games. I hope and pray that it happens because an XBO version of Skyrim that allowed mods would be truly amazing...but it'll never happen. Predictions shouldn't be based on our wants and desires...it only ends up hurting us in the long run. :'(
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  • brickman409 - January 22, 2014 9:27 p.m.

    Microsoft will buy Retro studios and have them make a ripoff of Nintendo Land for Xbox SmartGlass.
  • shawksta - January 22, 2014 10:57 p.m.

    Its things like this that can happen that makes me wonder why Nintendo doesnt just flat out buy Retro like they did Next level Games. On the other hand, Retro being second party, they tend to associate with other developers like "Bros" that tend to have some people switch around just to see what happens, or atleast thats what i think happens behind the scenes.
  • Pruman - January 23, 2014 10:34 a.m.

    Nintendo bought Retro for $1 million back during the N64 era. http://www.dromble.com/2014/01/07/dolphin-tale-story-of-gamecube/ Scroll about halfway down.
  • GOD - January 22, 2014 9:26 p.m.

    "Internet Explorer will become free to all users" ...I laughed pretty hard at this. I mean, it's sad that you only have one way to browse the internet on an Xbox One, and it's the worst browser, and it's not even free. It's one thing to restrict online games, but people are already paying their internet provider, so MS expects payment to use their browser to access that internet? You buy a $500 console, but can't get a complimentary crappy internet browser.
  • Eightboll812 - January 24, 2014 8:52 p.m.

    I know, right? It really is absurd. It's one of several things that has made me grow to detest MS in the last year. First Windows 8... I can't tell you how much I hate that interface on a regular PC, and I've tried to get used to it. Now they trot it out on the console too. Going back in time a bit, I stuck with IE for a looong time, but eventually switched to Firefox and any time I ever have to use IE, I'm reminded what a Mickey Mouse browser it is. That in itself is absurd. MS with more money than God (um, and more money than you too, lol), and they can't make a browser worth a crap compared to just about anything else. And then the absurdity of the paywall. If they want to put everything they have behind the paywall, fine. But really, I have to pay MS to use an app developed by Netflix, to watch a subscription service I'm already paying for over a physical connection I already pay for? C'mon, basically it's just a surcharge for using my own Internet connection, and that pisses me off.
  • Ensoul - January 22, 2014 5:09 p.m.

    Prediction: Once they have the numbers they'll start sneaking in the things they couldn't "just throw a switch to turn off" back on. It'll be in the form of an update which of course you can refuse; but if you do you can't connect to Live. In terms of giving away gold with purchase, maybe 3 months worth. Explorer will probably stay behind the gold wall too.
  • shawksta - January 22, 2014 12:43 p.m.

    Not bad, i can definitely see Microsoft try to outdo Sony but Sony will still have the upperhand
  • garnsr - January 22, 2014 8:29 a.m.

    Several of these seem unlikely because if Microsoft had the desire to do things the reasonable way they wouldn't have gone into this generation doing it the dumb way, like keeping so much locked away in Gold memberships. They've had a chance to give away good games on 360, but they've gone for very old games so far. I'm currently playing my free Bioshock Infinite off of PS Plus, and will play Brothers and DMC after that, all games that featured in recent best of 2013 lists. Microsoft doesn't seem likely to match that, based on how they've run their system so far, and it looks like they were happy enough to carry over their lackluster sytem at the beginning of this gen, missing the best chance to change.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - January 22, 2014 6:18 a.m.

    Microsoft loves them some timed exclusives. Pretty good predictions, Microsoft could go for gold and push the prospect of games for gold if they really want to. Was expecting something maybe around Lionhead, however they did say that are working on a non fable game. Whatever the heck happened to that Multiplayer based game of theirs? Meh, I don't care anyway, I'm not into those.
  • Cyberninja - January 22, 2014 5:05 a.m.

    But what about Halo 5, We need a benchmark to judge games against for next gen since Reach will only do for so long
  • Talvari - January 22, 2014 5 a.m.

    Modding coming to consoles, even if it's in the form of DLC, would be an awesome step forward! Liking that prediction and while i'm not sure how likely that particular prediction is to come true...I sure hope it does :D I think it would be smart to drop kinect as a forced package and sell XBO without it maybe for cheaper than PS4, but MS are to proud of kinect i guess to drop it. Also I didn't know you had to be gold to use an internet browser...that's just the dumbest thing :|
  • hester2 - January 22, 2014 5:54 a.m.

    The console mods thing has actually been done once before with Unreal Tournament 3 on PS3.
  • BladedFalcon - January 22, 2014 7:35 a.m.

    Yes, and people clearly cared, as that game is talked about all the time :P Half-joking. Obviously, it's cool that game did it, but when you can only point to one, or just a handful of games at most of doing this, you can't really say that it has become a "thing".

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