Penny Arcade on the PlayStation 4

Penny Arcade – Augurism:

The bump to eight gigs of ram was clearly a recent addition, and there’s a lot of gesticulation toward the more “wibbly-wobbly” and “timey-wimey” aspects of the backend.  By the end, though, they showed a machine that was exquisitely tuned to this particular nanosecond.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Wait, what?

Just kidding. Here’s what Tycho really thinks:

After absorbing the presentation, I feel confident in saying that the Wii U is the last of the traditional consoles, perhaps the last one ever.  Sony’s hour-long apology to publishers for the Playstation 3 (coupled with the leaked Durango specs) make this fairly clear.  Dedicated PCs with custom operating systems are the future, if not the present; it might be worth taking a moment to really let that soak in.

I agree completely. This is exactly why I don’t plan to buy another game console – with consoles becoming increasingly similar to PCs, I expect that we’ll see more major releases coming to PCs on day one. Also, screw spending another $400 bucks on a new console and $60 on games when already I have a badass XPS desktop ready to go and and a larger Steam backlog than I care to admit.

Next Xbox to use online DRM to block used games?

Report: Next Xbox will use persistent ’Net connection to block used games | Ars Technica:

A new report from insider sources suggests that Microsoft’s next video game console will require a persistent Internet connection to lock out second-hand games from being played on the system.

Edge is citing “sources with first-hand experience of Microsoft’s next generation console” saying that games for the system will be available via download or as Blu-ray discs with a capacity of up to 50GB. The disc-based games will reportedly all ship with an activation code tying the game to a single user account, making the disc essentially worthless on the second-hand market.

No more trading games in at GameStop or lending to your friends if this is true. That’s pretty stupid, but given the way DRM has been moving in recent years on the PC, not completely out of left-field. I’m fine either way, thanks to Valve’s Steam Summer/Holiday sales and a Dell XPS desktop that should last me a solid 4 years or so if I update the graphics card in a year or two and don’t mind running less than max-quality graphics.

(Via @ajyasgar)