Recently, this giant PlayStation 4 FAQ went up, shedding some light on some of the console's capabilities. Of course, what people were looking out for were any disappointments, which included a lack of MP3 and audio CD playback and DLNA for streaming content from PCs to the PS4.

Penny Arcade Report reached out to Microsoft to see if the Xbox One could do what Son-don't.

Rejoice, the Xbox One plays audio CDs. It is also in the process of DLNA certification, meaning it can act as a media hub. As for MP3 playback, you can stream MP3 content using using any Play To supported devices such as a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 enabled PC or a Windows Phone.

Sony is still considering enabling DLNA support via s system update so users can stream media from their computer using the PS4, though, Sony's Shuhei Yoshida has indicated.

Yes, the Xbox One can play CDs and will support DLNA streaming [PAR]

OP: Is this really a thing people want? Do we not have enough devices that can play music?
The Video Games Live Kickstarter campaign from Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler's cousin Tommy Tallarico has closed at $285,081 from 5,679 backers, ahead of its $250,000 target.

The crowdfunding effort was launched to support the recording and distribution of the album Video Games Live: Level 3, which will feature musical arrangements and exclusive recordings from Shadow of the Colossus, Journey, Dota 2, Silent Hill, World of Warcraft, Assassin's Creed, and more.

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't get a bit emotional yesterday when we finally achieved our goal. It's been such a honor for me over the past decade to help give video game music and the entire video game industry the artistic recognition it deserves," Tallarico said. "Many people told me it was going to be impossible to do a campaign of this magnitude. Many people said it couldn't be done and we weren't going to make it. But we all got together and made it happen!"

Video Games Live: Level 3 will be recorded in studio with a 72-piece orchestra backed by a 60-person choir and rock band. All recordings were written, arranged, and conducted by "famous" composers in collaboration with Mass Effect and Call of Duty composer Jack Wall.

The album is expected to be released on February 18, 2014.

Video Games Live is a touring concert series created by Tallarico and Wall. The shows are accompanied by various lighting and effects synced up with the music.
PlayStation 4 won't sell in Japan until February

Sony's next-generation video game machine PlayStation 4 won't go on sale in Japan until next year, meaning that it won't be on time for the key year-end holiday or New Year's shopping season.

Hiroshi Kawano, Sony Corp.'s chief of the game business in Japan and Asia, said Monday at a Tokyo event that the PlayStation 4 will go on sale Feb. 22, 2014, in Japan.

The console is going on sale Nov. 15 in the U.S. and Canada, and Nov. 29 in Europe.

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CBS News

Sony unveils PlayStation Vita TV

Sony on Monday unveiled [link goes to YT video] the new PlayStation Vita TV, which will serve as a multimedia streaming station that connects to the PlayStation 4. This allows gamers to play games on a TV remotely from the PS4 in another room using a DualShock 3 controller, according to what was announced at the press conference.

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Nintendo cuts price on New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Company lowers entry price for NSMB Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Wii Sports Resort to $30.

Nintendo today cut the price of three top-selling Wii games. Starting today, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Wii Sports Resort are available in North America for $30.

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Activision Hires Lobbyists in Response to Videogames Research Bill in US
The lobbying firm will talk to lawmakers about Sen. Rockefeller's Violent Content Research Act of 2013.

Activision Blizzard has hired Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C. to look at Sen. Jay Rockefeller's sponsored bill. The bill, S.134, "arranges for the National Academy of Sciences to study the impact of violent videogames and violent video programming on children." Introduced in January, the bill was sent to the House of Representatives and the Senate for consideration on July 30. The bill also states it will look at videogames and whether they in particular "have a unique impact on children."

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Even MORE Xbox Roundup

1:07 pm - 09/09/2013
Leaked video shows Xbox One dashboard

Reportedly leaked video shows beta interface for Xbox One console; users are able to minimize games and explore the console's dashboard at will.

(OP note: if video gets taken down, I've grabbed some screenies and will replace it.)

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Microsoft expands Xbox Music service to Web and devices

Microsoft is ready to take on Spotify in the music streaming arena.

Its Xbox Music site ( today begins free streaming of its 30 million-song library. Last October, Microsoft launched its Xbox Music service first on Windows 8 computers and tablets, then on the Xbox 360 and Windows phones.

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Microsoft Is So Sorry About How It's Treated Xbox One Fans So Far

When it comes to hyping next-generation hardware, the video game industry doesn't typically opt for simplicity. However, during a presentation at the GameStop Expo in Las Vegas to promote the upcoming Xbox One console last week, a no-frills, old-school approach is exactly what Microsoft employed when confronted with a convention room full of passionate gamers.

There were no flashy videos, sensational demonstrations or celebrity appearances. Instead, Xbox Live programming director Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb candidly took questions on stage from the crowd for 30 uninterrupted minutes, a refreshing reprieve considering the backlash Microsoft has continued to endure since unveiling the Xbox One in May.

"Look, at Xbox, we really care about the community," Hryb replied [lied tbqh] when asked point-blank how Microsoft would win back consumers. "We're very focused on what is right for gamers. Everybody at Xbox is a gamer. It's not like we just show up, do our work and go home. We want to make this the best game system that you are going to own for the next 10 years."

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OP NOTE: I know this is a lot of Xbox-related posting. I'm striving to keep the news I post varied, so I'm looking for PS, Nintendo or PC articles rn.

This is the complete score for Journey with Concept Art, Official Art, and Fanart for Journey with Text Commentary by Journey's Composer Austin Wintory.

Danimal Cannon - Roots
Root (2011)

made entirely with a DMG-01 Gameboy
And because half of the fun of it is watching him wail on the guitar over his chiptunes here's a live show recording rock out.

Music in Games

10:02 pm - 12/01/2012

Jim Guthrie - The Prettiest Weed
Sword & Sworcery LP - The Ballad of the Space Babies

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Music in Games

10:29 pm - 08/25/2012

Hidenori Shoji - Infinite Blue (Big Blue)
F-Zero GX/AX (2003)

I like the original Big Blue, but When you're going 3000 KM/H This Seems more appropriate for driving like a mad man on a track full of clowns.

Music in Games

10:02 pm - 08/18/2012

Shōji Meguro - Your Affection (2008)
Persona 4

I'm not normally one for pop stuff but this one kinda grew on me, It's fairly catchy, and only comes once in a while due to all the weather stuff that happens in game.

Music in Games

1:00 pm - 08/11/2012

Shoji Meguro - Spirited Girl
Persona 4 Arena (2012)

Most of the other songs are music from previous installments or remixes which makes picking out new songs easier, but more importantly it's a more cheery song when in contrast with some of the other songs, and Labrys really grew on me in the game.

That may be more because she's new and I really didn't know much of the other characters from the short 10 or so hours I've played of the Persona games.
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