Newshub Digital Nationz 2013 Coverage
Xbox One, Playstation 4 sneak peek at Digital Nationz
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Despite being two months away from launch, Kiwis got a chance today to play on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The next generation consoles were on display at Digital Nationz, a new gaming and technology expo.
For those who like technology, it was the place to be, whether you wanted robots stealing each other’s balls or a glimpse at the next step in video game technology.
The big drawcard was the new Xbox and PlayStation, both due out in November.
Mike Reeve is visiting from Germany. He’s a producer at legendary game developer Crytek and says new consoles are well overdue.
“The Xbox 360 came out seven years ago,” he says. “At that time, smartphones were not a thing. So we have a lot of power in our hands now that we didn’t have back then with the Xbox 360.”
With around 3000 people there, most 3 News spoke to seemed happy with the new technology on show.
But it wasn’t all about the future. Like dinosaurs at the Smithsonian, Diginal Nationz featured relics of the videogame kind, from Ataris to Master Systems, all this was just a quarter of Mark Barlow and Michael Davidson’s personal collection.
“I have my own lounge, and my wife has a lounge, and mine has shelves all around it,” says Mr Barlow.
Most people are excited about tomorrow, when internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom comes down to play people at his favourite videogame. 3 News wanted to interview him about it, but he tweeted: “I’m training for tomorrow – no time – smiley face.”
Dotcom is a record winner when it comes to his game of choice, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, so his Dr Evil laugh is probably not misplaced.