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I'm the first to proudly admit I'm a PC man. Normally when I hear about "customized" gaming consoles my first response is "Hey, every PC I've built is customized." But there's something special about Microsoft's newly announced Xbox One Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition 1TB bundle.  No, snarky reader, it's not merely the $500 price tag.  Microsoft's limited edition Xbox One console, which releases this October a week prior to the launch of Halo 5: Guardians, sets my hardware lust (an internal meter which dictates how much cash I'll irrationally spend with complete disregard for logic... Read more...
Microsoft made quite the impression at this year's E3. The company unveiled a fancy (and expensive) new Xbox One controller that you can customize to your liking, and even more appealing, Microsoft announced that it's adding native support for hundreds of Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. Even so, gamers in Japan were largely underwhelmed by it all, as they collectively purchased just 100 Xbox One consoles two weeks ago. That's not a typo, folks. Media Create, a Japanese-language website that tracks video game software and hardware sales in Japan, pegged the Xbox One's sales at... Read more...
Father's Day is just around the corner, and if pops is a gamer, Best Buy has an offer that you might find is too good to refuse. It involves wiping the dust off your PlayStation 3 Slim or Xbox 360 250GB console, grabbing the power cable, and making sure it fires up. If so, you can trade in either of those consoles and receive $175 towards an Xbox One console. That slashes the price of an Xbox One in half, provided you're opting for a 500GB model. For example, Best Buy currently sells a special white edition of the Xbox One with 500GB hard drive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection... Read more...
Your existing game console is about to be behind the times. That's because all three major console players - Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony -- have something new up their respective sleeves. Starting with Microsoft, the company is planning to release a revised Xbox One console that comes with 1TB of onboard storage and a tweaked game controller. We learned a little about the new controller just over a week ago when Microsoft updated one of its support pages to reflect the addition of a 3.5mm audio port. Microsoft revealed that it would be available on controllers released after June 2015, but didn't... Read more...
It doesn't happen very often, so you'll have to excuse Microsoft if it savors the moment after its Xbox One console outsold rival Sony and its PlayStation 4 system last month, according to data collected by NPD Group. The Xbox One was the best selling game console in the U.S. in April, a month in which overall hardware sales decreased by 4 percent. Microsoft needed a win. Since launch, the PS4 has been pretty consistent in outselling the Xbox One, which no doubt played a role in Microsoft's decision to sell the standalone console without a second generation Kinect motion control sensor. Microsoft... Read more...
Considering the long gaps that sit in between console upgrade cycles, it's a bit early to declare any winners or losers among the latest generation of gaming systems. However, we can make predictions based on early trends, and if you ask Ed Fries, the man who was in charge of the team that created the original Xbox, he'll tell you that Sony's PlayStation 4 is likely to keep its lead over Microsoft's Xbox One. It won't be a landslide victory, though Fries sees the PS4 winning "by a nose" if things continue the way they have been. After jumping out to an early sales lead, the PS4 at last count had... Read more...
You know what they say about one man's trash being another man's treasure, and if you're sitting on a collection of old school game consoles that you want to get rid of, GameStop will soon accept them as trade-ins. The pilot program will kick off in two of GameStop's markets, New York City and Birmingham, which include around 250 store locations.Beginning April 25, 2015, GameStop stores in those markets will accept retro game consoles, games, and select accessories for systems dating back to the original Nintendo Entertainment System. That means you'll be able to trade-in and/or purchase systems... Read more...
Seven years elapsed between the launch of Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles, and it took eight years for Microsoft to upgrade from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One. Assuming the same or similar time frames, we expect a new round of consoles from Sony and Microsoft around the year 2020, right? Not so fast, says Emmet Shear, co-founder of the popular and live streaming service called Twitch.The way Shear sees the future of gaming played out, these will be the last dedicated home consoles the market will ever see. Well, save for Nintendo's NX system, which we already know the company is... Read more...
Sony has found another reason to sing praise for its PlayStation 4 console, this time in celebration of surpassing 20.2 million cumulative console sales through March 1, 2015. The latest sales figures underscores the PS4's place in history as Sony's fastest and strongest selling console in the history of PlayStation. The more than 20.2 million unit sales is over twice as much as the 10 million Xbox One unit sales Microsoft last reported, though that was all the way back in November of last year. Millions more have undoubtedly been added since then, as Microsoft's been enjoying quite a bit of success,... Read more...
The latest data by NPD Group shows that sales of Sony's PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft's Xbox One consoles slipped 22 percent in January, though there are two reasons why that's not raising any red flags, at least not yet. The first is that a sales drop coming out of a busy holiday shopping season is to be expected, and the second is comparative -- sales of the PS4 and Xbox One are both outpacing their predecessors (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) by 60 percent at this same time in their respectively life cycles. Going head to head, the PS4 flipped the script and outsold the Xbox One in January... Read more...
It's hard to believe that it's been over a year since Microsoft launched its Xbox One console to retail, which is probably a good thing, as it means there haven't been any major issues (like the infamous Red Ring of Death) to distract us. Now as we kick off a new year, Microsoft is readying an update for next month, adding to the hundreds of features it already rolled out in 2014. This time around, one of the big new additions is that of Game hubs. New in preview form this month, game hubs give players a glimpse of various interesting content surrounding the favorite games. Each game will have... Read more...
Microsoft, it seems, just can't catch a break. Days after a major hack took its servers offline on Christmas and after being lambasted in multiple stories for shipping games like Halo: The Master Chief Collection in nigh-unplayable condition, the company's Xbox One SDK has been leaked to the public by a group calling itself H4LT.  H4LT, which apparently objects to being called a hacker group, offered this explanation when asked why it was distributing the SDK. The group claims that:  We leaked it to the community because if something is shared then.. progress is achieved faster than alone.... Read more...
Tomorrow, BioWare's long-awaited Dragon Age Inquisition will drop for the PS4, Xbox One, and PCs. To say I'm excited would be an understatement. I've long been a fan of the Dragon Age series, even if Dragon Age 2 failed to live up to its predecessor, and by all accounts Dragon Age Inquisition is going to be a fabulous game. A recent video from CVG compares the visuals in key scenes between the Xbox One, PS4 and PC versions and I'm happy to report that while the PC variant clearly looks the best in multiple areas (as it should), there's evidence of good, intelligent optimization for all platforms.... Read more...
Update:  Ubisoft has amended the original forum post to include and acknowledge problems on Nvidia hardware as well. We're glad the company has explicitly adjusted the post and will update readers if any major performance patches push out. Life is hard when you're a AAA publisher. Last month, Ubisoft blamed weak console hardware for the troubles it had bringing Assassin's Creed Unity up to speed, claiming that it could've hit 100 FPS but for weak console CPUs. Now, in the wake of the game's disastrous launch, the company has changed tactics -- suddenly, all of this is AMD's fault. An official... Read more...
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