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Microsoft raised a few eyebrows when it first announced that its Xbox One console would cost $499, a Benjamin more than Sony's PlayStation 4. Thus began the chatter on whether or not gamers would be willing to pay a premium for the Xbox One and, at the time, its mandatory Kinect bundle. Turns out they were, though sales haven't kept pace with the PS4, at least not up until this point. Since removing the Kinect sensor from the equation and dropping the price to $399, however, Microsoft says sales are booming. The Redmond outfit also credits the surge in console sales to its holiday game lineup,... Read more...
Normally, the question of whether a game runs better on the PC or a console is a no-brainer -- at least, for PC users. Watch Dogs, however, with its problematic PC play, challenges that concept. And since the gap between consoles and PCs is typically smallest at the beginning of the console generation, we decided to take the Xbox One out for a head-to-head comparison against the PC with this long-awaited title. What we've found may surprise you. Based on our results, and depending on just how much horsepower your PC has, the Xbox One might be the better option... Watch Dogs Graphics And Game Play:... Read more...
Normally, the question of whether a game runs better on the PC or a console is a no-brainer -- at least, for PC users.  Watch Dogs, however, with its problematic PC play, challenges that concept. And since the gap between consoles and PCs is typically smallest at the beginning of the console generation, we decided to take the Xbox One out for a head-to-head comparison against the PC with this long-awaited title. What we've found may surprise you. Based on our results, and depending on just how much horsepower your PC has, the Xbox One (and possibly the PS4 option, though we didn't... Read more...
One of the great universal truths of modern gaming is that preorders suck. The term refers to the practice of ordering a title at some point before it actually ships in order to get access to a variety of minor outfit tweaks, a few starting weapons, or a few boosts to early gameplay. Today, some publishers take this practice to truly ridiculous levels; the recent game Watch Dogs has no fewer than nine preorder options, and none of them include every single perk or capability. GameStop, perhaps sensing that there's pressure building against the model, wants to turn the dial up to 11 -- and create... Read more...
When Sony bought the Gaikai streaming service and announced it was building custom PlayStation 3 boards to drop into servers for its PlayStation Now game service, a lot of folks got excited by the potential. This type of service delivery could mark the future of gaming, make backwards compatibility a non-issue, and in the long run, completely transform the console business.  Over the long run, a game console might function more as a media and control hub than a standalone rendering machine -- and Sony seemed to have their finger on the idea much more firmly than Microsoft, which was off chasing... Read more...
If you're bored this weekend with a fast Internet connection and some time to kill, EA is offering a free download of Titanfall to everyone, no questions asked, for the next two days. The game is the full version -- you won't have any feature restrictions or locked-off areas. While it's being billed as a weekend offer, that's not the case -- EA has said that you've got 48 hours to play the game from when you first launch it, not just over the next two days. That's a particularly nice offer given that the game weighs in somewhere north of 50GB, with the overwhelming majority of that being uncompressed... Read more...
Earlier this week, AMD's Chief Financial Officer, Devinder Kumar, gave a presentation at Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Global Technology Conference. He covered several aspects of AMD's several year turnaround, its focus on new product strategies, and the company's long-term goal to earn 50% of its revenue from the non-PC market by 2015. Obviously winning all three consoles was a major coup for AMD's business and underwrites a substantial section of its long-term revenue plan, but Kumar's answer when asked what AMD expects from the console market long term is rather interesting: Q: How do you... Read more...
China is a curious market for game consoles, but Sony is about to dive in and try to make its bones in the populous country by selling its PlayStation there. According to the New York Times, Sony and Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group are setting up two ventures to sell Sony’s hardware and software, respectively, in China. The NYT noted that consoles have been banned in mainland China since 2000, but the country lifted the ban in January. As a result, although there’s a certain amount of piracy of consoles, many Chinese gamers prefer PC and mobile games. Obviously, Sony is hoping to change... Read more...
More console gamers are choosing Sony's PlayStation 4 than Microsoft's Xbox One system. This was confirmed by market research firm NPD Group, which pegged the PS4 as the best selling game system in the U.S. for the fourth consecutive month, followed by the Xbox One, which Microsoft confirms sold 115,000 units in April. It will be interesting to see if the PS4 can maintain its momentum once Microsoft drops the price of the Xbox One. Beginning June 9, 2014, gamers will have the option of picking up the Xbox One without a Kinect motion control sensor for $399, the same price as a PS4. In addition,... Read more...
Thank you Nintendo, but your profits are in another castle. Such is the paraphrased message Nintendo's accounting team had to deliver after going over the numbers for Nintendo's fiscal year ended March 31, 2014. Sales for the year totaled 571.7 million yen (around $5.6 billion), down from a revised forecast of 590 million yen (~$5.8 billion). Back in April of last year, Nintendo had optimistically forecast sales of around 915 million yen (~$9 billion). The end result is that Nintendo posted a net loss of 23.2 million yen, which works out to around $229 million in U.S. currency. On the bright side,... Read more...
To all you high school and college students out there reading this, have you finished your homework and research reports? And to the working class, did you pitch your boss a solid excuse for calling in sick today? Good, then you're all set to kick back and game on your PlayStation 4 console for the rest of the day, and while you're at it, go grab the latest 1.70 firmware update that's available today. One of the biggest feature upgrades included in the firmware is SHAREfactory, Sony's new rich video editing app. Once you update your PS4, there will be an icon on the home screen to download SHAREfactory.... Read more...
Gaming is alive and thriving. Not that it was ever in question, but in case anyone's wondering what the market is like for the new era of consoles, Sony this week announced cumulative sales of more than 7 million PlayStation 4 systems as of April 6, 2014. That's an impressive feat and it comes barely more than a month since Sony announced hitting the 6 million milestone in PS4 unit sales. All those consoles out in the wild has led to more than 20.5 million copies of games and related software for the PS4. That includes software sold at retail and the PlayStation Store around the world up through... Read more...
Despite receiving mostly high scores and praise from review sites and gaming publications, Namco Bandai's Dark Souls II is the subject of a controversy over its in-game graphics. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gamers have taken to the Internet to voice their collective displeasure regarding what they feel are significantly downgraded graphics compared to the preview footage Namco Bandai made available prior to the sequel's release. This isn't the first time gamers have cried foul over a Dark Souls title. Due to popular demand, Namco Bandai ported the original Dark Souls over to the PC platform, but... Read more...
Titanfall has been one of the most anticipated and important games of the Xbox One's short life, but a head-to-head comparison between the new console and high-end gaming PCs has illustrated that once again, the PCs come out on top. The problem, in this case, isn't that the Xbox One's visuals are poor -- the differences between the PC and the console are very small in static images; apart from the resolution difference (792p vs. 1080p). As Digital Foundry writes, however, the gap between the two systems once the actions gets going is the real problem. When it built Titanfall, Respawn Entertainment... Read more...
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