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When Sony decided to auction off the very first of a limited run of special 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 consoles, it received a lot of attention, along with a bunch of bids. The highest came in at a little more than 15 million yen, or around $129,000 in U.S. currency. Well, it turns out the winning bidder may have been a bit overzealous -- for reasons unknown, the bidder backed out of the deal. The unfortunate thing about backing out of the deal is that the proceeds were to be donated to the Save the Children Japan charity, and $129,000 could go a long way. Fortunately,... 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...
Depending on the neighborhood, $129,000 could buy you a nice house. But for a Japanese fellow looking to own a piece of gaming history, that's the sum he was willing to pay for a PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary console. The reason he paid the enormous sum versus the going rate of $1,500 to $2,000 on eBay is because this particular version is labeled No. 00001/12300. Sony held a special auction for the first of a limited run of retro themed PS4 consoles. There were only 12,300 of these consoles made, a number that represents the original PlayStation's December 3 (12/3) launch... Read more...
Microsoft had a lot to celebrate during the closing months of 2014. The company’s Xbox One gaming console beat out the defending champion PlayStation 4 during the months of November and December (according to NPD Group’s U.S. sales estimates). Microsoft owes a lot of that success a $50 price cut which dropped the Xbox One to just $349 during the Christmas shopping season. Microsoft is even upping the stakes – starting today -- by extending the $50 price cut for the foreseeable future as it runs its victory lap. Sony, however, says that it isn’t focused on just the past two months of sales. It’s... Read more...
It's official, folks -- we can finally stop arguing over which is the superior game console, the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Quite frankly, it's a pointless debate, and it took a self-taught engineer to put the argument to rest, which he did by combining both game systems into a 22-inch laptop. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the "PlayBox," a gaming laptop that's equal parts Xbox One and PS4 rolled into one. The PlayBox wins the argument because it allows you to play games on either system, and when it comes down to it, the ability to play games is all that matters. Built for a "specific customer," the... Read more...
In the race to sell the most game consoles, Sony suffered a slight setback when Chinese officials asked that it make adjustments to its PlayStation 4 (PS4) system before launching it in China. Sony originally planned to release the PS4 in China on January 11, 2015 (this Sunday), but has now postponed the launch to a date that's yet to be determined. "The government asked us for final adjustments, which will take some time, so we decided to delay the launch date," said Kaede Bun, a spokeswoman for Sony. As for when the new launch date will be, Bun said Sony would offer up more details at a later... Read more...
Console gamers continue to flock to Sony's popular PlayStation 4 console with sales to date topping 18.5 million units, the Japanese company announced today. During the holiday season, various sales and promotions helped the PS4 notch more than 4.1 million unit sales globally en route to becoming the fastest selling PlayStation hardware of all time. Microsoft has yet to release current sales figures that take into account the holiday shopping period, but barring any surprises, it's likely the PS4 will still come out slightly ahead. That's been the trend in the current generation console wars, save... Read more...
First of all, to those of you returning from vacation over the holiday period and hopping back online for the first time since 2014, Happy New Year! With that said, if one of your resolutions for 2015 is to find time to play more games, you're going to have lots of options, should you be successful in your endeavor. One of them is PlayStation Now, Sony's online streaming game service that now has a subscription option. Sony kicked off the service by letting players rent titles at various prices depending on the length of rental. But beginning January 13th, Sony will launch a subscription... Read more...
As a consumer, you have to love Microsoft's strategy in the new generation console wars -- price cuts! Here in the U.S., game bundles and promotional discounts bringing the Xbox One to as low as $329 at times have given the system the sales boost it needed to finally scurry in front of the PlayStation 4. And over in China, it's being reported that Microsoft just slashed $80 off the console’s price. Citing a Chinese-language news report, Kotaku says the Xbox One is going through a "pretty rough time in China," prompting Microsoft and its retail vendors... Read more...
Microsoft’s recent price reduction and assorted console bundles paid off for the month of November. According to the NPD Group’s data, Microsoft’s Xbox One passed Sony’s PlayStation 4 in console sales in the US and UK.  "Response to the holiday lineup of games on Xbox One was incredible, with Xbox One fans buying more games in November in the U.S. than any other gen eight platform and enjoying over 357 million hours of gameplay globally," said Xbox corporate vice president of marketing Mike Nichols in a statement. "In fact, more fans logged into Xbox... Read more...
It looks like Sony is finally going to bring its gaming consoles over to China after the county ended its 14-year ban on foreign gaming consoles back in January of this year. The PlayStation Vita is expected to go on sale January 11, 2015 alongside the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4 will be arriving about four months after Microsoft’s Xbox One Chinese launch. Microsoft was the first company to take advantage of the third largest gaming market, dominated by PC and mobile gaming, which saw the company sell over 100,000 units within its first week when the console was release September... Read more...
The holiday shopping season is being marked by strong game console sales, especially during Black Friday week when the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 received tantalizing discounts. In the U.S., Microsoft slashed $50 off the price of every Xbox One package, including the ones that came with game bundles like Assassin's Creed. Several retailers took it a step further and sold the bundles for as low as $329 (sans Kinect), a full $70 off the regular selling price. Money talks, and with the Xbox One going for such a comparatively low price, Microsoft was able to move 721,569 units in the U.S. during the... Read more...
It's hard to believe (and it makes us feel old), but the original PlayStation console came out on this day two decades ago. Time flies when you're playing games, doesn't it? To celebrate 20 years of gaming, Sony is doing something cool with its PlayStation 4 system -- the Japanese electronic giant is releasing a limited number of 20th Anniversary Edition PS4 consoles that harken back to the system's roots with an "Original Gray" color scheme. The hardware inside will remain the same, but on the outside, the console, controllers, camera, and even the vertical stand and mono headset will all be splashed... Read more...
Sony is looking to make some changes in its business structure in order to start making a profit. Back in October the company reported a $1.25 billion net loss for the second quarter and revealed that it expects a $2.1 billion loss for the fiscal year. At an investors meeting, Sony revealed that its goals for TV and smartphones would be to turn a profit, even if that meant that sales would slide as much as 30 percent, but plans to focus more on its gaming division."We're not aiming for size or market share but better profits," said Sony Mobile Communications president Hiroki Totoki at the conference,... Read more...
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