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Microsoft was quite ecstatic about the Xbox One’s October sales win; the first time in many months that it had overtaken the long-time sales champ: the PlayStation 4. However, Microsoft had some big league help during the month of October thanks to the release of Halo 5: Guardians. But it appears that Microsoft’s victory lap has been cut short. According to new numbers released by NPD, Sony’s PlayStation 4 snatched the sales crown back from Microsoft for the month of November. Not even Halo 5 could save the Xbox One this time around, and platform-exclusive Rise of The Tomb Raider was of no help... Read more...
Never mind that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are both becoming specks in the rear view mirror, the deals, they just keep coming. One of them comes from Sony, which is getting into the holiday spirt by carving the subscription cost of its PlayStation Now streaming service to a hundred bucks, for a limited time.The temporary reduction goes into effect December 8 (tomorrow). It's a 55 percent savings off the regular monthly subscription, and though it has to be paid in full via one lump sum, it works out to less than $9 per month. Also worth noting is that the discounted subscription isn't just for... Read more...
Last month, Microsoft rolled out a great update for the Xbox One that opened up the ability to play some Xbox 360 games on. One of the best things about this update is that the functionality is free, and because you can use your own game discs, there's no extra purchase involved at all. Today, Sony has followed suit, but has gone about things in a much different manner. With a new PlayStation Store update, Sony has introduced its first eight PlayStation 2 titles available on the PS4. If you have the original game disc for any of these, it won't matter: you'll need to shell out for these... Read more...
Just over a week ago, Sony announced a $300 PlayStation 4 bundle that was available from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday via its retail partners. Apparently, sales figures during this promotion were pleasing to Sony, as the company has decided to extend the offer and add an additional bundle to the mix. Starting December 6th, Sony will offer the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Star Wars Battlefront Standard Edition bundles for a low $299.99. The promotion lasts through December 19th, so if you’re at all interested in picking up a PlayStation 4, now is the time. It’s also likely that... Read more...
Toward the beginning of the year, it was revealed that Microsoft was going to "unlock" the seventh core on the Xbox One's processor, enabling developers to eke just a bit more performance out of the console and offer more flexibility at resource utilization. It appears that Microsoft's move would inevitably be followed by Sony, as reports are now coming in that this will be made available on the PlayStation 4 as well. This subtle change was highlighted in the latest changelog for the FMOD sound engine. Labeled as a "LowLevel API" update, it reads, "PS4 - Added FMOD_THREAD_CORE6 to allow access... Read more...
If you were having trouble connecting to the PlayStation Network yesterday, you might have the hacking group Lizard Squad to thank. An hour after the group's founder posted to Twitter that "itz bouta rain packets", Sony's "Ask PlayStation" account tweeted that it was investigating connectivity issues. Lizard Squad either delivered on its promise, or is trying to reap the benefits of a major coincidence. Video games are always a hot item on big shopping days like Black Friday, so it can be expected that networks like PSN are going to get hammered simply due to the fact that so many people are trying... Read more...
Well, we’re guessing that this isn’t the response that indie developer Twisted was expecting. Earlier this week, Twisted announced that it was releasing its own native app for Windows that provides remote play capabilities for PlayStation 4 games. Twisted confirmed that the app would cost $10 as it “sadly [is] the only way to support my living costs.” Unfortunately for Twisted, it appears that Sony isn’t about to let a third-party developer profit from an app that it could easily offer for free. Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, took to Twitter to let PlayStation... Read more...
Sony is riding high as a kite heading into the holiday season on the knowledge that it's sold over 30.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles to date. Having launched two years ago, the PS4 is demonstrating a rate a growth and adoption that's unprecedented in the history of PlayStation hardware, Sony says. "We are sincerely grateful that gamers across the globe have continued to choose PS4 as the best place to play since launch two years ago," said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "We are committed to bringing engaging games and entertainment services to users... Read more...
Thanks to the New Xbox One Experience update, Xbox One users not only get a Windows 10-esque user interface, but they also get Xbox 360 backwards compatibility along with Xbox One to Windows 10 game streaming. Given all of these fresh goodies that Microsoft is providing to gamers, it’s understandable that some PlayStation 4 fans might feel a bit neglected by Sony. However, it appears that at least one developer is looking to give PlayStation 4 gamers some functionality that Sony has yet to provide: PlayStation 4 to PC game streaming. Developer Twister has announced its plans to release its Remote... Read more...
Late last week, we were greeted with the wonderful news that Microsoft is cutting prices by $50 across-the-board for its Xbox One consoles. That means the “lowly” 500GB console bundles will be priced at $299 from November 26th through November 30th. Sony, which recently trimmed the regular retail price of the PlayStation 4 from $399 to $349, isn’t about to let Microsoft head into the busy holiday shopping season with a significant pricing advantage. As a result, the PlayStation 4 is also getting a matching price cut, dropping temporarily from $349 to $299. The pricing applies to just a single SKU:... Read more...
The console wars are in full force as we head into the holidays. Yes, you can expect discounted bundles and all that jazz, but when deciding your platform of choice, it comes down to things like game selection and features. A big feature that's coming to the PlayStation 4 is the ability to play PlayStation 2 games through emulation.This is a pretty big deal for Sony and its PlayStation line. The PS4 is the company's first console to launch without some sort of backwards compatibility, a fact that was recently highlighted when Microsoft introduced an Xbox 360 emulator inside its Xbox One system.... Read more...
The holiday shopping season is fast approaching and that means little Johnny is going to make his annual pitch for a PlayStation 4 console. What's different this time around is he'll be able to say, "C'mom pop, Sony slashed the price by $50!" In years past, little Johnny would have been full of bologna, but not this time pop, not this time. Effective tomorrow, October 9th, the PS4's new price will be $350 in the U.S. and $430 CAD in Canada, down from $400 and $450 CAD, respectively. For you trivia buffs, this is technically the second time Sony has permanently lowered the price of the PS4 -- the... Read more...
Sony hasn’t exactly had much luck in the red hot smartphone market (look no further than Verizon’s decision to ditch the Xperia Z4v), but the company has no trouble getting its image sensors into the smartphones of its competitors or in point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras. In fact, Sony’s image sensor business has been booming for years, and as a result, Sony plans to spin it off into a new company. Sony Semiconductor Solutions will capitalize on past growth and huge that have been made in R&D investments (over $1 billion this year alone) and its long line of customers that depend on its image... Read more...
There's a new system update available for PlayStation 4 consoles, firmware update 3.00. It's the same one that Sony made available in beta form at the beginning of the month, which among other things gives PS Plus members a tenfold increase in online storage capacity. That brings the total to 10GB, which gamers can manage with a new usage meter and an auto-upload menu that Sony added to Application Saved Data Management.Codenamed Kenshin, the 3.0 update is a pretty big one consisting of entirely new features to the UI and several enhancements. One of those features is live broadcasting to YouTube.... Read more...
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