A few months ago it was revealed that Microsoft’s Lift London studio was hard at work on four titles that bridge the gap between free-to-play and AAA. Details have been scarce up to this point, but that should change soon. Lift London studio head Lee Schuneman has revealed to Official Xbox Magazine that we can expect three of the games to be unveiled in the near future.
A big feature shared by both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is the ability to record game footage as you play. In the case of PlayStation 4, there’s a dedicated ‘Share’ button for recording, editing, and uploading videos. Just how popular is this little feature? Sony reports that it has been used over 6,500,000 times in the few short weeks since launch.
We know that PlayStation 4 sales have eclipsed 2 million, so the average gamer has shared around three videos so far. As more games release in the coming months, you can expect that number to go up considerably. If you own a PlayStation 4, have you been utilizing the Share button?
The Spike TV Video Game Awards, recently renamed VGX, will take place on Saturday, December 7. Several companies have teased appearances, and we can expect plenty of new trailers and game announcements alongside the awards ceremony. The official VGX announcement has just been made, giving us a better look at what we can expect. You can catch all the information after the jump.
Nintendo has been pumping out special edition 3DS models almost non-stop, and it looks like they’re not slowing down. The latest entry in their lineup of special models is a silver Mario & Luigi themed system with Dream Team pre-installed. This beauty is a steal at $199, essentially netting you the popular RPG for free. You can catch Nintendo’s full press release after the jump.
PlayStation 4 has been out less than three weeks, but it’s already making its presence felt. Sony is reporting via the PlayStation EU Twitter account that the next gen console has racked up 2.1 million sales worldwide since its launch on November 15. With Christmas yet to come, Sony is aiming for 5 million units shipped by the end of the fiscal year in March 2014.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are both off to fast starts in virtually all of the markets where they have launched. In fact, in the UK, PlayStation 4 has already become the fast-selling console of all time, reaching 250,000 units sold in just a few days. Xbox One is considerably behind, but still sitting quite impressively at around 170,000 units sold.
This is bad news for Nintendo, as the UK has been a particularly tough market for Wii U. After a full year on the market, Wii U has managed just 150,000 units sold in the UK, trailing behind both competitors consoles after just a few days. Nintendo has put together three new Wii U bundles for Europe, but that may not be enough to compete with Sony and Microsoft this Christmas.
Last year Wii U went into the holidays with an advantage, as it was the only new console on the market. This year, it’s got the brand new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to compete with, and they’re both off to hot starts. Can Nintendo compete in a market that just got much more crowded? According to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, they’ve got two advantages that give them pretty good chances this month.
Wii U has not been selling at the rate Nintendo hoped it would, and there are plenty of accusing fingers being pointed all around. Some blame the price (still more expensive than Wii after a price cut), others blame the lack of must-have games, and many point to the marketing.
A big concern early on is that a similar name and ineffective advertising have failed to make the average consumer understand and appreciate the differences between Wii and Wii U. Are people still skipping out on Wii U because they don’t realize it’s a completely new console?
At one point, Microsoft and Sony were predicting ten year lifespans for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. At eight and seven years respectively, this past generation’s consoles had long, healthy lives, but fell short of that mark by a few years. With Xbox One, Microsoft is again predicting a ten year cycle, but that may not be the case with Sony. According to at least one Sony executive, PlayStation 4 may have a shorter cycle than PlayStation 3 did.
The past week’s Japanese sales data is in, and the Final Fantasy franchise continues to be popular in Japan, taking the number one spot with Lightning Returns. While its numbers no longer touch franchises like Animal Crossing or Monster Hunter, the game pulled in over 277,000 sales in its first week. Meanwhile, 3DS sales are on the rise again and Vita sales have dropped drastically from last week’s impressive numbers. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
We recently reported that some Xbox One users have experienced disk drive problems, rendering their console incapable of playing physical games. This issue only seems to affect a small amount of people (it’s not a repeat of the Red Ring of Death), but Microsoft is making sure to do right by their customers, offering a free game to everyone with a faulty Xbox One.
Gamers experiencing this disk drive problem can choose one free game out of Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome or Zoo Tycoon as compensation. The free game will be a digital copy.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced in August that he plans to retire in the near future. This announcement actually led to a stock surge for the company, as investors have not been pleased with Ballmer’s vision in recent years. As such, there have been rumblings that, following Balmer’s retirement, investors could push for changes within the company.
Chief among these changes would be maximizing profits by streamlining. This means eliminating or selling some of the less profitable divisions. According to one analyst, new Microsoft board member ValueAct will be pushing for the company to sell off the Xbox division. Although Ballmer has not addressed such reports directly, he stressed the importance of Xbox and Bing in his final annual shareholders meeting.