The second week since PlayStation 4′s Japanese launch has wrapped up, and the young console is still on top. With just over 65,000 sales, PlayStation 4 didn’t break any sales records, but it easily beat out the competition for this week’s top spot. Meanwhile, Harvest Moon: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi (Connect to a New World in English) had a strong debut on 3DS, taking the number one spot on the software charts. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
Video game sales have been dismal across the board in Japan since the new year kicked off, but now there’s a new console on the market. PlayStation 4 launched this week in Japan with over 300,000 sales in its first two days, easily securing the number one spot. Hit the jump for the breakdown.
Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys topped the charts with its Japanese debut last week, and it still has a firm hold on that number one spot this week. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze managed number two for its debut, but its 35,717 sales were quite modest and failed to boost Wii U significantly. Elsewhere, it was a pretty quiet week for Japanese video games in the final sales report before PlayStation 4′s release. Hit the jump to catch the breakdown.
Microsoft has since confirmed the remote for release in “early March”. It will be able to control most of your media, including movies and other video apps. Expect it to be selling for around $24.99 US.
With the Xbox One being such a media centered console, it was curious that no separate remote was released with it. But according to Amazon UK, Canada, and Italy, that remote is not far behind. This leak was first noticed by Engadget on the Amazon Canada site. It was listed for $24.99 Canadian, or $22.69 in the US. Make the jump for more information!
Sony has announced that it has sold 5.3 million PS4 consoles since the systems launch last November, easily surpassing its overall goal for the fiscal year. The company reported outselling Microsoft’s Xbox One by a ratio of two-to-one in January, suggesting that Microsoft only sold 600,000 consoles last month, according to Extreme Tech. Overall, that would place Xbox One’s total sales since its launch at around 3.6 million units sold – 1.7 million units behind Sony’s PS4 – which could be bad news for Microsoft considering PS4 is slated to launch in its home country on Feb. 22, likely increasing the sales gap.
As the hype surround Titanfall and its upcoming beta – which you can sign up for here – continues to grow, the game’s developers are working with Microsoft to ensure the title receives a successful launch. According to Titanfall design lead Justin Hendry, upcoming updates for Xbox One will also include a patch for the console’s controller, making the analog sticks more precise in preparation for Respawn Entertainment’s highly anticipated mech-shooter.
Today, Microsoft’s Major Nelson announced on his blog that two new special edition chrome series wireless controllers will be released for Xbox 360 next month.
A black chrome controller will be available at Walmart and a purple chrome controller will be available at Best Buy. Alternatively, players can pick up either controller at the Microsoft Store. Both controllers will run for $54.99.
An online retailer has posted a Yoshi Limited Edition 3DS XL bundle on its site showing off a fan-made mock-up of the console (seen above) with a digital version of Yoshi’s New Island pre-installed.
This week’s Japanese sales figures are in, and Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost on PlayStation 3 has a commanding lead. Sony games made up four of the top five this week, but Vita sales slumped yet again and PlayStation 3 sales saw only a slight increase, as gamers are likely saving their cash for PlayStation 4. 3DS saw a slight decline as well, with no new games in the top twenty this week. You can catch the full breakdown after the jump.
Retro gamers who want more bang for their buck may want to check out Retro-bit’s Super Retro Trio, a console that plays NES, SNES and Genesis games. Distributor Innex reports that the the three-in-one console is expected to launch “in mid-to-late March 2014.”
Xbox chief Aaron Greenberg has taken to Twitter in order to squash rumors of a cheaper, disc-less Xbox One unit that recently cropped up on NeoGAF. The rumored console – a completely digital system without the standard Blu-ray drive, costing $100 less than the standard version – doesn’t look like it will see the light of day anytime soon, as Greenberg notes, “No, you cannot believe everything you read on the internet.” Although not an outright denial of the console’s feasibility in the future, odds are consumers won’t be able to purchase the rumored console by its supposed October release date. A white version of Xbox One and a limited edition Titanfall bundle were also part of the thread on NeoGAF, although neither has been confirmed at this time. We’ll update you as more information becomes available.
When I picked up my Xbox One on Nov. 22 I knew what I was getting myself into…at least I thought I did. Seeing as I pre-ordered the system in July (fairly shortly after Microsoft reversed its policies concerning DRM), you could probably say that I was hyped up for a new generation of consoles. In fact, I was even excited for the next iteration the Kinect – a feature heavily weaved into the infrastructure of Xbox One. Little did I know, Microsoft’s Kinect 2.0 would fail to deliver on almost every front regarding the immersive experience promised by the company throughout the course of the next-gen console’s marketing phase.
What bothers me most, however, is not the inability of game developers to fully utilize Kinect within their titles, as certain games (The Fighter Within) have already demonstrated their failure to successfully establish a decent set of motion controls. Rather, it is Microsoft’s lack of support, partnered with a decision to reduce the system’s GPU power allotted to Kinect’s video processing, that has me truly concerned. Maybe it was foolish of me to believe that Kinect 2.0′s overall performance pertaining to vocal and physical commands would be any better than that of the previous generation on Xbox 360, but it still doesn’t change the fact that Microsoft has some serious work to do if it plans on resurrecting the Kinect’s reputation.