Respawn May Make Games for Other Consoles in the Future

March 18, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


Since Titanfall is exclusive to Xbox consoles and the PC, it’s not surprising that many fans have wondered if Respawn Entertainment will continue to work exclusively with Microsoft in the future. Respawn’s community manager, Abbie Heppe, recently addressed the matter.

Respawn has a relatively small development team, so the narrower focus helped them ensure Titanfall was complete on time. That said, the thought of making multiplatform games is “not excluded from future projects [Respawn] might do.”

What do you think? Does this mean we’ll see Titanfall 2 on the PS4?

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PS4 at Top of Japanese Hardware Chart by a Huge Margin

February 26, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Media Create is a Japanese research and publishing firm that keeps track of console sales in Japan. Its estimates are highly reliable and are generally thought to give a good idea of how things stand in the gaming market. They just release the chart for last week’s sales, which includes data from the PS4. It’s on the top of the list, and the margin between it and the second console is huge.

  1. PS4 – 309,154
  2. 3DS LL – 22,253
  3. Vita – 16,857
  4. PS3 – 9,983
  5. 3DS – 9,898
  6. Wii U – 8,407
  7. PSP – 3,171
  8. Vita TV – 1,383
  9. Xbox 360 – 241

Remember, while these are last week’s sales, the PS4 only had two days of that week, while all the others had the full time span. In light of these numbers, as well as the other sales reports we’ve heard, it’s safe to say the PS4’s Japanese launch was a success. Now we just need to wait and see how it holds up in the weeks and months to come.

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Video Game Sales High, Both Sides Take Lead in Console War

January 17, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Whenever new consoles are released, a “war” of sorts begins, as fans insist that one console must win over the others. This often leads to interesting interpretations of data. The results are in for the video game and console sales in December, and both Microsoft and Sony have reported the data in such a way as to suggest the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 is in the lead, respectively.

Microsoft noted that the Xbox One was the highest-selling console in the United States during December, with 908,000 sales. Additionally, the Xbox 360 sold 643,000 units, which made it the highest-selling last-gen console and the third best-selling overall.

Sony, on the other hand, emphasized that the PlayStation 4 has sold over 4.2 million units overall, across the world. When it comes to cumulative sales, they are in the lead. Meanwhile, the Nintendo 3DS took the lead for 2013 hardware sales, and the Wii U sold more units in December than in any month so far.

The highest-selling games were Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4, although Grand Theft Auto V sold more copies in 2013 than any other game. Overall, video game sales for December were quite high—total game sales rose 2% from the previous year and hardware sales rose 28%.

With everyone giving the data their own spin, the most accurate view that can be taken from the sales is that the video game market is doing well, and all three of the major console companies have their own successes to celebrate.

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China suspends ban on foreign consoles

January 7, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


After fourteen years, China has suspended the ban that prevented foreign video game consoles from being sold in the country. Foreign companies are now allowed to make consoles in Shanghai’s free trade zone and sell them in China.

The ban was put into place in 2000, because the Chinese government felt video games had negative effects on youth. Ever since then, consoles could only be acquired in China through gray market sales, where a third party would sell them. In 2013, China generated $10 million of revenue from console game sales.

Foreign first party companies such as Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft can now sell their consoles in China themselves, but the suspension of the ban is a temporary one. There has been no indication of how long it will be before it goes back into effect. Nevertheless, for as long as it lasts, this is excellent news for both the companies and gamers in China.

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Historic pricing of all consoles from Atari 2600 to PS4

December 17, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Ever wondered how much your old Nintendo 64, NeoGeo, Sega Master System or even Intellivision would have cost in today’s dollars, and how that might compare to the latest generation of consoles – the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U?

Well wonder no longer because Auir2blaze of reddit has created the handy infographic that you can see embedded above. Interesting to note that both the Nintendo 64 and Sega Dreamcast came in with the best value and arguably had a lot of good quality titles. Virtua Tennis was a stand out for me on the Dreamcast as was Goldeneye 007 on the N64.

Take it back a couple of decades though to 1979 and you would be paying the equivalent of nearly $1,000 ($935) for the Intellivision… We think that both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One fit in quite nicely at their respective pricing points ($400 and $500).

How do you feel about the change (or not) in prices over the years? What consoles on the list have you owned?

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Reports of bricked PS4 consoles start rolling in

November 14, 2013 by Staff - 2 Comments


As more and more PS4s find their way to new owners we’re unfortunately getting quite a few reports of bricked consoles, and most of the issues appear to relate to either the HDMI port on the device or its hard-drive.

This thread on Reddit has a handy breakdown of the reported issues (as does this Pastebin post), and as you’ll see while a lot of the bricked console reports appear to come from people who won a free PS4 via the Taco Bell contest, there are others too, including from gaming publications such as IGN, GiantBomb and Kotaku.

Sony itself has weighed in on the issue both officially and unofficially. First it said that only 0.04% of pre-launch units that have shipped to date have been reported as defective. Meanwhile SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida also acknowledged the issues via Twitter with the following:

If you want to minimize the chances of your console bricking when you update it to 1.50 (or even bricking full stop) then we recommend following this guide to updating the software on the console.

And if you do brick, we recommend visiting the official PS4 support forums at Sony, or otherwise following some of the suggestions we’ve outlined in this post.

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Side by side: PS4 and Xbox One

June 12, 2013 by Staff - 1 Comment

The immediate comment when a lot of people see the PS4 for the first time is “it’s so small”, while the first comment when the same people see the Xbox One is “it’s so big”. Here’s some size comparison images so you can get a proper sense of the design differences between the PS4 and Xbox One.

You’ll see that while the X1 is clearly wider and taller, the PS4 extends backwards a bit more (it’s longer/deeper). Given the height and wide differences though, the Xbox One is clearly the bulkier looking console (we guess you’ve heard the watercooler jokes)…

Anyway, which console design do you prefer and why? (more…)

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Size comparison: Xbox One versus PS4

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Is the Xbox One really that much bigger than the PS4? As you can see from the pictures below, it really depends on where you’re looking from. Front on, the X1 is definitely a bit wider and higher. Look at them from any sort of downwards angle though, and you see that the PS4 extends quite a ways back.







What do you think of the two consoles designs?

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