Ubisoft is apparently comfortable enough to give us a concrete date for the release of its open world game Watch Dogs. Much to the chagrin of Wii U owners, the company only offered a vague timeframe of "available at a later date." That later date will be sometime after the game releases worldwide on May 27 for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Hopefully this will be the last time the game gets delayed.
According to this Polygon report, video games retailer GameStop is engaging in a little bit of price gouging. According to the report, the retailer has raised the price of the PS4 camera peripheral to $69.99. When Sony announced the peripheral back in 2013 it carried a suggested retail price of $59. Last month the device was listed at that price point, but recently the PS4 camera has been scarce or sold out at most major retailers in the United States.
New documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden cited in a new Guardian report indicate that UK spy agency GCHQ evaluated the potential of using the Xbox 360 (and now Xbox One) Kinect peripheral as a means to spy on people. The report also indicates that the agency also considered the usefulness of the PlayStation Eye as well.
The PlayStation 4 went on sale in Japan on February 24, and according to Japanese publication Famitsu, the system sold a repeatable 320,000 hardware units. Believe it or not, the two day sales figures are a lot better than they were for Sony's last console launch in the region; the PlayStation 3 sold 88,443 units in its first two days of release in Japan. The PlayStation 2 remains Sony's fastest selling console in Japan to date, hitting 630,552 units in its first two days on sale.
In ancient times gamers in North America had to wait a year or two after a system was released in Japan to get their hands on that same system, but Sony has put that paradigm on its head with the PlayStation 4's launch. Instead of releasing its latest console system in Japan first, Sony decided to release it in North America and Europe last year instead, making gamers in its home country wait a full three months.
Around 40 percent of consumers will watch video on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones by 2018, according to a new report from research firm ABI Research. This the firm says, is in spite of strong efforts to bring online video to new devices such as Google’s Chromecast and new video game consoles from Microsoft and Sony.
Sony's games division (which covers PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Online Entertainment, and PlayStation Network) recorded sales and operating revenue of 441.8 billion yen (or $4.35 billion USD) for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2013. That's a 64.6 percent year-on-year increase thanks to the launch of the PlayStation 4 in major markets around the world last November.
Electronic Arts announced financial results for the fiscal third quarter of 2013 that ended on Dec. 31. The company said that sales of next-generation software (PS4, Xbox One) were robust, but not enough to offset a massive decline in last generation software sales (PS3, Xbox 360). EA said that it was the number one third-party publisher of next-generation software, taking a 35 percent market share during the holiday season.
Apparently a number of PlayStation 4 owners are having a serious issue with the system corrupting their save data, rendering their progress in the top PS4 titles unplayable. The problem being reported by some PS4 owners is labeled error CE-34878-0, and has become more prevalent in recent weeks. The error first started being reported back in Dec. on the official support forums for the system, but more and more players are complaining about receiving the error code lately.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about Sony's PlayStation Now streaming service, Sony Online Entertainment's all access MMO pass, Ultimate Gay Fighter, and South Australia's government being pressured into getting rid of anti-game billboards. Download Episode 83 now: SuperPAC Episode 83 (1 hour, 8 minutes) 78.5 MB.
PlayStation marketing VP John Koller says that the PlayStation 4's early lead over the Xbox One is not a big deal. Koller tells CVG that his company is not focused on any advantage it has at this early stage of the new console cycle.
Sony announced this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that PlayStation 4 owners purchased more than 9.7 million games in 2013, according to the company's own internal estimates. That figure includes both retail and digital sales as of December 31, 2013. The top selling games on PS4 in 2013 were Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14 and Killzone Shadow Fall.
Yesterday Sony announced that PS4 hardware sales topped 4.2 million in 2013 globally, placing it 1.2 million sales ahead of Xbox One.
China has officially lifted the ban on selling consoles, though the measure is temporary it seems, according to the BBC. China banned the sale of home video game consoles in 2000, saying that it did so because it had an adverse affect on the mental health of the country's youth.
Hot on the heels of Microsoft announcing that it sold 3 million Xbox One since its launch in November, Sony rolled out its sales number for the PS4. The system, which launched on November 15, sold 4.2 million units worldwide in 2013. The company made the announcement during its Consumers Electronics Show press event today.
Sony announced that it has sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide as of December 28, 2013. The figure is an estimate by SCEI, and is based on "sell-through," representing units sold to consumers.
Sony announced today that the service based on its acquisition of game streaming service Gaikai will be called PlayStation Now and will eventually stream PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 games "from the cloud." Sony executive Andrew House made the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show taking place this week in Las Vegas.
Apparently the appetites for pornography vary depending on which next-generation system you own, if you believe some freshly released stats from porn site SugarDVD. The "Netflix of Porn" (a nickname Netflix no doubt objects to) says that, while PlayStation 4 owners look at more porn than Xbox One users do, Xbox One users look at it a lot longer.
Sony is kicking off the new year right for those who subscribe to its PlayStation Plus premium online service for its various devices. In January, PS Plus subscribers will be able to download BioShock Infinite, DmC: Devil May Cry, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons for the PlayStation 3. PlayStation 4 owners will be able to grab the indie title Don't Starve. Finally, PS Vita owners will be able to grab Worms: Battle Island and Smart As...
Sony gave away Borderlands 2 for PS3 in December (which we assume is still available to PS Plus subscribers who haven't grabbed it yet).
The PlayStation 4 was the most "googled" gadget in 2013, according to Google. Google's "Zeitgeist" list for the most popular terms in 2013 related to gadgets was dominated by Sony's PS4.
The list also included the Nexus 5, Google Chromecast, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, and various Apple products. You can check it out below. Oddly enough the 3DS, PS Vita, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox One were nowhere to be found on this particular list...
You can check it out below:
MMO company Perfect World Entertainment is making a major push into the free-to-play market on video game consoles. The company announced that it has completed a company expansion by creating a console division targeting current and next-gen consoles. Planned console products expected include current and future games from Perfect World Entertainment’s suite of developers, the company said.
A Consumer Affairs report says that hacking attempts against the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are ramping up. According to the report, which is based on information from security firm Kaspersky Lab, hackers have launched an average of 34,000 attacks per day across the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and other game platforms. Kaspersky also says that it has found 4.6 million pieces of gaming-focused malware against the various game systems to-date.
As the supposed console war kicks off, it looks like Sony has a slight edge over Microsoft. According to data released by retail research firm NPD Group, the PS4 edged out the Xbox One in sales, but Microsoft says it won a battle on a different front during the launch window for the next-gen consoles. More PS4 software was sold as well during the period, but more sales of PS4 consoles and software makes sense given that the system went on sale a week before the Xbox One did in North America.
PS4 sales are outpacing Xbox One sales in Spain, according to PlayStation Spain and Portugal CEO James Armstrong. Armstrong claims that the PS4 is outselling Xbox One by more than three units to one. The console has sold about 80,000 units in Spain since the European PS4 release date of November 29, he also claims. Armstrong said that the company is working hard to fulfill another 12,000 - 15,000 pre-orders that have yet to be met due to supply constraints.
Speaking at the Game Monetization USA Summit in San Francisco this week, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter said that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata should be fired for his handling of the Wii U and the company in general.
"I don't know why Iwata is still employed," Pachter said during his presentation, according to a GamesIndustry International report, adding that the Wii U’s commercial performance has been "underwhelming” and that he believed it was “possible but unlikely” that new titles could help the system to recover.
Rakuten, owner of the UK-based games retailer Play.com, claims that Nintendo’s Wii U has seen a 75 percent sales spike in October. The company predicts that Wii U and iPad will be more popular than Xbox One and PS4 amongst children during the holiday season. The company also cites a Twitter analysis that comes to the conclusion that its Wii U and iPad range are "the most talked about presents for children this Christmas."
There's no denying that the PlayStation 4 is off to a decent start, with Sony announcing that it has already sold 2.1 million consoles worldwide since its Nov. 15 launch in North America, but Sony thinks it will do better than the PS3 did. The PS3 fell short of Sony's PlayStation 2's sales - 150 million consoles sold worldwide. By comparison, the PlayStation 3 managed to move 80 million units. With the PS4, Sony hopes to match or exceed the success of the PS2. Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House believes that the PS4 is primed to exceed the PS3.
The final episode in the Black Friday/Game of Thrones/Xbox One v. PS4 South Park storyline aired last night on Comedy Central and it was as wild, funny, and gruesome as anyone could imagine. There's not a lot we can say about the episode here that won't spoil it for viewers, but we can say that the episode mixes some crazy anime, some outlandish Game of Thrones jokes, and a couple of executive cameos to make for a highly amusing episode.
We'll leave you with this quote from the episode:
"I just want us to play Call of Duty on the right machine."
Vlambeer says that after learning about Microsoft's launch parity clause, it contacted Sony to set up launch exclusivity on PS4 for its next-gen game Nuclear Throne. When Microsoft reached out to developers to gauge interest in developing games for its platform, it promised two console development kits, a Unity license and the opportunity to self-publish their games via the ID@Xbox program.