Nintendo’s Wii U had a one-year head start over its rival consoles and it now appears that all of that time has now been squandered. Bloomberg notes that Wii U sales are being absolutely crushed by sales of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One in early holiday shopping as Sony and Microsoft “each sold more game consoles in 24 hours than the Wii U maker did in nine months.” Recent sales figures have led analysts to project that Nintendo will whiff badly on its goal to sell 9 million Wii U consoles by the end of March and many think the company will instead sell only around 6 million units. “They steadfastly refuse to consider that the product is
Microsoft says it’s working to fix several issues with its Xbox One party-chat service. However, Xbox One owners have reported several issues with the service, including the inability to connect to friends on occasions and restrictions on using the service while playing certain titles. "I had a meeting today about much of this and I can say that things will get better," says Microsoft’s Larry Hryb (Major Nelson), in a post on Reddit. "I can't offer a timeline of a list of what will be addressed first, but we are aware of the issue and things will get better." Microsoft’s party-chat service has changed significantly from the Xbox 360 version, forcing users into a separate app that snaps to the side to manage parties. It’s not clear if Microsoft plans to return to the style of system used on the 360, but the company is promising to address the connectivity issues at some point in the future.
Microsoft is launching a beta version of Project Spark today, its game-maker project for Windows 8.1, Xbox 360, and the new Xbox One console. Project Spark is essentially a tool to allow developers, enthusiasts, and gamers to build a game within a game. Players can build custom worlds, characters, and animations from an Xbox One or a Windows 8.1 PC to play across both platforms. It's similar in concept to Sony's LittleBigPlanet, but Microsoft is making use of its history with Kodu and pushing SmartGlass integration to allow players to interact with their games and collaborate from a tablet while they build and play on an Xbox One.
Sony on Tuesday announced it has sold more than 2.1 million PlayStation 4 units in the two weeks since the console was first launched. The PS4 was released in North America on November 15, with Sony announcing over 1 million sales for the first 24 hours. Two weeks later, the console was launched in multiple markets in Europe and Latin America. The PS4 is now available in 32 markets around the world. Comparatively, Microsoft also sold over 1 million Xbox One units during launch day, although the console was sold in more markets than the PS4 on the day of its release. A recent report revealed that in the U.K., the PS4 is the more popular product of the two
Sony said on Tuesday it has sold more than 2.1 million PlayStation 4 consoles after less than three weeks on the market, as it battles Microsoft and Nintendo for supremacy in the lucrative gaming sector. The eagerly-awaited PlayStation sold more than one million units in just one day after its November 15 debut in North America and Sony said Tuesday it was on track to hit a worldwide target of 5.0 million units by March. "PS4 delivered the best launch in PlayStation history with the North American release and we've continued this incredibly successful start in Europe, Australasia and Latin America," Andrew House, President of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in a statement. Sony's latest sales figures come after Microsoft said its new Xbox One console also sold over one million units in 24 hours following its November 22 release.
Can’t we all just get along? Some have issued a call for peace but the next-generation console war is inevitable. PlayStation 4 fans and Xbox One fans have their own war going, and market research firms and other industry watchers will constantly pit the two consoles against each other as they fight for sales. While the PS4 undoubtedly took an early lead since it launched a week ahead of Microsoft’s new console, it looks like the Xbox One gained some ground and dominated Black Friday sales at two of the biggest retailers in the country. According to data released Saturday by retail performance tracker InfoScout, Microsoft started out the holiday shopping season with a bang. InfoScout issued its combined console
The title, exclusively for PS3, could join a growing list of video games currently being adapted for the cinema. The adaptation has yet to be officially announced, but Sony has registered two domain names that suggest it is considering adapting its exclusive PlayStation 3 game "The Last of Us." At any rate, the Japanese corporation has secured the domain names TheLastOfUs-Movie.com and TheLastOfUsMovie.net, although this could simply be an investment to protect its movie rights to the game in case it decides to pursue an adaptation in the future. But since Sony launched the game last June, the registration of the domain names comes a little too late to represent a precautionary measure. If Sony decides to develop a film based on "The Last of Us," the game will join a host of other games on the road to the silver screen.
It’s still very early in the new console wars but it looks like Sony’s PlayStation 4 seems to have a slight early edge over Microsoft’s Xbox One so far. The Telegraph reports that retailer GAME says that early demand for the PS4 is off the charts and that preorders for the new console have been around four times greater than what it saw for the PlayStation 3. The Telegraph also says that Amazon is projecting that the PS4 “will become the fastest selling console in Amazon UK history” and will overtake the record sales that the company has already seen for the Xbox One that launched in the country last week. We’re still in the very early stages, of course,
All year long the bad news about Wii U sales has been offset to some extent by the hope that the next big Mario title would turn around the console’s fortunes. As it happened, Nintendo crafted a fairly majestic new title in “Super Mario 3D World,” which has been garnering rave reviews in recent days. This makes it all the more disappointing that the game sold just 99,600 copies during its debut week in Japan. “Super Mario Galaxy” sold 256,000 units in its debut week, and “Super Mario Galaxy 2″ shifted 337,000 units back in the day. Of course, the installed base of Wii U is relatively weak, but the new Mario game boosted console sales from 16,000 a week ago to just 21,000 during
Microsoft on Wednesday launched its Xbox Video service on the web at XboxVideo.com, allowing users to watch movies and TV shows in the browser, using the Silverlight plug-in. There are “more than 300,000 movies and TV episodes” to choose from, the company announced, and they can be watched on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 8.1 tablets and PCs, but also on other operating systems, Macs included. A Windows Phone application for the service isn’t available at this time, but the company says it’s coming soon. The service will be available in 21 countries at first, and will store content in the cloud, allowing buyers to watch their purchases on any of the supported devices or the web. However, Xbox
The MiiVerse, Nintendo's genial social network for the Nintendo Wii U, is to arrive on Nintendo 3DS in December, with a November 27 Wii U service update laying the groundwork. Approximately 4 million Wii U's have been sold since its introduction in 2012; by contrast, Nintendo 3DS ownership stands at upwards of 35 million worldwide. Behind the scenes, Nintendo will be populating the MiiVerse with entries for a selection of 3DS games and preparing to explain how the social network's connected community works to an influx of new users.
Just hours before the PlayStation 4's European release, Sony has announced that it's temporarily turning off some of the console's features to ensure a smooth experience for consumers. "Following the successful launch of PS4 in North America on the 15th November, we have seen an unprecedented influx of players onto PSN," the company posted on its European blog today. "When we launch in Europe on Friday, once again, we are expecting record sales and record numbers of people logging onto PSN at similar times, alongside the North American players already on PSN." Following PS4's American debut, the PlayStation Network experienced service interruptions and various other issues thanks to the increased traffic. As such, both features being disabled are powered by PSN: first is the "What's New" section, which tells PS4 users what their friends have been doing or playing with their console.
Steam on Wednesday published its Black Friday and Cyber Monday game deals part of the Autumn Sale 2013 promotion that takes place from November 27th to December 3rd. The company will offer different deals each day combined with flash sales that last only eight hours each. Discounts range from 50% to 80% for the first new daily deals, while flash sales have discounts between 33% and 80%. The following games are part of Steam’s Wednesday daily deals: Antichamber – $4.99 (regularly $19.99) The Walking Dead – $6.24 (regularly $24.99) Terraria – $2.49 (regularly $9.99) Sleeping Dogs – $4.99 (regularly $24.99) Rogue Legacy – $5.09 (regularly $14.99) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – $7.49 (regularly $29.99) Outlast – $6.79 (regularly $19.99)
Two separate surveys are showing that the PlayStation 4 sits substantially ahead of Microsoft’s Xbox One when it comes to polling American consumers about console preference. According to a new Nielsen survey, 30% of active gamers intend to definitely buy a PS4 console while 22% said the same about the Xbox One. According to Parks Associates, 36% of console shoppers favor PS4 while 27% are leaning towards Xbox One. These types of surveys are not always accurate, but it’s certainly fascinating that two separate polls peg the PS4 as a significant favorite over the Xbox One. The Nielsen figures would translate to a volume advantage of more than 40% for Sony’s machine. It’s possible that the decision to price the Xbox One
In addition to providing a template for writing quick, easy-to-use Xbox One-related “doctor’s orders,” Microsoft is also providing a similar email form for convincing your significant other that an Xbox One purchase is necessary this Christmas. Just like the doctor’s orders form, the new letter can be customized to perfectly explain why you deserve an Xbox One and why your girlfriend/boyfriend should buy you one. The template does contain some funny quotes, but it can be perceived to be a bit sexist, as it primarily targets men looking to get the console. Even so, while the form contains language that’s better suited for men trying to convince women to buy them Microsoft’s new console and not the other way around, female gamers
Sony has negotiated with game publishers including EA and Ubisoft to adjust the prices of PlayStation 4 PSN games in order to match the cheaper Xbox One cost for the same digital titles, Eurogamer has confirmed. Games including “FIFA 14,” “Battlefield 4” and “Assassin’s Creed 4” were £8 more on PSN than Xbox One in the U.K. But those prices have been reduced just in time for the U.K. launch of Sony’s new console, which is scheduled to take place at midnight on Friday. While matching Xbox One prices, the PSN digital game versions are still more expensive than physical versions. “FIFA 14” now costs £54.99 on PSN, down from £63 earlier this week, but the same game retails for