According to analyst firm Infoscout, the Xbox One beat the PlayStation 4 on Black Friday at retail. The firm claims that Microsoft's lower price point of around $50 gave the Xbox One an edge: it had 53 percent of total spend at retail, compared to the PS4's 31 percent. The Xbox One was also the top-selling console at both Walmart and Target, according to the firm.
From Software and Bandai Namco will bring a refined version of their popular hardcore action-RPG Dark Souls II to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in April 2015, the companies announced this morning. The new game will be called Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, and will offer the original game, all three of the DLC packs that have been released (the Lost Crown Trilogy), and more.
Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen says that while Sony has hit the ground running in the current generation of console wars with its PlayStation 4 console, he expects Microsoft is catching quickly.
"Clearly Sony has jumped out to a lead with a great console and I think a great pricing strategy," said EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, but "Microsoft is catching up quickly."
Those trying to transfer characters from last generation systems (PS3 and Xbox 360) to new generation systems (Xbox One, PS4) may have to wait a bit longer. Rockstar said today that its freshly released next-generation versions of the game are having trouble with the promised character transfer process.
In a post on the Rockstar Support forums, the company acknowledged problems players are having:
"We are looking into an issue preventing character transfer and GTA Online login on accounts that haven’t played GTA Online since 2013," the company says.
Sony Computer Entertainment America president Shawn Layden is defending UK-based DriveClub developer Evolution Studios, despite continual problems with the PS4-exclusive racing game since launch. The game has been out for six weeks and in that time has been continually plagued with technical issues and problems with connectivity. The game was also supposed to be launched as a freebie for PS Plus subscribers - but that version of the game has been put on hold until everything can be ironed out.
While exact sales figures were not revealed, NPD Data for the month of October shows that the PlayStation 4 is the number one selling console in the US. Sony confirmed the position of its console via Twitter.
"The results are in, and PlayStation 4 is the top-selling console in the US for October! Thank you!," Sony wrote in a Twitter.
When Rockstar and publisher Take-Two Interactive launch Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this month, purchasers can expect to download a hefty patch the minute they try to play the game. Rockstar announced today that when the next-gen versions of the game are released on Nov. 18 they will require some day-one updating.
Bloodborne Producer Masaaki Yamagiwa (Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio) announced via the PlayStation Blog this morning that From Software's next hardcore action RPG won't be released until March 25, 2015.
In new story on the next-gen versions of WWE 2K15 (for Xbox One and PS4), Game Informer delivers some bad news on specific features that had to be cut from the game(s). According to that GI report, options to create arenas, Divas, championships, and narratives through the story designer will not make it into WWE 2K15.
The age of the home console is over, proclaims Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun in a recent discussion with investors of the graphics hardware chip maker. According to a report on this investor briefing from WCCFtech, Jen-Hsun says that the personal computer is becoming the most dominant gaming platform in the world.
GANDER.tv will continue its agreement with Sony Entertainment and Turnstyle Music Group L.L.C. to stream the November 6th concert at DROM, a leading performance venue in the New York City’s East Village. Headlining the record release show is three-time Grammy-winner and current saxophonist in the Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Coffin, and his group The Mu’Tet. The concert will be available to Sony’s PlayStation family of devices and on GANDER.tv’s broadcast network. The broadcast will be accessible for a small subscription fee of $3.00 on both systems.
PlayStation Europe announced this morning that it will release a new PS4 firmware update today that - it hopes - will fix the problem with the system's "rest mode." The bug first appeared after the company deployed firmware update 2.00.
The company said via Twitter that the 2.01 update "addresses issues some users have encountered when powering on the system from Rest Mode." The firmware should be hitting North America today too.
Sony has issued an advisory for those who pre-ordered and pre-loaded the digital version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PS4 through the PlayStation Store and couldn't get the game to work.
"If you pre-loaded CoD: AW and you're experiencing issues with the game, you must delete all pre-load files from your system and re-download all Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare content," advised Sony in a response posted via the official PlayStation Knowledge Center.
Speaking on Major Nelson's podcast recently, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer says that the Xbox One price cut that went to effect today and runs until January of 2015 helps the company compete against Sony's PS4 during the holiday shopping season.
"The pricing that's going to run through the holidays is a big move for us. I think it's a good time for us to go in, and, let's just say it--compete," Spencer said during the latest Major Nelson Radio podcast.
After a rough start for PS4 owners who wanted to get into the Evolve alpha but couldn't last week because Turtle Rock delayed it (due to problems with a PS4 firmware update that caused technical problems on Playstation Network), it looks like things are back on track. The team-based online-focused action game is now available to PS4 users and the alpha has been expanded to some degree on Xbox One and PC.
The news comes from the official Twitter account for the company. It notes that on Nov. 4 at 12PM PT the alpha will be expanded to some degree:
As Sony continues to grapple with PlayStation Network problems related to the deployment of a major PS4 system firmware update this week, it has forced another major developer to delay a launch on the system.
In a post on the official site for Evolve, Take-Two announced that it would postpone the alpha test of the online team-based action game. To make up for it, Take-Two is offering an alternative way of getting in on the alpha if you happen to own a PC or an Xbox One:
While Sony is "killing it" with PlayStation 4 hardware sales, the company's latest financial results show that the company (overall) was not profitable in its most recent fiscal quarter. A 176 billion yen ($1.59 billion) impairment charge of goodwill against its mobile business caused these losses, according to the company. Sony's game business (Playstation family hardware and software) actually saw an increases in both sales and operating income, thanks to PlayStation 4 hardware and software sales.
Things are not getting better for Sony when it comes to its online-focused racing game, DriveClub for PS4. Sony's PlayStation Network problems have gotten a bit worse due to the release of the 2.0 update for PlayStation 4, which enabled Share Play and YouTube video uploads. These new connectivity issues have in turn caused even more problems for DriveClub; so much so that Sony has shelved the free PlayStation Plus version of the game. Connectivity issues, which Sony says it is well aware of, have been plaguing the network since the update was released.
Sony will launch an update on Oct. 28 that will finally add some of the PlayStation 4's more interesting features that it highlighted earlier in the year at E3. The update will finally turn on Share Play. Share Play offers PS4 owners new features that can be used with their friends. Those features at a glance are:
- Share Screen — Share your screen with a friend, allowing them to spectate. This is ideal for PS4 owners that want to watch their friends play a game and provide helpful tips. PlayStation Plus is not required to use this.
Over the weekend on the official Facebook page for DriveClub developer Evolution Studios said that "more work needs to be done" to get the online-focused multiplayer racing game for PS4 operating to an "acceptable standard." The developer has been working on hard since the game's problematic launch on October 7.
In a nifty cross-over, Sackboy from Little Big Planet will be making his way to Costume Quest 2, publisher Midnight City announced today. Sackboy will be available in the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of the game as a "hidden bonus." To find it, PS3 and PS4 players must seek out the four costume pieces to assemble this legendary ensemble.
Evolution Studios still doesn't have an ETA on the free version of its game DriveClub for PlayStation Plus subscribers. The free version of the game for those that pay a monthly stipend to Sony for PlayStation Plus was supposed to launch alongside the retail and digital versions of the game, but online launch troubles forced the studio to hold off on it.
But even as things are starting to smooth out with online play, Evolution says that it does not yet have a concrete launch date for the PS Plus version:
The PlayStation TV micro console from Sony is available at North American retailers in several packages today. The micro console from Sony comes in two flavors: a $99.99 standalone system (minus a memory card and controller), or a $139.99 bundle that includes a wireless DualShock 3 controller, 8GB memory card, and The Lego Movie Videogame.
In Europe (launching November 14), PS TV will retail for around £84.99/€99.99 and will include vouchers for Worms Revolution Extreme, Velocity Ultra and OlliOlli. Controllers and memory cards will have to be purchased separately.
According to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter, the Xbox One outsold the PS4 at retail during the month of September. According to GamesBeat, the outspoken analyst estimates that Microsoft sold 325,000 new Xbox Ones at U.S. retail last month, while Sony sold 250,000 PS4s.
If Pachter's estimates hold up (retail numbers for the month of September will be released on Thursday), September will be the very first month since launch that the Xbox One has beaten the PS4 at retail.
Sony announced this morning that scheduled PlayStation Network maintenance is to take place on October 13 in North America, and October 14 in Europe. In North America, PSN maintenance will reportedly take place between 10am and 5pm PT on October 13, according to CVG. PSN maintenance in Europe will take place from 6pm BST next Monday until 1am BST on Tuesday.
The free version of DriveClub for PlayStation Plus subscribers has been delayed, according to a report on Eurogamer. The PlayStation Plus version of DriveClub - free to those who subscribe to the monthly subscription service for PlayStation family platforms, was originally due to launch this week.
Ubisoft is backpedaling a bit after saying that it locked in the resolution of the PS4 version of Assassin's Creed Unity at 900p to match the Xbox One version. As reported on by GameSpot, Vincent Pontbriand, a senior producer at Ubisoft Montreal, said that the Unity development team "decided to lock them [the game] at the same specs to avoid all the debates and stuff."