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PS4’s impressive lead in the console market stretches to 9 consecutive months

By on October 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM.

PS4’s impressive lead in the console market stretches to 9 consecutive months

Despite some early indications that Microsoft might have finally found a way to combat the sales chart tyranny of the PlayStation 4, the latest numbers from the NPD Group say otherwise. In an email correspondence on Thursday afternoon, Sony confirmed that the PS4 had achieved nine straight months of chart-topping success, tripling August’s sales figures. More →

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PlayStation TV Review

PlayStation TV review: The most promising set-top box on the market

PlayStation TV review: The most promising set-top box on the market

By on October 17, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

At first blush, Sony’s new PlayStation TV doesn’t make much sense. It’s a standalone console, but it has been built on the back of an existing platform. It uses a controller, but not the most recent one. It connects to your TV, but it doesn’t have any internal storage. The PlayStation TV is at odds with itself. After spending a few hours with it at home, I still haven’t found a compelling reason to use it over any of my other PlayStation branded devices. Given time, PS TV could be a major competitor in the set-top box market, but right now, it’s the cheapest console available for one very good reason — it just doesn’t work that well. More →

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PS4 System Update 2.00

Sony previews the biggest PS4 update yet

By on October 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM.

Sony previews the biggest PS4 update yet

As we’ve discussed repeatedly over the past several months, the PlayStation 4 has been lagging behind the Xbox One in a major way when it comes to software updates. Microsoft’s monthly updates have given Xbox One owners a lot to look forward to while PS4 owners wait patiently for Sony catch up. It’s taken a bit longer than I would have liked, but the PlayStation team plans to take care of all the PS4’s issues in one fell swoop with system software 2.00. More →

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Xbox One Assassin's Creed Bundle

The latest Xbox One bundle contains two free Assassin’s Creed games

By on October 15, 2014 at 7:25 PM.

The latest Xbox One bundle contains two free Assassin’s Creed games

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it had partnered with Ubisoft in order to bring two new Xbox One bundles to market this holiday season. The Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle will contain free digital downloads of both the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity and last year’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for $399. There will also be a $499 bundle which will include a Kinect. Both bundles will be available worldwide on November 2nd, but Unity won’t be playable until its release on November 14th. More →

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Nintendo 64 Speed Run Video

Watch this man relive your childhood as he speeds though Goldeneye, Mario 64 and more

By on October 15, 2014 at 5:35 PM.

Watch this man relive your childhood as he speeds though Goldeneye, Mario 64 and more

In an experiment to make us all feel like we’re way past our prime, a man decided to do speed runs of “classic games” on the Nintendo 64. To make matters worse, he managed to obliterate Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64 and Goldeneye 007 — three full games — in under an hour. More →

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Xbox One vs PS4 Sales

Did the Xbox One finally outsell the PS4 in September?

By on October 14, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Did the Xbox One finally outsell the PS4 in September?

It looks like Microsoft’s efforts to attract a larger audience to the Xbox One are finally paying off. GamesBeat reports that in a recent note to investors, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter estimated that the Microsoft moved 325,000 Xbox One units in the U.S. last month while Sony ended the month with 250,000 PlayStation 4 sales. More →

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Bayonetta 2 Review

Bayonetta 2 review: A witch scorned

Bayonetta 2 review: A witch scorned

By on October 13, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

Bayonetta 2 doesn’t belong on the Wii U. It’s also exactly what the Wii U needs.

Bayonetta, the character, is everything that Nintendo hasn’t been for the past two console generations: brash, confident and self-aware. She has a sense of humor and she’ll never turn down a challenge, no matter how insurmountable it may appear. Nintendo’s willingness to take on this franchise might not be enough to restore its credibility with the core gaming crowd, but it’s a confident move in the right direction. More →

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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Preview

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris gives you the power to mess with your friends

By on October 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris gives you the power to mess with your friends

On Wednesday afternoon, I had the opportunity to demo a slate of upcoming games from Square Enix, the ever-expanding publisher / developer behind some of the most iconic franchises in the industry. As expected, the company has all of its bases covered once again in 2014, but a few titles stand out, compelling curious fans of the studio to experience something that breaks from tradition. These are the impressions of one of those games. More →

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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Preview

Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD revives an action-packed offshoot for a new audience

By on October 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM.

Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD revives an action-packed offshoot for a new audience

On Wednesday afternoon, I had the opportunity to demo a slate of upcoming games from Square Enix, the ever-expanding publisher / developer behind some of the most iconic franchises in the industry. As expected, the company has all of its bases covered once again in 2014, but a few titles stand out, compelling curious fans of the studio to experience something that breaks from tradition. These are the impressions of one of those games.
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Hitman Sniper Preview

Hitman: Sniper is a ‘vertical slice’ of the long-running franchise

By on October 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM.

Hitman: Sniper is a ‘vertical slice’ of the long-running franchise

On Wednesday afternoon, I had the opportunity to demo a slate of upcoming games from Square Enix, the ever-expanding publisher / developer behind some of the most iconic franchises in the industry. As expected, the company has all of its bases covered once again in 2014, but a few titles stand out, compelling curious fans of the studio to experience something that breaks from tradition. These are the impressions of one of those games. More →

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Xbox One Future Updates

Xbox chief explains how future updates will make the console more personal than ever before

By on October 9, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Xbox chief explains how future updates will make the console more personal than ever before

If there’s one thing that Microsoft has excelled at over the past year, it’s providing the Xbox One with a constant stream of significant updates. After a rocky pre-launch campaign that arguably doomed the Xbox One to fall behind the PlayStation 4 on the sales charts, Microsoft’s console slowly caught up with and eventually surpassed the PS4 in terms of added functionality.

The media player is just the latest example of this, but in an interview with The Inner Circle Podcast, Xbox head Phil Spencer made it clear that there’s still plenty on the way. More →

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Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Free Upgrade

Play Call of Duty? Then you’re absolutely going to love this offer

By on October 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Play Call of Duty? Then you’re absolutely going to love this offer

In an effort to make the transition to next-gen consoles as painless as possible this holiday season, Activision and Sledgehammer Games have decided to include free PS4 and Xbox One upgrades with every digital copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PS3 and Xbox 360. As long as you buy or redeem a digital copy of the game before March 31st, 2015, you’ll be able to upgrade within the same family of consoles without paying a dime. More →

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