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CES 2014 - If there's one thing I don't like about not being at CES 2014, it's that Gabe Newell was there, talking about all things Steam. This includes Steam Machines, Steam Controllers, Steam itself and its users, and much more.
The Valve god himself, GabeN, took the stage and talked about Steam's 62% year-over-year revenue growth, as well as the 65 million and counting user accounts on Steam. Newell also said that Valve will be producing Steam Controllers in-house, but it will also see other companies making their own controllers, which is a nice turn of events.
Newell said that Valve has around 250 titles running on SteamOS, and that the beta users are reporting good things about it so far. One interesting thing to take away from Newell's talk at CES 2014, is that they're not pushing companies to release Steam Controllers, or Steam Machines - and he has no firm dates on when to expect them. Instead, he said that he sees Valve's role in all of this as an enabler in this process, and that if people want to know when the Steam Machines are coming, to ask the hardware makers themselves.
The Microsoft Xbox One game console is a hot seller for Microsoft, as the company has sold three million units in what little time it was available before the end of the year. As expected, the United States was a major influencer in Microsoft's success, where the company typically outperforms Sony and Nintendo.
"It's been incredible to see Xbox One selling at a record-setting pace for Xbox, and we were honored to see Xbox One become the fastest-selling console in the U.S. during our launch month in November," said Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox Corporate VP of Strategy and Marketing, in a press release. "Since our launch, demand for Xbox One has been strong, selling out throughout the holidays at most retailers worldwide."
This is a major victory for the Xbox One, as Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo remain locked in a battle to attract console gamers. Racking up three million units sold in six weeks is a great indicator that gamers are throwing their support behind Microsoft's next-generation console. The full scope of the console wars will be telling when a tech analyst group compares sales figures for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles.
Boutique gaming company Feenix launched its Autore gaming keyboard during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014, providing a high-end mechanical keyboard to make typing faster while reducing physical fatigue. Based from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Autore features lightweight keycaps providing an easy-to-click button that is responsive - and a polyurethane layer ontop of the aluminum coating helps defend against spills.
"Our goal was to create an intelligent product for a very intelligent market," said Ashkon Shayani, Feenix Creative Director, in a press statement. "The Autore offers the fastest possible reaction times and features top quality workmanship that we know gamers will appreciate."
Razer and Logitech typically are best known among gamers, but companies such as Feenix continue to build relationships with gamers. The company's products, especially mice and keyboard, cost more than rival gaming products - but the quality and innovation is top notch.
The Feenix Autore is available now and has a $163 starting price point.
If we are to believe the Siliconera translation of a tweet by Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's map is going to be ridiculously large.
So large, that it will be "hundreds of times larger" than Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, the prologue to The Phantom Pain. Ground Zeroes' map will not feature real-time changes, such as a day and night cycle, with Kojima stating that each mission will offer different experiences. The translation reads: "GZ is both a prologue to the MGS5 story and, at the same time, a tutorial for a new MGS, which transitions to sneaking simulator."
Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella has confirmed that Titanfall on the PC will not feature any mod support or map editor when it launches, but he did state that the company "will have to evaluate after launch".
This will come as disappointing, but not surprising news to most - with Titanfall hitting the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC - skipping the PS4 - on March 11, 2014. The developer will be making a PS4 version of Titanfall, but not right away.
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In the past weeks and days, much has been discussed about EA's shocking handling of Battlefield 4 and its issues. DICE employees even discussed on Reddit that BF4 was launched with certain aspects of the game being untested, presumably to rush the game out quicker to compete with the latest COD game.
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It looks like DICE is going to be unleashing some XP points this weekend to Battlefield 4 gamers, with the studio announcing a new double XP event to take place January 3-5.
Premium subscribers will earn double XP starting 8am EST on Friday, January 3. The double XP goodness will flow for 58 hours, ending at 6pm EST on Sunday, January 5. I think this is great timing, as I'm going to my first LAN in years this weekend, and will be able to double up on my XP. Thanks, DICE!
Just 12 hours after DayZ was released, it had over 88,000 copies sold, and within 24 hours it had a total of 172,500 copies. But one week down the track and we're looking at over 400,000 copies.
This is quite the achievement, considering it's still an Early Access build. DayZ has already seen a peak concurrent user base of over 40,000 players, which is another milestone in itself. Since it's release last month, there have been three major updates to the game, with many, many more to come.
If you hadn't jumped on the Steam Holiday Sales, you need to do so in the next 15 hours or so. Valve has just unleashed the last day of the Holiday Sales, and what a sale it is!
The gaming giant has bought back the most popular deals, with 24 games on the cheap! Check them out above. We have games like Batman: Arkham Origins, Metro: Last Light, Dishonored, Skyrim, Saints Row IV, Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, and much more - many of the best games of 2013 are available right now, for 15 more hours, on special.
Just a few days ago, Deadpool was part of Steam's Winter Sale, but today the game is not even listed on the service. Other digital distribution sites such as Xbox Live and the PlayStation network have removed the game from sale as well, and at the moment no one seems to know exactly why.
The Deadpool trademark is owned by Marvel with the video game being developed by High Moon Studios and published by Activision, and was one of the better games released in 2013, but now it appears that something behind the scenes has halted all sales. While nothing has been confirmed yet, I am willing to speculate that licensing issues between one of the parties involved has caused the game to be pulled, and that it will return shortly.