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.
So, what are your thoughts on the future of the Battlefield franchise? Cast your vote and let us know.
Head on over to the web poll here or look on the right side of our website to cast your vote! Also feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below.
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.
Over the last few days many gamers looking to log into Battlefield 4 have been experiencing an error that prevents them from joining any servers. The most common error reads "Error: No contact with EA Online. Please try again later." The issue first arose last week, and it appeared that EA had fixed it, but this morning the issue arose again.
EA suggest that users check their NAT type and Port Forwarding settings in their router, but several users are reporting that nothing seems to fix the issue. The issue does in fact appear to be with servers on EA's end as Battlefield 3 players are experiencing the same issue.
I just checked and I was able to log into one Atlanta based server, but was unable to log into an LA based server. Unfortunately EA has not released any info on outages this morning, and until they fix things on their end, the issues will most likely persist. I wonder if EA realizes that server downtime equals negative kills in Battlefield?
It's now officially 2014 here in Australia, and it's getting awfully close in the US, so let's jump right into the current games on special with the Steam Holiday Sales.
We have Planetary Annihilation on sale for 33% off, down from $59.99 to $40.19. Half-Life 2, if you didn't already have it, is on sale, down from $9.99 to $2.49 - or 75% off. Company of Heroes 2 is on sale, with a huge 66% off, down from $49.99 to $16.99. GRID 2 is also on special with some big discount: 75% off, reducing its $49.99 price to just $12.49.
PC gaming is dying? Not according to Valve's numbers for its digital distribution giant: Steam. According to the Steam stats page, the peak user count of 7.6 million.
This is mostly thanks to some massive specials courtesy of the Steam Holiday Sales, and some massive concurrent users on some of the hottest games like DOTA 2 and Left 4 Dead 2. What did you buy during the Steam Holiday Sales? There are some great bargains to be had, that's for sure!
Just as my Radeon R9 290X GPUs arrive, the Mantle patch for Battlefield 4 has been delayed. The news has been confirmed to Polygon, which talked with an AMD representative who said:
After much consideration, the decision was made to delay the Mantle patch for Battlefield 4. AMD continues to support DICE on the public introduction of Mantle, and we are tremendously excited about the coming release for Battlefield 4! We are now targeting a January release and will have more information to share in the New Year.
It wouldn't matter right now, because Battlefield 4 is still a mess with problems.
The Steam Holiday Sales continue, with some even bigger sales today, including Metro: Last Light for 66% off, dropping it to just $18.69 from $54.99. You can also grab Grand Theft Auto IV for $12.49, a huge 75% off its original $49.99 price.
If you're into superhero fighting games, Injustice: Gods Among Us - Limited Edition is 50% off, down from $49.99 to just $24.99. Alan Wake is a massive 90% off, down from $29.99 to just $2.99 - a bargain right there! Outlast, the creepy game that is compatible with the Oculus Rift, is just $6.79, down $19.99 or 66% off.
Today's specials in the Steam Holiday Sales include some big titles, such as Hitman: Absolution for 80% off, dropping its original $24.99 price to just $4.99, and Resident Evil 6 has 70% off, dropping it from $39.99 to $11.99.
You can grab Portal 2 for just $4.99, which is down from $19.99 or 75% off. Some large games are discounted, with Assassin's Creed: Black Flag having 25% off, dropping its $69.95 price to $52.46 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II down 50%, from $89.99 to $44.99.
If you've seen any of the previous videos of Watch Dogs, you'll know it's one gorgeous looking game - but did you know the engine behind it was originally made for a driving game?
Ubisoft North America President, Laurent Detoc, talked with IGN, where he said: "They were working on a driving engine, working on something. We had the Driver license. This was years ago. Then we were thinking, 'no, this is not the way we want to go with a driving game,' so we canceled that and restarted. It's not like Watch Dogs started as Watch Dogs. The Watch Dogs project was initially another game."
Detoc also said that parts of the engine for the previous title, were then spun into Watch Dogs once the team reshuffled and added a new creative director to the project. The developer then began working on another driving game, so that project was cancelled. Detoc added: "What happens is that a game gets canceled, and then you take pieces of that game to make a new one. We could have had another driving engine from another team in another place, and then it would have been used by the Watch Dogs team."
Star Citizen has passed over $35 million in crowdfunding, with the new stretch goal sitting at the easily-reachable $36 million. Considering we saw $33 million raised at the end of November, we're seeing millions pour into Roberts Space Industries' coffers.
Chris Roberts, the brain behind Star Citizen, said: "Wow! When I started this journey I would have never guessed that we would have come so far in such a short time. $35M in funds raised to build Star Citizen before the end 2013 it truly a monumental achievement! You're not just re-writing the rules of how games are made and funded but you're showing the power that a committed community has to achieve a vision that so many people said was no longer relevant. You've broken every record there is in crowd funding - and not just for games - for any type of project!"
I'm beginning to feel like this game won't be anywhere near complete in time, considering the scope of the game - especially with the Dogfighting Module expected this month, but delayed for months. The game does scale well at 7680x1440, something we tested with some Radeon HD 7970s in CrossFire.
Valve is currently offering Left 4 Dead 2 for free, which promptly took down the Steam Store servers, but the Steam Holiday Sales continue no matter what, right? Of course!
Today sees a bunch of new games on sale, including Skyrim with 75% off, down from $34.99 to just $8.74, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut also seeing 75% off, down from $19.99 to just $4.99. If those games don't tickle your fancy, you could grab Payday 2 for $13.49, down from $29.99 or 55% off.
Valve took to its official Left 4 Dead blog to announce that it is feeling festive, giving out Left 4 Dead 2 for free, for a limited time. Valve said the game "will be free as in, grab it now, pay no money, and it is yours to keep forever - for free!"
The only thing you have to do is go into Steam, and install it - after which, it will be in your library forever. This is a very limited time offer, with Left 4 Dead 2 only being free until December 26 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern. Jump in and grab the zombie shooter now!
Valve isn't the only one hosting some great sales, with EA kicking off its Origin End of Year Sale. Included in EA's sales are some of its biggest games.
We have Battlefield 4 at just $42, SimCity for $24, FIFA 14 for $28, Need for Speed: Rivals for $35, and Dead Space for just $18. If you wanted some older EA titles, you can pick up Battlefield 3, The Sims 3, and Mass Effect 3 for $12 each - not bad at all!
The Steam Holiday Sales continue today, with some great games on special. We have F1 2013 down 66% from $69.99 to just $23.79, Surgeon Simulator 2013 is just $2.49, down 75% off from $9.99.
If you want something a bit different, Rocksmith 2014 is $33.46, down 33% from $49.95, and the stand out here is definitely Call of Duty: Ghosts down 33%, from $89.99 to just $60.29. There are some Flash Sales that stand out too, with Dishonored seeing 75% slashed from its $44.99 price, dropping it to just $11.24.