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Microsoft has announced a new console bundle with Respawn Entertainment's upcoming title 'Titanfall' for US$499/ AUD$599.
Titanfall is a game featuring assault pilots and heavily armoured, 24 foot 'Titans' where Respawn Entertainment assures pure adrenaline and fast-paced warfare which will set a new bar for online multiplayer gameplay. This is done with the hopes that Xbox one sales will pick up, which prompted Microsoft to reduce the European pricing from 499 euros to 399 euros. It was earlier reported that Sony PlayStation 4 is doing well is Australia and also recently about the global sales of PS4 and Xbox One.
With several reports popping up about the growing dominance of Sony's PS4 over Microsoft's Xbox One, it appears that Microsoft is slashing prices of its console to stay competitive in certain markets. Today Microsoft announced that it has dropped the price of the Xbox One from 499 euros down to 399.99 euros, which will go in effect on Friday.
In an effort to further boost sales that are beginning to lag behind the PS4, Microsoft also said that it has opened up pre-orders for a bundle pack that includes Titan Fall for $499.99. Unfortunately, even the 100 euro price cut is not enough to combat Sony's pricing on the PS4 which is currently at 349.99 euros, which is 50 euros less. The Xbox One does however come bundled with the Kinect and PS4 users must purchase their motion controller separately. What will be interesting is to see how long it takes for the price cuts to reach the US.
The Sony PlayStation 4 game console has earned another compliment from game developers, with Grasshopper Manufacture CEO Goichi Suda, "Suda 51," compliments the PS4.
Specially, Suda credits the speed of the PS4, likely talking about the console's hardware architecture, with visually stunning and complex games in development. Suda 51's company is working on a "super action game" for the PS4 and will look to benefit from the hardware power to make a more graphically intense game.
"The most impressive one to me so far has got to be 'speed,'" said Suda 51 in a statement. "As a video game console, that's the part the stood out to me the most for the PlayStation 4. We make games, so we want to make them fun, and we also put a lot of effort into making them as appealing as possible. In order to do that, we need hardware that can show 'speed.'"
Sony has launched its PlayStation 4 in Japan, over three months since the console launched in the US. With over 5.3 million PS4s sold so far, Japan is yet another market where the PS4 can stretch its legs.
The PS4 is being offered in two separate packages in the US, the first of which is the regular edition which sells for ¥41,900, or the second bundle which includes the PlayStation Camera which retails for ¥46,900. Sony Worldwide Studios' president, Shuhei Yoshida, talked with The Verge, where he said that there has been a "great response" to the PS4 in Japan.
Yoshida continued: "In a sense I hope [PS4 sells out in Japan too]. That's what's been happening outside Japan, so it would be strange to see just in Japan that there are units everywhere". Microsoft on the other hand, has not expressed any plans of launching its Xbox One console in Japan.
The Microsoft Xbox One next-generation game console is getting hammered by the Sony PlayStation 4, and it's possible an official price cut could be coming soon. Both e-tailers and brick and mortar stores already are offering discounted prices or strong incentives to try and woo consumers to purchase the struggling Microsoft console.
If customers purchase the Xbox One from WalMart, the large box retailer will throw in one free game with the transaction. Meanwhile, Target is now offering up a gift card worth the same amount as one free game title for customers looking to make other purchases.
It's a shame to see the Xbox One struggle so early, and it's going to take games such as Titanfall and other high-profile titles to help boost sales. Microsoft officials recently said it doesn't plan to launch cheaper models, or officially cut prices at the moment, though that obviously could change quickly.
Several days ago, we told you about Microsoft's plans to release new audio and video accessories for the Xbox One in early March, and today the final piece of that puzzle was officially unveiled. Today Microsoft confirmed the existence of an official Xbox One Media Remote, something we first saw leaked on Amazon last week.
The official Xbox One Media Remote features white backlit keys that are motion activated, which illuminates them as soon as you pick the remote up. Other features include a OneGuide button for the built-in Xbox One TV feature. Channel up and down buttons, and a touch-sensitive navigation pad is on had as well. Microsoft says that the remote will be priced at just $24.95 and will release world wide in early March, confirming the timeline we mentioned in our original post.
It seems that Microsoft and Sony just keep exchanging blows over which console is better than the other. Today Konami released a statement confirming that its long awaited fifth installment to the famed Metal Gear Solid franchise will in fact run better on Sony's PlayStation 4 console. This is a major blow to Metal Gear Solid fans who bought the Xbox One awaiting the game.
Konami says that Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes will run at its native resolution of 1080p at 60fps on the PlayStation 4 while only running at 720p and 60fps on the Xbox One. To further pour salt on the wound, the games creator, Hideo Kojima, said that; "I think, between the home console available in the domestic market, the PS4 is the best. Since it does it a little better than other hardware, the image quality of the PS4 is the most beautiful. It's the closest to the photo-realistic quality we are aiming at." With many new games launching with native 1080p resolutions, it appears that Microsoft may be playing catch-up with the PS4 for quite some time to come.
Convicted killer Anders Breivik is ready to go on a hunger strike of his self-proclaimed "torture" conditions at the Ila and Skien prisons in Norway. Breivik killed 77 people in a shooting and bombing rampage in 2011, and is now serving a 21-year sentence.
Breivik demanded the right to a newer PlayStation 3 game console "with access to more adult games that I get to choose myself," according to a letter he wrote to journalists. "Other inmates have access to adult games while I only have the right to play less interesting kids games. One example is 'Rayman Revolution,' a game aimed at three year olds."
The game title in question received a 3+ rating in Europe, so it's suitable for gamers of all ages above three years old. The ESRB gave the same title E+10, which means any player 10 years of age or older.
The Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One are engaged in a fierce battle in the console market, though it looks like the PS4 outsold the Xbox One by a hefty 2-to-1 margin in January. The NPD Group didn't release specific sales figures, only saying that the PS4 led the market in hardware sales, but Sony executives claimed that its console "nearly doubled" that of the Xbox One.
Game hardware sales in January 2014 were down 21 percent compared to the same time last year, though January 2013 had five weeks. Microsoft's reliance on restrictive DRM - or gamer perception of intrusive anti-piracy efforts has caused gamers frustration. In addition, cross-platform gamers are playing better on the PS4 than the Xbox One, along with the lower price tag of the PS4.
"Overall retail video game sales would be down only 1 percent instead of down 21 percent, if sales were normalized to account for the five-week January 2013 compared to the four-week January 2014," said Liam Callahan, NPD analyst, in a statement.
Next-generation consoles blend gaming and Web-based apps to keep consumers engaged in the living room.
Just when you though the console wars had died down and the battlefield had began to quieten down, a new report from Sony has came in that refuels the fight. Today Sony announced that its PlayStation 4 is now the best selling console in Australia despite Microsoft claiming it's Xbox One dominated the market down under in 2013.
Unfortunately, while the PS4 may be the best selling console in Australia at the moment, the country is still suffering from stock shortages of both consoles, and these new numbers could be greatly affected if Sony managed to get new shipments in before Microsoft did. The same can be said for Microsoft's claim of dominance in 2013, as it did manage to get more stock into the country than Sony did, and had a head start of a few weeks over Sony. Ultimately, we will have to wait until later in the year when stock levels even out and the demand no longer outpaces supply before we can get a definitive conclusion on which console Aussies like better.