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Microsoft launched their Games With Gold program which gives you two free games a month on the Xbox Live Marketplace back in June and were originally going to do it for just a limited time. They have announced they will be continuing the Games With Gold and that it will be coming to the Xbox One as well. They will be giving out more details later in 2014.
Microsoft's Larry Hryb sent a tweet out saying: Access to free games each month is coming for Xbox Live Gold members on #XboxOne - Details coming later in 2014
Guys and girls, this is what happens when you shoot Sony's next generation PlayStation 4 console with a high-powered rifle. It explodes, in a beautiful fashion, in slow motion to make it look even better.
Rated RR took to shooting his PS4, which might sadden people who don't have their console yet. Maybe he should've shot the defective ones going around, because I'm guessing this unit worked - and while it's beautiful to see, it does pull at some heartstrings.
Eric Lempel vice president of Sony Network Entertainment gives you a tour of the PlayStation 4 user interface. He shows off the new and improved "What's New" screen and a lot of the other new features. You'll notice the PS4 is pretty quick going through menus and how social and interactive the experience can be. For example sharing to Facebook and being able to stream your game-play for your friends to watch. The new friends list can also show you your friend's actual Facebook photo and real name, and it's an option you can turn off.
The PlayStation 4 is just hours away!
The PS4 launched in the United States today, but it looks like it is already having issues with some customers. Not only that, but some media are having issues, with Kotaku's PS4 review stating that the first retail unit it received from Sony "didn't work", and Kotaku even said that editors also used "one pre-release PS4 and three retail PS4s with no problems".
Customers who had received the borked PS4s reported that the next-gen console didn't boot, with Reddit user 'arogon' winning a PS4 through Taco Bell, receiving a DOA PS4. Another user, 'yearsoflove' claimed to also receive a dead on arrival PS4, but a replacement was currently being shipped from Sony. But all is not lost, because Sony has your back.
President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, tweeted earlier today: "Be assured we are investigating reported PS4 issues. The number is very small compared to shipped, we believe they are isolated incidents".
Microsoft has announced they will be having a worldwide launch celebration starting 11 pm ET/8 pm PT which will be streamed on Spike TV and will also be available to watch on your Xbox or on Xbox.com. They will be hosting a huge fan party in Times Square, New York and Los Angeles.
Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy: "Today we invite millions of Xbox fans around the world to join us for the launch of Xbox One, beginning on Nov. 21 as we count down the final hours to the launch of Xbox One... Xbox One will be the biggest launch in the history of Xbox and we can't wait to celebrate with our fans."
Sony's PlayStation network has always been a free service to all PlayStation users. Sony's head of global marketing and vice president of Sony Network Entertainment, Eric Lempel explains to GamesIndustry.biz why they had to make the change and that it would be too difficult to keep the PlayStation Network free. Although the PlayStation Network's app services will still be free, Lempel says the PlayStation 4 will still have an edge over Xbox One due to Xbox Live's requirement to use many of its services. Lempel also explains that you get a good value and that it is worth paying for.
Eric Lempel mentioning it's difficult to keep PSN free: "There's a ton of value in the network. We've built up the network over the years and made a significant investment... and it's quite honestly hard to keep everything free"
Lempel continues: "The network's gotten so much better and it's completely redesigned on PS4. And the investment in Plus gives the user a ton of value, so putting multiplayer in there will continue to help us build the network up for our users. It's a massive infrastructure to run this thing, and now with some of these social features there's a lot going on."
Sony has finally unleashed its next-generation console, the PlayStation 4, to at least some parts of the world. The first few reviews are still a work-in-progress, as the PS4 will continue to grow as a device over the years to come.
Something I've noticed, but I'm not surprised to see, is that most reviews of the PS4 aren't completely glowing. There doesn't seem to be a killer game, that is an absolutely must-have title. I really expected there to have been a truly, next-generation console defining title - something like the Halo of the Xbox era. Oh well. Here is a list of the PS4 reviews:
The next generation of consoles are just right around the corner. Ubisoft's CEO, Yves Guillemot comments that the PlayStation 4 is doing better in pre-orders than the Xbox One. Guillemot is not worried though, and says the Xbox One is improving in pre-orders. Guillemot was asked if he was worried about a lack in demand for The Xbox One's pre-orders.
Guillemot comments: "What we see is that there is a good pre-order list on that machine. Even if the PS4 is in front in terms of pre-orders, we see lots of improvement in the pre-orders that are coming on Xbox One. So no, we are not worried at all. We think it will be a big seller as well."
Guillemot is also not worried about the short term transition the consoles bring. Guillemot says, "The PS4 and Xbox One will be released in a few days' time and will be a new driving force for the industry,"
Guillemot continues: "We are confident in our capacity to rise to the short-term challenges posed by the transition phase, thanks to the very high quality of our games, which, combined with the upcoming arrival of the next-generation consoles and the traditional ramp-up of sales during the Christmas season will trigger positive momentum towards the end of the year."
We are hours away from the next-gen consoles launching, and an interesting statistic has hit my inbox from Amazon. An Amazon spokesperson has said that if you were to combine the pre-order sales of the PS4 and Xbox One consoles, "it would make up the largest product release in Amazon history for all categories worldwide".
This is a seriously strong statement, and goes to show the kind of money that is rolling around with these next-gen consoles launching right now. Amazon is one of the biggest retailers shipping and selling the PS4 and Xbox One, but those numbers above are just gigantic. The company with the biggest smile on their face? AMD. AMD have APUs in the PS4 and Xbox One, and they must be laughing all the way to the bank, or at least to the Kaveri APU.
One of the Xbox One's most unique features is app snapping, a feature allows users to do two things at once such as checking up on your friends via the activity feed while playing a game. Users activate the snap feature by using the command "Xbox Snap" which is picked up by the microphone in the new Kinect sensor.
The new snapping feature will even let gamers watch tv while gaming. For instance, a user may be playing Madden 25 on the Xbox One and could say "Xbox Snap to TV ESPN" and could watch Sports Center or this weeks NFL game while playing Madden at the same time. Other snap features include Skype, and internet searching. Users can use this feature to search for hints or game walkthrough in the event they get stuck in the game they are playing.