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The PlayStation 4 is yet to launch in Europe, with a landing date of November 29 (not long now, guys and girls!) but Sony has pushed out the PS4's 1.51 firmware update ahead of the European launch.
This is the same firmware update that hit the US a few days after it launched, which helps the PS4's overall stability, and includes some UI refinements. The 1.51 update was meant to drop tomorrow, but it has been unleashed a day early. You can download the PS4 firmware update on your PC, throw it on a USB flash drive and copy it over to the PS4 if you want to have a quicker update, or just turn your PS4 on when you get it and do an automatic update.
The Xbox One is slower than the PS4 in terms of raw performance, but this looks like it could be intentional, with Microsoft stating that the Xbox One development kits featuring 14 AMD Graphics Core Next Compute Units, with two of these CUs disabled.
Microsoft has said that the benefits to running just 12 CUs (786 cores) clocked at 852MHz versus 14 CUs (896 cores) clocked at 800MHz. This allows the Xbox One to run cooler, and keeps the yield rates much higher. We should expect Microsoft to enable the additional two CUs, which I think we'll see in a refresh of the console a couple of years from now.
It looks like eBay isn't just popular for the PS4, but also the Xbox One, with over 12,000 consoles sold since November 1. Considering Microsoft itself sold over 1 million Xbox One units in 24 hours - at least 12,000 of those were re-sold on eBay.
7,000 of the Xbox One's sold over eBay were during the launch weekend, November 22-24. Did you get your Xbox One from eBay? Let us know in the comments.
If you were one of the unlucky customers to get one of Microsoft's new Xbox One's with a bad Blu-ray drive that doesn't read or makes a grinding noise, then you might want to see this. Over on the official Xbox One forums some have found a fix to the problem of misaligned cogs. According to the video you turn over your console and strike it over the Blu-ray drive a few times, gently but firmly.
Although it is not recommended to use this trick as a fix, you might damage your console or cause another issue that may void your warranty. Microsoft is replacing consoles instantly and are even including a free game as an apology to their customers. Affected customers can choose from Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, or Zoo Tycoon.
Next year, there are two companies that have me the most excited: Valve and Oculus VR. The latter, for its awesome virtual reality device, Rift, and the former, for its multiple product releases, and software releases.
One of these, is the Steam Machine. The latest Steam Machine prototype has been teased by Engadget, which has had the first look at iBuyPower's prototype for a Steam Machine. It looks awesome, and looks nothing like a PC - which is exactly what Valve, and PC makers, need right now. There's a gorgeous light bar through the center of it, which looks like it changes color, an awesome touch.
There's a gigantic Steam logo on top, which is nice to see on a console. Better yet, it'll be just $499 and include a decent GPU in the AMD Radeon R9 270 - which is an $180 GPU on its own. One top of this, there'll be a multi-core AMD processor inside, and a Steam Controller. We're talking about specs that beat the next-gen consoles, with a price that matches them. This is what I know: I want one, and I want one now.
Unfortunately for Xbox 360 users who use their console as a U-verse TV receiver, you will no longer be able to use that service. AT&T is informing their customers that they will no longer have the IPTV support for the Xbox 360. AT&T says this will come in affect after December 31st.
Users will have to order a traditional U-verse receiver but 360 U-verse users will at least get a $99 credit in return of their troubles, according to AT&T it was originally going to be a $60 credit but they decided to make it $99. It doesn't look like they will be transferring the service to Xbox One either.
We reported about the issues with some Xbox One consoles and their Blu-ray issues, but Microsoft is quickly jumping into damage control mode, offering anyone with a broken Xbox One free games.
If you're one of these people, you can ring up Microsoft customer support, and get a free game through the Xbox One exchange program. You'll receive a digital code for one of 4 games: Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse, or Zoo Tycoon. Not too bad at all, isn't it? If you're experiencing issues with the Blu-ray drive on your Xbox One, get onto that free game deal, now!
The Xbox One's Upload Studio is an app that allows you to upload video clips of your game footage and according to some reports some users are losing Xbox Live privileges due to the profanity used in their videos. Some have reportedly lost privileges to Skype and other apps, and according to Microsoft the excessive profanity in videos can result you in getting some or all of your privileges taken. These bans are temporary and non-permanent; users aren't getting banned from gaming. Just Kinect related apps and in most cases just the Upload Studio.
Microsoft's statement: "To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls. Also, we take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users. Excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live. We remain committed to preserving and promoting a safe, secure and enjoyable experience for all of our Xbox Live members."
There is no official announcement or release date for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita "Ultimate Edition Bundle" but Sony's senior product manager; Ben Law mentioned a few days ago to MCV that the Ultimate Edition Bundle will be at retailers this holiday season before Christmas, more than likely early December.
The Ultimate Edition Bundle will come with the PlayStation 4, a Dualshock 4 controller, mono in ear mic, the PlayStation Vita, and in the leaked promo picture it looks like it will also be coming with a memory card for the Vita.
Microsoft has over 1 million Xbox Ones in the wild, but it looks like some of these next-gen consoles are having issues with the internal Blu-ray drive. Problem is, Microsoft has no solution just yet.
The problematic Xbox Ones are seeing a bad grinding sound when the Xbox Ones Blu-ray drive attempts to read discs. The other issue is, we don't know how many Xbox One units have been affected. Kotaku reported the issue earlier on this evening, seeing over 100 people e-mail them, with the problem on their Xbox One unit, or knowing someone with the issue.