Sony appeared to take the lead in the console wars when it announced that it had sold two million PlayStation 4 units, but Microsoft is firing back this morning with its own 2 million announcement. Microsoft says that in the 18 days since its launch, the Xbox One has sold over 111,111 units per day, bringing its total to over two million units sold as well.
In fact, Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi, says that the Xbox One is selling so well that demand is outpacing supply, and that the console is out of stock at most retailers. For those keeping score, it took Sony 16 days and more than 32 countries to sell two million units, while Microsoft managed to do the same in 18 days and only 13 markets. Overall both companies are winning, and it appears that the demand for next-gen consoles will continue at a steady pace for several more months.
Just how popular is the share button on the PS4's new controller? Very. Sony has said that there have been over 10.9 million presses on the button across the world, during its PS4 livestreaming services today.
Twitch and Ustream have hosted close to 800,000 gameplay streams combined, and have seen over 7.1 million spectator sessions on the PS4 since it launched. The Japanese electronics giant has also said that around 10% of all Twitch-broadcasted content has come from PS4 systems since it launched in the US on November 15.
This pushes a number of 20 million minutes of live broadcasting from the PS4 along, which is just insane.
During an interview with Wired, John Carmack talked with the struggles of requiring hardware upgrades to continue gaming. Carmack looked back on the days of making Doom a 386-only game, something that paid off, as he said the experience with a 286-based machine at the time would've been sub par.
Carmack also talked about the last generation of consoles, the Xbox 360 and PS3, with their hardware not yet fully utilized. But now, programmers and developers are having to move onto next-gen hardware. Carmack said: "Even to this day, I struggle a little bit with that; there's so much you can still do on the previous console generation."
He continued: "The 360 and PS3 are far from tapped out in terms of what a developer could do with them, but the whole world's gonna move over towards next-gen and high-end PCs and all these other things. Part of me still frets a little bit about that, where just as you fully understand a previous generation, you have to put it away to kind of surf forward on the tidal wave of technology that's always moving. That's something that we've struggled with in every generation. And now I at least know enough to recognize that some of my internal feelings or fondness for technology that I understand or have done various things with usually has to be put aside. Because data has shown over the decades that that's usually not as important as you think it is."
Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has revealed that an update is being pushed out to the Xbox One today, which should fix a fair amount of issues for the next-gen console. The full list is below:
- Addresses SmartGlass issues for some users when coming in and out of connected standby
- Addresses multiplayer issues for some users when re-joining games
- Addresses issues with inconsistent notifications for some users
- Addresses dashboard performance for some users
- Offers improvements for Xbox One's TV, system update, and content update services for scaling over time
- Updated wireless networking driver to improve connectivity issues for some users
We just reported that Deus Ex: Universe would not be getting released on the Nintendo Wii U, but that won't matter if the owner of Play.com is right with his prediction: that the Wii U will outsell the Xbox One and PS4 this Christmas.
Play.com owner, Rakuten, has said that the Wii U, backed up with the iPad, will sell more units than the next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony, even after both of the next-gen consoles have sold over 1 million units each. Rakuten told MCV that it saw a 75% increase in Wii U sales in October, and expects that upwards trend to continue as we move closer to Christmas.
The retailer is citing a Twitter analysis, which reveals that the Wii U and iPad are "the most talked about presents for children this Christmas". Play.com added: "The marketplace's social media analysis surprisingly showed that the brand new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles are trailing in second and third place respectively behind the Wii U and iPad. This is despite the fact that both new consoles sold out on Rakuten's Play.com during Black Friday, which have since been restocked. It appears that those on the hunt for the latest consoles are gamers rather than consumers buying for their loved ones."
There are a bunch of people who have fallen for a pretty serious prank that is spreading itself throughout forums and social networking sites, that is bricking their Xbox One consoles. The picture below is what people are doing - but this is a prank, do not follow these steps!
Gamers, in the hope of adding backwards compatibility to their next-gen Xbox One consoles, are trying to enable dev kit mode, which is bricking some Xbox One consoles. Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb took to Twitter, where he said "to be clear there is no way to make your Xbox One backwards compatible & performing steps to attempt this could make your console inoperable."
NVIDIA has just added a feature to its Shield device that might just pull in a drove of new consumers - 1080p streaming. You can now use NVIDIA's GameStream console mode to stream your PC games to your TV, all at the glorious 1080p res.
Although the words 'streaming' are used, there's no wireless trickery here, unfortunately. Cables are still used, as you'll need an Ethernet cable for 1080p, and you'll also require the Shield's microUSB port, too. If you want to check out the latest update, it should be getting pushed to your Shield right now, or very soon.
With the PS4 now launched in more countries, Sony has said that it has sold a "record-setting" 2.1 million units of its next-generation console. With the PlayStation 4 now finding a home in 32 countries, many of them selling out of the console itself.
Andrew House took to the PlayStation Blog, where he said: "It's an impressive and record-setting accomplishment for our company and for our industry, and we couldn't have done it without you. I want to personally thank PlayStation fans, both old and new, for your vote of confidence."
House promised that the PS4 would continously evolve, and added: "In addition to an incredible line-up of PS4 games from the best developers in the world," he said, "we will continue to introduce valuable new features and services to PS4 in the months and years ahead."
Nintendo 3DS users have been asking for a YouTube app since its release and today, YouTube has officially arrived on the handheld gaming console. At the moment, the app is only available in North America, and Europe and it is unclear when Nintendo will expand to other regions.
The app allows YouTube Videos to play on the 3DS' top screen while the lower screen shows related content. Playback is controlled via button on the device including the L and R shoulder buttons. Unfortunately Nintendo chose not to include any support for 3D video playback, which limits the content available on YouTube by some but not significantly enough to matter. It was an interesting choice though as the 3DS is know for its 3D capabilities.
The so-called "Console Wars" formed earlier this year when Microsoft and Sony began a dance to see who could one up the others new features on its next-gen console, and it appears that Microsoft may have won a major battle. A newly released report from InfoScout is suggesting that Microsoft took home the majority of console sales during Black Friday.
The retail analytic firm gathered data from about 83,000 shopping receipts, and the figures state that the $499 Xbox One topped sales at both Walmart and Target. In fact Microsoft garnered both the top and second spots with the Xbox One capping 31-percent of the Black Friday market share. The Xbox 360 managed to hold onto 30-percent which means Microsoft held 61-percent of console sales on Friday.
The report lost Sony as holding a mere 30-percent of sales with the PS3 and PS4 capping 15-percent each. Nintendo managed to grab a measly 7-percent with the Wii U accounting for 6-percent while the Wii walked away with barely 1-percent. What does this mean for the PS4? Since it has been released for a several weeks now, I think that many of its big sales numbers are over, and Microsoft led sales due to the close proximity of its Xbox One launch, combined with massive discounts on Xbox 360 units.
According to a survey from Infoscount, the most commonly purchased console from Target and Walmart on Black Friday, was Microsoft's next-generation Xbox One console.
The AMD-powered console accounted for 31% of all consoles purchased, while its main competitor, the PlayStation 4, made up around 15%. The Xbox 360 took in second place glory with 30%, while the PS3 was another 15%. Nintendo's Wii U console came in 5th position with 6%, and the Wii took just 1% of purchases.
The limited availability of the PS4 could be why the Xbox One sold more during Black Friday, with Infoscount saying that the success of both Xbox console dominance "largely attributed" to its success.
As usual, everyone is jumping on the Black Friday deals, with NVIDIA offering $50 off its Tegra 4-powered Shield portable gaming device. The Shield usually rocks a $299 price tag, but it has been dropped to $249, with some extras.
At the $249 price, you'll also receive a carry case, which is valued at $39.99, and two free games. These games are Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episide 2, and Expendable: Rearmed. You can jump on the NVIDIA Shield special by clicking this link, and free shipping is included on all orders, ending 11:59pm PST on Monday.
Sony has been going through teething issues with its global roll out of the PlayStation 4, so much so that the PlayStation Network is seeing troubles with its users.
The company doesn't want to extend these issues into every new territory that the PS4 launches in, so it will be disabling a few features in the Australian, European and New Zealand launches of its next-gen console. The sections closed off, for now, are the friend activity in both What's New and content info sections.
Sony will obviously re-activate these features in the coming weeks, but just for now, they are disabled in some countries.
A Southwest Airlines plane full of passengers had quite the surprise trip, where Mario himself jumped on board and handed out free Nintendo Wii U consoles to each and every passenger.
I think this has multiple parts which need to be discussed - the first, is good guy Nintendo, handing out free consoles - this is just great. Secondly, it's perfect timing, because the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have launched. Third, it's a completely random act of generosity on Nintendo's part. I wish I was on that flight, that's for sure.
Better yet, an actual Nintendo representative states that the console is for ages 5-95, which is great - another point for the Wii U console.
Sony is considering dropping the prices of the PlayStation 4 digital games just before its launch in Europe. Big game titles like Battlefield 4, Fifi 14, and Call of Duty: Ghosts cost about £63, which is the equivalent of $103.
Sony had spoken with EuroGamer recently and mentioned the PlayStation Network in Europe is already up and running and that they might adjust prices for the digital games before launch. It is likely that Sony's decision to slash prices is because the same titles on Xbox One cost £55 ($90). Although Sony says "nothing on the PSN is final" till the launch day. Sony's PlayStation 4 will be launching November 29th in Europe.
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.