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Gamers interested in picking up a console bundle likely won't see as many deals in 2015, GameStop said during a financial call. GameStop actually may have lost up to $250 million in physical game title sales because of increased bundles in 2014, according to a study from The NPD Group.
"Based on our discussions with publishers and platform holders, these pack-in programs will be significantly reduced in 2015," said Tony Bartel, COO of GameStop, during a recent post-earnings financial call.
To help generate sales in 2014, especially leading up towards the holidays, there were plenty of Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One console bundles available. Xbox One gamers saw bundles with Assassin's Creed Unity, Black Flag, Sunset Overdrive and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Meanwhile, PS4 bundles included Destiny, The Last of Us and other select choices.
The Sony PlayStation 4 game console has recently launched in China, where the Japanese electronics company hopes it can build a strong gamer base. As such, PS4 owners in China won't have direct access to online movies, television or music - and a very limited game catalog to choose from.
However, only six game titles were launched for the PS4: Mr. Pumpkin's Adventure, Knack, Rayman Legends, Dynasty Warriors 8, Trial Fusion and Age of Wushu. Games such as Grand Theft Auto V, Call of Duty, and other popular titles haven't been approved by the Chinese government.
China recently lifted a 14-year ban on game consoles from foreign countries, and will join the Microsoft Xbox One as the only western consoles currently available on the open market. The Xbox One launched in China last September.
The Sony PlayStation 4 outsold the Microsoft Xbox One in the United States throughout February, according to numbers compiled by The NPD Group. In addition, hardware sales enjoyed "high double-digit increases" month-over-month, showing "increasing momentum for this new console generation."
Even though Microsoft reportedly had "record February sales in the US for Xbox One and 84 percent more consoles cold compared to January 2015," it wasn't enough to keep pace with the PS4.
Neither Sony or Microsoft provided public sales figures, so it's unknown how big of a margin Sony had over its US competitor. Earlier in March, Sony boasted that it has sold 20.2 million PS4 units since the console's launch two years ago - becoming its fastest-selling console of all time.
Netflix may have filmed the third season of House of Cards in 6K, but why do you need that huge resolution when you're hacking the video service to run on a NES? Yes, a Nintendo Entertainment System.
A trio of Netflix engineers has a semi-working version of Netflix working on the NES, something they hacked together for Netflix's recent winter hack day. The team managed to throw up some frames from the House of Cards intro, all on a "unmodified" NES, with "some assembly required". Not only that, but they managed to get a limited browsing interface, with the feed showing some of Netflix's upcoming original shows.
Microsoft has introduced a new Xbox One bundle, something that includes Halo: The Master Chief Collection, with a bundled price of $349. Inside of the new bundle, you get the Xbox One, with a download code for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
The download is a huge 59.1GB, which includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary (both digital remasters), Halo 3, and Halo 4. The Master Chief Collection also provides gamers with access to the live-action Halo: Nightfall series which is available on Xbox LIve.
The biggest thing to take away from this is that there are still countless problems with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, with people reporting even with the latest patch, the game is still broken with matchmaking issues, and so much more.
Sony is reporting letting its most precious PlayStation 4 owners to beta test its latest version 2.50 firmware, something that will reportedly provide the ability of putting the PS4 into a rest state, without turning off games and applications.
The news is coming from someone who has leaked out the email that Sony sent to its PlayStation MVPs, that they can opt-in to the new v2.50 firmware if they wanted to. Select PlayStation MVPs received a message through the PlayStation Network, where they received a voucher to download the new v2.50 firmware beta, but they have to install it before March 9.
GDC 2015 - Sony has announced that it has sold over 20.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles at GDC 2015, with the 20 million plus consoles being sold up to March 1.
Sony notes that this is units sold through to customers, where in a press release the company added that the PS4 "continues to demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history". It wasn't too long ago that the company announced it had reached 18.5 million PS4s sold, back on January 4.
Sony Computer Entertainment's President and Global CEO, Andrew House, said: "We are so grateful for the enormous support from PlayStation fans worldwide, and we are truly humbled that gamers around the globe have continued to select PS4 as the best place to play".
Console gamers chose the Sony PlayStation 4 for "better resolution," the Microsoft Xbox One for the "brand," and Nintendo Wii because of the console's "fun factor," according to a report from Nielsen. Processing speed was the only similar response between Xbox One and PS4 gamers, with
In addition, nine out of 10 survey respondents said they owned previous generation consoles - 86 percent of Wii U owners have owned a Wii and 76 percent of Xbox One owners had an Xbox 360. The 2014 holiday shopping season helped gamers upgrade their hardware from the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3, as they transitioned to newer game platforms.
Both PC and console gamers can be thankful for increasingly sophisticated hardware - and more visually appealing game titles - as the gaming industry continues to evolve.
The gaming market is alive and well, with PC and console gamers both enjoying hardware and software titles available to them. Sony and Microsoft have a lot to be thankful for, as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox are enjoying appealing titles able to keep gamers interested.
Both saw strong year one shipments - and the global install base for both consoles has been extremely successful.
"Despite reports to the contrary, the game console market is not dead," said Eric Smith, senior analyst for connected home devices at Strategy Analytics, in a statement published by Venture Beat. "Core gamers have moved faster to this current generation than in any previous generation. The main difference in this generation is that casual gamers who bought a Wii are remaining largely on the sidelines as free-to-play casual games and mid-core games on tablets and smartphones have captured this segment of consumers."
The Sony PlayStation 4 will see its sales dominance over the Microsoft Xbox One continue, with the Japanese console outselling its American counterpart 40 percent by 2019, according to Strategy Analytics.
Through the first 14 months, the PS4 has sold 18.5 million units - and is on track to mimic the same success the PlayStation 2 had years ago. Strategy Analytics believes the PS4 will sell 80 million consoles by 2019, a dominant lead over the estimated 57 million units for the Xbox One.
The PS4 dominated the Xbox One for most of 2014, and has recaptured its lead in 2015 - and predicting extended dominance wouldn't be overly surprising. Even if Microsoft is unable to catch up to the PS4, there is still plenty of room for both consoles to rack up impressive sales figures.