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Sony has announced there are 7.9 million paid subscribers to the PlayStation Plus service, while not confirming how many of the estimated 13.5 million PS4 owners currently subscribe. PlayStation Plus memberships cost $10 per month, $18 for three-month bundle, or $50 per year - providing at least $36.34 million per month and up to $79 million sales per month, depending on subscription plans.
PS4 gamers use PS Plus to unlock online multiplayer, and provides free games, game discounts, cloud storage, and other perks to subscribers.
Sony CEO Kaz Hirai said in last May that half of PS4 owners subscribed to PS Plus, and the Japanese electronics company will hope to add to that momentum in the future. Serving as the No. 1 game console in the world, easily outpacing the Microsoft Xbox One, Sony has great potential to continue to ride a wave of success into the Christmas holiday shopping season.
Gaming company Nintendo managed to generate $132 million profit during the first six months of its fiscal year, which puts the company on track for its first annual profit since 2010. Also offering a bit of surprise, the Wii U game unit doubled sales year-over-year up to 1.1 million units, with a strong boost from the Mario Kart 8 release in May.
Of course, the Wii U only sold 460,000 units worldwide during the same period last year, so while 1.1 million is significantly better, Nintendo is still currently in the fight of its life.
Much of the gaming world is focused on the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 game consoles, Nintendo has quietly increased sales of the Wii U.
Microsoft doesn't plan to release a standalone white Xbox One controller, and interested gamers must purchase the Sunset Overdrive bundle. Microsoft executive Aaron Greenberg said the company is "not planning white controllers at this time," when recently asked via Twitter.
It's worth noting that Greenberg didn't say the company would never release a standalone white Xbox One, but gamers shouldn't expect it anytime soon.
Meanwhile, the Sony PlayStation 4 features black, white, blue, red and camouflage color DualShock 4 Wireless controllers for gamers.
Lazy gamers across the world will soon be able to order pizza through their Xbox One console, with the latest reports that Domino's will soon release their app for Microsoft's console.
The Sunday Times is reporting that a Kinect-powered application will require users to simply ask the Xbox One "Dominos's, feed me!" where you'll be taken to the pizza ordering application to choose your base and toppings. Microsoft partnered with Pizza Hut last year for a similar app, which was on Xbox 360 that allowed users to order pizza from their consoles.
Microsoft is getting serious about increasing the adoption of its Xbox One console, with a new $50 discount to kick off the Season of Xbox discounts for the holidays.
The $399 price is out, with a new $349 price now entered in - with the deal applying to the bundle without Kinect, as well as the Special Edition Sunset Overdrive bundle. This will start on November 2, ending as the year rings out. Most major US retailers will be having these deals, with similar specials rolling out across the world in the near future.
Sony's forthcoming update to the PlayStation 4 is an interesting one, with the new update providing something the company teased earlier in the year: Share Play. Share Play allows people to play your games, either with you or by themselves, even if they don't own a copy of the game.
The company didn't provide much details on Share Play, or when it would launch, when it teased it a couple of months ago. All Sony said is that it was coming "this fall" but now we have a firm date: October 28. Sony took to the PlayStation Twitter account, saying: "PS4's next software update, Masamune, will be available on 10/28. Includes Share Play, USB Music player, and more!" The tweet also teases that the new PS4 update will include the ability to play music from a USB device, all while playing a game. We should also expect a YouTube app for the PS4, an improved voice command system, and the ability to tune the background color of your PS4's home screen.
Let's talk Share Play. Share Play isn't some unlimited function where you could buy a single copy of a game and then a friend just plays through the entire thing for free. Share Play will limit your friends to 60 minute portions of play time, which is still very generous of Sony.
Microsoft said its first quarter Xbox sales increased 102 percent, totaling 2.4 million units, but didn't offer specific details on Xbox 360 and Xbox One sales. Despite the strong percentage boost, the Sony PlayStation 4 game console has dominated the Xbox One for nine straight months, according to NPD.
However, it appears Microsoft's incentive to include a free game title with new Xbox One purchases is working, as consumers look to save money anyway possible.
Meanwhile, the Xbox One was released to 28 new markets last quarter, and the company hopes to carry whatever momentum it has into the 2014 Christmas shopping season. Sony plans to release its sales earnings next week.
The ability to take screenshots on Microsoft's next-gen console isn't something you can do right now, with the simple screenshot taking ability meant to come in the December update, but it has been revealed that it won't be happening just yet.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has come out and said: "It's a little more technically challenging than I thought. Two weeks ago, they think they've found a good solution for screenshots. They're working on it. They know people want it. The team has a path to getting it done, and now it's just prioritizing".
Microsoft is pushing out its December update soon, with it being smaller than some of the previous updates to the Xbox One. Spencer has said that it's time "for us to pause for a little bit and settle just as all the new consoles are coming online". What do you think? Excuses? A closed-off system like the Xbox One should've had screenshot taking abilities from day one, it's not like we're talking heavy stuff here, like 1080p at 30FPS, let alone 1080p at 60FPS - there's no hardware change in letting gamers take screenshots.
The Sony PlayStation Experience event will take place December 6-7 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets will go on sale starting tomorrow, and one day passes will cost $50, while two-day passes will be available for $90.
The event will feature 400,000 square feet of PlayStation games, with panels, contests, signings, giveaways, and collective memorabilia open to attendees. This is a unique offering from Sony, trying to provide an event to PlayStation fans in a smaller, more personal setting than E3, CES, and other major industry trade shows.
Would you fork over $50 or $90 to head to Vegas to enjoy some PlayStation-themed entertainment?
Microsoft is pulling the plug on its free ad-supported Xbox Music streaming service on December 1, as the company plans to transition to a paid subscription plan. Users will be able to purchase songs and can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Music Pass.
"Effective December 1, 2014, the free Xbox Music streaming feature currently available on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and over the Internet will be discontinued in all countries where it is offered," Microsoft confirmed.
Xbox Music Pass will still be available on Windows PCs, tablets, smartphones, the Internet, and through the Xbox - with the cloud-based service also providing free streaming radio.