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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.