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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.