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It looks like Sony is having a great time with PlayStation 4 pre-order numbers, with the Japanese electronics giant already seeing more pre-orders for the PS4 than the launch numbers on the PlayStation 3.
Sony announced that the PS4 pre-order numbers have passed 1 million units, with Stern Agee analyst Avind Bhatia noting in a research note that the PS3 sales from the holiday quarter when it launched all the way back in 2006 didn't even breach 1 million units. This means that before the PS4 has even hit the hands of a single consumer, it has already done well in the eyes of Sony.
The war is only just beginning, though, but it's a great start for Sony.
TweakTown Web Poll Results - Next-gen gaming console
Our latest poll had over 10,000 people who answered, "Now you have the facts, which is your next-gen gaming console?"
This time, let's start the other way around, because that's more interesting. Microsoft scored the least amount of votes with its Xbox One
gaming entertainment console, with only eight percent of the votes.
Sony managed to score somewhat better taking 34% of the votes. TweakTown readers are still big PC gaming fans (or are just not interested or are buying something else).
Microsoft is committing to pushing Kinect down the throats, or living rooms, of every single Xbox One owner, where corporate VP Phil Harrison telling CVG during an interview that Microsoft's upcoming next-gen console will never be sold without Kinect.
Harrison went as far as stating that the Xbox One "is Kinect", adding that "they are not separate systems." Harrison said he currently owns the
NSA spy box gaming console, saying that it's a "very magical experience" to power up the console through a voice command and load his profile. He added: "They are not separate systems. An Xbox One has chips, it has memory, it has Blu-ray, it has Kinect, it has a controller. These are all part of the platform ecosystem."
He continued: "It makes you think about your relationship with technology in a slightly different way. It's personal. It makes you think, I wish more devices would do this."
Today, Sony announced a new trade-in program that will allow users to upgrade recent PlayStation 3 games to their PlayStation 4 versions at a significantly discounted price--around $10. This is similar to what GameStop and Amazon announced earlier this week for Xbox 360 games.
Games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Watch Dogs, and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag are on the list, and Sony's President Andrew House said that Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, and Warner Bros. are all on board right now for the program and we can expect other games to be added to the list in the near future. No mention was made on how long the promotion would run for or even how the program will work. As always, when we know more, we will be sure to pass along the information.
Today, Mad Catz announced the launch of its new Force Feedback Racing Wheel designed to work exclusively on Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One gaming console. Mad Catz says that the wheel has been specifically designed to offer the most authentic driving experience one can possibly have on an Xbox One.
The steering wheel has been CNC machined out of aluminum and then wrapped in genuine suede leather to provide a solid yet comfortable experience. Furthermore, the wheel is packed full of technology, including dual next-generation force feedback motors and high precision buttons, to ensure the highest performance possible. If that wasn't enough, the entire steering wheel is removable in the event the user wishes to upgrade in the future.
Mad Catz says that Force Feedback Racing Wheel is ideal for games such as Forza Motorsports 5 or any of the next-generation racing games coming to the Xbox One this fall. The kit also includes a fully adjustable pedal set that allows users to adjust the spring resistance, height, and even spacing on the gas and brake pedals. No information was provided on pricing or availability, but we do know that the Force Feedback Racing Wheel from Mad Catz will launch this holiday season.
Fans of the game Borderlands 2 will be happy to hear that its developer Gearbox has teamed up with Iron Galaxy Studios to bring the game to the PlayStation Vita sometime in 2014. The announcement came during Sony's Gamescom keynote with the company saying that Gearbox's Randy Pitchford is really excited to see Borderlands 2 on the PS Vita.
This announcement comes as Sony slashed the price on its PS Vita, bringing it down to just $199. No official release date has been announced and things are silent on pricing information as well. Additionally, the company made no mention of DLC add-ons or whether your Boarderlands 2 account will be able to transfer over.
Today, Amazon announced that until December 31, gamers who trade in Xbox 360 games will be able to purchase an Xbox One game for just $10. The way it works is you trade in certain Xbox 360 games, including titles like Call of Duty Ghost, Need for Speed Rivals, Madden NFL 25 and NBA 2K14, and assuming that the game is in good condition, Amazon will allow you to order the Xbox One version of the same game for just $10.
This is accomplished by Amazon awarding you a $25 bonus credit on games that have a trading value of at least $25. Combine these two values and you get $50. With all the qualifying Xbox One titles costing around $60, this means that you can purchase an Xbox One game for just $10. This comes in handy for those who want to play the latest titles before the Xbox One releases, which will not play Xbox 360 games.
Earlier today at the Gamescom expo in Germany, Sony officially announced the launch dates for its upcoming PlayStation 4 console. The next-generation console will be available in North America on November 15 at all major retailers both online and in-store. November 29 is the magic date for UK gamers who are chomping at the bits to get their hands on the Playstation 4.
Unlike Microsoft, Sony did not release any info on game titles that will be available on launch day, but industry insiders are speculating that we will see games like Call of Duty Ghost, Kill Zone: Shadow Fall, Drive Club, Knack, Skylanders, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, and Watch Dogs, available for purchase on day one. Sony has set the MSRP at $399, so if you have not already pre-ordered your copy, now is a good time to start saving!
This morning, Microsoft officially released the list of games that will be available on launch day for the Xbox One. The list contains 23 titles of some of the biggest series that will debut this fall. The genres range from first-person shooters to RPGs and casual games such as Peggle 2 and Zoo Tycoon. I have listed out all of the "Day One" games below.
- Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
- Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
- Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision)
- Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
- Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft)
- FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
- Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft)
- Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)
- Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
- Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios)
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive)
- Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios)
- Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
- NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
- NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
- Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts)
- Peggle 2 (Popcap, Electronic Arts)
- Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios)
- Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)
- Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
- Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
- Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
- Zumba Fitness: World Party (Zoë Mode, Majesco)
Additionally, Microsoft announced that all pre-order versions of the Xbox One in Europe will come bundled with a free FIFA 14 download. I'm sure for some of our friends across the pond, that is incentive enough to preorder their copy of the next-gen console.
Sony's 12GB flash-storage-based PlayStation 3 was originally only expected to launch in Europe and Hong Kong, but someone in Sony made a decision to release the device not only in Canada, but in the United States as well.
Today, Sony released the new ridiculously low storage PS3 console to the US via its PlayStation online store. The device retails for $200, which is just $70 cheaper than the normal PlayStation 3 with over 480GB more storage. While flash-based storage in a console is a good idea, the thumb drive I was given as a freebie by my insurance company contains more than 12GB of storage.