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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.
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.