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Microsoft announced that the Twitch live game streaming feature won't be available at launch. It will be delayed until "the first part of 2014." Sony's PlayStation 4 has had Twitch since launch. The people at Microsoft are saying they are working on it so it can meet expectations of the community. Although there will be a delay for the Xbox One version, it will however support instant switching and you will be able to use Twitch with the Xbox One's Snap feature.
Xbox Wire Blog: "We know the ability to instantly broadcast gameplay is something the gaming community is excited about, and we are too. We are working to ensure the initial Twitch on Xbox One broadcasting experience meets the expectations of the Twitch community, so while this feature won't be available right away, we'll let you know as soon as it is ready. Our goal is to deliver it during the first part of 2014."
Today Microsoft began rolling out its new Xbox One compatible SmartGlass app for Windows Phones. While most of the existing SmartGlass App features are present, there are just as many new Xbox One exclusive features in the new app. Xbox One users can now control which apps they snap to the Xbox One screen directly from their Windows Phone.
Additionally, new features such as the Xbox Live activity feed, a new menu section, and even a home section that lets you quickly access pins is available. A new setting in the app will also allow users to prevent their phone from locking while the app is open, thus preventing the phones screen from going dark while gaming and using your phone as an accessory. Microsoft did not elaborate as to why they chose to release a separate Xbox One version of the app, but I suspect it is due to API incompatibilities.
Two men have been shot, one fatally, over a PlayStation 4 sale that went bad. The event happened in Orlando, Florida, with police confirming Emmanuel Johnson, had agreed to meet a man outside Orlando police HQ at 4:30pm to buy his PS4.
Well, the location was changed at the last minute, and Johnson ended up dying from his gunshot wound. It's a sad story, especially over something that is worth $399, and a life has been lost. It is the first PS4 robbery, and unfortunately, it most likely will not be the last.
Many of those who bought PlayStation 4 consoles early are experiencing frequent and sometimes system bricking errors, and today we are learning that replacement systems will not be arriving until 2014. Call it sabotage, an acceptable margin of failure, or poor design, the fact still stands that many PlayStation 4 owners will have to wait months to get their consoles replaced.
The issues range from poor thermal dissipation which leads to overheating, while other reports suggest a red-ring-of-death type event where the PS4 will fail to boot, and will flash the status LEDs indicating an error. While this is common for the first devices off the assembly line, the true cause could be much more nefarious and could involve internal sabotage at the time of manufacture.
A report from Geek.com says that Sony is now telling customers that replacement PS4 units will not be available for shipping until February . If you purchased your dead PS4 from Amazon.com and opted for the extended warranty, then you could get your replacement console as early as January 2014, but you should expect to wait until Feburary like everyone else. Best Buy and GameStop also could see replacement units arrive as early as January, but that is still up in the air as well.
Sony released the PlayStation 4 last Friday on the 15th. Users are reporting a few issues with the console such as the HDMI problems and some consoles are arriving bricked or have a blinking blue light. Sony has a support thread up on their forums to help users that have got this problem.
Sony has not pointed out what is causing the issue, their posts on the Sony forums are listed as "no video/audio output" "console powering off after blinking blue light" and "blue indicator light blinking" The Issue might be caused by TVs not being compatible or not being up to date on their firmware, according to Sony. Currently 40% of Amazon reviews are a one star for the PlayStation 4. Sony says they will be replacing all the affected consoles.
One million times $399 is a cool $400 million or so, which is the amount of money Sony made in the first 24 hours of the PlayStation 4 being on sale. The 1 million PS4 units are only counted from the US and Canada launches, so this number should skyrocket in the coming weeks.
Sony estimates that as the PS4 launches in more territories, that number should reach around 3 million before the New Year is here. By March 2014, the Japanese electronics giant wants to hit 5 million, which I don't see being a problem at all. President of Sony's game division, Jack Tretton, has said: "This is a marathon, not a sprint, but getting out to a nice start is a good thing. That hurdle has been cleared. We're very, very confident we're in great shape."
Normally I wouldn't like to write about porn in my news, but hey - the porn industry defines what medium is going to come in next, like it did with VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray. But, it looks like the PS4 is the system of choice for Pornhub, and this could be a big, big thing.
Pornhub is the first porn site to completely support the PS4, and it could be a big tipping point against the Xbox One. The porn site already supports the Nintendo Wii U, but what about Microsoft? It might not support the Xbox One, but I'm sure we'll see support, especially considering the Xbox One is more of a multimedia entertainment unit, versus the PS4 being a pure games console, with other content on the side.
What I want to know is: will it include trophy and achievement support...
There are some PS4s in the wild that are experiencing issues, with some of them just not working at all, but to Sony, this seems like it's no big problem at all, because it represents 0.4% of all PS4s sold so far. Sony has said:
A handful of people have reported issues with their PlayStation 4 systems. This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and the vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We are closely monitoring for additional reports, but we think these are isolated incidents and are on track for a great launch.
There have been several problems reported, which leads us to believe there isn't a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of systems. The number of affected systems represents less than .04% of shipped units to date, which is within our expectations for a new product introduction.
There were some reports of users having problems with the PlayStation Network crashing and now some are experiencing HDMI issues with their PlayStation 4. They're getting a message saying "failed output signal." People from Kotaku, Forbes, and IGN are having these problems too. Although this is huge disappointment to some users, Sony says they will replace all the faulty consoles.
Sonys statement about the HDMI issue: "This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and the vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We are closely monitoring for additional reports, but we think these are isolated incidents and are on track for a great launch. As part of our normal customer service policy, we've asked those with affected PS4 systems to send them back to us so we can fully test them. We are immediately sending these people replacement PS4 systems."
The PlayStation 4 was launched today and thousands of people in the US and Canada are having problems logging into the PlayStation Network with error codes such as NW-31453-6 or NP-3500-8 and a message saying "The network connection has been lost." This is due to the mass of activity from people trying to logon their consoles. Seeing that today is still launch day in the US the problem might just be getting worse with the amount of people that that still want to pick up or purchase their consoles today.
Sony said that a fix is on the way and are asking users to be patient, but the message from their site has been removed for some reason. Users that are currently trying to download the launch day patch can also go on PlayStation's website and put the download on to a flash drive and upload it to your PlayStation 4.
Sony's message: "The PlayStation Network is experiencing extremely high volume, some users may experience some difficulty connecting. We ask for your patience."