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Nintendo Wii U's experiencing data wipe and bricking issues

Reports have just come to light of an error code reading "160-0103" in-game which has been causing some users' Wii U systems to brick themselves or wipe their data fully off the console.

 

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Gamnesia originally broke this news to the public, stating that the error is only applicable to one of the consoles latest releases and further issues appear when the user tries to enter their settings to figure out the source of the problem:

 

"It seems that this error only shows up with Super Smash Bros., and all other games and functions work fine until you play Smash Bros. or try to enter the Data Management page on the Wii U. When trying to enter the Data Management page, people have been receiving the error code 160-1710."

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Xbox One rumored to soon be updated with a Windows 10 dashboard

According to new reports, Microsoft will unleash an update for the Xbox One in January that will refresh its dashboard with an injection of Windows 10.

 

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Microsoft is reportedly holding an event in January that will better showcase the new features in Windows 10, an event that I'm sure we'll see the new Xbox One dashboard either shown off, or released. The company is expected to announce the Xbox One update in the coming month, but until then, we'll just have to wait and see.

Microsoft Xbox One reportedly outsold PlayStation 4 on Black Friday

It appears the Microsoft Xbox One carried its recent momentum into Black Friday, outselling the Sony PlayStation 4 in the United States, according to a report from InfoScout. Sixty-six percent of consumers purchased a console for their children, with 92 percent of Nintendo Wii U buyers reporting a purchase for their kids - while 66 percent of Xbox One and 50 percent of PS4 buyers making a purchase for someone else.

 

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Microsoft sold several appealing game console bundles, including its Assassin's Creed Unity Xbox One bundle - and a recent price drop - also seemed to help Microsoft.

 

Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo prepared for what they hoped would be a busy 2014 holiday shopping season, and it seems to be off to a great start.

Xbox Japan boss resigns following poor Xbox One sales in the country

Due to poor demand for the Microsoft Xbox One game console in Japan, the GM of Xbox in Japan, Takashi Sensui, has stepped down. Sensui reportedly "stepped down" from the position, but has been given a new role within the company's gaming unit: He will assume the role of General Manager for the Interactive Entertainment Business in Redmond, Washington.

 

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Not surprisingly, the Xbox One hasn't sold well in Japan - where Sony and Nintendo reign supreme - with the next-generation Xbox One only moving 38,461 units since September. There were 23,562 units sold within the first week, and Microsoft hasn't been able to build any type of momentum.

 

Xbox Japan continues to reshuffle its management, with Nobuyoshi Yokoi and Yoshinami Takahashi now in control of the Xbox Japan business.

Now is the time for Microsoft to close the console gap with Xbox One

The Sony PlayStation 4 has enjoyed a significant sales lead over the Microsoft Xbox One throughout 2014, but after a price cut, Microsoft is reportedly closing the gap. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, now is the perfect opportunity for Microsoft to make the next-generation console market even more competitive.

 

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The Xbox One has some major exclusive titles: Forza Motorsport 5, Forza Horizon, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Sunset Overdrive. Game titles such as Titanfall are available for the PC, but not on the PS4 - and only boost the Xbox One's catalog even further.

 

It will be telling to see how each company does after the holidays, with consumers expected to open up their wallets to spend on gaming hardware and software this year, analysts predict.

Sony cuts PlayStation 3, PS4 game prices in pre-Black Friday sale

It's an even better time for console gamers, as Sony also joined the pre-Black Friday fun for gamers. The Japanese electronics company has cut prices for numerous PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game titles ahead of Black Friday.

 

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There are more than 30 game titles discounted in the Sony's Co-Op Gaming Sale, including Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!!, Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse, LEGO: The Hobbit, EA Sports UFC, and Soul Sacrifice Delta.

 

Gamers looking for a new console will be able to purchase the PS4 and Xbox One this year at discounted prices.

Xbox One designer responds to critics that say the console is too big

The Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 game consoles are selling extremely well - but that doesn't necessarily mean everyone is happy. Carl Ledbetter, who was project manager behind the Xbox One's physical design, recently responded against criticism of the Xbox One's bulkiness.

 

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While the Xbox One is heavier and bigger than the Xbox 360 - at a time when consumers seemingly want to see more hardware packed into streamlined designs - Ledbetter understands not everyone will be happy when a console is released. He explained the growing pains - and what is done to overcome certain hardware design barriers that many people seem to take for granted.

 

"Everybody gets frustrated, because what we want is for everything to be wafer thin, not get hot and just be a snap to put together," Ledbetter said. "But the reality is that there are very real issues around cooling when you're pushing some number of watts in the processor, therefore the thing has to have some size to it. There's always an interesting dynamic between engineering and design, and constraints around performance.

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Microsoft offers gamers pre-Black Friday deals for Xbox 360, Xbox One

Microsoft doesn't want Xbox 360 and Xbox One gamers to wait until Black Friday and Cyber Monday to begin shopping for Christmas. The pre-Black Friday offering is available now until Monday, December 1.

 

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Game titles ranging from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Red Dead Redemption, Forza Motorsport 5, and Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition are available, along with numerous other game titles.

 

Xbox 360 and Xbox One game console deals kick into effect later this week, along with controllers, Xbox Live memberships, and Xbox Video deals launching soon.

FTC rips Sony, and some PlayStation Vita gamers will get cash back

Sony received harsh criticism from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and it looks like some PlayStation Vita gamers will receive money back. Sony promised "game-changing" features that simply weren't true, so the FTC made the Japanese electronics company stop making those claims.

 

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Also in the agreement, Sony will provide gamers with a $25 refund - or $50 games voucher - and put Sony, its ad agency Deutsch LA, and other companies on notice that it is watching.

 

The problem specifically mentioned the Vita "cross-platform" gaming features so gamers can link their PlayStation 3 or 4 game console to the Vita - being able to pause game play on the Vita and resume while using a console.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer complements Sony PlayStation 4's great year

It has been a fantastic year for console gaming, with the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 both racking up great sales since launching in late 2013. The PS4 has outsold the Xbox One all year, but it appears Microsoft is beginning to close ground, due to a recent price cut.

 

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Xbox boss Phil Spencer applauded both Microsoft and rival company Sony: "This 1st year has been incredible. Great launch for 2 consoles, exciting competition & great games. Thanks for all the support and feedback," Spencer said on Twitter. He also offered the PS4 additional praise: "Those Sony peeps had a great first year."

 

There have been 13.5 million PS4 units sold, while Microsoft has racked up 10 million Xbox One units sold since launch.

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