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Microsoft plans to stagger the launch of Windows 10 later this year, with PCs receiving the new OS, and then smartphones, and other platforms at a later date.
The Xbox One game console, Internet of Things, HoloLens, and other services will have to wait - and it won't be the same user experience as a PC - but we'll have to wait and see what happens. Some gamers have questioned if users will be able to stream games from a PC to Xbox One, since Microsoft already confirmed gamers will be able to stream from the Xbox One to the PC.
Fable Legends, a free-to-play game that will be available before the end of the year, will support cross-platform streaming.
Sony has sold more than 22.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide at the end of March, the Japanese electronics company said during a recent year-end financial results update. Throughout the year, Sony was able to sell 14.8 million PS4 sales. More than 20.2 million units were sold at the start of March, with the company continuing to rack up sales.
Looking ahead, Sony expects to sell 16 million PS4 units over the next fiscal year, softening the blow of declining PlayStation 3 console sales.
Overall, surging game consoles helped the company rack up $576 million profit, a whopping 159 percent year-over-year increase. "I believe the largest part of our restructuring effort is now behind us, but we haven't fully recovered yet," said Kenichiro Yoshida, chief financial officer at Sony, warning that the company must continue working hard.
Marilyn Manson decided to release The Pale Emperor, his ninth studio album, on a PlayStation polycarbonate disc for the added style points. The discs actually came from the same manufacturing facility that once pumped out countless PlayStation discs years ago - done for the artistic value.
"When you open the CD it's pitch black, but we also added a thermal texture on top - after it gets hot during playback, the disc comes out all white," said Hassan Rahim, art director for the album, in a statement published by Kill Screen. "The contrasting textures definitely speak for themselves when you hold the piece."
Manson and the art directors were seeking to showcase the "dark and light" theme, as Manson said he "sold [his] soul to be a rock star." The disc encompasses the transition that the artist, most famous in the 1990s, has undergone in recent years.
Halo 5: Guardians won't be available until this fall, but it looks like Microsoft Xbox One gamers can be excited about the possibility of picking up a limited edition Guardians Xbox One console.
"There is a limited edition console coming, yes. It hasn't been revealed yet, but it's pretty sweet," said Josh Holmes, studio head for Halo 5: Guardians, in a tweet posted yesterday (which has been deleted).
Details giving us additional information about single player, vehicles, weapons, and other game details remain unknown. However, Microsoft is enjoying the hype surrounding Halo 5, and while the company put together an Xbox One bundle for its Halo: The Master Chief Collection, nothing has been confirmed about a Guardians bundle just yet. Expect the title to receive attention during E3 2015 from Los Angeles in June.
In just a few short weeks, the much anticipated sequel to 'Mad Max'; 'Fury Road' will hit screens worldwide, with a flurry of pre-release trailers commanding much attention. Strangely, the long in production video game from Avalanche Studios has been much quieter. But now Warner Bros. Games has released the first trailer of in-game footage, and it looks highly encouraging - especially for a license tie-in.
Officially announced at E3 2013, the 'Mad Max' game was originally announced for Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One before being delayed when the theatrical release of 'Fury Road' was announced last year, but now, the previous generation console versions have been abandoned.
Bizarrely, despite the long gestation, the game still won't make the May theatrical release date, but will instead drop in September when the Blu-ray and DVD version of the film is released.
Batman fans are going to go bananas for the new limited edition Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 bundle, which sees Sony's console featuring custom artwork for the Batman: Arkham series.
The new bundle will feature an MSRP of $449.99, and will include a limited edition Steel Grey PS4 system chassis with a "custom Batman: Arkham Knight faceplate, a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller in Steel Grey and the explosive finale to the award-winning Arkham trilogy, Batman: Arkham Knight".
There's a second bundle that will include "Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 Bundle available for $399.99 (MSRP), which includes a PS4 system and DualShock 4 controller in Jet Black and Batman: Arkham Knight".
All owners of Batman: Arkham Knight on the PS4 will get access to the bonus content before any other platform, as well as additional in-game missions and custom skins for both Batman, and the Batmobile.
Sony is switching out its own Music Unlimited service in favor of Spotify for the Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game consoles. Sony and Spotify hope to build a strong relationship together, and Spotify has added 41 countries as possible new user bases.
There is an effort to provide PS console owners with access to more online content, keeping them engaged and using the console. Meanwhile, Spotify has 15 million paid subscribers and 60 million total active users across the world.
Both companies have worked together to ensure Spotify is now optimized for the PS3 and PS4.
Gamers interested in picking up a console bundle likely won't see as many deals in 2015, GameStop said during a financial call. GameStop actually may have lost up to $250 million in physical game title sales because of increased bundles in 2014, according to a study from The NPD Group.
"Based on our discussions with publishers and platform holders, these pack-in programs will be significantly reduced in 2015," said Tony Bartel, COO of GameStop, during a recent post-earnings financial call.
To help generate sales in 2014, especially leading up towards the holidays, there were plenty of Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One console bundles available. Xbox One gamers saw bundles with Assassin's Creed Unity, Black Flag, Sunset Overdrive and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Meanwhile, PS4 bundles included Destiny, The Last of Us and other select choices.
The Sony PlayStation 4 game console has recently launched in China, where the Japanese electronics company hopes it can build a strong gamer base. As such, PS4 owners in China won't have direct access to online movies, television or music - and a very limited game catalog to choose from.
However, only six game titles were launched for the PS4: Mr. Pumpkin's Adventure, Knack, Rayman Legends, Dynasty Warriors 8, Trial Fusion and Age of Wushu. Games such as Grand Theft Auto V, Call of Duty, and other popular titles haven't been approved by the Chinese government.
China recently lifted a 14-year ban on game consoles from foreign countries, and will join the Microsoft Xbox One as the only western consoles currently available on the open market. The Xbox One launched in China last September.
The Sony PlayStation 4 outsold the Microsoft Xbox One in the United States throughout February, according to numbers compiled by The NPD Group. In addition, hardware sales enjoyed "high double-digit increases" month-over-month, showing "increasing momentum for this new console generation."
Even though Microsoft reportedly had "record February sales in the US for Xbox One and 84 percent more consoles cold compared to January 2015," it wasn't enough to keep pace with the PS4.
Neither Sony or Microsoft provided public sales figures, so it's unknown how big of a margin Sony had over its US competitor. Earlier in March, Sony boasted that it has sold 20.2 million PS4 units since the console's launch two years ago - becoming its fastest-selling console of all time.