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The Last of Us is doing well, selling over one million copies in its first week to be the biggest launch of the year
Naughty Dog's new IP, The Last of Us, is doing very well in its first week on sale. The game has sold 1.3 million copies in the first week of its release, making it the biggest launch of the year. BioShock Infinite sold 1.16 million units across two platforms - the PS3 and Xbox 360.
This means The Last of Us has sold over 200,000 more copies and considering it's a PS3 exclusive - that is some good business for Sony. The Last of Us has sold around 500,000 copies in the US, which represents a near 50% increase over the 338,000 pre-orders. In the UK, the game is selling well, with around 120,000 units shifted so far.
Likely as another shot at Microsoft, Sony has confirmed that PS Plus will not be required for PlayStation 4 users interested in using the social aspects, entertainment apps, or auto-updates. Xbox 360 users will know that Xbox Live Gold is required for Netflix, Hulu, and social aspects of the console.
It's possible that streaming PlayStation 3 games to the PS4 may require PS Plus, but it seems like that is still up in the air. Unlike the PlayStation 3 which required PS Plus for automatic updates, PlayStation 4 users will find that they get this feature for free.
It seems like some of the PS Plus details for the PlayStation 4 are still under discussion inside the company and are subject to change. This would explain why Sony has detailed the system and PS Plus fully. PS Plus will apply across the PlayStation 3 and 4 for no extra charge.
I think the line in the sand has been drawn with next-gen consoles, but just how far back as Microsoft been pushed? Well, according to a poll run by Amazon on their Facebook page, Microsoft are really losing this war, by a long shot.
They asked readers which next-gen console they prefer, the PS4 or the Xbox One and the results are absolutely huge. The PS4 has 31,689 votes and the Xbox One has just 1,754 votes - yes that is not a mistake. Of course, this doesn't mean that the PS4 is going to be 20x more popular, or make 20x the sales - but this is an interesting statistic. This doesn't mean the Xbox One is finished, but it'll be interesting to see where things sit in a couple of years from now.
All I know is that I would've bought an Xbox One on launch if there was a killer app, but nothing I've seen makes me want one. The built-in Kinect sensor being always-on kind of turns me off, and isn't something I want sitting in my house. I like that Sony at least gives you the option, which is definitely the right move.
The final box art for the next-gen consoles has been released by Microsoft and Sony. It doesn't look too bad at all, but I think Microsoft can at least have props for having the better box art this generation. First up, we have the Xbox One box:
Not bad, eh? Nice and to the point, with a great shot of the controller on the side. The PlayStation 4 box art we have below:
I think we have a lot of wasted space on the left side - and just a quick tease of the console. I'd really like to see an up-close shot of the PS4 instead of the floating shapes. Oh well, that's not my job now, is it? What are your thoughts on the box art of the next-gen consoles?
Microsoft are having to go into some serious damage control post-E3 2013, as the Xbox One is really losing steam with gamers. Xbox Live director of programming, Major Nelson, took to Reddit in r/games and during an interview answered the following question:
After the Xbox One servers are shut down at the end of the new generation, will Xbox One games still be playable?
Interesting question, which should have an interesting answer, right? Well, Nelson answered with:
I'll just say this: We haven't even started this generation, so it's kind of early to talk about the end of the generation. That's certainly something we would not do. That's not the way the system is designed. It's designed for flexibility. But let's get the system out there first.
This is Microsoft talking now, but what about in 5 or 10 years time? The Xbox 360 games can't be played on the Xbox One, which is kinda of sucky for people who have pumped thousands of dollars into their current console. I guess we'll see in a few years time, but right now I have no confidence in Microsoft. Especially if your account gets banned you lose your games...
Microsoft have just dug a few more inches of their own grave for the Xbox One by stating that if you get banned from Xbox Live on the new Xbox One, you'll also "forfeit the licenses to any games that have licenses tired to it as listed in the ToU."
This means that if you get banned, you're pretty much handing over your physical discs to Microsoft. Of course, not everyone gets banned - but this is actually quite serious as you're having physical media get banned from the XBL service altogether. Microsoft, whatever you're smoking, you could make more money selling that than you will with the Xbox One.
E3 2013 - At this year's E3, Popcap announced a new version of their popular Plants vs Zombies franchise. Known as Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, the new game takes a twist on the older tower defense game. The new game makes use of the Frostbite 3 engine, which allows for excellent graphics. The trailer is embedded below, and I suggest you watch it before moving on in this piece:
In all reality, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is probably my official highlight from the 2013 E3 show. The graphics look great, the gameplay looks interesting, and it was probably one of the biggest surprises at the show. Everyone expected most of the other games, but I hadn't heard of this until EA's press conference on Monday.
EA and Popcap tried to merge the best of the FPS world while still keeping what people loved from the original: EA took "everything you love about action games and matched it with everything our fans love about Plants vs Zombies."
It will launch on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 first, with plans to bring it to PC coming sometime later. It's not clear if it will make its way to any other systems. We saw a demo of the online cooperative mode that allows you and your friends to play together to defeat the waves of invading zombies. It will also feature matchmaking, meaning those of us without friends will be able to still play online cooperatively.
We know that Sony 'won' the next-gen console war at E3 this year with their PlayStation 4, but it looks like this strong surge in interest might hurt consumers' dreams when it comes to purchasing a PS4 on day one.
Sony Computer Entertainment CEO, Andrew House, has said that PS4 "demand may well outstrip supply" after the huge presence the next-gen console made in the last week. He spoke with the Wall Street Journal where he said that Sony have raised their internal sales forecasts for the PS4 after the supremely positive feedback by tech sites, consumers and retails over the last week.
E3 2013 - TweakTown got a chance to capture some extended in-game action of the upcoming FPS Battlefield 4 at E3 2013. Before watching the video, let me add a disclaimer that I am not much of a Battlefield player, preferring the older classic Unreal Tournament 2004. The graphics and "levelution" make Battlefield 4 an excellent game and I will soon become a seasoned veteran.
With that said, this is still an early build. I noticed various graphical glitches throughout the game that should end up being fixed by the time BF4 launches in October. I didn't get a good chance to experience the Commander mode, but it does look to be a nice addition to the game, especially since it allows the Battlefield 4 experience to be taken to tablets and mobile devices.
Planetary Annihilation is something I've been keeping my eye on, which went live on Steam this week. The problem is, you can buy it and play it now all ahead of the full launch, but it'll set you back an insane $90 for the privilege.
The $90 does also give you entry to the Planetary Annihilation beta as well as the finished and polished version which is due in December. The final game won't cost $90, which is a sigh of relief. So alpha players are kind of funding the game on top of its Kickstarter funding, which isn't cool of the developers. Some gamers are up in arms over it, with some messages from the Steam boards as proof:
There should be actual benefits for investing time and money into an alpha game (and is released on Steam, this is not on Kickstarter), not get financially slapped in thn the face for actually supporting a niche game from an unknown indie developer.
90$ For alpha? What are we doing, paying extra for the privilege of testing your game FOR you? There is literally no reason to defend this. You want people to buy in early, get some extra money? You offer it at a DISCOUNT, you don't charge MORE (substantially so) than the final product. What kinda are you guys smoking?