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Microsoft reports strong sales of XBox One

6 hours 30 min ago

Microsoft said it has sold more than five million XBox One consoles since they were launched in November. The news came a day after video game competitor Sony said it had sold more than seven million PlayStation 4 consoles since mid-November. Sony's numbers refer to sales to consumers while Microsoft's involve sales to retailers. Sales of XBox One were 60 percent higher than those of Microsoft's earlier iteration XBox 360 during the same length of time after it hit the market, Yusuf Medhi, vice president of marketing, strategy and business, wrote on the Microsoft blog in announcing the figures.

Microsoft's Xbox One sales cross 5 million

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:40pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has sold over 5 million Xbox One video game consoles to retailers since its launch in November, the company said on Thursday. In January, the U.S. software company said Xbox One sales had crossed three million as of the end of 2013. The console went on sale on November 22 in 13 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, a week before rival Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 was released. Sony said on Wednesday it sold over 7 million PlayStation 4 units as of April 6 and is struggling to keep up with consumer demand. ...

Zynga seeks new harvest with mobile FarmVille game

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:38pm

Social games pioneer Zynga on Thursday released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players. The San Francisco-based game maker set on its heels by a shift away from desktop computers is out to regain momentum with the mobile-format "Farmville 2: Country Escape" for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. "Just as the original 'FarmVille' created a global phenomena when it launched, we expect the same from 'Country Escape,'" game general manager Jamie Davies told AFP while providing an early glimpse at the title. The original "FarmVille" will mark its fifth anniversary in June.

Video: Sony shares major details from the next PlayStation 4 update

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:16pm

Sony detailed the first major update for the PlayStation 4 on Wednesday, introducing the SHAREfactory video editor and the ability to pre-download games that haven’t hit the PlayStation Store yet. Despite its unending success in the marketplace, the PlayStation 4 has fallen behind the Xbox One recently in terms of additional features. Microsoft began patching Xbox One almost immediately after launch, adding an enhanced Twitch application, improving the party system and updating the UI. One of the more compelling features of the Xbox One is the Upload Studio app, which allows players to record, edit and share their gameplay footage with others. PlayStation 4 owners can record footage as well, but there is no way to edit the footage from

Sony's PlayStation 4 sales top seven million

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 4:47am

Sony says it has sold seven million PlayStation 4 worldwide since its launch last year and admitted it can't make them fast enough, in a welcome change of fortune for the Japanese consumer electronics giant. "The response from the global gaming community for PS4 (PlayStation 4) has been overwhelming and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting PS4 as their next generation console of choice," Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said in a statement. "The PS4 journey has just begun, and although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers," he said. Software sales for the console are also strong, with more than 20.5 million copies sold in retail stores worldwide and through digital downloads on PlayStation Store as of April 13, 2014, it said.

Sony sells more than 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:47pm

By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Wednesday it sold more than 7 million PlayStation 4 videogame consoles in just over four months to April 6, double the number of the older version, PlayStation 3, sold in about the same time frame after its launch. Sony is struggling to keep pace with demand for the videogame console, the Japanese company said in a statement. "Although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers," Andrew House, president and group chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in the statement. The $399 PlayStation 4 went on sale on November 29 in the United States, Western Europe and Latin America, around the same time that rival Microsoft Corp's Xbox One was released.

Blizzard’s free World of Warcraft card game Hearthstone is now available worldwide on iPad

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:45pm

Blizzard announced on Wednesday that its free-to-play collectible card game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, is finally rolling out worldwide for the iPad. Hearthstone has been available on the iPad in select regions for a few weeks, but April 16th represents the app’s official international launch. The app supports the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation iPads as well as the iPad mini, Retina iPad mini and iPad Air. If you’ve somehow missed out on the explosive popularity of Blizzard’s latest title, Hearthstone is a collectible card game that offers some of the most impressive visuals and easy-to-learn gameplay in the genre. A series of tutorial battles will walk you through the nine available classes, each of which has class specific cards and a

Microsoft details every new feature coming in new Xbox One update

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:25pm

Microsoft has shown that it is dedicated to improving the Xbox One user experience, having already issued multiple big software updates for the new console that was released just five months ago. Beginning late Monday night, the company began rolling out its Xbox One April update, which includes a number of fixes and new features that were detailed by Microsoft on one of its blogs. Xbox programming director Larry Hryb, better known by his Xbox Live user name “Major Nelson,” ran through all of the new features on his blog Monday night: Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games

Atari gets into real-money gambling

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:29pm
Atari, the maker of classic video games like "Pong" and "Centipede," is about to make things a bit more interesting for players. The company said Tuesday that it is getting into real-money ...

Xbox One update rolling out with Kinect improvements and friend notifications

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:29pm

Microsoft seems to be improving its Xbox One software on a monthly basis, and April is no different. Starting today, the software maker is rolling out its latest update to Xbox One consoles, bringing some new features and improvements along the way. Xbox 360 owners will be familiar with friend notifications when players arrive online, but the Xbox One strangely lacked this feature at launch. Today’s update brings the friends notifications back, along with the ability to identify friends who are playing multiplayer games. Microsoft has also turned its attention to improving Kinect voice and motion detection with April's update.

When Selling Your Home on Your Own Makes Sense

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:55pm

Only, you don't want to give up 6 percent in real estate agent commissions. For some people and situations, trying to sell a house on your own -- called “for sale by owner,” or FSBO -- is a mistake. The National Association of Realtors claims that FSBOs represented 9 percent of home sales in 2012 and that the "typical" FSBO home sold for $174,900, versus $215,000 for an agent-assisted sale. In 2003, Bennie Waller, a professor of finance and real estate in Farmville, VA, had two months to sell before moving cross country.

'Project Totem' Brings Indie Platforming to Xbox One

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:55pm
Indie games were mostly a curiosity on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but now represent major opportunities for the PS4 and Xbox One. Press Play is an indie studio under Microsoft's wing, and hopes that its new "Project Totem" will be a feather in the Xbox's cap. Tom's Guide went hands-on with "Project Totem" (which will not be the game's final title) at PAX East 2014.

Facebook Wants to Get Into Your e-Wallet

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:49pm

The National Bank of Facebook won’t be setting up branches on the corner anytime soon, but the world’s largest social network is apparently moving further into financial transactions than just facilitating the purchase of virtual cows for Farmville players. According to a report in the Financial Times, the California-based social media giant is only a few weeks away from receiving approval to operate as an “electronic money institution” (EMI) in Ireland. Because of European Union regulations, this would allow Facebook to offer transactional and payments services across the EU. According to the Central Bank of Ireland, electronic money is “value stored on a technical device such as a chip card or indeed, a computer memory.

Nintendo's 'Tomodachi Life' trailer is totally weird (in a good way)

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:32am

Surprising game fans with confirmation that the "Tomodachi" series would venture outside of Japan for the first time with a June 6 release of "Tomodachi Collection," Nintendo's video announcement featured digital versions of several high-ranking executives. Suited and booted as they might normally be, Nintendo's chiefs instead found themselves playing with kittens, taking baths, chanting to television cameras and rocking out in front of thousands within the confines of "Tomodachi Life." Well rated by Japanese magazine Famitsu with a 36/40 score upon its April 2013 release, "Tomodachi Life" takes its name from the Japanese word for "friend." It promises "a crazy world where Mii characters of you, your friends, your favorite characters and anyone else you can imagine all live together: sometimes in harmony, sometimes not," explained Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata during a special Nintendo Direct broadcast.

Zynga names Best Buy executive David Lee as CFO

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:41pm
Zynga Inc., the maker of Farmville and other digital games, said Thursday that it has named a chief financial officer. The San Francisco-based company said David Lee will take over as its chief financial ...

Zynga names former Best Buy executive chief financial officer

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:53pm

By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Zynga Inc appointed former Best Buy executive David Lee its chief financial officer as Zynga continued reshuffling its ranks to try to return the "Farmville" creator to growth. Lee, 42, will step into the role on April 14 and replace current Chief Financial Officer Mark Vranesh, who has decided to leave the company, the games publisher said in a regulator filing late last week. Zynga has sought to revive its business by overhauling top management, trimming staff and introducing titles that can be played on smartphones and tablets. Lee was previously the senior vice president of corporate finance, treasury, mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategy at retail giant Best Buy.

Date set for New Mexico dig for Atari 'E.T.' games

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:48pm
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Organizers of a search in a New Mexico landfill for a rumored stash of what some call the worst video game ever made by Atari announced Thursday that the dig will get underway this month.

Nintendo brings 'Tomodachi' game to US, Europe

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:01am
NEW YORK (AP) — Nintendo is bringing its "Tomodachi" game for the portable 3DS system to the U.S. and Europe following its success in Japan.

Upcoming video games: '2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil,' 'Trials Fusion'

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:06am

Fans and players get ready to fill digital stadiums in "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil" and "Trials Fusion" offers up gripping stunt bike action for adrenaline enthusiasts and high score chasers alike.

Video: Super Smash Bros. coming to 3DS this summer, Wii U in fall

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 5:34pm

Nintendo announced on Tuesday night that the highly anticipated next-gen installment of Super Smash Bros. will finally release on the 3DS this summer and on the Wii U in fall. Along with the release window, Nintendo also went into detail about the visual enhancements of the multiplatform title, the game’s dedication to the competitive fighting community and the introduction of some new (and not-so-new) faces. Unlike previous games in the series, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U will run at 60 frames per second, although some of the additional in-game features, such as Pokemon and Assist Trophies, will run at 30 fps. Both versions of the game will also feature two separate modes of play: For Fun and For Glory. In For Fun