Christmas is coming, and if you want an Xbox One under the tree, your options are slim. Online retailers are back-ordered indefinitely, and most big-box stores are a crapshoot. Still, if you're willing to do a little legwork and potentially dish out some extra cash, an Xbox One can still be yours well before Dec. 25. First, if you have time to shop around in person, do it. Big-box retail stores like Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy have very changeable stocks, and they unpack shipments at odd intervals throughout the day. You can call them incessantly (you shouldn't, out of respect for both their time and your own), but you might just luck out if you take a stroll through one during a lunch hour or early afternoon. That said, if you want to direct your time a little more efficiently, there are three places you should check right away: indie game stores, GameStop stores and Microsoft Stores. MORE: 10 Best Kids' Video Games of 2013 Not every area has an indie game store, but if you live near a major city, there are probably a few within driving or public transportation distance. New York City, for example, has the GameChamp chain, while Baltimore has a handful of Power Gamer stores. Indie game stores get small shipments of new consoles at irregular intervals, but their stock is so unreliable that they can't promise it to anyone. Because the stores only have a few employees and close relationships with suppliers, you can usually ask when their next shipment is coming in and call to confirm on that day. They may even hold an Xbox One for you if you give them a credit card number. GameStop may seem like an obvious place to buy a console, yet people often view it as a last resort rather than a first option. For whatever reason, many consumers would rather buy consoles at big-box retailers and games at GameStop. Their preference can work to your advantage. There's no guarantee that your local GameStop has an Xbox One, but if it doesn't, its employees may know of another store nearby that still has the console in stock. If that fails, Gamestop.com is selling Xbox One bundles that will ship out Dec. 16. Keep in mind, though, that you will be gouged: the bundle is $740, and includes three games ("Ryse: Son of Rome," "Forza Motorsport 5" and "Dead Rising 3") and an extra controller, with no option to buy the console by itself. The Microsoft Store may seem like a logical place to buy the Xbox One, and yet story after story reports that consumers generally ignore Microsoft Stores in malls in favor of their more popular inspiration, the Apple Store. There are a few dozen Microsoft Stores scattered across the U.S. and Canada, most often in malls in major cities. Microsoft Stores sell Windows PCs, Surface tablets and Xbox consoles, and by all indications, the Xbox One stock is high across the board. These retail establishments are not as widespread as Apple Stores, but if you have one in your area, it may have more Xbox Ones than it knows what to do with. One final alternative, for those not averse to bundles, is the Toys "R" Us website. Although venturing into a brick-and-mortar Toys "R" Us this time of year requires as much bravery and foolhardiness as invading Russia in the winter, the website has Xbox One bundles ready to ship for $620, which include a game and a controller. Whatever you do, don't use eBay. Prices on consoles are massively inflated, and scams are rampant. That $800 Xbox One may arrive in time for Christmas, but it won't seem like such a great deal when $500 Xbox Ones flood the market in January. Follow Marshall Honorof @marshallhonorof and on Google+ . Follow us @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+. Top 10 Xbox One Launch Titles PS4 vs. Xbox One: Which Console Wins? 2014 Best Video Game Console Comparisons and Review Copyright 2013 Toms Guides , a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Of all the attempts to capitalize on motion controllers after the success of the Wii, Sony’s PlayStation Move might have been the most underwhelming. Where Microsoft doubled down on the Kinect this generation, Sony all but gave up on the PlayStation Move…at least, that’s how it looked until a patent for a “Flat Joystick Controller” was published on the USPTO website last week. The patent describes “[a] controller device to interface with a computer gaming system [that] includes a body having a handle and an object disposed at one end of the handle.” This description sounds virtually identical to the PlayStation Move, but the next few lines mention a “touch surface” on the handle that responds to a player’s finger, much
By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has sold more than 2 million Xbox One video game consoles since its November 22 launch, catching up with rival Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 released a week earlier. The U.S. software giant on Wednesday said it took 18 days for Xbox One's global sales to surpass 2 million - a new company record. Japan's Sony last week said it took 15 days for PS4 sales to cross 2.1 million. The Xbox One, on sale in 13 countries, is selling quicker than its predecessor, the Xbox 360, and is sold out at most retailers, said Microsoft Xbox spokesman David Dennis.
Just 18 days after launching its latest console simultaneously in 13 countries, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One has sold over 2 million units. Since November 22, an average of 111,111 Xbox One consoles have been sold daily worldwide. Microsoft reports that Xbox One owners have already spent a total of 83 million hours playing, watching TV or accessing the apps available through the console. These figures indicate that the Xbox One is selling roughly as quickly as its arch rival, the Sony PS4.
There are no losers (except Nintendo) in the epic Microsoft-Sony console war so far. Microsoft’s Xbox Live programming director Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb announced on Wednesday that Microsoft has now sold 2 million Xbox One consoles in the two-and-a-half weeks since its November 22nd launch. In hitting the 2 million sales mark, Microsoft has kept pace with Sony, which announced last week that it has sold roughly 2.1 million PlayStation 4 consoles so far. Given that Sony had a one-week head start over Microsoft because it launched the PlayStation 4 on November 15th, it’s fair to say that neither company has emerged as a clear winner in the early stages of the next-generation console wars.
Steer by tilt or touch, customize your kart, and race for the finish line in search of what the Angry Birds love best. Like "Disney Infinity," the latest run of "Skylanders" games, and "Angry Birds Star Wars II," there are tie-ins to real-world toys in the form of Hasbro's compatible Telepods and Jenga lines, used to unlock extra content within "Angry Birds Go!" Angry Birds Go Launch Trailer: youtu.be/XreVL3Q0Gyk
The years of waiting have finally come to a close: Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 are here. Many of you have undoubtedly already made your choice, but there are millions more who are setting aside some cash or carefully crafting a holiday wish list this year who have yet to decide which console is worth the investment. We reviewed both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 without getting into any comparisons between the two, but all bets are off in this final console showdown. Only one black box can be crowned king of this console generation. Hardware: From a visual standpoint, the PlayStation 4 is a better looking, less bulky piece of hardware. Despite its odd, angular design, the PS4 is
Want to make your Xbox 360 games work on an Xbox One? "There is no way to make your Xbox One backwards compatible & performing steps to attempt this could make your console inoperable," warns Xbox Live director Larry Hyrb. Microsoft's brand new console ships with a hidden developer mode intact, and the console manufacturer has plans to enable it in the future. The fake Backwards Compatibility Unlock fools users into activating the devkit mode early, prompting the Xbox One to enter an endless reboot cycle.
Owners of Nintendo's 3DS and Wii U consoles now have a way to link the two. Today's promised version 7.0 update for the 3DS lets you log into the handheld system with a Nintendo Network ID, whether you're creating one for the first time or carrying it over from the Wii U; in the latter scenario, you'll finally be able to access the eShop with a unified balance across both systems. At least, that's the theory — we were able to download the firmware update without any problems, but all attempts to access the eShop so far have returned a connection error, suggesting that Nintendo is suffering network issues.
Imagine a terrorist group in Central Asia that wants to fund an attack inside the United States. That is to say, play the game constantly, gathering virtual currency all the time. They would also need an associate in the U.S., with access to a peer-to-peer payments system, such as PayPal. The terrorist group, through the labor of its own hired gamers, transforms its cash into virtual currency.
By all accounts Microsoft’s Xbox One has sold very well so far but there have been some indications that it’s already fallen behind sales of Sony’s PlayStation 4. Forbes contributor Paul Tassi notes that after Sony announced that PS4 sales were up to 2.1 million last week, Microsoft responded by… talking about how many hours gamers have spent playing Xbox One games. Microsoft’s silence on the latest sales figures follows reports that the PlayStation 4 is outselling the Xbox One in the United Kingdom and polls showing that more gamers plan to buy a PlayStation 4 over the Xbox One during the holiday shopping season. When looking for reasons why Xbox One sales may be lagging behind the PlayStation 4,
An instruction sheet purportedly revealing an Xbox One backwards compatibility unlock method has been posted online, although the instructions will actually brick the console instead of letting users play Xbox 360 games on it. What actually happens when performing the steps in the order specified? The Xbox One enters into a continuous reboot state, thus rendering the console completely unusable. It’s not known how many Xbox One users may have been fooled by the fake instructions, but Xbox One owners should stay away from such tricks. Microsoft’s Larry Hryb aka “Major Nelson” on Friday posted a short message on Twitter advising Xbox One users to ignore such procedures. “To be clear there is no way to make your Xbox One
As it turns out, your guild isn't the only group watching your level 90 dwarf warrior slay the Horde like its a walk through the park: The NSA and its British intelligence counterpart, the GCHQ, are watching World of Warcraft, too. That's according to a new report from The Guardian, The New York Times, and ProPublica, which also details the intelligence community's surveillance of Second Life and the Microsoft XBox Live network. According to the report, the NSA collected the content and metadata of communications between players, while creating characters to target (and attempt to recruit) specific users. According to one 2008 NSA document, intelligence officials were able to match "terrorist target selectors” to accounts in a handful of online games.
The Guardian has been dropping a steady stream of bombs about the NSA’s activities in recent months. They keep getting more and more bizarre. The weirdest story yet involves NSA infiltration of popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft. According to leaked documents provided by Edward Snowden, the NSA has deployed agents to virtual realms of WoW and Second Life, and has also targeted Xbox Live. Apparently, the NSA had written a white paper called “Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments” already in 2008, demonstrating that government agencies can be impressively nimble and with-it… when it comes to snooping every facet of people’s lives. Maybe the most interesting part of this new revelation is the NSA’s focus
The latest story gleaned from National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's leaks is less menacing and more whimsical, like the plot for a spy comedy. Here's how The Guardian's James Ball — who collaborated on the story with The New York Times and Pro Publica — begins his story: To the National Security Agency analyst writing a briefing to his superiors, the situation was clear: Their current surveillance efforts were lacking something. Mark Mazzetti at The New York Times and Pro Publica's Justin Elliott note with evident mirth that agents from the FBI, CIA, and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) also "entered terrain populated by digital avatars that include elves, gnomes, and supermodels."
If you're wondering which new game console to get, and you like playing online with others, you might be thinking about which console is more popular, since Microsoft's and Sony's networks aren't compatible. If that's the case, a recent report hints that you should get a PlayStation 4, and that you'll likely be playing "Call of Duty: Ghosts" in multiplayer. A report from Nielsen shows that more gamers want Sony's PlayStation 4 over Microsoft's Xbox One. Nielsen asked 1,200 "active gamers" about their shopping plans via an online survey. Thirty percent answered PS4, 22 percent answered Xbox One and 10 percent answered Wii U. When Nielsen asked these gamers what titles they wanted for the new consoles, the most requested was "Call of Duty: Ghosts," leading both the Xbox One and the PS4 top 10 lists and ranking No. 7 on the Wii U's list. MORE: PS4 vs. Xbox One: Which Console Wins? Take that news with a grain of salt, though. Black Friday sales data gathered by research firm InfoScout showed the Xbox One outselling the PS4 two-to-one. However, "Call of Duty: Ghosts" also topped the company's results. Looking at games that were exclusive to their respective platforms, the choices were unsurprising. A new edition of the "Uncharted" series, of which little is known except its existence announced at the PS4 launch event, led for the PS4 games. A new "Halo" game, similarly a mystery (except for a teaser from Microsoft's Xbox One event in June), led for Xbox One games. And Nintendo's latest "Mario" game, "Super Mario 3D World," topped the Wii U list. All three games are part of critically and financially successful series. Follow Kevin Ohannessian at @khohannessian and on Google+ . Follow us @tomsguide , on Facebook and on Google+ . 10 Best Online Game Sites and Apps 10 Steam Games Under $10 How to Connect a PS4 Controller to a PC — to Hilarious Effect Copyright 2013 Toms Guides , a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.