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Leaked video provides first glimpse of hotly anticipated PlayStation Now

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 3:07pm

In early January, Sony announced an upcoming new service tied to its PlayStation gaming platform that gamers can’t wait to get their hands on. The service, dubbed PlayStation Now, will allow PlayStation 4, PS Vita and PS3 owners to access classic games from PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and the original PlayStation video game console and stream them from the cloud. Needless to say, the service will have a huge impact on the catalog of titles available to early PlayStation 4 adopters. PlayStation Now won’t be made available to the general public until sometime this summer, but a leaked video of a private PlayStation Now beta gives us our first glimpse at the upcoming Sony service. The first leaked video showing off


Xbox One to Receive Multiplayer Patch Before 'Titanfall'

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 2:47pm

Microsoft's Xbox One console has garnered no shortage of praise since it launched in November 2013, thanks to its solid launch lineup and robust entertainment capabilities. As with any young system, the Xbox One has plenty of room to improve, and Microsoft is hoping to satisfy fans' biggest wishes for the console with a series of updates in February and March. The first of these major updates will roll out on Feb. 11, and will allow Xbox One gamers to easily find how much storage space their saved content takes up.


Here’s another game that’s going to look better on PS4 than Xbox One

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 2:29pm

One of the major points of contention between Xbox One and PS4 owners is the purported difference in visual quality between multiplatform releases. Before the consoles even launched, rumors were already swirling in regards to a lower native resolution for Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Xbox One, and now one of the most prominent developers in the world is stirring the pot once again. According to Game Informer magazine, Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, says that Metal Gear Solid V looks better on the PlayStation 4 than the Xbox One. Konami, the publisher of the title, could not confirm to VideoGamer whether or not the game will run at different resolutions on the two consoles,


Kids learn to shoot down stroke with video game

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 1:16pm
By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A doctor who generally advises children to turn off electronic devices urges them to play "Stroke Hero," a video game that teaches kids to identify stroke symptoms and summon help, according to a new study. "While I recognize the hazards of video games, and I recognize the need to limit screen time, what better way to enable children to save lives than to have them play a video game?" Dr. Olajide Williams, the study's lead author, told Reuters Health. Americans suffer nearly 800,000 strokes a year, and on average, one American dies from stroke every four minutes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Treatment administered within four and a half hours of the first signs of stroke can save lives and reverse disabling symptoms, said Williams, who is chief of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center.

Get ready, Xbox One owners – first major update due on February 11th

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:45am

Microsoft hopes to start addressing some of the flaws of its next-gen console with a major product update coming next week. According to Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten over at the Xbox Wire, the first system update for the Xbox One will arrive on February 11th, covering behind-the-scenes improvements, brand new features, stability updates and more. Although Microsoft isn’t willing to divulge everything, Whitten has listed a few of the major additions that will appear in the update. One of the strangest exclusions from the Xbox One at launch was the ability to manually manage the console’s internal storage. This will change when the update hits, giving you the ability to see how much space any given program is taking


Xbox One gets battery life indicator with big February 11th update, more changes on the way

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:00am

With the Xbox One finally on the market, Microsoft has had a chance to hear feedback from actual buyers and customers. The new features are primarily focused on showing you what you've downloaded and installed: managing the storage space on your Xbox One is going to be easier than ever, and Microsoft is splitting My Games and My Apps into two separate lists to make managing a large library a lot easier. That's all in addition to what Microsoft calls "lots of behind-the-scenes updates" for developers and gamers alike — it's the company's first big chance to address feedback it's received from millions of Xbox One owners, and it affects everything from Kinect to overall stability. Microsoft is already working on the next update, too, which as the rumors suggested, is due March 4th.


A list of every Xbox One and Xbox 360 game launching this month

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 5:08pm

Console wars aside, gamers are in for a good year regardless of which home video game console they choose to purchase. We’ve already taken a look at the new titles headed to Sony’s PlayStation 4 and other PlayStation consoles this month, and now it’s time to shift focus over to Microsoft’s Xbox One and the previous-generation Xbox 360, which is still going strong. February is going to be a great month for Xbox fans with four titles debuting for the Xbox One including the highly anticipated “Thief” and a new Lego game, along with 10 new Xbox 360 games. The full list of upcoming February releases for both consoles, which was compiled by IGN, follows below. Xbox One Xbox 360


A list of every Xbox One and Xbox 360 game launching this month

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 5:08pm

Console wars aside, gamers are in for a good year regardless of which home video game console they choose to purchase. We’ve already taken a look at the new titles headed to Sony’s PlayStation 4 and other PlayStation consoles this month, and now it’s time to shift focus over to Microsoft’s Xbox One and the previous-generation Xbox 360, which is still going strong. February is going to be a great month for Xbox fans with four titles debuting for the Xbox One including the highly anticipated “Thief” and a new Lego game, along with 10 new Xbox 360 games. The full list of upcoming February releases for both consoles, which was compiled by IGN, follows below. Xbox One Xbox 360


How Nintendo plans to make sure next console doesn’t bomb like Wii U

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 4:26pm

It’s safe to say that Nintendo has learned a few things from its launch of the Wii U, its latest console that has been a horrendous flop in the gaming market. And contrary to many analysts’ opinions, the biggest problem isn’t that Nintendo lacks a strategy for smartphones and tablets so much as the Wii U has simply lacked the must-have games such as Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart that would make it a must-buy. However, Ars Technica reports that Nintendo is planning to make an important change that could ensure that its next major console doesn’t face a dearth of good games during its launch period. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said recently that his company is working on


How Nintendo plans to make sure next console doesn’t bomb like Wii U

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 4:26pm

It’s safe to say that Nintendo has learned a few things from its launch of the Wii U, its latest console that has been a horrendous flop in the gaming market. And contrary to many analysts’ opinions, the biggest problem isn’t that Nintendo lacks a strategy for smartphones and tablets so much as the Wii U has simply lacked the must-have games such as Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart that would make it a must-buy. However, Ars Technica reports that Nintendo is planning to make an important change that could ensure that its next major console doesn’t face a dearth of good games during its launch period. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said recently that his company is working on


Zynga shares rise on analyst upgrade

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 3:51pm
Shares of Zynga Inc. rose Tuesday to their highest level 18 months after a UBS analyst raised his investment rating on the online game maker's stock, saying that a recent acquisition will help the company ...

Sony suggests PlayStation 4 games are going to be way better than Xbox One games

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 3:35pm
We’re all already sick of discussing the “console wars,” but there’s obviously no denying the huge rivalry between top home console vendors Sony and Microsoft. The early lead clearly went to Sony, which announced recently that it sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in 2013. That compares to just 3 million Xbox One consoles that Microsoft moved between November 22nd and the end of 2013, but this battle is still very young. A swing in momentum could happen any time, of course, but Sony is confident that it will maintain its lead with the PS4. Why? One reason discussed recently by Sony is simply that developers prefer the PS4 to the Xbox One, so gamers can expect the best games

Sony suggests PlayStation 4 games are going to be way better than Xbox One games

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 3:35pm

We’re all already sick of discussing the “console wars,” but there’s obviously no denying the huge rivalry between top home console vendors Sony and Microsoft. The early lead clearly went to Sony, which announced recently that it sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in 2013. That compares to just 3 million Xbox One consoles that Microsoft moved between November 22nd and the end of 2013, but this battle is still very young. A swing in momentum could happen any time, of course, but Sony is confident that it will maintain its lead with the PS4. Why? One reason discussed recently by Sony is simply that developers prefer the PS4 to the Xbox One, so gamers can expect the best games


This simple setting will force your Xbox One to stop ‘spying’ on you

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:15pm

For gamers who are concerned with their privacy, the Xbox One can be a bit scary. In order to support its voice-powered instant-on feature, the unit’s Kinect sensor is always listening to what’s going on in its surroundings, which just happen to be your living room and other rooms that are nearby. As such, the ability to speak “Xbox on” to boot the Xbox One in just a few seconds is both awesome and scary. For those who find the balance tipped more toward “scary” than “awesome,” don’t worry. Tweaking a simple setting will disable this feature — and cause your Xbox One console to use 97% energy as an added bonus. As noted in a recent post by CNET,


Video: Big update and new accessories announced for PlayStation 4

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 4:34pm

The lineup of PlayStation 4-compatible wireless headsets is set to expand by two on Monday night as software update 1.60 rolls out. According to the PlayStation Blog, the latest additions to the roster are the “PULSE” and “PULSE – Elite Edition” wireless stereo headsets, both of which are capable of 7.1 virtual surround sound. The PlayStation-branded headsets also feature voice chat and preset audio modes. Sony is introducing a brand new headset to the market as well: the “Gold Wireless Stereo Headset.” The new headset offers 7.1 surround sound, voice chat and audio modes, but the Gold Wireless Headset also features a hidden noise-canceling microphone and customizable faceplates. The new headset will launch in early February for $99.99. Check out a video


Microsoft debunks rumor of cheaper Xbox One with no optical drive

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 2:45pm

Microsoft sold 3 million Xbox One consoles in just over a month following the new video game console’s debut this past November, but it probably would have sold even more boxes if its new Xbox were priced a bit cheaper. While the company may someday launch an Xbox One console that costs less than $499 — the Xbox 360 used two price points, after all — Microsoft has no plans to launch a $399 Xbox One with no optical drive this year. Rumors emerged from a “verified insider” on the NeoGAF forum claiming to uncover Microsoft’s plans for the Xbox One in 2014. While some of the info provided in the string of leaks may indeed be accurate — we


Every PlayStation 4, PS3 and PS Vita game launching in February

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 1:45pm

PlayStation fans, get ready for a big month! Following a somewhat slow January, Sony’s PlayStation platforms will see a number of exciting new game releases in February. PlayStation 4 owners will finally be able to get their hands on the highly anticipated horror title “Outlast,” as well as “Rayman Legends” and “Thief.” Meanwhile, PlayStation 3 owners will get 11 new games to choose from this month and another three games will be released for the PlayStation Vita handheld console. The full list, which was assembled by Playstationing.com, follows below along with exact launch dates. PlayStation 4 Outlast (PSN) – February 5th Rayman Legends – February 18th Thief – February 25th PlayStation 3 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII – February 11th Far


Xbox One price drop in 2014, says 'senior source'

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 1:28pm
Following a weekend of Xbox One leaks, a "well-respected source" confirms that the Xbox One will be given a price drop by the year's end. Responding to suggestions that the Xbox One would see a price cut before too long, a source told VG247 that a new model of the 2013 console would be released before the end of the year and priced at less than the current going rate of $499. That sort of information could encourage game fans to delay purchasing the more popular PlayStation 4 and hold out for a cheaper Xbox One, if they were so inclined -- though whether it'd be less than the PS4's $399 has not been touched upon. This latest batch of Xbox One rumors started flying when a user called "ntkrnl" told video game forum NeoGAF about his inside line on the Xbox One's release schedule.

PlayStation App update brings live broadcasts to mobile devices

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 9:30pm

The next major update for the PlayStation App has arrived. Sony released the latest update on Friday, which adds a new ‘Live from PlayStation’ tile to the app, giving users the ability to watch live streams of their favorite games on Ustream or Twitch. Unfortunately, the app does not support playback itself — when you select a stream, you’ll be rerouted to your browser for Twitch video or to the official app for Ustream. The new version of the app also supports the playback of video in notification from the PlayStation Store and the app will no longer automatically connect to a PlayStation 4 in standby mode. These are minor updates, but ever addition makes the PlayStation App that much


How to fix the most annoying thing about Sony’s PlayStation 4

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:55pm

Sony’s Dualshock 4 controller for the PlayStation 4 is pretty awesome. It takes everything we loved about the Dualshock 3 and adds on a touch pad, a sharing button and a nifty light bar that is used as an indicator to quickly convey game information in real time. The light bar can definitely be useful, but it can also be unbelievably annoying. Sony has said that it has no plans to dim the Dualshock 4′s light bar, so an eBay merchant in the UK named “knrgrafix” has come up with a simple yet fairly brilliant solution of his own. Available in three-packs for less than $$3.30, the eBay seller has created a series of perfectly shaped decals that stick on