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The annual Gamescom conference was more important this year than most, because both Sony and Microsoft used the show to announce their full lineup of video game titles that will be available for their respective next-generation consoles at launch. Microsoft was first to unveil its Xbox One launch lineup, which included a number of anticipated games such as “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Madden NFL 25″ and “Dead Rising 3.” Following Microsoft’s announcement, Sony took the wraps off of its PlayStation 4 launch lineup, which included 33 titles compared to Microsoft’s 23 games. Eighteen PS4 launch titles will be available only as downloadable games, while the remaining 15 will be sold on physical media in stores or as downloads from Sony’s console.
By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - An 8-year-old boy from rural Louisiana shot and killed his elderly caregiver just minutes after he finished playing a violent video game, police have said. The child was released to his parents and has not been charged in the shooting on Thursday evening about 100 miles northwest of New Orleans in Slaughter, Louisiana, the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Department said. The circumstances surrounding the shooting of Marie Smothers remain under investigation, the sheriff's department said in a statement. They boy's name was not released. ...
In the wake of the Slaughter, Louisiana, shooting that saw an eight-year-old boy gun down his 87-year-old caregiver, law enforcement said they didn’t know what the motive was but made mention of the kid’s video-gaming habits. Namely, how he was playing Grand Theft Auto IV just before the shooting.
The latest Xbox 360 update, which started rolling out from August 26, converts Microsoft's virtual currency of MS Points into real world monies, paving the way for harmonized accounts across the Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox One marketplaces.
The Xbox One controller's design lead, Quintin Morris, has explained that the pad's small but significant improvements make the controller feel familiar but definitively better.
In "Beyond: Two Souls," the PlayStation 3 game starring Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe, you'll be able to control your character using an iOS or Android device.
Gamers uninterested in Microsoft’s next-generation Kinect who were hoping to save some money by purchasing a stand-alone Xbox One are in for some bad news. According to Microsoft’s corporate vice president Phil Harrison, the company currently has no plans to sell the two devices separately. Speaking with CVG at the Gamescom 2013 conference, Harrison made it crystal clear that the Kinect is absolutely integral to the Xbox One experience, and he likened selling the console without a Kinect to selling it without a Blu-ray disc drive or without memory. “Xbox One is Kinect. They are not separate systems,” Harrison said. “An Xbox One has chips, it has memory, it has Blu-ray, it has Kinect, it has a controller. These are all
There is certainly pent-up demand among gamers who have been waiting for what seems like ages for Microsoft and Sony to unveil their next-generation video game consoles. How badly did gamers want a refresh? Sony recently announced that pre-sales of its upcoming PlayStation 4 console have surpassed 1 million units. To put that figure in perspective, Forbes notes that Stern Agee analyst Avind Bhatia said in a recent research note that Sony’s PlayStation 3 sales from the holiday quarter in which it launched back in 2006 didn’t even total 1 million units. In other words, the PS4′s launch-quarter sales have already topped the PS3, and the new console hasn’t even debuted yet. Sony’s new PlayStation 4 will be released on
Smell the digital pigskin in "Madden NFL 25" and put on your green dungarees for "New Super Luigi U," while "Rayman Legends" bursts with sound and color just around the corner.
By Christiaan Hetzner and Harro Ten Wolde COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - The spoiler popped up automatically when the speedometer of the new Audi RS7 Sportback moved past 130 kilometers an hour on Charles Bridge in central Prague, creating just enough downforce to ensure the tires gripped the road around the next turn. Racing through the city's scenic old quarter in the "Forza Motorsport 5" videogame is unnervingly realistic - not least thanks to the force-feedback steering wheel that makes the speeding driver struggle to keep control. ...
Around the world "Plants vs. Zombies 2" is causing a huge buzz, topping the iPad's free download charts in numerous countries. Details of these and other top free iPad applications by country for the week, by number of downloads, recorded on August 21, can be found below.
Do exclusive blockbusters matter when your console is $100 cheaper than the competition?
Sony capped its August 20 Gamescom presentation with dates for the PlayStation 4, which will launch in North America on November 15 and in European regions on November 29.
Curator of the "Peggle" and "Plants vs. Zombies" franchises, PopCap, took advantage of Electronic Arts' Gamescom presentation to show its latest iterations on familiar franchises.
This is a big week for video games with the annual Gamescom conference having just kicked off, and Microsoft is among the companies in attendance. The firm made several announcements as the launch of its next-generation Xbox One video game console draws near, but perhaps the most exciting for eager gamers was the complete list of launch titles that will be available in November when the Xbox One finally hits store shelves. The complete list of 23 titles follows below. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft) Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts) Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision) Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios) Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft) FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts) Fighter Within (AMA
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has very strong feelings about developers so it’s no surprise that the company is placing an emphasis on drawing more independent developers to its Xbox One gaming console. Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled its new ID@Xbox program that aims to let “qualified game developers of all sizes to unleash their creativity by self-publishing digital games on Xbox One.” Developers interested in publishing games on the new console simply have to sign up to become registered developers and then Microsoft will give them access to the Xbox One development kits. Microsoft says that it’s looking for game companies “with a proven track record” of shipping games for PCs, consoles and mobile devices for the early phase of the
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twitch is another step closer to becoming the Netflix of the video game world.
COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Sony has had more than 1 million preorders worldwide for its new PlayStation 4 console, the head of its SCE computer entertainment division said on Tuesday. SCE Chief Executive Andrew House added that the console will be available from November 15 in North America and will hit stores in Europe from November 29. "The response we have received is nothing short of incredible," he said at a news conference on the sidelines of Gamescom, Europe's biggest videogames fair. He added the console will be available in 32 countries worldwide during the holiday season. ...
NEW YORK (AP) — Sony says it will launch its latest video game console, the PlayStation 4, on Nov. 15 in the U.S. and Canada.
Sony finally gave us a release date for its hugely anticipated PlayStation 4 at the Gamescom gamer conference on Tuesday and said that the PS4 would launch on November 15th in the United States and on November 29th in Europe with a price set for $399. Sony also announced that it was dropping the price of its PS Vita portable gaming console to just $200, which is likely a reflection of the stiff competition dedicated portable gaming consoles face from smartphones and tablets. The Vita has experienced a small renaissance since it first cut its price earlier this year so the latest cut is likely to boost sales even further still.