Microsoft on Wednesday launched its Xbox Video service on the web at XboxVideo.com, allowing users to watch movies and TV shows in the browser, using the Silverlight plug-in. There are “more than 300,000 movies and TV episodes” to choose from, the company announced, and they can be watched on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 8.1 tablets and PCs, but also on other operating systems, Macs included. A Windows Phone application for the service isn’t available at this time, but the company says it’s coming soon. The service will be available in 21 countries at first, and will store content in the cloud, allowing buyers to watch their purchases on any of the supported devices or the web. However, Xbox
The MiiVerse, Nintendo's genial social network for the Nintendo Wii U, is to arrive on Nintendo 3DS in December, with a November 27 Wii U service update laying the groundwork. Approximately 4 million Wii U's have been sold since its introduction in 2012; by contrast, Nintendo 3DS ownership stands at upwards of 35 million worldwide. Behind the scenes, Nintendo will be populating the MiiVerse with entries for a selection of 3DS games and preparing to explain how the social network's connected community works to an influx of new users.
Just hours before the PlayStation 4's European release, Sony has announced that it's temporarily turning off some of the console's features to ensure a smooth experience for consumers. "Following the successful launch of PS4 in North America on the 15th November, we have seen an unprecedented influx of players onto PSN," the company posted on its European blog today. "When we launch in Europe on Friday, once again, we are expecting record sales and record numbers of people logging onto PSN at similar times, alongside the North American players already on PSN." Following PS4's American debut, the PlayStation Network experienced service interruptions and various other issues thanks to the increased traffic. As such, both features being disabled are powered by PSN: first is the "What's New" section, which tells PS4 users what their friends have been doing or playing with their console.
Steam on Wednesday published its Black Friday and Cyber Monday game deals part of the Autumn Sale 2013 promotion that takes place from November 27th to December 3rd. The company will offer different deals each day combined with flash sales that last only eight hours each. Discounts range from 50% to 80% for the first new daily deals, while flash sales have discounts between 33% and 80%. The following games are part of Steam’s Wednesday daily deals: Antichamber – $4.99 (regularly $19.99) The Walking Dead – $6.24 (regularly $24.99) Terraria – $2.49 (regularly $9.99) Sleeping Dogs – $4.99 (regularly $24.99) Rogue Legacy – $5.09 (regularly $14.99) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – $7.49 (regularly $29.99) Outlast – $6.79 (regularly $19.99)
Two separate surveys are showing that the PlayStation 4 sits substantially ahead of Microsoft’s Xbox One when it comes to polling American consumers about console preference. According to a new Nielsen survey, 30% of active gamers intend to definitely buy a PS4 console while 22% said the same about the Xbox One. According to Parks Associates, 36% of console shoppers favor PS4 while 27% are leaning towards Xbox One. These types of surveys are not always accurate, but it’s certainly fascinating that two separate polls peg the PS4 as a significant favorite over the Xbox One. The Nielsen figures would translate to a volume advantage of more than 40% for Sony’s machine. It’s possible that the decision to price the Xbox One
In addition to providing a template for writing quick, easy-to-use Xbox One-related “doctor’s orders,” Microsoft is also providing a similar email form for convincing your significant other that an Xbox One purchase is necessary this Christmas. Just like the doctor’s orders form, the new letter can be customized to perfectly explain why you deserve an Xbox One and why your girlfriend/boyfriend should buy you one. The template does contain some funny quotes, but it can be perceived to be a bit sexist, as it primarily targets men looking to get the console. Even so, while the form contains language that’s better suited for men trying to convince women to buy them Microsoft’s new console and not the other way around, female gamers
Sony has negotiated with game publishers including EA and Ubisoft to adjust the prices of PlayStation 4 PSN games in order to match the cheaper Xbox One cost for the same digital titles, Eurogamer has confirmed. Games including “FIFA 14,” “Battlefield 4” and “Assassin’s Creed 4” were £8 more on PSN than Xbox One in the U.K. But those prices have been reduced just in time for the U.K. launch of Sony’s new console, which is scheduled to take place at midnight on Friday. While matching Xbox One prices, the PSN digital game versions are still more expensive than physical versions. “FIFA 14” now costs £54.99 on PSN, down from £63 earlier this week, but the same game retails for
When Microsoft decided to focus the Xbox One marketing campaign around the console’s media capabilities, my main concern was that everything would work just well enough, and nothing about the console would stand out. If the Xbox One was going to be a living room media device and a cable box and a video game console, something would have to give. But Microsoft proved me wrong: First and foremost, the Xbox One is a very capable gaming device, and a worthy successor to the Xbox 360. Fittingly, the first thing you’ll see when you unpack your Xbox One is the Kinect. This is the Microsoft’s big gambit — the $100 addition that is poised to become an inseparable part of next-generation
Microsoft is unveiling its Xbox Video web service today, ahead of a planned app release for Windows Phone. The web version, available at video.xbox.com, provides the same access to TV shows and movies as the existing Xbox Video app for Windows 8.1, and is designed as a replacement for the company's Zune video service. It's similar in layout to the Xbox Music web version, and you can stream content straight in the browser using Microsoft's Silverlight plug-in. If you've already purchased content using the Windows 8.1 app or on an Xbox One then it's available immediately for streaming.
More than a hundred passengers aboard a Southwest flight in the US were greeted by Nintendo's moustachioed, suspender-wearing Mario character and given free HD video game systems Tuesday as part of a special collaboration between the two brands. Until December 22, passengers waiting to board their flight at airports like Dallas Love Field, Chicago (Midway), Denver, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and St. Louis will be able to pass the time playing a free round of "Super Mario 3D World," among other games.
Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have seen record-breaking releases with over a million sales on their respective launch days. Oh, sure, the Xbox has TV integration, accompanied with its voice commands, while the PS4 has a touchpad and motion-based interface. The ones that have been well-received are somewhat niche offerings – the Xbox's car racing simulator “Forza Motorsport 5,” for example, or the PS4's indie shoot-em-up “Resogun.” Until more quality games are released, next-gen console owners with mainstream tastes are basically playing with $500 Netflix (NFLX) machines.
When playing competitive video games online, it doesn't take long to hear a slew of curse words, slurs, and other offensive rabble-rousing, often from an annoying, precocious 12-year-old. Microsoft is cracking down on swearing gamers using its new Xbox One console and suspending users who upload videos with curse words. But videos shared through Upload Studio can also be heard by Microsoft, and the company isn't liking what it's hearing. "[W]e take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously.
After tearing down both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, research firm IHS concluded that the Xbox One costs $90 more to make than the PlayStation 4, at $471 versus $381. The custom processors found in both devices are among the most costly components, as they’re basically combinations of CPUs and GPUs. The Xbox One’s AMD processor costs $110, $10 more than a similar AMD processor in the PS4. Sony’s console has more expensive GDDR5 memory chips inside that cost $88, compared to the Xbox One’s cheaper DDR3 memory that retails for $60. The Xbox One also comes with a Kinect motion-sensing peripheral, which costs at least $75, while the PS4 doesn’t have an equivalent component. Despite costing $100
Microsoft is rewarding Xbox One buyers who encountered issues with the console right out of the box with a free game for their troubles, in addition to a replacement console. The news comes straight from Xbox customer care, which has notified some Xbox One owners via email that they can choose one of four titles including Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and Zoo Tycon to download for free on their Xbox One, Polygon reports. “While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game,” Microsoft said in a statement. “We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch