Microsoft Corp said on Monday that sales of its new Xbox One game console topped three million at the end of last year after launching in November. The third generation of the Xbox is competing head-to-head with Sony Corp's PlayStation 4, also launched in November. Sony said it had sold 2.1 million PS4s by the first week of December. It will not be clear which company is leading the console battle until Sony updates that figure.
Industry watchers are divided when it comes to which new console will with this generation of the much hyped “console wars,” but many seem to be siding with Sony’s PlayStation 4. While the PS4 is indeed still extremely difficult to find on store shelves, writing off Microsoft at this early stage in the game would be unwise. In fact, the company just announced that sales of its new Xbox One video game console totaled 3 million units in 2013. Microsoft’s Xbox One went on sale on November 22nd and about two and a half weeks later, sales totaled 2 million units. The 3 million unit milestone took just 40 days to reach. “Together, we ushered in a new era of
Zynga hasn't had much to celebrate lately — the social gaming company suffered a huge drop in users last year and it hasn't had a hit title in some time. But now it's taking a new tack, turning to the Bitcoin community. In a post on Reddit's Bitcoin subreddit last night, the Zynga team said it is currently "testing expanded payment options for players to make in-game purchases using Bitcoin," specifically through the payment provider Bitpay. Currently, only seven Zynga games support Bitcoin payments, most of them titles in Zynga's derivative "ville" series: CastleVille, ChefVille, CoasterVille, CityVille, FarmVille 2, Hidden Chronicles and Hidden Shadows. Zynga has for years offered the ability for players to buy in-game assets and upgrades using their credit cards and PayPal, as well as Facebook local currency, but Zynga admits that Bitcoin has now become too big for it ignore.
Microsoft made a lot of terrible public relations mistakes when it rolled out the Xbox One, but thankfully none of those mistakes were reflected in the actual console, which has lived up to the hype and was a hot seller over the holiday shopping season. But in an interview with the Official Xbox Magazine, Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer reveals that Microsoft actually came incredibly close to making a design decision that would likely have handed Sony an easy victory in the latest console wars. Essentially, Spencer says that Microsoft was still considering removing the Xbox One’s disc drive as late as mid-2013 and selling all games digitally over the Internet. While such non-disc-based games probably are the future of console
With the release of Super Mario 3D World last month, Wii U owners finally had a reason to plug their consoles back in for the first time in quite a while. Now that Nintendo’s release schedule has slowed to a grinding halt, it’s tempting to put the Wii U back into cold storage, but before you do, take a look at this hack which could breathe new life into the console’s GamePad. Earlier this week at the Chaos Communication Congress in Germany, a group of hackers presented their reverse engineering of the Wii U GamePad which allows it to stream games and apps directly from the PC. Although a majority of the presentation focuses on the process of hacking the GamePad,