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Head of Sony's North American PlayStation business to step down

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 5:29pm

Sony Corp said on Thursday that the chief executive and president of its North American videogame operations, Jack Tretton, who has played a crucial role in increasing its PlayStation business, will step down at the end of March. Sony said in a statement that Tretton, who has led its North American videogames division, Sony Computer Entertainment America, since 2006, resigned following a mutual agreement between them to "not renew their contractual relationship." "As one of the founding members of the executive team, Tretton played a pivotal role in launching all PlayStation platforms in North America," Sony said in its statement. The division's executive vice president and chief operating officer, Shawn Layden, will succeed Tretton starting on April 1, Sony said. Tretton has worked with Sony Computer Entertainment America since its inception in 1995.


Here’s why Xbox One’s Titanfall might have been even more amazing on PS4

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:40am

Titanfall is easily one of the mostly hotly anticipated Xbox exclusives of early 2014, but would this awesome mech-style first-person shooter have made an even better PlayStation 4 game? The title, developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, takes place on a worn-torn planet and pits players against each other in head-to-head online multiplayer battles. Early reviews of the Titanfall beta for the Xbox One have been quite positive, but one industry watcher has raised a fairly interesting point that ponders if the title might have made an even better PlayStation 4 game. Respawn’s Titanfall for the Xbox One is, in short, awesome. You can read BGR’s full hands-on preview of Titanfall for the Xbox One here. But as Forbes contributor


Shaq seeking funding for new 'Shaq Fu' video game

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:36am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shaq wants to be back in a video game.


Best Buy is ready to sell you Xbox One Titanfall Bundles

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 8:25am

Best Buy on Wednesday announced that it’s ready to welcome players early on Tuesday, March 11 with special Xbox One Titanfall bundles. Over 300 Best Buy stores will be open at 12:01 a.m. on March 11 to sell “Microsoft’s first exclusive release for Xbox One (and PC).” To convince more gamers to purchase an Xbox One console, Microsoft is offering the game free of charge in its Xbox One TitanFall Bundle. Alternatively, the game will cost $59.99. Essentially, for $499.99, buyers will get the console, controller, the Titanfall game and a month of Xbox Live Gold. The Xbox One TitanFall Bundle can already be pre-ordered online at Best Buy. The standalone game can also be pre-ordered (Xbox One, Xbox 360


Video games target Japan's silver generation

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 6:41am

At a nursing home in suburban Tokyo, 88-year-old Saburo Sakamoto darts his fingers energetically to catch characters that appear on a touch screen in front of him. The nursing home is run by an offshoot of Namco Bandai, the company behind 1980s arcade phenomenon PacMan, whose pill-popping escapades helped bring video games to a mass youth market. Now the firm is part of a small, but growing band of groups developing video games and home computer entertainment for the so-called "silver generation" -- Japan's burgeoning army of elderly people, who are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Japan's population has been declining since 2007 and the country is greying, with one of the world's lowest birth rates and highest life expectancies.


Video games target Japan's silver generation

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 2:47am

Yokohama (Japan) (AFP) - At a nursing home in suburban Tokyo, 88-year-old Saburo Sakamoto darts his fingers energetically to catch characters that appear on a touch screen in front of him. The nursing home is run by an offshoot of Namco Bandai, the company behind 1980s arcade phenomenon PacMan, whose pill-popping escapades helped bring video games to a mass youth market. Now the firm is part of a small, but growing band of groups developing video games and home computer entertainment for the so-called "silver generation" -- Japan's burgeoning army of elderly people, who are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Japan's population has been declining since 2007 and the country is greying, with one of the world's lowest birth rates and highest life expectancies.


DOJ: NC sheriff deputies shared racist video game

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 8:47pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say deputies of a North Carolina sheriff accused of illegally targeting Latino drivers shared links to a bloody video game in which players shoot people entering the country illegally, including children and pregnant women.

PlayStation 4 sales fall off in Japan after a stellar first week

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 2:53pm

PlayStation fever went international as the PS4 launched to huge sales in Japan last month, but after an impressive performance in its first week, the next seven days were worryingly deflated. 4gamer shares the latest report from Media Create, which shows PS4 unit sales have dropped to 65,685 from the high-water mark of 322,083 last week. According to PlayStation LifeStyle, those figures represent the second lowest week 2 sales of any recent console launch, including the Vita, the 3DS and the Wii U. Supply constraints are likely a factor, and the PS4 also reached Japan outside of the holiday season, but whatever the reason, Japan’s gamers aren’t adopting Sony’s new system nearly as fast as other recent consoles. The PS4 remains


Sony shamed for ‘lying’ to PlayStation 4 owners

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:40pm

Native full HD 1080p gaming was one of the many promises of Sony’s new PlayStation 4 console and in many instances, it will deliver. A recent report revealed that one popular game that was being touted as “a 1080p 60 FPS monster” hasn’t delivered on its promise, however, and gamers are now lashing out as a result. Last November ahead of the title’s release, Sony wrote in a blog post that Killzone Shadow fall features a “competitive multiplayer mode” that supports up to 24 players and “runs at native 1080p and 60 fps.” As it turns out, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In single player mode, Killzone Shadow Fall runs at a full 1080p. In multiplayer mode, however,


Major March update for Xbox One begins rolling out

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 9:45am

Gamers, start your engines. Just weeks after the console’s first major update was pushed out, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One’s March update began rolling out to consoles on Tuesday night. The big new software update comes one week ahead of Titanfall’s release on March 11th, and it includes plenty of new functionality as well as some big bug fixes. Here are details on the key additions, from Microsoft’s blog post: Get to your friends list faster. The friends list is now front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send


PlayStation 4 sales top six million

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 4:23pm

San Francisco (AFP) - Sony on Tuesday announced it has sold more than six million PlayStation 4 consoles since the videogame system debuted in November.


This is the worst PlayStation 4 game so far

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:45pm

As PlayStation 4 sales scream past 6 million units globally, it’s becoming increasingly important for developers to pick up the pace and fuel gamers’ insatiable need for great new titles. This console generation is still very new, so early launches have a good chance of flying off the shelves since there isn’t much competition out there yet. One PlayStation 4 game that likely won’t be flying off the shelves, however, is Basement Crawl. Sony’s PS4 now has nearly 50 available games. And among them, Basement Crawl has been deemed the worst. The Bomberman-style title was released just last week, and several bugs were discovered almost immediately after it launched. The game’s creator, Bloober Team, issued an apology but the damage has


HBO Go available on the PlayStation 3 starting today

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:30pm

It’s a generation behind, but it’s finally arrived. Sony announced on the PlayStation Blog that the HBO Go app will be available to PlayStation 3 owners starting on Tuesday. In January, HBO announced that the app would finally be coming to the PS3, nearly two years after it hit the Xbox 360. The team is currently working to bring HBO Go to the new consoles, although there is no release date for the app on either the PS4 or Xbox One yet.  “Watch every episode of every season of the HBO’s best shows, including True Detective, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones,” writes SCEA exec Phil Rosenberg. “Speaking of Game of Thrones, with the season 4 premiere airing on April


Xbox One beats PS4 in game streaming quality

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:30pm

The launch of live game streaming on the Xbox One is still a week away, but Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb took to Twitch last night to show off why the feature has been mysterious absent for the past few months. Reddit user rotj used Twitch Analyzer on the Xbox One stream last night and discovered that the quality of the stream is noticeably better than that of the PlayStation 4. The resolution of the broadcast was determined to be 1280 x 720, running at 30 frames-per-second and a bitrate of 2.5 Mbps. A typical PS4 stream comes in at 960 x 540, 30 fps and around 1.7 Mbps. Along with the boost in quality, Xbox One streamers will also be able


New 'Batman: Arkham Knight' Video Game Leaked

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:27pm

The Dark Knight will return again in "Batman: Arkham Knight," the fourth video game in the "Arkham" series — and this time, it seems like players will finally get to drive the Batmobile. The game is being developed by the studio Rocksteady, which created the first two "Arkham" games, "Arkham Asylum" and "Arkham City." Fans weren't happy with the third game, "Arkham Origins," which was developed by WB Montreal. "Be a part of the explosive finale in the Batman Arkham Series," the store page reads, suggesting that the game will be a sequel to the 2011 "Batman: Arkham City."


Review: ‘South Park: The Stick of Truth’ for PlayStation 3

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 10:20am

South Park: The Stick of Truth is, among other things, the best episode of South Park I’ve seen in years. Matt Stone and Trey Parker went as hands-on with this project as they have with anything outside of the actual cartoon, and it shows. It’s belligerent, horrific, hysterical and it feels fresh. But woven between the hysteria, there’s a game that you’re going to have to play. So is that game any good? In The Stick of Truth for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC (we played the PS3 version), you take control of the new kid in South Park, a silent protagonist who quickly gets wrapped up in the fantasy war that Cartman, Kenny, Stan and Kyle have declared between the


Octodad Is a Brilliant Kafkaesque Piece Of Art — And a Pretty Fun Video Game, Too

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 9:25am
It might happen at a grocery store, it might happen in your living room. You reach out for some banal task, something you’ve done a thousand times before, only this time, it’s impossible. You’re body freezes, your mind locks up and a thousand horrible failures swirl around in your future . You don’t know how, but it’s all gone wrong, so quickly. Normalcy is lost to the ether. You look around you. You know that nobody else feels this way. They just do things. It looks so easy. And my god, they’re all looking at you because they know. 

Sony’s PlayStation 4 hits new sales milestone

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 7:30am

Sony on Tuesday announced it hit a new sales milestone for its recently released PlayStation 4 console: 6.0 million units sold worldwide since launching the device four months ago. In mid-February, the company revealed it sold 5.3 million PS4 units according to early February data. Since then, the PS4 was launched in Japan, where Sony sold 370,000 console units. The PS4 is now available in 57 markets. “I am absolutely delighted that PS4 is off to such a great start in Japan,” Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House said. “The responses we have received for the PS4 system’s integrated social capabilities have been phenomenal, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that gamers are utilizing these unique features to engage, share, play


Sony says has sold 6 million PlayStation 4s as of March 2

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 3:17am

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Tuesday that it has sold 6 million PlayStation 4 game consoles as of March 2, well ahead of its target for the fiscal year to the end of this month. Sony has said it hoped to sell 5 million units by the end of March after releasing the PlayStation 4 on November 29 in the United States, Western Europe and Latin America and rolling it out across other Asian countries since then. It went on sale in Japan on February 22. (Reporting by Sophie Knight; Editing by Dominic Lau and Edmund Klamann)


The 6 best video games of 2014 (so far)

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

For gamers, 2014 is going to be a year to remember. Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One are finally here, and both consoles deliver huge benefits compared to previous-generation boxes. Video game makers are looking to take advantage of the momentum created by the recent launches, and some fantastic new games will debut this year. The question of which games released so far are “the best” is obviously subjective, but Forbes’ video game expert has shared a list of what he believes to be the six best video games of the year that have launched so far. Erik Kain’s list spans all platforms, and Bravely Default for the Nintendo 3DS finds itself at the top of the list. “A