Sony Corp said on Sunday it had sold 1 million units of its new PlayStation 4 gaming console in the first 24 hours that it was available in the United States and Canada. The console, which Sony is counting on to kick-start a revival of its consumer electronics business, went on sale on November 15. Andrew House, the head of Sony Computer Entertainment, the unit of Sony that oversees PlayStation, said in a statement that "sales remain very strong in North America." "We expect continued enthusiasm as we launch the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Latin America on November 29," House said. Sony Corp had previously announced it had received more than 1 million advance orders for the console.
Thanks to a few huge fall releases, video game sales managed to improve year-over-year once again in October, according to the latest numbers sent to us by the NDP Group. This makes for the third month of positive growth for the industry, an estimated $1.3 billion in total consumer spending that signifies a 5% jump over October 2012. The Nintendo 3DS led the hardware segment for the sixth consecutive month, in part due to 2DS sales, although overall hardware sales were down 8% from last year. With the launch of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One this month, hardware sales should see a major surge in November, but for now, Nintendo still has the best-selling console on the market.
One of the coolest features we saw in Sony’s own teardown of its new PlayStation 4 was how easy it looked to replace the console’s hard drive. In fact, the PS4 shown in Sony’s teardown video had a hard drive that was literally held in place by one screw, which means that even the less mechanically inclined of us out there shouldn’t have much of a problem swapping out the device’s 500GB hard drive for a bigger one if we need it. The team at iFixit tore apart the PS4 to see for itself if hard drive replacement was as easy as Sony made it look and found that it really is a simple little operation. “We’ll have a detailed
After a long year of waiting, Sony has finally delivered the PlayStation 4, which is currently begging you to spend the weekend with a DualShock 4 in hand. You want to oblige, but you have neglected to pick up any PS4 games. You have read the reviews and you know about the curse of the launch lineup, but you can’t just sit around and wait for four months until Infamous: Second Son comes out. If this short story describes you, I’d like you to know that I’m in the same boat, so I’ve written this handy, completely unscientific evaluation of the three exclusive PS4 launch games to provide some assistance for befuddled gamers. Killzone: Shadow Fall Killzone has always been
The Android-based Ouya console doesn't have many great games, but there is at least one standout: Towerfall, a Smash Bros.-style four-player combat game with an emphasis on archery. Now that game is coming to the PlayStation 4. Next year Towerfall's six-month exclusivity with Ouya will expire, and while we knew the game would be making its way to the PC, developer Matt Thorson has revealed that it will be hitting the PS4 at the same time as well. For those who bought the game on Ouya — the game sold just 5,000 copies on the platform — all of the new content will be available as a free update three months after Ascension launches.
Sony's PlayStation 4 is now in stores, ushering in a new era of high-definition video games. Perhaps you've already read the largely enthusiastic reviews, pored over the tech specs and watched the eye-catching online videos. And you've decided to fork over $400 and invite the new machine into your home.
The next-generation has finally arrived. You’ve waited for months, read all the coverage, watched the unboxing videos, fought with fanboys in the comment sections of your favorite websites — all for this moment. The PlayStation 4 launched at midnight with what Sony claims to be a record number of preorders, kicking off a video game console holiday showdown with the Xbox One. The PS4 is Sony’s chance to fix everything it did wrong last generation, and start this one on a positive note. Developers complained that the PS3 was difficult to develop for, so Sony made ease of use a priority on the PS4. The DualShock 3 was maligned by gamers, so Sony reworked the controller from the ground up.
Sony's new console will have its own episode in the "Uncharted" series, announced development studio Naughty Dog. The next of Nathan Drake's treasure-hunting adventure will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4, the console itself being made available from November 15 in North America and from November 29 in Europe, Latin America, and Oceania. He's voiced by actor Todd Stashwick, known as Dale Malloy in "The Riches" and Father Kieran in new vamp series "The Originals," and it sounds very much like charismatic main character Nathan has made a dangerous enemy. First released in 2007 for the PlayStation 3, the "Uncharted" series is now composed of three episodes and one spin-off for the PlayStation Vita;
Xbox Live's Director of Programming, Larry Hryb, posted a short clip to Instagram to demonstrate the speed at which the Xbox One can wake up from standby. It does so because its Kinect sensor still draws enough power to become activated by the vocalized instruction "Xbox On." Earlier this year, privacy concerns had helped fuel a backlash against the Kinect, which at the time was a mandatory part of the Xbox One experience. But as both Facebook and Google have proven with some success, privacy concerns are often mitigated by convenience and ease of use.
Sony unleashes its powerful new PlayStation 4 video game console on Friday, seeking to win over consumers with immersive, realistic game worlds and easy online sharing with friends. The successor to the PlayStation 3 makes its debut in North America, hitting Europe later in the month. "Millions of gamers are eagerly awaiting the launch of PlayStation 4," analyst Scott Steinberg at the consultancy TechSavvy told AFP. The PS4 comes seven years after its predecessor and a week ahead of the release of a new-generation Xbox One console by Sony rival Microsoft.
Just as the first PlayStation 4 reviews start to arrive, Microsoft has announced that Xbox One launch events in New York and Los Angeles will reward the first in line with exclusive concert passes. The first 1,000 Xbox One or Xbox One game owners to queue up outside Times Square's Best Buy Theater in New York will be privy to a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert that will also be live streamed. Spike TV, Xbox Live and Xbox.com will also carry footage of launch events starting November 21. Other "marquee global launch events" are also scheduled to take place in London, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Sao Paolo, Toronto and Sydney when the Xbox One debuts in 13 territories.
In the never-ending quest to find something — anything — that might drive audiences back to movie theaters, Warner Bros. has hit on a particularly desperate idea: A film version of Temple Run, a wildly popular iOS game featuring an explorer who runs over bridges and collects coins. Temple Run's main character doesn't even have a name, and the game's style is nakedly stolen from movies that already exist, like Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone. Cynical as it sounds, Temple Run is actually the second upcoming movie based on an iPhone game — an animated Angry Birds movie is already slated for a plum summer release date in July 2016. It's easy to dismiss the idea of a movie based on an iPhone game — but the more I've though about it, the more I can see the potential here.
We’re still a couple of days out from the PlayStation 4 launch, but you can prepare yourself for Sony’s second screen experience by downloading the PlayStation App on your iPhone or iPad on the App Store or your Android device on the Google Play store right now. As Sony announced in February, the app is free and will allow you to respond to messages, check to see what your friends are playing, and even make rash purchasing decisions on the go. Any game you buy on the app will start downloading immediately on your PS4, so by the time you get home, you’ll be able to start playing right away. There will be some second screen functionality with the app, although