Microsoft mistakenly kicked off pre-orders for Nokia’s Lumia 1520 earlier this week with a promise of a November 15th release, but the 6-inch handset is actually arriving on November 22nd. Both AT&T and Microsoft are now accepting pre-orders for the Lumia 1520 with a release set for the same day as Microsoft’s Xbox One console. With rumors of a November 22nd launch for Nokia’s Lumia 2520 tablet, it could be a busy and expensive day for consumers looking to purchase Microsoft’s latest offerings. AT&T’s Lumia 1520 will be available in matte black, yellow, and white, with a glossy red version too.
Microsoft is currently searching for a new CEO to replace Steve Ballmer, who plans to retire within the next 10 months. Mulally has stated he has no intentions to leave Ford, but a Bloomberg report claims that Elop has big plans if he’s made CEO. After a brief stint as the head of Microsoft’s business division, responsible for Office and other products, Elop’s return to Microsoft in the CEO position would reportedly involve a push for Office on Android and iOS. Elop is reportedly considering a strategy shift away from Microsoft’s tradition of Office running primarily on Windows PCs.
Sony thinks you’ll like the PlayStation 4 so much that it’s willing to rip one apart just to show you why. Wired went to Sony’s headquarters in Japan to take a look at the PlayStation 4′s innards just days before the new console is scheduled to release on November 15th and has posted a video showing off just what makes the next-generation console tick. What stands out most at first is just how easy the PS4 seems to be to take apart — unlike your typical glue-filled iOS device, Sony’s console packs a lot of power into its console frame and holds it together using a fairly small number of screws. The most tantalizing part of this comes when you see that
The Xbox Live Gold subscription is gaining a little bit more value on the Xbox One. Microsoft’s Albert Penello confirmed on Twitter that Xbox One owners will not be required to sign up for a subscription to Xbox Music in order to use the service. Much like Pandora, iTunes Radio, or any similar streaming service, Xbox Music will have a free, ad-supported option, matching up with Xbox Music’s current offerings on Windows 8.1 and music.xbox.com. This has not been the case on Xbox 360, which does require a paid subscription to access Xbox Music. Microsoft has yet to announce whether or not the free option will be migrating to the 360 as well. UPDATE: Penello took to Twitter on Wednesday
The Xbox Live Gold subscription is gaining a little bit more value on the Xbox One. Microsoft’s Albert Penello confirmed on Twitter that Xbox One owners will not be required to sign up for a subscription to Xbox Music in order to use the service. Much like Pandora, iTunes Radio, or any similar streaming service, Xbox Music will have a free, ad-supported option, matching up with Xbox Music’s current offerings on Windows 8.1 and music.xbox.com. This has not been the case on Xbox 360, which does require a paid subscription to access Xbox Music. Microsoft has yet to announce whether or not the free option will be migrating to the 360 as well.
Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen isn’t the only longtime Microsoft associate who wants the company to dump Bing and the Xbox. Barron’s has flagged some more interesting details of a research note published Wednesday by Normura analyst Rick Sherlund, whom The New York Times once described as Goldman Sachs’ “point person” for its dealings with Microsoft and who is also a longtime friend of Bill Gates. What makes the note particularly interesting is that Sherlund’s advice largely mirrors that of Paul Ghaffari, the man who heads up Allen’s private investment vehicle: He wants Microsoft to get out of its unprofitable search and gaming businesses. “We estimate Microsoft has lost $17 billion with Bing over the past 10 years,” Sherlund explains. “It may
By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Activision Blizzard Inc's latest title from its blockbuster "Call of Duty" video game franchise surpassed $1 billion in sell-in sales - the number of copies shipped to retailers - a day after its launch, the company said on Wednesday. Activision shares were relatively unchanged at $16.54 in afternoon-trading on the Nasdaq. The franchise's tenth installment "Call of Duty: Ghosts," a gritty military-themed shooter game, was released worldwide on Tuesday. While Activision has only announced "sell-in" sales, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc's said in September that its "Grand Theft Auto V," touched $800 million in retail sales a day after it launched.
If you’ve somehow managed to remain ignorant of the fact that Sony is about to release its next-generation console, this visual onslaught of PlayStation 4 launch trailers should help to clue you in. Each trailer focuses on a different aspect of the console: the DualShock 4 controller, the lack of technological boundaries for developers, the exclusive games and content, and the console’s compatibility with the PlayStation Vita. Both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One are sure to be featured heavily in increasingly unavoidable ad campaigns this month, and it will be an interesting race into the holiday season as Sony and Microsoft attempt to put any PR mishaps or broken promises behind them on the way to living rooms
Nintendo might be taking a page from Samsung’s gadget spam approach with its holiday hardware lineup. Polygon reported on Monday that the Wii Mini console, which was previously exclusive to Canada, will be coming to the United States before the end of the month in a $99 bundle that includes a Wii Remote Plus, a nunchuk controller, a sensor bar and Mario Kart Wii. The is Nintendo’s second console refresh release in the U.S. in as many months following the 2DS launched in October. Similar to the 2DS, the Wii Mini lacks several key features of the original console. The Wii Mini is unable to connect to the internet and has been stripped of the ability to play GameCube games. Storage
As we’ve observed recently, Microsoft has really become a tale of two companies: An unstoppable juggernaut in the enterprise cloud and software market and a comparative 90-pound weakling in a consumer electronics market dominated by Apple and Samsung. Now it seems that the top investment advisor of Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen has started pushing Microsoft to cut its losses in the consumer market and embrace its identity as an enterprise-centric software company. As Forbes notes, the head of Allen’s private investment vehicle recently told the Financial Times Investment Management Summit that Microsoft’s consumer electronics and search businesses were hurting the company’s bottom line and should be jettisoned going forward. “The search business and even Xbox, which has been a very successful product, are detracting
It might be a good idea to go ahead and start planning out exactly how you are going to fill up your new console’s hard drive. Dave Thier from Forbes points out that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are each equipped with 500GB of internal storage, which is plenty to store dozens of current generation of games — but unfortunately for digital hoarders, launch games on PS4 and Xbox One will typically come in between 30 GB to 50GB in size. This leaves room for around 12 retail games downloaded to the console, and considering how common day-one digital releases have become, downloading full games from each respective console’s store is becoming a viable option for many gamers. It is worth
Helped by record-breaking sales of its Grand Theft Auto V title, Take-Two this week posted sales of $148.8 million – or $1.27 billion when adjusted for sales of the anarchic sandbox crime game through the first 13 days after its September 17 launch. Earnings per share for the quarter ending Sept. 30, including those GTA V sales, came in at $2.49, a record for the company and steep jump from the 11 cents a share the company posted in the same quarter of 2012. Take-Two publishes plenty of popular titles, including the Bioshock, Borderlands and XCOM franchises, but Grand Theft Auto is in a class all its own.
The most recent Fiksu data indicates that the iOS app market is still chugging along nicely in America. The launch of the new iPhones triggered the usual fluctuations in September that we get just before new iPhone launches: First a decline in download volumes in the week before the launch, then a 25% spike in downloads as new phone owners go on an app binge. But year on year, September showed 40% iOS app download volume growth, a very similar number to August (46%) and July (33%). This continuing strength in app consumption even as iPhone sales volume growth in the U.S. market tapers off is probably bad news for game console vendors. Americans are now spending two hours a day
Two weeks ahead of the PlayStation 4's November 15 debut, the brand's official blog stepped up to answer some frequently asked questions -- and refuted some basic assumptions about the entertainment system's remit. Support for MP3 music files, external hard drives, CDs, and Sony's DLNA home streaming standard made the PlayStation 3 a capable all-round media center. Coupled with the prominence of Sony's sub-driven music and video streaming services, the change of direction had a cynical sheen. And gameplay uploads won't be sent straight to YouTube or a nearby PC for editing, with only Facebook, UStream and TwitchTV in the wheelhouse.
Price cuts have helped Nintendo sell a lot more Wii U consoles but they haven’t helped the company’s operating bottom line. Per Engadget, Nintendo posted an operating loss of $237 million in its second-quarter earnings report despite nearly doubling the number of Wii U consoles sold from the previous quarter. In all, Nintendo sold 300,000 Wii U’s in Q2, a significant jump from the 160,000 it sold in Q1 but not nearly enough to help the company reach its goal of selling 9 million of the consoles by the end of March. In its earnings report Nintendo even went so far to say that the Wii U, which has sold just 3.9 million units so far this year, “still has a
Valve seems to have hit on a good thing with its Steam online store for PC games. The Verge reports that Steam now has 65 million active users, which represents a 30% year-over-year rise from 2012 and which has helped the store blow past Xbox Live’s active user count of around 48 million users. The reason this is interesting is that Valve will be taking on both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 next year when manufacturers start cranking out Steam Machine consoles based on its free-to-use Linux-based SteamOS gaming platform. While it’s going to be hard for a third player to make waves in the gaming console market, Valve’s 48 million active Steam users give it a better