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
Earlier this month, Sony put together a succinct fact sheet detailing how to share digital games on the PlayStation 4. This turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg as Sony has now put an enormous FAQ online that answers virtually any remaining questions that potential customers might have regarding the console. There’s far too much to cover, and plenty not worth covering, but a few gems stick out. Near the top of the FAQ, Sony has a growing list of every title officially confirmed for the PS4′s launch. The launch titles so far are listed below: Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios Titles Flower Killzone Shadow Fall Knack Resogun Sound Shapes Third-Party Titles Angry Birds Star Wars (Activision)
One of 2014's biggest games, "Titanfall," will be exclusive to Microsoft platforms "for the life of the title" rather than for a six-month or one-year period. The futuristic, first-person action game is the first title from new studio Respawn, formed by the "Call of Duty" creators Vince Zampella and Jason West in 2010 when the pair quit the studio they'd founded in a dispute over royalty payments and creative control. It had been thought that "Titanfall" would be tied to Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PCs for a limited time after its March 2014 launch, but an October 29 clarification from the Chief Financial Officer at game publisher Electronic Arts put paid to that assumption.
When the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One were first announced, the ability to share physical copies of games was rumored to be in jeopardy. This caused an uproar from the gaming community and eventually forced Microsoft to rethink its strategy on digital rights management on its next-gen console. Sony reaped the benefits of the PR backlash by gleefully rubbing Microsoft’s nose in the mess it had made, but until now, there has been no word on how (or if) digital copies of games can be shared with friends and family on Sony’s own console. Now, just over two weeks from release, Sony has posted a PlayStation 4 FAQ online that details exactly how digital game sharing will work. When you
We hope you like the new look of Windows 8, gamers, because that’s what you’re in store for if you opt for Microsoft’s upcoming new Xbox One video game console over the PlayStation 4 this holiday season. In its new “Meet Xbox One” video, Microsoft has shown off a number of key Xbox One gameplay and navigation features for the first time. We now finally get an official look at exactly what navigating the Xbox One’s tile-based dashboard screen will be like, and the video also shows off gameplay, apps, browsing, Kinect features and more. The experience as a whole looks very smooth and incredibly immersive, and we even see how quickly and seamlessly users can bounce around between games, apps, activity feeds
With just a few weeks left until the release of the PlayStation 4, Sony has sent out a press release detailing the features that will be available on the console at launch. Many of the features were announced months ago along with the original reveal, but there are some noteworthy additions — as well as some omissions — on the list. The features listed include Remote Play on the PlayStation Vita, second screen support for smartphones and tablets, gameplay photo and video capture, live broadcast of play sessions on Ustream and Twitch, the ability to play while you download, and many others. Interestingly, Sony has included a note in the press release that warns users they will not be able
With the console wars set to heat up again this holiday season, Microsoft has fired its opening advertising volley with a terrific Xbox One ad that celebrates the joys of escapism. The ad depicts several fictional characters, from a giant robot to a zombie to Mr. Spock, beckoning everyday people to leave their presumably boring lives for a bit of fun, either through playing games or watching their favorite movies. The ad deftly shows the new console’s voice activation capabilities and its ability to act as a set-top box for your television. The full ad follows below.
When the PlayStation 4 launches on November 15th, there will be a software update already waiting for new owners — and that update is necessary to enjoy some of the console's most basic functions. Chief among these features is the ability to play Blu-ray discs or DVDs, which won't be possible until the update is installed. ...