Microsoft is to drop the price of its new Xbox One console – just over three months after its release.
The console, currently priced in the UK at £429, with a bundled game, will drop to £399 on Friday and will include major title Titanfall in the package.
So far, the drop will only apply to the UK.
The new cost brings the console in line with the price of Sony’s PlayStation 4, which is outselling Microsoft’s machine.
However, the PlayStation 4 can be bought without a game for £349. Continue reading
Sony’s Playstation 4 sold 250,000 units in just 48 hours, making it the biggest console launch ever, outstripping the Xbox One by a massive 100,000 sales.
The next generation console wars are well under way, and going by UK figures alone, it would seem that Sony has the battle all wrapped up with its Playstation 4. The device was launched last Friday, a week later than the Xbox One. Within 48 hours it had sold a staggering 250,000 consoles. This means that it outsold the previous best performer, the PSP, and took a massive leap ahead of Microsoft’s 150,000 sales of their Xbox One console.
The Xbox One’s 150,000 and Sony PS4’s 250,000 sales mean that both systems have already outsold the Wii U, which has been on sale for more than a year. Continue reading
The Sony Playstation 4 has gone on sale in the UK. It’s cheaper than the Xbox One, more powerful, and designed primarily for gamers. Will it be enough to take the console crown back from Microsoft?
Sony effectively messed up the last generation of console wars. Although they had enjoyed considerable success with the Playstation 2, they released the PS3 a year after the Xbox 360, and although the system was arguably better, they had too much ground to make up. The PS3 offered free online gaming, but no cross game chat. It was also a lot more expensive than the Xbox 360. Have they put things right with the new PS4?
One big difference between the way that the two devices were marketed was that Sony shifted the PS3 as an all-in-one device that combined console gaming with multimedia entertainment. Continue reading
Games retailer Toys’R’Us apparently leaked release dates for both the Xbox One and PS4 but have since retracted statements that the dates were official and given to them by suppliers.
Games retail giant Toys’R’Us had given both the Xbox One and PS4 UK release dates an apparent unofficial airing, posting on their website that the Microsoft console would be available on 29th November in the UK and that Sony’s competing system would be available to purchase from December 13th.
When originally asked whether the dates were official or just placeholders they had said that the dates were provided by suppliers and were therefore official. However, following statements from both Sony and Microsoft they have backtracked and said that giving the systems a date was necessary in order to be able to take pre-orders from potential buyers. Continue reading
The next gen console wars are heating up as both Sony and Microsoft announce prices for the new systems. Sony have stolen an early lead by pricing their system lower than the new Xbox One.
E3 2013 was always going to be a major event as both Sony and Microsoft had announced new consoles to be launched by the end of this year. Some details have already emerged from both camps but the specifics were sorely lacking.
Thus far, the event has been pretty much as expected from the multi billion dollar industry. There have been masses of celebrities, some huge displays, and (over the top) gasping from the predominantly American audience. There have also been a few shocks and both companies have played their hands, at least in respect of the pricing wars. Continue reading
The battle of the next generation of games consoles has really heated up. Sony announced basic the details of its Playstation 4 machine some time ago and Microsoft has finally followed suit. For gamers, the two machines have very similar specs, but they have taken a different approach regarding the system and how they envisage it being used. The Xbox is going all multimedia with Microsoft having designs on your living room while Sony has taken a more cloud based approach but which will win out? There have been a number of new developments from both parties, as neither wants to be far away from the limelight for too long.
It turns out that Microsoft are fully behind cloud gaming and they have announced that they are increasing the number of servers that they use from the current 15,000 to a proposed 300,000 – a Continue reading