Monday, Nov 18
Early sales numbers are coming in for the PlayStation 4 and the news is good. Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 is their fastest selling console ever, with over one million units sold within the 24-hours of release. That's units sold, not shipped. Shelves across the country are empty as consoles quickly sell out as soon as they're restocked. Hopefully everyone was able to pick their's up early!
Sony President of World-Wide Studious Shuhei Yoshida was heard to have said the following via Twitter:
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As should be apparent, Sony is quite happy with the numbers that they're pulling in. It should be noted, however, that these numbers are exclusive to the North American region, as the PlayStation 4 has yet to be released in different territories. For instance, it will launch in Europe on November 29 and Japan next spring.
Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House offered his thoughts on the PlayStation 4 with respect to the upcoming launches:
"We are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal. Sales remain very strong in North America, and we expect continued enthusiasm as we launch the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Latin America on November 29th."
No word yet on what the platforms leading software is yet, but we can probably put money on it being Call of Duty: Ghosts for all titles and Killzone: Shadow Fall for exclusives.
It's great news to hear that Sony's PlayStation 4 is doing so well, but not so surprising considering just how excited gamers have been for truly next-gen platforms for some time. In fact, Microsoft, I believe is expecting similar sales numbers for their Xbox One when the console launches later this week. That's a million PS4s and a million Xbones in a week. How insanely awesome is that? Video games are amazing.
For those who had forgotten, the OUYA is still a thing and to be honest this holiday season may be its last chance to really make an impact in the market. Seems reasonable then that the platform developers are offering an all new limited edition white version of the OUYA for the holidays. Seems reasonably festive, I suppose, with snow being white and all.
Standard OUYA consoles run at about $99.99, but the limited edition white version will cost $129.99. Why the $30 price increase? Well, the console has doubled its internal storage from 8GB to 16GB. $30 for 8GB of memory, you may be saying? Why yes, and also white paint is one thing but holiday-themed snow-colored paints is another matter entirely.
Unfortunately it doesn't appear that any other games or content is included in the limited edition bundle. It is white though. Also, OUYA likes to act like their 500 demos, timed unlocks and such are free games. Though, it does play emulators, which is probably worth $99.99 to play on a big-screen TV. $129.99 and 16GB storage just means even more emulators and ROMs, right?
The white OUYA is currently available for preorder, but does not have a set release date as of yet.
Finally that Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster combo pack has a release date! Though unfortunately this us only for the PS3 version of the pack and not the Vita versions. Those will be announced some other time. However, if you're a PS3 owner, mark down March 18, 2014 on your calendar in order to get your HD Titus and the gang down. It'll be better than other recent Final Fantasy games!
Square Enix also had a nice surprise to reveal. For folk who preorder the X/X-2 HD Remaster bundle, a free upgrade to the limited edition will be included. It's nothing ridiculous, but the limited edition will include new packaging and what must be a tiny concept art book. Seriously, unless the box is ridiculously huge now, that's a very tiny art book. Fit-in-your-pocket size, even.
Luckily there's still plenty of time to think about whether to preorder Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, with its March 18, 2014 release date. Plus, it helps that the PlayStation 3 exclusive will only cost $39.99 rather than full retail price. Yeah, it can look pretty solid at times, I guess.
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Saturday, Nov 16
Our first next-gen livestream, best set expectations low
For those living in caves, the PlayStation 4 was released yesterday. That means video games like Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack are being played right now, but not everyone had the opportunity to pick up a console say one. Then I figured, why not show everyone how bad I am at video games. The two ideas meshed together and so we have this, Neoseeker's PlayStation 4 introduction livestream.
Today on stream I'll try and give everyone a brief tour of the console, and then play the big PlayStation 4 exclusives like: Killzone Shadow Fall, Knack, Resogun, Contrast, and depending on whether PSN is up, maybe some other games too. Worst case, I can show how many games simply aren't working at all! Either way, it's a great way to introduce the platform while at the same time have good ol' time.
Expect the stream to go up at 3:30 PST, 6:30 EST. Odds are there will be some technical issues, since Sony's HDCP tech makes it a bit difficult to stream without using the console's own streaming features. We'll make sure to go over that at a later date. For now, we just want to play some games! On top of that, everyone can help me test out streaming, so please let me know of any technical difficulties.
In addition to the livestream, we'll have a livechat going on in the forums, so check that out. Also, if everything works out we'll have a recording of the livestream up later tonight too. Thanks, everyone!
PS: There may be construction going on in the background, or even my roommate yelling at StarCraft because my stream is taking up all the bandwidth. Oops!
Update: Livestream is over, but we should have the recording up later! Thanks for watching everyone. Follow me on Twitter at: @bluexy
Friday, Nov 15
Net Articles Summary
Riot has just released a new League of Legends trailer, introducing the preseason 2014 changes. And believe me, there are quite a few of them. Upcoming tweaks will alter in-game roles (most notably supports), the introduction of trinkets, neutral monster levels, and so forth.
Additionally, towers will give greater rewards to the player who destroys them, but won't affect other lanes as drastically. Similarly, destroying inhibs will only impact one lane, which means the team that loses said their inhib won't be forced to turtle and defend quite as much.
Supports and junglers should be happy with most of these changes. Have a look-see.
Thanks for the tip, Invidia!
Single-player Call of Duty or Battlefield 4? Who wants that?
It's the PlayStation 4's launch day, but with the next-gen's increased online capabilities comes a trade-off. Today that may be more apparent than ever as Sony's Entertainment Network is facing severe issues and is, in part, down. New PlayStation 4 owners are able to download the 1.5 patch only to find they cannot login to their PlayStation account, and users already logged in are discovering assorted errors of their own.
What's worst of all, however, is Sony's complete lack of recognition over the troubles. All of their social media accounts make no message of the troubles at hand an only after searching specifically for the Sony Entertainment Network's status does the following message appear:
"We are aware that many customers are experiencing connection issues and are currently working to resolve these issues as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience caused."
In addition, the "Service Status" icon and the entire status page is limned in red, a universal symbol for the service being down. However nowhere that I can find makes mention of the distinct service status or when it will be up in full again.
As for myself, I receive a number of errors trying to login. The error that's most clear states that the Sony Entertainment Network is currently undergoing maintenance (NP-35000-8). Other messages include "Cannot Connect" or "An Error Has Occurred" messages. Again, no further information has been provided. Until Sony actually comes out and says something PlayStation 4 owners may be locked out of many services without knowing when things will be fixed.
The worst error I've gotten isn't even an error at all, it's just a spinning circle that lasts endlessly with the message, "Please Wait...". That may how many PlayStation 4 owners remember their first day with the console. Hundreds of dollars spent and no knowledge of when things will be fixed. Please wait.
Strong new releases lift software sales, but hardware sales continue to sink
The NPD Group's video game industry retail sales report card for the month of October has come in, and it highlights how software sales continue to climb on account of some very big new releases including Pokemon X and Y, Assassin's Creed IV, Batman: Arkham Origins and Battlefield 4.
First of all, what a great month it was for new releases; nearly all of the software top ten titles were released that same month. They still don't get much bigger than Grand Theft Auto V, which retains the crown of monthly bestseller with over 1 million copies sold last month, but Pokemon would have what it takes to dethrone GTA had the unit sales for X and Y been combined into one entry: 1.7 million sold in North America alone.
Less impressive were console hardware sales, which remain in decline. This is not necessarily a surprise this time around as anticipation for the new PS4 and Xbox One platforms launching this month was still building as of last month. Nintendo's 3DS remained the top-selling gaming device during October with over 452,000 handhelds sold thanks in no small party to the new Pokemon titles, while Microsoft's Xbox 360 was still the top-selling console.
October 2013 US Games Industry Summary
Total Industry Sales - $755.7 million USD (+5%)
Console Hardware Sales - $187.4 million USD (-8%)
Total Software Sales - $432.6 million USD (+12%)
Accessory Sales - $135.6 million USD (+1%)
|1.||Grand Theft Auto V||Take 2 Interactive||PS3 / Xbox 360||09/2013|
|4.||Battlefield 4||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2013|
|5.||Batman: Arkham Origins||Warner Bros. Interactive||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / PC||10/2013|
|6.||Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag||Ubisoft||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U||10/2013|
|7.||NBA 2K14||Take 2 Interactive||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2013|
|8.||Skylanders SWAP Force||Activision Blizzard||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / Wii / 3DS||10/2013|
|9.||LEGO Marvel Super Heroes||Warner Bros. Interactive||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / 3DS / Vita / PC||10/2013|
|10.||WWE 2K14||Take 2 Interactive||PS3 / Xbox 360||10/2013|
UI introduction and advertisment for Sony premium services
Sony Entertainment VP Eric Lempel went out of his busy day to make a video showing off the PlayStation 4's UI. Hooray, it's launch day! It all starts with what they're calling the "PlayStation Dynamic Menu" which of course comes after logging into the user's PlayStation account. From there Lempel shows just how fast and easy it is to go from logging in to watching a friend stream a game. It can't be more than two oo three clicks and just as many seconds.
That seems to be one of the big themes with the PlayStation 4's UI, accessibility to a majority of areas with a minimum number of clicks. After that, it's actually rather impressive just how much information is available in each area, as long as you can find what you're looking for. As accessible as the menus are, keep in mind that it's all controlled with the DualShock 4 still.
In addition to general UI functionality, Lempel also goes over the new PlayStation shop and trophies. He also goes out of his way to advertise as many of Sony's premium services as possible to, including PlayStation Plus and Movies Unlimited. Eh, it's his video, but it make the whole thing much less appealing as a feature as opposed to just a big advertisement.
Sony's PlayStation 4 is available right now. That's right, it's launch day! Don't everyone go out and buy their PS4 at once, okay? No one likes waiting in lines.
It's like CubeWorld, only made by people who didn't make Cube World
Trion Worlds, the folk behind Rift and Defiance, have unveiled a surprise project today titled Trove. Trove is an online multiplayer RPG that is oddly familiar, in that it looks a whole lot like indie game Cube World. That is, it's a voxel-based online RPG with constructible/destructible environments where each world is entirely randomly generated. Oh, and best yet, it's free-to-play.
It seems from the announcement trailer below that the focus of the won't be on what you create, like Minecraft, but rather on the adventuring taking place in the world. Exploring, digging, finding and fighting monsters, creating weapons and armor and finding loot in general. Again, this is rather more in line with the Cube World experience.
Beginning today Trion is accepting signups for Trove's alpha, which is said to allow players to help create content used in the game's future. Alpha players can even build various things outside of the game and then import the work in later. Getting a little EverQuest Next and Landmark here, aren't we? Well, at least they're solid ideas, even if they're not entirely original.
Sign up for Trove's alpha over at the official website as you please.
Announcement trailer - Youtube
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Expect some Kojima insanity in this exclusive level
Hideo Kojima came on stage at the PlayStation 4 All-Access launch event to debut a new trailer and announce an exclusive level for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes on PlayStation 4. It was certainly the oddest event of the night, because it was hard to tell exactly what we'd be getting. Kojima dubbed it the "Deja Vu Mission" and said it would feature the classic, 5-polygon monstrosity of the original Metal Gear Solid on PlayStation. Sounds... cool?
Sure, yeah, it does sound cool, but from the trailer we were shown all that appeared to change we the models of certain characters. Is this Deja Vu Mission simply just a skin change or is ther more than meets the eye? The DARPA Chief in the cage certainly didn't seem like just a simple skin change. With this Kojima guy it's really hard to tell what's going on.
After the event we also got news of Japanese special edition release of the game featuring a figuring of Snake from Ground Zeroes. Hopefully we'll hear if that will come westward in the next couple of months.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in mid-2014. Ground Zeroes is a smaller prequel to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
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- Bethesda won't be revealing anything soon, despite alleged Fallout 4 teasers 
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- Dark Souls 2 screenshots give sneak peek of Covenant, multiplayer 
- Public Service Announcement: Next-Gen Has Been Canceled 
- Xbox One Countdown Liveblog 
- Terrifying disc drive sounds from Xbox One and PS4, let's compare 
- Neoseeker's PlayStation 4 Introductory Livestream (recording available) 
- Sony Entertainment Network on PlayStation 4 facing serious issues, login errors 
- Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: Post-Launch Exclusive Games