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Xbox One backwards compatibility

Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida calls Xbox One backwards compatibility “interesting”

Although most of the world has decided (for reasons unknown to yours truly) that Sony had the better press conference at E3 2015, Microsoft dealt a sizable blow to Sony with its announcement of Xbox One backwards compatibility. Considering the Xbox 360‘s swathes of games, that’s actually a formidable extra library that the Xbox One has just acquired. And Sony’s response is? “Interesting,” Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida says. To illustrate just what a feat Microsoft has accomplished with the Xbox One backwards compatibility, Yoshida says that “Backward compatibility is hard. I won’t say we’ll never do it, but it’s not an easy thing to do. If it was easy we would have done that,” which sounds awfully like a backhanded compliment. Furthermore, backwards compatibility doesn’t work with Sony’s current PlayStation Now model which makes you pay a subscription to play PS3 games which are featured in its library. We get the feeling that Sony wasn’t expecting ...

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Xbox One price

Pachter: Xbox One price “will never go back up” from $349

The Xbox One had a pretty shaky opening year, trailing its direct competitor, the PS4, in sales for almost the entire year. Thankfully, Microsoft eventually realized that not everybody needed a Kinect, taking that out of the standard bundle, and following that up with a $50 discount, bringing its price down to $349. That price was introduced as a temporary price for Thanksgiving, but on January 16th, a statement was made that “Effective tomorrow, we have a special promotional pricing of $349”. One would think that this is just a continuation of that Thanksgiving deal, but games industry analyst Michael Pachter doesn’t think so. “It’s not officially a price cut – it’s promotional pricing. This allows the retailer to advertise regularly $399 and now it’s $349, but I have a feeling it will never go back up.” says Pachter And Pachter thinks it’s a lot to do with the way ...

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Final Fantasy VII on PS4

Final Fantasy VII on PS4 is now going to be a reality in 2015

With every successive Sony PlayStation generation, the questioning gets stronger: will Final Fantasy VII be brought to this platform? Well, it seems Sony has finally listened (or caved in) and will be putting Final Fantasy VII on PS4 in Spring 2015. The news was announced today at PlayStation Experience which announced a whole number of other PS4 exclusives like Uncharted 4, Yakuza 5 and Persona 5. Unfortunately, it won’t be the remastered Final Fantasy VII that we’ve all been pining for – it will probably be closer to a port of the PC version released not too long ago – but at least it’s happening at all. It will still possess the blocky graphics from when the game was first released on the original PlayStation in 1997, though some might say this will make the nostalgic experience even better. I have to say, this is the first time that I’ve truly ...

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20 years of PlayStation

20 years of PlayStation celebrated with a PSone themed grey PS4

20 years ago, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) launched one of the most important consoles in video game history: the original Sony PlayStation. Since then, there have been three additions to the PlayStation family, culminating in the PS4, and to celebrate 20 years of PlayStation, SCE is making a limited edition PS4 that is themed like – you guessed it – a PlayStation. The matte grey exterior that graces the console, controller and camera brings back many fond memories, though you’ll have to be ready if you want to make good on that nostalgia – SCE is only making 12,300 of the limited edition consoles which will go up for pre-order on December 6th. Still, if you can’t get your hands on the limited edition PS4, there is also a PSone theme for the PS4 that Sony has made available recently, which even includes that iconic start-up sound. Although I am ...

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Xbox can't advertise Destiny

Clever, backhanded ad points out Xbox can’t advertise Destiny

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have heard that this year’s (or any year’s) biggest game release, Destiny, is about to happen on September 9th (only 1 day and 12 hours left!!!). You might have noticed, however, that despite the game coming out on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, advertisements everywhere have centred pretty heavily on the Sony consoles’ release, with Xbox ads almost non-existent. As we know, Bungie and Sony have cosied up closely for this release with exclusive PS4 console and game bundles, leaving Microsoft’s console out in the rain. So close is that relationship that Xbox can’t advertise Destiny at all, a point it hilariously pointed out in some ads in the U.K. this week (see above). Xbox U.K. this week posted a series of advertisements promoting a new perfume called “Destiny“. Of course, there is no perfume, but presumably the opportunity to ...

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SharePlay on the PS4

Why I don’t think SharePlay on the PS4 is a good thing for Sony (or developers)

We reported earlier today that Sony announced SharePlay on the PS4 at its press conference at Gamescom 2014, an update which will allow you to share your PS4 experience with your friends who also own a PS4. It’s a brilliant concept: who wouldn’t want an easier, more unique way to play games with their friends? While it’s definitely a fantastic feature for us, the gamers, it’s got me thinking about how this might pan out for Sony. Let me elaborate. Firstly, I’m making a broad, conservative assumption that the SharePlay feature is restricted to games that have local co-op modes – something which in itself is a dying genre. The core idea, of course, is that two, or more, people can play the same game instance on their personal console without having purchased the game itself, as long as their friends own it and are playing at the same time. Again, this sounds perfect, however, this ...

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ps4 shareplay

Gamescom 2014: Sony announces PS4 SharePlay in upcoming Update 2.0

If you weren’t aware, the biggest gaming convention in the world, Gamescom, is currently underway in Cologne, Germany. Earlier today were the press conferences for both Microsoft and Sony, who announced a whole slew of new hardware, software and updates that are coming for their next-gen consoles, the Xbox One and PS4. Sony’s conference came after Microsoft’s, and their announcements for the PS4 detailed the changes that are incoming for system version 2.0, including PS4 SharePlay. The premise of SharePlay will allow you to share your gaming experience with your friends, even if they don’t own the game. Sony elaborates in their blog post: “The best way to think about Share Play is like a “virtual couch”. PlayStation 4 will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your game—even when they don’t own a copy of it. With this first-of-its-kind feature, you’ll ...

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Xbox One sales

Sony’s financial report reveals the PS4 is likely outselling the Xbox One

It’s still very early days in this “next-gen” console cycle, but it is clear that Sony‘s offering, the Sony PlayStation 4, has taken an early lead over its rival the Microsoft Xbox One. While there’s likely still a long time left in this cycle (the last lasted for 8 years), it’s a testament to Sony’s efforts in trying to define this era that have resulted in it reporting a 96% increase in its games revenue and some information that suggests the PS4 is likely outselling the Xbox One. Not too shabby at all. Sony reported that it generated 257.5 billion Yen ($2.5 billion USD) in the last quarter and sold 3.5 million console units, which includes both PS4 and PS3 consoles. This is in stark contrast of Microsoft reporting that it had shipped, not sold, 1.1 million consoles; yes, that’s including both Xbox One and Xbox 360. This is extremely encouraging ...

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