- Ben Silverman at Plugged In15 hrs ago
Your Xbox One is listening. And it’s kind of a prude.
Youtube user FrankP found this out the hard way during a game of NBA 2K14 on the Xbox One. Thanks to the system’s all-seeing, all-hearing Kinect camera, Frank’s use of the F-bomb resulted in what might be the creepiest, most intrusive penalty in the history of video game sports: Warning: lots of adult language (after all, that’s sort of the point):
What Frank didn’t realize is that the Kinect camera, an intrinsic part of the Xbox One hardware ecosystem, is always paying attention unless you specifically tell it to stop listening. Which you might want to do when you play NBA 2K14.
However, the foul-language foul isn’t entirely new to the franchise. Last year’s NBA 2K13 included it as well, though it only cropped up if you happened to have the Xbox 360’s decidedly less awesome Kinect up and running. It also rears its head in FIFA 14, reprimanding one Xbox One user for lobbing obscenities during his soccer career.
- Chris Morris at Games Blog22 hrs ago
The PlayStation 4 has crossed another milestone.
According to Sony, the system has sold through 2.1 million units just two weeks after hitting shelves, a record-setting worldwide mark for the PlayStation brand. That follows the launch of the next-generation console in Europe, Australasia (Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and other neighboring islands) and Latin America.
Europe and the Oceania region alone were responsible for 700,000 units, according to Sony.
"PS4 delivered the best launch in PlayStation history with the North American release and we've continued this incredibly successful start in Europe, Australasia and Latin America," said Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "We are extremely grateful for the passion of PlayStation fans and thank them for their continued support."
- Chris Morris at Games Blog1 day ago
The Xbox One seems to have won the first round of the latest console war.
A survey of early shoppers found that Microsoft's next-generation console was the system of choice this Black Friday, soundly beating Sony's PlayStation 4.
The study, from retail market research firm InfoScout, found that Xbox One buying made up 31 percent of the console buying on the frenzied shopping day. The PS4 came in tied for third place, with just 15 percent market share -- the same number as the PlayStation 3. The Xbox 360 took second place, making up 30 percent of the market.
The survey was particularly distressing for Nintendo, with the Wii U only taking 6 percent market share.
The numbers, of course, are very early and will likely change before the end of the holiday season. And console wars are never won in the first year or two. EA's Peter Moore has characterized this period as one where the industry is "just putting our shoes on to get to the start line of a long distance race."
- Chris Morris at Games Blog6 days ago
Perhaps realizing that a strip show and impromptu call-in program were just the tip of the iceberg, Twitch has decided to no longer allow PlayStation 4 owners to stream videos from the built-in game, The Playroom.
The innocuous free game that comes installed with every PlayStation 4 has been a haven for inappropriate content on the live streaming site in the early days of the console. Twitch decided to cut its losses quickly.
"We removed Playroom content from the directory because a majority of it was non-gaming related," the company told Polygon. "We will look into adding it back as PS4 owners become more familiar with the games-only focus of Twitch content. In the meantime, you can view all of the amazing gameplay from PS4 broadcasters in this directory page on Twitch."
- Chris Morris at Games Blog7 days ago
Black Friday is no longer just a one day event. Many retailers open Thursday night, while other are already offering Black Friday deals now. And don't even get us started on the run up to Cyber Monday...
One thing is consistent, though: If you're looking to buy a video game (for yourself or someone else), you're bound to find a stellar deal.
As shoppers gear up for the buying frenzy, there's another factor to consider. While you're never certain on a day-to-day basis whether your favorite retailer might have an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 in stock, it's a certainty they'll have a few on hand on Black Friday -- and, if you're willing to brave the crowds (and have luck on your side), it can be your best chance to get one.
As for discounts on those systems? Not even Santa can pull that off. But you can find plenty of other bargains out there:
- Chris Morris at Games Blog7 days ago
It's as unavoidable as cat gifs: Put a microphone in front of a large group of people and someone's going to spew obscenities. Put a camera in front of that group and someone's gonna strip.
But if you do so on your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, be ready to face the consequences.
Twitch, Sony's live streaming partner for the PS4, has banned a handful of users for streaming inappropriate content. Among the offenders is a couple who exposed themselves while streaming a play session of the built-in PS4 game The Playroom.
Another banned user got the boot not for showing body parts, but for hosting an impromptu call-in show to auction off their PS3. Among the callers? Adam Boyes, head of publisher relations for Sony.
Members of the NeoGaf forum report having seen others PS4 users brandish guns and perform sex acts during live streams.
And that’s not okay with Twitch.
- Chris Morris at Games Blog8 days ago
Will EA's NBA woes ever end?
After keeping its NBA Live franchise on the bench for the last four years, the publisher managed to release a new iteration in the once-proud franchise in 2013 -- but pretty much everyone hated it.
NBA Live 14 currently has a Metacritic score of just 46. User scores are a dismal 2.5 out of 10. And now, EA has a message to its fans: It's sorry.
"I’m not going to lie; it’s been a rough week," said executive producer Sean O’Brien in a post on the EA Sports blog. "As you can imagine, this isn’t exactly the NBA Live comeback story we were hoping for this year. We hear loud and clear that some of you are disappointed in various aspects of NBA Live 14, and I’m sorry if the game doesn’t live up to your expectations."
O’Brien vowed to make the game better as soon as possible. Among the changes will be a graphical enhancement, as NBA Live 14 has been savaged for its poor looks, especially when compared to 2K Sports' NBA 2K14.
- Chris Morris at Games Blog8 days ago
The PlayStation 4 isn't the only new console with some early hardware bugs to work out.
Microsoft has acknowledged that some of the initial Xbox One units have an issue with the Blu-ray drive rendering it unable to read discs.
"We're working directly with those affected to get a replacement console to them as soon as possible through our advance exchange program," the company told CNET in a statement. "Rest assured, we are taking care of our customers."
The problem rears its head when Xbox One owners insert a disc into their drive, only to hear a grinding or clicking noise. The system is unable to read the disc at that point.
Microsoft says the problem is only affecting a small number of users, though it did not quantify that number any further.
- Gordon Cameron at Games Blog11 days ago
After a run of 22 years, the father of the first-person shooter is leaving the company where he became a legend.
John Carmack, cofounder of id Software – publisher of 1990s shooter classics such as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake – has officially resigned from his position there. The announcement comes three months after Carmack took a post as Chief Technical Officer for Oculus VR, manufacturer of the virtual-reality ‘Rift’ goggle device. Though he had hoped to juggle his roles at both companies, “it just didn’t work out,” he wrote in a tweet earlier today.
Carmack founded id in 1991 with game designers John Romero and Tom Hall and artist Adrian Carmack (no relation). Though their early title, Commander Keen, was a 2D Super Mario-style platformer, it didn’t take Carmack – a talented, largely self-taught programmer – long to bring id’s games into the third dimension.
- Chris Morris at Games Blog11 days ago
While there's bound to be plenty of debate about the quality of the Xbox One launch lineup, no one can dispute that the pipeline is jam-packed with exciting games.
Microsoft hasn't exactly been shy about touting the exclusives that are coming to its new system - and that's on top of a slew of multi-platform third-party games like Watch Dogs that are looming. The problem, though, is not all of these big titles are imminent. Some won't be out for a year or so. Others could be even further out. Still, each is worthy of your attention.
Titanfall: Microsoft has taken steps to ensure that demand for the Xbox One doesn't fall off after the holiday rush. Titanfall, due out March 11, was developed by Respawn Entertainment, the creative minds that launched the Call of Duty and Medal of Honor franchises. And it has been hotly anticipated since its unveiling in June.