A video game delay is nothing new in this business. But five weeks out from launch? That's a bit disconcerting.
Nevertheless, Ubisoft's open-world hacking game, the same title that made a huge splash all the way back at E3 2012, now won't see the light of day until the spring of 2014 -- April 1 at the earliest. All this according to a post by GameSpot, which also details the statement direct from Ubisoft:"Our ambition from the start with Watch Dogs has been to deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in the … Read more
Game console sales are predicted to rebound this year after a four-year slide, according to new data from research firm IDC.
Lewis Ward, IDC's research manager, said console shipments for 2013 will hit 34 million. That's up from the roughly 33 million units that hit store shelves in 2012, according to IDC.
Console buyers also will more likely pick up Sony's PlayStation 4 than the Microsoft Xbox One, IDC said, with the former inching out the latter in sales this holiday season. Ward did not provide more-specific sales projections.
The console market has been in need of … Read more
Gamers in China have won a key victory they've been after for years: the ability to buy consoles.
China's State Council, the country's top decision maker, announced on Friday that companies could eventually start selling game consoles across China. In order to get the hardware on store shelves, however, the companies would need to have their devices approved by the Ministry of Culture. It's not clear what might cause a particular console to be banned from sale.
The Wall Street Journal was first to report on the news.
China has banned consoles since 2000, when the … Read more
Microsoft's Xbox One will be a tad bit faster when it ships on November 22.
Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft corporate vice president of marketing and strategy, said at the Citi Global Technology Conference on Tuesday that the company has upped the clock speed in the Xbox One's processor from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz. The move came just weeks after Microsoft announced that it has also upped the Xbox One's GPU clock speed from 800MHz to 853MHz.
Mehdi didn't say exactly how the clock speed bump will improve the Xbox One's performance, but he claims that … Read more
Microsoft was already forced to roll back its November launch markets from 21 countries to 12. Now, the company has quietly restricted Kinect's highly promoted voice control feature to only five of those markets.
"Xbox voice commands will not be available in all markets on the product release date. Voice commands will be available at launch in US, UK, CA, FR, and DE," reads the final line, buried at the very bottom of the page, of Microsoft's new Xbox One promotional page.
That means that Austria, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, and Spain will … Read more
The next-gen Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles are both coming in November. In the meantime, current-generation Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles are more affordable than ever -- both available for the very reasonable sum of $199. But are these entry-level models so stripped-down that they're a bad investment? Or are they a budget gamer's dream?
The dilemma It's hard to imagine that anyone interested in buying an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 doesn't already own one (it's been a half-dozen years, people). That said, there's still a lot of fun to … Read more
After having to concede that the Xbox One would not be able to meet its original 21-market goal at launch, Microsoft is reiterating the point it announced in June: its next-gen console's games will not be region-locked.
That means fans stuck in the eight European countries that won't be seeing the Xbox One until sometime in 2014 have a workaround available if they want to get their hands on the console come November.
Reiterating that the delay Microsoft announced on Wednesday was due to voice support for various languages into the console's dashboard, Microsoft's director of … Read more