Sony’s Positive Prediction For PlayStation 4

With the PlayStation 4 just 24 hours away from launching in the U.S. market, Sony is expecting big sales of the next-generation console.

The company intends to sell three million units by the end of 2013, according to estimates by Jack Tretton, president and chief executive officer of Sony’s U.S. computer entertainment division.

“This is a marathon, not a sprint, but getting out to a nice start is a good thing,” said Tretton. “That hurdle has been cleared. We’re very, very confident we’re in great shape.”

The system is also expected to be in greater supply than the PlayStation 3 was back in 2006. “We’re very comfortable with it,” Tretton said regarding the estimate. “I’m excited about next week to be able to talk about what was sold as opposed to what we may sell.”

Source: Bloomberg

Tweetdeck Gets Customized Timelines

The next big thing to come to Twitter isn’t happening in your newsfeed. If you are a user of Tweetdeck, Twitter’s free control panel-like interface, real time feeds just got a whole lot more relevant to you.

On Tuesday, Twitter announced they are implementing customized timelines into Tweetdeck. You’ll be able to handpick certain hashtags, topics or events into separate feed columns. These aren’t just from who you follow, but from Twitter’s real-time data.

For marketers, having a free service to find your relevant tweets or hashtags and to see how things are trending can be a great tool for outreach. You’ll even be able to share your custom timelines with others or embed them like so:

 

 

Xbox One Rocks Midnight Events

With the Xbox One just about a week away from release in the U.S., Microsoft can’t wait to usher in the next-generation of gaming. In doing so, it’s got a lot of partying planned for the evening of November 21st.

The company will host a live broadcast on Spike TV on the 21st, starting at 11 PM EDT, which will show launch parties from across the globe. “Today we invite millions of Xbox fans around the world to join us for the launch of Xbox One, beginning on Nov. 21 as we count down the final hours to the launch of Xbox One,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy. “Xbox One will be the biggest launch in the history of Xbox and we can’t wait to celebrate with our fans.”

The company will also host parties in New York and Los Angeles. Times Square will be the real hotspot, as 1,000 fans will be able to enter the Best Buy Theater and experience a performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, as well as hands-on time with upcoming Xbox One games.

In Los Angeles, the company will host an event at Milk Studios, and will offer the first 500 fans that buy an Xbox One system and/or game to enjoy an exclusive concert featuring Deadmau5.

If you’re in neither place, not to worry. Various retailers across the U.S. will be open at midnight for launch events, including Best Buy, GameStop, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and, of course, Microsoft retail stores.

Source: Xbox

Amazon Rolls Out AppStream Service

During the re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas this week, Amazon introduced an innovative new service that could change the way you play games and apps.

With the AppStream service, developers are able to stream their applications and programs in high definition from the cloud to any mobile devices. With the service, developers can “build high-fidelity, graphically rich applications that run on a wide variety of devices, start instantly, and have access to all of the computer and storage resources of the AWS cloud.”

The technology utilizes Amazon STX, put together by the company’s engineers, which enable streaming of any app – including higher-visual 3D games – to any devices.

Interested developers can sign up here.

Source: TechCrunch

‘Battlefield 4’ Dominates Japan

It’s been a startling week atop the Media Create charts in Japan, as Pokémon X & Y is no longer the top dog in town.

Electronic Arts’ latest military shooter Battlefield 4 has managed to take the top spot in the charts, beating Pokémon after a four-week reign at number one. The game has sold 121,699 copies on the PS3, and a smaller 10,547 on Xbox 360. Still, that was more than enough to land it a first place victory.

Rocksmith 2014 and NBA 2K14 debuted on the charts in numbers 15 and 18, while Grand Theft Auto V still found a comfortable spot in the top ten, with a lifetime sales count of 559,679 units, and rising.

Source: MCV UK

YouTube Comes To 3DS

Nintendo aired its most recent Direct special on the Internet yesterday, revealing some new information for upcoming Nintendo 3DS games, as well as a few surprises for Wii U titles.

A YouTube app will be available at the end of the month for Nintendo 3DS, allowing users to watch whatever videos they like. YouTube will also be updated for the Wii U.

The MiiVerse is going to stretch across both the 3DS and the Wii U, as the new software updates allows the MiiVerse on the 3DS for the first time. As well, Nintendo eShop accounts will be merged across the two hardware platforms. A December-based system update will soon make 3DS and Wii U accounts cross-compatible, so users can set up one spending account and make purchases across both systems. No word yet on an exact date.

Two new games for the 3DS, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy and Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy have official release dates. Bravely will arrive first on February 7, while Azran follows close behind on February 28th.

A pair of unlockables for the upcoming Wii U game Super Mario 3D World were revealed. A fifth playable character, Rosalind, was shown off, and an unlockable mini-game called Luigi Bros., based on the arcade classic Mario Bros., is well hidden within World.

Finally, Pikmin 3 will see new downloadable content next month, some being offered for free.

The full Nintendo Direct special can be viewed here.

Source: VG247

Oculus Rift Not For Next-Gen Consoles

When the Oculus Rift arrives at retail next year, it’ll work with PCs and Android devices – but, oddly enough, not next-generation video consoles.

In a conversation with Tech Radar, Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey stated that the hardware has evolved quite a bit to keep up with the PC market, taking away focus from working with next-gen hardware from Microsoft and Sony.

“Consoles are too limited for what we want to do,” he said. “We’re trying to make the best virtual reality device in the world and we want to continue to innovate and upgrade every year – continue making progress internally – and whenever we make big jumps we want to push that to the public.”

“The problem with consoles in general is that once they come out they’re locked to a certain spec for a long, long time. Look at the PCs that existed eight years ago. There have been so many huge advances since then. Now look at the VR hardware of today. I think the jump we’re going to see in the next four or five years is going to be massive, and already VR is a very intensive thing, it requires rendering at high resolutions at over 60 frames a second in 3D.”

“It’s hard to imagine them running a VR experience that’s on par with PC,” he added. “And certainly five years from now the experiences and the technology for virtual reality that will be available on PC is going to be so far beyond anything that a console can provide.”

Source: GamesIndustry International

‘League of Legends’ Championship In Korea

League of Legends tournaments are a very big deal, with the prize pool in the millions of dollars. Season 4 will be bigger than ever, and it’s become the most popular game by far in South Korea – and it didn’t hurt that a South Korean team, SK Telecom T1, won the Season 3 World Championship.  So it shouldn’t be a big surprise that Riot Games announced that the next world championship will take place in Korea.

This marks a change of location for the tournament, which was previously held in Sweden and, over the past couple of years, the United States.

In the official announcement, Riot explained its decision. “South Korea is widely considered to be a center of eSports and is home to some of the most devoted fans on the planet,” it reads. “With a deep eSports heritage, this is an ideal location to follow up the largest eSports event to date and showcase the top League of Legends players. At the World Championship, they’ll battle it out for the title of world’s best.”

Meanwhile, the all-star game, an event that pits the game’s best players against each other in competition, will take place in Europe sometime next year.

Source: Riot Games

3D Printed Happy Meal Toys?

3D printing has certainly taken off over the past few years, and now a fast food chain is considering delving into the high-tech trend when it comes to new toys for its children’s’ meals.

McDonalds’ UK IT director Mark Fabes stated that the chain is looking into options for toys based upon 3D printings. And we don’t just mean pre-printed ones, but the option to have customers create their ideal custom toy right there in the store. KIds would get to select the exact toy they wanted to put in their Happy Meal, rather than being disappointed by getting a toy they didn’t like. In other words, it would put a little more Happy in the Happy Meal.

Unfortunately, there are certain things that have to be considered. In order for the toys to be created, there has to be melted plastic – and that’s a big no-no when it comes to having it near food items. Still, Faber didn’t state that the option was completely off the table.

Source: IGN