PlayStation 4 Sizzle Reel

While the PS4 has launched to a generally positive reception, Sony is quick to remind those who think the launch library is thin that more games are just around around the corner. While Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall and other launch titles feature prominently in this sizzle trailer, there’s also Infamous Second Son, Kingdom Hearts III, DriveClub and far more.

‘League of Legends’ World Championship Viewing

The audience for eSports is expanding, and the viewership numbers provided by Riot Games provides stark evidence of this. The League of Legends Season 3 World Championship was was watched by over 32 million fans worldwide, as South Korea’s SK Telecom T1 earned the Summoner’s Cup in front of a sold-out Staples Center. At peak, more than 8.5 million fans were watching at the same time. The growth over the Season 2 numbers was immense: The Season 2 World Championship was watched by 8.2 million fans, with 1.1 million watching at the same time. This includes global numbers from multiple Internet broadcasts and TV stations in China, Korea and other countries.

Putting this in the context of other popular televised sports, the audience for League of Legends‘ Season 3 finals was roughly equal to the number of viewers that watched the NHL Stanley Cup finals, which had over 5 million viewers on average for the six games in the series, with a peak viewership of 8.16 million.

Still, eSports have some higher targets to aim for. Looking at the most recent figures, the World Series had over 90 million viewers, the Super Bowl had over 108 million viewers, the NBA finals had over 120 million viewers, and the World Cup had over 1 billion viewers. Riot’s got its work cut out for it with Season 4 coming up.

Source: Riot Games

Better Voice Control For Xbox One

Microsoft is more than ready for this week’s launch of the Xbox One, but it’s already working on a number of improvements for it to operate better. Among them is a new natural voice interaction support system, one that works in a similar manner to Apple’s Siri.

The company recently demonstrated this voice control in a video demonstration, showing how it makes it easier for users to look for content rather than giving precisely worded commands. Saying something like, “I feel like watching this movie (with the title replacing “this movie”) or “show me action/adventure games” will do the trick.

This is a hurdle for the company to get over, as its prior products haven’t really had the strongest natural voice support. However, with the help of Deep Neural Network technology, Microsoft believes it can get the job done.

No word yet on when this new tech will launch, but it’s likely to be available next year.

Source: The Verge


Next-Gen Attach Rate Predicted

With the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launches, game publishers are hoping that users pick up a lot of their games alongside their newly bought hardware. However, according to one analyst, it’s a slightly smaller ratio than what the Xbox 360 saw at its launch.

Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz stated that both systems will have an approximate 3.25 software attach rate – meaning roughly three games will be purchased alongside a new system during its launch. By comparison, the Xbox 360 had an attach rate of 4.2 during its holiday launch, while the PlayStation 3 had an attach rate of only 1.9.

Creutz expects this to mean an average of about 20 percent of systems sold will have any given launch title sold with it. Out of all those titles, Creutz believes Battlefield 4 will have the strongest attach rate around 30 percent, while Madden NFL 25 and NBA 2K14, two of the more popular sports games for the systems, will follow closely behind.

Meanwhile, games like Zumba Fitness, Fighter Within, Zoo Tycoon and Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition are expected to have less than 20 percent of an attach rate.

Source: Gamespot

PlayStation 4 eBay Sales Soar

A lot of people bought PlayStation 4 consoles for themselves last week . . . but some couldn’t help but buy one out of temptation to get a few extra dollars on eBay.

The online auction site has reported that over 10,000 consoles have been sold on the site over the weekend, between November 15th and 17th. They believe that “more than two PS4’s (were) sold on eBay every minute.”

“Sales of older generation consoles on eBay have also spiked, with 14,000 used consoles from previous generations sold on eBay since the launch of the PS4,” an eBay spokesperson explained. “That’s a 25 percent increase when compared to the 10 days preceding the launch as shoppers look to get some cash to put toward the purchase the new PS4 and upcoming Xbox One.”

Currently, there are still 13,000 systems being listed, so if you want one, feel free to shop around. Be prepared to spend $600 or more, though.

Source: Ars Technica

This Week’s [a]list Jobs – November 20

Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work. -Bette Davis

Here are this week’s [a]list jobs:

  • Rockstar Games – Digital Marketing Manager (New York, NY)
  • Storm8 – Product Manager: New Games (Redwood City, CA)
  • Nexon America – Senior Brand Manager (El Segundo, CA)
  • Ayzenberg Group – Business Development for Broadcast (Pasadena, CA)

[a]list daily is your source for the hottest job openings for senior management and marketing in games, entertainment and social media.

To see last week’s jobs, click here.

MOGA’s iPhone Game Controller

First rumored a while back, MOGA has confirmed that it is making an Ace Controller that works with iPhone 5, 5c, 5s and fifth-generation iPod Touch models.

The controller enables the user to snap their device into the center of a unit, with twin analog sticks, a directional pad, four face buttons and shoulder button – similar to the set-up of a video game controller.

There’s no word on a release date yet, but MOGA intends to release it in time for the holidays, as it stated that it is “going to end up in a ton of stockings this year. It’s a lot of fun, and even only for a temporary amusement, it’s not a bad deal – especially considering how expensive iPhone accessories can be,” according to the Gizmodo team.

Source: GigaOm

‘Titanfall’ Exclusivity Explained

Ever since its announcement last year, the first-person shooter Titanfall has been generated huge buzz among gamers. Still, some were concerned when it was announced that it wouldn’t be released on PlayStation platforms, instead remaining exclusive to PC and Xbox 360/One.

At the UBS Technology Conference, Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen explained the reasoning behind the exclusivity, especially to Microsoft.

“That’s a process that’s been done through the industry for many years,” Jorgensen said. “There are lots of single-platform titles. Obviously, you work with the first-parties to make sure the economics make sense for all sides, and we made that decision on Titanfall.

He also explained the publisher’s relationship with Titanfall‘s developer, Respawn Entertainment. “It’s a business partnership. We’re trying to make sure that we’ve developed a great relationship with them,” he said. “We helped them on marketing, we helped them on development where they need it. And we try to maintain a strong partnership with them over time.”

As for sequels, they could see a release on PS4, but for the time being, it remains an exclusive. “So obviously it’s the first title that’s committed to a single platform,” he concluded.

Titanfall hits stores on March 11, 2014.

Source: IGN


PlayStation 4 Launch Brings PS2 Memories

The hoopla surrounding the PlayStation 4 isn’t just affecting the players and the media – Sony’s own team is excited about it finally arriving as well. Just ask Sony’s vice president of marketing, Jon Koller.

Speaking with GamesBeat, Koller stated, “The launch overall, just in business terms, we feel great about it.”

“The pre-orders are through the roof. The demand is huge. Of the five platform launches we’ve had, this is the best game line up. It reminds me a lot of the PS2 launch, when we had such pent-up demand – ‘When is the PS2 coming ‘ The same thing is happening here.”

“When you look at some of our past launches, you could argue about the various points of supply. We had a lot of demand for PS3, and we were short. We didn’t want to relive that. It’s hard when you don’t have a lot of supply. But even so, we have a lot of demand this time around.”

The PlayStation 4 is available in stores now.

Source: GamesIndustry International