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  • New PS4 update launches tomorrow, brings PC/Mac Remote Play

    Sony has been hard at work with its latest PlayStation 4 update, but it's finally ready for primetime. The 3.50 update gets pushed out tomorrow, Sony's Jayne Murphy said in a blog post, so what can we expect? Easily the biggest feature is Remote Play for PC and Mac computers, allowing users to stream games from their PS4 to a computer. This mirrors Microsoft's own solution, which allows gamers to play Xbox One games on a Windows 10 PC. As for minimum requirements, Sony merely recommends a PC with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 and a Mac with OS X 10.10 or 10.11. Sony...

  • Nintendo closing down the DSi Shop in 2017

    Do you still own a Nintendo DSi console? It may be time to start thinking about upgrading before you lose access to the store. Announced on the Nintendo.com website, the company says it'll finally close down the Nintendo DSi Store in 2017. Users can still purchase points until 30 September and spend them up until 31 March next year. The company has yet to decide when the hammer will fall on the store, and recommends users upgrade to a newer product in the Nintendo 3DS family -- but, of course they do. Related: New Nintendo 3DS XL review: pry it from my...

  • The last official PS2 servers have been shut down

    It's the end of an era for the gaming industry, as Square Enix turns off the last PS2 servers for Final Fantasy XI. The first Final Fantasy MMO was released over a decade ago, in 2002, later seeing a release on Xbox 360 too. The Xbox servers are to be turned off in conjunction with the PS2's. To put the shutdown in perspective, Final Fantasy XI had been running for longer than EVE Online (2003), World of Warcraft (2004), the Guild Wars franchise (2005) and Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011). Not bad for a console that wasn't originally designed with online gaming...

  • Is Nintendo killing Wii U production before year end?

    Here's a big gaming industry rumour: the less-than-impressive Nintendo Wii U could find itself dead and buried by year-end, according to Japanese site Nikkei. If Nintendo does cease production of the Wii U before 2017, it will make it the shortest-lived home gaming console in Nintendo's storied history. But while Nintendo dismisses the rumour, it's clear that the Wii U isn't exactly the thriving gaming platform its parent hoped it would be. It makes no real financial or business sense to keep it on life support, especially since Nintendo's real promise now lies in mobile gaming and, more importantly for home...

  • Nintendo 3DS receives incremental firmware update 10.6.0-31

    Japanese video game company Nintendo has released another firmware update for its line of 2DS/3DS handheld consoles. NamedĀ 10.6.0-31, it doesn't seem to bring much to the table. According to the Nintendo's vague changelog entry for the revision, it adds stability and adjustments to the system. "Further improvements to overall system stability, system security and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user's experience." After applying the update, there doesn't appear to be any noticeable changes to the system, though improved stability behind the scenes is always welcome. There is speculation that all of the incremental updates are slowly laying the...

  • PlayStation 4 outsells Xbox One on Black Friday according to report

    According to marketing firm InfoScout, Sony's PlayStation 4 benefited from the Black Friday sales rush, at the expense of both Nintendo's Wii U and Microsoft's Xbox One in the States. The firm sampled a group of "2364 people who purchased video game products in October 2015," InfoScout noted on its blog. "We then contrasted their purchases to those of 1,020 Americans who purchased a video game, console or accessory during the 2015 Black Friday promotion period." And what were the results? Well, rather telling. Image via InfoScout It's clear that the PlayStation 4 had the upper hand this Black Friday, but more interestingly was...

  • 5 possible reasons why the PlayStation 4 is outselling the Xbox One

    Sony this week announced at its massive Paris Games Week presentation the latest sales figures for the PlayStation 4 console, and they're scary. Especially if you're a Microsoft or Nintendo employee. According to Sony's Worldwide Studios VPĀ Michael Denny in an interview with GamesIndustry, PlayStation 4 now has a global install base of over 25-million, with just below 30-million units shipped in total. That's around 10-million more than any other console in this generation. But why is the PlayStation 4 selling like hotcakes while the other two consoles flounder? What's the device's appeal? And if it's Sony's brilliance, what exactly about the...

  • PlayStation 4 continues sales slaughter, thanks to ‘Arkham Knight’

    According to data released by the NPD Group, the Sony PlayStation 4 outperformed the Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U in US sales figures for June. While it takes a special month for Nintendo and Microsoft get close to Sony's console in the sales war, the Japanese company has credited Batman: Arkham Knight for the sudden sales boost. The game, developed by Rocksteady Studios and WB Games, has arguably been the biggest mid-year release as the final chapter of the Dark Knight's romp through Gotham with his grappling hook, kickass cape and the overly-modified Need For Speed ride, the Batmobile. Sony also...

  • Sony reveals 1TB ‘Ultimate Player’ PlayStation 4 console

    Responding to threats posed by Microsoft, Sony has announced that it will be offering a PlayStation 4 console with a 1TB storage drive dubbed the Ultimate Player Edition. The console will be available "worldwide" from 15 July and will offer double the storage first offered by the company's launch console. But that's not the real kicker. The newer consoles (Sony will be offering a revised 500GB option as well), will now feature entirely grainy plastic finishes rather than that fingerprint and scratch magnet glossy drive cover previously used. Additionally, the console will be slightly lighter in terms of weight and power draw,...

  • PlayStation 4 to focus on future, won’t be getting backward compatibility

    It was big news at E3 2015, when Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will receive backward compatibility technology, allowing fans of legacy content to play a range of Xbox 360 titles on a new console. It definitely makes sense for the company too, who has been battered by Sony's PlayStation 4 in terms of sales in their initial few months. But Sony won't be following suit, at least if head of Sony PlayStation's games studios, Shuhei Yoshida, is to be believed. "The backward compatibility news was interesting. The technology involved must be very challenging," noted Yoshida, speaking to Polygon, but...