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News: Sony: PS4's Christmas Lineup Compares 'Very, Very Well' to Xbox One

Sony: PS4's Christmas Lineup Compares 'Very, Very Well' to Xbox One

Greatness awaits

As with the PlayStation 3 before it, there’s an accelerating sentiment around the web that the PlayStation 4 lacks games. Despite new releases deploying on a weekly basis, many armchair analysts have opted to criticise the console’s first year – primarily its lack of first-party content. Many argue that Microsoft – with...

News: Nintendo Thumps PlayStation in E3 2014 Twitter Head-to-Head

Nintendo Thumps PlayStation in E3 2014 Twitter Head-to-Head

Hashtag haymaker

Sony may be winning the hardware sales war with the PlayStation 4, but it couldn’t overcome Nintendo in the great Twitter battle of E3 2014. According to social media intelligence analytics provider Crimson Hexagon, a whopping 47 per cent of related tweets posted during last week’s convention referenced the Wii U maker, with its...

Talking Point: How Did the Three Major Manufacturers Fare at E3 2014?

How Did the Three Major Manufacturers Fare at E3 2014?

Compare and contrast

E3 2014 is over, and we’re breaking the fabric of time and space in order to celebrate. In this inaugural cross-platform, cross-network, cross-website extravaganza, the editors of Nintendo Life, Pure Xbox, and, er, Push Square have put aside their boxing gloves, and joined forces to bring you this industry wide look at all...

Talking Point: Will Sony Have Enough PS4 Material to Topple Microsoft's Game Heavy Show?

Will Sony Have Enough PS4 Material to Topple Microsoft's Game Heavy Show?

Games, games, games

Microsoft’s heavily hyped E3 media briefing this year was always going to be about redemption for the put upon platform holder. With new gaffer Phil Spencer attempting to turn around the organisation’s image, the press conference was filled with phrases aimed directly at fans. “Thank you” was a statement that seemed...

E3 2014: PlayStation and Xbox Executives Slay the Web with a Simple Embrace

PlayStation and Xbox Executives Slay the Web with a Simple Embrace

This isn't how it's supposed to be

We thought that this industry was all about a war of words and exclusive games – not hugs and kisses prior to the biggest gaming convention of the year. Alas, it seems that new Xbox boss Phil Spencer and former PlayStation president Jack Tretton are eager to prove that the console war only exists on the Internet,...

News: Microsoft: PS4 Is Outperforming Xbox One Because PS3 Didn't Satisfy Consumers

Microsoft: PS4 Is Outperforming Xbox One Because PS3 Didn't Satisfy Consumers

Oh, right

Sony is certainly no stranger to silly statements, with its hubris heading into the previous generation providing plenty of memes which still do the rounds today. However, it would appear that Microsoft learned nothing from the Japanese giant’s biggest blunders, as the firm is still making some wince inducing statements regarding the...

Talking Point: Why Sony's Right to Retain the Franchises It Funds

Why Sony's Right to Retain the Franchises It Funds

Crash course

Insomniac Games announced its soda-based sandbox excursion Sunset Overdrive to an explosion of goodwill this week. The colourful Xbox One exclusive harks back to the Dreamcast era, boasting oversaturated skylines and some decidedly SEGA gameplay mechanics. Sporting a system that sees your firepower increase as you combo tricks, it...

News: Pachter: Sony Would Probably Like to Get Call of Duty DLC Exclusivity

Pachter: Sony Would Probably Like to Get Call of Duty DLC Exclusivity

Switching sides

There are rumblings that changes may be afoot in the Call of Duty content clash. While the series has been historically aligned with the Xbox brand, rumours earlier in the year indicated that Sony may be willing to stump up the cash in order to ensure that the property is associated with the PlayStation 4. And speaking on the...

News: UK PS4 Stock Shortages Allow Xbox One to Pull Ahead Over Previous Four Weeks

UK PS4 Stock Shortages Allow Xbox One to Pull Ahead Over Previous Four Weeks

System wars

While you can find a PlayStation 4 if you look here in the UK, the console is far from being readily available. The system has been sold out at most major online retailers since the start of March, and that’s been reflected in the software sales, which have taken a tumble over the past few weeks. In fact, it seems like the lack of...

News: Sony's PS4 Indie Launch Parity Clause Is More Parody

Sony's PS4 Indie Launch Parity Clause Is More Parody

See what you did there

Microsoft’s holding a gun to the heads of indie developers, forcing them to deploy their wares on the Xbox One at the same time as other systems or forget releasing them on the format at all. This means that smaller studios without the bandwidth to produce multiple versions of their titles at once may be forced to launch on...

News: Pachter: Titanfall Exclusivity Due to Industry Thinking Xbox One Would Eat PS4's Lunch

Pachter: Titanfall Exclusivity Due to Industry Thinking Xbox One Would Eat PS4's Lunch

Tides are turning

With an Xbox 360 and PC iteration in the pipeline, Titanfall is not quite the bonafide Xbox One exclusive that Microsoft’s hyping it up to be. However, the Redmond-based manufacturer has ensured that the inaugural iteration in Respawn Entertainment’s first-person franchise will not arrive on the PlayStation 4. What does that...

News: Xbox One's Heinous Launch Parity Clause Still Causing Problems for PlayStation Devs

Xbox One's Heinous Launch Parity Clause Still Causing Problems for PlayStation Devs

Playing dirty

Microsoft may have been quick to react to the negative feedback pointed at most aspects of the Xbox One, but it’s refusing to budge on the launch parity clause that underlines its hastily implemented indie initiative. For those out of the loop, the manufacturer will not allow titles to appear on its system if they’ve already...

Talking Point: Should Sony Respond to Microsoft's UK Xbox One Price Cut?

Should Sony Respond to Microsoft's UK Xbox One Price Cut?

Incredible crisis

You’ve got to hand it to Microsoft, it knows how to react quickly. The Redmond-based manufacturer has been flip-flopping between Xbox One strategies faster than Usain Bolt in sandals, starting all the way back at E3 where the company controversially defended its abhorrent digital rights management policies – only to yank them...

News: PS4 Exclusive RIME Almost Ended Up on the Xbox One

PS4 Exclusive RIME Almost Ended Up on the Xbox One

Microsoft rejected the release

It may be one of the most anticipated PlayStation 4 titles in production, but things could have been very different for Tequila Works’ stunning ICO-esque excursion RIME. A document uncovered by underground publication VG Leaks indicates that the Spanish developer actually pitched the title to Microsoft first, as an...

News: Whoa, PS4 Software Sales Are Swiftly Outpacing the Xbox One in the UK

Whoa, PS4 Software Sales Are Swiftly Outpacing the Xbox One in the UK

Greatness sells

Intense console rivalry may not be healthy or productive, but it sure can be a lot of fun – especially when you're on the winning side. We've known for a while that the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One in the UK, but it's been a week or two since we've had some fancy numbers to gloat about. PlayStation UK boss Fergal Gara is on...