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E3 2016: Sony's Surprised Microsoft Announced Xbox Scorpio Over a Year Ahead of Time

Sony's Surprised Microsoft Announced Xbox Scorpio Over a Year Ahead of Time

Suggests that PS4K may release very soon after reveal

Sony boss Andrew House has admitted that he was surprised Microsoft announced the Xbox Scorpio this week considering that it's almost 18 months away. "The dynamics of the tech industry are such that there's a much heavier emphasis on immediate gratification than there was," he told The...

E3 2016: Final Fantasy XV Will Apparently Appear at Microsoft's Press Conference

Final Fantasy XV Will Apparently Appear at Microsoft's Press Conference

Noct like this

For obvious reasons, we won't be covering Microsoft's imminent E3 2016 press conference, but it's worth pointing out that Final Fantasy XV will apparently be there. If you've been keeping up over the past couple of days, you'll know that the American company's presser has been leaking like crazy, so this rumour at least seems...

News: PS4, Xbox One Sales Outpacing Predecessors in the UK

PS4, Xbox One Sales Outpacing Predecessors in the UK

Consoles still relevant, it seems

Bad news for all those people who predicted consoles were dying out: the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are doing extremely well in the UK. New data released by GAME reveals that the combined total of new-gen consoles sold tallies 5.1 million units – while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 could only muster 3.5 million...

News: Will Xbox One and PS4 Gamers Play Together? Sony's Looking into It

Will Xbox One and PS4 Gamers Play Together? Sony's Looking into It

Needs to consider technical, policy, and business issues

Microsoft's decision to suddenly start supporting cross-platform play after years of blocking it – odd anomalies excluded – was announced expertly. Despite the likes of Nintendo and Sony allowing gamers to play with PC players for years – and, in the case of upcoming game Dreii, even...

News: Sony to Xbox: We've Been Doing Cross-Platform Play Since 2002

Sony to Xbox: We've Been Doing Cross-Platform Play Since 2002

Sony happy to have conversations

Following the big hubbub brewed up by Microsoft regarding its vague statements on cross-platform play between Xbox and other platforms, people went a bit nuts - and many jumped the gun entirely. However, GameSpot's actually managed to get a response of sorts from Sony, and without inflating our egos, the company's...

Reaction: Will Sony Enable Cross-Network Play on PS4? Well, It Already Does

Will Sony Enable Cross-Network Play on PS4? Well, It Already Does

Building bridges

Microsoft's always been good at making headlines – and it usually opts to do so when this author's out of the office. It announced today that it will be enabling cross-network play on the Xbox One, a bold new direction from the Redmond manufacturer that… Well, puts yet another of its policies in line with the PlayStation 4...

Reaction: Why Sony Won't Deploy PS4 Exclusives on PC

Why Sony Won't Deploy PS4 Exclusives on PC

Well, not many of 'em

Microsoft melted the web with its Quantum Break announcements yesterday. Unfortunately for Remedy, the forthcoming time-shifting affair got nudged to the side, as platform politics ruled the day. For those of you that missed it, the Redmond firm confirmed that the release would be coming to the PC day-and-date with the Xbox...

Weirdness: Never Was a Story of More Fascination Than This of Xbox and PlayStation

Never Was a Story of More Fascination Than This of Xbox and PlayStation

Fortune's fool

The console wars may be awash with warriors angrily biting their thumbs, but the word star-cross'd springs to mind when observing the latest social media fad. This tragic tale of two adoring PlayStation and Xbox representatives actually did the Twitter rounds a couple of years ago, but it's made a comeback overnight – even prompting...

News: Finally, We Can Compare PS4 and Xbox One Sales

Finally, We Can Compare PS4 and Xbox One Sales

Sony's way out in the lead

Microsoft stopped reporting Xbox One hardware sales recently, suggesting that its Monthly Active Users metric is more important than its flagship format's install base. Fortunately, an EA investor report and a bit of math has enabled us to, for the first time in a long while, see how the Redmond firm's box is performing in...

News: PS4 Can Leverage the Power of the Cloud, Says Microsoft

PS4 Can Leverage the Power of the Cloud, Says Microsoft

Yay?

News at eleven: Microsoft has a product and it doesn't care who it sells it to. While the so-called "power of the cloud" was a big buzz word when the Xbox One was announced, the Redmond firm has been a little less forthcoming about the bullet point of late. And now a Twitter exchange with gaffer Phil Spencer has revealed that the company's open...

News: Comparing PS4's Sales to the Competition May Be Tough Moving Forwards

Comparing PS4's Sales to the Competition May Be Tough Moving Forwards

Keeping the numbers quiet

Sony was sheepish when it came to console sales last generation, lumping the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 together as part of the illusive "PlayStation Family". It's been a lot more forthcoming with the PlayStation 4, revealing both sell in and sell through figures with alarming regularity. But it seems that Microsoft...

News: Microsoft: Sony's Buying Lots of Third-Party Exclusives for PS4

Microsoft: Sony's Buying Lots of Third-Party Exclusives for PS4

Xbox focusing on first-party, apparently

If there's one thing that Xbox chief Phil Spencer likes to do it's chat about the competition – although, to be fair, he was asked on this occasion. In a fairly wide-ranging interview with GameSpot, the ex-Microsoft Game Studios head insinuated that Sony's buying up plenty of third-party exclusives for...