When you think about the South Park play on the release of next-generation's consoles in the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, you get the idea that they - really - aren't all that much better. According to the folks behind the epic modern version of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Matt Stone and Trey Parker are (keeping in mind that they're humorists) dead wrong. Here we're having a peek at what it really means to take a game released to the PlayStation 3 and re-release it to PlayStation 4, fully revamped - in the graphics department, at least.
Gamers might soon be kissing DVDs and huge downloads goodbye, at least if their games mostly come from Sony's PlayStation catalog. Although no demo was available at CES 2014, Sony has announced the next big leap in game streaming via a new PlayStation Now service coming first to the US.
Microsoft sold more than three million Xbox One consoles in 2013, the company has announced, throwing down the gauntlet to Sony in the next-gen console wars. The new hardware set records for Xbox sales, with Microsoft admitting that it couldn't keep up with demand in the run-up to the holidays, with most retailers in the thirteen countries the console was on sale being out of stock.
Welcome to the first of the year, SlashGear readers - time to get ready for the next big technology convention. While you've got a lovely SlashGear's Best Tech of 2013 to look forward to if you've not already have a read, you can also get pumped up immediately for our oncoming coverage of CES 2014. In less than a week we'll be bringing you up close and personal coverage of the year's largest technology convention, straight from Las Vegas, Nevada!
In the year 2013 we've seen some real stand-out stars in several sectors, including mobile, automotive, desktop computing, and gaming. This was certainly a year of hero devices, with manufacturers often bringing just one or two devices to headline their entire 12-month market presence. There were also several new totally unexpected releases initiated through the year, with entirely new device categories being created in the process.
Head to your local retail outlet this week and you may see an image of their video game and entertainment section a whole lot different from what it was a few weeks ago. Both Microsoft and Sony have successfully ramped up production to keep with the times now - perhaps a moment too late - that the holiday season has arrived. Both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One can once again be found on store shelves - in some stores for the first time ever.
The Sony PlayStation 4 is a machine on which you can depend to deliver one whole heck of a lot of entertainment right out of the box, even if you've not purchased a single game. Classic full-powered first-person shooters like Blacklight: Retribution and games you'll recognize the characters from, like DC Universe Online - there's more than your average number of freebies to be fiddled with. But where should you begin?
While users of both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 will still be using standard controllers for first-person-shooters for the foreseeable future, the creator of XIM is hard at work hacking. A fellow by the name OBsIV has created a hardware system called “Xbox Input Machine” - having started this project approximately 6 years ago on the Xbox 360 - now appearing on the Xbox One and potentially the PS4 as well.
While we’d love to see title after title released to the PlayStation 4 immediately following release here on the tail end of 2013, it would appear that we’re about to hit a week-long block. Straight from the mouth of the beast - Sony - comes word that the last release of the year to the PlayStation 4 lineup will be Zen Pinball 2.
The launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One brought about a frenzy to more than just the gamer front. According to Kaspersky Lab, coinciding with the consoles' respective launches, instances of cyber attacks skyrocketed as hackers sought -- and continue to seek -- to take advantage of the latest onslaught of gamers. The attacks aren't limited to just the latest consoles, however, with attacks increasing against PC gamers and such as well.
One of the strangest break-out hits of our current generation of multi-platform games is Minecraft, a pixelated game that's headed to the PlayStation 3 this month. While the original Xbox 360 version was released all the way back in May of 2012, this 2013 PlayStation 3 release will be exactly the same, or as similar as the developers at Mojang could make it. This December 17th release also heads off the push to both the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita which will be occurring inside 2014.