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PlayStation 4 Christmas gift is a block of wood

PlayStation 4 Christmas gift is a block of wood

A Christmas gift from no less than Santa Clause himself was opened this past week with a less-than-fantastic bit of content. Inside the box was a block of wood instead of the console itself. Cut to a similar size and placed in the box, apparently without signs of damage to the box itself. Amazing that Santa would have such a strange mishap, yes? As it turned out, Santa purchased this particular PS4 from a local Target store, where they were more than willing to take the box back and, in addition, give the parents of the gift-getter a $100 gift card for their trouble.

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PS4 gets new Call of Duty: Black Ops III standard edition bundle

PS4 gets new Call of Duty: Black Ops III standard edition bundle

With Call of Duty: Black Ops III having already been released on consoles and PC for over a month now, it might seem like an odd time for Sony to include the game in a new PlayStation 4 system bundle. However, with PlayStation now being the official home of the Call of Duty series, basically meaning they get DLC packs and other content earlier than other platforms, Sony is betting on the bundle being a big seller this holiday season, especially for those who haven't picked up the game yet.

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Nintendo shows off updated Miiverse design

Nintendo shows off updated Miiverse design

Nintendo has shown off the new Miiverse design, saying that with this change gamers will find it “even easier” to keep tabs on what’s going down in the company’s community. The update brings many changes, but Nintendo hails the real-time trending feature as the best aspect of the changes. With it, users are able to see Miiverse trending topics in real time, adding to that aforementioned ease of use.

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Microsoft announces Xbox One Lego Movie console bundle

Microsoft announces Xbox One Lego Movie console bundle

Microsoft is continuing its announcements this week of new Xbox One console bundles for the upcoming holiday season. Following several other packages featuring a range of titles appealing to different audiences, today's is one of the first child-oriented bundles: the Xbox One The Lego Movie Videogame Bundle. Priced at $349, the set includes a 500GB Xbox One console, along with a copy of the The Lego Movie Videogame, which is, obviously, an adaption from the popular Lego Movie.

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Xbox One Rise of the Tomb Raider bundle raids tombs this holiday

Xbox One Rise of the Tomb Raider bundle raids tombs this holiday

Microsoft has just announced a new Xbox One console bundle for this holiday season, this time featuring the new Rise of the Tomb Raider game. As the follow-up the 2013 release of Tomb Raider, itself a reboot of the near 20-year old series, Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of this holiday season's biggest titles. And seeing as how console/game bundles always turn out to be big sellers, much to the chagrin of GameStop, it makes sense that Microsoft would make this their latest value package.

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Hack makes PS Vita TV compatible with more PS Vita games

Hack makes PS Vita TV compatible with more PS Vita games

The PlayStation TV, or PS Vita TV in some markets, may not be one of Sony's most loved gaming hardware. Although it bears the name and some of the traits of the PS Vita, it is a set-top box more than a handheld. Even more, despite being compatible with a number of PS Vita games, the mini console doesn't support more, even those that perhaps make sense on the device. Fortunately, thanks to a simple hack posted on HackInformer, some of those games and apps might not be available for the PS TV.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III Limited Edition 1TB PS4 launches in November

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Limited Edition 1TB PS4 launches in November

Sony has introduced a new PlayStation 4 bundle for Call of Duty fans, but with a design that, we suspect, won’t bring the game franchise to the minds of most gamers. It is called the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Limited Edition PlayStation 4 bundle, and it’ll be shipping on November 6. Ahead of that, though, you can pre-order the bundle through Amazon to ensure you're not left out.

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Halo 5: Guardians Xbox editions and goodies get revealed

Halo 5: Guardians Xbox editions and goodies get revealed

In a little over a month, Microsoft Studios and developer 343 Industries will be launching the latest installment of the Halo franchise. And naturally, it is also building up the excitement, and the products, that will be swirling around Halo 5: Guardians. To say that there's a Halo 5: Guardians bundle for every type of Halo fan and every budget might not be too much an exaggeration, with editions covering regular to super limited classes and an accessory to match your gaming preference, style, and loyalties.

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New Xbox One Experience preview goes out to some testers

New Xbox One Experience preview goes out to some testers

Microsoft has been teasing major changes coming to the Xbox One later this year and most are probably excited about the promised backward compatibility with Xbox 360 games. But while that in itself is of course a major highlight, November's update will of course feature a lot more than that. Now for the first time, this New Xbox One Experience is rolling out to a subset, not all, of the console's preview program members, delivering the public's first hands-on brush with a new interface that's promised to be faster at getting things done.

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GameStop refuses to sell console bundles with digital games

GameStop refuses to sell console bundles with digital games

These days, when you purchase a new video game console that comes with bundled with one or more games, what's inside the box is actually a code for redeeming a downloadable digital copy of the game. As it turns out, GameStop, one of the largest video game retailers in the US, doesn't like this due to the fact that the vast majority of their profits come from trading in and selling of used games. So, the company has recently announced that it will no longer carry bundles with digital games, and only sell those with a physical copy.

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Limited edition gold PS4 bundle brings the bling via Taco Bell

Limited edition gold PS4 bundle brings the bling via Taco Bell

Jealous of the new colored PlayStation 4 accessories announced at the Tokyo Game Show this week? Well, Sony hasn't forgotten about US gamers, as they've just announced a special limited edition PS4 bundle that bundle that includes a gold console and controller. Along with the special colored hardware, the bundle includes a one-year subscription to PlayStation Plus, needed for online multiplayer gaming and other special features, along with a copy of the new Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection game.

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Xbox 360 update brings 2GB of cloud storage to previous gen

Xbox 360 update brings 2GB of cloud storage to previous gen

All eyes are naturally on the current generation of gaming consoles, but fortunately for Xbox 360 owners, Microsoft hasn't completely forgotten about them. Yet. The company has finally rolled out its latest system update, collating the previews and features that it has been teasing so far. And while the update brings a lot of new features to the fore, perhaps the highlight feature would be the expanded 2 GB cloud storage. Almost ironically, it's more meant to support the Xbox One than just the Xbox 360 alone.

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