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PlayStation 4 review round-up

PlayStation 4 review round-up

There's little to be said about a gaming console when it's barely hit store shelves in the way of final judgement. With the device appearing for the first time tomorrow (it hits stores tomorrow), the PlayStation 4 (or PS4 for short) is appearing in shortened reviews across the web. What you'll find is a whole lot of agreement on the potential of the device - but not a whole lot of years-spanning verdicts on the device as a whole.

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PlayStation 4 DLNA and MP3 playback possible once more

PlayStation 4 DLNA and MP3 playback possible once more

Though the PlayStation 4 wont work with DLNA and MP3 playback right out of the box, it's been confirmed this week by Sony that they'll certainly be looking at incorporating the features in the near future. Due to overwhelming response to the idea that neither DLNA or MP3 playback would be available on the gaming console, Sony seems to have turned a corner on their aim to have them work.

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Official PlayStation 4 unboxing handled delicately by Sony

Official PlayStation 4 unboxing handled delicately by Sony

This week the folks at Sony are once again proving that they'll not be letting the "firsts" of the PlayStation 4 presentation fall into the wrong hands with an original Official PS4 Unboxing video. They've made an especially short affair of it all, emphasizing the fact that the machine itself is exceedingly simple. This hardware isn't about cords, after all - it's all about the sharpness of wirelessness and the angles at which this release will be made.

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Microsoft Xbox One now available for test drive in stores

Microsoft Xbox One now available for test drive in stores

From now until Nov. 22, Microsoft is letting the public test drive the new Xbox One in all 75 of Microsoft's own branded retail stores in the United States and Canada. This is not the first time Xbox One has been officially available for public gameplay previous to the next-gen console's official launch date, but it is the most permanent. Forza Motorsport 5 will be the only game available.

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Xbox One zero-day update: mandatory internet

Xbox One zero-day update: mandatory internet

You'll need to download a software update for your Xbox One the day you get it in this month, so says Microsoft senior director of product management this week. Speaking with Engadget on the matter, Microsoft's Albert Penello suggested that even if you have a game or two on-hand for the Xbox One when you get the console in the mail or bring it home from the store, you'll be out of luck. You absolutely, positively, need to download the zero-day update.

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Microsoft bestows Killer Instinct upon early Xbox One adopters

Microsoft bestows Killer Instinct upon early Xbox One adopters

This week a collection of Xbox Live Gold members are seeing bits and pieces of the next generation of the console with Xbox One-exclusive wares. One of the items up for grabs - for the most loyal of gamers - is the entirety of Killer Instinct for Xbox One unlocked. For those of you not following the release of Killer Instinct for this console: it's a free game anyway - this unlocking just allows you to play the full collection of characters without in-game purchases.

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Wii Mini coming to USA with Mario Kart to boot

Wii Mini coming to USA with Mario Kart to boot

The smallest of the higher-end gaming consoles has been revealed to be approaching the United States just in time for the holidays: the Wii Mini, complete with Mario Kart. This little beast works with a cut-down collection of abilities that were once only available on the original Wii. Here you're not able to connect to the internet - and therefor wont be able to access the digital library of Wii and GameCube games available to the larger - but everything else is ready to roll.

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Sony PS3 PlayStation Store update adds PayPal support

Sony PS3 PlayStation Store update adds PayPal support

Sony has announced a funding related update for those using the PlayStation Store on a PS3. Moving forward users will be able to add funds to their Sony Entertainment Network wallet using PayPal. Or more specifically, from PayPal and directly through the PlayStation Store. You see, in the past you have been able to use funds using PayPal, however prior to this update -- that was done via the web interface.

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