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Call of Duty and Skylanders keep Activision in NPD’s top spots for 2013

Call of Duty and Skylanders keep Activision in NPD’s top spots for 2013

There's a couple of games appearing in NPD's tracking of video games for the end of 2013 that put Activision in a rather healthy spot for entering in this year's full range of releases. With Call of Duty: Ghosts, Activision sees the #1 Top-Selling Next Gen Title through 2013 - that's both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while it remains the best-selling title overall in December as well. Meanwhile Skylanders - as a video game franchise - won best-selling of the entire year for the kids video games category.

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Falcon Northwest defends “fully loaded” Steam Machine

Falcon Northwest defends “fully loaded” Steam Machine

One of the most high-end-friendly builds to be shown in Valve’s first wave of Steam Machines revealed at CES 2014 was the Falcon Northwest Tiki, a tower with a price range topping out at $6,000 USD. According to Falcon Northwest President Kelt Reeves, the range they’ve offered thus far is just an early estimate, one that pre-supposes SteamOS users will have wants and needs all over the spectrum, not just at one single price-point with a single configuration. It would seem that not every Steam Machine manufacturer is attempting to make a gaming console.

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Steam Machine gift to DevDays attendees: Valve means business

Steam Machine gift to DevDays attendees: Valve means business

In a manner similar to that of the annual Google I/O device (or devices) given to attendees of the developer conference comes Steam DevDays presenting of a Gigabyte BRIX Pro Steam Machine to everyone that's coming with on this gaming project. This is significant for several reasons, one of which involves the re-solidification of the idea that SteamOS will be a real player in the gaming console universe in the days ahead. The second is the fact that, outside of those users that've transformed their own BRIX Pro machines to be Steam Machines, no such device existed (on a market level) before this event.

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Steam Controller now backwards-compatible with diamonds and touch

Steam Controller now backwards-compatible with diamonds and touch

Just a single slide at this week's Steam DevDays was shown of the new Steam Controller for SteamOS, one which identified the chat earlier today on what would happen to its evolution. This image you'll be seeing shows how the controller will ditch the touchscreen in its center, first and foremost. As this controller works with two touchpads already - upper left and right - there was no real reason to have a touchpad in the center as well - and not enough reason, it seems, to have a display, either.

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Steam Machine OEMs: ready when you are, Valve

Steam Machine OEMs: ready when you are, Valve

This past week at CES 2014 we had the opportunity to have a chat with iBuyPower's Marketing Manager Ricky Lee on their first Steam Machine and the potential for Valve's SteamOS. With this operating system, users are meant to take the gaming PC into the living room to play like a major console - to compete with the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, basically. Our first question was, of course - when do we get the chance to get our hands on this particular Steam Box from iBuyPower? As Lee explained: it's completely up to Valve.

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Full Steam Machine 2014 starting lineup detailed

Full Steam Machine 2014 starting lineup detailed

This week the folks at Valve have released information - basic information, that is - on their first full collection of Steam Machines from a variety of manufacturers. What we're seeing is one machine each from the following creators: Alienware, Alternate, CyberpowerPC, Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower, Next SPA, SCAN, Zotac, Webhallen, Materiel.net, Gigabyte, Maingear, and Digital Storm. While we've seen a couple of these machines revealed by their makers before, we've never seen the whole group at once.

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Xbox One launch events detailed: Macklemore and deadmau5 join in

Xbox One launch events detailed: Macklemore and deadmau5 join in

The Xbox One launch this Friday, Nov. 22 is slated to be a worldwide blowout party. Cities around the world will play host to the next-gen console's 12:01 AM release, starting in Auckland, New Zealand and working its way west to North America. Concerts, giveaways, gaming contests, costumes, and more will accompany the launch on a rolling basis. As of this posting, the crazy is scheduled to begin in just over three days.

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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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