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Watch Dogs pre-order cancellation a simple error: no need to freak

Watch Dogs pre-order cancellation a simple error: no need to freak

This morning a report was delivered about order cancellations for the game Watch Dogs, a title set to be delivered some time in early 2014. This game had been delayed in the past, so it would have been a relatively large deal if the game were delayed any further than it already had been. The good news is that the cancellations were due to an error in Gamestop's software, not due to the game not being deliverable on time.

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This 13GB patch says you need internet to play games from now on

This 13GB patch says you need internet to play games from now on

Last year when we first caught wind that we'd be testing out NVIDIA SHIELD and its next-level PC game streaming abilities, the first question we had to ask was: will we need internet to do it? As it turned out - yes and no - it was a lot easier to do the whole hookup process and teaming with Steam if we had the web connected constantly, but after that, we could work without it. But there, as here and now with the latest patch for a major game on Xbox One, there is a point at which the creators assume high-speed internet is a given.

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iBuyPower: Steam Machines will battle consoles, not PCs

iBuyPower: Steam Machines will battle consoles, not PCs

Each Steam Machine coming to the market later this year will be unique - that's the message we're getting from groups like iBuyPower and Falcon Northwest here in the first month of the year. Speaking with the creators of the SteamOS devices that'll be arriving inside the second half of the year, it would seem as though they've got some time to fill - it's Valve, after all, that'll be deciding when the devices are actually allowed to be released as it's Valve that has to release the final software build and the Steam Controllers that go with the machines for final market readiness. Today we're looking at what iBuyPower is doing, specifically, to make their Steam Machine an ideal release.

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PS4 “better terms” praised by ID@Xbox launch parity clause naysayers

PS4 “better terms” praised by ID@Xbox launch parity clause naysayers

While the user side of the Xbox One / PlayStation 4 equation might never come in contact directly with the ID@Xbox program, it's leaving a lasting impression on independent developers aiming to create next-generation games. Most recently you'll find The Fullbright Company's Steve Gaynor speaking with NowGamer about how, due to their relatively small size, launching on a single platform is really their only realistic option.

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Xbox One leads December sales in USA: PS4 stock MIA

Xbox One leads December sales in USA: PS4 stock MIA

Head to your local gaming hardware retailer this weekend and you'll likely see a similar sight: the PlayStation 4 completely out of stock and Xbox One units as far as the eye can see. With reports and first-hand experience in both major cities and outlying, smaller towns throughout the USA, we've come to the very unscientific conclusion that Sony simply isn't keeping up with gamer demand for the PlayStation 4 console itself. Meanwhile the Xbox One leads sales in the December 2013 version of NPD Group's sales figures in the states.

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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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