Sony Computer Entertainment have announced today that the Playstation 4 has sold over 6 million units worldwide, since its launch in November last year.
This follows the news last month that Sony achieved its goal of selling 5 million PS4s by the end of its first fiscal year, announcing it has cumulatively sold over 5.3 million units worldwide. Sony also claim to have sold more than one million units in the first 24 hours of release in the US and Canada.
John Koller, Sony’s vice president of marketing discussed the news on the PlayStation blog. ”There have now been more than 3.6 million live broadcasts, and more than 56 million spectate sessions on PS4 through Twitch and Ustream,” writes Koller.
“In fact, since January 1st, PS4 gamers account for 20 percent of daily broadcasters on Twitch. PS4 owners are also embracing the Share button on the Dualshock 4 Wireless Controller, with more than 100 million shares captured as fans show friends their latest achievements on Facebook and Twitter.”
Microsoft’s Xbox One, while still shifting a lot of units, is lagging behind Sony’s console behemoth. It was announced in January that Microsoft’s console had sold over 3.9 million units, and over 1 million units on the day of release, worldwide.
Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft and Machinima had been paying YouTube users to include Xbox One footage in their videos and to speak well of the console. Now, they explain themselves,
Machinima teamed up with Microsoft in December last year to market the new console Xbox One. This was done by making known YouTube video uploaders praise the console as well show a certain amount of footage in their videos.
Now, both companies have tried to explain themselves in statements sent in to the Wall Street Journal and The Verge.
Spokespeople from both companies sent the following statement to The Verge;
“This partnership between Machinima and Microsoft was a typical marketing partnership to promote Xbox One in December. The Xbox team does not review any specific content or provide feedback on content. Any confidentiality provisions, terms or other guidelines are standard documents provided by Machinima. For clarity, confidentiality relates to the agreements themselves, not the existence of the promotion.”
Machinima sent in a second statement to the Wall Street Journal, saying that video uploaders are meant to make it very clear that it’s part of a promotion.
“That didn’t happen here and we’re evaluating why,” the statement said. “All participants are being asked today to include our standard language going-forward. We apologize for the error and any confusion.”
Since the news reached the public, it has been reported by multiple sites around the world, and Microsoft has told The Verge that they are halting the program in order to get the videos in line with the FTC’s requirements. All videos involved should be getting disclaimers, showing that the uploaders were paid.
Source: The Verge , Wall Street Journal
According to reports by Ars Technica, Microsoft has been paying YouTubers to say positive things about their new console Xbox One.
Xbox One was recently released across most areas of the world, and has sold more than 3M units. In order to make even more money in sales, Microsoft has been paying people who are producing Machinima-videos for YouTube.
But it’s not like anyone can upload a video of them playing Xbox while praising it, there are certain criteria that must be fulfilled in order to receive payment. The video has to feature 30 seconds of Xbox One footage during the first two minutes of the clip, and it had to be said that the game was being played on the actual console. The campaign is ongoing at this moment, and all the YouTubers who wants to get some money from Microsoft has to tag their videos with “XB1M13″. At this moment, almost 7,000 videos show up on YouTube while searching for that tag, that includes a lot of people who’s angry at Microsoft for trying to buy influence, which is pretty understandable.
According to the report by Ars Technica, uploaders would receive a $3 CPM bonus from MS, and $3 every thousand video view. The campaign was set to end after 1.25M views, which means that MS would pay a total of $3,750 for this campaign.
Ars Technica also revealed a leaked copy of the legal agreement where Microsoft and Machinima states that the uploaders may “not say anything negative or disparaging about Machinima, Xbox One, or any of its Games.”
Source: Ars Technica
Following the reveal of The Elder Scrolls Online launch date on PC, Bethesda has revealed that the highly-anticipated MMORPG will be launching on the PS4 and Xbox One two months after the PC.
TES Online is launching on PC and Mac on April 4, 2014, while next-gen console owners will be getting it sometime during June 2014.
Bethesda has also released a new trailer titled “War in Cyrodiil” which shows the dispute between Tamriel and Cyrodiil during the Alliance War.
The PS3 may have had a rocky launch, but the PS4 has had great sales for Sony so far.
It looks like Sony’s Playstation 4 has won the early stages of the console war, in the UK at least, outselling the Xbox One by over 100,000 units at launch.
The sales of the Playstation 4 have been measured at around 250,000 units, ahead of Xbox One’s sales of 150,000 systems. This is according to data sourced from Gfk Chart-Track, which claims that the Playstation 4 is now the fastest selling console of all time in the UK. The previous record was held by the PSP, eight years ago.
MCV has reported that over 250,000 Playstation 4 consoles have been sold during the first 48 hours of launch, which translates to around £87 million being generated for Sony. In the US, the sales difference between the competing consoles was far less distinct, with each selling around 1 million units at launch.
With regards to game sales for the next-gen consoles, Call of Duty: Ghosts beat out FIFA 14 to the top spot, making it the most popular game for the console launch.
Buyer’s remorse, red light of death, disc drive malfunctions, trying to make money – whatever the reasons are behind selling a newly released next-gen console on eBay, there must be a lot of them.
Microsoft has revealed that there were currently 7,000 Xbox One consoles listed on eBay during the launch weekend and that 12,000 have already been sold since November 1.
“eBay is a great place for shoppers to get their hands on the new consoles,” Microsoft’s PR firm Edelman said.
Unfortunately, buying an Xbox one on eBay won’t be any cheaper than buying it at retail price as they’re marked up from $650 to $700.
On the other hand, there are currently 9,000 PS4’s on eBay right now priced from $550 to $600.
Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One brought on the best console launch the company has ever seen.
The Xbox One has sold over 1 million units across 13 markets only 24 hours into its official release.
“Xbox One is now sold out at most retailers,” Microsoft said. “We are working to replenish stock as fast as possible to meet the unprecedented demand from our customers.”
“We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy. “Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season.”
Competitor Sony also sold a million PS4’s during the first day of its launch although the console hasn’t even launched in Europe yet unlike the Xbox One. The PS4 is due to launch in Europe on November 29.
Following the launch of Microsoft’s next-gen console, several Xbox One customers have reported receiving broken disc drives.
Videos on YouTube have popped up showing the error – when a disc is inserted, it makes a nasty sound similar to putting a stick into an electric fan (I can’t seem to think of another comparison and I happen to have an electric fan in my room). It most probably has something to do with the loading mechanism.
There isn’t any information regarding this error as of yet but some of the systems that are experiencing this flaw come fresh out of the box.
While it is very unfortunate for some Xbox One owners, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy an Xbox One. Mass production and worldwide distribution of consumer electronics are bound to produce some systems with hardware defects. The best affected Xbox One owners can do now is contact Microsoft support and hope for the best or if you’re not so bothered about disc drives, just get all your games digitally.
If it makes you feel any better, statistically, there should at least be one person who bought a PS4 with the red line of death and an Xbox One with a broken disc drive. Whoever you are, I’m sorry.
Shortly after the release of the PS4, there were reports of systems experiencing the “red line of death” which is synonymous to hardware overheating. According to Sony, exactly 0.4% of PS4’s right now have this defect, a statistic really not as bad as most would believe considering the amount of units shipped.
Microsoft have removed a support page that guided console owners through the steps of updating their Xbox One systems offline, using a USB storage device.
The page used to be available to view here, but has since been removed. Joystiq were able to take a screenshot of the page from a cached version of the site, viewable below.
Before removal, the Xbox Support page gave Xbox One owners a series of steps by which to update their consoles offline. The process requires a 2GB USB storage device in order to transfer one of two files to their computers, before then unzipping each file to the root of the USB store device.
It is then required for the owners to hold down the bind and eject buttons, while powering up the console. The two buttons are then released after hearing two concurrent start-up sounds. The final step instructs the Xbox One console to to search the USB device for an offline update, which usually wouldn’t be a step in the powering up sequence.
It’s a mystery why exactly Microsoft decided to remove the page, and no official statement has been made thus far.
Microsoft spent over $100 million into researching new ideas for the Xbox one. Though the final product is a huge improvement from its predecessor, that is not to say that some of the ideas leading to it wouldn’t have been silly because there exists an Xbox One prototype controller that emitted smells to match on-screen gameplay.
Welcome…the the world of tomorrow!
“We built small slugs of different types of smells that could actually come out of a controler,” Xbox One GM for accessories Zulfi Alam told Venturebeat. “Like as you walked through the jungle, you’d smell the flora.” I would have liked to know what happened during the brainstorming session behind this smelly controller, sewer levels anyone?
There were also other prototypes including a controller that could project objects straight from the console into the living room, an idea very similar to IllumiRoom as well as a touchpad, a camera and speakers. However, these ideas were not very popular and did not make it.
Around 500 lucky people were invited to test out these controllers. “We investigated, and we built prototypes. [Many of these experimental features werent] really important. Our core base didn’t appreciate them,” said Alam.