Category Archives: Hardware News
Not a bad start
It seems that with the Xbox One’s release in 13 different countries before the end of 2013 has ensured that, Microsoft has sold over 3 million consoles.
Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Business has taken to Xbox Wire to issue a thanks:
Thanks to you, 2013 was an incredible year for gamers, entertainment fans, our industry and Xbox. With Xbox One we saw the most epic launch for Xbox by all measures. We are humbled and grateful for your loyalty and delighted by the millions of hours of gameplay and entertainment enjoyed on Xbox.
Together, we ushered in a new era of games and entertainment with Xbox One. Over 3 million Xbox One consoles were sold to consumers in 13 countries before the end of 2013. It’s been incredible to see Xbox One selling at a record-setting pace for Xbox, and we were honored to see Xbox One become the fastest-selling console in the U.S. during our launch month in November. Since our launch, demand for Xbox One has been strong, selling out throughout the holidays at most retailers worldwide. We are continuing to work hard to deliver additional consoles to retailers as fast as possible.
The reaction from our fans was mind-blowing for our team. As we see your excitement, your energy and your hours of gameplay, we continue to be inspired to do great work – for you. Whether you’re racing through the streets of Prague in “Forza Motorsport 5,” creating crazy weapons for zombie destruction in “Dead Rising 3,” exploring the Colosseum in Gladiator mode in “Ryse: Son of Rome,” helping your children create their own personal zoo in “Zoo Tycoon,” or enjoying epic multiplayer battles, we love that you’re having fun on Xbox One.
We also love that you are seeing the promise of an all-in-one entertainment system. Millions of hours of live TV have been watched and millions of hours of app entertainment have been enjoyed. We are proud to have the most passionate, engaged, and simply the best fans in the world. It was fun to share the holidays with so many of you.
We’re excited for the year ahead and will be working hard to bring Xbox One to more fans and more markets around the globe. 2014 will be a promising year with many more great games on the way for Xbox One including “Titanfall,” “Watch_Dogs,” “Project Spark,” “Sunset Overdrive,” “Tom Clancy’s The Division,” “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” “Destiny,” “Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare,” and “The Elder Scrolls Online,” among others. More games, more features, more content, more fun – all coming your way this year.
Thank you for making 2013 truly epic for Xbox and here’s to 2014!
©2014 Arthur Kotsopoulos
Backwards Compatibility Prank Bricks Your Xbox One
Want to play your favourite Xbox 360 titles on your shiny new Xbox One? Follow these instructions and you’ll end up playing nothing
by Yvan Zivkovic
Ah, internet, first you told me Santa wasn’t real, now you’re trying to destroy my shiny new toy.
The folks over at 4chan have devilishly put together a rather authentic image which makes users believe that they can turn on backwards compatibility on their Xbox One so they can play their old Xbox 360 games, when in reality all it does is make it a big, black, giant, expensive paperweight.
The instructions tell the player that the backwards compatibility is disabled by default, and following a specific set of instructions will turn on said feature, when in reality, all it does is brick your console.
EB Games Australia – PS4 Launch more than double the size of PS3′s!
Australia welcomes in the next generation in style with EB Games!
by Jayden Perry
EB Games have today released a Press Release detailing the success of the Playstation’s Launch in Australia. Over three hundred EB stores opened at midnight last night so Australian gamers could celebrate the launch in style. The launches were huge, the biggest console releases seen in Australia so far and more than double the scale of the Playstation 3‘s launch in 2007.
As an attendee of my local store’s launch I can say that it was very exciting to see gamers all over Australia lining up to collect the much sought after Playstation 4 consoles and quite a fun event to attend, even if I didn’t get to go to the big one in Liverpool!
Some of the launch events saw members of the cosplay community showing off their amazing costumes, like Mad Maven, Sparta Cos and Something Wicked Cosplay showing up to liven up the already exciting event.
Razer Releases the Kraken Forged Headphones
The best headphones on the market, period
by Arthur Kotsopoulos, Editor in Chief
Razer has just announced its latest product the Kraken Forged Headphones, which has ear cups crafted from aircraft-grade aluminium and finished with the ever so popular matte texture. Keeping up with other Razer products the Kraken has been hand assembled and matches the build and quality of its other premium products.
It’s been noted that Razer’s audio engineers spent hours fine-tuning the 40 mm bass-heavy drivers to offer perfection. As per the press release:
“The neodymium pair work in unison with the headphone’s acoustic chambers and isolated closed ear cup design to deliver booming bass, clear mids and crisp highs for sound that’s optimized for music and pitch-perfect for gaming.”
I have absolutely no idea what any of that means but I assume it nothing short of amazing. Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director Min-Liang Tan believes that these are the best headphones on the market for both gaming and music. period. He also states:
“We’ve made some incredible audio products in our time, and I’m proud to say that we have taken another huge step forward in terms of audio quality in a pair of headphones with phenomenal fit and finish.”
The Kraken Forged Headphones will retail for $399.95AUD and are available JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and EB Games both in store and online. If you want more information about these headphones, head over to http://www.razerzone.com/Kraken-Forged.
Want To Win A Trip To E3 On PS4 Launch Day?
Aussies could go to E3 2014 as part of Dick Smith’s Official PS4™ Launch
by Daniel Geikowski
If you Sony fans here in Australia aren’t already excited ahead of the PS4‘s launch on November 29th; then this little tidbit is sure to get you up and about: picking a PS4 up on launch day could win you a trip for two E3 2014 in Los Angeles.
In a press release sent out today, to celebrate the arrival of PS4 in Australia this week, SCE Aust. has confirmed it will send the winner of the most creative entry in the Dick Smith’s Official PS4 Midnight Launch promotion to E3.
A free trip to E3 isn’t the only thing up for grabs on launch day.
Here’s something for those out there who might have missed out on securing one of the intial batch of Sony’s next gen console.
Dick Smith’s Official PS4 Midnight Launch will provide the chance for gaming fans to buy one of the coveted consoles on launch day. With nearly 300 units available to purchase and take home after midnight, this will be one of the only chances Australians have to purchase a PS4 on the day of launch if they haven’t pre-ordered one.
In a statement released today, Michael Ephraim, Managing Director at Sony Computer Entertainment Australia, said:
The anticipation is really building for this Friday’s launch of PS4 in Australia. I have lost count of how many times I have been asked by someone where they will be able to get their hands on one for launch day.
The team at Dick Smith have opened up the chance for people to buy one for launch but also the chance to win one of a number of consoles on offer as prizes. We are helping them celebrate this fantastic opportunity for gamers by offering up the prize to head with our team over to the gaming mecca that is E3 next year.
For those not wanting to miss out, you can get your chance to grab as PS4 or win the E3 trip by registering at Dick Smith’s promotion here at http://a.pgtb.me/zKVg2n