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Apple Loop: A $14 Billion Bet, A Sapphire iPhone 6, Flappy Bird Flies Away, Woz's Android iPhone

Keeping you in the loop on just a few of the things that happened around Apple this week.<p><b>Apple’s big buyback.</b> There are many reasons why CEO Tim Cook may have opted to reveal to the Wall Street Journal that Apple bought back $14 billion in stock in the two weeks since delivering holiday financial …

Indie Royale bundle packages Alien Spidy, Duke Nukem

The Mixer Bundle, Indie Royale's latest package deal, is offering <i>Alien Spidy, Duke Nukem</i> and eight other titles for less than $5.<p>Buyers who pay the minimum (currently around $4.85) will receive <i>The Journey Down: Chapter One, Miner Wars 2081, Dollar Dash, Duke Nukem 2, Cherry Tree High Comedy Club,</i> …

Respawn unveils details on Titanfall's nefarious industrial conglomerate

Developer Respawn Entertainment has revealed more details about the industrial conglomerate Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation featured in its upcoming futuristic first-person shooter <i>Titanfall</i>, unveiling the backstories on the company's three iconic characters.<p>As Hammond Engineering, IMC grew …

WB Games Has No Plans to Fix Batman: Arkham Origins Glitches

The team is too busy working on upcoming DLC to address issues, a rep says.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>Warner Bros. Games has officially stated that Batman: …

Former Need for Speed: Shift dev unveils free-to-play racer

Slightly Mad Studios' latest game is a free-to-play arcade racing title on Windows PC called <i>World of Speed</i>, the developer and publisher My.com announced today.<p>The London-based Slightly Mad, known for its work on Electronic Arts' Need for Speed: Shift series, is designing <i>World of Speed</i> as a …

Sony CEO: More than half of PS4 owners are PS Plus subscribers

More than 4.2 million people worldwide bought PlayStation 4s in 2013, and more than half of those PS4 owners have signed up for a PlayStation Plus subscription, said Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai in an investor call last week.<p>"All the 4.2 million PS4s that have already moved into the hands of consumers, …

Sledgehammer’s Call of Duty is “Next-Gen First”

Activision confirms 2014’s game will be built for the Xbox One and PS4.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>Speaking with IGN, Activision Publishing’s CEO, Eric …

Ubisoft Q3 earnings down 35 percent

Ubisoft reported a year-over-year decline in earnings for the third quarter of its 2013-14 fiscal year today, and blamed the "console transition" for the drop.<p>The French publisher recorded sales of €520 million ($709.34 million) for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2013, a decrease of 35.2 percent from …

What would we gain from AO games?

Welcome to Friends List!<p>If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing …

Watch Dogs Wii U delayed, other versions due before June

In its earnings report for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2013, Ubisoft briefly confirmed <i>Watch Dogs</i>' release window following a delay last …

Yoshi’s New Island Teaser Website Launches

Nintendo of America has launched the teaser website for Yoshi’s New Island. Though there’s not much on offer at the minute, as Nintendo will roll out …

Ubisoft And Sony Pictures Bringing Rabbids To The Big Screen

Today, Ubisoft and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that the studios are partnering to develop a full-length feature film based on the Rabbids, …

Clash of Clans' alleged Facebook hacker says dev makes $5.15M daily

A hacker called Ethical Spectrum claims to have hacked developer Supercell's official <i>Clash of Clans</i> and <i>Hay Day</i> Facebook pages and posted a screenshot that purports to show the company's daily revenue.<p>Multiple social network posts from a hacker have since been deleted, though pictures are archived …

Report: Microsoft working on eReader app, could work with Xbox

Microsoft may be working on a new eReader app tailored for Windows 8 and possibly for Xbox consoles, a source familiar with the project told The Verge.<p>A recently posted job listing at Microsoft states the company is looking for a software design engineer to help build "a groundbreaking interactive …

AirMech Arena rated by Australian Classification Board (update)

<i>AirMech Arena</i> appears to be a new game tied to Carbon Games' free-to-play action-strategy title <i>AirMech</i>, according to a listing posted last week on the Australian Classification Board.<p>The Classification Board lists Ubisoft as the publisher on <i>AirMech Arena</i>, and the game is rated PG (Parental …

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Shipments Reach 10 Million

Just Dance and Assassin's Creed sell-in numbers were lower than those of their predecessors.<p>Ubisoft today announced its earnings for the third fiscal …

Ubisoft teams with Sony Pictures for Rabbids movie

Ubisoft today announced a deal with Sony Pictures to develop a movie based on its Rabbids animated game characters.<p>The plan follows a recent Nickelodeon and France Televisions TV partnership, <i>Rabbids Invasion</i>. Ubisoft's Rabbids began life as vicious but stupid, zombie-like rabbits in the company's …

Report: Sony Near To Profit On PS4 Hardware

Amidst the debate over the relative pricing of Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox One, one element of interest is the cost of producing the consoles themselves, and what that means for the two console giants. A teardown by IHS iSuppli has estimated the cost of the …

SmartGlass for Xbox One arrives on Android and iOS

An early taste of Microsoft's next-gen gaming experience arrived today for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 users in the form of the Xbox One SmartGlass app, and now Android and iOS faithful can get their fill as well. There's not much you can do with the second screen app as the hardware it'll play …

Hard-to-find Playstation 4s are being resold cheaper than people expected

Sony’s new PlayStation 4 is listed as sold out at all of the big US retail outlets at the moment, with Sony possibly having sold one million of the videogame consoles last weekend.<p>The market for people reselling them online is now heating up. But the premium sellers are charging for the …

Call of Duty: Ghosts review (Xbox One, PS4)

Pros<p>Great selection of multiplayer modes, new Squad mode multiplayer fun for newbies, single-player ridiculous but fun, there is a dog …

Xbox One's 500GB HDD swapped for bigger, faster drives, and tested for performance

The Xbox One arrives with a 500GB HDD built-in, and in contrast to the PlayStation 4's easily-accessed storage, it's not meant to be accessed or replaced by the user, ever. While we'll probably leave ours in place to keep from voiding the warranty or risk a ban from Xbox Live, a few folks have …

PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One: The next-gen consoles compared

Over the past seven days the battle lines of the gaming industry have been drawn more distinctly and closer together than ever before, as Microsoft pits its paradoxically named third console, the Xbox One, against Sony's resurgent PlayStation 4. But are these technological behemoths worth your time …

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Windows Update Could Unify Xbox One and PC

One step closer to an integrated operating system.<p>The next Windows update could allow Microsoft to consolidate Windows, Windows phones and Xbox Ones …

PS4 and Xbox One: so why aren't they backwards compatible?

Once upon a time, when you bought a new games console, it was often possible to play most of the games designed for the previous machine. This was a handy feature for people who didn't want to have multiple plastic boxes under their television sets, or for those who didn't own the previous device, …

Americans Will Spend $20.5 Billion On Video Games In 2013

Revenues from the sale of video games in the United States will reach $20.5 billion for 2013, with the majority of sales generated digitally and not in stores, according to gaming research firm Newzoo.<p>In a new report released Thursday, Newzoo said that 65% of all U.S. game revenues, amounting to …

Oculus launches publishing arm to lure game developers to virtual reality

Oculus VR recently raised $75 million in funding to build a new, ambitious virtual reality headset, but the company is also focusing on the other side of the equation: the games. Today, Oculus announced a new publishing arm in order to entice developers to build new games for the platform. Leading …