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Sony’s PlayStation 4 Costs $381 to Build — Only $18 Under Retail Price — In Teardown

When PlayStation 3 was first released by electronics giant Sony in 2006, it was sold at a loss with the hope of making money back on individual games.<p>…

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Sony Won't Ban Early PS4 Users

There’s never an end to the little micro-controversies surrounding the impending launch of the Xbox One (via Microsoft) and the PlayStation 4 (via Sony.) It’s actually kind of fun for me to see the level and intensity of consumer interaction with these yet-to-be-released products.<p>The latest story …

They grow up so fast: What this console generation’s characters have learned

<i>This is part of our ongoing series about games and trends of one of the most longest-lived eras in gaming’s history — the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 generation.</i><p>The current console generation is almost eight years old now, and you don’t stick around that long without going through some changes and …

Samsung Galaxy Round brings curve to smartphones

Samsung has won the race to be the first phone manufacturer this fall to launch a curved smartphone.<p>The company announced late Tuesday that the new Galaxy Round incorporates the latest in screen technology, along with other unique features.<p>The device resembles the<p>Galaxy S3andS4, but it has slight …

Leaked LG Manual Seems To Shows Details Of Next Nexus

The tech world has been teased with bits and pieces of the next smartphone in Google’s Nexus program. Last month, Google leaked what appeared to be the next Nexus in a marketing video, while LG basically confirmed it’s working on the device through a number of photos accidentally released as part …

Google Street View driver makes case for robo-driven cars -- he hits two buses (and a truck)

One day, Google Street View cars will all be self-driving. Then, every crash will be the fault of some human who doesn't work for Google.<p>For now, we have to put up with the idea that there's a human at the Street View wheel who might do what humans sometimes do.<p>One Street View driver in Bogor, …

Press Start: CoD Ghosts pre-orders are crazy, Vita microsconsole kills the Android box, and more

A selection of links, hand-picked by the Guardian games writers.<p>Call of Duty: Ghosts "on track" to be most pre-ordered game of the year | MCV<p>Did you think everyone would forget about CoD amid the GTA hype? You <i>fool</i>:<p>US retailer GameStop has said that Activision's Call of Duty: Ghosts could still …

Phonebloks Modular Smartphone Aims to Put an End to Disposable Devices

Phonebloks by Dutch designer Dave Hakkens is a concept that could see the days of having to throw away non-working phones long behind us, if he receives enough support and can work out the technical challenges.<p>The idea is to make smartphones modular so that if one part of it breaks, say the audio …

New Oculus Rift cover shooter is so realistic, players warned not to lean on virtual objects

Groundbreaking virtual reality headset Oculus Rift has been in the hands of software developers for just a few months, and already it's been used to create some incredible simulations and gaming experiences. But a new first-person-shooter demo may offer the most immersive experience yet, letting …

Why violence is good for games — and storytelling

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>When video game violence makes headlines, it’s usually at the expense of geekdom. Such was the case with Vice President Joe Biden’s recent comments that he …

Google And Apple May Bring Us A Console War We Didn't See Coming

Last night, the Wall Street Journal brought us news that Google has now set its sights on making its own Android-based video game console. The kicker? This is supposed to be in response to Apple doing the very same thing.<p>Google and Apple video game consoles? Are the Xbox One and PS4 dead already? …

Close up: it's all too much for Jim Carrey

The big story<p>It's not clever, and it's not funny. Cinema and comedy violence have gone hand in hand for many years and one man – who's dealt out his …

Sony reportedly nixed PS4 Eye bundle at 11th hour to cut price

Sony may have called an audible on the robotic eyeball accessory of its upcoming PlayStation 4 console, according to a new report.<p>Citing sources, IGN says Sony originally intended to include the $59 camera accessory inside a $499 launch system bundle, but changed plans at the last moment by …