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PlayStation 4 now available for pre-order

The PlayStation 4 is now available for pre-order on several retailer websites, including GameStop, Amazon and Best Buy.<p>The console is available separately through Amazon and Best Buy or as a bundle through GameStop. Bundles include <i>NBA Live 14</i> for $459.98, a choice of <i>Killzone: Shadow Fall</i>, <i>Drive Club</i> …

PlayStation 4's price and DRM policies not made in response to Xbox One, Sony exec says

The PlayStation 4's price and DRM policies were welcome announcements to those watching Sony's E3 press conference, but they weren't created in response to the same policies for Xbox One, Sony VP of Worldwide Studios Scott Rohde told Polygon in an interview earlier tonight.<p>"I literally have …

Sony PS4 vs. Xbox One: begun again, the consoles wars have

<b>opinion For attendees at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) — and the folks playing at home — it may have seemed like Sony's PS4 news conference</b> …

PlayStation 4: Sony outmaneuvers Microsoft on price, design, and common sense

Xbox One controversy reaches its climax as Sony twists the knife<p>Before yesterday's E3 keynotes from Sony and Microsoft, opinion was split on the very different paths each company is taking. Some found the PlayStation 4 the more appealing proposal on paper — a more powerful, developer-friendly box …

Project Spark will let you 'build whatever you want'

Project Spark's depth<p>Microsoft Studios' world-building game, <i>Project Spark</i>, will let players build whatever they want and share it with others, according to game designer Claude Jerome.<p><i>Project Spark</i> was announced yesterday at Microsoft's E3 press conference, where its developers showed how players …

'Skylanders Swap Force' Gets Level Cap 20 And New Starstrike, Fryno, Rattle Shake, Free Ranger Figures

<i>Round up of E3 Skylanders Swap Force news with video run-down of toys and gameplay for new Starstrike, Fryno, Rattle Shake and Free Ranger figures. The first lightcore Swap Force figure also emerges along with news of the increased level cap to 20.</i><p>With hard news about Skylanders Swap Force being …

Skylanders: Swap Force will have 256 character combinations (video interview)

<i>Stay on top of all our E3 2013 coverage here.</i><p>LOS ANGELES — If you really want to collect all 16 toy characters for Skylanders: Swap Force and create and play more than 250 combinations from the swappable top and bottom halves of those characters, David Nathanielsz would be very happy.<p>Skylanders: …

The evil genius of Skylanders: Swap Force (preview)

<i>Stay on top of all our E3 2013 coverage here.</i><p>LOS ANGELES — Parents, beware. Your kids are going to want this stuff.<p>Activision Blizzard is unveiling new details of its Skylanders: Swap Force hybrid toy-game today that show just how clever it can be in getting consumers to come back over and over. …

Harmonix Talks Xbox One, Disney And How 'Fantasia Music Evolved' Makes Music For Everyone

I recently spoke to John Drake at Harmonix about their new music motion game for Xbox One and 360 Kinect: Fantasia Music Evolved. Along side a hands-on with Fantasia, Drake talked about the process of developing for Microsoft‘s new machine, and reflected on the progress they have made since the …

PlayStation 4 Hardware revealed

PS4's Price And Policies Humiliate Microsoft's Xbox One At E3

For the past few years, people have accused E3 of becoming a rather dull affair. Companies show their games, fans support whoever they’re most loyal to, and journalists are forced to give press conferences silly report card grades. Rinse and repeat.<p>But not this year. In over a decade of watching E3 …

Pokemon X and Y review

Every Pokémon game you've ever played has lied to you. They've assembled a web of deceit wrapped around the idea that the series is, in some way, …

Pokémon X and Y adds extra cuteness with new Fairy-type critters

Pokémon X and Y, the upcoming Nintendo 3DS installment in the insanely popular franchise of games and cartoons, introduces a new type of pocket monster: Fairy-type. Nintendo announced the news during its Electronic Entertainment Expo Nintendo Direct stream today.<p>Plenty of new Pokémon will be part …

PlayStation 4 Hardware revealed

Microsoft’s Xbox One won’t hit Asian markets until late 2014

<i>Stay on top of all our E3 2013 coverage here.</i><p>Sony’s PlayStation 4 already walloped Microsoft’s Xbox One yesterday with no restrictions on used games and a lower price during the publishers’ pre-Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefings. Now the PS4 may have another advantage — the Xbox One …

Sony Scores Early, But This Console Battle Could Have No Winner

It was a long time ago in a consumer-electronics far, far removed the current one when Sony launched the Playstation 3 at the then-shocking price of $499. The high price let Microsoft‘s competing Xbox 360 — which had a year head start and a $100 price advantage — take a lead that Sony spent years …

Apple design awards 2013: apps that ‘raise the bar in design, technology, and innovation’

Last night Apple announced the 2013 winners of its annual design awards: the best apps of the year. Ten out of 11 were mobile apps, with one desktop-only.<p>The winners, as you would expect, featured gorgeous design, innovative uses of Apple technologies, and some of the best-imagined apps on the app …

17 Times 'Pokémon Snap' Was Too Adorable For This World

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' launched with much excitement, and with some …

Nintendo shows first gameplay video for 3DS-bound 'The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds'

Many fans of the <i>Legend of Zelda</i> franchise believe that its 1992 Super NES entry, <i>A Link to the Past,</i> remains the finest game in the series. Nintendo announced that it would be bringing a direct sequel to the 3DS a few months ago, and now the company has released the first gameplay video from the …

Kingdom Hearts 3 launching on Xbox One

<i>Kingdom Hearts 3</i> will launch worldwide on Xbox One as well as on PlayStation 4, Square Enix announced today during a presentation.<p>John Pleasants, CEO and co-founder of Disney Interactive, took to the stage to say the game would be "the most action-packed" Kingdom Hearts game yet. The game will …

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

Super Smash Bros. Headed To Wii U And 3DS In 2014, Plus Tons Of New Screenshots

<i>Super Smash Bros. is coming to Nintendo’s Wii U and 3DS in 2014.</i><p>I can’t decide which upcoming Nintendo game has me most excited—it’s really a toss-up between <i>Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze</i>, <i>Super Mario 3D World,</i> and <i>Super Smash Bros.</i> though <i>Mario Kart 8</i> will probably suck up the most of my time …

PS4 hard drive is user-replaceable

The PlayStation 4's only model at launch contains a 500 GB hard drive, but users can swap out the storage for a hard drive of any size, a Sony representative confirmed to Polygon today.<p>Sony is continuing a trend from the current generation: Every model of the PlayStation 3 included a …

Sony's Triumphant Night

A cheer erupted through the GameSpot war room. The topic of so many raging debates the last month--strict digital rights management, Internet requirements, used game sales--had pitted Microsoft clearly against the consumer. Team Xbox seemingly took every opportunity to punish their loyal customers, …

'Star Wars: Battlefront' revealed with intense Hoth combat trailer

<i>Star Wars: Battlefront</i> has come back from the dead. A new title in the series is being developed over at EA DICE, where it'll hopefully have a better chance at seeing the light of day than under its last publisher. DICE will be starting fresh for its revived take on the series: it's building the …

7 Ways The Microsoft Xbox One Can Fight Back Against The Sony PlayStation 4

For many E3-watchers, the climax of the event came on Monday evening, when Andrew House, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said with the lusty precision of a surgeon cutting a Thanksgiving turkey:<p><i>I’m very proud to announce that PlayStation 4 will be available at $399.</i><p>Given the …

PlayStation 4 third-party publishers can dictate their own DRM terms, Tretton says (update)

The PlayStation 4 won't have any DRM restrictions for Sony's first-party games, but third-party publishers will dictate their own DRM policies when releasing games on the platform, Sony America CEO Jack Tretton just said on GameTrailers.<p>"Well, I mean, we create the platform, we've certainly stated …

Xbox One bound: Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts III aren’t PlayStation 4 exclusives

<i>Stay on top of all our E3 2013 coverage here.</i><p>LOS ANGELES — Square Enix has just announced two of its most-anticipated next-gen role-playing games — Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III — are not exclusive to the PlayStation 4.<p>While Microsoft did have a very strong showing of games at its pre-E3 …

Sony's Jack Tretton says publishers can enforce DRM (update)

Less than 24 hours ago, Sony Computer Entertainment of America president Jack Tretton was met with uproarious applause after revealing that PlayStation 4 disc-based games can be freely given to friends and purchased on the used market. "PlayStation 4 won't impose any new restrictions on used …