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US PS4 Sales Smash Xbox One, Selling "Nearly Double" in January

Microsoft's run of consecutive console sales wins in the US has come to a crashing halt, with Sony's PS4 managing to outsell the Xbox One in January. Not only that, but sources with access to the numbers suggest PS4 sales were nearly double those of Microsoft's rival machine. It's only one month of data, but still. [Twitter vis Techradar] Read More >>

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China Finally Suspends its Ban on Foreign Game Consoles

After 14 years of prohibition, the Chinese government has lifted a ban on the sale of foreign consoles inside the country's border. This opens the door for Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony to tap in the multi-billion market—though the companies have already admitted it won't be easy. Read More >>

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Treat That Spoiled Premiership Footballer in Your Life to a £6,000 Gold Xbox One

If you're wondering what to buy Wayne Rooney or some other tasteless member of the nouveau riche for Christmas this year, get yourself down to posho-emporium Harrods, where you can currently get a gold-plated Xbox One for the very missable price of £6,000. Read More >>

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"You're Like a Dog at the Controls of a Helicopter": Charlie Brooker Tries (and Fails) to Teach Newsreader Jon Snow About Videogames

With the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One, gaming is in the UK headlines for all the right reasons for a change. But some "old media" stalwarts still can't get their heads around what makes gamers tick. Try as he might, Charlie Brooker can't convince newsreader old-guard Jon Snow that gaming has any merits. Read More >>

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"Gordon" and "Freeman" Steam Box Prototypes Look a Lot Like a White PS4

They may be set to land alongside madcap touch-powered controllers, but it seems the Steam Box PC gaming consoles themselves will sport a more traditional design. A pair of Steam Box prototypes from iBuyPower have surfaced and they look like white PS4s, if anything. Read More >>

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Should You Buy the Xbox One or PS4?

The next generation of gaming consoles is finally, finally here. The PS4 and the Xbox One are both lovely in their own lovely ways, but you'd be crazy to get both. So which one—if any—do you pick? Read More >>

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GAME Accused of Ruining Gamers' "Xbox One Day" By Cancelling Pre-Orders Without Refunds

Videogame retailer GAME has come under fire by an enraged group of customers who claim that their Xbox One pre-orders have been cancelled just days before the console's launch. And, to make matters worse, so far there's no sign of a refund. Read More >>

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PS4 Teardown: Beautiful Outside, Tidy on the Inside

The PS4 has landed and it's great—but what lurks beneath its slick, slanted frame? Fortunately that's not something you need to keep wondering, because iFixit has gone and torn the console down so we can all see the guts within. Read More >>

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You Could Accidentally Swallow the World's Smallest Atari

Forget your old Game Boy, Game Gear, or even your smartphone; when it comes to compact gaming hardware, Adam from SheekGeek's got everyone beat. Using the tiny display from an old Sony viewfinder and an all-in-one Atari joystick, he created what is easily the world's smallest game console, putting even a Tamagotchi to shame. Read More >>

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The Real Reason the PS4's Guts Blow the PS3 Away

The hardware inside the PlayStation 4 is quite obviously more powerful than that of its eight-year-old predecessor. But Sony's newest console owes more to its success than just specs. As Wired found in an in-depth look at how the PS4 was designed, it has the creator of Marble Madness to thank. Read More >>

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Here's Your First Look at Valve's Prototype Steam Box

Details have been dribbling out about Valve's new push into living room gaming. First we got the announcement, then the specs, and now the first prototype boxes are showing up in the wild. Read More >>

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This Encyclopedic Site Contains 41 Years of Video Game Console Design

Commercially successful video game consoles—your Game Boys and your PlayStations—are iconic pieces of product design. But they're only part of the story. There are dozens of other machines that either didn't catch on or failed miserably. Evan Amos has devoted himself to cataloging them all. Read More >>

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PS4 "Mega Bundle" Adds Killzone, a Spare Controller and PlayStation Camera for £450

Sony's announced an official PS4 bundle for the UK launch, combining the console with two DualShock 4 controllers, shooter Killzone: Shadow Fall and the refreshed PlayStation Camera, and selling it all for £450. That's really sticking it to Microsoft. Those who've pre-ordered ought to be able to upgrade to this "Mega Bundle" before launch. [Eurogamer] Read More >>

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PS4 Will be Sold at a Loss, But Paid Subscriptions Might Push it Into the Black

We usually expect games hardware to be sold at a loss for the first year or so, as hardware makers subsidise the consoles to get them out to the people on the (relatively) cheap. And PS4's no different, although Sony hopes to reclaim its losses as soon as owners buy a game or sign up to play online. Read More >>

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Sony's Vita TV Gaming Dongle Might Appear in the UK After All

Sony's odd little PS Vita TV dongle, which lets users play portable games on their big living room tellies, might see a launch outside of Japan. A Sony man used the old trick of claiming that amazing interest in the machine has convinced it to change its mind. Read More >>

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