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    by Published on December 3rd, 2015 22:10
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    The numbers are finally in for what appears to have been a blockbuster Black Friday.
    86 per cent of all consoles sold last week were PlayStation 4 and Xbox Ones, an increase the 75 per cent that were sold during the same period last year. Software for those platforms made up 74 per cent of all units sold – last Black Friday PS4 and Xbox One games only made up 46 per cent.
    The week ending November 28th is only one of nine weeks so far where the newer harder saw software unit share of over 70 per cent.
    In addition, software revenue increased 32 per cent over last week meaning that £56m was generated by game sales. Meanwhile 1,778,301 units were sold during the week.
    It’s not all good news, however. Software unit sales were down nine per cent year-on-year, while revenue took a dip of 10 per cent.
    FIFA is No.1 after a six-week break from the top spot with sales shooting up 254 per cent week-over-week thanks to a number of hard and software bundles. This also helped Call of Duty: Black Ops III sales rise 47 per cent. Activision’s shooter remains steady at No.2.
    Last week’s No.1 – Star Wars Battlefront – falls to third place, though sales only took a 52 per cent dip which is rather healthy. Bethesda’s Fallout 4 falls to fourth place as sales s climb eight per cent.
    In fifth place is Sony’s Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. That title was 24 per cent last week, but it shoots up 19 places to fifth place as sales shoot up 999 per cent thanks to a PlayStation 4 hardware bundle. Meanwhile Grand Theft Auto V rises six places with sales taking a 385 per cent hike.
    Hardware bundles helped a number of games see massive sales increases. Halo 5 sales shot up 195 per cent, while Forza 6 sales spiked ten 381 per cent as it rises ten places. Meanwhile, Disney Infinity 3 increases 281 per cent week-on-week and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes unit sales increases 541 per cent.
    Below is the software Top Ten for the week ending November 28th:
    1. FIFA 16, EA
    2. Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Activision Blizzard
    3. Star Wars Battlefront, EA
    4. Fallout 4, Bethesda
    5. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Sony
    6. Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar
    7. Minecraft: Story Mode, Telltale Games
    8. Halo 5: Guardians, Microsoft
    9. Rise of the Tomb Raider, Square Enix
    10. Forza Motorsport 6, Microsoft

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/1-8m-...y-week/0159841
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    by Published on November 30th, 2015 20:50
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    The ignominious fall of the PlayStation TV has seen Sony’s streaming microconsole slashed to an all-time low in the US.
    American retailer Best Buy is currently offering the console for just $19.99, which represents a 75 per cent saving over its $80 RRP. Note that the SKU in question doesn’t include a bundled controller of any sort and only has 1GB of integrated memory.
    The reveal of the PlayStation Vita TV, as it was called at the time, was greeted with great excitement back in September 2013. The machine even sold out on Amazon Japan when it was made available for pre-order.
    However, a little over a year later it became clear that things weren’t panning out well for the device, with $20 shaved off both SKUs in the US. A month later some retailers were even giving the machine away with some PS4 console purchases.
    In March of this year Sony slashed its UK price from £84.99 all the way down to £44.99 but again, the console soon found itself being handed out for nothing with some PS4s.
    In June of this year Sony Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida admitted the device “didn’t capture the consumers’ imagination”.

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    by Published on November 30th, 2015 20:48
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    The latest Star Wars game has unsurprisingly shot to the top of the Japanese retail rankings in its debut week.
    EA’s return to the Battlefront series sold in excess of 100,000 units on PS4 during its first week on sale, outpacing the combined efforts of fellow newcomer Atelier Sophie: Fushigi na Hon no Renkinjutsushi on Vita and PS4. That game claimed the second and third places on the podium, respectively, according to the latest data from Famitsu.
    Omega Labyrinth, another Vita title, swiped the fourth spot.
    Meanwhile, the Game Director’s Edition of Sword Art Online debuted at number six, while the final new release to make the Top Ten – Vita effort Girl Friend Beta: Kimi to Sugosu Natsuyasumi – charted one spot lower.
    Last week’s number one, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, fell to number five in its second week as sales fell by more than 130,000.
    Wii U shooter Splatoon climbed two places week-on-week to rest at eight, sales rising by almost 4,000 units.
    Over in the hardware rankings, the New 3DS XL closed the gap on PS4, which has topped the charts in recent weeks.
    PS4 remained the best-selling console of the week, with the New 3DS XL behind by only around 500 units – compared to the 16,000 sales gap the previous week.
    Here is the software Top Ten for the week ending November 22nd:

    1. Star Wars Battlefront (EA) PS4 – 107,168 (New)
    2. Atelier Sophie: Fushigi na Hon no Renkinjutsushi (Koei Tecmo) Vita – 28,350 (New)
    3. Atelier Sophie: Fushigi na Hon no Renkinjutsushi (Koei Tecmo) PS4 – 28,261 (New)
    4. Omega Labyrinth (D3) Vita – 24,894 (New)
    5. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Sony) PS4 – 22,615
    6. Sword Art Online: Game Director's Edition (Bandai Namco) PS4 – 22,530 (New)
    7. Girl Friend Beta: Kimi to Sugosu Natsuyasumi (Bandai Namco) Vita – 15,327 (New)
    8. Splatoon (Nintendo) Wii U – 13,797
    9. Disney Magical World 2 (Bandai Namco) 3DS – 13,362
    10. Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Akaneko-dan / Shiroinu-tai (Level 5) 3DS –13,347

    And here are the hardware sales for the same period:

    1. PS4 – 26,472
    2. New Nintendo 3DS XL – 25,963
    3. Wii U – 13,808
    4. PS Vita – 11,923
    5. New Nintendo 3DS – 5,654
    6. PS3 – 1,241
    7. Nintendo 3DS – 1,161
    8. Xbox One – 550
    9. Nintendo 3DS XL – 425
    10. PS Vita TV – 313

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/star-...charts/0159595 ...
    by Published on November 30th, 2015 20:45
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    Call of Duty: Black Ops III is currently the bookies’ favourite to be this year’s Christmas No.1.
    Activision’s shooter currently has the highest odds, coming in at 6/4 from both Ladbrokes and William Hill, while Paddy Power gives Black Ops III an 11/8 chance of being the top game this Christmas.
    FIFA 16 is currently the betting firms’ second favourite, with odds of 2/1, 3/1 and 6/4 from Ladbrokes, William Hill and Paddy Power, respectively.
    Star Wars Battlefront and Fallout 4 are the third and fourth favourites to take the top spot this Christmas.
    There are no Xbox One or Wii U exclusives among the titles tipped to top the charts, but PS4 exclusive Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection is given a 33/1 shot at Ladbrokes and 40/1 at William Hill.
    Check out the full odds below:


    LADBROKES:
    Call of Duty: Black Ops III – 6/4
    FIFA 16 – 2/1
    Star Wars Battlefront – 3/1
    Fallout 4 – 8/1
    Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – 10/1
    Guitar Hero Live – 12/1
    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 16/1
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 – 25/1
    Grand Theft Auto V – 25/1
    Destiny – 33/1
    Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection – 33/1


    WILLIAM HILL:
    Call of Duty: Black Ops III – 6/4
    FIFA 16 – 3/1
    Star Wars Battlefront – 7/2
    Fallout 4 – 6/1
    Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – 12/1
    Guitar Hero Live – 16/1
    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 20/1
    Destiny – 33/1
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 – 33/1
    Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection – 40/1
    Grand Theft Auto V – 50/1


    PADDY POWER:

    Call of Duty: Black Ops III – 11/8
    FIFA 16 – 6/4
    Star Wars Battlefront – 5/2
    Fallout 4 – 14/1
    Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – 20/1
    Grand Theft Auto V – 25/1

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/fifa-...s-no-1/0159659
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    by Published on November 23rd, 2015 22:02
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    Last week there was a great deal for the PlayStation 4, bundling remastered versions of God of War 3, The Last of Us, and the Uncharted games with a new console. The whole thing was going for less than £300, too. Very much a good deal. Though, one of the criticisms I had of it was, while all good games, every game bundled with the machine was originally released for the last generation.
    This Xbox One deal, while providing fewer games, does at least show what this generation is capable of, packaging an Xbox One with Black Ops 3 and Halo 5. All for £309.
    You can check it out in detail over on http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0184CL6IU ...
    by Published on November 23rd, 2015 21:52
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    Star Wars Battlefront debuts at the top spot in the UK charts and has the fourth biggest week of any game this year.
    The online-only shooter has the biggest launch for a Star Wars game, selling more than 117 per cent more units in its first week than previous record holder, 2008's Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
    Chart-Track also says that it is the fast-selling non-sequel PlayStation 4 title ever, selling more than Destiny at launch. The title also sold considerably more on PlayStation 4 than it did Xbox. 59 per cent of Week One sales were for the PS4; 39 per cent on Xbox One while two per cent were on PC.
    Black Ops III holds tight at second place in spite of a 50 per cent drop in sales, while last week’s No.1, Fallout 4, drops to third place as sales decline 80 per cent.
    FIFA 16 rises one place to No.4 as sales increase 14 per cent week-over-week, while Rise of the Tomb Raider falls to fifth position with only a 37 per cent drop in sales.
    Below is the software Top Ten for the week ending November 21st:
    1. Star Wars: Battlefront, EA
    2. Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Activision Blizzard
    3. Fallout 4, Bethesda
    4. FIFA 16, EA
    5. Rise of the Tomb Raider, Square Enix
    6. LEGO Dimensions, Warner Bros
    7. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Ubisoft
    8. Minecraft: Story Mode, Telltale Games
    9. WWE 2K16, 2K Games
    10. Need for Speed, EA

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/battl...s-game/0159481
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    by Published on November 23rd, 2015 21:50
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    Fallout 4 continues its reign atop Steam's best-selling products chart, while Football Manager 2016 has settled into the runner-up position for consecutive weeks.
    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive took third, knocking Black Ops II down a peg to fourth in the process, and GTA V rounds out the top five.
    Past chart toppers Space Engineers and Dying Light reemerged in ninth and tenth place respectively, thanks to feature discount promotions.
    Here's the full list:

    1. Fallout 4
    2. Football Manager 2016
    3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
    4. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
    5. Grand Theft Auto V
    6. Ark: Survival Evolved
    7. Assassin's Creed Syndicate
    8. Fallout 4 Season Pass
    9. Space Engineers
    10. Dying Light

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/steam...-15-21/0159507 ...
    by Published on November 23rd, 2015 21:43
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    2. Joypad News
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    We knew it was coming, but now it's finally here. Samsung's newly improved virtual reality headset, the Gear VR, is launching today in the US for $99. This iteration of the Gear VR is, without a doubt, the most consumer-ready VR headset to date. One of its downsides is that it only works with Samsung's latest smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge+ -- but that's great news for people who own handsets. As you may recall, Samsung's Gear VR is powered by Oculus software, and services like Hulu have already announced compatibility with the device. If you're Stateside, you can grab the Gear VR now from retailers including Amazon and Best Buy. As for worldwide availability, an Oculus spokesperson says that will be announced "soon."

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016OFYGXQ
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    by Published on November 23rd, 2015 21:35
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    Looking for a good deal on a refurbished Wii U, but don't like using Nintendo's clunky online shop? Now you have another option -- the company just openedan official eBay store, stocked with new and refurbished games, consoles and accessories. Don't expect to find any deals though: almost everything on the official eBay store conforms to current retail prices (fixed using eBay's "buy it now" feature) or Nintendo's existing refurb pricing.

    http://stores.ebay.com/nintendo
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    by Published on November 15th, 2015 21:17
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    The long-awaited arrival of the Master Chief on Xbox One has helped the console achieve a rare monthly win in the US.
    November has become the second month of 2015 (the other being April) that Xbox One has outsold PS4 in the region. It did so thanks to an 81 per cent year-on-year increase in sales.
    While PS4 still leads the US market, last year Xbox One managed to win both November and December – a trend Microsoft will be confident it can maintain.
    “We saw amazing fan excitement, commercial success and critical acclaim in October for Halo 5: Guardians, which was the best-selling game in the US,” Xbox marketing boss Mike Nichols said.
    “We also saw incredible reception for the new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller in October, which is now sold out at most retailers and we are working quickly to replenish stock. And October was just the start. Earlier this week Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fallout 4 launched, today the New Xbox One Experience including backward compatibility launched and many are looking forward to Star Wars Battlefront on November 17th – available today exclusively on Xbox One to EA Access members.
    “It’s going to be an amazing holiday for Xbox fans.”
    Nintendo did not share any hardware data, but did say that Wii U software sales were up 40 per cent year-on-year for the month and are up 20 per cent for the year-to-date. 800k Amiibo figures and cards were also sold in the period, bringing total US sales to 9m.
    The overall console market was flat at $270m, with declines in portables offsetting the 12 per cent rise in next-gen console sales. The overall US October video games market was worth $806m, up two per cent year-on-year, but down on September’s $1bn+.
    PS4 and Xbox One posted 62 per cent year-on-year growth while last-gen machines plummeted by 63 per cent.
    Here’s the October NPD Top Ten:

    1. Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One)
    2. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
    3. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (PS4, Xbox One)
    4. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
    5. WWE 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
    6. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
    7. Destiny: The Taken King (PS4, Xbox ONe, 360, PS3)
    8. Yoshi’s Wooly World (Wii U)
    9. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
    10. Rock Band 4 (Xbox One, PS4)

    Guitar Hero, which came out far later in the month, finished just outside the Top Ten at no.11. Super Mario Maker missed out on a chart spot.

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/halo-...on-top/0159052
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