Friday, May 24, 2013

News In Brief - TGIF (HTC vs Samsung , Xbox One , games ..more news coming up )

Samsung Sells 10 million S4's while HTC sells 5 million One's 

According to the Wall Street Journal, an unnamed HTC executive has revealed that the company has sold roughly 5 million units of the HTC One since the device went on sale in late March. At this time, orders for the HTC One still exceed HTC’s production capacity, but that issue is expected to be resolved by the end of May.

Orders are pretty good so far and are still more than what we can supply. This is partly due to the shortage of components. When the issue is resolved next month, we will have a better idea if it's doing really well or not, EXECUTIVE - HTC
Shipping 5 million HTC Ones may sound impressive, but we expect Samsung is unimpressed. The Korean manufacturer has announced that they have already shipped 10 million Galaxy S4s, breaking the 50 day record it took Samsung to ship the same number of Galaxy SIIIs. To celebrate this grand achievement  Samsung will be launching the S4 in four new colors later this summer (Blue Arctic, Red Aurora, Purple Mirage and Brown Autumn).

It’s obvious that HTC and Samsung are in different leagues, but we are left wondering where sales of the HTC One would be right now if HTC hadn’t run into component issues which forced a staggered global release cycle. We expect sales of the HTC One to pick up as we move into the summer, but it would be nearly impossible for HTC to gain the momentum that Samsung currently has. (AndroidAndMe)

Microsoft's new Xbox One console 

After months of speculation, Microsoft finally revealed its next-generation console today: the Xbox One.

Microsoft called the system an "all in one system" for games, entertainment, and television.

The system includes 8GB of RAM, an 8-Core CPU, a 500GB hard drive, a Blu-ray drive, HDMI in and out ports, USB 3.0, 802.11n wireless, and more. It also includes a new version of the Kinect sensor. The Xbox One will not require an always-on internet connection.

via - IGN

COD -Ghosts confirmed for Playstation 4 

PlayStation Call of Duty fans can rest easy, with confirmation that upcoming first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Ghosts will be coming to the PlayStation 4.

Despite the official announcement for the game coming months after the unveiling of the PlayStation 4 hardware, Activision listed only unspecified next-generation consoles as being in development.

Fielding a question from a fan on Twitter, the official Infinity Ward account responded, “we'll be releasing #CODGhosts on both platforms #PS3 #PS4”.

The news should come as little surprise, given that previous Call of Duty games have launched simultaneously on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, though fan confusion is understandable, with neither Amazon nor GameStop currently listing a PS4 version of the game. As part of its Xbox One announcement held earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that it had once again secured timed exclusivity on downloadable content for Call of Duty: Ghosts.

The latest game in the hit shooter series is being billed as having a more emotional storyline, is being built on a new game engine, and will be written by Traffic and Syriana author Stephen Gaghan. The game is set to release globally on November 5 this year on the PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. (GameSpot / SlashGear)

Need For Speed - Rivals 

The next installment in the long-running Need for Speed series has been announced. Need for Speed Rivals will be hitting store shelves on November 19 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the PC, while the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will be released at some point later this year, according to Electronic Arts.

EA’s newly-rebranded Ghost Games studio will be in charge of development, with help from Criterion Games, who was behind Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Need for Speed: World. Rivals will include the same experience that past Need for Speed titles have had, but EA says that the new game will go back to its roots, with the cops vs. racers modes, allowing gamers to play as cops too. You’ll be able to move up in the ranks, as well as unlock new cars and customization options

Online multiplayer in the new game is getting a feature called AllDrive, which allows friends to drop in and out of your open world to race with or against you, as well as the ability to play as cops and chance down racers. Speedpoints will be rewarded to players for chasing down racers or eluding the police, which can be used for performance upgrades.

Rivals will also include Criterion’s social tracking system Autolog, which provides leaderboards and lets gamers challenge other friends. The system will be similar to what’s coming in GRID 2, which will be released later next week. All of these features will be available for both current- and next-generation consoles. (sorry Wii U )

via - SlashGear

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