In a turnaround of the Xbox 360 vs Sony PS3 launches, Microsoft has yet to announce any details of its forthcoming PS4 chanenger. Despite this, some industry watchers are convinced that the new Xbox will dominate the next generation of games consoles. Michael Pachter, analyst at Wedbush Securities, believes Microsoft will win the next generation console battle.

In a South by Southwest presentation Pachter stated that non-gaming related features such as Skype integration and TV services will allow it to win the next-generation console war. Whilst the current Xbox 360 features a good selection of entertainment features, its successor is expected to push entertainment to another level thanks to Kinect 2 integration, digital video recording features and possibly set-top box functionality.

Whilst Sony’s PlayStation 4 (get a free PS4 via freeps4.net) may aim to catch the Microsoft console over time, Pacher believes the Xbox’s early edge will be maintained.

Maybe Sony’s desire to get information about their new console out first may not pay off after all.

 

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The Sony PS3 has hit a whopping 50 million sales worlwide, with the recently released Move controller notching up eight million sale already.

At least the tide is now turning for Sony, who for years were famously loosing money on each unit sold. Now with development costs recouped and an easier and cheaper to make console they should now easily be seeing a return on their investment.

As an added bonus for Sony, such a high total number of console sales means there are an equally high number of Blu-ray players out there in homes around the world, thus boosting sales of their high-defintion format disks.

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Industry research firm NDP expects a dip in game buying numbers this holiday season, accoring to its latest survey.

Sales have droped almost every month this year compared to 2009 and according to a survey of mover 2,000 respondents only 15 percent of US consumers plan on buying this holiday season.

This is despite the new PlayStation Move, Xbox Kinect and refreshed Xbox 360 line-up bringing renewed interest to consumers this year.

Stay tuned for more Console News.

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Apple has just revealed UK pricing for the SIM free iPhone 4? A black 16GB iPhone 4 will cost a whopping £500, whilst you will be asked to cough up £600 if would  prefer a 32GB model. The year old 8GB iPhone 3GS will cost a hefty £420.

Basically Apple are charging a £100 mark-up for the extra 16GB of memory in the higher priced model, a large price to pay considering the price of a similar sized USB drive. It looks as though the only half-reasonable way to get an iPhone 4 is through a contract option, although you’ll be tied to a 18 or 24 month deal. However, all is not lost as Tesco Mobile are doing a 12 month contract but with a £360 upfront handset cost. The monthly cost is a reasonable £20 though.

The white iPhone 4 isn’t currently available yet, but is listed on Apple’s website as coming soon. Hopefully it won’t cost anymore than the black version.

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The forthcoming Apple iPad could push global memory prices higher – assuming it is a success.

Considering that Apple already consumes almost one-third of total global NAND flash memory in its products, the increase in demand resulting from high iPad sales could potentially push flash memory prices even higher than they already are.

This comes at a time when the industry expects the SSD or Solid State Drive to be the next big seller. With its much improved performance, small footprint, quiet, cool operating characteristics and reliable operation it is understandably in high demand. An imminent rise in price could easily delay the SSD’s move from expensive upgrade to an essential part of any PC.

All eyes will be on Apple this April when the first versions of the iPad go on sale. If it proves to be a big success then the traditional hard disk drive may just have to soldier on for a little while longer yet.

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For more iPad information please visit the official Apple website.

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Chart Track sales figures have revealed that in the UK Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has sold a whopping 1.7 million copies in just one week.

This breaks the previous record set by Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto IV which shifted 927,000 in the same time frame.

Interstingly, the Xbox 360 version of Modern Warfare 2 sold the most copies, accounting for one million units. In total, the game grossed GBP £67.4 million.

The games has made its way to the top of the UK All Format Charts, knocking FIFA 10 off the top spot.

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Whilst Netflix is indeed coming to PlayStation 3 it has been revealed that is will require a disc in order to use it every time you want to stream. Joystiq shot some questions off to the company, who justified this as being “fastest and easiest way to let PS3 enthusiasts get Netflix on the PS3″ and that an embedded software solution through XMB will be coming late next year. It denies this has anything to do with Microsoft’s exclusivity agreement.

Source: Engadget

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We heard supplies of the Apple Mac Mini and iMac are dwindling a few days back. Now it seems even more certain – hold on to your pennies, new iMacs and Mac Minis are incoming. Or at least that’s if leaked Ad-Sense adverts are to be believed.

News of ultra-thin iMacs, a lighter and thinner version of the plastic body MacBook, cheaper Mac Minis and new versions of the Apple Remote and Mighty Mouse have all been signposted. The info comes from Dutch Google Ad Sense Ads which prematurely slipped on to Google.nl.

The Ad Sense ads pointed web surfers to the local version of the Apple Store but sadly the pages they led to were deader than stone washed denim. If the ads were commissioned by Apple (and there’s no guarantees), the info fits with rumours we’d been hearing of new Mac Minis and redesigned iMac’s and MacBook’s.

Besides more full-on new hardware, Apple looks set to perk up its aging peripheral line-up. The sometimes maligned Mighty Mouse will get a refresh, as will the Apple Remote while a new aluminium wireless keyboard is on the cards.

The ads aren’t the only clue to Apple’s plans. In the past few weeks it’s told stores that iMacs, Macbooks and Mac Minis are going to be thin on the ground. It’s said the products will be restocked by October 7 (Macbooks) and October 9 (Mac Minis). Look out for an Apple announcement or at least a store take down as soon as tomorrow!

And to further stoke the rumour mill, Apple stores have also received new signage that’s “not to be opened or displayed until further notice”. Big shiny “New ultra-slim iMac” posters?

Source: Mirror.co.uk

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Whilst a 250GB Slim PS3 is expected following Sony’s testing of such a version with the Federal Communications Commission, an exact release date was never published.

Well, such a console could be on sale as soon as 13 October after Engadget published a picture of a 250GB PS3 Uncharted 2 bundle.

The game itself is released on 13 October and We’d expect the bundle to be available on the same day as the game with an official announcement possibly coming at next weeks Tokyo Game Show.

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The new Slim PS3 from Sony must be selling well here in the UK. We’ve just checked the stock status of several web retailers and Game, HMV, Play, GameStation, Zavvi and Tesco are all out of stock. Amazon and DSG group stores (Dixons, PC World and Currys) still have the console in stock.

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