Mixed messages over free FIFA 14 on Xbox One


Pre-orders for the standard version of the console won’t come with a free game

Microsoft has clarified that a free copy of FIFA 14 will only come with pre-orders for the special Day One Edition of the Xbox One console.

The new claim comes two weeks after a Microsoft executive claimed that “all pre-orders for Xbox One this holiday will include a copy of FIFA 14 at no extra cost”. That quote, by corporate VP Phil Harrison, suggested that the offer was not limited to the special edition of the system.

At the same time, Xbox communications executive Larry Hyrb tweeted news of the promotion with an attached image of the Xbox One – but this was not a Day One Edition.

Several retailers, including Amazon, are accepting pre-orders of the standard edition of the console.

The matter was complicated further when the official Xbox twitter page insisted that all pre-orders will come with FIFA 14.

@Ianoconnor22 All pre-orders come with FIFA 14 in Europe, Ian. Doesn’t matter if it’s a Day One console or not.— Xbox (@Xbox) August 27, 2013

 

However, days later the Xbox EMEA social marketing manager Graeme Boyd would clarify:

Had a few questions on this so wanted to clarify: FIFA 14 will only come free with Xbox One Day One Edition pre-orders, while stocks last.— Graeme Boyd (@AceyBongos) September 2, 2013

 

It is unclear how many Xbox One pre-orders were instigated due to the FIFA 14 offer, and how many of those customers will receive the game they were promised. CVG has contacted Microsoft for clarification.

Xbox One Day One Edition consoles come with a commemorative controller, a code to unlock an exclusive Achievement, and a free digital copy of FIFA 14.

UK retail outlet GAME is currently taking pre-orders for Xbox One Day One Edition consoles, having previously halted them.

Xbox One will launch in 13 markets this November. The Xbox One price has been set at £430 / €500 / $500.

 

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Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus PlayStation Vita Bundle Listed by Amazon, Dated for November 6th


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Well, isn’t this interesting? After Amazon France previously listed Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus for PlayStation Vita following the original game announcement, they quickly took it down, something that could’ve easily been seen as an error, rather than a confirmation that it’s coming to Vita, along with the PS3 version.

Now, though, Amazon France has added a listing for a Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus (just known as Nexus in Europe) PlayStation Vita Bundle with a 4GB Memory Card for EUR199.99 and a release date of November 6th. Though there still isn’t any official confirmation (or even a hint) from Sony that Nexus is coming to PlayStation Vita, this adds some fuel to the fire.

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As for other PlayStation Vita bundles, Amazon France also lists a 3G Mega Pack PlayStation Vita Bundle with Disney Voucher and 8GB Memory Card for October 2nd, an Invizimals bundle for October 29th, and they have put up a product page for Football Manager Classic 2014 on Vita, giving it a tentative October 1st release date.

 

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PS4 launches Nov. 15 in North America, Nov. 29 in Europe


Sony confirms 1 million preorders for next-gen system, announces discounts for next-gen upgrades on big games.

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The PlayStation 4 will launch in North America November 15, with a European bow to follow on November 29. Sony confirmed the release dates today as part of its Gamescom press conference, adding that the system will roll out in a total of 32 countries this holiday season.

Before announcing the dates, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House also touted the company’s success in building anticipation for the system. To date, he said the PS4 has attracted more than 1 million preorders globally.

House also used the event to unveil a new next-gen upgrade program, saying gamers who purchase the PS3 versions of select games will be able to buy digital versions of their next-gen counterparts at “a significantly discounted price.”

Games already confirmed for the program include Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. House said Sony is also working to expand the number of publishers participating in the discount deals.

Similar upgrade incentives have been offered for Xbox One titles lately. Amazon and GameStop both have programs allowing players who purchase an Xbox 360 version of select games to trade that title in toward the purchase of an Xbox One edition, which they can they obtain for $10.

 

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PS4 launches Nov. 15 in North America, Nov. 29 in Europe


Sony confirms 1 million preorders for next-gen system, announces discounts for next-gen upgrades on big games

Playstation4

The PlayStation 4 will launch in North America November 15, with a European bow to follow on November 29. Sony confirmed the release dates today as part of its Gamescom press conference, adding that the system will roll out in a total of 32 countries this holiday season.

Before announcing the dates, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House also touted the company’s success in building anticipation for the system. To date, he said the PS4 has attracted more than 1 million preorders globally.

House also used the event to unveil a new next-gen upgrade program, saying gamers who purchase the PS3 versions of select games will be able to buy digital versions of their next-gen counterparts at “a significantly discounted price.”

Games already confirmed for the program include Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. House said Sony is also working to expand the number of publishers participating in the discount deals.

Similar upgrade incentives have been offered for Xbox One titles lately. Amazon and GameStop both have programs allowing players who purchase an Xbox 360 version of select games to trade that title in toward the purchase of an Xbox One edition, which they can they obtain for $10.

 

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Amazon reportedly readying Android console


Game Informer says online retailer is working to have a new system with dedicated controller out by Black Friday.

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Amazon could be the latest company jumping into the Android-based console market. Game Informer cites sources “who have knowledge of the in-development hardware” with the news that the online retailer is looking to launch its own Android-powered console by the end of this year.

The report says the system will have its own dedicated controller, and that Amazon will use the hardware to push its own Appstore, which offers a different paid app for free every day. Amazon uses a similar strategy with its Kindle Fire tablet, using the hardware to drive consumption of books, movies, games and other content that are also provided by the retailer.

The Android-powered console market is quickly becoming crowded. Ouya and Nvidia’s Shield were the first to launch, but there are a number of competitors on the way, including PlayJam’s GameStick, Mad Catz’s Mojo, and Bluestacks’ GamePop. Google is also rumored to be preparing its own Android console.

As of press time, an Amazon representative had not responded to a request for comment.

 

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