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Sony says the PS4 is selling well

Sony says that it has sold 2.1 million PS4 consoles as of December 1. Sony also notes that PS4 owners are taking advantage of the social features of the new console, and that over 6.5 million shares have been captured using the Share button on the PS4 controller.
"PS4 delivered the best launch in PlayStation history with the North American release and we've continued this incredibly successful start in Europe, Australasia and Latin America," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. 

"Demand remains incredibly strong and continues to overwhelm the supply worldwide, but we are diligently working to meet those growing demands and to deliver additional PS4 units to our retail partners throughout the holiday season."
Sony officially announced the PS4 console in June. The PS4 launched on November 15 in the U.S. and Canada, but the console has been in limited supply and some of the early units had an issue dubbed the "blue light of death."
On November 29, the console was made available in Europe, Australia, and Latin America. As of now, the PS4 is available in 32 countries around the world.

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RE: Let the fanboy war commence
By nikon133 on 12/3/2013 9:47:55 PM , Rating: 2
Of course they are. That is not my "problem" with Google anyway.

It is more things like this:

Not that I hate them for this - they do what is best for their business, but my thinking is, company with bread&butter in advertising is likely to be more "liberal" with my data than company with bread&butter in volume licensing and, in general, software/service selling.

And their occasional sleazy acts, like trying to hold Apple hostage with inferior maps, and then quickly releasing maps superior to Google's own platform (their words, much as I recall) after Apple decided to divorce. First thing that came to my mind was "No balls", and then "don't play with fire if you cannot stand the heat". Both thoughts are still lingering in my mind.

And their treatment of Windows Phone platform, not letting MS to release quality YouTube app because "all 3rd party developers must do HTML5 YouTube app".

Not that it hurts me - I don't YouTube on smartphone. Haven't done that on iPhone, not doing it on WP either. Tablets and PCs are much nicer for this ror any other video. But I'm finding these tactics a bit low for such high profile company, much as I am concerned. It is almost like company is being led by bunch of smart but otherwise douchebag-ish teens.

RE: Let the fanboy war commence
By Reclaimer77 on 12/3/2013 10:06:04 PM , Rating: 2
The Internet is nation border agnostic. How in the hell can Google realistically change their entire business model because of one countries laws? Especially the Dutch! :P

And their occasional sleazy acts, like trying to hold Apple hostage with inferior maps

Whoa! Wait what? Wasn't it Apple who decided to dump Google Maps and force their own, inferior, solution onto it's customers? I'm pretty sure that's what happened. Held hostage by Google?

And their treatment of Windows Phone platform, not letting MS to release quality YouTube app because "all 3rd party developers must do HTML5 YouTube app".

Yeah that's way worst than Microsoft teaming up with Apple to pound Google hardware vendors with the patent troll hammer...

I also find the irony of making Microsoft seem the victim of a licensing and TOS dispute entertaining. How many decades did Microsoft rule the entire software and PC business with an iron fist this way?

RE: Let the fanboy war commence
By Totally on 12/4/2013 9:04:24 AM , Rating: 2
Chiming in on the Google vs. Microsoft point. It's not just youtube but all their services you used whenever they can. Their shenanigans with Gmail is what is getting on my nerves, they've practically disabled everything and limit you to the mobile version when on WP. Hop on an andriod phone or device it's all there. So much for a company that does no evil.

RE: Let the fanboy war commence
By Reclaimer77 on 12/4/2013 10:43:27 AM , Rating: 2
How is that evil? If you want the full Google experience, you should have an Android device.

If you want the full Bing experience, there's Windows Phone.

If you want the full...whatever Apple does, there's iOS.

It sounds like Windows Phone users want to have their cake and eat it too. You want to claim it's a great ecosystem, then when the reality of how inadequate it truly is sets in, blame Google for that.

There's no official Instagram app for Windows Phone either. Are they also being evil and anti-competitive? No.

The truth is Windows Phone is an insignificant share of the market, and companies like Google see no point in dedicating resources to it.

The solution here is to just bite the bullet, and not use Windows Phone. Let's face it, it's always going to be last in app development. The updates from Microsoft itself come painfully slow, too slow. And you don't have the Google apps you crave and love, you might never have them.

It sounds like what you want is an open meadow, not the walled garden my friend.

RE: Let the fanboy war commence
By Totally on 12/4/2013 3:24:09 PM , Rating: 2
When you're dicking around a certain set of consumers just because they're using a competitors product an no other reason other than just because is morally wrong. Sure it's within their legal means to do so but last time I checked laws aren't absolute and did't determine what is good nor evil.

These are services accessed through a web browser. On a desktop or laptop, it doesn't matter what OS one is using the experience is the same across all three OSX, Windows, and Linux. On a smartphone you are actively blocked and redirected to lesser services depending on OS. This isn't an issue of a company not porting software to a platform. And I'm getting sick of these double standards, if Microsoft was doing the same exact thing here I couldn't even begin to imagine the amount of litigation that would ensue. Nice straw man, btw.

RE: Let the fanboy war commence
By Reclaimer77 on 12/4/2013 9:21:09 PM , Rating: 2
I can't believe you're turning this into a moral Especially coming from a Microsoft advocate!

RE: Let the fanboy war commence
By nikon133 on 12/4/2013 11:01:35 PM , Rating: 1
Microsoft is licensing their IPs, not trying to kill block Android in court like Apple... I think it is acceptable.

Back in IE/Netscape and Word/WP days, I was big opponent to MS in general, refusing to use their products whenever I could. But after they were slapped with anti-trust and domesticated, I accepted that they were not same old MS anymore.

Honestly, I think Apple and Google need some slapping as well, in order to make them decent, benign companies again.

I'm not expecting Google to write YouTube app for WP platform if they find it undersized, but I cannot justify them blocking MS to write their app properly. It does not cost them anything, and it brings more customers to YouTube (and Google adds). Insisting that MS must develop app in HTML5 might be their right, but it is also plain and simple bullying. They could just as well decide that 3rd party must do YouTube app in Commodore Basic, with at least 80% of code in PEEK and POKE commands.

In that light, it really saddens me that MS cannot demand that Google Chrome and other Google apps for Windows desktop must be made in some obscure, underperforming code. After all, Android mobile dominance is not that much lower than Windows desktop dominance.

Re maps, if memory serves, Google was refusing to do turn-by-turn navigation for iOS maps, or something like that? And after Apple announced their own maps, Google launched sparkling new maps for iOS and claimed that it is the best Google Maps app on any platform available, including Android. How spineless is that? Don't bully if you cannot stand being bitch-slapped.

By TakinYourPoints on 12/5/2013 2:41:27 AM , Rating: 2
Google does what any company does despite their cutesy marketing image: chase the money.

Why do they put the best versions of their apps first to iOS? Money. They make way more revenue from iOS than they do from Android, so they keep putting tons of resources into iOS even if it means their own Android efforts lag behind.

They don't make money from Windows Phone because WP doesn't have any meaningful marketshare, plain and simple. Google says "don't be evil" but altruism has nothing to do with anything, its all about money. If iOS wasn't so big and profitable for them then they'd be treating them just like they do Microsoft.

Its all business and what you can get away with.

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