Now TV, Sky’s media app, is now available to download for the PlayStation 4 in the UK. It was announced via a tweet by PlayStation Europe’s English community manager Chris Owen.
Now TV allows users to pay for on-demand movies, TV shows and sports. A Sky Movies monthly pass cost £8.99, an Entertainment monthly pass costs £4.99, while a Sky Sports day pass cost £9.99.
The app has been available on the PlayStation 3 since last year. Now TV is still set for release for Xbox One ‘this summer’.
UK sales suffered at -10% in the last week of the school summer term, which with no new entry ensures that Watch Dogs (-12%) is at the top of the UK Chart for a fifth time.
FIFA 14 (-13%) is up one place and Call of Duty: Ghosts (-12%) jumps up three, ahead of Wolfenstein (-27%) which sticks at fourth.
Sniper Elite 3 (-29%) drops three to fifth, before Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-3%) and Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition (-4%) take one each to sixth and seventh respectively.
Falling from fifth to eighth, Titanfall (-24%) suffers a chunk out of sales, but remains in the top ten for the nineteenth week running.
Having the only improved sales numbers in the top ten, Battlefield 4 (+2%) improves its position, remaining forward of Mario Kart 8 (+31%) which hops to tenth from sixteenth.
Bizarrely, Nintendo DS titles Pokemon Black (+127%) and Pokemon White (+110%) are at twenty-first and twenty-second place after promotions drop their price severely.
The top two swap to give Watch Dogs (-18%) dominance over Sniper Elite 3 (-53%), the latter within one hundred copies of FIFA 14 (-3%), which sticks at third.
Wolfenstein (+6%), with thanks to retailer promotions, and Titanfall (-15%) swap between fourth and fifth respectively.
Call of Duty: Ghosts (+3%) holds sixth with a small increase in sales.
Moving ahead of the PlayStation 3 Edition (-3%) at eighth, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition jumps up three places to seventh.
Tomodachi Life (-5%) moves to its highest position since launch ahead of Battlefield 4 (+21%) at tenth.
Reports have surfaced that Microsoft are set to cut around 6,000 jobs later this week.
Bloomberg reports that Microsoft are making the cuts as it looks to streamline following the purchase of Nokia’s phone unit.
The financial site highlights that the potential job losses could surpass Microsofts cuts of 2009, where some 5,800 employees were let go.
Worryingly for UK employees it is believed that some of the cuts could occur at the European headquarters of Xbox’s global marketing team, based in Reading.
Although a spokesperson for Microsoft declined to comment, an anonymous source told MCV that the Reading office “will be significantly impacted”.
The source added that employees affected will be notified via an internal announcement on 17th July and will be asked to reapply for jobs as part of Xbox’s restructure of sales, marketing and development.
A closure of a studio, especially with as rich a history as Neversoft, is never a happy time. At least the Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero developers are going out in style by burning their iconic eyeball. They posted the bold image on their Twitter with the message ‘Tonight we ride!’
Select UK Xbox 360 users are being offered a £40 credit if they upgrade to an Xbox One.
The digital promotion was first spotted via US NeoGAF users, with the ad offering Microsoft’s ‘very best customers’ $75 USD in downloadable credit. Microsoft later clarified that the offer is also available to users in Canada and the UK.
Retailer GameStop has reportedly seen ‘triple digit’ growth within the UK over the course of the past few years.
Speaking to MCV, the global game seller detailed how despite having no High Street stores in the UK, unlike main rival GAME, the company has seen sizeable growth online.
Sniper Elite 3 (-36%), spends a second week at the top of the chart, as Watch Dogs (-20%) sits at second for a third week.
Price promotions take FIFA 14 (+15%) to third and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (+5%) to eighth.
Titanfall and Wolfenstein occupy the same two position to complete the top five.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is up two spots to sixth, ahead of EA Sports UFC.
The Playstation 3 edition of Minecraft swaps with the Xbox 360 edition again at ninth and tenth.
Tomodachi Life (+53%) on the Nintendo 3DS continues to climb the chart, stopping just short of the top ten at eleventh.
There are new entries on the PSVita chart, with Child of Light top, Ratchet and Clank Trilogy at second, and MotoGP 14 in at twelfth.
Computer gaming veteran Ed Fries, who held a key role in the team behind the original Xbox, will give a talk at Abertay University on Tuesday 8th July.
Fries lays claim to over 30 years of industry experience, during which he helped to shape the launch of the Xbox, being pivotal in bringing developers Bungie and Rare to Microsoft. He also served as Vice President for Games Publising for Microsoft before leaving the company in 2004.
Fries is currently CEO at FigurePrints, along with being involved with several companies in an advisory role, including the International Game Developers Association.
The UK Advertising Standard Authority (ASA) has upheld complaints that Dungeon Keeper, EA’s free-to-play mobile title, cannot be advertised as ‘free’ due to the requirement of insistent in-game micro-transactions.
Players perceived the games monetisation tactics to be too aggressive, with fingers pointing towards the inability to make reasonable progress without making in-app purchases.
For those yet to play last year’s critically-accalimed Gone Home, you can now pick up the BAFTA award winning adventure game at retail in a new special edition re-release.
Previously a digital-only title, developers The Fullbright Company have teamed up with Knutsford-based publisher Merge Games to make the retail version of Gone Home a reality.