The UpStream

Newer
Older

PlayStation Move Rides Success Tsunami With Over 8 Million Units Sold

posted Sunday Apr 17, 2011 by Jon Wurm

PlayStation Move Rides Success Tsunami With Over 8 Million Units Sold

In my continuing effort to seem impartial about next generation game consoles, I feel compelled to congratulate Sony on their monumental achievement of surpassing the 8 million unit mark in sales for the PlayStation Move. I would also like to congratulate them on selling more units worldwide than the Xbox 360 in almost every country except the U.S. The PS3 has over 50 million units worldwide now and it seems that hardcore and casual gamers alike are catching on to the entire Move environment which originally consisted of the navigation controller and camera. The addition of the Move Sharpshooter peripheral enjoyed a 40% attach rate to Killzone 3 at GameStop regardless of a limited supply courtesy of the recent tsunami over in Japan. Senior vice president of merchandising, Bob McKenzie has high hopes about Moving into the future,

Due to the demand for the PlayStation Move motion controller, we've been struggling to keep units in stock in our U.S. GameStop stores. With big franchise titles set for release throughout the year for the PlayStation Move, we expect the remainder of 2011 to be a period of continued sales growth for PlayStation Move.

Get a move on reading about PlayStation Move by hitting the break.

read more...

China Outlaws Time Travel

posted Sunday Apr 17, 2011 by Scott Ertz

China Outlaws Time Travel

That's right, children. If you would like to travel to a time when advanced technology was an outhouse, China will not be the place to launch your adventure. That is, if your adventure involves TV, radio or film. China's State Administration for Radio, Film & Television has banned the production of anything interesting that involves the concept of time travel.

You would think it has something to do with not encouraging their people to actually build time traveling technology and go back in time to prevent the communist party from taking over, but you would be sorely mistaken. It has everything to do with disrespecting the past and portraying it in ways that never happened. I assume this also means they will be banning the book, Those Mysterious Dinosaurs.

We've got a quote from the SARFT, so hit the break to see how they are justifying this decision.

read more...

Netflix is Supported with Kinect, Xbox's Success is Supported with Numbers

posted Sunday Apr 17, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Netflix is Supported with Kinect, Xbox's Success is Supported with Numbers

Wondered what that little update was that you received right before the weekend? It was Microsoft's little way of saying, "We still have the Kinect and it still does awesome things!" The update was released on the 14th which gave our beloved Netflix Kinect compatibility. Now with just the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice, you can make Netflix do jumps and flips and stuff, or, at least play your favorite movie or TV show.

From Major Nelson,

You'll be able to select movies and TV shows recommended for you by Netflix, as well as play, pause, fast forward and rewind using gesture or voice. Kinect support for Netflix on Xbox LIVE will also feature an exclusive new recommendation channel that is controller-free and uses a smart engine to suggest movies or TV shows based on your viewing habits and instant queue.

Very cool stuff and I can already say I've tried it out and it works like a champ! The ability to eliminate my remote and my controller (which turns off after 15 minutes of inactivity) was great as I was able to play and pause a movie with just my voice.

More proof that not only Netflix, but Xbox as well, are both seeing success. So much, in fact, that Microsoft is bragging big about how well they're doing. We have the NPD numbers after the break.

read more...

Sony Reaches a not so Exciting Resolution with George Hotz

posted Sunday Apr 17, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sony Reaches a not so Exciting Resolution with George Hotz

We've been following the Geohot/Sony lawsuit for quite some time now. Last time we checked in with the story, Sony was awarded the rights to The Hotz' sensitive data on his hard drives. We thought that Sony would throw down on Geohot after finding a whole bunch of illegal things on his drives and after they found him buying and selling various hacking tools and kits.

We have the result after the break.

read more...

Spotify Makes You Wish You Paid for Their Service

posted Sunday Apr 17, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Spotify Makes You Wish You Paid for Their Service

If you've been following us for a while, you know I am a big proponent of the Spotify music service, who's been based in Europe for a while now but has been trying to make its way over to the States. Recently, I talked about how they were inching closer and closer but were just waiting on Warner Bros. to really get things going. Well, we also knew that they had an awesome free service with 20 hours of listening and very limited ads. Unfortunately, just as we see Spotify docking into a US port, they have cut some of the awesomeness out of their free service. 20 hours have gone down to 10 per month and free users can only play a track five times. No reason from Spotify as to why, but we feel it's because of the major record labels making sure Spotify boosts their paid subscription rate.

There's a couple of key points to note here. First, the change will happen at different times for different users, dependent on when they signed up. Brand new users signing up now (and those who signed up after November 1st of last year) will get 100% unlimited service for 6 months, then limited to the 10 hour/5 plays a track deal. Anyone who signed up November 1st or earlier will have the switch happen on May 1st.

More on the details and what this means after the break.

read more...

Status: Suspended. Facebook Post Gets Teacher in Trouble

posted Sunday Apr 17, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Status: Suspended. Facebook Post Gets Teacher in Trouble

Leave it to my wonderful hometown of Paterson, NJ to let Facebook get a little out of hand. The school district has suspended a teacher of first-grade students when they learned from parent complaints that the kids' teacher was posting "derogatory" status updates about her students on Facebook. She wrote that she felt "like a warden" and labelled her young students as future criminals. Now, coming from someone who has lived there, I can understand what she was saying, and that she wasn't too far from the truth, but that's aside from the point.

The first-grade teacher was suspended from her classroom when parents from Paterson School 21 came to the school board after reading the posts on Facebook and demanded that their children have a different teacher.

How did the school district respond? Click the break to read more.

read more...
Newer
Older
We're live now - Join us!
PLuGHiTZ Keyz

Email

Password

Forgot password? Recover here.
Not a member? Register now.
Blog Meets Brand Stats