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1/3 of all PlayStation Plus Subscriptions Ever Sold Through GameStop Were Done in the Last Week
22 November 2013, 9:18 pm

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Seeing as how PlayStation Plus is required for online multiplayer in most PS4 games, sales were bound to spike on November 15th when people went to buy their new systems.

In their recent investors call, GameStop President Tony Bartel revealed (via Seeking Alpha) that last week actually represented 1/3 of their total PlayStation Plus subscriptions sales to date:

We’re working very closely with Sony to make sure that we partner with them and giving them the consumer feedback and working closely to make sure that we have a great product there. But our associates, part of their training was to make sure that when people opened that product up or as people went to use it, they… had a great experience.

So what we saw is that when you look at the all of the PlayStation Plus subscriptions that we’ve sold in our lifetime as a company, and we’ve been selling them for years, the full 1/3 of all subscriptions we’ve sold in our lifetime were sold in the last 7 days at GameStop. So that shows you the strength of attach that was over 1/3 of the products went out with attach on that, and that’s growing daily as we have customers coming back into our stores on a daily basis to pick up PlayStation Plus.
If you haven’t picked up PlayStation Plus yet, or want to extend your membership by up to 2 more years, a 1 year subscription will be $29.99 on Black Friday in the United States.

When does your PlayStation Plus subscription end? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: PlayStation LifeStyle


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UK PS4 Game Download Sizes and Higher-Than-Retail PlayStation Store Prices Revealed
22 November 2013, 9:09 pm

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We may be a week away from the PlayStation 4 launching in Europe, but Sony has already put listings up for nearly every single PS4 game on the PlayStation Store, revealing their download sizes and high price tags.

Check out the list of games (via TSA) below:

  • Angry Birds Star Wars – £32.99, 1.5GB
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – £57.99, 21.7GB
  • Battlefield 4 – £62.99, 36.4GB
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts – £54.99, 31.8GB
  • Contrast – £12.79 (free for PS+ members), 2.3GB
  • FIFA 14 – £62.99, 9.9GB
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition – £52.99, 21.7GB
  • Just Dance 2014 – £42.99, 22GB
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall – £52.99, 38.2GB
  • Knack – £52.99, 34.8GB
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – £52.99, 6.4GB
  • Madden NFL 25 – £62.99, 13.1GB
  • NBA Live 14 – £62.99, 9.3GB
  • Need for Speed: Rivals – £62.99, 16GB
  • Putty Squad – £13.99, 818MB
  • Resogun – £12.79 (free for PS+ members), 460MB
  • Super Motherload – £11.99, 393MB
  • Trine 2: Complete Story – £14.49, 2.6GB
  • Warframe – F2P, 4.1GB
If you’re wondering how much higher those prices are when compared to retail, the average PS4 game is selling for £45 – £48 on Amazon.co.uk.

As well, you can see the download sizes for all PS4 launch titles on the North American PlayStation Store right here.

Do you plan on downloading any of your retail PS4 games? Let us know in the comments below.

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Source: PlayStation LifeStyle


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Sony Launches First to Greatness PS4 Campaign: Become a Part of PS4 History
22 November 2013, 8:38 pm

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It took a little over a month, but Sony has finally revealed what exactly First to Greatness is, giving you the chance to become a part of PS4 history by performing fantastic feats.

By heading over to FirsttoGreatness.com, you’ll be able to see a list of 64 unique challenges from Killzone: Shadow Fall, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Knack, NBA 2K14, Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, Contrast, Warframe, Skylanders SWAP Force, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Blacklight: Retribution, and DC Universe Online.

What you need to do is complete those challenges in the game, capture the video of you doing that challenge using the DualShock 4′s Share button, and then upload it to Facebook. Once uploaded, sign into FirsttoGreatness.com with Facebook.

Not only will the entire world see how you were the first to complete that challenge, but Sony will also remake the ‘Perfect Day‘ video with your clips.

Once 64 ‘firsts’ are reached, a “cool new experience” will be unlocked on the site. Since we’re currently at 0 of 64 ‘firsts’, there could be a little ways to go before that happens.

Do you plan on completing any of the challenges? Let us know in the comments below.

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Source: PlayStation LifeStyle


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Twitch Archiving on PS4 “Will be Supported in the Future”
22 November 2013, 6:13 pm

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When Sony detailed livestreaming on the PS4 in their big FAQ, it was revealed how Ustream wouldn’t support archiving, and you’d only be able to do it on Twitch “by presetting via PC.” The FAQ has since been changed (the EU PS Blog one hasn’t) to read “livestreams will not be archived for further viewing on Ustream or Twitch. However, this feature will be supported in the future.”

Speaking to Joystiq about archiving, Twitch’s VP of Marketing Matthew Dipietro said:

We find archiving to be an exciting part of the broadcast experience, especially since broadcasters and their viewers love to be able to revisit and share some of their most memorable moments. It’s up to our partners to determine if it’s a feature set they want to offer as part of their Twitch integration, so we encourage them to keep this functionality top of mind.
One husband and wife combo have taken Twitch by storm by using a PS4, hosting their own talk show of sorts, called The Spartan Show.

If you want to be a popular streamer on Twitch like SpartanM, Content Director Jon Carnage posted these tips (via PS Blog):

  • Be a curator of conversations: Drive conversation with your viewers. Talk about everything and don’t just focus your conversation about the game or games in general. Talk about life, pop culture, music and everything in between.
  • Go live longer than an hour: It might sound shocking at first, but Twitch is long-form entertainment. Our broadcasters stream for hours, so find a sweet spot and before you know it you’ll be rocking a 24-hour broadcast in celebration of a new game release.
  • Find a genre: When laying the foundation for your channel, don’t feel the need to be the best at every game. However, if you are good at one genre (FPS, Platforming, Stealth…), focus on that until you get the swing for engaging between chat and gaming at the same time. It can be a challenge to be good at both, but hang in there – you’ll eventually kick off those training wheels.
  • Have a regular broadcast schedule: This way your viewers can become aware of when a broadcast will happen. You want to post this schedule everywhere you can. The more informed the community is with your shows, the more people will show up.
  • Try to have a camera and mic on: People want to see and hear you! There’s something very special about having a broadcaster looking right at the camera and talking directly to viewers, live. Plus, this will increase your viewership.
  • Engage in the Twitch Universe: Broadcasting is built around community, whether it’s your community or someone else’s, so join other channels that you share a common interest in. This will give you crossover viewership.
  • Authentic voice is essential: Go out there have fun! The more authentic your approach is, the more your viewers will connect with you.
Have you livestreamed anything from your PS4 yet? What’s your channel called? Let us know in the comments below.

[Via]

Source: PlayStation LifeStyle


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Battlefield 4 on PS4: Hotfix Issued to Eliminate Three Common Crash Issues, Patch Coming Out Next Week
22 November 2013, 5:35 pm

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Despite helping EA sell 1 in 3 PS4 games at launch, Battlefield 4 on PS4 has been suffering from “frequent crashes” ever since it came out, with other bugs, including one in Conquest mode, being reported as well.

DICE has been hard at work on fixing these issues within the game, as they issued this statement about Battlefield 4:

We have recently identified and eliminated three of the most common crash issues on PS4 in a hotfix. We will continue to investigate and eliminate stability issues as we find them.

We have a game update on PS4 in the works for the week of Nov. 25 and will be able to share details on it soon.
Once DICE releases that patch for Battlefield 4, we’ll let you know.

What has your experience been so far with Battlefield 4 on PS4? Let us know in the comments below.

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Source: PlayStation LifeStyle


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PlayStation, Shuhei Yoshida, and Adam Boyes Congratulate Xbox on Xbox One Launch
22 November 2013, 4:51 pm

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When Microsoft and Xbox gave out congratulations to Sony last Friday over the launch of the PS4, you knew Sony would be returning the favor this week, and they did it in force.

First up was Shuhei Yoshida, who said:

Congratulations Phil Spencer, Phil Harrison, Major Nelson, Albert Penello on the global launch of Xbox One! :D .
Then it was Adam Boyes’ turn:

Hey Major Nelson, Phil Harrison, Albert Penello, Phil Spencer – Congrats on YOUR launch, guys! See you at E3!!!
And finally, the official PlayStation account said:

Congrats Xbox, Microsoft! #NextGeneration #GreatnessAwaits.
In response to that last tweet, the Xbox account kept it classy:

Thanks! It’s been a #GreatWeektoBeaGamer.
Do you like seeing both companies getting along? Or would you rather it be like the console wars depicted in the last couple of South Park episodes? Let us know in the comments below.

*Twitter handles changed to actual names.

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Source: PlayStation LifeStyle


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Report: PS4 & PS Vita Bundle Releasing in December 2013 in the UK
22 November 2013, 3:30 pm

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When it came to the lack of a PS4 and PS Vita bundle at console launch, VP & Managing Director at SCE UK and Ireland Fergal Gara said last month that “we could probably change our mind in the morning and still have it ready for launch to be honest, so it’s not a big decision. It’s not a hard thing to do.”

Well, it looks like they did change their mind as MCV is reporting that a PS4 and PS Vita ‘Ultimate’ bundle will be making its way onto UK shelves before Christmas. For a little more evidence to this, Videogamer took a picture of an ad in the latest issue of MCV, which basically confirms it:

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Once Sony fully confirms this bundle, price, and country availability, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Are you going to delay buying a PS4 so you can get this bundle? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: PlayStation LifeStyle


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The Catch-Up: November 21st, 2013 – Telltale Games Working on a Game of Thrones Video Game?
22 November 2013, 4:24 am

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Apparently Stephen Colbert likes the PS4.

General News

  • A rumor surfacing from IGN says Telltale Games is making a game based off the Game of Thrones books. When questioned on the legitimacy of the rumor, Telltale said, “We get these sorts of rumors about what we could be working on next cropping up all the time. Officially we have no comment.” Could Game of Thrones be the “dream IP” they were talking about? [Source]
  • Reddit user CocoBandicoot has posted a very detailed timeline of the Crash Bandicoot series, leading up to the fact that it has seemingly disappeared from Activision’s website. [Check it Out!]
  • In an interesting reveal today, it turns out that Harmonix played a part in the development of the recently released BandFuse: Rock Legends. This includes the vocal interface designed being contributed to the gameplay and Rock Band instrument logos for use in the game’s user interface. Realta CEO Stephen Gomes added, “The team at Harmonix offered feedback on our original game design, providing expertise on key techniques and game development based on their experience in making groundbreaking music games. They advised us on ways to make the experience more fun and accessible to a broad audience, which ultimately contributed to this being a great pick-up-and-play experience.” [Press Release]
  • It looks like the Invizimals games may make their way to North America eventually, as the ESRB has rated Invizimals: The Alliance E10+. [Source]
  • If you’re pre-ordered Tearaway on the PlayStation Store, expect your pre-order to be available at midnight. [Twitter]
  • Amazon.com is selling a 3 pack of digital codes for PS4 games Flower, Trine 2: Complete Story, and Super Motherload for $37.77. You save 10% over buying them separately and receive a bonus $10 credit. [Via, Buy It!]
  • Contrary to reports, Ninja Theory will not be leaving console developing. In fact, “We are currently developing for both mobile and console platforms and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.” [Twitter 1, 2]
  • EA has revealed that, “in 5 days, more than 5 million online game sessions and 140 million minutes of gameplay were logged on EA games” on PS4. [Twitter]
  • According to an email that included the following, the four Call of Duty: Ghosts map packs have been named as Onslaught, Devastation, Invasian, and Nemesis, which spells ODIN. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see if this actually turns out to be true [Via 1, 2, Source]:
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New Videos

  • Robot Rescue Revolution releases for the PS3 in Europe on December 4th for €6.99 [Source]:


  • Here’s the launch trailer for SoulCalibur II HD Online:


Will you try out BandFuse: Rock Legends knowing Harmonix played a role? Let us know in the comments below.

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Source: PlayStation LifeStyle


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ACOG News / [PS4] Daily Random: LEGO Shu, ‘nuff Said.
« on: November 22, 2013, 08:12:40 AM »
Daily Random: LEGO Shu, ‘nuff Said.
22 November 2013, 3:47 am

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As the Xbox One begins to release across the world, Daily Reaction’s Seb and Dan focus on what’s most important – having fun. In this special, the duo discuss lost love, the end of everything, and what it feels like to be plastic.

Seb: He’d seen the movies. He’d read the books. He’d heard the warnings. But he hadn’t listened.

Patrick shivered, it had begun to rain. He trudged through the streets, his legs ached from the cold, but he couldn’t give up. He couldn’t allow himself to stop, to rest, time was running out for him – if he didn’t find it, it would be the end.

Coughing, he took shelter in a doorway, huddling against the wind. He felt exasperated, tired of the endless search, the feeling of weakness that grew ever stronger. His hands fumbled in his pocket, pulling out her picture. He stroked her face, fighting back a welling tear. He’d been too late, he’d failed her. Not again.

His wife had gone, and now she was running out on him too. He couldn’t let this happen, he had to fix things..

He’d forgotten to prepare, to plan ahead, he’d just forgotten. The ultimate present to win her back after the divorce, the split. He had to prove he cared for her, prove he wasn’t a failure, prove he could be a father, prove he could make up for his mistakes. But the more he searched, the more he looked, the more desperate he got. It was out of stock, there were no more PS4s.

Dan: Since I couldn’t think of anything to write about, I figured I’d just make some LEGO versions of Shu and Mark.

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Can you find a PS4, or are you trying to rekindle some love with the use of presents? Let us all know everything you wish you had in the comments below, email us your Lego creations at DailyReaction@PlayStationLifeStyle.net and go outside in the rain to follow us at Seb and Dan.

Source: PlayStation LifeStyle


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Best Buy: PS4 “Pretty Much” Sold Out in North America, New Inventory Next Week
22 November 2013, 12:12 am

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Best Buy has essentially sold out of all of its PlayStation 4 inventory in North America,the company has announced.

Talking to Reuters, Best Buy’s CEO Hubert Joly revealed that the company had “pretty much run out” of PS4 units, but thankfully added:

We will get new inventory next week. It’s a great launch, there is no doubt about that.
With a million PS4s sold in the first 24 hours, and 2.3 million people signed up for GameStop’s First to Know list, it’s clear that the console will be in hot demand all holiday – but luckily it looks like Sony are well prepared.

Are you on the hunt for a PS4? Let us know of your search in the comments below.

Source: PlayStation LifeStyle


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Jack Tretton: Sony “Held Back” PS4 Manufacturing to Ensure Stock After November 15th
21 November 2013, 9:55 pm

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With the PlayStation 4 selling 1 million units back on November 15th in the United States and Canada, it left stores in the US will little to no stock, and completely cleared out all Canadian retailers.

In order to make sure that gamers are able to safely walk into a store and buy a PlayStation 4, Jack Tretton revealed to Forbes how they’ve held back manufacturing on PS4s to meet demand following the initial launch:

The thing that we’ve really made an effort to do, and I think the retailers have as well, is we could’ve pre-sold every unit we could manufacture and it would be a great event for November 15th, but nobody would bother coming to the stores if they hadn’t presold one. So retailers have held back quantities. We’ve held back manufacturing to make it available on subsequent days after November 15th. So my hope is that anybody who wants one before Christmas has an opportunity to get one.
When it comes to PS4 demand, Tretton believes they’ll be “chasing” it, “But I do think the supplies are gonna be great. And in terms of numbers, greater than any launch we’ve ever had in the past.”

During a recent Best Buy earnings call (via Seeking Alpha), CEO Hubert Joly revealed how they were expecting new PS4 stock next week, and the margins on the systems aren’t great:

[...] The quantities, Sony has reported, right, to 1 million units shipped and which is much faster than the PS3. So that’s very encouraging. We… Best Buy tends to do well in hardware even though, as Sharon has highlighted, the margins are not as exciting as the volumes, but that is very good. And we’ll get more inventory next week… We have the plan to keep some of that inventory for our best customers.
Are you going to be looking for a PS4 before the end of this year? Let us know in the comments below.



Source: PlayStation LifeStyle


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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Japanese Voice-Over Pack DLC to be Free at Launch
21 November 2013, 9:20 pm

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When Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII comes out next year, Square Enix will release the Japanese Voice-Over Pack free of charge for the first two weeks after launch. Once those two weeks are over, they will begin charging for the DLC.

With the Japanese Voice-Over Pack, you’ll receive the original Japanese voice-overs, as well as lip-synching that differs from the English-language voice track already included with the game, “to ensure a more natural and localized game experience.”

To celebrate the game’s release in Japan, Square Enix brought out this Special Effects Trailer (they note that the trailer utilizes technology not featured in the final product):

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII releases for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on February 11th in North America and February 14th in Europe. For more Final Fantasy, the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is out for PS3 on March 18th in North America and March 21st in Europe. More information about the PS Vita version is expected soon.

Are you planning on buying Lightning Returns next year? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: PlayStation LifeStyle


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Shuhei Yoshida: Dark Souls & Demon’s Souls Inspired the PS4?s System Features
21 November 2013, 9:04 pm

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After being very democratic and calling a tie between Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls in his top 10 games of the generation list, Shuhei Yoshida went into detail to explain his choices.

In the process, he dropped a very interesting tidbit about how the games inspired the PS4:

Lots of things these games – Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls – did, like leaving the message to other people asynchronously, so you feel connected, but not really connected at the same time, all of these things inspired us when we were designing the system features for PS4.
He then elaborated:

Like sharing features. I enjoy so much watching people play Dark Souls on YouTube. These games still have a special place in my memory.
Did you get a feeling that Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls had given some inspiration to Sony when making the PS4? Let us know in the comments below.

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Source: PlayStation LifeStyle


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Shuhei Yoshida Names His Top 10 Games of the Generation; #1 Made Him Cry
21 November 2013, 8:23 pm

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In the latest episode of the
PlayStation Blogcast
, Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida and Worldwide Studios SVP Scott Rohde revealed their top 10 games of the past generation.

First up is Scott Rohde and his top 10, which were restricted to PS3:

  • The Last of Us
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • MLB 13: The Show
  • God of War III
  • Tomb Raider
  • Journey
  • The Walking Dead
  • Heavy Rain
When it was Shuhei Yoshida’s turn, he went through his top 10 quite normally, but when he named his #1 choice, he became quite emotional and choked up when recalling one of the stories that came out following the game’s release. You can hear him talk about his #1 game by
skipping ahead
to about the 1 hour and 41 minute mark, or read his top 10 below:

  • Journey
  • Demon’s Souls/Dark Souls (tie for #2 and #3)
  • Demon’s Souls/Dark Souls (tie for #2 and #3)
  • The Last of Us
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • Sound Shapes (Favorite PS Vita game)
  • Persona 4: The Golden
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
What are your top 10 games for this past generation? Let us know in the comments below.



Source: PlayStation LifeStyle


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GameStop: PS4 Demand to Outstrip Supply “For Months”, 2.3 Million People on PS4?s First to Know List
21 November 2013, 7:38 pm

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Shortly after GameStop released their financial results for the third quarter, they held a conference call to discuss a myriad of topics.

One of them had to do with the PS4, as President Tony Bartel explained:

In addition to selling through all of our reservations, and some additional allocation that we’ve received from Sony, we still have over 2.3 million customers on the First to Know list, which indicates continued demand for months to come.

Also, a survey of our Power-Up Reward members shows that 2/3 of those surveyed expect to own a PS4 or Xbox One in the next 12 months. According to our Power-Up Rewards customers, the #1 concern around the console launch is affordability.
While they wouldn’t release specific PS4 numbers due to competitive reasons, Tony later added:

Our share was higher than on any previous console launch, and our sell-through since launch was 80% higher than the total amount of PS3′s that we sold in our 2006 fiscal year.
Also, with Sony announcing that they expect to sell 3 million PS4s in North America by the end of 2013 (they’re well on the way), Raines says they “expect to sell a large portion of that.”

Raines then went on to talk about how, while other retailers expect “significant price discounting” this holiday, he believes it will affect them minimally on next-gen consoles. One of the reasons why is follows:

We believe that demand for the new consoles will outstrip supply for the months to come. So we do not expect price discounting on the new platforms.
A couple other points were made during the call by executives:

  • GameStop sold 52% of all PS3 and Xbox 360 software during the third quarter.
  • During the third quarter, their software attach rate was 2.2 times greater than the competition.
Did you buy your PS4 from GameStop? Let us know in the comments below.

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Source: PlayStation LifeStyle


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