Engadget is re-reviewing the current generation of game consoles, each of which has benefited from major firmware updates, price drops and an improved selection of games. We've already revisited the Xbox One, and now it's the PlayStation 4's turn. Though we've raised the score from 83 to 86, you can still find our original PS4 review here, if you're curious to read what we said at launch.
The PlayStation 4 has outsold its closest competition, the Xbox One, for most of the time since the two systems launched in Nov. 2013. In fact, according to recently released sales figures, Sony has moved some 40 million units over the past two years. Based on the company's earnings reports, those sales have helped keep Sony afloat -- even after the console's price dropped from $400 to $350.
Nearly eight years after Jim Brown sued EA over the use of his likeness in Madden 09, the two parties are finally settling the case. According to Hagens Berman, the law firm that represents the legendary NFL running back, Brown, 80, will receive a $600,000 compensation from the video game maker in exchange for a dismissal and release of his claims. Back in 2008 the former Cleveland Browns player said EA had asked to feature him in the popular football franchise, but he declined the request.
Source: Hagens Berman
When Lorne Lanning released Abe's Oddysee, the 1997 hit PlayStation and PC platformer, "most people didn't know what 'www' meant." 19 years later, the world has changed, and the videogame industry with it.
Abe's Oddysee was the first title set in Oddworld, a fictional universe that Lanning has devoted his career to. He followed it up the next year with a sequel, Abe's Exodus, released Munch's Oddysee in 2001, and Stranger's Wrath in 2005. During this time, the internet developed significantly, but developers had yet to learn how to use it to their advantage.
Lanning and I sat on the floor of a busy conference center, surrounded by developers, fans, other journalists and "terrible, terrible live music." We were supposed to meet to chat about Soulstorm, a follow-up to 2014's Abe's Oddysee remake New 'n' Tasty. Sadly, we're stuck talking around that piece of news, as just a week before our meeting the decision was made to delay the formal unveiling of the game. Luckily, Lanning is nothing if not loquacious, and instead we talk about the changing state of the industry over the past two decades.