Game Install Times On Xbox One & PS4 Compared

With Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 consoles require you to install your new games, and there’s no getting around that wait, whichever next-gen machine you choose. Those plumping for the Xbox One, however, will seemingly spend a lot more time with the kettle on than their PlayStation counterparts.

A new video from Kotaku shows the comparison – with a PS4 and Xbox One racing to install cross-platform launch title Need For Speed Rivals. The results are astonishing.

The site tested six multiplatform games and every time the Xbox One took considerably longer than the PS4. In each case Sony’s machine required less than sixty seconds of pre-loading before gameplay began, whereas Microsoft’s needed several minutes, and included waiting for updates – all of which happened in the background on the PlayStation.

Obviously once the game’s content is fully installed future boot up times are much the same, regardless of console choice.

The full list of tested titles and their install times can be found below. For the purpose of this test both consoles were connected to WiFi with a moderate download speed of around 10Mbps.

Assassin’s Creed IV:
Xbox One (offline, no update): 5 minutes 50 seconds
Xbox One (with update): 10 minutes 32 seconds
PS4: 42 seconds

Need For Speed Rivals:
XB1: 09:25
PS4: 00:32

Just Dance 2014:
XB1: 08:48
PS4: 00:45

NBA Live 14:
XB1: 16:26
PS4: 00:35

FIFA 14:
XB1: 16:06
PS4: 00:34

Madden 25:
XB1: 09:38
PS4: 00:38

Quite a difference, and it doesn’t always end there. You’ll notice that Madden 25 took 9 minutes longer to launch on Xbox One than PlayStation – and even then parts of the game’s single player were unavailable, apparently still installing, despite everything being available almost instantly on PS4. A similar thing is reported to have happened with Assassin’s Creed 4. Crikey!

Game Install Times On Xbox One & PS4 Compared

GAME Open 12 New Stores For Christmas

The previously troubled UK high-street retailer GAME has opened a dozen new stores and hired 4,500 staff in the run-up to Christmas, it has been announced.

Of the 12 new stores, four are permanent and eight are operating under a temporary lease – to help the firm meet the demand of not only Christmas, but also a new generation of consoles. Four other outlets have been relocated ahead of the busy holiday period.

“We constantly review our property portfolio to make sure we’re in the right places to deliver for the gaming communities of the UK,” Game Retail’s Dave Howard told MCV. “Christmas 2013 is going to be an incredibly important time for gamers with some amazing titles released and two new consoles launching.”

Whatever your feelings on GAME in particular, this is most certainly terrific news for everyone involved, be they staff or customer, and personally I’m extremely pleased to see the company have turned things around, especially given the tough time UK retail is experiencing at the moment.

GAME Open 12 New Stores For Christmas

Day One PS4 Stock Available On The High Street

Grocery store ASDA will have a limited number of un-reserved PlayStation 4 consoles available at launch tomorrow, as will both specialist retailer GAME and rival supermarket TESCO, the companies have confirmed.

ASDA and Tesco tweeted to say they’ll have stock at various stores for those who forgot to pre-order, while GAME have promised that their 300 stores hosting midnight launches will also have “a limited number of additional PlayStation 4 bundles available at launch.”

If you’re quick enough GAME are also currently offering some “Launch Day Stock” on their website, although this seems to be at vastly inflated prices, and definitely won’t appear on your doorstep tomorrow morning.

As for other high street retailers, both Argos and Sainsbury have said they will be stocking the PS4 from the moment doors open on Friday, although neither store is able to confirm exact figures with regards to how many units they’ll have available.

Day One PS4 Stock Available On The High Street

O2 Announce Xperia Z1 & PlayStation 4 Contract Deals, £52pm

O2 have announced their plans to offer the PlayStation 4 for sale tomorrow – as part of a Sony branded bundle which will also include the company’s flagship Xpeia z1 mobile handset.

The deal will be available to both new and existing customers on O2’s “refresh” tariff for a whopping £52pm, over two years – there’s also a one-off payment of £89.99 to consider if you’re interested. A bit of quick maths and that’s a penny shy of £1,338 all in. Yikes.

Alongside the console and your Z1, you’ll also recieve Killzone Shadow Fall and a year of PS+ for the PS4. Thankfully your phone will have unlimited minutes and text messages too – so bragging about your new toy to your mates wont cost any extra. Still, that’s a hell of a lot to be paying each month, isn’t it?, even if it does get you arguably the best phone, and surely the best video games machine available.

Stock of this bundle is said to be limited, and will be offered in only 65 of O2’s bigger stores across the country. These include Birmingham’s Bullring, London’s Oxford Street location and Manchester’s Trafford Centre unit amongst others.

O2 Announce Xperia Z1 & PlayStation 4 Contract Deals, £52pm

PS4 And PS Vita Ultimate Bundle Confirmed For Release

You’ll be able to buy a bundle including both the PS4 and PS Vita before Christmas, Sony have revealed. This is part of the company’s push for Remote Play, which allows you to play PS4 games via streaming on your handheld.

The first image of the bundle appeared in MCV’s print edition a few days ago, and whilst retailers haven’t been particularly forward in recognising this package’s existence – my local GAME for example seemingly had no knowledge of it – Sony have clarified the package will be available tonight, alongside PlayStation 4, stock availability permitting.

“You may walk in and get a great deal on ‘buy a Vita when bought with’ type deal. So if you buy a PS4 you can get a Vita for X. And others will say, well here’s the Ultimate Bundle and you get all those bits in it” Sony’s UK MD Fergal Gara confirmed.

“Retailers will package things around it or add certain things in. But as a base price we think that’s quite compelling.”

Gara also acknowledged the potential of PS4’s Remote Play as the reasoning behind this package, saying “once we got our hands on Remote Play we thought, wow, it really is real and good, and that deserves a shout.”

“We think, for four hundred and something pounds you’re getting two consoles, if you get PlayStation Plus with that then you’ve got an Instant Game Collection for both. So now they’re both great companion devices and they’re standalone devices. Why wouldn’t we underline that and highlight that point of difference? We really believe in it.”

Quite the bundle indeed. Not only are you getting all the benefits of Remote Play and the plethora of freebies that PlayStation Plus affords, but when you also factor in Cross-buy deals, and stunning Vita exclusives such as Tearway, I’m sure you’ll agree the PS4 and Vita are perfect companions this Christmas.

PS4 And PS Vita Ultimate Bundle Confirmed For Release

Zavvi Accidentally Send Customers Free Vita Consoles

If users on the NeoGAF forums are to be believed it appears certain gamers who pre-ordered the new PS Vita title Tearaway for just 19.99 have received their game and a brand spanking new PS Vita console to play it on, at no extra cost.

Although I’d love to think this is the magic of Christmas I suspect an over-worked Christmas elf in Zavvi’s warehouse simply mistook the Tearaway game for the PS Vita Tearaway bundle in their picking system.

The lucky few who did manage to get their hands on the cut-price consoles have since been emailed by Zavvi asking if they would kindly return the systems which were sent out “in error”.

If you missed out on getting a Vita from Zavvi, but still fancy giving Tearaway a go, you can grab it as part of a lovely £150 console deal at Amazon.

Zavvi Accidentally Send Customers Free Vita Consoles

How To Download And Install PS4 Firmware Update 1.51

Next-gen, and all the joys that come with it – pre-launch excitement, midnight openings, copious amounts of Doritos & Dew, and of course, the inevitable day-one patches and problematic overloaded servers.

That said, I’m here with a helpful reminder that you can grab the PlayStation 4’s launch-day 1.51 firmware patch right now from Sony’s website, and load it on to a USB stick ready to go when you get your console home this Friday.

I’ve reproduced the pertinent information for those looking to get a head start is below. Please, follow this guide to the letter. I cannot be held responsible for any very expensive paperweights.

It’s also very important to note that if you are replacing the HDD, whether right away or some time in the future, there is a larger installer file of 900MB and a different process to follow, as can be found here.

The following things are needed to perform the update:
1) PS4 system. 2) Computer connected to the Internet. 3) USB storage device, such as a USB flash drive with approximately 300MB of free space.

1) On the USB storage device, create folders for saving the update file.
Using a computer, create a folder named “PS4”. Inside that folder, create another folder named “UPDATE”. Make sure these are all uppercase letters and without the quotation marks.

2) Download the update file, and save it in the “UPDATE” folder you created in step 1. Save the file with the file name “PS4UPDATE.PUP”.

Click here to download the update file directly from Sony.

3) Turn off the power of your PS4 system completely. Check that the power indicator is not lit. If the power indicator is lit orange, touch the power button on the PS4 system for at least seven seconds (until the system beeps a second time).

4) Connect the USB storage device that the update file is saved on to your PS4 system, and then touch the power button for at least seven seconds. The PS4 system will start in safe mode.

5) Select [Update System Software]. Follow the screens to complete the installation.

If your PS4 system does not recognise the update file, check that the folder names and file name are correct. Enter the folder names and file name in single-byte characters using uppercase letters.

And that’s it! All being good and well you should now have a spanking new PlayStation 4 running System Software version 1.51. Time to go and Killzone some things!

How To Download And Install PS4 Firmware Update 1.51