The video game industry is booming. Americans spent $21.53 billion on games and hardware last year, and sales of the new-gen PS4 and Xbox One have exceeded expectations. So why are layoffs so common in the industry? Why are so many video game studios closing? Why does it feel like the people who make video games are always on the hook?
E3 2014 is kicking off today in Los Angeles with dozens of new announcements from the world's biggest names in the gaming industry. As in previous years, Microsoft is airing their Xbox media briefing online.
When I first reviewed the Xbox One I found it to be an interesting, ambitious console that wasn't quite ready for prime time. At launch, was the Xbox One a must-own console? The verdict: Not yet. Now, after six months using it, I have a significantly more refined view and have spoken to countless people about their experiences. Here's where we're at.
A half-year past launch, the PlayStation 4 still feels like an overachiever. The system runs better and is improving faster than its predecessor. When I reviewed the PS4 in a hurry last year I was worried about what I'd missed but it turns out I pretty much knew enough. It's not yet a must-have but early impressions were correct, thank goodness.