Xbox Elite Controllers and PS4's Top 20 List
Xbox One Elite Controller
With shortages around the world after an unprecedented Christmas rush, Microsoft was scrambling to get more of the high end controllers on the shelves.
"While the Xbox Elite wireless controller is sold out in many retailers around the world, we are working quickly to get more units in the hands of fans," a Microsoft representative said in a statement to Tech Insider. "We expect more units to arrive at retailers each week but supply may be limited through March 2016."
Recently at E3 Microsoft unveiled a new Gears of War variant, as well as a price drop for the Xbox One Elite Bundle (of which the $150USD Elite controller is a part of). They have even now surpassed the one million mark as stated in a tweet from Phil Spencer.
Playstation's Best Exclusives of 2016
Playstation released a list of the 20 games that will draw you over to their side if you're still on the fence this year, and I thought it might be interesting to see how that list is progressing.
- Horizon Zero Dawn - Had a strong showing at E3 but since this list was published the game was pushed back to February 28, 2017.
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - Had a very successful launch in May and received universal critical praise. It got a 93% on Metacritic and reported made $56M in the first month from digital downloads and microtransactions alone.
- Street Fighter V - Some could argue the game came out before it should have as their are still updates coming out to get it up to scratch.
- The Last Guardian - Scheduled for an October 25th release, but fans have been waiting for years already so I wouldn't be surprised if it got pushed back to next year.
- Gran Turismo Sport - Still on track to come out on November 15th, 2016.
- Firewatch - It was received well by players back in February but it was the art style that was the big takeaway, so much in fact that Ford has been busted stealing assets from the game in their recent promotion.
- What Remains of Edith Finch - The makers of The Unfinished Swan are still on schedule to release this game sometime in 2016 exclusively on PS4.
- Shadow of the Beast - Another PS4 exclusive, this apparently already came out in May but I completely missed it. The game had mixed reviews so it's probably a case of the less said the better.
- Boundless - Looks like the most beautiful pseudo-Minecraft game I've ever seen. Due to come out in late 2016.
- Nier: Automata - Originially scheduled for a late 2016, Nier: Automata has been pushed back to 2017 (presumably in Q1) as a way to avoid the blockbuster games that typically come out late in the calendar year.
- Gravity Rush 2 - It was recently revealed by Creative Director Keichiro Toyama to have over 50 side missions and fans can look forward to getting their hands on the game later this year.
- Alienation - Came out late in April with general scores hovering around 8 out of 10 or 4 out of 5 stars
- Hellblade - Self described as "independent AAA" and due for release sometime in 2016 with no more accurate date available.
- Paragon - What if I told you that there was yet ANOTHER multiplayer battle arena game coming out in 2016? Even those it's scheduled to come out mid-year, I wouldn't mind betting that Epic is holding off after seeing the reception Battleborn got up against Overwatch.
- The Witness - Another game to receive universal praise. It was the talk of the town in January but the talk quickly died off.
- Ratchet & Clank - Launched in April and receiving plenty of perfect or near perfect scores from critics, but that was always going to happen. It's Ratchet & Clank!
- The Tomorrow Children - Around this time last month there was a public beta and the game is still announced as having a 2016 release.
- Drawn to Death - A 2016 launch is still on the books for David Jaffe's studio The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency (what a mouthful!).
- Dreams Beta - When a beta features in your list of things to look forward to, you have to have faith in the guys behind it. Luckily for Playstation, the creators of Little Big Planet and Tearaway have some experience in this area. Still on track for 2016.
- No Man’s Sky - It did famously get pushed back but is still coming out in August. Gladly the team at Hello Games can actually call the game No Man's Sky after winning a legal dispute over use of the word Sky.
2 out of 20 titles have been pushed outside of a 2016 release window. That's not bad for the video game industry, but with some many other games having vague release dates, that number could very easily escalate to 3 or 4 come December.