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PS4 Still Bigger than the Xbox One

As the console wars continue to rage on, one thing seems to be clear; the fact that the Xbox one is still behind the PS4. According to the NPD Group’s monthly report for the physical sales of consoles in the USA during June, the PS4 is still in the lead and this is in light of the fact that the price of the XBox One was cut a bit and the sales have been more than doubled for the same month. It will be an interesting watch to see what sales will do over the next couple months.

That's an especially noteworthy accomplishment given the momentum the Xbox One gained last month. Just yesterday, Microsoft announced that Xbox One sales had more than doubled in June (compared with May) after its Kinect-less, $400 model went on sale. No specific figures were offered, and as a result, it was difficult to tell just how many systems the price drop helped to sell.

Source: GameSpot

Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S Review

We have just posted up our review of the Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S CPU Coolers. These are a couple of high-performance monoliths from Noctua that will rival quite a few entry-level liquid cooling kits. The NH-U14S is a beast as it features a massive 15cm fan and you will want to check your case to see if it will fit. For all the details - and why you should consider one of these, read our review for all the details.

The CPU cooling market has really changed since we started BCCHardware. CPU's no longer require big aftermarket coolers and most people are satisfied with stock cooling, but that hasn't changed the way Noctua looks at cooling and they haven't cut corners as a result. They just keep consistently pumping out coolers that are quiet, high quality, and can offer up performance that can compete with anyone.

NH-U14S

Aftershokz @ CES 2013

We met AfterShokz last year at CES and they were bringing to market their first product - the AfterShokz Sport.  Since then they have lauched the Sportz 2 and Sportz M2.  The M2 has a microphone and is still very much a current product for them.  They did announce and have some working samples of the upcoming AfterShokz Bluez.  This is a Bluetooth version that is based off the Sportz M2 and has a microphone, as well as full media player functionality.

Bluez

 

The media player functionality looks a little strained with some of the controls located on the back of the headset and other controls located on each ear(ahem) cheek-piece.  Time will tell how this works in the real world.  Typically, AfterShokz put a fair bit of thought into usage as these are designed to be worn while running and working out.

Shockz

Check out all of our CES coverage here and our galleries over here.

Samsung Galaxy S4

So the big news of the week is the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Thursday. The Galaxy lineup of phones has been the most popular Android-based devices around so naturally there was quite a bit of speculation surrounding this launch. Overall I think most of the rumors were correct and there weren't too many big surprises at the launch.

For a overview of the S4 from Samsung you can head over to their website for more pictures and information on all the new accessories they announced.

 

If you would like more information from around the internet, as well as some quick hands on reviews, here is a collection of articles:

The Verge takes a look at the S4

Gizmodo puts the S4 up against the S3

The Verge has pictures from a Chinese site that has already ripped the S4 apart

AllthingsD ask the question "is better enough?"

HTC's CMO doesn't like the S4, says it's just "more of the same" and other trash talk @ Engadget

Xbox One Does a 180

It appears that Microsoft has done the unthinkable - listened to the consumers voice.  While the consumer does carry quite a loud voice - and especially consumers that play video games, it's not often that a company will make such drastic changes to policies based a few days of outcry.  Microsoft released a statement today saying that they are making changes to the Xbox One.  Even the page title states "Your Feedback Matters..."

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At E3 last week, Microsoft made their next-generation console announcement before Sony and Sony wisely measured the outcry and likely made last-minute changes to their platform announcement.  For one, the price of a PS4 is $100 cheaper and it doesn't require an internet connection to play.  Along with the used game fiasco, Microsoft had created a massive hole for themselves.  In just a week, things have changed - as I told Jason Schneider in Episode #216 of WeeklyTechUpdate that it would.  They're are really only two major changes to the platform, but the implications of these address the issues that gamers had and what I knew they had to change.  I honestly didn't think they'd make changes to both issues, but they did.  Hit the read more link to see what all has changed.

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