The PS4 has outsold the Xbox One for the fourth consecutive month in North America.

While PS4 sales figures for April have yet to be revealed, the NPD group confirmed that Sony's console sold more than the Xbox One's 115,000 units.

NPD analyst Liam Callahan said (via VG247) that Xbox One and PS4 console sales have "more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales".

"PS4 software combined with Xbox One software sales are up over 40% compared to sales of the PS3 and Xbox 360 through their first six months," Callahan continued.

"Wii U software sales were up over last year by over 80%."

Elsewhere, Microsoft sold 71,000 Xbox 360 consoles in April, 447,000 Xbox One games and 2.2 million Xbox 360 games, giving it a combined retail market share of 53%.

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag has shipped more than 11 million copies.

Ubisoft disclosed the figure in its latest earnings report, which also notes that the action-adventure series was the fourth best-selling franchise from 2005 to 2013.

During the nine-year period, the series' sales were bested only by Activision's Call of Duty, Nintendo's Super Mario and EA's FIFA.

The firm also confirmed that it has sold over nine million units of Far Cry 3, which made its debut in 2012 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Meanwhile, Ubisoft recently announced Far Cry 4 for PS3, Xbox 360, PC, as well as Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

It also revealed that its upcoming Watch Dogs game has become its most pre-ordered new property.

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Watch Dogs has become the most pre-ordered new property of Ubisoft.

The upcoming open-world title is also the second highest pre-ordered Ubisoft title, according to the publisher.

"These strong pre-orders are a clear indication of players' anticipation and excitement for Watch Dogs," said Ubisoft sales and marketing executive Geoffroy Sardin.

"The teams have worked tirelessly to ensure that players will enjoy a top quality game with enormous scope, and we can't wait to get the game into their hands."

Watch Dogs will be available May 27 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

A Wii U version is planned for a later date, presumably in the autumn.

The game officially went gold yesterday (May 14).

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Tom Clancy's The Division has been delayed, Ubisoft has confirmed.

Originally scheduled to release this year, the upcoming third-person shooter won't launch until 2015.


"Today we announced that Tom Clancy's The Division will be available in 2015 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC," the developer said in an update on the title.

"Working on The Division is a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of us at Massive, Reflections and Red Storm Entertainment."

It added: "We are creating something we are really proud of and we don't want to compromise on quality.

"We are going to release the game when it's ready."

Previous reports suggested that the game wasn't ready to debut in 2014.

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Facebook is trialling a new iOS application with a card-based interface similar to Google Now.

The app will serve users with contextual content recommendations after they check-in or post on the social network, according to TechCrunch.

The software is apparently being tested by a select group of users, providing them with relevant information about nearby places and events.

Facebook has also included some Foursquare-esque features in the app, with a colour-coding scheme showing users which of their friends have recently checked in at places in the vicinity.

The company is yet to reveal whether it is planning to distribute the context cards to a wider group of users on iOS or expand the trial to other mobile platforms.

Last week, Facebook shuttered its Poke and Camera apps.


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Apple is reportedly testing a sharper screen with a higher resolution for its upcoming iPhone 6 smartphone.

According to 9to5Mac, the company could give at least one of two rumoured iPhone 6 handsets a 1704 x 960 resolution.


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Samsung will launch its competitor to Google Glass in September, according to a report.

Business Korea claims that the so-called 'Gear Glass' will be powered by a next-generation version of the firm's Tizen operating system.

The device previously emerged in a patent filing under the codename of Earphone, which could indicate that Samsung plans to include mobile phone functionality in the product.

Gear Glass is expected to consist of an earpiece with a heads-up display, with previous reports suggesting that it will be more powerful than Google Glass.

Samsung has been tipped to showcase the gadget at the IFA trade show in Berlin this September, but is yet to officially confirm its existence.

Google Glass went on sale in the US today (May 14), with a UK release date yet to be confirmed.


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Apple is reportedly planning to include support for high-definition audio in its next mobile operating system, iOS 8.

Japanese blog MacOtakara claims that HD audio will be a key component of the software's media playback push.

The news follows reports that Apple is on the verge of acquiring audio firm Beats Electronics in a big-money-deal.

Adding support for HD playback to iOS 8 would require Apple to develop new headphones - potentially made by the Beats hardware team - as well as revised Lightning connectors.

Recent reports suggest that iOS 8 will adopt the split screen approach to multi-tasking currently seen on Windows 8, with users able to snap two applications alongside one another.

Leaked screenshots of the software suggest that it will feature a similar design and layout to the current-generation iOS 7, with a new app called Healthbook offering fitness services.

Apple will offer a first look at iOS 8 during its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2.



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PlayStation 3 games have reportedly been spotted on the PS4 store.

According to GameInformer, the PS3 games can be found under the Day-1 Digital section of the PS4 PlayStation Store.

Titles such as Dead Island Riptide, Ben 10 Omniverse, and MX vs ATV Alive are listed as free, but can't be downloaded to accounts.

Users can instead view images, trailers, ratings and an overview from each game's product page.

The listings have been linked to PlayStation Now testing on PS4.

Rental options include one-day, seven-day and 30-day loans. The rental period begins when users start a new game.

PlayStation Now is pencilled in for a summer launch in North America. A European roll-out is expected to take place in 2015.


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Watch Dogs has officially gone gold, it has been confirmed.

The upcoming open-world title is on track for worldwide release on May 27, according to Ubisoft.


"It's exciting to be gold," creative director Jonathan Morin said on the UbiBlog.

"But it'll be more exciting when people are playing. For the fans it means that it's true. It means there will be no such thing as another delay."

He added: "But for us, it's not done until they actually have it in their hands."


The publisher recently confirmed the resolution disparity between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Watch Dogs.

The game will be available on Xbox One, PS4, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

It won't arrive on Wii U until later this year, presumably in the autumn.

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