More U.S. shoppers prefer Sony Corp's upcoming PlayStation 4 than Microsoft Corp's Xbox One, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, as the industry's two leading videogame console makers prepare to do battle this holiday season.

Asked about their interest in dedicated game devices, 26 percent of 1,297 people surveyed online last week say they are likely to purchase the new PlayStation 4 when available, versus 15 percent opting for the Xbox One.

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OP: I dunno if this poll can predict anything. The Xbox One's problems aren't common knowledge amongst consumers. I was test driving a car this weekend and the sales guy wanted to chat about buying the XOne. Would be nice to see a company actually pay a price for angering its customers tho.
Sony has provided the details on how to upgrade select PlayStation 3 games to their PS4 version. While we've offered numerous posts on the subject, Sony has provided -- once and for all -- a simplistic way to upgrade any of the following games: Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Watch Dogs, and Battlefield 4 for the discounted price of $9.99.

When you buy the retail or digital version of any of the aforementioned games, you'll receive an entitlement to download the PS4 digital copy of the same game from the PlayStation Store when it becomes available -- again, for $9.99.

In physical retail purchases, you'll find the code packed into the case of the PS3 version that you can redeem. To play the PS4 version you'll need to insert the original PS3 disc into your PS4 to activate and play the PS4 version, so make sure you hang onto that disc, Sony warns.

If you opt for the digital version of any of the games, you won't need to redeem the code. You'll simply look for the PS4 version on the PlayStation Store and it'll appear at the discounted price. All you'll have to do is purchase it, no code necessary.

Sony also noted that upgrading the PS3 disc version of the games do not require a PS4 system code, so you are free to redeem them as soon as you pick up your PS3 copy; you'll be able to download the digital copy when the PS4 arrives. The program lasts for a "limited time," and depending on the game you have until the following dates to redeem your code:

January 31, 2014: Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
January 31, 2014: Watch Dogs
March 28, 2014: Battlefield 4
March 31, 2014: Call of Duty: Ghosts


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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag has been officially unveiled by Ubisoft, along with several new details about the new game, which will see players take on the role of a pirate in the early eighteenth century.

Black Flag's main character is Edward Kenway, the father of Haytham Kenway and grandfather of Connor Kenway from Assassin's Creed III. A pirate -cum-assassin operating in the Caribbean in 1715, Kenway commands a ship called the Jackdaw, and is joined on board by several key figures from pirate history including Charles Vane, "Calico" Jack Rackham, Anne Bonny and the notorious Blackbeard.

Ubisoft has said that it wants to dissect the Hollywood-ised, sensational image of pirating's golden age, and explore the flawed, human aspect of these characters more closely.

Black Flag will also let players explore the Caribbean of the eighteenth century, with 50 separate locations set to feature in the game. These include cities like Havana and Kingston, as well as jungles, abandoned forts and even underwater sections. Assassin's Creed IV will do away with the teleporting system that featured in previous Assassin's Creed games, allowing players to seamlessly transition from place to place, boats to land.

Similar to Grand Theft Auto IV, you will be able to travel the entire world of Black Flag with only minimal load times, meaning you board your ship in Kingston, sail the entire length of the Caribbean Sea and disembark in Havana without any stoppages.

The naval combat from Assassin's Creed III will naturally return as a large part of Black Flag and has been tweaked and optimised to suit the pirate era. Your ship will be fully customisable, and you will be able to use a spyglass to scout other ships on the ocean, before boarding them with your crew and plundering them for loot.

So far, during the on-land sections, Black Flag looks similar to previous Assassin's Creed games, and will see you sneaking across rooftops to reach your assassination targets. However, Ubisoft has said that Edward Kenway's fighting style will differ from characters in previous games and focus more on dirty tactics and improvised weapons.

The present day setting will also return from previous Creed games, though will not feature Desmond Miles. Instead, Ubisoft said, players will play as "themselves" investigating the history of Edward Kenway from the series' iconic Abstergo Labs. No other details than that are available right now.

Black Flag's multiplayer is also shrouded in mystery for the moment, though Ubisoft has promised it will feature new maps, characters and game modes.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is set to launch in the autumn of 2013, and will be available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and the PlayStation 4, which was recently announced by Sony and will also launch later this year.



UbiSoft seems to be intentionally spreading the "leaked" news about Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag like a kid willing to share their bags of candy. If not, whomever's doing it ought to be fired at this point after releasing what is primarily a substantial bit of information on the video game before the allotted Monday announcement.

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The next Assassin's Creed has been revealed.

'Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag' will be set on the high seas of the mid-eighteenth century, and have a plot revolving around piracy, the new world and the English crown.

Details are few at this stage, but among the early details are the game's cover art, which is below.

Eurogamer said that the game will star a pirate assassin named Edward Kenway, father of Haytham and grandfather of Connor from the recent Assassin's Creed 3.

It will be released on the PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, as well as (probably) the next-gen PS and Xbox consoles. There will be an hour of exclusive gameplay on the PS3 version.

More details will be unveiled by Ubisoft on Monday at 5pm UK time.

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The next Assassin's Creed game will star a pirate assassin and be set in the early 18th century Caribbean, a slew of leaks suggest. It will be named Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.

Leaked artwork posted by Kotaku showed a new hooded assassin taking on a ship full of salty sea dogs, armed with a pistol and dagger. A black skull-and-crossbones flag hangs behind him.

That assassin is Edward Kenway, father of Haytham Kenway and grandfather of Connor from Assassin's Creed 3, according to The Examiner. He's a privateer, assassin and occasional pirate.

The leaked artwork - a poster sent out to retailers - has a detailed map of the Caribbean on its reverse, presumably showing the islands and towns that Kenway will visit.

Havana, Kingston and the southern tip of Florida are all named, many of which have a new 'skull-and-Assassin's Creed' symbol icon, presumably the sign of the Brotherhood in this era.

A leaked screenshot is also doing the rounds, supposedly of the game running on Xbox 360. There are plans for a next-gen console version, too.

News of the nautical-themed adventure fits with what Ubisoft has said officially about the next game - that it stars a new protagonist and new setting.

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