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  • White PS4 Standalone May Be Available This Month

    white ps4 standaloneTo celebrate the release of Destiny, most of Europe and the UK received a brand new PS4 bundle that included a copy of Destiny and a white PlayStation 4, along with a DualShock 4 controller.

    Now that the release of Destiny has long since gone, the white PS4 bundles have slowly died out, but Sony have seen demand for the product and have decided to make plans to release the white variant of the console as a standalone device.

    Shuhei Yoshida has revealed that the white PlayStation 4 will be released as a standalone product very soon, but unfortunately the console will be limited to Europe for now. As with the Destiny bundle, Yoshida failed to mention anything about a North American release for the white version.

    The white standalone PlayStation 4 will cost £350, which is slightly more than the current £329 street price of the PS4. Of course, if you're in the US and you really want a white PS4, you might have to pay considerably more to get it shipped over here.

    Besides from the color change, there are absolutely no differences between the white PS4 console and the black PS4 console, and hardware-wise everything is the same.

    Whether or not you like the white console will probably come down to preference, but it's a shame that only those in Europe or the UK will be given the option to choose between a white or a black PlayStation 4.

  • GTA V Will Have Huge 50GB Install Size

    gta v ps4 install sizeWe've talked a little bit in the past about large game install sizes, but today we have some crazy news to share with you. It has been rumored that Grand Theft Auto V for the PlayStation 4 could take exactly 50GB of storage space from your beloved PS4's hard drive.

    That is a huge 10% of the default hard drive that comes with the PS4, and that is only for one game - this does not include any content patches or DLC that Rockstar may plan to release in the future.

    50GB may not seem like much, but it's starting to reach the point where many games require between 30GB and 50GB free for install space, and over the next few years that size may keep going up.

    For those with slow connections, this is a very large issue, and it makes paying for digital games almost impossible. It's great to see that Sony and Microsoft are now offering digital downloads for their games, but it is not a very viable option, considering that it would only take around 10 games to fill up an entire hard drive.

    For now, physical discs and Blu-rays are still the way to go, and until devices start including more storage space as standard, it's going to be a long, long time before installs overtake sales of physical sales for console video games.

    Whilst there has been no mention of the GTA V Xbox One storage size, it's likely to be very similar or identical to that of the PlayStation 4.

  • Custom Backgrounds and Screenshots Confirmed for Xbox One

    xbox one custom themesNew details have emerged about a planned update that will add a bit more customization to the Xbox One dashboard.

    Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, has recently confirmed that the Xbox One will soon be getting new options for custom backgrounds, along with talking about other plans for the platform, in a new TiC podcast.

    During the podcast, Phil Spencer mentioned that backgrounds, screenshots and themes will be coming to the Xbox One soon, however Spencer failed to mentioned exactly when this would be.

    When asked about the Xbox One UI and the likelihood of seeing background and profile pic customization options, Phil Spencer replied with, "You will see it, I'll announce it here - I was told themes and background pics are something we're working on, and screenshots -- people beat me up about screenshots - I know people like to customize the look of their dashboard, we're going to deliver them, I can't give you a when yet."

    By the sounds of it, a lot more UI customization options are in the works, but it may be a while before we see them pushed out to the Xbox One dashboard. It's no doubt that these new features do not have as much of a priority as other UI and software content for the Xbox One, but it's nice to hear that they are coming eventually.

    We'll let you know as soon as we hear more details about the new Xbox One UI customization options - for now, you'll have to make do with what's already available.

  • Gearbox Studio Gets Car Bomb Threat

    gearbox bomb squadIn an odd turn of events, Gearbox Studio CEO, Randy Pitchford, recalls his encounter with a bomb disposal unit. At around 7:30PM last Friday, a bomb disposal squad was sent to the Gearbox HQ.

    Whilst most employees had gone home at this point, Randy Pitchford was still at work, and the bomb squad moved to the Gearbox HQ with the aim to 'dispose a car bomb' in the parking lot owned by Gearbox.

    Whilst the disposal unit refused to give full details as to why they had been caught out, Randy Pitchford mentioned that he did not call the bomb squad, and he was unsure why such a problem escalated in the first place.

    The most likely thing to have happened was that an individual decided to call the police to inform them of a car bomb in the Gearbox parking lot in an attempt to "prank" the company - it's a tactic that many streamers, Youtubers and companies involved in the gaming industry have had to deal with.

    Whilst it's unlikely a car bomb was ever present at Gearbox HQ, it's important for the bomb disposal unit to react appropriately to such calls, and it's unfortunate that certain individuals have the gut to waste a large amount of resources and time to "prank" targeted companies or streamers that may be in the spotlight.

    Gearbox has recently been working hard to release their new game, Borderlands the Pre-Sequel, and the game has been set for release on October 14th this year in the United States.

  • PlayStation Store Discounts Available till October 8th

    playstation store saleIf you are looking into buying a new game for the PlayStation 4, you may want to head on over to the PlayStation store as Sony have just put up a selection of games for a discounted price.

    The new games are available for any PlayStation owners with internet access, and the sales will be running till October 8th - these new sales will not affect the PlayStation Plus line up in anyway, as the October PS Plus games will go live on the 8th of October too.

    The first title on discount is Child of Light for PlayStation 4, it can currently be purchased for £7.99 or $8.95 Australian dollars. Basement Crawl is also available for £3.29/$5.95. Don't Starve can be purchased for a reduced price, along with a range of other console titles including Entwined, Escape Plan Flower and flOw. The most notable games for sale include Oddworld New N' Tasty, Outlast, Surgeon Simulator and Rogue Legacy.

    All of the aforementioned games also have an extra 10% discount to anybody who has a PS Plus subscription, however Outlast can also be picked up for an extra 20% off if you have a PS Plus subscription.

    There are dozens of other games on sale now too, including games for the PlayStation 3 and the PS Vita, so if you've got some cash to spare, I'd definitely suggest checking out the PlayStation Network store now.

    Remember, these offers will last till October 8th, at which point the free PS Plus loyalty games will be made available.

  • Destiny for the Xbox One Needs 40GB Install Space

    destiny xbox one - CopyIt has been revealed that Bungie's brand new open world loot n' shooter game, Destiny, will require a massive 40GB internal memory free on the Xbox One for it to be able to install.

    This news comes from a range of leaks showing off the game case for Destiny and the details on the back of the case. In the small print underneath the promotional images, it clearly states that 40GB hard drive space will be required for players to install the game.

    Whilst these leaks are only directly related to the Xbox One version of Destiny, it's very likely that the PlayStation 4 will receive similar treatment, and 40GB or around that size will most likely be needed on the PS4 too.

    Whilst both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One come with 500GB hard drives as standard, this space will quickly be used up if games like Destiny are put on the market. Destiny is bound to receive many patches and content packs in the future that will only make the file size even larger too.

    In fact, the day one patch for Destiny has been confirmed to be 300MB in size, making the total file size of Destiny on day one 40.3GB for the Xbox One version of the game.

    Luckily, Microsoft has added external hard drive support for the Xbox One recently, but it's still a shame that the internal memory available is quite limited.

  • PlayStation Plus September Games Announced

    ps plus september gamesThe new game lineup for the PS Plus games on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita have now been announced, and whilst it's lineup may perhaps be the weakest it's been for a few months, there's still a decent amount of free games to delve into. As usual, the lineup spans six games across all three current PlayStation consoles.

    For the PlayStation 4, PS Plus subscribers will be able to get their hands on Velocity 2X, a fast paced side scrolling platformer that has a wide range of cool shooting, teleporting and other great sci-fi mechanics. The second PS4 title is Sportsfriends, which is a great party game filled with all sorts of quick arcade and puzzle games that people can play together on the same console.

    On the PlayStation 3, All Stars Battle Royale has been put up for free - this is a great game that pits together all of PlayStation's best known video game characters and sticks them in the same arena for a Super Smash Bros' style fighting experience.

    Hoard, which is the merge of both a real time strategy game and a dual stick shooter, is the second PS3 game available this month.

    As for the PS Vita, Joe Danger, an action packed racer/platformer has been put up for free, along with TxK, a really colorful arcade shooter. All of the new PlayStation Plus subscriber games were put up for free on September 2nd, and will remain there till the start of next month.

  • New Watch Dogs Update Adds Friend Hacking Features

    watch dogs new featuresA new update for Watch Dogs has been recently released that adds a few new features and also addresses a large number of bugs and issues present in the previous version of the game. In terms of new features, with the new Watch Dogs update players will finally be able to interact with their friends by hacking their worlds.

    The online hacking and tailing missions were previously limited to random matchmaking, however with the new update players will now be able to make the choice to play against their friends instead. Players will also be able to turn off friend invasions, just in case your friends start to become a pest to play with.

    On top of adding the new online play feature for friends, Ubisoft have put a few efforts in with the latest patch to help cut out bad player behaviour in Watch Dogs by pooling those who frequently disconnect with each other. Typically, from now on, if you frequently display any forms of bad behaviour, you'll have to get a taste of your own medicine and be forced to play with others who do the same.

    In the singleplayer portion of the game, players can now reset gang hideouts and convoy missions in case they feel like replaying a mission for fun.

    Finally, the drinking games in Watch Dogs have been adjusted to be made a little bit easier. Some bug fixes have also been made across the board.

  • New August Xbox Live Games With Gold Announced

    xbox live games with gold augustWe've just rolled into a new month, and that means it's time to talk about the next Xbox Live Games with Gold lineup. We've got quite a few treats in store this week, including some Xbox 360 retail titles, as well as a couple digital-based Xbox One games.

    Firstly, Xbox One owners with Xbox Gold will be able to treat themselves with Crimson Dragon, an Xbox exclusive that saw itself as one of the few available Xbox One launch titles the day the console was released. Crimson Dragon is an indirect sequel to Panzer Dragoon, a game that made it's rounds on the Original Xbox many years ago. Crimson Dragon will be available all the way throughout the month.

    Alongside Crimson Dragon, Xbox Live gold subscribers will be able to get their hands on Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut, which made it to reality after successfully being backed on Kickstarter. Both Xbox One games are available till August 31st.

    As for the Xbox 360, players will be able to pick up Motocross Madness, a Trials lookalike till August 15th, whilst later on in the month, Dishonored will be available from August 16th till August 31st.

    All of these games are still fairly new, so Microsoft are being pretty generous with month's round of Xbox Live free Gold games. This is possibly one of the best months we've seen since the Xbox Live Games with Gold loyalty reward program began.

  • FIFA 15 Gameplay Trailer Released

    fifa 15 emotions trailerA brand new gameplay trailer has just been released for the upcoming EA Sports title, FIFA 15. Showcasing new crowds, player interactions and unique behaviour both for players and crowds, the trailer points out the 'emotion and intensity' the franchise has started to pick up on.

    Whilst the new changes to crowd and player emotions isn't exactly a huge gameplay feature, it's nice to see just how far the franchise has come in terms of capturing the spirit that many fans and players experience on the real pitch.

    Unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi will make it to the front cover box art for FIFA 15, for many regions across the globe.

    Despite showing some great advancements in crowd and player behaviour in the latest trailer for FIFA 15, EA have also stated that not all platforms will offer the same experience, which is most likely due to both hardware limitations and console exclusivity deals.

    For example, only Xbox consoles will receive FIFA 15 Ultimate Legends, which will most likely be a life time exclusive for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

    FIFA 15 has been scheduled for launch later this year on September 29th, for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 & 3, Wii, 3DS, Vita and the PC.

    It will be interesting to see how each version differs from one another, especially when considering the game has been set to launch on the Wii, 3DS and the PS Vita. Surprisingly, the Wii U has been left out of the picture.

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