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  • Evolve Gets Alpha Plans for Halloween

    evolve alphaEvolve, the upcoming 4v1 alien shooter title for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has recently been confirmed to be holding a set of "big alpha" events over the days leading up to Halloween.

    The alpha phase will start at the end of this month, and Xbox One players will be able to get into game on the 30th of October, 24 hours before both PlayStation 4 players and PC players.

    Players who own a pre-order of Evolve will be given instant access to the big alpha phase on either October 30th or October 31st depending on the platform that player owns, however there will be chances for those that have signed up to the alpha to get access to it regardless of whether they purchased the game or not.

    It would make sense that the amount of alpha slots for those who have not pre-ordered is limited, however we do not know how limited the slots will be at this time.

    Once the alpha phase for Evolve starts, it will continue over the Halloween weekend and into November, before ending on the 2nd of next month.

    If Evolve has taken your interest since it's announcement, I would certainly suggest giving it a try at the end of the month, as I'm sure the alpha stage will give you a good idea of what the game will be like. I personally can not wait to see how Evolve will play out.

  • Minecraft PS4 Physical Version Gets Solid Release Date

    minecraft ps4Whilst Minecraft for the PlayStation 4 has been available as a digital download from the PlayStation Network since the beginning of this month, many players who have hoped for a retail version of the game have had to hold their breath for a physical release.

    Luckily enough, Mojang has now announced that the physical retail version of Minecraft PS4 is on the way, and players will be able to pick it up from in-store starting from some time in October this year. In Sony's official press release related to the matter, Sony announced that,

    "As many of you will already know, Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition has been available from PlayStation Store since the beginning of the month. Following the successful digital launch, we are pleased to announce that the retail disc version will be available from 3rd October."

    Sony followed on this topic by mentioning the upcoming PS Vita version of Minecraft, and their plans for cross-buy support for the game,

    "In other Minecraft related news, for those waiting for the PS Vita Edition, we'll have more information on this in a few weeks and will include full details on how the Cross-Buy works between the PS3 and PS Vita Editions."

    Despite Minecraft already being one of the top selling games on many other platforms, the PS4 version of the game is proving popular among PlayStation 4 owners, and it's already pulling in many more sales for Mojang, which will ultimately now go to Microsoft.

  • GTA V PS4 Port May Have Reworked Radio Station

    gta v ps4 radio stationsAccording to new rumors, the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V rework will come packed with a set of new in-game music tracks for the various radio stations available via radio from a car or a player's home.

    One of the radio stations in Grand Theft Auto V is called Non Stop Pop FM, and according to Cara Delevingne, a model who has been the host of the in-game radio station, players will be able to experience a set of new tracks when the rework is released, along with new content in between songs.

    This update isn't exactly massive, but it's one of the added details that will make the new Grand Theft Auto rework for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the PC worth buying. Even if you already own GTA V on a previous gen console, the range of new changes to the game should even make purchasing GTA for your new console quite tempting.

    Rockstar could have easily just put the same game onto new consoles with a slightly better resolution and frame rate, but instead they are really embracing the new hardware changes of both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One to make GTA V the game it could never have been on either the PS3 or the Xbox 360.

    The newly reworked Grand Theft Auto for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has been anticipated to release this Fall, however the final date has not yet been set in stone. On top of this, details for the PC release are still undecided.

  • New MCC Halo 3 Gameplay Shows off Graphical Changes

    master chief collection halo 3 gameplayWhilst Halo 2 will be getting the largest overhaul in the Master Chief Collection, it's not the only game that's going to be getting a graphical update. In fact, on top of the game supporting 1080P resolution at 60fps across the board for all singleplayer campaigns, Halo 3 has now been confirmed to have a set of new lighting effects and graphical changes that add a bit more detail to the game.

    Whilst the changes aren't as significant as the changes seen in Halo 2, the game certainly looks a lot crisper, and on top of this it plays flawlessly at 60 frames per second, something that the developers have mentioned players will really be able to feel.

    Along with the confirmation, 343 Industries and Microsoft hosted a new gameplay event to showcase the changes made in Halo 3.

    It's really quite exciting to see the game being capable of running at such a high frame rate without any problems, and it's almost a shame it won't end up looking quite as good as Halo 2 will. Despite this, both games should run fairly smoothly on the Xbox One without any issues.

    As expected, Combat Evolved will be getting the same anniversary treatment as the standalone game did, so we don't expect to see any changes there.

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection will release on 11th of November for the Xbox One, and will cost $59.99, despite containing four whole Halo games and hours of great content.

  • Sony Getting Sued for Misleading 1080P Claims

    sony sued killzoneRemember when the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were leading up to be released? A lot of talk in the industry revolved around screen resolution for launch titles, and fan boys fought over resolutions and frame rates like it actually mattered.

    Unfortunately, both Microsoft and Sony weren't 100% honest about the frame rates and resolutions the launch games were going to offer, and it looks as if that little bit of bending the truth has landed Sony in a bit of trouble.

    According to reports, one individual has just sued Sony for a total of $5 million after declaring that one of the PlayStation 4's launch titles, Killzone: Shadow Fall would support a native 1080P resolution.

    Truthfully, the 1080P resolution in Killzone Shadow Fall isn't native at all. Whilst the single player did prove to be native 1080P, the multiplayer had a stretched resolution; the screen did display 1080 pixels high, but it only showed 960 pixels wide - the display was then stretched width ways to fit the right dimensions to match full HD.

    Whilst it's true that Killzone Shadow Fall isn't being constantly played at native 1080P, it seems like a bit of an odd thing for someone to sue for. Unfortunately, it's all very real for Sony, and it shows that not being honest when marketing new games is not something to take lightly.

    So far, nothing is definite, but if the lawsuit against Sony can prove that Sony falsely advertised Killzone's resolution and benefited off of doing so, Sony may have to cough up $5.4 million.

  • Battlefield Hardline Delayed to 2015

    hardline delay 2015Despite releasing a new Battlefield title every year for the past few years, Visceral Games and EA have made the collective decision to push back the release of Battlefield Hardline, breaking the current annualization of the franchise and offering the developers more time to iron out any kinks with the game in it's current state.

    The reason behind the delay is primarily down to a range of new inspiration that has led Visceral Games back to the drawing board, thanks to the community's input from the recent Battlefield Hardline multiplayer beta.

    Visceral Games recently made a blog post on the EA Battlefield website to address the sudden launch date change, and details of that post can be read below.

    1. Multiplayer Innovation: Coming out of our E3 beta, internal focus tests, and work with our community, we have received a lot of great Multiplayer thinking. We're going to be adding some new feature ideas direct from the community that will evolve the cops and criminals fantasy into a truly unique Battlefield Multiplayer experience.
    2. Single Player Story Depth: In order to ensure our Single Player experience delivers on player expectations, we're spending more time polishing our core features, as well as adding a few new ones that will support a deeper "crime revenge" story experience.
    3. Stability: This has been a focus for our team since day one and we're going to be using the extra time to continue to optimize the game for a stable launch. We have learned a lot from Battlefield 4, are continuing to learn from our Community Test Environment and will learn more from another Hardline beta. More time allows us to surface issues that the team can attempt to fix prior to launch.

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  • New Official Xbox 360 Controller Released

    new camo xbox 360 controllerMicrosoft has just announced a brand new controller for the Xbox 360, despite a lot of their effort now focusing on their latest console, the Xbox One. The new Xbox 360 controller follows the same design as previous controllers for the console, although it has been printed with a brand new skin.

    This skin has been named the Arctic Camouflage skin, and can be seen in the picture above. This skin is another attempt by Microsoft to offer players customization when it comes to buying accessories for their console, and is certainly not the first official skinned controller.

    This particular Xbox 360 pad will set you back $54.99, and will be available in North America next month.

    If you want more customization options for Xbox 360 controllers or controllers for other consoles you may want to check out our custom controller creator - on here you'll be able to find a huge range of great controller skins, as well as other mod options and customization features.

    In other news, Microsoft has revealed plans to fix the drivers for the Xbox One controller so that gamers can use the new controller with their PC. Currently the Xbox One controller has a few compatibility issues with Windows PCs, but these bugs should be fixed in the upcoming driver updates.

    So far details on what controllers will work is unclear. It would make sense that you'd need to use a wired connection for the controller, although a wireless option may be possible in the future. We'll keep you update with any news on this as it is released by Microsoft.

  • YouTube Set to Acquire Twitch for $1 Billion

    Youtube Buys Twitch

    Over the past year, Twitch has transformed from a niche video game streaming community to a huge platform that hosts hundred's of thousands of viewers worldwide. Twitch now takes up a huge portion of the world’s internet traffic, and it's certainly turned a few heads.

    Some of those heads are the owners of big internet companies like Facebook and Google, and these companies are renowned for spending big on other businesses to buy out their own competition.

    It was inevitable really, but rumors suggest that YouTube is planning to acquire Twitch for a massive $1 billion, all in cash. For the small home-grown Twitch team, this is an offer that's going to be hard to turn down, so it's very likely that the internet's favorite video game streaming service will soon be handed over to YouTube.

    For a lot of gamers, this news comes as quite a shock - Youtube is already renowned for being incredibly strict on the content video game broadcasters can submit to their channels, and if these same rules move over to Twitch, it could potentially put a lot of streamers out of business, or certainly make their streaming lives a little bit harder.

    YouTube's acquisition of Twitch could also be bad for the average viewer, too. If YouTube decide to integrate their Google+ account system into Twitch, then the overall chat experience could be watered down a little.

    What are your thoughts on this? Would you be happy to see YouTube acquire Twitch, or would you prefer it if Twitch refused the $1 billion offer?

  • Rumor Suggests GTA V Will Come to Next Gen in June

    next gen gta vGrand Theft Auto V was such a big success on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, that it'd almost seem stupid for Rockstar to not release it on next gen consoles. However, ever since it's release, all we've had to hear about a next gen GTA V are rumors, rumors and more rumors.

    At this point in time, it would make sense that Rockstar are probably already working on it behind closed curtains.

    Recently, an international retailer has put up a product listing for none other than Grand Theft Auto V for PC and Xbox One. The product listing also included details on a release date. Not only is there a product listing up for GTA V next gen, but the retailer in question, SuperGame Czech, is actually taking pre-orders for an Xbox One version and a PC version for Grand Theft Auto V.

    Either the Czech retailer has made a very, very big slip up, or they have received information from Rockstar about a release date for a PC and a next gen version of the latest Grand Theft Auto. According to SuperGame Czech, the Xbox One version of GTA V will be released on June 13th, along with the PC version.

    It seems like quite a while since it's original release now, but Rockstar may have simply been waiting for the sales for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to bulk up a little before releasing GTA V. Let's hope this rumor is true, because otherwise it might just be possible that a next gen GTA V may never come.

  • Civilization Beyond Earth Revealed

    civilization beyond earth trailerA new trailer has been shown off at PAX East by Firaxis Games to showcase a brand new Civilization game, under the title Beyond Earth. Civilization Beyond Earth will be a brand new title in the game series, and as the name suggests, it will take players into ambitious new environments.

    Civilization Beyond Earth will give players the opportunity to take their civilizations up into space. The trailer that Firaxis created has stated that, "As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, lead your people into a new frontier, explore and colonize an alien planet and create a new civilization in space."

    The release date for Civilization Beyond Earth has been set for a release later in this year in 2014, most likely this Fall. The trailer has strangely only suggested that the title will be available on Civilization Beyond Earth, but hopefully it will be adapted for consoles as well.

    Firaxis has been well known for it's great strategy franchises, with XCOM Enemy Unknown being their latest release.

    However, the civilization games have always received the biggest bundles of praise for being fully featured and unique strategy game experiences, and taking the franchise into space could really make things ever more interesting.

    We'll keep you updated on Civilization Beyond Earth as more information comes in - hopefully we'll see some proper gameplay footage closer to the launch date, which as mentioned before, will most likely be later this year in Fall.

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