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    PlayStation 4 Firmware Update 4.71 Available Now

    Sony has released the latest firmware update for the PlayStation 4 but, like 4.70 before it, 4.71 won’t make any drastic changes to your system.

    4.71 will improve your system’s performance, which is their main purpose is anyway. No one was expecting anything huge from this, although it’s been a while since any major changes have been made.

    It’s an optional update, but required if you want to play online. If you prefer not to watch paint dry then you could always download it in rest mode. At 320MB it won’t take too long to install.

    The good news is we’re getting closer to firmware update 5.

    Have you had any issues with the PlayStation 4’s latest updates? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Will Call of Duty: WWII Bring Gamers Back to Xbox?

    Xbox fans may want to clear their calendars this November.

    Call of Duty: WWII is coming to a gaming system near you on November 3, 2017. Partially due to strong criticism of Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty is heading back to its roots (and back in time) to reignite interest in the series.

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    In a related note, last week Microsoft revealed Project Scorpio. The Xbox One X is being heralded as the most powerful console currently on the planet. Early photos, still frames, and videos tease of the systems’s incredible ability to render truly stunning graphics.

    Given Call of Duty: WWII’s release date, it’s a safe bet that the game will have full support on Xbox One X, which hits shelves just a few days later. So, will the superior graphics and overall power bring players, especially hardcore and competitive gamers, back to Xbox?

    The History

    Previously, Microsoft held dominance over Sony when it came to the FPS mega-franchise. An agreement signed in 2010 between Xbox and Activision brought map packs, game add-ons, and more to Xbox Live before any other console, and competitive COD used Xbox consoles exclusively. But back in 2015, Activision switch its preference to the PS4, flipping the eSports world on its head and leaving Xbox fans in the dark.

    Now that Microsoft has the superior system on the horizon, will we see Activision switch back to Xbox and a renewed dominance for Microsoft over one of the world’s most popular games?

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    The issue with frame rate

    Let’s make one thing clear: Xbox One X is hinting at faster frames-per-second than the PS4 Pro. In games like Call of Duty, every second counts and a superior frame rate allows for a faster reaction time on behalf of the player. The quicker the frames refresh, the quicker you see your enemy, the quicker you can mow them down.

    However, most developers will probably opt for frame rate parity on multiplayer games to help even out the battlefield for those playing on other consoles. But what about the competitive side of things, where all gamers are playing on the same platform? Wouldn’t they love to compete on the best console on the market?

    Wouldn’t fans prefer to see tournaments hosted on the best console possible?

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    Activision’s Contract with Sony

    While the length and conditions of Activision’s contract with Sony hasn’t been made entirely public, it does weight heavily on Activision’s next move. If they’re locked into a contract for the next several years, they’ll either have to stick with Sony (and the currently less powerful console) or break the contract and possibly pay millions just to switch back to Xbox — which may not hold the title of the strongest console for long.

    Chances are, Activision will stick out their contract for now. There are more players on the PlayStation network and the popularity of eSports continues to rise every year, no matter which console the pros are using.

    At the end of the contract, whenever that may be, only time will time what Activision’s move will be.

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    Xbox “Wins” E3 2017

    Early this year, Microsoft announced Project Scorpio, the code-name for their forthcoming console dubbed “the most powerful ever made.”

    Since then, they’ve been dropping careful hints and teasers about their newest system, promising the full reveal at E3.

    In terms of marketing, it seems Microsoft played their cards right because the Xbox brand created the most internet buzz during and directly following the week of E3 2017.

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    According to ICO Partners, a consulting and marketing intelligence agency for online games, Xbox was the biggest trending brand to come out of the Electronic Entertainment Expo earlier this month.

    Since 2014, ICO Partners have analyzed the media’s response and coverage of E3, and for the first time ever PlayStation was not the most talked about brand.

    What’s interesting to note about this chart is that while Nintendo only received a little more than half the coverage of the other brands, they still nearly doubled their coverage from last year – partially thanks to the success of the Switch and their line-up of upcoming, high-profile games.

    Speaking of games…

    The Biggest Game

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    Followed closely by Anthem and Star Wars Battlefront 2, Assassin’s Creed Origins was the biggest trending game of the conference. It’s not entirely surprising given that the graphics and gameplay look stellar, not to mention the enormous fan base behind the franchise.

    There are a few other driving forces behind Assassin’s Creed’s dominance at the conference as well. Origins was featured in two separate press events, Ubisoft and Microsoft – the latter of which showcased the game on the newly unveiled Xbox One X at stunning 4K graphics. The game was also available to play during the conference.

    Another Interesting Trend

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    Virtual reality seems to be the biggest thing no one’s talking about. Every major player in this category saw a significant drop in the amount of media coverage this year. VR saw higher coverage last year partially because it was the shiny new thing.

    It seems that standard consoles and games are the mainstream while VR tech is still on the fringe side. Even though virtual reality is readily available to the public, the hardware and price point appears out of reach for the average gamer.

    You can read the full ICO Partners study here.

     

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    Skyrim on Switch Lets You Dress as Link

    While we’ve known for some time that Skyrim will be making its way on the Nintendo Switch – it was one of the first titles to be announced for the console – Bethesda revealed an interesting feature that’s exclusive to the hybrid system: Link’s outfit in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available.

    Players who own a Link amiibo will receive a chest holding the Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Link’s blue outfit from the latest Zelda game. They are then able to dress in the costume, or use whichever items they wish individually.

    Regarding the costume, Bethesda writes: “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch includes all-new gameplay features like motion controls for combat and lockpicking, outfits and gear from The Legend of Zelda. Take down enemies with the Master Sword, protect yourself with the Hylian Shield or look heroic in the Champion’s Tunic. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch also includes all official add-ons: DawnguardHearthfire and Dragonborn. Plus tap other compatible amiibo to gain additional loot including those from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series, 30th Anniversary – The Legend of Zelda series, Super Smash Bros. series, and The Legend of Zelda series.”

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will release on Switch with its three expansions: Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn. It will also be motion control compatible for the first time.

    Will you buy Skyrim on Switch to get Link’s Breath of the Wild outfit? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    The Evil Within 2 Releasing October

    The Evil Within 2 will release on October 13th 2017, Friday the 13th, confirming rumours stemming from Bethesda’s carnival invite.

    Bethesda previously released a leaflet-like invite to a festival, showing all of their main titles except for two under construction. One of those is now confirmed as the latest Shinji Mikami – the man behind Resident Evil – game.

    The second instalment will again follow Sebastian Castellanos, protagonist of the first game, but this time as he searches for his missing daughter. To find her, he has to venture through a nightmarish world with horrific enemies, much like the original.

    Keeping to its survival horror roots, in The Evil Within 2 players have the option to play stealthily or use their limited weaponry, though, of course, the game will favour the former approach. Either way, it looks like a terrifying experience.

    You can see the trailer for the game below.

    The Evil Within 2 will release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

    Are you looking forward to The Evil Within 2? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Anthem is BioWare’s New IP, And It Looks Huge

    EA revealed BioWare’s new IP, Anthem, at its E3 press conference, showcasing a six minute gameplay trailer being played on Xbox One X.

    The game is being developed by BioWare Edmonton, the studio behind Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and will focus mainly on cooperative play.

    The open-world sci-fi action game will put players in the shoes of a Freelancer equipped with a Javelin, a customisable exo-suit. Different Javelin types will give players different skills and advantages: the Ranger is an all-purpose built suit whereas the Colossus is bigger, more powerful, but presumably slower.

    Enemies are a mixture of animals and cyborgs, and combat isn’t always essential. Instead, players can avoid conflict until they team up with others; up to four team members are allowed at a time.

    While little is known about Anthem, comparisons are already being made with Destiny. You can watch the first trailer below.

    Anthem is due to release in late 2018 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

    Do you like the look of Anthem? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Releasing October

    Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus will release on October 27th 2017, confirming another rumour that arose from Bethesda’s carnival invite.

    The publisher of Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Old Blood previously released a leaflet-like invite to a festival, showing all of their main titles except for two under construction. One was confirmed as The Evil Within 2, and the other now proven to be the follow up to the critically acclaimed first-person shooter. You can watch the lengthy trailer below.

    Set in an alternate reality in which the Nazis won World War 2, the story again follows hero soldier B. J. Blazkowicz in his mission to defeat the enemy.

    The story takes place in 1961, and the American Resistance is still fighting hard against the Nazis. Blazkowicz wakes up on a hospital bed in a poor state after the failed assassination attempt on him, but soon finds himself ready to fight in his home country.

    This time, though, his arsenal is more high-tech than ever, including the Laserkraftwerk that pulverises enemy Nazis, and Dieselkraftwerk to blast gas-powered grenades at multiple enemies. He’ll need as much power as he can get to fight the fire-breathing cyborgs.

    It looks as though Wolfenstein 2 will be unashamedly about killing hundreds of Nazis, but that’s what made The New Order so great in the first place.

    Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus will release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

    Are you looking forward to Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Xbox One Introduces “Mixer”

    Microsoft has rechristened its live streaming platform with a host of changes and a new name: Mixer.

    The sudden change in branding from its previous name Beam was made to better reflect the platform’s new services.

    “We chose Mixer as our new name because it represents what we love most about the service….how it brings people together,” said Matt Salsamendi, one of the co-founders of Mixer and a lead engineer on the platform for Microsoft.

    More interaction and socialization – right now

    So, what makes Mixer different from other livestreaming platforms? It’s instant. It’s literally LIVE. Unlike most other platforms, there is no 10-20 second delay in streaming. What you’re seeing on the screen is happening in real time.

    This works well with Mixer’s other core element: interaction. Viewers are meant to actively participate in the stream instead of just watching from the sidelines.

    “With Mixer, you can influence everything from quest selection to tools to movement, mixing it up with your favorite streamers to create a new kind of gaming experience,” Matt Salsamendi states on Xbox Wire. “…some Minecraft community members have already created interactive experiences using this technology that allow viewers to do things like spawn in zombies or change the weather.”

    Whether on PC, console, or mobile phone, users can interact and contribute to the gameplay. This elements plays right into Microsoft’s Play Anywhere initiative.

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    A New Way of Streaming

    Mixer is built right into the Game Bar on Windows 10 and the Guide on Xbox One. With just a few clicks, anyone can start streaming their gameplay without any additional software.

    Microsoft also rolled out several new features for their livestreaming platform.

    • Co-Streaming: up to four streamers can combine their streams into a single viewing experience. Together, the streams are viewed through a split-screen with a single, centralized chat. What’s more, co-streaming doesn’t require streamers to be playing the same game or doing the same activity. Meanwhile, viewers get to watch up to four streams at once.
    • Mobile Devices: a new corresponding app called Mixer Create launched its beta alongside the new branding. In the future, you’ll be able to stream right from your mobile device. Great for games like Pokemon Go where your viewers could join you in the hunt.
    • Channel One: Serving as a great “first stop” for viewers, Channel One features the best content across Mixer, from the newest streamers to eSports highlights, live events, and more.
    • Mixer Page on Xbox One Dashboard: Unlike Channel One, which features a smorgasbord of content, the new Mixer Page on the Xbox One Dashboard will highlight unique and diverse streamers on their platform, allowing viewers to access a variety of creative content.

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    NYC Store Gets a Mixer Studio

    Mixer Studio is a digital production studio built for live events and competitive gaming. Located on the 5th floor of New York’s Microsoft Store, the studio boasts professional-grade gaming stations, concert sound quality, an LED video wall, and much more.

    For local fans, this means experiencing next-gen streaming and interactivity, while eSports and other events will be broadcast to fans from around the world.

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    Life is Strange Prequel to Launch August

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm, a prequel to 2015’s Life is Strange, will release in August this year.

    The game, published by Square Enix and developed by Deck Nine Games, will tell the stories of Chloe Price and Rachel Amber, both key characters in the original. You can watch the trailer below.

    Unlike Life is Strange which was told over five episodes, only three chapters will be available for Before the Storm.

    The prequel was shown at Microsoft’s E3 press conference, and will be Xbox One X enhanced. Square Enix has announced that the whole season will cost $16.99, and is currently available for pre-order.

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm will launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on August 31st.

    Are you looking forward to a Life is Strange prequel? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Knack 2 to Launch This September on PS4

    Knack 2, a game developed by console architect Mark Cerny and SIE Japan Studio, will launch on the PS4 this September.

    The sequel to the PS4 launch title promises to have more complex and interesting puzzles, taking better advantage of the shape-shifting mechanics. There seems to be more of a focus on combat as well, while humans even make an appearance this time around. You can watch the trailer below.

    The original Knack was met with mixed reviews, but Sony obviously felt they had a lot more to give with the platformer. With promises to make better use of couch co-op play, it’s possible they could win over a few more fans this time around.

    Knack 2 releases on September 5th on PS4.

    Will you be picking up Knack 2? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Assassin’s Creed Origins Has Been Confirmed And It Looks Epic

    Assassins Creed Origins, the next instalment in Ubisoft’s long-running franchise, will take players way back to Ancient Egypt – to nobody’s surprise.

    The long-rumoured game was officially announced during Microsoft’s E3 press conference, as fans were treated to both cinematic and gameplay trailers. You can watch both below.

    The central assassin this time is Bayek, a sheriff of sorts, who sets up the ancient Brotherhood in an attempt to stop evil forces corrupting Egypt. This is as far back as the series will go, so we’ll be taking part in the very beginning of the Brotherhood’s storyline.

    Bayek is from the city of Siwa, but his journey will take players as far as the Mediterranean Sea, and allow them to venture to landscapes as iconic as the Giza and its pyramids.

    Set in 49BC, Origins takes place towards the end of Ancient Egypt, at a time when the notion of Gods and crowning of Pharos begin dying out.

    It will be the first Assassins Creed since 2015’s Syndicate, after Ubisoft decided on a hiatus for the series. Origins is being developed by the same team as the critically acclaimed Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, and already we can see some major improvements.

    Combat has been redesigned to make switching between enemies easier, and the tower mechanic that’s featured in every title since the original has been thrown away for hawk detection, whereby an overhead hawk will map your surroundings out for you.

    It will also take on more of an RPG feel, with character progression being fulfilled by levelling up, collecting loot, and customisation.

    The game was showcased on the Xbox One X in 4k, and according to rumours looked stunning. It seems like a fresh start for what felt like a tired series for some time.

    Assassin’s Creed Origins will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

    Are you looking forward to diving in to an Assassin’s Creed in Ancient Egypt? Let us know in the comment section below.

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    Skyrim VR to Release on PlayStation VR

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will soon be available on PlayStation VR, developer Bethesda announced at Sony’s E3 press conference.

    It will be another re-release for the 2011 game, as a port for the Nintendo Switch has been known about for some time.

    It’s not the only Bethesda game to be having the VR treatment either, with Doom VR and Fallout 4 VR in the works also.

    The whole game will be re-created in VR, giving the player more of a sense of depth and immersion in the Elder Scrolls world. You can watch the trailer below to see how it will look.

    All three expansions – Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn – will be included with the game.

    Skyrim VR will be available on PlayStation VR. It’s not yet known what date it will launch, but a November release has been rumoured.

    Will you buy another version of Skyrim? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Shadow of the Colossus is Being Remade for PS4

    Shadow of the Colossus, one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time, is being remastered for the PlayStation 4.

    Originally a PlayStation 2 title, it has already been remastered for the PlayStation 3 alongside its spiritual predecessor Ico in the HD Collection. This could potentially be much more though, as it looks be built from the bottom up rather than just touched up. You can see the trailer below.

    The game is regularly used in the argument for video games as an art form, and auteur director Fumito Ueda, creator of The Last Guardian, is often seen as a visionary in the industry.

    Shadow of the Colossus involves players taking on 16 huge colossi in order to save a girl’s life, solving the puzzles of to how to scale them and reach their weak points. For every giant you destroy you lose a piece of yourself, until you ultimately question the motives behind your actions. It asks you to think as much as it does to play.

    There’s no release date as of yet.

    Did you manage to play Shadow of the Colossus on PS2 or PS3? If not, will you try it on PS4? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Beyond Good and Evil 2 is Officially Happening. Here’s the First Trailer

    After nearly 15 years after the original released on the PlayStation 2, Beyond Good and Evil 2 was officially announced during a stunning Ubisoft E3 press conference.

    The sequel takes place before the birth of Jade, the protagonist of the original, in a solar system named System 3. Society is multi-ethnic, and hybrids – a blend between a human and animal – are being designed in laboratories only to be enslaved after.

    In the trailer we first meet a monkey hybrid doing a deal with a grotesque pig hybrid. The monkey passes over an ‘artifact’ that looks a lot like Pey’j in return for a disc. The golden pig turns out to be Swiss chocolate, leading to a high speed chase on hovering vehicles.

    He manages to meet up with what we can assume is a resistance, and passes the disc over to its leader. A strange, glowing artefact appears on a map when it’s booted up, surrounded by floating, dead bodies and spaceship parts. A close up of the captain’s eyes look very familiar, and then it closes. You can watch the whole thing below.

    Creative Direction Michel Ancel looked visibly emotional during the announcement, which is unsurprising given that many believed the game would never be in development. The Beyond Good and Evil was a critical success but a commercial failure, but it seems Ubisoft has listened to the huge fan base this time around.

    There was no mention of release date, so assume that it won’t be around for some time.

    Are you looking forward to Beyond Good and Evil 2? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Madden NFL 18 Looks Unbelievable on Project Scorpio

    Xbox fans had new peak of Project Scorpio and its impressive capabilities thanks to Madden NFL 18. Though Microsoft isn’t set to officially reveal its newest console until Sunday afternoon, EA Sports took the stage at E3 on Saturday and gave us a sneak preview of Madden on Scorpio.

    The results are stunning, to say the least.

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    EA’s global studio head Patrick Solderlund introduced the stills during the EA Sports segment of the conference and spoke about the potential Project Scorpio has to offer.

    “We are already creating the most detailed, high-resolution environments you could see on a console,” said Soderlund. The incredible visuals are also thanks to the new EA engine Frostbite, debuting in Madden later this year.

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    Soderlund concluded the segment by giving high praises to Scorpio, claiming it’s coming into the industry at the right time.

    “Madden looks absolutely stunning, but as game makers, awesome graphics and effects are just the beginning. The game has to feel amazing as well. Project Scorpio is a powerful platform that is coming at the right time.”

    Plenty more details about Project Scorpio, including the official name, release date, and price point, are expected to be revealed during Microsoft’s presentation on Sunday afternoon.