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    Download PS4 Firmware Update 5.0 Beta Now – What Will Be New?

    Sony is asking PlayStation 4 owners to sign up to its firmware update 5.0 beta next month, as the company looks to roll out the next big changes to the console’s software.

    North American players can sign up for the beta here; players from the United Kingdom can sign up here. Bear in mind that, as a beta, the chances are likely that it will come with several issues.

    The last big firmware update for the PlayStation 4 was 4.50, which introduced external hard drive support, boost mode, and custom wallpapers. Exactly what 5.0 will bring to the console isn’t yet known, but, as usual, there are theories floating around.

    One such theory is that 5.0 will allow for PSN name-changing, a feature players have been asking Sony for since the birth of the PlayStation 3. It’s unlikely the company would implement such a change now.

    Perhaps stemming from Microsoft’s willingness to make Xbox 360 games backwards compatible on the Xbox One, another rumour is that 5.0 will give the PlayStation 4 PSone classics support.

    Less exciting, and more probable, are PlayStation Store wish lists and the ability to remove items from the library, such as demos and betas.

    Whatever Sony has in store for PlayStation 4 owners, it’s unlikely that all of your wishes will be granted.

    What do you want to see in PlayStation 4 firmware update 5.0? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    New Middle of Earth: Shadow of War Trailer Reveals Shelob, but Not as You Know Her

    A new Middle Earth: Shadow of War trailer has been dropped at Comic-Con, revealing Shelob as an important character.

    Fans of the Lord of the Rings will recognise Shelob as the giant spider whose lair Golem leads Sam and Frodo into. In Shadow of War, though, she takes on a human appearance. You can watch the trailer below.

    If the clip is anything to go by, it looks like the character could play an important part in Shadow of War. Whether or not she can be trusted – a notion Celebrimbor alludes to – is a different story.

    Middle Earth: Shadow of War will follow on from Shadow of Mordor, as players take control of Talion in his and Celebrimbor’s mission to defeat Sauron. The Nemesis system is greatly expanded upon in comparison to its predecessor, as players can now build up armies of allies to help them take on and give information about enemies. This means no two games will be the same.

    Middle Earth: Shadow of War releases on 10th October for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

    Are you excited for Middle Earth: Shadow of War? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Atari’s First Console in 20 Years is the Ataribox

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    Atari has announced that the new console it is working on – its first in over 20 years – will be the Ataribox.

    A short video of the console showed it to be similar aesthetically to the classic Atari 2600, but other than looks no other details were known.

    Now we know that Atari will taking inspiration from Nintendo with its NES and SNES Classic emulation consoles, by releasing the Ataribox with its back catalogue of classic titles.

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    Unlike the Japanese company’s recent consoles, though, Ataribox will come with the ability to play recent games. Whether or not this means remasters of Atari’s old games or brand new, third-party titles is unclear.

    What is clear, though, is that the Ataribox is heavily inspired by the Atari 2600. Two versions will be released, one with a similar wood-finish to the 2600 and another in red / black. Atari hasn’t released details on the controller, but we do know that the console will pack in SD card support, four USB ports, and a HDMI port.

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    It’s not yet known when the console will release and for how much, and Atari isn’t in much of a hurry to let us know either. “We’re not teasing you intentionally,” an official statement reads. “We want to get this right, so we’ve opted to share things step by step as we bring this to life, and to listen closely to the Atari community feedback as we do so.”

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    What do you think of the Ataribox? Will you be picking one up? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Call of Duty: WW2 Zombies First Trailer Released

    Activision has released the first trailer for Call of Duty: WW2 Zombies, and it looks set to be one of the best in years.

    Zombies has been a mainstay of the series ever since the last instalment set in World War 2 nine years ago, World at War – aside from Modern Warfare 2 and 3. Ever since World at War and the Black Ops trilogy, though, the side-mode has taken on a more light-hearted approach: Infinite Warfare’s Zombies a far cry from the original Nacht Der Untoten.

    This time around Sledgehammer Games seems to be continuing the trend it’s set for Call of Duty: WW2 as a whole, as Zombies looks to be going back to its roots. You can watch the trailer below.

    There’s no denying that the original Zombies maps used to be scary, and WW2 looks to be picking that horror element up again. “I have seen the vision of our Fuhrer’s future,” the narrator explains. This confirms the story is based on around Hitler developing an army of zombies in one last push to win the war.

    Some big actors are involved in the story as well, including David Tenant, Ving Rhames, Katheryn Winnick, and Udo Kier.

    Of the Zombie mode, Activision said: “Players will embark on a chilling and mysterious journey through a snowy Bavarian village in Mittelburg, Germany, as they attempt to recover priceless works of art stolen by the Axis powers in World War II. This village holds a shadowy secret key to an unimaginable and monstrous power.”

    Call of Duty: WW2 releases on 3rd November of this year.

    Are you looking forward to the Call of Duty: WW2 Zombies? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Sony to Launch PlayStation 5 in 2019, Predicts Analyst

    Sony could release a new console as early as 2019, according to one analyst.

    Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities told GamingBolt that he expects the company to release another “half-step” console by 2020 at the latest.

    My expectation that is that it’s not coming out in 2018. That [it will be] 2019 or 2020 but probably 2019” he said. “Sony is probably timing it better because they are going to bring out a 4K-capable device when the 4K TV market reaches 50% in the USA and 35% in the rest of the world.

    Regarding whether or not he thinks it will be a brand new console, Pachter said: “The PS4 Pro is better [from a technical perspective] than the PS4, so I think that’s a half step towards the PS5. I think the PS5 will be another half step.”

    Playsation Pro Price vs PS4
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    Sony only released the PlayStation Pro at the end of last year, but the launch of Microsoft’s Xbox One X this year could force the Japanese company to re-think its strategy.

    We already know that Microsoft’s latest system will be backwards compatible with Xbox One’s library, something that Sony will implement with its next console: “The PlayStation 5… how much faster can it be? It will surely support 4K. Will it support 240 frames per second? Great. Will it play games that were made for the PS4 Pro? That’s the question. I think it will. So I think they will build a console that will backwards compatible with the PS4 Pro. So I think it will be perceived by the consumers to be a half step and I think Shawn [Layden, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America] is telling the truth when he says it will be a full-fledged console.”

    It’s important to note that this is purely speculation, and analysts regularly predict the wrong outcome. Just a few months ago Damian Thong predicted that Sony would release a new system in 2018, vastly different from Pachter’s views.

    Sony refused to comment on the matter, stating: “We don’t comment on rumor or speculation.” Even if its new console were to release in 2019, we likely wouldn’t hear about it for a long time.

    Are you ready for the PlayStation 5? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Games We’d Want to See on a Nintendo 64 Mini

    It came as no surprise last week when Nintendo started taking pre-orders for its SNES Classic Edition console. The system, similar to the incredibly popular NES Classic Edition, includes 21 classic 16-bit games, one of which has never seen the light of day before. Judging by the speed at which the pre-orders sold out, it looks as though the SNES Mini will be even more popular than its elusive older sibling.

    Yet the libraries of the NES and SNES only just scratch the surface of Nintendo’s vast library of games, with other now-retro consoles holding the keys to some of the most critically and commercially successful games of all time. It seems unlikely, but if Nintendo does continue to emulate its games into a mini-console form, next in line is, of course, the adored N64 – the console millenials would have grown up with. Here’s to hoping, though: these are the 18 games we’d love to see on the N64 Mini.

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    Where else could we begin other than on arguably the greatest and most important game of all time. The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II, and A Link to the Past have had the mini treatment, so it seems more likely than not that Nintendo will offer up the series’ first venture into 3D.

    It’s easy to see how much of an inspiration A Link to the Past was to Ocarina of Time, but the N64 game took the series, and the video game industry as a whole, to new heights. Hyrule was huge for the time, the story is epic, and there’s something to do or find in nearly every corner of the land. Unlike other N64 games, Ocarina of time still looks good, and its ground-breaking control system still feels right. Like Link’s story, this game is timeless.

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    Hearthstone Next Expansion Leaked

    It’s starting to become a tradition. Hearthstone China may have yet again leaked the next expansion. The following image was posted on the official website and then quickly removed:

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    The translation roughly says “Knights Of The Frozen Throne”. Fans surely will be happy as this is most likely the most popular story in the Warcraft universe. Hearthpwn made a very detailed list of the leaked details. 

    We can see that every character has had their model turned into an undead. Should we expect some new undead mechanics? A new Death Knight Class? Will we finally see Arthas in the game?

    Blizzard has already stated that they won’t release any more adventures. Hopefully, this new expansion will still have some kind adventure gameplay.

    Stay tuned as we expect an official announcement from Blizzard very soon™!

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    The Rarest and Most Valuable Games Ever

    Nintendo World Championships

    To most, Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs, a game developed by EA and released on the Mega Drive, just sounds like your average ‘90s basketball game. To one seller on eBay, though, it’s much more than that. Only 13 copies of the game were ever released, making it an extremely rare and valuable item. The owner of one such copy recently advertised it on eBay, and the winning bid was £3,380 ($4,500). If properly released, it would have cost no more than £40 ($50).

    There are stories like this everywhere, from people picking up a £1 game from a bargain sale only for it to be worth thousands, to limited edition versions of games getting lost in the midst of people’s basements until someone realises the fortune they’re sitting on. For most collectors £3,380 is a huge amount of money to invest in just one game, but to others it doesn’t even scratch the surface of what games can be worth. Here are some of the rarest and most valuable games ever.

    Gamma Attack (Atari 2600)

    Cost: Estimated Between $20,000 and $50,000

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    Only one copy of Gamma Attack was developed for the Atari 2600, which is as rare as video games can get. The owner of the copy, Anthony DeNardo, advertised it on eBay for an unbelievable Buy it Now price of $500,000; it will come as no surprise that it never sold. While he valued it at more, most saw it as worth between $20,000 and $50,000. That was until, unfortunately for DeNardo, developer Gammation re-released 100 more copies on the bidding site, making it much less rare and valuable. A few years ago though, Gamma Attack was the most valuable game of all time.

    Stadium Events (NES)

    Cost: $35,100 ($10,000 for the packaging alone)

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    Stadium Events, a sports fitness game for the NES, was released by Nintendo in 1987, but shortly recalled for rebranding purposes. This left only 200 copies in circulation, most of which were rumoured to have been destroyed. However, a former Nintendo employee was gifted a copy after they had been gifted a copy, evidence that the company decided not to destroy them all. Luckily for the owner, they kept the game factory sealed, and in 2015 eventually sold it for $35,100. Amazingly, it’s thought even the packaging for the game alone can shift up to $10,000; exactly why you’d want this is anyone’s guess.

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    Smart Drugs In Video Games

    We’ve recently been seeing a surge in ADHD prescriptions. It’s said that around 6%-9% of the population actually suffers from it and it affects mostly men in a proportion of 3:1. Yet, it feels like much more when one frequents certain environments. I’ve been to college and let me tell you that the illegal use of ADHD’s drugs is very problematic.

    The usage seems to be propagating everywhere from the workplace, schools, sports to video games. Yes, video games. The competitive nature of some games will prompt some to seek shady ways to improve or win.

    Cheating in video games.

    Players have always cheated and always will. Unplugging my brother’s N64 controller used to be my guilty pleasure. Now, we’ve been seeing more and more elaborate ways that gamers have been using to cheat the system:

    • using illegal software (hacks and scripts)
    • abusing the ranking systems limits
    • buying paid services (in-game currency, play time, etc.)
    • taking ADHD or other brain enhancing drugs

    Professional players abusing them

    Here is a tweet from Peter Dager, a player that has won millions of dollars playing video games.

    Cloud9’s Pro Counter-Strike player “Semphis” responded “Yes” when asked whether everyone was on Adderall when playing at ESL Katowice. ESL now tests for such substances since the incident.

    It’s easy to understand why some players would use them. Practicing more, sleeping less and being ”in the zone” are amongst the positive effects of smart drugs. The end justifies the means, some would say. The money involved and pressure from the fans/organizations are too big for them not to try to get an extra edge.

    These drugs are not to be taken lightly, they also have negative effects. Who would have thought that messing with your brain can be harmful?

    The most popular sports have already been testing for them. Smart drugs are already banned by the Word Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). If eSports wants to acquire legitimacy, it is my opinion that it needs to take the same route.

    Is it time every major organization starts testing video game players too? If so, should those with a legitimate prescription be tested too? Let us know your opinion!

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    The Best Indie Games to Buy in the Steam Sale

    If there’s one thing that’s been proven within the video game industry over the last decade, it’s that bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. Sure, it’s great traversing huge worlds for 40+ hours whilst being blinded by ultra-crisp 4K graphics, but sometimes the more interesting games are the ones that take the medium back to basics. The indie game revolution was born and bred alongside Xbox Marketplace, and has since paved the way for hundreds, if not thousands, of small-budget games and their developers to be given their chance to shine.

    They’ve since not only found a home on Microsoft and Sony’s systems, but more naturally on an ever-expanding number of PC platforms such as Steam and GOG. The former is yet again hosting its annual Summer Sale, a chance for people to pick up games they otherwise couldn’t afford for cheap prices. Here’s out list of the best indie games money can buy in this year’s Steam Summer Sale: all great, all 50% off or more.

    11. Don’t Starve

    When you’re stranded in an eerie and unknown world without any supplies, how many things can kill you? According to Don’t Starve, a lot. Taking control of Winston, players are forced into finding weapons to defeat monsters, cooking food to keep him healthy, or resting to prevent him from going insane. With randomly generated locations and a day-night cycle that will have you constantly considering your next move, Don’t Starve is big tale of survival on a small scale.

    10. Spelunky

    It’s easy to be fooled by indie games that their difficulty is as simple as their graphics. Instead, most prove to be as challenging, if not more so, than AAA titles. Spelunky, however, has the reputation of being the Dark Souls of the indie scene, a game so challenging you’ll find less death in a graveyard. Every failure acts as a learning curve, though, improving your skills and knowledge of the game as you move on through the next procedurally generated levels. Punishment for some but challenge for others, Spelunky will teach every player to never judge a book by its cover.

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    Player Who Holds Highest Gamerscore For 11 Years Goes on Honeymoon, Gets Overtaken

    Ray Cox, known by his gamertag Stallion83, has been knocked off his thrown as the person with the highest Gamerscore, after 11 years at the top.

    Over that period Cox became the first to achieve every major Xbox Gamerscore milestone, eventually racking up a score of over 1.5 million.

    Now, Stephen Rowe, also known as smrnov, the player who had for so long been chasing Stallion83 score of 1,583,164G, has surpassed it with a Gamerscore of 1,591,160.

    Unluckily for Stallion83, the overtake happened while he was busy on his honeymoon, as he eluded to in his tweet.

    How will Stallion83 respond? By playing more games, we assume.

    Is your Gamerscore anywhere near these guys’? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    New God of War Won’t Have Any Cuts

    God of War

    The new God of War won’t have any cuts, and will instead play out over one whole shot, as Director Cory Barlog discussed with Eurogamer in a recent interview.

    For a series synonymous with huge scale, panning shots, and Quick Time Events, the latest God of War is throwing away all stereotypes, and instead looking more like an intimate, story-driven game.

    God of War will be shown from one camera shot over Kratos’ shoulder, meaning it’s told entirely from his point of view. Gone are the cuts to behemoth mythical Gods, pans to the location the player needs to head to, and raged, bloodthirsty close-ups of combat.

    While it might be difficult to imagine how God of War can continue to be so epic from one point of view, Barlog feels it has its benefits. “We’re finding so many amazing things we can do with this,” he told Eurogamer. “The sense of scale, even when you go against something that would be considered medium-size in previous games, it feels fantastic.”

    How fans of the God of War franchise will find the changes remains to be seen, but it looks as though developer Santa Monica has taken inspiration from other third-person titles, and implemented some, perhaps much needed, changes. For one, Kratos will be battling Gods of Norse mythology, a change from his typical Greek deity-destroying ways.

    About the changes, Barlog continues: “Drama comes from characters changing. If characters stay the same and nothing changes, there’s really nothing to look at. You’ve got to change, whether it’s painful or not.”

    Are you looking forward to a new-look God of War game? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    War of Tanks on Xbox One X

    World of Tanks is going 4K.

    With the Xbox One X hitting shelves this November, developers and publishers are showing their support with 4K versions of their games. Online gaming giant Wargaming is the latest to jump on the bandwagon, bringing a 4K version of World of Tanks to the console.

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    Wargaming’s Confirms 4K

    TJ Wagner, Wargaming’s executive producer, confirmed in a Q&A earlier this year that the game will fully support Xbox One X (known as “Project Scorpio” at the time of the Q&A).

    “We plan on fully supporting Scorpio and are already running tests at full 4K resolution,” he said. “It looks fantastic. We’re still determining other extra bells and whistles for Scorpio.”

    While we’re still not sure what those extra bells and whistles will be, it’s hard to argue that the game looks fantastic.

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    From Free MMO to 4K

    For any of those unfamiliar with free online MMOs, World of Tanks started out as a massively popularly PC game with over 150 million players worldwide. Since then, it has expanded out to consoles and is currently available on the PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.

    A release date for the 4K version of the game is yet to be confirmed. More details are expected to be revealed at Gamescom 2017 this August.

    Gamescom runs from Tuesday, August 22 to Saturday, August 26, 2017. It will be hosted in Cologne, Germany.

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    Atari Developing First Console in Over 20 Years

    Atari, the company behind some of the most historic games consoles of all time, is developing its first system in over 20 years.

    Speculation was rife when Atari released a 21 second video featuring a sleek-looking console and the Atari logo several weeks ago, causing many to believe that one of the most important players in the video game industry during the ‘70s and ‘80s were back in the hardware game. You can watch the initial video below.

    Now, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais has confirmed that they are indeed entering the market again, 23 years after its last console, the Atari Jaguar.

    “We’re back in the hardware business,” said Chesnais during last week’s E3 event.

    The Jaguar marked the end of an era, particularly for the older generation of players. Atari had long been seen as the largest and most profitable company in the industry, the Atari 2600 often seen as the pioneer for home consoles.

    However, after the now-infamous ‘Atari Shock!’ – the video game crash as it’s more tediously known in the West – caused the company, and the industry as a whole, to collapse. Known for pumping out some of the most notoriously bad games of all time – most famously E.T – Atari never again gained the trust of both consumer and investor that Nintendo had.

    Nothing is known yet about exactly which kind of system Atari are building, although it’s reported that it will be based on PC hardware, meaning it’s possible that emulation of its previous games could be a feature.

    The video shows the classic Atari wooden finish, but considering Chesnais admitted that the design hasn’t been finalised there’s no guarantee what the company’s newest console will look like.

    Would you be interested in a new Atari console? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    PS4 Beats Nintendo Switch to U.S Top Spot

    The PlayStation 4 is back to being the best-selling console in the U.S, after Nintendo’s Switch topped the charts throughout its first two months.

    One reason for the change is thought to be a drought in Switch stock, though Sony’s system recently reaching 60 million units sold suggests that it’s still heavily attracting consumers.

    The hardware market is up seven percent, the same figure as the year before. However, the market as a whole is down 18 percent, mainly down to a reduction in software sales. During the same period last year, games such as Overwatch and Uncharted 4 were commercially successful, whereas no current games have had the same effect.

    Injustice 2 tops the software sales chart, toppling Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch. The complete list is as follows:

    1. Injustice 2
    2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    3. Grand Theft Auto V
    4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    5. Prey
    6. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
    7. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia
    8. NBA 2K17
    9. MLB 17: The Show
    10. Overwatch

    Are you a PlayStation 4 or Switch fan? Let us know in the comments section below.

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