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Xbox head discusses why PS4 installs are sometimes faster

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Xbox head discusses why PS4 installs are sometimes faster

Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox division at Microsoft, has spoken at some length about why some games take an inordinately long time to install on Xbox One.

Speaking with IGN, Spencer said decreasing install times was high on Xbox's priority list. The reason some games take so long to install is because they were designed on the assumption that all Xbox One's would be always online, he added.

When Xbox acquiesced to fan demands that the Xbox One allow offline play, it meant that "all the install code-flows weren't as perfect as they could be," said Spencer.

Spencer said he'd asked his team to compare the install times of third-party games on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The team discovered that while in some instances Xbox One install times were better, in other cases they were "significantly worse", he said.

"Are there systemtic reasons for that? Our drive's obviously the same speed, moving stuff into memory takes the same amount of time; hard drive speed's basically the same, so what's going on?" he said. "I'm capturing the data. I want to be state-of-the-art in install times so people can start playing games as soon as possible. It's high on my priority list."

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Outlast 2 is in development at Red Barrels

Outlast 2 is in development at Red Barrels

Red Barrels is working on an sequel to 2013 survival horror Outlast, studio co-founder Philippe Morin has announced.

“After shipping the Xbox One version of Outlast, we took some time to analyze our situation and we quickly realised we had at least another horror game in us,” he told Bloody Disgusting.

“So, yes, we are working on Outlast 2.”

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Friday Briefing: Borderlands, The Unfinished Swan, Shadow Warrior, and more

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Friday Briefing: Borderlands, The Unfinished Swan, Shadow Warrior, and more

Brawler Samurai Warriors 4 (pictured above) is out now on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita.

Shadow Warrior is out now on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It’s worth a look – read our review of the PC version here.

Sandbox space construction game Space Engineers has sold a million copies through Steam Early Access. Here’s the Steam link if you’d like to make it 1,000,001.

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NCSoft announces layoffs at WildStar studio

NCSoft announces layoffs at WildStar studio

NCSoft has announced a round of redundancies across its Western operations.

WildStar developer Carbine bore the brunt of the redundancies. Up to 60 staff were let go from the Californian studio. Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet was the only studio unaffected by the redundancies.

NCSoft said it will continue to support its range of MMO titles, including Guild Wars 2, Aion, and Lineage.

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A huge amount of Super Smash Bros. Wii U info drops

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A huge amount of Super Smash Bros. Wii U info drops

Nintendo has unleashed a deluge of information about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which is coming to Australia and New Zealand on December 6.

In a first for the series, a special mode lets eight players fight simultaneously in local multiplayer on special larger stages to accommodate all the characters.

The Wii U version will also allow those playing locally to compete online with anyone. In the future, players will be able to set up customised Tourneys, and there will also be Official Tourneys. Players can Voice Chat with Friends through the GamePad before and after battle, on the Fighter Selection and Results screens.

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Ubisoft sets out PC specs for Assassin's Creed Unity

Ubisoft sets out PC specs for Assassin's Creed Unity

Ubisoft has released the minimum and recommended PC specs for Assassin's Creed Unity.

Assassin's Creed Unity is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 13.

Minimum requirements:
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Co-op for free when PS4's Share Play goes live next week

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Co-op for free when PS4's Share Play goes live next week

Share Play is coming to PlayStation 4 next week, Sony has announced.

Share Play allows 60 minutes of online co-op between friends, even if one player doesn’t own the game, and even if the game only supports local co-op.

It also allows a friend to spectate your game and even take control, so they can get past a tricky section for you.

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The Very Organized Thief is a first-person burglary title for PC

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The Very Organized Thief is a first-person burglary title for PC

A Melbourne duo are hoping to crowdfund a promising-looking first-person stealth title for PC that looks like it has a decent sense of humour.

“You know you shouldn’t be there, but you are compelled to collect everything on your list. You are The Very Organized Thief!” reads the game’s tagline.

“But darn it! One house isn't enough, even if some unforeseen force keeps moving everything around! You’re an ambitious thief with skills to prove and things you want to organize!”

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GTA: San Andreas re-release confirmed

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GTA: San Andreas re-release confirmed

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is getting a re-release on Xbox 360, Rockstar has confirmed.

The re-release runs at 720p and features better draw distances, and an additional 11 Achievements which included in the leaked list earlier this week.

The older version of San Andreas is no longer available on the Xbox 360 Marketplace, with the re-release replacing it on October 26.

Friday 24 October

Outlast 2 is in development at Red Barrels
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Outlast 2 is in development at Red Barrels
Same universe, new setting and characters.
Xbox head discusses why PS4 installs are sometimes faster
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Xbox head discusses why PS4 installs are sometimes faster
A fix is high on the priority list, says Spencer.
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NCSoft announces layoffs at WildStar studio
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NCSoft announces layoffs at WildStar studio
60 employees let go.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions gameplay dev diary
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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions gameplay dev diary
New gameplay outlined.
Assassin’s Creed Unity – Open World Activities dev diary
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Assassin’s Creed Unity – Open World Activities dev diary
A fully systemic city.
Sunset Overdrive – Walter’s Workshop BTS dev diary
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Sunset Overdrive – Walter’s Workshop BTS dev diary
Building Walter's weapons.
A huge amount of Super Smash Bros. Wii U info drops
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A huge amount of Super Smash Bros. Wii U info drops
Eight player battles, Mewtwo are in.
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GTA: San Andreas re-release confirmed
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GTA: San Andreas re-release confirmed
720p, better draw distance.
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Linear games suffer in the Let's Play era – Far Cry 4 dev
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Linear games suffer in the Let's Play era – Far Cry 4 dev
Emergent games more interesting to watch.
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Thursday 23 October

WoW's Oceanic servers to be migrated to Australia next week
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WoW's Oceanic servers to be migrated to Australia next week
Free transfers for ANZ players.
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Assassin's Creed Unity hands-on
Preview
Assassin's Creed Unity hands-on
Et la tête!
Legend of Grimrock 2 review
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Legend of Grimrock 2 review
Out of the dark.
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Legend of Grimrock 2 trailer
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Legend of Grimrock 2 trailer
More like Legend of Gridlock LOL.
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Rival Stars Basketball launch trailer
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Rival Stars Basketball launch trailer
A CCG/sport hybrid from Kiwi studio Pik-Pok.
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is out next week on PC
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Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is out next week on PC
Android and iDevice versions coming soon.
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Halo Nightfall trailer
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Halo Nightfall trailer
Our first look at story.
Rainbow Moon sequel Rainbow Skies announced
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Rainbow Moon sequel Rainbow Skies announced
Another PS-exclusive tactical RPG.
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Rainbow Skies gameplay trailer
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Rainbow Skies gameplay trailer
An indirect Rainbow Moon sequel.
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Sunset Overdrive gameplay launch trailer
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Sunset Overdrive gameplay launch trailer
The awesomepocalypse is here.
Chariot launch trailer
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Chariot launch trailer
A cute co-op platformer.
Chariot is a cute Canadian couch co-op chucklefest
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Chariot is a cute Canadian couch co-op chucklefest
For new-gen, PC, and Wii U.
Is GTA San Andreas getting an HD reboot?
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Is GTA San Andreas getting an HD reboot?
A wild achievements list appears.
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