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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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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.

The new Games on Demand version of San Andreas is not compatible with the old Xbox Originals version, and so save files will not transfer from Xbox Originals, said Rockstar.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was originally released on PS2 in 2004, and saw a release on PC, the original Xbox, OS X, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and mobile devices.

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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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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

Linear games will struggle to stay relevant in the YouTube era, says Far Cry 4 creative director Alex Hutchinson.

"I'm really interested in emergent games and where that's going with video sharing and Twitch,” he told OXM.

"I think linear story games are really going to suffer in the modern marketplace.

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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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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

From next week, World of Warcraft's Oceanic servers will finally be hosted in Australia.

Blizzard announced the news tonight at a World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor pre-launch community event in Sydney.

For almost a decade, ANZ World of Warcraft players have played on US servers hosted in California. Select US servers were only categorised as Oceanic, and displayed Australian Eastern Time. The move to local hosting should significantly reduce lag for players in Australia and New Zealand.

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Is GTA San Andreas getting an HD reboot?

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Is GTA San Andreas getting an HD reboot?

A new list of Achievements for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has some fans hopeful that the classic game is about to get an HD remaster on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

2014 marks the 10 year anniversary of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, a date that Rockstar Games celebrated in GTA Online.

Adding fuel to the speculation is news that the "Classics" edition of San Andreas has been removed from the Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Network.

The full Achievements list can be browsed over at Xbox Achievements.

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Outlast 2 is in development at Red Barrels
Outlast 2 is in development at Red Barrels
NEWS Same universe, new setting and characters.
Xbox head discusses why PS4 installs are sometimes faster
Xbox head discusses why PS4 installs are sometimes faster
NEWS A fix is high on the priority list, says Spencer.
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Friday Briefing: Borderlands, The Unfinished Swan, Shadow Warrior, and more
Friday Briefing: Borderlands, The Unfinished Swan, Shadow Warrior, and more
NEWS TGIF.
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NCSoft announces layoffs at WildStar studio
NCSoft announces layoffs at WildStar studio
NEWS 60 employees let go.
PC
A huge amount of Super Smash Bros. Wii U info drops
A huge amount of Super Smash Bros. Wii U info drops
NEWS Eight player battles, Mewtwo are in.
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Ubisoft sets out PC specs for Assassin's Creed Unity
Ubisoft sets out PC specs for Assassin's Creed Unity
NEWS A 50GB install.
PC, XO, PS4
Action: Third-Person
Co-op for free when PS4's Share Play goes live next week
Co-op for free when PS4's Share Play goes live next week
NEWS Only one copy required.
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The Very Organized Thief is a first-person burglary title for PC
The Very Organized Thief is a first-person burglary title for PC
SPOTLIGHT Crowdfunding now.
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GTA: San Andreas re-release confirmed
GTA: San Andreas re-release confirmed
NEWS 720p, better draw distance.
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Linear games suffer in the Let's Play era – Far Cry 4 dev
Linear games suffer in the Let's Play era – Far Cry 4 dev
NEWS Emergent games more interesting to watch.
PC, XO, PS4
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WoW's Oceanic servers to be migrated to Australia next week
WoW's Oceanic servers to be migrated to Australia next week
NEWS Free transfers for ANZ players.
PC
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Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is out next week on PC
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is out next week on PC
NEWS Android and iDevice versions coming soon.
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Rainbow Moon sequel Rainbow Skies announced
Rainbow Moon sequel Rainbow Skies announced
NEWS Another PS-exclusive tactical RPG.
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Chariot is a cute Canadian couch co-op chucklefest
Chariot is a cute Canadian couch co-op chucklefest
SPOTLIGHT For new-gen, PC, and Wii U.
Is GTA San Andreas getting an HD reboot?
Is GTA San Andreas getting an HD reboot?
NEWS A wild achievements list appears.
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Ex-EA boss Riccitiello takes over at Unity
Ex-EA boss Riccitiello takes over at Unity
NEWS SDK company has a new CEO.
Fractured Space is a large scale PvP title from Strike Suit Zero devs
Fractured Space is a large scale PvP title from Strike Suit Zero devs
SPOTLIGHT Think: Battlestar vs Basestar.
Class action lawsuit over Battlefield 4 launch fails
Class action lawsuit over Battlefield 4 launch fails
NEWS EA was optimistic rather than deceitful.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
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A new co-op horde mode is coming to Titanfall tomorrow
A new co-op horde mode is coming to Titanfall tomorrow
NEWS Part of biggest update yet.
PC, 360, XO
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First Alien: Isolation DLC comes later this month
First Alien: Isolation DLC comes later this month
NEWS Called Corporate Lockdown.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Hearthstone coming to Android tablets this year
Hearthstone coming to Android tablets this year
NEWS Phones in 2015.
PC, Mac, iOS, Android
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Dev who threatened to kill Valve CEO apologises, quits
Dev who threatened to kill Valve CEO apologises, quits
NEWS "I'm out."
PC
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Driveclub PS Plus Edition launch date still unknown
Driveclub PS Plus Edition launch date still unknown
NEWS Server situation improving.
PS4
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Metallica to close BlizzCon
Metallica to close BlizzCon
NEWS Nothing else matters.
Hatred devs address accusations of bigotry, thank press for attention
Hatred devs address accusations of bigotry, thank press for attention
NEWS "Thanks goes to those who were trying to harm us."
PC
Action: Third-Person
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Developer threatens to kill Valve CEO, has game pulled from Steam
Developer threatens to kill Valve CEO, has game pulled from Steam
NEWS Remember, DBAA.
PC
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The GTA V beta is a lie
The GTA V beta is a lie
NEWS You can ignore those emails.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
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Alone in the Dark creator seeks crowdfunding for new project
Alone in the Dark creator seeks crowdfunding for new project
NEWS Survival pioneer returns.
A two-disc Master Chief Collection not practical – 343
A two-disc Master Chief Collection not practical – 343
NEWS “We realize that this isn't ideal for everyone."
XO
Action: First-Person
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Comedian Rob Riggle to play Frank West in Dead Rising movie
Comedian Rob Riggle to play Frank West in Dead Rising movie
NEWS A Daily Show alum.
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