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Two new Xbox One models may be coming to E3

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Two new Xbox One models may be coming to E3

Sources at Polygon and Kotaku have suggested that Microsoft will announce not one but two new models of Xbox One at this year's E3 Expo.

As previously rumoured, one of the models is to be a "slim" version of the standard Xbox One, with a new controller.

The other model, however, is said to be an upgraded machine "over four times more powerful" than the current model, supporting 4K resolutions and maintaining compatibility with all Xbox One software.

Codenamed "Scorpio," the upgraded console is targeting 6 teraflops of performance, even more than the alleged output of Sony's unannounced PS4 Neo console.

Microsoft's decision to push ahead with the announcement, originally set for 2017, is said to have been spurred on by Sony's likely announcement of the similarly-upgraded Neo.

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Mirror's Edge poised to vault onto television

Mirror's Edge poised to vault onto television

Mirror's Edge is being adapted as a "female-centred action series" for television," Deadline reports.

The rights to the EA/DICE parkour game were purchased by Endemol Shine Studios, which handles scripted production for Endemol Shine North America.

Said studio president Sharon Hall, "We clearly see Mirror's Edge as a franchise for the global TV audience."

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Oculus' Vive-blocking DRM spurs piracy loophole

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Oculus' Vive-blocking DRM spurs piracy loophole

Oculus this week introduced a new software update for the Rift virtual reality headset, which has indirectly created a loophole for piracy.

It is believed that Oculus' new DRM measures were aimed at nullifying Revive, a third-party hack that enabled Oculus exclusive games for play on the HTC Vive.

But while the update breaks the original Revive hack, developer LibreVR has amended it to bypass the new system - which also breaks Oculus' anti-piracy measures.

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Overwatch's 'hit-pip' sound is actually a beer being opened

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Overwatch's 'hit-pip' sound is actually a beer being opened

Beer is useful when it comes to navigating family get-togethers, letting your mates know you love them, and fighting off existential dread.

If you are Blizzard, it also has a place in sound design. As revealed by the game’s Collector’s Edition Source Book, the hit sound in Overwatch is actually a beer being opened.

“Another extremely challenging sounds was the ‘hit-pip’,” writes sound design supervisor Paul Lackey (via Kotaku).

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Stellaris whites-only mod removed by Paradox

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Stellaris whites-only mod removed by Paradox

A Stellaris mod that transformed the game’s ethnically-diverse human race into white characters with European names has been removed from Steam Workshop by Paradox.

The mod, which was titled 'European Phenotype and Names Only (White Humans)', is still available over at ModDB under the name ‘Europeans’.

"We shipped the game originally with an accurate representation of humans, that is to say diverse in both ethnicity and personality," a Paradox spokesperson told Eurogamer.

"We embrace the idea that players mod the game to best represent how they want to play, we do NOT however wish to enable discriminatory practices.

"We appreciate any inappropriate mods being brought to our attention and will take them down where necessary, we also encourage players to make use of the flagging function provided by Valve where needed."

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Deus Ex, Monkey Island devs want their IP back from Disney

Deus Ex, Monkey Island devs want their IP back from Disney

At least two noteworthy game developers want their intellectual property back from Disney's now-defunct games publishing business.

Deus Ex creator Warren Spector, who designed the Epic Mickey games for Disney, says he has other concepts developed during his time there he'd like to regain ownership of.

Spector's Junction Point Studios worked on a number of unreleased games under Disney ownership, including a spiritual successor to Deus Ex entitled Necessary Evil.

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Rocket League adds Xbox One/PC cross network play

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Rocket League adds Xbox One/PC cross network play

Those playing Rocket League on PC can now choose to play with and against those on Xbox One, and vice versa.

The soccer/racing mash-up is the second game to allow cross-network play between PC and Xbox One (the first was Killer Instinct), and other games are expected to follow suit.

Cross-network play between PC and PlayStation 4 has been possible in Rocket League since the game launched.

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A co-op Pac-Man 256 gobbles its way to PC and console

A co-op Pac-Man 256 gobbles its way to PC and console

An expanded version of mobile smash hit Pac-Man 256 is coming to consoles and PC on June 21, Bandai Namco has announced.

The game released last year to much acclaim on mobile.

Developed by Melbourne’s Hipster Whale (Crossy Road) and 3 Sprockets, Pac-Man 256 plops the titular yellow gobbler into an endless maze where he chased by the usual four ghosts (Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde) as well as a new enemy: the infamous ‘256 glitch’.

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An Uncharted 4 tester rage quit over female characters

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An Uncharted 4 tester rage quit over female characters

A QA tester for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was so upset with the inclusion of a couple of female characters in the game that he had to be asked to leave, the game’s director has revealed.

In an interview with new Rolling Stone-affiliated gaming site Glixel, Neil Druckmann revealed the extent to which Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminist Frequency videos affected the game’s development.

“When I'm introducing and describing a new character to our lead character concept artist, constantly she will ask, ‘What if it was a girl?’,” Druckmann said.

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Overwatch is live, Competitive Mode expected late June

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Overwatch is live, Competitive Mode expected late June

Blizzard’s much, much-anticipated FPS Overwatch is now live on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Overwatch takes place on a near-future Earth, where teams of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities clash for control of key locations around the world, from serene castle grounds in Japan to mech-production facilities in the wintry heart of Russia.

The game features 21 heroes – including Tracer, the time-jumping adventurer; McCree, the outlaw gunslinger; and Winston, the brilliant gorilla scientist – each armed with signature weapons and awe-inspiring abilities.

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"Final Fantasy disease" bad for series, says director

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"Final Fantasy disease" bad for series, says director

Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has struck out at those critical of Final Fantasy XV’s new direction, accusing them of having “Final Fantasy disease”.

Speaking with 4Gamer (translated by Kotaku), Tabata said that there are those both in Square Enix and the public at large who are resistant to change and think they know what’s best for the series, and that this is a problem for the upcoming game.

“There are people who’ve caught FF disease,” Tabata said.

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Naughty Dog "doesn't buy into" ludonarrative dissonance criticism of Uncharted

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Naughty Dog "doesn't buy into" ludonarrative dissonance criticism of Uncharted

Uncharted 4 director Neil Druckmann doesn’t think too highly of the “ludonarrative dissonance” criticism levelled at games in the action adventure series.

In an interview with new Rolling Stone-affiliated gaming site Glixel, Druckmann showed his disdain for the term, which posits that there is a disconnect between Nate killing dozens of bad guys and the emotional heart of the story – that Nate never responds to the mass murder he is enacting.

“We were conscious to have fewer fights, but it came more from a desire to have a different kind of pacing than to answer the ‘ludonarrative dissonance’ argument,” said Druckmann.

“Because we don't buy into it. I've been trying to dissect it. Why is it that Uncharted triggers this argument, when Indiana Jones doesn't? Is it the number? It can't be just the number, because Indiana Jones kills more people than a normal person does.

News Index


Mirror's Edge poised to vault onto television
Mirror's Edge poised to vault onto television
NEWS Actual television.
Two new Xbox One models may be coming to E3
Two new Xbox One models may be coming to E3
NEWS Microsoft's PS4 Neo killer?
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Oculus' Vive-blocking DRM spurs piracy loophole
Oculus' Vive-blocking DRM spurs piracy loophole
NEWS Avast.
1
Stellaris whites-only mod removed by Paradox
Stellaris whites-only mod removed by Paradox
NEWS Deemed inappropriate.
21
Overwatch's 'hit-pip' sound is actually a beer being opened
Overwatch's 'hit-pip' sound is actually a beer being opened
NEWS So satisfying.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
Action: First-Person
1
Deus Ex, Monkey Island devs want their IP back from Disney
Deus Ex, Monkey Island devs want their IP back from Disney
NEWS "Will pay real actual money."
Rocket League adds Xbox One/PC cross network play
Rocket League adds Xbox One/PC cross network play
NEWS Widening the pool.
PC, XO, PS4
4
A co-op Pac-Man 256 gobbles its way to PC and console
A co-op Pac-Man 256 gobbles its way to PC and console
NEWS Mobile hit gets gussied-up port.
Overwatch is live, Competitive Mode expected late June
Overwatch is live, Competitive Mode expected late June
NEWS Microtransactions confirmed.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
Action: First-Person
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Naughty Dog "doesn't buy into" ludonarrative dissonance criticism of Uncharted
Naughty Dog "doesn't buy into" ludonarrative dissonance criticism of Uncharted
NEWS “It's a stylized reality."
PS4
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An Uncharted 4 tester rage quit over female characters
An Uncharted 4 tester rage quit over female characters
NEWS In hilarious fashion, no less.
PS4
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"Final Fantasy disease" bad for series, says director
"Final Fantasy disease" bad for series, says director
NEWS Everyone has it!
XO, PS4
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance dev delays delivery
Kingdom Come: Deliverance dev delays delivery
NEWS Damn.
Half-Life 3 speculation celebrates its 10th anniversary
Half-Life 3 speculation celebrates its 10th anniversary
NEWS It's not a happy anniversary.
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The Talos Principle is getting a sequel
SNIPPET More puzzles, more robots.
Fruit Ninja to be turned into a live-action feature film
Fruit Ninja to be turned into a live-action feature film
NEWS For some reason.
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Hideo Kojima is looking for a new game engine
Hideo Kojima is looking for a new game engine
NEWS Searching high and low.
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Destiny's next major DLC may be titled Rise of Iron
Destiny's next major DLC may be titled Rise of Iron
NEWS Wolves! Snow! Flaming battle-axes!
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
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Gran Turismo Sport coming to PS4 in November
Gran Turismo Sport coming to PS4 in November
NEWS Get your motor runnin'.
Apple deems Palestinian iOS game "inappropriate" for political content
Apple deems Palestinian iOS game "inappropriate" for political content
NEWS What is a game?
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Halo 5's Forge tools coming to Windows for free
Halo 5's Forge tools coming to Windows for free
NEWS Halo 5 itself? Not quite.
XO
Action: First-Person
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Someone recreated the Battlefield 1 trailer using actual WWI footage
Someone recreated the Battlefield 1 trailer using actual WWI footage
SNIPPET
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Doom's permadeath difficulty has already been bested
Doom's permadeath difficulty has already been bested
NEWS No, not by Polygon.
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Splendid Souls-like ARPG Salt and Sanctuary hits Steam
Splendid Souls-like ARPG Salt and Sanctuary hits Steam
NEWS Get it, it's good!
Batman: Return to Arkham bundles two remastered classics
Batman: Return to Arkham bundles two remastered classics
NEWS Bats is back.
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EA cut Battlefront single-player to meet holiday release target
EA cut Battlefront single-player to meet holiday release target
NEWS Brutal.
PC, XO, PS4
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Bethesda nukes leaked Fallout 4 DLC on mod site
Bethesda nukes leaked Fallout 4 DLC on mod site
NEWS Crime doesn't pay.
PC, XO, PS4
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Meet Ludens, Kojima Productions' studio mascot
Meet Ludens, Kojima Productions' studio mascot
NEWS What does it mean?
$80m Tetris movie merely the first of a trilogy
$80m Tetris movie merely the first of a trilogy
NEWS For some reason.
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Yarny will return in Unravel sequel from EA and Coldwood
Yarny will return in Unravel sequel from EA and Coldwood
NEWS New deal spools up.