◆ The Xbox One is getting a price cut in the US. The console will soon retail for US$350 rather than US$400 without Kinect. It hit shelves almost a year ago for US$500 (including Kinect). There won't be a price cut here.
◆ Penny Arcade has announced that PAXAus will be held in Melbourne for the next five years.
◆ Titanfall is half price on Xbox One until November 3.
◆ The release window for Star Wars: Battlefront has been pushed back slightly: DICE’s shooter is now expected sometime in the holiday 2015 quarter, between October and December next year. That’s around the same time that JJ Abrams's Star Wars: Episode 7 hits theatres.
◆ The first of five add-on packs for Alien: Isolation is out now on last-gen, new-gen, and Windows PC. Corporate Lockdown adds three new maps to the game’s Survivor Mode. Each map comes with a new playable character, a unique set of objectives, and a new game mode. The pack offers “a new perspective on the events on-board Sevastopol Station in the days before the arrival of the Weyland-Yutani team,” says Sega.
Ubisoft has scheduled the second The Crew closed beta for November 6 to 10.
You can register for the closed beta here. Those who have pre-ordered the MMO 'CarPG' on Uplay will get guaranteed access.
The beta will include the full game world, and missions for two zones, the East Coast, and the Midwest.
The Oculus Rift will need to sell between 50 million to 100 million units in order to be considered a "meaningful thing as a computing platform" estimates Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook bought the virtual reality headset company in March for US$2 billion in cash and stock.
Speaking on Facebook's Q3 2014 investors call, Zuckerberg said Oculus will "eventually become a business" once the audience and ecosystem has been built.
The Grand Theft Auto Online servers are down for an extended maintenance to prepare for the game's upcoming launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The servers went offline at 7am NZDT. Rockstar anticipates that it should take seven hours to perform the maintenance.
Service should therefore resume at 2pm NZDT.
Dragon Age Keep, the customisation and save import tool for Dragon Age: Inquisition, is now in open beta.
The app gives players the option to customise Inquisition’s world by simulating decisions made in Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, and then importing them into Inquisition as a save file.
An Origin account is required.
Top-down racing combat title BlazeRush is out on PlayStation 3 and Windows PC today.
It’s from Russian developer Targem Games, which was responsible for last year’s well-received space MMO Star Conflict.
BlazeRush supports local multiplayer for up to four, and up to eight players online. Players can join at any time, even during a race.
Destiny expansion The Dark Below will be available for download on December 10, Activision and Bungie have announced.
The Dark Below is the first expansion to hit the game since it launched in September.
It features all-new weapons and gear to earn through a new story, along with cooperative and multiplayer activities.
Dying Light is no longer in development for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
In a post on the game’s official Facebook page, developer Techland said that last-gen consoles simply aren’t up to the task of running the game in an acceptable fashion.
“For instance, up to 200,000 objects can be displayed in the game at once. Add to this our use of realistic, physics-based lighting technology and you really start to push the next-gen systems to the limits,” said Techland.
Twitch is cracking down on scantily-clad streamers.
In an update to its Rules of Conduct, the company has requested that streamers dress “appropriately” and make sure that games are the focus of their broadcasts.
“Nerds are sexy, and you're all magnificent, beautiful creatures, but let's try and keep this about the games, shall we?” it said.
“Cut scenes and dialogue are delivered with plenty of fourth-wall breaking tongue in cheek, serving as a constant reminder that you’re playing a game - not some sort of interactive commentary on the human condition or whatever.”
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