After fifteen years, China has finally lifted its ban on the manufacture and sale of video game consoles, according to a statement from the Chinese MInistry of Culture.
The ban was instigated in 2000, thanks to the government feeling that consoles and their in-game worlds would be harmful to the development of the nation's children.
Early signs of change emerged last year, with China allowing console manufacturers to do business in Shanghai's 11-square-mile "free trade zone" - with a great many restrictions, including mandatory inspection of every single console.
With the restrictions scrapped, a market of a billion-plus people has opened up for the likes of Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo - if they can get past an entrenched PC-dominated gaming culture.
Meanwhile, Chinese consumers can now experience the pleasures of comparing barely-distinguishable tech specs between different console releases that Westerners have enjoyed for years.
Hi-Rez Studios' multiplayer online battle arena Smite has passed ten million players, according to the developer.
But ten million is still a far cry from the reigning champion of MOBAs, League of Legends, which boasts 67 million players per month.
Unlike LOL and fellow competitors Dota 2 and Heroes of the Storm, Smite is played from a third-person perspective, which makes for faster and more personal combat, with aiming required for much of its gameplay.
Nintendo's breakout third-person shooter Splatoon is set for a significant free software patch, due August 6th.
The update introduces two new matchmaking options, which enable players to play in ranked matches in squads made up of friends, rather than randomly-selected players.
Regular and Ranked modes see level caps raised from 20 to 50, and ranks raised from the previous maximum of A+ to S and S+.
The PS4 beta of Street Fighter V has been postponed indefinitely due to crippling server issues.
Launched on July 23 as a preorder incentive, the beta saw players struggling to connect to Capcom's servers, making the game difficult or impossible to play.
Capcom pulled the beta, apologising and noting that "the issues we faced were more severe than we were prepared for," and that "the best course of action would be to take the servers offline for extended maintenance."
A potentially serious hole in Steam's security was discovered, and patched, this past week.
The exploit allowed nefarious individuals to access any user's account with only their username, provided they didn't use the Steam Guard two-factor authentication system.
A worryingly simple breach, it involved requesting a password reset, but simply clicking continue rather than entering a verification code.
New Game Plus is coming to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, according to the game's official Twitter account.
It is unclear as yet how NG+ will operate in The Witcher 3, but given that the announcement image features a literal pile of weapons and armour, it seems likely that players will be able to carry their gear over into the mode.
New Game Plus, which enables players to replay missions with a powered-up version of their character, has been a popular addition to games like Dark Souls, the Batman: Arkham titles, and Dead Space.
The PS4 is getting a new controller that simulates keyboard and mouse controls, courtesy of arcade stick manufacturer Hori.
The Tactical Assault Commander 4 controller maps all the DualShock 4's controls onto a compact version of a keyboard and mouse, laid out in a traditional WASD pattern.
In order to approximate the varying angles of analog sticks, "quick" and "walk" buttons are also included.
Gaming peripheral company Razer has purchased Ouya’s software assets, along with its technical and developer relations teams.
The acquisition took place last month, and included Ouya’s content catalogue, software assets, online store, and the Ouya name. It didn't include the console or controller.
About 15 Ouya employees will be working for Razer under the deal, but Ouya founding CEO Julie Uhrman won’t be one of them.
“It’s clear that any story development for the game basically stopped at 'What if there was this badass elephant?'”
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