For users of the Slacker-based Milk Music Premium service from Samsung, you'll be delighted to hear that Samsung is now offering offline listening for its $4 per month Premium option.
The free and paid tiers both remain ad-free, for now, so there's no need to push for the Premium option right now unless you want access to the offline listening side of things. But for $4 per month, you can't complain too much. Samsung will most likely start pumping ads into the free version of Milk Music in the near future, making the Premium option look a little better.
Logitech has announced something that it is calling the 'fastest gaming mouse ever made' in its new G402 Hyperion Fury Ultra-Fast FPS gaming mouse. A new gaming moue that has tracking speeds of an insane 500 inches per second.
The company spent three years in research and development, according to Ehtisham Rabbani, who is the General Manager of the Logitech Gaming Business. Logitech's new G402 Hyperion Fury has an on-board 32-bit ARM-based processor, and Delta Zero sensor technology that helps it drive toward this new title. It also sports eight fully programmable buttons with 1ms report rates, and on-the-fly DPI switching between four different settings.
Each and every button supports a single keystroke or complex macros using Logitech's gaming software, with configurations saved to the mouse itself, meaning that you can bring your configurations with you to a new system. Logitech is expected to launch the mouse sometime in August across the US and Europe for $59.99.
If you're a fan of the Neverwinter MMO on PC, then you might be surprised to hear that the developer has partnered up with Cryptic Studios to deliver Neverwinter on the Xbox One.
Neverwinter on the Xbox One will launch in the first half of next year in the US and Europe, and will still continue its free-to-play goodness if you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. The game will also be launching in China later this year, under the name of Neverwinter Online. The game itself is based in the world of Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons and Dragons franchise, where players can create a character, and go off to explore the Forgotten Realms.
There's an expansion coming on August 14, known as Tyranny of Dragons, too. Neverwinter will be Cryptic and Perfect World's first free-to-play title to launch on both the PC, and consoles. Perfect World Entertainment CEO, Alan Chen, said in a press statement: "Neverwinter is our premier title to bring to console players. Consoles are a perfect fit for action-oriented MMORPGs like Neverwinter, and we are thrilled to be one of the first publishers to bring premium free-to-play titles to leading next-gen platforms. Being able to bring Neverwinter to the Xbox One is a critical achievement for Perfect World. It is our first step taking our games beyond the PC market."
We should be expecting some Watch Dogs DLC to be coming soon, with a tease on the official Watch Dogs Twitter account stating: "Our data indicates surveillance has become more prominent in high-crime areas."
Attached to that post, was an image that noted that Camden, New Jersey was experiencing a higher crime rate than anywhere else in the US in 2012. The image ends with: "A 24/7 surveillance program is now in effect." When is the new Watch Dogs DLC coming? We should expect it to arrive in the fall, according to the post.
We only just reported that most of Crytek's leadership at its Texas, US-based studios had left, but now we have just found out that Deep Silver have acquired the rights to Homefront: The Revolution from the struggling studio. Deep Silver will continue development of the game at its new Nottingham-based studio.
A new studio called Deep Silver Dambuster Studios will now get to work on Homefront: The Revolution, which is still expected to launch in 2015 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Hasit Zala, who was the Director on the game with Crytek, left Crytek a few weeks ago, but has reemerged as the lead for the game at the new studio.
Crytek only purchased the rights to Homefront from THQ during its bankruptcy in early 2013, but are now going through their own financial issues. Crytek's press release on the matter explains: "Firstly, Crytek has been in extensive discussions with leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products, Koch Media, regarding the acquisition of rights for the "Homefront" IP. On completion of the proposed acquisition, the Homefront team from Crytek's Nottingham studio would transfer their talents to Koch Media in compliance with English law and continue their hard work on upcoming shooter, "Homefront: The Revolution". Both parties hope to finalise and implement a deal soon".
We've been reporting for a few weeks now that Crytek were in trouble, but the company assured the public that all was good just a few days ago. Now we're hearing that Crytek has just downsized its Texas-based US studio, moving the development of the free-to-play co-op shooter Hunt: Horros of the Guided Age to their main offices based in Germany.
When Crytek announced it was downsizing its Texas studio, it didn't say that its senior staff, including studio head David Adams, had quit over a week ago. Why did they quit? Well, they weren't getting paid, "according to people familiar with goings-on at the company" reports Kotaku. Most of the studio, which is made up of around 30-35 people, are now gone, which is why Crytek was forced to move the development of Hunt to its Frankfurt-based office.
Crytek only opened the Texas, US-based studio in January 2013, so it didn't last that long.
Bungie's beta of Destiny is over now, but with the beta taking place between July 17 and July 27, just how many people played it? Bungie has said that a huge 4.6 million people took part in its beta, which is a gigantic number.
Activision Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg, said: "This is the biggest beta of this console generation by a wide margin and the largest console beta ever for a new video game IP to date. Hosting a beta at this scale is an incredible feat, so we're thrilled to see the phenomenal response". The beta of Destiny had people talking across the world, as it gave gamers a chance to look at Bungie's big new game, especially considering Activision has put aside $500 million for the franchise so far.
Two of the biggest games coming this year are from Ubisoft, with Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed: Unity not far from release. Steam is now listing pre-purchase deals on these two games.
If you purchase Far Cry 4 on Steam before it launches in November, you'll receive Hurk's Redemption Missions which feature 60 minutes of gameplay, as well as an additional three missions, and an exclusive weapon. When it comes to Assassin's Creed: Unity, which is due to stealth down onto your PC in October, pre-order bonuses include the Chemical Revolution Mission, Royal Arsenal Pack, Athos Duel Shir, Black Musketeer Breeches and Pappenheimer Rapier
Days after the closure of ComicCon, studios are continuing to publicly release goodies that were shown to limited and closed door audiences in San Diego convention centre. Today, Warner Bros have released the third trailer to Christopher Nolan's upcoming feature 'Interstellar', which both impresses and intrigues.
In typical Chris Nolan fashion, the studio have only drip-fed media, but the latest trailer gives us the best look yet at the over-arching plot, however, it's clear that the film, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway is shaping up to be a thinking mans sci-fi actioner, in the vein of '2001: A Space Odyssey'.
'Interstellar' is released on November 7th.
A British woman who added "Skywalker" to her name has been refused a passport application and told her name now infringes upon a trademark.
The woman, Laura Elizabeth Skywalker Matthews, from Southend, 29, said she'd never had a problem before - and that the name had been accepted for bank cards and her driving licence. But the passport office outright rejected it, and said she may have to use an old signature on a new form. Skywalker said she'd officially changed her name several years ago as a joke.
Britain's Home Office asserted that it refuses to accept name changes that are subject to copyright or trademark. "We have a duty to ensure the reputation of the UK passport is not called into question or disrepute," a spokesperson told the BBC.