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Crash Bandicoot is back...sort of: original remasters coming to PS4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2016 2:09 am

E3 2016 - Sony has announced that Crash Bandicoot is back--well...he's coming to PS4 at least.



Sony has worked with Activision to bring the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy to PS4: Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, and Warped are all getting high-def remasters on the PlayStation 4 in 2017. Crash will also appear in the new Skylanders Imaginators game with his very own "Crash Edition" starter set. Pre-ordering the set includes an Crash figurine as well as levels from the iconic PlayStation classic.


"Next year, we plan to launch a remastered collection of the first three Crash Bandicoot games-Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped -for PlayStation 4," Activision said in a press release.


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Quantic Dream debuts footage from Detroit, teasing robot drama at E3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2016 1:55 am

E3 2016 - From the makers of Heavy Rain, developer Quantic Dream has just teased a beautiful new trailer to Detroit: Become Human. Detroit is a game similar to Heavy Rain with an emphasis on storyline and gorgeous graphics. Developer Quantic Dream explains Detroit as a "neo-noir thriller set in a close future. Features multiple characters".



You play as a PL600 robot that is able to tell the truth or lie during a conversation with an NPC, you can obey/ignore them, convince/or shoot someone in a situation, and so much more. You have the technology to recreate crime scenes by using your finger to touch something like boood, and completing scans from the technology inside of your robotic character. There are multiple ways to handle situations, which drives the story in different directions - just like Heavy Rain.


It looks insanely beautiful, and will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4. It looks positively amazing, and seems to have a much higher, more stable frame rate compared to the performance which suffered in Heavy Rain on the PS3 at the time.

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PlayStation VR launches October 13 for $399, 50 games out this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 14, 2016 1:49 am

E3 2016 - Sony has utterly dominated its E3 2016 press conference, announcing Resident Evil 7 with full PlayStation VR support, a new God of War, and the release date and pricing on the PlayStation VR.




Sony will launch the PlayStation VR on October 13 for $399, with 50 games being released before the end of the year. With competition from Oculus and HTC, will Sony be able to do good business with PSVR? I seriously think so, as they have an install base of 40 million PS4 owners, and some truly kick ass gamers being shown off during their E3 2016 press conference.

Sony teases Resident Evil 7 for January 24, 2017 - full PSVR support!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 14, 2016 1:45 am

E3 2016 - One of the scarier games to be shown during the entire E3 2016 conference so far, would have to be freakin' Resident Evil 7 for the PlayStation VR. Sony confirms that RE7 is a "full PlayStation VR experience", and I'm already crapping my pants.



It looks like a seriously good experience, and with full PSVR integration, it's going to be insanely scary to play the next-gen Resident Evil. Sony teased Resident Evil 7, which will be released on the PS4 and with PSVR support on January 24, 2017.

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The Last Guardian release date confirmed, coming October 25

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2016 1:29 am

E3 2016 - The Last Guardian finally has a release date, and it's coming this fall.



After years and years of waiting, The Last Guardian finally has a release date of October 25, 2016. It'll hit on PS4 in mere months and make our dreams come true.


It's really happening, folks! Trico's adventure will begin this fall, and I can't wait to try the game out when it's released.

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Watch 10 minutes of new Norse God of War game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2016 1:18 am

E3 2016 - Sony announced the new God of War game at their E3 presser, confirming past rumors of a Norse-based adventure.



The new God of War game looks absolutely incredible, and encapsulates generations of Nordic myth and legend. Kratos is positively radiant with ancient mastery, and his long bearded axe is infused with ice powers, with frozen wastes, runestones, cairns, and all kinds of amazing fantastic creatures.


Sony Santa Monica's Corey Barlog had this to say about the game: "I knew I didn't want to simply reboot the franchise, starting over with a retelling of the origin story. I wanted to reimagine the gameplay, give players a fresh perspective and a new tactile experience while delving deeper into the emotional journey of Kratos to explore the compelling drama that unfolds when an immortal demigod makes a decision to change."


"For Kratos, this change means breaking the cycle of violence, distrust and deception that his family, the Greek pantheon, perpetuated for so long. That cycle drove a whole host of bad decisions - the ill-fated deal with Ares, the murder of his family and a rage fueled descent into madness and vengeance that ultimately ended with the epic destruction of Olympus."

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Xbox Scorpio could be powered by 14 nm Polaris + Zen SoC for 4K gaming

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2016 12:39 am

E3 2016 - Microsoft has announced their new "monster" high-end Xbox Scorpio console, and AMD has confirmed it'll be powered by a semi-custom SoC--which will likely be based on Polaris and Zen.




Microsoft has confirmed that its new 4K-ready Xbox Scorpio rocks 6TFLOPS of power, making it 1.5 times more powerful than the PS4K and 4 times as powerful as existing Xbox Ones. But what's under the hood? Redmond touts that the Xbox Scorpio will house the "most powerful console GPU ever," and there's a very good chance the console is powered by an SoC outfitted with AMD's new Zen CPU and Polaris GPU--especially since AMD just confirmed that the Scorpio is powered by a semi-custom SoC from AMD.


Apart from the obvious clues like 1080p 60FPS and 4K gaming and VR support, the Scorpio's confirmed specs also neatly match up with AMD's next-generation APUs. But given AMD's statements on the Scorpio's hardware, the console will use a SoC (and Microsoft has said the same). The Xbox Scorpio's custom SoC has an 8-core CPU, and AMD's Zen CPU sports 8-cores with 16 threads. Seems like a perfect match there. AMD is also suspected to release its next-generation APUs in 2017, fitting with the Scorpio's holiday 2017 launch, so there's a good chance the custom Zen/Polaris SoC would be ready.

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New 'Assassin's Creed' movie footage premiers at E3

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 14, 2016 12:21 am

E3 is a captured audience of game lovers, so it'd be remiss if Ubisoft didn't take the opportunity to present some footage from the upcoming 'Assasin's Creed' feature film - and they haven't disappointed.



Veteran movie producer Frank Marshall, and long time Spielberg associate behind the 'Indiana Jones' and 'Jurassic Park' franchises took to Ubisoft's stage last night where a nearly three minute reel of vision from the upcoming film, a mixture of finished and behind the scenes footage was revealed to a rapturous response. Maybe, just maybe, 'Assasin's Creed' might be the first good video game adaptation, but I guess we'll find out more when the film is released later in the year.


'Assassin's Creed' hits cinemas in December in the U.S. and on New Years Day 2017 in Australia.

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AMD confirms it made semi-custom SoCs for the new Xbox One consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 14, 2016 12:08 am

E3 2016 - Microsoft announced their next-gen Xbox Scorpio console, which is capable of both 4K and VR gaming, and due out next year. But what powers Microsoft's new Xbox Scorpio? AMD tweeted earlier today that they are powering it, which is what we knew - but they tweeted some more details. We think it'll be powered by the new 14nm-based Zen APU with some Polaris GPU cores, which will make it quite the powerful console from Microsoft, which is great to see.



The official AMD Twitter account tweeted: "We're proud that @Microsoft has expanded their @Xbox One family with 2 new consoles featuring AMD's semi-custom SoCs". So now we have total 100% clarification that AMD has their technology inside of the Xbox once again, as the company powered the recent Xbox One console with its technology. With the Xbox Scorpio capable of 4K/VR gaming, I'd dare say this is a semi-custom design based on the Polaris architecture, on the 14nm FinFET process.


I personally asked AMD if they were going to have a console-based chip ready for next-gen consoles when they briefed the media on Polaris last year in Sonoma, but they were very quiet about the entire thing obviously. We've reached out to AMD for more clarification on the chip, as they've tweeted "SoC" which is a system-on-chip, not an APU which is a CPU with GPU cores. Very different things, and very different power envelopes, cooling, and more. We'll update this post when we know more.

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Dead Rising 4 brings hilarious zombie-slaying chaos to the holidays

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2016 12:06 am

E3 2016 - Dead Rising 4 took Microsoft's E3 stage over with some awesome homebrew zombie-slaying carnage.



Thanks to recent leaks we already knew Dead Rising 4 was on the way, but the Xbox reveal still surprised us with its raw tenacity and...well...Frank West-ian humor. Those wacky, crazy DIY-style zombie massacre machines are back in a big new way--in the trailer we saw a crossbow that shot deadly candy canes (only Frank West could make a candy cane lethal), a zombie-catapult truck with flamethrowers on the sides, a go-cart that blasts electricity, and a triceretops helmet that shoots fire out of its mouth.


Although Dead Rising 4 takes place in the same region as the first game, it isn't a prequel or a reboot. That crazy exo-suit made an appearance too, showing just how far Capcom's new entrant goes. As with almost every new Xbox game, Dead Rising 4 will support cross-buy on Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs with the new Play Anywhere initiative.

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