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One of the original Xbox launch titles was Project Gotham Racing, something I thoroughly enjoyed alongside the original Halo, but Microsoft have put it in the pit stops permanently, until now it seems. Just weeks before we expect the next-generation Xbox to be unveiled, Microsoft have renewed their trademark for Project Gotham Racing.
Trademarkia is the source, and the trademark covers "computer programs, namely, game software for use on computers and video game players" and was registered back in 2001 before the first game launched. This is just business, the renewing of trademarks, but weeks before the next-gen Xbox unveiling has rumors circling that we could expect a next-gen PGR from Lucid Games, now wouldn't that be exciting?
It looks like Minecraft is about to hit quite the milestone, with that milestone being version 1.5 of the game. Minecraft's upcoming 1.5 patch has been codenamed "Redstone", and will sport quite the list of improvements and additions to the insanely popular 8-bit game.
The latest update will include improvements of:
- changes to the gaming engine
- rendering optimizations
- mobs will include an improved UI
- mobs will no longer be able to walk over rails unless they are after you
- improved inventory system
- death messages now include cause of death, items used to kill you, and who did the dirty deed
- bug fixes... and more bug fixes
If you were waiting to hear on what would actually get added to the game, here's that new list:
- new texture packs
- the game will now allow animated texture packs
- a scoreboard system to track kills, deaths, or commands
Added items include
- Redstone Comparator
- Daylight sensor
- Trapped chest
- Weighted pressure plate
- Activator rail
- Detector rail
- Minecart with TNT
- and more
Watch Dog developer says the PS4 is "easier" to develop for, the game will be "pushed further" on the PS4
I only became aware of Watch Dogs last week when a friend pointed it out to me, I was blown away - it looks truly incredible. The game was then shown off during the PlayStation 4 unveiling late last week and now we're hearing some discussion from developer Ubisoft Montreal on the game. Senior producer on the game Dominic Guay, has said that the PS4 version of Watch Dogs pushes all aspects of the game further, he told Digital Spy:
I guess the image I would give [compared to PS3] is that it's like a magnifying lens. I'll give you small examples; it's like the fidelity of the wind, how it will have everything reacting as it blows through the city, the AI reaction when something happens, every AI has to make a decision on how they'll react to it. We can spend more time in the brain of each AI with a more powerful machine, saying, 'OK, how will I react to what just happened there? Where will I run to? Will I call the cops?', or stuff like that. Fundamentally the core, innovative part of Watch Dogs is the same on every platform. But on PS4 we're able to push every lever a lot further.
If there's a single game I'm excited for in the next couple of years, it has to be Battlefield 4. Battlefield 3 really pushed the boundaries within the first-person shooter in terms of graphics, but the next one should amp that up considerably.
EA labels president Frank Gibeau has said:
We've been investing and innovating on new technology for months. Console partners who have seen our early work agree, EA's next-gen software is nothing short of astonishing. At a GameStop company meeting earlier this week, we gave 500 store managers a sneak peak at Battlefield 4. The game received a huge ovation and thousands of fans reacted to a single enthusiastic Tweet by GameStop's CEO.
At the end of last month, Gibeau told investors that EA would share the first official details of Battlefield 4 in "about 30 days". We're now 30 days into those 90, so we're just two months from hearing this information. The game is coming "next year" and will reach next-gen consoles and PC.
Numerous industry sources, including some Sony employees, expect that Microsoft will unveil the next-generation Xbox at an event in April. A senior Sony official stated he was informed that the PS4 unveiling had "at first caught Microsoft off-guard. We definitely ruffled some feathers."
Another indication that the next-gen Xbox is just around the corner is that a Microsoft media partner, Ustechs, has registered the internet domain XboxEvent.com. Microsoft continues to decline to comment about the next-gen Xbox.
As we've previously reported, the actual PlayStation 4 console was noticeably absent from the unveiling Wednesday night. Sony said that this was due to the console's hardware and design still being finalized. The CEO of Sony has now come out and said that we should see the actual console at E3 or sooner.
"I would look for E3 as a time when you'll get a good look at it," he told Forbes in an interview. "Or sooner."
As soon as actual pictures of the PlayStation 4 surface, you can be sure that you'll be able to find them here on TweakTown.
During Wednesday's PS4 event we were given a look at an extended play-through of one of the next-gen console's launch titles, Killzone: Shadow Fall. The graphics were impressive, but the demo was being played by an experienced Sony staffer who could have had weeks of play time ahead of the launch.
Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, we once again got to see Killzone: Shadow Fall in action. This time however, Fallon himself took to the touch-pad equipped DualShock 4 controller. The graphics were still quite astonishing, and gameplay remained smooth. Unfortunately, Fallon did not fare well in the battle on the screen, and the demo quickly turned into a shouting match.
Interestingly enough, we still did not see any glimpse of the PS4 console itself, which lends further credence to the stories of it still being deep in development. We are a little disappointed that we have yet to see a physical console with all the hype that has been generated over the past week. The least Sony could do is show off some super sleek concept prototype.
Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 have had Capcom's Arcade Cabinet for a while now. It appears that the game library may be coming to Nintendo's 3DS if recent ESRB listings are true.
Capcom's Arcade Cabinet is a game pack developed by the veteran gaming company to bring classic games to modern gaming devices. Some featured titles include Avengers, Ghost n Goblins, Gun Smoke, Trojan, Commando, 1942 and several others.
A recent listing with the ESRB for the vertically-scrolling shooter 1943 suggests that the Arcade Cabinet is well on its way to making a debut on the 3DS.
Players looking to score a deal on the PlayStation Vita will be disappointed to hear that the handheld console will not be receiving a price cut like the one that was recently announced for Japan. According to Shuhei Yoshida, head of Sony Worldwide Studios, the reason for this is the exchange rate.
The exchange rate has been an issue with Nintendo in recent earnings reports, as well. This could ultimately play into the price of the PlayStation 4, when released, if the exchange rates stay at a similar level to what they are currently at.
Actual PlayStation 4 hardware didn't make an appearance last night because it's 'still in development'
Most of you were probably tuned into the live stream or our live coverage of the PlayStation 4 event last night. The one thing that you probably noticed was that a picture or actual hardware version of the PlayStation never made an appearance. There wasn't a single sighting of the device last night and Sony's CEO Jack Tretton has explained why.
According to an interview with AllThingsD, Sony hasn't finalized the hardware or specifications, so they didn't have a final hardware design to show off. That's right, Sony announced the product before they had even finished designing it.
Sony Computer Entertainment of America CEO Jack Tretton: "We're certainly capable of showing playable game content, but we don't have a mass-production box that we can bring out and pull out. That's still in development in terms of final specs and design."
As further reasoning as to why it wasn't important to show the actual console last night, he added:
You certainly look at it when you insert a disc, but for most people, it's behind a cabinet or on a shelf somewhere and you spend all your time looking at the screen. And we wanted to show people the screen.
While Sony made known some specifications, such as the device being powered by an 8-core AMD CPU and 8GB of RAM, it is possible that these things could be tweaked in the final version.
Sony also let the cat out of the bag that 4K content isn't supported in-game. It is, however, able to b