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EA hates on the Wii U, says next-gen games won't arrive on the Nintendo Wii U due to performance issues with the Frostbite engine

EA and DICE have both worked hard on the Frostbite 3 engine, which will be the engine of choice to power many of their next-generation games. But, it looks like EA won't be putting any Frostbite 3-powered games on Nintendo's Wii U console.

 

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Technical Director of the Frostbite project at EA DICE, Johan Andersson, has said that they've tested Frostbite 2 on the Wii U and found the results to be "not too promising", going as far as they "chose not to go down [the] path" of porting over the next-gen engine. EA have around 15 games under development on the Frostbite 3 engine, which means Wii U owners are going to miss out on some seriously huge games.

 

Games such as Battlefield 4, the next-gen Mass Effect, Star Wars and many, many more. Not only are Wii U owners going to miss out, but this means Nintendo's sales are going to continue to dwindle, even more so when Microsoft and Sony unleash their consoles into gamers' hands.

Always-on DRM was never an option for the PlayStation 4 according to Sony

According to Shuhei Yoshida, Sony's Worldwide Studios president, Sony never even considered putting always-on DRM in the upcoming PlayStation 4. "Did we consider it? No, we didn't consider it," Yoshida said.

 

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His reasoning makes sense, but unfortunately doesn't preclude Sony from adding always-on DRM on a future console. "The main reason being that many countries don't have robust Internet connections. It makes sense for people to have Internet connections to play online games, but for offline games there are many countries that we saw [that] do not really have robust Internet."

 

While this is good news, some are still worried that the upcoming Xbox will feature always-on DRM. However, a leaked memo suggests otherwise. Microsoft would have issues if Sony's PlayStation didn't feature always-on DRM and theirs did. It seems as though these companies have learned their lessons from others that always-on DRM is not a good choice.

Ouya console torn down by iFixIt, receives repairability score of 9/10

While most of us are still waiting for the Ouya console to hit store shelves, iFixIt is busy tearing the console down to see just how repairable it is. Fortunately for us, the Ouya console is easily fixable. It's easy to open and isn't stuck together with any sort of adhesive.

 

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iFixIt found some interesting things about the construction. For instance, the creators of Ouya put in five weights into the bottom of the console, likely to make it more stable. Without the extra two ounces of weight, the console would likely be tipped over by the weight of the cables plugged in the back.

 

iFixIt found that the Ouya console was hiding two 4 Gigabit DDR3 SDRAM modules made by Samsung, resulting in 1GB of RAM total. It runs an NVIDIA T33-P-A3 Tegra 3 multi-core CPU. iFixIt awarded the Ouya Console a repairability score of 9 out 10 meaning the console is easily repairable.

Battlefield 3 and Battlelog servers hit by attack aiming to overload back-end infrastructure

Players of Battlefield 3 might have noticed some outages earlier today. EA has confirmed that the Battlefield 3 and Battlelog servers were under an attack "aimed at overwhelming our back-end infrastructure." EA has not confirmed whether or not the attack has ended or who the responsible party is.

 

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Upon logging into Battlelog, users are presented the following message: "The current BF3 and Battlelog outages are a result of activity that appears to be aimed at overwhelming our back-end infrastructure. We will provide up to date information on our official channels, including the Battlefield Twitter account. Thanks for your patience!"

 

Let us know if you experienced any trouble logging into or playing Battlefield 3 or using the Battelog system.

Bethesda announces Wolfenstein: The New Order

Bethesda announced a new Wolfenstein game that has been completely re-imagined. Along with the announcement, Bethesda released a trailer for the upcoming game. We've embedded the trailer below for your viewing pleasure:

 

 

The new game will see players in control of B.J. Blazkowicz, an American war hero, in an alternative world where the Nazis came out on top in World War II. The game is set in the 1960's and will require players to take the fight to the Nazis via an impossible counter-offensive.

 

The game is slated to launch in the fourth quarter on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and next-gen consoles. If we see the game at E3, we'll be sure to go hands-on.

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Say hello to 12 new Grand Theft Auto V screenshots

Rockstar Games has released no less than twelve new screenshots from the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V game. The graphics are really impressive, to say the least, and the new screenshots display a multitude of scenes ranging from gorgeous sunsets to high-speed chases. Take a look at one that has both:

 

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I've never been a fan of the Grand Theft Auto series, but I'm starting to change my mind. The more I see of GTA V, the more I think its a first-day purchase for myself. What are your thoughts on the graphics? See the rest of the screenshots at the source link or in the gallery below.

Xbox to be in attendance of Gamescom with 'next chapter of Xbox gaming experiences'

Microsoft is really making a push for the next-gen Xbox. Likely trying to win back support after being second to the unveiling party, Xbox's social media marketing manager tweeted that Xbox would make a return to Gamescom at the 2013 event this summer.

 

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My hopes are that Microsoft will get all of the details out in the open at their May 21 event, though it's starting to seem like we'll get bits and pieces of information at each of the three events. The tweet reads: "Xbox will be back at gamescom this August. 'Next chapter of Xbox gaming experience' on show. Can't wait, LOVE gamescom."

 

We will, of course, provide our readers the full details of Xbox's Gamescom 2013 event.

RumorTT: Xbox 720 actually called Xbox Infinity

A new rumor has surfaced that says the next Microsoft Xbox will be called the Xbox Infinity. For the past several months, we, along with most, have been calling the next-gen Xbox the Xbox 720. If this rumor proves to be true, it would be the second time Microsoft has changed its naming scheme.

 

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The above logo leaked out on Reddit and is said to be the logo for the upcoming Xbox. We will hopefully know if Infinity is the new Xbox name on May 21 when Microsoft hosts its Xbox event in Redmond. If not then, we should find out at Microsoft's E3 event taking place June 10.

Grand Theft Auto V teased on PC again, listed on German gaming retailers website

Grand Theft Auto V has been announced for consoles, but PC gamers have been left to the side with this game, or have they? We've heard the rumors before, but now there's a German retail that is listing the PC version of GTA V.

 

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This could be a simple error, but both Amazon Germany and GamesOnly.at have listed the PC version of GTA V, with the latter actually displaying the Games for Windows box art for GTA V. GamesOnly.at has also listed the Special Edition of GTA V, but has been removed, someone on NeoGaf pulled the details, which should see the GTA V: Special Edition include:

  • SteelBook with exclusive artwork
  • World map
  • Stunt planes challenges
  • Online store concessions
  • Bonus outfits
  • Bonus tattoos
  • Special abilities booster
  • Exclusive weapons

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time will launch in July

I remember loading up Plants vs. Zombies on my first-gen iPad and dumping countless hours into it, never seeing a sequel for years to come. Well, those years have passed, and now PopCap have announced that Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time will launch in July.

 

 

PopCap hasn't announced which platforms Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time will launch on, but I'm expecting it to hit all major platforms simultaneously - Windows, OS X, iOS, Android and more. There's not much information available on PvZ 2 just yet, but at least we know when to prepare ourselves for the sequel.

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