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E3 2013 - Less than 18 hours ago, the gaming world was taken by storm when Sony's president Jack Tretton announced that the PlayStation 4 disk-based games can be freely given to friends and purchased on the used market. His exact words were "PlayStation 4 won't impose any new restrictions on used games" fast-forward by a little over half a day and the company seems to be taking a few steps back from that statement.
In an interview with Game Trailers, Tretton stated that while Sony's first party created games will not feature DRM, third-party games will be at the full control of their developers. This means that studios like EA, Activision, and others are fully allowed to prevent users from trading, sharing, or selling used games through one-time use activation keys.
"Well, I mean, we create the platform, we've certainly stated that our first-party games are not going to be doing that, but we welcome publishers and their business models to our platform," said Tretton. "The DRM decision is going to have to be answered by the third parties, it's not something we're going to control, or dictate, or mandate, or implement,"
E3 2013 - Oculus VR is kicking off their E3 experience with a major upgrade to the Oculus Rift, which now is able to display the virtual-reality world in full 1080p glory. The company has upgraded the virtual-reality headset not by creating a custom display but switching out the original non-HD display developer units received to an off-the-shelf 1080p HD display used in cell phones.
Early reports are stating that the new display makes a huge difference and the immersive world created actually feels like you're really there. The 1080p screen is actually split in half and each eye sees a 960x1080 portrait display.
Word is that the company was worried about how the switch from landscape to portrait mode might affect games but he said that there have been no issues reported. Additionally, the have not noticed any issues in with the existing games created by the 10,000 developers who now have Oculus Rift development kits.
E3 2013 - The developers behind battlefield just announced that they are streaming live, unscripted multiplayer footage of Battlefield 4 right now on Twitch.tv. Head over to this link and check it out with us! You will need to log in as the footage is flagged as inappropriate for some audiences.
E3 2013 - This morning Mad Catz introduced the Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2, a premium quality fighting game controller for the Xbox One. Widely expected to be the first fighting game controller released for the Xbox One.
The TE2 FightStick from Mad Catz continues the Tournament Edition line of premium gaming controllers from Mad Catz. Arcade-styled controls and reliability make this one of the best fighting controllers of all time. All-new features, infinite customization possibilities, and a design philosophy stemmed from a community of fighting game fans and the world's best gamers.
"We're proud of our heritage in specialty controllers and believe that passionate gamers will appreciate the evolution of our FightStick design which we are introducing for the Xbox One." said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. "We earlier commented how the enhanced performance of the Xbox One opens up additional scope for innovation and believe that the Tournament Edition 2 FightStick perfectly illustrates our commitment to the next generation of entertainment."
E3 2013 - Trace Hagan is on the ground at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. He, along with other staff here at TweakTown, have already covered the press conferences that took place yesterday.
Today, Trace will be running around the show floor trying to locate the hottest news for your viewing pleasure. Take a look at his introduction embedded above.
E3 2013 - If there is one game I have been waiting years to play it would have to be The Elder Scrolls Online. I have been a fan of the TES franchise for over 10 years now, and have been hoping the whole time for an online version. You can imagine my excitement when TES online was announced last year.
Yesterday during Sony's press conference at the E3 Expo, ZeniMax Online Studios took to the stage to show off the first actual game play footage of TES online. Titled "The Battle for Tamriel", players much choose to stand alone or team up and fight side by side to eliminate the encroaching forces of Oblivion.
During the press conference, it was announced that TES Online will be available on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and that the beta program has begun for all four systems.
This is something that has just popped up onto my radar and has instantly gone right into the 'top 10 games that I want to play' list for next-gen consoles. Massive Entertainment and Ubisoft are joining forces with Tom Clancy for The Division, which will be released on both the Xbox One and PS4.
The Division is set in New York, three weeks after a global pandemic begins on Black Friday. Players within the game take on a role of 'The Division', which is a group of "self-supported tactical agents". The gameplay video, above, should have you convinced enough that this is something to look forward to. The Division comes out in 2014.
Let's dissect the trailer, shall we? I'm loving the assistance from the drones, the realism (as he moves past the police car, he shuts the door to get past it while continuing to be within cover, the ultra detail within the game world itself, the team work seems great, but the one thing I'm not loving is the frame rate. This is some early work here, as it's coming out next year, but I'm hoping for 1080p at 60 FPS locked on these next-gen titles.
We have a final live blog for you today This time we will be covering AlienWare's press event. Get ready for all the action brought to you live over at this page. It's due to start soon, get ready for it now.
What are you expecting from AlienWare at E3? Let us know what excites you or what you expect to see!
We have yet another live blog for you today! This time we will be covering Sony's press event at E3. Get ready for all the action brought to you live over at this page. It's due to start soon, get ready for it now.
What are you expecting from Sony at E3? Let us know what excites you or what you expect to see! Personally I am hoping to see some images, demos, or something of the actual PS4 hardware.
Millions of gamers all over the world today, got the news they have long been hoping for. The cult classic Mirror's Edge is getting reboot thanks to game developer DICE. When first released in 2008 Mirror's edge took off like a wild fire and the game's heroine "Faith" instantly became a videogame icon.
The new Mirror's Edge refreshes the series for the next generation with advanced visuals and an all-new origin story for Faith. Powered by DICE's proprietary Frostbite™ technology, the game will be heading to Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation 4, and PC.
"We introduced Mirror's Edge and Faith to gamers five years ago, and we've waited for the right moment to reunite them," said Sara Jansson, Senior Producer, DICE. "Thanks to the Frostbite engine and a new generation of platforms, we are now able to deliver a richer world that players will be able to explore with a new level of freedom in both movement and action."