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Fans of Halo have been waiting in anticipation for news on when the next game in the franchise will be available to play. We heard rumors that Halo 5 was delayed until late 2015. We have also heard rumors that Halo 2 Anniversary would be launching this year.
This week Microsoft Studios' Phil Spencer tweeted a tidbit that will make fans of Halo really look forward to E3 2014 this summer. Spencer tweeted that Halo news will be coming at E3. He also noted that 343 Industries has a great plan in place, exactly what plan he is talking about is unknown.
The tweet came in response to a gamer that tweeted at Spencer a question about what was going on with the next Halo game. It's always cool when a fan can ask a simple question and get a response from someone with Microsoft that knows. It's cool to get a response even if the response really doesn't offer any more information than wait and see.
Microsoft has been updating the Xbox One console regularly since it launched. The last update brought with it the ability to directly manage storage among other things. The update also brought with it a bug that left some users seeing nothing but a black screen at boot up.
The next update for the console is coming in March and the update will bring with it additional audio options. The update will bring support for Dolby Digital sound. This was something that was missed by some gamers when the console was first announced.
The Xbox One launched with support for DTS Surround Sound. The new update will add the missed Dolby Digital to the mix. It will also bring a new setting under HDMI that will allow you to select Bitstream out. Bitstream out will allow you to select DTS Digital Surround or Dolby Digital.
Riding off of the incredible success of The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. has just announced it is working on a Minecraft movie. Roy Lee, who was a producer on The Lego Movie, will oversee the Minecraft movie.
Earlier in the week, Minecraft publisher Mojang AB made a deal with the movie studio. Marcus 'Notch' Perrson took to Twitter announcing the news just before Deadline posted details of the deal. Persson said: "someone is trying leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft movie. I wanted to be the leak!"
There's no details on what to expect, but it will be a live-action film based in the world of Minecraft.
Developers who sell their games via Steam can now set their own discount and sales on their own. Steam has confirmed that they have given the necessary tools to developers. The tool will also allow them to choose if they want to be a part of weekly Steam deal.
Doug Lombardi from Valve confirmed that the screenshot put up by a a developer with the username 'Sharkiller' was genuine. He added,"As with the addition of a 'Recently Updated' section to Steam, this is another effort to shorten the distance between developers and customers. This new Steamworks tool allows developers to configure discounts for their own products, on their own schedules. They can define custom sale periods or opt in to regularly scheduled sales. This will enable developers to better coordinate their promotions with events, announcements, or major updates they are planning for their products."
Japanese gamers who also happen to get their cable service from KDDI will soon be able to play video games on demand. The on-demand game service is coming by way of the GameNow service. This is the same on-demand video service that some LG smart TVs have access too.
The difference between this service on the smart TV and on KDDI's cable system is that KDDI offers the on-demand games over the cable without using an app. One potential downside to the on-demand games in Japan is that the catalog is limited.
Gamers will be able to choose games like Pro Evolution Soccer, WRC3, and Sonic Adventure DX. There may be more games offered by KDDI, but those are the ones we know about right now.
Gaming company Razer announced the ability to use its Razer Game Booster to save game data and setting directly into the cloud-based Dropbox service.
Razer will include support for other cloud storage services when the feature is enabled for the full release. The Game Booster is able to maximize system performance, offering up more frames per second, when unnecessary processes are disabled to enhance game performance.
"We continually work to enhance the gaming experience for our community," said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO, in in a press statement. "There are few things that take the fun out of gaming more than lost game progress or disappearing settings. It is our hope to rid the world of such frustrations and help make sure that losing game info never happens again."
A teenager ended his life in a tragic manner because of an unintentional purchase of video games for his Xbox. After making such unintentional purchase worth 420 UK pounds which was billed on his mother's credit card, Henry Tattersall from Lancashire, UK later committed suicide by hanging himself.
It was told that he was upset after being confronted by his mother about the bill. She said that Henry was genuinely stunned after seeing the amount he spent for games. He told his mother that she can take the money from savings to make up for it, but he feared that he would not get any Christmas presents.
A new survey has been published by a company called Swrve. The survey looked at what percentage of mobile gamers spend the most in their favorite game apps. The survey was performance by a company called Swrve and claims to have looked at data from tens of millions of users.
The survey found that a minuscule percentage of mobile gamers are responsible for half of all the revenues generated in-app. Specifically, the survey claims that .15% of mobile gamers make up 50% of in-app profits.
Another survey from the same firm last month claims that only 1.5% of all mobile gamers buy anything in-app. Out of that 1.5%, 49% of them made a single purchase. About 13% of that 1.5% who do buy will purchase five or more items in-app.
If you are a gamer that likes to play games on your Nintendo Wii or DS portable game console, Nintendo has announced something this week that won't leave a good feeling in your stomach. As of May 20, Nintendo will be ending the online gaming functionality of the Wi-Fi Connection service for legacy devices.
That means that Wii and DS gamers will no longer be able to play games like Mario Kart online against other players. Nintendo says that the games will still work in offline mode. Once you get used to racing against other people online, it's hard to go back to playing offline.
Nintendo is also clear that the online gaming support for the new Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will continue to work. That means if you want to play online with Nintendo games you will need to upgrade hardware.
Activision launched Call of Duty: Elite back in 2011, an online service dedicated to the game and its players, but come tomorrow, it will be shut down for good.
Elite launched with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, then went free when Black Ops II launched, and from there, it has been a downhill ride. In-game stats will still be shown for both Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops II, but Elite will be gone as of 1pm Eastern time tomorrow.