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Peripheral company Logitech announced it has teamed up with several eSports teams, relying on professional gamers to help promote Logitech G hardware. It's a clever marketing idea by Logitech, giving free gaming gear and support to these teams, in exchange for them using the peripherals during tournaments and competitions.
Logitech will now support the following teams with Logitech G headsets, gaming mice, keyboards and mouse pads for tournaments: Alliance from Sweden and Germany, Korea's CJ Entus, Japan-based DetonatioN, Invictus Gaming in China, mYinsanity in Switzerland, XCN in Indonesia, and the U.S.-based Cloud 9, Hammer Time and Team SoloMid.
Here is what Ehtisham Rabbani, Logitech gaming business GM, said in a press statement: "The teams on our roster are the best in the world and need gear that can perform at their level - that's why the alliances we've struck make so much sense. We believe in eSports and the industry's certain future as the next mainstream sports obsession. We're proud to work alongside these world-class athletes making that future a reality."
Sony has announced that its Vita TV will be renamed to the PlayStation TV for the United States, Canadian, and European markets, the company announced. The device will cost $99 and be available this fall. A $139 bundle that includes the PlayStation TV unit, DualShock 3, 8GB memory card, HDMI cable and "Lego Move: The Video Game" will also be available.
Gamers will also be able to stream PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games through PlayStation Now using the device. However, PlayStation TV doesn't have 1080p support, and relies on 1080i and 720p video formats, which some potential consumers might find disappointing.
Unlike its previous battle against Microsoft, the Sony PlayStation 4 is out selling the Xbox One in the next-generation console war - and introducing the PlayStation TV in new markets should only help Sony. Sony outsold Nintendo for the first time in eight years, and is continually outselling the Xbox One worldwide.
E3 2014 - We knew it was coming, but now it is official: Mortal Kombat X is coming to the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC later this year. The debut gameplay footage can be enjoyed below, beware: it's gory as hell:
Mortal Kombat X will be running at 1080p 60FPS, which should have fans on all platforms happy. The fatalities are still there, and so much more. I just wish that the environments were destructible, so that at the end of the battle, you can see just how much carnage has really taken place. What about you? Do you like what you see about Mortal Kombat X?
E3 2014 - A sequel to Mirror's Edge has been something that gamers have wanted for quite some time, but today, our day has arrived. EA, during its E3 2014 press conference, announced Mirror's Edge 2.
A DICE developer said: "Everything is geared toward traversing and navigating this environment". This means that Faith is now capable of running around corners, while wall-running by grabbing onto pipes. Level design has been amped up considerably, allowing more skilled, complicated players to take more dangerous - but faster routes, while "less skilled players may find a safer, longer route".
Mirror's Edge 2 has been designed to have players not require the use of a gun, as Faith herself is a deadly enough weapon. Faith is capable of using the environment around her to take enemies down, as she can jump from walls and ledges, slamming into enemies with a single, brutal hit, moving on without breaking her stride. DICE's goal with the sequel to Mirror's Edge is to create something that is "elegant, minimalistic, and has an attitude".
E3 2014 - After months of teasing, Sony has made it official: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will reach the PlayStation 4 next year. Uncharted 4 will see an older Nathan Drake than what we're used to, with "The Thief's End" possibly seeing an end to Drake's adventures.
The video describes: "Several years after his last adventure, retired fortune hunter, Nathan Drake, is forced back into the world of thieves. With the stakes much more personal, Drake embarks on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure. His greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he's willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves".
Naughty Dog says that Uncharted 4 will be running at 1080p with 60FPS, with Drake's character featuring twice the polygons that Joel had in The Last of Us. The video above was footage all from the PS4, captured "completely in engine" according to Naughty Dog.
E3 2014 - One of my favorite games from the Xbox 360, and of all time, was Crackdown - but, Microsoft seemed to just ditch the franchise after the not-so-well received Crackdown 2 was released - developed by a different developer to the original game. Well, Microsoft has come out swinging at E3 2014, showing off a new, next-gen Crackdown for the Xbox One.
There's not much to see there in terms of in-game footage, but Crackdown for the Xbox One is being developed by the franchise's creator: David Jones. This should give the game some serious credit, and will have people - like myself - who haven't purchased an Xbox One, to buy one just for this game alone.
E3 2014 - Ubisoft has come out swinging today at E3 2014, showing off a slew of next-gen titles - including Assassin's Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, Rainbow Six: Siege - but the standout for me would have to be Tom Clancy's The Division. There's a 5-minute gameplay video below that you simply just have to watch, in 1080p.
Well, that has my money. Incredibly detailed world, intricate details everywhere, the destructibility of The Division is something I truly look forward to. But, I would have to say the cooperative play is going to be a killer feature for me. Four-player cooperative play in a post-apocalyptic world? Sign me up, Ubisoft - just not to Uplay, ok?
Ubisoft's use of the next-gen Snowdrop engine is impressive, with the world looking gritty and real - with some great procedural destruction on the environments. Ubisoft delayed The Division into 2015 not too long ago, but with some more time on the game I think this could turn into a really large new IP for the company.
E3 2014 - After what has felt like a year of teasing, Rockstar Games has confirmed during E3 2014 that Grand Theft Auto V is to be released on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
GTA V will arrive in the fall on next-gen consoles and PCs in higher resolutions, details and mod support on the PC. What will be interesting is what resolution and frame rate we'll see on the next-gen consoles, considering most open-world games have been hovering between 720p and 900p at 30FPS. The PC on the other hand, well, let's just hope that its optimized much better - so that it scales on some of the crazy rigs you can build.
E3 2014 - Ubisoft is dominating E3 2014 this year, with Far Cry 4, Rainbow Six: Siege and now a truly next-gen title in Assassin's Creed: Unity. The studio showed off quite a few trailers to the game, with a cinematic trailer for your viewing pleasure below.
Below, we have some actual gameplay footage, which is a better indication of how it will look and play to gamers.
It looks quite incredible, a huge jump technologically from the previous Assassin's Creed games. This is thanks to Ubisoft not having to scale the game down to previous generation consoles, better harnessing the extra grunt found in the PS4 and Xbox One. Assassin's Creed: Unity will launch on October 28 for next-gen consoles and PC, which will include four-player cooperative play, which should be a blast!
E3 2014 - Below, you'll find six minutes of the first footage from Rainbow Six Siege, the latest entry in the Rainbow Six franchise from Ubisoft. The footage is pre-alpha, so it's quite early stuff right now, showing off a multiplayer match between teams named Rogue and Raven.
Ubisoft Montreal is the studio behind Rainbow Six Siege, with the tactical first-person shooter dropping on the PS4, Xbox One and PC sometime in 2014. Ubisoft is using a proprietary engine called Realblast, something that is capable of delivering real-time, unscripted destructibility within the game's environments.
Creative Director of Ubisoft, Xavier Marquis, has said: "As fans of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six and tactical shooters in general, we set out to create the game we always wanted to play within the counter-terrorism universe. We asked ourselves 'how could we capture the incredible tension and unique tactics of these confrontations?"