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Interested in the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG? If so, you might consider signing up for the beta. Bethesda has announced that gamers can sign-up for The Elder Scrolls Online beta. Of course, only a select few will actually be chosen to participate in the beta, so polish those resumes before sending them in.
Along with the beta sign-up announcement, Bethesda released a new cinematic trailer, seen above, which contains a look at the CG sequences in the game.
The beta has not been scheduled to begin quite yet. According to Bethesda: "If selected, you will be one of the first people to embark upon the newest Elder Scrolls adventure, and help us beta test The Elder Scrolls Online. Please be aware that this is just beta sign-ups. The first beta test will begin soon-watch our official website, Facebook, and Twitter for an announcement about the first round of invites."
Every cloud has a silver lining and for gamers, that silver lining in THQ's bankruptcy is the THQ Mega Pack. Bankrupt THQ is selling a THQ Mega Pack for just $25. The THQ Mega Pack is available on Amazon and comes with a large selection of THQ's games. Nearly every major game released by THQ is part of the pack.
- Company of Heroes - Tales of Valor
- Company of Heroes Game of the Year
- Darksiders II
- MX vs ATV Reflex
- Metro 2033
- Red Faction Armageddon
- Red Faction Guerrilla
- Saints Row 2
- Saints Row: The Third
- Supreme Commander
- Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
- Titan Quest Gold
- Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II - Gold Edition
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
- Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War Gold
- Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II Retribution
All of the above games come in the THQ Mega Pack. Noticeably absent from the list above is the line of wrestling titles produced by THQ. This is likely due to licensing deals with the WWE.
The reboot of SimCity coming from Electronic Arts and Maxis is going into a closed beta next week, which was revealed through the official SimCity Twitter account as well as a newly opened registration page.
The beta will take place for just a few days, between January 25 and January 28. If you want to jump in, you'll need to punch in your details into the registration page before the registrations close. Participants for the beta are chosen completely at random, so I hope I get in!
Registrations are easy, you just get asked how much you play games, did you play the previous SimCity games, and how many hours you'll be able to participate in the beta.
We already heard that the next-generation PlayStation 4 was set to be more powerful than the next-generation Xbox, but now we have found some better details on the exact hardware being baked into the next-gen console from Sony.
The CPU that will find its home in the new PS4 is said to be sporting a new "Jaguar" technology from AMD, which features low-power processor cores that are designed for the entry-level laptop and tablet market. This is a perfect solution as console power consumption is a huge problem, and it looks like it'll be solved by the hardware in the PlayStation 4. The PC bound Jaguar technology from AMD is headed to the consumer market in a quad-core design, but consoles are looking to amp this up with some customizations to the overall design.
The PlayStation 4, or 'Orbis', will aos feature a high-end Radeon GPU solution. We should be looking at the mobile side of AMD's GPU plans, with the "Pitcairn" design, or the Radeon 7970M design. The 7970M is clocked at 850MHz, and feature 20 "Graphics Core Next" compute units, but the Orbis will take 10% off those specs - reducing the GCN compute unit count to 18, and the clock speed down to 800MHz.
A popular gaming website is reporting that the PlayStation 4 will be significantly more powerful than its rival, Microsoft's Xbox 720. VG247 has said that their developer sources who possess intimate knowledge of the PS4's specs as well as the Xbox 720 have confirmed the rumors.
VG247 says that the PS4 will clock in at around 1.84 teraflops of run-capability which is significantly more than the mere 1.23 teraflops possessed by the Xbox 720. The Xbox however, will sport 8GB of RAM over the PS3's 4GB, according to the source.
The website is also reporting that the new Xbox will have Blu-ray playback capabilities this time, which should come as no surprise because developers will need the extra disc space to fit all of those high-end graphics on. We will know for sure which console wins the power race in March when both companies are set to make announcements. Until then we'll keep reporting on developments on the subject as they come to hand.
Been holding out for a white PlayStation 3? Well, if you have, Sony has provided you with just that. Starting January 27, Sony will be selling a white version of the iconic PlayStation 3, likely as a way to boost sales just a few months before the rumored release of the PlayStation 4.
The console will come with a matching "Classic White" controller, a 500GB hard drive, and a year-long subscription to PlayStation Plus. PlayStation Plus comes with a collection of downloadable PlayStation 3 and Vita games. The current list of games includes LittleBigPlanet 2, BioShock 2, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Borderlands, Gotham City Impostors, and 7 others.
The console will only set you back $300, which is quite a deal when you add in all of the free games and such. But, will it be enough to boost sales when the PlayStation 4 is rumored to be so close around the corner? We'll have to wait and see.
There are many rumors surrounding the Xbox 720 and nothing can really be confirmed until Microsoft decides to spill the beans. Microsoft has been significantly tight-lipped about the next-gen Xbox, though rumors have tried to fill in the gaps, grasping at the smallest piece of information to try and figure out what will happen.
The latest rumor to join the crowd is that Microsoft is planning to equip the Xbox 720 with a Blu-ray drive, but limit the device so that it can only be used for games and not media playback. An interesting choice, considering the PlayStation 3 enjoyed numerous sales because of its ability to play Blu-ray discs.
On the otherhand, it makes sense for Microsoft to limit media playback, as they enjoy profits from streaming media content to the Xbox through their Xbox Live service. In the end, none of this rumor has been confirmed, but it's unlikely that Microsoft wouldn't use a Blu-ray drive as games continue to get bigger and bigger.
Moving to a new country? Take your Xbox Live achievements with you as Microsoft lets users migrate regions
Microsoft has officially announced that Xbox Live region migration is a go. This means that users moving to a new region of the world, say from the US to Europe, will be able to take their "gamerscore, unlocked achievements, any Microsoft Points already in your account and any remaining time on your Gold membership" with them.
Of course, when in the new region, some things will be different. For instance, payment methods, content, and select services may not be available in the region you have moved to, but this doesn't come as a surprise. When you move into that new region, your account then falls under the rules of that region.
It warms my heart to see that there are still developers out there who state they're looking after PC gamers, and then actually follow through with it. Crytek are notorious with Crysis 2 for slapping PC gamers in the face, but BioShock Infinite developer, Irrational Games, has PC gamers' backs with their latest first-person shooter.
Irrational Games' Technical Director, Christopher Kline, admitted that the precious BioShock titles didn't have great PC-specific features, which he cites is due to the studio not being able to spare the resources required to amp up the PC version, and not because they didn't want to please PC enthusiasts.
BioShock Infinite turns things around, and Kline says that the studio has a special team which is responsible for identifying and implementing features that are important for PC gamers, as this time around, they had the resources spare to apply them. DirectX 11 will be included, as will HD Ambient Occlusion and Diffusion Depth of Field, EyeFinity and Surround Vision support, as well as huge amounts of graphical options and support for Steam Cloud and Big Picture.
We had a rumor less than a couple of days ago regarding pricing on the next-generation of consoles, which would be just $400 at launch. Now we're hearing from Sony's Vice President of Home Entertainment that we could see the PlayStation 4 unveiled sooner, rather than later.
Hiroshi Sakamoto recently talked to Chilean website Emol that Sony are working hard on the next-generation PlayStation, and that they are focused on showing it off at E3 in June, or even earlier. If Sony did jump first, they would beat Microsoft to the punch with their next-generation console which is expected to be unveiled at E3 in June.
The PlayStation 4 being announced ahead of the next-gen Xbox won't do much, but it will certainly have press sites going crazy, and thus, readers wanting to know more. Sony unveiling the PlayStation 4 would work for them, but against them at the same time - as it would give Microsoft E3 all to themselves and their next-gen consoles.