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RumorTT: Sony has been developing PS4 since August 2010

According to an ex-SCEA R&D director's LinkedIn profile, the next generation PlayStation has been in development since August 2010. His profile has a listing citing his work on the "Next Generation PlayStation" from August 2010 to April 2012. His work on the PS Vita is listed separately which implies that the "Next Generation PlayStation" he is referring to is the PS4.




"In 1998 I started as the first engineer in the Playstation US R&D," reads Vass' profile. "I worked on graphics ( COLLADA, PSGL ) and a lot of network related technologies ( advertising, telemetry, PVRs ) for the Playstation2-x, PSP, Vita and Next Generation platforms. Platform security was occupying most of my time at the last years... "


SCEA boss Jack Tretton also recently let loose some information on the next generation system when he said that "we've never been first, we've never been cheapest, it's about being the best. If you can build a better machine and it's going to come out a little bit later that's better than rushing something to market that's going to run out of gas for the long term."


The LinkedIn profile has since been changed to say January 1917 for the start date of the project. He hasn't released any information that should get him in trouble, however, if he goes to work for a company that values secrecy, say Apple, then this could possibly come back to haunt him. It seems as though the PS4 is still a little while off.

Activision, Tencent announce China-bound Call of Duty Online

Call of Duty: Black Ops II isn't even here yet, and there's another Call of Duty game that has been announced. Activision and Tencent today announced Call of Duty Online, a massively multiplayer online first-person shooter that is targeted at a Chinese audience.



There aren't many details for the China-bound COD title, but the above video shows off some game play that looks pretty identical to the other COD titles. The game is destined to be a free-to-play title, where they'll most likely charge people for additional in-game content such as maps, gear and weapons.




Call of Duty Online draws on previous content found in the other COD titles, as well as adding new content from Tencent. Call of Duty Online will debut in China, and possibly make it to the rest of the world, but this is unconfirmed. The rest of the world will be enjoying Black Ops II, and after that has died down, Call of Duty Online may just be unleashed to gamers around the world.

Microsoft secures rights to Xbox 8 name, could this be the name of the next-gen Xbox?

As most of you would know, we post tonnes of rumors about the next-gen consoles, as they will most likely shape the future of gaming, and therefore, the future of PC hardware. As we get closer to the release of the next-gen consoles, more and more information surfaces. Whether this information is true or not, or just the company's way of throwing out so much information, you can't find the truth from the ocean of rumors.



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Nintendo promises "reasonable" price for the upcoming Wii U, after Amazon drops their pricing

Amazon's German price on the upcoming tablet-sporting Nintendo Wii U console has been dropped, while Nintendo have promised a "reasonable" cost for the Wii U. had the Wii U previously listed for €399.99, but it has since been lowered to €349.99. This works out to around $435.




The current listed priced is reportedly an estimate, but it is weird for an online store to change their pricing so quick. In the meantime, Nintendo's president, Satoru Iwata, has refused to give a price, but has promised that pricing will be "reasonable". He adds that the company won't make the same mistake they did with the Nintendo 3DS, where it failed to take off initially because of its high price, where the company was forced to make big price cuts just months after the launch.


Back at E3 just a few weeks ago, Nintendo's American president, Reggie Fils-Aime stated that gamers would be "pleasantly surprised" by the Wii U's pricing, suggesting that Nintendo already has an idea of the final pricing.

Digital Extremes unveils Warframe, a free-to-play co-op FPS

The Canadian studio that were behind games such as The Darkness II and the multiplayer side of BioShock 2, Digital Extremes, has unveiled and released the first look at their upcoming free-to-play co-op first-person shooter, Warframe.



Warframe is said to provide fast-paced PvE (player versus environment) co-op action, where it lets you bash through the game with up to three friends. There's also an endless tree of improvements to build upon your abilities and character in Warframe, an ancient exo-skeletal technology, as well as other weapons while raiding new areas of space seeking exotic Warframe augmentations and other gear.


Warframe continuously randomizes raids, so it should offer some pretty killer replay value and grinding. Digital Extremes CEO James Schmalz, has said:


We've heard for years now that PC gaming is dead. It isn't dead; it just went underground for a few years and is now re- emerging with this massively growing free-to-play market that has matured to the point where the quality of games we're seeing rivals many AAA retail games. In many ways, we're going back to our PC action-based roots.

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Far Cry 3 gets delayed by 3 months, will be released in the US on December 4

The third outing in the Far Cry universe, Far Cry 3, was due out on September 4, but Ubisoft have just announced that the release date for Far Cry 3 has been pushed back by three months, until December 4.



The official release date for Far Cry 3 on PC, Xbox 360, and the PlayStation 3 is now early-December. Ubisoft does state that the game will reach Europe, the Middle East and Africa a few days earlier on November 29.




There's been no explanation for the delay, as the last time we saw the game was in a five-minute video which highlighted some of the multiplayer side of things. It was very Call of Duty, featuring experience points, levels, kill cams, and carpet-bombing air support. More news on Far Cry 3 as it comes.

Valve announces they will finally launch the Meet the Pyro video, "Pyromania" event to happen

The day is finally here, Valve have announced plans to finally release the very long-awaited introductory video for the Pyro in Team Fortress 2, the intro video coincides with a large update to the popular game.




Valve has released some details of their three-day "Pyromania" event, with the first day bringing us a new map as well as a new game mode called Doomsday". Doomsday pits two teams against each other to compete for "the honor of transporting a suitcase nuke full of recalled Mann Co. Australium to American monkeynaut Poopy Joe's rocket, so he can blast off and hunt down Soviet space chimp Vladimir Bananas."


Both teams have to haul fuel up a slow-moving elevator elevator and dump it into a rocket, which then bursts off upon succeeding the mission. Players can also now earn 11 new "Astro-chievements", the names of which can be viewed on the day one event page. Valve have plans to release the Meet the Pyro video on Wednesday, which will conclude their "Meet the Team" series.

'Steam for Schools' is a free student version of Steam, allows for Portal 2-based lessons

It looks as though Valve believes there is some value to using games in education. It's been occasionally supported by studies that doing something fun helps kids learn and keeps them engaged, so the reasoning behind 'Steam for Schools' is solid. This summer, educators can apply to be included in the beta which provides a copy of Portal 2, its level editor and its workshop for hosting those levels.




"We have a limited version of Steam, which is called 'Steam for Schools.' And what we're doing is asking for teachers, after school programs, organizations - anywhere where there's a student relationship, which includes homeschooling - for them to submit a form to be part of it. It's still in beta," Valve's Leslie Redd told attendees of the Games for Change festival in New York City.


Valve has received no outside funding or grants to help pay for this program. They are a pretty successful commercial venture, so they do have a bit of extra cash laying around. Besides, doing things for children is probably the best PR a company can get, and it can't be costing that much to give away a copy or two of Portal 2.


Valve has talked about changing the level of openness later on down the line but insists that "children need that walled garden." That comment aside, Valve does intend for more openness in the future. Currently, no other publisher has signed on, but there have been some initial talks. I just want to see exactly what they plan to teach with Portal 2.

New digital copies of Diablo III will have to combat through 72 hours of Starer Edition before the game fully unlocks

Blizzard have just announced that starting with Tuesday's 1.0.3 update, that newly-purchased copies of the digital version of Diablo III will be held back to Starter Editions for up to 72 hours. Blizzard says that digital purchases now require a review period before being completely unlocked in order to combat fraud and other illicit activities.




The reasons behind this aren't exactly clear, but it could be something as obvious as Blizzard trying to stop banned players from quickly getting back into the game, and could help filter out gold sellers and other spammers. Other reasons could be that fraudsters are purchasing the game and cancelling before the funds clear. Naughty, naughty.


Diablo III's Starter Edition limits players to Act I of the game, with a 13-level cap. Matchmaking is only supported with other Starter Edition players, with no access to the gold and real money auction houses, Global Play is also unavailable. This might piss some people off, but the people who have pumped hours, days, and weeks into the game are now a bit safer.

Nintendo announce new $199 3DS XL, sports 4.88-inch top screen, available August 19th

Nintendo have just announced the latest member in their 3DS family, 3DS LL. Nintendo head Satoru Iwata revealed the 3DS LL on Nintendo Direct, where it sports a 4.88-inch top screen and 4.18-inch bottom screen.




The new hardware adds just over an inch to the current 3DS' display, and includes a 4GB SD card, too. The new 3DS LL features just a single thumbpad on the console's port side. Japanese gamers will be able to scoop up the 3DS LL in white, two-tone red/black or silver/white on July 28th for ¥18,900 (about $235).


Across the pond in the US, it will be rebranded the 3DS XL and will arrive on August 19th for around $200.

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