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First 'Mad Max' PS4 gameplay footage released

In just a few short weeks, the much anticipated sequel to 'Mad Max'; 'Fury Road' will hit screens worldwide, with a flurry of pre-release trailers commanding much attention. Strangely, the long in production video game from Avalanche Studios has been much quieter. But now Warner Bros. Games has released the first trailer of in-game footage, and it looks highly encouraging - especially for a license tie-in.

 

 

Officially announced at E3 2013, the 'Mad Max' game was originally announced for Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One before being delayed when the theatrical release of 'Fury Road' was announced last year, but now, the previous generation console versions have been abandoned.

 

Bizarrely, despite the long gestation, the game still won't make the May theatrical release date, but will instead drop in September when the Blu-ray and DVD version of the film is released.

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Sony unveils limited edition Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 console

Batman fans are going to go bananas for the new limited edition Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 bundle, which sees Sony's console featuring custom artwork for the Batman: Arkham series.

 

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The new bundle will feature an MSRP of $449.99, and will include a limited edition Steel Grey PS4 system chassis with a "custom Batman: Arkham Knight faceplate, a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller in Steel Grey and the explosive finale to the award-winning Arkham trilogy, Batman: Arkham Knight".

 

There's a second bundle that will include "Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 Bundle available for $399.99 (MSRP), which includes a PS4 system and DualShock 4 controller in Jet Black and Batman: Arkham Knight".

 

All owners of Batman: Arkham Knight on the PS4 will get access to the bonus content before any other platform, as well as additional in-game missions and custom skins for both Batman, and the Batmobile.

Spotify app coming to Sony PlayStation 3, PS4

Sony is switching out its own Music Unlimited service in favor of Spotify for the Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game consoles. Sony and Spotify hope to build a strong relationship together, and Spotify has added 41 countries as possible new user bases.

 

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There is an effort to provide PS console owners with access to more online content, keeping them engaged and using the console. Meanwhile, Spotify has 15 million paid subscribers and 60 million total active users across the world.

 

Both companies have worked together to ensure Spotify is now optimized for the PS3 and PS4.

GameStop: Gamers won't have as many console bundles in 2015

Gamers interested in picking up a console bundle likely won't see as many deals in 2015, GameStop said during a financial call. GameStop actually may have lost up to $250 million in physical game title sales because of increased bundles in 2014, according to a study from The NPD Group.

 

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"Based on our discussions with publishers and platform holders, these pack-in programs will be significantly reduced in 2015," said Tony Bartel, COO of GameStop, during a recent post-earnings financial call.

 

To help generate sales in 2014, especially leading up towards the holidays, there were plenty of Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One console bundles available. Xbox One gamers saw bundles with Assassin's Creed Unity, Black Flag, Sunset Overdrive and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Meanwhile, PS4 bundles included Destiny, The Last of Us and other select choices.

Sony PlayStation 4 arrives in China, but lacks some popular games

The Sony PlayStation 4 game console has recently launched in China, where the Japanese electronics company hopes it can build a strong gamer base. As such, PS4 owners in China won't have direct access to online movies, television or music - and a very limited game catalog to choose from.

 

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However, only six game titles were launched for the PS4: Mr. Pumpkin's Adventure, Knack, Rayman Legends, Dynasty Warriors 8, Trial Fusion and Age of Wushu. Games such as Grand Theft Auto V, Call of Duty, and other popular titles haven't been approved by the Chinese government.

 

China recently lifted a 14-year ban on game consoles from foreign countries, and will join the Microsoft Xbox One as the only western consoles currently available on the open market. The Xbox One launched in China last September.

NPD: PlayStation 4 regaining control, outselling Xbox One in February

The Sony PlayStation 4 outsold the Microsoft Xbox One in the United States throughout February, according to numbers compiled by The NPD Group. In addition, hardware sales enjoyed "high double-digit increases" month-over-month, showing "increasing momentum for this new console generation."

 

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Even though Microsoft reportedly had "record February sales in the US for Xbox One and 84 percent more consoles cold compared to January 2015," it wasn't enough to keep pace with the PS4.

 

Neither Sony or Microsoft provided public sales figures, so it's unknown how big of a margin Sony had over its US competitor. Earlier in March, Sony boasted that it has sold 20.2 million PS4 units since the console's launch two years ago - becoming its fastest-selling console of all time.

Netflix engineers get House of Cards running on a NES

Netflix may have filmed the third season of House of Cards in 6K, but why do you need that huge resolution when you're hacking the video service to run on a NES? Yes, a Nintendo Entertainment System.

 

 

A trio of Netflix engineers has a semi-working version of Netflix working on the NES, something they hacked together for Netflix's recent winter hack day. The team managed to throw up some frames from the House of Cards intro, all on a "unmodified" NES, with "some assembly required". Not only that, but they managed to get a limited browsing interface, with the feed showing some of Netflix's upcoming original shows.

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Microsoft bundles broken Halo: Master Chief Collection with Xbox One

Microsoft has introduced a new Xbox One bundle, something that includes Halo: The Master Chief Collection, with a bundled price of $349. Inside of the new bundle, you get the Xbox One, with a download code for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

 

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The download is a huge 59.1GB, which includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary (both digital remasters), Halo 3, and Halo 4. The Master Chief Collection also provides gamers with access to the live-action Halo: Nightfall series which is available on Xbox LIve.

 

The biggest thing to take away from this is that there are still countless problems with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, with people reporting even with the latest patch, the game is still broken with matchmaking issues, and so much more.

PS4 firmware v2.50 should include suspend mode, and more

Sony is reporting letting its most precious PlayStation 4 owners to beta test its latest version 2.50 firmware, something that will reportedly provide the ability of putting the PS4 into a rest state, without turning off games and applications.

 

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The news is coming from someone who has leaked out the email that Sony sent to its PlayStation MVPs, that they can opt-in to the new v2.50 firmware if they wanted to. Select PlayStation MVPs received a message through the PlayStation Network, where they received a voucher to download the new v2.50 firmware beta, but they have to install it before March 9.

Sony announces it has sold over 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles

GDC 2015 - Sony has announced that it has sold over 20.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles at GDC 2015, with the 20 million plus consoles being sold up to March 1.

 

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Sony notes that this is units sold through to customers, where in a press release the company added that the PS4 "continues to demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history". It wasn't too long ago that the company announced it had reached 18.5 million PS4s sold, back on January 4.

 

Sony Computer Entertainment's President and Global CEO, Andrew House, said: "We are so grateful for the enormous support from PlayStation fans worldwide, and we are truly humbled that gamers around the globe have continued to select PS4 as the best place to play".

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