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Gamers know that developers often put little Easter eggs into the games that are a challenge to find. These Easter eggs are often things like odd levels that you can play, like the infamous cow level in Diablo II. Halo 3 had its share of Easter eggs hidden away and one of them only works on a single day each year.
That single day of operation is the reason why it remained undiscovered for seven years. This particular Easter egg is only accessible on December 25 via the loading screen by hitting both thumb sticks. The result is that the screen zooms out giving a wider view of the Halo ring and a birthday greeting for Lauren.
The greeting reads, "Happy Birthday Lauren!" It's hard to believe that no one mentioned this Easter egg for all those years. I guess it's cool to have your own greeting in a game that no one knows about.
Microsoft hasn't even had its Xbox One on the market for over 12 months yet, but that shouldn't stop you from thinking the company isn't thinking ahead for its true, proper next-gen console. The company is looking for a new Industrial Designer for its Xbox team.
The company has posted an ad looking for a new Industrial Designer, with their responsibility being: "The Xbox Industrial Design studio is building a world class in house team. We love entertainment. We live for building transformative entertainment experiences that resonate with consumers. We are looking for passionate designers who want to help us create next generation entertainment hardware for Microsoft".
I think we're going to see a new console from Microsoft much quicker than previously thought, something I hope replaces the Xbox One as a proper next-gen console capable of at a bare minimum, 4K at 60FPS. This will pave the way for Microsoft to allow VR headsets like the Oculus Rift to work with it, as VR requires serious horsepower. The Xbox One has seen most of its games rendered at 720p, with most of the frame rates on 'next-gen' games locked at, or around 30FPS. This isn't really any better than the Xbox 360, and if the Xbox One is going to be here for another five years or so, it's simply not good enough.
Razer is known for pumping out some interesting products like the Edge and lots more. Razer is mostly known for making some really cool gaming peripherals like mice and keyboards. This fall, Razer will be getting into the game console market with a new product called the Razer micro-console.
The device is tipped to run Android TV to create a small game console, presumably for playing video games on your TV. So far, details on the console are scant with no indication of what type of processor or storage will be used offered, we also have no idea of the price.
Razer has promised that the console will be appropriate for hardcore gaming. That seems to indicate that it will do more than play game apps available for Android devices. Hopefully full details of the console surface soon.
It looks like the demand in Europe for Sony's next-gen console is high, with the company now improving the once tight supply of the PlayStation 4 across Europe.
Managing Director of Sony Computer Entertainment UK, Fergal Gara, explains: "We haven't yet caught up with the initial demand across Europe. We are still dealing with the day one market. We are very close to being in a full supply situation, but we are not quite there yet". Sony is ahead of Microsoft in next-gen console sales, but with a tight supply in a big market like Europe, the PlayStation UK boss said: "We may have lost some sales".
Gara continued: "There is no update on PS4 sales figures right now, but suffice to say it is still selling, and selling very well". Sony has plenty of PS4s available in the UK, but each time it ships PlayStation 4 consoles to Germany, they sell them all. Gara adds: "We are in a bit better shape in the UK, but there are countries that are still selling out every last unit that drops into the market on a weekly basis. A good example at the moment would be Germany who had phenomenal sales figures last week, but they just haven't had enough stock so far".
Nintendo has been seeing great headlines lately, with a 400% surge in Wii U sales thanks to Mario Kart 8. Not only that, but Mario Kart 8 has helped Nintendo push Sony up against the wall in Japan when it comes to console sales.
There was a rumor that Nintendo was poised to unveil a next-gen console at E3, something that never happened, but now we have the Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime affirming that Nintendo is sticking to the Wii U. The Nintendo America boss says that the Wii U "has a very long life ahead of it. It's got great content coming that will help define the platform".
Nintendo has Sony as its only next-gen competitor in its home country of Japan, as Microsoft hasn't launched its Xbox One in the country just yet. The Xbox One lands in Japan on September 4, which isn't too far away. Nintendo seems to be doing better this year with the help of Mario Kart 8, but the company still has Hyrule Warriors, Super Smash Bros. and Splatoon to reach the Wii U, something that Fils-Aime says will have similar sales effects to the Wii U that Mario Kart 8 had.
Ubisoft is taking heavy fire right now, especially from us here at TweakTown, where we're bringing you all the latest in gaming news. We've already told you that Far Cry 4 on PC on Ultra High settings will be no different from next-gen consoles, that The Division is locked at 30FPS on consoles, and that Ubisoft seems to have deliberately gimped Watch Dogs on PC, holding back some graphics. How could Ubisoft dig any deeper? Read on.
Ubisoft's CEO, Yves Guillemot, during an interview with CVG, talked about Microsoft and Sony releasing new consoles - yes, not the 'next-gen' Xbox One and PS4, but entirely new machines. Guillemot was asked about the PS4 and Xbox One sales, and whether he thought the new consoles would remain solely for the 'core' gamer, to which he responded: "Both machines started fast, because gamers had been waiting for eight years for them. People were really anxious about having something different".
He continued: "I hope this gen will go more quickly also. My feeling is that because PC is growing fast and lots of people are trying to pick up the business on TV, that will put pressure on [platform holders] to not wait eight years next time. I think they will wait a lot less than that. First they need to make sure that they can sell the current machines at a lower price, so that there are enough games sold and enough extra content so that their platform is profitable. This will help the market".
Sony has just announced that you can now pre-load games on the PlayStation 4, something that was promised a while ago. There is a full list of gmaes that support pre-loading for now, with more to be announced as time goes by.
Destiny, Bloodborne and Dragon Age: Inquisition are the first in the pre-order lineup, and if you pre-order them, they will pre-load by default. You'll have to leave your PS4 in standby mode, and online for this to happen. So the PS4 just caught up to the PC from years ago, yay.
Jesse Pinkman is waking your Xbox One up! Don't believe me? It's true, I swear. Microsoft have taken in Aaron Paul, who played Pinkman in AMC's hit show Breaking Bad, in its new Xbox One commercials.
Paul says some of the key Xbox One commands such as "Xbox On" in the commercial, with some hilarious results on the Internet - with one user on Twitter known as @DrW_Qass saying: "@aaronpaul_8 just turned my Xbox One via the Xbox advert. (Which triggered the IR blaster to switch my TV off..) Amazing". @TomNeal tweeted: "@Xbox your new TV advert is annoying the hell outta me. Aaron Paul keeps turning my console on... #stoooop".
Now gamers are wondering why Paul's other filmed voice commands aren't working, and whether this is some next-gen advertising campaign to have the Xbox One turn on from the advert. Whatever it is, it's working, b*tch.
E3 2014 - The good thing about writing for a site like TweakTown, is that when I make a mistake (which I do - nobody is perfect), I can quickly do a ninja edit and it's fixed. Sometimes nobody sees it, or someone lets us know and we fix it up - but when it's done in print media, somebody gets in big trouble - well, the L.A. Times wrote a piece covering E3 2014 - with the headline "Nintendo's white PlayStation 4 debuts".
I can just imagine the shame that would be had, with EA's COO Peter Moore even joining in on the fun, tweeting: "I wonder if Sony is aware of this interesting development???". Of course, the L.A. Times noticed its stuff up, correcting it online.
E3 2014 - To get a jump start on the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft today announced Xbox One gamers will be able to play a slew of new games for the holiday 2014 season. Such titles include: "Halo: The Master Chief Collection," "Fable Legends," "Dance Central Spotlight," "Sunset Overdrive," and "Forza Horison 2."
Following the launch of the Xbox One, the Xbox Live community has spent almost 1.7 billion hours gaming and using the online service - up to five hours per day per console, according to Microsoft.
"We are committed to delivering amazing experiences that will help define this generation of games and delight the millions of passionage Xbox fans around the world," said Phil Spencer, Microsoft head of Xbox, in a press statement. "Xbox will be the only place you can enjoy the most-anticipated blockbusters and new franchises..."