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Sony's upcoming PS4 2.0 update will allow USB music playback, and more

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 17, 2014 4:01 AM CDT

Sony has shown off some new updates that are set to enter the PlayStation 4, with the PS4 interface itself being updated in a 2.0 system update. Part of the new update includes the ability of a USB Media Player, something that should be welcomed with warm arms.

Sony's upcoming PS4 2.0 update will allow USB music playback, and more |

Gamers can't transfer music to the PS4, but they'll be able to play MP3, MP4, M4A and 3GP files from a USB stick inserted into the PlayStation 4, as background music while they game. Sony is also amplifying the social interaction on the PS4, which will now suggest "players you may know", recommending PS4 users that your friends frequently game with. On top of that, if purchasing themes isn't something you're into, the new PS4 2.0 update will allow you to customize the background color of the PS4 interface.

The new update will also provide a feature to add a game to your library, instead of forcing you through the steps of cancelling that unwanted download. Continuously expanding gaming libraries will be easier to manage with the PS4 2.0 update, with improved filters to organize your game collection. The PS4's live broadcasting tool is also being reworked, providing gamers with more control for following broadcasts, searching for specific games, as well as archiving sessions.

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Killer Instinct Season 2 bumps res from 720p to 900p on Xbox One

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 15, 2014 3:32 AM CDT

The return of Killer Instinct has been well received, with Killer Instinct Season 2 nearly here. Iron Galaxy has teased the new lineup of Season 2, showing off a series of silhouettes.

Xbox Wire is reporting that Microsoft will introduce the new characters, where we can expect an "ancient Babylonian sorcerer, an avenging ghost, a battle-hardened war golem" and more. The entire cast from Season 1 is also being rebalanced, will learn new moves and some characters will also receive enhanced aerial combos.

Iron Galaxy will also be making some bigger changes to the game itself, something that will include a radical rehaul of the UI, progression system, and graphics. Killer Instinct Season 1 was running at 720p, but Season 2 will be running at 900p. Season 2 kicks off tomorrow, with two new playable characters: TJ Combo and Maya.

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Ubisoft: console makers are 'pressuring them' into 30FPS for PC

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 14, 2014 6:58 PM CDT

Ubisoft had a few of its staff visit a school to explain their work, with some truly interesting things revealed about the company who thinks 60FPS 'looks weird'. Someone asked the Ubisoft employees "what the hell happened with Watch Dogs", to which the Ubisoft employee, who was the 'Online Programmer' said that just before they release a game, they have to send a copy to console manufacturers, who tell them what to keep in the game, and what to take out.

Ubisoft: console makers are 'pressuring them' into 30FPS for PC |

But it gets better: the Game Architect said that they always try to aim for 60FPS, but due to "limitations", they have been settling at 30FPS for their latest games. He continued, saying that console makers are pressuring them into doing the same thing on PC. The Game Architect continued, saying that Ubisoft reuses as much code as possible, which could explain the similarities between a few of their games.

Someone else asked if the company was "aware of the negative responses of the recent decision to lock your games into 30FPS. If so, what do you think about that?". The Game Architect said that on consoles, and especially for something like Assassin's Creed: Unity, they have to choose between graphic fidelity and smoothness. 'timois', who made the thread on Reddit, said that "he implied that MS is making them lock the framerate on PC too".

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Assassin's Creed Rogue PC version to hit Windows PCs in early 2015

Michael Hatamoto | Oct 14, 2014 2:43 PM CDT

Ubisoft has confirmed Assassin's Creed Rogue will be available for the PC in early 2015, but will be released later than the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 versions. However, the delay was due to production reasons, according to Ubisoft, as PC gamers should be used to getting access to Assassin's Creed titles following their console counterparts.

"The PC version is coming out early 2015,"Ubisoft recently confirmed to Eurogamer. "PC fans who enjoyed Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag will be able to discover the missing links between these two epic stories with Assassin's Creed Rogue."

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Four men arrested for smuggling cocaine inside Xbox consoles

Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | Oct 14, 2014 8:08 AM CDT

Life for the older gaming consoles can be tough, but not in the sense they'll be used as containers to smuggle drugs. Older consoles were used as containers for smuggling cocaine, with four men arrested for allegedly smuggling thousands of grams of cocaine since Microsoft's first gaming console.

Four men arrested for smuggling cocaine inside Xbox consoles |

According to the investigation report, a pack of 1100 grams of cocaine worth over $100,000 was stashed inside an Xbox 360, and sent to a house in Reading, Pennsylvania. As investigations progressed, the police followed a vehicle where the suspects arrived in their home at Hancock Boulevard, with police raiding both houses after getting a search warrant, where they found a large amount of cocaine and even Xbox consoles, accessories and other parts.

The items are as follows:

  • 1100 grams of cocaine with the potential street value in excess of $100,000
  • Representative kilogram substitute containing a testable quantity of cocaine
  • Miscellaneous x-box game console and parts.
  • Miscellaneous documents pertaining to the defendants
  • Miscellaneous packaging material related to cocaine
  • Heat sealer machine
  • Additional miscellaneous x-box components and shipping packaging
  • Cutting agent related to cocaine.
  • Five counter-surveillance cameras
  • Over fourteen cellular telephones
  • Box of .40 caliber ammunition and loaded gun magazine
  • Digital scale
  • Plastic bag containing "crack" cocaine
  • Approx. $600.00 in U.S. Currency

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Assassin's Creed Unity Xbox One bundle reportedly leaked online

Michael Hatamoto | Oct 14, 2014 7:30 AM CDT

It appears an Australian retailer has published details of the Microsoft Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity bundle, which could be announced in the near future. Retailing for around $650 for the Australian market, the bundle includes a black 500GB Xbox One unit, Kinect, Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. The bundle without a Kinect will cost around $521 but include the same console and games.

Assassin's Creed Unity Xbox One bundle reportedly leaked online |

Microsoft hopes its gaming bundles will help draw interest from gamers ahead of the 2014 Christmas holiday shopping season - an important time for the company desperate to try to catch up to the Sony PlayStation 4. The company recently announced its Halo: The Master Chief bundle, but it won't be available to U.S. gamers, however.

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Firefly Online's first footage appears out of nowhere

Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | Oct 14, 2014 6:22 AM CDT

A video of Firefly Online was spotted in YouTube which was showing off its 3D environment engine. The game is designed by Spark Plug Games, and the sneak peak shows a one-minute video of the derelict ship's environment.

The video doesn't show much, except a lot of running around an abandoned ship, but it does give a good look of the game, and the progress the designs have made so far. Firefly is an MMO where the series' cast will be present in the game. According to Andy Fore, the CEO of Quantum Mechanix Interactive who is the publisher for Firefly Online, this will not be a traditional MMO since Firefly wasn't a typical sci-fi show.

When you're a captain of a ship in the game, you will need to get crew members. The crew members are NPCs, but unlike typical NPCs, they have an independent control of their life, and have the ability to transfer to ships belonging to other captains, retaining memories, personality traits and even grudges. The relationship between the character and the NPC is based on loyalty. There isn't much information about the game's release, as the developer is being quiet, unlike other publishers. While it's too early to say if this game will be good, I am sure this will satisfy a lot of Firefly fans.

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Far Cry 4 dev says if they went for 60FPS it would require 'sacrifice'

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 13, 2014 10:00 PM CDT

Oh, Ubisoft. The latest in a massive string of frame rate-related news, the Creative Director of Far Cry 4 has stepped forward to talk about Far Cry 4's frame rate on consoles. The upcoming adventure-based first-person shooter will be rendered at 1080p on the PS4, which is great and all, but it is locked at 30FPS, making it yet another Ubisoft title to be locked at the potato-powered frame rate. I'm sure that Ubisoft locked it at 30FPS, because we know that they think 60FPS "looks weird".

Far Cry 4 dev says if they went for 60FPS it would require 'sacrifice' |

Alex Hutchinson, the Creative Director behind the game, replied to someone on Twitter who was asking "why not 1080p 60 fps", to which Hutchinson replied: "We'd have to simplify the art, have less people or events on screen or make other sacrifices". Someone else asked about the Xbox One version of the game, where Hutchinson said "We will announce all PC and console specs in crazy detail very soon: no point restricting it to Twitter. XBone looks great".

When it comes to the Xbox One version of Far Cry 4, versus the PlayStation 4 version, Hutchinson said he couldn't really tell a difference between the two. He said: "I would say identical but then some asshat would say a tree had one more leaf on xbone. So let's say I don't see a difference". It should be interesting to see what resolution Far Cry 4 is running at on the Xbox One, but judging from previous games on the PS4 running at 1080p, we should see Far Cry 4 on the Xbox One running at 900p, or possibly 1080p with some things dialed down to maintain that massive 30FPS frame rate.

Continue reading: Far Cry 4 dev says if they went for 60FPS it would require 'sacrifice' (full post)

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gets a Music Kit

Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | Oct 13, 2014 9:59 PM CDT

Probably the strangest addition to a long-time team-player based first person shooter with a massive fan base, Valve has added a music-kit feature to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, where it replaces the in-game music with the listed music.

Once the music is equipped in-game for any scenario, you can share it with anyone and play in that particular selected action when it takes place. It also includes a feature where a special MVP anthem plays whenever you become the in-game MVP (Most Valuable Player). Scenarios include starting the round, planting bombs, diffusing bombs, shot dead and few more.

As of now, there are nine kits available via Steam market. One of these artists also made background music for games like Ghost Recon, Transformers: Age of Extinction, etc. Valve implemented this so that players can 'establish your identity', but I am sure a lot of people would like to see this feature let them choose the music that they want to play. In any case, some players seem to like this new addition. There have been few artists of these kits who have interacted with gamers as well in Reddit, and gamers can pitch in ideas or suggestions if they want to.

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Ubisoft denies claims of downgrading Assassin's Creed Unity

Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | Oct 12, 2014 11:20 AM CDT

It's been a rollercoaster ride for Ubisoft over the last couple of months, starting with Ubisoft it wasn't going to port Assassin's Creed for Wii U, because it wasn't powerful enough unless they degrade the experience, which they do not intend to do.

Ubisoft denies claims of downgrading Assassin's Creed Unity |

Older reports have pointed out that Assassin's Creed Unity will be rendered at 900p with 30FPS lock for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Later, Ubisoft's World Level Design Director for Unity Nicolas Guerin stepped in, adding that the reason they didn't aim towards 60FPS was because it made the game look like a Hobbit's movie while 30 FPS can deliver 'cinematic' experience.

PC and PlayStation 4 gamers started expressing disappointment towards Ubisoft and their actions towards the gaming community. PlayStation 4 gamers were also not happy because despite having more horse power than Xbox One, their experience will not be better. As the result of the backlash of its previous comments, Ubisoft had to reply to extinguish the fire, or at least try. Through its company's blog post, communications manager Gary Steinman said that the company will not stifle the game experience, rather it will try to achieve its full potential.

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