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EA: Next-gen tablets will have same graphical prowess as PS3 and Xbox 360

Trace Hagan | Jul 7, 2013 11:55 PM CDT

According to Frank Gibeau of EA Labels, the next-gen tablets will get to see some of EA's PS3 and Xbox 360 classics. Gibeau says that the next-gen tablets and mobile devices will feature roughly the same graphical fidelity as the current PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

In the near future, the next wave of tablets and phones will have nearly Xbox 360 or PS3 capabilities in terms of graphics. Some of our engine technology that used to be console-specific now can, with modifications, be able to power games on tablets and on phones in the near future. We're just getting ready for that.

But it's not just about graphics capabilities. Gibeau notes that games can't just be ported over. Instead, the games have to be redesigned for the new interfaces.

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Grand Theft Auto V will require an 8GB installation

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 4, 2013 7:26 AM CDT

Grand Theft Auto 5 is nearly here, but it looks like PS3 and Xbox 360 owners are going to have to do some spring cleaning on their consoles before installation, as it will require an 8GB installation before you can get into the game.

This is going to take quite sometime to get installed, more so on the Xbox 360 which will have GTA V arriving on two DVDs. The PS3 version will come on a single Blu-ray disc, which will make things a little easier. Xbox 360 owners with just 4GB or 8GB are going to be in trouble, where they'll need external storage before they even consider purchasing Rockstar Games' latest open-world title. Rockstar are already on damage control, preparing gamers to install GTA V so that they avoid disappointment.

Rockstar Games have said:

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Microsoft Xbox One introduces new reputation system, will make mean players play with mean players

Trace Hagan | Jul 3, 2013 5:03 PM CDT

The upcoming Microsoft Xbox One will introduce a new Xbox Live Gold reputation system. This system is designed to rank players so mean or undesirable players are matched with other mean or undesirable players. The system will use player reports, moderator actions, mutes, and other reporting systems to rank players. The system may eventually take Xbox Live Arcade purchases and other participation things into account.

"There'll be very good things that happen to people that just play their games and are good participants," said Microsoft senior product manager Mike Lavin. "And you'll start to see some effects if you continue to play bad or, or harass other people en masse. You'll probably end up starting to play more with other people that are more similar to you."

The system will come with protections so a person's reputation won't be unduly affected by an angry mob. It will take into account factors such as whether or not the reporting player actually played a match with person being reported. If the player didn't, the report will carry much less weight than a report from someone who actually played a match with the player. It will also decline over time so that a single bad day won't affect your reputation by too much.

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TweakTown's OUYA Console Unboxing Video

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 3, 2013 1:48 AM CDT

We have a full review of OUYA that will come in around a week, as I'd like a few good nights with it, and a few social nights with friends, in order to get a good look at the OUYA console.

For now, we have an unboxing video and a few teaser photos that you can enjoy.

Before we dive into our quick look at the Android-powered console, just how do you pronounce "OUYA". I have always thought it was "you-ah", but it is actually "ooh-AH". So let's take a quick dive into the OUYA.

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Sony will continue to support the PS3 after the PS4 launches

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 28, 2013 5:29 AM CDT

For those of you who have a PlayStation 3, don't fret, Sony will continue to support their current money-maker once the PS4 launches later in the year for $399.

The confidence in the PS3 comes directly from Sony Japan President, Hiroshi Kawano and Sony Worldwide President, Shuhei Yoshida, when they spoke during an interview with Japanese gaming magazine, Weekly Famitsu. They said that support for the PS3 will continue indefinitely, and that the company has "no intention of immediately shifting from the PS3 to the PS4."

Kawano also noted that after seven years since the PS3 launched, it continues to "sell at a constant pace" and that there are countless titles headed to the PS3 in the future. Kawano added: "With the 2014 launch of our cloud service in the US allowing users to play PS3 games on the PS4, some people may switch consoles from the PS3 to the PS4. But that'll be a gradual process, and to say 'we're releasing a new console, so trade in your old ones for it' would be a maker's ego talking, plain and simple."

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Alienware: next-gen consoles are just PC's with a controller

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 28, 2013 3:25 AM CDT

Alienware are still here, making some seriously high-end gaming PC's and notebooks, and their General Manager, Frank Azon, has some harsh words for Microsoft and Sony's next-gen consoles.

He said that the Xbox One and PS4 are just becoming more and more like the PC, stating that the PC is the ultimate gaming platform, and that Microsoft and Sony are just borrowing concepts from the PC and putting them into a flashy-looking box that sits in your living room.

Azon isn't just talking fluff either, as we know that the next-gen consoles are powered by x86 architectures, which is what the PC is built upon. On top of that we have AMD building them, which are a PC company. We have digital downloads, streaming TV and movies, which have been staples of the PC industry for years now.

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Saints Row IV banned in Australia because it features an 'alien anal probe'

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 26, 2013 12:32 AM CDT

Saints Row IV has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board, and one of the reasons for its ban is quite hilarious - that reason? It includes an "alien anal probe".

Saints Row IV was refused classification for "interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context" and "elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards." What does the alien anal probe do exactly? Well, for the curious:

The game includes a weapon referred to by the Applicant as an "Alien Anal Probe". The Applicant states that this weapon can be "shoved into enemy's backsides". The lower half of the weapon resembles a sword hilt and the upper part contains prong-like appendages which circle around what appears to be a large dildo which runs down the centre of the weapon. When using this weapon the player approaches a (clothed) victim from behind and thrusts the weapon between the victim's legs and then lifts them off the ground before pulling a trigger which launches the victim into the air. After the probe has been implicitly inserted into the victim's anus the area around their buttocks becomes pixelated highlighting that the aim of the weapon is to penetrate the victim's anus. The weapon can be used during gameplay on enemy characters or civilians. In the Board's opinion, a weapon designed to penetrate the anus of enemy characters and civilians constitutes a visual depiction of implied sexual violence that is interactive and not justified by context and as such the game should be Refused Classification.

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OUYA founder is 'pissed' that some original backers don't have their consoles - but what is she going to do about it?

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 25, 2013 9:53 PM CDT

I voiced my opinion a few days ago about backing the OUYA console on Kickstarter and not receiving my console yet, but now we're at the stage of it hitting retail shelves - and getting to the point of selling out at a few of them.

OUYA founder, Julia Uhrman, is "pissed" because some of the Kickstarter backers haven't received their consoles yet, as she promised they would all receive their consoles before OUYA went to retail. Uhrman writes in a Kickstarter update that only the backers received: "I am pissed. Some of you have not yet received your OUYA -- and, to you, I apologize. I did not promise to ship to *most* of you before we hit store shelves. I promised to ship to *all* of you. I've been reading your comments, and we are working to solve this."

I'm still waiting - and my shipping notifications haven't changed. I e-mailed OUYA about changing my address (I moved a month ago) and it feels like I got an automated response, here is what I got told this morning:

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Sony's PlayStation blog releases Gran Turismo 6 pre-order details

Charles Gantt | Jun 24, 2013 12:28 PM CDT

Sony has announced pre-order details for the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 on it's PlayStation blog this morning. The company is offering a unique car pack with four cars to all who pre-order the game and has detailed out some pretty sweet exclusive pre-order packs from GameStop and Amazon.com.

Up first, GameStop is offering not only the four cars pictured above, but for $59.99 gamers can pre-order the exclusive GT6 15th Anniversary Edition and get an additional 16 exclusive cars with exclusive paint jobs, race suits, helmets, and a PSN Avatar. Also included is a free copy of the Beyond the Apex II app. Other features are said to be included but will not be disclosed until closer to launch. Check out the awesome list of exclusive cars that come with the GameStop pre-order below.

Finally, Amazon.com is offering their own exclusive pre-order deal which includes the original four cars pictured above but also includes $1,000,000 in in-game credit. This will allow gamers to build their ultimate garage straight out of the box, and will solidify them as becoming master of their GT6 universe. The credit can be used to unlock multiple aspects of the game, purchase vehicles, upgrades, and other in-game features. The pre-order at Amazon is also about $60, so the decision on which to buy will be a tough one.

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Valve hints that Steam could kick off its Summer Sale in just two days

Charles Gantt | Jun 24, 2013 10:51 AM CDT

Earlier this year, Valve announced a new rewards system that awards you virtual trading cards based on the games you play, with additional cards being obtained through trading with friends. That service is set to launch just two days from now on the 26th and the company has just teased that "an event we think everyone can be excited about," will also begin on the 26th.

Chances are that this "event" will be the highly anticipated Steam Summer Sale, which begins every year around this time. In the event that you are new to PC gaming, the Steam Summer Sale is a week's long sale in which Steam puts top titles on sale for as much as 70% off with different games being added every day.

While almost everyone looks forward to the Summer Sale, I usually get pretty nervous when it arrives. Last year I bought a total of 13 games and spent roughly $100 total. Of those 13 games I think I have installed and played maybe 6, and with so many great titles out right now, I am sure I will buy many more this year.

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