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Sony's PlayStation Network orders first original drama

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 12:37am

Sony's PlayStation Network has followed online media giants Netflix and Amazon in commissioning its first original drama series, a spokesman said. "Powers," based on a comic book of the same name, combines the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir and police procedural, and is produced by Sony Pictures, he said. Sony, aiming to compete with its main video games console rival Microsoft's Xbox Live in offering TV-style programing, has ordered 10 episodes of the show, according to CNN. The PlayStation Network spokesman, Dan Race, gave no further details.

Landfill search for 'E.T.' video game is halted

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 7:10pm
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators are blocking two companies from digging up an Alamogordo landfill in search of a rumored cache of what some consider the worst Atari video game of all time.

Landfill search for 'E.T.' video game halted

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 3:54pm
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators are blocking two companies from digging up an Alamogordo landfill in search of a rumored cache of what some consider the worst Atari video game of all time.

PlayStation announces superhero TV series 'Powers'

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:48pm

Police procedural "Powers" is to become Sony's first serving of TV content for the PlayStation Network, adapted from the acclaimed Eisner Award-winning graphic novel series. The series has been on Sony's books since it was first optioned in 2001, with a previous production attempt taking place in 2011. But where Fox's FX Network might have originally viewed "Powers" as a replacement for "The Shield," Sony's new venture is perhaps better placed to tap "Heroes" -- especially with cinema franchise "The Avengers" in full swing. Accordingly, this revamped effort recruits writer Charlie Huston, author of adolescent crime fiction caper "The Shotgun Rule," spy novel "Skinner" and a number of Marvel comics, who is a self-professed fan of "Powers."

Upcoming video games: 'Diablo III' expansion, 'Fez' on PlayStation, 'Elder Scrolls Online'

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:01am

"Diablo III" puts its best foot forward as the dungeon crawler receives significant expansion in "Reaper of Souls," while critically acclaimed puzzle platformer "Fez" arrives on three PlayStation platforms and new MMO "The Elder Scrolls Online" attempts to duplicate the success of "Skyrim."

Leaked images hint at how amazing the next Assassin’s Creed game will look on Xbox One, PS4

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:51pm

Assassin’s Creed, one of the biggest multiplatform video game properties, is reportedly double dipping on the release schedule this fall, making separates appearances on the recently released Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Last month we covered a conference call in which Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot mentioned five major releases coming in 2014, two of which hadn’t been revealed. We assumed that one of them would be an Assassin’s Creed title, but screenshots obtained by Kotaku (along with information from various other sources) seem to indicate both of the unannounced games will be part of the popular franchise. Assassin’s Creed Unity, the purported name (or possibly code name) of the current generation

Sony announces details for upcoming PlayStation 4 updates

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:40am

The PlayStation 4 has had a commanding lead over the console market since launch, but as sales figures have dominated the headlines, Microsoft has been quietly updating the Xbox One. Four months later, the additional features of the Xbox One have begun to outpace those of the PlayStation 4, but Sony doesn’t plan on waiting much longer to catch back up. Scott McCarthy announced on the PlayStation Blog that the next major update for the PS4 will add a video editor and the ability to record gameplay with external HDMI capture devices, two of the most requested missing features. McCarthy says that along with these enhancements, “there will be plenty in the update to excite everyone.” Sony is also working

Titanfall for the Xbox 360 has been delayed until next month

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 10:40am

Being stuck in the last generation of consoles doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out on one of the biggest games of 2014, but it does mean you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to get your hands on it. EA announced on Thursday that the Xbox 360 version of Titanfall has been pushed back to April 8th in the United States and April 11th in Europe. Bluepoint Games, the developer of the last-gen version, was originally planning to have Titanfall ready for a March 25th release, but Bluepoint and EA “see a few things that can be made even better,” so the game has been delayed. EA is promising the full Titanfall experience on the Xbox 360 —

Microsoft is also working on virtual reality gear for Xbox One

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 8:45am

PlayStation 4 fans finally got their first official taste of Sony’s plans for virtual reality gaming when the company unveiled “Project Morpheus” on Tuesday night. Sony called the announcement ”the next innovation from PlayStation that may well shape the future of games,” and it showed off a prototype virtual reality headset as well as a software development kit (SDK) that will allow game makers to create immersive VR video games. As it turns out, however, Sony isn’t the only big name working to bring virtual reality gaming to its latest console. Buried in a report from The Wall Street Journal earlier this week is a very interesting note that should definitely excite Xbox One fans. According to the report, Microsoft is also

Sony unveils prototype virtual reality headset for Playstation

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:21am

By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sony Corp unveiled a prototype for a new virtual reality headset accessory for its Playstation 4 games console on Tuesday at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, as it bids to further acceptance of the concept. The headset, still in development under the name "Project Morpheus", is designed to provide an immersive experience for gamers by projecting a virtual reality image in front of their eyes that shifts as it tracks the movement of their head. Sony has been eager to popularise virtual reality goggles, releasing its first "personal 3D viewer" for watching movies in August 2011, but the concept has been slow to catch on among users that rejected it as clunky and gimmicky. However, Project Morpheus marks the first specialist gaming headset from Sony Computer Entertainment, which has been experimenting with the format since 2010.

Microsoft will take its sweet time launching the Xbox One in new markets

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 6:30pm

Microsoft on Wednesday announced new Xbox One launch plans for many international markets on top of the 13 countries the console is already available in, but the company is not exactly in a hurry to release its console in those markets. Microsoft said that 26 additional countries will get the Xbox One, but that will happen only at some point in September. “We’ll have much more to share at a local level towards the end of April, so stay tuned,” the company wrote. Additionally, the company revealed that users spend an average of five hours per day on the Xbox One, with the highest number of hours logged on Xbox Live since the launch of the Xbox One having been

Wal-Mart takes aim at $2B used video game market

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 5:15pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart plans to start buying used video games from shoppers at stores in a move that goes after the bread-and-butter business of GameStop.

Video: One of Xbox One’s most amazing future features now in open beta

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 4:59pm

One of the ways Microsoft hopes to retake the lead from Sony in the latest console wars is through the quality of its console-exclusive games. With titles such as Titanfall already paying huge dividends and with future Halo games promising to rake in even more cash, it looks like the Xbox One is off to a good start. However, Microsoft’s plan to bring killer exclusive games to the Xbox One goes well beyond relying on big-name studios — it also wants to encourage anyone with a great idea to develop for the platform. Microsoft Xbox Live programming director Larry Hryb announced on Tuesday that Project Spark, an Xbox platform that gives developers the tools they need to make their own game

Video: This is the game that will finally ‘silence Xbox One critics’

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 1:56pm

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox One video game console has millions of fans. It also has millions of critics, and each group is incredibly loud when voicing support for the new Microsoft console or when attacking it with harsh critiques. According to one industry watcher, however, the Xbox One game that will finally silence critics is about to launch. Titled “Kinect Sports Rivals,” think of this fantastic looking game as Wii Sports on more steroids than A-Rod could stuff into his body in 100 lifetimes. Forbes contributor Andy Robertson managed to get an exclusive first look at the exciting game, which will be the first to truly make great use of Microsoft’s next-generation Kinect motion controller. Kinect Sports Rivals packs soccer, bowling, tennis, target shooting,

Walmart Lets You Trade Video Games for Groceries

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 1:25pm

Trading video games for groceries might sound like an odd concept, but it's one of the many exchanges you'll soon get to make at Walmart. The mega-retailer is now accepting trade-ins on used games at its stores, allowing you to turn your old copies of "Call of Duty" and "Halo" into gift cards to be used online or at any Walmart or Sam's Club location. The program, launching Mar. 26, will allow shoppers to trade in games "for popular consoles like the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360." Once a game is brought in, Walmart will scan the UPC, check the disk for any damage and provide a trade-in value based on the game's condition.

Even without Titanfall, PlayStation 4 also saw a huge sales spike last week

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 1:11pm

According to a report issued earlier this week, Titanfall gave Microsoft’s Xbox One a huge and much-needed sales boost in the United Kingdom last week. Though nothing has been confirmed, sales reportedly spike a whopping 96% as the highly anticipated mech-style shooter finally launched. According to a new report, however, Microsoft’s newest console wasn’t the only next-generation box that enjoyed a massive sales boost last week. According to MCV UK Editor Christopher Dring, Sony’s PlayStation 4 also saw a huge spike in sales last week, despite the fact that it had no highly anticipated game launches like Titanfall to serve as a catalyst. The reason PS4 sales spiked, according to Dring, is simply that Sony was finally able to get a significant

Microsoft to launch Xbox One in 26 more countries

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:36am

Microsoft said Tuesday it would launch its new Xbox One gaming and entertainment console in 26 additional countries by September, ramping up its efforts against rival Sony. "On the heels of the most successful Xbox launch in history, we continue to be blown away by the support and engagement of our fans," Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi said in a blog post. "Now it's time to ensure even more fans around the world can enjoy Xbox One. Microsoft's Xbox One is waging an intense battle with Sony's PlayStation 4 and Nintendo's Wii U to be at the heart of digital home entertainment.

Details on Microsoft’s next big Xbox One update emerge

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:26am

The next Xbox One update preview is already live for beta program participants, just two weeks after the last major update rolled out to the public. The 1404 update (also known as the April update) will most notably continue to improve upon the friends list, adding notifications that will appear when your friends and favorites log in to Xbox Live. You will also be able to see if they are playing a multiplayer match and a list of their most popular apps. Other improvements include a progress bar on your game saves to show you how recently the game or app has been updated, higher video quality for game DVR recordings, updates to device management for TVs and set-top boxes

Wal-Mart to accept video game trade-ins in stores

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 10:56am

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart plans to expand its video game trade-in program to its stores, offering store credit for thousands of video games.

Video: Angry Birds Epic trailer reveals completely revamped gameplay

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 8:45pm

Rovio on Monday posted on YouTube an official gameplay trailer for its upcoming Angry Birds Epic game, revealing how this new role-play game looks and what kind of battles it will have to offer. The game is initially only available on iOS devices in three markets: Australia, Canada and New Zealand. According to the video, Angry Birds Epic will have a turn-based combat system that will be more than familiar to Hero Academy fans, departing from the tried and tested bird-slinging action from previous Angry Birds titles. However, the battle phase will be part of a single player adventure on Piggy Island instead of multiplayer like in Hero Academy, pitting a team of Angry Birds heroes with special abilities against