Sep 22 2014
Samsung is allegedly partnering with PayPal to launch a rival service to Apple Pay.
The two firms are in talks to develop an NFC-powered payments system for smartwatches, according to Business Korea.
The service is said to be compatible with one of Samsung's third-generation smartwatches, offering "simple payment functions" powered by PayPal.
Furthermore, the system will reportedly be protected by "fingerprint identification technology" provided by biometrics firm Synaptics.
Samsung is said to be planning to launch its PayPal-touting smartwatch early next year to take on the Apple Watch.
PayPal was conspicuously excluded from the Apple Pay lineup, and its rumoured partnership with Samsung could be the reason why.
Google has decided to make Google+ optional for new users who sign up to its other products.
Since January 2012, having an account on the company's social network had been compulsory for those who joined Gmail and YouTube, according to Marketing Land.
Now new users are presented with a 'No thanks' option when signing up.
Google was particularly criticised for integrating YouTube accounts with Google+.
The recent move had led to speculation that the social network could be closed, especially after Google+ boss Vic Gundotra left in April.
In July Google+ softened its stance on pseudonyms, allowing users to go by their choice of moniker rather than requiring them to use their real names.
Dark Souls 2's 'Crown of the Ivory King' DLC has been delayed, Bandai Namco has confirmed.
Originally scheduled for a September 30 launch, the add-on has been pushed back until next week.
'Crown of the Ivory King' launches on Xbox 360 and PC on September 30 and PS3 from October 1.
Bandai Namco is yet to provide an official explanation for the delay.
The final part of the 'Lost Crowns' trilogy will introduce another new area, enemies and items to the game.
Previous DLC packs include 'The Crown of the Sunken King' and 'Crown of the Old Iron King'.
Individual DLC packs can be purchased for £7.99 or for £19.99 as part of the Dark Souls 2 season pass.
Oculus Rift has been named as the official platform and build target for the Unity 5 graphics engine.
The headset will be supported by both the Free and Pro versions of the engine, meaning that additional tools and resources should be granted to developers.
"Unity has one of the most active developer communities building for the Rift, and today we're thrilled to announce that we've partnered with Unity to make Oculus an official platform and build target," said Oculus VR in a blog post.
"This means that Unity will now fully support Oculus and the Rift with a dedicated add-on that includes stereo imaging optimisations, 3D audio support, and other features specifically for virtual reality."
The news was announced this weekend at the Oculus Connect conference, where a new prototype model of the device dubbed Crescent Bay was revealed.
It is yet to be confirmed when a consumer edition of Oculus Rift will be released.
Oculus VR has unveiled the latest prototype model of its Oculus Rift headset at the Oculus Connect conference this weekend.
The Crescent Bay version of the hardware features a more svelte body than existing models, and comes with built-in audio and 360-degree motion-tracking.
Company CEO Brendan Iribe claims that the Crescent Bay developer kit includes numerous improvements over previous versions.
For instance, the headphones on the new model can be detached and swapped for a personal pair, and support for custom audio software has been introduced.
"We're working on audio as aggressively as we're working on the vision side," said Iribe.
A demo of a new Rift-optimised shooter called Showdown - described as a Call of Duty-esque virtual reality experience - was also revealed at Oculus Connect.
Sony Computer Entertainment is aiming to launch an internet TV service in the US before the end of the year.
CEO Andrew House told the Wall Street Journal that the firm is in talks with various content partners to provide programming for the platform.
"A streaming-based approach needs to have a very wide funnel of devices, and that inherently means a broad and manufacturer-agnostic approach," he said.
The internet TV service is expected to be compatible with hardware including the PlayStation 4, Vita, Sony Bravia TVs and the Xperia range of mobile devices.
It was previously reported that Viacom are on board for the venture, potentially bringing content from its MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount, Comedy Central, VH1 and Spike channels.
Sony is also rumoured to have held discussions with Disney, Time Warner and Showtime.
United Front Games is planning to fully unveil Triad Wars next week.
The Sleeping Dogs developer will share more information about its upcoming PC online game on Monday (September 22).
"I wanted to let you know that we will be unveiling the game on Monday," United Front Games community manager James Baldwin said.
"We are extremely excited to finally show you what we have been working on so stay tuned to this space!"
Triad Wars will reportedly be set in the Sleeping Dogs universe.
Tropico 5 has been delayed for release on PlayStation 4.
Originally set to launch this autumn, the PS4 version of the dictator simulation title is now scheduled to arrive in early 2015.
The game hit Mac and Linux platforms yesterday (September 19), after making its debut earlier this year on PC.
Meanwhile, an Xbox 360 edition is still slated for November.
The sim places players in the role of El Presidente, who is tasked with guiding the infamous island of Tropico through the centuries as the world changes and moves forward.
He must also tackle the changing needs of his people, as well as opposing governments and factions, and thus lay the foundations for his own dynasty.
Square Enix has launched a cloud gaming company called Shinra Technologies.
Based in New York City, Shinra Technologies will be led by former Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada.
Named after the villainous power company in Final Fantasy VII, Shinra Technologies is a cloud gaming company aiming to deliver new experiences.
Using its proprietary cloud technologies, it plans to make games with the power of a "virtual supercomputer", offering experiences not possible on PCs and consoles.
"All games are streamed as video, and Shinra requires no particular hardware to play its games," reads a Shinra Technologies statement.
"Furthermore, Shinra has partnered with world-class infrastructure and network providers to ensure high video quality and minimal latency."
The company will team with a number of gaming development studios to create "new types of game experiences".
It is currently in talks with Ubisoft, whose CEO Yves Guillemot described the venture as "intriguing".
"Ubisoft has long believed that the cloud will play an important part in gaming's future," said Guillemot.
"We are intrigued by the direction Shinra Technologies is taking and look forward to seeing what their architecture and technologies can deliver."
The firm plans to unveil its full content lineup soon, and will hold beta tests in North America and Japan early next year.
Square Enix registered the Shinra trademark in Japan earlier this year.
The firm recently announced plans to release a Final Fantasy XV demo with Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD next March.
Driveclub will be available as part of a white PS4 hardware bundle.
The Glacier White PS4 will be packaged with a copy of the game and a white controller.
The hardware bundle will be available in the UK and other parts of Europe. It will retail for €439.99 (UK pricing is yet to be revealed).
Sony has also announced details of a second Driveclub package, which will also be available in the UK.
The Player Edition bundle contains a black PS4, two controllers, a copy of the game and a PlayStation Camera. It is listed at €499.99 (UK pricing is yet to be revealed).
Driveclub will make its PS4 debut on October 10 in Europe and October 7 in North America. It will launch alongside another previously announced PS4 hardware bundle.
The full Driveclub experience will be available to unlock for £42.99 / $49.99, while a limited version can be downloaded for free with a PS Plus subscription.
The PS Plus edition comes with one location, 11 tracks, 10 cars and access to all game modes.