Sony's E3 2014 press conference will be shown in movie theatres, the firm has announced.

The upcoming presentation, which will take place on June 9 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, will be viewable on the big screen in more than 40 locations across the US and Canada.

Attendees will also see 30 minutes of bonus content, including exclusive extended game footage and interviews with some of the "biggest" developers.

Fans who are unable to attend will still be able to watch the press conference on the PlayStation website or Ustream.

At this year's E3, the electronics giant will begin showcasing its upcoming PlayStation titles at 1am UK time.

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BattleCry has been announced by Bethesda Softworks and BattleCry Studios.

The PC-only, free-to-play online game pits up to 32 players together in a post-apocalyptic world created by Viktor Antonov, the vision behind the worlds in Half-Life 2 and Dishonored.

Traditional warfare has been relegated following the banning of gunpowder after a world war, leading to conflicts being settled by teams of warriors in sanctioned warzones using swords, shields and bows and arrows.

"The BattleCry team is happy to unveil the game that bears our studio's name," said president and executive producer Rich Vogel.

"We have been hard at work to create a fresh experience for gamers that brings together multiplayer action with visually stunning combat and are excited to share details about the game and have people play BattleCry in Bethesda's booth at E3."

BattleCry will be available in 2015.

Bethesda owner ZeniMax recently released Wolfenstein: The New Order, which was the second biggest game launch of the year so far.

The firm also said that Fallout 4 won't be announced for a long time.

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Microsoft has no plans to sell the Xbox business, according to company CEO Satya Nadella.

Despite being urged to sell off the Xbox business by investors, Nadella told attendees of California's Code Conference that the company isn't planning to make any major changes.

"I have no intent to do anything different with Xbox than we are doing today," Nadella said (via The Verge).

Nadella also spoke about the importance of Microsoft building its own hardware.

"It is the thing that is really going to power all the experiences on all the devices today and tomorrow," he continued.

"In order to be in the hunt for those experiences, and get it right, you do need to - from time to time - build devices, so you don't leave anything to chance."

Microsoft recently announced plans to sell the Xbox One without Kinect for the first time since launch.

The Kinect-less Xbox One consoles will be available from June 9 for the reduced price of £349.


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Valve's Steam Machines have been delayed to 2015.

In a Steam community post, Valve's Eric Hope said that the hardware was being held back while the company playtests and improves the Steam Controller.

"We've been getting emails from the Steam community asking us how our in-development Steam Machines are coming along," Hope writes.

"We're now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers.

"It's generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we'll be able to make the controller a lot better.

"Of course, it's also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements. Realistically, we're now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014."

Promising the best gaming experience possible, Hope said that Valve will keep fans updated when new information is available.

Powered by Valve's SteamOS, the company's Steam Machines aim to bring cutting-edge PC gaming to the living room.

With prices ranging from $499 (£304) to $6,000 (£3,659), Valve unveiled 13 third-party Steam Machines at CES 2014 in January.

The company revealed a redesigned Steam Controller in March.

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Watch Dogs players on PC are experiencing unexpected crashes and server problems, it has been reported.

The PC version of the newly-released open-world title requires Uplay, which is currently disallowing users to play the game properly.

"We're still working on fixing our server authentication issues," said Ubisoft on Twitter.

"All the possible efforts are put into the resolution of this problem. We are currently monitoring the situation closely."

The publisher added: "The connection is rising and the issue still seems intermittent, the sign in system might work after several tries."

The company has yet to announce a solid fix for the issue.

Released yesterday (May 27), Watch Dogs is also available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.


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iPhone and iPad owners have been targeted by a hacker, who is causing their devices to freeze and demanding a ransom to unlock them.

Reports of users being locked out of their iOS devices first emerged in Australia, but some Britons have also been affected, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The hacker, who refers to himself as Oleg Pliss, is believed to have found a way to exploit Apple's Find My iPhone feature to remotely lock devices.

Affected users have been told to pay between $50 and $100 Australian dollars (up to £55) to regain access to their iOS device.

Those targeted by Pliss have taken to the Apple support forums for guidance, but the Cupertino firm is yet to comment on the matter.

Australian government website Stay Smart Online has advised those affected not to pay the ransom and change their Apple ID.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned to court in Iran to answer allegations that Instagram and WhatsApp violate users' privacy.

Although the entrepreneur is unlikely to attend the hearing as there is no extradition agreement between Iran and the US, both apps are said to have been blocked in the territory as a result of the dispute.

The report came to light via local news agency ISNA, naming paramilitary Basij force official Ruhollah Momen Nasab as its source.

"According to the court's ruling, the Zionist director of the company of Facebook, or his official attorney must appear in court to defend himself and pay for possible losses," he is quoted as saying.

The news follows word that another Iranian court had ordered the blocking of Instagram over privacy concerns, but reports from the capital city of Tehran suggest it is still accessible.

Fellow social networks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are already blocked in Iran.


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Adidas has launched its miCoach Smart Ball ahead of this summer's World Cup finals.

The high-tech football uses an array of sensors to track every kick and relays the data to a companion iOS app via Bluetooth.

The app stores information on how hard the ball has been struck, its flight trajectory, impact points and more. Users will be offered coaching advice based on this data.

A Record Book feature will keep track of data and performance over time and social sharing will allow users to compare their results with others.

The miCoach Smart Ball is charged through a wireless induction charging stand.

"There was a huge amount of interest in the concept when we first showcased the ball," said Christian DiBenedetto, Adidas's senior innovation director.

"The testing feedback from both amateur and professional athletes has been tremendous and we know users will love the engaging and instructional training this ball will bring to their game."

The miCoach Smart Ball is available now via the Adidas website and Apple's online store, priced at £249.95.


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Internet security firm Avast has announced that its online forums have been targeted by hackers.

Company head Ondrej Vleck contacted subscribers by email to inform them that user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords were stolen in a cyber attack.

No financial or license information from the firm's main website was accessed during the breach.

The Avast forums, which were powered by software from Simple Machines Forum, have been taken offline for rebuilding.

Vlcek strongly advised Avast users to change their forum password, as well as reset login details for any other online services where the same phrase is used.

Avast's free anti-virus software is one of the most downloaded security packages, with more than 200 million installations worldwide.


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Loading Human has been successfully funded on Kickstarter.

The virtual reality game has passed its $30,000 funding goal with nine days of its Kickstarter campaign remaining.

The first of three planned Loading Human episodes will now be developed for PC and Mac with Oculus Rift and motion-based controllers such as the Sixense STEM and Razer Hydra.

It will also be developed for PS4 and Project Morpheus.

To celebrate the milestone, Untold Games has released a gameplay video (above) that explores the "purple VR world".

Untold Games CEO Flavio Parenti is now hoping to secure additional funding to add stretch goals.

"Loading Human's development is assured now that we have surpassed our initial Kickstarter funding target, but we are still a long way from home," Parenti explained.

"New challenges await us as we seek to improve the game in every aspect and deliver an even more revolutionary experience by reaching funding stretch goals like multi-language voice acting, multiple puzzle solutions and performance motion-capture," he added.

The first Loading Human episode has an estimated launch date of February 2015 on PC and Mac.


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