Nintendo executive Shigeru Miyamoto has said that virtual reality gaming would not be a good fit for the Wii U.
The Super Mario Bros creator told Time magazine that he does not believe the technology is well suited to home consoles due to its solo nature.
"When you think about what virtual reality is, which is one person putting on some goggles and playing by themselves kind of over in a corner, or maybe they go into a separate room and they spend all their time alone playing in that virtual reality, that's in direct contrast with what it is we're trying to achieve with Wii U," he said.
"And so I have a bit of uneasiness with whether or not that's the best way for people to play."
Miyamoto went on to say that virtual reality could have a future at arcade parlours and other public places.
"There's interest in the technology, but we think it might be better suited to some sort of attraction style of entertainment, say something at a video game arcade or things like that, rather than something that one person plays alone," he added.
There has been renewed interest in virtual reality since Facebook acquired the company behind the Oculus Rift headset earlier this year, with Sony and Samsung now working on similar products.
Jun 18 2014
Gran Turismo 6 has added the Red Bull Ring in a new update.
The free update introduces the full course and short track layouts of the Red Bull Ring, which is described as a "high-speed circuit with long flat out sections".
Elsewhere, the update also adds the Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo supercar.
The vehicle can be purchased from the 'Vision GT' section, or by completing a lap in a new seasonal event. It comes with new gear.
The GT-R NISMO GT3 Nissan GT, Academy Team RJN '13, Lexus IS F CCS-R '11 and Toyota TS030 Hybrid '12 have also been added to dealerships.
The update also improves the game's physics model, tweaks car handling for certain vehicles and lets players reset cars back to their default settings.
Gran Turismo 6 recently released additional content and events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Ayrton Senna's death.
Jun 18 2014
The PS4's 'suspend mode' is still in the works, according to Sony.
Sony's Shuhei Yoshida told Kotaku that the feature wasn't planned for launch, but is still in development.
"Our team has been working on it," Yoshida explained. "There are some things that we announced in February of last year that were not planned for the launch timeframe."
Asked for an exact timeframe, Yoshida replied: "I am asking the same question to my tech team every other week. Because every day I get reminded by lots of people: 'Where is this? Where is that?' It's a great reminder for me."
Keeping the PS4 in a low powered state, suspend mode preserves game sessions, letting users pick up where they left off after rebooting the console.
Sony recently introduced pre-loading to the PS4, letting users download pre-ordered games before they're released.
Added in a recent update, the feature will debut with Destiny on September 9.
Jun 18 2014
Electronic Arts has played down reports that Battlefield will become a yearly franchise.
EA's Patrick Söderlund told Polygon that the company doesn't want to annualise everything.
"The EA that I'm trying to help build isn't an EA that needs to annualise everything," Söderlund explained.
"It doesn't necessarily mean that we need to annualise Battlefield and that's the way it's going to be forever and ever.
"I understand that some people may look at it that way but that's what happened."
Söderlund is also confident that the improvements made to Battlefield 4's multiplayer will carry over to Hardline.
"Everything that we've fixed with [Battlefield 4] will go into Hardline," he continued.
"Once people get their hands on the netcode patch, which I think is profound, that will take care of a lot of the complaints around Battlefield... and how responsive the game is."
Developed by Dead Space studio Visceral Games, Battlefield: Hardline revolves around the war between cops and criminals.
Battlefield: Hardline is in development for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC.
The world's largest video game collection has been sold at auction.
Michael Thommason's record-breaking collection of 11,000 games has sold for $750,250 on GameGavel.
Bids started at $50,000 approximately two weeks ago.
Recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records 2014 Gamers Edition, Thommason's collection featured games from systems such as the Atari 5200, Neo Geo, Nintendo Virtual Boy, SNES, Mega Drive, PSOne, Dreamcast, Xbox and much more.
More than 2,600 of the games were listed as factory sealed, while 8,300 were complete with box and manual.
Thommason hopes to start collecting again after addressing immediate and extended family matters.
"While I do not wish to part with these games, I have responsibilities that I have made to others and this action is how I will help meet them," he explained.
"No worries, I've sold my collection many times in the past and still managed to capture Guinness's attention, and it is entirely possible that I may again."
The Wii U is in need of a price drop, Ubisoft has suggested.
In addition to acknowledging strong early sales of the Wii U exclusive Mario Kart 8, company CEO Yves Guillemot says Nintendo can shift more units of the console if it was 'priced right'.
"With Mario Kart, Wii U made one step and we expect with Smash Bros. it will also do more. If Nintendo put the right price on the machine then they will probably have a chance to do further," Guillemot told CVG.
He also reconfirmed that Ubisoft is holding back an unannounced Wii U title until a larger install base is attained.
"That game is waiting for more machines to be available," he added.
"We are also waiting for them to achieve more sales so that we can invest more. Because the problem we have with next-gen now here, is that we are seeing less games that are on next-gen and last-gen consoles.
"Nintendo has to perform this year, otherwise they will have less games. Justifying investing in the machine needs a larger install base."
Ubisoft plans to release Watch Dogs and the recently-announced Just Dance 2015 on Wii U.
Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono has left Capcom Vancouver.
Ono announced the news on Twitter, before confirming that he remains with Capcom at large.
Ono said that he will take some time to consider his next move, but continues to work on his existing projects.
Capcom Vancouver is perhaps best known for its work on the Dead Rising series.
Ono, meanwhile, recently teased Street Fighter 5, but admitted that next-gen development costs could hold it back.
The game is said to be in the planning stages of development.
Sony's PlayStation 4 has outsold the Xbox One for the fifth consecutive month in North America.
May NPD figures (via VG247) show that the PS4 was the top-selling home console, followed by the Nintendo 3DS.
Overall console sales were up by 95% on 2013 ($187 million), with the Wii U and Vita both benefiting from an increase in sales.
Combined software and hardware sales increased by 52% year-on-year ($586 million), largely thanks to new releases such as Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8.
Mario Kart 8 is believed to have sold 1.2 million copies in its first weekend, while Watch Dogs sales topped 4 million in its first week.
MLB 14: The Show was one of May's biggest-sellers in North America, entering the top ten alongside the likes of Wolfenstein: The New Order, Minecraft and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Sony recently suggested that the PS4 would be more profitable than the PS2.
The decision to sell Xbox One without Kinect will lead to more camera sales, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft's Phil Spencer told Polygon that the new lower price will attract more buyers, which could lead to more Kinect camera sales.
"This might seem backwards, but I believe the decision we made to allow people to buy Xbox One without Kinect included, in the end, will actually lead to more Kinects in the market," Spencer explained.
"I believe that you've got to sell the console before you can sell Kinect."
Spencer added that while he believes the Kinect experience is the best one, customers can opt-in at a later date.
"They can buy it standalone. If they want to buy it day one, I still think that's the best Xbox One experience over the long run, but giving them choice will let us grow the largest install base of Xbox One customers, and those who choose to will actually add Kinect to it as well."
Kinect-free Xbox One bundles are available now for the cheaper price point of £349.
To coincide with the decision, Xbox One developer kits have received an increase in GPU bandwidth.
Jun 18 2014
LittleBigPlanet 3 has been confirmed for release on PlayStation 3.
Announced during Sony's E3 2014 presser, the platforming sequel is also in the works for PlayStation 4.
In addition to featuring series staple Sackboy, the upcoming title introduces three new playable characters - OddSock, Swoop and Toggle - each with its own set of unique abilities.
OddSock can bound up and over walls; Swoop can glide through the skies; and Toggle can transform between two different entities.
All new playable characters are fully customisable, according to developer Sumo Digital.
It was recently confirmed that Stephen Fry will return to narrate LittleBigPlanet 3.
The game is scheduled to debut in November.