A Spelunky enthusiast has set a new world record score on the game, finishing with a final haul of $3,105,850.

The player known as Bananasaurus_Rex completed his history-making run in seven and a half hours, pushing the previous record of $2,980,000 into second place.

Bananasaurus_Rex is a renowned Spelunky player, previously sharing video footage of him becoming the first user to complete the solo eggplant run and kill the ghost.

Developed by Mossmouth, the action-adventure game follows a nameless character known as the Spelunker, who explores tunnels and tries to gather treasure while avoiding traps and enemies.

It features randomly-generated levels that constantly test the skills of the player.

Spelunky was originally released as an Xbox 360 exclusive, but has since found its way to PC and the PlayStation Network.

Last month, a Spelunky player set a new speedrun record on the game by completing it in little over two minutes.

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Titanfall for Xbox One will be available to pre-load ahead of its release date, Microsoft has announced.

Customers who pre-order the mech-based shooter will be able to download it prior to launch, although it will not be playable in advance.

"You will be charged the full price immediately for this pre-purchase," said Microsoft.

"You may download the game from Xbox Live before then, but it will not be playable until after 12:01 AM PST on the release date in your country."

Titanfall will be accessible from midnight on the day of launch, but Microsoft is yet to confirm when users will be able to download the 15.88GB title, or reveal whether PC and Xbox 360 owners will be able to do the same.

Titanfall will be released on Xbox One and PC on March 14 in Europe, March 11 in North America, and late March on Xbox 360.

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Tengami Wii U's launch window has been narrowed down by Nyamyam.

The Wii U version of the atmospheric adventure game will arrive in June on the Nintendo eShop, according to the developer (via ONM).

The title has players explore a paper crafted pop-up world, which features an art style inspired by traditional Japanese arts and crafts.

In-game environments can be manipulated to solve puzzles and discover secrets.

Tengami launched earlier this week on iOS devices.

PC and Mac editions are also in the works, and each version will contain tailored puzzles.

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Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare will launch without microtransactions, PopCap Games has confirmed.

The upcoming third-person shooter won't contain in-game payments from the get-go, according to the studio.

"So we're not going to have any microtransactions at all at launch," PopCap Games producer Brian Lindley told GameSpot.

Following the title's release, the developer will determine whether to implement the payment method based on in-game metrics and player feedback.

The game recently received a new hands-on video from EA, showcasing gameplay footage of its 24-player 'Gardens and Graveyards' mode.

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare arrives February 27 in Europe and February 25 in North America for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Sony has launched the PlayStation 4 in its native Japan, almost three months after it landed in Europe and North America.

Scores of fans gathered outside Sony Computer Entertainment HQ in Ginza, Tokyo to become among the first in the territory to get their hands on the console.

The firm is marking the occasion with a special launch event featuring appearances from CEO Andrew House, PlayStation president Shuhei Yoshida, Metal Gear Solid's Hideo Kojima, and members of the Final Fantasy and Yakuza teams.

Sony has also rolled out a set of new trailers showcasing the console's Japanese launch lineup, including footage from inFamous: Second Son, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Watch Dogs and Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes.

The PS4's Japanese launch lineup is similar to those of its American and European counterparts, with Nobunaga's Ambition, Capcom's Strider remake and Yakuza: Ishin among the notable differences.

Sony is live streaming its PS4 launch celebrations on Nico Video.

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Google has distributed a prototype smartphone packing advanced 3D hardware and software to developers.

The 5-inch handset is capable of making 250,000 3D measurements per second and is able to create detailed 3D maps based on the user's surroundings.

Potential applications of the Android-powered device include mapping out interiors and helping visually-impaired users find their way around inside unfamiliar buildings.

Google's Advanced Technology and Projects division, headed up by Johnny Lee, developed the phone as part of what has been dubbed Project Tango.

"We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen," said Google in a blog post.

"The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion. We're ready to put early prototypes into the hands of developers that can imagine the possibilities and help bring those ideas into reality."

Google is unlikely to release the Project Tango device commercially any time soon, as the web giant admits that the technology behind it is still in early development.

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Amazon could launch its rumoured set-top box as soon as next month, according to a report.

Tech news website re/code claims to have heard the news from sources who are partnering with the internet retailer for the venture.

The report goes on to say that the Apple TV and Roku competitor will be powered by Google's Android operating system.

However, Amazon has downplayed rumours that it is developing television hardware, which intensified when it teased that it is working on a product "bigger than Kindle".

The news follows confirmation that Amazon Prime and Lovefilm are to be merged into one, creating a new Prime Instant Video service that sees all-you-can-eat movie streaming combined with Prime's next day delivery.

Elsewhere, Apple is expected to announce a next-generation version of its Apple TV hardware in the coming months.

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Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone will be water and dust-proof, according to a report.

ZDNet claims that the standard edition of the handset will be resistant to the elements, but did not reveal the source of its information.

Samsung released a water and dust-proof version of the device's predecessor called the Galaxy S4 active, but the standard edition did not include these features.

Previous reports suggest the Galaxy S5 will feature a QHD (2560 x 1440) Super AMOLED display, a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel camera with 1080p video playback and recording, and a 3000mAh battery.

The handset is also said to include a fingerprint sensor built into its home button, granting users access to shortcuts and providing an extra layer of security.

Samsung will unveil the handset at the Mobile World Congress on February 24.

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Volkswagen has lifted the lid on its next-generation Golf GTE, a plug-in hybrid with a whopping 188mpg fuel efficiency.

The dual-engine vehicle features a 1.4 litre TSI engine backed up by an electric motor capable of a combined output of 200 horsepower with 350Nm of torque.

The new Golf GTE can reach speeds of up to 135mph, but is limited to 81mph when only the electric motor is in use.

Its 8.8kWh lithium-ion battery can handle 31 miles on a full charge, and acceleration from 0 to 62mph takes 7.6 seconds.

Other features include regenerative breaking to charge the battery, LED lights, an 8-inch Discover Pro sat nav, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and 18-inch Serron alloy wheels.

Pricing for the new Volkswagen Golf GTE will be announced in August ahead of its release later this year.

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YouTube has unveiled its new design, making it easier for users to find videos and giving playlists prominent placement.

The overhaul brings back the centre-aligned layout of old, with channels and popular videos appearing at the heart of the homepage and a sidebar on the right for accessing history, subscriptions, and more.

"The way you watch YouTube keeps changing, so we're making a few tweaks to YouTube to keep up with you," said YouTube in a statement.

"Starting today you'll see some changes to make it easier to find what you want to watch on YouTube and collect playlists to watch again and again."

Google-owned YouTube's emphasis on playlists follows rumours that the company is planning to launch a music service to rival Spotify by the end of the year.

Starting today, the new design will be gradually rolled out to users across the world.

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