May 26 2014
A DriveClub beta will reportedly take place in July.
According to VG247, Sony is planning to announce the DriveClub beta during its E3 press conference on June 9.
Fans will be able to register an interest in the beta from June 10 ahead of its launch in July, it is claimed.
Sony has denied plans to launch a beta, while design director Simon Barlow has hinted at a smaller closed beta.
Originally due to launch with the PS4 in 2013, DriveClub was delayed until October 7.
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.
Sony recently confirmed that users who pay £42.99 / $49.99 to upgrade to the full version of DriveClub with the PlayStation Plus edition will keep their game after the subscription expires.
Google has been named as the company that provides the best compensation and benefits to its employees.
The web giant topped a survey by business-review site Glassdoor ranking firms based on the perks they offer to staff.
The search engine pioneer scored highly thanks to its high salaries, free transport to and from work, top chefs in its canteens and travel opportunities.
"The company really takes care of us professionally and personally," a Google senior software engineer told the website.
"The benefits are incredibly high. My team has been on offsites to Tahoe, Vegas, and Hawaii in the last year. The company creates an environment where you don't really want to leave campus."
Tech companies dominated the list, with Facebook coming in third and Adobe in fourth, while Microsoft and eBay also made the top 25.
Beats Electronics founders Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine will reportedly join Apple after the technology giant completes its proposed acquisition of the brand.
TechCrunch claims to have heard from a "well-placed source" that the firm is keen to recruit the duo in unspecified roles.
The rapper is said to be of interest because he has "fashion and culture completely locked up".
Previous reports have suggested that Apple wants Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records chairman Iovine to spearhead a video venture, but it is unknown what role Dre would take on.
The source went on to say that the iPhone maker's $3.2 billion (£1.9 billion) buyout of the audio firm is "70% certain" to go through.
Apple is yet to publicly announce the deal, but Dre appeared to allude to it in a video, in which he crowned himself "the first billionaire in hip-hop".
May 23 2014
eBay has denied that its stolen user database has appeared on anonymous text website Pastebin.
What was claimed to be a sample of more than 2,600 entries from an eBay database recently emerged on the service, but the e-commerce giant has claimed that the information is "not authentic".
"The published lists we have checked so far are not authentic eBay accounts," said the company in a statement issued to The Guardian.
eBay recently advised users to reset their passwords after admitting that it has been hit by one of the worst cyber attacks ever seen, with a database of up to 145 million users said to have been breached.
The list appeared on Pastebin shortly after, with the poster asking for 1.45 Bitcoin (£445) for access to their entire database.
Security experts are expecting the number of fake eBay databases on sale to rise significantly following the cyber attack. An increase in phishing emails attempts to dupe users into resetting their passwords is also anticipated.
'FIFA 14 Ultimate Team' will add a free 2014 World Cup mode, Electronic Arts has announced.
The 'FIFA Ultimate Team World Cup' content will be added as part of a free update on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC from May 29.
The separate game mode within 'FIFA 14 Ultimate Team' gives players an opportunity to build squads from the 32 teams participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
It features authentic national crests, kits, the official Adidas Brazuca match ball, the Estadio do Maracana, and changes to the overall presentation.
It also adds new FIFA World Cup online and single-player tournaments, which can be played to unlock coins to buy new players and consumable items.
While players and items can't be traded between the two 'Ultimate Team' game modes, coins earned in one mode can be used in the other and vice-versa.
Furthermore, players will receive a free FIFA 14 Gold card pack for every 'FIFA Ultimate Team World Cup' pack purchased from the in-game store.
EA Sports plans to announce more information, including updated player ratings, prior to launch.
A full 2014 FIFA World Cup game is out now on PS3 and Xbox 360.
May 23 2014
Fallout 4 will not be announced at this year's E3 gaming expo, Bethesda has suggested.
Asked on Twitter if the long-rumoured Fallout sequel would be unveiled at E3, Bethesda's Pete Hines said that it would be a while before the next game is announced.
Bethesda game director Todd Howard previously told Rock Paper Shotgun that a new game announcement was some way off.
However, Amazon listings spotted by NeoGAF suggest that Bethesda is planning to announce something at E3.
The multiplatform dummy listings can be found by searching for Bethesda E3 2014.
Fallout 4 is believed to be in development and is rumoured to take place in Boston.
May 23 2014
Half Life 3 is "being worked on" at Valve, according to Counter-Strike creator Minh "Gooseman" Le.
Speaking on the goRGNtv podcast, Le said it is public knowledge that the sequel is in development.
"I don't think I can talk about that, to be honest," Le said. "But I think it's kind of public knowledge, that people know that it is being worked on.
"I guess I could say that I did see something that looked kinda like in the Half Life universe. And I mean it wouldn't surprise anyone if I said they're doing it, they're working on it, yeah.
"So to go on a limb I'd say I did see some concept art for Half-Life 3."
A collection of alleged Half Life 2: Episode 3 concept images were leaked online in 2012.
Elsewhere, Le commented on a possible Left 4 Dead sequel, claiming to be "really excited" by the "great" footage he saw.
Sony believes that the PS4 is "likely" to be more profitable than the PS2.
Sony boss Kaz Hirai made the prediction during a corporate strategy meeting, according to Japanese website Impress Watch (translated by Eurogamer).
"It is likely that PS4 will become the platform which exceeds the profits earned with PS2," Hirai predicted.
In addition to strong hardware sales, Hirai believes that increased digital sales and additional network services are key to the PS4's financial performance.
Sony has announced that its E3 2014 press conference will take place on Monday, June 9 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
The electronics giant will showcase its upcoming PlayStation titles at 1am UK time and stream the event online.
Recent product filings suggest that the company is working on new PS3 and PS4 consoles.
Amplitude has met its funding goal of $775,000 (£460,000) on Kickstarter.
The Kickstarter saw a surge in funding this week, making over half of its total in four days, meaning the Harmonix's rhythm-action game will now go into development for PlayStation 3 and 4.
"Sincere and endless thanks to every single one of you in our community for helping," tweeted the Rock Band developer. "YOU made this happen."
The project, described by Harmonix as "the core experience from PS2 re-developed for modern gaming devices", reached its target with 21 hours remaining thanks to more than 12,300 backers.
Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price and Skullgirls studio Autumn Games both backed the Kickstarter by pledging $7,500 each, while Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson also publicly supported it.
In Amplitude, players control a Beat Blaster ship, hitting notes in colour-coded tracks that represent the current song and capturing successive musical phrases to attain high scores.
Freezepop - who have had tracks on several of Harmonix's previous games - will feature on the soundtrack along with C418 (Minecraft), Danny Baranowsky (Super Meat Boy, Canabalt) and Jim Guthrie (Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP).
Explaining why Kickstarter was used to fund the project, the developer previously said: "Harmonix is an independently owned studio. We're excited about the idea of making Amplitude but, to guarantee development resources, we need to ensure the audience exists and is as excited as we are.
"Making games, especially ones that are 'self-published', is always an expensive and risky proposition.
"Amplitude is a passion project at Harmonix. Without your support, development resources will have to be dedicated to other fully-funded third party projects. Kickstarter and crowdfunding allow us to make this game a reality."
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Metro Redux has been officially announced by 4A Games and Deep Silver.
Hitting PS4, Xbox One and PC this summer, the long-rumoured Metro Redux contains reworked versions of Metro 2033 and Last Light.
The games will be available as a double pack at retail, or individually from PSN and Xbox Live. Dedicated Linux and Steam OS support will be added later this year.
The retail edition costs £39.99, while the individual digital downloads are priced at £15.99 each.
Running at 60fps, the games feature remastered 1080p HD visuals using the latest iteration of the 4A Engine.
The updated engine adds advanced lighting, dynamic weather, more detailed character models, dynamic destruction and improved smoke, fire and particle effects.
It also features improved combat and stealth, more advanced artificial intelligence, and better weapon handling.
Players will be able to adopt a survival-horror or action-orientated approach in each game thanks to the introduction of 'Survival' and 'Spartan' play styles.
Finally, it includes all season pass downloadable content, adding a further ten hours of gameplay.
4A Games recently moved its headquarters to Malta, having confirmed plans to announce its first next-gen project before the E3 gaming expo.