Sniper Elite 3 has retained its place at the top of the all-format gaming chart.

Like its predecessor, Sniper Elite 3 manages a second week at the top of the chart, once again outranking Watch Dogs in second.


FIFA 14 and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil both enjoy a surge in sales, rising to third and eighth respectively.

Titanfall remains fourth, Wolfenstein stays fifth, while Call of Duty: Ghosts climbs to six.

Nintendo 3DS game Tomodachi Life is one of this week's biggest movers, jumping five places to 11 following a promotional push.

Despite a lack of new releases, the overall market only dropped by 3% thanks to healthy sales in the budget sector.

The top 20 in full:

1. (1) Sniper Elite 3 (505 Games)
2. (2) Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)
3. (6) FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts)
4. (4) Titanfall (Electronic Arts)
5. (5) Wolfenstein: The New Order (Bethesda)
6. (8) Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
7. (3) EA Sports UFC (Electronic Arts)
8. (11) 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (Electronic Arts)
9. (10) Minecraft: PS3 Edition (Sony)
10. (9) Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Microsoft)
11. (16) Tomodachi Life (Nintendo)
12. (13) Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo)
13. (14) Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar Games)
14. (19) Assassin's Creed 4 (Ubisoft)
15. (15) Battlefield 4 (Electronic Arts)
16. (7) GRID Autosport (Codemasters)
17. (18) The LEGO Movie Videogame (Warner Bros Interactive)
18. (12) Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (Activision)
19. (17) LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Warner Bros Interactive)
20. (20) Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (Electronic Arts)


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A number of Xbox streaming services are currently down, while access to paid content has been described by Microsoft as limited.

Microsoft has issued an Xbox service alert to acknowledge problems with its online platform.

Netflix and Twitch streaming are limited on Xbox One, as users are unable to successfully stream content.

Users are also unable to download items that have already been purchased.

"Xbox members, we know some of you are unable to watch television seasons that you've already purchased from Xbox Video, and we're diligently working to correct this issue right away," reads a Microsoft post.

"We appreciate your patience during this process and will update you again when we have more information."

EA Sports is currently investigating connectivity issues in FIFA 14 on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

The company is also performing 'FIFA Ultimate Team' maintenance on all platforms.

A recent Xbox One update gave fans the opportunity to view their profiles on the Xbox website.


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Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has lost one of its top executives to Apple.

The boss of TAG Heuer's parent company LVMH, Jean-Claude Biver, told CNBC that its sales director left to join the Cupertino-based iPhone maker.

Biver said the sales director left as recently as last week "to take a contract with Apple", in the build-up to an iWatch launch.

The move suggests that Apple hopes to stand out in the iWatch market with a 'Swiss made' label and is rumoured to have approached several executives from Swiss watchmaker companies.

Apple has been speculated to launch an iWatch for some time and is tipped to finally reveal the device in October.

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Microsoft has entered a cross-licensing patent agreement with camera giant Canon.

The deal will see the companies share their burgeoning patent portfolios to help drive technological advancements.

The move has sparked rumours that the Microsoft-owned Nokia Lumia smartphone line could incorporate Canon camera tech.

Nokia established itself as a market leader on the cameraphone front with the launch of the 41-megapixel-sensor-packing Lumia 1020, and access to Canon patents will bolster its position.

"This collaborative approach with Canon allows us to deliver inventive technologies that benefit consumers around the world," said Nick Psyhogeost of Microsoft.

"Microsoft believes cooperative licensing is an effective way to accelerate innovation while reducing patent disputes."

The deal has also given rise to speculation that the camera firm could adopt Microsoft's software patents and introduce a Windows Phone-like interface to its hardware.


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Social media has a greater impact on viewing habits than ever before, according to new research by YouView.

Around one in seven viewers now watch television shows based on recommendations from the likes of Facebook, as more people take to social media to discuss their favourite shows.

The study found that 12% of people were influenced by television recommendations they saw on Facebook, while 6% make their choice after looking at Twitter.

However, telly lovers are also being cautious about their use of social media to avoid spoilers, with over a quarter saying they stay away from sites until they have caught up.

25% also chose to stay away from newspapers to avoid spoilers, followed by 7% who switch their phone off, 6% who would avoid social gatherings and 6% that would ignore emails.

Most people rely on advice from friends and family for shows to watch, with six in ten rating the method as 'influential' in the study.

Television-related apps are also playing a part in the shift, as one in ten admitted to using them. Meanwhile, printed TV guides took a knock, with 27% saying they still use them compared to 30% last year.

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A Facebook Messenger app specifically designed for iPad has launched.

The social network's popular standalone iOS app has been enlarged and optimised to suit the iPad's screen size for the first time.

Many of the features from the iPhone version have been copied across, such as stickers, group chat and free calls, encompassed in a multi-window interface.

However, some of the newest additions to Facebook Messenger have not been included, such as quick video recordings.

Facebook - which boasts over 200 million Messenger users - has not confirmed whether an Android tablet edition of the app will follow.

Facebook Messenger for iPad requires iOS 7 or later, and can be downloaded from the App Store now.

Last month, the social network released a new app for iPad that puts gaming front and centre.


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Doom 4 is a game with a point to prove, according to publisher Bethesda Softworks.

Studio executive Pete Hines told MCV that his team cannot afford to be complacent with the shooter sequel because it has been so long since the last instalment.

Hines compared the project to Wolfenstein: The New Order, which belongs to a series that he believes has been "tarnished" over the years.

"We view that similarly to Wolfenstein. Because it's been so long since the last Doom game. We are going in as if we need to prove ourselves all over again. We have no free passes. Nobody will assume this is going to be awesome," he said.

"We are going to have to prove that this is something that's going to be fun and different that you need to pay attention to. That has to be our default position, we can't be: 'It's Doom, of course you're going to play it'. But that just makes us work harder."


Doom 4 has endured a troubled six-year development cycle, but official details of the game will finally be shared at QuakeCon later this month.

Customers who purchased Wolfenstein: The New Order were granted access to the Doom 4 beta on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Google is introducing support for virtual reality hardware to its Chrome web browser.

The update will enable users to enjoy a more immersive internet experience through devices like Oculus Rift and Google's DIY headset Cardboard.

Although browsing the web using a virtual reality device is unlikely to be radically different, it does have some potential applications, such as allowing users to view life-sized goods before purchasing them.

Chrome is not the first web browser to incorporate this functionality, with Mozilla previously laying out plays to bring similar features to Firefox.

This week, software was launched for Oculus Rift that lets users explore the town of South Park from the eponymous TV show.

New Oculus Rift development kits will be distributed this month as the product edges closer to its consumer launch.

Earlier this year, Oculus VR was acquired by Facebook. The social media company has vowed not to redesign or rebrand the Oculus Rift.

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An estimated 100 employees have reportedly left Homefront: The Revolution studio Crytek UK.

Sources close to Kotaku suggest that 100 people have stopped working on the game, although it is unclear how many staff have left permanently.

It is believed that staff who have yet to be paid in full handed in formal grievance letters and went home.

Crytek UK is currently said to be involved in negotiations with Deep Silver over a possible takeover.

One member of staff said that employees are hopeful of a buy-out, as they want to continue work on Homefront: The Revolution.

"They have invested a lot in Homefront and will want to protect their investment," the source is quoted as saying.

Previous reports suggest that Crytek UK staff haven't been paid in full since April.

Crytek has denied the rumours, although further reports revealed that a Ryse: Son of Rome sequel has been cancelled and significant members of the Homefront development team have left the company.

Unveiled last month, Homefront: The Revolution is a free-roaming shooter sequel scheduled for 2015.


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The Wolf Among Us' season finale has been dated by Telltale Games.

Titled 'Cry Wolf', the final episode in the five-part season will make its debut on July 8 for PC and Mac.


It will then hit Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on July 9, with an iOS release set for July 10.

The launch announcement was accompanied by a new trailer (above), which contains glimpses of what to expect from the upcoming episode.

Based on the Vertigo comics series Fables, The Wolf Among Us revolves around Fabletown sheriff Bigby Wolf, who polices the New York City neighborhood inhabited by the characters of fairy tales.

It was recently confirmed for Xbox One and PS4.


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