May 22 2014
Two new PlayStation models have seemingly been outed by Sony.
Sony has registered two new computer entertainment systems with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, reports DualShockers.
The new PS4 model number reads CUH-1106A, compared to the current Asian version of the console's CUH-1006A.
The changing of the second number indicates an evolution of the console, although the letter at the end suggests it will retain its 500GB hard drive.
A new PS3 with the model number CECH-4306CH was also filed with the same company.
Sony is yet to make any announcements regarding new consoles.
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.
Creating a PlayStation 4 port of The Last of Us wasn't an easy task, Naughty Dog has revealed.
Porting the PlayStation 3 title to the newer console proved to be an excruciatingly difficult process, according to the developer.
"I wish we had a button that was like 'Turn On PS4 Mode', but no," creative director Neil Druckmann told Edge.
"We expected it to be hell, and it was hell. Just getting an image onscreen, even an inferior one with the shadows broken, lighting broken and with it crashing every 30 seconds… that took a long time. These engineers are some of the best in the industry and they optimised the game so much for the PS3's SPUs specifically.
"It was optimised on a binary level, but after shifting those things over [to PS4] you have to go back to the high level, make sure the [game] systems are intact, and optimise it again."
He added: "I can't describe how difficult a task that is. And once it's running well, you're running the [versions] side by side to make sure you didn't screw something up in the process, like physics being slightly off, which throws the game off, or lighting being shifted and all of a sudden it's a drastically different look.
"That's not 'improved' any more; that's different. We want to stay faithful while being better."
Officially announced in April, The Last of Us Remastered is scheduled to launch in the summer on PS4.
May 22 2014
Free-to-play PC game FIFA World has entered a global open beta.
After numerous closed beta sessions, fans can sign up to participate in the open beta by visiting the game's official website.
EA Sports has also added English, German, French, Russian, Spanish, MX Spanish, BR Portuguese, Polish and Turkish language support.
Developed by EA Canada and built around the 'FIFA Ultimate Team' online mode, it features 6,000 players and 600 clubs from over 30 officially licensed leagues.
The latest beta adds Accomplishments, which rewards players for performing dynamic tasks based on authentic real-world scenarios.
It also introduces Tournaments and Match Invites for friends, as well as a transfer market in the social hub.
Game producer Alex Grimbley said that fan feedback had shaped the feature roadmap.
"After four Closed Beta sessions and a limited Open Beta, where we saw over 1.5 million fans register to play, we're very excited to now open the game to FIFA and football fans from all over the world.
"This is a real opportunity for fans to affect the development of a new game and the feedback we've gotten so far has been absolutely instrumental in shaping our feature roadmap."
Designed to be played on PCs of all specs, FIFA World requires a persistent internet connection to play.
Far Cry 4's story details have been revealed.
The story synopsis and name of the main character was found on a cached version of Ubisoft's uPlay store, according to Reddit.
"Hidden in the majestic Himalayas lies Kyrat, a country steeped in tradition and violence. You are Ajay Ghale," read the listing.
"Travelling to Kyrat to fulfill your mother's dying wish, you find yourself caught up in a civil war to overthrow the oppressive regime of dictator Pagan Min.
"Explore and navigate this vast open world, where danger and unpredictability lurk around every corner. Here, every decision counts, and every second is a story. Welcome to Kyrat."
Far Cry 4 was announced last week by Ubisoft, which described the setting of Kyrat as a "breathtaking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas".
Pre-order customers will receive a Limited Edition version of the game, adding three single-player missions featuring Hurk from Far Cry 3.
Far Cry 4 will be available on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC from November 21 in Europe and November 18 in North America.
May 22 2014
Sony's PlayStation Now streaming service will hit PS4 later this week, it has been announced.
The streaming service is currently available on an invitational basis to PS3 users.
From today (May 20), North American users will be able to stream PlayStation games on the PS4 with a voucher code emailed to testers.
Sony has also announced plans to expand the public beta to a "broader audience in the near future".
Fans are urged to sign up for the private beta by visiting the US PlayStation Store.
According to Sony, beta testers have "logged more than 50,000 gameplay hours discovering new games, rediscovering favourites and racking up Trophies".
Twitch has seen interest from multiple potential buyers, it has been revealed.
Before Google's recently reported interest in buying the company, Twitch had "fended off multiple suitors" including Microsoft, according to The Verge.
The report said that Twitch settled on Google and YouTube because it will be the best fit for the live streaming company, allowing it to best scale with the growth it has seen in recent years to become "the definitive platform for watching and streaming live video gaming".
The Google buyout is said to be worth more than $1 billion, but is still in its early stages.
Twitch recently achieved a new record, attracting 108,000 unique users broadcasting from the Xbox One Twitch app, accounting for more than a fifth of all unique broadcasters during the same period.
The Walking Dead: Game of the Year Edition has been listed for a July release on Xbox One and PS4.
Both Amazon and Gamefly are advertising the game for a July 25 launch, according to CVG.
Currently priced at £29.99, the Game of the Year Edition is said to contain the entire first season, alongside the '400 Days' add-on pack.
Fans will also receive a bonus soundtrack, according to the product listing.
The game was previously listed for a June release by North American retailer GameStop.
Telltale Games is yet to officially announce a next-gen launch, although it has previously expressed a desire to release software on Xbox One and PS4.
The first season of The Walking Dead was named Digital Spy's Game of the Year 2012.
Nintendo has shut down online services for Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi.
As of today (May 20), certain functionality offered through Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection is no longer accessible.
The discontinued features include online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many Wii, DS and DSi titles.
The affected games can still be played in offline mode and the systems' online marketplaces are still available.
Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games are unaffected by the move, but online features on titles from last-generation consoles are inaccessible when played on the latest devices.
Nintendo is apparently preparing to unveil a brand-new 3DS project at E3 next month.
Apple has been hit by a lawsuit over an iMessage bug that prevents text messages from reaching Android defectors.
The flaw affects Android smartphone owners whose phone number was previously associated with an iOS handset.
The glitch is caused by the fact that iPhones are unable to disassociate any number ever attached to iMessage from Apple's texting platform, and will attempt delivery over the internet by default.
A disgruntled Samsung device owner has now filed a class action lawsuit against the Cupertino company, demanding compensation for their lost communication, Bloomberg reports.
Apple is yet to release a fix for the issue, but workaround solutions include deactivating your number on iMessage before switching to Android, or senders deleting and re-adding a contact.
The issue was first reported back in 2011, when iMessage was first introduced.
Facebook is reportedly building a video chat app to rival Snapchat, which could be available in as little as a month.
According to the Financial Times, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is overseeing the project, known internally as 'Slingshot'.
The move comes after it emerged that the social networking leader failed to win over Snapchat with an acquisition bid worth $3 billion (£1.8bn) last November.
Although specific details about the app are thin, 'Slingshot' will apparently work in a similar way to its main competitor with a "simple and speedy user interface" that will enable users to send short video messages.
It is also claimed that this new app will not be integrated with the existing Facebook Messenger app.
Facebook previously attempted to take on Snapchat with the launch of a service called Poke in December 2012, however the app failed to gain ground over rivals and was eventually pulled last week.