PlayStation Now is likely to be released in the UK before other European countries, according to Sony.

SCEE's UK managing director Fergal Gara said that Britain's strong gaming market and broadband infrastructure makes it an ideal launch territory for the service.

"In the short term, we definitely want to bring it to Europe, and definitely to the UK. I think the UK will be one of the first European territories to launch in for two good reasons," he told Digital Spy.

"The first is, it has a very strong gaming market and secondly the broadband infrastructure is up there with the best in Europe, or in the top end.

"Not all markets are in as strong [a] position in terms of broadband infrastructure. We're not announcing dates yet, but I'm very hopeful that we will launch in 2015, quite possibly in the early half, but we don't know just yet."

PlayStation Now, which will launch with more than 100 PS3 games from the likes of Sony, 2K, Capcom and more, enters open beta in the US and Canada next month.


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Sony has explained why its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset received a small showcase at this year's E3.

SCEE's UK managing director Fergal Gara told Digital Spy that fans can expect to hear further details about the accessory when more optimised games are available.

"I think we are quite open and honest about where we are with Morpheus," he said. "We've have some great technology, we have some demo experiences and we're inviting the development community to jump in and help us shape what great experiences it will be like for Morpheus.

"If you haven't had a chance to try it, I strongly recommend you do. It really feels like technology that is maturing. But I think that the gameplay experiences that people are going to love most and see the best added advantage in that VR headset, we don't really know yet.

"We're inviting people to come in and help us find those experiences and experiment. Once that's taken more shape, I think the right date for the market will reveal itself - basically, when it's ready."

Highlights from Sony's E3 2014 press conference include a release date for PlayStation TV, the unveiling of LittleBigPlanet 3 and the debut trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.


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Starbucks has entered a deal with Duracell to introduce wireless charging services for smartphone users at select US stores on a trial basis.

Charging mats have been introduced to several Starbucks outlets on the west coast around San Jose and on the east coast near Boston.

The service is on offer to customers with any Powermat-compatible case or handset, allowing them to juice up their device while enjoying a coffee.

"Starbucks believes this is another step in staying ahead of the curve when it comes to in-store technology," says Adam Brotman, chief digital officer at Starbucks.

Starbucks is yet to announce plans to expand the service to other parts of the US, so it is yet to be confirmed whether it will ever find its way to other territories.

A full list of Starbucks branches offering the wireless charging service is available on the firm's website.

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LinkedIn has found itself caught up in a legal row over its email practises.

The social network for professionals has been found guilty of violating users' external email accounts and stealing contacts from their address books, Reuters reports.

The company is further accused of spamming contacts in members' address books in an attempt to expand its user base.

According to San Jose Judge Lucy Koh's 39-page ruling, LinkedIn was acting within its rights when it sent out initial recruitment emails, but overstepped the mark with repeat messages.

The magistrate declared that LinkedIn's "spamming" behaviour could "injure" users' reputations if their contacts associate them with unwanted emails.

Judge Koh's ruling paves the way for users to pursue lawsuits against the firm under the terms of a California unfair competition law and the right of publicity.

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Apple's next iPad Smart Cover will make use of LED lights to deliver notifications, a patent filing suggests.

An Apple document titled "Integrated visual notification system in an accessory device" has been registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

The accessory in question appears to retain the design of the current tri-fold Smart Cover, but features low-power LED or electroluminescent panels powered by either a MagSafe cable or inductive wireless charging.

An included diagram depicts the cover with see-through shapes, allowing the iPad screen to display information even when the case is closed.

Users will also be able to dismiss notifications while the case is closed, using the tablet's volume rocker, according to AppleInsider.

The smart cover could be launched alongside Apple's next flagship tablet, which is expected to be the iPad Air 2.


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The hero in The Legend of Zelda Wii U is a male character, Nintendo has revealed.

Responding to rumours claiming the newly-announced title stars a female lead, producer Eiji Aonuma confirmed that series protagonist Link will return.

"It's a rumour," Aonuma told MMGN. "Actually that comment I made jokingly. It's not that I said that it wasn't Link. It's that I never said that it was Link. It's not really the same thing, but I can understand how it could be taken that way.

"It seems like it has kind of taken off where people are saying 'oh it's a female character' and it just kind of grew. But my intent in saying that [was humour]. You know, you have to show Link when you create a trailer for a Zelda announcement."

The Wii U console's first traditional Zelda entry was officially announced at E3 earlier this week.

The game is expected to debut on the platform in 2015.

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Nordic Games has acquired the THQ trademark.

The European company purchased the rights to numerous THQ titles during the latter's bankruptcy auctions.

In a second deal, Nordic Games has now purchased the name, and plans to publish games under the THQ banner in the future.

Nordic Games general manager Klemens Kruezer said that the deal with THQ has put the company on the map.

"It was kind of a surprise to some industry veterans and players that we were the winner of the auction of the THQ titles," Kruezer explained.

"The challenging fact is nobody has ever heard about Nordic Games before [the THQ auction].

"We have seen an uplift in the name of Nordic Games, and what we have also done is we have made a second deal with THQ where we bought the THQ trademark."

Nordic's biggest acquisition from THQ was the Darksiders franchise, although Kruezer has requested patience from fans before announcing a sequel.

Elsewhere, 2K Games purchased the WWE franchise from THQ, while Deep Silver picked up the rights to Saints Row.


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This year's E3 gaming expo has attracted a record number of visitors.

E3 2014's 48,900 visitors narrowly surpassed last year's 48,200 attendees, reports CVG.

The annual gaming convention will return next year at the same venue in Los Angeles from June 16-18.

This year's show featured more than 200 exhibits, down slightly on the 230 from last year.

"The video game industry's explosive growth and technological innovation were front and centre at E3 2014," said Entertainment Software Association CEO Michael Gallagher.

"Video games are the most innovative and engaging force driving our culture and entertainment experiences the world over.

"Congratulations to our incredibly creative members, partners, exhibitors, and the hundreds of millions of gamers who engaged with the show online and through social media," Gallagher concludes.


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Street Fighter 5 is in the planning stages of development, according to series producer Yoshinori Ono.

A report on Sports Nippon (via CVG) suggested that Ono was planning to introduce a pay-for-advantage system in the upcoming fighting game.

It was claimed that users would be able to purchase boosts in order to better compete with veteran players online.

Ono has since refuted the claims, telling Twitter followers that a "pay to win model is not accurate and isn't something we're planning for".

"Sorry for the confusion! We're still in early planning stages and will share more at a later date," he added.

Capcom producer Tomoaki Ayano previously suggested that the unannounced brawler wouldn't be released until 2018.

The firm recently released the Ultra Street Fighter 4 update on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.


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Bloodborne is not directly or indirectly connected to Demon's Souls, game director Hidetaka Miyazaki has explained.

In an interview with Kotaku, Miyazaki said that a Demon's Souls sequel was never under consideration.

"Back in 2012, before the announcement of the PS4, [Sony Computer Entertainment] originally approached us with the idea, 'Would you be interested in making a new game for new hardware?' so this was never considered as a Demon's Souls II," Miyazaki explained.

"For us, the idea of new hardware was appealing and I remember feeling enthusiasm from SCE for a new game."

Miyazaki also talked about the decision to set the game in the Victorian-inspired city of Yharnam, explaining that the location allowed for new combat opportunities.

"We were already thinking of a shift to a combat system where you would enter battle more actively than the sword and shield-based combat of Demon's.

"So we adopted the idea of guns, but there was a prerequisite that we didn't want the game to turn into a shooting game, and the Victorian age fit perfectly. It's an era where the imagery of old guns still remains."

Originally known as Project Beast, Bloodborne was officially unveiled by Sony during its E3 press conference.

In development for PlayStation 4, the action role-playing game will make its debut in 2014.


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