Monthly Archives: July 2014

F1 2014 is PC and last-gen only

F1 2014 is PC and last-gen only

Codemasters has announced that this year’s F1 videogame won’t be coming to current-gen consoles, with F1 2014’s release limited to XBox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC – although an XBox One and PlayStation 4 F1 videogame will release early next year to complement the 2015 season.

F1 2014 coincides with one of the biggest shake-ups in the sport’s history, and it’ll look to reflect the new-look sport (including the unfortunately phallic appendages on the noses of most cars). The turbochargers will be present, as will the ERS system that’s helped make the races this season some of the most thrilling in years.

As to any new features for F1 2014, informations are slim beyond the mention of a new driver evaluation system and the inclusion of the Russian Grand Prix circuit in Sochi that is set to make its debut in October. There’s no mention as to if the classic cars that made an appearance in F1 2013 will be returning.

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Defiance Getting Free Silicon Valley World Expansion

Defiance Getting Free Silicon Valley World Expansion

Defiance is set to get a free expansion, Silicon Valley, on August 5.

The world expansion will see players attempt to discover what’s happened to Karl Von Bach, who has recently disappeared into a supposed paradise with his EGO-imbued followers. Unfortunately, the valley is overrun with Grid, and a strange cult, the Pilgrims of the Guiding Light. It’ll be up to you to save the valley’s inhabitants.

Defiance recently became free-to-play on PC and will follow suit on PS3 and XBox 360 later this year. For more on Defiance, be sure to check out IGN’s review.

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Destiny’s six-player raids can only be played with friends

Destiny‘s six-player raids can only be played with friends

Destiny‘s six-person raids do not feature the option for matchmaking with strangers, developer Bungie has revealed, as it wants you to plan and tackle these tougher missions with friends.

Raids will be “one of the pillars of the videogame”, late-videogame experiences that could last for a couple of hours.

“It’s a bit of a risk,” Bungie writer Luke Smith told IGN. “Because the activity requires you to have a group of five other friends to play with…

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Sony Financials Reveal PlayStations Outsold Xboxes 3:1 in Q1 2014

Sony Financials Reveal PlayStations Outsold XBoxes 3:1 in Q1 2014

Sony has released its financial report for the first quarter of the year from April to June 30, revealing videogames revenue has risen 95.7 percent year-on-year.

The results reveal ¥257.5bn ($2.5bn) generated in sales from Sony’s Games & Network Services division, which the company attributes to the successful launch of the PlayStation 4. As a result, last year’s first quarter loss of ¥16.4bn ($164m) has been replaced by an operating gain of ¥4.3bn ($43m), even though sales of PS3 consoles and videogames have fallen.

Though Sony doesn’t reveal how many PlayStation 4 and PS3 consoles were sold separately, the report confirms combined sales to the consumer of 3.5 million units in the first quarter of the year, a big jump from last year’s 1.1 million, while sales of PSP, VITA and VITA TV rose to 750,000, up from last year’s 600,000.Combined software sales also saw a leap from ¥68bn to ¥85bn.

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Strong PS4 sales help Sony to profit

Strong PlayStation 4 sales help Sony to gain

The ongoing success of the PlayStation 4 helped Sony to post a gain for the first quarter of its current financial year.

Sony’s Game and Network Services division, of which PlayStation is a part, enjoyed sales of $2.55bn during the quarter ending 30th June 2014 – that’s up an incredible 95.7 per cent on the same period last financial year.

Why? citing to Sony, sales of the PlayStation 4 console as well as a “significant increase” in network services revenues (that’s all your PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Network money) all contributed. The revenue comes despite a partial offset by a decrease in PlayStation 3 sales.

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ID@Xbox dev reveals costs of launching Xbox One game

Launching an indie videogame for consoles – even one developed in your bedroom – isn’t something you can do for free. But how much does it actually cost?

Micro$oft has made the process cheaper on XBox One by giving away development kits to members of its ID@XBox scheme, and there is also currently no cost for patching videogames post-release.

But some fees are still required. Sixty Second Shooter Prime developer Jamie Fristrom has broken down the costs involved for his videogame via his blog.

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BioWare delays the Dragon Age Keep

BioWare delays the Dragon Age Keep

Dragon Age: Inquisition was delayed and currently BioWare has announced the Dragon Age Keep will be, too.

The Keep, a “companion web experience” for Inquisition, never had a solid release date and still doesn’t have one currently – it was always due out at some point before Inquisition and that’s still the case.

The closed beta for the Keep will be extended “accordingly”, BioWare said. It has been running for “several months” and you can sign-up to take part.

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Sky’s Now TV streaming app comes to the Xbox One

Sky’s Now TV streaming app comes to the XBox One
Well that didn’t take long. Less than a week after it rolled out the app to the PlayStation 4, Sky’s currently brought Now TV to the XBox One. With today’s launch, Sky currently has Micro$oft and Sony’s new and old gaming consoles covered, as well as a number of…

Gamers Will Lose Their Sh** If They See Uncharted Remastered

Gamers Will Lose Their Sh** If They See Uncharted Remastered
Sony has hinted at the possibility of an Uncharted Remastered of some kind, but even if they plan to do it, they better not reveal it any time soon.

New Assassin’s Creed: Unity Vid Gives Critics What They Want

New Assassin’s Creed: Unity Vid Gives Critics What They Want
Well, that didn't take long. Everyone was complaining that there were no female characters in Assassin's Creed: Unity and suddenly, lo and behold…