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Microsoft Details The Xbox One February 2015 Update

Xbox Live's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has a preview of what to expect from the upcoming Xbox One February update.

Xbox One preview program members can start using the latest update immediately, though it's unclear exactly when it will be available for everyone.

You can find the full list of updates on Major Nelson's blog, but some highlights include transparent tiles to better view the new customizable backgrounds. Every game also now has its own hub which lets you compare your progress to friends more easily, see who the top players and streamers of that particular game are. You can also start a game with snapped apps like Achievements right from the beginning. You can check out the preview video below.

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[Source: Major Nelson]


Our Take
None of the these updates are particularly big, or address the generally difficult to navigate user interface. Clear tiles to better view background images is a nice touch, though.

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Planetside 2 Beta Coming In January, Details Available In The New Year

According to Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley, it may not be too much longer before PlayStation 4 owners can dive into Planetside 2. The massive shooter is long overdue, and was originally slated for release in early 2014.

Smedley shared the news via Twitter with a fan inquiring about the release plans. 

Planetside 2 will join Sony Online’s DC Universe Online, Warframe, Blacklight Retribution, and Loadout as a free to play offering on the PlayStation 4. For more on Planetside 2, you can check out an interview with former senior art director Trammell Isaac (now with Cliff Bleszinski’s Boss Key studio) about sharing revenues with players who create cosmetic items. You can also find out more about signing up for the beta here.

[Source: John Smedley on Twitter via IGN]

 

Our Take
Planetside 2’s arrival on PlayStation 4 could be a big revenue generator for Sony Online and for longtime PC players. The Player Studio items will become available for console players, meaning new eyeballs on even older cosmetic goods. If successful on console, Player Studio could herald a new wave of player entrepreneurs on console.

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Halo 5: Guardians Limited Editions Announced, Few Details Beyond Price Offered

Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced three different versions of Halo 5: Guardians. In addition to the standard version that includes the game alone, there are two higher-priced editions with added digital and physical content.

The Limited Edition ($ 99.99) includes digital content to “enhance Spartan combat” and “exclusive items.” The game will come in a steelbook case instead of the regular green plastic one.

The Limited Collector’s Edition ($ 249.99) includes everything in the Limited Edition plus another, as yet unrevealed physical item. 343 Industries is designing a numbered statue that will be included in this set.

Today at 9 a.m. Pacific / 12 p.m. Eastern marks the start of the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta. Any items unlocked for the beta from watching Halo: Nightfall or playing Halo: The Master Chief Collection will carry forward to Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer when that title is released in fall 2015.

For more on the beta unlocks, check out our previous coverage. You can also read our hands-on impressions of the beta content.

 

Our Take
I’m starting to get numb to $ 249.99 collector’s editions, but this one is going to sting Halo fans. If you want it, you’ll need to pre-order it fast, because it’s likely to be in limited numbers. 

Unfortunately, right now you have absolutely no idea what you’re getting for that amount. If you have any interest whatsoever, you might want to pre-order and then cancel if you don’t like the contents. I am not at all a fan of announcements like this that carry heavy price tags and absolutely no other information.

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Ubisoft details third Assassin’s Creed: Unity patch

After Ubisoft issued a second patch for Assassin’s Creed: Unity late last week, the publisher gave a glimpse of the next update for the game, which is expected to fix more of its technical issues. The third update will be “larger in scope” compared…
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Loot Crate details pricing for its Amiibo collection

Nintendo revealed a US-only partnership with Loot Crate earlier this week, and while gradually building an Amiibo collection sounds better than an all-at-once purchase, the deal’s pricing information wasn’t shared with the initial announcement. A…
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New Video Details Evolve’s Development History

In the last episode of The Evolution of Evolve, we got an early peek at the asymmetric multiplayer game’s “Big Alpha.” This time around, the show goes behind the scenes, showing off the many iterations Evolve had before it became the game it is now.

In the video, Adam Sessler once again interviews developers at Turtle Rock and uncovers new details. Originally, there would only be one hunter for each class of character. Turtle Rock later decided to give players a wider breadth of choice and introduced more characters, including the support class’ Cabot  and Abe the trapper.

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But the developer didn’t always err on the side of player choice. Early versions of the game had no character classes, instead allowing players their choice of equipment. Turtle Rock soon realized that some weapons loadouts made squad victories impossible and later went with the four class set up Evolve has now. 

Evolve will be out on February 10, 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Check out the video above for even more revelations about the game’s development process. 

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New Trailer Details Three Multiplayer Modes For Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4's single player may tell the tale of Ajay Ghale getting caught up in the civil war between Pagan Min and rebels the Golden Path, but in the game's multiplayer you'll take both sides. 

The trailer introduces the multiplayer abilities of Pagan Min's Rakshasa (can use elephants/animals, disappear, and use blink arrows among other abilities) and the Golden Path (access to a large arsenal and technology), and three multiplayer modes:

Outpost: The Rakshasa must control Golden Path outposts throughout the land.

Propaganda: Stop the spread of Pagan Min's message as the Golden Path.

Demon Mask: Capture the mythical mask and bring it back to your base.

Far Cry 4's multiplayer also encompasses 5v5 round-based matches and 10 maps.

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Far Cry 4 comes out on November 18 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

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Apple Announces Details, Pricing For iPad Air 2 And iPad Mini 3

Apple has confirmed the specs, pricing, and release dates for its latest tablet hardware revisions. Both the iPad Air and the iPad Mini are getting new versions that will be shipping before the end of next week.

The iPad Air 2 includes a new A8X chip (an upgraded version of the chip found in the iPhone 6 and 6+). The tablet is 40 percent faster and offers 2.5x GPU performance than the iPad Air.

The new version of the iSight camera offers 8 megapixels and 1080p HD recording. The front-facing FaceTime camera also offers HD recording.

The iPad Air 2 is 6.1mm thick, making it 18 percent thinner than the iPad Air. It also includes new anti-reflective coating that reduces reflectivity by 56 percent (and might help with beach eBook reading). 

Both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 include Touch ID technology that will unlock the tablet using your fingerprint. You can pre-order both starting tomorrow, October 17.

The iPad Air 2 WiFi version is priced at $ 499, $ 599, and $ 699 for 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB respectively. For cellular, add $ 130. 

The iPad Mini 3 will cost $ 399, $ 499, and $ 599 for 16 GB, 64 GB, and and 128 GB. Cellular versions cost $ 130 more at each price point/memory configuration.

Apple also announced a new version of the iMac with a retina display. The screen resolution is 5120 x 2880, greater than 4K displays (4096 x 2160). The 27-inch iMac with the Retina 5K display is priced at $ 2,499 and begins shipping today.

Finally, Apple's new desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite is out today for free. Not to be left out, iPhone users can look forward to iOS 8.1 on Monday, October 20.

 

Our Take
I’ve been an Apple user for quite a while (and I’m typing this on a 27-inch iMac I’ve been happy with for a number of years). To say that I’ve got tech lust for the new 27-inch 5K iMac is an understatement. I can’t wait to see one in person.

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Heading To PC, TGS Trailer Details Story

We recently learned Xenoverse's mysterious character is a player-customized avatar. Now we know why they're fighting alongside Goku and pals.

In the game's TGS trailer, we learn that the Dragon Ball Z timeline is askew. Things are out of whack, and to help restore balance, Shenron (the dragon summoned by collecting the Dragon Balls) has brought the fellow you see on the right above. A character that can be customized to the player's liking.

The trailer also reveals that the game is planned for release on PC via steam, alongside Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Harmonix Details Downloadable Tracks For Dance Central Spotlight

You may have been Happy you could Talk Dirty to the Royals in the Love Shack back when Harmonix announced the release date for Dance Central Spotlight, but now it's bringing even more songs to its latest dance game. Today, Harmonix announced some new songs and pricing information for Dance Central Spotlight's downloadable songs, available at launch.

For $ 1.99 each, players can download the songs listed below, along with other tracks yet to be announced. For a full track listing thus far, check out Harmonix's website.

  • A-Ha – “Take On Me”
  • Bastille – “Pompeii”
  • Calvin Harris – “Summer”
  • Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding – “I Need Your Love”
  • Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack”
  • DJ Snake & Lil’ Jon – “Turn Down For What”
  • Enrique Iglesias ft. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona – “Bailando”
  • Erasure – “A Little Respect”
  • Ini Kamoze – “Here Comes The Hotstepper”
  • John Legend – “All Of Me (Tiësto's Birthday Treatment Remix [Radio Edit])”
  • Lady Gaga – “Applause”
  • Maroon 5 – “Maps”
  • Maroon 5 – “One More Night”
  • Ne-Yo – “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)”
  • Nico & Vinz – “Am I Wrong”
  • Of Monsters And Men – “Little Talks”
  • Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”
  • Selena Gomez – “Come & Get It”
  • TLC – “Creep”
  • will.i.am ft. Britney Spears – “Scream & Shout”

Dance Central Spotlight launches September 2 for Xbox One as a downloadable title. For more, see the game in action in this trailer.

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