#43 Fortnite Cross-Play Announced For PS4

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Facebook is burying Snap, as Facebook and Messenger Stories hit 300 million daily active users

It’s not just Instagram Stories that Snapchat has to worry about. Facebook and Messenger Stories now have 300 million daily active users, the company announced Wednesday. A user counts as one person, meaning they would not be counted twice across both apps. Facebook did not share the breakdown between each app. By comparison, Snap-owned Snapchat reported 188 million daily active users in its second quarter earnings report in August.

OCULUS’ $399 QUEST TO TAKE VR MAINSTREAM

TWO YEARS AGO, Facebook-owned Oculus quietly began demoing a prototype of a stand-alone VR headset codenamed Santa Cruz. Unlike the Oculus Rift, this prototype didn’t need to be wired to a PC to work. Like the Oculus Rift, it promised an immersive quality that might help people actually understand why they’d want to hang out in a virtual environment, wearing a device on their face. Now that prototype is coming out. At its annual developer conference today in San Jose, Oculus unveiled the Quest, the official name for the Santa Cruz headset. Oculus plans to ship it next spring for $399.

Rematch: iPhone XS versus Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for ‘Fortnite’ gaming

About two weeks ago, AppleInsider compared the iPhone X to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 while playing Fortnite, but some complained putting a just-released phone against last year’s model. With the release of the iPhone XS and XS Max, is there as much of a difference between the flagship models of both companies as last time?

PlayStation 4 gets cross-play with Nintendo Switch and Xbox One

Sony Interactive Entertainment boss John Kodera announced the news in a blog post today. “The first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems. We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective. ”

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Sony to release slimmer PlayStation 3 just in time for the holidays

In a press conference at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony gave us a glimpse of their refurbished PlayStation 3 game console.

The new PS3 boasts of a slimmer package, about 20% smaller and 25% lighter than the previous one.

Sony will sell two versions of the PS3 game console. Buyers can opt to buy a PS3 with a 250GB hard drive or one with 500GB.

Sony said that the 250GB PS3 will retail at $270 and will be available this September 25. It comes with a Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception: Game of the Year Edition and a $30 voucher for DUST 514.

The 500GB model on the other hand will sell for $300 and will hit the shelves come October 30. This will be bundled with the Assassin’s Creed III game.

The current Sony PS3 160GB edition retails at $249 and the 320GB version sells for $300.

Director of hardware marketing John Koller wrote in the PlayStation blog, “As developers continue to release deep and rich digital gaming content, providing an option for larger HDD is essential, especially for games with large DLC packs and full game downloads, as well as personal entertainment content.”

Will you settle for the PS3 250GB or wait until October arrives and buy the 500GB version?

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Nintendo launches Wii U console

At last, Nintedo has made the Wii U game console official after the company gave details on the aforementioned device during a press conference held in New York.

According to Nintendo, their newest game console will be available in the US beginning November 19.

The Wii U was first seen by the public during the E3 conference a year ago. Since then, only Wii U tests were conducted by reviewers and only for a limited number of games.

Nintendo is the first game console company to launch their latest device that would hopefully bolster their 2012 sales with the impending Holiday season. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 still haven’t made any announcement regarding future releases.

Nintendo will first launch the Wii U on two bundles. One bundle costs $299 and the other $349.

Here is a detailed piece on the differences between the two:

$299:

–          Wii U Game Console

–          One GamePad

–          Sensor bar

–          8GB SSD

–          HDMI cable

$349:

–          Wii U Console

–          One GamePad

–          Sensor bar

–          8GB SSD

–          HDMI cable

–          Charging Stand

–          Console Stand

–          32GB SSD

–          Nintendo Land game disc

Are you excited for the new Wii?

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Capcom investigates Resident Evil 6 leak to Polish stores

Capcom revealed that a number of copies of their unreleased Resident Evil 6 have been stolen and have popped up and sold in some stores in Poland.

Resident Evil 6 was set to be released by Capcom this Octoberm, thus causing panic, and an eventual investigation as to where these stolen copies came from.

According to Eurogamer, Capcom admitted that there was indeed a sale of this stolen Resident Evil 6 games in Poland after reports said last week that some retailers were selling the game this early. Capcom said that at least a few copies of the Resident Evil 6 had already been sold.

“At this time, all we can ad is that it would appear this unfortunate incident is limited to a small quantity of stolen copies of the German USK PlayStation 3 version of the game,” Capcom said.

One of the stolen games was being sold on eBay with a starting bid of 478.78 Euros. The seller also pegged a buyout price at 1,196.71 Euros.

The figures of the stolen copies are still unknown. But Eurogamer said that there are only two stores in Poland that sold the stolen games.

Capcom is currently investigating the incident and TNG will be updating you once the company releases the results.

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Sony eyeing multi-core processor for coming PS4

Yes, after a decade of life span, Sony’s PS3 may have a big brother coming soon.

Kotaku, a video games-focused blog, reports that the Japanese company is considering a multi-core CPU design to power its next-gen PlayStation 4 consoles.

Kotaku, citing the Japanese website PC Watch, notes that some developers found it challenging to find alternatives for the PS3’s Cell architecture.

“One early alternative include Cell and Intel’s Larrabee. Wanting a bit more horsepower, Sony has apparently abandoned this plan. Sony was also apparently considering a modified version of the Synergistic Processor Unit, but is now supposedly working on designs that include a mulit-core CPU.”

Source: http://kotaku.com/5435384/report-sony-working-on-multi+core-design-for-ps4

Facebook now on PS3 via firmware update

Credit: DeviceMag

If you’re a PS3 gamer AND a Facebook addict, start smiling now coz the new Firmware 3.10 has just been released.

“Launching Facebook for the PlayStation community is a natural fit for our goal of delivering unparalleled connected experiences – from connecting our community to each other to connecting our customers to great entertainment downloaded from the PlayStation Store,” Susan Panico, senior director of PlayStation Network, said in the press release from Sony.

“As we pass the third anniversary of PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Network, we’re excited to deepen the social experiences of PlayStation Network and kick-off the first phase of our integration with Facebook.”

With Firmware 3.10, owners of device can now “brag to friends about their domination as a gamer”. The update also lets gamers share information with their friends in Facebook on games they just purchased and even share unlocked trophies everytime they sync their Trophies.

Game developers also have something to smile about. With the system update, they can now set up “trigger points” in their games, providing PS3 system users  the option to publish game-related info on their Facebook pages.

“We’re excited to connect Facebook’s 300 million active users with the PlayStation 3, enabling players to connect and share their game experiences with friends,” Ethan Beard, Facebook Developer Network director said.

The new Firmware 3.10 also brings in a customized and enhanced PlayStation Network Friends List as well as a new way to view your stored photos – displaying them in a grid format for easier access.

Source: http://www.devicemag.com/2009/11/18/4954-ps3-firmware-with-facebook-support-becomes-live/