Microsoft’s Xbox One coming to China in September

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Xbox

Microsoft’s Xbox One is coming to China in September, making it the first major console release in the country since it lifted its long-standing ban on video games. This comes after the company joined forces with China’s BesTV shortly before the country reversed its 13-year old gaming ban. While that law opened the door for international companies to sell consoles in China, it did retain one restriction: games have to be approved by the Ministry of Culture before they can be sold. Now, we just can’t help but wonder which titles made the cut.

Following the success of the history of the Xbox  product release, Xbox One the second half of this year will be made to develop new markets. At present, Xbox One has more than 5000000 units in 13 countries and sales, sales than the same period of 360 Xbox higher than 50%. The continuation of this trend, Xbox One will be a strong wind cyclone in 42 markets worldwide in September of this year.

EA Boss Expects Next-Gen Consoles In 2013

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, Wii, Xbox


Xbox 720 and PS4 could be on their way as early as next year according to EA boss John Riccitiello.

Microsoft and Sony could be set to launch new consoles as early as next year, according to EA CEO John Riccitiello.

“A major catalyst going forward, and the most important catalyst going forward is visibility on next-generation console,” Riccitiello told CNBC in a conversation about EA’s low stock.

“That NPD data, that minus 10-25 per cent that you’ve been seeing, that can and should be reversed out and some point, probably starting next year.”

Wii U will likely reinvigorate the hardware market in 2013, but whether or not Riccitiello is referring to Nintendo’s console alone remns to be seen.

New PlayStation and Xbox consoles have been rumoured for a reveal next year, ahead of a possible launch in 2014.

In a recent interview analyst Michael Pachter revealed that as recently as 2008, Riccitiello expected new consoles to launch in 2010-2011.

Modern Warfare 3: MW2 Map Terminal Availabe For Free On Xbox Live

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, PS3, Xbox


‘No Russian’ multiplayer map returns to Modern Warfare courtesy of Infinity Ward.

Modern Warfare 3 players can now get the first, free classic map for the game, with Modern Warfare 2 airport map Terminal now available on Xbox Live.

Hit the link to download the 65MB map for free.

It’s not the only classic map set to return to new CoD titles – tight Black Ops map NukeTown is a pre-order bonus for Treyarch’s future-set sequel.

Expect Terminal on PC and PS3 in a month.

Electronic Arts Celebrated In This Month’s Retro Gamer Magazine

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, Games and Players, NDS, Xbox


Retro Gamer takes a lot at videogames most recognisable developer and publisher, EA, as it celebrates 30 years in the industry.

Electronic Arts is now 30 years old, so we spoke to founder Trip Hawkins and several of his key staff about the company’s origins.

We also take a look at some of gaming’s most controversial games, including Carmageddon, Grand Theft Auto, Doom and Mortal Kombat, speak to the creators of the legendary Dungeon Master, and discover the truth of Rare’s Mire Mare.

Other highlights include the best clones of classic arcade games on Xbox Live Arcade, the making of hit arcade game Tempest, and an examination of why the Atari ST was so much more than the poor man’s Amiga.

Trip Hawkins speaks to Retro Gamer, and you can read the full article in issue 105, on sale 19 July, priced £4.99. Get your copy from all good newsagents, the Imagineshop, Zinio or iTunes.

Minecraft Xbox 360: Patches, Features & DLC – Everything You Need To Know

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, Microsoft, Xbox


Minecraft Xbox 360 news as it happens, all in our regularly updated round-up. Bookmark this page to stay informed.

 

We’ll be updating this page with new Minecraft Xbox 360 screens, patch notes, rumours and trailers as they happen, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for updates.

Last Updated 11/07/12

 

10/07/12 Minecraft Xbox 360: 4J Talks Updates, Texture Packs, Custom Skins

4J Studios has continued to discuss its plans for Minecraft Xbox 360, with hopes for new features and content currently pinned on the future 1.8.2 update.

4J said it is “looking at texture packs”, will add the ability for guest players to be blocked from affecting your world, “will be adding new content” and may even introduce custom, player-designed skins “much later on”, despite there being issues doing that on the console “that get lawyers all excited”.

Check out the full quotes and details here.

 

04/07/12 Minecraft Xbox 360 Patch 1.7.3 Adds New Skins DLC – First Images

 

On this day, 4J Studios revealed a batch of images for Minecraft 1.7.3’s new character skins. 

The Minecraft Xbox 360 Skin Pack 1 will add 40 new skins to the mix, and hans’t got a release date yet.

Some of the skins available in the pack include:

 

  • Creeper Man
  • ‘Splosion Man
  • Trials Man
  • Covenant Grunt
  • King
You can check out the skin pack DLC images in full here.

 

 

 

03/07/12 Minecraft Xbox 360 Patch 1.7.3 Release Date ‘Within 10 Days’

On this day, 4J Studios announced it had submitted Minecraft Xbox 360 patch 1.7.3 to Microsoft for approval, along with some additional patch notes:

 

 

  • Added pistons.
  • Fixed clay generation.
  • Flint and Steel or redstone is now required to trigger TNT
  • Fences can be stacked.
  • Added Shears.
  • Redstone wire now will connect to a repeater
  • Shears can be used to pick up leaf blocks.
  • Shears can be used to shear sheep without hurting them
  • Sheep no longer drop wool from being punched, only from being killed when they are unsheared.
  • New textures for Cobblestone and Brick blocks.
  • Silverfish skin was added (for Beta 1.8).

 

 

 

27/06/12 Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition To Have Trial Skin Packs, Maybe Server Rental

 

Minecraft Xbox 360 could offer players dedicated servers via similar rental system to that introduced in Battlefield 3.

Developer 4J Studios tweeted that discussions for dedicated servers “so far are around a rental” – a similar solution to Minecraft on PC.

Meanwhile the upcoming Skin DLC packs will feature ‘trial’ versions with some skin unlocked, according to the studio.

 

 

21/06/12 Minecraft Xbox 360: Open Servers, Skin Packs Detailed, Update 1.8.2 In The Works

 

Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition will support paid-for skin pack DLC when the 1.7.3 update launches in July, developer 4J Studios confirmed.

Skin packs will likely cost players MS points, 4J confirmed on Twitter and will contain “40+ skins per pack”, as well as some free skins per pack.

Although the 1.7.3 patch has yet to launch, 4J also confirmed it is already working on the next Minecraft Xbox 360 update – which will most closely resemble the PC beta version 1.8.2 – the Adventure Update.

Meanwhile, 4J also said that the adding open servers to the game was “in discussion”.

 

 

18/06/12 Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition 1.7.3 Update Coming In July With Skins DLC

Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition will be updated to version 1.7.3 in early July, as confirmed by 4J Studios. The developer also announced that the update would launch alongside a new skins DLC pack.

4J Studios also confirmed it would update the game to 1.7.3 then aim to jump to Beta 1.8.3 then bring Minecraft up to par with version 1.2.3 of the final code.

 

13/06/12 Minecraft Xbox 360: Update Expected In July, Adds Autosave, Multiple Fixes

Minecraft Xbox 360 developer 4J Studios revealed some the contents of its first patch on this day, including auto-save features and more. Here are some of the revealed patch notes here:

New additions:

 

 

  • Added an autosave, and the ability to turn autosave off, or set it from 15 minutes up to 2 hours in 15 minute steps.
  • Split the sensitivity controls into an in-game sensitivity and an in-menu sensitivity.
  • Added an Interface Opacity slider in the settings for plasma screen users.
  • Added a gamertag display in splitscreen, and the ability to enable/disable it in the settings.
  • Added an option in the settings menu to enable/disable in-game hints.
  • Added an option in the settings menu to enable/disable tooltips.
  • Added a co-ordinate display to the in-game map.
  • Added new sections in the How To Play on Multiplayer, Sharing Screenshots, and What’s New.
  • Added a warning message when attempting to place lava near the spawn area.

 

Fixes:

 

  • Fix for the leaderboard crash when toggling between filters/leaderboards.
  • Fix for server disconnect message appearing when offline or in leaderboards.
  • Fix for issue where posting a screenshot to Facebook caused a back out to the main menu.
  • Fix for clay generation.
  • Fix for ‘Awaiting Approval’ showing all the time on some signs.
  • Various crafting menu fixes.
  • Fix for being able to stand on sugarcane.
  • Fix for intermittent crash on saving.
  • Fix for duplication bug with the furnace.
  • Fix for not being able to place water near the spawn area.
  • Fix for intermittent problem on entering the Nether putting the player above the Nether world.
  • Fix for frame-rate drop around the edge of the world.
  • Fix for intermittent problem where some achievements were not being awarded.
  • Fix for graphical issue with stairs.
  • Fix for issue with enemies spawning inside a house when they shouldn’t.
  • Fix for Zombie Pigmen not being counted for leaderboard scores.

 

 

25/05/12 Minecraft Xbox 360 Played More Online Than Black Ops

This was the news on this day, following Xbox Live figures published by Microsoft. More people played Minecraft Xbox 360 than Call of Duty: Black Ops. That’s a big deal indeed.

Check out the full story here.

 

24/05/12 Minecraft Xbox 360: Update To Include ‘As Many PC Features As Possible’, says 4J Studios

4J Studios explained that it was trying to implement as many Minecraft PC features as it could into the first Minecraft Xbox 360 update. Here’s the studio’s quote:

 

“We are working with Daniel Kaplan at Mojang to define what is going in to the Xbox version”, 4J’s Paddy Burns explained, “But the aim is to include as many of the PC features that make sense on the Xbox as possible. The game isn’t Minecraft on the Xbox, it is Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, so it isn’t really a direct port of the PC game.”

See the full story here.

 

23/05/12 Minecraft Xbox 360: Microsoft Refunding For SDTV Split-Screen Issues

Minecraft Xbox 360 owners running the game on standard definition TVs quickly found themselves unable to play the split screen version of the game. Microsoft quickly released a statement on the issue, and refunded anyone affected.

The statement read:

 

“We updated our pre-sale notification to inform customers that an HD screen is required for the split-screen multiplayer feature on Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition,” the publisher said in a statement.

“If a player does not have an HD screen and purchased this game prior to the notification update, they are eligible for a full refund through customer support.”

 

Check out the full story here.

 

16/05/12 Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition Update Coming ‘This Summer’

Mojang tweeted that an update for Minecraft Xbox 360 would be coming in the summer. Here’s the quote:

“A lot of people are asking about the next Minecraft Xbox update. All I can say is it’s planned to be released “this summer”

Check out the full story here.

 

15/05/12 Minecraft Xbox 360 Sells Over A Million Copies In Launch Week, Says Microsoft

Just a week after launching on Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft revealed that Minecraft had sold over a million downloads. 

Check out the ull Minecraft Xbox 360 sales statement here.

 

11/05/12 Minecraft Xbox 360: How To Survive Your First 5 Days

NowGamer’s Adam Barnes and Dave Cook play through five days in Minecraft, and teach newcomers how to survive, create necessary tools and how to fend off the evil Creepers in a series of ace video guides.

Check out our guide – Minecraft Xbox 360: How to survive your first five days – here.

 

10/05/12 Minecraft Xbox 360 Became Profitable After An Hour On Sale, Says Notch

The day after Minecraft Xbox 360 launched, Mojang founder Notch revealed that the game made back its budget in just over an hour.

Check out the insane sales figures and Notch’s response here.

 

09/05/12 Minecraft Xbox 360 Gets Rave Reviews, Notch Hints At Positive Sales

Following Minecraft Xbox 360’s release, we collated all of the major reviews and scores out there online into one handy article. Notch also spoke out about the game’s superb success and hinted that the game was hitting stunning sales figures. 

Check out our Minecraft Xbox 360 review round up, and Notch’s quote here.

 

09/05/12 Minecraft Xbox 360 – The official NowGamer review!

We reviewed Minecaft on Xbox 360 in full, giving it a great score and revealing tons of new information of 4J Studio’s superb port. 

You can read our full Minecraft Xbox 360 review right here.

 

07/04/12 Minecraft Xbox Gets New Screens Ahead of Release

Minecraft Xbox 360 got another huge batch of new screens, courtesy of 4J Studios and Mojang. The new images show off Creepers, dungeons, snow environments, giant lakes and much more.

Check out this batch of Minecraft Xbox 360 images here.

 

06/04/12 Minecraft: Mojang ‘Keen For Xbox 360 Exclusive Content’

Minecraft Xbox 360 developer 4J Studios revealed that Mojang was keen for the game to grow in a different direction to the PC version.

Find out what that means in our article here.

 

05/04/12 Minecraft Xbox 360: Rebuilding Notch’s Masterpiece For Consoles – Interview

NowGamer spoke with Minecraft Xbox 360 developer 4J Studios about the responsiblity of porting such an epic game to Microsoft’s hardware, and disucces at length how the game would grow through future patches.

It’s a big interview rammed full of interesting facts, and you can read it all here.

 

04/04/12 Minecraft Xbox 360 gets its debut trailer, and tons of new information

4J Studios and Mojang released the debut trailer for Minecraft Xbox 360, showing off four player split screen mode, button prompts and much more. Watch the full trailer here.

 

22/03/12 Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Gets May Release Date, High Price

As part of Microsoft’s ‘Arcade Next’ season, Minecraft was dated for Xbox Live release on 9 May, at a lofty 1600 MS Points, or £13 to talk in real money terms.

See the announcement here.

 

05/03/12 Minecraft Xbox 360: Castles, Dungeons, Enemies – Screens

Minecraft Xbox 360 got its first batch of gameplay screens, courtesy of Scottish developer 4J Studios. The initial shots show off a recreation of Edinburgh Castle, which is found in Scotland’s captial. Animals, plantlife and dungeons were also shown. 

Check out the big batch of screenshots here.

 

13/06/11 Minecraft Xbox 360 Kinect is optional, Notch confirms

Notch confirmed that while Minecraft Xbox 360 supports Kinect play, it is entirely optional. This was good news to anyone who isn’t a fan of the Kinect hardware.

 

06/06/11 Minecraft Xbox 360 is confirmed, along with Kinect support

The Minecraft Xbox 360 saga began as Microsoft announced that Minecraft would be making its way to Xbox Live Arcade, during its pre-E3 2011 conference. Check out the announcement here.

Minecraft Xbox 360: 4J Talks Updates, Texture Packs, Custom Skins

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, Xbox, others

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All the latest on 4J’s plans to update Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition with new content and features.

Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition will soon be getting the 1.7.3 update with a “full list of additions, changes and fixes,” set to be revealed later this week.

4J has continued to discuss its plans for the console port of Mojang’s indie classic however, with hopes for new features and content currently pinned on the future 1.8.2 update.

Update 1.8.2 will include sprinting, dispensers and more, while the developer also confirmed that when Skin packs hit the game players new looks will be visible to others whether they own the associated skin pack or not.

Looking to the future, beyond both the 1.7.3 and 1.8.2 updates, 4J is “looking at texture packs”, will add the ability for guest players to be blocked from affecting your world, “will be adding new content” and may even introduce custom, player-designed skins “much later on”, despite there being issues doing that on the console “that get lawyers all excited”.

Look out for more as we get it. Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition 1.7.3 update is due out during July.

Black Ops 2: Declassified Developer Could Be Activision Leeds – Report

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, Xbox


Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified hasn’t had an official developer announcement, but it could be Activision Leeds, according to a new interview.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is heading to PS Vita at some point this year, and gamers have been speculating over what studio is developing the title – But it could well be Activision Leeds.

In a VideoGamer interview, Andy Payne - chairman of trade body UKIE – explained the studio’s role within the Call of Duty franchise.

Payne explained, “Activision are like a machine. I have to be careful what I say about these guys because I know them so well and they’ll cane me.”

“But Activision are a machine. They’re very good, and you know what, what people don’t realise with Activision is, the two studios working on the Call of Duty franchise are collaborative studios. That’s unheard of. All the assets are reusable, so they’re not wasting time.”

“Those assets are also going to be starting to be used by the mobile team, which is going to be based in Leeds.”

Payne also explained that Activision leeds would be developing “all handheld versions, iOS versions of Call of Duty”, which suggests the studio may have a hand in Black Ops: Declassified.

We’ve asked Activision for comment.

 

Minecraft Update 1.3: Emeralds, NPC Trading & Tripwires

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, NDS, Xbox


The PC version of Minecraft to get a whole host of new features and bug fixes.

We’re going to need someway of distinguishing the PC and Xbox 360 versions of Minecraft for you. With both games running wildly different versions, this could get a little confusing for people.

Anyway, Minecraft (on the PC, that is) will soon be getting a patch bringing it to version 1.3 with a slew of new features and updates.

The biggest new addition is the overhauling of the underlying system, now enabling single-player worlds get easily converted to multiplayer servers.

The resulting demands on the CPU has increased, however, meaning older rigs running Minecraft might not be as smooth as before. Jens Bergensten insists Mojang is looking into optimising this, but it won’t be done until the next update with 1.4.

Other new features include new resource emerald, which acts as currency for the game and can be used to trade with NPCs who, depending on profession, can buy, sell or enchant items.

Tripwires have been added too, bringing yet another way of initiating your redstone mechanisms and assist in building defenses against zombies.

Adventure Mode is now a thing, meaning you can create worlds and quests for the community to jump into without the abililty to destroy your creations.

More steps have been included too and, finally, items can be placed on half slabs rather than floating mystically in the air.

That’s the majority of the new features coming in Minecraft version 1.3, but full-time Minecrafter’s might want to take a look at Redstonehelper’s Reddit thread, where a detailed rundown of every new feature and bug fix has been compiled.

Halo 4: New Screens Reveal Spartan Ops, War Games, Flying Drones

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, PS2, Xbox

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343 Industries reveals even more images of Halo 4’s multiplayer and episodic content.

Halo 4’s visuals have been hugely impressive to date with the campaign and other modes seeming to squeeze thhe last drop of graphical prowess from the Xbox 360.

The latest batch of Halo 4 images doesn’t disappoint either, showing off how the UNSC Infinity-based Spartan Ops episodic missions will look (complete with Black Ops 2-style flying drones), as well as the online multiplayer offering.

It’s still red vs. blue, but the environments and character models have pushed on from Halo: Reach – check out our gallery for more.

Halo 4 hits Xbox 360s worldwide on 6 November.

Wii U Won’t Feature Xbox Live-Style Online Subscription – Nintendo

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, Nintendo, Wii, Xbox


Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata confirms Wii U’s online component won’t come with an additional cost.

Wii U owners won’t be charged additional fees to access online services, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has revealed.

Iwata said during a shareholders presentation (via Andriasang) that he wasn’t against subscriptions, but felt a free service was best-suited to the Wii U.

Free access will also encourage Miiverse users to engage and promote the service, and in turn the console, Iwata suggested.

Nintendo previously confirmed Miiverse won’t integrate Facebook or Twitter, and plans to police messages between users.

We’re almost certain that Wii U will launch on 23 November, but an official release date has yet to be confirmed.