Just in time for Titanfall, Xbox One owners will be able to live stream their games via Twitch, Microsoft and Twitch announced today.
Users of the service on Xbox One can expect full integration into the system, allowing players to live stream games, archive game clips for later review and join games with broadcasters – all of which will be available after Xbox One’s upcoming patch on March 11.
PlayStation 4 launched in Japan on February 22, and estimates for the first two days of sales are in. According to Famitsu, Sony’s new console moved 322,083 units in its first two days. This is a massive improvement over 88,443 sold by PlayStation 3 at launch, but nowhere near the 630,552 sold by PlayStation 2. For a more recent comparison, Wii U sold 308,142 in its first two days, so PlayStation 4 has a slight edge over Nintendo’s most recent launch.
For any Assassin’s Creed fans hoping for a future installment set in the samurai-era, we’ve got some bad news. The series’ managing director, Jade Raymond, has confirmed with Adweek that the next installment will not take place in feudal Japan. However, she did mention that the next game will take place in her favorite historical era, but unless you can read minds, your guess is as good as ours.
So far, we’ve seen games set during the Third Crusade, the Renaissance and the Colonial Era. With that in mind, we’ll update you when Ubisoft announces the theme for the next game in its Assassin’s Creed franchise.
Earlier today it was revealed that Microsoft will be officially lowering the price of Xbox One in the UK on Friday. Xbox One will be dropped from £429.99 to £399.99 and bundled with Titanfall. Following the announcement, Total Xbox caught up with Xbox UK marketing director Harvey Eagle to discuss why the price cut was decided on, and whether or not other regions will get the same treatment.
Over the course of the past nine months, Sony has opened up pre-orders for PlayStation 4 on multiple occasions, with the supply selling out almost instantly each time. However, many reports from Japan indicate that the console was far from sold out in its first few days. Most major stores had PlayStation 4 in stock, and analysts attributed this to the fact that Japanese gamers are much more inclined to order online than an other countries.
A few days in now, major retailers are finally putting up their sold out signs for PlayStation 4, but not for long. Sony is aware of the strong interest in the console in Japan, and a second shipment of PlayStation 4 units is set to hit stores soon. Sony estimates their new console will be in limited availability until April, but they’re doing everything they can to meet the demand in Japan.
Xbox One launched just over three months ago, but Microsoft’s newest console is already receiving a price cut in the UK. As of February 28, Xbox One will officially retail for £399.99 in the UK – a savings of £30. Additionally, the console will also be bundled with Respawn Entertainment’s hotly-anticipated Titanfall for a limited time. Will this new bargain help Xbox One cut into PlayStation 4′s early lead in the UK?
Production for the developer kit unit of the Oculus Rift VR headset has been postponed – at least temporarily – due to a shortage of materials. Currently, there are still a few original units left in stock, but as soon as they’re gone, Oculus VR will need to find an alternative source for the components needed to make the popular headset.
For years now longtime Final Fantasy fans have been calling out for an HD remake of Final Fantasy VII, and Square Enix has offered little hope. Various directors and producers have stated that the timing isn’t right, or that a lot of things would have to fall into place for it to happen, and it’s never been promised as a ‘matter of time’ situation. However, according to NeoGAF user Verendus, an industry insider with sources in Japan, Final Fantasy VII HD is happening…eventually. Put on your skeptic glasses and click below to see what he had to say.
When the Zelda team first got their hands on an N64 dev kit and were preparing to create the game that would eventually become Ocarina of Time, they began with an exercise – recreating a dungeon from the original Legend of Zelda in 3D. Now, many years later, someone has taken that concept to that next level.
Developer Ubiquitron is recreating Legend of Zelda in its entirety for Oculus Rift. The classic title takes on a whole new feeling as it’s played in a first person perspective in a 3D world. The beta (which features the complete overworld and the first dungeon) is already out, and the full version is expected to release next month. You can see a video of the game in action after the jump.
Square Enix’s Bravely Second, a sequel to Bravely Default, will focus more on narrative than actual exploration, according to series producer Tomoya Asano.
And although the game will still be built around an expansive world, players choices and actions will be more integral to the game’s overarching story.
The Last of Us was one of the most critically acclaimed games of 2013, winning numerous Game of the Year awards and selling an estimated 4.3 million to date. Unsurprisingly, many fans have been asking Sony and Naughty Dog if a sequel is planned. The possibility has been hinted at in the past, but the game’s creative director, Neil Druckmann, has given the most positive outlook yet, as he recently told fans on Reddit that chances of a sequel are “50/50″ right now.
Naughty Dog has two teams, with one group currently working on the next Uncharted title and the other being responsible for The Last of Us. Should the second team look to capitalize on one of 2013′s most successful games and establish it as a staple franchise of PlayStation, or should they move on to something new and keep the originality flowing? Let us know what you think in the comments.
PlayStation 4 got off to a hot start late last year, selling so quickly over the holiday period that Sony could not properly supply retailers with enough units to meet the sales demand. Things have calmed down quite a bit since then, and the console is no longer universally sold out, but supply is still very limited and many stores are still struggling to meet the demand. Fergal Gara, head of PlayStation for the UK and Ireland, recently spoke about these shortages and explained why Sony is having trouble keeping up. You can catch what he had to say by clicking below.