Gaming News Wrap [12 July 2013]

Breakfast Wrap 06Good morning and happy Friday to you all.

Microsoft is pitching the Xbox One as a business tool to small businesses. The reasoning is that the Xbox One offers features (Kinect and Skype) that “could help it rival even the most modest of video conferencing and networking platforms” all for only $499. I’d happily right it off as a business expense. [More on Eurogamer]

However, small business and every American (and possibly human on this planet) should be aware that big brother may be watching them. A report by The Guardian claims that Microsoft has allowed – for the past three years – the NSA to gain access to outlook emails, Skype video calls and SkyDrive data as part of a secret US government intelligence initiative called Prism. [More]

Microsoft has appointed its new Xbox boss and as previously rumoured, former Windows chief Julie Larson-Green has been named boss of the Devices and Studios Engineering Group. This includes all hardware development, including Xbox and the move is part of a wider restructuring plan at the company. [More on CVG]

The Xbox One and PS4 launch day stock has been sold out on Amazon, while Best Buy in the UK has stopped taking Xbox One orders as they have sold out of their allocated stock. If you live in South Africa, this is not a concern, as we’re not in the first wave. [More on CVG]

Another thing not to worry about if you don’t reside in Europe. The Eurosport Player app is now available in 20 European markets for Xbox Live Gold members.

A new Xbox Live Rewards program is set to be revealed on 1 September. The change is due to the phasing out of Microsoft Points. “Not to worry, though! Since this currency change is impacting the structure of the program, we’re taking the opportunity to make Xbox Live Rewards even better. You’ll continue to get rewarded for doing the things you love on Xbox Live – just not with Microsoft Points. So come back to rewards.xbox.com on September 1, 2013 for the full scoop.” [More on CVG]

SCEA boss Jack Tretton reckons the “Steven Spielbergs of our [gaming] industry” are coming from the indie developers. [More on CVG]

Obsidian was developing a ‘Sci-fi Skyrim’ – “a massive role-playing game featuring guns, time travel, and a nasty alien invasion, all built on Skyrim‘s engine, with Skyrim‘s ‘Radiant AI’ system” – called Backspace. It now seems to sit in development limbo. [More on Kotaku]

Australia will now be getting State of Decay after Undead Labs swopped out the stimulants (used to regain health) with supplements. The game will release with an R18+ rating as it contains “moderate impact themes and language, high impact violence and very mild impact nudity.”

ninja-theory-character designNinja Theory definitely appears to have an unnamed and unannounced game on their portfolio. The game appears in the video portfolio on their site, so maybe there is an announcement coming soon. Image to the left.

The Wii U has received a minor firmware update which brings about improvements to stability and usability. Another update is expected in September or October. For details, head to CVG.

The Steam summer sale has started and offers 100s of games at discounts of up to 75%. You can see exact what’s available here.

Capcom senior vice president Christian Svensson has ‘voluntarily’ left the firm which is suffering from a new round of redundancies. [More on Polygon]

Videos

God of War: Ascension has been updated to add new maps and a new 1v1 mode (called ‘Bout of Honor’), all for free. Images and details on PlayStation Blog.

The Killzone: Shadow Fall pre-order bonuses have been announced and includes skins for your OWL combat drone, the official soundtrack and a “Spotlight Move to humiliate your fallen enemies in multiplayer”. Other simply call it a T-bag. Sony have also released the E3 direct feed gameplay video. [via AllGamesBeta]

Gran Turismo 6 Goodwood video.

Sherlock Holmes returns to PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in Crimes & Punishments.

The launch trailer for the iOS game Deus Ex: The Fall. If you have a jailbroken iOS devide, don’t bother getting the game - the device won’t be able to fire any weapons. Yip, Square Enix appears to have built in a counter-piracy measure. [More on CVG]

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