Gaming News Wrap [18 Nov 2013]

News Wrap 01Good morning. Welcome to another week. This one is the one where South Africans have to endure the talk about the PS4 from America and the build up to the launch of the Xbox One. All without getting the sweet taste of either. Bah.

Hardware

Day one sales of the PS4 in North America has hit one million. [More on CVG]

Sony has played down the early hardware issues which affected some PS4 retail units. The faulty HDMI ports “are isolated incidents” and affects less than one per cent of owners, according to a Sony representative speaking to Game Informer.

Sony has however issued information about a ‘blinking blue light issue’ some PS4 owners have experienced. Some of the causes of this are: “TV compatibility, issues with PS4 power supply, issues with PS4 hard drive and issues with other PS4 hardware”. A troubleshooting guide has been released for those experiencing the issues, and that can be found here.

PSN issues have been reported in North America following the launch of the PS4 in the region. This is being attributed to the influx of new PS4 owners attempting to log on and download the day one firmware update for the console. We assume all should be back to normal now that the rush is done.

EA stated – and promptly withdrew said statement – that the PS4 day-one update was causing “stability issues” affecting “all games on the PS4”. Apparently this was “posted in error”. [More on Kotaku]

Amazon UK has told customers that new PS4 pre-orders placed will not arrive in time for Christmas, and new Xbox One pre-orders might not make it either. [More on CVG]

Games

Quick Time Events in the Thief reboot have been scrapped following “strong reactions it evoked in the press and the community,” making it “an easy decision to do away with them entirely. So we’re not doing it. No quick time.” [More on Eidos]

A Fallout 4 announcement is being speculated for this December’s Spike VGA Awards. Evidence to the speculation is due to thesite The Survivor 2299 being listed as registered by ZeniMax – the parent company of Fallout and The Elder Scrolls developer Bethesda. On top of that, Bethesda has trademarked Fallout 4. [More on CVG]

The Battlefield 4 Tablet Commander App is now available for iOS devices with the Android version set to launch later this month. [via Facebook]

An Assassin’s Creed IV update – expected “shortly after release” – will up the game’s resolution from 900p to 1080p on the PS4. [More on CVG]

The Xbox One version of Lego Marvel Super Heroes will now release in Europe on 29 November after being delayed from its original release date of 22 November. [More on IGN]

Ultra Street Fighter IV will release on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC “soon after” the game hits Japanese arcades. The game is also expected before Evo 2014 putting the release window between April and July 2014. [More on CVG]

A playable demo of NBA Live 14 will be available for PS4 and Xbox One next week. The PS4 demo will be available in North America on 19 November (the day of the full game release). PS4 players in other regions get the demo on 29 November and the Xbox One demo will go live on 22 November (same day as the release of the full game on Xbox One).

Videos

The North American PS4 launch trailer.

Xbox One developers praise Xbox Live in this video.

The launch trailer for Need for Speed Rivals.

The ‘Next-Gen Lionel Messi’ trailer for – you guessed it – FIFA 14.

Check out 12 minutes of PS4 gameplay from Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes.

The ‘Breakdown’ DLC for State of Decay will be out 29 November on Steam and Xbox Live Arcade, at a price of $6.99.

Deadfall Adventures ‘Jungle’ trailer. The game is now out on PC and Xbox 360 (both physical and digital).

A new Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate trailer.

DayZ pre-alpha gameplay footage from the standalone game.

Two new Resogun trailers.

The Knack (no, not the band) launch trailer.

A trailer for the 12v12 ‘Galactic Starfighter’ expansion coming to Star Wars: The Old Republic.

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