Gaming News Wrap [19 Nov 2013]

News Wrap 02Good morning gamers. Another fabulous Chewsday is on the cards. We have plenty to chew through indeed.

Hardware

Buyers (between now and the end of the year) of the PS Vita in Europe will be offered a free month-long subscription to PlayStation Plus, while existing PS Plus subscribers will have an extra month added to their current membership. The promotion is not available in all PAL territories, so we suggest you check here to see if you qualify. South Africa, you are in.

Two screenshots of the new Xbox One Achievement tiles have been released by Mike Ybarra, partner studio manager at Xbox Studios. Image One, and Image Two.

New software by SoftKinetic – which powers Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2014 on the PS4, will be capable of tracking the movements of four players at once, allowing the “PS4 to compete directly with Kinect”. [More on CVG]

A survey has revealed that most UK console buyers decide on which console to purchase based on the exclusive games on the platform and not as much on price or DRM. [More on GI International]

Games

DICE is working on fixing the frequent crashes of Battlefield 4 on the PS4. They are also working on an Xbox 360 game update which is “currently undergoing final testing” ahead of its planned release “soon”. A new PC game update is also in the works, and aims to fix “a number of remaining issues in the game”.

A Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition has been spotted on Amazon Italy. The game is listed for PS4 at a price of EUR 50,41 with a release date of 24 January 2014. If your Italian is better than ours, you might be able to glean more information here. [via AllGamesBeta]

Gran Turismo 6 will – for the first time in the series – feature micro-transactions. You can use real world money to purchase in-game credits (available in denominations of 500K, 1 million, 2.5 million or 7 million credits) to purchase cars and performance parts in-game. Winning racing events is the more challenging option to the same end goal. [More on CVG]

There are “currently” no plans to add 3D support to Killzone Shadow Fall on the PS4. So that’s a ‘maybe in the future’ we assume. [More on Eurogamer]

Industry

The shortlist of nominees for the Spike Video Game Awards – now renamed Spike VGX – has been released. GTA V is nominated in nine of the awards, with BioShock Infinite and The Last of Us grabbing eight nominations each. The full list can be viewed here, and the awards themselves are on 7 December.

Ubisoft‘s Tony Key is expecting that the “installed base” of the Xbox One and PS4 “will be much faster to take hold than previous generations”. He went on to say: “In the first couple of years, we expect double the installed bases of previous generations. … The reason why is: the last cycle was longer, so there’s a lot of pent up demand.” [More on GI International]

Blockbuster in the UK has confirmed it will be closing 72 stores – which will mean the loss of 452 jobs. [More on Eurogamer]

Videos

A(nother) PS4 trailer.

The ‘Living Worlds’ FIFA 14 next-gen video.

The second data pack for PES 2104 is now out. The pack adds the 11 vs 11 online mode, 800 new player likenesses and updates all the team rosters, among other things.

Forza 5 ‘Bathurst’ direct feed video.

A trailer advertising the Xbox One countdown event.

Ryse: Son of Rome ‘King Oswald’ footage.

A trailer for the Tekken Revolution title update 1.3.

Dying Light ‘Lighting’ video.

Two short and sweet Driveclub videos.

Final  Fantasy X/X2 HD has been delayed in Europe and will miss the original 2013 release. The game will now be available on 21 March in Europe and 18 March in the US. A new trailer has been released, presumably to celebrate this fact.

The full length Need for Speed movie trailer.

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