After a number of PR blunders, one would think Microsoft would have learnt and started working harder at winning back the games. If your old Xbox 360 headset working on the new Xbox One is one way of doing it, then shout it from the hills dammit. Anyway, it seems your old headset may work on the Xbox One as Microsoft “are working to develop an adapter for current wired headsets to connect. More details as we approach launch.” Winner. [via CVG]
Microsoft has lifted its policy of charging developers for game patches on the Xbox 360. They have also dropped the fee for resubmission of an Xbox Live Arcade game if it fails certification to assist smaller development teams without the resources of the big publishing companies. This appears to be a possible small step to bring the indies and small developers back to their next-gen console. Or it could mean more rushed games that will have to be patched on release. Or every second day after release. [via OXM]
According to Alienware‘s Frank Azor, consoles are becoming PCs and putting them “in the livingroom”. He’s not really wrong, as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are using PC-centric X86 architecture, as well as adopting a similar service level and ideas familiar to desktop gamers. Yeah, but your PC won’t respond to “Xbox on.” [via CVG]
PS4 architect Mark Cerny reckons Sony’s next-gen console is as developer friendly as the original PlayStation. He bases this on the term “time to triangle” – a phrase meaning the time it takes coders to create usable graphics with the hardware. The PS1 did that in one to two months, the same as the PS4 will allow. The PS2 managed it in three to six months, while the PS3 took a massive six to 12 months. [via CVG]
Hideo Kojima has said that the reports of a Metal Gear Solid remake were “mistranslated” from his side by his translator. So he didn’t say he was looking for developers to remake the game with the Fox Engine, but that he is still interested in remaking the game and “if there’s some creator or team in this world who has love and passion to remake “MGS1″, I would love to ask for it.” Erm. Yeah. We’re not too sure either how that’s any different. [via CVG]
Sticking with remakes. A Halo 2 HD Anniversary remake is at least a possibility. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer told IGN that they “have discussions about it.”
Naughty Dog has been having a slightly rough week. First Ellen Page was not happy with them using her likeness in The Last of Us. Then a graphic designer got cross with them for using his rendition of the Boston transit map without his permission. And now sex. Telephone numbers in the game for ‘Pest Control’ are actually numbers to a real sex hotline. Apparently this was an honest mistake and will be removed from the game (too late, the rest of the internet has posted pictures of the numbers already). What concerns me more, is that people actually dial telephone numbers they spot in a game… [via CVG]
Ousted Ubisoft designer Patrice Désilets is promising to fight for ownership of his suspended game project 1616: Amsterdam. He says of the game: “it was amazing. And it still is amazing, and I hope to get it back and finish it for you – and for me.” [via GI International]
Furious Fez creator Phil Fish has hit out publicly at Microsoft for their lack of support and promotion of his game. He even swears on Twitter he is so angry. *gasp* [via CVG]
Atlus – the studio behind Demon’s Souls, Trauma Center and the Persona series – face an unknown future after their parent company filed for bankruptcy. [via CVG] It does appear that Atlus USA is unaffected by this turn of events.
Want to see what you get with the limited and collector’s editions of Killer is Dead? You can see it here (don’t worry it is safe for work). The game is out on PS3 and Xbox 360 on 30 August.
This new The Bureau: XCOM Declassified video calls the shots.
Ubisoft has released this new Splinter Cell: Blacklist trailer which focuses on the game’s Spies vs. Mercs mode.
Get a sneak peek of the Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection.
Zombie Studios discuss the PS4 bound free-to-play Blacklight Retribution.
Angry Birds Trilogy is coming to the Wii U in August.
This really should not come as a surprise. Google is working on an Android powered gaming console. At least that’s according to multiple sources who told the Wall Street Journal so.
Movie producers Seth Rogan and Evan Golberg have been approached by Naughty Dog “multiple times” to write the script for the Uncharted movie. “For, like, four years,” apparently. However it’s only because of Indiana Jones they haven’t agreed to do it: “If we could figure out a way to make it not Indiana Jones, it’d be awesome.” [via CVG]