Gaming News Wrap [29 Nov 2013]

Breakfast Wrap 06Good morning. It’s the day US retailers go discount crazy. It’s the day Europe gets the PS4. For South Africa, it’s just another Friday.

Hardware

The mandatory PS4 update – version 1.51 – is now available in Europe. The 300MB update can be done when you hook your machine up to the internet or via Sony’s website and saved to a USB stick.

Some PSN functions will be switched off the European launch of the PS4, and be switched back on post-launch. ‘What’s New’ and the ‘Content Information Screen’ will be switched off to avoid network congestion and slow speeds and will be back up “once the intensity of launch day calms down”. All other PSN feature (multiplayer, trophies, etc.) will be available. [More on PlayStation Blog]

The rumoured PS4 and PS Vita bundle is a real thing and will be available in Europe from today. Selected stores will be selling the bundle for under £500. [More on Eurogamer]

As the PS4 launches in Europe, PlayStation UK boss Fergal Gara has suggested that its lifecycle might be shorter than that of the PS3 in certain markets. [More on TechRadar]

Kotaku has tested how long it will take to install games before you can start playing them on the PS4 and Xbox One. Full times and details here, but – spoiler alert – the PS4 wins.

Games

Some Battlefield Premium members on the Xbox One have been unable to download Battlefield 4‘s ‘Second Assault’ DLC. EA is investigating.

The first gameplay footage from Quantum Break will be aired on the Spike TV VGX event on 7 December. [via Twitter]

Flow and Blacklight: Retribution will miss the PS4 launch in Europe, but are expected “next week”. [More on PlayStation Blog]

Sony in Europe is giving away ten free PlayStation Mobile games over the next five weeks. The two games a week will be playable on the PS Vita and PlayStation certified phones, but it should be noted that PlayStation mobile is currently only available to a limited number of countries. South Africa is not a supported country. [More on PlayStation Blog]

Industry

Movie domains for The Last of Us have been registered by Sony. [via AllGamesBeta]

An EA job listing hints at an open-world next-gen Star Wars game. [More on Kotaku]

EA wants to turn around their tag of worst company in America and be “remembered and respected for the games” they make. [More on MCV]

Sega have given Atlus permission to develop any “dormant” Sega IPs, with special mention going to RPGs. [More on Siliconera]

South Africa

Takealot in South Africa are planning a Black Friday sale. Ten items every two hours from 9am until 9pm.

MWEB has announced a cut in their ADSL pricing, as well as a new 6MB option. For pricing details, head here.

Videos

Footage from the PS4 launch event in Rome.

Here’s one of those comparison videos we will need to get used to for a few years still. Oh. Wait it’s a comparison of Assassin’s Creed IV between the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions. [via CVG]

Ashes Cricket 2013 has been cancelled – after it was released on Steam. This follows negative consumer feedback since the game released on 22 November. Anyone who has purchased the game will be getting a refund. How. Is. That?! See for yourself. [More on CVG]

New details of the Batman: Arkham Origins upcoming story DLC in this edition of DC All Access.

The Mandate – a space RPG from former Assassin’s Creed and Mafia 2 staff – has reached its $500,000 Kickstarter target, and will start Alpha and Beta in 2014. The game is scheduled for release in early 2015. [More on CVG]

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