Gaming News Wrap [3 Sep 2013]

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Gaikai – the PS4’s cloud-streaming solution to backward compatibility – should be available in “early-ish” 2014 in North America, but Europe has no projected launch window due to issues with broadband in the region. Where does that leave South Africa then…? [More on Edge]

Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida says that social interactions and “discoverability” is what will set PS4 gaming apart from PS3 and current-gen gaming in general. [More on CVG]

Sony has confirmed that the new PS Eye Camera will support “navigational voice commands” and “facial recognition”. [More on Polygon]

There is some confusion over whether free copies of FIFA 14 will be available with all pre-orders of the Xbox One or just the Day One Edition of the console. Information is pointing to the latter, and CVG has contacted Microsoft to confirm.

The Xbox One will support eight controllers at once and features a 30 foot (around 9 meter) wireless range. [via Xbox.com Product Page]

Meanwhile, Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One will not support external storage at launch. [More on Eurogamer]

The differences between the full and free PlayStation Plus versions of Drive Club have been explained by Evolution. Basically, “you can earn the platinum trophy in the PS+ Edition” but it’s “the full game minus a few cars/tracks.”  The PS Plus version will be “available well into the new year”. [More on NeoGAF]

IllumiRoom looks unlikely to make it to retail, as Microsoft have suggested that it is too expensive for consumer release. It would “for an average customer it’s, like, thousands of dollars [for the set up].” [More on CVG]

BioWare is undecided about bringing multiplayer to Dragon Age: Inquisition. Producer Cameron Lee said to OXM that the “Mass Effect multiplayer stuff was really good, so we’ve certainly looked at options like that, but we haven’t decided on anything in terms of multiplayer at this point.”

The multiplayer portion of Killzone: Shadow Fall has been detailed by the developers. Most of the singleplayer mechanics (including the cover system) will be available in multiplayer. Free DLC maps have also been confirmed to ensure players don’t become “fractured”. More details here.

A number of radio stations from GTA V have been previewed on CVG.

The XCOM: Enemy Within expansion is releasing as a standalone on consoles (and not as DLC) because the expansion is “too big. If we wanted to deliver the same content to the console players, we had to do it this was as a standalone expansion on a disc. We couldn’t simply just patch it in.” [More on Joystiq]

Gearbox is working on two new titles (new and original IPs) for next-generation consoles. Users will be able to gain access to a forthcoming beta at the studio’s Community Day later this month. [More on CVG]

The spiritual successor to Homeworld has now become the official sequel. Gearbox – who own the IP – has reached an agreement with developer Blackbird who will now work on the official IP.  [More on Polygon]

GameStick – the Android powered micro-console – is set to launch on 30 September. The console is listed in the US by GameStop at a cost of $80 and comes with 1GB of DDR3 memory and 8GB of Flash storage.

Videos

The second Dead Rising 3 gameplay video.

The fifth developer diary for Saints Row IV.

Episode 5 of the Payday 2 web series.

Total War Rome 2 launch trailer.

eSports

This past weekend saw the Halo 4 Global Championships draw to a close with Ace and Pistola facing each other for $200,000. In the end Ace took the first spot and $200,000 and Pistola scored a cool $75,000 for his second place.

The season three finals for League of Legends has sold out the Staples Center in Los Angeles in five minutes according to Riot Games. This was for 11,000 seats in the second wave of ticket sales. [More on GameInformer]

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