News Wrap 01Good morning and welcome to a new week of easy to digest news articles. Short, sharp, and not always shocked. Or shocking.

Development sources are claiming that the differences between the PS4 and Xbox One are “significant and obvious”. Apparently the memory reads on PS4 “are 40-50 per cent quicker than Xbox One”, with the graphics chip’s ALU (Arithmetic Logic Unit) being around 50 per cent faster by comparison. [More on Edge]

Some early copies of Battlefield 4 for the PS3 come with a download code for the PS4 which allows owners to upgrade to the PS4 version for £10. [More on CVG]

EA has announced the release date for the next-gen versions of Battlefield 4, FIFA 14 and Madden NFL 25. And surprisingly, they will be out before the next-gen consoles release. PS4 versions will be available 12 November in North America and 29 November in Europe, while Xbox One versions will be available 19 November in North America and 21 November in Europe. [More on EA’s Blog]

The digital version of GTA V on PS3 has had its pre-download date delayed to today in the US, meaning you will need to download around 17GB the day before the game releases. People are understandably not happy considering the date was originally for Friday 13 September. The UK got delayed until Sunday at 3pm, so got a small head start on their American cousins. [More on Eurogamer]

However, some copies of the GTA V retail game have been arriving with buyers early. Amazon are the culprits and Rockstar is “investigating”. [More on GI International]

Fable Anniversary has been delayed until February 2014 so that Lionhead have more “time to meet [their] ambitions.” [More on CVG]

Fable Legends will evolve online for as much as ten years after its release according to newly appointed Lionhead studio head John Needham. [More on GI International]

Payday 2 has sold almost 1.6 million copies since its launch in August. Five DLC packs are expected following the game’s release.

The last Star Trek game was “a big disappointment” to J.J. Abrams. He believes the game “could have been something that actually really benefited the series” but didn’t in reality. [More on CVG]

Following the closure of Blitz Games last week, Rebellion (developer of Sniper Elite) has invited former staff to apply for around 50 open positions at the studio. [More on Eurogamer]

Reports suggest that Microsoft is developing its own rival to Apple’s Siri – a virtual assistant for Windows Phone, PC and Xbox. The software is named Cortana, after Halo’s blue AI. [More on Eurogamer]

The winner of Sony’s GT Academy 2013 is 24-year-old Portuguese student Miguel Faisca. He will now enter an advanced Driver Development Programme with the GT Academy team and Nissan’s racing division, with a view to competing in a full racing season in a Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 next year.

3D Realms has withdrawn their lawsuit against Gearbox and have apologised to the company and CEO Randy Pitchford saying it was a “misunderstanding”. [More on CVG]


Most likely the last GTA V trailer before the game launches this week.

It’s night time racing in DriveClub.

The Ferrari 312 T2 will be in F1 2013 and will be available to all players who are registered to RaceNet. The game is out for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on 4 October.

Need for Speed Rivals. The racer personalization gameplay trailer.

There’s an outfit for every season in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

Episode six of The Last of Us developer diaries.

Football Manager 2014 will be released on 31 October for PC, Mac and Linux.

Bound by Flame teaser trailer. The new role-playing game developed by Spiders Studio for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be out in “early 2014”.

The opening cinematic of Infinity Blade 3. The game is out for iOS devices on 18 September.


South Africa

Protea StarCraft 2 player Nathan ‘StatiC’ Anderson did not make it past his group stage at DreamHack Bucharest, after losing to ‘Ret’ (Netherlands) and ‘Niroxs’ (Switzerland) but beating the Romanian player ‘Shinersen’.