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Titanfall Beta imminent: minimum specs for PC ushered in

Titanfall Beta imminent: minimum specs for PC ushered in

Just this afternoon Vince Zampella from the developer group Respawn let it be known what the minimum specifications would be for the PC version of the mech-driving game Titanfall. This is a widely-anticipated title made for both the PC and the Xbox One, with a beta coming up for both platforms some time this month. While the final game is set to be released in March, users are already testing the Alpha (and near-Beta) right this minute.

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Xbox One “cheaper” model coming in 2014

Xbox One “cheaper” model coming in 2014

Another source has stepped forward with information about an Xbox One model that may very well be appearing later this year with a price that's ever-so-slightly less expensive than the current singular model. This release would suggest that Microsoft has some wiggle-room when it comes to delivering a fully immersive experience with the console by taking out a few less-than-necessary components.

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Xbox One’s Killer Instinct shuffle gets regular: Thunder cracks

Xbox One’s Killer Instinct shuffle gets regular: Thunder cracks

Back when the Xbox One was first launched, Microsoft Studios and Double Helix suggested that there'd be a fairly regular switch-out of the characters that'd be able to be played in the most basic iteration of the game Killer Instinct. This game is the first free-to-play fighting game to be offered with any of the next-generation consoles, Xbox One, Wii U, and PlayStation 4 included, pushing it to be the subject of extra scrutiny on the part of the gaming community in a large way.

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Watch Dogs pre-order cancellation a simple error: no need to freak

Watch Dogs pre-order cancellation a simple error: no need to freak

This morning a report was delivered about order cancellations for the game Watch Dogs, a title set to be delivered some time in early 2014. This game had been delayed in the past, so it would have been a relatively large deal if the game were delayed any further than it already had been. The good news is that the cancellations were due to an error in Gamestop's software, not due to the game not being deliverable on time.

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This 13GB patch says you need internet to play games from now on

This 13GB patch says you need internet to play games from now on

Last year when we first caught wind that we'd be testing out NVIDIA SHIELD and its next-level PC game streaming abilities, the first question we had to ask was: will we need internet to do it? As it turned out - yes and no - it was a lot easier to do the whole hookup process and teaming with Steam if we had the web connected constantly, but after that, we could work without it. But there, as here and now with the latest patch for a major game on Xbox One, there is a point at which the creators assume high-speed internet is a given.

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iBuyPower: Steam Machines will battle consoles, not PCs

iBuyPower: Steam Machines will battle consoles, not PCs

Each Steam Machine coming to the market later this year will be unique - that's the message we're getting from groups like iBuyPower and Falcon Northwest here in the first month of the year. Speaking with the creators of the SteamOS devices that'll be arriving inside the second half of the year, it would seem as though they've got some time to fill - it's Valve, after all, that'll be deciding when the devices are actually allowed to be released as it's Valve that has to release the final software build and the Steam Controllers that go with the machines for final market readiness. Today we're looking at what iBuyPower is doing, specifically, to make their Steam Machine an ideal release.

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PS4 “better terms” praised by ID@Xbox launch parity clause naysayers

PS4 “better terms” praised by ID@Xbox launch parity clause naysayers

While the user side of the Xbox One / PlayStation 4 equation might never come in contact directly with the ID@Xbox program, it's leaving a lasting impression on independent developers aiming to create next-generation games. Most recently you'll find The Fullbright Company's Steve Gaynor speaking with NowGamer about how, due to their relatively small size, launching on a single platform is really their only realistic option.

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Xbox One leads December sales in USA: PS4 stock MIA

Xbox One leads December sales in USA: PS4 stock MIA

Head to your local gaming hardware retailer this weekend and you'll likely see a similar sight: the PlayStation 4 completely out of stock and Xbox One units as far as the eye can see. With reports and first-hand experience in both major cities and outlying, smaller towns throughout the USA, we've come to the very unscientific conclusion that Sony simply isn't keeping up with gamer demand for the PlayStation 4 console itself. Meanwhile the Xbox One leads sales in the December 2013 version of NPD Group's sales figures in the states.

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Call of Duty and Skylanders keep Activision in NPD’s top spots for 2013

Call of Duty and Skylanders keep Activision in NPD’s top spots for 2013

There's a couple of games appearing in NPD's tracking of video games for the end of 2013 that put Activision in a rather healthy spot for entering in this year's full range of releases. With Call of Duty: Ghosts, Activision sees the #1 Top-Selling Next Gen Title through 2013 - that's both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while it remains the best-selling title overall in December as well. Meanwhile Skylanders - as a video game franchise - won best-selling of the entire year for the kids video games category.

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