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Microsoft announces Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console

Microsoft announces Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console

With Forza Motorsport 6, the latest entry in the in-depth racing game series for Xbox, approaching its September release date, Microsoft has just unveiling a limited edition Xbox One console to celebrate not only Forza 6, but the series' 10th anniversary. Fans of the Forza series, or racing games in general, are going to find a lot of loving attention and detail went into designing this special edition console. Not only does it feature a sports car-inspired design, but it even comes with special sound effects.

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Square Enix chair steps down to focus on cloud gaming

Square Enix chair steps down to focus on cloud gaming

Management, even the top brass, change a lot, but sometimes, the news that surround it are equally or even more interesting than the change itself. Take for example Yoichi Wada, former CEO of Square Enix, who is now also its former Chairman of the board. That news itself might have little bearing, unless you are deep into the company's story. But the news that Wada is stepping down to pool all his energy and time into the newly-formed Shinra cloud gaming startup makes it definitely worth noting.

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Shenmue 3 actually needs $10M to truly have an open world

Shenmue 3 actually needs $10M to truly have an open world

One of the factors that made Shenmue such a hit back in 1999, aside from its story, of course, was it was one of the very few to advocate and open world gameplay, something that we may be taking for granted these days. So imagine the surprise, and probably some disappointment, when creator Yu Suzuki, answering questions in a Reddit AMA thread, revealed that the dream of a truly open Shenmue world can only be realized if the campaign's fund reaches the $10 million mark.

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Samsung brings out its first FreeSync-enabled UHD monitors

Samsung brings out its first FreeSync-enabled UHD monitors

It was a promise half a year in the making. Samsung has finally launched its first line of Ultra HD monitors that aim to cater to gamers more than any of its screen lineup. While the 24-inch U24E590D and the 28-inch U28E590D do not flaunt curves like Samsung is wont to do, they do have one advantage over regular monitors, curved or not. Aside from an Ultra HD resolution, these two displays are the first of Samsung's monitors to carry within them AMD's FreeSync technology.

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New Nintendo 3DS tipped for release in North America

New Nintendo 3DS tipped for release in North America

This week Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime spoke up this week on the future of handheld gaming machines for the USA. Speaking without giving direct confirmation to writer Stephen Totilo of Kotaku, Fils-Aime suggested that "some special SKUs might show up", this after speaking about North America and the lack of a release of both new 3DS handhelds to this environment. Could it be that the Japanese market's desire for the 3DS XL and non-desire for a smaller device was informing Nintendo on the USA?

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Sony officially announces 1TB PS4

Sony officially announces 1TB PS4

Well, another year of E3 has come and gone, filling us with excitement over the big games coming out over the next 12 months. There turned out to be little news about new hardware; Microsoft used the week before the expo to announce a 1TB model Xbox One, and it was expected that Sony would have a similar announcement during its press conference. As they say, it's always better late than never. After a prior FCC filing tipped us off, Sony has now officially announced a 1TB PlayStation 4, coming soon to all regions.

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Xbox One’s new Cortana feature will require a Kinect

Xbox One’s new Cortana feature will require a Kinect

Microsoft seems to be developing a habit of announcing big features related to Windows 10 but neglecting to mention the critical fine print that would impact if you're even eligible to get the feature. That has happened, and is still happening, with details about upgrades to Windows 10 and now it's also happening here with Windows 10 for the Xbox One. In particular, one of the nicer features to descend on the console. In order to use that smart assistant, you'll need to have an Xbox One Kinect.

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Sony hints PS4’s backwards compatibility is unlikely in future

Sony hints PS4’s backwards compatibility is unlikely in future

The Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 as well, both launched in 2013 without backwards compatibility with previous generation games, severing the ties, if you will, with a feature that both the Xbox 360 and PS3 offered. That's why it came as such a surprise to gamers when Microsoft announced at E3 this week that the Xbox One was gaining backwards compatibility with select 360 titles. The news was so unexpected, that even Sony’s Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida admitted to Eurogamer that he was shocked as well.

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Snail Games’ W3D gaming smartphone now up for pre-order

Snail Games’ W3D gaming smartphone now up for pre-order

Archos may have, at least for now, given up on its mobile device gaming handheld mashup, but someone is taking up the cause. At CES early this year, Snail Games, a popular name in the mobile gaming world (Age of Wushu, Taichi Panda, Heroes of Gaia) showed off its own take on this niche device form factor. Called the W3D, the device is practically a tablet enclosed in a handheld frame, with a bit of 3DS gimmick on top. And now the W3D is available for pre-order, exclusively on Amazon.

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Flitchio smartphone case has built-in game controller

Flitchio smartphone case has built-in game controller

Playing mobile games by using joysticks on the touchscreen is a frustrating process. There are third-party game controllers as an alternative, and they work just fine. The problem with them, however, is that they're somewhat large and they require the user to carry them around. Enter the Flitchio, a smartphone case that has a game controller built into it. This positions a pair of flat controls on the back of the case, allowing an impromptu game to be played without having to tote around a separate controller.

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