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Sony looks to the crowd to beta test next PS4 system update

Sony looks to the crowd to beta test next PS4 system update

There was a time when software development was such a closely guarded process that almost everything happened behind extremely closed doors. Even beta tests were handed off only to accredited QA companies under heavy NDAs. Things have change these past years, with some of the responsibility of testing software falling on the shoulders of volunteers, most of them just end users themselves, but very passionate ones at that. Sony seems to have wisdom, not to mention practicality, of that setup and is now looking for more PS4 beta testers to join its army.

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Pac-Man 256 turns historical glitch into endless runner

Pac-Man 256 turns historical glitch into endless runner

It seems to be a Pac-Man year this year. The bright yellow chomper celebrated his 35th anniversary last May, which brought along some new features for the mobile port of the game. Then in June, the game was finally and rightfully inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame. Let's not forget about that almost Pac-Man inspired space junk eating satellite idea. Though we're willing to forget a certain film this month. Today, a new Pac-Man joins the mobile club with Pac-Man 256 giving a playful twist to an ancient bug.

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Final Fantasy VII released to iOS today with one big oddity

Final Fantasy VII released to iOS today with one big oddity

Today Final Fantasy VII hits the mobile platform with Square Enix' release on both iPhone and iPad. This game will be joined - sooner or later - by a new mobile app "Final Fantasy Portal". While a mash-up of the Valve-made classic first-person title and the classic RPG might seem like a dream made in fairyland, this app is instead a portal for all things Final Fantasy - card games and all. While this version of Final Fantasy VII (or Final Fantasy 7, if you prefer), is similar to the original, it includes just a few odd changes that make it a whole different experience.

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Sony debuts MGS5-themed Xperia, Walkman devices for Japan

Sony debuts MGS5-themed Xperia, Walkman devices for Japan

The September release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is rapidly approaching, but if the limited edition MGS5 PlayStation 4 console isn't enough for you, Sony's just announced more game-related hardware goodies for the Japanese market. The lineup of Sony devices includes the Xperia J1 Compact smartphone, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Walkman A16, and the Walkman ZX2, all designed with Phantom Pain logos engraved on the hardware, and custom wallpapers and sound effects pre-installed.

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Ubisoft: Rainbow Six Siege delayed until December

Ubisoft: Rainbow Six Siege delayed until December

Ubisoft has announced that, due to gamer feedback, it has delayed the release of Rainbow Six: Siege until December 1 of this year, about a month and a half later than the originally planned release date of October 13. Ubisoft announced the news today in a statement, saying the delayed launch covers all planned regions, and that while it “wasn’t an easy decision”, it is one that is necessary based on the feedback Ubisoft has gotten thus far from gamers.

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Razer RealSense camera revealed for desktop gaming

Razer RealSense camera revealed for desktop gaming

This morning Razer revealed an Intel-powered RealSense camera for PC gamers. While this technology has been used for 3D applications before - scanning in the real world, for example, Razer is bringing the technology home squarely in the gaming arena. Think facial tracking while you're using your multi-monitor setup to race cars. This camera will be launching as its own stand-along peripheral for desktop PC gaming first - but we wouldn't be surprised to see it launch on a Razer laptop in the near future.

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Xbox One now supports 1080p, 60fps streaming to Windows 10

Xbox One now supports 1080p, 60fps streaming to Windows 10

Microsoft has just announced the details of this month's update for Xbox One consoles. For August, most of the new features are tied to the recent addition of the Xbox Live network to Windows 10, as well as the popular new ability to stream gameplay from the Xbox One console to a PC running Windows 10. The biggest addition for the update is support for streaming games in 1080p and 60fps, allowing the best games to stay sharp and smooth on a PC monitor.

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Wonky Pigeon lets gamers ‘destroy city with poo’

Wonky Pigeon lets gamers ‘destroy city with poo’

Getting tired of playing games as a goat, but don’t find ordinary human characters interesting enough? Late last week a new game launched on Steam called Wonky Pigeon, and in it you play as a pigeon who, apparently, is able to channel his dark side (as if pigeons possess anything more). The gamer is tasked with flying above a city and, it appears, a farm of some sort and identifying targets -- that is, people who are going about their own business until, out of nowhere, the pigeon unleashes its most foul weapon.

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Square Enix Dive In game streaming shutting down 13th September

Square Enix Dive In game streaming shutting down 13th September

Some services, products, or companies celebrate their anniversaries with a party. But not Square Enix's Dive In. The game streaming service will marking its first and only anniversary by shutting down. This was practically the message that the popular game publisher sent when it announced that Dive In will cease operations on the 13th of September. Given it has barely been a year in the market, however, there will probably be few tears shed and Square Enix itself might be more interested in moving on to a different cloud venture.

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FFVII: Re-imagined reimagines RPG into 2D side scroller

FFVII: Re-imagined reimagines RPG  into 2D side scroller

While we patiently, very patiently, wait for the real, official, and final re-imagined and remastered version of Final Fantasy VII, we can while away the days, weeks, months, and maybe even years, with fan-fueled creativity. Or perhaps travesty for some. Bored with the low poly 3D of the original Final Fantasy VII title? Does the full 3D Advent Children film have you drooling for things yet to come? Why not distract yourself with this Re-imagined version that transforms the 3D JRPG into a 2D side scrolling fighting game like Contra of old.

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Chinese console rips off PS4 chassis, Xbox One controller

Chinese console rips off PS4 chassis, Xbox One controller

We've seen homemade hardware mods that combine the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One into a single console before, but no one outdoes the Chinese when it comes to such shenanigans. Errr, wait, unless you were expecting something that actually plays PS4 or Xbox One games. Meet the OUYE, the Chinese crowdfunding console that looks exactly like a PS4, and comes with a controller that rips off the Xbox One's. It's not even a real gaming console, as it's actually an Android-powered micro-console, which means even the name is an OUYA ripoff!

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The Force is strong with limited Darth Vader PS4 edition

The Force is strong with limited Darth Vader PS4 edition

It's still a good few months before we actually get to see what the Star Wars universe has in store after all these years, but that doesn't mean you can't hype it to death. And nothing says "hype" like a limited edition product with iconic Star Wars branding plastered all over it. This time, it's Sony's turn churn the marketing machine with not one but two Star Wars themed PS4 bundles. And, of course, they will be bearing the face and markings of the most iconic Star Wars character of all: Darth Vader.

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