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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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Unreal wants you to mod dinosaur world with the ARK Dev Kit

Unreal wants you to mod dinosaur world with the ARK Dev Kit

This week the folks at Studio Wildcard and Epic Games have teamed up with Alienware to encourage creative folks to go wild in dinosaur-land. In the world of ARK, that is, a video game where the ancient world and the modern world mix in an absolutely wild open world environment. To begin, users need to sign up for a free Unreal account and download the ARK Dev Kit - which is no small task due to its size.

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The Twitch community is trying to play Dark Souls collectively

The Twitch community is trying to play Dark Souls collectively

Twitch, the live game broadcasting service, has had two successful attempts in the past where all viewers were in control, at the same time, of the game being played. First was one of the original Pokemon games, then came an older Metal Gear title. Thousands of people, all inputting commands into the chat window. It was madness, but in both cases, they were successful in beating the games. Now the Twitch community is doing it again, but this time with Dark Souls, the first entry in what is easily one of the most difficult series in recent history.

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You can Stream Xbox One to Windows 10 in very high quality

You can Stream Xbox One to Windows 10 in very  high quality

While many hailed the ability to stream Xbox One games to Windows 10 PCs, it was not without its limitations. The feature offered different levels of quality, from low to high. Being very picky eaters, gamers naturally wanted more, along the lines of the same quality as the Xbox One output itself. While the Xbox PC app didn't allow that, it seems there is a way to actually force it to stream in "very high quality". Of course, it affects your network, but for some, it might be well worth the sacrifice.

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PlayStation 4 still on top in July, says NPD

PlayStation 4 still on top in July, says NPD

Microsoft may have wowed the crowd at Gamescom early this month, and may even have won hearts, but Sony is still winning wallets, at least in July and for now. Market research firm NPD has just given their report on the console gaming market in the US for the past month and Sony is only too happy to share it. That's because, despite not having new games for the season, both in general and for Sony specifically, the PlayStation 4 still ranked as the top console and its games the top software for July.

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Electronic Sports League reveals new drug policy

Electronic Sports League reveals new drug policy

Last month, the eSports organization Electronic Sports League revealed that it would be instituting a drug policy following revelations of drug use from a professional gamer. The nature of the drug policy wasn't revealed at the time, excepting that it would ban gamers from using drugs that give them a competitive edge in pro gaming competitions. The league revealed the new drug policy today in a post on Reddit, saying that it will be following the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) list of prohibited substances [PDF].

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PS4 software 3.00 beta reveals YouTube broadcasting and Communities

PS4 software 3.00 beta reveals YouTube broadcasting and Communities

Sony seems to be preparing to rollout version 3.00 of the PlayStation 4's system software, as the beta has been released to test users, and in turn the details of what's coming in the update have been posted online. The changelog notes originally showed up in Japanese on PocketNews, but the English version appeared on Reddit shortly after. There appears to be a number of small new features and changes, but among the biggest are direct broadcasting to YouTube, and a new Communities section within Friends.

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PlayStation Plus’ first Vote to Play free game promotion starts this week

PlayStation Plus’ first Vote to Play free game promotion starts this week

Last week, Sony announced that as part of the PlayStation Plus subscription service, PS4 users would be getting opportunities to vote on a handful of games, with the winner being included in the next month's free game lineup. While it was said these voting campaigns wouldn't be held every month, it wasn't clear when the first one would begin. Turns out, it starts this week! The three games PS Plus members get to choose from have been announced, and voting will begin Thursday, August 13th.

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Iron Man’s Hulkbuster comes to Grand Theft Auto 5 via mod

Iron Man’s Hulkbuster comes to Grand Theft Auto 5 via mod

Well, it certainly didn't take long for Marvel superhero Iron Man to upgrade gear, at least in the world of Grand Theft Auto V. It was only about a week ago that we wrote about Brazilian coder JulioNB's mod for playing as Iron Man in GTA5 for PC, and now he's back with the Hulkbuster armor, as seen in the latest Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. JulioNIB previously said he had other mods in the works, and with Hulkbuster now revealed, it can mean only one thing: a Hulk mod can't be far behind.

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SteamBoy re-named “SMACH Zero”, detailed for release

SteamBoy re-named “SMACH Zero”, detailed for release

Before today the device now known as "SMACH Zero" was far more recognizably called the "SteamBoy". Of course the company Smach Zero more than likely ran into some early legal trouble (or sensed trouble on the horizon) with such a name, so it's been changed to SMACH Zero. This device is a handheld gaming device that runs Valve's SteamOS. That means games from your Steam account accessible on a handheld mobile device.

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PlayStation Plus subscription prices to increase in UK

PlayStation Plus subscription prices to increase in UK

Bad news for PlayStation gamers in the UK today: the subscription prices for two of the PlayStation Plus plans are increasing next month. The one-month option is rising from £5.49 to £5.99, and the three-month plan is going from £11.99 to £14.99. The silver lining in all of this? The price for the one-year subscription is staying the same, at £39.99. This last option was already the best value, now it will be even more so.

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