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A VG247 source revealed details on the next generation console's controller - this news comes hot on the heels of rumors last week that the system would ship with a camera.

A VG247 source said today that PS4′s rumoured controller touch-pad is real. The input is on the front of the handset. The Start and Select buttons have been moved as a result.  The controller is “more or less” the same shape as the current DualShock. We’ve been told today that the L2 and R2 buttons have been remodelled for the better. The existence of the touch-pad has been previously reported by Edge, but claims a “Share” button exists on the controller from the same report were debunked by our source today. Apparently it isn’t there.

No official news yet from Sony, who is suspected to hold a press conference on the PS4 next week.
Gearbox Software has released a series of patches from their now almost universally reviled installment into the Aliens franchise.  The more positive reviews call it "a very generic shooter", and  say, "Alien Colonial Marines doesn't stand a chance if you compare it to James Cameron's seminal 1986 flick."  Some of the worst reviews seem to think it's barely even a game to begin with.  That being said, you shouldn't expect the patches to fix anything wrong with the game itself, but the gameplay may improve now that they've fixed it to the point that doors open and you will no longer be stuck eternally within quicktime events once they're over.  I mean, that's likely to make me like the game a bit more.  The new patch notes (after the jump) include some worrying details... For example, Spitter's "Acid Spray" will now originate from the mouth.  That sentence couldn't be more worrying if it were written in a Spitters non-mouth-originating "acid spray."

Head past the jump to see a list of the improvements.

I know many here and across the net are giving Ubisoft a lot of flak over the Rayman Legends delay for the Wii U. It's ironic how one game delay is causing such a stir after how stellar Ubisoft has been lately, outside of the fact they were the only third party publisher to properly support the Wii U at launch (seriously, why is all their credit for that lost over one delay?). It's rather astounding how people want to boycott Ubisoft on the Wii U ignoring the fact they gave us one of our only third party exclusive titles in ZombiU... and unlike Razor's Edge, it hasn't been moved to other platforms. They also gave us Assassin's Creed III, while most other major third parties came up with excuses to not port their blockbuster hits, many of which have yet to come out (so they have had more time than Ubisoft did to make it happen).

Setting all of that aside, it has been reported that Microsoft reserves the right to refuse publishing rights on Xbox Live Arcade and at retail for multiplatform games. It gets more extensive beyond that with content and such, but the point is that if Ubisoft had released it on the Wii U next week Microsoft very well could have denied the game's appearance on their console. While there is no guarantee Microsoft denies the game, why take that decision out of your own hands? Sales on the Wii U were not going to justify skipping that popular platform.

As we're getting close to a new handheld release from Sony, a lot of rumors are flying around. Gamerxchange has a few rumors to add to the mix today, and Sony just released a new patent request with some new ports and details on the system. Although it's certainly hard to know exactly what the system will look like, we can certainly see what other people are reporting and draw our own conclusions.

Head past the jump for more.

Pach-Attack!

Michael Pachter doesn't often do shows in the middle of the week, but this time he has, with a 13+ minute special that talks about the PlayStation 4. He has had a chance to sit down with six different developers who are currently making games for the system and ask them a slew of questions that many have been wondering about. Essentially, the bottom line in how the system performs versus actually getting exact specs. If you don't feel like or are unable to watch the video above, we have a breakdown after the jump.

Bungie has started an alternate-reality game today on their site. This one seems like it'll be revealing information on their next big title, Destiny.  Alternate-reality games, for the uninitiated, are a form of digital storytelling where various mediums are used, and clues and plots are dropped on various webpages and into various real-world locations to tell a story or release new information about a product.  The "trailhead", or starting place to get into the game was posted this morning, and it certainly looks intriguing.

Good news today for fans of the Batman branded series of "Arkham" games, to date including Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Batman: Arkham City. John K Martin, who is Time Warner's CFO, announced in an investor call today that the next release in the series is on its way. "... we also have a strong games release this year," said Martin, "which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012."

Will it be better? Only time will tell...

As internet-browsing gamers, we all get caught up in the infamous console wars from time-to-time, where Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft fans argue over which is best. Although it is about much more than merely which is better, because the debate often quickly becomes about personal attack. Nintendo fans are criticized as being children and female, or mothers and grandmothers.

On the other hand, PlayStation and XBox gamers are bagged for being simpletons who think they are cool guys, but apparently have nothing but a taste for bloodshed with games like Call of Duty. These stereotypes of the console wars couldn’t be further from the truth, and yet the debates rage on.

Vita a Difficult Sell?

February 11 2013 by Jack Sossman
There's one question you've got to keep asking yourself if you're Sony corporate executive officer Masaru Kato and your handheld system is constantly being crushed by DS and 3DS sales; how do I sell more of these Vitas?  There's certainly a lot of ways to incentivise sales, and with the super competitive market and the dwindling economy, it's difficult to know exactly how to get that edge over your competitor.  Well, Kato went on record last Thursday to attempt to answer that question in particular.  His response?  See below.
Sorry Aussies; looks like another great third party Wii U title won't be coming your way.  Although a press release sent to media today regarding the game's pre-order DLC incentives, and until this week was listed on various local Australian game distributors websites, The Walking Dead: Survival instinct will not be released on the Wii U in Australia.

In what seems to be the biggest spring in gaming's history, the Wii U is left with a handful of exclusives to bide its owner's time until E3. Although I'm looking forward to games such as The Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3, I'll be unable to play some of the spring's juggernaut titles on my shiny new Nintendo console, such as Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider. We're seeing dozens of games missing the Wii U for the sole reason of lacking sales. Although it is a valid one, software sells hardware, and no third parties are taking the dive. Konami is joining the club now.

Konami producer Dave Cox has told us why Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will not be making the jump to Wii U, and the reason is a lack of resources. Although Konami has given a different and more valid reason then the usual "Wii U is too difficult to develop on," I feel a little bit disappointed. I'm looking forward to the new Castlevania, but it looks like my PS3 will be getting the game. 

However, there is still the new 3DS entry in the beloved series, Mirror of Fate. I can't wait to join the franchise this March. Cox also spoke about the new 3DS entry. Hit the jump to see what he said!

With Sony and Microsoft's new consoles rumored to be coming out this year, game publishers Activision, Take Two, and Ubisoft have been contemplating the development costs of video games, and, by extension, a possible increase in the price of games from the current $59.99. Take Two and Ubisoft CEOs Strauss Zelnick and Yves Guillemot believe that development costs won't increase dramatically, at least during the beginning of the next generation.

"We don’t have any reason to believe our development budgets will change significantly. If anything we have become – group-wide – much tighter in terms of how we spend our money." — Strauss Zelnick

"What we've said is that, for the first two years of those machines, the costs will not increase because we can use a lot of the engines that we've already created." — Yves Guillemot

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, on the other hand, expects prices to go up.

"This is my 22nd year doing this, and in every single console transition, we've seen an increase in development costs. Over long periods of time, it gets smoothed out, but I would say this is not a transition where that's going to be an exception. We're going to have to figure out how to take advantage of the unique capabilities of new hardware, and that requires new skills and investment in tools and technology and engines and so yes, that's likely." — Bobby Kotick

The fact that these people are even considering an increase in price shows that, at the very least, the technology of video games will become noticeably more powerful and complex. What are your thoughts on this?


I may be more of a Nintendo gamer than I am a PlayStation or Xbox gamer, and arguably a bigger PC gamer than any of the consoles, but even I know that blocking used games is going to be a console killer. We already know the Wii U doesn't do such things. I can attest to this because I own a used copy of New Super Mario Bros. U. Sure, maybe it only saved me $5, but that's still $5 I was able to put towards a pre-order for Pikmin 3. The fact remains that if this does happen, or if they attempt to do an "ultimate pass" for $100 which allows gamers to "unlock" unlimited used games, I tend to agree that the Wii U will reap the benefits of higher game sales since they will have the used game market all to themselves.

To be honest, I don't want any of the console makers to fail, so I just hope all these rumors (some dating a year old) just tend to be complete crap.


This week's Bonus Round focus's squarely on genre preferences. You might be surprised to see what genre's are mentioned as it's not necessarily what many would expect. As an example, one of the panel's favorite genres is Tower Defense! Of course while it's a nice debate above, what we really want to know is what your favorite genre is. Sound off in the comments and let the debates begin!

Digital Foundry, a group of tech fanatics that specialize in analyzing technical fundamentals of technology and innovate digital possibilities, have taken apart Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and decided that the Wii U version of the game is the best one. Digital Foundry honored the Wii U build for its reliable frame-rate and five person multiplayer.

Head past the jump to see why!