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Battlefield 1's winter update introduces ribbons, raises class level cap
14 February 2017, 4:26 pm

Battlefield 1's incoming winter update will be introducing a new way to earn XP, with ribbons being awarded for in-game feats.

Alongside the feature - which is returning from older Battlefield games - the class levels are having their cap raised from 10 to 50, and it's now possible to vote on maps at the end of a match.

They're the headline additions in a fairly significant update for Battlefield 1. You can have a look at the more minor details over on the Battlefield blog, and the changes are all paving the way for the first big DLC update for Battlefield 1, They Shall Not Pass, which is due next month.

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Source: Eurogamer.net


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Destiny 2 launches autumn, will be "more accessible to casual players"
10 February 2017, 10:04 am

Destiny 2 will launch this autumn and place a focus on accommodating new or lapsed players into the franchise.

But, speaking to investors last night, publisher Activision assured that this would not come at the cost of alienating existing fans.

"The cornerstone of that is a great cinematic story," Activision exec Eric Hirshberg said. "That's been a real focus with a great cast of memorable, relatable characters, coupled with some very nice ways to make the game more accessible to a casual player, without losing anything that our core players love.

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Source: Eurogamer.net


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Call of Duty will "return to its roots" after Infinite Warfare sales disappoint
9 February 2017, 10:59 pm

Don't expect another space-set Call of Duty for a long time - Activision has at last admitted what was clear all along - fans did not like last year's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

Game sales were down year-on-year and revenue was down too - despite the allure of Modern Warfare Remastered if you stumped up the cash for Infinite Warfare's pricier editions.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's space setting "didn't resonate" with fans, Activision exec Eric Hirshberg admitted to investors this evening during a just-finished financial call. The result? "It wasn't success we planned."

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Source: Eurogamer.net


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PS4 Pro 'boost mode' runs unpatched PS4 games more smoothly
3 February 2017, 7:54 pm

UPDATE 3/2/17 7:52pm: Since publishing this story, the 4.5 system software update has started to roll out in volume to beta testers, and we can fully confirm that boost mode is indeed a real feature coming to PlayStation 4 Pro users. Digital Foundry will be putting this feature through its paces as soon as possible. In the meantime, here's a look at the option as it appears on the English version of the firmware.

Original story: Sony has revealed new details for its new system software 4.5 update, including long-awaited support for external hard drives, but if reports online are to be believed, it seems that the new firmware also adds 'boost mode' support to PlayStation 4 Pro, allowing non-patched standard PS4 games to tap into the power of the new hardware.

The news comes via a screenshot we first saw on NeoGAF, reproduced below, which appears to originate from a Japanese version of the 4.5 beta. The relevant text, along with a translation provided by DF staffer John Linneman is below:

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Source: Eurogamer.net


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Report: PS4 Pro 'boost mode' runs unpatched PS4 games more smoothly
3 February 2017, 3:47 pm

Sony has revealed new details for its new system software 4.5 update, including long-awaited support for external hard drives, but if reports online are to be believed, it seems that the new firmware also adds 'boost mode' support to PlayStation 4 Pro, allowing non-patched standard PS4 games to tap into the power of the new hardware.

The news comes via a screenshot we first saw on NeoGAF, reproduced below, which appears to originate from a Japanese version of the 4.5 beta. The relevant text, along with a translation provided by DF staffer John Linneman is below:

PS4 Pro (CUH-7000シリーズ)の発売より前にリリースされたゲームをプレイする前に、フレームレートの向上などによって、高品質なゲームプレイを楽しめる場合があります。ゲームプレイ中に期時しない動作が生じる場合にはオフにしてください

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Source: Eurogamer.net


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PlayStation 4 is finally getting external hard drive support
3 February 2017, 1:46 pm

Well, it's about time. PlayStation 4's next system update, out now for beta testers, will allow you to connect an external USB hard drive.

That means no more deleting games to make room, and support for up to 8TB drives.

Other features included in the update we've been waiting far too long for: support for custom wallpapers. You can now set a screenshot you've snapped as your background, and edit it using ShareFactory.

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Source: Eurogamer.net


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Titanfall 2 is getting a new pilot-only multiplayer mode
2 February 2017, 7:03 pm

Esteemed first-person shooter Titanfall 2 is getting a new mode and some new maps as part of its next free update.

The new mode will be a 6vs6 pilot-only affair entitled Live Fire. Set to a strict timer of only a minute, Live Fire doesn't allow respawns. Whichever team survives or is able to hold onto the neutral flag at the end of the round wins. A match consists of playing these brief rounds in a best of five capacity.

Since Live Fire is contingent on tight, smaller stages, Respawn has created two new maps exclusive to this mode: Stacks and Meadow. You can catch a glimpse of these more bite-sized arenas in the trailer below:

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Source: Eurogamer.net


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LittleBigPlanet 3 on PS4 headlines PlayStation Plus February lineup
1 February 2017, 4:45 pm

Sony's announces February's lineup of PlayStation Plus games.

The headline is the PlayStation 4 version of LittleBigPlanet 3, Sony's platformer that revolves around user-creation.

Super-fast side-scrolling shooter Not A Hero is also available on PS4.

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Source: Eurogamer.net


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ACOG News / #eurogamer Dirt 4 announced, and it's out this year
« on: January 26, 2017, 04:02:34 PM »
Dirt 4 announced, and it's out this year
26 January 2017, 1:00 pm

Dirt 4 is finally official, and it's coming out this June for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Codemasters' off-road game is the first proper Dirt sequel since 2011's Dirt 3, though of course since then we've had the brilliant Dirt Rally and the not quite so brilliant Dirt Showdown.

Dirt 4 seems to be building on the success of 2015's Dirt Rally, with a focus on realism as well as a little extra accessibility thrown in to boot. It'll carry the official FIA World Rallycross Championship license, including settings such as Lohéac Bretagne, Hell, Holjes & Lydden Hill, while it'll also introduce dirt track racing in buggies, trucks and crosskarts.

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Source: Eurogamer.net


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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 have been added to EA Access
20 January 2017, 5:26 pm

Earlier this month Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 received backwards compatibility on Xbox One. Now they're both available on EA Access, the £3.99 a month service exclusive to Xbox One that grants players unlimited access to various EA titles.

EA noted on Twitter that the new games are slowly rolling out, so if it doesn't show up in the vault for you yet, don't panic.

When asked about whether these titles would come to the publisher's similar program on PC, Origin Access, EA said "EA Access has been tailor made for the Xbox One console. We have nothing to announce for other platforms at this time."

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Source: Eurogamer.net


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Dirt Rally getting a PlayStation VR support, but it'll cost you a tenner
12 January 2017, 2:56 pm

Dirt Rally is getting a PlayStation VR mode - but it'll cost you £9.99 to download it.

The PSVR DLC pack will arrive "in the coming weeks", or as part of a new retail version of the game with the mode built in as standard.

Codemasters' new mode will let you play the entire game in VR and add a fresh Co-Driver mode to rally sections - so a second player can join in and use a controller to give instructions while looking at the TV (while your friend has the VR headset on).

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Source: Eurogamer.net


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Glacier White PlayStation 4 slim model announced, released this month
10 January 2017, 9:17 am

Sony has announced the Glacier White PlayStation 4 model, which will go on sale in the UK within weeks - on 24th January.

The console is the slimmer PS4 variant introduced last year and comes with a 500GB hard drive.

Sony's announcement suggests the console is a permanent new addition rather than a limited edition. Here's a closer look at the design:

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Source: Eurogamer.net


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HDMI 2.1 spec adds 8K/10K video, dynamic HDR and variable refresh
4 January 2017, 7:56 pm

The HDMI forum has announced the full HDMI 2.1 specification at this year's CES, revealing support for 4K, 8K and even 10K video up to 120Hz. These new higher resolution modes will require the use a new 48G cable, backwards compatible with current HDMI devices. There's also support for 'dynamic HDR', which apparently "ensures every moment of a video is displayed at its ideal values for depth, detail, brightness contrast and wider colour gamuts - on a scene-by-scene or frame a frame-by-frame basis."

However, it's the reveal of a 'Game Mode VRR' specification that is of most interest to us. It's new HDMI functionality that closely mirrors the G-Sync and FreeSync technologies available for PC monitors, described as offering a "variable refresh rate, which enables a 3D graphics processor to display the image at the moment it is rendered for more fluid and better detailed gameplay, and for reducing lag, stutter and frame-tearing". The HDMI forum says that the technology will work for both PC and game consoles.

Game Mode VRR could - in theory - see the complete elimination of screen-tear from console video gaming without the judder associated with traditional v-sync, and could also allow developers to target arbitrary frame-rates as performance targets as opposed to the standard 30fps or 60fps (though we wouldn't expect to see this occur too often as older screens will still be the main target). Although it is an HDMI 2.1 feature, the new 48G cable isn't required for today's resolutions - and in theory, this element of the protocol could be retrofitted to existing consoles paired with HDMI 2.1 screens (as we've seen in the past with PS3 3D and PS4 HDR support added to existing consoles via firmware updates). Of course, support in new screens will depend upon manufacturers fully supporting the HDMI 2.1 spec.

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Source: Eurogamer.net


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Let's remember GamesMaster's most infamous incident, broadcast 20 years ago
20 December 2016, 11:23 am

20 years ago, Channel 4 broadcast GamesMaster's most infamous incident.

It was dubbed the "Dave Perry Super Mario 64 incident" by fans of the 90s TV show, and it's easy to see why. It involved renowned gaming expert Dave Perry, Super Mario 64 and it certainly was an incident.

Here's what happened: during the filming of the 1996 GamesMaster Christmas special, co-commentators Perry and Kirk Ewing were tasked with competing on the Cool, Cool Mountain course of Super Mario 64. Ewing lasted 26 seconds. Perry lost control and slid off after the first bend. He was not a happy bunny.

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Source: Eurogamer.net


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First Battlefield 1 expansion adds playable French army
20 December 2016, 8:37 am

Ahead of the launch of Battlefield 1, developer DICE was criticised for not including the French as a playable army given, well, the French played a pretty big role in World War 1. Well, they're set to arrive in the game in March 2017 as DLC.

They Shall Not Pass is the first Battlefield 1 expansion, and it includes, as you'd expect, new maps, weapons and the playable French army faction.

In a post on Battlefield.com, DICE said the DLC aims to recreate the Battle of Verdun, one of the largest and longest battles of World War 1. Relentless shelling created massive forest fires around the fortified city, which the developers aim to feature in its maps.

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Source: Eurogamer.net


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