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Microsoft Announces Huge Sales Increase for First Quarter

IGN.com - 3 hours 29 min ago

Microsoft is already off to a fast start this fiscal year, with sales increases in several different sectors.

The company's Devices and Consumer revenue is up 47 percent, bringing sales to $10.96 billion USD, according to Microsoft's earnings report for the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. This represents a part of Microsoft's $23.20 billion USD overall revenue this year –– that's a 25 percent increase since last year, and it's due in large part to Office 365 and the Surface Pro 3.

The company's productivity suite for Home and Personal subscribers now has 7 million new members, representing more than 25 percent sequential growth over the previous quarter. Microsoft has been pushing users toward the cloud for a while now, and these numbers suggest they might be well on their way.

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Costume Quest 2 Gets PlayStation Release Date and Sackboy

IGN.com - 4 hours 1 min ago

Fan-favorite character Sackboy is coming for free to the PS3 and PS4 versions of Costume Quest 2.

Sackboy will be available in the game as a hidden bonus and will have to be assembled from four separate pieces found in the game. He will be playable in explore mode and as a combat character whose charge-up attack is "Little Big Beat Down."

The humorous role-playing game pits players against an evil dentist trying to rid the world of cavities forever and a Time Wizard whom you have to fight on three different timescapes. The sequel to 2011's Costume Quest features update combat and two new features: a buff system known as Battle Cards and persistent health.

Midnight City has announced the release date for the PS3 and PS4 versions on October 28th for $15 USD. Release dates for other consoles is not yet known.

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Warframe Archwing Update Brings Tons of New Features

IGN.com - 4 hours 5 min ago

Warframe's new update, called "Archwing," releases today for the PC, and it contains new quests, weapons, customizations, enemies and a reputation system. There's also a new ability that lets players move through space without ships and engage in combat.

The two new quests are interlinked and center around obtaining new technology and unlocking the new Warframe, which has magician-like powers to transport enemies to other dimensions. New customizations include Sigils for body-art, mods for Archwings, and a new weapon skin for Soma assault rifles.

The reputation systems gives players the choice between six Syndicates - each of which provide Sigils and missions to gain reputation, along with a new tileset known as the Corpus Ice Planet.

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Street Fighter 4 Omega Edition Changes Things Up

IGN.com - 4 hours 49 min ago

The next update to Ultra Street Fighter IV, the Omega Edition, will bring a new mode to the game, and with it, changes to how players favorite World Warriors duke it out for dominance.

Accessible under the Edition Select option, the free Omega Edition brings the game selection to a total of 6 editions. It will not include the Red Focus and Ultra Combo Double systems introduced in the Ultra version of the game, however.

Instead, all 44 characters will see additions and changes to their fighting styles.

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Slender: The Arrival Headed to Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One

IGN.com - 5 hours 41 min ago

According to a new rating on PEGI, Slender: The Arrival will be coming out for the Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One.

Back in September, the survival horror game was released digitally on Xbox 360 and PS3, suggesting we'll probably see a release on the respective digital marketplaces of the three now-gen consoles. Those console releases also saw new story content which was later released as DLC on the PC. It seems likely the new versions will also see these elements included.

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Buy Your Tickets to Sony's PlayStation Experience Now

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 5 hours 50 min ago

Update: Tickets are available now.

Original Story: Tickets for Sony's upcoming PlayStation Experience event will go on sale later this week, the company announced today.

You'll be able to buy tickets from The Venetian's website beginning this Friday, October 24. One-day passes will cost $50, while two-day passes will run you $90.

The ticket itself is not what will get you into the exhibit hall; once you've gotten your hands on one, you'll need to take the ticket and a government-issued photo ID to a Venetian/Palazzo box office between December 4 and December 7 to receive a wristband. Alternatively, you can pick up your wristband (using your ticket and ID) outside the Sands Expo Hall C on December 6 or December 7.

Sony announced PlayStation Experience earlier this month as a "massive" two-day community event in Las Vegas. Taking place December 6-7, Sony says it will be an "unprecedented" event that offers attendees the chance to play unreleased games and attend panels and keynotes featuring members of the games industry. On a recent podcast, Sony's Scott Rohde teased, "This is an event for the fans, and I am so incredibly geeked about it. We're gonna show you a bunch of stuff that maybe we shouldn't show you yet."

Although you won't be able to try games or get your hands on the free swag that will be available at the show without attending, you will be able to take in at least some of the event from home. Sony plans to offer live video from the event, though it hasn't provided specifics as of yet.

The same goes for exactly what games, publishers, and panels will be at the show--you'll have to buy tickets knowing very little about what you're getting into. Sony hasn't indicated how many tickets will be available, but it did say that those hoping to sit for the opening keynote address will need to be among the first 5,500 to enter the building. Seating will be first-come, first-served.

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How to Make an Xbox One Custom Background

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 6 hours 5 min ago
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Xbox One's November update will bring with it the ability to use custom backgrounds on the system. If you're fortunate enough to be in the preview program for system updates, you can begin doing so now by following the instructions below.

For those with the November update installed, pictures can now be assigned as backgrounds through the media player app introduced in the September update (which launched in August, just to keep you on your toes). To get a picture there in the first place, you'll need to load a JPG or PNG file onto a USB drive and connect it to the system, or connect to a computer hosting such a file through DLNA.

The step-by-step instructions, courtesy of Microsoft:

  • Connect a USB to console / Connect a source through DLNA
  • Launch Media Player (either directly or through Settings >My Xbox > My background > Custom image)
  • Navigate to source of your choosing (USB/DLNA)
  • Navigate to folder/file of your choosing
  • Select the JPG/PNG image -- see it full screen
  • Once you are viewing the image full screen, hit the menu button
  • Select "Set as background"

Microsoft has also provided a convenient PSD file (direct download link) for those who want to create their own backgrounds built around the positions of buttons on the home screen.

In addition to custom background support, the November update introduces new ways to share information on your profile, support for tweeting links to game clips, and an improved TV-watching experience.

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Fate of Arun Expansion Teaser

IGN.com - 6 hours 9 min ago
The expansion will include a raised level cap of 65 as well as a new storyline and quests.
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Blaze Rush - Teaser Trailer

IGN.com - 6 hours 9 min ago
This vehicular combat game features 16 cars as well as local and online multiplayer.
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McLaren F1 Trailer

IGN.com - 6 hours 9 min ago
One of the most iconic cars of all time will be available in World of Speed.
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Teaser Trailer

IGN.com - 6 hours 10 min ago
Developer Psyonix reveals its vehicular arena sports game coming spring 2015.
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Gameplay Trailer

IGN.com - 6 hours 10 min ago
This turn-based, squad-based strategy game has players taking on the unrelenting Space Wolves.
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Exploring Kyrat in Far Cry 4 (With A Friend!)

IGN.com - 6 hours 19 min ago
Sure, you can play Far Cry 4 alone. Or, you can also play it with a friend! Take a look for yourself.
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Exploring Kryat in Far Cry 4 (With A Friend!)

IGN.com - 6 hours 19 min ago
Sure, you can play Far Cry 4 alone. Or, you can also play it with a friend! Take a look for yourself.
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Gets Release Dates

IGN.com - 6 hours 29 min ago

The Namco Bandai free-roaming fighter Dragon Ball Xenoverse will hitting Europe and Australia/New Zealand on February 13 for consoles and on Steam February 17. The US release will hit the Steam Store on February 15.

Gamers who pre-order the game will get Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta as a playable character, along with two Frieza Battlesuits: gold and crystal. The pre-order bonuses apply to digital purchases, as well.

The collector's edition version of the game comes with a Trunks Master Stars Piece Figurine measuring 25 cm tall.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse takes the licence back "to its roots," with players being free to wonder the destructible environments while fighting. Namco Bandai revealed a new mode, the World Tournament. In it, players take part in a massive "frenzied battle," with the champion unlocking special in-game rewards.

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Watch The Witcher 3's Brutal Intro Cinematic Now

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 6 hours 48 min ago

Right on schedule, Polish developer CD Projekt Red today released the intro cinematic for next year's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It's brutal (there's horse decapitation and a bird that mangles someone's face) and quite impressive. Check out the full video above.

Here is how CD Projekt Red sets up the video, which it calls "The Trail":

"Foreshadowing the story of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, 'The Trail' opening cinematic is an epic sneak peek into the adventure that awaits gamers in Wild Hunt. See witchers Geralt of Rivia and his mentor Vesemir pursue Geralt's long lost love, the immensely powerful, raven-black-haired sorceress-- Yennefer of Vengerberg."

Wild Hunt launches February 24, 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more, check out .

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MLG.tv Columbus Arena Opens Tonight With $75,000 Call of Duty Tournament

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 6 hours 52 min ago

The brand-new MLG.tv Columbus Arena opens tonight with the Call of Duty: Ghosts Pro League Season 3 Playoffs, a tournament with a massive $75,000 prize pool. The three-day event runs through Sunday, October 26, and you can watch it all through MLG.tv.

Eight of the world's best Call of Duty teams will compete in front of a live audience (the event is sold out) for a shot at the $30,000 first-place prize. You can watch every match live through MLG.tv, the MLG apps for iOS and Android, as well as through Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

The following teams are participating in the Call of Duty: Ghosts Pro League Seasons 3:

  • Team EnVyUs
  • Rise Nation
  • OpTic Gaming
  • OpTic Nation
  • FaZe
  • Denial eSports
  • Noble.VQ
  • Most Wanted

Play-by-play commentary will be provided by commentators such as Puckett, Fwiz, Benson, and Maven. This event is also significant in that it represents the first-ever tournament to be played at the MLG.tv Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The 14,000 square foot arena is described as "state of the art," and it is the first permanent eSports venue in the United States.

Below is the schedule for this weekend's Call of Duty: Ghosts Pro League Season 3 Playoffs. All times are Eastern and subject to change based on the length of matches.

Friday, October 24

  • 5:30 PM Doors Open to Spectators
  • 6:00 PM Broadcast begins on MLG.tv: Winners Round 1 - (4) OpTic Nation vs. (5) FaZe
  • 7:00 PM Winners Round 1 - (1) Team EnVyUs vs. (8) Most Wanted
  • 8:30 PM Winners Round 1 - (2) Rise Nation vs. (7) Noble.Vanquish
  • 10:00 PM Winners Round 1 - (3) OpTic Gaming vs. (6) Denial eSports

Saturday, October 25

  • 11:30 AM Doors Open to Spectators
  • 12:00 PM Broadcast Begins on MLG.tv: Losers Round 1 - Match 1
  • 1:00 PM Losers Round 1 - Match 2
  • 2:30 PM Winners Round 2 - Match 1
  • 4:00 PM Winners Round 2 - Match 2
  • 6:00 PM Dinner Break
  • 6:30 PM Losers Round 2 - Match 1
  • 7:30 PM Losers Round 2 - Match 2

Sunday, October 26

  • 11:30 AM Doors Open to Spectators
  • 12:00 PM Broadcast Begins on MLG.tv: Losers Round 3
  • 1:00 PM Winners Final
  • 3:00 PM Break
  • 3:30 PM Losers Final
  • 5:00 PM Championship Match

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TERA: Fate of Arun Expansion Announced

IGN.com - 7 hours 4 min ago

Tera: Rising is receiving its first expansion called Fate of Arun, which will increase the level cap and add a new storyline.

En Masse Entertainment says the Fate of Arun expansion will open up Northern Arun, where a bloodmage army is wreaking havoc in the action MMO. Players will fight for the Khirians and their freedom while taking on a new evil.

The Fate of Arun expansion also will raise the level cap to 65 and feature new quests, zones, dungeons, skills, gear, and a PvP battleground. En Masse hasn't revealed a release date for the Tera: Rising expansion but says new details will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

For more on Tera: Rising, be sure to check out IGN's review as well as the action MMO's wiki guide.

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PlayStation TV Review - Gametech

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 7 hours 18 min ago
The PlayStation TV performs a lot of tasks, although it doesn't necessarily perform them well.
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Jill Sandwiches, Creepy Doors & HD Dogs - Resident Evil HD

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 7 hours 48 min ago
Lucy and Rob take a look at the HD remaster of the remake of the original Resident Evil. It's slightly less complicated than it sounds.
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