Sony sells off SOE, new company will now make games for Xbox

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Sony has made the decision to sell off Sony Online Entertainment to investment firm Columbus Nova. The studio will continue to operate as normal, but will now be an independent developer and will now go be known as ‘Daybreak Game Company’.

The studio is the developer of such titles like DC Universe Online, Planetside, EverQuest and H1Z1, all of which have been popular titles on PlayStation and PC. Now that the studio is no longer associated with Sony, the developer was keen to point out that they can’t wait to now be able to bring their IP’s to Xbox.

“Can’t wait to make Xbox games,” in a Tweet earlier yesterday.

The developer was keen to point out that the sale will not affect any projects and that it is “business as usual” the dev said in a post on Reddit.

“In fact, we expect to have even more resources available to us as a result of this acquisition. It also means new exciting developments for our existing IP and games as we can now fully embrace the multi-platform world we are living in.”

“All of our games are still here and will continue to be.” Tweeted Smedley yesterday afternoon.

GameOnDaily Opinion: The sale has come as a little bit of a surprise to be honest, though when you think about it makes sense. With Sony having financial troubles outside of the gaming market it makes perfect business to trim the fat and sell the company especially when the games will still be available on its console, it’s a win win. It’s also good news for Xbox fans who can look forward to some decent titles like DC Universe Online and H1Z1.

 

Xbox Live Deals with Gold & THQ/Nordic sale

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Deals with Gold this week brings deals for Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Rogue and Payday 2. There is also a THQ/Nordic sale taking place with plenty of titles and dlc on offer.

The offers will take place between February 3rd and February 9th.

 

Deals With Gold Xbox One 2/3 – 2/9

Far Cry 4 Gold Edition – $60.29 (33% off)

Far Cry 4 – $40.19 (33% off)

 

Deals With Gold Xbox 360 2/3 – 2/9

Assassin’s Creed Rogue – $40.19 / £33.49 / €46.89 / AU$60.26 (33% off)

Far Cry 4 – $35.99 / £33.49 / €40.19 / AU$53.97 (40% off)

Payday 2 – $8.74 / £7.49 / €9.99 / AU$14.98 (75% off)

TWD: Survival Instinct – $9.99 / £5.99 / €7.99 / AU$13.99 (80% off)

 

THQ/ Nordic Publisher Sale 2/3 – 2/9 (Available for Silver or Gold)

Darksiders 2 – $7.99 / £6.99 / €9.99 / AU$13.99 (80% off)

Darksiders 2 Season Pass – $8.49 / £6.79 / €8.49 / AU$11.37 (50% off)

Darksiders 2 Argul’s Tomb – $3.49 / £2.79 / €3.49 / AU$4.67 (50% off)

Darksiders 2 Death Rides Pack – $3.49 / £2.34 / €3.34 / AU$3.47 (50% off)

Darksiders – $3.99 / £2.99 / €3.99 / AU$5.99 (80% off)

MX vs ATV Super Cross – $20.09 / £16.74 / €20.09 / AU$33.46 (33% off)

MX vs ATV Reflex Trial Pack 1 – $1.49 / £0.99 / €1.42 / AU$1.47 (50% off)

Risen 2 Treasure Isle – $4.99 / £3.99 / €4.99 / AU$6.65 (50% off)

Risen 2 The Air Temple – $4.99 / £3.99 / €4.99 / AU$6.65 (50% off)

Deadfall Adventures – $3.99 / £3.49 / €4.99 (90% off)

de Blob 2 – $4.99 / £3.74 / €4.99 / AU$7.48 (75% off)

Red Faction Guerrilla Demon of the Badlands – $2.49 / £1.99 / €2.49 / AU$3.32 (50% off)

Red Faction Guerrilla Smasher Pack – $2.49 / £1.99 / €2.49 / AU$3.32 (50% off)

Red Faction Armageddon – $4.19 / £2.79 / €9.09 / AU$4.19 (86% off)

Red Faction Armageddon Path to War – $3.49 / £2.34 / €3.34 / AU$3.47 (50% off)

Red Faction Armageddon Ruin Pack – $2.49 / £1.69 / €2.39 / AU$2.47 (50% off)

Frontlines Fuel of War – $4.99 / £2.99 / €3.74 / AU$4.98 (75% off)

Frontlines 4 Map Pack – $2.49 / £1.68 / €2.37 / AU$2.48 (75% off)

The Outfit – $2.99 / £2.39 / €2.99 / AU$3.99 (80% off)

JUJU – $7.49 / £5.99 / €7.49 (50% off)

Arcania – $4.99 / £3.74 / €4.99 / AU$7.48 (75% off)

The Raven Episode 1 – $2.49 / £1.99 / €2.49 (75% off)

The Raven Episode 2 – $2.49 / £1.99 / €2.49 (75% off)

The Raven Episode 3 – $2.49 / £1.99 / €2.49 (75% off)

Wheel of Fortune – $4.99 (75% off)

Wheel of Fortune Puzzle Pack – $2.49 (50% off)

Jeopardy – $4.49 (85% off)

Jeopardy New Clues Pack – $2.49 (50% off)

Rocket Riot – $2.49 / £1.68 / €2.37 / AU$2.48 (75% off)

Elements of Destruction – $2.49 / £1.68 / €2.37 / AU$2.48 (75% off)

GameOnDaily Opinion: Nothing really great this week, most of the Deals with Gold games can all be found for cheaper in the shops and TWD Survival Instinct is utter shite at any price. As for the THQ all I can really say is that this stuff has been on sale many times before. It’s a mixed bag really, there is some great games like Darksiders 2 (which everyone should have got free some months back ) but there is some real tripe like Jeopardy.

 

Netflix believes new versions of PS4 and Xbox One will release later this year

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The PS4 and Xbox One could be seeing revised versions by the end of this year according to online entertainment streaming service Netflix.

During a press conference, Chief product officer Neil Hunt states that Sony “promised” that it will release a revised version of its hardware to increase the video output to 4k.

Forbes sought clarification from Netflix, but the site stated that it “clearly it isn’t in a position to speak definitively on Sony’s plans, [Hunt] believes that when both the PS4 and Xbox One consoles do their traditional two-year hardware refresh (which would be due around October or November) they will add the necessary components to deliver 4K video playback”.

Sony have said in response to the claims “Support for high-resolution 4K output for still images and movie content is in consideration, but there are no further details to share at this time.”

Sony did confirm to Forbes that “the PS4 does not currently support 4K output for gaming”.

A few things would need to be changed to the machines if they were to provide support for 4k. According to Forbes an additional chip would be required in order to support Netflix and Amazon’s HEVC 4K UHD streaming format and 4K’s HDCP 2.2 copy protection protocols. The HDMI ports on the consoles would also need an upgrade to HDMI 2.0 if 4K playback were to be offered.

Microsoft has declined to comment as they always do.

GameOnDaily Opinion: What’s important to point out is that this isn’t a change that will enable 4K gaming just the 4k video input. It wouldn’t be a surprise if versions of the PS4 and Xbox One were released later this year. The PS4 I wouldn’t expect to change to much aside from the obvious changes, it may offer some new colours but I expect that to be it. Xbox One may get a resize as it’s been one of the issues it’s been mocked on since its reveal.

Multiple Mortal Kombat X Editions announced

Warner Bros. and NetherRealm have released details about several special editions and Kollector editions for the upcoming fighter Mortal Kombat X. There will be both physical and digital special editions available with varying goodies.

In total there are four editions being released in addition to the vanilla version. Details of all four are below along with images to feast your eyes on. Oh and anyone that decides to pre-order the special edition with UK retailer Game will get the added bonus of Goro as a playable character.

The Mortal Kombat X: Kollector’s Edition by Coarse (MSRP: £99.99) will include:

Exclusive Scorpion figurine and Certificate of Authenticity, designed by Coarse. Coarse has been recognized in Collector and Designer figure communities for their artistic approach, dedication to detail, and unique storytelling through sculpture.

In-game Gold Scorpion Skin

MKX_KollectorsEdition_Beauty_v2_UKExclusive Scorpion Skin – this skin design, inspired by the Cold War, is a collaboration between NetherRealm Studios and a fan artist from the MKKollective.com, a crowd-sourced destination where Mortal Kombat enthusiasts can upload, submit and share their MK-related art, images, cosplay, music and videos.

Available for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft

 

The Mortal Kombat X Kollector’s Edition (£89.99) will include:

Exclusive hand painted Scorpion figurine (28cm)

Unique steel pack and serialized steel card

Mortal Kombat X: Blood Ties Comic Book Volume 1

In-game Gold Scorpion Skin

Exclusive Scorpion Skin – this skin design, inspired by the Cold War, is a collaboration between NetherRealm Studios and a fan artist from the MKKollective.com, a crowd-sourced destination where Mortal Kombat enthusiasts can upload, submit and share their MK-related art, images, cosplay, music and videos.

Available for Xbox One entertainment system for Microsoft; and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system

The Mortal Kombat X Premium Edition (MSRP: PS4 and Xbox One – £79.98; PS3 and Xbox 360 – £64.98) will be available via download only and includes the following:

The Kombat Pack

Available for Xbox One*, the Xbox 360* games and entertainment system for Microsoft; PlayStation®3** and PlayStation®4** computer entertainment systems and PC

MSRP: PS4 and Xbox One – £79.98; PS3 and Xbox 360 – £64.98; Steam – £59.98

The Mortal Kombat X Special Edition (MSRP: PS4, Xbox One – £54.99; PS3 and Xbox 360 – 39.99), will feature the following:

Unique Steel Pack

Legendary series character Goro as a pre-order exclusive. Making his first appearance in more than eight years, Goro, the feral, four-armed Shokan warrior will be available day of launch as a playable combatant to those who pre-order The Mortal Kombat X Special Edition through GAME , exclusively in the UK.

 

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GameOnDaily Opinion: That’s a shit load of editions if you ask me and I’ve personally got my eyes firmly on that Coarse Kollector’s edition, that statue looks sweet.

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James Hobbs

A video games enthusiast since I got my Super Nintendo for Xmas back in 1992 despite having no games inside thanks to a cock up by Nintendo. I'm a huge Resident Evil fan and I'm a lover of all video game platform, I do not discriminate. Follow me on Twitter @TheHobbsBlog

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