The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has questioned a teenager in connection with Lizard Squad and its international hacking antics, according to Polygon. The law enforcement agency is looking into a 17-year-old identified only as "Ryan" for his alleged participation in DDoS attacks against PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, according to the report. There's some conflicting reports on whether the teen is still in police custody or if he was questioned and sent home.
Microsoft has put out a gentle reminder (via Larry Hryb AKA Major Nelson) that its price cut on the Xbox One and its various bundle iterations will soon be coming to an end. If you didn't get an Xbox One for Christmas and want to take advantage of the $50 off the price promotion that has been running since November, you'll only have until Saturday, Jan. 3.
An interesting article on Kotaku suggests that the government of China did not force either Sony or Microsoft to region lock their consoles as a condition of launching them in the region this year. Citing an anonymous source within the government, the report concludes that it was likely Microsoft's and Sony's idea to region lock the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for China.
Sony Pictures will release the controversial comedy "The Interview" on YouTube's movies service, and Xbox platforms, according to The Washington Post. The film is already available for on demand viewing ($5) or as an HD download ($15) through Google Play.
Microsoft has announced the free games that Xbox Live Gold subscribers can get for free in January as part of its ongoing free game giveaway programs, Games With Gold. Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to pick up a free copy of D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die, MX vs. ATV Alive and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition next month, Microsoft announced today.
Respawn Entertainment founder Vince Zampella admits that he may have erred on the decision to make the PC version of Titanfall Origin-only and revealed just how many people are currently playing the game. Speaking to Game Informer, Zampella describes the game as "obviously pretty successful."
From now until the end of the year Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download the popular EA Sports extreme snowboarding game SSX for free on Xbox 360 through Microsoft's ongoing Games With Gold freebie game giveaway program. The game normally retails for $19.99 on Microsoft's digital marketplace.
SSX takes the place of the Xbox 360 game The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief, which was available for free in the first half of December.
The fourth major update to Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity was supposed to offer a refurbished version of the game's Paris map and provide some fixes for continued problems with framerates. But something bad happened in the process: The download, which was already a whopping 6+ GB, apparently ballooned to 40 GB for the Xbox One version of the game. Ubisoft is blaming patch downloading process on the system for the gigantic download too:
According to a report from ZDnet reporter Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is secretly working on its own game streaming service currently codenamed Arcadia (named after the United Earth Government Colony of the same name in the Halo universe).
Foley claims the Arcadia team within Microsoft's Operating Systems Group is building a streaming app and game service built on Microsoft's Azure cloud.
A brand new update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been released offering some new tweaks and fixes to matchmaking, parties, the roster, and more. According to the Halo Waypoint web site, the following changes are in the latest update:
The PlayStation 4 has been outselling the Xbox One since February, but it looks like Microsoft might have finally broken that streak in the month of November - according to this Ars Technica report. Microsoft announced that the NPD retail sales data shows the Xbox One outsold the PS4 in both the US and the UK.
Square Enix tells Game Informer that the exclusive publishing deal it has with Microsoft to bring Rise of the Tomb Raider to Xbox One may not be so exclusive or forever as it has been reported. According to a statement from a Square Enix rep. responding to Game Informer's enquiries about the deal, the publishing agreement has a "duration," though the depth and breadth of that agreement was not revealed.
Microsoft confirmed today that it is publishing Square Enix's Rise of the Tomb Raider, making it an Xbox family exclusive. The game is the sequel to Crystal Dynamics' 2013 Tomb Raider reboot of the popular series that managed to sell over 6.5 million copies across multiple platforms. It is also being developed by the wholly-owned Square Enix development studio.
This month's freebies from Microsoft for Xbox Live Gold subscribers offer some old favorites and some interesting new franchises for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. On Xbox One players can score Team17's popular strategy game Worms Battlegrounds, which will be available all month long as a free download from now until Dec. 31. Volgarr the Viking, a game that promises an old school hardcore gaming experience, is also still available for free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.
In a public letter to the Halo community, 343 Industries apologized for the ongoing problems with matchmaking online for its recently released Halo: Master Chief Collection for Xbox One.
From Software and Bandai Namco will bring a refined version of their popular hardcore action-RPG Dark Souls II to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in April 2015, the companies announced this morning. The new game will be called Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, and will offer the original game, all three of the DLC packs that have been released (the Lost Crown Trilogy), and more.
Microsoft celebrates the Xbox One's one year anniversary by giving "early adopters" of the system Limbo for free. The recently released game from Copenhagen, Denmark-based studio Playdead is a dark 2D puzzle-platformer that was originally released on Xbox 30 in July of 2010. It was later released on PC, PS3, Mac, and PS Vita. The game is also available to everyone else too but if you are not an early adopter you'll have to put some money down to get it.
To celebrate the one year anniversary of the Xbox One, Microsoft will be giving away a handful of freebies and will be giving away major rewards to a few select and randomly chosen Xbox One owners. Anyone who bought an Xbox One between November 22, 2013 and November 11, 2014, and has logged at least 10 hours of usage is eligible. Everyone will get a Year One gamer picture, new Xbox One backgrounds and a Year One image for use as your desktop, Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb explained in a new blog post.
Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen says that while Sony has hit the ground running in the current generation of console wars with its PlayStation 4 console, he expects Microsoft is catching quickly.
"Clearly Sony has jumped out to a lead with a great console and I think a great pricing strategy," said EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, but "Microsoft is catching up quickly."
Those trying to transfer characters from last generation systems (PS3 and Xbox 360) to new generation systems (Xbox One, PS4) may have to wait a bit longer. Rockstar said today that its freshly released next-generation versions of the game are having trouble with the promised character transfer process.
In a post on the Rockstar Support forums, the company acknowledged problems players are having:
"We are looking into an issue preventing character transfer and GTA Online login on accounts that haven’t played GTA Online since 2013," the company says.
While exact sales figures were not revealed, NPD Data for the month of October shows that the PlayStation 4 is the number one selling console in the US. Sony confirmed the position of its console via Twitter.
"The results are in, and PlayStation 4 is the top-selling console in the US for October! Thank you!," Sony wrote in a Twitter.
This week Microsoft announced that it has sold nearly 10 million Xbox One consoles since the system launched almost a year ago. The last time Microsoft revealed numbers on sales - way back in April - it said that its newest system had sold five million units.
Part of this growth is likely due two factors: the unbundling of the Kinect and a holiday price cut that runs until January of 2015. That price cut puts the system - including several bundles that include games - down to $349 - about $50 less than a PS4.
When Rockstar and publisher Take-Two Interactive launch Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this month, purchasers can expect to download a hefty patch the minute they try to play the game. Rockstar announced today that when the next-gen versions of the game are released on Nov. 18 they will require some day-one updating.
In new story on the next-gen versions of WWE 2K15 (for Xbox One and PS4), Game Informer delivers some bad news on specific features that had to be cut from the game(s). According to that GI report, options to create arenas, Divas, championships, and narratives through the story designer will not make it into WWE 2K15.
The age of the home console is over, proclaims Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun in a recent discussion with investors of the graphics hardware chip maker. According to a report on this investor briefing from WCCFtech, Jen-Hsun says that the personal computer is becoming the most dominant gaming platform in the world.
Microsoft has launched the Halo: The Master Chief Collection today for Xbox One, and its popularity among players has proven a challenge to the company online.
This morning Xbox issued a service alert warning players that some of the game collection's features were not working temporarily. Right now purchase and content usage related to the game and some social gaming features are currently experiencing problems.
In its alert Microsoft issued a statement on both issues, saying that it was aware of the problems and already working on them.
While Microsoft's Xbox division has closed its Xbox Entertainment Studios, there is one property it produced that will see the light of day near the end of this month. Microsoft announced today that the Atari: Game Over documentary will be released on November 20. The project between Microsoft and Lightbox will debut on Xbox Live and xboxvideo.com. The film chronicles the quest of film makers to either prove or disprove an urban myth: that a massive graveyard of old Atari 2600 cartridges existed in a New Mexico dessert. Spoiler alert: it's true.