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A malicious message is bricking PS4s

Tags: gaming

Numerous PS4 owners on Reddit and across social media are warning of a message containing a string of characters that can reportedly cause Sony’s console to seize up and crash

Like the iPhone iMessage bug not long ago this latest occurrence of “messaging gone wild” sees users PS4s crash and in some cases brick due to the console freaking out over its contents.

Suggestions from the community, as Sony haven’t really said much about it yet, are to enable private messaging only – so only your friends can message you and deleting any messages received via the PSN companion app and not touching messages on your PlayStation.

Source: PlayStation 4 reportedly crashing due to malicious message – The Verge

PlayStation will finally let you change that ridiculous PSN name

Tags: gaming, tech

We’re happy to announce that we will soon begin testing the long-awaited feature that will allow users to change their PlayStation Network Online ID from their PlayStation 4 system.

In what is apparently a task tantamount to Moses parting the sea, Sony have officially announced that changing your ill-selected PlayStation Network name will finally be an option.

The name change will be rolling out to PS’s preview program participants over the next month and is expected to have a full release early in 2019.

A single change will be cost free but don’t be too flippant, subsequent changes will set you back US$5 if you’re a PS+ member or US$10 if you aren’t.

Say bye bye “Brownian“!

Source: PSN Online ID Change Feature Entering PlayStation Preview Program Soon – PlayStation.Blog

Microsoft unveils ‘Project xCloud’ & screams “We’ve got streaming games too!”

Tags: gaming, tech

Today, the games you play are very much dictated by the device you are using. Project xCloud’s state-of-the-art global game-streaming technology will offer you the freedom to play on the device you want without being locked to a particular device…

Hot off the heels of Google’s Project Stream announcement last week Microsoft have come to the party, probably earlier than they’d have liked, in unveiling their game streaming solution “Project xCloud”.

Although the service was eluded to back at E3 in June of this year many believed it was to be fleshed out and announced in full at an Xbox event in Mexico City next month. Google I’m guessing have forced their hand.

Microsoft’s announcement focuses more on the hardware behind their service, which coincidentally has no delivery date or pricing or user specs at this point.

The company has essentially broken down an Xbox One S into its bare components and shoved as many as possible into a server mounted blade that will be the workhorse behind their streaming solution.

xCloud will be playable on a phone, tablet, computer or any MS approved device that will tap into their upcoming service. Control can be done either via a Bluetooth connected Xbox controller or via touch – but lets be honest, that’ll suck for the most part.

There are more questions than answers in Microsoft’s announcement and users aren’t able to try it out like they can Project Stream (if you’re in the US) but the one encouraging thing you can take away from their announcement video is that it will reportedly work over a 4G connection. That means even in Australia with our shitty, shitty internet it may be a possibility. Big emphasis on “MAY”.

Source: Project xCloud: Gaming with you at the center – The Official Microsoft Blog

Project Stream unveiled as Google’s game streaming service

Tags: gaming, tech

[Google] today unveiled “Project Stream,” and while Google calls this a “technical test” to see how well game streaming to Chrome works, it’s clear that this is the foundational technology for a game-streaming service.

The service was announced to be launching its beta on October 5th but is limited to the US so don’t get too excited yet.

Spots in the beta are apparently extremely limited and require you to have a consistent 20Mbps connection and a Ubisoft account to participate.

Game streaming is seen as the holy grail of gaming delivery moving forward. Sony have tried it for years, Microsoft’s new Scarlett console is about to, and PC gamers have access to NVIDIA’s GeForce Now service but many believe Google could finally crack the game-streaming nut.

Because if they can’t, then who?

Source: Google gets into game streaming with Project Stream and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in Chrome | TechCrunch

Oh look Sony has a mini console too…

Tags: gaming, tech

Today, we are so excited to announce that we are bringing back the original PlayStation experience in a new miniaturised version – PlayStation Classic!

Available December 3rd, the new PlayStation Classic will come with 20 pre-loaded games and retail for A$149.99.

At the moment only 5 of the 20 games that will be included have been revealed. They are: Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, R4 Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms.

No doubt Sony will dangle the carrot by revealing more as we get closer to the launch date. So keep an eye out for that if mini dust collectors consoles are your thing.

Source: Introducing the PlayStation Classic, with 20 pre-installed games

The Spider-Man in-game marriage proposal: A tragedy in three parts

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Part 1:
Tyler “@topnotch1210” Schultz tweets Spider-Man developers Insomniac Games in April of this year about the possibility of adding a marriage proposal into their upcoming game.


Part 2:
Insomniac, being the legends that they are, do so! Adding the proposal to Tyler’s five year plus girlfriend after confirming with him that he’s happy to wait another five months until September.


Part 3:
The game releases and Tyler creates a now removed Youtube video detailing the tragedy of the proposal and that his now ex-girlfriend has run off with his brother.

Tyler seems to have taken the whole thing in his stride though and has thanked Insomniac for doing it in the first place and let everyone know he’s enjoying the game.

Insomniac have since come back and asked if he’d like the sign changed to anything else and have it changed in an upcoming patch.


UPDATED – The other side:

Tyler’s ex, Madison Gamble, whom he claims “go with [his] brother”, has told her side of the story to a local paper. Madison provides a concise account of the relationship and the reasons for it coming to an end. She also provides context around the half-brother, whom she’s now become close to saying:

As far as his half-brother goes, Tyler had asked him to check in on me and ask me how I was doing after I broke up with him, so of course we got close. And our relationship just built from there.

 

Review Roundup: Marvel’s Spider-Man

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Hitting store shelves this coming Friday, Marvel’s Spider-Man by Insomniac Games is one of the most anticipated PS4 titles to hit this year.

Assuming the roll of your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man a few years beyond his well over-told boy-hood origin story the game is effectively set free to explore new stories and carve its own path instead of staying laden to ones already told.

Reviews seem overwhelmingly positive, as you’ll see below, and perhaps even exceed the expectations of Reckoner’s own preview of the game from E3. You decide!

Press Start – 10/10:

It’s hard to fault Marvel’s Spider-Man as Insomniac has taken their game to the next level. As a developer, they have gone from strength to strength and Spider-Man is a culmination of their past hits. There’s a stunning verticality that compliments the game’s watertight mechanics and, despite the literal boundaries, still makes the city seem boundless.

Stevivor:

Spider-Man is a heroic masterpiece, and one certainly worth playing. You’ll find yourself happily overlooking some small rough edges just to get back to slinging some webs.

Polygon – Recommended:

Insomniac has put time and care into making Spider-Man the quippy hero we’ve come to expect, and the world-building in the game’s writing paints a clear picture of Peter Parker.

But unfortunately, that personality and charm doesn’t always extend to New York City itself. I’d often run into the same few character models over and over, and the city lacks the diversity and ambiance I’d expect from New York.

IGN – 8.7/10

Aside from a few odd pacing issues, which momentarily took me out of the experience of being a superhero, and a world of optional missions that don’t always quite live up to the heft of the main story, Insomniac has delivered a Spider-Man story that both surprised and delighted me, coupled with gameplay that made me feel like Spider-Man nearly every step of the way.

Watch 48 minutes of Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay

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Watch 48 minutes of official 2018 gameplay from Cyberpunk 2077 and get a glimpse into the world of perils and possibilities that is Night City — the most vibrant and dangerous metropolis of the future.

The good folk at CD Projekt Red (CDPR) have finally released a version of the gameplay walkthrough video press were lucky enough to see at E3 earlier this year.

The 48 minute video takes a similar path to the one we wrote up back in June and graphically looks slightly more polished than the version we saw.

Still no release date and very much following CDPR’s attitude of “it’ll be out when it’s done” my excitement levels couldn’t be higher!

Valve is bringing more Windows games to Steam on Linux

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Steam Play – Valve’s name for its cross-platform initiative – is getting a major update, with built-in tools allowing you to run Windows games on Linux. We saw the first hints of the feature last week, and today Valve has confirmed it. It’s available right now in beta, so if you want to test the compatibility features on your own Linux install you don’t have to wait.

A frustration with Linux based Operating Systems for gamers is often the lack of compatibility for Windows-only titles. Valve’s latest venture hopes to ease that pain, announcing Proton – a modified version of the popular open-source Windows-on-Linux compatibility software, Wine – now integrated with Steam Play.

Currently in beta, only a handful of newly compatible Steam games are available to try out on Linux. There’s no plans for Mac support announced at this stage. You can opt-in to the beta via your Steam settings now, a nice excuse to download Ubuntu and fire up Star Wars Battlefront II (2005).

If all goes well with the beta, we could see a much larger range of formerly Windows-only games available via Steam Play on Linux in the future.

Source: Valve’s “Steam Play” uses Vulkan to bring more Windows games to Linux | Ars Technica

Nvidia’s new RTX-20 Series are the shiny new of GPUs you want

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NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX [20 Series] delivers the ultimate PC gaming experience. Powered by the new NVIDIA Turing™ GPU architecture and the revolutionary RTX platform, RTX graphics cards bring together real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence, and programmable shading. This is a whole new way to experience games.

Real-time ray tracing is kind of a big deal. The new Turing equiped GPU series will be able to perform in such a way that complicated lighting reflections and cinematic effects can now be applied in real-time.

Nvidia is launching three versions of the new series immediately, an entry level GeForce RTX 2070 (more powerful than a Titan X if you can believe it), the mid-tier 2080 and the top of the line 2080Ti. Founders Edition versions are available for pre-order immediately with cards shipping September 20th however as Australians expect to be burnt on the conversion rate here.

The Founders Edition 2070 is A$899 a A$100 premium over the US converted US$599, meanwhile the 2080Ti is even worse going for A$1,899 here but only US$1,199 (A$1,640).

Naturally versions of the card will become available through the usual suspects of Nvidia GPU partners: EVGA, ASUS, MSI, etc and these are expected to be US$100 or more cheaper than the Nvidia’s own offering but still remain far from cheap by any means.

Are they worth it? Well, few games take advantage of the new RTX architecture but that wont take long to change with Unreal Engine announced to already take advantage and new titles such as the upcoming Tomb Raider series and Metro Exodus demoed at the announcement.

For those of you rocking a 1080 or 1080Ti the jump to a 20 Series probably isn’t going to be worth it (especially at the launch price premium) but those who’ve been waiting for a while, this is the time.

Hopefully we’ll be able to tell you more once the cards launch and a review unit comes our way.

 

Source: GeForce RTX 20 Series Graphics Cards | NVIDIA GeForce