Weekly Recap: Xbox One Can Do Things PS4 Can't, Fallout 4 to Outsell Skyrim
Here's a roundup of the week's biggest stories and some you might have missed.
THE BIG STUFF:
Xbox One Exec: We're Doing Things That "Can't Be Done" on PS4: Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda said in a newly published interview that the Xbox One's backwards compatibility, cross-play, and cross-buy features give it the upper hand when compared to the PlayStation 4 and other systems. Get his full quotes here.
Fallout 4 Could Outsell Skyrim: 2011's Skyrim was a juggernaut, with more than 20 million copies sold. But Fallout 4 could do even better and outsell it, according to Bethesda's Pete Hines.
Destiny Taken King News Blowout: We learned a lot more about Destiny this week through the first of three planned livestream events for the shooter. Double vault space, Gjallarhorn changes, and new Light Level details are just some of what Bungie talked about this week. See a roundup of news, images, and videos for all the announcements here.
THE OTHER STUFF:
Eurogamer has an excellent, in-depth feature on the launch of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Read this story to hear a reporter's first-hand account of being on the ground at CD Projekt Red's offices in Poland on the day the game launched and what it meant to the team.
Maryland-based jam band O.A.R. wants one of their songs in Rock Band 4, as the group is actively petitioning fans to request songs via the official Rock Band song request page. Which song should it be?
Kotaku's has a great deep-dive feature that launches into the question: "Why Is Star Citizen Taking So Long?" Read it to hear directly from developers, including creator Chris Roberts.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III has a new "Glitch" power-up that lets you rewind in time a few seconds. As this video demonstrates, it can be super handy--if you're lucky, that is. How frustrating for the other guy!
GameFly's new streaming service, which it's calling the "Netflix of games," is expanding to new platforms. The company announced that the streaming service is now available on Samsung Smart TVs in the US, Canada, and eight other European countries.
Six days in, and Twitch Plays Dark Souls is a total, glorious mess. It was always going to be a trainwreck, but now we have proof. They've barely made it anywhere. It's both amazing and painful to watch. See for yourself.
The new Hitman: Agent 47 movie opened in theaters on Friday, but, despite its overwhelmingly negative critical reception, it looks like it won't be the last. The film's end-credits scene not-so-subtly teases a forthcoming sequel. Head here to get all the details.
EA's mobile game based on The Simpsons, called Tapped Out, has received its latest update. The new update is based on the iconic Monorail episode of the animated show. Get all the details here.
After their debut last year, The Game Awards have been renewed for 2015. This year's awards show will be held, like last year's, in December, organizer Geoff Keighley announced this week.
Boston-based independent developer Disruptor Beam is gearing up for the launch of its next game, Star Trek Timelines. This week, they released a nice little video that speaks to the developer's creative processes and more. And there's even a surprise appearance by Star Trek's John de Lancie.
Trion Worlds' Minecraft-like PC game Trove has reached 1 million monthly active users, the developer announced this week. The milestone comes less than one month after launch. Trove is a free-to-play game available now on Steam.
Physics-based RTS Conflicks: Revolutionary Space Battles is out now on Steam Early Access. Get it today for $20, and you'll also receive a free copy to gift to a friend. For more, check out the gameplay trailer below and this post on Steam about the game's Early Access period.
Here's a great new TV spot for the upcoming mobster movie, Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp as notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. The movie hits theaters on September 18.
Attending PAX Prime later this month? Like EDM? If you, so may be happy to learn that Steve Aoki will play a free show at the event to promote NetEase's mobile game, Speedy Ninja. All you need is a PAX pass to get in. More details are available here.
Platinum Games designer Hideki Kamiya would really like to make a game with Capcom, he says in this new interview with Metro. Of course, Kamiya worked at Capcom for a while before leaving to start Platinum, so he probably still has more than a few friends over there.
At D23 this past weekend, Disney unveiled some grand designs for new theme park/attraction areas for its parks, including some based on Avatar. In short, they look stunning. Take a look at some images and get more details here.
A new report from Kotaku sheds more light on Konami's reported controlling culture. Among other things, the report claims Konami has a division called the "Internal Audit Office" that "checks internal communication, such as email, Konami’s closed circuit cameras, and monitors who leaves and enters the company." Get the full story here.
Have a great weekend!