Monthly Archives: December 2014

Gaming Deals: Get Shadow of Mordor for $30, and More

The best new deals of the day are from Steam’s Holiday Sale, which has Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for $30, Wolfenstein: The New Order for $20.39, and more. Steam’s Encore sale for the next two days brings back all the best offers from the past two weeks, and is your last chance to take advantage of some of these offers.

Microsoft also announced that the Xbox One will go back up to $400 from its current price of $350 starting January 3, so if you want to get it at that price, you should buy it now.

Toys R Us still has a “buy 1 get 1 30% off” deal on all Xbox One and PlayStation 4 games.

Below you’ll find the rest of today’s best deals divided by platform:

PlayStation 4

Sony still has a $400 PlayStation 4 bundle that lets you choose one out of four games: Destiny, NBA2K15, Far Cry 4, or LittleBigPlanet 3.

Sony has introduced the fourth week of holiday sales on the PlayStation Store, which has been extended to January 6, 2015. Some highlights from the fourth week of offers:

Other PS4 games deals:

Xbox One

Walmart has an Xbox One with Halo: The Master Chief Collection for $350.

Newegg is currently offering the Xbox OneAssassin’s Creed Unity bundle (which also comes with 2013’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag) with an extra controller and one year of Xbox Live for $350.

Other Xbox One games deals:

Microsoft published its list of weekly deals for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Now through December 31, you can save on a number of big-name games, including Alien: Isolation, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny, Forza Horizon 2, and Grand Theft Auto V. You can find the full list of Xbox One and Xbox 360 discounts here.

PC

Electronic Arts has launched its own promotion for PC games through Origin, offering deep discounts on a range of Battlefield, Need for Speed, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and The Sims games. Some highlights from the sale:

Steam has launched its annual Winter Sale that introduces new deals every 24 and 12 hours. Make sure you check GameSpot’s pick of the day and the following highlights:

You can get SimCity 2000 for free from Origin.

Green Man Gaming has kicked off its own Green Grogre Holiday Sale with more 24-hour and 48-hour deals. Some games you can grab right now include Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for $30 and Civilization: Beyond Earth for $30.

Green Man Gaming is also offering a 20 percent discount on digital games with the code WINTER-SALE20-GROGRE.

GOG.com is celebrating the new year with a sale on Square Enix games which includes discounts on Deus Ex, Hitman, and Tomb Raider games.

Other PC games deals:

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Hardware

Save $10 on Tritton headsets for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at Amazon.

Amazon has Corsair mice, keyboards, and other PC gaming accessories for as much as 30 percent off.

GameSpot’s gaming deals posts always highlight the best deals we can find regardless of retailer. We also occasionally use retailer affiliate links, which means that purchasing goods through those links helps support all the great content (including the deals posts) you find for free here on the site. Got questions? Email news@gamespot.com or ask us in the comments!

Oculus VR So Good It’s Like "Getting Religion On Contact," Carmack Says

In a wide-ranging new interview with Fortune, Oculus VR CTO John Carmack says trying the Oculus Rift virtual reality experience “like getting religion on contact.” Asked what separates the VR tech of today from VR tech of the past, Carmack says his company’s innovations are pushing VR forward in a significant way.

“In the past there were smaller niche companies, research companies, or military projects, and none of them got it right,” Carmack said. “Everybody was doing small incremental improvements on the previous formfactor and design, which just wasn’t right. And they didn’t notice that you can make it something that the mass market could enjoy.”

“Oculus really started popularizing a new approach using cellphone screen technology, a wide field of view, and super-low-latency sensor tracking,” he went on to say. “It’s not crappy stuff that doesn’t work and makes everybody sick. When you experience Oculus technology, it’s like getting religion on contact. People that try it walk out a believer.”

Oculus VR was acquired by social networking giant Facebook earlier this year in a blockbuster deal worth $2 billion. In addition to Oculus Rift for PC, Oculus has teamed with Samsung for a mobile version called Gear VR, which is available now for $200.

You can read the full Fortune interview here.

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Planetside 2 PS4 Beta Misses Target Launch Window, Now Coming Next Month

The long-awaited PlayStation 4 beta for Sony Online Entertainment’s free-to-play MMOFPS Planetside 2 will finally begin next month, the developer has confirmed. SOE president John Smedley says on Twitter that the beta is scheduled to start sometime in the middle of January.

@Tyrese_X it was approved first pass and goes up either the week of the 13th or 20th. We will know when we are back on the 5th

— John Smedley (@j_smedley) December 28, 2014

Unfortunately, that’s all we have to go on for now. It remains unclear how you’ll be able to get in, though you can sign up for a chance today through the game’s website.

The Planetside 2 PS4 beta was originally expected to launch in 2014, though of course that is no longer the case. The PC version launched nearly two years ago, so why is the PS4 edition taking so long?

“As much as it sounds like we’re blowing smoke, we’re working hard to release a game that feels like a full-on console experience and not just like a port,” creative director Matt Higby said in November. “So it’s taken us quite a long time to re-jigger our user interface and our controls. There’s a lot that needs to get done.”

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Don’t Like Internet Explorer? Windows 10 Will Reportedly Feature Brand-New Browser

Microsoft is developing a brand-new browser for Windows 10, one described as similar in look and feel to Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox. That’s according to a new report from Microsoft insider Mary J. Foley at GameSpot sister site Zdnet. Citing sources, she says the new browser is codenamed “Spartan,” and it’s not the next version of Internet Explorer, though that browser isn’t going away altogether.

Spartan, which reportedly will use Microsoft’s Chakra JavaScript engine and Trident rendering engine, is described overall as a “new, light-weight browser.”

The new browser won’t replace Internet Explorer entirely, however, when it’s released as part of Windows 10 next year. Foley’s sources went on to say that Windows 10 (the desktop version at least) will come with Spartan and Internet Explorer, presumably for backward-compatibility functionality.

The report goes on to say that Spartan will support Windows 10 on desktop and mobile. One element that’s unclear right now, however, is whether or not Spartan will be ported to Android or iOS.

When might we get to hear about Spartan? One possible venue is Microsoft’s Windows 10 event in January, which is called “The Next Chapter.” This event also promises some gaming news from Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who is one of the featured speakers.

What would you like to see from a new, non-Internet Explorer Microsoft browser? Let us know in the comments below!

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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Humiliates Players With Chicken Hat

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will include a special chicken hat item that will make the game easier, the game’s designer Hideo Kojima has announced.

Kojima revealed the new item during a special Christmas stream. Metal Gear fans watched the three hours-long video, probably hoping for some more exciting news or maybe even a release date, but it wasn’t until the 2:45:00 mark that Kojima made his big reveal, which in the end was nothing more than the chicken hat.

According to Kotaku, the game will offer players the item if they keep dying and retrying the same section. If they choose to wear it, enemies will be slower to spot and react to players. The only price is the humiliation of looking like a chicken.

The Phantom Pain launches in 2015 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. A PC version of the open-world game is also in the works, but Konami has not announced a release date for it.

For more on the game, check out our previous coverage.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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PlayStation Network Still Down as Xbox Live Returns

UPDATE — 3:54 PST

Still no word on when to expect PSN services to resume, though both users and some GameSpot staff have had random luck in both getting online and connected to some games.

According to Sony, “No ETA available yet, but our Team is working to fix it as soon as possible, thank you for your patience.”

UPDATE: The PlayStation support twitter account has begun issuing updates, telling individual users, “Our engineers are continuing to work hard to resolve the network issues users are experiencing. Thank you for your patience.”

However, when will PSN be back online? Sony says, “No ETA available yet, but our Team is working hard to fix it as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.”

@DilanRodrigue20 No ETA available yet, but our Team is working hard to fix it as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

— Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) December 26, 2014

The original story appears below.

Following network outtages for the PlayStation Network that started on Christmas Eve, and which extended on Christmas day to both PSN and Xbox Live, Sony’s online gaming infrastructure remains offline today.

The Xbox Live status page currently lists all core services for Xbox 360 and Xbox One as “up and running,” though access to apps for MLG.tv, Maxim, and IGN are “limited.”

PlayStation Network, meanwhile, is completely offline according to its status site (and verified by the fact that I can’t log in online). Sony has not issued an official word yet on the cause of the attacks or when it expects online services to be operational again. We’ll update this story with further details as they’re made available.

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GTA 5 Christmas Gifts Extended Due to PSN and Xbox Live Outage

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Rockstar Games is extending Grand Theft Auto V‘s Christmas update because of the recent PlayStation Network and Xbox Live service issues, the developer has announced.

“Due to issues with PSN & XBL connectivity, we’re extending the GTA Online Festive Surprise Christmas Day inventory gifts for the time being,” Rockstar said via its official Twitter account. The developer didn’t say until when its extending the holiday-themed update, so its safe to assume it’ll be available until further notice.

Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live were down starting on Christmas Eve, due to an apparent denial-of-service (DDoS) attack by the same group that claimed responsibility for grounding Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley’s flight back in August and other DDoS attacks.

Xbox Live services were restored earlier today, but PlayStation Network is still inaccessible to many players, sadly preventing many of those who got PlayStation 4s this Christmas from playing their new consoles.

Check GameSpot’s ongoing coverage of PlayStation Network’s status for the latest updates.

GTA Online’s holiday-themed additions includes snowball fights, ugly Christmas sweaters, cookie-face masks, and lots more.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Reality Check – Elite Dangerous Has So Much Science It will Blow Your Mind!

Cam chats with Elite: Dangerous co-writer David Braben about the crazy, detailed science of this epic space sim. It will probably blow your mind!

Gaming Deals: Buy 2 Games or Consoles Get 1 Free From GameStop, and More

GameStop has the best new deal of the day with a Buy 2, Get 1 Free offer on all pre-owned games, systems, and accessories. The deal is only good through the weekend, ending December 28.

Toys R Us also has a “buy 1 get 1 30% off” deal on all Xbox One and PlayStation 4 games.

Below you’ll find the rest of today’s best deals divided by platform:

PlayStation 4

Sony still has a $400 PlayStation 4 bundle that lets you choose one out of four games: Destiny, NBA2K15, Far Cry 4, or LittleBigPlanet 3.

Sony has introduced the fourth week of holiday sales on the PlayStation Store. Some highlights from the fourth week of offers:

Sony is closing out the year with yet another PlayStation Network Flash Sale, but the PlayStation Network is still down at the time of writing. When it comes back, you’ll be able to get Assassin’s Creed Rogue for $45, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for $35, Defense Grid 2 for $12.50, and more.

Other PS4 games deals:

Xbox One

Best Buy is offering a free copy of Bungie’s Destiny and a $50 gift card when you buy the $350 Assassin’s Creed Unity Xbox One bundle, which comes with Unity and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Walmart has an Xbox One with Halo: The Master Chief Collection for $350.

Other Xbox One games deals:

Microsoft published its list of weekly deals for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Now through December 31, you can save on a number of big-name games, including Alien: Isolation, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny, Forza Horizon 2, and Grand Theft Auto V, among others. You can find the full list of Xbox One and Xbox 360 discounts here.

PC

Electronic Arts has launched its own promotion for PC games through Origin, offering deep discounts on a range of Battlefield, Need for Speed, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and The Sims games. Some highlights from the sale:

Amazon has a big end of the year sale on downloadable PC games. Some highlights available today:

Steam has launched its annual Winter Sale that introduces new deals every 24 and 12 hours.

Make sure you check GameSpot’s pick of the day and the following highlights:

You can get SimCity 2000 for free from Origin.

Green Man Gaming has kicked off its own Green Grogre Holiday Sale with more 24-hour and 48-hour deals. Some highlights that you can grab right now:

Green Man Gaming is also offering a 22 percent discount on digital games with the code KN04V3-Z0U193-DGN4TY.

GOG.com is celebrating the new year with a sale on Square Enix games which includes discounts on Deus Ex, Hitman, and Tomb Raider games.

Other PC games deals:

PS Vita

Hardware

Amazon has Corsair mice, keyboards, and other PC gaming accessories for as much as 30 percent off.

GameSpot’s gaming deals posts always highlight the best deals we can find regardless of retailer. We also occasionally use retailer affiliate links, which means that purchasing goods through those links helps support all the great content (including the deals posts) you find for free here on the site. Got questions? Email news@gamespot.com or ask us in the comments!

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

For all of GameSpot’s news coverage, check out our hub. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

PSN and Xbox Live Taken Down for Christmas

If you’ve got a new console or just some new games you’re hoping to try out today, you might be out of luck. Both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network are both currently unavailable.

The Xbox LIve status page says that service is limited and that, “We’re aware that some of you are experiencing trouble signing in to Xbox Live, and we want you to know we’re working to address this as quickly as we possibly can. Thanks for your patience! We’ll update you on our progress in a half hour.”

The PlayStation Network is also listed as “offline,” and the PlayStation Network status page reads: “We are aware that some users are experiencing difficulty logging into the PSN. We will update this article with any changes that occur in regards to this issue. Thank you for your patience.”

A group called Lizard Squad on Twitter is taking responsibility for the attacks, which likely result from inundating and overloading the networks with traffic. While this doesn’t comprise the integrity of the networks or your personal information, it’s still a pretty big inconvenience. We won’t include links to the Twitter profile, since the main goal of the group seems to not have any goal besides gaining more attention.

We’ll update this story with more details as they become available.