Sony Comments On Possible Xbox Live Cross-Platform Play

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Yesterday, Rocket League developer Psyonix caused a stir when Microsoft announced cross-platform play for the game on Xbox One and PC. While that feature has been present in other games, the excitement here is that the PlayStation 4 edition also supports cross-platform play with PC.

Because of the common pool that PC players will live in, many have been hypothesizing that the wall between PlayStation Network and Xbox Live might be coming down. It's a bit early to ask Mr. Yoshida to tear down that wall, but we did find out more from Sony about its perspective on the situation.

I had the chance to catch up with Adam Boyes, , vice president of publisher and developer relations at Sony here at GDC. As expected, Boyes and Sony aren't ready to jump on a commitment having just found about the Rocket League announcement.

Watch Us Be The Very Best At Pokkén Tournament

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Watch Us Be The Very Best At Pokkén Tournament

Pokkén Tournament is a strange beast. The Pokémon Company handled publishing duties for this off-shoot, while Bandai Namco handled development. You will find elements of Tekken as well as open brawler fighting games like CyberConnet2's Naruto games or Power Stone. To put it through its paces, we decided to have a small competition between myself and interns Connor Trinske and Joe Buchholz. Check out the video below to see who comes out on top, get some details on the basics of combat, and witness at a few of the ultra powerful Synergy moves. Gengar's is especially impressive.

For our review of Pokkén Tournament, which releases Friday, March 18, head here.

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Hearthstone Patch Adds Deck Recipes, More Deck Slots

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Hearthstone Patch Adds Deck Recipes, More Deck Slots

The latest Hearthstone patch has been released, and with it deck recipes have been added to the digital CCG. These deck suggestions provide new players with guidelines they can use to build fully formed competitive constructed decks.  

In addition, the patch will grant players an extra nine deck slots, bringing the total up to a healthy 18. Blizzard has also promised a smarter “Suggest a Card” feature in the Collection Manager to make deckbuilding a breeze. 

Of course, the patch also addresses some performance bugs in the game as well as adding a few UI upgrades, including a new Paladin hero available through a World of Warcraft promotion and three new card backs. The full list of notes is available here

PlayStation VR Is Getting An Exclusive Star Wars Battlefront Experience

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In addition to Sony's latest "mic drop," announcing a price for PlayStation VR $200 lower than Oculus Rift, the company says it's prepared to deliver something special. EA and DICE are preparing a Star Wars Battlefront experience exclusively for PSVR.

Specific details aren't available yet, but this seems to be one of the 50 titles that will be available at launch. The PlayStation VR builds upon Sony's 36 million install base, a number it just revised upward today.

For more on PlayStation VR, check out our coverage of the pricing and timing announcement.

PlayStation VR Priced At $399 in October 2016

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PlayStation VR Priced At $399 in October 2016

Sony has announced that PlayStation VR will be launching this fall. The headset, which is priced at $399, undercuts the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. 

Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House ran down the specs that players can expect later this year, when the headset arrives this fall. The tech specs have not changed recently, and the display will push 120Hz refresh rate.

Sony says that 230 developers are working on content, and traditional games will work in theatre mode, in addition to made-for-VR content.

The Division Blows Past First-Day Sales Record, Claims Biggest Week For New IP

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The Division Blows Past First-Day Sales Record, Claims Biggest Week For New IP

Last week, Ubisoft trumpeted the first-day sales for The Division, which the company said broke its internal records. Now, a week after the game's release, Ubisoft says it's broken the industry record for a new game franchise in an opening week.

According to Ubisoft, The Division has grossed more than $330 million worldwide, split between physical and digital editions of the game – which includes a $99.99 Gold Edition. Players have logged more than 100 million hours on the game so far, with a weekend peak of 1.2 million concurrent players. 

“The Division taking the top spot in the industry for first week sales of a new franchise is a tremendous achievement. We are very proud of our teams, and humbled by and thankful for the millions of players who are giving us their feedback and support,” said Yves Guillemot, CEO and co-founder of Ubisoft.

Watch The Preview For Episode 1 Of Machinima’s Street Fighter: Resurrection

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Watch The Preview For Episode 1 Of Machinima’s Street Fighter: Resurrection

Machinima has posted a preview for their live-action Street Fighter series, Resurrection. The first five episodes of the series are available now on Verizon’s streaming service go90.

The series stars Ryu and Ken and is set a decade after the events of Machinima’s last live-action Street Fighter series, Assassin’s Fist. Charlie Nash is back and targeting Street Fighter champions, so Ryu and Ken set out to discover his true intentions. 

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First Mission Pack In Standalone StarCraft II Spinoff Coming In Two Weeks

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First Mission Pack In Standalone StarCraft II Spinoff Coming In Two Weeks

Blizzard has announced that the first mission pack in its StarCraft II standalone offshoot Nova Covert Ops is coming in two weeks. The first of three packs includes a trio of story missions starring November "Nova" Terra, and players don't have to own previous StarCraft games to play.

Nova Covert Ops tells Nova's story as the stealthy Ghost infiltrates bases, prevents invasions, and uses experimental tech. Blizzard says it features StarCraft II gameplay with a few brand-new mechanics. The first mission pack is coming March 29, and subsequent packs will release later this year. Players who preorder the bundle will save a few bucks and also unlock a covert ops skin for their Ghost units in StarCraft II.

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Gearbox's Battleborn Has Gone Gold, Beta Coming Soon

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Gearbox's Battleborn Has Gone Gold, Beta Coming Soon

Is Battleborn a moba? A competitive hero shooter? No one knows what to call it yet, but the game has gone gold, says Randy Pitchford, Gearbox Software's CEO and president.

In a tweet posted early today, Pitchford expressed his excitement over the project's completion, and also detailed what comes next for post-launch support. "Exciting news: Battleborn retail is ready!" Pitchford said. "Back in the day we would say 'Gone Gold!' Team is stoked and hard at work on support, beta, etc." In a separate tweet, Pitchford said that a beta for Battleborn would be hitting soon, but didn't give any specifics as to how it would roll out.

Battleborn is slated to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 3. Battleborn's roster was recently finalized with two additional characters.

How EA Put Mike Tyson In UFC 2

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How EA Put Mike Tyson In UFC 2

Mike Tyson is no stranger to the video game space. He made appearances in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! and Fight Night Round 4, and now the 1998 and 2003 versions of Tyson are in EA Sports UFC 2.

EA Sports talks about the addition of Tyson in its Concept to Completion series of blog posts. Special accommodations were made to pare down Tyson’s fighting style in contrast to the more robust moveset of a UFC fighter.

“Mike can’t do any takedowns, submissions or even kicks in the game,” says Creative Director Brian Hayes. “He can move around on the ground or in the clinch, he can defend takedowns well, and his punches are absolutely devastating.”