PS4’s next firmware update helps users clean up the clutter

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PS4’s next firmware update helps users clean up the clutter

The PlayStation 4 operating system’s next major update has gone out, in beta, to those who signed up to test it back in January. The new firmware will introduce several changes and conveniences in the user interface plus a supersampling mode for PlayStation 4 Pro that accommodates those who don’t have a TV supporting 4K resolution.

All of the new features are described in this PlayStation Blog post. The highlights include:

Steam helped one indie movie find a major audience, but couldn’t escape a ban in China

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Steam helped one indie movie find a major audience, but couldn’t escape a ban in China

On Dec. 17, 1967, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared from a remote beach while swimming with friends.

Despite a herculean search effort, his body was never recovered, and conspiracy theories about his disappearance have blossomed in that darkness. He faked his own death; he was assassinated by the CIA; he boarded a secret Chinese submarine to defect to the safety of the country he’d been spying for while leading Australia.

EA steps up campaign against Battlefield 1 cheaters

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EA steps up campaign against Battlefield 1 cheaters

Battlefield 1 studio EA DICE today warned online cheaters that it’s stepping up vigilance against players who use software tricks to gain unfair advantages.

In a blog post titled “Keeping the Fight Fair,” the developer stated that it sanctioned 8,500 cheaters in the month of October, and is continuing its efforts to root out third-party assist software through its FairFight initiative. “We’ve steadily ramped up our anti-cheat efforts, working closely with the FairFight team to detect and remove more cheaters than ever before,” DICE said.

Super Bowl 52’s least valuable player was those trashy video game graphics

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Super Bowl 52’s least valuable player was those trashy video game graphics

Super Bowl 52 was slam-packed with record-breaking performances culminating in a one-for-the-ages outcome. But anyone with a copy of Madden NFL more recent than the George W. Bush administration had to wonder what the hell was going on with NBC’s computer-animated models of players from the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.

Ahead of the Super Bowl, NBC touted “volumetric augmented reality” technology that meant lifelike 3D animations of players could jump into the broadcast instead of packaged full-motion video. NBC and its tech partner, Ross Video, scanned in six players during the week before the big game.

Battalion 1944 is a classic WWII shooter, upgraded for modern players

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Battalion 1944 is a classic WWII shooter, upgraded for modern players

Classically-inspired World War II shooter Battalion 1944 is doing surprisingly well on Steam. Just days after launching into Early Access, the retro title is already among the top 25 best-selling games on that platform.

The budget-priced title is a throwback to classics like Medal of Honor and Call of Duty 2, popular WWII-themed shooters from the late 1990s and early 2000s. Bulkhead Interactive, a veteran U.K.-based developer, began the project as a Kickstarter campaign. It exceeded its modest £100,000 ask in March 2016, bringing in more than £300,000. Since then, the studio partnered with Square Enix, which also assisted in the development of The Turing Test, Bulkhead’s adventure puzzle game launched in August 2016.

PUBG’s latest patch looks to stop cheaters before they start playing

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PUBG’s latest patch looks to stop cheaters before they start playing

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. is deploying the game’s latest anti-cheat patch today. The patch is the largest and most aggressive measure the company has taken so far to combat the game’s cheating problem.

According to a post made by the company’s community manager on the PUBG forums, the new anti-cheat system will search the game’s files to detect if there are third-party programs running that might affect or interact with Battlegrounds and prevents the game from being played if such programs are found. This will hopefully address most popular forms of cheating software, but will also affect other programs like ReShade that could be seen as giving some players a competitive advantage in the game.

Metal Gear Solid 5 celebrates nuclear disarmament, but it’s a bug

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Metal Gear Solid 5 celebrates nuclear disarmament, but it’s a bug

A hidden cutscene in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain finally triggered in the game late last week. Fans found it years ago, and surmised that it was only to be shown if all of the nuclear weapons in the game were disarmed. However, there are still thousands of nukes present in the game. Developer Konami admits that something has gone wrong, at least on PC, and is seeking a resolution.

“The nuclear disarmament event was triggered in the Steam version of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on Feb 2nd at approximately 12:00 GMT,” Konami said in a statement provided on Twitter. “We are still investigating, but can confirm that the event was triggered while the nuke count hadn’t reached zero.”

MLB The Show 18’s first trailer brings back Babe Ruth

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MLB The Show 18’s first trailer brings back Babe Ruth

Aaron Judge smashed 52 home runs as a rookie for baseball’s glamour franchise in 2017, making him a no-brainer selection for the American League rookie of the year last November and the cover of MLB The Show 18 this spring. And yet in the game’s first trailer, he gets upstaged by another New York Yankee with a far longer resumé in power hitting: George Herman Ruth.

The Babe’s last video game appearance was 13 years ago as an unlockable all-time great in EA Sports’ beloved MVP Baseball 2005 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. So this will be the first opportunity to see Ruth hit in new Yankee Stadium, built in 2009, whose playing field dimensions are the still the same as The House That Ruth Built in 1923.

PUBG anti-cheat maker banned a million players in January alone

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PUBG anti-cheat maker banned a million players in January alone

Anti-cheat software provider BattleEye said it banned more than one million players from the PC version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in January. According to its Twitter account, that’s more than two-thirds the number of cheaters that were banned in all of 2016.

“We have banned over 1,044,000 PUBG cheaters in January alone,” BattleEye said on Twitter. “Unfortunately things continue to escalate.”