That's according to MCV, which says it has been informed by sources that takeover papers are "close to being signed".
Such an acquisition would have major implications not only for Sony's console arm but its wider business, making it possible for the company to stream its games not only to PlayStation devices but to other consumer technology products like its Bravia TVs and Vaio PCs. Players could benefit from the ability to access gaming content from multiple devices while on the move.
Back in January, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai suggested that disc-based consoles will remain the norm in the coming years, noting that "there's always going to be requirement for a business of our size and scope to have a physical medium". There's no reason why physical games and streamed ones can't live together on PS4 though.
ZeniMax Media, the company responsible for publishing Bethesda’s legendary The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has filed a trademark for what may be another piece of DLC. The name of the trademark is Hearth Fire, which is likely a reference to a skill book in Skyrim of the same name.
The skill book’s full name is 2920, vol 09 – Hearth Fire, which boosts players’ conjuration skill. Conjuration magic allows players to summon spectral allies and weapons. Could Heath Fire be a DLC add-on focusing on this arcane art?
For now we’ll have to sit on our questions, and continue looking forward to the only confirmed Skyrim DLC, Dawnguard.
Source: Fusible [via Joystiq]
After spending the better part of two months on the PlayStation Network, Amazon's instant video streaming service "Amazon Instant" has finally made the jump to Xbox Live.
The arrival of the service will allow users who are both Xbox Live Gold subscribers as well as Amazon Prime members free access to their library of over 17,000 videos. Non-Prime viewers will be able to browse and purchase their selection of "over 120,000 movies and TV episodes."
Their library also recently got a quality boost after Amazon reached a deal with Paramount to host their videos on the service last week. Amazon is also boasting some Kinect functionality with the ability to control videos with voice and gestures.
In recent weeks the anti-piracy antics of Microsoft have made the news on a few occasions. From censoring The Pirate Bay to funding BitTorrent poisoning startups, the software giant is determined to attack piracy head-on. But perhaps the company should make a start by educating its own employees first. In Microsoft’s offices around the world many company employees are using BitTorrent to download and share pirated movies.
YouHaveDownloaded is a treasure trove of incriminating data on alleged BitTorrent pirates all across the world.
The site, launched late last year, exposes what people behind an IP-address have downloaded using BitTorrent. This data was gathered from public BitTorrent trackers, and the founders released it to show how much information can be found on BitTorrent users who don’t hide their IP-address.
The site’s founders inform TorrentFreak that since this mission has now been accomplished, they have stopped adding new info to the site. However, existing data is still online and that allows us to “out” a group of corporate BitTorrent pirates once more.
In recent weeks Microsoft has taken a strong position against copyright infringers. Theycensored Pirate Bay links in Windows Live Messenger, funded a startup that aims to killBitTorrent traffic, and a few days ago it was revealed that they are the most active sender of DMCA takedown notices to Google.
Clearly, Microsoft is anti piracy. But would they also prevent their employees from using Microsoft office connections to download pirated films through BitTorrent? Let’s find out.
The methodology is easy. Look up a range of IP-addresses assigned to Microsoft and enter those into the search form on YouHaveDownloaded one by one. While we expected that it might take a while to find one, we already had a handful of offenders after two dozen tries.
Below are a few of our findings, all downloads that are linked to Microsoft’s office in Sammamish, Washington (or Seattle). Interestingly, most of the hits we ran into are movies such as “The Debt”, “Bordertown” and lesser known “Blind”.
No listing of pirated files would be complete without an adult film. We had plenty to choose from, but Rocco’s Psycho Love was one of the better ones.
In Microsoft’s office in Arlington, Virginia, (orCharlotte) there are also quite a few hits, including some educational and inspirational books.
The above shows that despite Microsoft’s anti-piracy efforts, there are plenty of employees downloading files though BitTorrent, and not just legal files either.
Of course this is hardly a surprise. In companies with thousands of employees there will always be people who use BitTorrent for illicit purposes. And in tech companies it’s probably even more common.
This news report may indeed be a record of a Zombie Attack.
One man is dead and another hospitalized after a bizarre assault off Miami's MacArthur Causeway reportedly forced a police officer to open fire.
City of Miami police say the incident began Saturday afternoon about 2 p.m. when an officer responded to reports of 2 men fighting in the bike path of the Biscayne Boulevard exit ramp, alongside the Miami Herald's parking garage. There, according to the Herald, the officer observed a naked man eating another man's face:
The officer...approached and saw that the naked man was actually chewing the other man's head, according to witnesses. The officer ordered the naked man to back away, and when he continued the assault, the officer shot him.
The attacker continued to eat the man, despite being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.
According to CBS Miami, police sources said the victim had "virtually no face" and was unrecognizable.
"[Officers] attempted to separate them, there was some sort of confrontation," Miami Police spokesman Willie Moreno told Local10.
Photographs taken from the Herald's garage show the naked man lying dead at the scene. Police said the second male was transported to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Officials have yet to identify the officer involved, the deceased, or the victim. The incident snarled traffic on the causeway for hours during busy Memorial Day weekend as multiple lanes of vehicles were routed around the crime scene.
Hoping for a glimpse of Bungie's new game at E3 next month? Think again. The studio says not to expect any announcements at this year's show.
When asked if there were any plans to show a presentation of the new game, Bungie said it hasn't been working on one. "Nope. We never started one, and we’re not going to be at E3 in any official capacity this year. Some of us will be there, lurking from booth to booth, but don’t expect any announcements."
Newly unsealed court documents in the West/Zampella vs. Activision case revealed the contract between Bungie and the publisher. It includes details about "Destiny," a sci-fi shooter that's planned for release sometime in 2013.
Spike TV will exclusively announce the newest game in the Star Wars universe, which debuts at E3 2012. This project codenamed "1313" should have a big to-do with bounty hunters like Boba Fett.
A tease will be shown first on May 31, as a part of the pre-E3 episode of GTTV, followed by the live, world gameplay premiere during E3 All Access Live on June 4 at 10.00pm EDT/7.00pm PDT.
Mads in "Valhalla Rising"
Collider recently reported that Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) would be joining Tom Hiddleston as a baddie inThor 2, so Iron Man 3 went ahead and added their own firepower. In this case, “Firepower” is actually the villain that Ashley Hamilton (Sunset Beach) is in talks to play. In the Marvel universe, Hamilton’s character was the pilot of a “power suit” prototype built by the government (likely, S.H.I.E.L.D.) under the codename “Project: Firepower.” And we all know that, once you’ve strapped on a suit of battle armor, it doesn’t take too long before you challenge Tony Stark/Iron Man himself (Robert Downey Jr.). Also returning, in a producer capacity, will be Jon Favreau. But it looks like fans will be able to see the Iron Man director on screen as well.
Variety reports that Hamilton is in talks to stars as "Firepower,” another villain that hopes to take down Iron Man. It may help to know that the plot of Iron Man 3 borrows from Warren Ellis’ “Iron Man: Extremis” arc in the comics, which involves the spread of a virus through nanotechnology.
Directed by Shane Black, Iron Man 3 also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce and is slated for an opening of May 3rd, 2013.
Deep Silver denies working with Spec Ops: The Line developer studio Yager on sequel to 2011 island-set zombie first-person shooter.
Earlier this week, a source told IGN Germany that Yager Development, which is presently finishing up Spec Ops: The Line for its June release, had been tapped to develop Dead Island 2. This is not the case, says Guido Eickmeyer, development director with the original game's publisher, Deep Silver.
"We are neither working with Yager on Dead Island 2 nor do we have any contractual agreement with Yager about any project at this point," he said.
The developer did not rule out working with Yager in the future, saying there is a "legitimate chance" the companies will one day team up. He even went as far as to say a future relationship could be on a project related to the Dead Island franchise.
Eickmeyer went on to explain that Deep Silver does not have Dead Island 2 "in concept or production with external partners" and that it is currently considering options for a sequel.
Dead Island was developed by Polish shop Techland and shipped in September 2011 to generally positive review scores. The game shipped 3 million copies and welcomed various add-on packs. Speculation about a follow-up sparked in November, when Techland filed a trademark application for Dead World.
Though a sequel to Dead Island is currently out of sight, a movie based on the property may see the light of day. Film studio Lionsgate optioned the rights from Deep Silver after the game shipped last year. Development of the Dead Island film will be led by The Mummy producer Sean Daniel and Stefan Sonnenfeld, who did postproduction work on various Pirates of the Caribbean films and X-Men: The Last Stand.
A QA tester at Traveller's Tales Games (makers of the LEGO <insert something here> series) going by the Twitter handle @MATTYBOOSH has posted a picture to Twitter of what appears to a revised version of the Wii U controller. This correlates with rumors we'd heard earlier this year, of the Wii U tablet seeing some redesigns before being shown off again at E3 next month. The image has since been deleted, but we've grabbed it and posted it below.
First, note the new analog sticks. It appears that Nintendo has decided to include actual sticks, instead of the nubs found on the original tablet and the 3DS. This change might bump up the price, but it'll make a big difference in the long term. Next, notice the movement of the Start and Select buttons, which have found a new home on the right side of the controller. There's also a little square on the left side (that we really don't know the use of) and, maybe most importantly, actual Wii U branding.
With other rumors floating around speculating a name change, this is pseudo-confirmation that the Wii U moniker might be here to stay - if this is legit, that is.