Weekly Recap: PS4 Beats Xbox One With 25 Million Sold, Fallout 4 "Basically Done," Mafia 3 Announced

THE BIG STUFF:

PS4 Sales Reach 25.3 Million: The PlayStation 4 continued to soar this week, as Sony revealed a new lifetime shipment tally for the new-generation console. During their respective latest quarters, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One by a very large margin.

Fallout Was “Basically Done” Before Bethesda Even Announced It: Bethesda’s Pete Hines says there is no more time to add new features between now and the game’s launch in November. All that’s left to do is fix bugs and polish. Good luck!

Mafia 3 Confirmed: After years of rumor and speculation, 2K Games officially announced Mafia 3 this week by way of a cryptic teaser image. The full reveal is slotted for next week at Gamescom. Tune in!

THE OTHER STUFF:

Ever wonder what Mad Men’s Don Draper thinks about Destiny after its first year? You’re in luck, as this funny parody video lets us know.

Tomonobu Itagaki is not holding back in discussing his upcoming Wii U exclusive Devil’s Third. He says in a new interview with Famitsu that he believes the action-shooter-brawler will be a “breakthrough” for the industry, and one that “takes shooters to the next level.”

Australian developer League of Geeks has announced that its “fantasy board game come to life,” Armello, will launch on September 1 for PS4, PC, Mac, and Linux. The final version of the game will be playable before then, however, as League of Geeks is taking it on the road to PAX Prime.

Guacamelee developer Drinkbox announced this week that its next game, Severed, has been delayed. It was previously expected to launch this summer, but Drinkbox needs “a few additional months” of playtesting and tuning to ensure it’s the best it can be. “We also need sufficient time to add more memes and dumb jokes.”

Polygon has an excellent, deep-dive feature on the upcoming Gears of War Ultimate Edition. The story is packed with intriguing details about the game and even some teases about the future. Check it out here.

Naughty Dog did a nice thing for a fan whose father recently passed away. Get the full story here.

It sure sounds like Ubisoft chose the right director for its upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie. Check out this interview with director Justin Kurzel over at IGN, in which he talks about his love of Assassin’s Creed and more.

Blizzard’s new PC shooter Overwatch isn’t even out yet, but it’s already generating some excellent fan cosplay. I mean, my goodness, check it out.

Crackdown fans, this one is for you. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has confirmed that gameplay footage for the new Crackdown game for Xbox One will debut at Gamescom next week during the Microsoft briefing. It’s set for August 5.

This week, there was a lot of talk about evil robot overlords. Veteran game designer John Carmack, however, is not afraid–so long as the robots we create are laser-pointing droids that keep squirrels off our lawns. I can get behind that.

Here’s the first trailer for Chicago-based developer Phosphor Games’ upcoming PC title Corpse of Discovery. The game is described as “thought-provoking” and featuring procedurally generated worlds. What’s that look like in action? Take a look at the video below.

Bigmoon Entertainment has announced a new “dark fantasy” turn-based RPG for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game is called Demons Age, and in it, players will explore ancient ruins and dungeons while battle against monsters. Look for Demons Age in Q1 2016. Read more about it here.

Tanks invaded Xbox One this week, as Wargaming launched the Xbox One edition of its popular free-to-play tank game World of Tanks. It’s available now and even supports cross-platform play with the Xbox 360 version. There’s also better graphics and a new PvE mode. Read more about it here.

The next episode in the Gears of War Ultimate Edition behind-the-scenes series has arrived. Check out the video below to hear directly from developer The Coalition about how they going about respecting the original but also pushing things forward with better graphics and more.

Deus Ex and Epic Mickey designer Warren Spector has written an in-depth blog post for Gamasutra about The Walking Dead developer Telltale Games. It’s a good read, and may make you think about Telltale (and probably Spector) differently than you did before.

Have a great weekend! Gamescom starts next week…buckle up.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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How to upgrade to Windows 10 without waiting in line

Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade is rolling out to millions of PCs worldwide. 14 million machines are now running Windows 10, but are you still waiting for your upgrade notification? If so, there’s an easy way to avoid the line and download Windows 10 and upgrade straight away.

Firstly, backup all your files and data just in case. If you’re on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 then head over to Microsoft’s Windows 10 download page. If you’re on a 32-bit version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 then download the 32-bit tool, and if you’re using a 64-bit version then grab the 64-bit tool. You can check your Windows version by right clicking on My Computer or This PC in File Explorer and going to properties, and it will be listed under system type.

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Sweeping 4K drone footage shows off Tesla's Fremont factory

Stephen Powelson recently flew his Phantom 3 drone over Tesla’s battery factory in Fremont, California and recorded the flight. Almost as soon as he posted the video to a Tesla Motors Club forum, other commenters began warning Powelson of the legal trouble he might be in.

Powelson quickly assured concerned posters that Tesla employees had no problem with the video. In fact, he’d worked at the company for almost five years, until March of this year.

The video gives the viewer a sense of how big the factory is. At 5.3 million sq. feet, the Fremont facility is dwarfed by the proposed gigafactory that Tesla is building in Nevada, which is estimated to be about 10 million sq. feet when completed — one of the biggest in the world.

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The first trailer for Zoolander 2 was briefly posted to YouTube before being pulled (update)

Forget Star Wars — the world’s most anticipated sequel is unquestionably Zoolander 2. And the first trailer is here. Sure, most of the trailer is some weird science-themed graphics with a narration by Stephen Hawking (we assume), but before long Ben Stiller’s making the Blue Steel face and everything is all good. Check out the trailer above — Zoolander 2 will arrive in February of 2016.

Update, 8:50PM ET: Well, that didn’t last long. The trailer was apparently not ready for public consumption, because the hosting YouTube page has already pulled it down. We’ll be keeping our eyes out for an official version — usually after such a leak, the real thing get published pretty quickly.

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GTA 5 Mod Turns Your Character Into Iron Man

A new mod for Grand Theft Auto V turns your character into Iron Man, complete with the iconic armor and the superhero’s arsenal of high-powered weaponry.

GTA 5 fan JulioNIB created the mod, which overhauls the game’s HUD in addition to adding armor and weapons. It’s a very impressive mod; the armor looks great and the animations seem to be both accurate and fluid. You can check out a video of the mod in action below.

This mod clearly gives you massive destructive power. It makes your character a functional superhero, able to take on an army of police officers and vehicles alone. Iron Man’s arsenal of repulsor beams, missiles, and extremely powerful punches are usable in the mod, as well, letting you wreak havoc in Los Santos. My favorite moment in the video is when the modder flies into the sky, then shoulder-charges straight through a helicopter.

But even if you don’t want to destroy everything in sight, the mod lets you soar around using Iron Man’s hand and foot rocket boosts. The mod is still in development and isn’t yet available for download, but it’s shaping up to be a pretty awesome change to the GTA formula.

GTA 5 modders have changed the game in other cool ways recently. For example, one user is turning GTA 5 into an RPG, complete with skill trees and loot. Another added a grappling hook to the game. You can also watch GameSpot play with a whole bunch of different mods here.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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Augmented Reality Could Be a Huge Technological Revolution, Epic Games Founder Says

Most of the buzz in the gaming industry is about virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift or Sony’s Project Morpheus, but some companies are expanding into augmented reality. Microsoft, for example, is making an AR headset called the Hololens that’ll be used by doctors and astronauts in addition to games. Founder of Epic Games Tim Sweeney believes that it’ll be AR, and not VR, that will dramatically change our lifestyles.

In a presentation at the Chinajoy trade show which took place this week in Shanghai (reported by VentureBeat), Sweeney discussed how AR might come to affect many different parts of our lives. His basis for this belief comes from the nature of AR headsets, which let users move freely while still presenting information to them. “I believe that augmented reality will be the biggest technological revolution that happens in our lifetimes,” he said. “Once you have an augmented reality display, you don’t need any other form of display. Your smart phone does not need a screen. You don’t need a tablet. You don’t need a TV. You just take the screen with you on your glasses wherever you go.”

Sweeney went on to argue that AR will come to dominate the technological landscape because of its mobility and potential applications. “With AR, you have a large field of view,” he explained. “Combined with [the] convenience of mobile, and the display is with you everywhere you go and you don’t need anything else. Augmented reality will drive all things like chat, social networking, photos, videos, organizing data, modeling, painting, motion capture, and visual programming.”

At E3 in June, we were able to go hands-on with Microsoft’s Hololens headset, and we were impressed. Microsoft showed off a demo of an AR Halo experience, and it shared some more information and videos about Minecraft for Hololens. However, the headset is limited: recently, a video showed Hololens’ field of view, which is currently very small.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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