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Katy Hollingsworth

Katy is a 23 year old graduate of Texas State University, with a bachelor’s in Mass Communications. She specializes in writing and editing in video games journalism and is an avid PC gamer. Currently located in Seattle, WA, Katy lives with her boyfriend and cat and enjoys everything in the horror genre.

Ryse: Son of Rome Heading to PC

Ryse: Son of Rome is heading to PC with all DLC and 4k resolution.

Xbox One’s more persuasive launch title Ryse: Son of Rome will be heading to PC this autumn, Crytek announced today.

The game will support 4k resolutions and will also include all DLC with Day ONe Edition content.. With Deep Silver taking over some of Crytek’s properties, Crytek will partner up with Deep Silver to create retail editions of the game, while digital versions will be self-published.

“Ryse will be a benchmark PC graphics showcase this year and probably for a long time in future. Our community asked for a Ryse PC version, and we have the means and technology to deliver this title with the highest quality possible,” said Carl Jones, Crytek director of business development.

World of Warcraft Gifts Players with Anniversary Celebration Fire Corgi

Anyone who logs in during the 10th anniversary celebration this year will earn a special in-game pet: a fire corgi!

World of Warcraft usually offers players something to comemorate anniversaries and holidays, especially if the player logs in to join the festivities.

This year, to celebrate WoW’s 10th anniversary, Blizzard has decided to grace players with the most adorable in-game pet yet: the fire corgi.

Players who log in during the celebration in November will receive this in-game pet, a change to get a special achievement and a core hound mount if they manage to take down the 40-player Molten Core raid.

Log in on November 23rd to score your stuff!

Twitch Will Begin Removing Old Videos

Twitch recently announced that videos will no longer be stored on an account indefinitely.

After analyzing their video storage data, Twitch has decided that they will no longer store old videos on Twitch accounts indefinitely. Instead, video expirations will work on a tiered system.

Deleting old videos will allow Twitch to provide users with a better experience, the company claims. Older videos aren’t being watched, according to Twitch’s data, so removing them will provide users with better VOD quality.

Users who want to save specific videos can do so by setting a particular video as a highlight within two hours of the broadcast; doing so will save the video indefinitely in the system. However, casters who stream for more than two hours may have issues adjusting to the new system.

White PS4 Pre-Orders Open, but the White Xbox One Remains a Mystery

Playstation has confirmed its white PS4 launch next month, but with conflicting comments from Microsoft, will gamers ever see the mythical white Xbox One?

When the Xbox One first launched, the question many gamers asked was when they could get it in white. Rumor had it that Microsoft employees had dibs on the white console and many sold for thousands of dollars on eBay.

Ever since, gamers have wondered when they’ll be able to pick up the white version. In a comment to Polygon, Microsoft confirmed that the white console would release later this year with titles such as Madden 15 or Sunset Overdrive.

However, when approached by Daily Star Online, Microsoft said it had no comment and nothing to announce at the time. 

Sony has already confirmed and announced that a white PS4 will be sold as a Destiny bundle next month and pre-orders are currently ongoing, so Microsoft isn’t helping sales by keeping gamers in the dark–or worse, providing conflicting information–about the white version of its newest console. Let’s hope they get their act together for the holiday season.

Resident Evil Gets Next-Gen Treatment

Capcom will be remastering its horror title Resident Evil from the 2002 Gamecube.

Fans of the horror genre have probably played the original Resident Evil for Gamecube; released oririginally in 1996 for Playstation, Resident Evil was “remastered” for Gamecube in 2002 with new gameplay, graphics, story and environmental elements. In 2008, it was ported to the Nintendo Wii.

While a Wii U announcement is lacking, the updated game will be released for Playstation, Xbox and PCs in early 2015. 

As a digital purchase, the game will feature 1080p support for current gen and gamers can choose between the classic 4:3 ratio or the new 16:9 widescreen ratio. Sounds have been remastered to support 5.1 surround.

Gamers can also choose between the classic controls or an updated version.

What do you think? Will you be picking up this remastered horror classic?

Xbox One's Price Cut Helps Sell Double the Consoles, But Don't Expect Another

Though Microsoft is still failing to outsell Sony’s console, the price cut Microsoft issued for the Kinectless One helped increase sales by double.

With Gamescom quickly approaching in Germany next week, gamers were hoping that Microsoft would announce yet another price cut to the Xbox One, available without a Kinect for $399.

Gamers noted that the Spanish version of Microsoft’s mobile site had the Kinectless Xbox One down 50 euros from its original price. Many American gamers hoped the discount would carry over.

However, Microsoft recently confirmed that the discount was made in error. Though the original price cut has helped the One sell double the units, Microsoft has only sold 5 million units worldwide compared to Sony’s 9 million.

What do you think? Would cutting the price down for the One even more convince you to invest?

EA Access Won't Require Xbox Gold Subscription

EA Access won’t require Xbox users to have access to all of Xbox’s online features, but it may result in some restrictions.

EA has clarified a couple of things to IGN in a statement regarding Xbox Gold.  EA explains that, 

“When it launches, any Xbox One gamer can join EA Access and take advantage of the benefits of membership. In order to connect to multiplayer gameplay on the Xbox One platform you will need a subscription to Xbox Gold.”

A somewhat refreshing statement from EA, and the service will launch soon on Xbox One. Four titles are available for the beta, including FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4. Memberships will be available through Xbox Live and through retailers like GameStop and online stores like Amazon.

Once the platform releases, games that will be eligible for the early access and save copy-over will include Madden 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Evolve Alpha Codes Heading Out This Weekend

Beta codes for Evolve’s first closed alpha test will be sent out this weekend, so keep an eye out!

Evolve is quickly becoming one of the most hyped games of the year, and with good reason. Turtle Rock has done a wonderful job in keeping gamers engaged through awesome trailers and booths at shows like PAX. 

On their Twitter, Evolve developers recently announced that alpha/beta signups were open, and those of you who filled out the form should keep an eye on your inboxes this weekend.

Now live, the alpha access will end on August 3rd–if you didn’t get in for this round, Turtle Rock has confirmed that there will be future tests and betas, so no need to fret. If you do get in, remember to sign and abide by the NDA.

Evole will release on October 21st on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Sony Bashes EA Access, Then Offers 90 Day Last-Gen Game Rentals for Full Title Price

Playstation Now was just released into beta, and though Sony just finished throwing trash all over EA Access, you can rent old games for the full title price.

PlayStation now is Sony’s answer to subscription models that allow gamers to rent, or borrow, older titles on their consoles for a monthly membership fee. It sounds great on paper, right? You can replay some of your favorites on your current gen console for a low price.

Well, not a low price. In fact, for some titles, you may end up paying the full price.

Playstation Now is currently offering games like F1 2013, originally released on the PS3, for a whopping $49.99. That’s almost the full price of the game–and what’s worse, you don’t even get to keep it. That’s the price for a 90 day rental.

Outlets like Best Buy and GameStop aren’t very well known for their used game prices. Some gamers claim they’re way too high, but I think Sony takes the cake in that regard.

Gamers interested in used or older titles are probably better off holding on to the last generation and just buying older titles from these stores rather than pay hundreds of dollars to rent games.

Senior director Jack Buser says that Sony is listening to feedback from gamers in regards to the Playstation Now beta, and let’s all hope that they’re listening to feedback on prices–because if anyone should be crapped on for subscription service prices, it should be Sony.

Xbox One Chinese Launch Dates and Prices Revealed

Microsoft reveals the launch date and price for the Chinese Xbox One, sold exclusively through China Telecom.

Last week, Microsoft announced that it would be releasing its Xbox One exclusive to the Chinese audience through the third largest telecommunications company in China, China Telecom.

Today, Microsoft revealed that the console will launch on September 23rd, making it the first console for sale since the lift of the 14-year ban on on foreign systems.

Manufactored in Shanghai’s free trade zone, the Xbox One will cost Chinese gamers ¥3,699, or about $599.35 USD. The console will launch with titles like Forza 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Zoo Tycoon and Max: Curse of the Brotherhood.

As a bonus, all units will ship with a BesTV entertainment pack, free access to Live until next March, a localized interface, and a two-year warranty. Day One editions will ship with a few extra titles and a special edition controller.

September will be a big month for Xbox as it launches in  26 new regions and nine countries, including Belgium, Sweden, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Japan and India.