Glacier White PS4 Slim to Launch in India Next Week

India gets another variant of the PS4 Slim. According to several retailers speaking to Gadgets 360, Sony India will release the Glacier White PS4 Slim 500GB console. It will cost Rs. 27,990 and be available from next week. No games or PS Plus subscriptions will be a part of the offer. Something to keep in mind, if you were expecting freebies along with the purchase.

Expect the likes of Amazon India, Flipkart, and Games The Shop to have it listed today or by next week at the earliest. For the longest time, Sony India has stayed away from coloured consoles, bringing them in extremely late in the PS3’s lifecycle and ignoring coloured versions of the PS Vita altogether.

Glacier White PS4 Slim to Launch in India Next WeekAnd while the PS4 has seen several colour options since its inception, this is the first time the company has decided to release the PS4 in a colour that isn’t black.

We can’t help but feel Sony has dropped the ball by not including any games along with the package. More so when Rs. 27,990 gets you a PS4 with two controllers or a PS4 with Horizon Zero Dawn. For Rs. 1,000 more, you get Horizon Zero Dawn, Ratchet and Clank, Driveclub, and three months of PS Plus along with a PS4.

Suffice to say, if you’re really hankering for a PS4 that stands out from the crowd, this could be an option. Confused as to which PS4 to buy? We have you covered with our comprehensive guide.

Dota 2’s Top Players Beaten by Elon Musk-Backed OpenAI Startup

A bot created by the Elon Musk-backed nonprofit startup ‘OpenAI’ has defeated champion Danylo ‘Dendi’ Ishut in multiplayer online battle arena Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2) in two back-to-back demonstration matches. Several practice matches were played with other top players over the weekend, including Syed ‘Suma1l’ Hassan and Artour ‘Arteezy’ Babaev.

The game, played at the annual tournament The International on Saturday in Keyarena at Seattle Center, has a winning prize of over $20 million, Fortune reported.

Dota 2 is a complex, team-based game played by over 10 million people monthly. The game is continuous, has hidden information and good strategy and positioning win over raw mechanics.

OpenAI uses Dota 2 as a test-bed for new AI technologies.

Musk hailed the achievement on Twitter, saying: “It was a significant advance over what AI had accomplished in more traditional games.”

“OpenAI first ever to defeat world’s best players in competitive eSports. Vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go,” Elon Musk tweeted.

Dota 2's Top Players Beaten by Elon Musk-Backed OpenAI StartupOpenAI describes it as “a step towards building AI systems which accomplish well-defined goals in messy, complicated situations involving real humans”.

From the last year, AI developers have shown that computers can dominate the best human players like in Go and chess.

“But Dota 2 has far more variables and possible board states than even Go, meaning decision-making is much more complex. The game also takes place in real time rather than discrete turns,” the report said.

Last year, Google-run artificial intelligence (AI) programme AlphaGo defeated legendary player Lee Se-dol in Go – a complex Chinese board game that is considered the “quintessential unsolved problem” for machine intelligence.

The win came in the first tie of the five-match series being held in Seoul, South Korea. The tournament, “Google Deepmind Challenge match”.

Nvidia’s GeForce Now Game Streaming Service Available in India at Rs. 650 a Month

GeForce Now, Nvidia’s subscription-based cloud gaming service, has been available globally since late 2015. Due to its exclusivity on Shield devices, which are yet to launch in India, Nvidia hasn’t officially brought the service to the country. But it seems GeForce Now has been quietly made available in India, at Rs. 650 per month with a one-month free trial.

Gadgets 360 was able to access the gaming service with the help of an Nvidia Shield TV, without having to log in via a VPN. We were also provided with INR pricing, which suggests that GeForce Now is available officially, if you’re willing to import a Shield device. We’ve reached out to Nvidia India for comment, and will update once we hear back.

GeForce Now has two tiers of games: one that allows unlimited access to a library of games, like EA and Origin Access; and a second that operates on a buy and play model, which requires you to pay for a game on top of the subscription price.

The former includes the likes of Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Origins, BioShock Remastered, Borderlands, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Hitman: Absolution, Just Cause 2, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Lego Batman: The Videogame, Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, The Lego Movie Videogame, Minecraft: Story Mode, Paragon, Saints Row IV, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Thief, and Tomb Raider.

Nvidia's GeForce Now Game Streaming Service Available in India at Rs. 650 a MonthIn the paid category, you’ve Batman: Arkham Knight, Everspace, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Hotline Miami, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Leo’s Fortune, No Man’s Sky, Overcooked, Snake Pass, Torment: Tides of Numenera, Virginia, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Worms W.M.D., and Yooka-Layleeamong others.

Since GeForce Now is powered by hardware in the cloud, and streamed over the Internet, you’ll need high download speeds. Nvidia recommends 50Mbps for full-HD 60fps gaming, and 25Mbps for HD 60fps, and over 10Mbps for HD 30fps. Factor in the fact that the closest server is in Europe, and you might experience undesirable lag.

Still, it’s the first cloud gaming service that’s available in India, with no sign of PlayStation Now yet.

Crackdown 3 Release Date Pushed Back to Spring 2018

Open-world action-adventure Crackdown 3 is not going to be out at the same time as the Xbox One X. Slated for a November 7 release date, the game for Xbox One, Xbox One X, and Windows 10 has been pushed back to next year.

“Crackdown 3 is a hugely ambitious game and we want to ensure we deliver the right experiences all the way through every part of the game, whether that’s campaign, co-op multiplayer or our competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone,” said Microsoft Publishing General Manager Shannon Loftis to Polygon.

The reason for the delay has been slated as getting all three game modes to work as they should.

“Getting the balance right between the three modes is important, and we are going to take the extra development time to ensure that. Gamers can expect Crackdown 3 in Spring of 2018,” Loftis said. After which she claimed the challenges faced by the development teams over the years include “immersive true 4K gameplay, cloud-computing competitive multiplayer and a sprawling and futuristic open world”.

Crackdown 3 Release Date Pushed Back to Spring 2018At E3 2017, Crackdown 3 got a live action trailer that had Terry Crews and will feature four player co-op. Earlier the developer of the game was said to be Reagent games, a studio run by Crackdown creator David Jones – and support from Dead Island 2 and Snake Pass developer Sumo Digital, the E3 2017 announcement had only Sumo Digital listed.

The Crackdown 3 delay deals a blow to the Xbox One X’s chances at regaining marketshare for Microsoft in a console race thats seeing both Sony and Nintendo prosper. For consumers, this was one rare exclusive title for the Xbox One family of consoles and a reason to bother with the Xbox One X. It’s not like there aren’t any options though. If you’re looking to scratch your open-world over the top action itch, there’s Agents of Mayhem that we found to be wildly entertaining.

Nonetheless, given how rough and choppy Crackdown 3 looked in recent videos, this could perhaps be the delay needed to ensure it ships at its best.

Valve Doesn’t Want You to Buy Steam Games Outside of Steam

Valve doesn’t want you to buy PC games outside of Steam. A post on the Steam developer forums states that the company won’t be automatically allowing Steam key requests from developers who sell games on the store.

“If we are denying keys for normal size batches it’s likely because your Steam sales don’t reflect a need for as many keys as you’re distributing, and you’re probably asking for more keys because you’re offering cheaper options off Steam and yet we are bearing the costs. So at some point we start deciding that the value you’re bringing to Steam isn’t worth the cost to us,” reads a post from Valve employee Sean Jenkin.

“For example, say you’ve sold a few thousand copies on Steam but have requested / activated 500K keys, then we are going to take a deeper look at your games, your sales, your costs, etc.,” Jenkin’s post continues.

Prior to this, game developers with access to Steamworks – Steam’s developer API, can generate keys for their games at will. These are usually given to the press for review or for marketing purposes. At times, they’re also given to bundle sites or third-party sellers. Valve takes offence to this because it makes no money from these sales.

Granted such steps help weed out fake actors in the system – asset flippers, shovelware makers, and all sorts of riffraff Steam is regularly associated with but it doesn’t bode well for Steam’s burgeoning user base.

What does this mean for consumers? Well, expect fewer bundles and cheaper games from third-party sites. Along with Valve clamping down on gifting games via Steam, this could be seen as another attempt at turning on the screws and creating a monopoly of sorts. We won’t be surprised if the next step is to prevent publishers from selling games that use Steam on disc altogether or sell them via their own digital store.

Valve Doesn’t Want You to Buy Steam Games Outside of SteamUpdate, August 18, 2017 :

Valve has clarified its stance on the subject in a response to Gamasutra (via Reddit):

“Steam keys have always been available for free to our partners to help them sell PC games at physical retail and on other digital stores. In return, we’ve asked that partners offer Steam customers a fair deal, similar to what they’re offering on other stores. None of that is changing.

But over the last few years, new features and additions to Steam have changed the way Steam keys were being used, for instance as a means for game-shaped objects to monetize on Steam through methods other than actually selling fun games to customers. Most notably, this meant farming Steam Trading Cards. We shared a lot of info about that issue, and our response to it, here.

While our changes did impact the economics of trading card farming for new products coming to Steam, there are still a lot of games and game-shaped objects using Steam keys as a way to manipulate Steam systems. As a result, we’re trying to look more closely at extreme examples of products on Steam that don’t seem to be providing actual value as playable games-for instance, when a game has sold 100 units, has mostly negative reviews, but requests 500,000 Steam keys. We’re not interested in supporting trading card farming or bot networks at the expense of being able to provide value and service for players.

It’s completely OK for partners to sell their games on other sites via Steam keys, and run discounts or bundles on other stores, and we’ll continue granting free keys to help partners do those things. But it’s not OK to negatively impact our customers by manipulating our store and features.”

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Day One Patch Detailed

PS4-exclusive Uncharted: The Lost Legacy’s release date is August 22 in the US and August 23 in India and Europe. In the run up to this, developer Naughty Dog has issued a day one patch for the game. Its details are as follows.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Day One patch features

Photo Mode

  • Custom Filters
  • Stylised Frames
  • Camera Controls and Effects
  • NEW: Facial Expressions
  • NEW: Sun Angle
  • NEW: Logo Overlays

Bonus Features (unlocked through game completion)

  • Render Modes
  • Gameplay Modifiers
  • Character Gallery
  • Single-player
  • Character Skins
  • Weapon Selector Cellphone
  • Camera Viewer
  • Concept Art Galleries
  • Encounter Select

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy patch file size

The digital download of the game itself clocks in at around 44.7GB. After patches the file size is around 48GB. Essentially making version 1.01 being roughly 3.3GB.

In addition to this, there’s the Uncharted: The Lost Legacy version 1.02 multiplayer patch which includes access to Uncharted 4’s multiplayer, co-op, and all of its DLC from August 22. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy also includes a brand new Survival Arena Mode that will be available on public servers on launch day.

Competitive Multiplayer:

  • 14 Maps
  • Six Game Types
  • Ranked Mode
  • Solo Trials
  • Hundreds of unlockable vanity items

Co-op Survival Mode:

  • 1-to-3 Player Cooperative Mode
  • Solo Survival Mode (no PS+ required)
  • 50 Waves Warlord Boss Battles
  • Unique Rewards

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Day One Patch DetailedNEW: Survival Arena Mode

  • 1-to-3 player cooperative variant introduced with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Take on 10 challenging and dynamically evolving waves
  • Face warlord bosses and unique round modifiers

NEW: Asav Playable Multiplayer Character

  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy’s villain joins the multiplayer roster

NEW: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Character Skins

  • Unlock new Uncharted: The Lost Legacy skins for Chloe, Nadine, and other cameo characters.

Cinema Replay Tools

  • Relive recent multiplayer matches with match replay tools

Sonic Mania Not Available on Xbox One in India

Retro-styled platform Sonic Mania is a welcome return to form for Sega’s mascot. The game is available internationally via digital storefronts for the PS4, PC (via Steam), Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. If you’re in India and own an Xbox One, you’re out of luck. Sonic Mania is not on the Indian Xbox Store. Searching for the game on the Xbox One, Xbox website or the Xbox app via smartphone throws up a “no results for this category” message.

This isn’t the first time digital-only games haven’t made it to the Xbox Store for India. The likes of indie darlings Firewatch and Virginia could not be purchased by Indian Xbox One owners either.

However with Sonic Mania being as high-profile as it is, it does raise a host of questions about Microsoft and Sega’s intentions for the market. It probably reflects the state of the Indian console space as well with Sony having a near monopoly on mindshare and console sales.

Nonetheless, with Xbox having an Indian presence, even its own exclusives don’t release at local retail, such as Dead Rising 4 and the Xbox One S hasn’t even been announced for the country yet. In the past Sega-produced titles like Persona 5 skipped India too.

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If you must, absolutely play Sonic Mania on the Xbox One and live in India, there is a fix involving changing your region. You can check out our handy guide here.

We’ve reached out to Sega and Microsoft for comment and will update this story the moment we hear from either company.

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Leaked

Hours before the Xbox at Gamescom 2017 event, the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition and the Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition consoles have been leaked.

According to pictures posted by industry tipster Wario64 (via a piece from Wired that was published early and still viewable here) the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition sports the Project Scorpio name in neon green font that’s been an Xbox staple since the first console back in 2001. The controller has similar markings as does the box along with a giant ‘X’ symbol. There seems to be a vertical stand that comes along with it too. Like the standard Xbox One X console, it will cost $499 (around Rs. 32,000) and will be available via the Microsoft Store and website.

Also revealed is the Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition bundle. Its decked in the colours we’ve come to expect from the blocky terrain the game is known for and comes with a matching controller to boot.

Earlier these were alluded to by retailer listings but these images pretty much set up what to expect from Microsoft when the event begins.

Xbox One X pre-order date and time
The Xbox One X pre-order date and time could be revealed at the event. Tom Warren, Senior Editor at The Verge suggested that this could be the case.

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Leaked“Xbox One X preorders will go live on Sunday after the Gamescom press event,” he tweeted.

This was followed by US retailer GameStop plastering its website with the following:

“Visit gamestop.com/xboxonex to tune in to Xbox at gamescom live stream for exciting Xbox One X pre-order details, on August 20, 2PM CT. Exclusive GameStop Trade offer announcements to follow.”

Safe to say, expect Xbox at Gamescom 2017 to be all about the Xbox One X’s availability. More so given that the story from Wired that was published early claimed that pre-orders are open from the moment the announcement has been made.

Xbox One X India pre-orders
At the moment its unclear if India will even get the console at launch. Reason being the Xbox One S – which released globally last year, was to release in the country in April according to multiple retailers. It was pushed back further to account for GST. And while GST has been implemented, Microsoft India has not replied to repeated requests for comment on the Xbox One S or Xbox One X India release date, let alone pre-orders.

Xbox at Gamescom 2017 – How to Watch Live Stream and What to Expect

Xbox at Gamescom 2017 should see several key announcements from Microsoft including Xbox One X pre-orders and editions. This is what you need to know.

Xbox at Gamescom 2017 – date and time

Microsoft’s Gamescom live stream begins at 12pm PDT on Sunday, August 20 (12:30am on Monday, August 21 in India). Rather than Xbox boss Phil Spencer taking us through as usual, it will be hosted by Microsoft’s Graeme Boyd and Maxi Graeff.

Xbox at Gamescom 2017 – where to watch

The event can be watched at:

  • The Xbox YouTube channel
  • The Xbox Twitch channel
  • Via Mixer on the Xbox One

Or you can watch it right here in the video below:

Xbox One X pre-order date and time

The Xbox One X pre-order date and time could be revealed at the event. Tom Warren, Senior Editor at The Verge suggested that this could be the case.

“Xbox One X preorders will go live on Sunday after the Gamescom press event,” he tweeted.

This was followed by US retailer GameStop plastering its website with the following:

“Visit gamestop.com/xboxonex to tune in to Xbox at gamescom live stream for exciting Xbox One X pre-order details, on August 20, 2PM CT. Exclusive GameStop Trade offer announcements to follow.”

The Xbox One X price is $499 (around Rs. 32,000) and releases on November 7. Safe to say, expect Xbox at Gamescom 2017 to be all about the Xbox One X’s availability.

Xbox at Gamescom 2017 - How to Watch Live Stream and What to ExpectXbox One X India pre-orders

At the moment its unclear if India will even get the console at launch. Reason being the Xbox One S – which released globally last year, was to release in the country in April according to multiple retailers. It was pushed back further to account for GST. And while GST has been implemented, Microsoft India has not replied to repeated requests for comment on the Xbox One S or Xbox One X India release date, let alone pre-orders.

Xbox at Gamescom 2017 – Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition?

Aside from the Xbox One X pre-orders, German retailers have put up an Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition (first spotted by XboxDynasty.de) that claims to be a limited edition variant with the words ‘Project Scorpio’ on it, alluding to the codename of the console. Listings for it state it caters to the biggest Xbox fans, not too dissimilar to the Day One edition of the Xbox One. It will be interesting to see what extras Microsoft packs in.

Xbox at Gamescom 2017 – what else to expect

Aside from information on the Xbox One X, expect new details on games such as Sea of Thieves, Forza Motorsport 7, Cuphead, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, and Halo Wars 2.

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition Price and Pre-Orders Announced

Leaked prior to the Xbox at Gamescom 2017 live stream, Microsoft has officially revealed the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition. This special edition Xbox One X console will cost $499 (around Rs. 32,000), the same as a standard Xbox One X.

The difference between the two in terms of aesthetic include a “dynamic graphic pattern” on the shell and packaging that’s familiar to fans of the original Xbox console. The green used for the Project Scorpio name is the same colour reminiscent of 2001’s Xbox too.

While there doesn’t seem to be any other differences from the standard Xbox One X at this juncture, the company has stated they will be in short supply. Pre-orders for the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition begin today via the Microsoft Store and website.

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition Price and Pre-Orders AnnouncedXbox One X Project Scorpio – what’s in the box

  • Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition 1TB Console
  • Project Scorpio Edition Wireless Controller
  • Xbox One X Vertical Stand
  • One month Game Pass subscription trial
  • 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial
  • HDMI cable (4K capable)
  • AC Power cable.

Xbox One X India pre-orders

At the moment its unclear if India will even get the console at launch. Reason being the Xbox One S – which released globally last year, was to release in the country in April according to multiple retailers. It was pushed back further to account for GST. And while GST has been implemented, Microsoft India has not replied to repeated requests for comment on the Xbox One S or Xbox One X India release date, let alone pre-orders.