OCC TECH NEWS
March 10, 2014
Double Fine Productions is one of the most beloved American development studios, producing such cult classics like Psychonauts, Brütal Legend, and of course, Costume Quest. Yet no matter how much fans have enjoyed Double Fine's games, the studio has yet to produce a sequel for anything...until now.
Founder Tim Schafer told IGN today that Costume Quest 2 is in full production and will arrive in time for Halloween 2014 (because a game like Costume Quest can arrive at no other time of the year). According to publisher Midnight City, Wren and Reynold will return from the first game with a "new batch of costumes with which to transform into giant super powered fantasy Hallowarriors." It will also feature a "deeper and juicier" battle system.
If Costume Quest 2 is commercially successful, does that mean we will finally get the Psychonauts sequel fans have been clamoring for since its 2005 release? I guess we'll have to wait and see. In the mean time, enjoy this rather odd Costume Quest 2 Announcement Trailer:
A pair of gaming peripherals from COUGAR, the 700M mouse and 700K keyboard, have won iF International Design Awards for 2014. The aluminum framed devices were in development for two years and it appears that the effort has paid off. The concept for the 700M is "one of a "vertebrate" with metal support for “bones”." This allows for ergonomic adjustments, giving each user the ability to customize their mousing experience. The 700K was inspired by "military “stealth warships” technology, the design is created from elements of geometric facets: mechanical key modules are mounted on an exposed, bent aluminum structure with premium anodized surface treatments, enabling more efficient typing bolstered by providing the players wrist support points."
Source: Press Release
The Urban T81 is the latest case from Thermaltake, built using the full tower form factor and featuring several interesting design elements. The first is a side panel inspired by automotive "suicide doors," opening outward from the center. The hard drive and optical drive cages are fully modular, allowing users to customize how they wish to build their case. Cages can be moved around or removed entirely to help make room for large water cooling setups. The case comes bundled with three 200mm fans and a single 140mm fan with space for an additional 140mm fan and three more 120mm fans.
Source: Press Release
Hungarian indie studio NeocoreGames has announced that the sequel to the generally well-received action-RPG The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, cleverly titled The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II, will be arriving on April 17 for Windows PC and Mac. Van Helsing II seemingly improves upon the original game in every way. While the original game featured just one character class with forty skills and a level cap of 30, the sequel offers three character classes with over 200 skills and a level cap of 60. Neocore has provided a handy comparison chart that you can see below, which outlines the above changes and many more. Neocore also published the trailer below, along with six new screenshots.
Pre-ordering the game from Neocore's online store grants immediate access to the Closed Beta for the starting price of $15, which also nets you a few other pre-order bonuses. There are also additional packs with further bonuses, priced at $25, $50, $200, and even $1000. There's also a co-op pack for $150, which provides you with four copies of the $50 Epic Pack.
Source: Press Release and Neocore Dev Blog
Like many other gemstones and mineral, diamond can come in many colors, depending on the impurities it contains. When we learned how to synthesize diamonds, we also learned how to control their color by injecting different atoms, and as it turns out special properties can come with those colors. Now researchers at the Universities of California, Berkeley and Los Angeles, and Ben-Gurion University of Negev want to use one of those special properties to probe high temperature superconductors with unprecedented accuracy.
By bombarding a synthetic diamond with nitrogen atoms, it is possible to knock out some of the carbon atoms, either leaving a nitrogen atom in its place, or an empty hole. Heating the diamond can allow the holes and nitrogen atoms to move around and pair up, creating nitrogen-vacancy centers. These regions are very sensitive to magnetic fields and obey quantum mechanics, which lends to their sensitivity. The researchers are using this sensitivity by building magnetic field sensors with them and connecting them to a chip along with a high temperature superconductor. As the temperature drops, the researchers can watch as the magnetic field vanishes, signaling the transition to superconductivity.
At the same time the material became superconducting, the researchers also caught magnetic vortices forming and disappearing. The researchers hope to use the diamond-based sensor to learn more about those vortices, and how they may impact superconductivity and superconductors.
Source: University of California, Berkeley
Vimeo On Demand, in celebrating its first birthday, has made some refinements to its service. A new program, known as the Audience Development Program, is being implemented which provides websites, subtitles, and marketing for titles that have been accepted to certain film festivals or raised over $10,000 on select crowdfunding platforms. Vimeo On Demand now also features collections, which sorts titles based on their genre and allows users of the service to find movies within specific categories. The service has incorporated a new user interface too, which not only looks more professional and appealing, but is supposed to mimic titles being available at brick and mortar stores.
Source: Vimeo Staff Blog
Just last month, it was reported that bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox vanished from the Internet. At the time, the website for the major exchange was unavailable and over 744,000 bitcoins were supposedly missing due to malleability-related theft. In all, Mt. Gox lost around $474 million worth of bitcoins due to a software algorithm flaw that underlies bitcoin, according to the exchange. A major investigation is ongoing however, which may provide different information regarding the loss of bitcoins. Now, the major bitcoin exchange has filed for bankruptcy within the United States, seeking protection against various lawsuits that have been filed by customers of Mt. Gox. If the bankruptcy petition is approved, claims against the company will be halted temporarily.
The bankruptcy filing was made by the only board member of Mt. Gox, Mark Karpeles. The case is identified as Mt. Gox Co Ltd, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas, No. 14-31229.
Source: PCWorld and Reuters
With the highly anticipated Titanfall launching tomorrow, NVIDIA wanted to ensure all its users had the best experience possible on day one. New NVIDIA GeForce drivers, 335.23 WHQL, have been released today, "designed to provide optimum performance and stability" in Titanfall.
While Titanfall is the focus, the drivers also provide enhanced GPU offset options for the GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750, along with updated SLI profiles for Bound by Flame, Diablo III, DOTA 2, Need for Speed Rivals, and Watch Dogs. Whoever is able to play Watch Dogs right now, more than two months prior to release, I'm super jealous! NVIDIA 3D Vision has also been updated in Call of Duty: Ghosts to include an in-depth laser sight, with Thief now rated "Good" and Titanfall also getting a "Good" rating.
The GeForce 335.23 WHQL driver can be downloaded from the GeForce website or within GeForce Experience.
While the first season of House of Cards has been available for purchase on other services such as Amazon Instant Video and VUDU, it remained largely unavailable through cable providers. Comcast is now changing the trend however, with a new pact between Sony, which handles home video and international distribution of House of Cards. The major cable provider has struck a deal with Sony Picture Home Entertainment, in which the latter allows the former to sell customers the popular television series through its newly launched Xfinity Store. Comcast customers who would like to watch the first season of House of Cards can purchase access to the television show without a Netflix subscription.
Sony and Panasonic have announced the creation of "a new professional-use next-generation optical disc standard," which they're calling "Archival Disc." Both companies plan to release 300GB versions Summer 2015, with 500GB and 1TB versions planned beyond that. For comparison, the standard Blu-ray format supports up to 50GB, though there are BDXL discs with capacities of 100GB and 128GB. Either way, we're looking at significantly greater storage capacity through this new format.
The Archival Discs are currently double-sided with three layers per side, and can only be written to once. According to the press release, "In recent times, demand for archival capabilities has increased significantly in the film industry, as well as in cloud data centers that handle big data, where advances in network services have caused data volumes to soar." It is unclear at this time whether the format will makes its way to the consumer sector. Pricing is also unavailable at this time.
Source: Press Release
Starting today, users who own an Apple iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini or later, or 5th generation iPod touch can download and install the latest iOS version to their device, known as version 7.1. The update, which has been in beta for quite some time before the official release, brings a wealth new content and fixes to the aforementioned devices. One notable feature addition is CarPlay, which allows iPhone users to connect their device to a CarPlay supported vehicle and control Siri, along with other applications, with the vehicle's controls. Apple has fixed bugs and added additional functionality in various iOS features and applications such as Calendar, iTunes Radio, and Siri. iOS 7.1 promises improved performance on the iPhone 4 as well, while all devices will see updated user interface refinements.
iOS 7.1 can be downloaded from iTunes or from an over-the-air update.
Many people already dream of a day when traditional glass windows can be replaced with transparent solar cells, but what about a stained glass window? Thanks to researchers at the University of Michigan, that future looks to be a possibility as they have created transparent, colored solar cells.
The traditional solar cells we can find on some buildings are made of silicon and are a simple black in color. These new cells however are comprised of a layer of amorphous silicon and two semi-transparent electrodes, of which one is an organic material. This combination of organic and inorganic allows the cell to be ten times thinner than traditional amorphous silicon cells, as it replaces a thick doped layer. What gives the cell their colors are changes in the thickness of the amorphous silicon, with 6 nm thick corresponding to blue and 31 nm corresponding to red. Other color solar cells have relied on dyes and microstructures, but these can blur images placed behind them.
As can be expected, giving the solar cells a color has the tradeoff of reducing their efficiency, with one of the constructed cells only achieving 2% efficiency. With further work and new materials though, it may be possible to bring that number up, making colorful, solar-cell windows a useful endeavor.
Source: University of Michigan
Tales from the Borderlands was announced at the VGX Awards back in December, but few details apart from the announcement trailer were unveiled. This past Saturday, at sXSW 2014, Telltale Games and Gearbox Software held a panel entitled "Two Sides to Every Story". The full 45-minute panel can now be viewed below, and provides a bevy of information.
Tales takes place on Pandora after the events of Borderlands 2 and all its DLC. It is canon, but it's not Borderlands 3. The game features two protagonists, Rhys and Fiona, who are not vault hunters – the game is "about schmos just trying to get by." In Pandora, you're either greedy or your die, and Tales centers around how greed affects people.
Both Rhys and Fiona are "lying jerks" telling their interpretations of events, providing the game with an "unreliable narrator" – thus the phrase, "Two Sides to Every Story." Rhys is a cyborg who works for Hyperion and often uses his robotic arm to hack. Despite his resemblance to Handsome Jack, he is not Handsome Jack, nor related, but does have a connection to him. Fiona, on the other hand, is a con artist. Her best skill? Using her words to confuse people, otherwise known as fast-talking.
While Rhys and Fiona are not vault hunters, you will meet familiar faces from the Borderlands series in the game, including some of the vault hunters. Harrison Pink, Lead Designer on Tales from the Borderlands at Telltale Games, also stated that "it wouldn't be a Borderlands game without Claptrap," though he wouldn't go into details.
Tales from the Borderlands will release this year, but Telltale is not ready to discuss how many episodes, nor what platforms the game will be released on. Despite featuring two playable characters, Tales is a purely single-player experience, with Telltale President and Co-founder Kevin Bruner stating that the studio hasn't really figured out how it would ever do co-op in its games. The video is well worth the watch (and fairly humorous), but do keep in mind that it contains a couple spoilers from Borderlands 2.
We have plenty of items to help get your week started right, including a couple of video cards on opposite ends of the spectrum. There's the MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming with its custom cooler and factory overclock, and then the Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate, which is passively cooled and features a different core than most other R7 250s. We also have a look at the Cooler Master JetFlo 120 fan, and then the SilverStone Argon Series AR01 CPU cooler for those needing some cooling possibilities. The Synology DS214play 2-bay NAS gets reviewed to see how well it can serve as your new file server. Lastly there's a look at MSI's CeBIT 2014 press conference to see just what new gear the company has in store.
MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming @ Bjorn3D
Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate @ ThinkComputers
SilverStone Argon Series AR01 @ PC Perspective
Cooler Master JetFlo 120 Fan @ Neoseeker
Synology DS214play 2-bay NAS @ Madshrimps
CeBIT 2014: MSI Press Conference @ Madshrimps
March 8, 2014
If spending $60-80 on Titanfall is just not something you want to do right now, there are plenty of other games that feature titan-like mechs, and they won't cost you a penny. HAWKEN has officially returned to free-to-play following a brief Early Access period on Steam, while MechWarrior Online has been out of beta since September. If you haven't tried out either, now is as good a time as any, especially with this week's update to the latter.
MechWarrior Online has been updated with optional DirectX 11 support for those that want a little more graphical fidelity. As of now, the update simply adds MSAA to the game's video settings, but it opens the door for more DX11 features in the future, as Piranha Games president Russ Bullock alluded to on Twitter:
Keep in mind that it's not all rose and rainbows though – several people are reporting drops in framerate, including PC Gamer's Patrick Carlson. So if you don't have a beefy gaming PC, you may want to hold off on turning on MSAA at the moment until it's better optimized. But even if you can't handle MSAA, the update does have something for everyone – a new Hero 'Mech. Well, everyone who wants to spend money. As with all Hero 'Mechs, this new addition, called the "La Malinche" Banshee, can only be purchased with Mech Credits, which are obtained by spending real money. However, on March 18, a Standard Variant of the Banshee chassis will be available for purchase using C-Bills, the in-game currency.
Source: PC Gamer and Official Site
March 7, 2014
If you happened to purchase a computer or other product that used DRAM around the start of the 21st century, you may soon be getting a little bit of cash. More than a dozen DRAM manufacturers (including Samsung, Toshiba, Hynix, and Hitachi) have reached a settlement in a class-action and attorneys general lawsuit that alleged price fixing between the companies. The settlement is for $310 million, with about $200 million of that reserved for affected customers and businesses. Claims can be made for purchases between January 1, 1998, and December 31, 2002, on any device that used (or uses) dynamic random access memory. So that means computers, game consoles, DVD players, DVRs, printers, PDAs, MP3 players, video cards, and servers are covered, but not DRAM itself purchased from the manufacturer.
Currently there's no proof of purchase required to file a claim, but that could change later on if the court demands it. If you still have proof of purchase, be sure to hang on to it a little while longer just in case. The amount you could get for your claim is variable, as it can be anywhere from $10 to $1,000. Larger purchases will obviously be on the higher side of that spectrum, but smaller ones could be too, if there aren't a lot of claims. If less than 2.5 million people file a claim, payouts are pro-rated to increase up to the original amount of damages, with a $25 million cap in small claims payouts. If more than five million claims are filed, then no money is set aside for small claims payouts, and instead $40 million is given to non-profit organzations.
Claims have to be filed before August 1, 2014, so don't delay too long to try and get a little something back.
Source: PC World
With Batman: Arkham Knight's official reveal earlier in the week, along with the subsequent story details, one thing was clear – Batman's iconic Batmobile will be a major feature. While Rocksteady had always wanted to include the Batmobile in its previous two games, there were simply too many technical constraints to overcome. Thanks to Arkham Knight being "next-gen only" (or really, current-gen at this point), Rocksteady can finally realize its ambitions.
There is no "driving section" in Arkham Knight – the Batmobile is "seamlessly integrated with Batman's traversal." You can be grappling and gliding to your heart's content and then with the press of a single button, call upon the Batmobile and leap into its cockpit as it races to you. You never have to keep track of where you've parked it because it's "always sort of tracking Batman so it's always just around the corner for you to call in if you need it." The seamless integration works in reverse as well – as you're speeding along in the Batmobile, you never have to come to complete stop, you can simply eject "hundreds of feet in the air" and continue in a glide.
The Batmobile is also pretty much indestructible – and Gotham's thugs know this. While enemies may amass in the streets, they're "scared of the Batmobile," so if you show up in it, they'll scatter and not just let you ram them. If anyone happens to try and mess with it while you're busy fighting, "the Batmobile is equipped with a defensive taser unit to protect it from would-be carjackers and thieves." In addition, Batman isn't concerned about stepping on the gas and crashing through lampposts, retaining walls, or fences because of the deadly toxin threat by Scarecrow – drastic circumstances call for drastic measures.
Keeping with the theme that "Batman's official policy is that he doesn't kill," the Batmobile is equipped with a vehicle immobilizer that allows you to stop fleeing enemies. Yes, as hinted at in the trailer, it appears enemies will have vehicles as well. That probably means it's safe to assume there will be at least one "car chase" mission or side objective – maybe even a racing objective à la the AR Glide drills.
Lastly, creative director Sefton Hill confirmed that the fast travel system Warner Bros. Games Montreal introduced in Arkham Origins will not be present in Arkham Knight. Simply put, "You're looking at the fast travel system. I think we felt that it would take away from the experience rather than add to it because moving through the city is definitely part of the game." With reports that Arkham Knight is five times bigger than Arkham City – which means roughly double the size of Arkham Origins – I'm not sure that is the smartest move. But hey, if the Batmobile is as fun to drive as it sounds, maybe we won't notice the absence of fast travel.
Source: Game Informer
Back in the beginning of February, BioWare announced that the studio will periodically release Dragon Age: Inquisition Character Kits, which provide highly detailed and descriptive looks at characters featured in the game – an artist's and cosplayer's dream. While BioWare is referring to today's entry as Character Kit #3, it's actually the fourth character released, since the previous Character Kit blog post included two characters, Cassandra and Varric, to go along with the initial offering of Morrigan.
Today's entry is Vivienne, an Orlesian human mage, who will be joining Cassandra and Varric as one of the companions available in Dragon Age: Inquisition. As always, you can view all the images below, but be sure to check the source blog entry for the PDF file.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is set to release for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in Q3 2014.
Source: BioWare Blog
ASUS has announced a pair of new motherboards, the AM1M-A and AM1I-A, designed for the AMD AM1 System-on-a-Chip (SoC) Athlon and Sempron APUs. The AM1 APUs "combine high processing power, advanced Microsoft® DirectX® 11.1 graphics, and Fusion controller hubs (FCHs) in one small, efficient package — improving performance by over 50% compared to the previous (‘Brazos 2.0’) generation of AMD APUs." The SoCs provide an excellent balance between power efficiency and graphics performance to make the boards a good choice for systems like HTPCs. Both boards can accommodate 32GB of DDR3 in two memory slots, provide HDMI and DVI-D video output, and have two SATA 6Gb/s ports. The AM1I-A has a single PCIe 2.0 x4 slot while the AM1M-A has an x16 slot and the AM1M-A also has an additional two USB 3.0 ports.
Source: Press Release
PowerColor has added to its lineup of AMD R9 based video cards with the TurboDuo R9 280 OC. The TurboDuo is built on the GCN Architecture, giving users "astonishing performance and breathtaking image quality, making it a top choice for enthusiasts who eager for the best." The card is packed with 1792 stream processors to handle all of the heavy lifting with extensive parallel processing a real possibility. The GPU core runs at 855MHz and can be boosted to 960MHz, and 3GB of GDDR5 runs at a frequency of 1250MHz. The features of this card are rounded out with the PowerColor Gold Power Kit which includes Multi-Phase Design, DirectFET, and Digital PWM. A pair of 90mm fans blow air over multiple heat pipes and an aluminum cooling fin.
Source: Press Release
We finish off the first full week of March with some reviews on two different products from the same company, Lenovo. The first is a look at the company's Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook, which has the same unique lid design as the older model, but comes in a lighter and thinner version. It also packs a 3200x1800 resolution screen for some truly impressive visuals. The other Lenovo product is the Miix 2 8, an affordable 8-inch tablet running Windows 8.1. Now, if you're hankering for something else, we have a review on the EVGA GTX 780 ACX Double BIOS video card, which looks to be about as far away from the reference cooler as one can get. Finishing off the week is a download of Windows 8.1 Update 1 and a podcast looking back at the biggest news and reviews of the past week.
EVGA GTX 780 ACX Double BIOS: A Big Step Away from Reference @ PC Perspective
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook @ ThinkComputers
Lenovo Miix 2 8: Good 8-inch tablet, one major flaw @ TechSpot
Windows 8.1 Update 1 (Final) Now Available @ NGOHQ.com
Podcast #290 @ PC Perspective
In some situations, a project requires certain vibrational properties and getting them requires carefully selecting the materials and using carefully engineered geometries. This can be limiting, especially if there is ever a need for the vibrational properties to change over time. Researchers at EMPA and ETH Zurich have recently created a prototype material that can have its vibrational properties programmed electronically.
The prototype consists of a long strip of sheet metal, one meter long, one centimeter wide, and one millimeter thick, with ten aluminum cylinders attached to it. Between the sheet metal and the cylinders are piezo discs. These discs can convert electrical energy into mechanical energy, so when they are electronically stimulated, they change in thickness. By manipulating the discs, the researchers were able to make the entire material behave as an adaptive phononic crystal, with the ability to change how vibrational frequencies are dampened on it.
As the material is currently just one dimensional, this research is just a step toward programmable materials. It does still show that it may be possible to build electronic circuits onto a material, so that it can react to vibrations to change its properties as needed.
Source: Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)
When I fired up Injustice: Gods Among Us on my iPhone last night, I was pleasantly surprised to not only see the message of a new challenge event, but to see it was for a brand new character to the series – Darkseid. With past challenge events in the mobile game, the characters had always been ported from the console game. Not only does the current challenge event mark the first time a new character debuts in the mobile game, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released a statement today that says Darkseid joined the roster "exclusively for the mobile game."
The challenge event lasts from March 6-24 and grants a Gold Darkseid Character Card upon completion. As a
addict fan of the mobile game, here's hoping Darkseid is just the first of many brand new characters introduced to the game.
Source: Press Release
March 6, 2014
Back in January, Tomb Raider executive producer Scot Amos told Eurogamer that the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot finally achieved profitability toward the end of last year. Today, in a "Special Note" to fans, Crystal Dynamics' studio head Darrell Gallagher wrote, "By the end of this month we will surpass 6 million units for our Tomb Raider reboot, and, having achieved profitability back in 2013 Tomb Raider has exceeded profit expectations and continues to make significant contributions to our overall financial performance." Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the game's initial release.
While publisher Square Enix was initially "very disappointed" in Tomb Raider's sales performance, it seems that's no longer the case. Not only did the game have the most launch day sales and first month sales in franchise history, it is now poised to become "the best-selling game in the history of the franchise!" It is unclear whether these numbers include the "next-gen" Definitive Edition, but either way, it's quite the feat.
If you have yet to experience the Tomb Raider reboot and you're a PlayStation 3 owner with a North American PS+ subscription, you can currently grab the game for free as part of the Instant Game Collection. A sequel is currently in development, but no further information has been divulged, except for Gallagher saying that Crystal Dynamics is "looking forward to building on the success and lessons learned from the reboot to continue redefining and setting new benchmarks for Tomb Raider in the years to come."
Source: Tomb Raider Blog
In a surprise offering by Verizon Wireless, the major cellular carrier is now selling the newly released Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. The device is incredibly powerful and versatile, offering a quad core processor, 3GB of RAM, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and a massive 12.2-inch display that boasts a 2560 x 1600 resolution. Samsung is also including its S Pen stylus to the Note Pro 12.2, which adds extra functionality to the tablet. Verizon Wireless is offering the immersive Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with a two-year agreement for $749.99. Customers who do not want a contract with the device purchase can secure the Samsung tablet from Verizon Wireless for $849.99.
Source: Unwired View
Thermaltake has announced the availability of a boom box speaker system targeted at smartphones. The GroovyT Magic Boom Box Speaker is released under the LUXA2 brand name and offers a quick method to turn your smartphone into a stereo. The T in the product name stands for "touch" as that is how devices are connected. Users only need to place their devices on the GroovyT and the sound will begin to play through the speakers. An 800mAh battery provides for up to five and a half hours of playtime and a charge time of three hours ensures that you will be back to listening in a small amount of time. The GroovyT will be available at an MSRP of $14.99.
Source: Press Release
Although Google has had the ability to provide users with maps of indoor locations for some time, the feature has just been announced for Yahoo. Director of Product Management, Fred Benz, notes that users of Yahoo Maps can now find maps for select indoor venues around the world. The implementation of the new feature is likely due to a prior partnership that Yahoo made with Nokia, using the maps and navigation services offered by Nokia. Some of the locations that have been added to Yahoo Maps include airports, shopping malls, and train stations. Contact information for businesses located within the select venues, along with an interactive building directory, is available for many of the indoor locations now found within Yahoo Maps.
The new indoor feature is only available to Yahoo users on a computer platform.
Source: Yahoo Search
Larry Hryb, who is the Director of Programming for Xbox Live, has revealed that for a limited time Forza Motorsport 5 will be bundled with the Xbox One. The exclusive combination of the Xbox One and the latest Forza Motorsport racing title will begin next week, with select retailers selling the limited time bundle for $499.99. Hyrb, who is more commonly known by his Xbox Live gamertag "Major Nelson," did note that the copy of Forza Motorsport 5 included with the Microsoft video game console will be digital. The newly announced limited time bundle will only be available for customers located within the United States.
Source: Major Nelson
Developer Team NINJA has released twenty new screenshots for its over-the-top, blood-soaked hack-and-slash game, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, which you can enjoy below. The studio also announced an exclusive pre-order discount for the Steam (PC) release of the game, knocking the price down to $49.99 beginning tomorrow (March 7) and lasting until launch (March 21). The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions release on March 18 for $59.99, without any pre-order discount.
If you're not familiar with Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, be sure to watch the Combat Trailer that was released last week.
Source: Official Site and All Games Beta