WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 28th OCTOBER – 3rd NOVEMBER 2013

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With release day edging ever closer, Sony have this week put together an ultimate FAQ of features the PlayStation 4 will incorporate – and it may appear to some to be a step back somewhat. Despite claims that the new console will offer 10 times the power of a PS3, at launch the PS4 will not support MP3’s or audio CD’s, and the ‘Share’ feature allowing gamers to upload clips of their gaming exploits will not be supported by YouTube (a feature also lacking on the Xbox One).

Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has responded to criticism on Twitter hinting at possible changes in the future:

It is worth noting that several of the features that are currently available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 have been added post launch by multiple patches and software updates, so we might see the return of MP3 support et all soon enough. In the meantime, no custom FIFA soundtracks for you!

For the full FAQ, visit http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2013/10/30/playstation-4-the-ultimate-faq/

In Other News…

The most popular gaming platform in the Western world has hit another milestone this week, as there are now over 65,000,000 users of Steam, creators Valve have announced this week. To put that into context, the figure is more than the estimated population of the entirety of the United Kingdom.

In the coming twelve months the popularity of Steam is expected to rise further as they release their recently announced operating system, SteamOS, along with a selection of Steam Boxes to bring PC gaming to the living room.

Channel 4 is to host a night dedicated to video games at the end of November, headed by a two hour documentary by former video game journalist and cynic extraordinaire Charlie Brooker.

How Video Games Changed The World will be a documentary looking at the history of video games up to the modern day, and will feature interviews with notable industry figures including Nolan Bushnell (founder of ATARI) and Will Wright (creator of The Sims).

An official statement from Channel 4 states that “How Video Games Changed The World provides an intelligent, funny and entertaining look at some of the most influential and iconic video games in history (even the absolutely dreadful ones)”.

In sales news, The Dark Knight himself swooped in to claim top spot as Batman: Arkham Origins replaced Grand Theft Auto V at the top of the UK Sales Charts; this was despite Origins selling just under half the copies that its predecessor, the excellent Arkham City, managed in its first week.

Oh, and apparently Grand Theft Auto V has sold over 29 million copies worldwide since release. I promise I’ll stop mentioning it when it stops making ridiculous records.

Top Ten For Week Ending 26th October 2013 (from GFK/Chart-Track)

1 – Batman: Arkham Origins (WB Games Montreal)*

2 – Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North)

3 – FIFA 14 (EA Canada)

4 – Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions)

5 – Pokemon X (Game Freak)

6 – Pokemon Y (Game Freak)

7 – Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (4J Studios)

8 – Lego Lord Of The Rings (Traveller’s Tales)

9 – Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed (Sumo Digital)

10 – Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft)

And Finally…

Capcom are one of the most successful and critically acclaimed publishers in the video game industry; but for over two decades they have failed to match the incredible popularity of the worldwide arcade hit Street Fighter II, originally released on the SNES in 1992. The game, credited with giving the arcade business a much needed shot in the arm at the beginning of the 90’s, was exclusive to Nintendo’s console and proved to be a useful weapon in the famous battle with Sega’s Genesis/Mega Drive, selling nearly 6.5 million copies…a record that has stood until now.

Bruised thumbs and battered egos - Street Fighter II was the biggest arcade hit since Pac Man

Bruised thumbs and battered egos – Street Fighter II was the biggest arcade hit since Pac Man

The latest financial report from Capcom has revealed that the lifetime sales figures of Street Fighter II have been finally overtaken by Resident Evil 5, released in 2009 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Reviews of the fifth main installment of the long running horror series were mixed, but the game has now shifted 200,000 more copies than Street Fighter II to make it Capcom’s most successful game ever. You can read my own review of Resident Evil 5 here.

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