PlayStation Now Game Streaming for Windows PC Available Today

PlayStation Now Game Streaming for Windows PC Available Today

  • Last week Sony announced PlayStation Now was coming to Windows PC
  • The service is now available in select regions
  • You will need at least a 5Mbps Internet connection to use it

Much like most news in gaming these days, it was leakedthat PlayStation Now (PS Now) – Sony’s Netflix-like streaming service would be making it to PC. This was followed up by an official announcement minus any concrete release information until now. Today PS Now is available on Windows PCs. The news comes via the official PlayStation Blog.

This means Windows PC owners can now play over 400 PS3 games without having to buy a PS3. Instead paying $19.99 a month or $44.99 for three months. At the moment Sony is also offering a year’s worth of PS Now for $99.99. Keep in mind that you will need an Internet connection with at least 5Mbps to get the most of it. And it isn’t available in regions like India either. For now it is limited to Europe and North America. In addition to this, new games have been added. These include Heavy Rain, Tomb Raider, and Mafia II.

If you’re in the right region or have a good enough VPN and a fast enough Internet connection, this is what you’ll need for PS Now:

  • OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 3.5 GHz, AMD A10 3.8GHz or faster
  • HDD space: 300MB or more
  • RAM: 2GB or more
  • Sound card and a USB port

The addition of PC along with the PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and select smart TVs make PS Now a compelling alternative to backwards compatibility. With a large number of games available including newer fare like Proteus and Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments make it one of the more comprehensive ways to stream games if that’s your method of choice.

While Sony has not announced plans to launch the service in markets like India, it has been rumoured that the company had been making enquiries into the feasibility of such an endeavour in the past. Needless to say, until the Internet infrastructure catches up, it’s a far cry from reality.

 

The Evolution of Slot Machines

Slot machines are undeniably one of the most important features when it comes to casinos. Enormous banks of space are occupied by these melodic machines, with people often queuing to play the more popular ones. Without them, casinos may seem very solemn and even intimidating to the average Joe. Gambling can be a serious business with great strategy, high stakes and laser-like concentration. But on the flip side it can be light-hearted, entertaining and fun too.

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There are many stories as to the origin of these machines, but what we do know to be true is that they first made their appearance in the late 1800’s after being invented by a Californian gentleman by the name of Charles Fey. Using the standard card symbols instead of decorative icons we see today, these machines slowly grew in popularity offering pay-outs in the form of prizes like beverages and cigars instead of cash.

In 1898, Fey created a slot machine called “The Liberty Bell”. This machine resembled the ones we have today and comprised of three reels with a variety of icons – the chief symbol being an illustration of a cracked bell. At that stage what really made this machine uniquewas that it not only had a coin slot but also a pay-out chute and a large lever on the left.

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It didn’t take long before duplicates of the machine were being manufactured by others who saw the potential, with its first real competitor, the “Operator Bell”, being produced in 1907 by Herbert Mills and finding its way into many saloons, barber shops, cigar shops and bowling alleys.

The next few decades saw modifications along the way, resulting in an enormous growth in popularity. In 1964 a major development took place – one that would make it far harder to cheat, make the machines more secure and thus allow for larger prizes and jackpots. The electronic micro-processor was introduced.

Jump ahead to 1976 with the creation of the first video-based slot machine. Making use of a specially modified Sony Trinitron receiver mounted in a bespoke slot machine cabinet, this machine had its trial run in the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. Once further modified to eliminate tampering, approval was given by the Nevada State Gaming Commission and become a popular feature in many casinos – in particular those of the Las Vegas Strip.

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Modern day slots are rather impressive, to say the least. With a vast number of games, graphics and characters, they are far more attractive than their 19th century predecessors. Online casinos, such as Indio Casino, create even more of a ‘wow factor’ because of the wide variety of games on offer, as well as high definition graphics, generous pay outs and real-time support.Online casino games have evolved greatly since their legalisation in 1994 when the Free Trade & Processing Act was passed in Antigua and Barbuda which gave permission for companies across the globe to open online casinos.

Slots have come a long way since their inception and its easy to see why they account for approximately 70% of an online casino’s revenue. Who knows what they will look like in 50 years, but one thing is clear: they have stood the test of time and are here to stay.

HTC Vive Virtual Reality Pax Prime Promo Video Released

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The launch of the new Valve HTC Vive virtual reality headset is edging closer and closer with limited numbers expected to be made available before the end of the year.

The HTC marketing team are gearing up for the launch and are promoting a new video that shows reactions to their virtual reality headset from Pax Prime. Providing you with glimpse at the fun you can expect to have when using their VR headset and controllers.

Watch the video below to see snippets of the gameplay you can enjoy in the immersive virtual reality world once the valve HTC headset becomes a reality.

 

HTC Vive virtual reality headset is Valve’s flagship hardware for their Steam VR platform and although it will be available in limited quantities before the end of the year will officially launch early next year to compete with the likes of the, Sony’s Project Morpheus VR experience and the Oculus Rift which was purchased by Facebook after originally launching via the kick starter crowdfunding website.

As more details about official launch dates are made available we will keep you up to date as always.

Dark Souls 3 Launches In Japan March 24th 2016

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From Software the developers of the superb series of Dark Souls RPG games which provide a more tactical approach to hack and slash.

Have this week announced that their latest game in the form of Dark Souls 3 will be launching on both Xbox one and PlayStation 4 within Japan on March 24th, 2016.

Unfortunately From Software has not revealed any details on when the game will be arriving on PC or international versions of the PS4 and Xbox One games will be available. Although the development team at From Software say they will be announcing more dates and launch locations very soon.

If you are looking forward to playing the latest game in the series its developers have now opened up registration for a Dark Souls 3 network test which is hoped to run next month from October 16th -18th for PlayStation 4 users that have Japanese accounts.

More details on the new Dark Souls 3 jump over to the official website for more media and details on what you can expect in the third game in the series.

PES League Road to Milan First India Qualifier Announced

Football video games have always fared well in India. And while one series, FIFA, towers above the rest, that hasn’t stopped Konami from trying to make Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (PES 2106) popular in the country.

To that end, the company has announced the first PES League Road to Milan qualifiers for the game in India. The country’s best PES 2016 player will represent India in the world finals in Milan.

We were given to understand that this is just the first of many qualifying events to find India’s top PES 2016 talent, with other events to follow as the months wear on with the world finals in May next year. The winner gets Rs. 25,000. The runner up stands to win Rs. 10,000 and third place nets Rs. 5,000. You can register here.

(Also see: Six Things You Need to Know About PES 2016)

The inaugural event will take place at on September 20 at Infiniti Mall II, Malad West in Mumbai from 11am IST onwards. The game’s local distributor E-xpress Interactive Software and Games The Shop – a chain of specialist game stores run by E-xpress – along with the Indian Super League’s Mumbai City FC have partnered with Konami to make this happen. Gamers and spectators will be able to meet Mumbai City FC players at the venue as well.

In the past, we’ve seen tournaments like the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) being one of the rare competitive console competitions in the country. With Mortal Kombat X and now PES 2016, things are looking up for competitive console gamers in the country, showing that’s there’s an audience beyond just Dota 2 and Counter-Strike.

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Release Date Announced

It’s been a long time coming but StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, the highly anticipated final instalment to the StarCraft II trilogy finally has a release date. November 10 is when Mac and Windows PC owners can finally play the game.

“Legacy of the Void provides an epic conclusion to a story more than 17 years in the making,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, in a prepared statement. “It also brings tremendous enhancements to StarCraft II’s definitive real-time strategy gameplay, with new units, automated tournaments, collaborative game modes, and more. We can’t wait for players to experience it all this November.”

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void features a new campaign that has you controlling the alien Protoss race. You’ll command the mighty Spear of Adun – a magnificent Protoss arkship capable of altering the course of battle from above. It will tie-in to concluding the stories of leaders of the other two factions – Jim Raynor of the series’ human faction, the Terrans, and Kerrigan the Queen of the insectoid Zerg race, both of whom were playable in earlier games. Also unveiled was the game’s opening cinematic that can be viewed on the official StarCraft II website.

(Also see: Here’s How You Can Play StarCraft in Your Browser)

Pre-ordering the game digitally for $39.99 (approximately Rs. 2,600) nets you immediate access to the prologue campaign, Whispers of Oblivion. You also get access to a hero from Blizzard’s Dota 2 competitor, Heroes of the Storm, called Artanis, noble Hierarch of the Protoss. Upgrading to the Digital Deluxe Edition $59.99 (around Rs. 4,000) gets you which unlocks a variety of in-game bonuses for Blizzard games (available upon Legacy of the Void’s release), including an Archon battle pet for World of Warcraft, a Void Speeder mount in Heroes of the Storm, and a Protoss-themed card back in Hearthstone. There’s a physical collector’s edition as well that has a StarCraft Field Manual, special features DVD, and the soundtrack. Like most things Blizzard, expect this to be extremely limited.

And no, you don’t need StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty or StarCraft II: Hearts of the Swarm to play StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.

Suddenly it seemed like a smart move for XCOM 2 to shift its release date to next year. November is shaping up to be a crazy month for games. November 10 in particular which sees Fallout 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void out on the same day.

Need for Speed Delayed for PC

The latest entry in Electronic Arts’ long-running racing series, Need for Speed, has been delayed for PC. Ghost Games, the studio responsible for the game, has stated it would be out in Spring 2016 to meet the demands of the vociferous PC gaming community.

“At Ghost, we’re united by one common passion… to deliver the best Need for Speed experience possible. And at every step of the development process we’re guided by our community. Whether that’s reading your comments on Facebook or Twitter, watching your videos on YouTube, or joining in with the discussion on Reddit, the conversation we’ve been having as fans of Need for Speed is enormously important and we’re working to reflect it in the game we’re building,” the developer said on the official Need for Speed website.

(Also see: Need for Speed Preview: Great but for One Major Concern)

“Part of the conversation includes hearing from our PC community that an unlocked frame rate in Need for Speed is a massive priority for you, and we fully agree. To deliver this, we’ve made the decision to move the PC release date to Spring 2016,” the post continues.

Ghost Games further states that this will allow better visuals for the PC version as well as making all content updates available to PC gamers from day one, keeping it on par with the console versions.

While it’s frustrating for the PC gaming populace to see a much-vaunted game get delayed, it’s better than having a broken game at launch. All too often we’ve seen that happen with titles like Batman: Arkham Knight and Assassin’s Creed: Unity on PC. Delaying Need for Speed right now could just allow for a smoother launch, free of the usual niggles that nowadays plague PC games on day one.

PES League Road to Milan First India Qualifier Announced

Football video games have always fared well in India. And while one series, FIFA, towers above the rest, that hasn’t stopped Konami from trying to make Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (PES 2106) popular in the country.

To that end, the company has announced the first PES League Road to Milan qualifiers for the game in India. The country’s best PES 2016 player will represent India in the world finals in Milan.

We were given to understand that this is just the first of many qualifying events to find India’s top PES 2016 talent, with other events to follow as the months wear on with the world finals in May next year. The winner gets Rs. 25,000. The runner up stands to win Rs. 10,000 and third place nets Rs. 5,000. You can register here.

(Also see: Six Things You Need to Know About PES 2016)

The inaugural event will take place at on September 20 at Infiniti Mall II, Malad West in Mumbai from 11am IST onwards. The game’s local distributor E-xpress Interactive Software and Games The Shop – a chain of specialist game stores run by E-xpress – along with the Indian Super League’s Mumbai City FC have partnered with Konami to make this happen. Gamers and spectators will be able to meet Mumbai City FC players at the venue as well.

In the past, we’ve seen tournaments like the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) being one of the rare competitive console competitions in the country. With Mortal Kombat X and now PES 2016, things are looking up for competitive console gamers in the country, showing that’s there’s an audience beyond just Dota 2 and Counter-Strike.

Blizzard unveils StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void release date, opening cinematic

StarCraft II: Legacy of the VoidBlizzard must have a ton of faith in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Today we finally heard a release date for the long-awaited Protoss campaign and of all the remaining Tuesdays in 2015 Blizzard picked November 10.

Also known as “Fallout 4 day.”

Even weirder: XCOM 2 just abandoned that November 10 date a few weeks ago and delayed its release until February—whether because of StarCraft II rumblings or Fallout 4or some combination of the two, I’m not sure.

It is what it is. Regardless, you can catch Legacy of the Void’s opening cinematic below:

It’s the usual sort of epic you expect from Blizzard cinematics, with Protoss and Zerg arrayed against each other for one last climactic battle. Legacy of the Void wraps up nearly twenty years of StarCraft, acting as conclusion to threads not only established inStarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm but in StarCraft and Brood War all those years ago.

Those who preorder the finale also receive immediate access to a special three-mission prologue, Whispers of Oblivion, which bridges the gap between Heart of the Swarm andLegacy of the Void. Alternatively, the prologue missions will eventually be free to everyone, even if you’ve never purchased StarCraft II.

Should be a hell of a time, provided you’re not too wrapped up in Fallout 4 at launch.

Xbox Live Indie Games Programme to Be Shut Down

The Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) programme for the Xbox 360 lets independent developers release their games on the console without the need for a publisher. Over its lifetime it has seen over 3,300 games release through it. The future of the programme was unclear considering that the Xbox One did not have a section for indie games, asking developers to sign up for the ID@Xbox programme instead. Microsoft has confirmed that it is shutting the Xbox Live Games programme.

“Today we communicated to developers that we’re beginning the sunsetting process for the XNA Creator’s Club and Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) on Xbox 360. We’re working to ensure the process is as smooth as possible and to minimise any impact for developers who are still working on XBLIG games for Xbox 360,” a post on the XNA Game Studio Team Blog reads.

(Also see: Top 5 Indie Games You Should Play Right Now)

Developers have been informed that they have a year to have their games ready for release via XBLIG. Consumers can purchase them until 2017 before it permanently shuts down. Like the sunsetting of most digital initiatives, you will still be able to download and play what you’ve bought long after the service ends.

With developers flocking to Steam to hawk their wares, this should come as no surprise. Even more so considering features like Early Access are hugely popular in testing the validity of a game concept and ensure sustained development and support. It also highlights that most digital gaming services aren’t as sustainable as they’re made out to be for consumers. Which begs the question, how soon before games come with an explicit expiry date?