Ouya Ships To Backers On March 28

Posted February 28, 2013 - By Adam Rosenberg

Ouya Console To Support XBMC Media Player, TuneIn Radio Service

Ouya the company confirms on Kickstarter that Ouya the console will ship to backers on March 28, 2013. A wider launch follows in June, at which point you'll be able to grab it from Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Target for $99.99.

In related news, thatgamecompany co-founder Kellee Santiago is now taking point at Ouya on developer relations. She had this to say in a statement: "Ouya gets it. This is the first console company that really understands how important it is to remove the barriers to development. By freeing up the development process, Ouya is opening up new doors in console gaming."

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PlayStation 4's User Interface Revealed In New Screens

Those who watched Sony's PlayStation Meeting 2013 no doubt spotted a handful of early looks at the fall 2013 console's user interface. Now there are some actual screens pulled from the presentation, shared by Sony. You'll see what appears to be the dashboard, a player's profile page, some looks at the Share interface, and a peek at what might show up on mobile platforms.

Hit the jump for a couple more looks, or head over to All Games Beta for the full load of images.

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Need For Speed Most Wanted's CloudCompete System Announced

Electronic Arts has spent the past year and a half developing an online framework that allows the publisher to track a single gamer's identity (in EA titles, natch) across multiple platforms, as chief technology officer Rajat Taneja revealed in an interview with GamesBeat. From consoles to mobile platforms to EA's own Origin service, your profile and game progress can be tracked and carried over.

"Our strategic vision at EA is to create a single backend system so that we can truly embrace the secular trends in our industry that are creating massive growth for games. And we will be able to embrace all of the new business models that come with that," Taneja told GamesBeat. There's no word on when this new initiative will go live, though planned features include cross-platform communication within your social network and cross-platform game saves.

EA has been moving in this direction for awhile, with 2012's Need for Speed: Most Wanted employing a CloudCompete system that allows players to earn the in-game equivalent of XP for their profile regardless of which platform they're playing on. Taneja offers up quite a bit of info, so be sure to check out the full interview on GamesBeat.

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The Last of Us "Development Series Episode 1: Hush" Video »

Dev diaries often fall somewhere between "mildly interesting" and "total fluff," but you might be interested in this behind-the-scenes clip from Naughty Dog for The Last of Us. Little is shown in the way of new gameplay, but the three-minute short takes a closer look at the origin of the game's infected.

The Last of Us is set in a post-apocalyptic world that's been torn apart by a global plague triggered by a deadly fungus. It spreads via spores released by the infected at their most advanced stage, a point at which the human form has become little more than a shell that houses the plague. Cheerful stuff, right?

The Last of Us comes to PlayStation 3 consoles on May 7, 2013.

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Confirmed By Ubisoft

The rumors are true: Ubisoft's next Assassin's Creed game is called Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. The publisher confirmed the title and offered a first official look at title art on its Facebook page, promising a more complete reveal on Monday, March 4, 2013, at 12pm ET.

The art jives with leaked materials that were shared by Kotaku earlier this week. One poster offered a look at an Assassin-hooded fellow fighting with what appear to be pirates (a Jolly Roger flag is clearly visible in the background). The reverse side of the poster shows what appears to be a map of the game's world. In related news, All Games Beta shared a trio of box art images that suggest the game is headed to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U; the PS3 version apparently includes 60 minutes of exclusive content as well.


THQ Starts

Folding publisher THQ sold off its biggest and most valuable assets in a January 2013 auction, and now it's been confirmed that the rest of its holdings will be sold off in a second auction. Initial bids must be submitted by April 1 and final bids must follow two weeks later, on April 15. The entire process is expected to conclude in mid-May.

THQ's remaining properties are being divided into six separate lots. Four of those lots connect to a single franchise: Darksiders, Red Faction, Homeworld, and MX. The other two lots amount to "Other Owned Software" and "Other Licensed Software." The former includes titles like Destroy All Humans!, de Blob, and Titan Quest; the latter's highlights include Supreme Commander, Worms, and Costume Quest.

Read more about the auction and see a full breakdown of the assets to be sold in the official press release.

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Diablo 3 Demon Hunter Details - Sexy, Mysterious, and Hates Demons

Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of Diablo 3 won't link up with Battle.net, which means no cross-platform play using your profile on the PC side. Word comes from Blizzard community manager 'Vaeflare' speaking on the Battle.net forums, as spotted by Shacknews.

The post also confirms that there's no plan either to add gamepad support to the PC version of the game. Similarly, the console versions will not support USB-connected mouse/keyboard controls. ShackNews rightly notes that this console take on Diablo 3 is clearly a different game, with new elements such as a dodge move. It's unfortunate that the console and PC versions of the game aren't part of the same, unified network, but it's not all together surprising.

Uncharted 3

It looked very much like Naughty Dog was going to serve up Uncharted 3's multiplayer for the free-to-play crowd earlier this week, and now we can call it official. Multiplayer content in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception has been carved out into its own free-to-play framework, offering fans limited progression and unlimited play.

It's a pretty straigthforward setup: download the multiplayer client at no charge from the PS Store and play all you want up to level 15. While you can continue playing with no problem after that point, profile progression remains locked until you pay to remove the level cap. 

Those who already own Uncharted 3 can just keep playing unhindered, and those who don't also now have the option of purchasing a DLC-packed Game of the Year Edition from the PS Store, for $39.99. If you already have an existing Uncharted 3 profile, you'll also receive a free Naughty Dog Paw rank icon and Naughty Dog Paw t-shirt for your online characters as a thank you gift.

The New Razer Edge Tablet: A Real Game Changer

Razer's gaming-focused Edge tablets are coming soon, with the hardware maker confirming that pre-orders will open for the two launch models on March 1, 2013 at 12:01am PT. The Edge and Edge Pro tablets start at $999.99 for the base model, with two additional options priced at $1,299.99 and $1,449.99, respectively.

The base-level model packs in an Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and an NVIDIA GT 640 GPU, with a 64GB of SSD storage to install your games onto. The two higher-priced models use Pro specs, which means an upgrade to an i7 CPU, 8GB of DDR3, and either 128GB or 256GB of storage, depending on which one you go for.

Razer didn't confirm yet when the Edge will be released, but the company had previously suggested that it was shooting for Q1 2013. With pre-orders kicking off at the beginning of the month, it likely won't be much longer.

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Gears of War Judgment

Gears of War: Judgment arrives on March 19, 2013 with a Season Pass in tow. Surprise! (try to act surprised) The "VIP Season Pass" will be available at launch for 1,600 MS Points (which translates to $20 in real life money), and it includes a number of extras on top of the expected DLC subscription.

The DLC isn't detailed in full, but the plans seem to call for two post-release content drops, adding six maps, two modes, and new weapon/armor skins. Along with the DLC, Season Pass holders also get to enjoy early access to the add-on content, a permanent double XP boost for their profile, five exclusive weapon skins, and four exclusive armor skins.

PlayStation 4 Won't Block Used Games, Sony Confirms

Sony plans to make all available PlayStation 4 games accessible for purchase and download from the console's online store, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told The Guardian. He explained that the PS4 is following the lead set by the PS Vita, which already offers much of its content as a download-only proposition.

Yoshida also hinted at some changes to Sony's current PlayStation Plus subscription program. "We could have gold, silver, or platinum levels of membership, something like that," he said. Reading what he had to say though, it sounds like this might not be in place until well after day one of the console launch. "With one subscription you have access to thousands of games," he said of supporting legacy titles on the non-backwards compatible console, adding, "that's our dream."

Sony will undoubtedly be revealing plenty more in the coming months. Check out The Guardian's Q&A for the full rundown of what Yoshida had to say.

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The Walking Dead Screenshot Shambles Forth From Telltale Games

It the wait for Telltale Games' second season of The Walking Dead is already feeling a little unbearable, then you'll be happy to hear that more is coming before the story proper picks up again. Story consultant Gary Whitta said as much in a recent chat with IGN, though he stopped short of offering any specific details.

"You won't have to wait for season two to play more Walking Dead," he said. He goes on to say that the second season is "way off," but that "there may very well be more Walking Dead from Telltale before season two." He also suggested that news on this front could be coming soon. Check out the video appearance on IGN for a more complete picture.

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The final multiplayer DLC pack for Mass Effect 3, called Reckoning, arrives today, February 26, 2013, and a new trailer is here to celebrate the occasion. BioWare livestreamed a look at the content a few days in advance of the release, and one NeoGAF poster took the time to hammer out all of the details, for those who are curious (via Destructoid).

The pack adds six new characters to the game, including a Collector Adept and an oversized Geth Juggernaut Soldier (think Geth Primes). There's also an equally massive hammer-wielding Krogan. The pack also adds six new weapons to the multiplayer mode and an assortment of new equipment that you can use to power up your gear. Check out that NeoGAF post for a full tally of what's been added to ME3's multiplayer for free since launch. It's pretty impressive.

Need For Speed: Most Wanted DLC Launches Today

If you're still playing Criterion Games' Need for Speed: Most Wanted and you love DLC, then today is going to be your FAVORITE. Electronic Arts just dropped three content packs on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, amounting to a pair of car five-packs and a chunky, new location to decimate in your supercharged automobile of choice.

The two car packs focus on Movie Legends and Need for Speed Heroes, respectively. The latter brings in rides from Smokey and the Bandit, Fast & Furious, Gone in 60 Seconds, and the James Bond-verse. Legends gathers together whips from various NFS games of old, including NFS3: Hot Pursuit, NFS: Underground, NFS: Underground 2, NFS: Undercover, and the original NFS: Most Wanted from 2005.

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Conan O'Brien's latest Clueless Gamer review for Tomb Raider might have just single-handedly set back the "sexism in games" conversation by 20 years. Watch the entire segment as if it's satire (since it is) and it hurts a little bit less. 

Conan seems to like Lara Croft's latest adventure. He's terrible at PLAYING it, and manages to impale the shipwrecked explorer through the throat numerous times on an unfortunately positioned tree branch. But his review score is... positive? I think? See for yourself.

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