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    Next Xbox 360 update will add local currency

    By GameSpot,

    Microsoft Points going away for Xbox 360 via upcoming update; change a "direct result of customer feedback."




    The days of Microsoft Points are numbered. Microsoft chief product officer Marc Whitten explained in an Xbox Wire blog post today that the controversial currency system will be replaced by local currency on Xbox 360 via the next system update.



    "This change was a direct result of customer feedback," Whitten said. "You told us you want to be able to buy things using money instead of points, and we listened."


    Whitten said the goal is to make the transition "as easy as possible."


    "After the next Xbox 360 system update, when you go to buy something or redeem a Microsoft Points card or code on your console with your Microsoft account, we�ll add to your account an amount of currency equal to or greater than the Xbox Marketplace value of your Microsoft Points, which will be retired," he said.


    Making a purchase through Xbox 360 will be "faster and easier than ever," Whitten added. Content will be presented in local currency, so users will not need to perform calculations to determine costs.


    Microsoft Points Cards will continue to be accepted "until further notice," Microsoft said.


    Microsoft points have been in place since the inception of Xbox Live and have not been without criticism. Rather than using real-world currency, Microsoft has adopted its own system, where 400 Microsoft points is equivalent to $5. Further, Microsoft sells point packs only in multiples of 400, often leaving gamers with excess points after purchasing content they want.



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    "Next Xbox 360 update will add local currency" was posted by Eddie Makuch on Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:20:13 -0700


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    Ubisoft files trademark for Just Dance toys

    By GameSpot,

    Publisher's new trademark application covers toys and playthings like dolls and action figures based on dancing game series.




    Ubisoft has filed a new trademark application for Just Dance covering an assortment of toys and playthings, including dolls, action figures, plush, playsets, and toy vehicles, among other things.



    The trademark application was filed August 5 with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). A Ubisoft representative told GameSpot, "We have no news to share are this time."


    The next entry in the Just Dance series is Just Dance 2014, which will release on current- and next-generation platforms beginning in October 2013. The game, announced during Ubisoft's E3 2013 briefing, features music from Psy, One Direction, and Nicki Minaj.


    Last year's game, Just Dance 4, shipped over 8 million copies, while the series has moved over 25 million units to date.



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    "Ubisoft files trademark for Just Dance toys" was posted by Eddie Makuch on Fri, 09 Aug 2013 08:58:28 -0700


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    Below will only be a timed exclusive on Xbox One, confirms dev

    By GameSpot,

    Capybara Games confirms eventual multiplatform release but says "working with Microsoft Studios has been great."




    Below, which was announced by Microsoft's Phil Spencer during the company's E3 2013 press conference, will only be a timed-exclusive on Xbox One, developer Capybara Games has confirmed.




    Writing on the developer's website, Capybara's Nathan Vella and Kris Piotrowski said "It might seem like ages ago, but E3 was crazy for us. Phil Spencer walked out on stage at Microsoft�s press conference in a Capy shirt and introduced a teaser trailer for our newest game, Below."


    "Later that week we showed another trailer for Below as a part of Horizon (which was the greatest). The reaction from fans, press and colleagues was amazing--we�re so glad that you�re all as excited about Below as we are."


    Vella and Piotrowski said that some confusion remained about the roguelike game's availability, however. "Because of the way the game was announced and discussed in the press, there was naturally a little bit of confusion after the dust settled. And that confusion stuck around."


    "Like many games on stage at E3, Below will be available on the Xbox One first," said the pair. "Then, after a period of time, Capy can bring it elsewhere. It�s always been this way."


    The duo also praised the working relationship with Microsoft Studios, and said confirming that the game would eventually go multiplatform shouldn't be seen as a dig at Microsoft or the Xbox One.


    "We�ve said it many times before, but it is worth repeating: working with Microsoft Studios has been great, and they deserve real kudos for putting our dreamy roguelike-inspired game of exploration and discovery in the spotlight at E3� and we are certain they�ll continue to do more of that going forward."


    "This clarification is about answering our fans, and shouldn�t reflect negatively on Microsoft or Xbox One--they�ve been the biggest Capy supporters out there (and also lets face it: Titanfall and Halo are going to be crazy delicious game magic). The Xbox 360 has been a great home for marquee downloadable games, and we believe this is something that will continue, and grow, over the years on Xbox One."



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    "Below will only be a timed exclusive on Xbox One, confirms dev" was posted by Martin Gaston on Fri, 09 Aug 2013 08:45:40 -0700


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    The Wonderful 101 demo hits Europe, Japan

    By GameSpot,

    Trial for Platinum Games' upcoming Wii U action game available in eShop today in Europe and Japan; demo coming to US later.




    A demo for Platinum Games' upcoming Wii U action game The Wonderful 101 is now available in the European and Japanese eShops, the developer announced today during a Nintendo Direct presentation.



    The demo will be released in the United States later. "Our fans in the US will have to wait a bit more, but don�t start reading any long books," Platinum Games said in a statement.


    The Wonderful 101 launches August 23 in Europe and September 15 in North America. In the game, players explore various stages and recruit citizens to join their army of heroes. The more heroes a player gathers, the greater their Special Morph Powers will be.


    Gamers will use the Wii U GamePad to activate these powers, which include Bonzai Man, Vending Machine Man, and Toilet Bowl Man, among others.


    For more on The Wonderful 101, check out a new gameplay preview with Nintendo product marketing manager Erik Peterson below.



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    "The Wonderful 101 demo hits Europe, Japan" was posted by Eddie Makuch on Fri, 09 Aug 2013 08:25:59 -0700


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    Sony not expecting PS3-like losses for PS4

    By GameSpot,

    CFO Masaru Kato says company's investment for next-generation console is "much, much smaller" than last model.




    For the PlayStation 4, Sony is not expecting to incur losses on the same level it did with the PlayStation 3, according to Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House.



    "We will not generate anything like the losses we did for the PlayStation 3," House told Bloomberg.


    According to the report, Sony lost more than $3.5 billion in 2007 and 2008 after the PS3 launched for $600 in 2006. CEO Kazuo Hirai has said the system did not become profitable until late 2011.


    Sony aims to avoid PS3-like losses for the PS4 in part due to a smaller investment in the PS4 relative to the PS3, CFO Masaru Kato said on a recent earnings call.


    Kato said Sony spent "hundreds of millions" in designing the PS3's chip set and "billions" on semiconductor fabrication because these technologies were not readily available.


    "There were no manufacturing capacity or technology to manufacture these chipsets. So the amount of investment that went into PS3 was quite big," Kato said.


    By comparison, Kato said the PS4 is a much "lighter" platform in terms of investment due to its PC-like architecture.


    "At the core, we are taking off-the-shelf technology available and we are putting our proprietary technology around that core chipset," Kato said. "The amount of investment is much, much smaller. I cannot give you the absolute amount."


    The PS4 launches worldwide this holiday for $399/€399/£349, a full $100 below Microsoft's Xbox One.


    Sony is no longer guaranteeing that PS4 orders in the United Kingdom will be available on launch day.



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    "Sony not expecting PS3-like losses for PS4" was posted by Eddie Makuch on Fri, 09 Aug 2013 07:45:59 -0700


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    Total War: Rome II players get early beta access to Arena

    By GameSpot,

    Those who pick up a copy of September's strategy game will score "advanced beta access" to upcoming free-to-play MOBA.




    Total War: Rome II players will receive early access to a beta for upcoming free-to-play MOBA Total War: Arena, developer Creative Assembly announced today.



    Not only that, but players who purchase Total War: Rome II will have access to "exclusive in-game Legion Armory bonuses" and $15 worth of in-game currency for Arena.


    These players will also earn "Legion" status for the free-to-play game, though specific benefits were not mentioned.


    Total War: Arena is Creative Assembly's first free-to-play game. It was announced during GDC this year in March. No release date for the game--or its beta--has been announced.


    Total War: Rome II will be released on September 3.



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    "Total War: Rome II players get early beta access to Arena" was posted by Eddie Makuch on Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:45:00 -0700


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