Steam Summer Sale 2017 Dates Confirmed

The Steam Summer Sale 2017 begins on June 22. This has been confirmed by PayPal. The company revealed the Steam Summer Sale 2017 start date in a tweet.

“It’s official. The #SteamSummerSale starts 22/06 at 6pm BST and PayPal customers get an extra £5 off *terms apply,” PayPal tweeted.

While no mention on what games will be discounted, we won’t be surprised to see recent titles like Prey, Bayonetta, and Tekken 7 receive price drops in addition to For Honor, Nier Automata, and Ghost Recon Wildlands. Hopefully this year’s sale does not disappoint.

Steam Summer Sale 2017 India time

The Steam Summer Sale starts at 10:30pm IST on June 22 for Indian gamers.

As for when the Steam Summer Sale 2017 ends, a leak via Valve’s developer forums claims that it ends on July 5, which is inline with past sale dates.

Valve is yet to officially comment and we doubt it will. Hopefully this year’s sale will be less dramatic than last year’s Winter Sale that saw the service being offline for awhile.

Steam Summer Sale 2017 Dates ConfirmedThis year has seen Valve make a host of changes to how it manages customer support, curation, and games on Steam. While its unlikely that the Steam Sale will be subject to sweeping reform, it’s interesting to see how it treats this year’s Steam Summer Sale amidst changes galore. One of these major changes was removing Steam Greenlight and replacing it with Steam Direct.

First announced in February, Valve had not, at the time zeroed in on how much Steam Direct would cost for developers to use the platform. After much consideration, Steam Direct will cost $100 (around Rs. 6,428).

“We’ve decided we’re going to aim for the lowest barrier to developers as possible, with a $100 recoupable publishing fee per game, while at the same time work on features designed to help the Store algorithm become better at helping you sift through games,” a post from Valve reads. It goes on to say that an element of human curation would be infused into Steam’s processes in terms of content discovery.

Nintendo Switch Update Makes It Easier to Find Lost Joy-Con Controllers

Nintendo’s Switch console got a substantial software update that literally helps it keep its act together.

The portable console has detachable controllers – Joy-Cons – two adjectives that are essentially code for “easy to lose.” With the new Switch update, users will now be able to use the main console to make the controllers vibrate, letting you know where you left them after that last heated bout of MarioKart. Finding them could save you $80, after all.

The update also makes some additional adjustments to the console, including a smarter storage system that will sense when the console is out of room and will suggest which things you can delete to make the space for whatever you’re downloading.

Nintendo Switch Update Makes It Easier to Find Lost Joy-Con ControllersOn the social side of things, players will also be able to download their friends’ lists from Nintendo’s previous systems the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. More serious gamers will also be happy to hear they can now use the Switch’s Pro Controller, which looks more like a traditional game controller, while charging.

Of course, this doesn’t fix everything about the Switch. There are plenty of people, for example, who would like to see its battery life extended – or to see more games come to it. Neither of those is something a system software patch can fix.

But, as patches go, this is a pretty good one and can at least spare you a panicked moment or two.

Detroit: Become Human’s E3 2017 Trailer Reveals an Android Uprising

Detroit: Become Human’s trailer begins with an android called Marcus leading a group of androids on a rescue mission. They want to help androids displayed at a store attain freedom. This mission is risky because human controlled sentinels appear at the scene to arrest them.

Marcus and his troops manage to take these on. In the trailer he says that the androids are superior to humans and there is no reason they should be slaves. This begins the journey of Marcus and his androids in Detroit: Become Human.

Detroit: Become Human's E3 2017 Trailer Reveals an Android UprisingMarcus tells a bunch of androids that they are masters of their own destiny and that they need not serve humans any more. This appears to be an action-adventure game played from a third-person view where you can either choose violence or pacifism. Your choices have consequences in Detroit: Become Human.

You choose the violent path and many androids will die, but if you take the pacifist path, you will see a far better path towards Detroit: Become Human’s end. The trailer was brief but it did a good job of telling the story of androids’ struggles. The game appears to shape its story based on choices you make. Choices such as setting a store on fire or not could determine whether many of your fellow androids die.

The game has been in development since 2013, and this trailer seems to suggest that a release is due soon, even if no release date was announced at Sony’s E3 2017 event.

Spider-Man Borrows From Batman: Arkham Series in E3 2017 Trailer

At Sony’s E3 2017 event, Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man trailer showed the superhero being at his witty and spidey best. The trailer starts with Spider-Man helping William Fisk in return for information. Some goons are seen controlling Fisk’s area, and the superhero dispatches them with ease.

Spider-Man then asks Fisk who is controlling demons, and Fisk says just look up to find out. When Spider-Man heads upstairs to the roof, he encounters one more demon. Regular goons are easy to get rid of, but these demons are much harder to take down and Spider-Man has to work quite a bit to take this one down. Then he finally sees the person controlling the demons. An important plot point here is that the same person who unleashes these demons across New York is known to be involved with lots of charities.

We noticed that the combat in this Spider-Man game is similar to that in the Arkham series. There are a lot of quick-time events and stealth is rewarded during combat. From the gameplay trailer, we saw a seamless transition from a warehouse to the open world. There was also an insane amount of destruction across New York as Spider-Man chased the villain, who was trying to escape in a helicopter.

Spider-Man Borrows From Batman: Arkham Series in E3 2017 TrailerSpider-Man manages to attach a massive container to the helicopter using his webs, and that makes the helicopter a kind of a wrecking ball as it flies across the city. This leads to total chaos. In trying to stop this helicopter, Spider-Man ends up having to contain a large crane that threatens to fall on buildings. Once he succeeds, he tries to track down the villain and when he makes it to the helicopter, we hear one of Spider-Man’s signature witty dialogues.

All of this makes Spider-Man appear to be a perfect fit in the able hands of Insomniac what with smart use of humour to make the game’s hero true to his comic book roots. There’s no exact release date save for a cryptic “2018” at the end of the trailer, but that doesn’t make us any less enthused for this PS4 exclusive.

Destiny 2 Release Date, Beta Date, PS4 Exclusives, and More: E3 2017

At E3 2017, Sony announced Destiny 2 PS4 exclusives. Similar to the first Destiny, fans will get items and a single mission. These are as follows.

Destiny 2 PS4 Exclusives

  • Lake of Shadows Strike
  • Borealis Exotic Sniper Rifle
  • Competitive multiplayer map Retribution
  • Apex Ship
  • Exclusive gear

These items will be for PS4 Destiny 2 players only until Fall 2018.

Destiny 2 new release date

What’s more is that Destiny 2’s release date has been pushed up. Instead of releasing on September 8, the game will be out on September 6. This was first seen in the Destiny 2 gameplay trailer at Sony’s E3 2017 conference and was confirmed by Destiny Game Director Luke Smith on Twitter. Smith stated the game will be available on all consoles on September 6.

Destiny 2 beta date

The Destiny 2 beta begins on July 18 for the PS4 and Xbox One. It ends on July 23. PC owners will be able to partake in in beta in August. Considering the game is due on consoles on September 6, it’s obvious that Bungie, Activision, and Sony want to push pre-orders.

Destiny 2 Release Date, Beta Date, PS4 Exclusives, and More: E3 2017Destiny 2 PC release date

Keep in mind that the PC version of Destiny 2 will be available on October 24 with pre-orders live on Battle.net right now.

Destiny 2 PS4 Pro and Xbox One X frame rate and resolution

Previously it was discovered that Destiny 2 will be 4K at 30fps on the PS4 Pro. It seems that the Xbox One X version will have the same resolution and frame rate.

“The console, the PS4 Pro is super powerful, but it couldn’t run our game at 60. Our game’s this rich physics simulation where collision of players, networking, etc, and like, it wouldn’t run… [there’s] not enough horsepower there,” said Bungie’s Luke Smith to IGN.

“But there’s tons of GPU power in the PS4 Pro. That’s why we’re doing 4K, right?” Noseworthy added. “It’s on the CPU side. Destiny’s simulation, like we have more AI, more monsters in an environment with physically simulated vehicles and characters and projectiles, and it’s part of the Destiny magic, like that, like 30 seconds of fun, like coming around a corner and throwing a grenade, popping a guy in the head, and then you add like five, six, seven other players in a public event; that is incredibly intensive for hardware.”

Xbox One X Doesn’t Support Virtual Reality: Report

The Xbox One X doesn’t support virtual reality, a new report suggests. While Microsoft has spent the better part of last year trying to convince everyone that its console, dubbed Project Scorpio, is the pinnacle of hardware achievement, it appears that VR is not a part of the company’s plans.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Xbox’s marketing head Mike Nichols explained the reasons behind the lack of VR support. “The opportunity on PC is larger, because the install base is larger and we think the customer experience will be better on PC,” Nichols told the Wall Street Journal.

Xbox One X Doesn't Support Virtual Reality: ReportVR has been touted as the new frontier for gaming for a few years now. Whether that promise will become a reality is still up in the air, but the lack of VR support would mean that some people would rather not buy the Xbox One X. Rival Sony’s PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles support VR through the PS VR headset.

The Xbox One X is the smallest Xbox Microsoft has ever made, and also the most powerful console in the world right now, if Microsoft is to be believed. However VR is one area where Microsoft isn’t taking the console.

VR isn’t the only failing of the Xbox One X. At E3 2017 it was revealed that hotly anticipated shared world shooter Destiny 2 will run at 4K 30fps on the Xbox One X – the same frame rate and resolution as the PS4 Pro. This is despite having better specifications than Sony’s premium console. Games journalist Geoff Keighley confirmed this in conversation with Destiny 2 developer Bungie.

PS4 Sales Over 60.4 Million Worldwide: Sony

After a game-filled E3 2017 conference, Sony announced it sold over 60.4 million PS4 consoles to consumers worldwide as of June 11, 2017.

The company also divulged that it sold more that 487.8 million games through physical and digital storefronts as of June 11, 2017. Furthermore, Sony states it has over 70 million monthly active users the world over as of the end of March 2017 with 26.4 million paid PS Plus subscribers. Along with this it notes that PS4 users spend more than 600 million hours in total per week on the platform as of the end of March 2017.

PS4 Sales Over 60.4 Million Worldwide: Sony“We are very grateful for our fans and partners around the globe who have continued to support PS4,” said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “The PS4 platform is in its prime, with the industry’s best lineup of exclusive and partner titles slated to release this year, taking full advantage of the power of the PS4 system. We are committed to further expanding our overall PS4 ecosystem, by broadening the PlayStation VR content portfolio, as well as enriching our network services along with our ground-breaking software lineup. We remain steadfast in bringing the best entertainment experience to users worldwide and making PS4 the best place to play.”

“It took Sony 188 days to go from an install base of 50m to 60m. Compared to 197 days to go from 40m to 50m. Impact of Pro launch,” observed analyst Daniel Ahmad of Niko Partners. He also stated that the PS4 software tie ratio (number of games per console) is 8 games per system sold which is up from Sony’s last sales announcement.

With the likes of God of War, Spider-Man, Days Gone, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy to come along with marketing deals for Call of Duty: World War 2 and Destiny 2, it seems that little can come in the way of Sony’s dominance this generation.

Xbox 360 Class Action Case: US Supreme Court Rules for Microsoft

The Supreme Court is giving Microsoft another chance to stop a class action lawsuit filed by owners of the Xbox 360 video game system who claim the console has a design defect that scratches game discs.

The unanimous ruling on Monday said game owners could not use a procedural tactic to appeal a lower court decision denying them class action status. Such appeals typically aren’t allowed until a lower court makes a final ruling on the merits of the case.

Business groups, including the US Chamber of Commerce, had urged the court to side with Microsoft. They said a ruling for the Xbox 360 owners would have made defending against class action lawsuits more expensive and pushed businesses to settle claims.

Microsoft has sold millions of Xbox 360 consoles since 2005 and says only 0.4 percent of owners report disk scratching. The company says damage in many cases was caused by consumer misuse and that that game contains warnings not to move the console while a disk is inside.

When a handful of Xbox 360 owners sued, a federal judge initially said the lawsuit couldn’t proceed as a class action. An appeals court declined to consider an appeal of that decision. The Xbox 360 owners then asked the judge to dismiss their case, a procedural move designed to get the appeals court to weigh in. Microsoft said that shouldn’t be allowed to happen.

Xbox 360 Class Action Case: US Supreme Court Rules for MicrosoftJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said for the court that voluntary dismissal does not count as a final decision that can be appealed. She said the tactic “invites protracted litigation and piecemeal appeals.”

Ginsburg’s majority opinion was joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Justice Clarence Thomas agreed with the outcome, but wrote separately to offer different reasons. He said the game owners no longer had a case at all against Microsoft once they agreed to dismiss their claims. Thomas was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.

Justice Neil Gorsuch did not participate in the case, which was argued before he was confirmed to the court.

Sony at E3 2017: God of War, Spider-Man, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and Skyrim for VR

Unlike Microsoft, Sony didn’t have a new console to show off at its E3 2017 event on Tuesday – that’s because the PS4 Pro has been out since November – but it did provide a good look at some of its most anticipated exclusive games, and other popular third-party titles. Here’s the biggest stuff from the PlayStation presser.

The new God of War is a father-son story
One of the most highly-awaited titles, the next God of War – simply titled eponymously – is a bit of a soft reboot and shifts to the Norse mythology. That doesn’t mean your favourite Greek myth hero, Kratos, is going anywhere though. This time, his son Atreus is with him for the ride as Kratos takes on an assortment of monster creatures. In between, you’ll have cut scenes featuring Atreus’ mother.

Sony at E3 2017: God of War, Spider-Man, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and Skyrim for VRWhile you’ll play as Kratos throughout the game, you’ll be able to passively control Atreus with a dedicated button. The trailer focused on the father-son relationship, with Kratos teaching him how to survive and become a warrior. God of War will be a PS4-exclusive title, coming early 2018. It’ll be a single-player-only title, and is inspired by RPGs.

Spider-Man will be part stealth, and part bonkers
We know a new PS4-exclusive Spider-Man game has been on its way, and we got the first extended look at some gameplay during the PlayStation E3 2017 event. The game will allow you to play stealthily at times, and very hands-on as the need arises. Wilson Fisk, who some of you might know from Netflix’s Daredevil, seems to be a minor villain in the game.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition With 4K Support Coming This Year, Beta Signups Open

In terms of visual fidelity, video games might have taken giant leaps in last two decades but very few games can match the nostalgia of playing Age of Empires on old-school computers back in the day. Seems like this nostalgia will soon be getting a resolution fix as at E3 2017 in the US on Monday, Microsoft announced during PC Gaming Show that the remastered version of the game – called Age of Empires: Definitive Edition – will be coming to Windows 10 PCs later this year in UHD.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will allow users to play the real-time strategy game from Microsoft Studios in up to 4K resolution and will feature upgraded art assets and a brand-new narrative. The remastered version of the game will feature hundreds of new as well as rebuilt sound effects.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition With 4K Support Coming This Year, Beta Signups OpenIn terms of game modes, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will come with both single player and multiplayer modes. Additionally, there will be a classic mode that will provide users with the gameplay from the original series. Gamers will be able to play all the civilisations from the original Age of Empires and the Rise of Rome expansion as well, as per a post by game developer Forgotten Empires.

The game will be coming later this year but those who are interested can join the beta via the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition official website. Interestingly, Microsoft mentioned that this announcement is just a start and it will be rolling over to company’s Gamescom event, where some more information will be shared regarding the franchise. In all likelihood, this can be considered as a tease for the next entry in the game series.