Written By: Steve Vegvari
This is your daily video game news recap for Wednesday, February 7th.
Every Monday-Friday we give you a rundown of all the noteworthy industry news.
E3 2018 begins on June 12th and runs until June 14th. The three day expo showcases and latest innovations and software in the video game industry. This year, the Electronics Entertainment Expo will once again open their doors to the public.
Tickets will go on sale on February 12th. While a limited amount of ‘Gamer Pass’ tickets will be sold, the first 1000 guests to purchase will get $100.00 taken off the total price. After the first 1000 tickets are sold, the remainder will cost $249.00.
A ‘Gamer Pass’ ticket will give access to the show floor over the course of the three days. Ticket holders will be able to playtest multiple games and check out developer and publishing booths on the floor.
The public access will be treated as a first-come first-served basis, so while access is granted, attendance will be a factor in getting hands on with all products.
Starting on February 20th, consumers can get their hands on a new Xbox One S bundle. For an undisclosed time, the Xbox One S will be discounted and include the hottest Xbox title of the season.
For $379.99CAD (299.99USD) the bundle will include a 1TB Xbox One S, a digital copy of PUBG, a one month trial of Game Pass, and a one month trial of Xbox Live Gold.
As March rolls around and the release of Sea of Thieves is on the horizon, this is a great opportunity to get a feel for the Game Pass platform. This is a great incentive to take advantage of the previously announced day-and-date inclusion of first party titles.
Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn represented Canada in the Intel Extreme Master Grand Finals match. Two days before the opening ceremony, the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics held a eSports tournament. Bringing the best Starcraft II players from around the world to compete for the Championship title and trophy.
Scarlett and Japan’s Kim “sOs” You Jin made it into the final match. Over the coarse of the finals, Scarlett applied pressure to sOs and continued to not let up. She was able to pull a 3-0 lead over her competitor before sOs came back to win Game 4. Ultimately, Scarlett regained her momentum and secured her victory with one final match. This brought the final standings to 4-1.
Users that are enrolled in PlayStation’s Beta program will delighted to see that the newest software update is available. 5.50 brings new features to the PlayStation 4 console, such as a family-friendly ‘Play Time Management’ tool. Parents will be able to monitor game time and set restrictions from their smartphone.
New organizational tools and UI management settings will also be available. Custom Wallpapers can be applied to the console via USB.
The biggest feature in this update is the ‘Supersampling Mode’. Players who have invested in a PS4 Pro that may not have made the switch to a 4K television can now enable the ‘Supersampling Mode’. Supersampling can upres the graphical fidelity of games while playing on a HDTV. Certain PlayStation 4 games have this feature built into the software, but this update will enhance the games that are the exception.
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