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PS4 update will allow DualShock 4 lightbar dimming

An upcoming update to PS4 will allow users to lower the light emitted from their DualShock 4 controllers. GameTrailers journalist Geoff Keighley had claimed on Twitter that users would be able to shut off the light completely, but he was corrected by Sony Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida who clarified that …

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Earning Xbox 360 achievement points now saves you money

Gamers have been calling for it, and now Microsoft has delivered. Xbox Live users are now able to register for the rejuvenated Xbox Live Rewards scheme and will automatically be rewarded according to their existing Gamerscore. Those with a score of between 3,000-9,999 points will be entitled to a special …

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Publishers to Microsoft: ‘Don’t kick us off the Flight’

Microsoft Flight could harm the simulation games market if the company doesn’t open it up to third-parties, publishers have told MCV. Firms such as Mastertronic and Contact Sales currently sell extra content for Microsoft Flight Simulator X.But its sequel Flight, a free-to-play digital PC title out this spring, will not …

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Silicon Knights axes 75% of workforce

Canadian games studio Silicon Knights has laid off three quarters of its staff, according to sources close to the company. The cut brings the amount of employees at the developer from 97 down to 25.Two credible” independent sources that staff had been laid off. Silicon Knights has had massive layoffs. …

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Proposed Tiga UKIE merger is off

Negotiations for a merger between Britain’s two biggest game trade bodies have broken down, Develop can reveal. Tiga will today issue a statement to the press claiming it is no longer considering a merger with UKIE. It appears that Tiga, the association for developers, was the group most interested in …

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3DS users can turn off 3D

US news agency Forbes has revealed that the 3D elements of Nintendo’s upcoming handheld the 3DS can be switched off. The admission comes amidst concerns relating to the possible health effects for children who play 3D titles for a prolonged period of time. However, the claims point to a far …

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The end for (original) Xbox Live

Take heed, original Xbox owners – today is the last day that you’ll be able to take your console online. At midnight tonight Microsoft will permanently turn off the lights for one of the most pioneering online console services the world has ever seen. The move will also see online …

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BT boss slams net cut-off plans

The chief executive of British Telecom has slammed proposals included in the Digital Economy Bill that will grant authorities the power to disconnect file-sharers from the internet. Instead, boss Ian Livingston believes that offenders should be fined rather than cut-off, with the money generated used to compensate the creative industries …

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Champ Man Online closing its doors

Eidos is to shut down its football MMO Championship Manager Online on April 30th, just a few days before the game would have reached the ripe old age of five. CVG reports that game’s userbase – which is still several thousand players strong – is up in arms about the …

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Original Xbox losing Live

In scenes grimly reminiscent of a doctor turning of a long-forgotten patient’s life support, Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox Live services for the now nine-year-old original Xbox console will be turned off on April 15th. The move affects both games played on the 2001 machine, Xbox 360-compatible Xbox titles and …

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