Microsoft Support Site Indicates Reworked Xbox One Controller Coming


Microsoft seems to be preparing its support documents for the release of an updated Xbox One controller. There's one change, but it has the potential to be significant for some users.

The document, spotted first by Eurogamer, shows a diagram with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Currently, if you want to use a headset with the the Xbox One controller, you need to use one that's packed-in or a separate dongle.

Microsoft has since altered the support page to remove mention of the 3.5mm port and the fact that it only appears on controllers released after June 2015. However, a cached version of the page still shows the relevant information.

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Sony: First Party Lineup Sparse, Uncharted 4 By April 2016, Project Morpheus By June


Yesterday, Sony's Andrew House presented updated plans for the remainder of this fiscal year and beyond at the company's Investor Relations Day 2015. Included in the presentation slides are narrower release windows for Uncharted 4 and the Project Morpheus virtual reality head-mounted display.

The slides include Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (delayed out of 2015) as part of the company's fiscal year 2016 planning. That period ends on March 31, 2016, indicating that the title will be out in the first ca;endar quarter of the year.

Looking ahead to the remainder of calendar year 2016, Sony indicates plans to release Project Morpheus in the first half. If so, it would arrive within the same general release window as the first consumer Oculus Rift.

During the presentation, House also referred to a write-down of certain PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV components. This was previously reported in Sony's year-end financial report and refers to parts no longer in use for these devices. We suspect that this might be, in part, due to the change from OLED to LCD screens in more recent Vita models.

House also addressed the first party lineup for the PlayStation 4 over the coming months. "Our first party lineup is a little sparse this year, so I think this places even greater emphasis on getting good third-party support," House said.

How that lineup looks will come into greater focus after E3, which takes place in Los Angeles in just a few weeks.

[report] Mortal Kombat X PS3/Xbox 360 Versions Delayed Again


The last-gen versions of Mortal Kombat X for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 were delayed this spring, pushing their release into this summer. Now, there is some evidence that the game may be delayed once again.

Kotaku heard from GameStop employees last week that the title would be delayed, and this was seemingly confirmed on the retailer's online website, which now lists a December 31, 2015 release date for the fighter (click here for the PS3 entry).

High Voltage Software is porting the title for the last-gen systems.

Witcher 3 PS4 Patch Released, Xbox One Update Coming Soon


CD Projekt Red has released a new patch for the PlayStation 4 edition of open-world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The patch, 1.03, is available in Europe and numerous other countries (see below), but has yet to be deployed in North America. It should be available everywhere "ASAP," CD Projekt Red says in its forums.

The patch makes a number of visual tweaks, including a particularly grisly change that will make blood particles properly appear on water surfaces in the wake of battle.

It also corrects an issue that caused an infinite loading screen and, in response to feedback, enlarges the text for the loot screen.

Patch 1.03 also "improves performance, especially in cutscenes and during gameplay," which could be a reference to the game's reported frame rate issues.

The Xbox One version of The Witcher 3 is still awaiting its first patch, but it shouldn't be much longer. CD Projekt Red community lead Marcin Momot says on Twitter that this patch is currently going through Microsoft's certification process, which means, barring any problems, it should be released soon.

Witcher 3 PS4 Patch 1.03:
  • Corrects a bug where the player was able to shoot bolts at friendly NPCs.
  • Corrects an issue related to Stamina regeneration while sprinting.
  • Corrects a bug that could cause spontaneous combustion of gas clouds.
  • Reduces spawn times for certain groups of NPCs.
  • Blood particles will now properly appear on water surfaces after foes are killed.
  • Corrects a visual effect in the Wandering in the Dark quest.
  • Improves foliage behavior in scenes.
  • Reduces foliage shadow popping.
  • "Melltith" sword is visible again.
  • Fixes some minor graphics bugs in gwent.
  • Corrects some missing translations in localized versions.
  • Improves performance, especially in cutscenes and during gameplay.
  • Introduces a number of minor improvements in SFX.
  • Fixes an issue that could have caused an infinite loading screen in certain circumstances in Wandering in the Dark quest.
  • Corrects an issue in the dialogue system that might have caused rare instances of dialogue looping in certain scenes.
  • Improves stability in gameplay and the UI, especially during games of gwent.
  • Upgrading items included in gear sets no longer destroys rune sockets on said items.
  • Fixes an occasional bug in the Journal in the Fake Papers quest.
  • Enlarges the loot pop-up window in the UI.

The update should be available now in the following countries:

United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Poland, UK, Sweden, The Netherlands, Iceland, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Portugal; Greece, Cyprus, Malta; Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan; Czech Rep + Slovakia; Hungary, India, Romenia, Bulgaria; Isreael; Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, Romania, Croatia,Montenegro; Turkey, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany, France, Monaco, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, San Marino, Spain, Andorra, Australia, New Zealand; South Africa; Angola; Botswana; Ghana; Lesotho; Kenya; Malawi; Mauritius; Mozambique; Namibia; Nigeria; Tanzania; Swaziland; Zambia; Zimbabwe and Uganda.

Tanya Officially Playable in Mortal Kombat X On June 2nd


Ed Boon, Creative Director at NeatherRealm Studios and creator of Mortal Kombat, has tweeted Tanya's official release date.

Owners of the Kombat Pack will be able to play Tanya as of June 2nd. Those who haven't purchased the Kombat Pack will have to wait another week until June 9th before she'll be available.

PlayStation Plus - Free Games Lineup June 2015


All of the following games will become available free for PS Plus members starting June 2. Don't forget to pick up this month's Plus games before that time.
PlayStation 4
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  • Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition  
  • Super Exploding Zoo
  • Futuridium EP Deluxe
PlayStation 3
  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
  • Cloudberry Kingdom
PlayStation Vita
  • Super Exploding Zoo
  • Futuridium EP Deluxe 

Another Batman: Arkham Knight Preorder Bonus Revealed


Thinking about preordering a copy of Rocksteady's upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight? Warner Bros. has revealed a new perk to nudge you in that direction.

Spotted on the game's Steam product page is the "Gotham's Future" skin pack. This comes with a pair of skins, one of which is based on the animated show Batman Beyond and the other inspired by Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Check out both skins in the image below.

So far, the Gotham's Future skin pack has been announced only for the PC edition of Arkham Knight. Another preorder bonus is a DLC mission that lets you play as Harley Quinn. This bonus is available across all platforms.

After multiple delays, Arkham Knight--the conclusion to Rocksteady's Arkham series--launches June 23 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Recently, the game's extensive DLC plans caused a bit of controversy.

Halo 3: ODST Remastered Release Date Listed


Microsoft has listed the release date for its remastered version of Halo 3: ODST for Xbox One as May 29.

The date, which has yet to be officially confirmed by Microsoft or Halo stewards 343 Industries, appeared on Xbox.com, but has since been removed.

The re-release, which was announced as recompense for significant matchmaking issues in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, will be available for free to those that played Master Chief Collection between its release date (November 11) and December 19.

At the time, head of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross said the developer is giving these items to players for free to thank them for sticking with Halo: The Master Chief Collection during its troubled launch.

"This has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can – and need – to do better for Xbox fans around the world," Ross said. "We are so grateful to our fans who have stood by our side and we appreciate all of your patience as we worked through these issues."

Previously, 343i said the updated version of Halo 3: ODST's campaign and a reimagined version of the Halo 2 multiplayer map Relic should be added to Halo: The Master Chief Collection in May, but offered nothing more specific than that window.