Assassin's Creed Unity PC System Requirements Revealed


Ubisoft has revealed the minimum and recommended system requirements for Assassin's Creed Unity. From the look of them, you'll need a sturdy PC to run the game.

You're going to need at least 6GB of RAM and 50 gigs of free space to runAssassin's Creed Unity at a minimum. On top of that, you have to have a 64-bit operating system. Here are the full specs released by Ubisoft:

Minimum system requirements
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64bit versions only)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or AMD Phenom II x4 940 @ 3.0 GHz
  • RAM: 6GB RAM
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 (2 GB VRAM)
  • SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers
  • HARD DRIVE: 50GB available hard drive spaceRecommended system requirements
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64bit versions only)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or better
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290X (3 GB VRAM)
  • SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers
  • HARD DRIVE: 50GB available hard drive spaceLast year's Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, by comparison, could run at minimum settings with 2GB of RAM and a 2.5 GHz Intel processor. Furthermore, it only required 30GB of space. 
Assassin's Creed Unity is also in development for the PS4 and Xbox One. It's the first game in the main series to not be released on Xbox 360 and PS3 as well. The step-up in system requirements isn't so surprising, then. Ubisoft didn't have to buildUnity with 7-8 year-old consoles in mind so they can push the envelope a bit.

I'm interested to see the inevitable performance comparisons between the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions of the game. Ubisoft confirmed earlier this month that the PS4 and XB1 editions will both run at 900p and 30fps "to avoid all the debates and stuff." This announcement resulted in some backlash, with PS4 gamers accusing Ubisoft of downgrading their version of the game simply to create a false equivalency between the two console editions of the game.

“We realize we had also pushed for 1080p in some of our previous games, includingAC4. But we made the right decision to focus our resources on delivering the best gameplay experience, and resolution is just one factor," Ubisoft said in their defense. "There is a real cost to all those NPCs, to all the details in the city, to all the systems working together, and to the seamless co-op gameplay. We wanted to be absolutely uncompromising when it comes to the overall gameplay experience. Those additional pixels could only come at a cost to the gameplay."

Will the PC version deliver those "additional pixels," then? I should hope so, considering the steep requirements of the game. It'd be kind of a waste if the PC version just had comparable performance to its console counterparts even on high-end systems. We'll find out one way or another when the game launches next month.

[Report] $350 Xbox One Deal at Kmart Next Month


If you're in the market for an Xbox One and can hold out for a few weeks, you may want to consider this new deal from Kmart. According to an adscan for a sale beginning the week of November 9, Kmart will offer Kinect-free Xbox One bundles for $350, a markdown of $50 from the normal $400 price point.

The adscan above comes from Twitter user thebiglouie. If true, it would represent one of the best deals to date for an Xbox One, not to mention making the Xbox One $50 less expensive than the rival PlayStation 4.

There is no mention of a markdown for the $500 Xbox One bundle that comes with Kinect.

It is unclear if this deal is limited to Kmart or if it is a wider price drop that will be available at retailers nationwide. We'll report back with more details as they become available.

The deal, if genuine, is timed with the release of marquee Xbox One title, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which goes on sale on November 11.

This isn't the only rumored Xbox One deal. Adscans from Target and Wal-Mart show that the $500 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 1 TB console will be offered for $450 beginning in November.

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Xbox One Gears of War Not a Reboot, But Aims to Return to Franchise's Dark Roots


The upcoming Gears of War game in development at Black Tusk Studios for Xbox One is not a reboot, according to Phil Spencer, who heads up all of Xbox. In a new interview, Spencer said it is imperative that the new Gears of War game recaptures the essence of earlier titles, including their dark tone.

"I wouldn't call it a reboot because I don't think the franchise necessarily needs that," Spencer told IGN as part of a wide-ranging podcast interview.

The franchise, which Microsoft acquired from Epic Games earlier this year, does not need to be rebooted in part because the series still has legions of dedicated fans, despite an underwhelming game in Judgment, Spencer said.

"I know Judgement didn't hit everybody's needs and desires in terms of what they wanted. But I think we can continue, but we can also--we have a new team, [original Gears of War trilogy producer Rod Fergusson is] there to really help with the continuity. I think we can make sure that we're investing in this thing for the next decade, which is how I want to think about it."

Also in the interview, Spencer said that while the Gears of War series started out strong and confident in what it was aiming to be, subsequent titles felt like parodies of earlier games.

"The thing that was great about the early Gears of War games, to me, [was] just the epic scale of the settings that I was in," he said. "The story, the setting was a lot more what I would call soulful and maybe even a little dark. And [Rod Fergusson] and I have talked about this; I think the game over time became almost more of a parody of itself; not for any kind of horrible reasons. It's hard to continue to manage the IP."

"And Gears 2 did well, Gears 3 did well. So I thought the franchise continued to grow. But we've talked about getting back to something … I think the story and the setting and what they're going through ... in a Gears of War--the name of the game, it really meant something to what that game was about. We've got to get back to that. The feeling of those individuals."

The new and untitled Gears of War game for Xbox One is in the very early stages of development, and all we've seen so far from it is a blurry piece of concept art.

PS4's Major 2.0 Update Arrives Next Week With Share Play, Themes, and Custom Soundtracks


The next system update for PlayStation 4, v2.00, will be released next Tuesday, October 28, Sony announced today.

This is a major update for the system--so much so that Sony has apparently decided to give it a non-numerical name, Masamune. We first heard about this update back in August, and just recently learned about more of what it includes.

Among the highlights are YouTube sharing, Share Play (allowing a remote PS4 owner to play games with you as if they were in the room), themes, and a USB music player that effectively enables custom soundtracks.

Other small improvements are also in store, including refining the home screen. Although not changed to the degree many would like, the home screen will now display the 15 most-used games and apps, with the remainder of the software installed on your system being confined to the Library section. Also new is a way to add PlayStation Plus games to your account without initiating a download and a "players you may know" area in the What's New section

PS3 The Last of Us Game of the Year Edition Confirmed for Europe


Sony today announced The Last of Us: Game of the Year Edition for PlayStation 3, which the company describes as the "ultimate version" of Naughty Dog's 2013 game. The bundle is launching in Europe on November 11, though Sony has not announced plans for North America.

In addition to the main game, The Last of Us Game of the Year Edition will include the single-player DLC expansion Left Behind, as well as the Abandoned Territories and Reclaimed Territories multiplayer map packs. Also included is the uber-hard single-player difficulty mode, Grounded.

The Last of Us Game of the Year Edition will sell for €39.99 ($50) across Europe.

A remastered version of The Last of Us is available on PlayStation 4 across the world. It features improved graphics and previously released DLC.

Free Version of Xbox Music to be Axed


The free version of Xbox Music, Microsoft's Spotify-like streaming service, will be axed within weeks.

Following the removal of the ad-supported free version, on December 1, the only way to access Xbox Music will be to sign up to a paid subscription. Users will have unlimited access to Microsoft's library of millions of tracks, providing they pay $10 (or £9) per month.

"We are focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers," the corporation said on its FAQ page. There was no further explanation as to why the company is abandoning its ad-supported service.

The move comes despite one of the leading music streaming services, Spotify, continuing to offer limited music access for free.

For the monthly fee, Xbox Music offers unlimited access to its music servers, as well as offline listening on PC, tablet, and smartphones. For Xbox One and Xbox 360 users specifically, the service allows users to stream from a library of about 90,000 music videos.

A free 30-day trial is still available.

Mortal Kombat X Is Getting A Live-Action Series Tie-In

Warner Bros. has announced that a live-action Mortal Kombat series is in the works in partnership with Blue Ribbon Content. Blue Ribbon, which is owned by Warner, is a new team focused on short-form content.
The Mortal Kombat X tie-in will feature some of the new characters as well as returning stalwarts. Talent has not yet been named for the project, and a specific release date has not been announced.
Mortal Kombat X is due out on April 14, 2015, for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC. 

Xbox One Getting Screenshot Feature In 2015; Microsoft Explains Delay


Microsoft remains committed to introducing functionality to Xbox One that lets you take screenshots, but the company now says getting this up and running is proving tricky. As a result, Microsoft isn't going to roll this feature out until sometime in 2015, Xbox boss Phil Spencer says.

"As we come back into the new year, we'll see new stuff, and screenshots is on the list," Spencer told IGN.

Back in May, Spencer revealed that the ability to take screenshots on Xbox One was one of the features Microsoft engineers were working to deliver through a future update. One of the reasons why we haven't seen this feature yet is because it's "a little more technically challenging" than Spencer first imagined.

"Two weeks ago, [Microsoft engineers] think they've found a good solution for screenshots. They're working on it. They know people want it," he said. "The team has a path to getting it done, and now it's just prioritizing."

By comparison, the PlayStation 4 has allowed users to take and share screenshots since launch in November 2013. The Xbox One's lack of screenshot functionality has put a damper on some game functionality, as Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's Photo Mode is significantly limited on Xbox One.

Also in the interview, Spencer said Xbox One owners should expect December's system update to be smaller than previous ones. "In December, it's probably a time for us to pause for a little bit and settle just as all the new consoles are coming online," he said.

Finally, Spencer stressed that Microsoft is still looking to improve install times for Xbox One games, noting that this is a personal priority of his.

October's Xbox One update launched last week, bringing with it new features such as a Gamerscore leaderboard for friends and smoother Snap Mode navigation. Meanwhile, November's update will introduce custom background support and will let you post video clips directly to Twitter.