Destiny Patch 1.0.2.3 Details


The Atheon exploit that allowed players to easily clear the final Vault of Glass boss by knocking him off his platform has been fixed with today's update.

The latest update for Destiny(patch 1.0.2.3) is now live, which means you will need to log in again after returning to the title screen. However, you shouldn't be kicked from actitivies. It's a fairly straightforward update which,according to Bungie, should make Destiny "a more stable experience for all players."

"We’re also changing the player experience in the Raid to ensure that the activity provides an endgame challenge that meets project goals for the intended level of difficulty," Bungie added.

Below are the full patch notes for Destiny update 1.0.2.3:

General
  • Fixed an issue in which multiple errors reported with Zebra error codes
  • Errors previously reporting as Zebra will now display as their own separate codes
  • Fixed a rare issue related to being Kicked To Login repeatedly
  • Fixed a rare issue that resulted in a Kick To Orbit reported with the Cockatoo error code
Servers

  • Fixed an issue where some players would occasionally be erroneously kicked at the beginning of an activity due to a server error 
  • Increased protection against account corruption
Raid

  • Fixed an issue where Atheon was not choosing random targets for teleport through the timestream during the final encounter on the Vault of Glass
  • Fixed an exploit where Atheon could be forced off his platform
  • Bungie says more updates in the future for Destiny, promising that future enhancements currently being worked on include Exotic Weapon tuning, new features for voice communication between matchmade teammates, and an increase in the number of Bounties you can have at once.

Driveclub deploys server update, PS Plus Edition 'on hold'


PlayStation 4-exclusive racer Driveclub has seen a "significant" server update to address online issues that linger after the game's launch earlier this month, developer Evolution Studios announced.

Players should see improvements in Driveclub's competitive multiplayer component starting this week, and leaderboard fixes are also on the way. Many of Driveclub's online features were previously disabled as its developers addressed connectivity issues that cropped up post-launch.

"The issues with server performance were never encountered during the past year, in any of the many rounds of testing prior to launch," a reply from Driveclub's official Facebook account reads. "The servers were actually live for over a week before Oct 7 for reviewers and none of these issues were discovered during that time either.

"The servers hit their absolute limit soon after the midnight launch on Oct 7 [...] and we have been working around the clock every day since, to get more servers online and improve the way that the servers handle social activity between players."

The team is additionally holding back Driveclub's free PlayStation Plus Edition, pending online fixes. "The PS Plus Edition is on hold while this work progresses and we want to get it back on track as quickly as possible, because we want everyone to enjoy the game we've poured our hearts into throughout development," Evolution Studios revealed via Facebook.

GTA 5 PS4, Xbox One, PC Includes This Exclusive Content For Returning Players


Rockstar Games previously announced that GTA 5 PS3 and Xbox 360 owners would get exclusive rewards for upgrading to the PS4, Xbox One or PC versions. Today they revealed just what those perks will be.

Players who move to the new-gen versions of GTA 5 will receive several exclusive activities. For example, they can play as Michael in a Los Santos murder mystery - a scenario that will probably remind you of L.A. Noire. If players solve the crime, they'll receive two Noir Style Filters that make their single-player gameplay and Snapmatic photos look like an old detective movie.

Franklin, meanwhile, can photograph wild animals throughout Los Santos and Blaine Counties. Once he's found all the unique species throughout the game world, he'll unlock a Kraken Sub.

The other activities mentioned today include stock car races and tracking down a graffiti artist. These tasks, available to all characters, allow players to add new muscle cars and monkey outfits to their collection respectively. The hunt for that graffiti artist will also earn players a Blista with a special Go Go Monkey paintjob.

Rockstar didn't reveal every new mission available to returning players. However, they did announce some of the other items that they'll earn by completing them. Other tasks through the game will reward players with the Dodo seaplane or armored muscle car Duke O'Death. GTA 5 vets can also improve their arsenal with a Hatchet and Rail Gun.

GTA 5 PS3 and Xbox 360 owners will be able to transfer their GTA Onlinecharacters to the PS4, Xbox One or PC edition of the game. All content from the last-gen Special Edition or Collector's Edition will carry over to the new platforms along with any jobs the players created in GTAO's Content Creator. They can still play their GTA Online character on PS3 or Xbox 360 even after the transfer. However, any progress you make on PS3/360 after the transfer won't be shared with the PS4/XB1/PC version of the character.

While returning players are getting a lot of love, Rockstar stresses that newbies will receive plenty of new content as well.

"There will also be a bounty of content for all players, new and returning, to discover - including a fleet of classic GTA vehicles and a few more surprises we've got planned that you’ll have to discover for yourself come game day," Rockstar said in their Newswire post.

On top of that, GTA 5 PS4/Xbox One/PC feature numerous technical improvements. Players can expect higher resolutions and greater draw distances. The player count for GTA Online has been beefed up to 30 for both Free Roam and competitive modes.

GTA 5 PS4 and Xbox One will debut on November 18th. The PC edition will follow in January.

26 Essential Facts on PS4's 2.0 Update, Masamune


On Tuesday, October 28, Sony will implement sweeping changes to the PlayStation 4 operating system. Codenamed "Masamune," the console update adds numerous new features, from Share Play to a music player to YouTube integration.


Share Play

1) How it Works

Share Play is an extraordinarily generous feature that allows friends who have PS4s to share their games across the internet. The process is somewhat straightforward though requires robust connection speeds and PlayStation Plus. Here's how it works:

During any game, players can press the Share Button and an additional option, called "Share Play," appears in the menu. Once the option is selected, a Party is automatically created, and players then are asked which one friend they'd like to add to it.

Once a friend is selected, a notification will appear on their PS4. After they accept the request, they are designated as a 'guest' and their system will link to the host's.

By default the guest is just watching a live stream of what the host is playing. However, at any point the host can go to the Party menu and select "Give Controller to Guest". By doing so, the live footage being streamed to the guest can now be controlled too.

2) Share Play Co-Op

This option is selected in the same way as Share Play, only this time the host selects "Play a Game Together" in the sub-menu. By doing this, any co-op game can be played, all from the host's PS4.

3) Share Play Resolution and Frame-Rate

The footage streamed to a guest's PS4 will be significantly downgraded in resolution and frame-rate. There are no fixed numbers, because the visuals are determined by internet speed. As a rule of thumb, 1080p footage renders at a maximum of 720p on a guest's console. 60fps will almost certainly be halved to 30fps.

4) Share Play Recommended Internet Speed

Sony is not disclosing a suggested internet speed for Share Play to work, because a desirable outcome is dependant on numerous factors, such as host and guest bandwidth, as well as distance between systems. Due to these factors, a representative for PlayStation was not keen on offering general internet speed recommendations when asked by GameSpot.

5) 60 Minute Time Limit (and Workaround)

Each Share Play session is limited to sixty minutes, though once that expires, the host and guest can immediately start a new session. There are no restrictions on how many times users can activate Share Play, however, meaning they can theoretically play for as long as they like (though with the hour-interval interruptions).

6) All Games, No Exceptions

Sony representatives claimed that Share Play works across all PS4 games. When asked whether publishers can opt-out, they suggested that there was no existing option to do this. When asked to clarify on the matter further, the representatives offered an unequivocal indication that Share Play will work on all released PS4 games, providing they do not need an additional peripheral. Publishers cannot opt-out of this, GameSpot was told.

7) Alphas and Betas

Publishers have the option to restrict Share Play access to alpha and beta games.

8) PlayStation Plus Requirements

Only the host of a Share Play session requires PlayStation Plus. The guest does not. However, in the case of co-op, both members require PS Plus.

9) Privacy

The guest who watches the host's PS4 will not be able to see anything other than gameplay footage. If the host, for example, opens the system menu, the guest will be presented with a "please wait" placeholder screen.

10) Security

The host can take back control of their game at any point, effectively limiting opportunities for guests to play in an unsportsmanlike manner.

11) Spoilers

Some games can, by default, censor spoilers so that only the host can see them.

12) Upselling

Once a guest finishes a Share Play session, an icon of the game they have just played appears on their PS4 home page. This is essentially a shortcut link to the game's corresponding PS Store page.


YouTube

13) Video Uploads

PS4 can now sync with Google accounts, and once done so, users will have the option to share their videos onto YouTube. The system works in exactly the same manner as the existing Facebook sharing process: press the share button, edit a clip, give it a title and description, and uploading will commence.
Custom Themes

14) Colour Changes

The PS4's classic blue system menu can now undergo a makeover, with seven new colours to choose from:
  • Gold
  • Red
  • Dark Blue
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Pink
  • Grey
15) No Custom Wallpapers

Users cannot upload their own PS4 background wallpapers, but a Sony representative said the team is looking at feedback and will make a decision in the future.

16) Official Themes

Sony, as well as third-party publishers and developers, can offer users their own game-specific themes for PS4.
Social Areas

17) Live From PlayStation

The Live From PlayStation page has been redesigned, now resplendent with a grid showing live streams of PS4 games.

18) Streamer Follow

PS4 Users now have the option to follow broadcasters who appear on their What's New page. This interaction syncs with the broadcaster's Twitch channel.

19) Picture-in-Picture

Users can now display a small windowed live stream whilst looking through the rest of the Live From PlayStation section. A representative for PlayStation appeared keen on the idea of expanding this picture-in-picture mode across the entire dashboard, but for now it only features in Live From PlayStation.


Content Management

20) Homepage Tweak

The homepage belt of most recently used games has expanded to 15 items.

21) No Folders

Homepage folders will not be included in the 2.0 update.

21) Library Filters

Content stored in the PS4's library can now be arranged and organised by content type, or alphabetically, or by most recently used, or by most recently installed.
Music player

22) USB Uploads

PlayStation 4 users can play music files, uninterrupted, during gameplay and when browsing the system. A mixer, found in the options, allows users to decide on how much music comes from the USB, and how much comes from the in-game audio.

22) Hard-drive Storage

Sony representatives have said the reason why they now only allow music via USB is because they wanted to resolve the lack of music player as quickly as they could. They tell GameSpot that hard-drive storage option is not off the table, nor guaranteed.
Other Additions

23) Enhanced Voice Commands

The PS4 Camera will now respond to a few more demands. The system will not be powered on by voice, however.

24) No video playback via USB or Hard-Drives

Sony has said users will still not be able to play downloaded video or movie files via the PS4.

25) Download Pausing

Users can now pause active downloads and resume at a later date.

26) Twitter video

The PS4 is still unable to allow users to publish video clips to Twitter.

Destiny’s Next Iron Banner Event Requires A Level 20 Fireteam Leader

Destiny’s Iron Banner event was intended to place significantly more weight on the power and protection of your weapons and armor. The end result didn’t match the expectations though, with the experience feeling a bit anemic.
In response, Bungie says that the next event will place more importance on the quality of your gear. You’ll need a fireteam leader of at least level 20 in order to enter an Iron Banner player-vs-player match. Lower level players can join too, but they will likely face stiff competition on the basis of gear quality. 
Bungie is also addressing the issue of players quitting during Iron Banner matches. Next time out, you’ll be rewarded a “Medallion of Iron” for a loss. Each will be converted to reputation upon your next victory. This should get players to finish out the fight.
You may have also noticed that Iron Banner bounties pushed players into specific fighting scenarios a bit too hard. These will be tuned down next time out, with reward values getting an increase, too.
Finally, two new mechanics are coming in the next event. The first is the ability to reforge Iron Banner drops (including those earned last time). You’ll be able to get a new set of upgrades attached, but if you’ve already leveled the weapon, you’ll lose any and all progress. This will cost motes of light (a currency accepted by the weekend salesman, Xur).
The second new mechanic is called “Tempered,” a 12-hour reputation buff that will allow you to earn more rapidly. Tempered will increase in potency throughout the week as a way for those who can’t devote work or school time to Iron Banner but still want to earn some of the gear. 
Your rank will also carry over from last time, so you won’t be starting from scratch. Iron Banner rank is being increased to a new maximum of level five for the next event, too.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Details Leak



A few details regarding Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare leaked recently after a live stream popped up (and then was shut down) on Twitch.


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Twitch user Anfuny29 broadcasted from an early copy of the game, exposing details such as a DNA bomb you get after 30 kills. The bomb kills enemies as well leaves a green mist across the battlefield.


Also mentioned were optional paintball effects for your ammo, another game mode, and weapon camouflage.

Glen Schofield, co-founder of developer Sledgehammer Games, didn't confirm specific details, but did acknowledge the leak in some tweets.



The Day Zero edition of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare comes out for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC comes out November 3 and the regular edition is November 4.

Keanu Reeves is Now Playable in Payday 2


Whoa. Keanu Reeves' character John Wick (of the new film, also called John Wick) is now playable in developer Starbreeze's Payday 2. The free DLC is the result of a partnership with Lionsgate, which also partnered with Devolver Digital back in August to create The Expendabros.

"Lionsgate's entry into the game space is continuing to build momentum with the addition of another great partner and a tremendous piece of IP," Lionsgate President of Interactive Ventures & Games Peter Levin said in a press release.

In addition to playing as John Wick, the DLC also offers a new perk system called Hitman, which includes the ability to dual-wield weapons, a Chimano Compact pistol with modification options, a knife and three pairs of sunglasses. If you don't already own Payday 2, you can score a free Steam code of the game when you purchase tickets to see John Wick via Fandango.

Amazon announces $39 Fire TV Stick to compete with Google Chromecast


The $39 Fire TV Stick adds access to all of the same content as its larger sibling. That includes Amazon's Prime Instant Video service, alongside Amazon Music and popular content providers like Netflix and Spotify.

Buyers will also be able to play a selection of popular games, an option that was brought to the Fire TV earlier this year. It is unclear whether the Fire TV's dedicated gamepad will be compatible with the more diminutive streamer, though it appears unlikely.

A secondary remote that adds voice search capability is available as well; the bundled remote control does not include a microphone.

Amazon is positioning the Fire TV Stick as a direct competitor to Google's Chromecast. The retailer touts the Fire TV Stick as having "4x the storage and 2x the memory of Chromecast," with a dual-core processor and 1 gigabyte of built-in memory.

Amazon's Fire TV Stick is available now for pre-order through Amazon's website. Amazon Prime members will receive a $20 discount for the next 48 hours, cutting the device's cost to just $19.