Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's First DLC Character May Have Been Uncovered


Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel arrived on Tuesday, bringing with it four new playable characters, including series mainstay Claptrap. A fifth character now exists in the game's code following an update, according to one modder who claims to have discovered what will become a DLC character in the future.

User TechnoJacker posted the image above on the Se7enSins forums (via IGN), showing off a new character by the name of Baroness. She is reportedly included in the latest beta update for the PC version of the game on Steam, but not in a way meant to reveal her to players.

"The files and data for her is included in the next Borderlands Pre-Sequel update which is available on Steam if you subscribe to the beta channel," TechnoJacker writes. "While hidden until you purchase the DLC, it's possible to force the game to play as her with some tinkering."

Just what kind of tinkering is involved hasn't yet been detailed by TechnoJacker, nor has he or she shared any details on what kind of character Baroness is.

We do know more characters are on the way for The Pre-Sequel; at least four DLC packs are planned which will add "more characters, challenges, and missions." These packs will be available individually or as part of a $30 season pass.

Project Cars Delayed Until March 2015 For Another Coat of Polish

There is much that 2014 will be remembered for, but the litany of delays will likely be the one that sticks in our memory. The latest title to fall is Slightly Mad Studios’ Project Cars.
The title was slated for a November 18 release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The Wii U version was already planned for 2015. All versions now have a new March release date except for Wii U, which is still unspecified.
Publisher Bandai Namco confirmed the delay via its UK Twitter account. "#ProjectCARS will come out 20th March for PS4/XB1/PC," the company writes. "This is to allow @slightlymadteam to polish the ground-breaking racing experience."

Destiny Leak Shows Upcoming Raid Gear


The practice of data-mining has long been a staple of MMO gaming. Upcoming patches for World of Warcraft or Rift would often show players fleeting glimpses at the activities, events and even loot they could expect to find in their future – think looking into a crystal ball that actually works. Now Destiny is falling victim to the same fate as DestinyDB, a resource created by the people that brought you Wowhead and the ZAM network, has unveiled a smattering of new details mined from the depths of Destiny‘s servers.

Coming in December’s The Dark Below DLC, the mined information shows new sets of equipment to be added in the Crota’s End raid along with an intriguing piece of information of a possible level cap increase and a new level 28 Strike playlist.

The first and probably most important part of the leak for now is the matter of new equipment. Other than a new Trial event which offers a range of rewards including a shiny hand-cannon and a legendary Sparrow, there is a full set of new gear for each class.

Titans can expect to be farming the raid for the Willbreaker set (helm, chest, gauntlets,legs, mark), while Hunters gather a set named after perseverance synonyms (head, chest,gauntlets, legs, mark) and Warlocks don the Deathsinger’s set (helm, chest, gauntlets,legs, mark).

What’s probably the most intriguing for Destiny‘s future however is the possibility of a level cap increase. At this stage in Destiny‘s life there is a cap of 30 on character level (20 in standard levels, pumped up to 30 with light levels garnered through gear). Details from mission data snatched from Crota’s End however show that there is a hard mode which requires a level of 32 to access. Could The Dark Below DLC give rise to a small level cap increase?

Upcoming NBA 2K15 patch to address MyPark, other issues

2K Sports submitted an update to Sony and Microsoft for certification to patch issues with NBA 2K15 in the "coming days." The publisher's support team noted on Twitter that the patch will address a number of issues, including the game's MyPark mode. Since the game launched last week, players have been regularly booted from the online mode.

NBA 2K15 is the latest in the publisher's annual pro basketball series, and was generally met with critical approval last week. The game also received a card-battling companion app this week on iOS and Android. While the details of NBA 2K15's patch are not yet known, here's hoping it alleviates the nightmarish results of its face-scanning feature. The game is available for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

PS4 System Update 2.0 Features Announced By Sony


The PS4 will receive system update 2.0, codenamed "Masamune," in the near future. This patch will make some much needed changes, such as redesigning the user interface for the console.

The main dashboard on the PS4 is finally getting an overhaul. It will now show 15 of the player's most used apps or games. Players can find everything else in their Library, which can be sorted and filtered by content type, name, install date, or recently used. It's not as flashy of a change as Share Play but it'll do nicely.

Players will have new options for personalizing their home screen as well. Sony previously revealed that Update 2.0 will add custom themes. Today they announced that the background color can be changed from the default light blue to one of seven new options: gold, blue, red, green, purple, pink, and gray.

If PS4 owners want a custom soundtrack, they can do that with an external device. The system update will add support for USB Music Players with MP3, MP4, M4A or 3GP music files. Upon connecting the device to your PS4, the option will pop up on your home screen.

USB devices can also be used for data storage. Files like saves, settings, screenshots and video can be backed up to these external devices.

Live broadcasting will be enhanced in a few ways as well. A new Featured channel shows official PlayStation broadcasts as well as players' friends or followed channels. The Live from PlayStation app will also let you filter broadcasts based on specific games once the patch is live. The voice commands "Start broadcast" and "End broadcast" will make it easier to host streams of your own.

PS4 owners will be able to place free PlayStation Plus games in their collection without actually downloading them. Each of these games will have an "Add to Library" button in the PlayStation Store. This ensures that players will be able to download these games well after they've been removed from the PlayStation Plus collection. If I had my druthers, PS Plus subscribers would have these games added to their Library automatically but this is a good step in that direction.

The PS4 update will arrive alongside a patch for PlayStation TV and the Vita. Update 3.35 will introduce four-player Remote Play to PS TV. Furthermore, both PS TV and Vita will be able to check out gameplay streams from PS4 owners through the Live from PlayStation App.

PlayStation's official mobile app will be updated to version 2.0 around the time these other patches go live. The app's home screen will be revamped. Tablet users can look forward to a new interface altogether.



Apple unveils new multi-carrier 'Apple SIM' bundled with new iPads


Cellular-enabled iPad models have traditionally shipped either with no SIM or the SIM of the dominant GSM-based carrier in their country, unless purchased from a specific wireless provider. Apple is attempting to change that paradigm with the Apple SIM, which the company says "gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad."

Users have always been able to insert a new SIM into their iPad when moving around, but the process is tedious and the ability to start-and-stop data service from the tablet's settings menu is lost. The Apple SIM should rectify that for users traveling to countries with participating carrier partners.

At launch, only AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S. and EE in the U.K. have signed on. Apple does hint that more may be available in the future, however.

"And when you travel, you may also be able to choose a data plan from a local carrier for the duration of your trip," the company said.

The Apple SIM appears to be a traditional hardware SIM, and likely works by having its identification number registered with each of Apple's participating carrier partners. Apple has previously explored embedded SIM technology, but those plans were shelved following a carrier revolt.

Apple's iPad mini 3 will also ship with an Apple SIM, but there do not appear to be plans yet to offer it as a standalone solution.

Sony Reports That PlayStation Network Is Experiencing Problems


If you’re having trouble logging into the PlayStation Network or playing online, you aren’t alone. Users have reported and we have confirmed that the PSN is not fully operational right now.
According to the PlayStation Network support site, the service is showing as “Offline.” We are unable to view our friends list, send messages, or play online, but the PlayStation Store and downloading seems to be working fine.

Apple announces 27-inch iMac with Retina display


The all-new iMac with Retina display boasts a 5,120-by-2,880 pixel resolution with a total of 14.7 million pixels crammed into a 27-inch panel, which Apple calls "Retina 5K display."

Compared to a 4K display, Retina 5K has 67 percent more pixels, or seven times the pixels of a normal HD display. The pixel-dense panel is shoehorned into a chassis that is only 5mm thick at its thinnest edge.

Apple needed to invent new technologies to achieve the super high resolution pixel densities in a small package, include oxide TFT, Organic Passivation to reduce cross-talk, new power-efficient LED backlight modules and a completely new timing controller. Despite the new graphics, the new iMac is 30 percent more energy efficient than the previous version.

The new iMac starts shipping today starting at $2,499 with a 3.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and Radeon 290X graphics chip, both of which can be upgraded to more powerful components.