New PlayStation 4 rumors emerge. Working title named 'Orbis'

New rumors have emerged via a reliable source that the next PlayStation will be released sometime late 2013/early 2014. The console’s name, or at least its codename, is Orbis and a few bits of rumored information about the system has been revealed.

The source supplied some general specifications about the console, but seeing as its rumored to not be released for nearly two more years, these specs will likely change, even if they are accurate.

- AMD x64 CPU
- AMD Southern Island GPU
- Resolution of 4096x2160
- 3D games in 1080p

The source also stated that select developers have been given dev kits for the new console.


Some more unconfirmed information about the systems capabilities have also been revealed. The upcoming console will not be backwards compatible with PlayStation 3 games and the system will include some sort of piracy measure that will restrict users from playing pre-owned or used games. In order to play these used games, consumers will need to pay a fee to unlock or register the game.

One of the many FAKE prototype images of Sony’s next console.

It’s important to remember that none of this information is confirmed at this stage but is offered up by a source who has been reliable in the past. Only time will tell what Sony plans to do with an upcoming console and only Sony will be the company responsible for confriming this information.



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Epic Mickey 2 officially announced, Epic Mickey 3DS incoming [UPDATE].

An Epic Mickey game has also been announced via Nintendo Power magazine for the Nintendo 3DS. The game will be titled
Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion and will be developed by Dreamrift, who were also the developers for the Nintendo DS title Monster Tale.

Source: Siliconera

The developers for ‘Epic Mickey 2’, Junction Point, have officially announced the sequel to the rather successful ‘Epic Mickey’ that was released in 2010.

The sequel will be titled ‘
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two’ and will be released sometime in the second half of this year for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii. There was no planned release for Wii U which was speculated when rumours first emerged about Epic Mickey 2. There were also recent rumours that suggested an Epic Mickey game would be coming to 3DS as well but that has not been announced.

The game has been revealed to have co-op, full-voice acting and a stronger focus on the games music, as well as featuring the disney character ‘Lucky the Rabbit.’


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Final Fantasy Theatrhythm coming to US and EU this year.

The recent rhythm spin-off game ‘Final Fantasy Theatrhythm’ for the 3DS has been confirmed to release in the US and Europe sometime in the middle of the year. The game was recently released in Japan to great reviews and sale numbers.

The game is rhythm game that includes memorable songs and characters from past Final Fantasy games. It also features paid DLC, a first for the 3DS, which has not yet been confirmed for US or Europe. The game has not been officially announced for release in Australia yet, but as the game is being released in Europe, it will most likely hit our shores.



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It was never a question of ‘If’ Mega Man II should be featured on VGM of the Week, it was a question of ‘When’. Jump on in to check out our 20th VGM of the Week article!

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Next installment in the RPG Maker franchise comes out this week

The next entry in the Enterbrain series of RPG Maker engines is coming out this week, on the 15th of March. This instalment is named RPG Maker VX Ace and is mostly based off RPG Maker VX, which was a dramatic change from the previous entry, RPG Maker XP. This marks the fifth program released in the series, since RPG Maker 2000 was translated by the famous Don Miguel. I have very fond memories of playing around with the RPG Maker’s by Enterbrain when I was younger, and will be checking this one out.

You can check out more info, and pre-order the game (with a discount incentive)


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Sim City planning big return for 2013

Electronic Arts and Maxis have officially announced the return of one of the biggest PC franchises, with a decade spanning since its last release. At this stage, the game is simply titled SimCity and will be released solely for the PC sometime in 2013.

There is some concept art, as well as a reveal trailer for the game which can all be seen below.



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Leaked screenshots of Assassins Creed III

Some screenshots of the upcoming Assassins Creed III game have been leaked and they reveal some gorgeous imagery. The new main character in named Connor and thats pretty much all we know about him at this stage. You can check out all the screenshots after the jump.