Minecraft boss is now in charge of all Xbox game efforts

Microsoft has promoted Matt Booty, a leader in the Minecraft games business, as corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios, making him the top game executive reporting to his boss, Phil Spencer, executive vice president for games. [Source: venturebeat.com ]

What We Want in the PS4 update 5.50; PSN Name Change and Other Essential Features

From PlayStation Universe: “The PS4 update 5.50 beta is about to begin and everyone has the chance to participate and see what new features are coming up in the new firmware patch.” [Source: psu.com ]

The Last of Us Director Says Was Greatest Thing to Happen to his Career

Straley spoke to podcast host Liam Edwards, former QA tester at Rockstar Games, about his final day at Naughty Dog and the rewarding feeling that it finally granted him. [Source: onlysp.com ]

First Look at Nintendo Labo

Get ready to Make, Play and Discover with Nintendo Labo! Nintendo Labo is a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences that combine DIY creations with the magic of Nintendo Switch. Available on April 20, 2018. [Source: youtube.com ]

God of War Stone Mason Edition Revealed

Gadgets 360 says: “An ad from US retailer Gamestop has revealed the existence of a special edition version of PS4-exclusive God of War. Called the God of War Stone Mason Edition, it comes with a statue, steelbook case, lithograph and a host of other items.” [Source: gadgets.ndtv.com ]

The Last of Us Director: “…most rewarding thing of my entire career.”

Straley spoke to podcast host Liam Edwards, former QA tester at Rockstar Games, about his final day at Naughty Dog and the rewarding feeling that it finally granted him. [Source: onlysp.com ]

Hennig: People Ask for Story Based Games But Aren’t Necessarily Buying Them, They Just Watch Them

Amy Hennig talked about the rising costs of game development as a real problem. She said that loot boxes and the focus on games as a service are the publisher’s answers to this issue and matters are made worse when people ask for single player games but don’t actually buy them, preferring to watch online. [Source: wccftech.com ]

The Last of Us Director Says Leaving Naughty Dog Was “Greatest Thing” to Happen to his Career

“The Last of Us and Uncharted 4 director Bruce Straley recently opened up about his departure from developer Naughty Dog and the changes of his work ethic since then.” [Source: onlysp.com ]

Why are so many people playing PUBG on Xbox One?

3 million and growing. [Source: knowtechie.com ]

New Alien Game Announced

About time.   FoxNext Games Acquires Game Developer Cold Iron Studios and announced a new shooter for the Aliens franchise. [Source: sknr.net ]

Nintendo Will Announce “A New Interactive Experience” for Switch Today

Nintendo is preparing an announcement related to Switch for today, January 17 at 10 pm UK time. The advertisement can be found on the company’s pages from other regions, but all are focused on the same message and do not indicate more clues. [Source: gametransfers.com ]

PS4 Sales Pass Six Million Units in Japan After Solid Second Week of 2018

Today Media Create released its new hardware sales chart for the Japanese market, and combined with historical data, it revealed that the PS4 has reached a new milestone on the local shelves. [Source: dualshockers.com ]

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