Minecraft on PS3 gets new skins and updates

/ by Thom Edwards

PS3 Minecraft players will be receiving a new update which will add some Sony themed character skins, as well as some small revisions and additions to the game.

From today, two new skin packs will be available to download. The first is based on Sony game characters and include skins of Nathan Drake from Uncharted, the four protagonists from Heavy Rain, some characters from Killzone and some from Sly Cooper. The second pack, called Battle of the Beasts, includes koalas, cavemen, an octopus, and Cleopatra.
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PS4 Update to Dim Lightbar on Dualshock 4

/ by Kyle Spencer

The upcoming PlayStation 4, 1.70 update, will allow users to dim and turn off the lightbar on the Dualshock 4 controller.

The update will also allow the HDCP off option for gameplay capture and a new video editing tool.

Along with the Dualshock 4 lightbar being used for certain in game features, the lightbar is also a beacon for the PlayStation Eye Camera. Each player would be indicated by a different color based on the order they pressed the PlayStation button.

By Popular Demand, Xbox Friend Notifications Make Their Return

/ by Kyle Spencer

Coming in the April update for Xbox One, the friends notifications will be making their return to Xbox Live.

The infamous “Friend Notifications” that were prevalent on the Xbox 360, never seemed to make its way to the Xbox One at launch, but was in the works. Surprisingly enough this has been one of the most frequently requested features for the Xbox One.

Aside from the return of the Friend notification, the April update will also include improvements to the Kinect, as well as the Game DVR by adding more on screen information about saves and game data.

Here is what Microsoft had to say about the upcoming system update.
•Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
•Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This actually was one of the most frequently requested features from the first preview wave and we made it a priority to include it in the April update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. We’ll also add the ability to view friends’ most popular apps.
•Blu-ray 50 Hz video output support for content recorded at 50 Hz will resolve video playback issues some Xbox Live members in Europe are experiencing.
•Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to fine tune the quality and reliability of Xbox One commands.
•Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
•Updates to Xbox One device management to address issues controlling TVs, set top boxes, and receivers that our customers have reported.
•New audio settings to tune how much volume is lowered when Kinect is used in communications.