Gamers Digest: August 26


by Stephen Janes (@stephenkjanes)

The Gamer’s Digest is designed to inform you Nerds with all the latest happenings in the world of video games. Today’s news primarily comes from Gamescom, where both Sony and Microsoft have major announcements regarding their future consoles, plus we talk about some awesome features in both Call of Duty: Ghosts and Grand Theft Auto V.

More Info on Grand Theft Auto Online

Grand Theft Auto V is looking like an early contender for Game of the Year, and it hasn’t been released yet. Fans were recently treated to a video that explained in more detail what the online mode would feature. To paraphrase, it’s hard to think of the things you can’t do in GTAV. Over 700 missions, full character customization, in-game investment, a range of activities and objectives make September 17 a much anticipated date for gamers, but the online portion of the game will not be available until October 1.

Call of Duty: Ghosts aims to Take Franchise to Next Level

The announcement and reveal of some new features in Call of Duty: Ghosts made every gamer salivate over the next shooter installment. New improvements to some already outstanding graphics, new gameplay modes, weapons and features are just the start of it all. Infinity Ward also acknowledged the range of gamers supporting them by adding female avatars to the multiplayer modes, as well as a new ‘Call of Duty ID,’ which enables gamers to transfer their information to the next-generation of consoles. To watch the full reveal from Gamescom, click here.

PlayStation 4 to be released in November

The PlayStation 4 will be released in the United States on November 15 and in Europe on November 29. The console will run $399 and, while we aren’t entirely sure what will be shipped with the console in a few months, that hasn’t stopped pre-orders from skyrocketing at Amazon and Gamestop. Sony made the release date announcement during their conference at Gamescom, which you can watch here.

Next-Gen Consoles offering Exchange Program

Both Microsoft and Sony have announced that they will be offering their own upgrade systems when buying games available for the next-gen. Sony has announced that games on both the PlayStation 3 and PS4 can be purchased for the PS3 but downloaded “at a significant discount” for the PS4. For Xbox owners, Season Passes and DLC will transfer from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One with your Gamertag, as will some game stats (Call of Duty, Battlefield). So far, we don’t have too much information about what games will fall under the Sony exchange program, but it sounds like it’s under the discretion of the developer to include this feature or not.

Who is super excited for GTAV? Are you ready for the next Call of Duty title and which console will you be getting it for? Have you pre-ordered your PS4 yet? Sound off in the comments below.

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