Rare has a couple of games in development, according to Microsoft's Phil Harrison.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Harrison said that the studio has Microsoft's full backing and is working on a couple of exciting projects.

"I'm very happy to go on record to alleviate any of those concerns you might have," Harrison explained when asked about the future of the studio.

"We are very fortunate in having Rare and Lionhead in the UK as crown jewels of Microsoft Studios.

"Rare is working on a couple of things at the moment, which we will announce at the right time. But I'm really excited by the things they're doing and I believe you will be as well when you hear about them."

Describing Rare as an "incredible talent", Harrison said that they have some "very ambitious plans for the future".

The future of Rare was cast into doubt after the decision to remove Kinect as a mandatory requirement.

The Xbox One is now available without Kinect for the reduced price of £349.

Microsoft is working on a number of updates that will make the dashboard more accessible for users without the camera device.

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Guacamelee! will launch on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and Wii U in July, it has been announced.

The Super Turbo Championship Edition will be available to download from July 2 in Europe. The PS4 version launches on July 1 in North America.


Priced at £11.99 ($14.99), the next-gen ports contain an expanded story, including new content and DLC from the original release.

It also features new game areas, such as a fishing town and volcano, as well as new enemies and a boss battle.

New abilities include shadow swap, chicken bombs and the INTENSO combat mode.

The game also adds multiple save slots, as well as a dual currency system that supports permanent item unlocks.

The original game is out now on PS3, Vita and PC.


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Sony will release fewer first-party PlayStation Vita games going forward, it has been revealed.

Sony's Shuhei Yoshida believes that expectations have increased since the release of PS4.

Asked by Polygon if the PlayStation Vita would receive fewer first-party games going forward, Yoshida replied: "I would say, yes, that's correct.

"When we launched the Vita with Uncharted, it was amazing; PS3-like quality in your palm, but as time moved on, you are seeing PS4 quality and people's expectations for the graphic fidelity has gone up," he continued.

"It's very fortunate that the indie boom happened and they are providing lots of great content to Vita.

"Gameplay, game mechanic-wise, people want to spend 10 minutes, 15 minutes getting in and out. On Vita, it's great with suspended functionality, so these indie games really are great for that from a game design standpoint.

"Instead of watching big stories or cinematics, you can spend hours on Vita. So, I think that's actually the biggest star to help provide great content to Vita going forward.

"And we continue to make games cross-platform, especially on the digital side."

Sony recently confirmed plans to launch a PS4, PlayStation Vita console bundle.

Availability of the console bundle will reportedly be assessed on a regional basis.

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The Swapper has been dated for release on PlayStation platforms.

The puzzle title is slated to arrive August 6 on PS3, PS4 and PS Vita, according to developer Curve Digital.

"The Swapper is our first indie title to really push the limits of the PlayStation 3 and Vita," said Curve Digital managing director Jason Perkins.

"We've been able to really throw the power of the PS4 at the game, but we also want to ensure that when the game comes out, it looks great and runs well at 30 FPS on hardware that, in the case of the PlayStation 3, is over seven years old."

Originally scheduled to debut in May, the PlayStation version of the game was delayed twice to give more time to the developer to tweak the PS Vita and PS3 renditions.

It will be available as a cross-buy title across all three systems at launch.

Additionally, consumers will be able to pre-order the title at a discount in July.

Perkins previously confirmed that its current lineup of games won't hit the Xbox One.

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Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics have returned to Steam.

The classic role-playing titles are now available for purchase individually or collectively from the digital distribution platform, Bethesda has confirmed.

All three games have Steam Cloud enabled, and Fallout and Fallout 2 can be launched in either default or classic versions.

Default allows for higher resolution, while classic is the original, unmodified release.

Fallout Tactics is also unmodified and its multiplayer component functions via direct connect.

The Fallout trio was removed from Steam due to licensing and legal issues.


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Apple has added a new entry-level iMac to its product range, with prices starting at £899.

The 21.5-inch desktop computer packs a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 2.7 GHz, an Intel HD 5000 graphics chips, and 8GB of internal memory.

The machine also includes a 500GB hard drive, and the same 802.11ac WiFi connectivity, twin Thunderbolt ports and four USB 3.0 ports as previous iMacs.

Also in line with its predecessors, the new 21.5-inch iMac comes with the iLife and iWork software suites included, and will be compatible with the upcoming OS X Yosemite operating system.

Configure-to-order options include a 1TB hard drive, a 1TB Fusion Drive, and up to 256GB of flash storage.

The new 21.5-inch iMac is available today through the Apple Online Store.

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Facebook is taking on Snapchat with the launch of its latest app for iOS and Android, Slingshot.

Available only in the US, the service enables users to send time-limited photographs and videos that expire a short time after the recipient has opened them.

However, Slingshot sets itself apart from Snapchat by forcing recipients to send something in return before being granted access to the original content.

"Photos and videos that don't stick around forever allow for sharing that's more expressive, raw and spontaneous. We can connect the same way we like to live: in the moment," said Facebook in a blog post.

Facebook, which attempted to acquire Snapchat last year, is steadily increasing its presence in the mobile sector, having released news-based app Paper and a new iPad application this year.

A UK release date for Slingshot is yet to be announced.

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Facebook has launched a new app for iPad that puts gaming front and centre.

The update adds an additional column beside the News Feed, housing new sections called 'My Games' and 'Popular Games'.

'My Games' is a list of titles the user already plays with quick links for jumping into them, while 'Popular Games' is a recommendations service.

"We're testing new ways to help people discover more timely and entertaining content on tablet," said Facebook in a blog post.

"This update will surface content on the right-hand side of the iPad that's relevant to how people use tablets today, which is primarily to read news, watch videos and play games."

Facebook has confirmed plans to include game-based adverts in the new column in the future.

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Google's ambitious Project Loon, which aims to deliver internet access via floating balloons, is still going strong after its first year.

The web giant is investing further resources into the initiative, adding LTE capabilities to its latest floating hotspots to give them a greater transmission range than their WiFi-based predecessors.

The new balloons also offer improved data transfer speeds - 22MB per second to an antenna or 5MB per second to a mobile phone - and are capable of remaining airborne for much longer.

Google manufactured the balloons at -40 degree Celsius to match the conditions at 60,000 feet and uses its own system to predict the wind currents they will face, based on historical weather data.

Early trials have already been carried out in Brazil, and Google aims to run multiple test flights involving a large number of balloons over the next 12 months, with a view to launching a permanent set of balloons into the atmosphere in 2015.

"On Loon's two-year birthday, I would hope, instead of running experiments, we'll have a more or less permanent set of balloons," Google's Astro Teller told Wired. "Yes, Loon will be offering service."

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Samsung has entered a partnership with Spotify that will pair the music streaming service with a line of wireless speakers.

The move sees Spotify subscribers able to control Samsung M Series speakers directly through the platform's official app.


Furthermore, Samsung Wireless Audio Multiroom is the first product line to enable Spotify Connect to stream music to more than one speaker simultaneously.

News of Samsung's Spotify partnership follows confirmation that Apple has completed a big-money acquisition of Beats Electronics to boost its presence in the audio sector.

Comprising M5 and M7 speakers, Samsung's M Series can also be paired with a range of other hardware, including smart TVs and Blu-ray players.

Spotify is the world's largest music streaming service, with more than 40 million active users.

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