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PlayStation Now Open Beta Coming to U.S. and Canada Beginning July 31

SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC LOGOSony Computer Entertainment Inc.’s (SCEI) open beta for PlayStation Now, the company’s streaming game service that leverages cloud-based technology, will become available to PlayStation 4 (PS4) users in the mainland U.S. and parts of Canada on July 31. The service will subsequently expand to PlayStation 3 (PS3) systems in September, followed by PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV by the end of this year in the U.S. and Canada.

SCE has been conducting a private beta on PS3 systems with select participants since this January, and more recently with PS4, and has been working towards the delivery of the open beta while receiving constructive feedback from users. By expanding the beta to the general public, SCE will give more gamers the opportunity to experience the benefits of game streaming, and also continue to collect user feedback to further evolve the service. [Read more...]

Panzer General Online Features Elements of Classic Card and Board Games

PanzerDragonscreenshotUbisoft recently launched the open beta for Panzer General Online, the historically inspired, turn-based tactical battle title from Blue Byte. A free-to-play browser-based game, it combines elements of collectible card games and board games, and features a robust, single-player campaign and intense multiplayer matches.

During closed beta, the development team worked closely with its community to gather feedback and implement improvements, optimizing the mechanics of the booster packs and fine-tuning the balance of both the single-player and multiplayer battles. The newly added Skirmish 2.0 multiplayer mode allows gamers to enter player versus player battles with pre-constructed decks so that new and advanced players can face-off on equal footing.

Panzer General Online will be supported by new content releases through open beta and into its launch.

Skylanders Announces Beta Launch of its Virtual World

Image Credit: universe.skylanders.com

Activision Publishing, Inc. has launched Skylanders Spyro’s Universe, in beta, which will add another dimension to Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure. The virtual world allows kids to engage with Skylanders characters and fellow players.

Found online at www.universe.skylanders.com, the Universe is a fantasy realm of floating islands designed to encourage world-building, exploration, and friendly competition. Players who own the game or figures can input each figure’s code, or use the Portal of Power, to bring them to life inside the universe.

Those who don’t own a figure can join the virtual world by creating a free online account. Eon, the helpful Skylanders guide, will then provide newbies with a digital starter kit. For more information, visit www.universe.skylanders.com.

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