The Update for week ending 3rd January 2016

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD and and we are back for 2016 with the top 3 gaming news stories of thest 2 weeks, Top 5, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Oculus Touch not making it till 2nd half of the year

Oculus’ virtual reality controller, the Oculus Touch, won’t make the Rift headset’s launch, the company announced. Instead, Oculus Touch will ship sometime during the second half of 2016.

The company said it needs more time to improve its Touch controllers, adding that it’s “made significant advances in ergonomics, and we’re implementing many changes that make Touch even more comfortable, reliable, and natural. We’re also implementing changes that improve hand pose recognition.”

“The feedback on Touch has been incredibly positive, and we know this new timeline will produce an even better product, one that will set the bar for VR input,” Oculus said in a blog post. “We appreciate your patience and promise Touch will be worth the wait.”

Oculus said that pre-orders for Touch will open a few months ahead of its ship date.

Touch was unveiled in June. Oculus founder Palmer Luckey showed off the Touch at the company’s E3 event, describing it as a lightweight, intuitive control scheme with a “low mental load” that enables natural gestures in VR.

2)New Tales of Berseria coming to the west this year

The next chapter in the Tales role-playing series, Tales of Berseria, will come west on the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC in 2016, Bandai Namco announced.

The announcement is one of several coming from the annual Jump Festa event in Tokyo. Tales of Berseria, announced back in June, is the 16th edition in the Tales franchise and follows this year’s Tales of Zestiria, which launched in October on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.

Tales of Berseria is supposed to launch in Japan in 2016. No launch window was given for its American release.

Other news from Jump Festa:
◾Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS-Force will launch in North America in 2016 on PlayStation Vita only.
◾The 3D brawler JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven will come west in 2016 on PlayStation 4.
◾God Eater Resurrection, the remake of God Eater Burst, and God Eater 2: Rage Burst, an enhanced edition of God Eater 2, will also get western releases. Resurrection launched in Japan in October and Rage Burst was a 2013 release there.
◾And One Piece: Burning Blood added Windows PC to its launch platforms. It had already been announced for PlayStation 4, PS Vita and Xbox One.

1) Valve apologies about what happened on Christmas Day

Valve issued a statement — and an apology — about what happened to Steam on Christmas Day, when users of the platform were exposed to the personal account information of other users. At the root of the issue, which affected about 34,000 Steam customers, was a denial of service attack and a caching error, Valve said.

A configuration error was to blame, Valve said, for exposing “sensitive personal information.”

“The content of these requests varied by page, but some pages included a Steam user’s billing address, the last four digits of their Steam Guard phone number, their purchase history, the last two digits of their credit card number, and/or their email address,” Valve said in a statement. “These cached requests did not include full credit card numbers, user passwords, or enough data to allow logging in as or completing a transaction as another user.

“If you did not browse a Steam Store page with your personal information (such as your account page or a checkout page) in this time frame, that information could not have been shown to another user.”

Valve said it’s working with its web caching partner to identify which Steam users were exposed during the 90-minute window on Dec. 25. The company said that “no unauthorized actions were allowed on accounts beyond the viewing of cached page information [and] no additional action is required by users.”

The Steam store was the target of a denial of service attack on Christmas morning, Valve said. And while that kind of attack is “a regular occurrence that Valve handles both directly and with the help of partner companies,” traffic to the Steam store increased 2,000 percent over the average traffic during the Steam Sale.

Valve’s response to the attack resulted in the error that exposed its users’ personal information, according to the company’s statement:

In response to this specific attack, caching rules managed by a Steam web caching partner were deployed in order to both minimize the impact on Steam Store servers and continue to route legitimate user traffic. During the second wave of this attack, a second caching configuration was deployed that incorrectly cached web traffic for authenticated users. This configuration error resulted in some users seeing Steam Store responses which were generated for other users. Incorrect Store responses varied from users seeing the front page of the Store displayed in the wrong language, to seeing the account page of another user.

Once this error was identified, the Steam Store was shut down and a new caching configuration was deployed. The Steam Store remained down until we had reviewed all caching configurations, and we received confirmation that the latest configurations had been deployed to all partner servers and that all cached data on edge servers had been purged.

We will continue to work with our web caching partner to identify affected users and to improve the process used to set caching rules going forward. We apologize to everyone whose personal information was exposed by this error, and for interruption of Steam Store service.

UK GAME CHARTS

The year ends with Call of Duty: Black Ops III comfortably rooted to No1, making it five weeks at the top in 2015, a record only beaten by FIFA 16 which managed six weeks. There is also no change at No2 as Star Wars Battlefront remains popular, having stayed in the Top 3 since launch. Fallout 4 finishes the year ahead of FIFA 16, jumping one place to No3, while the phenomenally successful football game and biggest grossing game of 2015 has to settle for No4. Grand Theft Auto V is a non-mover at No5, while Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Siege moves back up to its highest ever chart position, climbing three places from No9 to No6. Ubisoft’s other Top 10 title, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate holds on to No7 ahead of Just Cause 3 at No8 and WWE 2K16 at No9. Forza Motorsport 6 keeps another Microsoft title, Halo 5: Guardians out of the Top 10 as both games climb two places with Forza charting one place ahead at No10.

Still at No.5:            GRAND THEFT AUTO V

Down 1 to No.4:    FIFA 16

Up 1 to No.3:          FALLOUT 4

Still at No.2:            STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT

Still at No.1:            CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 5TH JANUARY

Amplitude (PS4) -Digital Only
Hardware Online (PS4) -Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 8TH JANUARY

Story Of Seasons (3DS)

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week

The Cravers Part 7

CTG Play GTA V Part 1

CTG Plays Fibbage 2 Part 3

GD & Cajr Play Rocket League Part 4

CTG Plays Keep Talking Part 2

CTG Play Star Wars Battlefront Part 1

IRN RYN Play Rise of the Tomb Raider Part 2

The CTG Podcast Live! Episode 74

Don’t forget that we are back with the live podcast this Wednesday. We return next Monday with the Update.

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