GTA Online, after the initial blip at launch, seems to have gone down well with purchasers of Grand Theft Auto 5 on both sides of the PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360 divide. Last week, we brought you the news that GTA 5 Online was going to be getting quite a significant update, and today, Rockstar Games has commenced the process of rolling it out. The highlight here is the new Capture mode, which, as Rockstar describes, is “a GTA twist on classic capture the flag style confrontations,” and if you’ve been looking forward to playing some CTF on GTA, now you can!

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Grand Theft Auto 5 has been immensely successful this year, breaking all kinds of Guinness world records related to sales in the process. Despite selling tens of millions of copies, the first few weeks were somewhat hindered by the lack of a fully functional GTA Online from the get-go, and considering that this was one of the main reasons why many went out and purchased the game in the first place, it was a relief to finally see Rockstar iron out the kinks and launch it. Since then, multiplayer has been a joy to behold, and a new update to the fold will be allowing users to create their own deathmatches, races, and generally enjoy heaps more customization with the GTA Online experience.

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Microsoft’s decision to not offer any kind of backwards compatibility with the Xbox One undoubtedly ruffled a few feathers. The decision is entirely understandable from a business perspective, but it has definitely left a bitter taste in the mouths of many users who will go to great lengths to try and “enable” compatibility with older Xbox 360 games, even if it means putting their console at risk. Larry Hryb – better known as Major Nelson to most – has taken to his official Twitter timeline to warn Xbox One users of the dangers involved in enabling the built-in developer mode on the console in the hope of playing those old games.

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Fans of the work of Bungie, the people behind the Halo series of games, has announced that it expects to begin offering its new game for sale soon. Destiny will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4 and looks set to be quite the experience.

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Black Friday is quickly approaching, and with so many tech deals already announced by numerous retail outlets, consumers are going to have a real struggle deciding which are worthy of their hard-earned dollars. Microsoft has thrown up its own little headache in the Black Friday dilemma by announcing a series of Xbox 360 Game Store price-cuts. Yes, that is Xbox 360, as opposed to the just-released Xbox One. What, you weren’t hoping Microsoft would begin dropping prices this early on in the day, were you?

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Call of Duty has come under scrutiny in recent years, with critics quick to point out that each new version is merely a rehash of the previous, and that Infinity Ward / Activision is simply milking what has certainly become something of a cash cow, and the $1 billion made in 24-hours is there to prove it. But now, as YouTube user satantribal has pointed out, there may be a great deal of truth in this claim, since it looks as though the same cut-scene from Modern Warfare 2 has been reused with the all-new Call of Duty: Ghosts. A side-by-side video clip from both titles has been thrown together by the YouTuber that you can check out below, although it’d be a little cruel on some if we didn’t throw in a customary spoiler alert.

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In the 24-hours following the launch of Call of Duty: Ghosts the title has managed to bring in more than $1 billion in revenue through retail sales channels, breaking the record set by Grand Theft Auto 5 for reaching that same number in 3 days. The game’s publisher, Activision, has lifted the lid on first day sales figures in a publicly released press statement and announced that the whopping income has been accumulated through worldwide sales of the title into retail stores.

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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has, for a very long time, dominated the console market sales charts, and although Nintendo’s 3DS may have piped it to top spot in recent times, it has still continued to enjoy one-upmanship over the PlayStation 3 in the home entertainment system bracket; that is, until now. Thanks to the record-breaking success of GTA 5, which, it would seem, nearly every gamer went out to purchase, the PlayStation 3 has leapfrogged its close rival to outsell it for the month of September in the United States.

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It seems that no hugely hyped up video game comes without an attached set of problems these days. The sheer size and complexity of newly released games like SimCity and Grand Theft Auto V means that there is always going to be some unwanted little bugs hiding away somewhere. When you introduce variants of the game that are played purely online then you can be asking for real trouble if you don’t get it just right. Rockstar initially had teething troubles with GTA Online but it also seems like a bug in invite-only online games is allowing players to financially benefit to the tune of billions.

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Everybody loves to get something for free, especially if it’s one of the most iconic video games the Xbox world has ever seen. The 2007 released Halo 3 is now being offered as a free-of-charge download for those Xbox users with a valid LIVE Gold membership package. With a standard sale price of $15 it represents a fairly impressive saving for those Gold subscribers who want to get their hands on their very own digital copy of Bungie’s popular first-person shooter.

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Although the launch of Grand Theft Auto has been, as recently confirmed by Guinness World Records, an unprecedented success by all accounts, it’s fair to note that Rockstar’s efforts to get GTA 5 Online up and running has been more than a struggle.

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Even after a lengthy push-back that saw the initial Spring release wind up being delayed until September, we always knew Grand Theft Auto 5 was going to be a success story. What we were not perhaps aware of, however, was just how successful, and in counting up some of the numbers just a few weeks after the initial launch, we can now say unequivocally that GTA 5 is by far the biggest title to launch on any digital platform. Ever.

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Having the chance to try your hand at an upcoming, highly-anticipated title, is a reward for a die hard gamer in itself, but when the title is something like Battlefield 4, things get all the more exciting. That’s exactly what EA has done with the massively popular franchise, particularly the next-gen title in the series. Battlefield 4 beta has been made available to all interested, and across all the three major platforms, namely PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Piqued your interest? Read on to find out more.

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Grand Theft Auto 5 has taken the gaming world by storm, and although we’ve seen Call of Duty break records on an annual basis in what was becoming a one-horse race, Take Two/ Rockstar’s long-awaited title has eclipsed the opening numbers of any previous CoD release. As stores continue to replenish their supplies, the game’s creators have begun rolling out the online multiplayer functionality. As you might expect given the scale of the operation, there seem to be a few glitches with the service, but the take-home is that GTA Online is now in motion for both Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network.

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With the launch of two new iPhones commanding virtually every column inch in the blogosphere, it’s easy to forget that this week has also seen the release of the fastest-selling game of all time in Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto 5.

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With all the news being taken up with Apple and its almost impossible to find smartphones, it’s easy to forget that there were other big releases this week. Just days before the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c went on sale, arguably the biggest gaming release of the year happened.

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In the gaming industry, we’ve become accustomed to Call of Duty taking the crown as the biggest selling game year in, year out. But while we still await the impact of Call of Duty: Ghosts – set for release on November 5th – Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto 5 has already staked a claim to be this year’s biggest blockbuster; grossing an eye watering $800m in just one day. To put things into perspective somewhat, last year’s release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 made a paltry-by-comparison $500m, so, as some correctly predicted, Grand Theft Auto 5 is the fastest-selling game of all time.

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With the Xbox One almost upon us, it’s easy to forget that its predecessor, the Xbox 360, still has a fairly important role to play in the gaming world. With several key releases upcoming, including Grand Theft Auto 5, consumers will continue to purchase the console in their thousands. With that said, support for the older machine will eventually begin to dwindle as the Xbox One takes a stronghold, and Microsoft has just suggested that Xbox 360 support could cease in 2016.

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Grand Theft Auto 5 is almost here, and Rockstar Games, the developer-publisher of the popular franchise, is doing its level best to generate even more hype in anticipation of the September 17th launch than there already is. While naturally dismayed by the news that 40+ hours of the game’s famed music content leaked online last week, the company’s mission to feed Grand Theft Auto 5 fans plenty of teasers continues, and with several GTA 5 trailers of the title already having been released, including the GTA 5 online gameplay video, another official trailer of the lively Los Santos-based title has just been uploaded to YouTube.

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A move which we have been expecting for quite some time: Microsoft has finally made the decision to rid Xbox 360 customers of Microsoft Points in favor of real-world local currency. A Xbox update that is starting to filter its way around the world puts an end to the Points system and converts any Microsoft Points on an account into the local currency of the user.

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