Xbox has a “desire to keep COD on PlayStation”

Today: PlayStation’s creator doesn’t think much of the Metaverse — SteamDB has compiled a list of Steam Deck compatible games — Pimp your PS5 with Sony’s official console covers

Activision games will stay multiplatform

Crash Bandicoot 4

Now that Microsoft has revealed its intent to acquire Activision Blizzard, the natural question is what such an acquisition might mean for the availability of major franchises like Call of Duty on PlayStation platforms.

Sony does not seem particularly worried about losing the Activision Blizzard catalogue, and the publisher has also stated that there are no plans to pull any games from any platform.

  • Sony stock dipped following the announcement of the acquisition
  • Crash Bandicoot used to be PlayStation's unofficial mascot
  • Call of Duty is a regular best-seller on PlayStation
  • Microsoft is likely to make some games exclusive to Xbox and PC

No removals: “We will honor all existing commitments post-close. As with Microsoft’s acquisition of Minecraft, we have no intent to remove any content from platforms where it exists today,” said Activision.

Multiplatform: Sony told the Wall Street Journal that existing contractual agreements will help keep franchises multiplatform, and Microsoft has indicated Activision Blizzard's catalogue will remain multiplatform.

Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, spoke out on Twitter last night, saying he "had good calls this week with leaders at Sony. I confirmed our intent to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation.

How do you fight Noob Saibot in Mortal Kombat II?

a) Win 25 Vs. Matches in a row.
b) Fight with only low kicks.
c) beat Arcade Mode without losing
d) Perform a fatality at The Pit II

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

PlayStation inventor unimpressed by Metaverse

Ken Kutaragi presenting a PlayStation 3

Ken Kutaragi is not very impressed by the idea of the metaverse – or even virtual reality. The PlayStation inventor simply can not see the point in creating a quasi-real world in the virtual one.

He feels the idea is more divisive than uniting since the metaverse would help remove you from the real world. Kutaragi is currently the CEO of Ascent Robotics, a Tokyo-based company specializing in artificial intelligence.

Faceless: “You would rather be a polished avatar instead of your real self? That's essentially no different from anonymous messageboard sites,” he told Bloomberg. The metaverse is the hot topic in tech today, although it remains unclear what the term really means.

Hot trend: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella mentioned the metaverse in his statement announcing the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, suggesting its IP had ‘metaverse potential.’

Steam Deck game compatibility list

Steam Deck animation

Valve’s Steam Deck is essentially a handheld PC, which means it should offer broad support for the existing Steam library. Valve has introduced a verification program that will help customers figure out what games work well with the device, and SteamDB has compiled a list of games participating in the program.

The list separates between verified, playable, and unsupported games. So far, 38 games have been certified – including Portal 2, Dishonored, Psychonauts 2, Total War: WARHAMMER II, and many more.

Support: 24 of the games are listed as playable, while only 5 are unsupported. Unsupported does not necessarily mean the games will not run, but they might lack features necessary for an optimal experience.

February: The list will keep growing as Valve prepares to launch Steam Deck next month. Dev kits shipped in September 2021, but availability of the device is still low and orders need to be reserved months in advance.

Curve, GSC and Disney publisher sales

Disney Sale EMEA Only banner

There are three big sales on over at IndieGala, starting with the Curve Winter Sale offering up to 90% off, meaning games like Peaky Blinders: Mastermind go for just £3.99.

Next up is the GSC Game World Publisher Sale with up to 80% off and finally the Disney Sale with 75% off games like LEGO Star Wars games in the EMEA regions.

Experience Notre-Dame on Fire in VR

Ubisoft and Pathé are joining forces to create a VR tie-in for Jean-Jacques Annaud’s docudrama Notre-Dame on Fire. It will be an escape game based on the fire that damaged the French national landmark.

VR MMO Zenith: The Last City out soon

Zenith: The Last City is out on Quest, Rift, PlayStation VR, and Steam VR next week, and that means it's time for a juicy launch trailer showing off the VR MMO.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm VR mod

Another fan-made VR mod, this time for Life is Strange: Before the Storm, a prequel to the first season of the series starring time manipulator Max.

How do you fight Noob Saibot in Mortal Kombat II?

Noob Saibot fights Baraka in MK II

ANSWER: Win 25 Vs. Matches in a row!

The early Mortal Kombat games weren't afraid of hiding secrets in weird places, from the fight against Reptile in the first game to unlocking Smoke in the third. If a few obscure secrets could keep people chucking quarters in the slots, then why hold back? If you wanted to fight Noob Saibot in Mortal Kombat II, all you needed to do was win 25 times in a row on versus mode.

While that's trivial in the console ports, it's a bit more demanding (both in terms of time and money) to achieve in the arcade version. If you actually reach Noob Saibot, he will probably mercilessly cut you down and force you to spend another 25 quarters to try again. Still, a great opportunity to practice those fatalities!

'Intent', 'desire', and 'value' were a few key words we picked out from Spencers comments on Twitter, the wordsmithing could perhaps be portrayed as Sony needing to play ball too. We may look back on this tweet in a few years time…

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!