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Platform PS3, 360, PS4, Xbox One Publisher Activision Developer Bungie Release Date 2014-09-09 Price at Launch $59.99

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Destiny's beta comparison video: PS4 versus Xbox One

Now that both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have access to the Destiny beta we thought it would be fun to compare what the first few minutes of each looked like. Do keep in mind that while the PlayStation 4 beta runs at 1080p, the Xbox One beta is running at 900p. That will change at launch when both hit the 1080p mark. Both videos were captured using the console's built-in video capture app. Now drop into the video to have a quick look-see at how the two versions compare, and why I'm constantly mocked when I play shooters, no matter the platform.

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Bungie pays up $95K to the composer behind Halo

Bungie is paying $95,000 to composer Marty O'Donnell following a lawsuit against the company and chief executive Harold Ryan over unpaid benefits after being let go by the company, Venturebeat reports. The settlement includes $38,385 in unpaid work, and this same amount once more in damages. With legal fees and interest this comes to a total of $95,019.13. The suit, filed on May 1, claims that Bungie violated its agreement to pay employees for "unused vacation, paid time off, sabbatical time and other benefits." The document states that there are other, separate grievances against Ryan "that are being pursued in arbitration." A response from Bungie was filed on May 27 denying all allegations. The composer was let go on April 11 "without cause," according to a tweet he posted at the...

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Destiny beta goes offline for two days

The Destiny beta for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 will be offline today and tomorrow, developer Bungie said this morning on Twitter. The beta will return Wednesday, when it will also launch on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. We are beginning the process of taking the Destiny Beta offline for maintenance. It shall return on 7/23 for all registered testers. — Bungie (@Bungie) July 21, 2014 Bungie launched the beta on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 last Thursday, July 17. Today and tomorrow, July 21-22, the beta will be down for maintenance as the studio prepares its servers for two new platforms. Bungie will bring the Destiny beta back to PS3 and PS4 at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 23, and will simultaneously launch it on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. From then, people on all four...

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Destiny doesn't have cross-platform play so last-gen players aren't at a disadvantage

Destiny doesn't support cross-platform multiplayer because Bungie didn't want players with more powerful consoles to have an advantage; When it comes to things like shooting, a difference in a pixel or two could making the playing field uneven, engineer Roger Wolfson told Digital Trends. The decision to not let PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 players participate together and Xbox 360 and Xbox One players together goes back to the initial game design. Bungie determined how many players they want roaming each space, and from there balanced the experience so it translated well across all four consoles. The decision to do this is because Bungie wants to provide the same multiplayer experience for each machine. "I'll speak for the hypothetical player," Wolfson said. "I have a disadvantage...

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Destiny producer rediscovers emotional 17-year-old secret on beta's launch

The production team at GOG.com found a secret message coded into the executable of the original Dungeon Keeper that hasn't seen the light of day in nearly 20 years, much to the delight of Jonty Barnes, Director of Production at Bungie. Barnes stepped away from the Destiny war room late last night, on the first day of his new title's official beta, to tell Polygon how happy he was that someone had finally found it. "That is my message," Barnes confirmed via direct message on Twitter. "17 years ago. I remember writing it but have not seen it since." At 4 a.m. one day in June 1997, Barnes was putting the final touches on the classic Dungeon Keeper, a title on which he shared design credits with Peter Molyneux. Just before the master was sent off, he took a moment to stash these lines in...

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Special edition The Last of Us and Destiny-themed PS4 consoles coming to Japan

New images revealed by Sony this week show off two new PlayStation 4 models themed around the upcoming releases of Destiny and The Last of Us Remastered, with both models coming to Japan soon. The white-colored Destiny console looks quite a bit like the Destiny console planned for Europe, with the addition of a Destiny logo on the Japanese version. You can check that out below. The other upcoming bundle, The Last of Us Remastered PS4, also includes the game's logo as well as silhouettes of protagonists Joel and Ellie on a black console. You can check that out above. Both consoles will ship with a copy of their respective game. The Last Of Us console will cost 47,980 yen (or roughly $473) and be released on Aug. 21. The Destiny-themed console is priced at 46,980 yen (or rouhly $464)...

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Destiny players, your beta code will probably be emailed to you (update: codes emailed)

Bungie.net is currently experiencing "heavy traffic," and beta codes for Destiny are expected to be emailed to players shortly, according to a tweet from the developer's official Twitter account. The site doesn't appear to be down for everyone; several people on Polygon's staff were able to access beta codes without problem. Updates are expected as Bungie continues to address the issue. Earlier today, the PlayStation Network began having problems of its own with less than half an hour to go before Destiny's beta began for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. If you're still having trouble getting your code, fear not. You can always watch us stream the game on Twitch. Update: As of 3:25 p.m. ET, Bungie had finished sending out all PSN download codes for PS4 and PS3 to beta participants,...

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We streamed the Destiny beta

The beta for Bungie's shared-world shooter Destiny kicks off today, and we'll be streaming the first few hours of gameplay live on Twitch — that is, just as soon as we get on and fight tooth and nail for that precious download bandwidth. We'll be streaming the PlayStation 4 version of the game, hopefully battling alongside many of you. For those of you who are unfortunately stuck at work or otherwise without access to the Destiny beta, enjoy our online shenanigans. If you have questions about the game or requests for us to do something in particular, we'll be keeping an eye on Twitch chat and the comments in this post. You can watch our individual streams on Twitch (Brian Crecente, Dave Tach and Michael McWhertor) or watch embedded below. The Destiny beta will run July 17 - 28 on PS3...

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PlayStation Network experiencing issues ahead of Destiny beta launch

The PlayStation Network isn't working properly at the moment, with less than half an hour to go until the scheduled start of the beta for Bungie's Destiny on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, according to Sony's support site. PSN service is "intermittently available," according to the site, due to a high volume of users attempting to log on. The Destiny beta is set to go live on PS3 and PS4 at 1 p.m. ET today, which is the likely cause of that volume. We've reached out to Sony for more details, and will update this article with any information we receive. Check back on Polygon after the beta kicks off to see coverage from our team.

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Destiny beta giveaway: We've got 100 codes!

The public beta of Destiny launches later this week. Anyone who pre-orders the game will get access to the beta, but what if you'd rather not plunk down cash quite yet? Well, we've got you covered. We've got 100 codes to giveaway. Here's how it's going to work: Every day this week (the week of July 14) we'll be posting a batch of 20 codes to our Facebook page. The codes will go up sometime between noon ET and 5pm ET, which should give multiple timezones a chance to take advantage. (UPDATE: There were some concerns of bots taking all the codes almost instantly, so we've changed up the rules a bit. We'll hand-mail codes each day to 20 random people who like/share the Facebook post. This should be good news for you, as it means you don't have to keep refreshing for hours on end.) If you...

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North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2014-09-09
    • Price at Launch $59.99
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Bungie
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2014-09-09
    • Price at Launch $59.99
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Bungie
  • PlayStation 4
    • Released 2014-09-09
    • Price at Launch $59.99
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Bungie
  • Xbox One
    • Released 2014-09-09
    • Price at Launch $59.99
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Bungie
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