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4/9/2017 - News This Way Comes...

Welcome to your weekly update of the week’s gaming news.

April 4 - Sony revealed a trailer for the PS4 ports of the Jak and Daxter games. Jak and Daxter: the Precursor Legacy, Jak II, Jak 3, and Jak X: Combat Racing will be available for purchase through the Playstation Store later this year. In contrast to the prominent trend of HD remasters for classic games the Jak series is simply being ported to the newer console.

The move may be a bit of a scramble on the part of Sony to capitalize on the burgeoning nostalgia for 3D platformers. With Yooka Layle coming right around the corner and Super Mario: Odyssey later this year, the release of some classics of a similar ilk from the PS2 era makes a bit of sense. Of course, only the first Jak and Daxter is a 3D platformer in the classical sense. The other three games took a bit of a dark turn.

April 6 - The Xbox hardware team spoke to Digital Foundry about the details of the upcoming Xbox Scorpio, the upgraded version of the Xbox One. According to the hardware team, the Scorpio will boost the performance of all Xbox one and Xbox 360 backwards compatible games. Boosts will include smoother running games, improved resolution, reduced screen tearing, and faster load times. The Scorpio will also ditch the Kinect port, finally.

April 7 - GameStop admits that some credit card information stored on their website was hacked. Credit card data from GameStop online customers was found for sale. The issue was first reported on the KrebsOnSecurity blog of Brian Krebs former Washington Post reporter.

Two sources in the financial industry told KrebsOnSecurity that they have received alerts from a credit card processor stating that was likely compromised by intruders between mid-September 2016 and the first week of February 2017.

For their part, Gamestop is apologizing for the breach:

We regret any concern this situation may cause...GameStop would like to remind its customers that it is always advisable to monitor payment card account statements for unauthorized charges. If you identify such a charge, report it immediately to the bank that issued the card because payment card network rules generally state that cardholders are not responsible for unauthorized charges that are timely reported

That about does it for this week’s news. So who’s preordering a Scorpio?

Oh, and here’s a rundown of what’s been happening over on the SWS YouTube: