From magical butterfly attacks to a new Halo Collection trailer, this is the news roundup.

Secret Graphic Options Uncovered in Watch_Dogs?

Watch_Dogs released to moderate success, with the game currently sitting around the high 70’s on Metacritic while we gave it a 9/10. (Check out our review here)

However, one of the recurring criticisms throughout reviews is that the game looks significantly downgraded graphics-wise from what we first saw at E3. Looking through the PC files for Watch_Dogs, a modder came across certain hidden graphical options that weren’t present in the main game. Turning on these options does increase the graphical fidelity of the game but may cause bugs like textures not popping in or overall slowdown.

After the hidden options were uncovered, Ubisoft released this statement:

“The dev team is completely dedicated to getting the most out of each platform, so the notion that we would actively downgrade quality is contrary to everything we’ve set out to achieve. We test and optimize our games for each platform on which they’re released, striving for the best possible quality. The PC version does indeed contain some old, unused render settings that were deactivated for a variety of reasons, including possible impacts on visual fidelity, stability, performance and overall gameplay quality. Modders are usually creative and passionate players, and while we appreciate their enthusiasm, the mod in question (which uses those old settings) subjectively enhances the game’s visual fidelity in certain situations but also can have various negative impacts. Those could range from performance issues, to difficulty in reading the environment in order to appreciate the gameplay, to potentially making the game less enjoyable or even unstable.”

Playstation Now Enters Beta

Playstation Now (Sony’s service for streaming games) has entered beta, meaning we have more information on how the service will work.

First off the bat, a wired connection is necessary to use the service. Streaming games requires a fairly fast internet connection speed, meaning a wireless connection isn’t an option. Beta testers are also reporting that slight slowdown can be experienced, especially when comparing a streamed game to an on-disc game. How this might affect quick paced games like Street Fighter or game mechanics like quick-time events could be a turn-off of the service.

One last piece of information coming out of the beta is the pricing. Currently games like Deus Ex: Human Revolution are available to rent in different time amounts. The minimum time is 4 hours of rental for $4.99, with the maximum being 90 days for $29.99. Downloadable games like Guacamelee are also on the service for the same time amounts, however the prices are much lower than triple-A games as $14.99 allows you to rent Guacamelee for 90 days.

This is just a beta however, and these prices may not be what ends up in the final version which is due out July 31st for America and a later unannounced date for Europe.

YouTube Supporting 60FPS

While YouTube videos are currently capped at 24fps, YouTube announced recently that they will be rolling out support for 48 and 60 frames per second video. This is big news for the gaming community of YouTube as gameplay videos are about to look a lot prettier.

In the past Youtube has made some decisions that upset gaming related channels, including a couple months back when a new copyright claim system was introduced which took down a wealth of game related videos. With this 60FPS update it’s nice to see YouTube supporting gamers.

Arbiter Trailer Released For Halo Collection

Shown during the 343 Industries panel during RTX, the terminal trailer for the Halo Collection shows off ‘The Arbiter’, the secondary protagonist of Halo 2.

While there’s no gameplay present in the trailer, it’s still enough to get people hyped for the Halo Collection which was announced during Microsoft’s E3 press conference this year. Containing every numbered halo game released, the Master Chief Collection is out November 11th.

Butterflies and Parasols In The New Hyrule Warriors Trailer

I remember it was a real pain collecting all the bugs in Twilight Princess to give to a small girl called Agitha, but had I know this is what she was using them for, I would of collected them a lot quicker.

Agitha, the latest character announced for the upcoming Wii U game “Hyrule Warriors” is shown off in this trailer obliterating enemies using bug based attacks as well as a parasol. My favourite attack has to be at the 0:32 mark where she hops upon a giant golden butterfly before dive-bombing into a crowd of enemies.

Hyrule Warriors is due out this fall.