This Week’s Top Stories: January 14 – 19, 2013

Welcome to another instalment in our weekly news digest where the team at PSU Towers picks our favourite slices of gaming gossip from the past seven days. See below for the week’s highlights.

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Rumor: PS4 may be revealed as early as May

Hiroshi Sakatomi, vice-president of Sony Home Entertainment, has hinted that the PlayStation 3’s successor may be announced as early as May 2013.

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PS4 to launch at $400, says analyst

Analyst Colin Sebastian reckons Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles will hit shelves for $350-$400.

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Journey receives most 2013 DICE Award nominations

Today the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences announced the nominations for its 16th Annual DICE (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Awards. The PlayStation 3 exclusive Journey has nabbed the most nominations – 11 to be exact.

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Metal Gear Rising demo release date announced

A playable demo of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will be released in Europe on PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Marketplace on January 23, Konami has announced.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us handed release date

Warner Bros. has staple-gunned an April 19, 2013 release date to upcoming superhero brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us.

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Atelier Ayesha European, North American release date announced

Tecmo Koei Europe has announced the European release date for Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk through a post on their Facebook page earlier today: March 8, 2013.

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Free PlayStation mobile game every week for six weeks

Sony is pushing its PlayStation Mobile platform over the next six weeks by giving away a free game every seven days. The PlayStation Mobile app can be downloaded via the PlayStation Store on Vita or any other PlayStation Certified device and currently offers a range of cut-price titles.

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Splinter Cell Blacklist dated

Ubisoft has tacked a target release date for Splinter Cell: Blacklist for Aug. 20. We also have a brand new trailer for the game below. Blacklist features Sam Fisher leading the Fourth Echelon.

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Rumor: PS4 has half the RAM, but faster and more efficient, vs. Xbox 720

The latest smattering of rumors regarding Sony’s next-generation PlayStation paint a rosy picture of the system’s potential performance, placing it alongside the Xbox 720 in technical circles of the Internet.

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White PlayStation 3 Superslim console coming to North America

The Classic White Bundle will launch for $299.99 on January 27, 2013.

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII fall release confirmed in new trailer

Today, Square Enix released an extended version of the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII trailer shown at Jump Festa in Japan.

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Rumor: PS4 to ditch the DualShock pad design

The DualShock controller will finally be retired with the launch of Sony’s next-generation PlayStation console, codenamed Orbis.

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