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Weekly gaming news roundup (for the week of February 3)

Here's this weeks news roundup courtesy of the fine folks at Podcast Unlimited. We are currently gearing up for the relaunch of our show and cannot yet provide you with a link to go listen in. However, we won't let that stop us from brining you your weekly update.

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So without further ado, let's get to the news.

1. Pre-ordering Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming shooter, Titanfall, will not grant players access to the game’s beta, according to Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella.

There is no word yet on how to get into the beta or when it will be available, though reports suggest it will run from February 14-19.

Titanfall will hit Xbox One and PC on March 11 in North America and March 13 in Europe and Australia. EA announced the delay of the Xbox 360 version this week, which will now launch on March 25 in North America and March 28 in Europe. The beta has only been confirmed for Xbox One and PC.

2. Update 1.60 for the PlayStation 4 dropped this week, adding support for the Pulse and Pulse Elite Edition headsets.

Additionally, Sony revealed the PlayStation Gold Wireless headset, which boasts 7.1 surround sound, a hidden noise canceling microphone and custom modes made to “enhance your favorite games.”

The headset is compatible with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita (via cable) and PC, with a battery reported to last for eight hours of gameplay, priced at $99.99.

3. Sony is awarding the winners of the PlayStation 4 First to Greatness competition with limited edition models of the PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset, according to an email obtained by Examiner.

The contest was announced just a few weeks after the PS4 launched in North America, consisting of 64 challenges anchored around PS4 launch titles like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Knack, Lego Marvel Super Heroes and more. The first player to compete a challenge and upload their achievement to Facebook via DualShock 4’s Share button was then featured on the official First to Greatness website.

All 64 challenges have been completed and the winners can expect their headset to ship in 8-10 weeks.

4. Microsoft revealed that Satya Nadella will replace Steve Ballmer as the company’s new CEO.

Nadella was formerly Microsoft’s head of Cloud and Enterprise.

"During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella," Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates said in a press release. "Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth."

Additionally, the company announced that Bill Gates will be stepping down as chairman and assume the role founder and technology advisor, he will also remain on the Board of Directors. John Thompson, former lead independent director, will step up as chairman.

5. During an investor earnings call this week, Activision revealed a third studio that will develop Call of Duty games: Sledgehammer Games.

This years Call of Duty will be made by Sledgehammer, the studio who helped Infinity Ward with Modern Warfare 3. Sledgehammer will continue to make Call of Duty games along with Infinity Ward and Treyarch, allowing each studio three years of development time.

This would presumably mean that Treyarch’s first next-gen Call of Duty is scheduled for next year and Infinity Ward will return in 2016.

6. The next installment to the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, Sonic Boom, is slated to launch in 2014 for Wii U and 3DS, SEGA announced.

The game will feature redesigned character models, combat, exploration and focus on collaborative gameplay. Sonic Boom will also introduce the Energy Beam, called Enerbeam, a “tether mechanic that will allow the Sonic Boom world to be discovered in totally unique ways.”

Big Red Button Entertainment is behind development on the Wii U version while Sanzaru Games is working on the 3DS adaptation.

What's your favorite news to come out this week? Make some noise down in the comments section.

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