PS5 release date SHOCK – Could FIFA, Madden, Battlefield skip next Sony PlayStation? | Gaming | Entertainment

Electronic Arts has cast doubt over the future of consoles like the Sony PlayStation 5.

EA’s Chris Evenden told attendees at the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference (via GamesIndustry.biz) that streaming services through smart TVs could be the future of gaming.

“I think it’s inevitable that the gaming entertainment world will move in much the same way that the music and video entertainment worlds have already moved, in the sense that people have moved from an ownership model to an access model,” he said.

“And you’ll see that in gaming, just as you’ve seen it with Spotify and Netflix in other media businesses.”

EA already has its Origins service on PC, not to mention EA Access on Xbox One. Likewise, both Sony and Microsoft have launched subscription-based streaming services for their games.

“That infrastructure barrier is still there, but it’s shrinking very rapidly,” he continued.

“And we think in the next couple of years, you’ll see some major technological announcements that will prove to be commercially significant in the next three to five years.”

Not having to buy a new console would make it cheaper for gamers, and potentially expand EA’s audience.

“Right now if you want to play FIFA in the United States, it will cost you $460,” Evenden added. “You have to buy the game; you have to buy the console.

“In a streaming world, it could be $9.99 a month. The commercial details have to be worked out, but whatever number it ends up at is very much less than $460. So that extends your market, because all you need locally is literally a smart TV.”

It could be that the PS5 won’t launch with titles like FIFA, Battlefield and Madden, or maybe the next generation PlayStation won’t release at all.

Sony’s Shawn Layden recently suggested that the PS5 would be a long time coming.

Layden said that it would “probably be some time” before the PS5 is released, which suggests that talk of a 2018 launch is premature.

He also addressed concerns that Sony would start releasing PS4 Pro-only titles.

“That will never happen!” he said. “With the Playstation 4 Pro we have for the first time implemented this kind of innovation within the life cycle of a console.

“The Pro is really only to offer advantages such as 4K resolutions and HMD for players who can and want to use that.

“Add to this a more stable image rate and larger hard disk space. But [PS4 owners have] no real disadvantages. Each of our games will continue to run on the classic PS4 and possibly slightly better on the Pro.”

Xbox One news: Battlegrounds update, NBA 2K18 release, FIFA 18 Ratings | Gaming | Entertainment

Steam’s runaway success story, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is getting a new map before it launches on Xbox One.

While still without a release date, the new PUGB desert map looks set to at least be ready for when the console version of the game arrives.

Battlegrounds on Xbox One has been confirmed as launching in 2017, albeit very close to the end of the year.

A recent Steam update has been datamined and appears to have revealed the new desert Battlegrounds Bluehole Inc. have been working on.

The layout of the new PUBG map has now made its way online, showing a minimap view of where players will be exploring and battling for loot.

As you might expect, this new desert map doesn’t include any water but does appear to have several large urban areas.

Hard Luck looks set to become the biggest city in Battlegrounds, while other locations have also been revealed.

These include Murderland, Fracture and Dirtbag, which all sound pretty intriguing.

While fans will be eager to start plotting out their routes, it should be noted that this new PUGB map is still very much in development.

A lot of what can be seen in the new pictures will probably stay the same, however, there’s always the chance that Bluehole Inc could make some small but decisive changes in layout.

According to the latest information provided by Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene, the new location will be about the same size as the game’s existing 8×8 km map, Erangel.

It was originally thought that the new desert terrain would rank at about 4×4 km, however, Greene has confirmed that things have changed since it was first announced.

The NBA 2K18 early release date was set for September 15 but only for those who pre-order the game.

Anyone who does, gets the official Early Tip-Off Edition, which grants early access and is available on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Everyone else has to wait until September 19, although there’s also the option of downloading the NBA 2K18 Prelude demo.

The download size is around 11.76 GB and offers a taste of what’s to come later this week.

“Fans can get an early taste of NBA 2K18 with this free, downloadable experience that begins their journey into The Neighborhood, the groundbreaking new way to play NBA 2K,” the official prelude description explains. 

“The Neighborhood brings together the most loved elements of NBA 2K together into a shared world for players to truly experience the life of an NBA athlete, both on and off the court.”

Here’s a breakdown of some of the new content being released with this year’s version of the game:

The Neighbourhood: The future of sports career modes has arrived, allowing you to play the game the way you like. Build your career in NBA games, hit the courts in The Playground Park, join the Pro-Am circuit, or explore the shops and venues in an all-new open neighborhood setting. Featuring new MyPLAYER upgrade and endorsement systems, our biggest cast of characters to date including NBA players, and so much more.

The Road to 99: The overarching meta-game that rewards users for improving their MyPLAYER’s overall rating, regardless of which modes they choose to play. Featuring a unified badge system across Pro-Am, Park and your NBA journey in MyCAREER, your attributes, animations and badges all combine to define your play style on your road to a 99 overall rating.

Updated Create A Player: Create the MyPLAYER you want, whether scanning your face with the MyNBA2K18 mobile app or building something custom using our preset options. Hairstyles have been updated with numerous new options to choose from, and body weight and height are more accurately represented to ensure the unique look you want for your MyPLAYER.

For anyone who might have missed it, EA Sports have been revealing the best FIFA 18 players and their ratings over the past week.

EA have already confirmed the top 100 and have now revealed the FIFA 18 player ratings you should be looking out for from the Premier League.

As you’d imagine, the top 30 players from the Premier League in FIFA 18 are dominated by the usual suspects of Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City, Tottenham and Liverpool.

Manchester United have a total of six players in the top 30, the same amount as Manchester City.

Tottenham also have six, Arsenal have four, while Liverpool managed just one player.

Chelsea – who have a total of seven stars in the top 30 – fans will be the most happy of the bunch though, with Eden Hazard confirmed as the best rated player in the Premier League.

TOP 30 PREMIER LEAGUE FIFA 18 STARS:

  • 30. Juan Mata
  • 29. Dele Alli
  • 28. Bernardo Silva
  • 27. Alexandre Lacazette
  • 26. Henrikh Mkhitaryan
  • 25. İlkay Gündoğan
  • 24. Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 23. Jan Vertonghen
  • 22. Vincent Kompany
  • 21. Harry Kane
  • 20.  Romelu Lukaku
  • 19.  Philippe Coutinho
  • 18.  Toby Alderweireld
  • 17. David Luiz
  • 16. Diego Costa
  • 15. Cesc Fàbregas
  • 14. Petr Čech
  • 13. N’Golo Kanté
  • 12. Paul Pogba
  • 11. Christian Eriksen
  • 10. David Silva
  • 9. Mesut Özil
  • 8. Hugo Lloris
  • 7. Zlatan Ibrahimović
  • 6. Kevin De Bruyne
  • 5. Thibaut Courtois
  • 4. Alexis Sánchez
  • 3. Sergio Agüero
  • 2. David De Gea
  • 1. Eden Hazard

Madden NFL 18 review – PS4, Xbox One sports game benefits from FIFA 18’s best feature | Gaming | Entertainment

Madden NFL 18 is out now on PS4 and Xbox One, and judging by the spate of new features, EA Sports has been busy in the off season.

The latest entry in the Madden NFL video game series is packing some significant new features, most notably a single-player story mode called Longshot.

Taking a cue from FIFA’s Journey mode, Longshot is a story of redemption in which a promising young quarterback named Devin Wade takes one last crack at superstardom.

EA Sports has also added a new co-operative Ultimate Team called MUT Squads, and given the visuals a bit of a makeover.

Has EA Sports done enough to score a winning touchdown? Check out the Pros and Cons review gallery below…

Madden NFL 18’s biggest and brightest new addition is the Longshot story mode, which is essentially the NFL version of FIFA’s Journey mode.

Proving that virtual sporting stories are here to stay, Longshot adds some much needed character and personality to what can sometimes be a dry and clinical game.

It’s also a handy way of learning the ropes, especially with a game packing as much jargon as this.

Madden NFL 18 also features some of the best match-day presentation in a sports game, not to mention unrivalled character models and animations.

Co-op play adds a new dimension to Ultimate Team, which has been getting a little stale in recent years – and not just in Madden.

Because everything is better when played with friends, MUT Squads is perfect for anybody who’s fallen out of love with Ultimate Team.

Only hardcore fans are likely to notice any significant changes on the field, which isn’t so much of a criticism as an observation.

The Madden NFL series has always been a safe pair of hands, making it harder to radically improve from one year to the next.

Fortunately, EA Sports has managed to introduce lots of new off-field elements that make Madden NFL 18 the best entry yet.

Madden NFL 18 has all the depth of previous years, but new additions like MUT Squads and Longshot make this the perfect package for newbies and veterans alike.

Ask Brian: I deliberately smashed my boyfriend’s Playstation because he kept choosing FIFA over me


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Brian O'Reilly

I’m fed up being neglected for video games.

My boyfriend is always on his Playstation, I’ve spent countless hours at his just sitting beside him while he plays FIFA, forbidden from speaking. He never lets me play because I “don’t take it seriously” and just have a mess. It’s a video game not the bloody world cup final.

Last weekend we were meant to go out with my friends and he backed out at the last minute, to stay home and play his game.

I was so embarrassed and had to pretend to my friends that he’d come down with something.

The next day I was over in his a little worse for wear after the night out, and I saw red. When he went to the toilet I took the playstation from the shelf and dropped it on the floor. It looked fine on the outside but I could hear something had come loose on the inside. I panicked, I only did it in the heat of the moment. So I just put it back on the shelf and  then seduced him to distract him.

Later that evening when he went to play it again, instead of watching the new Fifty Shades of Grey with me which I’ve been waiting ages to see and he knows that.  Sure enough, it wouldn’t switch on. I deserve an Oscar for my “shocked” performance. Inside I was delighted.

The thing is, his younger brother who’s only 11 was the last one playing it and has got the blame for breaking it. My boyfriend could hear something loose on the inside and assumed his brother knocked it or something that morning.

His little brother a little brat and always breaking things around the house, so it wasn’t a stretch. I left my GHD on the floor in my boyfriend’s room before and he stepped on it and broke it. He only said “sorry” and didn’t offer to buy me a new one.  I know he didn’t mean the sorry either because he’s a smarmy little git.

Now his parents have grounded his younger brother for breaking it and not telling the truth and owning up.

Should I tell my boyfriend it was me and that I did it by accident? I’m happy the playstation is gone.

They can’t ground his little brother forever can they? It’s just like karma for him breaking my GHD isn’t it? He needs to learn some manners so I think maybe I’m doing him a favour in the long-run by keeping quiet, plus the playstation is gone.

I know things are messy, but I think they’ll work out ok?

 

Brian replies:

Where to start.

There are several problems here, and all of them are to do with you.

You should never have smashed his property because you feel you’re being neglected.

There are other ways around this issue; talking with him about it would be first on the list,  property damage doesn’t feature on our list of possible solutions.

I know you said it was a heat of the moment action, but you might need to examine your anger issues if lashing out physically is how you express yourself.

The act of damaging the playstation is bad enough in itself; allowing a child to take the fall for it is really appalling.

I don’t know how old you are, but given you mention a night out and a hangover I’m going to assume you’re 18 of over, and should definitely have more sense and decency than to blame a child for your actions.

Whether you get on with your boyfriend’s little brother or not is irrelevant – it’s not right to stand by and allow him to take the blame for something he didn’t do.

It’s not “karma” for him breaking your GHD. Guess what? When you leave things on the floor, there’s a risk of people standing on them.

Maybe him standing on it was karma for you being careless enough to leave it there in the first place? Your logic cuts both ways.

It’s abhorrent that you would let a child take the blame for something that happened because you can’t control your temper.

The very fact you wrote the email suggest you know what you’re doing is wrong – I don’t think you would expect anyone to condone the behaviour.

You need to own up. Tell your boyfriend it was an accident if you want to limit the damage and cover your own back – but you can’t continue to allow a young boy be punished for it.

I think you really need to examine your actions here and ask yourself if this is the sort of person you want to be – causing property damage because you don’t get your way and then letting a child take the fall for it.

If your boyfriend knew what you had really done – deliberately broke the playstation and then lied about it – I think your relationship would be over.

Maybe you need to consider he isn’t the source of all the problems in your relationship and that you shoulder some of the blame.

If you feel neglected in the future talk to him, and if that doesn’t sort things out then finish the relationship.

Property damage is not the answer.

 

Do you have a problem you’d like some advice on? Email askbrian@independent.ie  to submit in confidence.

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FIFA 18 Preview – Preview

Back in July, I got my first glimpse of FIFA 18 for Nintendo Switch and I was quite hopeful after seeing the game running on the hardware. Sure, it wasn’t impressive on the television, but nothing beats the feeling of a true portable FIFA. Electronic Arts kindly invited me to their business area at Gamescom, where I got a full look at the game. The results are, no joke, even more impressive than I realized.

The first standout element that stood out to me was the controls, though histroically it is one of the things FIFA thrives on. Good physics and controls go hand in hand with great football video games. The team at EA Bucharest took the blueprint of FIFA on other systems and faithfully translated it to an engine suitable for Nintendo Switch. The advanced control scheme, which gives you access to fake passes among other moves, is fully intact on Switch. Even nicer is the fact that these controls have been adapted to the Switch’s multiple control schemes.

This can be felt when you play with the Joy-Con on their side. While you lose some functionality in the process, every button is used to perform an action and make the game competitive. You move yourself around with stick and the six buttons allow you to tackle the most important moves. This way of play is perfectly suited for an introduction to FIFA. The game is set up to make grasping the controls quick and easy. It is also possible to switch to a two button mode, allowing you to start a game that is instantly pick up and play. Of course, more hardcore players can use the Joy-Con Grip or Pro Controller for more competitive and in-depth options.

The demo also had most of the shipping game’s modes available. I spent an hour in the Career Mode and went through it as a player, bringing him up from the youth leagues to the starting eleven. Next to this, I went for Seasons, where I could play against the various club and national teams on offer. Finally, I did some tests in the Kick Off Mode and compared the various options on display. The Switch experience is just as you would see anywhere else, with all of the essentials included except the cinematic story mode.

Naturally, the key feature and a selling factor is FIFA Ultimate Team. Sadly, due to the way the test units were set up, a final verdict wasn’t available. I’ve seen the ways you can play with FUT teams and they seem functional, though we’ll need to see how grindy it will be in the end. I can’t wait to FIFA anywhere I go. The pure joy of playing it in the handheld mode makes me a believer and actually root for this version’s success. Some will dismiss it and recommend the games on the bigger systems, but none has this kind of potential.

FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch has so much going for it. After spending time and tinkering around with its options, it seems clear that they want to give Switch owners as much of the experience as possible. The ability to play the sport everywhere is powerful and helps to digest a daily dose of football. We are only weeks away from its release and I couldn’t be more excited. Bring it on!

FIFA 18 Demo release date CONFIRMED for PS4 players, same time as Xbox One | Gaming | Entertainment

Strangely, there hasn’t been a confirmation from EA Sports directly and as such, we’ve had to check the official Microsoft Store for further details on when the FIFA 18 Demo release date will be arriving on Xbox One.

What we do know is that PS4 players will be able to access the free playtest on September 12, on PS4, reportedly at 1am, BST.

This has now been confirmed as the same time as the Xbox One, as listed on the Microsoft Store.

“You’ll be able to play Kick Off mode with a selection from the world’s biggest clubs and stadiums, and preview of the next chapter in Alex Hunter’s story, The Journey: Hunter Returns ahead of the game’s official launch on 29th September,” Sony confirms.

“Player Personalities give some of the biggest stars in the world the distinct traits of their real-world counterparts, Team Styles let players mimic their favourite clubs’ distinct on-field tactics, and Immersive Atmospheres bring some of the football world’s most famous stadiums to life during matches.

“Plus, enjoy the brand-new broadcast overlays for La Liga and MLS, as well as vibrant and region-specific sights and sounds that make football’s biggest stadiums come to life.”

It was thought that the FIFA 18 demo was set to launch on Xbox One, due to a leak on the console’s official store.

FINAL FIFA 18 RATINGS REVEALED FOR PS4 AND XBOX ONE:

That listing showed the official release date as September 15,  so it’s currently unclear if Xbox One players will have to wait longer.

The official teams list has also been confirmed for the FIFA 18 demo and can be found below:

Play as one of these 12 top football clubs in Kick Off mode:

  • Manchester United
  • Manchester City
  • Real Madrid CF
  • Atlético de Madrid
  • Juventus F.C.
  • FC Bayern Munich
  • Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
  • LA Galaxy
  • Toronto FC
  • Boca Juniors
  • C.D. Guadalajar
  • Vissel Kobe

There are also four stadiums currently confirmed as playable in FIFA 18, these include:

  • Santiago Bernabéu
  • La Bombonera
  • StubHub Center
  • King Fahd Stadium

As mentioned above, players will also be able to experience the first part of the new Journey Mode, featuring Alex Hunter.

“Preview the next chapter in Hunter’s story in the Demo as he goes global alongside a star-studded supporting cast featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, James Harden, plus new playable characters,” the Sony statement adds.

“The future is bright, and the world is talking about Hunter… but life in football isn’t always fair.”

Nintendo Switch games price shock, Final Fantasy 7 update, FIFA 18 release news | Gaming | Entertainment

LA Noire is coming to the Nintendo Switch games list but will also cost more than on PS4 and Xbox One.

It’s now been confirmed that the physical release of LA Noire on the hybrid console will be higher than on rival devices.

The price is currently at $49.99 on Switch shelf release, around $10 higher than PS4 and Xbox One.

The reason for this is down to the Switch’s added costs when it comes to manufacturing the game cards.

Past launches have suggested that if a game is launching as both physical and digital releases, both platforms will cost the same.

However, if a game is launched as digital-only, publishers can usually get around the added costs.

LA Noire has been given a November 14 release date on the hybrid console and will ship with various upgrades.

The Nintendo Switch port will contain the original game and DLC, plus new control schemes.

“L.A. Noire for the Nintendo Switch features the complete original game and all additional downloadable content,” Rockstar explains.

“With specific enhancements including a Joy-Con mode with gyroscopic, gesture-based controls, HD rumble and new wide and over-the-shoulder camera angles, plus contextual touch screen controls for portable detective work.”

The Final Fantasy 7 Remake is one of the most eagerly anticipated PS4 games, and Nintendo Switch fans have also had some good news.

One bit of information in particular has emerged which will surely peak Nintendo Switch owner’s’ interest.

Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy 15, recently left fans speculating over whether he had teased a possible Nintendo Switch version of FF15 during a Twitch livestream at Gamescom.

“We can’t give you any complete solid details at the moment,” he said at the time.

“There’s another certain console out there that you may be thinking of, it sounds a little bit like your name Twitch.”

He was later asked about these comments by DualShockers after fans were left hoping Final Fantasy 15 could be heading to the Switch.

Tabata-san explained that his development team had been testing what kind of specs the Nintendo Switch can provide.

They tried testing the Luminous Engine, however, he said at this point in time his team can’t “bring out the most of the engine” on the Nintendo Switch.

And he also revealed that tests were carried out on the Switch for Unity and Unreal Engine 4, and both of these performed well.

Unity is used to power the recent Life Is Strange: Before The Storm which is published by Square Enix.

And Unreal Engine 4 is the engine that has been used to create the Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

The fact that the Unreal Engine 4 runs well on the Nintendo Switch at least give fans hope that something could arrive sometime in the future.

The FIFA 18 release could be the first of many EA Sports games to launch on Nintendo Switch.

With Nintendo Switch selling out fast and fans keen to play FIFA 18 on the go, EA Sports has suggested that the series will return in the future.

This could also open the door for other EA games to appear on the console.

Asked if fans could expect more FIFA games on Switch, EA Sports producer Andrei Lazarescu told Gamespot: “I think we are going to see more FIFA on Switch in the future.”

He also believes that FIFA 18 is the best portable version of the game ever produced, even if the Switch version does make sacrifices.

One of those sacrifices is the removal of story mode The Journey, which requires the Frostbite Engine.

Lazarescu explains more: “The Journey is a mode powered by Frostbite [the engine that current-gen versions of the game run on], it only exists because of Frostbite – they are not separate.

“You can’t just [put it on Switch] without taking the whole Frostbite engine. So because this doesn’t have Frostbite, it doesn’t have The Journey.”

Giving fans a small glimmer of hope for the future, Lazarescu said that it could happen if Frostbite ever comes to Switch.

“If we moved the [Switch] game over to Frostbite, then yes it could happen. But I don’t know if that’s going to happen. Frostbite is a very different beast.”

EA news: FIFA 18 demo launch day, Mass Impact Andromeda and Battlefield 1 DLC | Gaming | Entertainment

The FIFA 18 demo launch day seems to have been leaked early forward of the large announcement from EA Sports.

According to a new retail listing, the footy demo will start on September 15, 2017.

The FIFA 18 demo site went are living early on the Xbox Keep, comprehensive with a launch day and a 7.3GB file size.

Enthusiasts can access the demo site by selecting the Ronaldo Nazario ICON Bank loan after hunting for FIFA 18 material.

As YouTube channel DTT details out, the demo site seems in the list of “Is effective With” related material at the bottom of the site.

Categorical On line can affirm that the FIFA 18 demo did seem on the Xbox One console, but not the Xbox website.

This would necessarily mean it debuting all-around two-months just before the entire game, something that has took place in the previous.

We cannot be specified what groups will be playable, while it looks probably that they will be the same that have been obtainable to check out out at events like E3 and in the latest beta.

EA Sports have been allowing avid gamers to participate in a edition of FIFA 18 at several distinctive gaming events, with the groups obtainable listed down below:

Manchester Town, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSG, LA Galaxy and Toronto FC.

There could nevertheless be adjustments made to this list just before the FIFA 18 demo goes are living, on the other hand, it looks like a quite sound list of footy golf equipment to be incorporated.

Mass Impact Andromeda DLC may well have been scrapped, but enthusiasts have been given clean hope of new material.

BioWare a short while ago verified that Mass Impact Andromeda would not have any solitary-player DLC and that there would be no additional patches for the principal game.

But enthusiasts will be happy to hear that EA may well revisit the Mass Impact franchise in the potential.

That is in accordance to EA’s Patrick Soderlund, who described it as a magnificent universe with a large fanbase.

“I have witnessed persons declaring ‘Oh, EA’s not making an additional Mass Effect’,” he informed GameReactor.

“I see no explanation why we shouldn’t occur back to Mass Impact. Why not? It truly is a magnificent universe, it’s a liked [series], it has a large fanbase, and it’s a game that has accomplished a whole lot for EA and for BioWare.”

Soderlund warns that if it does return, it would will need to be clean and interesting.

Battlefield 1 In the Title of the Tsar DLC has lastly been given a launch day by EA.

In truth, the Battlefield 1 DLC has been given two launch dates for PS4, Xbox One and Laptop.

Offering enthusiasts the most effective explanation nevertheless to obtain a time go, Battlefield 1 In the Title of the Tsar has been given a September 5 launch day for Top quality Move holders.

This will be followed by a entire launch as a standalone pack on September 19.

The future DLC shifts the action to the Jap entrance, where by players will sign up for the Russian army in what is described as the most in depth Battlefield expansion to day.

In the Title of the Tsar options six new maps, as effectively as a host of new weapons, motor vehicles and calvary.

New maps consist of Lupkow Move, Albion, Galicia and Brusilov Maintain, while weapons consist of the Mosin-Nagant M91 and the Russian Conventional 1912 grenade.

Probably most interesting of all is the Offer Drop game mode, in which groups combat for supplies dropped by planes.

In the Title of the Tsar also provides woman soldiers to the game as portion of the very first Russian Women’s Battalion of Death.

FIFA 18 demo release date confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One? | Gaming | Entertainment

A new listing suggests that the FIFA 18 Demo release date has been set for around two weeks before the full launch of the game.

While the traditional FIFA demo has been confirmed as rolling out again this year, EA Sports have yet to make any announcements about it.

Officially, we don’t know when it is set to arrive or what it will include.

We can’t be certain what teams will be playable, although it seems likely that they will be the same that have been available to try out at events like E3 and in the recent beta.

But while EA Sports have yet to tell us everything about their next big demo release, reports have surfaced this week suggesting a release date.

According to a new retail leak, the FIFA 18 release date has been set for September 15 and will weigh in at around 7.3GB.

This would mean it debuting around two-weeks before the full game, something that has happened in the past.

As always, it’ll be worth taking this latest report with a grain of salt, with an official announcement likely coming very soon.

EA Sports have been allowing gamers to play a version of FIFA 18 at various different gaming events, with the teams available listed below:

Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSG, LA Galaxy and Toronto FC.

There could still be changes made to this list before the FIFA 18 demo goes live, however, it seems like a pretty solid list of footy clubs to be included.

And while fans wait to try out FIFA 18, they’ll also get the chance to try their hand at PES 2018.

PES 2018 will be available to play for free this week, as the demo goes live on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

The demo for the FIFA 18 rival has an August 30 release date on consoles and PC.

Unfortunately, there’s no official release time for the demo. Instead, a Konami spokesperson told Express Online that it’s in the hands of the respective platform holders.

PlayStation owners can expect the demo to go live at around 11am UK time on PS4 and PS3.

FIFA 18 Beta codes for PS4 and Xbox One: Everything you need to know about EA Sports test | Gaming | Entertainment

The FIFA 18 beta invites are being rolled out today and will only be coming to a select group of PS4 and Xbox One fans.

This is because EA Sports have changed how they perform the FIFA beta codes this year, with the company emailing players, rather than the other way round.

Here’s a warning from EA Sports: “We only have enough codes for the players that we sent emails to. If you didn’t get an email with a code, our Advisors won’t be able to give you one, nor do we have any available on the forums.”

The first step to getting an email is by opting into the service with EA and if you haven’t already, it’s probably too late.

This means going to the EA Sports FIFA Contact Preferences page and checking the first box.

The rules to participate include being 18 years or older, having internet access, an EA account and have accepted the User Agreement and the FIFA 18 Beta Agreement.

FIFA 18 CLOSED BETA CODE REDEEM LINKS:

PLAYSTATION 4

XBOX ONE

EA have also warned that Live streaming and image capturing of Closed Beta gameplay or forums is against the rules as is discussing the content of the beta on the forum.

The FIFA 18 closed beta weighs in at around 34GB, meaning a hefty download for PS4 and Xbox One participants.

There’s currently no fixed release time for when the FIFA 18 beta will go live, with the launch expected around tomorrow evening, August 10.

It follows the recent FIFA 18 Icons and FUT reveal by EA Sports, during a big live stream event, held in Chicago.

Fans can look forward to  new-look FUT pack openings, which now show players making extravagant entrances as they celebrate on screen while fireworks go off in the background.

EA Sports also revealed a new mode called Squad Battles, a weekly competition where you can face off against four different FUT 18 squads curated to play against your team.

There will also be featured Squad Battle where you can challenge the squads of your favourite content creators, footballers, pro FIFA players and celebrities.

For the eSports fans out there, EA Sports are also launching the Champions Channel, where full match replays from the top players in the world competing in the weekend league will be shown.

One of the biggest reveals of the night were the new FIFA 18 Icons, some which you can find below:

“The most iconic legends of football are coming to FIFA 18 Ultimate Team with FUT ICONS. 

“Explore distinct versions of each ICON with Stories, featuring unique items for milestone career moments. See the ratings for FUT ICONS like Ronaldo Nazário, Diego Maradona, Ronaldinho, and more. Further FUT ICONS will be revealed throughout the summer.”