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Reports show no ‘practical difference’ between Sony’s PS5 models

by Igor Bonifacic, Engadget At the end of August, YouTuber Austin Evans posted a video on Sony’s updated PlayStation 5 “CFI-1100” console. He was one of the first to obtain the revised model and what he found after tearing down the console was that Sony had equipped it with a smaller and lighter heatsink. In testing the unit, Evans found exhaust temperatures were higher than on the launch variant, leading him to claim it “worse” than its predecessor. That’s a statement that led to controversy, and, in some cases, confusion over whether people should buy the updated CFI-1100 model. Now we have a more definitive answer on what the new heatsink means for the PlayStation 5. Working together, Digital Foundry and Gamers Nexus conducted an independent teardown […]

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‘Horizon Forbidden West’ PS4 buyers will get a free PS5 upgrade after all

by Jon Fingas, Engadget Sony won’t make you pay to upgrade Horizon Forbidden West after all. The company’s Interactive Entertainment chief Jim Ryan announced that Forbidden West PS4 players will get to upgrade to the PS5 version for free, as Sony promised last September. The tech giant “missed the mark” and will stand by its original pledge, Ryan said. The change of heart comes after Sony and Guerilla told customers they’d be limited to the version of the game they bought. If you started on PS4, in other words, you’d have to buy another copy to take advantage of PS5 features. Don’t expect a similar concession for other PS4-to-PS5 upgrades. Ryan made clear that all first-party cross-generation exclusives “moving forward” would include a $10 upgrade option for the PS5 edition. […]

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China further slashes kids’ gaming time to just three hours a week

by Daniel Cooper, Engadget China has announced a further crackdown on the amount of time children can play online video games, with the new limit set to just three hours per week. Bloomberg, reporting from local news sources, says that platforms like Tencent can now offer gaming to kids between the hours of 8-9pm on Friday, weekends and public holidays. It’s a significant and notable reduction from the previous rule, which had been generally capped at 1.5 hours per day in 2019. Earlier this month, Tencent was forced to cut the amount of time minors could play the smash hit mobile title Honor of Kings to just an hour on weeknights and two hours on the weekend. The added restriction is likely to impact the […]

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There’s already a new version of the PlayStation 5, and it’s got a very small but critical change

by Ben Gilbert, Business Insider A new version of the PlayStation 5 just launched, but it’s hardly distinguishable from the version that arrived in November 2020. The new PlayStation 5 model was first spotted in Australia by Press Start and later seen in other territories as well. What makes the new model different from the original model? It mostly boils down to a single screw: That’s the flathead screw that attaches the console’s base, which keeps the console standing upright. Since the PlayStation 5 launched late last year, anyone who’s been lucky enough to get one has had to use a screwdriver every time they wanted to attach or disconnect the base from the console. Like this: Frankly, it’s kind of a hassle, and […]

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Billion-dollar monetization giant EA shifts towards single player games

Billion-dollar monetization titan Electronic Arts is now re-embracing single player as it sets up profitable online tentpoles. by Derek Strickland, Tweak Town Following the breakout success of games like Jedi: Fallen Order, and with established online anchors like FIFA, Madden, Apex, and Battlefield established, Electronic Arts now seems more open to single player games. While the publisher’s billion-dollar live games offerings aren’t going anywhere, EA is now diversifying its portfolio across a spectrum of experiences. Live services no longer seem to be required for all of its games. The publisher has a number of single player-driven games currently in development, including a Dead Space remake. This one is actually a big example of EA’s turnaround. EA Motive, the team behind […]

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Grand Theft Auto 6 Release Date, Evolving Map Leaks Backed Up By Insiders

Reliable sources back up the latest Grand Theft Auto 6 leaks, hinting at the long-awaited game’s release date and its evolving Vice City map. by Dalton Cooper, Game Rant Tom Henderson has made a name for himself as being a reliable leaker when it comes to Battlefield and Call of Duty games, but recently he leaked information on the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 6 as well. According to Henderson, Grand Theft Auto 6 will be set in Vice City, the release date won’t be until sometime in 2024 or 2025, and it will have an “evolving map.” While these kinds of claims should always be taken with a grain of salt, they have since been backed up by more legitimate sources. Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier recently chimed in on […]

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EA Is Pulling Some Classics From GOG, And One Will Be Totally Delisted

by Zack Zwiezen, Kotaku Some classic PC games, including the fantastic and historically important Ultima Underworld series, are being removed from GOG on June 28. The games are on sale for next to nothing ahead of their removal. Yesterday, a member of the GOG team posted a notice that on Monday, June 28 at 1 p.m. UTC Ultima Underworld 1+2, Syndicate Plus, and Syndicate Wars would be delisted. For folks who already own the games, they will still appear in your digital library. However, after that date, it will no longer be possible to purchase the titles on GOG. Once Monday arrives it will only be legally possible to buy these games on EA’s own Origin store. However, Syndicate Wars in particular doesn’t currently seem to be available on Origin […]

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Halo Infinite Release Date Narrowed Down To ‘A Few Weeks,’ Phil Spencer Says

by Ian Walker, Kotaku Although a firm Halo Infinite release date has yet to be set, internal talks at Microsoft surrounding when to launch the game have narrowed from the months-long holiday 2021 release window to a handful of weeks, Xbox head Phil Spencer explained during a recent appearance on the Dropped Frames podcast. “We’ll have better clarity over the summer, but this isn’t a months thing, this is just down to a few weeks,” Spencer said. “Instead of picking this day and having to move it by a week, which at this point would feel like a fail, we don’t want to do that, so let’s wait until we’re really solid on what the date is.” Spencer also said that Microsoft is looking […]

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Xbox Will Be Built Into TVs, Xbox-Branded Streaming Devices Announced

Microsoft has high hopes for Xbox Game Pass and growing it into the future. by Eddie Makuch, GameSpot Xbox Game Pass has been one of Microsoft’s biggest success stories this generation, and the company is not slowing down. Microsoft on Thursday announced major plans to grow and evolve the service over time, while it also released new statistics that speak to its popularity. Microsoft is working with TV manufacturers around the world to “embed the Xbox experience directly into” internet-connected TVs. The idea is you’ll be able to play Xbox games with no additional hardware, except for a controller. This is a very big deal because it opens up a potentially much larger audience for Xbox: people who don’t want […]

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Blizzard has canceled BlizzCon 2021

by Igor Bonifacic, Engadget BlizzCon won’t return in 2021. Blizzard said on Wednesday the ongoing realities of the coronavirus pandemic make it too difficult to pull off the type of convention fans have come to expect from the studio. “Building an in-person BlizzCon is an epic and complex affair that takes many months of preparation… and ultimately we’re now past the point where we’d be able to develop the kind of event we’d want to create for you in November,” BlizzCon Executive Producer Saralyn Smith said. Instead, Blizzard plans to host a “global event” sometime early next year that will include both online and in-person elements. To make up for the cancelation of BlizzCon 2020, Blizzard hosted BlizzConline this past February. The online-only […]

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Sony to integrate Discord chat into PlayStation

by Nicole Lee, Engadget PlayStation users could soon have another way of communicating with each other. Sony recently announced that it was partnering with Discord and that it will be integrating the service into the PlayStation Network early next year.  “Our goal is to bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile starting early next year, allowing friends, groups, and communities to hang out, have fun, and communicate more easily while playing games together,” said CEO and President Jim Ryan.  We’re not sure yet how this integration will look like. Presumably this means that there’ll be some kind of Discord chat interface that’ll let you interact with your friends on PSN either through voice or text, though it’s […]

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Xbox Series X just beat PS5 to this killer AMD graphics upgrade

Xbox game developers can now offer boosted visuals thanks to AMD’s FidelityFX software. by Tom Pritchard, Tom’s Guide The Xbox Series X just got a healthy graphics update. It’s all thanks to AMD’s ‘FidelityFX’ technology, which has just been added to the Series X and Xbox Series S’ Game Development Kits (via VideoCardz). Not only does this mean the next-gen Xbox consoles can now get similar graphics boosts as AMD-powered PCs, it gives the Xbox Series X a major boost over the PS5. FidelityFX is a piece of AI-powered software that is able to offer a number of adaptive graphics enhancements for developers to include in their games. That includes variable shading, image sharpening, ambient occlusion, screen space reflections and more.  The point being that the visuals […]

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Naughty Dog is reportedly remaking the original The Last of Us for PlayStation 5

Studio said to have taken charge of the Project from another Developer in 2020 by Tom Ivan, VGC Sony Interactive Entertainment is planning to release a remake of the original The Last of Us for PlayStation 5. That’s according to a new Bloomberg report which claims the project was originally in development at PlayStation’s Visual Arts Service Group before the studio was switched to a support role on the game. The remake’s development is now being led by series creator Naughty Dog, which is said to have taken charge of the project following the completion of The Last of Us Part 2, which was released in June 2020. Michael Mumbauer, who has since departed Sony, founded the San Diego-based Visual Arts Service Group in 2007 with the […]

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Cancelled Game ‘Castlevania: Resurrection’ Resurfaces as Lost Prototype Is Found

Great news for video games preservation! More than 20 years after its official cancellation, Castlevania: Resurrection has once again become the source of speculation after a supposed early prototype of the Dreamcast game resurfaced. The reveal of the prototype happened thanks to the little-known site Sega Dreamcast Info, created and kept by Laurent Comby, a one-man team dedicated to preserving Sega games, commercials and technology. The revealed prototype supposedly pre-dates E3’s 1999 presentation of Castlevania: Resurrection, when journalists were able to access a playable version of the game behind closed doors. This was the only time the game was ever shown to some sort of public, until last weekend, when a video of the prototype emerged. In the video, we can see a rough version […]

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PUBG Lite is shutting down at the end of April

Fs in the chat by Bijan Stephen, The Verge There are a few different versions of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds — the game that popularized the battle royale genre and inspired a legion of competitors — which you can play on everything from your underpowered phone to your high-end gaming rig. At the end of April, however, the list will be one entry shorter: PUBG Lite, the free-to-play version of the ultimate life and death fight specced for lower-end machines, is going dark on April 29th. New downloads were shut down on March 30th. In its note to fans, Krafton, the game’s publisher, didn’t give a reason for the impending closure. Here’s what it said in full: We are deeply grateful for the passion and support from the […]

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Call of Duty games get a big update that reduces file sizes

Season Two Reloaded also lets you remove game modes you don’t play. by S. Shah, Engadget With each new update, the latest Call of Duty games have seen their combined size grow to gargantuan proportions. To lighten the load on your hard drive, Activision is reducing Warzone and Modern Warfare‘s overall file sizes across platforms by more than 30GB and over 10GB, respectively, as part of its Season Two Reloaded release. The catch is that the latest update (complete with data optimization perks) is “larger than usual” at 7.4GB to 14.18GB for Black Ops Cold War, and 52GB to 57.8GB for Warzone. Bloated file sizes are a frustrating characteristic of modern AAA games that developers are increasingly seeking to address. Last year, Epic Games shrank Fortnite‘s total size by […]