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GameStop Announces Multi-Year Partnership with Microsoft

GameStop and Microsoft announce a new, multi-year strategic partnership just one month ahead of the Xbox Series X console launch. by Dalton Cooper, Game Rant Just one month prior to the launch of the Xbox Series X console, GameStop has announced a new multi-year partnership with Microsoft. The new partnership between GameStop and Microsoft is seen as a strategic move for both companies, as they will combine their resources for mutual benefit. The GameStop/Microsoft partnership will see GameStop stores integrate Microsoft technology. GameStop stores will begin utilizing Microsoft’s cloud-based data storage and business applications. This will assist store associates when it comes to learning customer preferences and will give them “real time information on product availability.” GameStop associates will soon […]

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A key selling point of the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles can’t be used on the vast majority of TVs

By Bill Gilbert, Business Insider This November, Microsoft’s new Xbox and Sony’s new PlayStation are scheduled to go head-to-head in a competition for control over the next generation of video game consoles. With that new generation comes the next major leap in graphics technology: Both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X are boasting 4K-resolution games at a stunningly high refresh rate of 120 hertz. What that means in English is crisp image quality paired with smooth motion. Games on both new consoles are promised to look better than ever. Whether your television is actually capable of producing those visuals, however, is another question. For a television to display 4K-resolution games running at such high frame rates, it needs […]

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PS5 Pre-Orders Are Being Cancelled

By Tyler Fischer, PS5 pre-orders are being canceled as a result of retailers taking more pre-orders than their supply. This month, PlayStation makers Sony announced the PS5 price and the PS5 release date. The moment it did this, retailers — such as GameStop, Amazon, Walmart, GAME, EB Games, and Best Buy — immediately began to take pre-orders, and it looks like most of them took more pre-orders than they should. In addition to Amazon sending out emails warnings pre-orderers they may not get a console at launch, GameStop Ireland has warned some of its pre-order customers they won’t get their console until 2021. It doesn’t end there though. VGC reports that UK retailer ShopTo will not be able to fulfill all of its pre-orders […]

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Microsoft buys Fallout creator Bethesda for $7.5bn

by BBC Xbox-owner Microsoft has acquired the games company behind blockbuster titles including Doom, Fallout, Skyrim and Wolfenstein. It is paying $7.5bn (£5.85bn) for Bethesda’s parent ZeniMax Media. Xbox has said that the publisher’s franchises would be added to its Game Pass subscription package for consoles and PCs. This could help make the forthcoming Xbox Series X more attractive than the PlayStation 5 to some players. Both machines are due to launch in November. Game Pass already gives players access to more than 200 games. Microsoft includes first-party titles at point of launch to those signed up to its “ultimate” package without further cost. By contrast, Sony has opted to charge players up to £70 for its own major releases […]

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Live PlayStation 5 photos reveal a truly giant console

A filing has shown Sony’s PS5 in live photos for the first time, and it’s particularly large — you’ll need to make room for the game console. by Jon Fingas, Engadget Sony’s PlayStation 5 hasn’t really appeared in live photos, making it difficult to gauge the size of the console. However, the game console has finally made a real-world appearance in a filing at Taiwan’s NCC (via The Verge) — and it’s clear the PS5 isn’t meant for small cabinets. While Sony hasn’t been shy about mentioning the PS5’s 15.4-inch length (or height), 10.2-inch depth and 4.1-inch thickness, the NCC’s photos put those dimensions into context. You’ll have to make room for this beast, whether you’re buying the Digital Edition or the disc-based model. […]

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Sony apologizes for PS5 preorder fiasco, says process ‘could have been a lot smoother’

Lucas Manfredi, Fox Business Sony took to Twitter on Saturday to apologize for the fiasco that ensued over the weekend after PS5 preorders were launched prematurely by retailers. “Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother,” the gamemaker said. “We truly apologize for that.” The company noted that it will release more PS5 consoles for preorders over the next few days, with retailers expected to share more details soon. PlayStation added that more PS5s will be made available through the end of the year. Sony revealed on Wednesday that the PS5 will cost $499.99 when it launches alongside the game maker’s $399.99 Digital Edition. The PS5 will launch on Nov. 12 in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea before being unveiled to […]

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Sony executive says PlayStation 5 will only be backwards compatible with the PS4 and gamers are divided: “Is this guy serious? This is the head of PlayStation?”

by Jonathan Lee; In The Know The post-event high of the PlayStation 5 Showcase has had fans buzzing, but new information from Sony has turned that buzz into mild disappointment. PlayStation 5 will not be backwards compatible with the PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3, as Famitsu confirmed (via Ars Technica). However, Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan told Famitsu that “99 percent” of PlayStation 4 games will be playable on the PlayStation 5. As Ars Technica also noted, this is an unusual change of heart for Ryan. In 2017, he questioned if PlayStation fans would ever take advantage of backwards compatibility in the first place, despite the fact that gamers have requested the feature for years. “When we’ve dabbled with backward compatibility, I can say […]

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Counter-Strike Pro Player Receives 116-Year Prison Sentence For Fraud

Shayene “shAy” Victorio has been convicted of fraud, but is fighting the charges, and likely won’t spend life in prison. by  James O’Connor via GameSpot A former Counter-Strike professional player has been hit with a huge sentence after a conviction of fraud. Universo Online is reporting (via translations from Business Insider) that Shayene “shAy” Victorio has been sentenced to 116 years in prison, after allegations of fraud were made towards an online store that she helped operate between 2013 and 2017. Victorio, who parlayed her success at professional Counter-Strike (Global Offensive and 1.6) into a large online following, is accused of operating a storefront that did not deliver on its sales to customers, with more than 100 customers left without items paid for or a […]

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can try xCloud in beta today

Microsoft wants a “smooth transition” to the full September 15th launch. by Steve Dent via Engadget Microsoft is releasing its Android xCloud game streaming service in beta today at 9AM, with just over a month remaining until the full launch. It’s currently only available in preview form for Xbox Insiders, but all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to access the beta version today from Google’s Play Store. “As we approach the launch of cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15, we’re entering a limited beta period to ensure a smooth transition of the cloud gaming experience to the Xbox Game Pass app on Android,” a company spokesperson told Engadget. “Existing Xbox Game Pass (Beta) app users […]

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Mark Hamill Had a Cameo in ‘The Mandalorian’ That Nobody Knew About

by Tim Baysinger via The Wrap Mark Hamill had a secret role in “The Mandalorian,” that nobody knew about until Friday. On the final episode of the behind-the-scenes docuseries “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian,” it was revealed that Hamill lent his voice to a character in the Disney+ series. And who he voiced is an Easter Egg hunter’s dream: The droid EV-9D9. Disney+ last aired a new episode of “The Mandalorian” in December. Don’t know who that is? “Star Wars” die-hards will tell you EV-9D9 is the same droid in “Return of the Jedi” that was responsible for registering new droid acquisitions in Jabba the Hutt’s palace. Even more, the episode in which he turns up — the fifth of the […]

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Coronavirus made working from home the new normal. So the FCC is giving us a new Wi-Fi lane

by Mike Feibus via USA TODAY SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – About a month ago, the internet started to list. Up to that point, online activity flowed more or less in balance, with work traffic relegated mostly to the business side of the ship. Then social-distancing directives forced much of the serious stuff over to the starboard side. Which is where we watch […]

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Henry Cavill Won’t Give Up Superman Role So Easily: ‘There’s Justice to Be Done’

by Zack Sharf via IndieWire The future of the DC Extended Universe might be a question mark, but Henry Cavill says in a new interview with Men’s Health he will not being giving up the role of Superman so easily. Cavill appeared as the Man of Steel in three DCEU films directed by Zack Snyder: “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and “Justice […]

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J.J. Abrams insists ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ will tell Leia’s story as intended

by Gregory Wakeman via Yahoo Movies UK The death of Carrie Fisher at the age of just 60 in December, 2016, was a tragedy that rocked the world of cinema. It was especially tragic for Star Wars fans because, while Fisher returned as Leia Organa in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, it has long been rumoured that the beloved character would feature much […]