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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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Evidence of ‘superhuman’ immunity to COVID-19

by REUTERS It’s being dubbed ‘superhuman immunity’. New research shows some people may have a significantly higher level of immunity to COVID-19 that could even protect them from future pandemics. Scientists studied individuals who have recovered from the virus and then later received a mRNA vaccine, such as Pfizer or Moderna. What they found was that protection against the disease and its variants was higher than immunity conferred by either infection alone or vaccine alone. Paul Bieniasz is a virologist at the Rockefeller University, he prefers the term hybrid, rather than superhuman immunity: “So this is a phenomenon that we and others have uncovered in people who were infected by SARS-CoV-2 early in the pandemic, and then some months later […]

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Will the Global Chip Shortage Accelerate the Death of Video Game Consoles like PS5 and Xbox?

Gamers are sick and tired of waiting for the next-gen consoles to be readily available Adrian Covert, SPY It’s been a weird 18 months, to say the least, and right when it seemed like life was getting back to business as usual, a global chip shortage is threatening to drive up prices of the electronics that are crucial to our lives such as laptops, printers and even automobiles. In the gaming world, some products are downright unattainable. Despite the fact that the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 were both released almost nine months ago, they’re both in extremely short supply. In theory, you can find PS5s for sale online, but in practice, the price gougers will get there first. Likewise, in the PC space, trying to […]

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Xbox Acquisitions Are Bearing Fruit, And Sony Should Be Worried

The future is going to be very bright for Xbox. by Jade King, The Gamer I can’t blame anyone saying that Xbox doesn’t have any games right now. In terms of killer apps to sell the Series X and S. However, it feels like Microsoft has outgrown this basic definition of what it means for a platform to ‘have games’ in the traditional sense. It doesn’t care about the console wars anymore, and neither should you – since attaching your self-worth to a brand is a bit sad. If you’re a subscriber to Xbox Game Pass, it has loads of games, perhaps too many, and this number is only set to grow larger in the coming months and years. While at the time […]

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CoD 2021 Geared for Next-Gen Consoles

By Peter “Synister” Jeffery, Gamer’s Outpost LLC The ever-popular Call of Duty series has remained a staple pick for those looking to show off their quick reflexes and eagle-eyed aim. Whether you enjoy futuristic firefights or prefer the boots-on-the-ground approach, Call of Duty has delivered numerous experiences over the years. From the brutal battlefields of WWII to present-day conflicts, the series has continually visited and revisited numerous theatres of war with each new entry. With the next title on the horizon, let’s run through everything we know about CoD 2021. As of writing, we don’t have an official release date set for Call of Duty 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped us from making an educated guess. By following similar CoD […]

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Here’s What Percent Of ‘Destiny 2’ Players Are Hunters, Titans Or Warlocks

by Paul Tassi, Forbes In case you haven’t heard the blaring trumpets surrounding the launch of the event, Guardian Games is live in Destiny 2 at reset today, the class-based competition where this time, Bungie is actually forcing you to commit to one class and one class only for the duration. Most people do this already, as juggling three classes and characters is a full time job (trust me, I know), but no more playing the field for people like me. It’s time to pick a main. I thought it would be relevant to revisit the breakdown of the player population in Destiny by class. It has been about a year since we got official numbers from Bungie, but I would […]

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Terminator Resistance Harkens Back To When The Franchise Ruled

by Zack Zwiezen, Kotaku Terminator: Resistance is another Terminator game, and those have been mostly awful. But I was surprised to find that this hidden gem isn’t a boring Call of Duty clone as the screenshots implied, but actually a remake of the classic Terminator shooters Bethesda developed back in the 90s. And it made Terminators scary again, something I didn’t think was possible. There have been a lot of bad Terminator games, and a lot of bad Terminator films! That’s why I never paid much attention to 2019’s Terminator: Resistance, along with its bland name and ho-hum screenshots on Steam. But after it came out I saw people praising it, comparing it to some classic Terminator games, and even enjoying it. So for Backlog […]

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Soapbox: I Don’t Think Sony’s Obsession with PS5 Blockbusters Aligns with Reality

Sammy just isn’t seeing it by Sammy Barker, Push Square The next three PlayStation 5 exclusives on Sony’s first-party docket are MLB The Show 21, Returnal, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – a baseball simulation, a bullet hell roguelike, and the long-awaited successor to Insomniac Games’ mascot platformer property. The previous three, in case you’re curious, were Destruction AllStars, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and Demon’s Souls – the latter two were launch titles alongside Astro’s Playroom and, yes, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Before that? Ghost of Tsushima. I’m sorry, but this emerging narrative that Sony is obsessed with only the biggest of its brands does not align with reality – at least not right now, anyway. I’ve read Jason Schreier’s excellent Bloomberg report on the current status of PlayStation’s first-party, and I think […]

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We could see some news for Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2 this week

Chris Carter, Destructoid If you could measure thirst, the wait for Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2 would be an ocean. It’s in a very unique position, to be sure. If the first Final Fantasy VII Remake bit bombed in every way, there probably wouldn’t even be a follow-up. But it was good! And it sold! So everyone is anxiously awaiting Part 2 for any number of reasons, which is definitely happening. A lot of us are curious as to how the team could possibly adapt the open world structure; a stark contrast to the more linear, yet personal Midgar setting. But for now, we can only speculate, as Square Enix hasn’t given us one iota of real info on Part 2. That could […]

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Xbox Live Gold was always going to drop the free-to-play paywall this year

by Jeff Grubb, Venture Beat On Friday morning, Microsoft announced it was increasing the price of its Xbox Live Gold subscription service. By Friday evening, it reversed that decision and then some. In an update to its news post about the price change, the company explained that it had “messed up.” And according to sources familiar with the matter, Xbox leadership came to that conclusion quickly after a loud public outcry from gamers — but also from feedback within other Xbox teams. Going forward, new and existing Xbox Live Gold subscribers can join the service for the current price. That means $10 per month, $25 for three months, $40 for six months, and $60 for a year. That’s opposed to the now-abandoned plan […]

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Battlefield 6 release date, trailer, news and rumors

Battlefield 6 rumors point to cross-gen and 128-player maps by Vic Hood, TechRadar A new Battlefield (potentially called Battlefield 6) is in development at EA Dice and it’s set to arrive on PS5, Xbox Series X and PC in “Holiday 2021” (so sometime between October and December). Details on Battlefield 6 remain thin on the ground at this point in development, but EA has teased that the new Battlefield will be a “true next-gen vision for the franchise” and boasts “never-before-seen scale,” with rumors pointing to potential 128-player maps and a modern-day setting. EA has said we will learn more about the new Battlefield in the next few months, but we’ve managed to pull together everything we know about the […]

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The New York Times Is Worried Kids Are Playing Video Games Too Much During The Pandemic

by Zack Zwiezen, Kotaku Yesterday, the New York Times ran a story that focused on how kids are spending too much time playing video games and using their phones during the covid-19 pandemic. Today, that story was on the front page of the paper. This seems strange considering how the world is falling apart and democracy is dying in front of our eyes, but yeah, sure, let’s consider that kids might be playing too much Roblox. The article, which ran on January 16, quoted some experts and presented a lot of “scary” numbers about screentime. But it also glossed over the fact that video games and the internet have helped many people, kids and adults, stay connected and sane during this terrible time. The […]

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PS5 already looks unbeatable

by Tommy Orry, VG24/7 We’re two months from the release of the new consoles, yet it already feels like Sony has won the generation. For a while I thought this console generation would be different. Sony seemed to be floundering a little, barely saying anything about the PS5 while Microsoft pushed forward the narrative of the Xbox Series X being the most powerful console, Game Pass grew and grew, and huge acquisitions were made. Yet, even after snapping up Skyrim and Fallout dev/publisher Bethesda, now it’s hard to see how PlayStation won’t continue to lead by quite a margin – at least in powerful console space. As I said elsewhere on the site, Microsoft has a lot to prove and isn’t doing much at […]

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Cyberpunk 2077 loses over 75% of players on Steam

All in less than a month since release by Jess Weatherbed, TechRadar Cyberpunk 2077 has become a controversial topic to discuss since its release on December 10 last year, with its ‘fall from grace’ hitting major news networks around the world. After hitting a record-breaking 1 million concurrent players on Steam, CD Projekt Red’s futuristic RPG is now struggling to maintain 225,000 users less than 4 weeks after the game was released. A fall in player base is to be expected of course, with previous games such as The Witcher 3 seeing a similar drop in users – though this took three months to occur.  For PC players at least, these numbers dropping at such an alarming rate are an interesting gauge for the satisfaction […]

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How the ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ botched launch reveals the need for industry change

by Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times “Cyberpunk 2077” was always going to be hotly anticipated and highly debated. But now it’s a cautionary tale. Since Keanu Reeves appeared last year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo to announce his participation in the title, excitement for the game has been at a level that greets a new Marvel film. And the fact that it would deal with topical subject matter — including arguably questionable looks at gender, race and politics — meant that fans and the media alike were eager to spend time with the game. But the game is broken. Sony on Thursday even took the drastic step of removing the game for the foreseeable future from its online store on PlayStation consoles. […]

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Back 4 Blood is Left 4 Dead 3

by Evan Lahti, PC Gamer Losing the rights to the thing you made is a surprisingly common situation in the games industry.  Obsidian Entertainment is one recent example—last year the studio released sci-fi RPG The Outer Worlds after years of constant praise for Fallout: New Vegas, which it couldn’t continue. Elsewhere, Atari held the rights to Rollercoaster Tycoon, so Frontier corkscrewed right around them and made Planet Coaster. Two or three of these spiritual reboots pop up each year: Two Point Hospital, Phoenix Point, Yooka-Laylee. Further back, BioShock. Left 4 Dead creators Turtle Rock Studios found themselves in this same license limbo over the last decade, having carried a genre-defining co-op zombie shooter to term in 2008 before passing their […]