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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 […]

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Xbox Series X/S Review: The Future Isn’t Quite Here Yet

by Jason Schreier, Bloomberg The Xbox Series X is billed as the most powerful video game console ever made. But with a meager lineup of games this year, that promise won’t mean much for a while. Microsoft Corp. released a new pair of consoles on Tuesday, kicking off the next generation of video games with better visuals and shorter load times. Bloomberg spent the last two weeks testing both products—the high-end Xbox Series X, which will sell for $500, and its smaller, less-powerful counterpart, the Xbox Series S, which will go for $300. The consoles are sleek and easy to use. Games boot up almost immediately, even on the Series S. Loading screens aren’t completely gone, but they last a few seconds […]

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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, ComicBook.com 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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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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Xbox Series X pricing strategy could disrupt the entire gaming industry

by Tom Hoggins via The Telegraph With the promised Autumn release dates of next-generation consoles Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 creeping ever closer, it seemed that Microsoft and its great gaming rival Sony were playing chicken over who would reveal the cost of their new box first. Plenty of speculation filled social media over the months since the pair’s summer showcases, but the firms remained resolutely quiet on the pricing issue, perhaps in the hope that the other would go first and last minute tweaks could be considered. Pushed by either the leak of its budget next-gen alternative, the Xbox Series S, or the need to be aggressive to have any chance of cutting the significant lead Sony had with the […]

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Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox promise was trouble from the start

But can you lose a console war you’re not fighting in? by Aaron Souppouris via Engadget Microsoft has, since the launch of the Xbox One X in 2017, been able to claim that it sells “the most powerful console.” It’s a claim that will extend into the next generation, as the Xbox Series X’s CPU and GPU are, in terms of raw compute, stronger than the PlayStation 5’s. For the Xbox One X, this has meant that cross-platform games almost always look or run better than they do on the PlayStation 4 Pro. You’ll often find a game that runs at 1800p on Xbox One X only hits 1440p on PS4 Pro. In other titles, the Xbox One may better […]

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Help! This Gamer Dad Man-Child Won’t Do Laundry & We Have Run Out of Insults

by Sabrina Rojas Weiss via SheKnows How are all my fellow WFH parents doing today? Taking care of kids at home while working is just a walk in the part, isn’t it? We should probably all get second jobs just to fill our time when we’re not learning how to bake bread. Naturally, this dad who went on Reddit to complain about his wife nagging him […]

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Ready to pare down your game library? Here are the best ways to do it

by Steven Petite via Digital Trends Unless you are a serious collector, at some point, you’ve probably thought about getting rid of a few (or many) dusty old games. Whether you’re running out of shelf or closet space, getting ready to move, ready to acknowledge that you realistically won’t play them all, or want to fully embrace digital game libraries, there are […]