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Nintendo, make a Switch JoyCon with a full D-pad

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Hey Nintendo...it's time to release a JoyCon with a full D-pad.

 

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I really like my Nintendo Switch console, but I've recognized a glaring problem with its left JoyCon controller: the split D-pad. I absolutely understand the reason why the D-pad is split (so you can detach the controllers, hand one to a friend, and play games with anyone on-the-go), but it's time to sell a JoyCon variant with a full D-pad. The lack of a simple D-pad restricts what kinds of games that not only show up on the Nintendo Switch, but those that can be played comfortably in handheld mode.

 

But right now, Nintendo can get away with its JoyCon sticks; even the four NeoGeo fighting games typically use analog-stick style gamepads, unlike traditional fighting games that use D-pads, so it's not a problem. Yet. Playing a platformer like Specter of Torment is fine with the analog sticks, too, but what happens when Virtual Console games roll around? Old-school games like Castlevania, Super Mario Bros., and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link demand a full D-pad to play--along with the myriad of SNES games.

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Halo 3 might be coming to PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

AMD might've accidentally confirmed one of Microsoft's biggest E3 reveals: Halo 3 on PC.

 

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According to AllGamesDelta, AMD briefly showed an image from Halo 3 at its Ryzen 5 event in Korea. We've found this exact image on Google, and it's indeed Halo 3...however it appears to be a wallpaper mock-up and possibly not an official image.

 

If Halo 3 did arrive on PC, it could be supercharged with native 4K assets and textures, but it'd likely be locked to Microsoft's Windows 10 platform.

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Tesla Semi electric truck to be unveiled in September

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed today that the company intends to unveil their first electric semi truck in September this year.

 

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Musk added that the upcoming vehicle will be "seriously next level." He also congratulated the entire team for doing an amazing job.

 

Last year, Musk said that Tesla Semi will reduce the cost of cargo transport and increase the safety. Other companies are also working on delivering a zero-emission cargo truck to the market. One of them is Mercedes-Benz, but their vehicle isn't expected to reach full production until 2020.

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AMD: Fallout 4 VR is an industry changer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

AMD and Bethesda Softworks recently teamed up in a "long-term strategic partnership to rapidly advance game technology development, fuel new PC game experiences, and reshape the gaming landscape," meaning AMD is privy on some of the "big and crazy projects" Bethesda is working on, including Fallout 4 VR. From what AMD has seen so far, Fallout 4 VR is a total game-changer.

 

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A few weeks ago I predicted that Fallout 4 VR would be the "killer app" that virtual reality so desperately needs; that must-have game that sells VR headsets the way Halo Combat Evolved sold original Xboxs back in 2001. According to AMD corporate vice president Roy Taylor, Fallout 4 VR is to virtual reality what Super Mario Bros. 3 is to NES, or Sonic the Hedgehog is to SEGA Genesis.

 

"[Fallout 4 VR] is a ground-breaking VR title. It will change the way we think about VR. It will be an industry changer," Taylor told MCVUK at this year's VR World Congress.

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Yakuza Kiwami drops August 29, hits 1080p 60FPS on PS4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

SEGA's highly anticipated Yakuza Kiwami HD remake will release in the west on August 29, 2017 exclusively on Sony's PlayStation 4 console.

 

 

Yakuza Kiwami is a built-from-scratch remake of the first Yakuza game that launched on PS2 some 12 years ago. SEGA has painstakingly upgraded the old-school original to modern day graphics and performance on PS4, and Yakuza Kiwami features all new HD assets, exclusive Japanese voice over audio re-recorded by the original game's cast, and a massive overhaul to in-game performance to hit 1080p 60FPS on PS4.

 

SEGA will release digital and physical versions of Yakuza Kiwami for $29.99, and a limited run of pre-orders will be upgraded to a special SteelBook case with commemorative artwork.

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NASA announces that Saturn's moon could support life

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

After more than 12 years studying Saturn, its rings, and moons, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has entered the final year of its epic voyage. The conclusion of the historic scientific odyssey is planned for September 2017. Cassini already sent some impressive images of Saturn's atmosphere and shown us detailed images of Saturn's rings.

 

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However, Cassini's most important discovery reveals much more. NASA has announced that a form of chemical energy that life can feed on appears to exist on Saturn's moon Enceladus. The paper from researchers with the Cassini mission, published in the journal Science, indicates hydrogen gas, which could potentially provide a chemical energy source for life, is pouring into the subsurface ocean of Enceladus from hydrothermal activity on the seafloor.

 

The presence of ample hydrogen means that microbes if they exist there, could use it to obtain energy by combining the hydrogen with carbon dioxide dissolved in the water.

 

With this finding, Cassini has shown that Enceladus has nearly all three ingredients for habitability (liquid water; a source of energy for metabolism; and the right chemical ingredients, primarily carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulfur). Although Cassini hasn't found phosphorus and sulfur in the ocean, scientists suspect that they are present there.

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Project Scorpio will be revealed at E3 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

In a not-so-surprising move, Microsoft officially confirms that its new 4K-ready Project Scorpio console will be unveiled at E3 2017.

 

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We've suspected for a while that Project Scorpio would be showcased at E3 2017, and Microsoft has hinted it left and right, but it's still great to get an actual confirmation. Xbox division head Phil Spencer declares that Microsoft will showcase Project Scorpio's finalized console form, price point, and an array of native 4K HDR games during the company's E3 2017 media briefing on Sunday, June 11 starting at 2PM PST/ 5PM EST.

 

"I'm proud of the progress made with Project Scorpio and what it will mean for the creators who fuel the passion of gamers around the world," Spencer writes on an Xbox Wire post. "On behalf of everyone at Team Xbox, thank you for your continued passion and support. We're excited to unveil Project Scorpio and the amazing game experiences it powers at E3 this June."

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Nintendo kills NES Mini console

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Nintendo today confirmed that it won't be making any more NES Mini consoles in 2017, and once the system is sold out, retailers won't get any new shipments.

 

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The NES Classic Edition (aka NES Mini) first hit store shelves November 11, 2016, and Nintendo has officially ceased yearly production of the limited edition console after just six months of availability. I have to wonder if Nintendo made this decision due to the rampant piracy surrounding the console, as gamers have successfully hacked their mini NES consoles to fully expand a massive library of games that weren't originally on the system.

 

"Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year," a Nintendo rep told Polygon. "We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologize. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product."

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New Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania footage revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Nintendo and Sega showcase new Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania footage in yesterday's Nintendo Direct.

 

 

The Sonic Forces footage showed some interesting tidbits, revealing two different timelines: a dystopian modern world on the verge of destruction by Eggman's monstrous robots, and the stylish and colorful classic world we know and love. The Modern Sonic portions of the game are action-based 3D sequences, whereas the Classic Sonic section heralds to the old-school platformer we grew up with on the Sega Genesis. Both Modern and Classic Sonics will team up to fight Eggman in the Modern world.

 

"The Sonic Forces portion of the Nintendo Direct highlighted Modern Sonic gameplay, revealed the very first look at Classic Sonic gameplay, and teased of something else to come. Stay tuned as SEGA will reveal more from Sonic Forces soon," a SEGA PR rep told us.

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Prepare to Dine: Dark Souls publisher teases new game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Bandai Namco today teased a brand new project, showing a cryptic animated teaser clip and an altered version of a slogan we all know and love.

 

 

The clip itself is an "original animation inspired by a new title in development at Bandai Namco Entertainment," and isn't an actual cinematic sequence from the game itself. Based on the slogan "Prepare to Dine," it's possible that From Software has something to do with the game. Perhaps this is an early teaser for the hugely anticipated Bloodborne 2? The game has a very interesting post-apocalyptic modern setting, so if it is a From Software game, it'll be interesting to see them mix modern tech with their distinct fantasy lore.

 

"BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. invites players to whet their appetite and #PrepareToDine with a quick taste of an upcoming title set for an official announcement on April 20, 2017," a Bandai Namco PR rep told us.

 

Nothing has been confirmed about the game so far, but Bandai Namco promises it'll reveal the project in full on April 20, 2017. There's also a teaser site up, but it just relays the same info above.

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