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Dead Rising 4 shambles to Steam in March

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 mins ago

Today Capcom announced that Dead Rising 4 will shamble over to Steam and Windows 7 PCs on March 14, 2017.

 

 

Dead Rising 4 is currently locked into an exclusivity deal with Microsoft, and the game is only available on Windows 10 PC's via the Windows Store and Xbox One consoles. This deal will end in March about 14 weeks after the game's initial release, allowing Steam gamers will finally be able to buy into Capcom Vancouver's re-imagining of the series.

 

Although Capcom reported "firm" Dead Rising 4 sales on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, it's only natural for these exclusivity deals to be timed. These companies want to maximize profits as much as possible and that means multi-platform releases (just don't expect it to ever come to PS4). Given Dead Rising 4's critical reception as the "anti-Dead Rising" game I'm wondering just how many copies the game will sell on Steam without sales or discounts.

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New Call of Duty returns to 'boots on the ground' roots

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 8 mins ago

This year's Call of Duty game won't take place in space; it'll be a more grounded, traditional and gritty foray into the heart of the franchise and return players back into the mud and blood firefights that made the series popular during its early days. In short, Sledgehammer Games will resurrect Call of Duty to its former glory--and we have strong evidence that the game will take place during the Vietnam War.

 

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Sledgehammer Games studio head Glen Schofield is extremely excited about Call of Duty 2017, and further teases boots on the ground action: "There's nothing I can say about the game except there are boots and ground and I guess some roots. I hope I can talk soon or I may implode," Schofield said on Twitter. In fact, the dev says this is the studio's best work yet and gamers will go absolutely nuts when it's revealed: "Nothing to worry about. Wait until we reveal. You're gonna go nuts. Our best yet dude! Man, I'm so psyched to show it...someday."

 

There's strong evidence that Call of Duty 2017 will be based on Sledgehammer's once-cancelled "Fog of War" game, a gritty and grisly war-torn story set during the Vietnam War. The studio has teased a Vietnam setting on Twitter by posting up pictures of a M1911A Colt .45 pistol, which was used during multiple eras including the Vietnam War.

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Nintendo Switch requires day one update to access eShop

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 51 mins ago

Nintendo today confirmed that a day one update is required to access the eShop on the Nintendo Switch console.

 

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When the Switch hybrid-handheld console launches on March 3, it won't be able to actually download games on the eShop without an update. Nintendo affirms these system updates are highly optimized and un-intrusive, allowing users to download system firmware updates in the background while playing games.

 

"To access Nintendo eShop, a system update that will be available on launch day is required. The system update downloads in the background, is designed to install quickly and doesn't disrupt gameplay," the Japanese console-maker revealed in a recent press release.

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Nintendo Switch has no Virtual Console games at launch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 2 mins ago

Nintendo today confirmed some very disappointing news: the Switch won't have any Virtual Console support when it launches on March 3.

 

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"Virtual Console games will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch. We will share more information in the future," Nintendo confirmed in a recent press release.

 

So there you have it folks. The Switch will not have any Virtual Console integration when it releases, significantly impacting the system's functionality and features.

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Nintendo unboxes the Nintendo Switch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 22 hours, 6 mins ago

Nintendo officially unboxing their fresh console-handheld hybrid reminds us of one thing: the system launches in nine days. It's really happening!

 

 

If you've been paying close attention to our Nintendo Switch coverage you'll realize the unboxing doesn't really tell us anything new. But it's still interesting to see the device out in the wild, and we do get to see the tablet and the JoyCons sized up in two different handsizes, giving use perspective on the actual size of the system itself.

 

Remember that the Nintendo Switch doesn't come with any games or actual game software pre-loaded onto it, so the $299 price just gets you the system by itself. The Switch comes with 25.9GB of usable storage memory, two JoyCon controllers, JoyCon straps, a JoyCon Grip that doesn't charge the JoyCons, the Switch tablet "console," a dock that's required for TV Mode play, an HDMI cord, and an AC adapter for charging the Switch on-the-go and supplying power to the dock.

 

The Nintendo Switch will release on March 3, 2017 for $299. Check below for a massive catalog of everything we know about the console so far:

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NieR: Automata PC release date 'accidentally' revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 23 hours, 50 mins ago

Up until now Square Enix and PlatinumGames have been pretty cagey about NieR: Automata's PC release. All mention of the PC port was scrubbed from multiple official game sites, leading many to question a delay or cancellation. Now we can confirm the PC port is indeed coming, and we know the reason behind the silence: the PS4 may have timed exclusivity.

 

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In a recent gameplay video, Square Enix accidentally revealed that NieR: Automata's PC version will launch on March 10, 2017 on Steam. The game will launch first on PS4 and then three days later on PC. Shortly after the video went up, Square Enix yanked it and replaced it a revised video that scrubs out any mention of the PC port. See a side-by-side below.

 

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So what's going on here? It appears Square Enix and PlatinumGames signed a deal with Sony to not discuss the PC port's release date until after the game has shipped on PS4. I long thought that this was a marketing deal, especially since scrubbing any mention of a competing platform from a site just reeks of an exclusivity deal.

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Nintendo Switch launch game exceeds console's storage

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

The Nintendo Switch will launch with Dragon Quest Heroes I & II in Japan, and if you want to play it digitally you'll have to invest in expandable Micro SD cards: the game is literally too big to fit on the system's onboard storage.

 

 

Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid has a paltry 32GB of onboard NAND flash memory, which converts to 29.8GB, and 4GB of that is taken up by the Switch's OS. This leaves gamers with 25.9GB of memory that's actually available for game downloads, saves, screenshots and other content. Although most Switch games are small, if you plan to download your games digitally you'll want to make use of the Switch's supporting up to 2TB Micro SDXC cards and pick up some expandable memory.

 

But there's a particular launch game that will exceed the Switch's max available memory by 6.1GB: Square Enix's Dragon Quest Heroes dual-port. Nintendo's Japanese site confirms that Dragon Quest Heroes I & II will clock in at a massive 32GB on the Switch. As the name suggests, the game isn't just one game but two sizable hack-and-slash RPGs, so that's why it's so huge.

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Nier: Automata on PC likely delayed due to piracy fears

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 21 hours ago

Platinum Games and Square Enix have been pretty cagey about Nier: Automata's PC release date and now we know why: piracy. The game likely won't release until an adequate DRM solution is found, and Square Enix may not go with Denuvo this time.

 

 

Nier: Automata's PS4 version is set to release in two days in Japan and March 7 in the West, but nor the publisher or devs have locked in a PC release date. The Steam port is still listed as "2017". In fact, any mention of the PC version is missing from the game's official North American site, the Japanese site, and even Platinum Games' official gamesite. This led many to believe the game may be cancelled on PC.

 

But Nier: Automata's game producer Yosuke Saito confirmed that the PC port is still happening. Saito goes on to say there may be a "slight delay" for the PC version until the team can find an adequate anti-piracy measure. Saito also wants to ensure the game runs smoothly on PC, claiming that "certain recent games" ran badly on the platform, and this isn't acceptable for Nier (Saito is likely talking about Mutants in Manhattan, which was locked to 30FPS on PC).

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Nintendo Switch runs cool, about 37C under load

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 23 hours ago

While gaming in handheld mode, Nintendo's new Switch console actually runs quite cool and only hits a max of 37C in demanding games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

 

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While attending a Nintendo Switch event a Swedish gamer took some FLIR images of the system in handheld mode to see how hot the device gets. Considering the Switch can deliver dedicated on-the-go gaming, thermal heat mitigation is extremely important, and we're happy to report the device runs pretty cool. Thanks to recent teardowns we know the Switch is actively cooled by a fan system that works in tandem with an L-shaped heat sink, and, of course, the customized and highly efficient 20nm NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip.

 

Three games were shot with FLIR images: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which would be the more demanding of the three games, Snipperclips: Cut it Out Together!, and Splatoon 2. In all of these scenarios the Nintendo Switch was in handheld mode and being charged by a USB Type-C charger, so that means these temps could actually be cooler. Mario Kart 8 ran an average 25.2C and peaked at 37.6C; Snipperclips ran at about 24.3C on average and peaked at 35.7C; and Splatoon 2 hit an average temp of 21.2C and hit highest peak thermals of 35C.

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Horizon Zero Dawn is 'best' 4K game on PS4 Pro so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 7 hours ago

Horizon Zero Dawn has been receiving some amazing compliments so far, and after Digital Foundry's analysis on the PlayStation exclusive, it looks like it's the best-looking PS4/PS4 Pro game to date.

 

 

The game maintains its 1080p resolution on the PS4, but the beefier PS4 Pro can run Horizon Zero Dawn at 4K - while performance, stays roughly the same. We're looking at a "near-locked and well-paced" 30FPS, with "very few drops below" 30FPS - with both of these drops in performance happening at the "same spots regardless of the console", which means we should see updates for Horizon Zero Dawn that will improve those dips in the near future.

 

Guerrilla Games harnessed the additional horsepower inside of the PS4 Pro to not only crank up the resolution to the non-native "checkerboard 4K presentation" - but the graphical detail is increased. There's higher antistrophic filtering and texture resolution on the PS4 Pro version of Horizon Zero Dawn. There will also be an update pushed out on day one for Horizon Zero Drawn that will offer a high-performance option.

 

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The PS4 Pro version of Horizon Zero Dawn clearly looks better, with Digital Foundry providing some side-by-side comparisons of the PS4 and PS4 Pro versions.

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