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Although both Sony and Microsoft have been explicitly clear that their new 4K-ready consoles won't have exclusive games, instead upscaling regular Xbox One and PlayStation 4 games to 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 resolution, some people have had trouble conceptualizing what this actually means. Thanks to Gamingbolt's recent interview with Ride 2 developer Matteo Pezzotti, we have an easy way to loosely explain how the new consoles will play games.
Basically think of Project Scorpio and PlayStation 4 Neo as "remaster machines." The consoles are just remastering normal PS4 and Xbox One titles to achieve higher resolution and improved frame rates--the same way our current-gen systems remastered tons of Xbox 360 and PS3 games. So just think of the new consoles as the next evolution of console remasters: same exact game, just with better performance, ie improved frame rates, resolution, visuals, graphical settings, etc. thanks to new internal hardware.
Studio Wildcard has just set a new sleazy precedent for the gaming world: paid DLC expansions for early access games.
Ark: Survival Evolved isn't officially released yet and it's already getting a paid DLC pack. No, really; amid all the fruits that modern gaming has delivered, gamers have to toil through exploitative paygates galore, with microtransactions, season passes, freemium schemes, ridiculously shallow DLC packs eroding the very spirit of the industry.
Now Studio Wildcard has taken that a step further by releasing a $20 paid DLC for their unfinished early access online survival sim Ark: Survival Evolved, which is priced at $34.99 on the Xbox Store. So that's $54.99 total for an early access game. Let that sink in for a minute. Oh, the DLC pack is marked as
Most gamers are pumping in some serious hours into the Battlefield 1 open beta, and I'm sure Blizzard are seeing a dip in Overwatch players - so the second season of Competitive Play begins early, for PC and Xbox One gamers at least.
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan confirmed that Competitive Mode's second season has started early, where he said: "Yes. Season 2 is now live on PC", after it was meant to start on September 6. There's a new skill rating system, the removal of Sudden Death, and the return of tier-based rankings, reports Polygon.
The PS4 version of Overwatch will have the new season of Competitive Play start on September 6.
Microsoft upped their game when they released Solitaire Collection on Windows 8 and 10, complete with a new interface and features. The experience will make its way to iOS and Android as well: the collection will launch this autumn on Apple and Google's platforms, in both cases with Xbox LIVE integration as well as cross-platform play so you can earn coins and achievements anywhere.
It'll get even better in autumn too when Microsoft launches "Events", which will see the introduction of awards, leaderboards, and more.
Microsoft Solitaire Collection recently hit 100 million unique players with over 55 million games played per day.
Much to the frustration of the collective gaming world, Nintendo still hasn't announced their new NX console/handheld hybrid, instead taking time to show some new 3DS games. Here's the gist of what today's new 3DS-centric Nintendo Direct was all about.
Rather than pull a fast one and surprise everyone with a NX reveal, Nintendo showed off some new games coming to its 3DS handheld via a Nintendo Direct newsblast.
3DS game announcements include Mario Maker, a new 3DS Pikmin game, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword releasing on Wii U, Yoshi's Wooly World coming to 3DS, some Pokemon Sun and Moon tidbits, new Amiibos including special 30th anniversary Zelda figures (8-bit Zelda!) and seven new Amiibos to be used with Mario Party Star Rush, a new Nindies Summer Jam promo starting with 3DS indie Axiom Verge, and a ton of trailers on 2017 games like Dragon Quest VIII and Square Enix's interesting looking new RPG Ever Oasis.
Konami has officially unveiled Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience, which includes both Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and all of their associated DLC content. Not only that, but Metal Gear Online and its expansion, Cloaked in Silence are included, but the legendary Chapter 3 isn't, unfortunately.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience will include a bunch of content, and will launch on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One on October 11 for $49.99. There will also be a Steam version of the game, but there's no word on pricing or a release date just yet.
The same Foxconn worker who sketched out Sony's new upgraded 4K-ready PlayStation 4 "Neo" is back with even more alleged designs of Sony's new console.
An anonymous Foxconn worker's PS4 "Neo" sketches have gone viral, with just about every media outlet under the sun reporting on the leaks. The sketches prompted a number of console mock-ups, and now the Foxconn employee has stepped in to correct the diagrams and give us even more info on the new PlayStation 4's design. For reference, Foxconn is a Taiwanese manufacturer that creates games consoles, handhelds and smartphones--it's made Sony's PlayStation consoles and is currently making the PS4 Neo and Nintendo's new NX, so it's highly likely these reports are correct.
According to the employee, the PlayStation 4 "Neo" is much heavier than the original PS4 (about 4.5kg or 10 pounds) and "stacked in three tiers" like a sandwich, likely to help with heat dissipation. Remember that Sony's new higher-end PS4 "Neo" will have upgraded hardware to enable 4K games upscaling and native 1080p 60FPS, so that means a beefier GPU (likely based on AMD's new Polaris architecture) and more heat generated, regardless of the power efficiency of AMD's new 14nm Polaris GPUs. (And we all know how hot normal PS4's get!)
Sony's new higher-end 4K-ready PlayStation 4 "Neo" will cost $450 says a source inside the console's manufacturing facility.
Remember that Foxconn worker who sketched what Sony's PS4 "Neo" console looks like? After the sketches went viral, that same source is now back with even more potential info on one of the PS4K's most important aspects: cost. The employee says that the new upgraded PS4 will run 3,000 Chinese Yeun which equates to $450 USD, falling in line with accidentally-revealed Amazon console price listings.
Atul Goyal, managing director at investment banking firm Jefferies & Company, predicts that Sony's new PS4 "Neo" will cost $399. In Sony's official PS4K confirmation interview, Sony Interactive Entertainment President Andrew House said that the new "hardcore" PS4 would be "more expensive than the current $350 version." However $50 doesn't seem enough of a cost bump to make a profit, especially give the requisite hardware in order to achieve the console's targeted performance specs, which include upscaled 4K gaming, native 1080p 60FPS, and enhanced PlayStation VR support.
A PlayStation France blog post seems to hint that Sony's new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 "Neo" console will launch sometime in 2016.
(Photo: A mock-up of Sony's PS4 Neo by Peter Segura based on leaked sketches)
We know that Sony will almost certainly unveil its new upgraded and high-end PS4 model (PS4 Neo, PS4K, PS4.5) during its special PlayStation Meeting just six days away, but there's still some doubt whether or not the PS4 "Neo," which reportedly offers 4K game upscaling and native 1080p 60FPS thanks to GPU upgrades, will arrive this year. PlayStation France might've just inadvertently spilled the beans with its new blog post, which promises that everyone will see the "future of games" during the event.
"I can guarantee you that [you are] going to discover the future of games and know many of the innovations that we have prepared for the coming months," reads the most revealing snippet of the blog post. Now take a close look at the last part of that sentence, the part about innovations being prepared for the coming months. Sure this could just be for Sony's new thinner and cheaper PS4 Slim refresh, but wouldn't that just be a single innovation, not innovations?
Just recently Mojang have announced developer 4J Studio, will be offering another free mini-game for Minecraft users. The freebie is for PlayStation 3 & 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Tumble, is available now for gamers to play, with the download set to see Wii U owners later this week. The addition of a new Battle Map will also be amongst the changes as the free download is for console editions only.
For those unfamilar with the game, the idea of Tumble is to challenge other opponents (up to eight players), with the intention to knock one another into the lava by destroying the blocks from underneath their feet. The new Minecraft mini-game levels are generated randomly, some players will have multiple levels to battle on and others will have the exhilarating thrill of hazardous features, such as Slime and TNT blocks.
Mojang have created two variants of Tumble available for Minecraft enthusiasts. One style equips players with the standard snowballs to throw at enemy blocks, whilst the other provides players with the famous shovel to dig at opponents. Scoring is simple, the winner left standing after the best of 3 rounds claims the title