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Pewdiepie to delete his channel later today

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 9, 2016 2:46 pm

UPDATE: Pewdiepie didn't delete his massive 50 million-strong YouTube channel, and it turns out the entire thing was just a big joke. Instead of deleting his main channel, Felix deleted a secondary account--Jacksepticeye2--that only had two videos.

 

"I am going to delete my channel right now. But you know when you make a joke and it just blows up way bigger than you ever imagined? This was covered by media everywhere. That was it, that was the joke."

 

 

Original article is as follows.

 

Mega popular YouTuber Pewdiepie has hit 50 million subscribers, and plans to make good on his promise to delete his channel.

 

 

Felix Kjellberg, aka Pewdiepie, says he will delete his astronomically popular YouTube channel today at 5PM GMT in an effort to raise significant awareness about the current problems YouTubers are facing. Kjellberg, among many popular and up-and-coming YouTube creators, claim the streaming service is making key changes to its algorithms that detrimentally affect their channels.

 

Pewdiepie suggests that the changes directly affect how viewers are guided to specific channels via the service's "suggested" and "recommended" videos feature, which pulls in a huge portion of views for any given content creator. For an example of how suggested videos work, think of the bar that pops up when you watch a video and suggests more videos from that creator or similar content from other YouTubers. Kjellberg notes that his suggested videos count, which was up to 30% in one period, recently dropped to just 0.7%.

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Nintendo Switch is actually pretty small

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 9, 2016 1:24 pm

We've already reported that Nintendo's new Switch handheld-and-console hybrid rocks a 6.2-inch multi-touch 720p display, but we really haven't had much perspective on the system's actual size. That's until we saw a full grown man hold the Switch, and as you can see, it actually looks pretty small.

 

 

The Nintendo Switch showed up on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and we got our first real good look at the hybrid handheld system out in the wild. Nintendo's promotional Switch demo announcement reel was pretty clear about its size, but Jimmy's monstrous man-hands shows us a more in-depth look at the Switch's scale--especially when handled by adults.

 

This perspective is very important. While I wouldn't say the Switch is tiny to the point where we should be concerned--it mostly looks like an all-round good fit for on-the-go gaming--it's important for people to understand size and scale specifics. While Nintendo has said the Switch is a "home console first and foremost," it's pretty much sized as a portable handheld.

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Doom update adds Infernal Run mode, multiplayer bots

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 8, 2016 7:03 am

The fifth free update for Doom is out now on all platforms.

 

 

Continuing on recent efforts, it enhances multiplayer with a new mode called Infernal Run, which is basically a twisted take on soccer. In it, you fight for control of an eyeball that must be carried or thrown into the opponent's goal. Additionally, bots have been added to Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch, the level cap has been increased, Marine Armor (Praetor Suit) is unlockable by hitting the cap (Echelon 11, level 50), and SnapMap receives another slew of improvements.

 

Coinciding with the update is a double XP multiplayer week that ends on December 12.

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Tales of Berseria system requirements are on the low-end

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 10:36 pm

Tales of Berseria now has a Steam page, which means system requirements and some features have been revealed. As you'd expect, the system requirements are low and pretty much in line with the previous two Tales games released on PC. On the low-end, all you need is a dual-core CPU, 2GB RAM, and 9800 GTX or HD 4850, whereas on the high-end you'll need a better dual-core CPU, 4GB RAM, and a GTX 560 or HD 7870. See below for the full list.

 

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Minimum:

 

  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz or AMD Phenom II X2 550, 3.1GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 9800 GTX or AMD Radeon HD 4850
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 15 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 11 compatible

 

Recommended:

 

  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.66GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.2GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 560 or Radeon HD 7870
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 15 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 11 compatible

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PlayStation 4 breaks 50 million sales milestone

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 9:16 pm

Sony has officially announced that more than 50 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold across 122 different regions around the world.

 

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The PlayStation brand continues to smash sales milestones, reaching and surpassing the 50 million unit mark. Sony has included all three versions of the PS4 in these cumulative figures: the 2013 launch consoles that aren't being manufactured any more, the new PS4 "slim" which features an updated 16nm APU and replaced the launch PS4 consoles, and the new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro, which features a new powerful 4.2TFLOPs Radeon Polaris GPU. Interestingly enough, Sony hasn't officially revealed sales figures for the PS4 Pro, and I'm wondering how many of the Pro's sales can be attributed to the recent Black Friday sales that marked the console down by as much as $100 off.

 

The PlayStation 2 still holds the crown for most lifetime sales of a video games console, with 155 million global lifetime sales.

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Final Fantasy XV to get free major content updates

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 6:16 pm

Square Enix is far from finished with Final Fantasy XV, and gamers can expect Noctis' journey to continue expanding with fresh content updates from the studio, including paid DLC and free patches that add optimizations and more.

 

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Final Fantasy XV game director Hajime Tabata today revealed the game's content update roadmap will be "considerably strengthened" due to FFXV shipping more than 5 million copies in its first day. The updates are planned for the short-term, mid-term and long-term, and the goal is to "make the Final Fantasy XV gaming experience more rich, and for longer playability." Oh, and a NewGame+ mode is coming, too.

 

The first short-term content update will address Chapter 13. Square Enix plans to adjust a few things like the power of Noctis' ring and offer many more enhancements across the chapter itself. Mid-term updates will focus on the second half of the game, which was seen as a bit lacking to fans. Square Enix wants to add in more cutscenes and make a ton of different optimizations, tweaks and enhancements, not all of which have been revealed. The long-term goal is the most interesting: Tabata literally says that gamers will eventually be able to play as "important characters that appeared in the main game," and that we'll actually be able to make our own customized characters, possibly with a Bethesda-style character creation tool.

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Final Fantasy XV reportedly coming to PC in 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 5:33 pm

Square Enix has already expressed interest in bringing Final Fantasy 15 to PC, and that could happen in 2018.

 

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Final Fantasy 15 belongs on PC. The game runs great on PS4, PS4 Pro and Xbox One, but...you just get this true sense that it's dialed back, scaled back...that it isn't reaching its true potential. In fact, my PS4 actually runs pretty hard--harder than it's ever run before--while playing the game. We've already reported Square ENix had to make some serious optimizations to ensure stable frame rates on consoles, with the game being delayed again because it barely ran at 30FPS on PS4 and Xbox One.

 

Now we have our first reports that Square Enix is actually porting Final Fantasy 15 to PC, but we'll have to wait until 2018 to play it. In fact it looks like the Final Fantsy VII: Remake will also make the jump to PC in 2018, too. The news comes from an unnamed source who told VG Leaks about the publisher's massive plans for Final Fantasy's 30th anniversary, which includes a lot of other games and interesting tidbits. "Final Fantasy VII Remake and Final Fantasy XV are coming to PC, but likely not until early-mid 2018," the site reports.

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Nintendo Switch switches to full 1080p while docked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 3:21 pm

Nintendo's new Switch hybrid hardware merges both handheld gaming and console gaming, allowing you to take it on the go like a tablet or dock it for console play. Now we have even more evidence that the Switch will "switch" performance levels depending on how its used, with docked console play delivering the best 1080p performance.

 

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We recently reported the Switch underclocked performance and limited resolution to 720p while on-the-go, as the Switch's 6.2-inch multi-touch "tablet" handheld only has a 1280 x 720 screen. This is despite the "tablet" (aka Switch "console") housing all of the system's tech, including NVIDIA's new highly customized Pascal-grade Tegra processor. Now Nintendo sources have told Let's Play Video Games' Laura Kate Dale that the Switch actually performs better while docked.

 

When connected to the dock's USB Type-C power port (yes, the Switch will use USB Type-C instead of a first-party proprietary cord), the Nintendo Switch is able to hit full 1080p resolution, whereas "switching" over to the Switch's portable handheld drops resolution to 720p. The Switch's dock does have an effect on performance, but there's no evidence that the dock actually has any actual hardware in it: the dock is cheap, lightweight, and easy to produce. It's more likely the resolution switch happens internally, and is triggered when the device is hooked up to the dock, which has both USB Type-C power and HDMI out for 1080p HDTVs.

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Nintendo Switch to have Gamecube Virtual Console games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 12:15 pm

Nintendo may finally shed its bizarre fractured approach to Virtual Console with its new Switch handheld console hybrid: word is that the Switch will have a robust and expansive Virtual Console library that could include Gamecube games for the very first time.

 

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Nintendo sources have told Eurogamer's Tom Phillips that the Nintendo Switch will have Gamecube Virtual Console emulation, with major GC games showing up on the library. Phillips has a stalwart track record behind Nintendo Switch rumors, and is one of the few people--including our own Anthony Garreffa who exclusively reported the Switch would be powered by an NVIDIA Pascal Tegra chip--that has been privy to insider Switch reports. The Switch getting Gamecube VC is something that I predicted way back before Nintendo unveiled the console in October.

 

Another known Nintendo insider, Emily Rogers, says that the "Switch's Virtual Console is a step in the right direction," and that "Nintendo is listening to criticisms about Wii U emulation." So this potentially means that Switch owners will be able to take beloved GameCube games on the go with them at any time, including Super Smash Bros. Melee, Metroid Prime, Tales of Symphonia, Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, and many more.

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Sony's new add-on merges trading cards with mobile games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2016 10:22 am

In an effort to counter Nintendo and one-up its previous ill-fated efforts, Sony Interactive Entertainment is pushing full steam ahead into mobile gaming. This time around, however, the Japanese games-maker has a secret up its sleeve: a new smartphone add-on that merges trading cards and mobile games.

 

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SIE's mobile gaming push is facilitated under Forward Works, a new proprietary banner that will oversee mobile adaptations of major popular Japanese gaming franchises like Arc the Lad, Wild Arms, Parappa the Rapper, Disgaea, and more--all of which are coming to smartphones as mobile games. Not content with the basics of smartphone gaming, Sony has decided to transcend the platform's barriers with Project Field, a unique hardware peripheral that will unify two very popular and profitable realms of gaming.

 

Project Field is a peripheral that allows physical collectible cards from trading card games interact with a digital mobile game. Project Field basically consists of a special pad you place special trading cards onto, and they interact with a game running on a mobile device. Think of it as a sort of Amiibo type of peripheral, only for collectible card games. This could change everything and have a ripple effort for all TCGs, including Magic the Gathering. Sony plans to pursue this endeavor and make it a reality, with one of the most popular Japanese franchises, Yo-Kai Watch, will be the first game made for Project Field.

 

"A new game development developed by Sony, Platform "Project FIELD" platform that blends real trading card game and smartphone application! Forward Works provides content! # ForwardWorks," reads Sony Japan's official Tweet.

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