Mark your calendars for September 7, which is when Apple will be unveiling its new iPhone and Sony to finally unveil its PS4 Neo console. It's going to be a huge day, with both media events happening within hours of one another.
Sony will unveil its PlayStation Neo console, as well as the PS4 Slim in New York City while Apple will be unveiling its new iPhone 7, and most likely the new Apple Watch. Apple is first, with its event kicking off at 10AM PT / 1PM ET, while Sony's event begins at 12PM PT / 3PM ET.
We will be covering both announcements, so be sure to tune in for the iPhone 7 and PS4 Neo/PS4 Slim news on September 7!
Microsoft has already teased its Xbox Scorpio in a big way, but Sony is still keeping its PS4 Neo console refresh behind closed doors - on the flip side, EA's Chief Competition Officer, Peter Moore, is saying great things about the Xbox Scorpio and PS4 Neo consoles.
During an interview with IGN recently, Moore said that the hardware revisions were "absolutely" a good thing for the industry, as they're extending console generations by refreshing the hardware in the middle of the cycle. Moore continued: "I think Sony and Microsoft have done this incredibly well. They have taken what they needed to do... to keep the platform fresh for technology that's moving faster than the archaic nature of a 10-year piece of hardware cycle".
Moore confirmed that EA is working on games for both the Xbox Scorpio and PS4 Neo consoles, with the next-gen games taking advantage of the vastly improved hardware inside of the consoles. Moore said that EA's studios "love what they're seeing right now" with the new hardware.
Nintendo has gamers excited with the possibilities of their next-gen NX console, but we know nothing concrete so far - but now there are reports that an Nintendo NX prototype featured a 6.2-inch 720p multi-touchscreen.
The report is coming from Emily Rogers, who some refer to as a 'Nintendo insider', with Rogers tweeting that the "NX prototype had a 6.2 inch 720p multi-touch touchscreen. Unknown if final product's screen size will be larger / smaller than prototype". The more interesting tweet from Rogers teased that the NX prototype featured a docking station for USB ports, with the prototype at the time reportedly having two USB ports. Rogers' previous information hasn't been correct, but she has landed some reports that turned out to be true.
Derek and I have talked about this behind the scenes for a while now, and I've been telling him that NX would feature a docking station of some sort. I think if Nintendo wants to succeed, it needs to truly stand out from Microsoft and Sony as the Xbox Scorpio and PS4 Neo will be powerhouses compared to the usually conservative Nintendo.
Gamescom 2016 - The hype surrounding the upcoming Project Scorpio and PlayStation 4 Neo consoles is hitting new heights, having EA executive vice president Patrick Söderlund compare it to Sega's late Mega CD upgrade from 1991.
During an interview with Game Informer at Gamescom, Söderlund said: "We haven't seen this whole idea of upgrading since the Mega CD in 1991 or something. At the time, that might not have worked, but this is different. I can only comment to what's been announced by Microsoft, the whole idea of keeping the ecosystem intact and scaleable is right. If you get in later in the cycle, you can get a Scorpio or you can upgrade to it".
He continued, after making his Sega CD comment, adding: "It's an interesting, smart approach, and we'll see how well it works. It's something that we as a company are 100 percent behind. I got super excited when I saw what they are working on, and without giving you any information, the same is true of Sony. In general, this is a good thing". But, will EA work with Nintendo on their next-gen NX console? Söderlund added: "Nintendo is such an instrumental part of our whole industry. They deserve to be successful, and they deserve to be a major player in the business, given their pedigree. It's not only the machines that they've built, but also the IPs they've brought to market. There are very few companies like Nintendo. Whenever they bring something to market that we see an addressable market for, we'll be there. Given that they haven't announced [a new console] officially or shown it, I can't comment specifically".
Microsoft has been experiencing unprecedented demand for its new Xbox One S console, so riding the Gamescom 2016 wave is a good idea, especially when you need to get rid of the taste of Quantum Break out of gamers' mouths.
During an appearance on the latest Inner Circle podcast, Xbox executive Albert Penello said that PC gaming doesn't take anything away from the console market, and instead of provides gamers with more ways to play the games they love. Penello talked about the idea that someone wouldn't buy a game because it was on another platform, where he said: "There's a debate or a discussion that you can have with a certain type of people online and you want to argue details and argue nuance, but the reality is that most people don't make that kind of choice".
Penello continued: "Today, if you play games, you're playing games on just about everything you own. You're playing games on your phone, you're playing games on your console when you want to lay back in front of that big TV, and you're playing PC games when you want that keyboard and mouse, up-close, highly customized kind of experience. Even guys that are diehard console gamers, we know they play on their phone and PC". He's right, you know?
Microsoft is off to a great start with its new Xbox One S console, with the company saying it is seeing "unprecedented demand" for the smaller console.
Xbox Marketing boss Aaron Greenberg said that the company has high demand for the Xbox One S console, but didn't provide any details on specific numbers. He did say that the 2TB model is sold out in most European stores, but the 2TB model of the Xbox One S console is a limited time version, so it was bound to sell out quickly.
Next month, Microsoft will release new Xbox One S bundles that are FIFA 17 themed, and then later this year there will be a Gears of War 4-branded Xbox One S with 2TB of storage released.
Dragon Quest X has been in the making for what feels like forever, where it was released during the slide of Nintendo Wii sales, and then hit the Wii U, 3DS and PC later.
None of them have been successful, but Dragon Quest X is now coming to Nintendo's next-gen NX console, according to Weekly Famitsu. Dragon Quest X producer Yosuke Saito and director Chikara Saito have confirmed that there's an NX version of the game coming, alongside the already announced PS4 version.
There are some changes and updates that will arrive with Dragon Quest X, but Dragon Quest XI "looks to be a more traditional, single-player entry in the series, and has already been announced for the 3DS and PS4", reports Destructoid.
Nintendo has quite a lot of excitement leading into its NX console, but now there is a new report that says Nintendo's NX console will feature three marquee titles within the first 6 months of its releases, according to "sources close to Nintendo".
Nintendo has already announced and teased The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but the report says that we could expect next-gen Mario and Pokemon games on the NX console shortly after launch. This fits neatly in with Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima's promise that the NX will launch with a "full software lineup," so this isn't exactly a surprise. We don't know what the new Mario game could be like, but MCV reports that the Pokemon NX game will come from the developer of the mainline handheld titles, Game Freak.
If Pokemon does land on the Nintendo NX, it will be the first Pokemon game released on a home system - as it is normally on Nintendo handhelds, and now smartphones with Pokemon GO. However the NX is believed to be a handheld-console hybrid rather than a traditional console, so this definitely fits with Pokemon's usual platform of choice.
Microsoft has released its tweaked and refined Xbox One S console, but now that it's here, we know that the GPU inside of the new Xbox One S console is actually faster than the one in the current Xbox One unit.
The new Xbox One S not only features its GPU clocked at 914MHz, compared to the 853MHz on the Xbox One. On a more technical side of things, Microsoft has used a new APU from AMD that is made on the 16nm FinFET process in the Xbox One S, down from the 28nm APU found in the Xbox One.
The new 16nm APU is clocked 7% faster than the 28nm APU inside of the Xbox One, improving the maximum compute performance and with the increased ESRAM bandwidth, we have a slightly faster console. The additional performance from the 7% overclock on the GPU will result in games that feature an unlocked framerate, or GPU-limited games where performance suffers on the Xbox One, the new Xbox One S will have less FPS drops, and a smoother gaming experience.
Sony has been limping through the last few years on a crutch it calls its PlayStation division, which according to Sony's Q1 2016 financial report, is still the case. During Q1 2016, Sony's operating profits dropped 42% year-over-year to $546 million with $15.66 billion in sales for the three-month period.
Sony said the "significant decrease" in sales is because of the stronger yen and a 33.7% drop in sales for Sony smartphones. The company notes weak results in its semiconductors business, with a "significant decrease" because of it, with $132 million in expenses after the mid-April earthquake that hit Kumamoto, Japan.
The PlayStation division continues to do good business, with $3.21 billion in sales for Q1 2016 - an increase of 14.5% year-over-year. Sony attributes the "significant increase" in sales of its PlayStation division to the sales of PlayStation games. We've seen the release of Uncharted 4 which sold over 2.7 million copies in its launch week, becoming the fastest-selling first-party PS4 game yet.