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.
It looks like Nintendo is not far away from revealing its NX console, with reports from major gaming sites to release their articles on NX "soon", according to Nintendo insider Emily Rogers.
Rogers took to Twitter, saying: "Also, I don't know what the price of this thing will be. It sounds expensive, but I hope it's not". Rogers added: "You will see some more NX reports coming out from other sites soon. Major sites. Not Nintendo fan sites".
According to my industry sources, NVIDIA will be powering the Nintendo NX with a Pascal-based Tegra processor. NVIDIA hasn't announced or even teased a Pascal-based Tegra processor yet, but we should find out exactly what NVIDIA has in store for Nintendo's next-gen console very soon.
Microsoft has dropped the price of its Xbox One 500GB console, with a new limited price of $249. It looks like Microsoft wants to get rid of as many Xbox One consoles ahead of the Xbox One S launch.
The new $249 deal includes your choice of four games: Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or Rare Replay. This is not the first, or even second time that Microsoft has dropped the price of the Xbox One, but now the third price drop on its current-gen Xbox One console.
Microsoft is set to launch the Xbox One S on August 2 in the US, Europe and Australia with 2TB of storage for $399. There will also be a 500GB and 1TB model, with prices of $299 and $349, respectively. There's no ETA on the 500GB and 1TB Xbox One S consoles just yet.
There are plenty of gamers who wished Microsoft made a portable Xbox, but now we have a reason why there was never a portable Xbox created: because Microsoft couldn't focus enough on something that could've been "Xboy".
During an interview with IGN, former Xbox boss Robbie Bach said that Microsoft had plans for a portable Xbox, but couldn't provide enough resources or the attention required to make the project a reality. Instead, the team dedicated all of their efforts into the Xbox 360.
Bach said: "There were definitely drawings", adding that it wasn't always referred to as "Xboy". Bach added that resources were limited, and Microsoft wanted to "play in [the handheld] part of the ecosystem, [but] we just couldn't focus. We just did not have the bandwidth".
He added that the Xbox team decided against it, and that was the best decision for the company. But if we look at the way mobile gaming has taken off in the years since the release of the Xbox 360, one can only imagine how a well-done portable Xbox could've dominated the market, and especially Sony with its PSP.