Latest News - Page 1

$50 Switch Online: Aggressive pricing now, aggressive value to follow

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Oct 18 2021 6:06 PM CDT

Nintendo's new $50 Switch Online pricing tier introduces game DLC for the first time, signifying a shift to hybridized availability. This aggressive pricing model should spark an aggressive push towards value-oriented content past the current offerings.

$50 Switch Online: Aggressive pricing now, aggressive value to follow 33 | TweakTown.com

Now that the Switch hardware install base has matured with over 84 million shipments worldwide, Nintendo pushing harder into digital capitalization. The new $50 Switch Online + Expansion Pack is a clear example of Nintendo's plan, which was first implemented with NSO's original launch. After all, the Switch doesn't have Virtual Console because Nintendo would rather lease you games rather than let you buy them. That way you are in a state of continual service renting--think of it like Blockbuster without late fees.

The $50 Switch Online tier is kind of a hard sell. Compared to the $20 version, you're not getting a whole lot extra outside of a handful of Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis games. That will change over time. Not only will the games library continue to expand and more DLC will be added. How long that will take is totally up to Nintendo, and based on recent trends, it could take a while.

Continue reading: $50 Switch Online: Aggressive pricing now, aggressive value to follow (full post)

Upgrade to Windows 11 for cheap during the GoDeal24 Halloween Sale!

Sponsored Content | Deals | Mon, Oct 18 2021 5:17 PM CDT

Windows 11 has been here for some days, did you experience the latest operating system? Windows 10 is cheaper than before, so it's still a good choice to get a genuine Windows 10 and upgrade it for free. If you have a Windows 10 but have not received the free update notification, now you can get it directly at a low price on GoDeal24.

Upgrade to Windows 11 for cheap during the GoDeal24 Halloween Sale! 1 | TweakTown.com

With the coming of Halloween, GoDeal24.com brings to you it's amazing limited time Happy Halloween Sale. During the sale, you can get up to 60% discount on our various range of software license keys on sale, including some newest products like Windows 11, Office 2021. Simply said, there is no better time than this Halloween to upgrade to the latest software. Take the next step today and save big by buying during GoDeal24 Happy Halloween Sale.

- Get cheap Windows 10 for $7.49 or the Latest Windows 11 Key for $19 right now

Continue reading: Upgrade to Windows 11 for cheap during the GoDeal24 Halloween Sale! (full post)

Valve testing ALL Steam games for Steam Deck compatibility

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Oct 18 2021 5:05 PM CDT

Valve is currently testing every Steam game for compatibility with the new Steam Deck, and it's posting its findings in a huge public database.

Valve testing ALL Steam games for Steam Deck compatibility 444 | TweakTown.com

Valve today launched a new platform aimed at transparently informing Steam Deck owners which games they should play on the handheld-PC hybrid. Games that meet certain performance and experience targets become verified on the database and on the official Steam Deck storefront. Every game will have a compatibility icon telling you certain limitations that might be in place.

"With Steam Deck, we're bringing your Steam Library to a new form factor-a portable gaming PC. While many games run great on Deck out of the box, this shift means there are some games that, while they may be great on a desktop PC, aren't a great experience on Steam Deck, Valve says.

Continue reading: Valve testing ALL Steam games for Steam Deck compatibility (full post)

Sony sells Game Show Network Games mobile division for $1 billion

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Oct 18 2021 4:04 PM CDT

Did you know Sony Pictures had its own mobile games division? Well it did, before selling it for $1 billion.

Sony sells Game Show Network Games mobile division for $1 billion 2332 | TweakTown.com

Today Sony Pictures Entertainment announced it has sold GSN Games, a subsidiary of its Game Show Network responsible for popular mobile games, to smartphone mogul Scopely for a total of $1 billion. The payout is made up of $500 million in cash and $500 million in equity, which sees Sony Pictures becoming a minority stakeholder in Scopely.

GSN Games is actually 14 years old and Sony says the division delivered "great business" that delivered "strong and growing profits" since 2007. GSN Games is a 400-employee branch responsible for casual mobile games like Bingo Bash, which has been played by over 70 million people, and Solitaire TriPeaks, which has over 100 million hands being dealt every week. GSN Games also makes casino mobile games.

Continue reading: Sony sells Game Show Network Games mobile division for $1 billion (full post)

Old-school Xbox 360 blade UI returns to celebrate 20 years of Xbox

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Oct 18 2021 3:01 PM CDT

While Microsoft has mostly celebrate 20 years of Xbox by selling you products, now the company is starting to do fun things to commemorate the brand.

Old-school Xbox 360 blade UI returns to celebrate 20 years of Xbox 232 | TweakTown.com

Remember the old-school Xbox 360 UI? Those blades were pretty stylish and helped establish the standard for the console's scrolling-page interface. Now you can relive those old memories on Xbox.com.

Microsoft has given its Xbox website landing page a retro overhaul (wait, is the Xbox 360 already retro?!) to mirror the Xbox 360's original blade UI design. Before you get too excited, no, the Xbox Series X/S also received an update bringing back the beloved blades. The console UI remains the same, and the rest of the Xbox.com website is also the same.

Continue reading: Old-school Xbox 360 blade UI returns to celebrate 20 years of Xbox (full post)

Switch dominated US sales for almost 3 years...until PS5 dethroned it

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Oct 18 2021 1:57 PM CDT

The Nintendo Switch's 33-month streak has been broken, the NPD Group confirms in its latest U.S. games market report.

Switch dominated US sales for almost 3 years...until PS5 dethroned it 2525 | TweakTown.com

NPD Group's latest market report for September 2021 shows that pandemic-levels of spending are continuing onward. Consumers spent $412 million on video games hardware in September 2021, up 49% over last year, driven by new consoles like the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch. In fact, PS5 sales finally outstripped Switch sales through the month of September, breaking nearly 3 years of Switch dominance.

"PlayStation 5 was the best-selling hardware platform of September in both units and dollars. PlayStation 5 is the best-selling hardware platform of 2021 year-to-date in dollars, while Nintendo Switch leads in units," NPD Group's Mat Piscatella said.

Continue reading: Switch dominated US sales for almost 3 years...until PS5 dethroned it (full post)

Elden Ring delayed to February 2022, network beta test coming November

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Oct 18 2021 9:14 AM CDT

Elden Ring has been delayed to February 25, 2022, Bandai Namco today announced.

Elden Ring delayed to February 2022, network beta test coming November 4 | TweakTown.com

Elden Ring will release a month later than its original launch date and is now set for a February 2022 rollout on consoles and PC. FromSoftware says the delay is due to the "depth & strategic freedom of the game" exceeding its original expectations.

Bandai Namco will also hold a closed network beta test for the game to stress the online multiplayer servers. That test will be held from November 12 - November 15 on all platforms and will be free--no pre-orders needed. Not everyone will get in, though, and gamers will have an opportunity to register for a chance to playtest the network version.

Continue reading: Elden Ring delayed to February 2022, network beta test coming November (full post)

NASA uses Cleveland to learn how to setup Wi-Fi on the Moon

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Mon, Oct 18 2021 6:32 AM CDT

NASA has explained via a press release that a new study is exploring how possible it is to build a Wi-Fi network on the lunar surface.

NASA uses Cleveland to learn how to setup Wi-Fi on the Moon 50 | TweakTown.com

NASA's Compass Lab conducted the study, and researchers behind it compared the inadequate internet access in some areas in Cleveland to the lunar surface in an effort to solve two problems; giving those people in areas without a connection a sustained connection and the construction of a Wi-Fi network on the Moon. According to the National Digital Alliance, around 31% of Cleveland households aren't connected to the internet.

The researchers behind the study compared the lunar surface area with an area around Cleveland to discover technical challenges within the local area. The study found that if Wi-Fi routers were attached to around 20,000 lampposts or other poles around Cleveland, all residents in the local area would have an available connection at any given time. With routers placed no more than 100 yards apart, the researchers estimated that a family of four would be able to get a 7.5 megabits per second download speed.

Continue reading: NASA uses Cleveland to learn how to setup Wi-Fi on the Moon (full post)

First ever movie footage shot in space, film crew safely returns home

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Mon, Oct 18 2021 6:02 AM CDT

The first film crew to ever shoot footage that will be used in a feature film has safely returned back down to Earth, marking a milestone moment in the world film industry.

After training for just four months, filmmaker Klim Shipenko, actress Yulia Peresild, and cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky took off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station for twelve days. The space film crew shot scenes for an upcoming movie about a doctor that is sent into orbit to perform surgery on a cosmonaut that is in need of medical attention.

The space film crew safely touched down in the Kazakhstan steppes, and right after leaving the capsule, the landing site quickly became a film set for one of the film's closing scenes. Actress Yulia Peresild is the first actress in space and described her experience to RT, saying, "While you're in low gravity, you feel like a feather, so everything's very heavy now - my head's very heavy, my arms, my legs... Everything's a little dizzy." The mission was a joint effort between Russia's television Channel 1 and the Russian Space Agency.

Continue reading: First ever movie footage shot in space, film crew safely returns home (full post)

Solar storm hits Earth, sounds of its impact recorded for the 1st time

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Mon, Oct 18 2021 5:32 AM CDT

For the first time, researchers have captured the sounds of a solar storm from the Sun impacting Earth's magnetic field.

The sounds were released by the European Space Agency (ESA) back in 2019, and according to the press release, the song comes from waves that are generated in Earth's magnetic field when charged particles from the Sun slammed into it. Lucile Turc, a former ESA research fellow, led a team on the research and used data from the Cluster Science Archive, which consists of four spacecrafts that orbit Earth-observing our planet's magnetic field.

The orbit of these spacecrafts takes them through what is known as "foreshock", which is the first layer of Earth's magnetic field. Between 2001 and 2005, the spacecrafts flew through six solar storm collisions and recorded the waves of the impact. Researchers then converted these frequencies to audio, and the result is somewhat eerie sci-fi sound that is commonly used in movies. For more information on this story, check out this link here.

Continue reading: Solar storm hits Earth, sounds of its impact recorded for the 1st time (full post)

Newsletter Subscription
Latest News
View More News
Latest Reviews
View More Reviews
Latest Articles
View More Articles