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Psyonix introduces new cosmetic Rocket Pass system

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 9 mins ago

Psyonix is going to be following in the steps of Epic Games and Fortnite by introducing what seems to be quite similar to that of a Fortnite Battle Pass.




If you are unfamiliar with how the Fortnite Battle Pass system works, it is a system that allows for players to purchase a two month long season pass that grants access to cosmetic content while also giving additional rewards to players that earn more XP. Rocket League is now doing the exact same thing, giving players the opportunity to "earn free Customization Items, Player Banners, in-game Titles, and Decryptors."


The Rocket Pass will come in the form of two options, The Free Rocket Pass and also The Premium Pass. Players can upgrade to the Premium Pass for ten keys which comes in at $9.99, the premium option includes "new Customization Items, new Car Bodies, Keys, Premium Player Banners and Premium Titles." If you are interested in reading the full breakdown of the Rocket Pass visit the official Rocket League website here.

Steam gives option to view user accounts 'total spendings'

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 9 mins ago

Valve has now given Steam users the option to view their total account spending, summing up all purchases made via external funds as well.




After all this time of millions of gamers using Steam, Valve has finally given users the ability to see how much Steam sales have pillaged gamers bank accounts and wallets. The new Steam Support function allows for users to sign-in to the Steam website and view how many funds have been passed through their Steam Wallets.


If you are interested in viewing your total spendings for your Steam account you can find the Steam support page here.

Sony launch PlayStation Hits, amazing titles for only $20

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 9 mins ago

Sony has had so many great titles released on the PlayStation 4 since its release in 2013, now the company is bringing users amazing sales via PlayStation Hits.




Sony's Vice President of PlayStation Marketing at Sony Interactive Entertainment has taken to the PlayStation blog to announce PlayStation Hits. PlayStation Hits will be bringing PS4 owners great deals on some of the most renowned game titles at an amazing price. PlayStation Hits will be featured on the PlayStation Store and will be putting game genres on sale from family friendly titles to blood-and-gore masterpieces.


PlayStation Hits will be bringing titles to gamers for only $19.99 across the board, games included are: Bloodborne, Driveclub, InFamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall, LittleBigPlanet 3, Ratchet & Clank, The Last of Us Remastered, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Doom, Project CARS, Street Fighter V, Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza 0 and Metal Gear Solid V.

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Former Sony boss says cross-play block is 'money' related

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 9 mins ago

Following up on the recent release of Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch, fans are up-in-arms once again that cross-play is not available through the Sony platform. A former head of Sony has said that this problem could be much more simple than we expect, all coming down to 'money.'




Former head of Sony Online Entertainment, John Smedley has responded on Twitter to a video by Kinda Funny's Greg Miller who was discussing the cross-play issue. Here is what Smedley had to say, "If we keep up the pressure, the problem goes away." He continued by saying "when I was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money. They didn't like someone buying something on an Xbox and it being used on a PlayStation. simple as that. dumb reason, but there it is."


Those that aren't aware of what has sparked this community outrage at Sony should know that Fortnite releasing on the Nintendo Switch brought this issue to fruition. Players that have previously logged onto their Epic Games account via a PlayStation 4 cannot log onto their Nintendo Switch with the same account, forcing users to make a second Epic Games account just to be able to play on their Nintendo Switch. This is not an issue for PC and Xbox One, as the account can be carried across these platforms making it very easy for owners that already play on these platforms but also happen to own a Nintendo Switch.

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Kingdom Hearts III story re-explained by series of videos

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 9 mins ago

Square Enix has recognized that the story line could be slightly confusing with the debuting of so many new characters Kingdom Hearts III, the company has released a slew of videos explaining where the story is at.



Unfortunately the videos are in Japanese as Square Enix hasn't released English versions as of yet. Each video is displayed in the form of a narration throughout an animated book, showcasing the Chapter of Departures, Chapter of Memories, Chapter of Twilight, Chapter of Darkness and Chapter of Dawn.


We very much hope that Square Enix re-releases these animated videos in English as the videos are high-quality and provide a lot of vital information that could tie-up some loose ends for some people. Kingdom Hearts III will be released into the Western markets on January 29th 2019.

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Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass isn't open world, still HUGE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 49 mins ago

Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass is shaping up to be a massive game, but it won't be open-world according to developer Croteam.




The game will feature traditional smaller scale levels from Serious Sam, but there will be absolutely gigantic with 80-square-mile levels based in France. During a hands-off demo at E3 2018, the developer showed Sam riding a motorcycle and using a shotgun Beheaded Kamikaze... awesome.


Serious Sam 4 is described as a "focused, linear experience" but there will be expansions into Sam's background, with friendlies that you'll interact with.

RX Vega 56 with 120W TDP inside Acer's new gaming notebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 7 hours, 44 mins ago

Acer's new Predator Helios 500 gaming notebook has been somewhat of a mystery with its interesting choice of AMD's larger-than-life Radeon RX Vega 56... but now we have the skinny on what Acer will be doing with it.




We know the Acer Predator Helios 500 can be configured with up to the Intel Core i9-8950HK processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, but it can also be configured with all-AMD components including the new Ryzen 7 2700 processor and Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics.


But we know that the Radeon RX Vega 56 has a 210W TDP in desktop form with a second "power save" BIOS that drops it to 135W, so what the hell (haha, it's HOT down there) will Acer do with the Predator Helios 500 to keep it cool? Well, it looks like the RX Vega 56 inside of the Helios 500 will have its TDP locked to 120W.

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PUBG: 50 million copies sold, 400 million players

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 12 mins ago

PUBG has reached a truly mind blowing milestone, with the developer announcing the Battle Royale phenomenon has sold over 50 million copies, and is home to over 400 million players.




The developer is celebrating the Battlegrounds milestone by dropping the price of the game to just $19.99, and it can be found even cheaper on Gamersgate for $17.99 with the code 'chickendinner'. PUBG Corp. said that there are 87 million people that play Battlegrounds every single day, which is insane.


PUBG dropping to just $19.99 is a large 33.33% off the normal price, and will be this price through to July 5.

Vega 20 teased in AotS benchmark, AMD's new 7nm GPU tested

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 10 hours, 34 mins ago

We told you the week before Computex 2018 that AMD would show off its next-gen 7nm GPU ready for the new wave of Radeon Instinct accelerators, and now Vega 20 has reportedly been through some benchmarks of Ashes of the Singularity.




The card has turned up with a device ID of "66A0:00", where it will be offering twice the density, twice the power e fficiency, and 35% improved performance over the Vega 10 on the 14nm FinFET node. The benefits of 7nm seem to be huge for Vega so far, but we'll need to see Vega 20 in Radeon RX Vega form before we can pass judgement.


Don't expect that until next year, before Navi arrives as a mid-range part with the purported Radeon RX 680. As for Vega 20, it rocks 32GB of HBM2 and 4096 stream processors into an area smaller than the current Vega 10 GPU. If that's not impressive, I don't know what is.

Fallout 76 beta comes first to Xbox One

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 11 hours, 53 mins ago

One of Bethesda's critical learning points for Fallout 76 will come to Xbox One first, and then PS4 and PC later.




Fallout 76, Bethesda's new experimental online-only survival game, is at its core an interactive live-based experience. Like any live service-powered game it's absolutely vital that the team hold beta tests to fully understand player feedback. Fallout 76 is being tested at the studio, of course, but that's not the same: players will always find ways to break the game with crazy shenanigans the devs couldn't even imagine. No, a series of live tests is needed to prepare the world for the first-ever online Fallout game.


Oddly enough Fallout 76's beta, which requires a valid pre-order of the game, will be coming to Xbox One first. It's odd not from a marketing decision--FO76 was shown on the Xbox E3 2018 stage--but for an overall standpoint of data collection. Live games require digestion and interpretation of a lot of data across all platforms that's used to morph and balance the game with continual updates. The game's beta test is an important opportunity to collect and glean feedback from the data/player habits to ready Fallout 76 for its debut in November.


Read Also: Fallout 76: no NPCs, no offline, real-time VATS, mods later

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