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New Sony trademark hints PlayStation Experience event coming soon

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sat, Jun 19 2021 6:44 PM CDT

Sony filed a trademark for PlayStation Experience in June 2021, possibly hinting at an upcoming showcase full of updates.

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Xbox completely dominated E3 2021 with a slew of announcements. Nintendo fired back, but in its own way, revealed games like Warioware Get it Together, Metroid Dread, and a tentative Breath of the Wild 2 release window. Now it's Sony's turn, and everyone wants to know when PlayStation will deliver its own salvo.

Rumor has it Sony is planning an event for July 8, but Sony hasn't announced anything yet. A new PlayStation Experience trademark filing might support this claim. The document was filed on June 11 and is classified as "organizing, promoting, and conducting exhibitions and conferences for commercial purposes"under the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Battlefield 4 servers get slammed as Battlefield 2042 hype heats up

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sat, Jun 19 2021 5:53 PM CDT

Battlefield 2042 hype is on fire right now and gamers are returning to the next best thing to get their fix: Battlefield 4.

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Battlefield 4 servers are getting slammed right now. Everyone wants to play Battlefield 2042--the crazy 128-player chaos looks like a blast, ditto with the new levels, operators, and storm systems--and fans are flocking to the next best thing. Gamers are jumping back into Battlefield 4 to experience modern FPS carnage to relive memories and prepare for the all-out warfare coming with BF2042.

So many people are playing Battlefield 4 that EA had to increase the game's server capacity to make sure everyone could find a match. BF4 is the closest thing to BF2042 as the most recent games, Battlefield 1 and Battlefield V, take place in World War I and World War II respectively. So if you're firing Battlefield 4 back up, rest assured that EA has you covered with manageable queue times.

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How publishers are helping phase in next-gen consoles

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Jun 18 2021 10:55 PM CDT

The games industry is slowly moving to next-gen consoles, and here's how publishers are helping--and why they're not ready to give up on current-gen hardware just yet.

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Publishers are starting to shift towards next-gen consoles in a very careful and calculated way. There's multiple parts of this strategy that include:

  • New $69.99 price hike
  • Exclusive performance only available on next-gen consoles
  • Features exclusive to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S
  • Cross-gen releases

These parts are actually quite intertwined with one another. Exclusive performance and exclusive features are ways to help justify a price hike to $69.99, which represents the first frontline price jump in over a decade. The new price will help boost sales revenues, which will be re-invested into R&D advancements that in turn help power new optimizations and features that push each console even farther.

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Square Enix's Outriders bet on Game Pass has paid off

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Jun 18 2021 10:14 PM CDT

Outriders is outperforming Square Enix's expectations and the company is satisfied with the game's reception on Game Pass.

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Releasing a new IP like Outriders on a service like Game Pass could be a risky gamble. Fortunately for Square Enix, the bet paid off. Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda says digital sales for Outriders have skyrocketed and player counts are beyond the publisher's expectations--Game Pass isn't the only factor, though, and the game's Steam playerbase was huge at launch. In short, Outriders is a success.

"While there were slight issues with bugs and the like on launch, we believe it has gotten off to a good start as a new IP. In addition, we have been pleasantly surprised as the digital sales ratio for the title have been very high, and the number of active users has also beaten our expectations. We believe that our decision to make Outriders available with Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass as soon as the title launched also worked in our favor to build an installed base for the game," Matsuda said in a Q&A session with investors.

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The third-largest diamond ever mined on Earth found, worth $55 million

Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Fri, Jun 18 2021 9:11 PM CDT

The third-largest diamond in the world has just been discovered in Botswana, with the stone presented to President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

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The diamond was found by Debswana -- a mining company that is jointly joined by the country's government and the De Beers Group -- with proceeds from the sale of the diamond to be used to "advance national development".

De Beers Group said in a statement: "Debswana will work with the Government of the Republic of Botswana and De Beers to value and sell the diamond to ensure it returns maximum benefit for the people of Botswana. And will communicate further plans to bring this unique treasure to market in due course".

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Samsung reportedly hiring architecture engineers from Apple and AMD

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Fri, Jun 18 2021 8:27 PM CDT

The big silicon fight is only just beginning, with the likes of Apple, Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, AMD, and many others fighting for supremacy -- but Samsung is reportedly making some big, and very interesting (but expected) news.

The latest is that ARM's next-gen Cortex X series CPU cores are reportedly not meeting Samsung's high expectations, with Samsung and Qualcomm "turning their plans to a custom architecture development". As it stands, Samsung and Qualcomm license the CPU cores designed by ARM -- but both companies would be silly to not design their own CPU architectures.

Samsung did precious have an in-house team designing custom CPU cores, this was codenamed Mongoose which I wrote about back in August 2015. Samsung shut this division down not long after that, licensing CPU cores designed by ARM again for all of its phones including the flagship Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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Jeff Bezos backs nuclear fusion plant to be built in the UK

Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Fri, Jun 18 2021 7:45 PM CDT

Amazon founder and space enthusiast -- and soon space explorer -- Jeff Bezos and his startup have backed a pilot nuclear fusion power plant that will be built in the UK by 2025.

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Canadian energy startup General Fusion has said it wants to smash atoms together at temperatures 10x hotter than the sun, whereas traditional fission will split atoms. This means that the nuclear fusion plant will generate great amounts of carbon-free energy, without the worry of nuclear waste.

Christofer Mowry, the chief executive of General Fusion, explains: "Coming to Culham gives us the opportunity to benefit from UKAEA's expertise. By locating at this campus, General Fusion expands our market presence beyond North America into Europe, broadening our global network of government, institutional, and industrial partners".

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DICE spent 3 years on weather + Levolution tech for Battlefield 2042

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Fri, Jun 18 2021 7:06 PM CDT

Battlefield 2042 has some truly incredible dynamic weather effects that we've only had a glimpse at so far, but the time at DICE has been working on that technology for many years now.

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During a recent DICE devstream, we learned that the team spent over 3 years working on the dynamic weather and upgraded Levolution technologies. DICE General Manager Oskar Gabrielson explained that team spent over 3 years on it, with a single developer saying how cool it would be for there to be a tornado in the game, ripping the level to pieces.

DICE spent a year working on the dynamic weather technology, showing off a prototype and having some developers at DICE thinking it was pre-rendered and simply couldn't believe that they were seeing a real-time tornado rip through what would eventually become Battlefield 2042.

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Konami to release Game Boy Advance Castlevania games in new collection

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Jun 18 2021 6:43 PM CDT

Konami may release another collection of Castlevania games from the Game Boy Advance era.

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Ratings for a Castlevania Advance collection have popped up on the Australian Ratings Board. The collection, which has been rated M for fantasy violence, should include Game Boy Advance games like 2001's Circle of the Moon, 2002's Harmony of Dissonance, and 2003's Aria of Sorrow.

Konami has yet to make an official announcement just yet and the ratings take some thunder out of the collection's reveal. Konami has re-released a number of old-school Castlevania games in bundles including 2018's Requiem collection, which packs the excellent Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood, and 2019's Anniversary Collection that includes eight sidescrollers across NES, SNES, Genesis and Game Boy.

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FIFA lootboxes are no longer random, but only for a limited time

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Jun 18 2021 5:36 PM CDT

EA introduces new preview boxes in FIFA that let consumers view the contents before they buy...for a limited time.

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Today EA announced FIFA Preview Packs that allow players to open a pack and view its contents before committing to a purchase. These packs are part of the Festival of FUTball event and can be purchased with FUT Coins, which are earned in-game, and the premium FIFA Points currency.

"These packs will allow you to see all the specific Items contained within them before you need to make a decision on whether you want to buy the pack with FUT Coins or FIFA Points. Preview Packs will be the only pack type available in the FUT Store during this time, at the end of the campaign other pack types will return," EA said in an announcement post.

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