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Super Mario Maker 2 full website information 'coming soon'

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 21 hours ago

Nintendo has gone and updated the Super Mario Maker 2 website teasing that there will be more information on the title coming soon as well as a full site re-design.




We first heard about the sequel to Super Mario Maker back in February this year where Nintendo released an announcement trailer for the title that showcased some very cool new gameplay features. Fans of the original Super Mario Maker that was released onto the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U will be stoked to know that these new gameplay features in Super Mario Maker 2 will be both for veterans of the game and casual players alike.


It has been quite some time since we heard any news of Super Mario Maker 2, but with the recently updated site for the title I'd expect that Nintendo will be revealing something soon. According to the website, Super Mario Maker 2 is still planned for release sometime throughout the month of June, and that the full website for the title will be released "soon". With the release of the updated website, I would say that new information will come with it, so I will be sure to update you whenever that happens.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC 'The Fate of Atlantis' April 23

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

Ubisoft have reminded Assassin's Creed Odyssey players that the story is not yet over, as the second story DLC is about to release on April 23rd. Do you have what it takes to save "The Fate of Atlantis"?



Assassin's Creed Odyssey's second big DLC story arc is soon to be released, and will be pushing players to the brink as our main protagonist confronts gods, giant mythical beasts of legend and makes some quite interesting relationships along the way. The second DLC story arc features three separate episodes; the first being Fields of Elysium which will then be followed by Torment of Hades and then finally Judgment of Atlantis.


According to the description of Fields of Elysium, players will be introduced to all-new ability enhancements that will give them the opportunity to change or altar their gameplay experience. These enhancements will be built upon existing abilities and allow for players to more fine-tune their playstyle and approach strategies. Assassin's Creed Odyssey is currently available on PC, Xbox One and PS4. The first episode of the second DLC story arc is planned for launch on April 23. For further information, visit the official Assassin's Creed website here.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate v3.0/'Joker', April 17th debut

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 23 hours ago

Nintendo has come out with a lengthy video that finally details everything Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fans have been waiting for - the contents of the coming version 3.0.0 update and the moveset for the first DLC fighter 'Joker'.



Nintendo has released a lengthy 15 minute video onto their official YouTube Channel that details what players can expect from the coming version 3.0.0 update. According to the video, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be updated to version 3.0.0 on April 17th, and included within that update is many things I have reported on previously. Firstly, we have the DLC fighter 'Joker' and his stage Mementos which was data minded back in February.


Next is new game modes such as Stage Builder, which just happened to be leaked last week on an official Nintendo advertisement. There is also the Shared Content option which will allow players to share their created stages and gameplay videos with other players from around the globe. Nintendo will also be adding the Smash World service which is available on the Nintendo Switch Online app, the new service will players to view stages and gameplay videos without starting the game. Nintendo will be rolling out version 3.0.0 on April 17th, for more information watch the entire above video above.

New $250 disc-less Xbox One S is a bad deal

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 1 hour ago

Microsoft today announced its new digital-only Xbox One S console, but the price just isn't right.




The new disc-less Xbox One S isn't a good deal. The system costs $250, which Microsoft asserts is $50 below the $299 MSRP of the original Xbox One S, but retailers typically sell the system for as low as $199. Shaving off a huge portion of the system's multimedia capabilities in favor of a $50 "savings" just isn't adding up, especially when retailers like Rakuten are selling the Xbox One S bundled with Battlefield V for $199. Unlike the PS4 Pro or the PS4, 4K UHD Blu-ray playback is a big bonus for the Xbox One S. Except of course for this particular model that's not really saving you much cash.


The console, dubbed the rather unfortunate Xbox One S All Digital Edition (or Xbox One SAD Edition), isn't an upgrade. It's exactly the same as a stock Xbox One S and sports identical internal hardware, specs, and performance. The big difference is that it's digital-only, which is a tactical move on Microsoft's part to pull gamers into its lucrative billion-dollar ecosystem of services, subscriptions, game sales, and advertisement revenues.

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Gamestop's new trade-in program gives full credit for games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 6 hours ago

GameStop today revealed its new Guaranteed To Love It program, which gives buyers full credit for new games.




GameStop isn't doing too well right now. It lost over $670 million last year amid flagging sales due to digital adoption, and more and more consumers are avoiding used games altogether. But the retailer's new initiative aims at recapturing some of this lost market, namely with trade-ins.


It's rare when retailers offer decent trade-ins for games. Once you open a new game, it immediately loses a good portion of its value, especially if it's not that popular (or if the retailer isn't actually selling many used games). Surprisingly, GameStop is offering a new program that gives full $59.99 in-store credit for specific games that're traded in within 2 days, starting with Sony's new PS4 exclusive Days Gone. Cash refunds won't be offered.

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How will PS5 shape PlayStation Plus?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 8 hours ago

Sony is making big plays with its next-generation PlayStation 5, which boasts some serious horsepower. But hardware isn't everything and Sony must evolve its core service framework to match a new hardware evolution.




As of late, Sony has made some good and bad plays with PlayStation services. It bumped PS Plus cloud saves to a huge 100GB per account. The company also relented on cross-play in games like Fortnite and Rocket League, ushering in a new cross-platform age of gaming. On the downside, Sony nixed free PS3 and PS Vita games on PlayStation Plus and dropped the value of the service. And it recently locked digital game sales exclusively to its PlayStation Store.


With the PS5 on the horizon, Sony might have to do something different with PS Plus. Free PS4 games might not be enough this time. Sony's admitted that service retention is tough and it could get even tougher with next-gen fragmentation. The PS5 is a true next-gen leap over the PS4, and while it'll natively play PS4 games, Sony will release separate game SKUs for each system. Both hardware and software will be fragmented.

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Microsoft: E3 2019 is our biggest E3 presence ever

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 10 hours ago

Microsoft isn't missing out on its opportunity to fill the Sony-shaped hole at E3 2019, and plans to dominate the showcase with a multi-pronged strategy.




For the first time in decades, Sony isn't coming to E3. Microsoft is jumping on this chance to one-up is competitor with a huge E3 2019 affair celebrating everything Xbox. The company touts that E3 2019 will be its "biggest presence ever" and plans to unleash a smorgasbord of fan fests, game demos, announcements, and other engagement-building exercises aimed at one thing: reminding gamers that Xbox is still a force to be reckoned with.


Today Microsoft announced its E3 2019 press conference plans, confirming big artillery. The show will be held on June 9 at 1PM PST/4PM EST. Hardware, games, services and more will be at the forefront. We could get our first details on the next-generation Xbox Scarlett family of consoles, which are likely powered by AMD's new Navi GPU architecture alongside an 8-core Zen 2 CPU.

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Sony could hold big PlayStation VR live gaming events

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 4 days, 11 hours ago

Sony has lots of neat ideas for its PlayStation VR headset, and some of them actually sound pretty fun.




Sony helped pioneer VR gaming so its no surprise they're exploring unique avenues to the immersive platform. VR has yet to become mainstream, though. Sony's own cheaper, more accessible console-powered headset only captured 4.6% of the PS4's huge 90 million install base. But all that could change with the right kind of killer app or experience, and the games-maker could be onto something big here.


In a 2017 patent that was published this month, Sony outlined one of the most interesting use cases for VR: multiplayer gaming en masse. The patent would essentially let gamers not only watch live events like esports tournaments or big venue-based affairs, but participate in them using PSVR headsets. The HMD would essentially act as both as a virtual ticket and a viewscreen that emulates VR Chat levels of interactivity while also maintaining gaming features like a HUD. Sony could combine both spectatorship and gaming into one immersive online experience.

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PS5 backward compatibility confirmed, will play PS4 games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 12 hours ago

Sony officially confirms its next-gen PlayStation 5 won't completely ignore the PS4's vast library of games.




Sony's big new PlayStation 5 isn't an iterative system like the PS4 Pro. It's a true leap in horsepower, leveraging a new potent CPU and GPU combo designed specially for the system: the PS5 will feature a Zen 2 CPU alongside AMD's new Navi GPU tech, all built on 7nm. Even though it's shifting generations, Sony isn't about to throw away the PS4's empire of games and flip the reset switch.


In a recent interview with Wired, PlayStation 5 designer Mark Cerny confirmed the next-gen system will play existing PlayStation 4 games. The PS5 is built partly on the PS4's architecture to allow native backward compatibility with current games. Following the launch of the PS5, new game releases will apparently be forked and new titles will have two SKUs at launch--a PS4 and PS5 version--to leverage the strengths of both consoles. This indicates the existing PlayStation will live alongside the PS5 for a while before passing the torch.

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AMD's next-gen Navi GPU confirmed to support ray tracing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 4 days, 13 hours ago

It was barely 48 hours ago that I exclusively reported that AMD would be unveiling its next-gen Navi GPU architecture at E3 2019 but now we know one thing is for sure: Navi supports ray tracing.




The news is coming directly from PlayStation architect Mark Cerny, who confirmed during an interview with Wired that the PlayStation 5 will have a custom Radeon Navi GPU inside and it will have support for ray tracing. The ray tracing side of the PS5 wouldn't just be limited to graphics either, as Sony will be doing other things with it.


Cerny said that ray tracing goes "beyond graphic implications" say Wired, with Cerny adding: "If you wanted to run tests to see if the player can hear certain audio sources or if the enemies can hear the players' footsteps, ray tracing is useful for that. It's all the same thing as taking a ray through the environment".


So we can expect some interesting things from the ray tracing side of Navi if the tease of what Sony is doing with Navi in the PS5 is anything to go by. It is, however, no surprise that Sony is talking about the PS5 and the Navi GPU architecture supporting ray tracing considering Sony worked directly with the engineers at RTG on the Navi GPU.

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