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It was only last week that I reported the current-gen consoles would be receiving a new "Framerate Priority mode" that would usher in 60FPS for PS4 and Xbox One... but now next-gen consoles get some 60FPS lovin'.
The developer has been asked by console gamers about the new 60FPS mode for PUBG on next-gen consoles, with the developer explaining: "The Xbox Series X will leverage the Xbox One X game build. The game will run at 60 FPS by selecting the Framerate Priority option*. The Xbox Series S will leverage the Xbox One S game build, which runs at 30 FPS. We are working to provide an option to raise the framerate cap on Xbox One S and Xbox Series S consoles in the future".
They continued: "PlayStation 5 will leverage the PlayStation 4 Pro build. By selecting the Framerate Priority option*, the game will run up to 60 FPS. *Framerate Priority option releases on live servers for Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro with the October 9.1 Update".
The Mandalorian will soon be streaming its second season on Disney+ and right after that we a newly-announced Xbox One controller bundle.
The new Mandalorian Xbox One controller looks pretty damn nice, but you better have those Benjamins ready as it costs $160 on its own. The weird thing here is that The Mandalorian S2 drops on October 28, the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series X consoles drop in November -- while the new Mandalorian controller will be released on December 31, 2020.
The new controller will work on the current-gen Xbox One and next-gen Xbox Series X/S consoles, with Microsoft using a unique design and pattern "reminiscent of beskar steel". What is beskar steel? That's what the armor that Din "Mando" Djarin's bounty hunter is made from.
In prep for The Mandalorian season 2's premiere on October 30, EA Motive has announced a nifty crossover event that features our favorite green Force-wielding alien baby.
Starting Wednesday, October 28, gamers can unlock new Mandalorian-themed cosmetics in Star Wars Squadrons. The best part about this news is that Baby Yoda himself will be an unlockable trinket for your ship's dashboard. The Child will help bring you good Light Side cheer as you're blasting Imperial dogs out of the sky.
Baby Yoda is only unlockable for New Republic ships, and the Mando supply drop brings a total of 8 new timed cosmetics to unlock: one hologram, one decal, one dashboard flair, and one hanging flair per faction. All of these drops will be earnable in-game and won't be sold as microtransactions (thankfully, Squadrons doesn't have any in-game purchases).
Ubisoft reveals how games like Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, and Far Cry 6 will play on next-gen PS5, Xbox Series X consoles.
Ubisoft's latest games will all have varying performance on next-gen consoles. Watch Dogs Legion, for example, runs at 4K 30FPS max with ray tracing on, where as AC Valhalla can hit 4K 60FPS but features no ray tracing.
There's some features that are constant across all games, though. All of Ubisoft's newest games will support free upgrades on PS5 and Xbox Series X. If you buy a PS4 or Xbox One version of specific games, you'll get a free next-gen upgrade for no extra cost. And all of the games will feature ultra-fast loading via the new PCIe 4.0 SSD tech in each console.
2018's Norse-themed God of War will hit 60FPS on PS5, complete with fast loading thanks to the console's powerful 12-channel PCIe 4.0 SSD.
Photo: Abe Taraky
Sony's first-party studios are starting to detail how their games will be boosted on PS5. The next-gen PlayStation will play nearly every single PS4 game at launch and many of them will be significantly boosted past PS4 levels. God of War will be one such game, and the devs confirm Kratos' icy quest will hit a buttery smooth 60FPS thanks to a new in-game performance mode.
Considering God of War already hits 4K 30FPS on the PS4 Pro (well, more like native 1440p 30FPS with upscaling), it's implied the game can run at 4K 60FPS on the PS5. There's been no real clarification on this, though, and we should expect the game to hit 1080p 60FPS at the very least.
Today Facebook announced it'll start streaming games to the Facebook app on mobiles and browsers on desktops/laptops.
Facebook's new cloud game streaming feature isn't like Stadia or Amazon's new Luna service. It's not even a separate service. Facebook isn't going to mirror Stadia and sell full-priced premium games like Red Dead Redemption 2, nor will it have the subscription channel revenue model like Luna.
Instead, Facebook is baking cloud game streaming right into the app itself, and it'll be part of the Facebook Gaming brand. Facebook's 2.7 billion users can natively stream select F2P games directly to their phones or their desktops via browser or app, all without any need for downloads. The streamable games are housed in Facebook's new Instant Games section.
Phasmophobia is one of the hottest PC games on the market right now and for good reason: It merges engaging four-player co-op with detective sleuthing in a unique ghost hunting experience.
Phasmophobia was the best-selling game on Steam for the week of October 18 - October 25, beating other major hits like Baldur's Gate 3, Cyberpunk 2077, and the latest streaming sensation Among Us.
Kinetic Games' indie hit is one of the most perfect games for the Halloween season. It's a mixture of P.T.'s creepiness with Ghostbusters and a nice helping of the modern-day Ghost Hunters TV show. Every session builds so much suspense and players have to work together to finally find the ghost, make it appear, and cleanse it from its haunting grounds.
Today GameStop announced FlexPay, a new purchasing program that lets consumers lease expensive hardware and make payments over time. It sounds good in theory, but the terms are astronomically bad for anyone without credit.
GameStop's new FlexPay program is basically the store-wide equivalent of Xbox All Access. FlexPay offers three different providers to help you get hardware and games via incremental purchases: Klarna, Quadpay, and Progressive Leasing. The latter is a lease-to-own program that has scam-worthy rates.
On a lark, I went over to Progressive Leasing's website and did a quick payment calculator estimate for a $499 lease-to-own deal from my local GameStop ($499 is the MSRP of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles). The results were absolutely mind-blowingly bad. Assuming you don't have any credit, buying a $499 console with Progressive Leasing with payments across 12 months would cost $1,181.75 in total.
Square Enix's new Avengers live service game is a big success with 2.2 million sales in its first month on the market, and is now the second-biggest digital launch for the publisher behind Final Fantasy VII: Remake.
SuperData's latest digital market estimates relay great news for Square Enix. The Japanese publisher needs all the wins it can get right now. The company recently warned investors that COVID-19 game development interruption will significantly impact its earnings.
Luckily it's latest live game is selling pretty well. Throughout its launch month in September, the new Marvel's Avengers game sold 2.2 million digital copies across PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Avengers became the third best-selling console game of September.
We really hope Elder Scrolls VI looks something like this...or maybe it'll be even better?
Bethesda is going all-out for The Elder Scrolls VI. The landmark sequel was revealed in 2018, and the devs are making the "largest engine overhaul in history" for TESVI complete with ultra-realistic photogrammetry captures and next-gen toolsets. The Elder Scrolls VI is still a long ways out, though, and it could skip PlayStation consoles thanks to Microsoft's recent ZeniMax buyout.
Since the reveal, Bethesda has been quiet about the game. The studio will stay that way for some time. That has stopped fans from trying to fill the void with concept videos of what could be. The results are absolutely incredible. YouTuber Captain Hishiro edited together an amazing sizzle reel concept for a next-gen Elder Scrolls game, complete with high fantasy, mythical monsters, and amazing visuals.