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Turns out that not all PlayStation 5 fans are created equal, and there's already multiple console fan variants out in the wild.
Sony has invested tremendously into the PS5's cooling solution. The copper-aluminum vapor-chamber heat sink, the liquid metal cooling paste, and the huge 120mm dual-sided intake fan create a quiet and cool console when under load. But there's slight variations to this cooling solution--namely with the fan blades.
French website Les Numeriques has uncovered two different fans used in Sony's next-gen PS5. The fans both have different designs and noise levels.
The reports were true: Doom Eternal will be a digital-only game on the Switch, but Battlemode is still in.
Today Bethesda confirmed Doom Eternal will launch on Switch on December 8, right in time to raze hell before Christmas. The port won't come a physical cart, though, and is 100% digital-only on the eShop (or via download codes from third-party stores). This is why retailers like GameStop started cancelling pre-orders for Doom Eternal's physical Switch edition. Thankfully the game won't be too big and clocks in at 18GB.
Doom Eternal also sports gyroscopic tracking/aiming on Switch and Switch Lite consoles, which should add a new dimension of chaos to the shooter. We don't know the finalized performance targets for Doom Eternal on Switch, but id previously said it would hit 30FPS on the handheld.
The PS5 is now the best-selling launch console of all time in the UK, sources tell Video Game Chronicle.
While Sony hasn't delivered exact PS5 sales figures just yet, they did confirm the system had the biggest launch in PlayStation history, implying 2 million+ global sales. On a more regional basis, independent publishing sources tell VGC the PS5 has completely destroyed the PS4's 250,000 launch sales in the UK. This includes both pre-orders and sales made during the launch period.
The $499 disc-based PS5 model was favored by more UK consumers than the cheaper, but less readily available, PS5 Digital Edition. Sony may share PS5 sales data soon but we do know they plan to sell over 7.6 million PS5 consoles by March 2021. How many units that actually sell depends totally on the stock, and earlier reports suggested Sony could have as many as 8.25 million units available by early 2021.
Microsoft is making it even easier for you to queue up your gaming sessions with the latest Xbox update.
First Microsoft let you pre-load games that you don't even own. Now a new update for Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and the Game Pass app lets you pre-install Game Pass titles that aren't yet live on the service.
All you have to do is download the Game Pass app, select the Console or PC section, and then scroll down to the Coming Soon section. These games can be pre-loaded onto your system but you can't actually play until access is granted. Microsoft says not every game will support the feature, though.
Greedfall is getting enhanced and re-released on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S next-gen consoles, the developer today revealed.
Spiders' latest RPG Greedfall is coming to next-gen consoles as a separate re-release, and Focus Home Interactive will reprise its role as publisher. The devs are also making a brand new expansion for Greedfall, but exact details are light. The press release didn't mention any exact performance targets (e.g. 4K 60FPS) or whether or not existing PS4 and Xbox One owners would get a free upgrade to the next-gen version.
Right now info is slim and we know just two things: A next-gen version is coming, and a new story DLC is dropping. Specifics on expansion storylines, cost, etc. haven't been revealed.
Bungie has been busy planning out its future...but those ideas go beyond just games.
Bungie has been working on new projects since before it split with Activision in 2018. The games-maker has aspirations that go above new titles, though; the developer wants to also publish its own games (and possibly games from other studios). With these big plans in place, Bungie's future seems bright even without the might of Activision's billions.
In a recent interview with Metro UK, Bungie's Pete Parsons confirms that early plans started to coalesce as far back as 2017. These plans include new games that're in incubation phases, or pre-development stages, and Parsons says they're pretty exciting.
The reports were true: Fortnite is getting a $12 a month subscription plan for players who are serious about the game.
The new $12 per month subscription plan is called Fortnite Crew, and it's basically a bundle that combines cosmetics and season passes together. Some of these skins are 100% exclusive to subscribers though, which adds another layer of attraction to Crew (this will help offset Epic's disrupted iOS earnings from the Apple legal battle).
Fortnite Crew goes live with Chapter 2 Season 5, and subscribers get the following:
- Battle Pass access
- An exclusive outfit pack + one new accessory
- 1,000 V Bucks
Four gens of Xbox not enough? The Series X and Series S consoles can actually run old-school retro emulators. Here's a quick primer on how to do it.
Using the $20 Dev Mode app, anyone can run the Xbox One XDK on the Xbox Series S and Series X consoles and load up UWP applications. This method can be used to transform your fancy new next-gen console into an arcade powerhouse that runs NES, SNES, N64, PS1, PS2, and even PSP titles (and practically everything in between).
Modern Vintage Gamer has put together an excellent step-by-step walkthrough explaining how to run Retroarch on the SeriesX/S. The emulation isn't perfect, but it does work, and you'll be able to try out tons of ROMs on the machine.
Scalpers are coming together to sell their PS5s in a high-price marketplace, and they actually have more inventory that retailers.
The PS5 is sold out everywhere. Even if a store gets more inventory online or on the shelves, the consoles get snapped up almost immediately. It's a story immemorial that comes with any console launch (especially Nintendo systems), but the stakes are even higher now that everyone wants to stay at home because of COVID-19.
With scarcity comes big markups from scalpers. It's unavoidable especially with something as hot as a PS5. Everyone wants one, but who actually gets one comes down to luck and money. One UK group, CrepChiefNotify, has amassed roughly 3,500 PS5 consoles to resell to consumers.
Square Enix recently confirmed a big Final Fantasy XIV Announcement Showcase event scheduled for February. What could it be?
In February 2021, Square Enix plans to reveal "cool new things" for Final Fantasy XIV. It looks like the team could be setting the stage for another major expansion reveal. The latest expansion, Shadowbringers, was just wrapped up in the latest Reflections in Crystal (patch 5.3) update, and Square Enix confirmed a new expac was in development as far back as 2019.
We should expect other tidbits at the event like PS5 enhancements (the game is already playable via backward compatibility with full mouse and keyboard support, just like PS4) and probably a few cosmetics, quest tweaks, and QoL improvements.