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Latest AAA title released on iOS flops with less than 2,000 buyers

Jak Connor | Jul 17, 2024 9:05 AM CDT

AAA titles are making their way to iOS as smartphones' hardware has reached a level where cut-down versions of big-name games can be played on mobile.

Latest AAA title released on iOS flops with less than 2,000 buyers

Titles such as Assassin's Creed Mirage, Resident Evil Village, Resident Evil 4, and Death Stranding have made their way over to iOS, and according to Appmagic, which estimates store data, none of these titles have performed well in terms of sales. Also joining that disappointing list is Resident Evil 7, which was released on July 2. Appmagic estimates the new release has been downloaded approximately 83,000 times since it launched, earning Capcom about $28,000.

That aforementioned figure doesn't include Apple's mandatory 30% cut of all transactions through iOS, which, if added to the figure, would bring it up to $36 582. How Appmagic arrived at the total number of buyers of the app was dividing the $36,582 by the $20 fee for unlocking the full game, which brings you to less than 2,000 paying customers.

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DLSS 3 support comes to Dungeonborne, Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn, and Marvel Rivals Beta

Kosta Andreadis | Jul 17, 2024 2:58 AM CDT

Alongside adding day-one support for Dungeonborne and Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn with the latest GeForce Game Ready, these two titles are also a part of the latest games getting DLSS support this week. Dungeonborne, launching into Early Access, is a solo and multiplayer crawler with impressive ray-traced visuals. So, thankfully, it's arriving with DLSS Super Resolution and DLSS 3 Frame Generation.

DLSS 3 support comes to Dungeonborne, Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn, and Marvel Rivals Beta

Currently, the game is a PC killer with only the GeForce RTX 4090 able to push higher than 60 FPS at 4K with max settings and ray-tracing enabled. This increases to around 190 FPS with DLSS Performance Mode and Frame Generation enabled. Even the GeForce RTX 4060, RTX 4060 Ti, and RTX 4070 can hit 60+ FPS with DLSS 3.

Lowering the resolution to 1440p and DLSS 3 increases performance across the entire GeForce RTX 40 Series line-up by around 2.3X. This is the resolution sweet spot for PC gaming, and here, every GeForce RTX 40 Series GPU can push past 100 FPS, with the GeForce RTX 4060 just falling short with an average frame rate of 93.5.

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CD Projekt Red unveils the 'most advanced' game being developed at the studio

Jak Connor | Jul 16, 2024 4:31 AM CDT

CD Projekt Red is working on a selection of new titles for gamers, but what does the renowned developer consider as its "most advanced" project.

CD Projekt Red unveils the 'most advanced' game being developed at the studio

For those that didn't know, CD Projekt is currently working on four new titles, all of which are named after stars. Firstly, there is Canis Majoris, a remake of The Witcher that is currently being developed at Polish studio Fool's Theory. Next is Orion, which is the sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 that is being helmed by developers at the Boston studio. Next is Sirius, a Witcher spin-off game that is being developed at Molasses Flood in Boston.

Lastly, Polaris is a completely new Witcher game that is being helmed by the main CD Projekt studio in Warsaw, Poland. In a recent interview with Flow Games, associate game director Pawel Sasko said most of the titles are currently in their "early stages" and the new Witcher saga, which is slated to enter production sometime this year, is "the most advanced of all of those".

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Xbox removes Game Pass console tier, to replace with Game Pass Standard tier in 'coming months'

Derek Strickland | Jul 15, 2024 6:33 PM CDT

In a bid to maximize revenues and further improve profitability--especially a full year after the $70 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard King--Microsoft has made radical changes to its Xbox Game Pass subscription, including the outright removal of its console tier.

Xbox removes Game Pass console tier, to replace with Game Pass Standard tier in 'coming months'

A bit ago, Microsoft announced a big shake up to its value-oriented Xbox Game Pass subscription service. Three key things happened: Price increases, adjustments of value, and the removal of the service's most saturated tier.

On the price increase front, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is increasing from $16.99 a month to $19.99 a month. Prices for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate held strong, with the debut $14.99 staying static across for years, but Ultimate prices jumped to $16.99 in 2023, and now to $19.99 in 2024--representing a 33% increase across the full five-year span that Ultimate has been offered.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate price has increased 33%, or $5, in 5 years

Derek Strickland | Jul 15, 2024 5:11 PM CDT

Microsoft's recent Xbox Game Pass Ultimate price hike is the second increase since the service rolled out in 2019, and represents a +18% increase in a year's time.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate price has increased 33%, or $5, in 5 years

As we had predicted in 2022, Microsoft recently made the decision to raise Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription prices to reflect the added value of new games, such as the gargantuan Call of Duty Black Ops 6. That's not the only thing Microsoft did, though; the company also fragmented the value of Game Pass by removing day one first-party releases on its new Game Pass Standard tier.

The new multi-tiered structure gave rise to a price hike for the all-encompassing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. This appears to be an effort to offset cannibalization and ensure long-term revenue via the lease-based model of subscriptions versus the one-off premium purchase that companies like Activision enjoyed in the past; gamers can sub for one month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $20 instead of paying $70 for new first-party games, including Call of Duty Black Ops 6.

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Valve is smaller than we thought, a fraction of the size of many AAA studios and publishers

Kosta Andreadis | Jul 14, 2024 8:32 PM CDT

Unlike other prominent players in the gaming space, Valve is the very definition of a private company. The developer behind Half-Life, DOTA 2, and Counter-Strike also runs Steam, the largest PC gaming platform in the world. Yet, little is known about Valve's overall size and how it operates day to day.

Valve is smaller than we thought, a fraction of the size of many AAA studios and publishers

According to a new leak, Valve only has a fraction of the employees of its contemporaries, companies like EA, Epic Games, and Riot Games. Information regarding how many employees work at Valve surfaced recently via redacted documents as part of an antitrust lawsuit against Valve.

Spotted by SteamDB's Pavel Djundik, the information covers Valve's employee headcount and even gross pay across the company's four key divisions - Admin, Games, Steam, and Hardware.

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Nintendo officially has a new longest lifespan console, NES now dethroned

Jak Connor | Jul 12, 2024 1:01 AM CDT

Since Nintendo entered the console market, it has released new generations of home consoles faster and faster. That was until the release of the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo officially has a new longest lifespan console, NES now dethroned

A new report from VideoGamesChronicle (VGC) pointed out how many days the Nintendo Switch has been on the market, which stacks up to 2,687 days as the Switch was released on March 3, 2017 - seven years ago. Notably, the Famicom, or the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) as known to markets outside of Japan, was on the market 2,686 days before it was replaced with the SNES.

More interestingly, the successor to the Nintendo Switch, presumably called the Nintendo Switch 2, likely won't be released until at least March next year, increasing the total number of days to 2,920 - if it isn't released before March 1, 2025. As for why the Nintendo Switch has stayed on the market for so long, Nintendo doesn't necessarily need to replace the Switch as it's one of the company's most successful console launches to date.

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Classic arcade game from the 1980s is getting a 3D remake 38 years after its debut

Kosta Andreadis | Jul 11, 2024 10:29 PM CDT

It's 1987. Predator and Lethal Weapon are on the big screen, while a brand new cartoon called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits TV screens across America. And if you wanted to play a new video game, your best bet was to take a pocket full of quarters and head down to the local arcade - where you'd find one of the year's hottest games, Double Dragon.

Classic arcade game from the 1980s is getting a 3D remake 38 years after its debut

The original Double Dragon introduced many to the concept of the beat 'em up, where up to two players took on the roles of martial artists Billy and Jimmy Lee to bring the pain to street thugs and other baddies. Double Dragon ushered in a golden age for the beat 'em up genre; it spawned sequels, popular console versions for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and even a film adaptation in 1994.

Several new entries have been made, including recent ones for mobile and modern consoles like the Switch. However, Double Dragon Revive is different because it's a complete 3D remake of the 1987 original - one that is set to arrive 38 years after its original debut.

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Skyrim with over 3100 mods, ray tracing, and a GeForce RTX 4090 looks like a different game

Kosta Andreadis | Jul 11, 2024 9:02 PM CDT

Mods have kept Bethesda's iconic The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim relevant for over a decade, and there are thousands out there covering gameplay, visual upgrades, new quests, new weapons and items, and ambitious projects that are complete remakes of previous Elder Scrolls game like Oblivion and Morrowind.

Skyrim with over 3100 mods, ray tracing, and a GeForce RTX 4090 looks like a different game

With that, YouTube creator Digital Dreams presented a new video showcasing Skyrim running with over 3100 mods, including Complete Ray Tracing Reshade. Now, if you've ever modded Skyrim before, you'll know that playing the game with 20, 30, or more mods requires a specific load order to avoid issues, in addition to using a carefully tuned mod manager.

So yeah, having over 3,100 mods running in Skyrim is a game-changer, but getting the game to run with that many mods is an impressive feat. Visually, it transforms the game to the point where it looks like a different - and stunning - game running on and pushing the GeForce RTX 4090 to its limit.

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Xbox Game Pass price hike is here, console tier removes day-one access to first-party games

Kosta Andreadis | Jul 11, 2024 6:01 AM CDT

Microsoft's subscription-based Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PC Game Pass for Windows have been game changers in recent years. Offering a library of games to download and install, with day-one access to all first-party Xbox titles, it's one of those things where it's hard to imagine owning an Xbox console without having a Game Pass subscription to go with it.

Xbox Game Pass price hike is here, console tier removes day-one access to first-party games

That changed this week when Microsoft confirmed a confusing pricing increase and tier restructure for Game Pass. Console gamers are being hit the hardest as the Xbox Game Pass for Console subscription tier (which doesn't include PC Game Pass or EA Play titles) is being replaced by Xbox Game Pass Standard. This $15 USD monthly subscription will no longer include access to first-party Xbox titles on day one.

That's right, no day-one access to Age of Mythology Retold, Call of Duty: Black Ops 6, Avowed, or Indiana Jones and the Great Circle this year, and no day-one access to DOOM: The Dark Ages, Fable, Perfect Dark, South of Midnight, Gears of War: E-Day, and more in 2025.

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