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Leaked PS5 devkit photo stylized in 3D renders

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 4 mins ago

A bit ago a leaked photo showed off the PlayStation 5 devkit's design, confirming the original V-shaped patent sketch was authentic. Now some digital renders capture the that design in 3D form.


The renders come from LetsGoDigital and are stylized digital recreations of the actual physical PS5 development kit, complete with the manta ray color scheme, front-facing buttons and USB ports, and distinct ventilation.

The design is still pretty striking, but we shouldn't expect the final PlayStation 5 to look like this. Final consumer-facing products are almost always different than their respective devkits, except of course for the Xbox One X.


Leaked PS5 devkit on the left, 3D render on the right.

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Rumor: Diablo II remastered on the way, reveal set for Blizzcon 2019

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 11 hours, 30 mins ago

Just as we advised, Blizzard is apparently going big at Blizzcon 2019, and Diablo will be a huge part of the show.


Blizzard plans to reveal two big Diablo games at Blizzcon 2019: A remastered version of the beloved Diablo II, possibly including the Lord of Destruction expansion with its runewords and extra Assassin and Druid classes, and the next mainline game in the series--Diablo IV.

The news comes from Overwatch streamer Metro, who attributes the info to inside sources at Blizzard. Metro's leaks were validated when they accurately predicted Ashe's reveal in Overwatch before Blizzcon 2018 aired, so the source appears to be genuine.

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Xbox Game Pass continues boosting full game sales

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 42 mins ago

Gamers frequently buy outside the Xbox Game Pass lineup, making it hugely instrumental for Microsoft.


Microsoft's $10 a month all-you-can-play Xbox Game Pass service is one of the most powerful forces in the industry. Not only does it make money from recurring subs every month, but it's actually leading to full game sales on Xbox LIVE. This phenomena was first highlighted by Phil Spencer, who confirmed Game Pass is sparking actual game purchases back in 2018.

Much to Microsoft's delight, Game Pass continues delivering. It's a kind of gateway to specific games that players wouldn't have tried otherwise, and when it turns out the games are good, players actually buy them outright to own them. Speaking at the Investment Summit, Xbox indie lead Agostino Simonetta said this trend of Game Pass inadvertently leading to game sales is continuing.

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Unreal Engine 4 demo shows insane real-time storm effects

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 18 hours, 37 mins ago

This Unreal Engine 4 storm demo shows incredible storm effects that are possible on older GTX 900 series GPUs...imagine what next-gen consoles will deliver?

Blue12 studios game developer Koola just released an amazing UE4 demo that looks like something right out of next-gen. The footage was captured in real-time and shows intense hurricane-force winds, with quite realistic effects like shaking trees, destructive debris, lightning and ambient lighting effects, and tons of collisions and particle physics going on.

Interestingly enough, this demo was captured on an older NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 GPU, not an insanely powerful rig. It's actually not even optimized, so the demo could look even better with more horsepower and higher-end tweaks.

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John Wick, Neo in Mortal Kombat 11? Ed Boon wants it to happen

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 20 hours, 24 mins ago

The murderous Baba Yaga or The One could show up in Mortal Kombat 11--at least that's what Ed Boon wants to see.


Mortal Kombat 11's character roster has all kinds of crossovers: There's The Joker from Batman, the T-800, and even Spawn. Netherealm is far from finished expanding MK11's DLC what's next? Ed Boon teases Neo from the Matrix, John Wick, or even an epic crossover with the Street Fighter series.

At this year's Brasil Games Show, Ed Boon discussed who he'd like to see make the cut onto the Mortal Kombat 11 lineup.

"There's so many...I can't name them all. Maybe somebody from Street Fighter, maybe Neo from the Matrix or John Wick could be a cool one," Boon said.

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The Outer Worlds PS4 Pro enhancements confirmed with 4K upscaling

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 22 hours, 44 mins ago

Contrary to reports, The Outer Worlds will get enhancements on the PlayStation 4 Pro too.

Private Division confirms The Outer Worlds will tap the PS4 Pro's extra horsepower with graphical optimizations. Obsidian's new spacefaring RPG will support upscaled 4K resolution on the PS4 Pro, and hits native 4K with 3840 x 2160 textures on Xbox One and PC. The Outer Worlds will instead hit a native 1400p on PS4 Pro. It was previously reported the game would only be optimized on Xbox One X.

"The Outer Worlds is enhanced for both Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. It includes 4K textures and resolution on Xbox One X and PC, and upsamples to 4K from 1440p on PS4 Pro. It looks great across all platforms," the publishing label said on Twitter.

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Need for Speed Heat's new 4K trailer shows off DULL, LIFELESS world

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 15 hours ago

EA is injecting some much-needed hype into Need for Speed Heat ahead of its November 8 release... but man, these trailers do not do anything for the game. Both IGN and VG247 have new Need for Speed Heat 4K gameplay videos that you can check out below.

I've watched both of the videos (IGN's goes for 13 minutes while VG247 has slightly less at 10 minutes) and boy is the world of Need for Speed Heat lifeless. There are barely any other cars on the road, no peoiple walking around -- it is just dull, and lifeless. It doesn't look that bad, with the graphics looking actually quite good -- but the world is dead.

I think one of the comments on YouTube summed up Need for Speed Heat perfectly: "EA probably locked away traffic behind micro transactions".

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2019's best-selling game? That would be NBA 2K20

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 15 hours ago

You wouldn't think that NBA 2K20 was the best-selling game of 2019 so far, but it is according to the latest North American sales data from the NPD Group.


The sales data shows that in September 2019 the best-selling game was NBA 2K20, which is also the best-selling game of the year so far. Joining the list of best-selling games in the United States for September 2019 is Borderlands 3 and FIFA 20 in second and third, respectively, while The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and Madden NFL 20 take fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Another interesting thing to note are hardware sales, with the Nintendo Switch taking out the #1 position while Xbox One and PS4 sales are continuing to dwingle. Hardware sales are down 22% overall, a trend that is only going to continue as we move into 2020 with the next-gen Xbox Scarlett and PlayStation 5 consoles.

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Huge protest pushing 'full-steam ahead' at BlizzCon 2019

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 16 hours ago

Remember when I said if things couldn't get worse for Blizzard? Remember when I said Activision-Blizzard could (and probably would) pull the plug on BlizzCon 2019 given all this China controversy? Activision-Blizzard already cancelled the Overwatch for Nintendo Switch launch event in NYC, but what about BlizzCon 2019?


Well, to add fuel to that big huge fire -- a huge protest is being planned for BlizzCon 2019 with protest organizer Dayton Young telling GameSpot that Activision-Blizzard's reduction of the penalty against pro-Hearthstone player 'Blitzchung' and restoring his prize money for dare speaking out against China was "a small step in the right direction"... but it's not good enough.

Young said: "That Blizzard has shown a willingness to re-evaluate their decision is a small step in the right direction, but make no mistake; Blizzard continues to punish these individuals despite widespread outrage from gamers around the world. We understand that game publishers and developers have a responsibility to moderate the content that appears on their platforms to ensure that gamers are safe from harassment, threats of violence, and other dangerous behavior. But silencing gamers who speak up about issues that affect their freedom makes us all less safe from oppression and institutional abuse".

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Check out the new 5K 60FPS trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 17 hours ago

The return of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare this year is going to be absolutely huge, with Activision and Infinity Ward making the game a real treat for PC gamers in countless ways. Another one of those is the new trailer, which is available in both 4K and get this -- even 5K. Check it out:

The new trailer is also in UltraWide goodness but the 5K trailer with a resolution of 5120 x 2880 is a surprise, as I saw other headlines for 4K until I checked it out myself. I confirmed the trailer is at 5K and a glorious 60FPS, all resolutions: 720p, 1080p, 1440p, 4K, and 5K offered at 60FPS.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's biggest draw card is that it has ray tracing abilities, a huge boon for NVIDIA and GeForce RTX graphics card owners. Not only that, but Acitvision and developer Infinity Ward & Beenox have built-in a bunch of customization options for PC gamers, too.

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