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Sony now sells PS4 hardware and games directly, squeezes retailers

Derek Strickland | Sep 25, 2019 at 06:48 pm CDT

Sony opens up a new online storefront to sell console hardware, accessories, and games, putting even more pressure on retailers like GameStop.

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Sony just opened up a new store that lets you buy PlayStation games, hardware, and peripherals directly from them. Sony is offering slight MSRP savings on console bundles, but you won't save on any games. There's a PS4 + PS Plus bundle for $339, and a PS4 Pro + PS Plus bundle for $429 (All in all these are meager discounts). Sony's store offers two shipping methods; a 2-business day free option, or 1-day express shipping for $10. PlayStation Plus subscribers get free express shipping on every order.

Overall this isn't exciting news, but it has some serious far-reaching effects. Sony is using the store to gear up for its next-gen PlayStation 5 in 2020, and we'll see exclusive promotions, offers, and discounts on the store. Buying directly from Sony lets the company keep 100% of all earnings from each sale, so the company will offer nice little incentives to buy from them. We could even see exclusive pre-order content offered on the store, similar to those found on Amazon or GameStop.

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Oculus Quest transforms into PC-powered HMD with new Oculus Link tech

Derek Strickland | Sep 25, 2019 at 03:16 pm CDT

Oculus' new Oculus Link tech merges lets Quest owners play Rift games through a single USB-C cable.

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Today Oculus announced Oculus Link, a new feature that effectively transforms the $399 all-in-one Oculus Quest headset into a PC-powered Rift headset. Using Oculus Link software and a single USB Type-C cable, Quest owners can connect directly to a gaming PC and play dedicated Rift games on the headset.

Oculus Link effectively makes the Quest into a mobile-tethered hybrid that can switch at will (and also effectively phases out the Rift).

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Nintendo's mobile greed is out of control

Derek Strickland | Sep 25, 2019 at 02:18 pm CDT

Nintendo puts a $5 a month subscription in its new free-to-play, lootbox-ridden Mario Kart Tour mobile game. Yes, really.

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Nintendo's tried a lot of strategies with its mobile games. First it tried free-to-start with Super Mario Run, which let you play a portion of the game for free and pay to unlock the rest. This failed. Then they did traditional free-to-play with aggressive gacha-style microtransactions with games like Fire Emblem Heroes. This caught like wildfire. Now Nintendo is trying to sell in-game subscriptions within its free-to-play mobile games, paygating content behind a recurring subscription.

Introducing Mario Kart Tour's Gold Pass, an egregious $4.99 monthly subscription that unlocks access to 200cc races, gives you golden badges, and unlocks various cosmetics when you finish races. The game already has microtransactions via lootboxes with random rewards that affect the game, from new drivers to hearts that refill your gas meter.

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BioWare's new move could help rehabilitate crippling team issues

Derek Strickland | Sep 25, 2019 at 12:04 pm CDT

BioWare just moved to a more spacious three-story, 75,000 square foot office in Edmonton, and it could help heal the studio's significant internal turmoil.

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BioWare's in a rut. In fact, it's been in this rut since it shipped Dragon Age: Inquisition in 2014, a game which fundamentally changed how the studio operates. BioWare never got out of the harsh, grueling crunch that Inquisition demanded, slowly eroding team confidence and morale with years of mismanagement while tanking big-budget games like Mass Effect: Andromeda, and its new failed IP Anthem. Work on Anthem got so bad that developers indicated depression and anxiety were now endemic to BioWare; rather than a bastion of RPGs, it was now a black hole that pushed some people so hard they had to take medical leave to recuperate from stress overload.

Now with new leadership under Casey Hudson and a new change of scenery, BioWare may have a shot at recovery. The company just moved into a huge new three-story office in the EPCOR Tower in downtown Edmonton that's designed specifically for games development. It features motion capture rooms, audio recording booths, and a bunch of cool-down recreational areas for developers. The new environment may offer BioWare a fresh start and give developers more room to do their best work.

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Free MediEvil remaster demo is now live on PS4

Derek Strickland | Sep 25, 2019 at 11:15 am CDT

Sony's goofy PlayStation 1 classic MediEvil is getting resurrected with a brand new remaster, and now all PS4 gamers can try it out.

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Game demos are pretty rare these days, so when they come out it's actually a treat. Sony just released a new MediEvil demo so both new and veteran PS gamers can sample its schlocky Halloween charm while experiencing that old-school PlayStation goodness. It's almost like those early days when demo discs came in packaged video game magazines (both of which are practically extinct now).

The MediEvil demo is kinda beefy, clocking in at 11GB and featuring the first two levels of the game--Dan's Crypt and The Graveyard. It's aptly called short-lived and will only be available until October 6, so be sure to grab it asap. Everyone who plays the demo can unlock a special helm that carries over to the final game.

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The Last of Us Part II is on two-discs, is Naughty Dog's biggest game

Derek Strickland | Sep 25, 2019 at 10:09 am CDT

Like Red Dead Redemption II, The Last of Us Part II will span two discs on PlayStation 4.

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The Last of Us Part II is shaping up to be Naughty Dog's magnum opus, at least insofar as overall size and dramatic story impact. Neil Druckmann says the sequel is the studio's "most ambitious and longest game in our 35 year history," and affirms the team needed to make a huge game to chronicle Ellie's harrowing journey of hate and revenge. "To tell this kind of story the game needed to be massive," Druckmann said in a recent PlayStation Blog post.

And massive it is indeed; The Last of Us Part II is so big it won't fit on a single disc. A recent Best Buy pre-order listing confirms the game will ship on two Blu-ray discs and may clock in at over 100GB on PlayStation 4. We can expect more emphasis on open-ended exploration alongside dynamically-woven story elements to bring a true sense of cinematic gameplay and survival.

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Civilization VI will come to the PS4 and Xbox One November 2019

Jak Connor | Sep 25, 2019 at 05:06 am CDT

While I don't know how good it will be to play an TBS game with a controller, none-the-less a great RTS game is heading over to consoles this year and its Sid Meier's Civilization VI.

Sid Meier's Civilization series has always had a strong place on PC in the turn-based-strategy genre, gaining mass popularity as the series released titles. Now console gamers will have an opportunity to be apart of history as Civilization VI will be heading over to the Xbox One and PS4 this November.

Confirmed during the State of Play that was held today, 2K Games will be bringing PS4 and Xbox One gamers Civilization VI with optimizations for controllers. To go alongside those optimizations, players will also have both the 'Rise and Fall' & 'Gathering Storm' DLC's. Both DLC's will be available to purchase a Expansion Bundle. Civilization VI will be available on Xbox One and PS4 on November 22nd.

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Death Stranding-themed Limited Edition PS4 comes with a pee controller

Jak Connor | Sep 25, 2019 at 04:07 am CDT

Death Stranding fans that don't already have a PS4 Pro now have a chance of now getting a Limited Edition Death Stranding-themed console.

The above video has been released on the official PlayStation YouTube Channel and reminds us that Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding is only a couple months away from release. The video also introduces us to a Limited Edition Death Stranding PS4 Pro that fans will be able to pick up.

The console is completely white but has black hand-prints across the top of it, directly referencing what is seen is most of the Death Stranding trailers. The controller is also a bright pee color yellow, which seems to be in reference to the baby pods that has been seen to play a key role in the game. The front of the console also features the worlds "Death Stranding". This Limited Edition console will be retailing for $399.99, pre-orders are already open for sale. Death Stranding will release on PS4 on November 11th.

Races start for Mario Kart Tour on both iOS and Android at 4AM ET

Jak Connor | Sep 25, 2019 at 03:12 am CDT

Nintendo is just about to launch the app everyone has been waiting for, Mario Kart Tour for mobile.

Above we have the first episode of Mario Kart Tour News which informs players what the game will feature and what options they will have available to them. From the video we learn that the first tour will be located in New York City and that future Tours will be based on real-world locations.

We are also introduced to how the game will control. Simple up, down, left and right thumb maneuvers will be gamers controllers (an image has been provided in the entirety of this article). It is also detailed that certain drivers will only be available during certain tour times, and that for gamers to play Mario Kart Tour they must have a registered Nintendo Account. Google Play Store link here and Apple Store link here.

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Apex Legends tease Season 3 legend 'Crypto', possible new battle map

Jak Connor | Sep 25, 2019 at 02:04 am CDT

Respawn has taken to their official Apex Legends Twitter page to post a cryptic message teasing the release of the future 'Crypto' character, and the possible release of an additional map.

The above Tweet shows a letter addressed to what seems to be Crypto's mother, but in reality its a coded messaged that is meant to read as follows: "As I'm sure you've heard I took your advice and I went to the Games. It's the only way I can get close to the people who framed me. All I had to do was distract the Syndicate long enough to get 'Crypto's' credentials into the system. You were right about the qualifying matches."

It continues to say "I looked into it and there's no way I could have gotten in. So I went with Plan B: I took down the Repulsor tower. I had no idea it would be so insane. I'm hoping the damage was enough to close King's Canyon so I can hitch a ride on the dropship off Solace, and find the evidence I need somewhere in New Dawn."

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