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Call of Duty: Warzone Haunting event includes Ghostface, from Scream

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Oct 19 2021 8:48 PM CDT

As a huge Call of Duty: Warzone (mostly Rebirth Resurgence) and just as big of a fan of the Scream franchise, it brings me great pleasure to announce that Ghostface from the Scream franchise is dropping into The Haunting event in Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

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Ghostface is available in the Store between October 19, and November 18, 2021 with the horror-themed "The Haunting" event in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War. On the official Call of Duty website, they explain: "This is your opportunity to play as Ghostface before the return to cinemas in January 2022, when Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group will bring back the classic film series that defined the '90s for meta horror".

Not only is there a Ghostface Operator -- which I purchased just as I started writing this news -- there's also the iconic "Violent End" Finishing Movie. There's the "Cordless Phone" Weapon Charm, the "Scary Hours" Watch, an animated Emblem and Calling Card, 3 x Legendary Weapon Blueprints, with one of them being Ghostface's signature weapon: the "Ghost Blade".

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Apple's new M1 Max SoC is faster than a next-gen PlayStation 5 console

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Oct 19 2021 7:33 PM CDT

Apple has quite the beast on its hands with its new M1 Max SoC which was unveiled during Apple's 2021 MacBook Pro unveiling event, with the latest custom silicon made on TSMC's new 5nm process node.

The new Apple M1 Max SoC is faster than Sony's PlayStation 5 console in pure compute performance, with the Apple M1 Max SoC having 10.40 TFLOPs of performance while the semi-custom APU inside of the PS5 is capable of 10.28 TFLOPs.

Apple has 10 CPU cores and up to 32 GPU cores inside of the new M1 Max, with up to 64GB of unified RAM with 400GB/sec of memory bandwidth. Sony has 16GB of shared GDDR6 (between the system and GPU) inside of the semi-custom APU inside of the PS5, with 448GB/sec of memory bandwidth -- 48GB/sec more than the M1 Max SoC. Apple has much more memory (up to 64GB versus 16GB inside of the PS5 APU).

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Netflix: Games are free, no ads, no monetization, focus on enjoyment

Derek Strickland | Tue, Oct 19 2021 4:42 PM CDT

Netflix re-affirms its commitment to not charging extra for its new video games.

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Netflix is getting into gaming. The company plans to bundle new video games for free with all existing Netflix subscriptions with no added cost to consumers. The company also reiterates that there won't be any in-game purchases, monetization, or microtransactions--unlike most games on the market today. Instead of making money, Netflix says it's focusing on user enjoyment above everything else.

"As a reminder, games on Netflix will be included in members' subscriptions and will not have advertisements or in-app purchases so game play is purely focused on enjoyment versus monetization," the company said in its Q3'21 earnings report.

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Dbrand strikes back: PS5 Darkplates return with new vent design

Derek Strickland | Tue, Oct 19 2021 3:37 PM CDT

Shortly after removing its PS5 Darkplates from sale, Dbrand has resurrected the custom shells with a new design.

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Dbrand's Darkplates are back on the market, but they're a little different than before. Instead of just making a black version of the often-memed PS5 casing, the new Darkplate 2.0 design removes plate fins altogether.

There's also two vents on either side of the plates aimed at improving air circulation from the console's massive 120mm dual-intake fan, and thus keeping vital components cooler during demanding 4K graphical loads.

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Witcher 3 next-gen PS5, Xbox Series X versions rated in Europe

Derek Strickland | Tue, Oct 19 2021 12:12 PM CDT

UPDATE: CD Projekt RED has confirmed The Witcher 3's next-gen version has been delayed to Q2 2022.

The Witcher 3's next-gen version is likely to meet its initial 2021 release timing.

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New ratings for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X version have been spotted on PEGI's ratings database, signalling an upcoming announcement and impending release. The listing, which is for the Game of the Year SKU with all expansions, suggests Witcher 3's next-gen port may not be delayed and meet its original 2021 release plans.

New ratings for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X version have been spotted on PEGI's ratings database, signalling an upcoming announcement and impending release. The listing, which is for the Game of the Year SKU with all expansions, suggests Witcher 3's next-gen port may not be delayed and meet its original 2021 release plans.

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Halo creator Marcus Lehto to lead new EA studio in Seattle

Derek Strickland | Tue, Oct 19 2021 11:43 AM CDT

Marcus Lehto helped make one of the most iconic shooters in the history of gaming. Now he's opening a new studio for Electronic Arts.

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Halo veteran Marcus Lehto today announced he will serve as game director for a new EA studio based in Seattle. Lehto says the studio will focus on what he does best--first-person shooters--and may possibly be set in a new franchise or IP. Electronic Arts CEO has said in the past that new IP is currently in incubation and development stages, however EA has two billion-dollar hits with Battlefield and Apex Legends.

Lehto has worked on every single Halo game leading up to Reach and has been an invaluable force in shaping the franchise's legacy. More recently, Lehto opened up a studio V1 Interactive which shipped the failed service game Disintegration.

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New Splinter Cell game has finally been approved by Ubisoft

Derek Strickland | Tue, Oct 19 2021 10:38 AM CDT

A new Splinter Cell game is in development at an undisclosed Ubisoft studio, sources tell Video Game Chronicle.

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Reports say that Ubisoft has finally approved a new Splinter Cell game. The project is reportedly in early pre-production phases of development outside of its Montreal-based studio.

The news comes during an interesting time for Ubisoft, who is starting to shift towards mobile and free-to-play games development. Ubisoft also just shook up its internal editorial team, a division that oversees the creative decisions behind all in-development and upcoming games. Ubisoft leadership is now focusing on differentiating its games following the lackluster performance of The Division 2 and Ghost Recon Breakpoint--both of which were derivative.

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Compatibility may hold back Apple's monstrous M1 Max SoC from gaming

Derek Strickland | Tue, Oct 19 2021 9:42 AM CDT

Apple's new M1 Max chip has a monstrous 32-core GPU with 10.4 TFLOPs of power (that's a bit higher than a PS5), but compatibility may be the chip's Achilles' heel.

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Yesterday Apple announced its new MacBook Pro notebooks aimed at professionals. The new line includes supercharged M1 SoCs--the M1 Pro, and the monstrous M1 Max, which features a 10-core CPU, a GPU with up to 32 cores, and up to 64GB of unified memory. It's a powerhouse for high-end workloads. Gaming, however, isn't the main selling point.

As Moor Insights and Strategy's Patrick Moorhead notes, the MacBook Pros aren't well-positioned for gaming. It's not because of the SoC horsepower; on paper, the M1 Max checks a lot of the boxes for gaming. The issue is compatibility, namely on PC's biggest storefront.

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$50 Switch Online: Aggressive pricing now, aggressive value to follow

Derek Strickland | Mon, Oct 18 2021 6:06 PM CDT

Nintendo's new $50 Switch Online pricing tier introduces game DLC for the first time, signifying a shift to hybridized availability. This aggressive pricing model should spark an aggressive push towards value-oriented content past the current offerings.

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Now that the Switch hardware install base has matured with over 84 million shipments worldwide, Nintendo pushing harder into digital capitalization. The new $50 Switch Online + Expansion Pack is a clear example of Nintendo's plan, which was first implemented with NSO's original launch. After all, the Switch doesn't have Virtual Console because Nintendo would rather lease you games rather than let you buy them. That way you are in a state of continual service renting--think of it like Blockbuster without late fees.

The $50 Switch Online tier is kind of a hard sell. Compared to the $20 version, you're not getting a whole lot extra outside of a handful of Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis games. That will change over time. Not only will the games library continue to expand and more DLC will be added. How long that will take is totally up to Nintendo, and based on recent trends, it could take a while.

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Valve testing ALL Steam games for Steam Deck compatibility

Derek Strickland | Mon, Oct 18 2021 5:05 PM CDT

Valve is currently testing every Steam game for compatibility with the new Steam Deck, and it's posting its findings in a huge public database.

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Valve today launched a new platform aimed at transparently informing Steam Deck owners which games they should play on the handheld-PC hybrid. Games that meet certain performance and experience targets become verified on the database and on the official Steam Deck storefront. Every game will have a compatibility icon telling you certain limitations that might be in place.

"With Steam Deck, we're bringing your Steam Library to a new form factor-a portable gaming PC. While many games run great on Deck out of the box, this shift means there are some games that, while they may be great on a desktop PC, aren't a great experience on Steam Deck, Valve says.

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