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Watch this shot-for-shot live-action remake of the Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer

Kosta Andreadis | Apr 14, 2024 9:57 PM CDT

Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 6 is on track for a 2025 release on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, and based on the hype surrounding the game's debut trailer from late last year - it's on track to be the biggest thing, since, well, Grand Theft Auto 5. The trailer currently has 185 million views on YouTube, with gameplay showcasing the game's modern-day Vice City setting and male and female protagonists.

Watch this shot-for-shot live-action remake of the Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer

Vice City is Rockstar's stand-in for Miami, Florida. With several nods to real-life locations and 'Florida residents doing crazy things,' YouTuber Andrew Levitt has created (or recreated) a live-action shot-for-shot trailer remake. The trailer includes real-world footage of locations seen in the trailer alongside news footage, including the notorious 'Florida Joker' parodied by Rockstar.

There are also stand-ins/actors for the characters and cinematic story bits from the trailer, with 46 shots in total - as highlighted by a behind-the-scenes 'making of' video posted by Andrew Levitt.

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Download the Final Fantasy XIV Dawntrail benchmark here, test your CPU and GPU

Anthony Garreffa | Apr 14, 2024 8:43 PM CDT

If you want to see how Final Fantasy XIV runs on your system, developer Square Enix has just released the official benchmark for Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail. You can check it out below and download it here.

Download the Final Fantasy XIV Dawntrail benchmark here, test your CPU and GPU

The developer explains that the official benchmark software isn't pre-canned but uses actual maps and playable characters to assign a score to your PC, which rates its performance. There's also a character creation tool, allowing you to view your playable character just as it appears in-game.

The new benchmark's character creator allows you to check out the female option for the Hrothgar race. Any characters players create in the benchmark will be carried over to the full release of Dawntrail. On the graphics side, Square Enix promises that Dawntrail will feature Final Fantasy XIV's first graphical update, and you can scope out some of the game's graphical upgrades in the Dawntrail benchmark.

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More people are buying classic Command and Conquer RTS games than new releases

Kosta Andreadis | Apr 13, 2024 6:28 AM CDT

There has been a lot of negative talk lately about the current state of the videogame market. The most popular and played games are several years old, titles like Fortnite, Counter-Strike, Apex Legends, and other popular competitive and online games. Outside of a few exceptions, new games are struggling to find an audience, and as budgets increase dramatically, the risk for developers and publishers to launch something new is on the rise.

More people are buying classic Command and Conquer RTS games than new releases

Looking at the best-selling games, new titles are few and far between. In Europe, half of the top 10 best-selling games for March 2024 were old Command & Conquer games. Throw in Grand Theft Auto 5, which continues to sell, and Ubisoft's aging Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege - old games are selling.

The best-selling title for the month was EA Sports FC 24 (the FIFA replacement), with Helldivers 2 in second place and Dragon's Dogma 2 in third place - the latter debuting in March. After that, five Command & Conquer games are on the list, which is impressive because the European data includes PCs, consoles, and digital data from storefronts like Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and the Nintendo eShop.

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Overwatch 2 is finally punishing players who leave mid-match, more tweaks with Season 10

Anthony Garreffa | Apr 12, 2024 11:09 PM CDT

Blizzard is making some more changes to Overwatch 2, with its upcoming Season 10 to see changes to the game that will punish players who leave a game mid-match... finally.

Overwatch 2 is finally punishing players who leave mid-match, more tweaks with Season 10

Starting with Overwatch 2 Season 10, the developer is taking a "firm stance" on leavers in Competitive Play, with a new update for that game mode, too. Starting with Competitive Play, with Overwatch 2 players being suspended from Competitive Play whenever they leave a Competitive Play match, with a ban of 15 minutes.

But, if you leave more games, that penalty gets harsher and harsher: 2 games left out of 20 games, there's a 2-hour ban, while leaving 3 of your last 20 played games results in a huge 8-hour ban. From there, leaving 4 out of the last 20 games played will see you with a whopping 20-hour ban, while leaving 5 games out of the last 20 played results in a major Competitive Season BAN, while 10 games left throughout the entire season (at play) will result in a Competitive Season BAN.

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'$70 games aren't sustainable,' says CEO that's selling a game for $70

Derek Strickland | Apr 12, 2024 5:30 PM CDT

Saber Interactive CEO Matthew Karch believes $70 is too much to charge for a game, but his studio is nonetheless selling Space Marine 2 for $70 on all platforms.

'$70 games aren't sustainable,' says CEO that's selling a game for $70

At the start of Gen9 in November 2020, publishers like Take-Two Interactive, Activision, Electronic Arts, and Sony were among the first to charge $70 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of games. This trend has continued well into 2024 and shows no signs of stopping, especially now that publishers are laying off workers en masse in an attempt to stem bleeding budgets and shrinking profit margins. The $70 game was an attempt to offset high production costs (some games like Spider-Man 2 cost $200 million to make).

But not everyone agrees with the new software MSRP. Consumers have pushed back against the pricing--in 2023, we surveyed over 25,000 gamers on the subject of $70 software and most agree that it's too much. Some industry figures like Saber Interactive's Matthew Karch have even spoken out against the price tag, saying that it's just unsustainable.

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Franchise-as-a-service bleeds into subscription gaming to create supplemental revenue streams

Derek Strickland | Apr 12, 2024 3:03 PM CDT

Microsoft's fragmented but synergistic approach to software and services is helping introduce new business models to the $200 billion interactive entertainment industry.

Franchise-as-a-service bleeds into subscription gaming to create supplemental revenue streams

Xbox is making big disruptive power plays in the world of online gaming. Microsoft is no stranger to disruption, having shaken up the games market with its Xbox Game Pass subscription, the first dedicated multi-game subscription to define an emerging "Netflix of gaming" business model. Game Pass was only the beginning, and along the way it has helped iterate on multiple new gaming trends.

You might be familiar with Games-as-a-Service (GaaS), terminology that publishers use to refer to an online game with microtransactions and a cadence of updates. On top of GaaS, I think I've spotted two new business concepts: Games-as-a-Platform (GaaP) and Franchise-as-a-Service (FaaS).

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Game Pass to reach 200 million subscribers by 2034, analyst predicts, double MSFT's forecast

Derek Strickland | Apr 12, 2024 2:03 PM CDT

Xbox Game Pass will grow nearly 500% across the next 10 years, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter predicts.

Game Pass to reach 200 million subscribers by 2034, analyst predicts, double MSFT's forecast

Analysts often ponder their orbs in private, but rarely do we see ambitious forecasts given to everyday consumers by key industry figures. Michael Pachter is one such figure, and he's gained fame through his very public predictions. Pachter's latest estimate is nonetheless eye-opening: According to the analyst, Xbox Game Pass will break 200 million subscribers by the year 2034.

"In the next 10 years, I think it'll go to 200 million. I'll make that bet with anybody. I promise I'll pay. It will be 200 million in the next 10 years--they are that committed to it," Pachter said in the latest episode of his question-and-answer talk show, Pachter Factor, on SIFTD Games.

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GTA+ price increased by 33%, was $5.99 now $7.99 per month

Derek Strickland | Apr 11, 2024 10:36 PM CDT

First game prices jumped to $70, now game subscriptions are next in line for a price hike.

GTA+ price increased by 33%, was $5.99 now $7.99 per month

The games industry is currently going through a universal cost adjustment, and like any publicly-traded companies, video games firms are passing those higher prices down to consumers. Years after the Gen9 console generation introduced the new $70 MSRP for software, we're now seeing game subscriptions hiking up monthly price tags as the services mature (and as the companies aim for more profit).

Over the last few years, we've seen both PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass increase in price across most subscription plans (except for the PC Game Pass tier). Ubisoft splintered its subscription, and Electronic Arts just raised prices of its EA Play Pro sub to a similar monthly price point. All of these services are nose-to-nose with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which offers access to hundreds of games for $16.99 a month.

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Apple to allow retro game emulators on iOS

Derek Strickland | Apr 11, 2024 6:06 PM CDT

Apple makes a pre-emptive change in its App Store policies in an effort to head off negative effects from the European Union's new Digital Markets Act (DMA) legislation.

Apple to allow retro game emulators on iOS

The EU's new DMA is changing the face of the digital world as we know it. European lawmakers have used the new act to crack open Apple's ill-favored App Store policies and force some pretty big changes. The biggest shake-up is that Apple must now allow app developers to sell their apps and content on independent third-party stores on iOS, a move that allows developers to circumvent Apple's 30% commission fee.

As part of Apple's DMA-sparked changes, retro game emulators will now be unbanned on the App Store and users are free to download and use them.

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Microsoft is 'full speed ahead' on next-gen Xbox console

Derek Strickland | Apr 11, 2024 5:10 PM CDT

Microsoft is 'full speed ahead' on its next-gen Xbox hardware, which is said to be the most technologically-advanced console ever made.

Microsoft is 'full speed ahead' on next-gen Xbox console

Microsoft has officially made some big decisions around the next Xbox console. FTC vs MSFT court leaks from 2023 showed that Microsoft was thinking about using ARM CPUs and potentially hybrid compute solutions (side note: new Windows Surface tablets are using ARM).

There's also mention of the new Gen10 Xbox potentially having an NPU, or a Neural Processing Unit, which is a dedicated chip used expressly for AI. The idea is that the NPU could handle specific AI-oriented tasks and free up the CPU and GPU for more important tasks like rendering and processing assets.

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