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Amazon currently has eight games in development, including Tomb Raider and Lord of the Rings

Derek Strickland | Jun 27, 2024 1:41 PM CDT

Amazon's gaming division is currently working on eight different game projects, including publishing games like NCSoft's upcoming free-to-play MMORPG Throne and Liberty.

Amazon currently has eight games in development, including Tomb Raider and Lord of the Rings

Amazon Games is pretty busy these days. The division has released multiple titles like the once-popular MMORPG New World, and published Smilegate's MMORPG Lost Ark. Despite the current disruptive macro-economic climate around games (rising costs, mass layoffs, long delays in production pipelines, to name a few), Amazon Games has no plans in slowing down.

The mega-retailer's game branch is active and bustling in a space that is being squeezed by less-than-ideal pressures, with eight different projects in the works. Among the higher-profile games is a fully-fledged new AAA Tomb Raider game from the franchise stewards at Crystal Dynamics alongside a new Lord of the Rings project.

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Steam Game Recording is a new ShadowPlay-like gameplay recording feature for all Steam games

Kosta Andreadis | Jun 27, 2024 12:56 AM CDT

Steam Game Recording is now available in Beta for you to try out. It is Valve's surprise new in-game recording and exporting tool, which sounds a lot like ShadowPlay or recording gameplay on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X consoles.

Steam Game Recording is a new ShadowPlay-like gameplay recording feature for all Steam games

The new feature is built into Steam and offers background recording, on-demand recording, a replay feature, and a groundbreaking tool for editing tools and creating clips. Plus, you can share videos conveniently, and Steam Game Recording is Steam Deck verified.

One of its groundbreaking and game-changing features worth exploring is the new Timeline with Event Markers. Each recording will include a Timeline overlay that shows when you were in a menu, capturing a screenshot, or unlocking an achievement with Event Marker icons. This makes it super easy to find moments and create highlights and clips.

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You can now play the original 1996 version of Resident Evil on PC thanks to GOG

Kosta Andreadis | Jun 27, 2024 12:31 AM CDT

The original Resident Evil was released in 1996, and over the decades has seen numerous sequels, remasters, remakes, and more. You may be wondering why the original PlayStation-era version of the game becoming available to purchase on PC is a big deal. Well, the version of the game on platforms like Steam is the HD version of the Nintendo GameCube remaster/remake.

You can now play the original 1996 version of Resident Evil on PC thanks to GOG

The DRM-free Resident Evil, now available on GOG, is the original CD-ROM era version of the game. It features the same cheesy live-action cinematics, low-resolution computer-generated backgrounds, and blocky-as-hell PlayStation graphics from the early days of 3D gaming. For retro gaming fans, all of that is a plus, as is the native support for Windows 10 and Windows 11.

This release marks a new collaboration between Capcom and GOG that will see the original version of the first three Resident Evil games make their way to the platform - so fans can look forward to the original uncut versions of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis releasing soon.

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Steam Deck handhelds are currently on sale, Valve offering 15% off 64GB and 512GB models

Kosta Andreadis | Jun 26, 2024 7:58 PM CDT

From June 27 until July 11, you can save big on a Steam Deck with Valve offering a 15% discount on the Steam Deck (LCD Edition) 64GB and 512GB variants as part of the latest Steam Summer Sale.

Steam Deck handhelds are currently on sale, Valve offering 15% off 64GB and 512GB models

Valve's Steam Deck launched in 2022, and although it wasn't the first PC gaming handheld, it helped make it mainstream thanks to impressive hardware and an affordable price point. It doesn't hurt that it runs a custom Linux-based OS created by Valve (SteamOS) that plugs you straight into Steam - the world's most popular PC gaming platform.

The discount brings the entry-level Steam Deck 64GB model to its lowest price, $296.65 USD (down from $349), with the 512GB model on sale for $381.65 USD (down from $449). Unfortunately, the premium Steam Deck OLED model with a larger battery capacity and higher refresh-rate OLED display is unavailable.

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Elden Ring game director Hidetaka Miyazaki responds to DLC difficulty complaints

Jak Connor | Jun 26, 2024 3:04 AM CDT

FromSoftware games are notoriously difficult, and typically, when a new title from the developer is released, it's met with a wave of gamers complaining about the overall difficulty.

Elden Ring game director Hidetaka Miyazaki responds to DLC difficulty complaints

This sentiment has been abundantly true for the recent Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, with thousands of gamers taking to Steam to review the game poorly for its difficulty (and some performance issues).

However, the difficulty in FromSoftware games isn't about to change, at least that's according to FromSoftware director Hidetaka Miyazaki, who said in a recent interview with The Guardian that players need to experience extreme difficulty to be given a "sense of achievement," and that reducing the difficulty "would break the game itself."

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Analyst: next-gen Xbox to go full digital, PlayStation and Nintendo a few generations later

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 25, 2024 11:04 PM CDT

Microsoft is cooking up its next-generation Xbox console, with industry analyst Mat Piscatella saying that it'll be all-digital and that Microsoft will walk away from physical copies of next-gen Xbox games.

Analyst: next-gen Xbox to go full digital, PlayStation and Nintendo a few generations later

This isn't too much of a surprise, where earlier this year we reported that Microsoft had huge Xbox layoffs as the industry was moving (full steam ahead) into an all-digital gaming world. In a new post on X, Piscatella said that Xbox gamers should expect to see physical games leaving shelves sooner, rather than later.

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Dr Disrespect confirms reason for Twitch ban

Derek Strickland | Jun 25, 2024 5:19 PM CDT

Dr. Disrespect has officially commented on the recent controversy surrounding the popular streamer, and has confirmed exactly why he was banned from Twitch.

Dr Disrespect confirms reason for Twitch ban

Back in 2020, Twitch made the curious decision to ban Dr. Disrespect, one of the most well-known celebrities in the space. Fast-forwarding to the present day, one ex-Twitch employee let slip the alleged reason that Doc was banned from the platform.

Today, Dr. Disrespect has formally revealed the actual reason for his ban on Twitch with an official statement.

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'Netflix of gaming' won't happen any time soon, says ex-PlayStation chairman

Derek Strickland | Jun 25, 2024 3:38 PM CDT

Will game streaming replace dedicated gaming? Not any time soon, at least that's what former PlayStation executive Shawn Layden believes. The "Netflix of gaming" isn't expected in his lifetime.

'Netflix of gaming' won't happen any time soon, says ex-PlayStation chairman

Back in 2019, game streaming was all the rage. Google made a big splash into streaming with Stadia, the failed game client-and-storefront package that attempted to sell AAA games at big $60 prices. Microsoft also furthered streaming with xCloud, wrapping it in a convenient and well-managed package with its Game Pass subscription. Sony had established streaming years ago after its purchase of Gaikai, transforming the service into PlayStation Now, and further evolved it into PS Plus Premium. NVIDIA likewise has dominated PC game cloud streaming with its GeForce Now service.

Despite these big, expansive (and expensive) efforts from some of the biggest names in tech, game streaming hasn't taken off according to plan. Google shut down Stadia, and both xCloud and PS Plus streaming options are mostly used to sample games--not as the primary way to actually play long sessions.

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Former PlayStation boss discusses 'existential crisis' of console gaming

Derek Strickland | Jun 25, 2024 2:04 PM CDT

Is console gaming hurdling towards ruin? Former PlayStation chairman Shawn Layden gives a frank answer on the current state of play with the traditional nexus of Big 3 hardware.

Former PlayStation boss discusses 'existential crisis' of console gaming

In terms of revenues, console gaming is still doing quite well. But hardware uptake is slowing compared to previous generations; gamers are buying fewer PlayStations and Xbox's during the Gen9 console cycle, and a significant portion of PlayStation gamers are still on the PS4 (the Nintendo Switch, however, is doing exceptionally well with its mid-generation cycle).

Even through yesterday's COVID boom and today's recession-driven market, the age-old question has remained: Is console gaming in trouble? In a recent interview with IGN, former PlayStation boss Shawn Layden shares his candid thoughts on the existential threat to consoles--the expectation of continued, compounding growth.

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Nintendo Switch unit sales close in on the best-selling US console

Jak Connor | Jun 25, 2024 2:46 AM CDT

The life of the Nintendo Switch is coming to a close, but before the popular gaming handheld is discontinued it will more than likely break another record.

Nintendo Switch unit sales close in on the best-selling US console

According to Mat Pscatella, an analyst for Circana, formerly The NPD Group, the Nintendo Switch unit sales total was only just behind the total sales of the PlayStation 2 in the US. The discrepancy between the two juggernaut consoles only being 1.4 million units as of May 4, 2024, and it's been two months since those figures updated, meaning its more than likely the Switch has already broken the record.

How does the Nintendo Switch tee up against the best-selling consoles globally? Nintendo's now 8-year-old gaming handheld ranks 3rd on the all-time list with 141.32 million units, coming in behind the Nintendo DS, which has 154.02 million and Sony's PlayStation 2 with 155 million. It remains unclear if the Switch will have enough legs in it to take the global crown, but that all depends on when Nintendo announces the Switch successor.

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