We keep hearing about Sony's next-gen PlayStation 5 console and that Radeon Technologies Group has been co-developing its next-gen Navi GPU for the PS5, but now we're hearing a little bit more on Microsoft's next-gen 'Xbox Scarlett' console.
During an interview with LevelUp, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said he was "very excited" about Microsoft's plans for the next-gen Xbox consoles. Spencer said: "The reason I love the consoles that we build is because I think we can build very special consoles. I see it today with Xbox One X and how games run on the Xbox One X; I think it's a fantastic place to play. When I look at our future plans, I am very excited about what we are going to do in the console space".
This sounds like generic marketing speak for 'yeah, our next-gen consoles will be better' but Spencer hasn't provided much to go on here. We all know the next-gen Xbox will be better than the previous-gen Xbox, anyone with a couple of brain cells can work that out. But, will the next-gen Xbox Scarlett console be a large leap over what we have with current-gen Xbox consoles, even up to the beefier Xbox One X?
Move over Microsoft and Sony, the Xbox and PlayStation consoles will have a new competitor with American rapper Soulja Boy announcing his own video game console while he was streaming himself playing Fortnite. Check it out below:
Soulja Boy himself said during the Fortnite stream while holding up a console on camera: "I'm giving away my new console, that's right I'm coming out with own video game console". He announces that he will be releasing his own game, on his own console... without any other details unfortunately.
There's absolutely no details on this new console, and even Google searching turns up next to nothing official. But now I want to know what's inside of it, who is working on games for it, and whether he was just tripping balls the entire time playing Fortnite and is trolling the world.
If there's one thing that console gamers need it would have to be keyboard and mouse support surely, with Microsoft set to unleash the best control method for gamers on November 14.
One of the early games to support keyboard and mouse on the Xbox One is Fortnite, which is home to 8.3 million concurrent players... and now a large chunk of them can have infinitely better aim and controls on the Xbox One. Fortnite's matchmaking process will set you up with other keyboard and mouse gamers on the Xbox One, so you don't obliterate normal gamers who are using controllers.
Most keyboards and mice will work on the Xbox One, but Microsoft is also launching a new "Designed for Xbox" program that will see keyboards and mice designed specifically for the Xbox One. These upcoming peripherals will include a dedicated Xbox key, and rock support for the Xbox One's unique Dynamic Lighting feature that will change hues in-game.
Microsoft has kicked off its Black Friday sales by dropping $100 from the price of its Xbox One X console, dropping it from $499 to just $399. The sales run between November 18-26.
The company is also offering $100 discount from the Xbox One S Minecraft bundle, and a large $70 discount from other bundles in their Xbox family of consoles including Forza Horizon 4 console bundles. Xbox One also receives some discount loving with 50% off Forza Motorsport 7 and Sea of Thieves, as well as 35% discount on a bunch of first-party games. This particular deals run between November 22-30.
Even the Xbox Game Pass subscription has been reduced for the first month of new subscriptions, from its original $9.99 price per month top just $1 - with this deal running between November 10 and January 3, 2019.
Sony has taken to their blog to reveal some high resolution screenshots of their soon to be released PlayStation Classic mini console. Do you want to jump back into your childhood because here is your chance.
Sid Shuman, the PlayStation Social Media Director has taken to Sony's blog to post some details about his experience with the PlayStation Classic mini, as well as showcase some great images of the rebooted console. According to the blog post, Shuman describes the PlayStation Classic mini as the size of "paperback novel", he even says that it can fit in the users back pocket if they so choose to place it there.
Shuman continues to breakdown his experience by saying that the controllers feel like "carbon copy of the original controller." Game wise, Shuman describes that the mini console will come packed with 20 pre-loaded games, some of titles that are included are: Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid and Tekken 3. If you are wondering about how saving games is going to work, the PlayStation Classic mini comes with a "reset" button which jumps the player out of the current game, "Pressing the Reset button creates a Resume Point, which means you can play another game and return later to pick up your progress."
This past week we caught wind of a rumor that Google was planning on bringing YouTube over to the Nintendo Switch. It appears those rumors were true, YouTube binges on your Nintendo Switch are now a go!
The rumors begun when users searched for YouTube on the Nintendo website, some users reported that the website gave them suggestions for a YouTube Switch app which was said to be released on November 8. This search suggestion was shortly removed after it was discovered, so we never really knew it was true or not. Now here we are on November 8th and the YouTube app is available to download.
Overall, I think this an absolutely fantastic decision made by both Google and Nintendo. It shocks me that YouTube wasn't already available on the handheld console, especially considering the user bases cry for it since the release back in March of 2017. The YouTube app is currently available to download on the Nintendo eShop store, for more information visit the official listing for the app here.
Being a Nintendo Switch owner and not having the ability to browse through YouTube videos on my touchscreen handheld device is truly mind blowing. That could all change very soon though, as a recent rumor has suggested that Google will release YouTube onto the Nintendo Switch on November 8th.
❓Rumeur - L'application YouTube devrait arriver prochainement sur Nintendo Switch, plus precisement le 8 novembre si on en croit le site de Nintendo America. pic.twitter.com/NgvBhDJu1G— NintendHOME (@NintendHOME) November 3, 2018
The Nintendo Switch was released back in March of 2017, since then owners of the Switch have been waiting for the release of YouTube on their handheld systems. According to users searching the Nintendo website, people have been given suggestions for a YouTube Switch application that is planned for release on November 8th. This is not a strange occurrence, as Nintendo and Google have previously worked together to bring YouTube to some of Nintendo's previous consoles, examples include the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
The decision to bring YouTube to the Nintendo Switch could usher in many more Switch users staying on their consoles for longer periods of time, thus increasing the likely-hood of users going back to Switch games after taking a break to browse their YouTube. At the moment there has been no official announcement from either Nintendo or Google, so we hope to hear something within the coming days if this rumor is true.
During an auction on the Japanese Yahoo auction site, an early concept prototype for the Nintendo Wii Remote was revealed, it eventually sold for a whopping $661 USD.
From the images provided, we can see that the early prototype model looks almost identical to that of the officially released Nintendo Wii Remote. Most interestingly though, the early prototype model has a GameCube connector located at the end of the cord and an Ethernet port at the base of the remote. The Ethernet port isn't actually used for an internet connection, it is instead placed there for the Nunchuk.
The prototype models appear to be much more of a gray when compared to the released Nintendo Wii model. Within the auction bundle there was also an early version of the Wii's sensor bar, from the images we can see that the sensor bar's connector was designed to fit into the GameCube's memory card slot. WayForward game developer, James Montagna confirmed on Twitter that he remembers seeing the early Wii Remote and Nunchuck "back when it was still known as the Nintendo Revolution!" The bundle sold for 74,000 yen which is equivalent to about $661 USD.
Microsoft is hosting a huge custom-designed Xbox One charity auction, offering up some of the slickest customized Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles that have been signed by celebrities, athletes, or gaming studios.
Xbox and Make-A-Wish teamed up for the "Consoles for Kids" charity auction that is being hosted on Charitybuzz, with the two companies working with some of the biggest names in the music, movies, TV, sports, game developers, and across the internet. All of this is not just for a great cause, but there are some amazing one-of-a-kid custom Xbox One X consoles that would put a smile on anyones face.
Seriously, this Fallout 76 custom Xbox One X is doing strange things to my body.
But so does the freaking custom Jack Black console! DO WANT!
Sony has just announced the new PlayStation Classic, a small retro console that packs 20 pre-installed PS1 games and even two replica PS1 controllers.
PlayStation Classic will be pre-loaded with PS1 classics like Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. Sony hasn't announced what the other pre-installed games will be, but I'm hoping for some original Resident Evil and Tomb Raider action. I pumped some serious hours into those games at the time, it would be wild to see them sitting on the console if Sony wanted to blow retro minds.
The new PlayStation Classic is a huge 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, with the console not having an operating optical drive as it's there for show. The power button is still that, a power button while the reset button will suspend games when pressed. Pressing the OPEN button will change the virtual disc.
Sony will include the PlayStation Classic console, two original replica PS1 controllers, a HDMI cable and sell it in the US and Canada on December 3 for just $99.