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Dad/Toddler infiltrate prize machine, steals Nintendo Switch

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 14 hours, 17 mins ago

Some could call it an inside job, others would call it a heist. Whatever definition you want to give this thievery is up to you, but a New Hampshire father has just been caught on camera sending his toddler daughter inside a prize machine to retrieve prizes. The father and his child managed to get away with a Nintendo Switch.

 

 

According to The Union Leader, security at a mall in Rockingham Park, New Hampshire was altered by employees from the store opposite the burglary. The report says that the employee heard "Two people came in and I heard them say, 'That's so unsafe.' So I went outside and all I saw was the toddler's head peeping out of the front of the machine."

 

The man is seen directing and retrieving his daughter inside the BarBerCut Lite prize machine, he got away from the scene with a Gameboy 3DS and a Nintendo Switch system. Local police have now asked the public if they know the description of this man. For more information visit the official report here.

PUBG downgrade patch for Xbox One X is on its way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 22 hours, 33 mins ago

There's a reason the PC is the best gaming platform on the market: game developers don't need to downgrade their graphcis post-release because the game doesn't run so well. PC gamers know they need to buy a beefier graphics card, more RAM or a better CPU if the game isn't running well. It's pretty easy. But now PUBG on the Xbox One X is being downgraded, because it runs like crap.

 

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PUBG Corp. explains that the Xbox One X version of the battle royale smash hit is getting some "temporary graphical downgrades" because of the frame rate drops that are plaguing Xbox One X gamers trying to get themselves a warm chicken dinner. PUBG will continue to pump away at the same resolution and texture detail on the Xbox One X, but a bunch of graphical effects are being watered down to maintain a better average FPS. The developer explains the hotfix will be "toning down many of the graphical settings" on the Xbox One X.

 

What graphical effects will be watered down in PUBG on the Xbox One X? We're looking at shadow quality (both dynamic/static) being lowered, while multiple post-processing effects will be culled. Motion blur is getting disabled, Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) is being decreased, depth of field and lens fare are being disabled while Eyes Adaption Quality is being decreased, with PUBG Corp. explaining that as "This is the time it takes for your eyes to adapt to the dark when you go from a bright to dark place".

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Switch firmware update 6.0.0 to roll out September 18th/19th

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 5 days, 14 hours ago

About a week ago we heard about the rumors surrounding the coming Nintendo Switch firmware update 6.0.0, now the company has set the official release date for the upcoming update.

 

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Last weeks rumors suggested that this coming firmware update would be adding in a messaging system for Nintendo Switch users. The information was sourced from the website NintendoSoup, who claimed that a well known "community hacker console hacker" named 'SciresM' "spilled the beans on Nintendo Switch's upcoming version 6.0.0 update." Looking towards the official Nintendo statement of update 6.0.0 there seems to be absolutely no information regarding a messaging system being implemented in the update, instead Nintendo Switch users will not be able to unlink their Nintendo accounts from their user profiles after the firmware update is complete.

 

According to the official Nintendo statement, "After installing the system update planned for September 18th, 2018 (Tuesday) at 5pm Pacific Time, it will no longer be possible to unlink your Nintendo Account from your Nintendo Switch user." This decision by Nintendo is so Switch users can't just give other user profiles access to Nintendo Switch Online when it releases, this is not a bad thing, think of it like a Netflix subscription. The firmware update will be conducted on the following date and time: September 18th, 2018 (Tuesday) 5pm to 8pm Pacific Time 8pm to 11pm Eastern Time.

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AMD working on 'secret sauce' for next-gen Xbox/PlayStation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 6 days, 16 hours ago

AMD has had a stellar year with their Zen CPU architecture which powers the new Ryzen 2000 series of processors, the new Ryzen Threadripper 2000 series of processors, and the workstation/server market with the EPYC family of CPUs.

 

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But... we all want to know what the company is working on next, and while we don't have any firm details about the next generation Radeon GPU, we know AMD is working on new semi-custom designs for the next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft.

 

During an interview with Jim Cramer on CNBC, AMD CEO Lisa Su had some things to say about the new consoles. Su said: "both (Microsoft and Sony) have their specific secret sauce that they're (AMD) helping them do". Secret sauce is code for next-gen semi-custom designs, and working with Sony and Microsoft means it's a continued relationship and not past tense.

 

I reported a few months ago now that AMD was working with Sony on co-developing the next-gen Navi GPU architecture for the PlayStation 5, but we haven't had confirmation (as much as I've been trying to get it) on whether AMD is working with Microsoft on the next-gen Xbox.

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Nintendo to add messaging system in Switch update 6.0.0

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 31, 2018 7:00 am

A recent rumor has surfaced about Nintendo adding a brand new messaging system to the Switch within their next coming firmware update. Apparently, the messaging system will debut to the Switch within update version 6.0.0.

 

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The rumor surfaces from the website NintendoSoup, who claims that a well known community console hacker titled 'SciresM' has "spilled the beans on Nintendo Switch's upcoming version 6.0.0 update." The article claims that SciresM said that this new messaging system will be arriving within the next system update that is installed. The claims also suggest that Nintendo Switch Online and two other web applications will be installed at this time.

 

Even though this rumor seems to just be hear-say at the moment, it still very well could be true. SciresM didn't mention any of these new services immediately being available to players, so Nintendo could very well just be testing the Switch's response to these new applications on a firmware level. Nintendo Switch Online is planned for release this September, which I would personally believe will coincide with the new messaging system that has been discussed here.

Nintendo Switch Online delayed until 2nd half of September

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 10, 2018 8:00 am

Nintendo has announced via their Twitter that they will be delaying their Nintendo Switch Online service to the second half of September, after plans of releasing it early September.

 

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Back in June, we learned that Nintendo would be discontinuing their Virtual Console as a separate service but instead have decided to combine the Virtual Console into the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online service. The Nintendo Switch Online service will be providing gamers online play for titles such as Splatoon 2, ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and more.

 

Nintendo Switch Online will also be providing gamers will a large selection of Nintendo Entertainment System or NES games. Also included within the online service is 'Save Data Cloud Backup' which will allow for gamers to save their game data to the cloud for ease of access. Pricing wise, Nintendo has three different options: 1 month, 3 months and 12 months. The pricing respectively follows: $3.99, $7.99 and $19.99. There is also a 'Family Membership' option that comes in at $34.99, this option will provide "A Nintendo Account holder may invite up to seven others to join a family group; all members of the group will have access to Nintendo Switch Online."

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Donkey Kong Country designer regrets King K. Rools name

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 10, 2018 6:00 am

The original designer for the hit classic Donkey Kong Country has spoken out after the recent news of his villain King K. Rool debuting to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It appears the designer wishes he spent some more time with naming the character.

 

 

After the surprise announcement of King K. Rool during the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct Nintendo held a few days ago, the original Donkey Kong Country designer, Gregg Mayles commented on his villain joining the Smash roster.

 

Mayles said that he never would of expected K.Rool to ever leave Donkey Kong Country, and that it's an even bigger surprise to see him debut to such a popular game as Smash a whole 25 years down the track. Mayles said if he knew the fate of K.Rool before he named him, he would of spent more time choosing a different name. If you missed out in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate direct, check out the Simon Belmont confirmation trailer here. If you want to keep on top of what Nintendo are posting about Smash UItimate, visit the official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website here.

Three new themed GameCube controllers arrive for the Switch

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 25, 2018 9:00 am

As we move closer to the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch, Hori has stepped out ahead and announced that they will be bringing three themed and officially licensed GameCube controllers to the Switch.

 

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The controllers themes that will be released by Hori are based on the following titles: Mario from Super Mario, Zelda from The Legend of Zelda and Pikachu from Pokemon. Currently there is no information about a western release, but what we do know is that this controllers will debut in Japan sometime in October. The current price set for them in Japan comes in at 3,218 yen which equates to around $30 USD, not bad for a custom themed GameCube controller.

 

Each of the controllers weigh exactly 230 grams and have the following dimensions: 141mm by 103mm by 69mm. Each of the controllers also features Xinput compatibility, meaning that players have the ability to use them on PC as well. The connection is USB instead of the standard GameCube controller port and the cable is a massive 3 metres long. For further information on Hori's new controllers visit the official website here.

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Microsoft teases 'all-new Xbox hardware' at Gamescom 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 19, 2018 2:59 am

Gamescom 2018 is right around the corner so it comes as no surprise that Major Nelson teased "all-new Xbox hardware and accessories" in a blog post this morning.

 

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The funny thing is that he edited it quickly after posting it, with Microsoft "backtracking on this statement" reports Engadget. I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft showed off the next-gen Xbox at Gamescom next month, codenamed Project Scarlet. We could expect a refreshed Xbox One X with more than 1TB of storage, however.

 

Engadget thinks Microsoft will unveil an "even cheaper Xbox One S" console, and not an upgraded Xbox One X. Why not both? I'm sure higher-end gamers want more than 1TB of storage, so it would be nice to see a new Xbox One X with 2TB or even 4TB of storage.

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Nintendo Switch soon to feature 1000+ games, all regions

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 16, 2018 7:00 am

Have you ever been curious of how many games are on the Nintendo Switch? well, a full list has been provided by Perfectly Nintendo and it appears there are almost 1000+ games on the handheld console across all regions.

 

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Nintendo Perfectly has gone ahead and provided the numbers of titles based on each region. The lists feature the main three regions, North America, Europe and Japan. For a game to be counted it has be fully released and available to gamers, not just announced.

 

According to the figures, the total amount of Nintendo Switch games available to gamers since the consoles release back in 2016 comes in at 928 (all regions). Moving onto smaller categories, North American gamers have 846 games available to them, Europe following closely behind with 834 and finally Japan with just 543.

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