There is a large amount of hype quickly building around Slightly Mad Studios in the last week or two, with our first real news about its upcoming next-gen Project CARS 3 game and then the weird-but-real news about the developer working on its own console known as Mad Box.
I want to be clear about this. The best slogan for the 'Mad Box' gets 10K and free games for life. This isn't a joke. Hit me.— Ian Bell SMS (@bell_sms) January 6, 2019
Now we have studio boss Ian Bell taking to Twitter announcing that whoever comes up with the marketing slogan for Mad Box will get $10,000 as well as "free games for life". Bell added that this "isn't a joke". After what would've been a flood of suggestions, Bell tweeted out that he couldn't keep up with everyone, but he will "get my guys in to vet every single suggestion and the one we use (if we use it but at this rate I think we will) will see the cash and the games".
Bell has previously commented that the Mad Box will be the "most powerful console ever" but is that for today's standards with the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro? Or is it already better than what we'll see inside of Xbox Scarlett and PlayStation 5? I guess we'll have to wait and see, just like we'll have to wait and see what the marketing slogan is for Mad Box. I hope it's something so completely cheesy.
Now that we're a few days into 2019 the hype train for next-gen consoles begins, with analysts talking with GamesIndustry.biz about what the potentials and predictions of the gaming market for 2019 will be. Some interesting things were said about Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo that tease new hardware releases this year, and into 2020 and beyond.
Dr. Serkan Toto of Kantan Games predicts that in 2019 we'll see Nintendo release a '2019 Switch Pro' as well as a 'Switch Lite' or a reduced price on Switch. As for the next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett consoles, Dr. Toto said: "I predict no next-gen PlayStation or Xbox launches for 2019. However, Sony and Microsoft should officially reveal first details, including an increased focus on cloud and subscription models for their next consoles".
This is what I expect to see, with Sony's away-from-E3 2019 event being a huge PS5 tease as well as the last wave of PS4 games, before the PlayStation 5 is released in 2020. Sony will have their first Navi samples back from AMD by then and can start ramping numbers up to get them ready for 2020, as Sony is just now celebrating the fact that PlayStation 4 sales have hit 90 million units. The road to PS5 is nearly here, the same with Microsoft's next-gen Xbox.
The hype for next-gen consoles is beginning to get louder and louder, and while we have been hearing more about Sony's next-gen PlayStation 5 console, that doesn't mean Microsoft's new Xbox Scarlett console has been invisible.
The latest news for the next-gen Xbox comes from Windows Central write Jez Corden, who tweeted the next-gen Xbox development kit is codenamed "Anaconda", with Microsoft staying with its reptile-themed codenames. The original Xbox One was codenamed "Durango" while the beefier Xbox One X console was codenamed "Chuckwalla".
Microsoft should be using AMD's upcoming CPU and GPU technology inside of the next-gen Xbox Scarlett include Zen 2 as well as the custom-made Navi GPU architecture which will be refitted for a new PC graphics side. The new Xbox 'Anaconda' console will see a Navi-based GPU that will use GDDR6 memory technology, over the HBM2 used in Vega and GDDR5 used on the Radeon RX 400/500 series and the Polaris-based GPU inside of the Xbox One/S/X consoles.
- Xbox One - Durango
- Xbox One X - Chuckwalla
- Xbox Sclarett - Anaconda
We have said since June this year that AMD worked with Sony on the next-gen Navi GPU architecture for the upcoming PlayStation 5 console, where we expect an 8C/16T processor based on the Ryzen CPUs to be included. But now there's a fresh rumor coming out about the PS5, its price, hardware inside, and launch frame.
RuthenticCookie on Reddit said that the PS5 is a beast capable of "4K/60 stable and at the same time kinda monster" and lines up with what I expect, and what I said in my report on Sony working directly with RTG engineers on the Navi GPU for the PlayStation 5. In my article, I said: "Sony needs the next-gen PS5 to truly drive 4K 60FPS if it's going to be released in 2020-2022 where 4K will be greatly established at the time. The next generation of consoles need to offer 4K 60FPS at a minimum if they want to keep up with mid-range GPUs in 2020-2027 (given that the PS5 is released in 2020, and lasts for 5-7 years)".
The big tease with the PS5 is that it will reportedly be $500 at launch and have some truly gigantic launch games for Sony with Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima. Another tid bit is that PlayStation VR 2 will be launching with a built-in camera, and next-gen PlayStation Move controllers are in development alongside virtual reality gloves. If this is all true, and I suspect Sony are working on most of this right now as the next-gen consoles do truly have to be a gigantic leap, we are in for the largest hype train in console and gaming history.
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.