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NPD: Nintendo Switch outsold Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in September

As Microsoft and Sony slowly sunset their current-generation consoles, Nintendo is maintaining its momentum. The Nintendo Switch was the top-seller in September, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. “Nintendo Switch was again the best-selling hardware platform of September and remains the best-selling platform of 2019,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. Of course, the Switch […]

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Nintendo Switch sales in North America pass 15 million

Nintendo announced today that sales of the Switch console have surpassed 15 million in North America. This includes the original console and the newer, portable-only Switch Lite. The Switch debuted in March 2017. It has done much better than its predecessor, the Wii U, which sold 13.56 worldwide during its entire life. The Switch has already […]

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Nvidia Shield TV Pro leaks on Amazon with improved Tegra X1 chip

The Nvidia Shield TV is one of my favorite devices. It’s an Android-powered set-top box that is great for streaming media from Netflix, Amazon, and Plex. It’s also a great device for emulating classic games and streaming games from Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud service. But the original Shield TV came out in 2015, so it […]

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Analogue Pocket is a gorgeous handheld that plays Game Boy games and more

Ever since Analogue released its Nt Mini console that re-creates Nintendo Entertainment System hardware, I wondered when it would do the same for Game Boy. Well, here comes the Analogue Pocket. This is a sleek device that looks like a modern reinvention of a Game Boy Pocket. The difference is that it has four face […]

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Sony patent may hint at features of rumored PSVR 2

A seemingly uninteresting patent recently granted to Sony may reveal some features of the hotly rumored new PSVR 2. Let’s Go Digital first spotted the patent for a “data processing device.” Now, the patent itself isn’t directly detailing a new version of PSVR, but some of the diagrams used to illustrate the patent reveal PSVR features we’ve […]

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Nintendo Switch Brain Age followup gets January launch in Europe

Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch is heading to Europe. Nintendo confirmed that the Brain Age followup is launching January 3 in that region. The publisher still hasn’t confirmed a North American release, though. Nintendo previously only announced Brain Training in Japan. The game got a trailer reveal in that country where it is […]

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The RetroBeat: Luigi’s Mansion gave Mario’s brother his own identity

Luigi’s Mansion 3 comes out on October 31, and it’ll be Nintendo’s biggest Switch release for the rest of the year (that doesn’t include the word Pokémon in the title). But before the Halloween launch, I’m looking back and appreciating the original Luigi’s Mansion for GameCube, a game that helped define a console and a […]

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PlayStation 5: The 4 features that matter (and 4 that don’t)

Sony is slowly building a public vision for the PlayStation 5. In an interview about the next-gen console with Wired today, it confirmed the PS5 name and its holiday 2020 release window. Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan and PS5 architect Mark Cerny also gave some new details about the system’s features. PS5’s previously revealed […]

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PUBG adds crossplay for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

PUBG‘s update today has enabled crossplay between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The battle royale shooter has been a giant hit since its 2017 launch, helping to launch its genre and inspire popular imitators like Fortnite and Apex Legends. The free-to-play game has earned over $1 billion in revenue. Before the start of this console […]

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PlayStation Network is down as Destiny 2: Shadowkeep launches

PlayStation Network is down for a number of PlayStation 4 owners to kick off October. Sony hasn’t confirmed the outage on its service-status website, but dozens of players are complaining about connection troubles and asking if “PSN is down” on social media. This server outage is preventing some PlayStation players from logging into their account […]

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GamesBeat Decides 127: Nintendo has Doug Bowser, Sony has Nick Knack

Sony Interactive Entertainment had a big executive shakeup on Monday, and that’s the big topic on this week’s GamesBeat Decides podcast. Shawn Layden is leaving his role as PlayStation Worldwide Studios boss. He was at the company for more than 30 years, so what does his departure mean? Also in the news, Last of Us: […]

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PlayStation Now gets price cut to $10 as xCloud looms

Sony is giving PlayStation Now a price cut to stay competitive as new options enter the market. PlayStation Now is a subscription service to a huge number of PlayStation games. It enables players to stream from the cloud or download and play directly from a PS4. Now, its price is more in line with Microsoft’s […]

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Nintendo resurrects Brain Age on Switch

Nintendo is going to bring back one of its biggest franchises on the hybrid Switch handheld/home console. No, it’s not F-Zero or Style Savvy. The company revealed in an announcement today that Brain Training is coming to the Switch in Japan on December 27. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day was a […]

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Switch Lite review — The best handheld since Game Boy Advance SP

It took almost two full years, but Nintendo has released a revision for its Switch console. The Switch Lite is available now for $200, and it reduces the mass and profile of the original system to make something that works as a dedicated handheld. And now, it’s time for me to review the Nintendo Switch […]

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Atari: Antstream Arcade to bring thousands of retro games to Atari VCS console

Atari revealed today that Antstream Arcade will to bring thousands of retro games to Atari VCS console when the system launches in March 2020. The Atari VCS will sell for $250 as a modern Linux-based game console that can play a lot of classic retro games. It’s one of the big moves that New York-based […]

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Xbox overthrows Nintendo for most-seen TV ads game industry ramps up spending

Xbox has overtaken longtime chart-topper Nintendo for TV ad impressions in the most recent 30 days; its commercials account for almost 60% of the industry’s impressions. Football, both college and NFL, was a huge driver of impressions for Xbox. GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you […]

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8BitDo Lite is a new minimalist gamepad for the Switch

You cannot use the new Nintendo Switch Lite on a television, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pair external controllers with it. Connecting a giant standard gamepad with the smaller portable, however, seems almost silly. That’s where the 8BitDo Lite comes in. The 8BitDo peripheral company is launching preorders for the 8BitDo Lite today for […]

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Google Assistant can now launch games, capture screenshots, and more on Xbox One

Add the Xbox One to the long list of things Google Assistant can control. This morning, Microsoft and Google jointly announced the Xbox Action, which enables console owners of any Assistant-enabled smart speaker, smart display, or mobile device (iOS or Android) to launch games, automatically queue up and load apps, and more with their voice. […]

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Nintendo Switch Lite has Japan’s second-best launch for a console revision

Nintendo’s stock price dropped more than 4% yesterday because investors think the Switch Lite isn’t selling well. But the system actually had one of the best launches for a console revision ever in Japan, according to Famitsu Magazine‘s data tracking. That chart puts the Switch Lite at 177,936 units sold, which is behind only the Nintendo […]

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Xbox Game Pass gets Saints Row 4 on PC and Bloodstained on console

Microsoft is continues to add more content to the Xbox Game Pass subscription services. During its Inside Xbox video event today, the company revealed a handful of games that are hitting the console or PC versions of Game Pass. On console, you can download the following games starting today: Jump Force Bloodstained: Ritual of the […]

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