Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Consumer Electronics/Game Systems & Consoles

The RetroBeat: Learning to love PlayStation after years of bitterness

I wish I appreciated the original PlayStation back when it was new. Sony’s first console celebrated its 25th anniversary on December 3. When the PlayStation brand started back in 1994, gaming was a different world. I was also only 8 years old, so I was pretty different myself. I was a fanboy, and I was […]

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Nintendo doesn’t add Super Mario RPG to Switch Online’s SNES games

Nintendo has updated the roster of retro games available as part of the Nintendo Switch Online service with six games that are not Super Mario RPG. But this is the first sign that the publisher plans to add more Super Nintendo games to the service over time. Nintendo revealed the additions in an announcement trailer […]

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Switch has its best week ever in the U.S. thanks to Black Friday and Pokémon

Nintendo announced today that the Switch had its best sales week ever in the U.S. during Thanksgiving week, which included Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Switch sold 830,000 consoles during the week, bringing total sales for the machine in the U.S. to 17.5 million. The Switch debuted in March 2017, and it’s been a much […]

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Nintendo Switch launches in China on December 10 for $300

(Reuters) — Japan’s Nintendo said on Wednesday it will officially launch its Switch gaming console in mainland China on December 10 priced 2,099 yuan ($298) with local partner Tencent. Pre-orders for the console began at noon (0400 GMT) in China on Wednesday, opening a major front in Nintendo’s drive to expand the reach of the […]

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Xbox Game Pass gets Overcooked 2, Pathologic 2, and more in December

Microsoft has plans to update Xbox Game Pass throughout December with new additions. The publisher’s subscription service already has over 100 games, and now it’s getting a number of new ones in time for the gift-giving holidays. Xbox Game Pass is the focus of Microsoft’s current gaming initiative. The company is trying to get people […]

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PlayStation Now adds PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is now in both of the major console subscription services. The battle royale shooter joined Xbox Game Pass back in November 2018. Now, Sony is adding PUBG to its equivalent PlayStation Now service. PUBG is still one of the most-played games in the world. On Steam, it has more than 500,000 peak concurrent […]

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Atari delays crowdfunded VCS console deliveries until spring

Atari said it has delayed shipment of the Atari VCS game console until the spring, the second time it’s done so for fans who placed their preorders on IndieGogo. It is the latest sign, including a contractor resignation, that the console launch is going slower than planned. Chief operating office Michael Arzt said in a […]

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5 characters Nintendo should add to Super Mario Maker 2 after Link

Nintendo is updating Super Mario Maker 2 with a bunch of new content on December 5. This 2.0 version of the game includes fresh course parts like frozen coins and dash blocks. But the biggest addition is the Master Sword powerup for the Super Mario Bros. game style. This enables Mario to transform into Link. […]

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Xbox Scarlett and PlayStation 5 launches will be all about service games

Google Stadia’s launch didn’t make sense. The cloud-gaming service debuted with nearly two dozen games, but they are nearly all premium-priced products that were previously available on other platforms. And few people seem excited to jump into Stadia to buy those games. But the problem with Stadia isn’t the existence of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey or […]

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Sony and fans fire back as Microsoft claims ‘nobody’s asking for VR’

Virtual reality is either an important, transformative technology or a niche innovation that’s destined to be subsumed into “mixed reality” — no one’s quite sure yet. But two of the industry’s biggest players are now taking opposing positions on the subject, as executives from Microsoft and Sony have shared thoughts on whether users are actually […]

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8BitDo Lite controller is a love letter to the D-pad

You have a lot of options when it comes to picking up a quality controller for PC or Switch. Peripheral manufacturer 8BitDo has a line of products that show how far the accessory space has come. And the company’s latest gamepad, the 8BitDo Lite, is more evidence of that. But the Lite is different. It’s not […]

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PlayStation controller patent shows larger triggers, no light bar

A new patent filed to a Japanese patent office revealed some possible minor details about the next iteration of Sony’s DualShock controller, to be launched alongside the PlayStation 5 in the 2020 holiday season. The new controller, which will be presumably called the DualShock 5, looks quite similar to the DualShock 4, with a few minor […]

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The RetroBeat: Retro gifts for the nostalgic gamers in your life

The holidays and retro gaming are two of my favorite things in the world, so I think I’m in a good position to help you find gifts for the friends and family in your life who would rather see Nintendo and Capcom than Currier and Ives under their tree. I tried to gather a list […]

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Pokémon Sword and Shield have sold 6 million copies

Nintendo has revealed that Pokémon Sword and Shield have already sold a combined 6 million copies globally. The titles came out for Switch on November 15. Nintendo notes that the latest Pokémon has become the Switch’s fast-selling game, beating Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s first week performance of 5 million copies sold. This is also much […]

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Detroit: Become Human comes to PC via Epic Games Store on December 12

Quantic Dream announced today that Detroit: Become Human will be coming to PC on December 12, and it will be available on Epic Games Store. Detroit: Become Human originally came out for PlayStation 4 as an exclusive on May 25, 2018. The story-based game has sold over 3.2 million copies. Coming to PC will expand […]

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Valve will reveal Half-Life: Alyx on November 21

Valve has announced that it will reveal Half-Life: Alyx this Thursday on November 19 at 10 a.m. Pacific. We’re excited to unveil Half-Life: Alyx, our flagship VR game, this Thursday at 10am Pacific Time. Can’t wait to share it with all of you! pic.twitter.com/BupFCxSrTw — Valve (@valvesoftware) November 18, 2019 This is Valve’s flagship VR […]

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PlayStation 4’s first six years were better than every console except PS2 and Wii

The NPD Group’s report for U.S. game sales in October included an interesting nugget about the PlayStation 4‘s success. The system has had the third-best first six years for any U.S. console, trailing only the PlayStation 2 and Wii. The PS4 launched on November 15, 2013. It became a fast hit, and strong first-party exclusives […]

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NPD: Brisk Nintendo Switch sales can’t offset October hardware decline

Consumer spending on gaming hardware continued its plummet in October, according to The NPD Group. U.S. gamers spent $182 million on new consoles. That is down 41% from October 2018. The Nintendo Switch was once again the top-selling system for the month. But it’s worth noting that the comparison to 2018 is tough because Red […]

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Xbox Game Pass gets flood of new games, EA Access, and more

If it wasn’t clear already, Microsoft really wants you to give Xbox Game Pass a try. To ensure you consider jumping aboard this holiday, the company overloaded the pot with sweetener at its X019 event in London today. Game Pass is getting over 50 new games. And the $15-per-month Ultimate tier starts at $1 for […]

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PlayStation’s DualShock 4 will soon work with Xbox cloud games

Microsoft had a lot to announce at its X019 event in London today. But one of the strangest tidbits is that you will soon be able to use Sony’s DualShock 4 gamepad for the PlayStation 4 with Xbox games. Starting next year, Microsoft’s Project xCloud streaming tech is getting support for more controllers. Those include […]

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Project xCloud streaming tech is coming to Xbox Game Pass in 2020

Microsoft detailed its plans for the future of Project xCloud today as part of its X019 presentation in London. The Xbox game-streaming tech is already in preview, and that test is getting more than 50 new games for people to try. But Microsoft also revealed that it’s going to add streaming as an option for […]

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Nintendo 64’s eBay consoles sales rocket up 205% over 2018

Nintendo is a dominant force on eBay. The online-auction platform released some details about its top-selling gaming products today, and Nintendo holds the top 3 spots. The most surprising entry on that list is the Nintendo 64. That retro system saw a 205% year-over-year increase in sales in September, and that was enough to put […]

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Echo Arena’s Oculus Quest post is now coming in 2020

You’ll have to wait just a little longer to jump into zero gravity on Oculus Quest. Ready at Dawn this week announced that its upcoming port of Echo Arena to the standalone VR headset has been delayed. It’s now coming some time in 2020, though there’s no specific timing beyond that. We weren’t entirely sure […]

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