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

Cyberpunk 2077 supports Xbox One and Series X cross-buy

Xbox boss Phil Spencer revealed today how the company’s gaming ecosystem is going to work going forward. In addition to the powerful new Xbox Series X hardware, Spencer detailed Smart Delivery. This initiative ensures that if you buy a first-party Microsoft game on Xbox One, it will work on Series X at no additional charge. […]

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Microsoft: Xbox Series X will have 12 TFLOPs, ray tracing, and cross-buy

Microsoft decided that this random Monday would be a good time to divulge some new details about its upcoming console, the Xbox Series X. The machine is coming this fall, and we now know a bit more about its features and hardware. This includes a GPU of 12 teraflops, which is twice as many as […]

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Sony patents a VR controller that feels a lot like Valve’s Index

A recently published patent from Sony Interactive Entertainment suggests that the company is working on a new VR motion controller, similar to those for the Valve Index. Could this be a new PSVR 2 controller? The patent for a “Controller Device” outlines an input mechanism for a “home-use game machine” that “detects movement of a […]

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HyperX ChargePlay Clutch review — A comfortable Nintendo Switch battery case

My original Nintendo Switch is still great. But over the last three years, I’ve realized it’s not the most comfortable thing to hold. Also, the battery life seems worse than ever. I don’t know if that’s because the games are more intensive or if the battery is just losing some of its integrity. Whatever the […]

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The RetroBeat: Why I switched from physical game collecting to digital

A few years ago, I started building up my collection of classic consoles and games. This was sparked in equal parts by nostalgia, finding some of my original cartridges in my parents’ basement, and the convenient opening of a local store that sold retro games. But after a few years of working on my collection, […]

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is making me anxious

Nintendo revealed a raft of Animal Crossing: New Horizons details this morning. As part of the publisher’s Direct video event, it showed off what looks like an impressive expansion of the social-life simulator. But for as much New Horizons has going for it, I’m finding myself feeling anxious as its March 20 release date approaches. […]

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons can recover a lost save … once

Nintendo gave Animal Crossing fans a deep dive into the features and systems of the franchise’s upcoming Switch release, New Horizons. This presentation today included an interesting tidbit about recovering lost save files, specifically that you can actually do it. However, some bizarre restrictions apply. New Horizons launches on March 20. This life sim is […]

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Hasbro brings back lo-fi LCD Tiger Electronics games

I was in Target recently, and I noticed a lot of retro-gaming products. Nintendo has half an aisle dedicated to its apparel. I found a stack of Arcade1Up’s excellent cabinets ready to go. And then I saw handheld adaptations of classics like Pac-Man and Galaga. Target must think these products have a market. And Hasbro […]

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is getting its own Nintendo Direct

Nintendo is planning to give fans an in-depth look at Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The publisher announced a Nintendo Direct for February 20 at 6 a.m. Pacific time. As part of this video event, it will provide the most extensive look yet at the latest entry in the social-life-simulator series. Nintendo says the Animal Crossing: […]

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Nintendo is launching a coral pink Switch Lite in Japan

Nintendo is releasing a new color for its Switch Lite handheld console in Japan. The company announced the Coral Pink system that is launching March 20 in a blog post today. March 20 is the same day as Animal Crossing: New Horizons debuts worldwide. Japanese fans can preorder this new Switch Lite variation beginning March […]

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Xbox has no need for a VR headset — yet

Poor Phil Spencer. No one wants him to like VR. Every time Microsoft’s Xbox guru opens his mouth to explain his stance on the technology, only the negative points seem to make the headlines, even when he’s trying to clarify any misunderstanding around previous pessimism. Even this week’s comments, in which Spencer tried to plainly explain […]

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Xbox Elite Series 2 is one of the fastest-selling gamepads ever

When Microsoft announced the first Xbox Elite Controller way back in 2015, everyone had the same question: Who is going to spend $150 on gamepad? It turns out that enough people bought it to justify the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2, which debuted in November for $180. And now that controller is among the most […]

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Microsoft: VR is big on Windows, but Xbox would need ‘a bunch of work’

Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality initiative may have brought multiple VR headsets and a substantial quantity of VR software to the PC platform, but the company still isn’t planning to leverage that momentum to bring VR to Xbox users. Adding VR support to the platform would take too much work at this point to justify its […]

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Puyo Puyo 2 are coming to Switch thanks to Sega Ages

Sega announced today that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Puyo Puyo 2 are coming to the Nintendo Switch on February 20. Each game costs $8. These are coming as part of the Sega Ages program, Sega’s initiative to release classic games on modern platforms. Lately, Sega Ages’ efforts have focused on Switch, with other retro […]

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Nintendo apologizes for Switch production delays due to coronavirus

There are certainly bigger things to worry about with the coronavirus taking its toll around the world. But Nintendo said in a post today that the coronavirus is likely to disrupt production in China for the Nintendo Switch, Joy-Con controllers, and Ring Fit Adventure game. Nintendo recently announced that it has sold 52.5 million Switch […]

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PlayStation sales drop 20%, but PS Plus is smoothing the next-gen jump

The PlayStation 5 is coming. Sony Interactive Entertainment is launching the next-generation console this holiday. And one of the ways you can tell it’s imminent is that the company’s current games business is going through a cyclical decline. As part of its third-quarter earnings report, Sony announced that PlayStation sales dropped 20% compared to the […]

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PlayStation 4 surpasses 108.9 million consoles sold

PlayStation 4 is now at 108.9 million consoles sold through the quarter ending December 31. Sony revealed that new number as part of its third-quarter earnings report. This builds on the 106 million PS4s sold that Sony reported in early January when it revealed the logo of the PlayStation 5. For Q3, Sony sold 6.1 […]

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Fortnite is hosting a PS4 tournament on February 15 and 16

Sony announced today that Epic Games is hosting The Fortnite Celebration Cup on February 15 and February 16 as an exclusive tournament for PlayStation 4. Fortnite is a gigantic hit, becoming a pop culture influencer that has extended its reach well outside of the world of gaming. It’s also a popular esports title, although most […]

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Nintendo Switch reaches 50 million consoles sold faster than PlayStation 4

The Nintendo Switch is one of the fastest-selling consoles ever. As part of the results for its fiscal Q3, the company announced today that it has sold 52.48 million Switch systems as of December 31. That puts its worldwide pace ahead of the PlayStation 4. PS4 recently surpassed 106 million systems sold since its November […]

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Xbox Q2 revenue sinks 21% as Microsoft reloads for next gen

Microsoft’s gaming revenue dropped significantly in the second quarter of its fiscal 2020. Xbox’s Q2 revenue plummeted 21% year-over-year during the three-month period ending December 31. But while that is a precipitous decline, it looks worse than it actually is. This decline is due to Xbox One pushing far past its prime. Microsoft is planning […]

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PlayStation Plus Fabruary 2020: BioShock: The Collection, The Sims 4, and Firewall Zero Hour

Subscribers to PlayStation Plus will be getting some notable free games for PlayStation 4 in February, including every game in the popular BioShock franchise. BioShock: The Collection headlines February’s offerings. It includes remastered version of the original BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite. This package of all three games together first came out in 2016. […]

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Sensor Tower: Nintendo mobile games have earned $1 billion

Nintendo‘s mobile games have earned a combined $1 billion in revenue, according to market analyst Sensor Tower. This includes six games from Nintendo, starting with Super Mario Run in 2016. The latest, Mario Kart Tour, released in September. 2017’s Fire Emblem: Heroes is by far the most successful. It accounts for 61% of that $1 billion. […]

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Patapon 2 gets remastered for PS4 on January 30

One of Sony’s most beloved PSP games is getting a new life on the PlayStation 4. Sony announced today that Patapon 2 Remastered comes out on January 30. The original version of Patapon 2 came out for Sony’s first portable console in 2008. Like its predecessor, it has players controlling an army by using buttons […]

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