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One of the big problems that subscribers of the Sony PlayStation Now service had was that the games were only available for streaming play. That could be an issue for users on metered internet connections or with spotty internet service. Sony has announced a big change to PlayStation Now with the addition of an option that will allow users to download games to their PS4 system. That means that they will be able to play both locally and offline with the same PS Now subscription. Sony says that "almost all" of the PS4 games on the service including popular titles like Bloodborne, God of War 3 Remastered,... Read more...
It doesn't matter how many times we say this—and we've said it a lot—companies just don't understand there are no mulligans on the Internet. Word to the wise, if you post something online, you can't take it back. We bring this up because Nokia, for a brief blip in time, teased a new gaming phone on its Twitter account in India. The tweet is no longer available, presumably because Nokia wasn't ready to tease its upcoming phone, and decided to delete it. We're not sure why—there was not much to glean from the teaser, such as detailed specs, price, or any information on when it might... Read more...
NVIDIA and developer 4A Games have released a video showing over 6 minutes of gameplay footage from Metro Exodus, a story-driven first person shooter (FPS) that will be one of the first titles to support real-time ray tracing. The video is narrated by Benjamin Archard, a rendering programmer at 4A Games. In it, he explains some of the intricacies of real-time ray tracing, and specifically global illumination. As anyone who has been following the GeForce RTX launch already knows, NVIDIA's new generation of Turing cards are built to bring real-time ray tracing to consumers. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti,... Read more...
To date, NVIDIA has disclosed a number of details regarding its GeForce RTX series graphics cards, based on the bleeding-edge Turing GPU architecture. We covered NVIDIA’s official announcements direct from Gamescom, where high-level features like Ray Tracing, DLSS, NVLink, and pricing were initially revealed and followed up with a nice, long podcast chat with NVIDIA’s own Tom Petersen, during which a handful of interesting tid-bits were divulged. We were able to dive into the Turing architecture last week, where we detailed and explained what makes Turing tick in all of its brain-melting... Read more...
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Sony is flattering the heck out of Nintendo. Back in 2016, Nintendo first rolled out its NES Classic Edition console that was plug and play with more than two dozen classic games packed inside. Sony is now getting in on the classic console action with the PlayStation Classic landing December 3. That will put this retro console on the market just in time for holiday shopping and with a $99.99 price, it will certainly be appealing to gamers. Sony notes that it has been nearly 25 years since that original PlayStation landed, with it eventually... Read more...
To celebrate the launch of Marvel's Spider-Man, the hotly anticipated game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment exclusively for the PlayStation 4 Pro, Sony released a limited edition PS4 themed after the arachnid super hero. Themed consoles are nothing new, though this one seems to have struck a cord with gamers. Every time a retailer replenishes its inventory, it sells out faster than Peter Parker can change from an unassuming teen to a web-slinger in tights. Lucky for me, I was able to snag one at my local Walmart, which for a brief period of time claimed... Read more...
Nintendo is launching a paid online service for its Switch console next week, as we get closer to the launch, more details have been made available. We now know exactly which retro games will be available when the online service goes live. Nintendo also shared details about upcoming classic games, and revealed a new accessory. To start with, the Nintendo Switch Online service goes live on Tuesday, September 12, in the evening hours. Users will first have to install the upcoming 6.0.0 system update before using the service. The online membership costs $3.99 per month, or if you're willing to commit... Read more...
Epic Games has begun rolling out a new content update to Fortnite (version 5.40.2), the developer's freebie battle royale shooter and gaming sensation that is basically a money generating machine (through in-game purchases). There is a bunch of new and improved goodies in the patch, though it's not all candy and rainbows. Nintendo Switch owners are upset that Epic Games took away a feature with its latest update. Gamers who play Fortnite on the Switch can no longer capture video and then share their epic clips with friends. This was not immediately evident in the patch notes. Instead, Switch owners... Read more...
The old is replaced with the new; this is the way of the world in just about everything. PUBG was knocked over by Fortnite, and now it's shaping up to look like a newcomers is looking to put Fortnite on notice as the top battle royale shooter. The beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII's highly anticipated Blackout battle royale mode has kicked off, and the feedback from gamers who participated in the beta of the mode is so good that at least one analytics firm is predicting that Fortnite might have hit its popularity peak. Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey wrote in a research note published this week... Read more...
Gamers have been looking forward to Nintendo's launch of the Switch Online service for over a year. While the big feature of the Switch Online service is the ability to play games online with other players, one very key feature of this service is online cloud saves. The reason that gamers want cloud saves so badly is that they keep you from losing all your game progress if something happens to your console. The Switch Online Service is supposed to launch by mid-September and scuttlebutt suggests that the service was to have been the big topic in the earthquake delayed Nintendo Direct that... Read more...
Epic Games struck gold with Fortnite, the incredibly popular battle royale shooter. Despite being a free-to-download title, Epic Game is raking in barrels of cash through in-game purchases. To keep the influx of cash flowing at a steady rate, Epic Games has teamed up with Hasbro to offer Fortnite-themed Nerf Blasters and a Monopoly board game. A Fortnite-themed Monopoly game feels like a natural extension, given that the goal of Monopoly is to ruin your opponents—usually family and friends—and be the last person standing. Only in Monopoly, we're talking about financial ruin, and over... Read more...
One of the problems with multiplayer is that it only takes a small number of loud mouthed, racist jerks to ruin the experience for the community at large. In an effort to prevent this, Electronic Arts and DICE have implemented a profanity filter into Battlefield V, which is currently being tested in open beta ahead of the game's polished release. That's all fine and dandy, except that EA and DICE have chosen to censor some goofy words. Like what, you ask? In its current state, players are prohibited from saying that nasty "D" word in the Battlefield V beta. You know, DLC, short for 'downloadable... Read more...
Epic Games is talking about the success of its limited launch of the Fortnite Android Beta. The initial Android rollout was a Samsung exclusive for a few days and then Epic began to issue invites to a subset of Android users on other devices. Epic Games says that interest for Fortnite on Android has been "extremely high" with over 23 million players entering the Android beta and over 15 million players installing the APK. Epic bypassed the Google Play store and ended up with a serious flaw in its installer that could give hackers full access to user's devices. Epic later slammed Google for announcing... Read more...
Nintendo was scheduled to broadcast a livestream today in which the company promised to reveal information about upcoming games for its Switch and 3DS consoles. However, Nintendo has decided to postpone the livestream after a devastating earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan, left several people dead and many more injured. Announced yesterday, Nintendo stated on Twitter that its Direct livestream would kick off today at 3:00 PM Pacific (6:00 PM Eastern) and feature "around 35 minutes" of information on upcoming games for two of its most popular consoles, those being the Switch and 3DS. This was to be Nintendo's... Read more...
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