E3 2017 Proves Sony Hasn’t Forgotten Beloved Franchises, PSVR

E3 2017 Proves Sony Hasn’t Forgotten Beloved Franchises, PSVR

E3 2017 has been really weird. Not only is the show itself morphing into a consumer-focused entity, but the press conferences have been oddly muted this go ’round. At last night’s Sony event, only a single person (Shawn Layden, CEO of SIEA) spoke on stage, and the rest of the night was made up of only music and trailers. But in spite of the wonky presentation, it’s crystal clear that Sony is doubling down on…

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Microsoft’s 4K-Ready Xbox One X Launches November 7th at $499

Microsoft’s 4K-Ready Xbox One X Launches November 7th at $499

During last night’s E3 press conference, Microsoft unveiled the finished version of its long-awaited half-step console. Dubbed “Xbox One X,” this high-powered gaming machine is designed for full-on 4K gaming and media playback. And when it ships on November 7th, it’ll cost $ 499 — twice that of the current Xbox One S. The console formerly known as Scorpio is Microsoft’s answer to the PS4 Pro, and a compelling offering for gamers with deep pockets. After…

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Microsoft Adds Local Multiplayer From the Original Xbox to the Xbox One X

Microsoft Adds Local Multiplayer From the Original Xbox to the Xbox One X

Once upon a time, if you wanted to play multiplayer on a game console, you had to do it with a common television and multiple controllers. This worked plenty well, if you had the right setup — I spent more than a few nights at college slugging it out against friends in Mario Kart — but local multiplayer on a common screen has been superseded by remote multiplayer across multiple consoles in many titles. Whether…

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Microsoft Files Trademark Application for ‘DirectReality’ as E3 Approaches

Microsoft Files Trademark Application for ‘DirectReality’ as E3 Approaches

Microsoft has been teasing its E3 show for the past week or so, with hints about Project Scorpio. Now, we know the company is possibly looking to emphasize VR or AR with a new trademark filing for DirectReality. The single-word trademark describes itself as applying to “Computer software; computer game software; computer software for holographic applications… Online computer software; online computer game software; online computer software for holographic applications; Software as a Service (SaaS).” There’s…

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CD Projekt Red: Hackers Are Ransoming Stolen Game Data

CD Projekt Red: Hackers Are Ransoming Stolen Game Data

Polish game developer CD Projekt Red has built up a rabid fan base thanks to its work on The Witcher games, most recently the widely praised The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The company has long been working on another game not connected to the Witcher universe, known as Cyberpunk 2077. According to a statement on Twitter, CD Projekt Red has been hacked and game files from Cyberpunk 2077 are in the hands of unknown people…

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How BioWare Went Wrong With Mass Effect Andromeda

How BioWare Went Wrong With Mass Effect Andromeda

Just over five years ago, BioWare released Mass Effect 3, the final title in the original Mass Effect trilogy and the most controversial of them all due to its various endings and how player choices did — or, more accurately, didn’t — impact the endgame outcome. BioWare would later take the unprecedented step of patching the game’s ending in an attempt to placate angry fans. But while the game was controversial, it also did quite…

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Gamers Claim to Want Backwards Compatibility. Why Don’t They Use It?

Gamers Claim to Want Backwards Compatibility. Why Don’t They Use It?

A brace of news reports this week highlighted an interesting scenario in console world (and arguably for PCs as well, though I’ll address that separately). First, Sony executive Jim Ryan was openly dismissive of backwards compatibility as a major focus or feature for the PS4, noting that few console players actually took advantage of the feature when it was available and that it wasn’t seen as important within Sony. “When we’ve dabbled with backwards compatibility,…

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HP Omen Accelerator Adds External GPU, SSD, and More for Laptop Gaming

HP Omen Accelerator Adds External GPU, SSD, and More for Laptop Gaming

For the past few years, companies like Alienware and Razer have worked to push the idea of external GPU boxes as upgrades for PC laptops. Alienware has had their own solution, customized for their own systems, while companies like Intel, AMD, and Razer teamed up to create the XConnect platform last year. We’re finally seeing more OEMs opting for this approach, and HP’s new Omen Accelerator extends it from graphics into other performance areas as well….

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