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Xbox head Phil Spencer takes shot at Sony’s PC strategy

Phil Spencer has, in a rare occurrence, compared Xbox’s strategy with that of Sony’s.Xbox has significantly changed its approach to platform and content over the course of a few short years. Under Phil Spencer‘s leadership, Xbox went from losing to Sony’s PlayStation, to changing the game completely that this comparison no longer matters.Watch on YouTubeThis was, of course, chiefly achieved by bringing Xbox games to PC day-and-date with console, and expanding the reach of the Xbox platform to the cloud, which opens up the ecosystem to millions of players who wouldn’t, or couldn’t own an Xbox console.At a pre-E3 briefing…

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Warner Bros. Discovery set to be WB Games’ new corporate owner

By Sherif Saed 2 June 2021 13:32 GMT The winds of change may have… left WB Games alone this time.WB Games, the game’s division of Warner Bros., may have dodged a possible rearrangement as a result of WarnerMedia’s merger with Discovery, which some suggested could give WarnerMedia owner AT&T hold of some game studios, while the rest move to the new company.Watch on YouTubeThere’s currently no indication that this is the plan. A press release issued Tuesday listed WB Games among the core brands that will now exist under the umbrella of Warner Bros. Discovery – the proposed new name…

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Nintendo plans to open its own Nintendo Gallery museum in Japan by 2024

By Dom Peppiatt 2 June 2021 10:25 GMT Nintendo has announced plans to open the Nintendo Gallery museum in Japan which will be aimed at showcasing the company’s philosophy and design mentality to the public.As per the iconic Japanese developer, the planned gallery is “a way to share Nintendo’s product development history and philosophy” with anyone eager to learn. The grand opening is set to take place sometime in March 2024.Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa announced these plans in a Japanese press release over on the Nintendo site. The museum will be built on the Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant and its land in…

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CD Projekt reports big profit slump in Q1

By Sherif Saed 1 June 2021 13:45 GMT CD Projekt’s 2021 fiscal year is off to a bad start.Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher publisher CD Projekt has published [PDF] its earnings for the first quarter of FY2021. Profits dropped by 64.7% to roughly $8.7 million, well below the $21.8 million analysts expected the company to generate.Watch on YouTubeThis is a result of a 2% revenue slump, but mainly because of the company’s continued development to fix Cyberpunk 2077 and create DLC. Although CD Projekt did not say how many copies of Cyberpunk 2077 were sold during the quarter, the publisher…

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A New Nintendo Switch Pro listing has been spotted on Amazon

By Dom Peppiatt 30 May 2021 17:04 GMT A product listing for the New Nintendo Switch Pro appeared briefly on Amazon Mexico, fuelling rumors that the Japanese platform holder will announce a new hardware model soon.Twitter user Alphabeat replied to popular games Twitter account Wario 64 with a screenshot supposedly taken from Amazon Mexico, showing an empty listing for a console called the New Nintendo Switch Pro (thanks, VGC).The listing has since been removed. Could this simply have been a placeholder page, or did someone over at Amazon Mexico accidentally reveal more than they should have a touch too soon? For…

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That big Cyberpunk 2077 combined lawsuit will be filed next month

By Dom Peppiatt 26 May 2021 10:39 GMT The lawsuit consisting of four class action lawsuits being brought against Cyberpunk 2077 developer, CD Projekt, is due to be filed with the court in June, the company has said.Just last week, we heard that Polish developer CD Projekt will be facing one major lawsuit over Cyberpunk 2077 instead of four, as the court dealing with proceedings has consolidated the four class action lawsuits filed against it in December and January into one case.Now, CD Projekt has issued an update on the situation during a shareholder meeting, stating that a lead plaintiff had been appointed ahead and…

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Rockstar Games has created its own record label, CircoLoco Records

By Dom Peppiatt 24 May 2021 20:55 GMT Rockstar Games has announced CircoLoco Records, a new record label the developer is creating in with the dance party and club promoter of the same name.Rockstar wants in on the music industry, and it’s using the Ibiza club culture icon CircoLoco to help breakthrough into the scene. Rockstar and CircoLoco are teaming up to form CircoLoco Records and the company’s first EP is hitting shelves on June 4.From then on, we’ll see another EP launch every week until July 9, when the compilation album Monday Dreamin’ will be released in full. You can…

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Microsoft closes loophole that let you get Xbox Game Pass cheaper

By Dom Peppiatt 19 May 2021 11:09 GMT Microsoft has closed an exploit that allowed you to get cheaper subscriptions to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate using an EA Play subscription.As spotted by TwistedVoxel, Microsoft has closed a loophole that allowed players to redeem one year of EA Play at $30 for four months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – a cheaper way of getting that amount of time on Xbox’s subscription service that would usually set you back $15 per month.Microsoft has posted an update to the FAQ over on its official site that clarifies the changes and explains that one…

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WB Games to be broken up in WarnerMedia and Discovery merger

By Dom Peppiatt 18 May 2021 10:50 GMT WB Games will apparently be broken up as parent company AT&T plans to merge its WarnerMedia arm with Discovery, and the future of its 11 games studios is uncertain.The merger is set to fuse both companies together to create a new “premier, standalone global entertainment company” that is likely looking to rival that of Amazon and Netflix, but that has ramifications on the game development studios under AT&T’s ownership.As Discovery and WarnerMedia merge with the aim to create “one of the largest global streaming players” around, the future of its 11 games studios…

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Twitch reducing the price of subscriptions in some countries

Twitch is taking steps to level out the cost of subscriptions internationally and has announced a change to subscription prices in efforts to make them “equally affordable” around the world.Traditionally, Tier 1 subscriptions on Twitch have set you back a flat $4.99 fee – no matter where you are in the world. Now, in efforts to make things fairer on the international community, Twitch has announced most territories outside the US will see lower costs for subscriptions.Turkey (9.90 TRY) and Mexico (48 Pesos) will be the first territories to see this change on May 20 before Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe,…

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Sega examining its back catalogue to see which games can be remastered/remade

By Sherif Saed 13 May 2021 13:03 GMT Sega has revealed a little bit about its business and development strategy going forward.Sega today published [PDF] its earnings for the fiscal year ending March 31. Alongside the usual assortment of figures, the publisher also shared some insight into its plans for the near and far future.Watch on YouTubeFirst, Sega mentioned Creative Assembly’s in-development multiplayer shooter, though did not offer any specifics about the mysterious game. It does appear, however, that Sega considers it a big project, and will be a key part of its strategy for the next couple of years.Sega…

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PS5 owners played and bought more games compared to PS4 at launch

By Dom Peppiatt 13 May 2021 10:27 GMT Though there’s ongoing concern over the scarcity of PS5 consoles, Sony has recorded some pretty impressive figures about the system’s use since it launched late in 2020.As per a new article on Wired, Sony has recorded an 81% increase in playtime on the new-generation console, compared to what the PS4 enjoyed in the same time period.Granted, there are slightly different circumstances this time around: there’s a global pandemic keeping people indoors, and backwards compatibility means that you can play your entire PS4 library (more or less) on the new hardware, too.Watch on…

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Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Quarantine, The Division Heartland and Prince of Persia all set to arrive before April 2022

By Dom Peppiatt 12 May 2021 10:57 GMT Ubisoft‘s earnings call for the 2020-2021 financial year took place today, and it revealed a lot of information about the status of its in-development roster of games.The report was a more eye-opening one than usual. As well as sharing insight into how the company plans to shift its focus from relying on triple-A games and expand into high-end, free-to-play titles, the publisher also offered some updates on previously announced games set to launch on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Quarantine/Parasite, Riders Republic, The Division Heartland,…

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Over 37 million players have downloaded Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

By Dom Peppiatt 10 May 2021 20:34 GMT Naughty Dog‘s final chapter featuring the exploits of Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, has been downloaded and played by over 37 million people, the developer has revealed.It’s been five years since the release of one of the PS4’s biggest hits; Uncharted 4. To celebrate the half-decade birthday of one of the last generation’s biggest PlayStation hits, developer Naughty Dog has published a special retrospective blog looking back on the game, sharing some behind-the-scenes notes from its production.One of the most notable factoids in the article reveals that the game has…

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PS5 stock issues expected to last into 2022, according to Sony

By Dom Peppiatt 10 May 2021 13:45 GMT PS5 stock has been tricky to get hold of since Sony launched the new generation of hardware in November 2020, and the company expects supply issues to carry on well into next year.It’s no secret that PS5 stock has been hard to come across, no matter where you are in the world. The company has already outlined that it wants to build stock at a faster pace than it did with the PS4, but shortages are making components hard to come by, and the company simply cannot keep up with consumer demand.As…