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EA’s Battlefield 1 Beta Was An Overwhelming Success

September 20, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
EA’s Battlefield 1 Beta Was An Overwhelming Success

Looking back to World War I may have pointed EA’s Battlefield franchise to a brighter future, with the beta of the latest game in the long-running series attracting 13.2 million players. Those players all participated in Battlefield 1’s beta across ten days, between August 30 and September 8. EA DICE has confirmed that the 13.2 million people make it “the biggest beta in EA’s history,” topping the previous record holder, Star Wars: Battlefront, which attracted more than... 

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Will The PS4 Pro Be A Success?

September 14, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Will The PS4 Pro Be A Success?

Halfway through Sony’s announcement event for its new consoles – the redesigned, slimmer PS4 and the new, more powerful PS4 Pro – I found myself thinking about the optics of these events. I’ve seen the announcement events for every console since the PS2, and of them all, this was by far the most muted. The lack of bombast and braggadocio could speak to a quietly understated confidence, or to uncertainty, depending on where you’re standing. I suspect that the truth lies... 

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Xbox One S Goes MediTek

September 1, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Xbox One S Goes MediTek

MediaTek has some decent network products and Asus and Xiaomi have a few midrange routers based on its SoC (system on a chip). Now it looks likely that Microsoft’s One S will use two MediaTek SoCs for wireless connectivity.  It has been a while since IFIXIT tore apart the Xbox One S but no one really noticed that the wireless component of the console came from MediaTek. The Xbox One S looks like a nice console, worth the investment and was a good design win for AMD as it has an AMD APU inside.... 

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Do Indie Game Developers Have A Chance In The Mobile Space

September 1, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Do Indie Game Developers Have A Chance In The Mobile Space

From the advent of what we might consider modern game consoles in the 1980s through to the point when standard budgets for individual games topped $10 million took around 25 years. Budgets spiked significantly when the PlayStation shifted the industry from 2D to 3D, but that merely drove them from six to seven figures; it wasn’t until the last generation, with Xbox 360 and PS3, that $10 million became the baseline for developing a AAA game. From the advent of modern smartphones, in mid-2007,... 

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Can Remedy Shorten Its Development Cycle?

August 30, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Remedy Shorten Its Development Cycle?

Last week, Remedy tapped Tero Virtala to be its new CEO and said he would guide the Quantum Break studio’s move to developing multiple projects simultaneously. Virtala recently spoke with GamesIndustry.biz to flesh that idea out a little more and provide other details about his vision for the company’s future. To start with, Virtala acknowledged that Remedy had intended to make a move into multiproject development for a while. “This idea has lived for such a long time, but naturally,... 

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AMD Bundling Deus-Ex With Gaming Cards

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
AMD Bundling Deus-Ex With Gaming Cards

We already knew that AMD was one of the launch partners for the new Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game and it appears it will be bundled with some of AMD’s hot FX-series CPUs. While we were hoping to see it bundled with some recently launched Polaris-based graphics cards, it appears that AMD wants to give some love to those that decide to buy AMD’s FX-series CPUs. To be available in most popular retail/e-tail stores, the bundle will include a copy of the new Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game with... 

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EA Appears To Be Going HD With Old Games

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
EA Appears To Be Going HD With Old Games

Electronic Arts has one of the deepest back catalogs in the industry, but to date it has steered clear of mining it for new revenue through remastered and HD editions. That’s likely to change soon, according to a Game Informer interview with EA Studios executive VP Patrick Soderlund from last week at Gamescom. When asked if anything in EA’s stance on remasters had evolved in the last year, Soderlund tipped the publisher’s hand. “What’s changed is that there is proof... 

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Will Other Hop On The Pokeman Go Bandwagon?

August 11, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Other Hop On The Pokeman Go Bandwagon?

Pokemon Go is the only thing anyone wants to talk about. Even people who don’t want to talk about Pokemon Go end up talking about it all the time, if only to tell everyone how sick they are of people talking about Pokemon Go. Social networks are full of Pokemon Go, going out for a drink is now impossible without occasional interruptions as a buzzing phone signals the possible arrival of a rare beast, and comparisons of recent prized acquisitions have replaced complaints about the weather as... 

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Will Ubisoft Succeed In The VR Space?

August 5, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Ubisoft Succeed In The VR Space?

While 2016 has seen heaps of praise thrown at virtual reality technology, the market itself has yet to be proven. The headsets and PC hardware needed to run high-end VR games are prohibitively expensive, and the installed bases will remain somewhat small because of that. Enthusiasm from developers isn’t matched by investors or publishers, but that hasn’t scared away Ubisoft from jumping onto the VR train early on. While Bethesda is pursuing Fallout 4 in VR and Electronic Arts has a Star... 

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Does Pokemon Go Really Show The Possibilities Of VR?

July 20, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Does Pokemon Go Really Show The Possibilities Of VR?

Pokemon GO hasn’t even finished its worldwide rollout, but it’s all anyone is talking about or reading about this week; it’s truly inescapable. I haven’t seen this level of mainstream attention for a gaming product since Nintendo’s original Wii, and that’s truly a good thing for Nintendo. The company could use a positive story after dealing with so much negativity from the Wii U’s failure. As Rob Fahey pointed out today, it’s also hugely encouraging... 

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Is The NPD Finally Going Digital?

July 14, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The NPD Finally Going Digital?

It’s been more than five years since The NPD Group said it would start including digital data in its monthly reports on the US video game business. In those five years, not only has digital grown, but publishers, analysts, press and more have all thrown shade at NPD, questioning the relevancy of a service that only offers physical sales data in an increasingly digital era. Today, NPD is finally taking that first step to offer a more complete picture of the entire games market as it’s... 

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Does Sony’s Survival Rest On The Playstation?

July 8, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Does Sony’s Survival Rest On The Playstation?

Sony is over the hump. That’s the message that the company wanted investors and market watchers to understand from its presentations earlier this week. Though it expressed it in rather more finessed terms, the core of what Sony wanted to say was that the really hard part is over. Four years after Kaz Hirai took over the corporation; the transition – a grinding, grating process that involved thousands of job losses, the sale or shuttering of entire business units and protracted battles... 

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Is Nintendo Delaying Its Virtual Reality Plans?

July 6, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Nintendo Delaying Its Virtual Reality Plans?

Nintendo is keeping fairly quiet about its VR plans, although a system is clearly on the drawing board. The rumor mill suggests that the former playing card maker is determined to fix a problem which has dogged other VR machines on the market. Basically after you have worn a headset for half-an-hour you get tired and a bit sick. Nintendo’s acting representative director Shigeru Miyamoto told shareholders that the company was “researching VR” – but didn’t want to show... 

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Is The Xbox Scorpio A Tactical Move By Microsoft

June 30, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The Xbox Scorpio A Tactical Move By Microsoft

While Sony wowed gamers at its E3 press conference this year with a barrage of impressive content, some would argue that it was Microsoft that made the biggest splash by choosing its press conference to announce not one, but two distinct console hardware upgrades that would be hitting the market in consecutive years (Xbox One S this year, Scorpio in 2017). Years from now, this may be the grand moment that we all point to as forever changing the evolution of the console business. Sony, too, is preparing... 

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Was Last Weeks E3 A Success?

June 20, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Was Last Weeks E3 A Success?

E3 2016 has officially come to a close, and despite the fact that Activision and EA were absent from the show floor, my experience of the show was that it was actually quite vibrant and filled with plenty of intricate booth displays and compelling new games to play. The same cannot be said for the ESA’s first ever public satellite event, E3 Live, which took place next door at the LA Live complex. The ESA managed to give away 20,000 tickets in the first 24 hours after announcing the show... 

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