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  1. Just a few days after exiting its early access stage and becoming a "full" game, Supergiant's Hades has already managed to hit 1 million total sales. Of this number, about 300,000 occurred since its official release. In its announcement on Twitter, the developer thanked players for not only purchasing the game, but for helping to shape its development during the early access phase. During this period, it was only available on PC, but it has since released for Nintendo Switch, as well. GameSpot critic Suriel Vazquez played it on both systems for our Hades review, and awarded the game a 9/10. He did note, however, that the Switch's small screen can make reading text an issue in handheld mode. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  2. Red … Undead Online? As we approach the Halloween season, which should be quite a bit different than in years past, it appears Red Dead Redemption 2 could be getting zombies in Red Dead Online. The data-miners at YouTube channel Red Dead Guides have been digging through new game files and discovered nearly 50 different zombie models that haven't yet been released. As October is arriving soon, this presumably is going to be saved for a "Fear" Halloween event in the game. The models are labeled "Army of Fear," but it isn't clear if they're being used for a new game mode or for some larger temporary overhaul of Red Dead Online. The game has received continuous content updates that added things like missions, hunting events, and new gear, but this could be enough to get former players interested in the game again. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  3. Microsoft's xCloud recently exited its testing phase and is now available to Android users with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, but the service isn't available to iOS users at all. This followed an abruptly cut short test on iOS that only included one game as opposed to the several options Android users had. But this isn't just Microsoft showing preference toward one ecosystem. Instead, it has to do with Apple's policies. Why xCloud Isn't On iOS Previously, Apple had extremely restrictive policies on the App Store that essentially barred game-streaming services from appearing at all, which is why Google Stadia has also not been available on iOS since its launch. However, it recently updated its policies to explicitly permit game-streaming services to operate via the App Store. So, all is good now, right? Not quite. The issue is that these services will need to have separate apps for each individual game purchased in order to comply with Apple's 30% profit-splitting policy. It's a similar issue to what we've seen with Epic Games and Fortnite, as Epic wished to circumvent the App store for microtransactions and sell these items directly to players. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  4. Following September 16's PS5 preorder fiasco, which saw the console go on sale at several retailers without proper warning, Sony has offered an apology. It also promises that you haven't missed out on your chance to get the system this year if you couldn't snag a preorder earlier. Writing on its official Twitter account, PlayStation said its preorders could have gone "a lot smoother" and that it would be releasing more of the systems for preorder in the next few days via retailers. Big stores such as GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target already began selling the console, with many running out of stock in mere minutes. Some of these stores, including Walmart, have allocated a small amount of systems in the few days since, and Sony also held a lottery of sorts to determine who could order the PS5 directly from the company. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  5. Start planning out space for your PS5 games on the system's SSD now, because they are going to take up a lot of room. In fact, it might not be too long before you have to start deleting games if the file sizes Sony has revealed are anything to go by. On the PlayStation Direct website, which lets you buy PlayStation games and accessories directly from Sony, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon's Souls both have their file sizes estimated. In the case of Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the standard version of the game takes up 50GB, while the Ultimate Edition, which packs in a copy of Spider-Man: Remastered, takes up 105GB. Demon's Souls, meanwhile, is a full remake of the 2009 PS3 game and takes up about 66GB. With updates down the line, these file sizes could get even bigger. Games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare have drawn some controversy this generation for ballooning file sizes of well over 100GB, and with higher-resolution textures and more detailed game worlds, that only looks to become more of a problem for PS5. The system's 825GB capacity is lower than the PS4 Pro, and though it will support expansion cards to increase that storage space, those are expensive and likely out of many users' budget range. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  6. The eight generation of home consoles was a strange time for video games. There were a lot of big ideas at play at Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, as each tried to capitalize on a number of developing and receding trends. All three platform holders were trying to set themselves apart, keep up with one another, and determine what might be the next piece of technology that took off among gamers the way motion control had for the Wii. It was a time that led to a lot of gimmicks and ideas that slowly fizzled over the life of the consoles--and others that appeared midway to become pretty successful. Ahead of the PlayStation 5 and the next generation of game consoles, we're looking back at some of the best and worst tech ideas of the Playstation 4--from the capabilities of the DualShock 4 controller, to the advent of PlayStation VR. Over the years, there have been some things that worked, plenty that didn't, and many that were either abandoned or iterated upon. Sharing And Streaming Become Quick And Easy If there's one idea that made sense from the start with the PS4, it's the console's simple, easy-to-use sharing controls. Using the DualShock 4 controller's dedicated Share button, you can snap screenshots while playing, make a recording of whatever just happened in-game, start or stop a recording, and stream to services such as Twitch pretty much instantly. Sony recognized how big a deal streaming games had become in the PS3 era, and included robust, extremely useful content-sharing capabilities for the PS4 in response. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  7. The PlayStation 5 is set to be an absolute behemoth, and though it isn't as wide as the Xbox Series X, the PS5 is quite a bit taller than Microsoft's system. Taiwan's National Communications Commission has published several images showing the console next to rulers so you can see just how much space it's going to take up on your shelf, assuming you managed to order one. Spoiler: It's a lot. PS5 (Source: NCC)The PS5 is just under 19 inches tall, and it's about one foot wide. It's certainly not going to take up the same space as a computer tower, but it could be too large for certain living room setups. The images show far more than just the size, however, as we also see how the system's stand attaches to the console horizontally. It has a few hooks on one side that will latch onto the console, ensuring it doesn't slip, and there is also a lip that it will sit up against on the stand. A USB-C to USB-A cable included in the package is fairly standard, and the power cable looks identical to the one used on the PS4 now. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  8. The PS5 is just a few months away from release, but there are still some big question marks surrounding the console. Among them is the cost of games from certain third-party publishers as well as subscription services--including PlayStation Now. Sony's streaming service has been around for years on PS4 and a selection of other devices, but will PS Now be on PS5, and will this allow you to keep playing your favorite classic PlayStation games on the new console? Will PlayStation 5 Support PlayStation Now? Sony is being much less forthcoming about its plans for the PS5 than Microsoft is with the Xbox Series X. We know Microsoft wants to put xCloud on as many devices as possible, even bundling it into a Game Pass Ultimate subscription and integrating Xbox Series X hardware into data centers for increased performance. Sony, on the other hand, has not mentioned PlayStation Now at all in its PS5 marketing thus far. The service has been around for years and has never attracted the same buzz as xCloud or even Google Stadia, but it would seemingly even the streaming playing field a bit if the PS5 supported it. How Does PlayStation Now Work Today? PlayStation Now currently costs $10 per month or $60 per year and gives you access to hundreds of games for streaming across both PS4 and PC. New games are added each month, and while the majority of them are only available via streaming, there are actually about 300 that can be downloaded for local play. In this way, it's actually similar to Xbox Game Pass as well as xCloud. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  9. Before this week, Twitch viewers would typically only see a video advertisement when first clicking on someone's stream, making sure they didn't miss a moment of the action. That changed a few days ago when Twitch implemented compulsory mid-roll ads, removing creators' ability to choose when they were shown. There was a huge outcry about the ads and, at least for now, Twitch has removed them from the service. Several streamers complained about the change, emphasizing that the amount of content they'd be losing was not worth the extra revenue they'd be getting from having the mid-roll play during their gameplay sessions. Especially if multiple people are playing the same popular game, it could be the difference between a viewer staying on a channel or checking out someone else's gameplay. The official Twitch Support Twitter account clarified that it had finished its advertising test this week and that viewers would no longer see mid-roll. It also said it was taking users' feedback into account regarding these changes, but it also stopped short of promising to not re-implement mid-roll in the future. With competitive games like League of Legends, Street Fighter, and Fortnite drawing big numbers on Twitch, this would have the potential to interrupt matches during their biggest moments. It's like if the NFL cut to a commercial during a goal line stand. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  10. Marvel's Avengers has had a tough launch. The game has endeared itself to players with a strong story and a pretty fun post-campaign live game component--even though the two parts didn't really feel in sync--but it's been plagued with bugs since its release. With a new update, developer Crystal Dynamics is hoping to clear out the infestation, claiming to address more than 1,000 issues. As Crystal Dynamics notes on the Avengers website, Update 1.3.0 is the first big patch since Avengers' launch, built in response to bug reports it has received from players on Reddit and elsewhere. The focus is mostly on bugs at this point, with quality-of-life changes coming down the line in later updates. For the time being, though, there are a lot of bugs to patch, ranging from weird graphical issues to major problems. Avengers' biggest trouble up to now has been instability resulting in crashes. During my time reviewing the game on PC, I found crashing to be a major issue in the days after the game's full launch. PC players in particular have been complaining about that issue, but it's affected the console versions of the game as well. Crystal Dynamics mentions dealing with PC crashes in Update 1.3.0's notes; Nvidia also has released new graphics card drivers that should hopefully help the issue. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  11. We're about to enter what is likely the strangest transition to next-gen consoles we've ever seen. After months of fragmented online speculation in times of COVID-19, we finally have an idea of what to expect from the release of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S and their respective launch lineups. On the surface, the consoles have all the traditional trappings of new video game hardware--faster performance, more detailed graphics, and bigger, better games. Sony and Microsoft have maintained the forward-thinking approach that encapsulates the promise of next-gen. However, what is different about the upcoming launch of both consoles is that Sony and Microsoft are actively reframing the expectations for the new hardware's launch window, for the better. What strikes me as refreshing, and a lot less stressful, about this upcoming generation is that I know that we'll have plenty of games to play due to continued access to my existing games from the current and past generations. Historically, new consoles have been something of a reboot for existing fans, while also being a fresh start for newcomers. Once we enter the next-gen, it's essentially a new era with dedicated games, a new infrastructure, and an assortment of features and innovations that put each console several leaps ahead of its predecessors. This change is to be expected with new hardware, and because of this ensuing gap, I tend to keep my older consoles close in case I want to play some games that aren't accessible on the new hardware. This divide can often be the decider when looking forward to the consoles, and it's especially noticeable in the early period of new hardware. Truth be told, when I first bought my PS4, I had some regrets about my purchase. In the months immediately following its launch, the only games I had sunk any time into were Infamous: Second Son and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. So far, based on the messaging from both Sony and Microsoft, the launch of the new hardware seems to be addressing this rut that can often come from adopting new hardware early. Instead of anticipating the usual angst and uneasiness of having a new console with not much to play at launch, I see myself more enthused about buying a new console earlier than I expected. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  12. A new Mega-Evolved Pokemon is now available in Pokemon Go. As a reward for collectively completing two million Mega Raid Battles during the first week of the Mega September event, Mega Pidgeot has begun appearing in the game as a Mega Raid boss. With Mega Pidgeot's arrival, you can now Mega Evolve your own Pidgeot once you collect enough Pidgeot Mega Energy. You'll earn this energy for defeating Mega Pidgeot in Raids. You'll need to amass 100 energy to Mega Evolve your Pidgeot for the first time, but subsequent transformations will take less energy. Niantic also says it is tweaking Mega Evolutions to give players more ways to earn Mega Energy outside of Mega Raids. Mega Pidgeot Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  13. Indie game Among Us has exploded in popularity recently. According to SensorTower, Among Us earned 18.4 million mobile downloads in August, almost eight times as many downloads from its July count of 2.4 million downloads. The game earned another 41.9 million mobile downloads in September, proving its meteoric growth in the last two months. On Steam, Among Us is also one of the most popular games on the platform, and 268,000 players are currently active. Among Us was released in 2018 by InnerSloth and is a multiplayer party game. Four to ten players take on the role of spaceship crew members preparing for a departure. However, a few players in the party are randomly assigned the role of alien imposters. The imposters' goals are to kill and frame crewmembers, sabotage the ship, and do it all without getting caught. Among Us shares a similar setup to other popular real-life party games like Werewolf and Mafia. Twitch streamers have generally been attributed for spreading the good word about Among Us. The multiplayer party game is highly popular on the platform and as a category, has 247,000 viewers, which places it ahead of other popular titles like Fortnite and Minecraft. Popular Twitch personalities like Sodapoppin, Pewdiepie, Shroud, Ninja, and many more have played the multiplayer party game. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  14. The change from summer to fall is a big deal in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It means new weather, new fish and bugs, and one of the best holidays of the year: Halloween. Some players have gotten a jump start in decorating their islands for the jack-o'-lantern-filled holiday. They've created custom clothing designs, candy bowl hats for trick-or-treaters, and custom lanterns with spooky outlines to spread around their towns. Several players have been gung-ho about revamping their entire islands into cutesy haunted houses and pirate ships (while others are just excited to go back to the Spirit Halloween store). Daspaceinvader's Haunted Mansion DA-8725-2467-6667New Horizons doesn't have as many Halloween-themed decorations compared to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, according to players. They've had to get creative by using custom hat designs to fill out pumpkin patches and let weeds spread to create abandoned cemeteries. Others have made use of the haunted art that Redd sometimes sells. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  15. Developer InnerSloth has explained why its popular online multiplayer game Among Us isn't on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One yet. The biggest hurdle in the studio's way is player communication. According to studio programmer Forest Willard--who played Among us with a bunch of Twitch streamers earlier this week, including 5uppp--figuring out how to implement player communication in a game that's largely text-based chat might prove difficult when porting Among Us to consoles. "[A console port] is something we're starting to talk about," Willard said. "But we'd have to write a system for quick comms. It'd basically be for randoms, like Rocket League. I don't know if we'd be able to implement console voice chat or not. I know one of the first things we want to add is a friend's list-type account system because it's real hard to do anything without that s***." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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