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The Verge

Are Microsoft and Sony offering enough for you to buy a next-gen console this year?

After months of waiting, we finally know when the Xbox Series X, Series S and PlayStation 5 will launch, and some games that will be available on day one. But the new hardware requires some investment: the Xbox Series X / S will cost $499 and $299, while the PS5 and its discless Digital Edition will cost $499 and $399. And if you want to take the plunge, you’ll also need to be able to actually find a console, which hasn’t been easy with PS5 preorders so far. (Fingers crossed that the Xbox Series X / S preorders go more smoothly.) Are Microsoft and Sony offering enough to convince you to buy into the next generation at launch? Our newsroom is torn, so we wanted to share our thoughts in case it helps you make a decision — even if that decision is, “I’m going to wait a while.” Taylor Lyles: I plan to buy both a PS5 and Xbox Series X at launch in addition to upgrading my PC to next-gen hardware. At first, I was going to hold off on buying a PS5 until Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart received a firm release date. (Right now, it’s scheduled for the PS5’s “launch window.”) But when I saw Demon’s Souls remake would be a launch title, I decided to bite the bullet. Initially, I wanted to buy a Series X at launch for Halo Infinite, but after it was delayed, there was nothing that was incentivizing me to buy…Continue readingAre Microsoft and Sony offering enough for you to buy a next-gen console this year?

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Engadget

Live PlayStation 5 photos reveal a truly giant console

Sony’s PlayStation 5 hasn’t really appeared in live photos, making it difficult to gauge the size of the console. However, the game console has finally made a real-world appearance in a filing at Taiwan’s NCC (via The Verge) — and it’s clear the PS5 isn’t meant for small cabinets. While Sony hasn’t been shy about mentioning the PS5’s 15.4-inch length (or height), 10.2-inch depth and 4.1-inch thickness, the NCC’s photos put those dimensions into context. You’ll have to make room for this beast, whether you’re buying the Digital Edition or the disc-based model. As we pointed out in our specs comparison, this should be the largest console to date. It’s much larger overall than the Xbox Series X (if not as thick), and still bigger than legendary behemoths like the original PlayStation 3, the first Xbox, and the Xbox One. Sony also hasn’t included the stand or the “largest projection” of the PS5’s body into its figures. Source linkContinue readingLive PlayStation 5 photos reveal a truly giant console

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The Verge

Confirmed: The PS5 is the biggest game console in modern history

When internet detectives revealed the PlayStation 5 was going to be huge, we were extremely amused — but even their fancy Photoshops couldn’t completely prepare us for how enormous the PS5 truly is. Roughly half an hour after Sony finally revealed the next-gen console’s price and release date ($399 or $499, November 12th) the company released a full spec sheet that includes the console’s dimensions. And it’s a monster. Quick, what’s the biggest console ever made? Did you say the original 2001 Xbox, or the VCR-sized original Xbox One? Perhaps the 60GB PS3, affectionately dubbed the “Phat”? Wrong. The PS5 is bigger than all of them. According to Sony, the PS5 is approximately 390mm (15.4 inches) tall, 260mm (10.24 inches) deep and 104mm (4.09 inches) wide, making it the single biggest game console you’ve probably ever heard of. The model without the disc drive? Same story, just 12 millimeters slimmer. I plugged the numbers into CompareSizes.com to see how it stacks up to consoles that we’ve previously ridiculed for being absolute chonks: From left to right: PS3 60GB, Xbox, Xbox One, PS5 Digital Edition, PS5Visualization: CompareSizes There’s barely a comparison. The PS5 is so much bigger, you can’t even argue the 3D perspective throws off its actual size. I’m pretty sure you’d need to go back to the days of game machines with built-in CRT televisions, or computers like the Commodore 64, to get much bigger. And boy oh boy is this box bigger than the new Xbox Series X…Continue readingConfirmed: The PS5 is the biggest game console in modern history

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Engadget

'Final Fantasy XVI' will be a PlayStation console exclusive

Sony didn’t waste any time in pulling out the big guns during its PS5 showcase. It showed off a pretty bombastic trailer for Final Fantasy XVI, which will be a PlayStation console exclusive. It’ll also be available on PC. Developing… Source linkContinue reading'Final Fantasy XVI' will be a PlayStation console exclusive

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VentureBeat

Razer Kishi controller brings console precision to iPhone games

Razer is launching the Kishi Universal Gaming Controller for the iPhone. Finally, I’ve got something that gives me an unfair advantage in a Call of Duty game. It’s a stretchable accessory that can fit most new iPhones, adding game controller analog sticks and buttons to your mobile gaming experience. It connects via the Lightning connector and wraps around the edges of the iPhone. I used it to play Call of Duty: Mobile. I came in first in two of my first three matches, and in my third match I had 26 kills and one death. It works with Fortnite as well, if you can still play it on your iPhone (some players can do so despite litigation between Epic and Apple, particularly those who don’t have to update the game). And admittedly, maybe there were some bots in my Call of Duty: Mobile battles, but I still did better than usual. Fortnite in particular is a cross-play game, where mobile players can go up against console and PC players. Usually when that happens, the mobile players get slaughtered because touchscreen controls aren’t as good as a mouse-and-keyboard or gamepad. The Kishi goes a long way toward leveling the playing field. The Razer Kishi for Android launched earlier this year, and Jeff Grubb played with it. Above: The Razer Kishi costs $100. The Kishi has clickable analog thumbsticks, a bunch of face and multi-function buttons, and an 8-way D-pad. The Kishi works with iPhone 6 Plus and newer devices. The Razer…Continue readingRazer Kishi controller brings console precision to iPhone games

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Engadget

‘Console Wars’ documentary arrives on CBS All Access on September 23rd

Console Wars, the documentary based on the 2014 non-fiction novel of the same name, will premiere on CBS All Access on September 23rd, CBS Interactive announced on Friday. The company also shared a new trailer for the doc. Console Wars details the battle between Nintendo and Sega in the 90s, focusing mostly on the Genesis and SNES era. The source material is somewhat controversial for including fictionalized dialogue — albeit between people who took part in the events the book recounts. Judging from the trailer, that’s something the documentary improves on with many of the same individuals — including former Sega of America CEO Tom Kalinske — who feature prominently in the book giving on-the-record interviews. Blake J. Harris, the author of Console Wars, helped co-direct the documentary, with Seth Rogen serving as one of its executive producers.  Source linkContinue reading‘Console Wars’ documentary arrives on CBS All Access on September 23rd

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The RetroBeat: Watch the first trailer for the Console Wars documentary

Console Wars remains the best book I’ve ever read about the gaming industry. It’s the exciting story of Sega of America taking on Nintendo’s console monopoly in the ’90s. We’ve known that it would become a documentary, and now we have a first trailer. The documentary will be available on CBS All Access on September 23. If you’re like me, you already have a subscription to CBS All Access so you can watch the new Star Trek shows. This will be the service’s first documentary. Looking at the trailer, I’m hopeful that this will be a fun watch. It includes interviews with many of the key people of the story, notably Sega of America’s former president Tom Kalinske. He’s the Luke Skywalker of Console Wars‘ story, so doing a documentary without him would be impossible. The production values also look nice. It looks like we’ll get to see many of the book’s events recreated in pixel form, and we also get archival footage from the old trade shows where people got to see milestones like Sonic the Hedgehog for the first time. The trailer also included a brief clip from Toejam and Earl in Panic on Funkotron, so that’s amazing. You can watch it below. Big platforms for gaming stories I’m glad that gaming’s history is getting highlighted on mainstream platforms. Earlier this year, Netflix released its own gaming documentary. High Score tells the story of gaming’s golden age over six episodes. It also goes over the Nintendo/Sega console war.…Continue readingThe RetroBeat: Watch the first trailer for the Console Wars documentary

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Xbox Series S is the right next-gen console for 2020

Microsoft realized something. You could launch a much more affordable next-generation console if you reduced the emphasis on resolution. The company has now taken that realization and acted on it with the $300 Xbox Series S, which it finally confirmed today after months of rumors. This entry-level Xbox is launching November 10 and should kick off the next generation of console gaming. So what is the Xbox Series S? Well, let’s go over the bullet points: All-digital: You won’t get a disc drive with the Series S. 1440p at up to 120 FPS: Series S has less power, but it doesn’t need as much to run games at 1080p and 1440p. DirectX Raytracing: Xbox Series S supports the same physical light rendering as Series X. Variable Rate Shading: Xbox Series S will run games better by rendering darker and less visible areas at a lower resolution. Variable refresh rate: Xbox Series S supports adaptive sync with modern displays. Ultra-low latency custom 512GB SSD: Microsoft is using the same NVME PCIe 4.0 SSD on the Series S as it does with the Series X. 4K Streaming Media Playback: Xbox Series S supports Netflix and other 4K HDR video services. 4K Upscaling for Games: The console can output 1080p or 1440p images as 4K for modern TVs. Put more succinctly, the Xbox Series S is just as much of a next-gen experience as the Xbox Series X — but set to a lower resolution that matches most people’s current TVs. It gives…Continue readingXbox Series S is the right next-gen console for 2020

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The Next Web

Microsoft & Sony have waited too long to announce console release dates

As we’re about to start September, the final third of this awful, awful year, I have only two questions for Microsoft and Sony, the makers of the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 respectively: when and how much? Watch #PS5‘s first global ad spot, showcasing immersive features including 3D Audio and the DualSense. Read on to learn how devs are harnessing DualSense’s adaptive triggers and haptics: https://t.co/Y79pSzkGsU pic.twitter.com/yiGWIQ6MZQ — PlayStation (@PlayStation) August 20, 2020 Rumors and reports about the price and the release date of each of the next-generation consoles — of varying levels of reliability — have been making the rounds since before the consoles were officially revealed. The latest one, from VGC, surfaced this morning and details the most likely release dates for both consoles. In case you’re wondering, writer Andy Robinson’s best guess is that the PS5 will launch in the week of November 13, and the XSX will launch sometime before that. VGC speculates supply chain instability is the primary reason the companies have waited so long to release the simplest of details about the consoles. And you know what? I think we’ve hit the point where any longer will be too late. Heck, even if both companies release prices and dates today, they’ll still be ridiculously behind the curve. 🎮 The most powerful console ever 🎮 Re-engineered from the inside out 🎮 Designed for speed and performance 🎮 Amazing graphical fidelity Here’s everything you need to know about Xbox Series X… so far: https://t.co/37555ReJwo |…Continue readingMicrosoft & Sony have waited too long to announce console release dates

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The RetroBeat: The 5 worst U.S. console launch lineups

Last week, I talked about some of the best U.S. launch games ever. This time, I want to look at the consoles that had the weakest launch lineups. I have a few notes before we get started. I’m talking about home and handheld consoles starting with the NES (if only for the arbitrary reason that I just don’t know much about the home gaming market in those Atari days). I’m also not going to be worrying about smaller or infamously bad consoles. Yes, obviously the CD-i had a bad launch lineup. I also want to say that having a small selection of games doesn’t determine the quality of the whole lineup. I know that Nintendo 64 only came out with two titles, but one of them is Super Mario 64, which is among the greatest games of all time. That automatically makes it one of the best launches ever. Pilotwings 64 isn’t too bad, either. Now then, with that out of the way, let’s get to it. Game Boy Color — 1998 The Game Boy Color is kind of a weird system. While it was new hardware, the handheld had strong ties to its predecessor. It’s a good thing it could still play Game Boy games, because the four titles that debuted with the Color aren’t too exciting. Yes, Tetris DX is nice, but that should be the bare minimum for a Game Boy launch. A new version of Centipede and a Game & Watch collection don’t fill things out…Continue readingThe RetroBeat: The 5 worst U.S. console launch lineups