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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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Tech Radar

Cyberpunk 2077 PC specs point to a next-gen game that anyone can run

CD Projekt Red dropped the minimum and recommended specs for Cyberpunk 2077 on its latest Night Wire Live stream event on Friday and gamers everywhere breathed a sigh of relief – for the most part, they’re really accessible. According to CD Projekt Red the game will run on an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 or an AMD Radeon RX 470 and only needs an Intel Core i5-3570K or AMD FX-8310 processor. Considering some of these parts were released back in 2013, the vast majority of PC gamers should be covered under the minimum specs. That being said, the recommended specs do take things up a notch.  For that, CD Projekt Red is recommending a Nvidia GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon R9 Fury and the slightly newer Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 3 3200G. The dev is also urging gamers to use an SSD with 70GB of free space over a standard hard drive to reduce loading times. Still, though, that’s very achievable. Here’s the complete specs list: (Image credit: Future) Specs, obviously, are just numbers for most of us – but they can also be gateways for some gamers who can’t afford the latest and greatest gear. When devs optimize their upcoming games for older hardware, it opens the floodgates to pretty much everyone to jump in and play. So, from all us gamers out there with budget PCs, thanks CD Projekt Red. Source linkContinue readingCyberpunk 2077 PC specs point to a next-gen game that anyone can run

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Final Fantasy 16 confirmed for next-gen – but it’s a PS5 exclusive

There’s a new Final Fantasy game on the way for PS5 – and it’s going to be a PlayStation console exclusive. Sony boldly opened its PS5 event live stream tonight (September 16) with a trailer for Final Fantasy 16, showing off a war-ridden world plagued with chocobos, crystals, and giant flaming phoenixes. If there’s one thing Final Fantasy isn’t known for, it’s understatement – and you can see for yourself in the video below. The new instalment comes several years after the 2016 game Final Fantasy 15, making it the perfect time for a new title in the long-running fantasy franchise. It looks pretty similar to that game in terms of its real-time combat, at first glance. Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn super producer Naoki Yoshida is behind the game. It’s been confirmed as a singleplayer entry by Square Enix. “The exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new Final Fantasy game,” Yoshida says in a blog. “In that span, the team’s size has grown from a handful of core members to a full-fledged unit that continues to polish and build upon what they have created so far, all to provide players an experience unmatched in terms of story and gameplay. When is out? While we haven’t yet heard a release date, the earliest it could come is late 2020 – with the PS5 expected to…Continue readingFinal Fantasy 16 confirmed for next-gen – but it’s a PS5 exclusive

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Xbox Series X and S: everything you need to know about the next-gen of Xbox

The next-generation of Xbox gaming is a little more complicated than what we’re used to. This past week, Microsoft announced it’s releasing not one but two new consoles: the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. Not only that, but Microsoft’s initial crop of first-party games will also be playable on its last generation Xbox, the Xbox One, as well as Windows PCs. And that’s before we get into Microsoft’s game streaming service, xCloud, which could mean you won’t need any Xbox hardware at all to play many of the latest games. Each new generation tends to deliver big changes for console gaming, and Microsoft’s successors to the Xbox One are no different. Expect games to look better (thanks to more powerful graphics hardware and built-in support for more realistic lighting technology) and feel more responsive in some cases (thanks to support for frame rates of up to 120fps). Games should also load quicker because both consoles now include fast solid-state storage, a big improvement over the mechanical hard drive included in the Xbox One. The Series S and Series X are two very different consoles But Microsoft’s approach to this new generation is a big departure from how console launches have worked previously. Typically, we’ve seen Sony and Microsoft release just one new piece of hardware at launch, and each one tends to come with an exclusive library of games that you have to buy the new console in order to play. While Sony, too, has operated a…Continue readingXbox Series X and S: everything you need to know about the next-gen of Xbox

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Crysis Remastered will beat next-gen consoles to the punch with ray tracing on Xbox One and PS4

We already knew that Crysis Remastered would support ray tracing if you had the PC hardware to run it. However, ahead of the release on PC and current-gen consoles, Crytek announced this week that, for the first time, in this console generation, the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X will offer ray-tracing support — because it’ll appear in the current-gen console versions of Crysis Remastered. Crytek’s CryEngine provides software-based ray tracing, allowing current-gen hardware to support the feature. Back in 2019, the game studio showed off the Neon Noir Tech demo, which, according to Crytek, was developed using a modified version of CryEngine 5.5. Software-based ray tracing isn’t remotely new; most recently, Nvidia added the feature to GTX cards in 2019, but the experience was subpar compared to using the company’s more recent RTX cards with dedicated ray-tracing hardware. Ray tracing is a rendering technique that can create lifelike lighting, reflections, and shadows in games. The next generation of consoles — the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S — will include hardware-accelerated ray tracing because it’s a feature of the AMD RDNA 2 GPUs each system will be using. Eurogamer’s technical breakdown outlet Digital Foundry had the chance to visit Crytek in Germany and did a technical analysis of Crysis Remastered on the Xbox One X with ray tracing enabled. As the outlet notes, while this is a technical achievement for both Sony and Microsoft’s Pro consoles, it might not be the way you want to play the game.…Continue readingCrysis Remastered will beat next-gen consoles to the punch with ray tracing on Xbox One and PS4

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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 Witcher 3 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC will get a free next-gen upgrade

CD Projekt Red announced today that The Witcher III will be available for the next generation of consoles as a free upgrade for those that own the corresponding current generation versions. If you already have the Xbox One version of the open world role-playing game, you’ll get the Xbox Series X edition for free. Same goes for PlayStation 4 users with the upcoming PlayStation 5. The next-gen versions will also be available for standalone purchase. The upgrades for the new consoles include support for ray tracing and better load times. These improvements are also coming to the PC version of the game. The Witcher III debuted in 2015 and became one of the most successful and renowned games of the generation thanks to its interesting story, elaborate sidequests, and deep RPG mechanics. The title has shipped over 28 million copies so far. The franchise has since spawned a successful show on Netflix. Source linkContinue readingThe Witcher 3 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC will get a free next-gen upgrade

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Here are the games getting next-gen upgrades on PS5 and Xbox Series X

The next-generation console launch is getting closer by the day, and it’s becoming more and more obvious that they won’t have as many new games as we’d all like. This is thanks in large part to the global pandemic, and maybe also part to poor planning on everyone else’s part. This means that the games getting a next-gen upgrade might actually be some of the first we play on the new consoles. CD Projekt Red today announced The Witcher 3 would be given a free next-generation upgrade to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, making it the latest game from the current-gen consoles that’ll be making that leap. Which means now’s as good a time as any to see which games will be playable all over again after the new consoles hit store shelves. The Witcher 3 is coming to the next generation! A visually and technically enhanced version of the game will be available for purchase for PC and next-gen consoles & as a free update for owners of the game on PC, @Xbox One and @PlayStation 4. More: https://t.co/JclubxpJim pic.twitter.com/gWCJzST3vr — The Witcher (@witchergame) September 4, 2020 Note that, assuming the current word on backwards compatibility is true, most games will technically be playable on the consoles when they release. I’m talking here about the games getting upgraded versions on the PS5 and XSX. Note that the rumors of Skyrim being remastered again for the new consoles have thus far proven to be untrue, to my relief. I’ll also not…Continue readingHere are the games getting next-gen upgrades on PS5 and Xbox Series X

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Luminar takes the SPAC path and Voyage lifts the hood on its next-gen robotaxi – TechCrunch

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I’ll skip the typical wind up and get right to things this week. We’ve got SPACs, venture deals and micromobility news along with a peek at one AV company’s newest vehicle. I wanted to mention one item before we launch because it speaks to a larger issue of safety and how some shared mobility startups are turning to tech in an attempt to improve it. Shared electric moped startup Revel resumed operations in New York City a month after shutting down its service following several deaths. The startup’s blue mopeds (3,000 of them) that had become a familiar sight in New York City are back, but with a number of new protocols and features aimed at boosting safety and assuaging city officials. Revel is leaning heavily on tech, and specifically its app, to improve safety, including training videos and tests, a helmet selfie feature that requires photographic evidence the user is wearing a helmet and a community reporting tool. The question is, will this effort be sufficient? Image credits: Getty Alright, let’s go! Email me anytime at kirsten.korosec@techcrunch.com to share thoughts, criticisms, offer up opinions or tips. You can also send a direct message to me…Continue readingLuminar takes the SPAC path and Voyage lifts the hood on its next-gen robotaxi – TechCrunch

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Hood: Outlaws & Legends is a next-gen gang-versus-gang simulator

Focus Home Interactive is having a strong year, and it wants to maintain that momentum in 2021. The publisher is coming off of the excellent SnowRunner and Hardspace: Shipbreaker, and now it’s reloading with Hood: Outlaws & Legends from developer Sumo Newcastle. Focus and Sumo describe it as a game where rival gangs race to complete a heist, and it is coming to PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. Focus debuted Hood during PlayStation’s State of Play event today with a trailer that featured both gameplay and a world-building cinematic. That video shows a four-player gang infiltrating a stronghold with computer-controlled guards. But as the team takes out those sentries and gets to the treasure, a rival player-controlled gang springs an ambush. Focus calls this PvPvE (player-vs.-player-vs.-environment), and the idea is that each team must outwit each other while also dealing with the A.I. defenders. Hood has a quasi-medieval fantasy style. Characters use crossbows and sledge hammers, but an archer also shoots a glowing arrow. So maybe some magic is involved. Primarily, however, the combat looks like it is about melee and physical projectiles. If you’re looking for the touchstone cliché, Hood: Outlaws & Legends seems like medieval Rainbow Six: Siege meets Payday 2. Your squad picks their heroes to fight against another squad while completing a set of mission parameters. The concept has a lot of potential. We’ll have to see how it turns out when it launches next year. Source linkContinue readingHood: Outlaws & Legends is a next-gen gang-versus-gang simulator