Microsoft has a new ad for its Xbox One, where it has tapped NFL star Marshawn Lynch as an assistant in a way, where he plays his Xbox One in an office.
For real, the ad is below - because according to the ad, Xbox Live is "the network that won't let you down". It seems that Microsoft is taking a shot at Sony and their PlayStation Network, with a third-party report from earlier this year pointing out that Xbox Live is faster, and more reliable than PSN.
Sony might have its 4K-ready PS4 Pro out right now, but Microsoft has been enjoying success with the Xbox One S thanks to its 4K Blu-ray player (what's going on, Sony?) - and now we're hearing about Microsoft's confidence in its new "monster" Project Scorpio console due in 2017.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer was fielding questions on Twitter as always, where he teased: "Looking forward to E3. We build our Xbox plans for Xbox customers, not in response to others. I think 2017 will be a good year". Then @MasyerGaming asked Spencer "are you guys keeping the promise of 6 teraflop GPU on scorpio rumors are running its been dropped to 5 tell me its not true."
Spencer replied: "Nothing has changed since our announce," so we're safe - Project Scorpio still has 6 TFLOPs of GPU performance, and Microsoft asserts it will enable native 4K console gaming, which the PS4 Pro has trouble sustaining.
Sony has been making moves throughout 2016 to secure more of the gaming console space, with over 50 million PS4s sold, you could definitely say they're making the right moves.
Lead Architect of the PS4 and PS4 Pro, Mark Cerny was interviewed with IGN alongside Guerrilla Games' CEO Hermen Hulst and Hideo Kojima where he said: "I think one of the things you're seeing is just the benefit of focus on a single platform".
He continued: "You can know the technology down to the tiny hardware details and then take advantage of them in your engine. And that really pays off. I mean, I was sitting there this morning at the keynote at PSX 2016 and it's clear that Guerrilla and Naughty Dog have somehow found the button you push that makes more polygons come out".
Nintendo unveiled its next-gen Switch console and handheld hybrid back in October, but there are still mysteries surrounding the NVIDIA-powered gaming console. We didn't know which accessories Nintendo would be selling, but according to a listing with Australian game retailer EB Games, we do now.
EB Games has listed three unofficial Nintendo Switch accessories by a company called @play, which include a "Starter Pack", "Starter Pack Plus", and a charging cable. We've already reported that the Nintendo Switch will use a USB Type-C port for charging, and this listing confirms that finding.
As we reported that the Nintendo Switch only has 3 hours of battery life, quick-charging with USB Type-C would be a huge benefit for gamers. The only problem is, however, USB Type-C can potentially fry devices if the cords are improperly made.
Someone has secured themselves a rare console gem, grabbing an early PS4 Neo prototype dev kit console - which is now released commercially as Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro, from United Front, which recently shut its doors in October.
United Front held an auction over the weekend, selling server hardware, office equipment, lamps, TV sets - and yeah, a PS4 Pro development kit. Reddit user kaneda2004 secured the PS4 Neo dev kit, but he found that it had 800GB of data on the HDD, but it was encrypted behind an expired DevKit license.
The 800GB of data can't be accessed, as the files are encrypted after the license expires (as they need to be renewed every 90 days, for reasons just like this). The PS4 Neo dev kit owner has reached out to members of Assembler Games, who will grab the console and try to extract the files from the HDD to see what was hidden.
Ubisoft has had some good things to say about the Nintendo Switch console, but they've also come out praising the PS4 Pro and upcoming Xbox Scorpio.
During a recent interview with Polygon, Ubisoft French Studios boss Xavier Poix said that the quicker development cycle of these consoles is a sign that Microsoft and Sony have moved into something Poix defines as evolutionary cycles, versus revolutionary cycles - something we've been doing until now. Well, except the Xbox One and PS4 were not that much better than the Xbox 360 and PS3 - whatever.
Poix said: "I think the way the home console industry is evolving is quite interesting.The main difference I'm seeing from the last generation to this new one is that the architecture has turned more into a PC architecture. No more of the PlayStation 3 being really, very specifically designed and quite hard to develop on from the start".
2016 was a gigantic year for gaming, with literally too many games to list - but it's not the AAA titles that are driving digital distribution platforms on the PC like Steam, it's the new indie games that are blowing up on Steam.
38% of all games on Steam were released this year, a number that should have you gasping - 4207 new games have been released onto Steam this year, and remember - the year isn't over yet. Last year, 2964 games were released, while in 2014 there were 1772 new games, and compared to 2013 the number of games released has skyrocked from 565 in 2013.
Valve has been working with gamers since its inception, but in 2012 the company launched its Steam Greenlight initiative that saw Steam gamers voting on which games would be submitted into the Steam store. Valve didn't need to spend so much time going through all of the games submitted, and it gives gamers a more hands-on approach with what games were approved.
Predictions for 2017? 6500+ new games released.
As we get closer to the launch of Nintendo's next-gen Switch console, we find out more information on launch games through a Twitter post by Laura Kate Dale.
Dale tweeted that her lay out for Switch software throughout the first six months of the Switch launch, with a few ports coming soon. On the launch day of the Nintendo Switch, Dale reports that there will be:
- 3D Mario (shown in the reveal trailer)
- Mario Rabbids RPG (Nintendo overseeing to ensure day one availability)
- Splatoon Port
- Skyrim (Dale says "debated by others" but insisted by her own sources)
- Just Dance 2017 ("100% locked for launch", adds Dale)
In the first six months, we should expect:
- Smart Port (Bayonetta and Cloud Amiibo same day)
- Zelda: Breath of the Wild (summer launch)
- Telltale Guardians of the Galaxy ("very near launch day, weekly eps leading to movie")
- Mario Kart 8 port (with "minor additions")
- Xenoblade X port (late summer)
- Mario Maker port
In an interview with Polygon, Tomonobu Itagaki - the designer who has worked on massively popular games like Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden, hasn't got the best things to say about Sony's new PS4 Pro console.
He was asked about a sequel to his latest game Devil's Third, where he wasn't certain about the hardware coming after the PS4 Pro and Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Scorpio console. He said that Microsoft and Sony are pushing out the faster consoles because of VR, because the original Xbox One and PS4 were simply not up to scratch.
Itagaki said: "We don't know what the next hardware is going to be. So, there's a high chance [Devil's Third 2] will come out on the PC. I think that the future is stormy. It's difficult to see beyond that. I'm talking about the consoles past those, past Project Scorpio. I'd like to release Devil's Third 2 on PlayStation 5 and whatever comes after Xbox One. But I don't think that's the way it's going to happen".
Nintendo have recently announced three more colour adaptations for the new 3DS XL console.
With the Nintendo platform now available in Europe, pink, white, orange and black systems have been unveiled to sources online. Subject to colour availability will depend on what region gamers are located in.