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Nintendo may have take a swing and a miss with the Wii U, which failed to recapture the magic of the Wii and ranks as the company's worst selling console of all time, but the same is not true of the Switch. It continues to sell like gangbusters—Nintendo sold an additional 10.81 million Switch systems during the last quarter, and 52.48 million since launching nearly three years ago. The Switch will need to double that figure in order to surpass the original Wii at 101.63 million lifetime sales, but the hybrid console is well on its way. Just as impressive, the Switch managed to scoot past the venerable Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in lifetime sales—Nintendo pegs SNES... Read more...
Sony and Microsoft are both planning to launch next generation game consoles toward the end of the year, those being the PlayStation 5 (PS5) and Xbox Series X, respectively. Both will feature custom AMD silicon underneath the hood, along with solid state drive (SSD) storage, and with there being so many similarities in the hardware makeup of each console, will one be faster than the other? And if so, which one? If a recent tweet is any indication, the edge will go to the PS5. Maybe. Here's the thing—AMD's Zen 2 CPU architecture and next-generation Navi GPU (with hardware-level support for real-time ray tracing) will power both consoles. That is pretty much the extent of what we know for... Read more...
We still have around 10 months longer to wait until Microsoft launches its next-generation Xbox Series X to retail. Be that as it may, it's difficult to keep anything a secret from the internet, and if some newly leaked photos are any indication of the Xbox Series X's final design, then we know what the port selection will look like. This has been a point of intrigue, in light of rendered images of the upcoming console seemingly revealing the rear ports when lighting the image. However, Microsoft was quick to correct the speculation, saying it purchased a the renders from TurboSquid and they were not an accurate representation of the shipping console. That all occurred during CES 2020. Fast forward... Read more...
More details of the adaptive triggers on the DualShock 5 controller for the PlayStation 5 is coming to light. Such a feature was referenced in a patent filing last November, and now a new patent filing highlights the feature once again, along with some other elements that have yet to be revealed in full. The new patent shows up on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website, as spotted by a member of the Resetera forum ("gofreak"). All of the text is in Japanese, and so we are relying on a Google translation, and that of gofreak. Nevertheless, it shows that several people are attached to the patent, including Nicolas Doucet, creative director at Asobi, producer of Astro Bot. Part... Read more...
Sony and Microsoft have both been slow playing the details of each company's next-generation game console, the PlayStation 5 (PS5) and Xbox Series X, respectively. They will arrive at retail in holiday 2020 (which means November or December). But will we see a full reveal before then? It's possible, and there is evidence to suggest Sony will reveal its PS5 console next month. So far, Sony has talked about some of the specifications underpinning its next-generation game console—custom AMD silicon based on its Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU architectures, hardware-level ray tracing support, solid state drive (SSD) storage, and a few other nuggets. Sony also unveiled the PS5 logo, which looks like... Read more...
What we already know about the next generation of game consoles that will come out towards the end of the year is fairly enticing, such as hardware-level ray tracing support and solid state drive (SSD) storage for faster game loads. But what about the features we do not know about yet? There will inevitably be some surprises, and Sony in particular is hinting at novel things to come that have not been revealed. Even before we get to that, we know the PlayStation 5 will feature custom silicon from AMD, with Zen 2 CPU cores working on concert with a Navi GPU. The latter is presumed to be based on Navi 20, as both Sony and Microsoft confirmed that their respective next-gen consoles will support... Read more...
Microsoft and Sony and are both planning to launch next-generation game consoles near the end of 2020, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, respectively. While full details of each one is under tight lock and key, we know both will feature custom AMD silicon, consisting of Zen 2 CPU cores and a powerful Navi GPU, paired with a solid state drive. But which one will be the faster console? Some new information suggests the Xbox One X could have the edge, at least on paper. All we really know for sure is that the Navi GPU inside each console will bring hardware-level support for real-time ray tracing. Beyond that, there is no official information outlining the number of compute units or stream processors,... Read more...
We still have about a year to go before Sony launches its next-generation PlayStation 5 console, which will go up against Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Series X. Little by little, we are learning more about the hardware and features that will comprise the next round of flagship gaming systems. One interesting tidbit that recently emerged is that developers have apparently been praising how easy its is make games for the PS5. Even though the PS5 will not come out until "holiday 2020," developers already have access to PS5 devkits, so they can program games for launch day (and shortly after). And according to Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, developers have... Read more...
This should come as no surprise, but Sony and the evolution of its PlayStation console are in the records books—the Guinness World Records, that is. As Sony celebrates the 25th anniversary of its original PlayStation console, the Guinness World Records recognized the company for having the "best-selling home videogame console brand ever." The achievements spans four main generations of PlayStation, including the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 (the latter of which is the second-best selling home console in history). And of course Sony has a history of peppering each generation of PlayStation will refreshed models, including slim designs and more powerful... Read more...
While many of the concrete details surrounding Microsoft's next flagship game console are still under wraps, much has already been made about its promised features, such as solid state drive storage and support for real-time ray tracing on the hardware level. If you are wondering how VR gaming might factor in Project Scarlett, however, Microsoft's answer is simple—it won't. As far as Microsoft is concerned, the demand is just not there yet. Or as Microsoft's vice president of gaming Phil Spencer puts it, "Nobody's asking for VR," so it's not a point of focus for Project Scarlett. "I have some issues with VR—it’s isolating and I think of games as a communal, kind of together... Read more...
Even though Microsoft is not sharing many concrete details about Project Scarlett, the codename for its next-generation flagship game console, the company is certainly building up expectations. It seems Microsoft has some clear goals in mind, some of which it has been sharing lately. So, what do we know about Microsoft's plans and goals? That depends on who is doing the talking. Last week, Xbox boss Phil Spencer made it clear Microsoft's goal is to be competitive with Sony's PlayStation 5 console in power and pricing right out of the gate. What was not really the case when the Xbox One debuted. "I would say a learning from the Xbox One generation is we will not be out of position on power or... Read more...
The console wars will enter a new field of battle late next year when Microsoft's Project Scarlett goes up against Sony's PlayStation 5. It is a war that will not be won by either side in short order. However, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has made it clear that things will be different next time around, and that Project Scarlett will be competitive in power and price. Comparing the current generation gets a little fuzzy because there are so many different iterations, and at this stage of the game, prices can fluctuate wildly (particularly with Black Friday right around the corner). But if we look at sales, the PS4 is the clear victor—it recently breached 100 million units sold, reaching the achievement... Read more...
Sony tacked on an additional 2.8 million PlayStation 4 console sales during its second quarter for fiscal 2019 (July through September). Those sales bring the cumulative tally to 102.8 million PS4 units to date, making it more successful (in terms of units sold) than the original PlayStation, and second only to the PlayStation 2. Second place among four generations of PlayStation consoles is nothing to sneeze at—the PS2 sold 155 million units during its lifetime, a record that might never be broken at Sony. Incidentally, the PS4 not climbed to second place among Sony's own game consoles, it also edged ahead of the Nintendo Wii, which has seen 101.6 million unit sales. This achievement is... Read more...
Many vintage Atari documents and projects have been lost to the ages. Thankfully historians, former employees, and hobbyists are working to find and preserve as much as they can. The engineering schematics for the Atari 7800 have been released to the public for the first time. The documents were originally found in a dumpster, but  thankfully have been preserved by the Atari Museum History Project. The schematics were released by Curt Vendel, a historian at the Atari Museum History Project and the document is 50 pages long, created between 1983 and 1984. It includes information about the TIA-MARIA-STEPHANIE chip. Vendel noted that the documents could potentially be used for other projects,... Read more...
Now more than two years in the making, the Atari VCS is finally coming together in a literal sense—pre-production of the retro game console is underway, and at least for the prototype build, a printed circuit board (PCB) with an AMD Ryzen APU installed exists, as shown in the photo above. It has been a somewhat long and turbulent road getting to this point, or an "ongoing journey...filled with plenty of twists and turns," as Atari describes the situation. First revealed as the Ataribox at E3 in 2017, the Atari VCS is finally "nearing mass production," though Atari is not yet ready to change its status on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo from "Prototype" to "Production." The implication there... Read more...
The retro gaming market is hot right now, mostly because people have fond memories of growing up playing old school Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and SNES games. It's not just Nintendo that is trying to cash in, though. SNK today introduced the Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro with a bunch of retro games preinstalled. This is somewhat of a unique device—the design is based on the controller for the Neo Geo CD that was released back in 1996, but it's not a carbon copy. The new Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro is larger, measuring 430 x 215 x 125 mm (WxDxH), has more buttons, and overall looks to be better suited for playing fighting games. There are two modes users can choose, including Arcade Stick... Read more...
Remember those sketches of an unnamed "electronic device" that turned out to be a PlayStation 5 devkit? Well, if you thought the design looked wild, wait until you see some nifty renders based on those black and white drawings. It is still a funky (and futuristic) design, but to our eyeballs, these renders look absolutely stunning. If this is all new to you, here's a quick recap: Sony has already revealed a few details about its upcoming PS5 console, including the fact it will run on a custom SoC from AMD pairing Zen 2 CPU cores with Navi graphics supporting ray tracing. It will also feature fast solid state drive (SSD) storage to hopefully drastically cut down on load times. Earlier this week,... Read more...
Remember that funky-looking sketch we reported on yesterday, which appears to be a concept image of a PlayStation 5 console? Well, it appears as though it was the real deal. Well, sort of. Some people surmised the sketch was a pre-release devkit, and following the media exposure it gained, a game developer confirmed the theory on Twitter. Drawn images of the mysterious console appear in a patent application Sony recently filed. The patent application lists it as a Class 14.02 category device, a category that includes "data processing equipment and peripheral equipment." Game consoles typically slot into the same category, so it seemed pretty obvious that the sketches were depicting a PS5. Matthew... Read more...
We still have a way to go before Sony releases its PlayStation 5 console. Word is it will likely launch towards the end of next year but in the meantime, leaks and rumors abound. The latest info comes by way leaked patent drawings. As depicted, the design is drastically different than any previous PlayStation console. Source: LetsGoDigital It appears as though Sony's technical director Yusuhiro Ootori conceived the design, as shown in the image above. As for the patent, Sony submitted its application in Brazil back in May. More recently, it got published on August 13, 2019 at the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), where it is listed as an electronic device. There is little doubt the images... Read more...
You might be kicking yourself for having recently purchased a Nintendo Switch console, only to find out Nintendo is now shipping revised models with longer battery life. D'oh! The easiest solution is to return your Switch and purchase a newer SKU, but if a retailer is giving you grief, Nintendo may lend a helping hand. Users on Reddit report being able to exchange a recently purchased Switch console based on the 'old' hardware with a new model, free of charge. "Called to ask about the possibility of sending in my launch day Switch to get the battery upgraded (long shot of course) and they said they could only exchange for the new model if it was purchased after July 17th. They also told me it... Read more...
A new generation of game consoles will be unveiled next year, namely Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's next flagship Xbox codenamed Project Scarlett. Little by little, we are learning additional details about these consoles. As it pertains to the latter, Microsoft tipped one of its primary focal points, which is to deliver high frame rates. A big boost in performance is also going to be the expectation from gamers, given the time that has elapsed between console generations. Both the PS5 and Project Scarlett will feature custom silicon from AMD inside, with Zen 2 CPU cores and Navi graphics working in harmony. While the precise specs are not yet known (and probably have not been finalized),... Read more...
Nintendo hit a home run with its hybrid Switch console, despite it not rocking the same class of hardware as Son's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One consoles. As companies are prone to do, Nintendo is offering different variants. There is a new Switch Lite console, and a revised version of the original Switch, both of which are internally exposed in a couple of FCC listings. These listings are teardowns of sorts, in the sense that we get to see some of the innards. These listings primarily focus on the wireless hardware, but we also get a glimpse of part of the PCB and several components. There are also shots of the undercarriage, with the bottom panel removed. Here's a look at the inside... Read more...
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