New Xbox Elite controller revealed in leaked images

Microsoft first introduced its Xbox Elite Wireless Controller back at E3 2015. The $149 controller has four interchangeable paddles around the back, Hair Trigger Locks, remappable buttons, and completely swappable components. It’s been a popular choice for Xbox One gamers, and even PC players who occasionally want to use a controller, and now it looks like a second version is on the way. Several images have been posted on Chinese site Baidu that appear to show a second version of the Xbox Elite controller. An anonymous poster claims the new version will include a USB-C port for charging, Bluetooth support for Windows 10, three-level Hair Trigger Locks, longer key travel for the paddles, and a three-profile switch. The… Read the full article…

People are already reviewing Red Dead Redemption 2 on Amazon, and they’re hilarious

Red Dead Redemption 2 won’t be out for at least a little while longer (developer Rockstar Games still hasn’t given a more specific date than ‘spring 2018’), but since when have little things like ‘facts’ gotten in the way of the internet? If you head over to Amazon right now, you can look up user reviews for the highly-anticipated cowboy simulator, and boy are they a treat Read the full article…

Metal Gear Survive: More “Survive”, Less “Metal Gear”

The “Survive” in the title of Metal Gear Survive is a lot more literal than the first glimpses of gameplay might’ve made it seem. This is, first and foremost, a survival game, with unforgiving thirst and hunger systems that deplete by the second. On the other hand, the “Metal Gear” part of the title is much less literal. This is an action-first, crafting-driven adventure that, based on our three hours of hands-on time, has almost nothing but environments in common with previous games in the series, for better or for worse. We dropped into the game’s seemingly expansive open world right after a series of somewhat uninspiring story cutscenes, and were immediately introduced to Survive’s version of Mother Base. It’s a fairly bleak but customizable base setup that initially has stations for crafting gear, weapons, and medicine, plus a fireplace for cooking raw meat so it becomes edible. There’s also Read the full article…

Overwatch Blizzard World Map Release Date Revealed

Blizzard has announced when all players can dive into the Overwatch Blizzard World map for competitive play. The Blizzard World map, first announced at BlizzCon 2017, will be available on Jan. 23. The map is an homage to Blizzard’s other franchises, including World of Warcraft and Hearthstone. Featuring areas themed around all of these games, Blizzard World lets players loose in an amusement park. Read the full article…

Mother 3 Book Will Chronicle Years of Waiting for US Release

EarthBound fans are working on a new book chronicling years of waiting for a Western release of Mother 3. Titled “C’mon Nintendo, Give Us Mother 3,” the book is coming to Fangamer in late 2018 and chronicles years of waiting for the follow-up to Nintendo’s beloved quirky RPG. “Today, asking Nintendo to translate Mother 3 has become a huge running joke – it’s even been featured on national television and parodied by top Nintendo executives,” the book’s description reads. “But how did hope for a simple game translation blow up into something so big? Rumors, hype, letdowns, and lies – this is the story of the most-wanted game translation ever.” Read the full article…

Yesojo’s Nintendo Switch projector dock is a dream accessory

 The Yesojo Nintendo Switch projector dock got a lot of attention when we covered the launch of its crowdfunding campaign last year, but at CES, it was on display and working, with the company ready to ship to its early backers. We got to spend some time with the portable projector, which gives your Switch a high-resolution screen you can take with you anywhere – and we came away very… Read the full article…

Every Overwatch League game will be streamed on Twitch for the next two years

 The first match of the inaugural season of Overwatch is set for 4:00 pm PST to catch the kids on the West Coast as they get out of school, kids on the East Coast as they finish dinner and kids in Asia as they get up in the morning. The two-year deal, which will include every. single. game. of the league’s first two seasons, includes every geography but China. Read the full article…

Indie survival game ‘The Flame in the Flood’ finds new life on Nintendo Switch

The Flame in the Flood Nintendo Switch may be the most indie-friendly game console the company has ever released. Every week more and more indie games are released in the Nintendo eShop, both new games and re-releases of games that came out before the Switch was launched. The Flame in the Flood by Boston-based indie developer The Molasses Flood is in the latter category. After successfully raising a quarter million dollars on Kickstarter in late 2014, The Flame in the Flood was released for PCs on Steam in early 2016. The Molasses Flood released the game on Switch in the eShop in October. The Molasses Flood provided me with access to play the Nintendo Switch release. (I was also a backer of the Kickstarter, and received the game on Steam when it released in 2016). From my experience, the game feels great on Nintendo’s hybrid console. The mysterious, flooded, post-apocalyptic Read the full article…

Nintendo races into 2018 with new titles, remastered ports, and game updates

What is the secret you’re seeking? I know it, I know it, ha HA! I can’t tell you! ? It’s hiding somewhere and no peeking! ? Go find it, go find it, scra-CAW! pic.twitter.com/uOzojBR7A4 — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 5, 2018 Nintendo is not slowing down. After teasing fans throughout the past week with a series of enigmatic tweets, this morning Nintendo announced a surprisingly large batch of new titles, remastered releases, and game updates coming later this year to their super successful Switch console. Highlights of this morning’s announcements include two brand-new Switch titles, three remastered Switch-exclusive releases, six cross-platform titles coming to Switch, and updates for three of 2017’s biggest Switch games. The United States’ fastest-selling game console ever is getting two brand-new exclusive titles this spring, with Kirby Star Allies set to release on March 16 and Mario Tennis Aces later in the spring. Kirby Star Read the full article…

Sony sells 5.9M PS4 consoles worldwide during holidays, tops 73M units to date

Sony CEO Kaz Hirai at CES 2018. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Sony says it sold 5.9 million PlayStation 4 game consoles during the holiday shopping season, bringing the total installed base for the company’s latest console to 73.6 million worldwide since launch. That is down slightly from Sony’s reported sales of 6.2 million PS4s during the 2016 holiday shopping season. Sony faced tough competition from a resurgent Nintendo, with its blockbuster Switch console, as well as from Microsoft, with its high-end Xbox One X and lower-priced Xbox One S. The holiday sales number for the PlayStation 4 was announced by Sony CEO Kaz Hirai during the company’s CES news conference in Las Vegas this afternoon. Nintendo recently touted the Switch as the fastest-selling game console ever in the U.S. Microsoft is slated give more details on Xbox One sales during its upcoming earnings call. Read the full article…

GPD Win 2 pocket gaming laptop announced for $649

Last year I wrote about the GPD Win, a clunky but ultimately impressive Atom-powered gaming laptop the size of a 3DS. Now, Shenzhen-based GPD has announced its successor, the Win 2. It’s looking like a much more potent device, but comes with a price tag to match. The Win 2 upgrades the original model’s Atom processor to a Core m3-7Y30 with integrated HD Graphics 615, doubles the RAM to 8GB, and increases the screen size to a 6-inch panel while remaining at 720p. The battery capacity has also been increased by nearly 50 percent, courtesy of two 4900mAh batteries. Otherwise, some design tweaks here and additions like rumble support there, the Win 2 is a similar proposition to the original Win — it’s a pocket-sized Windows 10 laptop with… Read the full article…

The suspect in December’s deadly swatting incident has been charged

In December, a dispute following an online wagered Call of Duty match resulted in the death of a 28-year-old Kansas man after a faked call led a SWAT team to his house. Los Angeles police quickly arrested Tyler Barriss, the man responsible for making the call, and this week, he was charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and two additional counts. The Wichita Eagle reports that Barriss made his first appearance in a Kansas courtroom on Friday, where authorities charged him with involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm and interference with law enforcement. He will appear in court later this month. District Attorney Marc Bennett noted that a decision hasn’t been reached regarding the role of the Call of Duty player who provided… Read the full article…

Destiny 2 Going Offline Tomorrow for Maintenance

Destiny 2 servers are going offline tomorrow to undergo maintenance. The maintenance is scheduled to last from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Pacific time, after which Destiny 2 Hotfix 1.1.1.3 will become available. Details are available on Bungie.net. Once maintenance begins, players will not be able to log into the game, and players already logged in will be returned to the title screen at 9:00 am Pacific. When the servers come back up, Bungie has confirmed that Faction Rallies will return, but the complete patch notes have not yet been released. Recently, Bungie outlined updates that will be coming to the game in 2018. The previous patch opened up Iron Banner and Faction Rally for players who did not purchase the Curse of Osiris expansion, following player feedback. Read the full article…

Tech & Telecom news — Jan 16, 2018

PRODUCTS & SERVICES Content: Video Time Warner’s HBO is under pressure from Netflix, now a leading competitor for Hollywood top talent, after becoming the largest global spender in video content. As they’re not able to compete with money, they’re turning to more of a sentimental differentiation, promising stars they will treat them with much more love… (Story) Content: E-Sports Activision’s recently launched e-sports league for its “Overwatch” franchise, that they’re distributing through Amazon’s Twitch app, has had what the company views as a strong start for a new league, with up to 425,000 concurrent viewers in the first 3 matches. Not bad for a game with approx. 35m players globally (Story) Games Tencent has formed a “digital partnership” with Lego to develop games, videos and a social media network for Chinese children. Lego, trying to re-activate sales in China after a slowdown, is putting emphasis on the “safety” of the products, as pressure Read the full article…

Top 10 mind-blowing games you HAVE to play in 2018

Nowadays, there are so many announcements about the upcoming video games that you can’t decide what you should play first. Considering this, here is a list of some amazing and promising titles for this year, but I have got to warn you: they are most likely to get you hyped within the first 10 minutes of gameplay, so a great suggestion would be to get as comfy as you can and prepare yourself for the ultimate gaming experience with these awesome masterpieces. 1. Far Cry 5 As everyone was probably expecting, Ubisoft is coming back to strike us again with some stunning graphics and a whole new story for us to discover. The world they built looks so realistic that you could actually say their in-game grass is as green as the one from your neighbor’s lawn, and let’s be honest… Who wouldn’t love to see the perfectly immaculate sunrays, the Read the full article…

Pokémon Go ‘community days’ try to recapture the magic of the game’s launch

In the spirit of Pokémon Go’s early days, Niantic is encouraging players to come together with official monthly meetups in a new initiative it’s calling Pokémon Go Community Day. The first Community Day kicks off on January 20th, and will feature double XP for trainers and unique items as well as special pokémon with unique abilities for trainers to hunt down. The event will last for three hours across the world at local parks; players in the US should expect the event to last from 11AM to 2PM PT. “We’re constantly blown away by the passion of Pokémon Go players around the world, and we hope that each Pokémon Go Community Day will help add to the excitement of local events and meetups,” Niantic said. “Remember always to be alert and… Read the full article…