Thankfully, the PlayStation 5 supports backwards compatibility for the vast majority of PS4 games, offering improved load times, enhanced visuals, and higher FPS. Unfortunately, while there are many, many old titles that can be supported on the PS5, Sony has made it clear that there are a few that are not. Thankfully that number is small.
It may be a little hard to believe, but at this point, the Nintendo Switch launched almost four years ago. It’s been some time, and due to that, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser believes the Switch has just now, finally, entered the midpoint of its life cycle.
The recent Disney Investor Day has confirmed that there's quite a large and noteworthy variety of Marvel shows planned to debut on Disney+ over the course of the next few years. However, apparently not every show actually made the cut for the presentation, as Marvel has revealed that a show titled Marvel Studio: Legends will premiere on Disney+ next month. This show was not mentioned at all during Disney Investor Day, though we’re not sure why.
Ever since Star Wars Battlefront II launched with a multiplayer progression system heavily influenced by loot boxes, the gaming world has frowned on such systems without fail. The community doesn’t like the idea of a player’s progression being significantly affected by how much money they’re willing to pour into microtransactions. That being said, microtransactions do not necessarily equate to loot boxes, something a lot of people tend to forget. Halo Infinite will have microtransactions. However, it will not have loot boxes.
Quite possibly one of the most popular Star Wars games of all time, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords has long been denied the mobile release that its predecessor received, much to the chagrin of its many, many fans. However, that state of affairs will soon be over, as this highly popular Star Wars game is finally getting a mobile release. First and foremost, it’s worth noting that this will be available on both iOS and Android devices, so whatever your preference, you won’t be hurting for the game.
Anyone who was waiting for Halo Infinite before knows that it was delayed recently due to issues with COVID-19. At the time that this delay was announced, no specific release date was mentioned for it later down the line, though it was expected for that release to be sometime in 2021. But the uncertainty is gone now, as we have now been officially informed that Halo Infinite is now expected to release in Fall of 2021, developer 343 Industries confirmed this in a blog post. As part of 343’s year-end update, they confirmed the new release date, while also giving expectant fans a peek at some of the game's art, graphics, and customization features.
The past few years have been a great time for fans of old games. Tons of titles have gotten reboots and remasters, bringing great joy to any gamer that was in love with nostalgia and the games of their childhood. Unfortunately, not every game gets a remaster, so some fans are left with dismay and disappointment. Fans of SaGa Frontier, a JRPG from Square Enix that was released for the PS1 in 1998, this was the case for them. But thankfully, that is no longer the situation for fans of that title, as a remaster has been announced, and it’s even better than it sounds at first.
Update 11.0.0 for the Nintendo Switch is here, and with it come a great many notable additions that change some of the ways the Switch is used, or at least what it can offer as far as user comfort and convenience is concerned. The most notable of these changes is the addition of a Nintendo Switch Online hub on the main page of home, but that’s far from the only thing worth mentioning. Don’t worry, we’ll cover all of it here. Switch Online Hub Button The new “Nintendo Switch Online” hub button appears on the home screen right next to the News tab. Its purpose is to essentially put all of the services offered by Nintendo Switch Online into one place for easy access. This includes a pretty big list of things, including smartphone apps, online games, current tournaments, an archive of NES and SNES titles arranged by year, your save data in the cloud, and member offers. Needless to say, it’s mostly there to improve convenience for all players. Cloud Data Furthermore, Cloud data will now be automatically downloaded on multiple systems if they are all attached to the same account. While this isn’t a huge deal for anyone that is only playing with one Switch, for those who are perhaps using a Switch and a Switch Lite together, the ability to have their saves immediately shared between both devices will probably be a huge boon for them.
Today, we’re more prone to binge-watching shows and the pandemic has made couch-time a big portion of our day. As our perceptions shift, we’ve grown accustomed to crystal-clear HD screens with vibrant colors. We need that eye-popping edge of your seat action from football or video games. Anything less has lost its potency. We’ve become more conscious of blue light and how it strains our eyes. Tv time has become bonding sessions with the family, now more important than ever. As TVs evolve, consumers win. People have more options than ever. TVs are becoming more niche. They’re more targeted toward specific needs and we prefer that. A gamer looks for different things than a casual Netflix viewer. A family of 4 might want something big but not too expensive while you’re retired father might want ultra-HD to watch the game and feel every bone-crushing hit. Best TV Brands This section is dedicated to the best TV manufacturers. There are obviously other companies that sell great TVs, but these are the best when it comes to overall performance, reviews from actual users, and customer service. LG While their phones might be a bit... underwhelming, LG’s TVs make up for it. Their OLED TVs contain millions of self-lit pixels meaning a smooth, sharp picture. Their impressive line-up has slim design TVs with “Perfect black” displays. Their website even has the latest 75” television set for less than $1,400. Samsung Samsung makes good TVs, with the flagship series a bit pricier than others. Samsung is the top producer of TVs worldwide and their top of the line TVs are beautifully built. It’s arguably the most recognizable brand, the Korean company has been making premium quality electronics for decades. Sony Sony has some of the top-rated TVs on the market. They’ve also incorporated OLED technology in conjunction with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support built into their flagship devices. Sony devices also have great sound even if they typically are more expensive than other TV companies. Vizio A great budget option for those looking for a good TV at a lower cost. You’ve probably seen them at Walmart or Target. While they don’t typically have the greatest sound and lose some flair when viewing at an angle, Vizio has remained competitive and creates a solid product. TCL Known for their award-winning televisions, speakers, and appliances; TCL is a budget TV producer from China. They’ve been in business since 1981 and sell top-rated TV’s all over the world. They sell a wide range of TV’s now with 8k capabilities. They are also the second-largest manufacturers of TVs globally. They’ve partnered with ROKU to have it conveniently built into their TV sets and have in the past been named best of the year by PC Mag and the New York Times. Understanding TV Lingo Lingo There are certain terms that I’d like to go over with you. I want to give you a better understanding of what technical terms mean and what is better when making the final decision. OLED vs QLED These terms will come up a lot on your buying journey, so let’s make sure you understand how they differ. OLED means “Organic Light Emitting Diode” and unlike traditional LED it’s not backlit, each pixel is self-illuminating. It’s a fairly new technology. QLED (Quantum LED) is an upgrade to the traditional LED, the quantum dots giving it more brightness and contrast abilities. OLED has the best overall performance when it comes to darkness, refresh rate, viewing angle, and flexibility of display. They require less power and are easier on the eyes. Traditionally, OLED is more expensive. QLED wins when it comes to brightness. They use a tried and tested product that had more time to evolve. The prices were significantly cheaper for a while, but now they are becoming more competitive. Samsung is one of the few companies that sell QLED TVs. Most others are OLED for their top TV-sets. 4K vs UHD (Ultra High Definition) ON 4K TVs the pixels are 4,096 by 2,160 while the UHD display at 3,840 by 2,160. Many companies that say “4K display” are UHD and can get away with it because they are so close. It has about 4 times as many pixels as 1080p. Refresh rate – how many times per second an image refreshed on the display. 120 HZ means 120 times, it’ll have a much smoother look than 60 HZ. 120 HZ is a good refresh rate for gaming. Bezel – The bezel is the frame around the TV. A one-inch Bezel means there’s one inch of metal or plastic around the border of the screen.
Officially, Rockstar will be separating Red Dead Online from Red Dead Redemption 2, the game that it is the multiplayer component for. If you aren’t sure what that means, it’s basically this: on the PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, you’ll be able to buy the online component of Red Dead Redemption 2 as its own standalone product. That of course means it won't be free to play either.
It’s never a good thing when hotly anticipated products have issues right around their release dates. Unfortunately, such is the situation for the Xbox Series X right now. Many players, having just gotten their hands on the brand-new console from Microsoft, have reported issues with the disk drive. Of course, this has been a point of much dissatisfaction: after all, one of the reasons the Xbox Series X is $200 more expensive than the Series S is because it has a disk drive while the S version does not. So needless to say, people who bought the Series X specifically for its disk drive are displeased with this problem if they have it.
If you’re a big fan of the Friday the 13th video game, unfortunately we have some bad news for you, whether you play it on Xbox One, PC or PlayStation. Publisher Gun Media has announced that, effective as of this month’s patch, dedicated servers will no longer be run or supported. That’s right, they’re shutting down. This change will have the game revert back to peer-to-peer matchmaking for quick play lobbies. While multiplayer servers are shutting down, you don’t have to worry about your progression and unlocks, as database servers will stay active so that both of those can still be accessed in quick play and private matches.
Back in 2019, Activision Blizzard stated that they wanted to make more mobile games than they had been thus far. Moreover, they even said that all of their franchises were potential candidates for getting mobile games. However, now even that statement is an understatement: apparently, Activision now plans to introduce mobile games for every single one of its franchises “over time.”
While it’s not been any great surprise to anyone, Bethesda has been working on a brand-new game engine to be the foundation of their...
Most of the news regarding Halo Infinite has been bad recently. The hotly anticipated game has been delayed until 2021, to start with. On top of that, another of its directors has left the project, raising some questions about the future of the project in general. And yet, not all the news is bad, as the game's various marketing promotions are still making their mark this year. Believe it or not, the latest of these promotions is actually courtesy of Butterfinger.
Originally, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands was scheduled to release on October 27th, a date that is now past. However, much to the chagrin of numerous excited gamers, the game was delayed in order to “add more polish” and ensure that it was as good as it could be before release. Thankfully, the delay is a matter of weeks, not months, like many other 2020 releases. We know now that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will be available on November 23rd.
Ubisoft has pushed two of its biggest upcoming titles, Rainbow Six Quarantine and Far Cry 6, out of the current fiscal year and into the fiscal year for 2021 to 2022. Unfortunately, this is quite the delay and provides us with a huge window for when either game may become available. They may come out anytime between April 2021 and March 2022. During an earnings call, CFO Frédérick Duguet said that the window of time may be slightly smaller, claiming that they should drop in the first half of the fiscal year. However, that is not a guarantee or confirmation that they will.
Finally, Microsoft has gone ahead and revealed the next four games that Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to get. These many games span the breadth of three generations of Xbox consoles, and as long as you remain a subscriber to Gold, you’ll have access to all of them for free. Naturally, that means you’ll be locked out of playing them if your subscription ends.
Quite recently, director Chris Lee has left Halo Infinite, news that is coming not too far on the heels of the game’s delay from the release date that was supposed to coincide with the launch of the Xbox Series X/S. That delay ended up pushing Halo Infinite back to some as of yet to be revealed date in 2021.
In usual fashion, Sony has finally decided to inform the masses as to what games they will be receiving for the month of November, provided they are subscribers to PlayStation Plus. We’re confident in saying that it is quite possibly one of the best months that the program has ever had. First up are two highly praised major titles, those being Hollow Knight: Voidheart edition and Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Each of these great games will be free starting on November 3. Both of them are excellent games, but there’s actually better news, as the most exciting freebie included in November is actually the bonus title, Bugsnax. Indeed, the PlayStation exclusive title will be free on launch day.