Sony Just Laid Out Everything There Is to Know About the PS5

Expect the PlayStation 4 to stick around for at least three more years. May 21, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Sony’s next-generation console isn’t due to launch anytime this year, but the tech giant has been surprisingly generous with details. During a corporate strategy presentation, the company has listed all the information it has revealed so far, confirming yet again that the PS5 will have backwards compatibility. Since it has a similar architecture to the PS4, it will be able to play games designed for the current-gen console and will also be compatible with the current version of PlayStation VR. “We will leverage backwards compatibility to transition our community to next-gen faster and more seamlessly than ever before,” the company’s presentation said at the event. Sony intends to use PS4 games to encourage early adopters, which it says are critical for the PS5’s success. In fact, it promises more AAA […]

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U.S. Senator Seeks to Stop Loot Boxes in Video Games Like ‘Fortnite’

‘When a game is designed for kids, game developers shouldn’t be allowed to monetize addiction,’ said U.S. Senator Josh Hawley. May 9, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag A U.S. senator wants to ban loot boxes in video games directed at children, claiming they can promote addiction. On Wednesday, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) said he plans on introducing legislation cracking down on loot boxes and other “pay-to-win” mechanics, such as microtransactions that can unlock new content. His goal is to bar video game makers from ever using the practices on minors under the age of 18 “When a game is designed for kids, game developers shouldn’t be allowed to monetize addiction,” he said in a statement. “And when kids play games designed for adults, they should be walled off from compulsive microtransactions. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.” Video game companies are using […]

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Ubisoft Is Donating $564,000 to Help Rebuild Notre-Dame

‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ features the cathedral and will be free to download for a week. April 18, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Following the fire that devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris this week, Ubisoft has pledged €500,000 ($564,000) to help restore the iconic church. The studio, which faithfully recreated Notre-Dame in Assassin’s Creed Unity, is also offering that game for free until April 25th on PC to honor the landmark. “We want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how,” Ubisoft, which is headquartered in France and has studios in Paris, said. In solidarity with everyone moved by Monday’s events we’re donating to the restoration of Notre-Dame & giving you the chance to play @AssassinsCreed Unity on Uplay for free. Details below: — Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) April 17, 2019 Such is the level of accuracy and detail that Ubisoft put into its version of […]

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Innovations in the Video Game Industry Entrepreneurs Need to Know About

Video games are for kids and neckbeards who stream on Twitch, right? $18.4 billion says otherwise. Today, the video game industry is where innovation is happening. It’s where millions of tech enthusiasts gather in offices and garages and tinker with code, machines, parts, etc. These guys push computing technology to its limit. What’s the benefit to entrepreneurs and business owners? Tools. Productivity tools, advertising, etc. Today we’re going to talk about the video game innovations that could change the way you run your business. Let’s side-scroll onward. 1. Artificial Intelligence I remember when the cutting-edge game Deus Ex came out in 2000. I read a review of the game. It claimed the AI was so advanced that if you used a silenced weapon while standing over a ledge, the guards below would react to the shells falling from your gun. This was utter B.S. Not artificial intelligence in the slightest. […]

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Invitations in the Video Game Industry Entrepreneurs Need to Know About

Video games are for kids and neckbeards who stream on Twitch, right? $18.4 billion says otherwise. Today, the video game industry is where innovation is happening. It’s where millions of tech enthusiasts gather in offices and garages and tinker with code, machines, parts, etc. These guys push computing technology to its limit. What’s the benefit to entrepreneurs and business owners? Tools. Productivity tools, advertising, etc. Today we’re going to talk about the video game innovations that could change the way you run your business. Let’s side-scroll onward. 1. Artificial Intelligence I remember when the cutting-edge game Deus Ex came out in 2000. I read a review of the game. It claimed the AI was so advanced that if you used a silenced weapon while standing over a ledge, the guards below would react to the shells falling from your gun. This was utter B.S. Not artificial intelligence in the slightest. […]

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Major Video Games Make More Money Than Blockbuster Movies

You might think, based on Hollywood’s hard work and even even harder marketing, that only big movies make millions. Video games are where the really big money flows. November 8, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Rockstar Games has a hit with Red Dead Redemption 2. And as the latest chart from Statista shows, it’s even a bigger deal than Marvel’s Avengers franchise. Using data from video game companies and Box Office Mojo, which tracks the money-making of any and every movie ever made, Statista’s chart shows that the games from Rockstar have much bigger debuts than the biggest films of the last few years — Avengers: Infinity War, The Fate of the Furious in 2017, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. Even the biggest movie haul on opening weekend was Avengers at $641 million (worldwide); Rockstar’s top two titles both beat that. And one of them was Grand Theft Auto V back in 2013, which […]

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