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ASUS ROG Zephyrus G: AMD Ryzen CPU, GeForce GTX graphics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 0 mins ago

ASUS has just unveiled its new ROG Zephyrus G gaming laptop that is a first to combine the worlds of an AMD Ryzen CPU and GeForce GTX into a gaming laptop with a 120Hz display. Meet, the ROG Zephyrus G:

 

 

The new ROG Zephyrus G has a quad-core AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1660 Ti which is clocked at 1335MHz at 60W under ASUS' own in-house ROG Boost tweaking. There's also up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 512GB of NVMe SSD storage inside of the laptop.

 

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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G sports a 15.6-inch 1080p 120Hz display which is the perfect blend of mid-range resolution with high-end refresh rate on an well-sized 15.6-inch panel. The ROG Zephyrus G uses an 81% screen-to-body ratio that pulls you into the display, with bezels on three sizes at just 6.2mm. Not the thinnest on the market, but damn thin.

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Microtransactions drive Xbox's Q3 earnings

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 33 mins ago

Microsoft is all about monetizing its games and selling services, and these tactics are found in all of its first-party games. But every quarter it also makes a pretty penny from third-party games like Grand Theft Auto Online, Apex Legends, Fortnite and Rocket League by proxy.

 

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Today Microsoft announced its Fiscal Year Q3 2019 earnings, showing decent growth in its Xbox gaming branch. One thing caught my eye, though: earnings from software services are up 12% year-over-year. This is quite a jump during a historical lull point following the huge holiday spending spree. Consumers typically slow down with spending following Christmas and Black Friday. Microsoft says this spike was "driven by third-party title monetization and subscriptions growth," which falls perfectly into the company's gaming wheelhouse.

 

This trend shows that Microsoft's strategy of unifying Xbox consoles and Windows 10 PCs with paid subscriptions and services is working quite well. It says a lot that Microsoft can deliver growth in this segment during a slower period like its Q3 window. I'm betting that its recent $1 starter promos on Game Pass and consistent Xbox LIVE subs drive the services portion, whereas big-name games like Apex Legends, Fortnite, and even recently-released titles like Anthem helped drive microtransaction earnings.

 

Things could get even bigger for Microsoft as it readies yet another subscription in its billion-dollar engagement arsenal.

 

Soon we'll see Team Green enter the world of game streaming with Project xCloud, a self-described "Netflix for games" service that streams high-end AAA games remotely from cloud servers to devices like smartphones, laptops, desktops, and even Xbox consoles.

 

Thus armed with Game Pass, the wildly successful all-you-can-play service that's sparked immense growth in sales and earnings, and Project xCloud, Microsoft will use its tried-and-true Xbox LIVE framework ecosystem to wrap everything together in a neat package.

 

After 2019 the company should have three big monetized services that bring Xbox-as-a-service across multiple mediums, all complete with various microtransaction spending opportunities, advertisement revenue portals, and of course lots of player-driven engagement.

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Witcher 3's story lives on thanks to custom quest mods

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 29 mins ago

Talented scripter rmemr has created a Witcher 3 modding toolset that allows gamers to create their own custom quests.

 

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The Witcher 3's Blood and Wine expansion closed the book on Geralt of Rivia's official story, but thanks to a new toolset called Radish Modding Tools, gamers can embark on their own tailor-made adventures.

 

The tools are still in early beta-like phases of development, and won't create huge sprawling epic quests, just smaller-based experiences like side missions and the like. But the quests can still have multiple parts, as shown in the proof-of-concept video above. Even still, CD Projekt RED's magnum opus could get a breath of fresh air as other modders iterate, adopt Radish, and roll out new stuff on Nexus Mods.

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Buying every Mortal Kombat 11 skin costs $6,440

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 31 mins ago

Don't have time to unlock all of Mortal Kombat 11's skins? WB Games is counting on that, and is all too eager to serve up microtransaction shortcuts.

 

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A redditor has done some math to expose just how awful Mortal Kombat 11's greedy monetization tactics are. According to some simple calculations, it'd take $6,440 worth of Time Crystals to unlock every skin for every default character (not including Shao Kahn and Frost, which are paywalled). Even then it's not a guaranteed bet as chests in the Krypt are re-randomized in a 6-8 hour window.

 

The math breaks down like this: there's 23 characters in Mortal Kombat 11 (not including paywalled fighters), each of which has an absolutely insane 60 skins. But 6 of the skins can be unlocked by completing tutorials for each character. So that leaves 54 skins to unlock. Skins typically cost about 500 Time Crystals (MK11's premium currency) or about $5 to unlock. So the basic formula is 54 skins x 23 characters x $5 = which totals up to the princely sum of $6,440.

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Cheaper Switch model coming in June, sources say

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 21 mins ago

Nintendo plans to release a budget-friendly Switch handheld-console model this June, sources tell Bloomberg.

 

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The Switch has always been Nintendo's future. The wildly successful handheld-console hybrid is an evolution of Nintendo's hardware history--the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS handheld all led up to the Switch. Now with a new cheaper Switch on the way aimed at replacing the 3DS, the Switch is set to fulfill its destiny as the core center of the company's gaming presence. Sources tell Bloomberg that the long-rumored Switch Mini or Switch Lite is on the way, and could launch as soon as June of this year to slowly replace the 8 year-old 3DS handheld.

 

No official details on the new system have been confirmed. Analysts predict the system will have certain features shaved off to save money, which could drop the cost to $199, down from the current Switch's $299. Many think the Switch Lite is to the Switch like the 2DS is to the 3DS. Speculation infers the low-cost Switch will have non-removable JoyCons and a slightly smaller screen, although the core internal specs--like the NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip--should remain the same.

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Call of Duty 2019 hyped at private playtest event

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 33 mins ago

A handful of football stars got to try out Infinity Ward's new Call of Duty game at a recent private event, hyping up the shooter before its official announcement.

 

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If a recent closed-doors event in Nashville is any indication, Activision should unveil Call of Duty 2019 soon. A number of high-profile athletes have playtested this year's big Call of Duty, and all of them say it's absolute fire. The athletes dropped hype-building teases on Instagram with the #CallOfDutyPartner hashtag. Of course no one revealed any actual info about the shooter, but reports say it'll be Modern Warfare 4.

 

Activision has confirmed a few details about the next Call of Duty. Unlike Black Ops 4, Infinity Ward's new CoD will have a more grounded story-driven campaign mode complete with co-op action.

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Next-gen Switch isn't happening, sources at Nintendo say

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 34 mins ago

Reports now say Nintendo isn't making a more powerful Switch handheld-console hybrid, and will instead update existing SKUs with almost negligible upgrades.

 

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Earlier this month, key sources told Eurogamer and The Wall Street Journal that two new Switch models would release in 2019: a higher-end next-gen model with beefier specs and performance (dubbed the Switch Pro or Switch+) and a cheaper version aimed at replacing the flagging 3DS (dubbed the Switch Mini, or Switch Lite). Further info gleaned from Nikkei said the next-gen Switch had been put off because Nintendo hadn't outlined its plans yet. Now sources tell Bloomberg that this isn't the case.

 

A next-gen Switch isn't in development, new sources close to the matter told Bloomberg. Instead Nintendo will provide smaller upgrades to the existing Switch model. This matches up with previous WSJ reports that Nintendo would spruce up the Switch's LCD screen to an OLED panel and possibly amp battery size.

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Nintendo Switch firmware update brings system to 8.0.1

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 52 mins ago

A new firmware update has been released for the Nintendo Switch and it brings the system up to version 8.0.1.

 

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Last week Nintendo released a massive firmware update for the Nintendo Switch. The update brought the system to version 8.0.0 and added several new functionality features such as a sorting software option, 'view all news option' 15 new avatars, a transfer save data feature, a zoom feature, sleep mode and much more.

 

The new update that was recently released hasn't added as much as version 8.0.0, in fact no new features have been released at all. This new firmware update is purely for "General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience." If you are interested in checking out the other updates for the Nintendo Switch that Nintendo has released, visit the official Nintendo website here.

Fan hurls dead crab at Super Smash Bros. Pro Player in match

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 52 mins ago

Its not everyday that you hear about an airborne crab almost connecting with a pro gamer while the gamer is mid match, but today is that day and what better game for it to happen then Super Smash Bros?

 

 

One of the most well known Super Smash Bros. players of all time is Super Smash Bros. Melee pro player Juan "Hungrybox" DeBiedma. During the Pound 2019 grand final against Cloud9's Joseph "Mango" Marquez, Hungrybox was subjected to a slight bit of hate from one of the fans in the crowd after he took home the competition.

 

A fan decided to launch a dead crab at Hungrybox as the player was packing up his controller. Not surprisingly after the shock subsided, Hungrybox stood up and began shouting at the crowd in anger. Hungrybox later then took to Twitter to apologize for his behavior with the crab saying "Sorry for losing my temper. Someone threw a fucking raw crab at me. After a 5 set losers run. Barely missed my head." The officials of Pound have come out and said that they intend to permanently ban the crab thrower but will not be releasing his name out to the public.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider gets final DLC 'The Path home'

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 16 hours, 52 mins ago

Square Enix have decided to release the final DLC for their recently released title Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The final DLC is called "The Path Home" and the soundtrack has been showcased in the below trailer.

 

 

The new DLC has dropped today and surprisingly enough Square Enix has decided to not show a gameplay or cinematic trailer for this DLC. Instead all we have to off of is the above soundtrack and the official description that Square Enix has provided. According to the description, the DLC will follow Lara and her journey to ancient tunnels through a "brand-new challenge tomb, which contains a secret that's been hidden for ages."

 

The brand new tomb for Shadow of the Tomb Raider players to enjoy is not the only thing included within this DLC. Players will also receive "The new Midnight Sentinel outfit, which enables longer focus and perception durations, and the Silver Strike bow, which causes arrows to penetrate enemy body armor or even pierce multiple unarmored enemies. In addition, the new Magic Touch skill allows Lara to consume fewer resources when crafting on the go." Shadow of the Tomb Raider is currently available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The Path Home DLC is currently available for purchase and download.

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