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Without Kinect, Xbox One Sales Double

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Microsoft has seen sales of their Xbox One double just one month after taking the Kinect out of the console’s bundle.

Most likely in response to strong outcry from consumers regarding being forced to buy the voice and motion sensing input peripheral, the removal of Kinect comes as no surprise. The move reduced the Xbox One’s price by $100, making it more palatable for prospective buyers.

Despite the significant sales increase, the PS4 still leads the sales war between the two consoles, having sold more overall in the first six months of 2014.

The Kinect is now being sold separately as a stand-alone accessory, in case you still want one. Were you one of those that waited for the device to be removed before buying an Xbox One?

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PS4 Sales Surpasses 30 million Units In The US, 100 Million Worldwide

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Sony’s fourth-generation video game console has reached a new sales milestone in the US.

The PlayStation 4 has shipped 100 million units worldwide, with the United States accounting for the lion’s share.

According to Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, 30 million of those units were shipped to the U.S., with Japan following with 8.3 million units.

Germany, the United Kingdom, and France account for 7.2 million , 6.8 million, and less than 6 million shipments, respectively.

Shipment figures are typically higher than the actual number of units solid, since they only track retailer demand, but 100 million is nothing to scoff at.

It shows how much PS4 – and the PlayStation brand as a whole – rely on a worldwide audience, and why any slump in the U.S. market does not necessarily reflect the health of the rest of the world.

Are you one of the tens of millions of people who purchased a PlayStation 4? Are you happy with your purchase? Let us know in the comments below.

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Minecraft Has Over 112 million Monthly Users – That’s A Lot Of Players

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Minecraft is an old game, but a lot of people still play it regularly. I mean A Lot!

Whereas most video games hit all their milestones within a year of their release, Minecraft is still extremely popular after ten years on the market.

One Chinese Minecraft player spent an entire year creating a awesome cyberpunk city that will surely amaze you.

Mojang studio head Helen Chiang revealed to Business Insider that the game has reached 112 million monthly users, outpacing all previous projections for how many people are playing the game.

For some perspective on how massive that is, consider that 112 million is over 1% of the world’s population, although we suspect that some people play over multiple devices or accounts, inflating that figure a bit.

Even so, that’s more active monthly users than Roblox, which has monthly active user base of 100 million.

Sales of Minecraft reached 176 million units in May 2019. With ray-tracing support coming to the PC version and Minecraft Earth soon to be released, expect sales to hit over 200 million units over the next few years.

These figures are made more impressive by the fact that Minecraft is not free to play. It’s a money-making machine.

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In Cyberpunk 2077, Lifepaths And Optional Companions Can Change Your Playthrough

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This is a game you will gladly play more than once.

CD Projekt has shed more light on Cyberpunk 2077, giving us a better idea of what players can expect from the single-player story.

The adventure by choosing between three different lifepaths for your custom character, each with a different starting location and story background that are strongly connected with the origin story for protagonist V. You can be a Nomad, Corpo or Street Kid.

Not only do the lifepaths define how Cyberpunk 2077 begins, but they also have dramatic consequences on specific missions. A Nomad, for example, will have more street smarts than a Corpo, but he might be out of his element in a board room, unable to properly lead a conversation.

When coming up with challenges, CD Projekt thought of how the different lifepaths could solve them as effectively as possible given their unique skill set. By delivering completely new experiences, the developer intends to give players plenty of motivation to play the game multiple times.

The class you choose also impacts how quests potentially play out.  Cyberpunk 2077’s fluid class system provided designers more opportunities to make quests even more nonlinear and develop new gameplay options that can change the story.

Finally, the game features optional companions that have their own motivations. Taking them along on certain quests can greatly change the outcome .

CD Projekt promises that each quest is handcrafted and has its own storyline, ranging from short skits to epic, multi-layered missions. There won’t be any fluff material like procedural missions.

By the look of things, expect to play through Cyberpunk 2077 at least three times. The game releases on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2020.

What are you most excited to experience?

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Gears 5 Players Get 5 Days Of Boost, 600 Scrap As Apology For Launch Troubles

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It’s quite the way to take accountability for the errors of one’s ways.

Those who suffered through the server issues that plagued the Gears 5 Ultimate Edition early access launch were not forgotten.

The game was marred by significant matchmaking and connection problems, with every game mode — campaign, Horde, versus multiplayer, etc. — experiencing extended matchmaking times. Players were even randomly kicked with a myriad of errors.

As apology for the shaky launch of an otherwise excellent game, Gears 5 developer The Coalition gifted all player with five days of boost for all XP earnings, as well as 600 Scrap.

Scrap, in case you didn’t know, is used to craft skill cards, something players missed out on earning as a result of the game constantly disconnecting.

Did you run into any of the Gear 5 launch problems, and do you think The Coalition did enough to make it up to players? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Get Ready To Play Overwatch On The Nintendo Switch

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One of the most popular games of this console generation has come to the Switch.

Nintendo has officially announced Overwatch for the Switch.

Dubbed ‘ Overwatch Legendary Edition’, the game makes it Nintendo debut on October 15.

Overwatch on Switch has been requested since the console’s launch. Now that it’s here, what exactly are gamer getting?

For starters, you get all of the content that has been released so far, plus motion controls and other features.

Now for the bad news: considering the Switich’s weaker specs compared to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, this version of Overwatch run at 30 FPS in both docked and undocked mode, while resolution is different between the two modes.

Overwatch running at 30 FPS was somewhat expected, but the fact that the high-speed nature of the game requires a smooth frame rate, makes it disappointing.

The lower frame rate may also be a problem for the future implementation of cross-platform play, seeing as the game runs at 60 FPS on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Will you be getting Overwatch Legendary Edition for the Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments below.

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EA Sets New Guinness World Record For Most Downvoted Reddit Comment

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Records are usually to be admired, but definitely not this one.

Electronic Arts has won what has to be one of the worst Guinness World Record of the digital age.

The American game publisher has received the 2020 Guinness World Record for the most downvoted Reddit comment as a result of its controversial comment on Star Wars Battlefront 2’s lootboxes back in November 12, 2017. This dubious yet impressive feat was spotted in the Guinness World Records by Reddit user -amsha-.

EA’s unpopular comment received an almost unbelievable 667,821 downvotes, handily beating the second most downvoted comment by more than 600,000 votes. Oddly enough, it also received 109 Reddit Gold awards.

Here is the comment in full:

The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes.

As for cost, we selected initial values based upon data from the Open Beta and other adjustments made to milestone rewards before launch. Among other things, we’re looking at average per-player credit earn rates on a daily basis, and we’ll be making constant adjustments to ensure that players have challenges that are compelling, rewarding, and of course attainable via gameplay.

We appreciate the candid feedback, and the passion the community has put forth around the current topics here on Reddit, our forums and across numerous social media outlets.

Our team will continue to make changes and monitor community feedback and update everyone as soon and as often as we can.

EA’s comment is hated on a scale never before seen in Reddit history, and we don’t think it will be beat in the foreseeable future.

Simply creating a free account on the Guinness World Records website will allow you to look up every record to date, including the EA record, which is listed under “Most downvoted comment on Reddit.”

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