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Analyst Predicts Lifetime Sales of PS4, Xbox One and Wii U

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Long-time video game analyst Michael Pachter has made some bold predictions for the lifetime sales of the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U consoles, and the figures might surprise you.

Speaking at DICE Europe, Pachter revealed how he thinks the 8th generation of consoles will perform. He predicts the Wii U to sell only 20 million consoles during its lifetime, notably fewer units than the 100 million shipped by the original Wii. We can’t say we are surprised.

Unsurprisingly, the PS4 console is his expected winner of the console war with a predicted lifetime sales of between 120 and 130 million units. While fewer than the 155 million units sold by the PS2, that figure is higher than the PS3’s lifetime sales.

Finally for the most surprising prediction of all, Pachter reckons the Xbox One will push around 100 to 110 million consoles, higher than Xbox 360’s lifetime shipments. Considering that Microsoft’s console is currently being outsold by the PS4 2-to-1, it’s almost hard to believe that it will almost close the sales gap by the end of the console generation.

Patcher made other predictions unrelated to sales, particularly that the Xbox One and PS4 mark the last time we will see proper consoles. The future of gaming, he believes, will reside in the cloud.

So, what do you think? Do you agree with his predictions? If not, how do you see the 8th generation consoles turning out? Let us know in the comments below.

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God of War Won Big At The 2019 D.I.C.E. Awards

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Krato’s incursion into ancient Norse mythology has been lauded the world over.

God of War walked off the big winner at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ (AIAS) 22nd D.I.C.E. Awards. It led the group with 12 nominations, and walked off with nine total, including Game of the Year.

It beat other critically-acclaimed titles like Breach, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Return of the Obra Dinn for the top title

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won game of the year in 2018, as well as three other awards.

Celeste also received multiple nominations, and won two: best independent game, and best action game.

The full list of nominees can be found below, with the winners for each category bolded. Check them out and let us know if you think
God of War is worthy of the accolades.

2019 D.I.C.E. Awards Nominations

Game of the Year

  • God of War
  • Into the Breach
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • God of War
  • GRIS
  • Moss
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  • God of War
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • GRIS
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Outstanding Achievement in Character

  • God of War (Atreus)
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Kassandra)
  • God of War (Kratos)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Peter Parker/Spider-Man)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Arthur Morgan)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

  • God of War
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Forgotton Anne
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Tetris Effect

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

  • God of War
  • Battlefield 5
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Moss

Outstanding Achievement in Story

  • God of War
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Florence
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Outstanding Technical Achievement

  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Battlefield V
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man

Action Game of the Year

  • Celeste
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Adventure Game of the Year

  • God of War
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Family Game of the Year

  • Unravel Two
  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • LEGO DC Super-Villains
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Fighting Game of the Year

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • SOULCALIBUR 6

Racing Game of the Year

  • Forza Horizon 4
  • F1 2018
  • Wreckfest

Role-Playing Game of the Year

  • Monster Hunter World
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Sports Game of the Year

  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • FIFA 19
  • MLB The Show 18

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

  • Into the Breach
  • Bad North
  • Frostpunk
  • Northgard
  • RimWorld

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

  • Tónandi
  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Beat Saber
  • Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders
  • Torn

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

  • Beat Saber
  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Moss
  • Sprint Vector
  • Transference

Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game

  • Celeste
  • Florence
  • Into the Breach
  • Minit
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Portable Game of the Year

  • Florence
  • Dandara
  • Donut County
  • Dragalia Lost
  • Oddmar

Online Game of the Year

  • Fortnite
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Laser League
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Sea of Thieves

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

  • God of War
  • Into the Breach
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Subnautica

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • God of War
  • Florence
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
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Switch Was The Best-Selling console in 2018, Nintendo Had The Highest Game Revenue

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The year 2018 came to  a close on a decent note, but Nintendo stood out as the clear overall winner.

According to market research company NPD, consumers spent $3.4 billion on games, hardware, accessories, and game cards in December 2018. Although that represented a decline in software and hardware spending, continued strong sales of game cards and accessories helped lift the overall industry by 2%.

2018 overall was a banner year for video games. Sales amounted to $16.7 billion, an increase of 13% compared 2017 and the highest ever since 2011’s $17.4 billion.

Hardware

The Nintendo Switch was the winner in December, having generated the highest dollar sales during the month. In fact, the console’s revenues  was the highest for any single platform since the Wii back in December 2009. In unit sales, December 2018 was its highest December haul since 2010.

Thanks to the strong December, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in all of 2018, both in unit and dollar sales. It recorded the highest total since the PS4 in 2015.

It was a great year for video game hardware in general. Sales increased by 8% to $5.1 billion and all consoles contributed, including the mini consoles from Nintendo and Sony.

Combining all platforms, hardware and unit sales were the highest since 2009.

Software

Video game software generated $7.1 billion in 2018 across all systems, a 7% year-over-year increase. The NPD notes that this is the highest annual haul since the $7.5 billion generated in 2012.

The best-selling game was Red Dead Redemption 2, with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and  NBA 2K19 following behind at number two and three, respectively.

It was Nintendo, however, that generated the most money from software sales, something it hadn’t done since 2009. As the best-selling game during December and the fifth overall in 2018, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate played a big part in that success.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was so successful, in fact, that it set a new release month dollar sales record for an exclusive game, a title previously held by 2010’s Halo: Reach.

Mario Kart 8 also sold well for Nintendo, becoming the second best-selling racing game ever, just behind Mario Kart Wii.

The critically-acclaimed Spider-Man ended the year at number six, the highest ranking for a superhero game since Spider-Man: The Movie 2 took the fifth spot in 2004.

Top 10 best-selling games across all platforms in 2018:

  1. Red Dead Redemption
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  3. NBA 2K19
  4. Madden NFL 19
  5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  6. Spider-Man
  7. Far Cry 5
  8. God of War
  9. Monster Hunter: World
  10. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

What were you fondest gaming memories of 2018? What was your game of he year? Let us know in the comments below.

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This Is Mortal Kombat 11’s Official Cover, What Do You Think?

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It’s familiar, but different; simpler, but engaging.

Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has revealed the official cover art for Mortal Kombat 11, and its of little surprise that it only features Scorpion.

Compared to Mortal Kombat 10, the overall design is brighter and simpler, featuring a yellow, hot background that surprisingly works well with Scorpion’s yellow outfit.

Scorpion’s pose is imposing, and its interesting that NetherRealm chose go with the more modern version of the character rather than the classic one that appeared in the reveal trailer.

Mortal Kombat 11 releases on April 23, 2019 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

What do you think about the cover art? Better yet, what’s you favorite Mortal Kombat cover art of all time? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Epic Games Store New Return Policy Allows Unlimited Refunds, But…

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Gamers get more leniency and a simplified verification process.

Epic has updated the Epic Games Store’s return policy to make it more competitive with other digital storefronts.

With the old policy, you were allowed just two refunds per year, but now everyone has unlimited refunds within 14 days of purchase and with under two hours played.

The Epic Games Store doesn’t have a “self-service” solution, at least not yet, so you will have to go through Customer Support to request a refund.

A change was also made to the verification process for receiving a refund. Customers no longer have to provide their IP address, last four digits of the card used, account creation date, and other information if the return meets the set criteria, though a contact form will still need to be used.

Epic plans to add more regional pricing options to the store. There are currently 30 different regions available, encompassing a total of 130 countries.

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Sony Has Sold Over 91 Million PS4 Consoles, With About As Many PSN Active Users On Board

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The PlayStation 4 is a runaway hit with gamers, at least when compared to the Xbox One.

Sony has confirmed that more than 5.6 million PS4 consoles were sold worldwide during the 2018 holiday season, pushing the console’s all-time sales to an impressive 91.6 million units since its introduction in late 2013.

Over 50.7 million games were sold on the PS4 during the season, both digitally and at retail, and Spider-Man was by far the best-selling exclusive of the entire year.

Keep in mind that these are sell-through numbers, meaning sold to consumers rather than to retail outlets.

As for the number of monthly active users on the PlayStation Network,
Sony recorded over 90 million users as of the end of November, 2018.

Not every user is a paid Plus subscriber, but the impressive figure is a testament to the large, highly-connected community the company has diligently built with quality games and services.

Are you one of the over 90 million PS4 owners? How has the console treated you?

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Records Highest Concurrent Player Count In Series History

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has revived the series’ player base.

The latest installment in the Assassin’s Creed series has set a new record for concurrent player counts on Steam, according to GitHyp.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey garnered 62,000 concurrent players on Steam in its launch week, which is a 33% increase over the 41,000 concurrent players of its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed: Origins.

That makes Odyssey the highest played title in series history in terms of concurrent players on Steam.

In the UK, the game took the number two spot on the sales chart, failing to knock FIFA 19 from the top.

Moreover, physical sales were down compared to Origins, although the situation is likely better when digital copies are taken into account.

In case you missed it, you can watch Odyssey launch trailer here.


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