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Xbox One Scorpio Will be Stronger Than PS4 Neo?

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The Xbox One is being slaughtered by the PS4 in sales partly because it’s the weaker of the two consoles, and that’s a mistake Microsoft doesn’t want to repeat. The rumored Xbox One Scorpio will reportedly be more powerful than the PS4 Neo.

In an interview with Polygon, sources familiar with the updated console revealed that Microsoft is not interested another situation where most Xbox One games are rendered at lower resolutions and/or ran at lower frame-rate than their PS4 counterparts. The company is said to be targeting 6 teraflops of peak power for Xbox One Scorpio, which is higher than the PlayStation 4 Neo’s reported 4.14 teraflops.

In case you don’t know what a teraflop is, it’s a means of measuring overall computational power but don’t necessarily tell us specific details like the CPU speeds and the type of GPU used.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer previously said Microsoft will only release a new console if it’s a considerable upgrade over the current unit, lending credence to the Scorpio’s teraflop target.

Presumably, the extra power means the Scorpio will cost more than the Neo, though Microsoft is supposedly still working on a price. The company doesn’t want to blindside gamers with a hefty price tag.

Considering how badly the Xbox One is performing compared to the PS4, the introduction of a more powerful unit makes sense. However, targets are one thing and actual real world performance is another.

We’ll just have to wait and see the Xbox One Scorpio brings to the table.

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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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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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Forza Horizon 4 Reviews Round-Up, It’s Love All Around

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Forza Horizon 4 is arguably the best installment in the series to date.

Reviews for the latest Forza Horizon are in, and Microsoft, Playground Games and, most importantly, racing game fans have a lot to be happy about.

Forza Horizon 4 is a resounding hit with critics and gamers alike, earning an average score of 92 percent on metacritic as of the time of this writing.

This time around, car aficionados take to a shared open-world Britain that has been fine-tuned to take into account both the seasons and the time of day, with seasonal changes altering the driving conditions and the accessibility of pathways. The game world literally changes over time.

There are 450 unlockable cars, including the Warthog for the Halo series, that can customized and raced to the heart’s content.

If you are still on the fence about getting Forza Horizon 4, check out some of the more notable reviews and scores here…

If you’ve played Forza Horizon 4, what would you personally rate it, and why? Let us know in the comments below.


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Get Hyped With The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Launch Trailer

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This is an Assassin’s Creed game unlike any other.

Set in ancient Greece, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey builds on what made origins so good, bringing back some of the beloved features the franchise is known for while introducing radical new changes and departures — most notably, an RPG-driven dialogue wheel, the ability to play either as a male or a female protagonist, and the ability to choose between romance options — that could potentially change the face of the series forever.

Unlike the previous Assassin’s Creed games, this launch trailer uses gameplay footage rather than CGI, but it still manages to be engaging. It showcases some of the gameplay elements players can expect, as well as the locations they will frequent. We also get a bit on the story and how the choice you make will affect it.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is playable on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Watch the trailer here, and let us know if it gets you hyped…


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