Rocket League is going free-to-play this summer — nice shot!

Psyonix, makers of the insane soccer-but-with-RC-cars game, Rocket League, announced that it’s making the popular title free-to-play later this summer — five years after its launch. While the game is available across consoles and PC platforms, the announcement only mentions details about the PC version. Rocket League will be available for free on Steam, and will arrive in the Epic Games Store when the new version launches — and it’ll support play between these platforms. So what’s changing, besides the price tag? Psyonix says it’ll “make exploring the game easier” by revamping menus, and improving major features like Tournaments and… This story continues at The Next Web...
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The Xbox One X and One S digital are dead; long live the Series X

Microsoft this week revealed it’ll no longer be making the Xbox One X or the Xbox One S digital edition. Instead, it’ll be focusing on the Xbox Series X, its new baby — though it’ll continue to sell the standard Xbox One S for the foreseeable future. In a statement to The Verge, a spokesperson said “As we ramp into the future with Xbox Series X, we’re taking the natural step of stopping production on Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally.” Word of console shortages, the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xbox,Xbox One...
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Xbox is bundling xCloud streaming with Game Pass Ultimate

Microsoft today announced it’s adding Project xCloud, it’s ambitious cloud gaming service, to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. By tying the two together, it boosts the value of Game Pass, giving it an advantage over its console competitors. Excited to announce that @XboxGamePass and Project xCloud are coming together at no additional cost starting in September. Play games like @Halo Infinite when it launches this holiday, whenever and wherever you are. Learn more: https://t.co/sObYSHidLb pic.twitter.com/VwpIpHz3ed — Xbox (@Xbox) July 16, 2020 In case you’ve forgotten, Project xCloud is a streaming service that, much like Google’s Stadia or Nvidia’s GeForce Now, will… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xbox...
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LGBTQ+ visual novels: The genre that’s doing inclusivity right

Visual novels occupy an unusual space in the gaming industry — not quite like the conventional idea of a “game” but still part of the broad category of interactive media. Besides gameplay, they differ from the rest of the industry in the topics they cover. Visual novels tell stories about characters, as that’s more or less all the medium will allow. They are the province of friendship and romance, especially those mainstream games don’t usually tackle. Just to give an example, during Steam’s Pride month sale, you may have noticed that several of the games offered during that sale —… This story continues at The Next Web...
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So help me, I need this LEGO NES and its (kind of) playable Mario game

LEGO and Nintendo today confirmed they’re releasing a new set, this time a recreation of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System console. Far from a simple recreation, this brick set will apparently allow you to actually play a Mario game… well, sort of. Details about the set leaked earlier this week, and were confirmed when LEGO released a video on it today. It’s to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the console, and is almost a note-perfect recreation — they even cheekily sneak in a shot of the person assembling it blowing on the cartridge before putting it in. And lest you think this… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Ghost of Tsushima is samurai Assassin’s Creed — and not much else

It hasn’t even been a full month since The Last of Us Part 2 came out and set the console gaming community on fire with its controversial story – but Sony is already back with another first-party exclusive to cap off this console generation. Yes, it’s up to Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima to be the actual last big Sony-published PlayStation 4-exclusive, before we move on to the PlayStation 5 era later this year. And coming hot off the heels of TLOU2, that’s no minor task. Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world action adventure set in medieval Japan. You take on… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Microsoft Flight Simulator fills our game-less gap this August

Microsoft just revealed we’ll finally be getting the new Microsoft Flight Simulator this August — meaning we’ll not only be taking to the skies again very soon, but we’ll actually have a game to play in mid-August after everything’s been delayed. It’s been six years since the last release in the series — fourteen if you don’t count the Steam release of Flight Simulator X. In case you’ve missed any of the pre-release info, the flight sim is the most detailed we’ve ever seen, with every major airport in the world lovingly recreated. It’s every fussy thing you’ve ever wanted from a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft...
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Far Cry 6 details leak, and our fingers are crossed for a female protagonist

Ubisoft was apparently planning to reveal a new Far Cry game at its weekend E3 replacement event. Today, a leak gave away most of the major details about the game, including a look at the main villain. Ubisoft has also confirmed we’ll be seeing the game at the show. Anton would not be pleased. See you on Sunday at #UbiForward. pic.twitter.com/HieToJzDxp — Far Cry (@FarCrygame) July 10, 2020 We already suspected there was going to be a Far Cry game at this weekend’s event. Ubisoft allegedly has five games coming out this fiscal year — we could already account for Watch Dogs Legion, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Rainbow… This story continues at The Next Web...
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The PlayStation 5 may play PS1, PS2, and PS3 games via the cloud

Sony has been revealing more details about the PlayStation 5 and its games, looking towards the future. However, someone recently unearthed a patent that suggests the company is also interested in its past: namely, PS5 may have more games on it than just PS5 and Ps4 games. The patent was revealed by a Twitter user called @renka_schedule. If you translate from Japanese, it says a number of PS1, PS2, and PS3 games can be stored in the cloud, and can be played via a virtual machine that emulates the original consoles’ operating systems. SIEのPS5?特許情報をメモします。 ・PS1/PS2/PS3、様々な世代のゲーム機にわたる大量のゲームタイトルが、クラウドゲーミングライブラリを介して蓄積され利用可能。 ・これらのゲームは、それぞれのゲーム機に関連したオペレーティングシステムを模倣した仮想マシンの上で実行可能。 pic.twitter.com/TsWV859OLd — れんか (@Renka_schedule)… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Playstation...
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The fall of Microsoft’s Mixer and the fate of its exiles

Towards the end of June, Microsoft surprised everyone by announcing it was shutting down Mixer, the streaming service it’d been attempting to build into a Twitch competitor for years. Now millions (yes, millions) of channels are left without a platform. So where would they go? The fall of Mixer To say Microsoft‘s move came as a shock to Mixer‘s streamers would be to undersell it. I spent a few hours popping around Mixer channels after I heard the news and the reaction was more or less blank shock. After all, Microsoft seemed to be putting all of its weight behind Mixer. Now it… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft...
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