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Activision declines to reveal next-gen pricing plan for now

Activision is not willing to share their plans for next-generation of consoles in terms of game prices as of now.

The company’s President, Rob Kostich, was asked during the Q2 earnings call about their next-gen pricing plans. He declined to comment, saying next-gen plans from the company will be announced officially soon.

And then finally I think on your last question was in regards to next-gen pricing, and so what I’ll say here is we’ll be sharing our plans soon, so I’m not going to share anything today. 

Kostich says the company is excited about the next-generation hardware and excited for what it represents in terms of game development.

For now, we’re just very excited for the launch of the new generation hardware. We think it represents another strong leap forward in creating a really incredible entertainment and value for our fans as we look forward.

Activision’s Call of Duty 2020 title is expected to be a launch title for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Some analysts believed the industry might shift to increase game prices for next-gen.

Take Two is the only company so far to increase game prices — saying NBA2K21 would be $70 for next gen, but said they’d look at price on title by title basis.

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PlayStation 5 Accessories Compatibility announced

Sony PlayStation has announced accessory compatibility for the PlayStation 5 in a new blog post on the PS Blog.

The company has provided fans an overview of what currently released PS4 accessories will work on the PlayStation 5.

As part of the post, the company has revealed that the PS4 DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller will not work for PS5 games. Sony believes all PS5 games should be played with the DualSense Controller.

The DualShock 4 controller will work for PS4 supported games on PS5.

Which existing PS4 peripherals/accessories will work on PS5?

  • Specialty peripherals, such as officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks, will work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games.
  • The Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets, as well as third-party headsets that connect via USB port or audio jack, will work on PS5 (the headset companion app is not compatible with PS5).
  • The DualShock 4 wireless controller and PlayStation officially licensed third-party gamepad controllers will work with supported PS4 games. 
  • Both the PS Move Motion Controllers and the PlayStation VR Aim Controller will work with supported PS VR games on PS5.

Please note, not all PlayStation officially licensed or third-party peripherals/accessories may work on PS5. We recommend checking with the manufacturer to confirm whether a product will work on PS5 and specific titles. 

Will DualShock 4 work with PS5 games?

No, we believe that PS5 games should take advantage of the new capabilities and features we’re bringing to the platform, including the features of DualSense wireless controller.

More information on the PlayStation Blog.

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Xbox reportedly to match PlayStation, remove Xbox Gold for F2P games

A new report from VentureBeat report Jeff Grubb states that Microsoft plans to remove Xbox Live Gold requirement from playing online and making MP free on Xbox platform for free to play games.

In a tweet posted on his account, Grubb says that it is “going away and playing online multiplayer will be free,” which would be massive for the platform.

Right now, there’s an entry barrier to play F2P MP games on Xbox. On Xbox, you cannot play free to play games either without Xbox Live while PlayStation lets you play F2P games without PS Plus.

But he does say in another tweet that “it’s going away entirely.”

Some reports have noticed as well that Xbox has removed the ability to buy 12 month or 24 month subscriptions on Xbox Live Gold.

Microsoft moving away from Xbox Live requirement for MP for F2P would be massive shift to align with Sony.

We will keep you updated.

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PlayStation 5 console revealed: Two Editions, Accessories, and More

Sony PlayStation has officially revealed what the PlayStation 5 console looks like.

During the Future of Gaming showcase on June 11, the company unveiled the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, alongside showcasing some of the accessories for PS5.

  • PULSE 3D™ wireless headset – offering 3D audio support and dual noise-cancelling microphones;
  • HD Camera – featuring dual 1080p lenses for gamers to broadcast themselves along with their epic gameplay moments;
  • Media Remote – a remote control with built-in microphone to navigate movies and streaming services with ease; and
  • DualSense™ Charging Station – for convenient charging of two DualSense™ Wireless Controllers.

The company revealed that there are two editions of the PlayStation 5 Console. The PS5 Standard with a disc tray, and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition.

“With PlayStation 5, we are making a significant leap to deliver a truly new generation of transformative play experiences that will redefine expectations for what games can be,” said Jim Ryan, President and CEO of SIE. “Worlds will be richer and more beautiful, they’ll captivate your senses in ways you didn’t think possible, and you’ll be able to experience them much more seamlessly, with lightning fast loading. Today’s showcase is just a glimpse of what’s to come in the next generation, and we want to thank our community for taking this journey to PS5’s launch with us.”

PlayStation 5 will launch holiday 2020. A price was not announced during the stream.

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Microsoft confirms Activision working on Xbox Series X games

Microsoft has confirmed during their Inside Xbox stream on May 7 a list of publishers that are developing games for the Xbox Series X.

The company has showcased a list of publishers during the stream and have confirmed Activision Blizzard is working on games for the Xbox Series X.

Activision and Call of Duty still remained partnered with PlayStation for marketing rights, so no gameplay of any Call of Duty title was shown during the Xbox Series X games showcase.

The game in development is most likely Call of Duty 2020, set to launch later this year and will most likely be a launch title for the new Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, alongside releasing on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Report: Sony producing less PS5 models, price to be higher; promotional plans changed recently

A new in-depth report from Bloomberg News has provided some inside information on Sony’s plans for the PlayStation 5 console.

The report from the site says that Sony plans to reduce the number of PS5 consoles produced this year not due to the impact of COVID-19 but because of pricing of the console because of more expensive parts in the console.

Game developers have told Bloomberg that they believe that the price will be between $499 and $549 for the PS5 console, but the final price is still up in the air as they work to finalize it.

The company has told assembly partners it would make 5 to 6 million units of the PS5 in the fiscal year ending March 2021, according to other people involved in the machine’s supply chain. When Sony released the PlayStation 4 in November 2013, it sold 7.5 million units in its first two quarters. 

The PS5’s loftier price tag may also deter initial take-up. Game developers who’ve been creating titles for the next PlayStation anticipate its price to be in the region of $499 to $549.

Sony’s overall strategy for the PS5 has been drastically altered too, per the Bloomberg report because of the impact of COVID-19. The company had to announce the PS5 DualSense controller recently because they feared it would leak if they didn’t announce it.

The company has also reportedly canceled plans to host a major conference to announce PS5 price and release information as well.

Only a small circle within Sony has reportedly seen the final PS5 design, and Sony has not announced the design yet.

Stay tuned for the latest information.

SOURCE: Bloomberg

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PlayStation 5 controller DualSense revealed

Sony PlayStation has provided fans with a first look at the all new Sony PlayStation 5 controller, and they have noted it is being sent to developers now for final testing of their new games for the console.

The controller is officially called the DualSense controller for PS5.

The new DualSense controller for PS5 features haptic feedback, which allows for more powerful senses while playing games. There’s also adaptive triggers for the L2 and R2 so that players feel the tension while pressing down.

The company also announced that they have changed the hand triggers’ angle and some small updates to the grip of the controller in order to allow for a controller that feels smaller and ensure great battery life of the control.

This provided us with an exciting challenge to design a new controller that builds off of the current generation, while taking into account the new features we were adding. For example, with adaptive triggers, we had to consider how the components would fit into the hardware, without giving it a bulky feeling. Our design team worked closely with our hardware engineers to place the triggers and actuators. The designers were then able to draw the lines of how the exterior of the controller would look and feel, with a challenge of making the controller feel smaller than it really looks. In the end, we changed the angle of the hand triggers and also made some subtle updates to the grip. We also took thoughtful consideration into ways to maintain a strong battery life for DualSense’s rechargeable battery, and to lessen the weight of the controller as much as possible as new features were added.

The Share Button on the PS5 has been replaced with the Create button, which allows players to create epic content to share with friends. More info on this feature to come soon.

The controller also features a built in microphone to allow players to chat without a headset if they want, for a quick conversation.

Now, let’s talk about the colors. Traditionally our base controllers have a single color. As you can see, we went a different direction this time around, and decided on a two-toned design. Additionally, we changed the position of the light bar that will give it an extra pop. On DualShock 4, it sat on the top of the controller; now it sits at each side of the touch pad, giving it a slightly larger look and feel.

DualSense marks a radical departure from our previous controller offerings and captures just how strongly we feel about making a generational leap with PS5. The new controller, along with the many innovative features in PS5, will be transformative for games – continuing our mission at PlayStation to push the boundaries of play, now and in the future. To the PlayStation community, I truly want to thank you for sharing this exciting journey with us as we head toward PS5’s launch in Holiday 2020. We look forward to sharing more information about PS5, including the console design, in the coming months.” – Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment.


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Sony says PS5 still on track to launch later this year

Sony has confirmed in a statement to Bloomberg News that the company does not currently see any delays to the PlayStation 5’s Holiday 2020 launch despite the current global health crisis.

Sony posted an investor note today on the current situation highlighting that they do not see any negative impact on their games & services business for the current fiscal year.

Sony estimates that there will be no material impact on this business for the current fiscal year. Although no issues have emerged so far, Sony is carefully monitoring the risk of delays in production schedules for game software titles at both its first-party studios and partner studios, primarily in Europe and the U.S.

Beyond that, a Sony spokesperson told Bloomberg that the PlayStation 5 is still on track to launch in Holiday 2020 and more information on the console will be announced in the coming months.

The latest info drop on the PlayStation 5 occurred earlier in March with a PlayStation 5 GDC Video that Mark Cerny, lead systems designer, hosted showcasing a deep dive into the specs of the system. A recap of that info is here.

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Xbox Series X release date still Holiday 2020, not Thanksgiving – Update

UPDATE: Microsoft PR says that Xbox Series X’s release date has not changed to Thanksgiving 2020. The company says the release is still planned for “Holiday 2020” alongside the release of Halo Infinite.

“Xbox Series X will be available Holiday 2020 alongside Halo Infinite,” said a Microsoft representative.

Xbox’s MajorNelson also noted this in a tweet:

Original Story:

Microsoft has updated the Xbox Series X website to state that the Xbox Series X will be launching in Thanksgiving 2020, which means late November.

The company thus far only mentioned Holiday 2020 until they updated the Xbox Series X website today to now provide a more specific time frame of Thanksgiving 2020. Thanksgiving is November 26, 2020 this year.

Xbox has announced many details on the new Xbox Series X, including the specs, the console design, and more over the last few months. The company has not provided a price or pre-order information for the console as of now.

If you missed it, here was the Xbox Series X reveal console video, that aired back in December from The Game Awards.

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New details on PlayStation 5 system architecture announced

Sony PlayStation has announced new details on the PlayStation 5 system architecture during a recorded video by Mark Cerny, lead of the PS5 design.

The new details revealed information on the console’s specifications, via EuroGamer. The console features an AMD based processor that is 10.28 TFLOPS with 36CUs at 2.23GHz.

The console also transitions to an SSD system to allow for dramatically faster load times to play faster on the PlayStation 5. The console features internal 825GB on storage with NVMe SSD slots to expand.

PS5 Specs

There are key advantages to the SSD system in PS5 that actually makes it faster than the Xbox Series X.

  • Faster load
  • No load screens
  • Ultra High-Speed Streaming
  • De-duplicate game data
  • No long patch installs

Below is a look at the Xbox Series X specs, which is in fact more powerful than the PlayStation 5.

Xbox Series X Specs

Watch the full 52 minute presentation now:

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