Graphics Will Become Indistinguishable From Reality, GTA Boss Says

about X hours ago from

Speaking to CNBC financial analyst Jim Cramer, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick talked about why he's excited about Microsoft's Project Scarlett and Sony's new PlayStation, both of which are expected to release during Holiday 2020. He said the increased horsepower of both next-generation consoles will give Take-Two's developers at Rockstar Games and 2K Games, among others, the ability to make better-looking games that are creatively improved as well.

"We have a new console generation coming, and that's going to allow us to do some things that we haven't been able to do before creatively, and that's exciting," he said.

Zelnick went on to say he expects the graphics of video games to eventually become indistinguishable from real life--if a developer chooses to pursue ultra-realistic visuals. He didn't specifically say that the new generation of consoles coming next year will allow for this level of realism, however.

Apex Legends Now Lets You Hog The Glory For Yourself, For A Limited Time

about X hours ago from

The team-based battle royale Apex Legends is experimenting with dropping the "team-based" part in a limited-time mode. The new Solos event has launched, letting you compete with 59 other aspiring Legends as you fight to be the last one standing. As previously announced, the event which is dubbed the "Iron Crown Collection Event" will last through August 27.

The update that brought Solos also packaged some extra goodies. A new Octane's Town Takeover mixes up the map in some unique ways, adding a mega jump pad and stunt ramps with fire effects to the stadium. Plus, over the weekend of August 16-18 you can earn double XP for Top 5 finishes and wins.

The event will also reward players with Iron Crown Collection Packs, which house exclusive cosmetics. You can earn a couple of packs by completing special event challenges, and others are available for purchase. These packs have a 50/50 probability for Epic or Legendary items, and won't give duplicates. If you manage to get all 24 Ice Crown exclusives, you can also purchase an heirloom item, Bloodhound's Battle Axe.

FIFA 20 Loses Juventus After PES 2020 Announces Exclusivity Deal; EA Responds

about X hours ago from

Juventus will be exclusive to PES 2020 this year, meaning FIFA 20 will have to make do without. PES publisher Konami has announced a "long-term" deal with the club that makes PES "the only console football game to include the Italian champions."

Konami says the partnership covers exclusive use of Juve's "team name, crest, and official kits"--as well as its Allianz Stadium--within "console football video games." That leaves the door open for other games, such as Football Manager, to include the club, but details on that are unclear. What is clear is that FIFA will not include Juventus this year; EA has stated its plans to instead feature an unlicensed version of the club.

"Following a close relationship with Juventus Football Club, EA Sports can confirm that June 30 marked the end of its partnership with the club," EA said.

Xbox One X Gets Deep Discount For Prime Day (US)

about X hours ago from

Prime Day is here, and thanks to the competition between Amazon and several other retailers, there are deals to be found just about everywhere. With the combination of a discount and a coupon code, you can snag an Xbox One X console for almost $200 off.

See Xbox One X at Google Express

The deal comes from Antonline through Google Express. The discount at checkout is $166 off, but with the addition of a coupon code (JULY20SAVE) you can make that $186 off. That's almost a savings of $200 from a system that ordinarily costs $500, putting it at about $314. That's roughly in the price range of standard, non-4K consoles.

Rainbow Six Siege Update Out Now On PS4, Xbox One--Here's What It Does

about X hours ago from

Ubisoft has revealed the patch notes for Rainbow Six Siege's new Y4S2.2 update, which is available now on PS4 and Xbox One. The patch will seemingly not be released on PC.

"The Y4S2.2 patch will be primarily bug fixes aimed at cleaning up issues raised during the Test Server and during the early weeks of season release while we prepare for the next update and work on other major issues," Ubisoft said in a blog post. "Clash and deployable shields have previously been re-enabled on live servers across all platforms, but we are continuing to monitor the fix that went out."

The most notable changes in the update are tweaks to the recently-introduced reverse friendly fire. The threshold at which RFF kicks in when attacking hostages have been changed, Ubisoft says.

New Borderlands 3 Trailer Sees Vault Hunters Dance In A Murderous Musical

about X hours ago from

Gearbox has released a new trailer for Borderlands 3. The trailer sees the game's four playable Vault Hunters--Moze, FL4K, Zane, and Amara--all dance to the song "So Happy Together" while they kill an army of bandits. All things considered, it's not the weirdest thing that Borderlands has ever done but it's still pretty silly.

The trailer, which can be watched above, begins with Claptrap dancing as a loot crate behind him opens. Inside the crate, a mini version of Pandora comes to life and Zane begins to playfully shoot the bandits surrounding him as "So Happy Together" starts to play. Although the other three Vault Hunters initially look at Zane with confusion, they all soon join in and the remainder of the murderous musical is devoted to showcasing each of the characters' unique special abilities.

FL4K brings out the beasts under his control to chew on downed bandits to the rhythm of the music. Moze summons Iron Bear and crushes some enemies as the song transitions into the chorus. Zane dances to the chorus alongside his holographic decoy, and the two twirl together arm in arm while murdering the surrounding bandits. Finally, Amara joins the fray, careening down into the crowd with her Siren powers erupting into a colorful explosion. The four Vault Hunter then all join hands and dance together as they continue to shoot all the enemies around them.

New PS4 System Update Out Now, Here's What It Does (Not Much)

about X hours ago from

Sony has released a new system software update for PS4, but it doesn't add all that much. The brief official patch notes state the update "improves system performance."

The 6.72 update is available now, and it weighs in at around 463 MB. The "system performance" line is a fairly standard one for minor updates like this.

The next major PS4 update, meanwhile, is still in beta. That patch will contain big improvements to the console's Party chat system, including increased chatroom size, better audio quality, and improved network connectivity. There are also a couple of neat accessibility options being tested: the PS4 Second Screen mobile app will allow you to enter text to be spoken aloud to other party members. Additionally, the app can transcribe incoming chat audio from your friends.