Sony E3 2017: What to expect

about X hours ago from
Sony E3 2017: What to expect

Sony has long had some of the best press conferences at E3, and that history has been helped by the fact the company doesn’t mind taking the time to slam Microsoft when the opportunity arises. Those chances are going to be harder to find this year — Sony even handed a talking point to Microsoft this week — but the PlayStation 4 family of consoles will likely stick to what it does best: Games.

A gold PlayStation 4 will be on sale for $249.99 during the show itself, and it wouldn’t be shocking if that price drop was made permanent during the press event.

Pokémon Stars on Switch is a no-show, to fans’ dismay

about X hours ago from
Pokémon Stars on Switch is a no-show, to fans’ dismay

The Pokémon Company threw a couple of curveballs during today’s Pokémon Direct. A Nintendo Switch port of Pokkén Tournament was, if not shocking, a small surprise. But it was the brief reveal of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon for Nintendo 3DS that perked up viewers’ ears — because the name they were expecting to hear was Pokémon Stars, a Nintendo Switch game.

Even before the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon in November, rumors about Pokémon Stars ran rampant. The game reportedly would expand on Sun and Moon and be available on Switch, the first Pokémon adventure title to be offered on a home console. Fans pointed out several signs over the months following that seemed to corroborate this initial claim, like old, removed Pokémon Direct presentations and star-themed merchandising.

Nintendo E3 2017: What to expect

about X hours ago from
Nintendo E3 2017: What to expect

It’s become an E3 tradition that Nintendo, well, eschews E3 tradition. The company will hold an hour-long presentation during E3 2017 instead of a big press conference like the majority of the show’s headliners. Also unlike its competitors, Nintendo’s given us at least some sense of what to expect out of its E3 livestream.

We’ll break down what we know is definitely getting the spotlight during this year’s Nintendo Direct — along with some games (and people!) just as likely to appear. Tune in on Tuesday, June 13 at 9 a.m. PT.

Sony’s E3 2017 PlayStation press conference: time and live stream

about X hours ago from
Sony’s E3 2017 PlayStation press conference: time and live stream

Sony’s 2017 E3 press conference will taken on Monday, June 12 at 6 p.m. PDT / 9 p.m. EDT / 2 a.m. BST, June 13 (When is that?). You can watch it live with us right at the top of this post.

And what do we expect? It’s a good question. The Xbox Scorpio means that Sony will no longer have the most powerful hardware on the market with its PlayStation 4 Pro. The demand for the Nintendo Switch continues to outpace supply, and it’s not like Sony is going to be able to compete with the portable nature of that system with, y’know, Vita news or anything.

Battleborn goes free-to-play today, owners get bonus content

about X hours ago from
Battleborn goes free-to-play today, owners get bonus content

Battleborn, Gearbox Software’s hero shooter meets MOBA, goes free-to-play starting today in what the studio is calling a “Free Trial” with no planned end date.

The Steam and Xbox One versions are free now. The PS4 version is free now in the Americas and will be free in Europe and Japan starting June 13, according to the company.

Pokémon Gold and Silver are coming to 3DS

about X hours ago from
Pokémon Gold and Silver are coming to 3DS

Pokémon Gold and Silver will launch on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console this September, Nintendo announced.

The re-releases will be available on the Nintendo eShop on Sept. 22. Pokémon Gold and Silver were originally released for the Game Boy Color in the United States 17 years ago. The updated version of the game will be compatible with Pokémon Bank, the Nintendo 3DS service that allows players to deposit, store and manage their Pokémon in private Boxes online.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is the series’ next game for 3DS

about X hours ago from
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is the series’ next game for 3DS

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will launch later this year on Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo announced today. They’ll launch on Nov. 17 worldwide.

The game is heavily based on Pokémon Sun and Moon, last year’s pair of Pokémon role-playing games for Nintendo 3DS. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will further expand on the world and story of those entries, returning players to the Alola region. The game will also feature Pokémon not included in the original titles, which launched last year, according to director Junichi Masuda.

Pokkén Tournament is coming to Switch

about X hours ago from
Pokkén Tournament is coming to Switch

Pokkén Tournament will launch on Nintendo Switch. Nintendo revealed that the Wii U fighting game will be its next title to get the Switch re-release treatment, following April’s Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

The game is called Pokkén Tournament Deluxe and will launch on Sept. 22. Nintendo showed off the title with a brief teaser that shows how it’s updated for the Switch. The biggest change is that players can use one Joy-Con controller each to compete on a single Nintendo Switch console. There will also be new modes to choose from.

New PC builder promises 60 fps or your money back

about X hours ago from
New PC builder promises 60 fps or your money back

PC hardware manufacturer NZXT, best known for their line of cases, power and cooling products like the Kraken, is launching a new PC building service called BLD. With BLD, (pronounced “build”) customers can pick from a menu of popular games. The engine crunches the numbers and spits out a list of components, along with a guaranteed frame rate. If the PC, as delivered, misses the mark by more than 10 percent you get your money back.

“We see it more as a service than a traditional system integration,” said NZXT’s CEO and founder Johnny Hou. “Other places there’s model A, model B and model C. There is no such thing with this service. All of the systems you’re going to get come from an engine.”