Xbox Scorpio will improve the performance of every Xbox One game

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Xbox Scorpio will improve the performance of every Xbox One game

Project Scorpio, it was revealed today, will run every game that is currently compatible with your existing Xbox One ... including Xbox 360 games that are backwards compatible. That’s good news. The even better news is that the new system will improve performance on all your games.

"According to the Xbox hardware team, your existing library of games should run smoother, look better and load faster," Eurogamer is reporting.

Tecmo Super Bowl’s world championship is reborn as a tournament worthy of the big time

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Tecmo Super Bowl’s world championship is reborn as a tournament worthy of the big time

Beginning as a weekend get-together among close friends, Tecmo Super Bowl's world championship remained true to that spirit over its first 12 years. When Tecmo Madison returns this weekend, there will still be plenty of camaraderie, but it will more resemble an esports marquee event that wants a wider audience, and will work hard to earn it.

"There was so much interest in the event, but still, nobody would know what the hell was going on unless they were in the venue," said Dave Murray, the owner of TecmoBowl.org, who bought the tournament from founders Chet and Josh Holzbauer of Madison, Wisc. after they'd decided their increasing obligations in work and family left little time to run it properly.

Streamers are streaming Persona 5 despite threats of bans from Atlus

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Streamers are streaming Persona 5 despite threats of bans from Atlus

Despite publisher Atlus announcing yesterday it would take action against Persona 5 players who uploaded or streamed certain parts of the game, people are doing just that.

On YouTube and Twitch, searches for Persona 5 result in a number of streamers playing through the game, clearly disobeying Atlus’ guidelines. The developer stated in a blog post that people could stream or upload videos of gameplay as long as it didn’t surpass the 7/7 mark in the game. Failure to abide by the rules could result in bans for players, which has led to many of the streamers naming their streams absolutely ridiculous titles.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 open beta starts this month

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 open beta starts this month

Relic Entertainment’s Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 heads into open beta this month, and players can start signing up right now.

Today Relic and publisher Sega announced an open beta weekend beginning on April 21 and ending April 24. The game is scheduled to release on PC just a few days later, on April 27. Players will be able to try the game’s multiplayer mode only, but not it’s single-player campaign. All three factions, including the Eldar, Orks and Space Marines will be playable.

Japanese site estimates Nintendo spends $257 to make one Switch

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Japanese site estimates Nintendo spends $257 to make one Switch

Japanese teardown firm Fomalhaut Techno Solutions estimates that Nintendo spends $257 in parts for each Switch that rolls off the assembly line. With a retail price of $299.99, that leaves little margin for error let alone profit.

That number comes after Fomalhaut gutted the Switch console, its Joy-Con controllers and charging dock in an effort to catalog the each individual component inside. Best guess is that the biggest chunk — including the touchscreen, processor and dock — runs $167 out the door. The Joy-Cons, on the other hand, are a bit more pricey given their size. Each Joy-Con contains an estimated $45 worth of tech.

Arcade throwback NBA Playgrounds jams on Switch, Xbox One and PS4 in May

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Arcade throwback NBA Playgrounds jams on Switch, Xbox One and PS4 in May

NBA Playgrounds, a game outed at the end of February's Nintendo Switch Direct showcase, was confirmed by its maker today and will launch in May for the Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

In this trailer, given to IGN today, NBA Playgrounds is shown to be a 2-on-2 arcade style basketball game in the tradition of NBA Jam. Big-headed current stars and all-time greats pull off twirling dunks from high above the rim.

BioWare details changes to controversial transgender NPC

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BioWare details changes to controversial transgender NPC

In a tweet from its official account this afternoon, BioWare detailed changes the company would be making to Hainly Abrams, an NPC who appears in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Yesterday, the company released a list of upcoming changes that would be coming to the long-awaited, recently released game, including both patch notes for an imminent update, and a list of further changes the developer wishes to make. The majority of those changes were related to the game’s oft remarked upon instances of odd animation, while others were quality of life improvements like the ability to skip certain cutscenes. A small minority of changes were about less mechanical aspects of the game and more narrative ones, including one described as “adjustments to conversations with Hainly Abrams.”

Making Tracer more than her sexuality was important for the Overwatch team

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Making Tracer more than her sexuality was important for the Overwatch team

When the folks behind Overwatch decided it was time to mention Tracer’s sexual orientation, director Jeff Kaplan knew they had to do it carefully. Kaplan sat down on camera with PCGamesN to talk about how Blizzard Entertainment handled the first story featuring Tracer and her girlfriend as sensitively as possible.

“We were worried, I’d say, for a number of reasons” about the Overwatch community’s reaction to Tracer being gay prior to the reveal, Kaplan said around the 28-minute mark.

Microsoft ends free Kinect adapter promotion for Xbox One S owners

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Microsoft ends free Kinect adapter promotion for Xbox One S owners

Microsoft has ended its program of providing free USB adapters to Xbox One Kinect owners who purchase an Xbox One S.

The Xbox One S debuted in August 2016, more than two years after Microsoft unbundled the Kinect from the original Xbox One. The slimmed-down white console does not include a Kinect port. People who want to connect a Kinect to the Xbox One S must use an accessory known as the Kinect Adapter, which allows the Kinect to be hooked up to one of the system’s USB ports.