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Cheaper Switch model coming in June, sources say

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 34 mins ago

Nintendo plans to release a budget-friendly Switch handheld-console model this June, sources tell Bloomberg.

 

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The Switch has always been Nintendo's future. The wildly successful handheld-console hybrid is an evolution of Nintendo's hardware history--the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS handheld all led up to the Switch. Now with a new cheaper Switch on the way aimed at replacing the 3DS, the Switch is set to fulfill its destiny as the core center of the company's gaming presence. Sources tell Bloomberg that the long-rumored Switch Mini or Switch Lite is on the way, and could launch as soon as June of this year to slowly replace the 8 year-old 3DS handheld.

 

No official details on the new system have been confirmed. Analysts predict the system will have certain features shaved off to save money, which could drop the cost to $199, down from the current Switch's $299. Many think the Switch Lite is to the Switch like the 2DS is to the 3DS. Speculation infers the low-cost Switch will have non-removable JoyCons and a slightly smaller screen, although the core internal specs--like the NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip--should remain the same.

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Call of Duty 2019 hyped at private playtest event

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 46 mins ago

A handful of football stars got to try out Infinity Ward's new Call of Duty game at a recent private event, hyping up the shooter before its official announcement.

 

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If a recent closed-doors event in Nashville is any indication, Activision should unveil Call of Duty 2019 soon. A number of high-profile athletes have playtested this year's big Call of Duty, and all of them say it's absolute fire. The athletes dropped hype-building teases on Instagram with the #CallOfDutyPartner hashtag. Of course no one revealed any actual info about the shooter, but reports say it'll be Modern Warfare 4.

 

Activision has confirmed a few details about the next Call of Duty. Unlike Black Ops 4, Infinity Ward's new CoD will have a more grounded story-driven campaign mode complete with co-op action.

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Next-gen Switch isn't happening, sources at Nintendo say

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 48 mins ago

Reports now say Nintendo isn't making a more powerful Switch handheld-console hybrid, and will instead update existing SKUs with almost negligible upgrades.

 

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Earlier this month, key sources told Eurogamer and The Wall Street Journal that two new Switch models would release in 2019: a higher-end next-gen model with beefier specs and performance (dubbed the Switch Pro or Switch+) and a cheaper version aimed at replacing the flagging 3DS (dubbed the Switch Mini, or Switch Lite). Further info gleaned from Nikkei said the next-gen Switch had been put off because Nintendo hadn't outlined its plans yet. Now sources tell Bloomberg that this isn't the case.

 

A next-gen Switch isn't in development, new sources close to the matter told Bloomberg. Instead Nintendo will provide smaller upgrades to the existing Switch model. This matches up with previous WSJ reports that Nintendo would spruce up the Switch's LCD screen to an OLED panel and possibly amp battery size.

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Nintendo Switch firmware update brings system to 8.0.1

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 5 mins ago

A new firmware update has been released for the Nintendo Switch and it brings the system up to version 8.0.1.

 

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Last week Nintendo released a massive firmware update for the Nintendo Switch. The update brought the system to version 8.0.0 and added several new functionality features such as a sorting software option, 'view all news option' 15 new avatars, a transfer save data feature, a zoom feature, sleep mode and much more.

 

The new update that was recently released hasn't added as much as version 8.0.0, in fact no new features have been released at all. This new firmware update is purely for "General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience." If you are interested in checking out the other updates for the Nintendo Switch that Nintendo has released, visit the official Nintendo website here.

Fan hurls dead crab at Super Smash Bros. Pro Player in match

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 5 mins ago

Its not everyday that you hear about an airborne crab almost connecting with a pro gamer while the gamer is mid match, but today is that day and what better game for it to happen then Super Smash Bros?

 

 

One of the most well known Super Smash Bros. players of all time is Super Smash Bros. Melee pro player Juan "Hungrybox" DeBiedma. During the Pound 2019 grand final against Cloud9's Joseph "Mango" Marquez, Hungrybox was subjected to a slight bit of hate from one of the fans in the crowd after he took home the competition.

 

A fan decided to launch a dead crab at Hungrybox as the player was packing up his controller. Not surprisingly after the shock subsided, Hungrybox stood up and began shouting at the crowd in anger. Hungrybox later then took to Twitter to apologize for his behavior with the crab saying "Sorry for losing my temper. Someone threw a fucking raw crab at me. After a 5 set losers run. Barely missed my head." The officials of Pound have come out and said that they intend to permanently ban the crab thrower but will not be releasing his name out to the public.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider gets final DLC 'The Path home'

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 5 mins ago

Square Enix have decided to release the final DLC for their recently released title Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The final DLC is called "The Path Home" and the soundtrack has been showcased in the below trailer.

 

 

The new DLC has dropped today and surprisingly enough Square Enix has decided to not show a gameplay or cinematic trailer for this DLC. Instead all we have to off of is the above soundtrack and the official description that Square Enix has provided. According to the description, the DLC will follow Lara and her journey to ancient tunnels through a "brand-new challenge tomb, which contains a secret that's been hidden for ages."

 

The brand new tomb for Shadow of the Tomb Raider players to enjoy is not the only thing included within this DLC. Players will also receive "The new Midnight Sentinel outfit, which enables longer focus and perception durations, and the Silver Strike bow, which causes arrows to penetrate enemy body armor or even pierce multiple unarmored enemies. In addition, the new Magic Touch skill allows Lara to consume fewer resources when crafting on the go." Shadow of the Tomb Raider is currently available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The Path Home DLC is currently available for purchase and download.

GIGABYTE's new AERO 15 Classic notebook is 0.74 inches thick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 14 hours, 35 mins ago

GIGABYTE has refreshed its gaming laptop line up with new 9th-gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics with its new AORUS 15 notebooks, but there were also refreshes of the AERO 15 range which are thinner and lighter than the AORUS family laptops.

 

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The refreshed AERO 15 Classic gaming laptop comes in two forms with the option of a Core i7-9750H that clocks up to 4.5GHz or the Core i9-9980HK which clocks up to 5GHz. Both systems can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM and have 2 x M.2 slots for a huge amount of super-fast NVMe storage. The flagship AERO 15 Classic-YA comes with NVIDIA's flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics with 8GB of GDDR6.

 

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The company is offering the world's first 3mm thin bezel, which is an impressive feat.

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World War Z has managed to sell 250K copies on Epic Store

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 5 mins ago

World War Z has finally hit the market and has received quite the level of criticism, regardless of that though the title has managed to hit a new milestone in sales.

 

 

According to an official announcement on the Epic Games Twitter page, Saber Interactive's title World War Z has managed to make 250,000 sales on the Epic Games Store. Many fans of the game have commented on the announcement from Epic with their concerns for the titles sales and how they would compare if the game launched on Steam instead of the Epic Games Store.

 

Recent reports have now said that World War Z has managed a total 1 million sales across all platforms, which is quite an achievement for both developer Saber Interactive and publisher MadDog Games and Focus Home Interactive. World War Z is currently available for purchase on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. For more information, head on over to the official World War Z website here.

AORUS 15 gaming laptop refresh: 1080p 240Hz LCD, RTX 2070

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 15 hours, 42 mins ago

The latest refresh of the AORUS 15 gaming laptop has been unveiled, with some pretty damn good internals that are worth a look with some industry-leading stuff going into the AORUS 15.

 

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Inside, the new AORUS 15 gaming laptop comes in three variants with changes between the LCD and GPU. First off we have the flagship AORUS 15-XA with a 15.6-inch 1080p 240Hz IGZO LCD from Sharp, while the AORUS 15-WA model comes with the same 15.6-inch sized display but is made by LG, is an IPS display and falls down to 144Hz. The lower-end AORUS 15-SA rolls out with the same 15.6-inch 1080p 144Hz LCD from LG.

 

The big difference between the three AORUS 15 gaming laptops is that the flagship model packs the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070, the middle AORUS 15 includes a RTX 2060, while the lower-end AORUS 15 rocks the new GTX 1660 Ti.

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Snoop Dogg & 21 Savage stream Mortal Kombat 11 competition

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 16 hours, 5 mins ago

Snoop Dogg has continued his legacy of being an avid video game fan by hosting his very Mortal Kombat 11 tournament. Enter the "Snoop Dogg's Gangsta Gaming League" for the 'King of the Kompound'.

 

 

Snoop Dogg has taken to his personal Twitter to reveal that he is hosted his own Mortal Kombat 11 competition showdown with some of his close friends. Some of Snoops friends included rapper 21 Savage, Rachel Ako, Kamil McFadden, Rachel Swindler, Dashae Frost and Dan Rue. The stream was featured on mixer as well as Twitch.tv and also directed viewers to the website Merry Jane.

 

This isn't the first time we have seen Snoop embrace his gaming side, we last saw him receiving his very own copy of Spyro Reignited Trilogy as he is a massive fan of the original Spyro games, check that story out here. In other news about Mortal Kombat 11, check out the Nintendo Switch gameplay trailer here, or you can watch the brutal trailer of the recently revealed Frost fighter here. Mortal Kombat 11 has officially launched and is available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch.

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