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20 new PS4 games this week as PlayStation named #3 most relevant brand in UK

It’s no secret that PlayStation 4 is one of the most successful consoles ever to hit the video games market. With over 82 million units sold as of last month, the PS4 is predicted to surpass the PS3’s life time sales and could even approach the original PlayStation’s sales of 102.5 million units by the time its finished. Of course, the highest selling console of all time is still the PlayStation 2 with over 155 million units sold, which no home console has ever come near.

PlayStation VR has also made incredible strides becoming the highest selling VR headset currently on the market, reaching 3 million units sold as of last month alongside 22 million PSVR games being sold as the platform continues to lead with some of the most well produced Virtual Reality games in existence with no signs of stopping or letting down early adopters of this new technology.

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Nintendo Underground: Three New RPGs, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC, and more

In this week’s eShop update for Nintendo Switch there’s a lot of new games available for gamers. In addition to the Mega Man 11 Demo which many of you have already been experiencing, there are some modern day classics, retro hits, and indie delights newly launched on the market.

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Nintendo Direct 9.13.18 Full WrapUp & Videos

After a one week delay due to the recent earthquake in Japan, Nintendo dropped their biggest Direct presentation (that isn’t purely about Smash Bros.) in a long time. With some of the content announced by third parties leading up to the show, a little bit of thunder was missing from this conference – but all in all, fans have a lot to look forward to this year and next year on the Nintendo Switch handheld / console hybrid platform.

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ACCELL USB-C to 3 HDMI Multi-Monitor Hub Review

If you’ve got a new Surface Book 2, HP Elitebook x360 G2, or ZBook and would like to expand your desktop working space to three screens without sacrificing the quality and vibrance the device would perform at on a single display, then this accessory is what you’ve been searching for. Although there are many ways to use this accessory, that is one of its crowning achievements.

With the world’s newest laptops, hybrid notebooks, and workbooks on the market capable of high-end visual output supported through USB-C, ACCELL is one of the companies producing excellent quality products that help users take full advantage of their hardware. This hub can even be used as a 4K HDMI-splitter as well, among other creative alternative features offered.

Join us for a discussion on the usefulness of the U228B model ACCELL USB-C to 3 HDMI Multi-monitor Hub as well as a semi-breakdown of its impressive specs and what some of it means.

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The Last Remnant Remastered Revealed for PlayStation 4 [Hi-Res Screens]

It appears that Square Enix is focusing on making bigger and better games that really nail the masterpiece goal they have for themselves. With salvaging Final Fantasy XV into something the world ended up loving, but not really calling a masterpiece, they perhaps have to realize how close they keep coming to doom by announcing many huge projects at once that take almost a decade to finish and look nothing like their original concepts.

In the meantime, while working on their next-generation of big games, there seems to be a steady flow of remastered content both unexpected and in demand coming from the studio including FFXII: The Zodiac Age as well as the newly revealed FF: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition and even a PS4 / Xbox / Switch homecoming upgrade of a mobile title now known as FFXV: Pocket Edition HD.

Imagine our surprise when Square Enix PR sent over a press release today detailing a December 6, 2018 release date for The Last Remnant Remastered on PlayStation 4. Being one of the turn based Xbox 360 investments into the Japanese RPG demographic that never made its way to the Sony side of gaming.

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Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition (PS4, Switch) Revealed for 2019

One of the lesser known Final Fantasy titles enjoyed by GameCube owners worldwide is the Crystal Chronicles entry into the series which will now see its way onto the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch next year with updated visuals, increased frame rate performance, and even new gameplay features. A trailer was launched for the game during Tokyo Games Show 2018 showcasing the improved look and launch window of 2019.

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Here’s all the Fallout 76 videos plus today’s new one

Atomic energy was just one perk of splitting the atom, but more importantly – nuclear weaponry was also made possible by this grand scientific breakthrough. As with most weapons of mass destruction, nukes can achieve peace! Through the fear of being demolished many uneasy alliances have been formed. As Fallout 76 approaches release for PS4, Xbox, and PC on November 14, 2018 we have a new trailer from Bethesda Game Studios showcasing a little more of how this system will work.

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Rumor: Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD releasing for PS4?

Update: Square Enix has confirmed this rumor and launched FFXV Pocket Edition HD for PS4 and Xbox with a Nintendo Switch version coming as well. The title is also subject to a 40% off discount right now. Below is our unedited rumor of the post and the new trailer for the game.

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 details its DLC and a surprise ahead of launch

I still have my steel case edition of the Valkyria Chronicles HD Remaster on PlayStation 4 and ever since the PSP days this has been a series that is fond to me. For those who are unfamiliar with the franchise, I have three words for you “turn based shooter” but implore further investigation as to the strategic pleasure one can find in such a genre you may have never known existed.

As Valkyria Chronicles 4 heads to release this month, Atlus and SEGA have now revealed that the original Valkyria Chronicles alongside all of its DLC will also become available for Nintendo Switch this Fall. Leading up to these product launches, Atlus and SEGA have released a number of art assets, screenshots, and detailed just what we can expect in terms of key features for the two new releases.

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Onimusha: Warlords Remaster Announced for PS4, Xbox, PC, Switch (2019)

After a huge, enthusiastic reaction to the RE2 Remake project, Capcom has announced that Onimusha: Warlords (originally released exclusively for the PlayStation 2 during 2001) will be remastered for PS4, Xbox, PC, and Nintendo Switch with a release date of January 15, 2019.

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PlayStation Plus titles for September 2018 revealed

In a new sizzle reel trailer the free PS4 games being offered by Sony for PS+ subscribers during the month of September 2018 has been revealed. Beyond the two main giveaways this month for PS4 there are also a number of titles being made available for free with ‘Cross Buy’ or ‘Cross Play’ features, VR, PlayLink functionality, and more.

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Best of Gamescom 2018

As we previously reported, NVIDIA stole the show at this year’s Gamescom 2018 with its next-generation PC Gaming graphics card lineup introducing Real-time Ray Tracing to the industry in what will arguably change the visual standard for decades to come. You can read more about that, watch the clips, and full public briefing provided in our NVIDIA RTX Press Conference WrapUp.

In terms of actual game announcements, this year was a little dry. We suspect a behind-the-scenes focus on the next-generation gaming consoles currently known as PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlet (names may change closer to their release) have something to do with the lack of major AAA showings. That being said, there was still plenty of closer looks at upcoming titles to get excited about and we’ve decided to cover most of it at once here in this piece.

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Gamescom 2018: NVIDIA RTX Press Conference Full WrapUp & Videos

Jensen Huang (CEO of NVIDIA) took stage in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany where almost half a million press, analysts, distributors, and other industry professionals meet yearly for Gamescom to host a special NVIDIA RTX 2018 Press Conference. During this full length presentation we were given the unveiling of a brand new graphics card series that had been heavily rumored for some time now. Incorporating next-generation video memory of top tier quality, a new 12 nano-meter manufacturing process, and a new focus on Ray Tracing, the NVIDIA RTX line of GPU hardware will be set to release this year with the first model becoming available next month on September 20, 2018.

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the sudden change from GTX to RTX and it has left many gamers and tech experts scrambling to gather information about whether or not the RTX will be as big of a leap or as immediately compatible as NVIDIA claims. The jury is still out on that, and it would be best to both pay attention to emerging analysis as well as keep an open mind over the coming months, for now though, here’s everything we know…

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VAMPYR the video game will become a TV series, FOX21 secures rights

Soon enough video games and film / television will continue to have more and more in common as filmmakers look for new and exciting ways to see their medium progress forward. Technologies like AR and VR are sure to change the landscape for interactive entertainment in both industries, but while waiting for such innovations to become more mainstream we are seeing some interesting exploration of intellectual properties.

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Another Bad Omen: Chief Design Officer Patrick Söderlund is leaving EA Games

Shortly after E3 2018, which saw one of the worst EA Press Conferences of all time many Bioware veterans have been jumping off the Anthem train. It now appears that the exodus of staff who are needed for the success of our industry’s latest “live service” may not just be limited to game developers.

Patrick Söderlund (Chief Design Officer) announced to employees today that he will be exiting his role at EA Games over the course of the next three months. This also comes on the heels of Blake Jorgensen (COO & CFO at EA Games) selling over a million and a half ($1,503,967) worth of EA stock options in early July of 2018. These all seem to be bad signs of what is to come.

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