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Fortnite is doing better than PUBG, revenue report says

No chicken dinner for you

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Battle royale games are now locked in a battle royale themselves. The fight for supremacy rages on between two of gaming’s darling children — Bluehole’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Epic Games’ Fortnite.

Eve since the original Fortnite released their own battle royale mode, the two giants have been trading salvos against each other. However, according to a report from games analyst SuperData Research, Fortnite has finally overtaken PUBG on the monthly sales column.

For February 2018, Fortnite outsold PUBG by US$ 126 million versus PUBG’s paltry US$ 103 million in sales.

Strangely enough, Fortnite is a free-to-play game, earning only through cosmetic purchases like costumes and emotes. On the other hand, PUBG requires a one-time US$ 30 purchase on Steam.

Of the two, Fortnite is the goofier game with cartoonist graphics, the lack of gore, and an abundance of quirky character skins and emotes. It is easier to learn for starters and appeals more to young players.

Fortnite built its offering with a flurry of features to outpace the seriousness of its rival. Besides better skins, it has a building mode, which allows players to build (and destroy) walls and structures in-game. Additionally, it supports multiple consoles including PS4, Xbox One, PC, and a limited mobile release. It also hopes to add a 50-versus-50 timed game mode in the future.

Meanwhile, PUBG is the grittier and more realistic game, offering a bleak version on the free-for-all genre. It is focused more for PC, despite a release on Xbox. They have only recently added an official mobile version on Android. Its no-frills approach appeals more to battle royale purists. Sadly, despite a year on the market, bots and cheaters still plague the game.

Whichever way you swing, the battle royale genre will heat up in 2018. Even before the two giants, the genre already enjoyed hard hitters like H1Z1 and The Culling. With only two left, it looks like a heady duel with chicken dinner on the line.

SEE ALSO: Is Fortnite Battle Royale a worthy PUBG console alternative?

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PS5’s DualSense controller gets two new colors

Midnight Black and Cosmic Red

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Not too fond of the white DualSense controller on the PS5? Sony PlayStation heard you as they announce two new colors of this haptic wonder — Midnight Black and Cosmic Red.

The PlayStation blog waxed poetic while describing the new colors: “Midnight Black features two subtly different shades of black with light grey detailing to reflect how we view space through the night sky. Cosmic Red offers a striking black and red design inspired by the unique vivid shades of red found throughout the cosmos.”

The DualSense controller is one of the biggest innovations of the PlayStation 5. Combining Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers, it offered developers a new way to have gamers experience games. This was most evident in the recently released roguelike survival shooter Returnal.

The new colors are indeed striking. Could this be a sign that we might see Midnight Black and Crimson Red plates for the actual PlayStation 5?

The new lineup of colors will be available at participating retailers globally starting June 2021. The exact date will vary by location. You may check with local retailers for availability.

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LoL Wild Rift: New champions, skins, and character adjustments!

Patch Notes 2.2c is here

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Amidst Rengar and Kha’Zix’s rivalry, new competition is joining in the mix. Renekton is finally getting released later on in the patch to face off against his brother, Nasus. And, the ancient rituals of Blood Moon will make their debut in Wild Rift with Renekton. So, buckle up, there’s a bunch of new things coming with the patch.

Renekton: The Butcher of the Sands

Renekton is an ascended warrior from the scorched deserts of Shurima. The esteemed warrior of his empire was entombed beneath the sands during the fall of the Sun Disc. While the world above the sand changed, he grew resentful and insane. Now free from the deserts’ entrapment, Renekton seeks vengeance over his brother, Nasus (whom he blames for years in darkness).

Riot is doubling down on new skins, new accessories, new events, and champion adjustments. So, if you’ve been out of the loop from the Wild Rift universe, this is the perfect time to come back to it.

There’ll be another update on the patch later this month for what’s to come in June and July. But, the Jubilant Colors event kicks off in just a few days: May 24. Check the patch notes here to read up on more specifics!

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PlayStation VR 2 could be 4K with gaze-tracking tech

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Excited for the PlayStation VR 2? A fresh leak regarding foveated virtual reality headset points to the next-gen accessory being a compelling head-mounted display — and far more impressive than the predecessor. Sony has been teasing the launch for quite some time and even left many breadcrumbs for enthusiasts.

However, the report today isn’t official. According to Upload VR, Sony recently shared more details of the next-gen PlayStation VR with the company’s partners. Topping the list of details is a 4,000 x 2,040-pixel resolution, which gives it a stunning total of 8.16 million pixels.

In terms of rendering, it will work smarter by utilizing foveated rendering. That means that anything in the users’ peripheral vision that isn’t being looked at directly will be rendered in lower quality. The new technology will help save computing resources, delivering a better experience.

A single USB-C connection to the front of the PS5 is expected to power the unit. Another welcome touch is inside-out tracking. Now that Sony is ditching the PS Move controllers, the headset’s onboard cameras will be used to track the position of the new orb-shaped controllers instead.

The accessory seems like a perfect companion for the PlayStation 5 and is well equipped to compete. Although, the supply of PlayStation 5 has been severely hit, and the Japanese giant is expecting delays to go well into 2022. The company hasn’t even given us a release date yet — we know only that we won’t be seeing it by the end of 2021.

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