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Here’s the first trailer of Nintendo’s Switch console

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It’s been nearly four years since Nintendo released the Wii U, and we’re just now seeing the successor. The new Nintendo Switch is still a “home gaming system,” despite advertising itself as a console you can take with you wherever you go.

That’s the main selling point of the Switch: With all the processing done within its portable frame, you can either connect it to a television to play in your living room together with a full-sized controller, or use separate controls you can attach on the sides for a complete mobile gaming experience.


It sounds complicated on paper, but the promotional trailer helps make sense of its abilities:

As you can see, the Nintendo Switch Dock is what holds everything together in front of a TV. By detaching the NVIDIA-powered central unit, you can continue playing seamlessly without any needless transitions.

The Joy-Con controller is what you find on the sides. When not attached, a single player can use one in each hand, two players can share a pair, or they can be slid into a Joy-Con Grip accessory to be used like a traditional controller.

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There’s also an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for those who want something more PlayStation- or Xbox-like. A kickstand is available behind the main console, so your hands are free to use any of the controllers the entire time if needed.

The list of games is currently a mystery, but the trailer shows off Zelda, Mario, and NBA games, to name a few. It’s cool, though, that Nintendo already has overwhelming support from third-party companies. Check ‘em out:

Nintendo Switch support

It’s all quite exciting, and we expected nothing less from the creative minds of Nintendo. The Switch’s release isn’t too far off; we’ll all get a taste of it when it arrives in stores in March 2017.

Unfortunately, that’s all we have so far. No one knows how much it’s going to cost, what games it’ll launch with, and what the exact specifications are. We have our fingers crossed for worldwide shipping once it’s available.

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Here’s an early look at the Sony PS5’s raw performance

Spoiler: It’s fast!

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Even though Sony dished out some early info on the upcoming PlayStation 5 (should they choose to stick to the numbered naming scheme) and revealed that it’s more than just a mere upgrade, we don’t have any tangible data on what exactly to expect.

Fortunately, Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki was present at Sony’s most recent gaming presentation and had this video to show us:


What you see here is a comparison between the loading times of the PS5 and PS4 Pro. Make no mistake here: The next-generation console is incredibly fast! A lot of credit must be given to the built-in SSD the PS5 will ship with.

This should be taken with a grain of salt, however. Tech demos are often fixed to make the newer (and more expensive) product seem superior. To the next-gen console’s credit, it’ll come with the latest eight-core Ryzen chip and a custom GPU from AMD’s Radeon Navi, which are capable of 8K gaming and ray tracing when put together.

Sadly, we still don’t have a release date and Sony won’t announce anything at E3 next month. For now, savor your PS4 and its growing library of classics.

Via: Kotaku

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Minecraft Earth is like Pokémon Go but with building blocks

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In a move that makes loads of sense, Minecraft is coming to mobile though an augmented reality app similar to Pokémon Go.

It’s called Minecraft Earth and it’s arriving later this year with a beta phase happening during summer. The developers offered this trailer, but it does little to explain how the system would work.


Check it out:

The official website’s FAQ section, however, delves into more of the info we actually care about.

For one, it’ll be free to play and will include several of Minecraft‘s traditional features including world building and discovering/fighting mobs.

Concerning regional availability, the developers aren’t confirming these details just yet. If it’s anything like the issues Niantic experienced with Pokémon Go before, chances are this rollout will be gradual, too.

Finally, for the “Will Minecraft Earth have loot boxes?” question, the website has a definite “No” to answer that.

Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android and iOS. Fingers crossed that there’ll be no delays. 🤞

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Finally! New trailer of Final Fantasy VII remake drops

We waited four years!

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It took four years but we now have a follow-up trailer to the Final Fantasy VII Remake. First announced during E3 2015, the much-anticipated remake has only shown up through rumors and disappointing news of delay.

However, at PlayStation’s State of Play, we now have some new footage of the game. The released footage features cinematic scenes with Cloud and Aerith, gameplay previews, and glimpses at the remake’s primary antagonist, Sephiroth.


Final Fantasy VII was first released for the original PlayStation. It’s the first game in the series to move away from 2D animation and make use of polygonal character design, taking advantage of the console’s capabilities.

The game’s director Tetsuya Nomura also said that “most of the plans are already in place in the run up to the launch.” He also promised more details in June. Here’s to hoping for no more delays and that we don’t have to wait another four years until the game actually comes out.

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