November 24, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

With around six hours under my shiny new +84 Agility belt, I can already see that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands doesn’t only straddle the line between life and death – it straddles the line between what was and what could be for Blizzard’s 16-year-old MMO. While it bombards us with familiar characters like Thrall, Jaina Proudmoore, and Darion Mograine in its opening fanfare, it also proceeds to gleefully kick open the doors to new corners of the Warcraft universe and introduce the intimidating Jailer. As the first main bad guy in WoW’s history who didn’t originate in the RTS games…

November 24, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

In a new interview, Xbox boss Phil Spencer shared how toxicity can harm the video game industry, calling console tribalism “one of the worst things about” the video game industry. Speaking with The Verge, Spencer spoke out against what he calls “tribalism in the industry,” though more popularly referred to as the “console wars.” Spencer, who heads up Microsoft’s Xbox operation, goes as far as to say that tribalism may be the only thing that could force him out of the games industry. “The tribalism in the industry, if there was anything that would ever drive me out of the…

November 24, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

“All major retailers and Sony, [they] had so many bugs and issues where the PS5 would get taken out of my cart,” Ace tells IGN. So, after failing to secure a PlayStation 5 through the usual digital stores and even directly from Sony, Ace did what anyone does after missing a sale, and started shopping the gray market. Ace ended up paying $900 for a PlayStation 5 on Craigslist – and they weren’t the only ones going to such extreme measures. The PS5 and Xbox Series X are this season’s hottest items, and their popularity is wildly driving up prices…

November 24, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

CD Projekt Red has shared a new gameplay video of Cyberpunk 2077 running on both PS5 (via backwards compatibility) and PS4 Pro ahead of its launch on December 10, 2020. This PS5 and PS4 footage follows the Xbox Series X and Xbox One X gameplay from last week’s Night City Wire Special, and this time reveals gameplay from the beginning of Cyberpunk 2077. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/11/24/cyberpunk-2077-playstation-gameplay-video”] The gameplay switches back and forth from PS5 to PS4 Pro, giving PlayStation fans an idea of how Cyberpunk 2077 will look when it’s released next month. If that wasn’t enough for you, you can…

November 24, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has explained that more Xbox Series X units were built for launch than Xbox Series S, but that the ratio of units made of each console will likely be more even by next holiday season. In an interview with The Verge’s Decoder podcast, Spencer explained the logic, saying that the company expected to see more demand for Series X at launch, something he says has proven to be true. “We figured that our first holiday, and probably our second holiday, you would see more of the higher end SKU, the Series X sold. We built more…

November 24, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

Rainbow Six Siege’s next-generation update will arrive on December 1, and brings with it a variety of improvements and quality of life features that should help Siege feel at home on PS5 and Xbox Series X. Chief among the upgrades, Siege on next-gen will support resolutions of up to 4K and frame rates of up to 120FPS. The update will, akin to many games, provide two modes for this. Talking to IGN, Mazen Elbawab, Software Project Lead on Rainbow Six Siege, said: “You can either favour the resolution of the game or the frame rate. If you favour frame rate…

November 24, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

IO Interactive has revealed a new Chongqing location for Hitman 3, and released more details about how the game will run on PC and next-generation consoles. The new location takes Agent 47 to the neon-lit streets of Chongqing in China. A short video published by IO today shows off the new environment and digs into the power of the Glacier Engine. Hitman 3 will include more than 300 active NPCs at once, and on next-gen consoles and PC, the game will run at 4K resolution, and 60 FPS, with HDR. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/11/24/hitman-3-under-the-hood-chongqing-location-reveal-trailer”] The video mentions that the rendering, animation and…

November 24, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer says he thinks Xbox will release a smart TV app used to play games, with no console required, “in the next 12 months”. In an interview with The Verge’s Decoder podcast, Spencer was asked what was stopping Microsoft from releasing Xbox as an app for smart TVs that meet a minimum hardware specification. The answer, it seems, is nothing: “I think you’re going to see that in the next 12 months,” replied Spencer, “I don’t think anything is going to stop us from doing that.” [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/fixing-ps5-xbox-series-x-launch-issues-next-gen-console-watch”] Spencer doesn’t go into any specifics on the…

November 24, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

On December 4th, FIFA 21 makes its way to the new generation of consoles with its release on both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. Players who already own the game will be getting a free upgrade from PS4 to PS5 and Xbox One to Series X/S respectively, but what’s actually different about these new versions? Here are the headline features of what to expect when FIFA 21 hits next-gen: 1 . Enhanced Matchday Atmosphere Before you even step onto the pitch a new sense of occasion is created as the team buses pull up, players walk through into the…