February 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

A new patch for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 adds a host of new features, including New Game Plus mode. Released next week, the mode is available to all players  and comes ahead of the DLC content drop this autumn. Be warned, there are mild spoilers in the patch details: “This is a second playthrough element that everyone who cleared the game will be able to play,” said Monolith Soft director, Tetsuya Takahashi, via Gematsu, “but rather than it simply be a second playthrough, several new specifications have been added.” Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

February 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Monster Hunter World has been flying off the shelves by all accounts, with five million copies shipped in the three days following its launch. Capcom has also reported that units shipped have just reached the 6 million mark, making it the fastest selling Capcom game to date  – and that’s just on consoles. The PC version has the potential to inject some momentum into the game’s sales figures when it releases later this year. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

February 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

It’s called “Yeti,” and it’s the code name attached to an intriguing rumor about Google’s gaming ambitions that emerged this week. The rumor suggests the company is developing its own cloud-based gaming service and home console. As The Information reported, the so-called service would stream games into users’ homes from remote servers, allowing users to play on a Chromecast or a new console made by Google.A game console from Google could be a big deal, akin to how Microsoft transformed the gaming business after launching the Xbox in 2001. Still, this week’s reporting offered scant details how Google’s gaming service…

February 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

I’m torn over the HP Omen 15.Like the larger HP Omen 17 we reviewed (and heartily recommended) in late 2017, the Omen 15 isn’t the flashiest notebook around, nor the fastest. It doesn’t stand out from the wider crowd of gaming laptops with spectacular features. But nevertheless, it’s a solid, attractive all-around gaming notebook that’s light enough to actually carry with you. That’s a rare combination in gaming notebookYet a few puzzling design decisions in the specific configuration we’re reviewing tarnish its luster somewhat. One aspect might be a complete show-stopper depending on how you use your gaming laptop. The HP…

February 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition has been released slightly ahead of schedule. While the game isn’t slated to release until tomorrow, Square Enix’s astoundingly faithful remake in now available for download on the iOS App Store and the Android Google Play Store. The game can be purchased in chapters, the first of which is free. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

February 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Activision Blizzard had its year-end call with investors today, revealing $7 billion in net revenue for its 2017 fiscal year. For the fourth quarter of the year, digital revenue accounted for $1.62 billion, over half of its total $2.64 billion for Q4. Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s Zombie Chronicles add-on was the number-one game add-on for Sony PlayStation 4, but “player investment in virtual goods and service” last year exceeded DLC for Call of Duty and Destiny. That means things like Overwatch loot boxes, for example. The popularity of loot boxes and their revenue-generating possibilities has caused more than…

February 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

On the back of its battle royale mode, Fortnite has passed PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in concurrent players on PC. Fortnite hit 3.4 million concurrents last Sunday, February 4, developer Epic Games confirmed in a blog post. Around the same time, it suffered from numerous server issues and outages, which are the main topic of the post. As Epic explains, Fornite has gone from 60,000 concurrents to 3.4 million in just a few months, leading to some scalability issues. Looking ahead, Epic says it seeks to expand and optimize its server system to accommodate the game’s ballooning player base. Continue reading…Powered by…