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Next Gen Approaches as SONY and Microsoft ready for launch

Posted by Bruno B on September 29, 2020 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

   Hi all as We near the launches for next gen gaming , all eyes are on what the two big rivals do. Yes we know Microsoft have said they don't see Sony as rivals.





But this is good old Console wars and no matter how you look at it , this is what where heading for. Sony's confidence has been noted since the overhwhelming success of the PS4 after the legendary 2013 balls up by Don Matrick at the Xbox Conferance.


But with a good few years of leadership by Phil Spencer has seen the team in green gain the much needed respect they lost.



Of course this new generation has been hampered by the Global Pandemic , resulting in the usual fan fare associated with console launches , like live events and fans getting hands on with the systems months before launch go out of the window. 

What we have had is a series of digital reveals , outlining the games on the systems and some hardware specs , some of these digital showcases have been ok while others have not revealed enough or the right infomation.



But in the end the past month has seen both companies reveal more info on the systems and the all important launch dates and price which both held up on until recently and really only got revealed because of leaks from Microsoft's end . 

So yes with Xbox where getting two consoles , one a super uber Series X which is aimed at 4K gaming and those wanting the best in performance at the highest resolution. Also in Xbox's court is the smaller more affordable digital only console ( Xbox Series S)  aimed at the more casual purchase and people who are going to play on a standard HD TV or Moniter up to 1440p .


Sony have gone with two consoles as well , but there two consoles are identical apart from one being a disc based unit and the other being a digital only unit. Both of Sony's units aim for 4K gaming , they share the same hardware.



The big thing this generation is that these uber consoles don't come cheap at a whopping £449 .00 ( $499) for both Microsofts and Sony's Disc Based units and Sony's Digital unit coming in at £359.00 ($399) , while Microsoft's Smaller Xbox series S comes in at a affordable £249.00 ($299).

Both consoles launch in November.



But where as Sony has lined up a couple of specific launch day exclusives like Spider Man Miles Morales and Demon Souls , Microsoft has had to delay their big hitter , HALO INFINITE due to a poor recpetion in digital events and not wanting to release a sub par game which is vital to showcase the system . This basically means Microsoft have no Xbox studio launch days games , or launch window for that matter. 

Yes other compaines have Launch games for both systems , but many are cross gen titles .

But where Microsoft have been translucent with the new system , offering as much infomation as possible the past month, Sony on the other hand still have details they have not disclosed to their fans and customers. .


At time of writing Xbox and the team in green seem to have the upper hand , not only are they releasing two consoles aimed at two completely different price points and consumers they have also made sure their new console is fully back ward compatible with all Previous Xbox one games , and all 360 and OG Xbox back ward compatible games that currently work on Xbox One, as a bounus most of these games run with improved frmae rates , lighting and effects just from the bog standard edition. 

Add to this many games getting free upgrades as you transition from one eco system to the next and you have a forward thinking concept.




But that's not all Xbox's game pass has been a marvelous addition to the Xbox eco system which offers great value to try out new games and all Xbox Studio games on day of release. 

Then add in Included Xcloud play for Android devices , the inclusion of EAPLAY being included as part of the gamepass subscription from Xbox Series launch day .


Then the big one happened when a day before the Tokyo Game show , Xbox announced they had purchased Zeniax , the company who own the likes of Bethesda , Id Software , Arkane Studios and more . this means all the IP associated with these developers are now owned by Microsoft . 

It means the likes of Doom Eternal.,Wolfenstien series , Fall Out and more are going to be coming to Gamepass . this will of course take time but Doom Eternal already has a date .




Xbox seems to be off to a flying start , they even have review units in the hands of reviewers and digital foundary have done a couple of videos on the new system , showcasing it's power.

Sony seem intent on keeping silent after a good showing of games , which was diluted the next day when suppossed exlcusives where found out to be coming to PS4 as well ( Spider Man Miles Morales / Horizon Zero 2 ) , where as Xbox uses the same Operating system as the current Xbox One range , it has been upgraded with new features and a new shop experiance which have been launched on the previous gen as well.



So gamers know what to expect. . Sony's Operating system seems scarce and in reality potential purchasers have pre-ordred not knowing vital info or what even the UI looks like on Sony's system.

Sony and Microsoft have less then six weeks to launch and Sony seem to be lacking in communication at present.


Xbox Series X  / S launches on November 10th 2020 worldwide  / X =£449 ($499) -  S =£249 ($299)

Sony PS5 launches November 12th in the America's and the USA  and on November 19th in all other regions  £449 (499) Disc - £359 ($399) Digital.

Are you entering the next gen early or are you waiting ?

As of writing all preorders have sold out , though both compnies say more stock would be arriving after launch day. 

This is Bruno B , your gaming expert giving you the lowdown .


I'll be back with more news on the next gen of gaming shortly.

Our next article will feature the debacle of using the new SSD drives , the pro's and the con's for gamers. and how to manage that data.



Sei Ashina Dead at 36

Posted by THE SNAKE on September 15, 2020 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

2020 definetly has been a tough and sad year for many. And the sad news continues to arrive. After our last post about he death of Benny Chan I did not think my very next post would be about another death .


Japanese Actress Sei Ashina star of various Film and TV productions has been found dead at her apartment in Tokyo .

Police are currently investigating . Her Family became worried when she failed to answer phone calls or messages .

Her body was found on September 14th 2020 , Sad News indeed and even more so when Police suspect apparent Suicide .


Sei Ashina was the third Japanese Celebrity death since May with the other two also contributed to Suicide.

Sei Ashina came to fame in the turn of the Millenium when she starred in Kamen Rider Hibiki in film and TV .


Other Notable roles where in 2007 film 'Silk' and  Kamui Gaiden 2009 .


Sad News indeed

Sertes Nake 



Director Benny Chan Dead at 58

Posted by THE SNAKE on August 30, 2020 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Sad News this month is the passing of  Director Benny Chan who was repsonsible for some of Hong Kong's greatest action cinema.

Benny Chan was diagnosed with  Nose Cancer ( nasopharyngeal cancer)  last year whilst  filmimg '' Raging Fire ' with Donnie Yen.

Benny Chan got his break under Johnnie To as his Assistant in the 90's at TVB.

Benny Chan had directed some of the greats in Action cinema from Jackie Chan in Who Am I , to Andy Lau in Shaolin.

Benny Chan Passed away on  August 23rd 2020 , he was Just 58 years old..

We will be doing a series of film reviews as a tribute to the director shortly.

I am sure all readers send their condolances to his family.

Thank you for  all the joy you brought to the big screen Mr Chan.

Sertes Nake August 2020

 

Yakuza Kiwami out now on XBOX

Posted by Bruno B on April 25, 2020 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

  My final news of the day,  Just a slight bit of info , for those who have been playing Yakuza 0 on Xbox will be pleased to know that Yakuza Kiwami  ( the remake of the original game)  is out now on Xbox One in digital format at a reasonable £14.99  .

Plus Gamepass subscribers can also play the game on their subscription along with the Prequel .

Of Note * Yakuza Kiwami requires approximatley 22gb of storage space on Xbox One , and require roughly 44gb for the install on PC.

We will give a update once Kiwami 2 releases on Xbox as soon as we know. 


This is Bruno.B signing off. Be Safe everyone.


Copyright(c) SEGA

Bandai Namco offer Free Pac-Man Game

Posted by Bruno B on April 25, 2020 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

  Yes more news for you all , Those lovely people at Bandai Namco are giving away a free digital copy of Pacman Championship edition 2 on PC /PS4 / and Xbox One  , in  a mesaage to get people to play at home amidst the covid19 outbreak. 

Unfortunately Nintendo Switch owners have been left out as Switch has the Plus edition of the game and is not in the offer. 

Pacman is a classic iconic game and even though this edition may not be the best , it's a welcome gift. 

All i have to say is Thank You very much Bandai Namco and may you all be safe. 


copyright (C) Bandai Namco

Streets of Rage 4 launches on April the 30th

Posted by Bruno B on April 25, 2020 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

  Hi All I'm back with more gaming news,  April the 30th sees the release of STREETS OF RAGE 4 , yes the long awaited sequel to Sega's arcade classic.  Developed by Lizardcube and Produced by Sega the title looks to be a great homage to the classics. So come April 30th Owners across Xbox One  / PS4 and Switch will be able to get down and gritty in this new iteration of the classic beat'em up and at Kickemintheghoulies we can not wait. .

Big Bonus for Xbox One owners is the title is coming to Gamepass on launch day , so subscribers to the service get to play right away. , it seems Phil Spencer and the Xbox team have pulled out the stops once again with Gamepass getting a plethora of Sega titles these past couple of months or so. Of course we don't know how long these titles will remain in Gamepass , so play them while you can.


Image copyright(c) Lizardcube / Sega


HYPER JAPAN FESTIVAL 2020 POSTPONED

Posted by THE SNAKE on March 20, 2020 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

      NEWS JUST IN - Crossmedia have announced that the proposed HYPERJAPAN FESTIVAL due to take place at Olympia on July 10th-12th has been postponed due to the COIVD19 outbreak. 

Now seeing as Many events have been postponed ,you may think this is the norm, but many events have been reschedualed , MCM London Comic Con May was recenlty postponed till the 10th -12th July , in effect clashing with Hyper Japan Festival , Seeing as many of the exhibitors at both events are the same it seems some sort of compromise had to happen , also many on social media had aired their unhappiness about the events clashing with the new dates. 

Seeing as MCM in effect does attract more visitors ( 200'000 in a weekend) ,exhibitors would of course take more money at MCM . I reckon if both events would have gone ahead , my bet would be that Hyper Japan would be the one to suffer losses in lost exhibitors and visitors.

I have attended both events for years , it will be interesting to see how close the new date which is coming shortly is to the potponed one. They might go for a August date , we should find out in the next few days. 

Watch this space for the new date of Hyper Japan Festival 2020. 


Also it was apparent that the Birmingham MCM comic con also clashes with other events , though i am not to sure what they are at the moment, once i find out i will post a update :)

MCM COMIC CON LONDON POSTPONED till JULY

Posted by THE SNAKE on March 19, 2020 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I had a feeling this one was coming, MCM Comic Con London has been postponed till July 10th -12th. , this is in line with Goverment suggestions that people should operate social distancing due to the COVID 19 outbreak. 

I did feel the London show would be next after Birmingham was moved to June.  I guess it's hard to calculate what the end of May will be like at this point and how everything will be operating. 

Once again Reedpop SAY excisting ticket holders need not worry ,your tickets are valid for the July show, And if you are unable to  make July you contact Reedpop to transfer to the October show or get a refund if you can not make either. 

So as we go into isolation i hope all keep well and safe , and remember buy what you need ,not for the next decade. Remember the Older folk can not travel for food and supplies and if everyone hoards it all it's not fair. 

Keep Well , Train Hard ( You can keep fit at home)  and enjoy life as in the end we will all get through this .

And i hope to see many at the MCM London in July where we can party like it's the first one ever.

Sertes Nake aka The Snake



Heated Gaming Battles as PS5 takes on Xbox Series X

Posted by Bruno B on March 18, 2020 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)


  Hi all , The past couple of days have been big for the gaming Community , if there's one thing the worlds lockdown on COVID19 is doing is bringing gamers together across the world as online portals are spiking with more players online then ever before. And looks like it's going to get busier with the announcement today that all UK schools will be closed by the end of the week to curtail the virus outbreak.

We should see more gamers online for the next few weeks at more times of the day. 

So This week we have had Nintendo reveal a indie showcase with many titles arriving this year and many timed exclusives for the Switch. Of the ones where most impressed by include Baldo and The Last Campfire.. 


 The Last Campfire is by Hello Games  ( No Mans Sky) and arrives on Switch and other consoles this Summer


Baldo is a Anime inspired RPG which looks adorable ( C)  NAPS TEAM


But also in the news is the SPEC Reveals for Xbox Series X and PS5 . Microsoft where out of the gates first on Monday confirming the 12 Terraflop beast with a 1TB SSD , a new controller with capture button and the systems Raytacing abilities and iterating Full backward compatability with all XBXO ONE titles and all excisting compatiable Xbox 360 and Xbox OG titles. .


They even showed a demo of how fast the Series X loads a game compared to a Xone X. It's fast. 

Other news is that if you buy a title for XONE Xone X , and later upgrade to the Series X you can use the same disc and the system will upgrade the game to the Series X version via the internet at no extra cost. ( Providing developer has taken advantage of the Series X )

So play the latest titles on your excisting hardware and when you can afford to upgrade you can play the same game but looking so much better.

Storage- Series X comes with a 1TB SSD and has a expansion port for 1TB Specific cards . you can still use a USB hard drive for Your XONE and XONE 'X' games . so the most sensible thing to do is have all your Back compat titles installed on the USB drive ( unless it's Series X enhanced)  and leave the console SSD and Expansion for your Series X games. .



Coming Holdiay 2020


Now to todays PS5 deep Dive which today chief architect MARK CERNY  , Big surpise here was the how limited the Deep Dive was with Cerny's focus on how fast the SSD is in the PS5 , it's apparently very fast , like instantaneous.  But the reveal of the the system only being 10.28TerraFlops upset a few PS4 stalwarts from the sounds of it. ( To be honest does it make a difference) , but then they go and reveal the SSD size as 825GB , which seems ludicrous for next gen. especially when some games come in at 100GB , if your lucky it will store ten AAA games or so unless your only buying indies. 

Yes they have NVME EXPANSION cards coming as well , but when buying a new console added cost of extras adds up and many buyers won't have the dosh.




On the topic of Back Comaptability Cerny said they had tested a 100 of the most popular PS4 games and most worked. So what does that say about the other hundreds of PS4 games , will you still need your PS4?

No mention of other systems being back compatable.

No reveal of what the console looks like  ( something XBOX have been early with )

In breakdown the PS5 specs don't match the Series X and with their fan service of Gamepass and their back compatable program and the fatc that all forthcoming games will work on all XBox One systems and the Series X , it looks like Microsoft are ahead.


We wait with bated breadth for more info over the coming weeks as Summer approaches.


This is Bruno B Signing Off 

Keep Well and Safe all





UK stance on COVID19 not unique

Posted by THE SNAKE on March 15, 2020 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello all , 

With most of Europe going into lockdown in response to the virus Covid19 many seem it odd that the UK stance is somewhat less dramatic at the moment,  Italy is in full lockdown, Spain and France are bringing in new measures from Monday, With non essential shops told to close along with Cinemas and and basically anywhere people congregate for entertainment. 

Though the UK has not been so severe at the moment ,we know this could all change. at the flick of a switch. At the time of writing ,shops are open, ,schools are open as are most places. Even bans on large gatherings are not compulsery yet even though many fottball matches and public events have been cancelled by the organisers . It looks like many are self policing. 

But where not the only Country that has gone this route , South Korea  which at the time of the outbreak was at the centre of the outbreak have worked with China and other countries in the area . They have let people go about their daily life as best possible and by doing so , has dampened the impact of the virus on daily life for those not infected. 

But the one thing South Korea has is a very high test rate raito and have remarkably tested over 250'000 people for the virus and keep track of those infected by a phone app where they can moniter the persons symptoms .

In all intense and purposes , in South Korea it is working. Time will tell if the UK's stance is right , But one things for sure the next few weeks will effect everyone and in the end it's best to go with the flow , be careful and all will be fine . And don't forget to wash your hands.

                 



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