Buying Guides for the Xbox Series & PS5 Consoles

November 12th marks the official launch date for Sony’s PlayStation5. Millions worldwide are excited about what the next generation of consoles has to offer, which includes ray tracing and higher frame rates. Consumers wanting to obtain their PS5 have found challenges in acquiring their model via pre-order, which follows after manufacturing volumes decreased amidst Covid-19 becoming an international pandemic.

Sony Computer Company promised that production volumes would sustain normal expectations by January 2021. However, that doesn’t mean hundreds of thousands to millions worldwide will travel to local retailers for a PS5. That’s because children & young teenagers will be asking their parents for the PS5. Parents are likely better suited to purchase the PlayStation5 via an online retailer or direct from Sony. It was confirmed by Sony on November 6th that “Walk-In Purchases” aren’t being supported on the launch date. The Covid-19 pandemic has been cited as reasoning for this, with Sony not wanting to hold responsibility for potential outbreaks. It should be clarified that retailers are permitting “In-Store Pick-Up” for the PS5 or Xbox Series S/X.

  • The Walmart Company will begin selling the PlayStation5 on November 12th at midnight.
  • Target & Costco are supporting a midnight launch window for the PS5 on November 12th.

Xbox Series Lineup

November 10th is when the Microsoft Company is releasing its “Xbox Series S & Series X” consoles for consumers. Pre-orders have been sold out for weeks, with retailers permitting a limited quantity of available consoles for digital sale on November 10th. Limited quantities follow after Microsoft faced similar issues to Sony, with the Covid-19 pandemic prompting production volumes to drop drastically. Consumers can still anticipate standard retailers like Target, Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club, and GameStop to have a small selection available. It’s recommended that consumers wanting to acquire one of the limited Xbox Series S or X consoles have multiple retailers open simultaneously. It’ll take minutes for consoles to sell-out.

  • The Walmart Company will start selling the Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S on November 10th at noon Eastern Time-Zone.
  • Best Buy & Target are encouraging shoppers to make orders via their digital store, with pick-up options available. This recommendation is to avoid coronavirus infection.
 

Apex Legends Reveals New Map for Season Seven

It’s been two years since Respawn Studios launched Apex Legends, which would become a game that rivals Fortnite for popularity. Apex Legends has historically competed against Fortnite for highest player percentage, with both obtaining bragging rights since 2018. Typically, Fortnite dominates over Apex Legends but analysts predict an upcoming shift in popularity. This follows after Respawn Studios announced their releasing a 2nd map name “Olympus” during the 7th season. It marks the first new map for Apex Legends since releasing in 2018, sparking popularity amongst battle royale gamers.

Minor gameplay footage & images have been showcased for Olympus, prompting speculation regarding what the map will entail. Details regarding its creation process has been revealed by Respawn, with the Director of Apex Legends clarifying that Olympus originally appeared in Titanfall Three when that title was still in development. Titanfall Three was cancelled after popularity for Apex Legends more than quadrupled over TF2. Both games centre around the same universe, with Respawn Studios confirming on November 1st that Apex Legends isn’t exclusively a battle royale game.

Development of the Olympus Map gave designers an opportunity to add lore into Apex Legends. That mythology centres around the Titanfall Program & AL Program, how both worked together in previous generations to eliminate an alien species. Space-themed mythology has already been teased in King’s Canyon, the original map for Apex Legends. An alien spacecraft hovers over the map & has suggested that Respawn Studios is entering the beginning stages for creating a sequel to Apex Legends.

Goodbye Titanfall

Details regarding the Olympus Map note that it’s redesign from the Titanfall Three iteration is immense. The original layout, colour schemes, gameplay mechanics, and graphical components have been altered. Titanfall’s iteration of Olympus was a land-based map, with Apex Legends version floating thousands of feet above ground level. It means that players not locating their surroundings will rick plummeting to their death, with no revival option supported. Gamers hoping that through the Olympus Map will come a sequel for Titanfall Two will be let down, as Respawn Studios reconfirmed that they’ve given up on the series.

 

CD Project Red Lies to Workforce

Employed personnel working with CD Project Red have received an unwarranted request. The development studio has asked their designers & overall workforce to comply with a six-day workweek, with the reason being Cyberpunk 2077s deadline of November 19th. The avoidance of in-game glitches & crashes must be avoided to ensure profits, prompting an immediate request for 30+ days of overtime. This request comes after CD Project Red promised their workforce regularly that a six-day workweek wouldn’t be implemented under Cyberpunks final development phase. That was an obvious ploy to keep working morale high.

Marcin Iwinski, the Co-Founder of CD Project Red, had stated on two different occasions that employed personnel wouldn’t work overtime when the final phase of development began. Marcin evoked in 2019 that humane & respectable environments for their workforce are most important. However, the Co-Founder has seemingly changed his mindset & now holds loyalty to the numerous investors demanding millions in profit from CD Project Red.

The request made by CD Project Red explicitly states that employed personal are permitted to deny overtime & won’t receive an associated punishment for their denial. CD Project Red refusing to abide by this promise could result in a class-action lawsuit, which would see millions awarded to swindled developers. The request itself is named the “Non-Obligatory Crunch Policy – Cyberpunk 2077”.

The Lies Begin

It should be clarified that January 2020 saw Marcin Iwinski begin changing his mentality. Months after making promises to his working, sentiments were altered to state crunch times will be limited in the final stage of development. This means that workforces at CD Project Red has ample time to evaluate their home lives, and account for the non-obligatory overtime. It’s known that most who have sustained development of Cyberpunk 2077 has committed to the overtime. Ultimately, this is a project that they’ve spent years on & hold sentimental value. Completion for November 19th is essential for all employed personnel at CD Project Red.

Those wanting to experience Cyberpunk 2077 have to wait until November 19th when it’s released for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC. It’ll cost $90.00 to $120.00 for this game, with its price tag dependant on which edition is selected.

 

Game Awards 2020 Returns on December 10th

December 10th marks the date when the “2020 Game Awards Show” will return for international viewers. Gamers have revelled in the announcement that this iconic awards show would return, with organizers initially cancelling this event for 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The festivities are taking a unique approach towards showcasing this year’s best-rated game and giving the developers their subsequent awards. It’s known that in-person hosts will be located in London, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. These individuals are likely leaders at development houses that created some of the 2020s most influential games.

It’s expected that Sucker Punch or Naughty Dog will receive a game of the year. Sucker Punch released “Ghosts of Tsushima” for PS4 owners, which saw rave reviews from critics & gamers alike. Naughty Dog released “The Last of Us Two”, which was hated amongst fans of the series & praised by paid-off critics. 2020s Game Awards Show will likely select “Ghosts of Tsushima”, with fanfare more directed towards that title.

Organizers are introducing a new award for 2020, named “Innovation in Accessibility”. This award is dedicated to developers that create technologies, features, and content that assist with games being played on cross-platforms with wider audiences. Developers seen pushing that medium forward will be in the running, with five selected for contention & one winner. Details on which developers have been chosen for 2020 wasn’t revealed. However, it’s fair to assume that Microsoft Studios will be contending for victory after “Microsoft’s Flight Simulator 2020” was released.

New Information by November

Details regarding the 2020 Game Awards will be released closed to December 10th. That’s when contenders will be announced & gamers can vote for which developer is more deserving. TGA 2020 will also provide players with demos on upcoming games, unexpected announcements for next-generation titles, and support streaming options across forty-five platforms.

TGA Spokesperson evoked that throughout 2020, video games have connected & comforted players worldwide when being forced to remain indoors. Under that sentiment, The Game Awards Show knows that 2020’s TGA is more critical than any other. Organizers promised that they’re working diligently to create thoughtful & innovative streaming programs that’ll celebrate video games worldwide.

 

Riot Games Announced Dates for League of Legends World Championship

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced countless sporting tournaments into cancellation, even extending towards eSports. Guests-in-Attendance weren’t permitted to ensure the safety of employed personnel. There’s been considerable speculation regarding when eSports Tournaments would allow guests to return, with the 1st being announced on August 1st. Riot Games confirmed that they’re hosting the “League of Legends 2020 World Championship”.

It’ll be held in Shanghai between September 25th to October 31st at the Pudong Soccer Stadium. One site has been selected instead of the standard seven, allowing Riot Games to control the safety of their environment better. It’s unknown if international visitors will receive permission to attend this Chinese venue, with most nations not allowing for their civilian’s admission to purchase international flight tickets.

Riot Games clarified that the initial stages of this tournament wouldn’t permit audiences in-attendance. Local guidelines in Shanghai aren’t allowing for civilian personnel to attend largescale venues until October 1st. Riot Games emphasized that under these local guidelines, they’ll not allow for public attendance until the Finals. Tickets will be sold under the pretence that guests obey all social distancing measures.

An official statement from Riot Games evoked that their following Shanghai’s Centre of Disease Control, while also maintaining delegations with the Chinese Communist Party. This is to guarantee the safety of those attending the finals & employed personnel. Considering that China is the initial outbreak location of COVID-19, multiple high-profile names in the video game industry have expressed their discontent with Riot Games decision to launch the 1st eSports Tournament of 2020.

Follow the Leader

Inside sources with Riot Games mentioned that their mentality follows similarly to Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, and the National Basketball Association. All three sporting entities have restarted their 2020 Seasons, quarantining anyone that’s contracted with COVID-19. Riot Games believes that the “Bubble Strategy” is enough to guarantee the safety of active personnel, gamers that compete in this tournament, and the inevitable guests.

Riot Games is most likely incorrect about their assessment. It should be clarified that the “Chinese League of Legends Pro League” is still suspended from maintaining in-person venues, causing numerous gamers to question their safety is competing in the 2020 Championships.

 

The Benefits of Gaming Chairs

Most consumers disregard the concept of purchasing a “Gaming Chair”, with the product centred around a particular demographic that’s suited to younger audiences. What most aren’t aware of is that gaming chairs maintain enhanced lumbar, ergonomics, and neck support. Regular chairs used in office space often lack key components requiring comfortability. The act of gaming demands comfort with prolonged sessions, often taking hours. That means thicker cushioning, and more customization options in how the chair is formatted. Usually, there are minimal cost differences.

The demand for comfort is evident with most gaming chairs supplying consumers with “The Mayo Clinic Recommendations List”, which guides owners to the best methods of adjustment. That’s made possible by formatting the height to Feet-Floor Level, meaning your feet are touching the ground without any restrictions. Recommendations also regard the positioning of armrests & how to guarantee the best comfort for headrests. That MCR List is given alongside the instruction manual, something not typically seen with office desk chairs.

The versatility given when purchasing a gaming chair is unlike its office competitor. There isn’t the requirement of positioning your body for better support, with gaming chairs enabling a similar feature to recliners. That means consumers can kick back & relax without concern of having to enter a state of discomfort. Under this condition, gaming chairs provide multiple users & can extend beyond the norm of office spaces. It’s known that an average lifespan associated with gaming chairs will average five to ten years under proper maintenance. That’s double the length of office chairs.

Several gaming chairs have been selected down below, with these options available for three variations of usage. Consumers can use these products in their office for work purposes, in their gaming spaces for entertainment, and living room for lounging around. All several chairs are built for reducing body strain & maintaining optimal comfort while also enhancing lumbar support through premium materials. See the list down below.

  • Respawn RSP-800 OFM Gaming Rocking Chair ($193.00).
  • OFM Essentials Gaming Chair ($160.00).
  • G-Tracing Gaming Chair (190.00).
  • X-Rocker Drift Floor Chair (122.00).
  • Homall S-Racer Gaming Chair (150.00).
  • Homall Gaming Recliner (140.00).
  • Marvel Gaming Chairs (170.00).
  • Musso Camouflage Chair (160.00).
  • Vitesse Gaming Chair (150.00)
 

2020 Tournament for Evo Online Cancelled

Sexual allegations against the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Evo Online has prompted their 2020 Tournament to be cancelled. It was also announced that these severe allegations prompted their President to be removed from operation by the Board of Directors. Evidence indicated the truth behind these allegations, forcing Evo Online Directors to make an immediate decision on how to move forward.

The cancellation of the 2020 Evo Online Tournament disappointed thousands of supporters, who had anticipated the festivities to begin on July 4th. Announcing the removal of this tournament one day before it’s slated to start is unheard of, primarily when attributing the Digital-Format of Evo Online. Tony Cannon issued statements regarding the termination of Joey Cuellar, where the new Chief Executive Officer clarified that his fellow Co-Founder wouldn’t hold any capacity with this company moving forward.

Allegations made against Joey Cuellar surprised supporters of Evo Online, who weren’t anticipating the Accuser to be male. Mikey Pham remarked that Joey Cuellar maintained inappropriate actions against teenage boys during the late 1990s & early 2000s. Evidence was provided by Pham & was hard to negate by Joey’s lawyers. This prompted multiple gaming brands to terminate their involvement with Evo Online, including Capcom & Bandai Namco. This extended to NetherRealm Studios as well.

Supporters of Evo Online that purchases tickets for this tournament are being refunded immediately & being awarded in-game loot boxes for the inconvenience. Tony Cannon also clarified that they’d be making donations towards Project Hope, assisting other young men & woman that have suffered from sexual abuse.

Horrible Apology

Joey Cuellar made a horrendous apology through social media, not even indicating Mickey Pham in his sentiments. It was merely remarking that his actions weren’t ever meant to hurt anybody, that he was young & reckless. Joey indicated that for two decades, he’d matured himself into a better man. However, that doesn’t excuse his behaviour & becoming a Middle-Aged Adult doesn’t mean that sexual allegations from a younger self are immediately disputed. It’s unknown if Joey Cuellar will be sued or arrested for his pedophilic actions. Either way, these announcements will setback Evo Online substantially throughout the remainder of 2020.

 

2020 Razer Blade Pro 17 Unveiled

Details regarding the highly anticipated 2020 Edition of the Razer Blade Pro 17 has been released. This follows after months of speculation from dedicated consumers behind this brand. Razer Incorporated revealed that this year’s model is dedicated to refining former technologies praised by fans. Those wanting a significant overhaul of the Razer Blade Pro will have to wait until 2021.

Selecting the Razer Blade Pro – 2020 Edition as your next gaming laptop will enable multiple customization options to consumers. Choosing the standard model is still a viable option for meeting gaming requirements until 2025. The baseline edition includes a 4K 120Hz Touchscreen Display, which can be upgraded to a 300Hz 1080p Display. 120Hz will be sufficient to operate all modern games over the next generation cycle. This Touchscreen Display also supports 100% Adobe RBG Space capabilities.

The Internals

The internal specifications are identical to the 2019 Edition of the Razer Blade Pro 17. Upgrades to the internals extend towards the updated versions of the Nvidia Processors. Consumers will obtain the 2020 Versions of the 2020 Intel i7-10875H, which is clocked at 2.3GHz with this gaming rig. The graphics card supported with the Razer Blade Pro 17 is the “Nvidia RTX 2070 Max- Q Edition. Those wanting to enhance their graphic card capabilities can select the Nvidia RTX 20170 Super Max-Q Edition. This upgrade boosts the association price to $3,199.00 instead of $2,599.00 for the standard graphics card. Memory space with the baseline model comprises of 512Gb but can be upgraded to two terabytes.

The Vapor-Chamber Cooling System used by Razer Incorporated is implemented into the Blade Pro 17. This allows for gaming laptops to never overheat under any gaming conditions. However, this cooling system is extensive and drastically adds to the associated weight of this gaming laptop. Portability will be minor but possible. Those wanting to purchase this product will find initial exclusivity in North America by May 31st. The 2020 Razer Blade Pro will be released to the European Union & Asia by Mid-June.

Razer will recommend a series of accessories when purchasing this laptop via their online store. Purchase a dedicated gaming mouse from Razer, gaming headphones, and charging accessories. This way, consumers will get the most out of their 2020 Blade Pro 17.

 

Microsoft Unveils Series X Lineup

The Microsoft Company is working towards an innovative & revolutionary year in its historical operations. Their 1st notable announcement in 2020 pertained to the Surface Series Lineup, which combines a variety of tablets and laptops with premium components for retail sale. Microsoft has begun moving towards releasing information on the Xbox Series X, which in their next console slated for release in Holiday 2020. Getting players excited for what’s to come, Microsoft unveiled a series of titles that’ll be available at launch for the Series X.

Those considering purchasing one of these consoles in 2020 will find it challenging. Manufacturing of the Series X has been limited amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic, forcing limited quantities when releasing to North American and European consumers this holiday season. Individuals lucky enough to obtain a Series X when released will receive an immediate hardware boost. There’ll be 4K 120FPS Support, with Direct Cloud Storage Support. Ray-Tracing is enabled, and faster loading times are prompted with enhanced LRDD4 RAM.

Thirteen new titles were unveiled by Microsoft with their teaser video, with some notable developers including Deep Silver and Ubisoft. These games are being exclusively optimized for the Xbox Series X but will also be available on previous generation cycles. This means consumers can select to purchase these titles for their Xbox One or PlayStation Four. It should be noted that hundreds of other games will be revealed with Microsoft unveils the Xbox Game Studios.

Games & Release Date

Those available games releasing on launch date include Assassin’s Creed Valhalla from Ubisoft, Madden NFL 21 from Electronic Arts, Second Extinction from Systematic Reaction, and DIRT Five from Ubisoft. Additional titles being released on launch date include Scorn, Scarlett Nexus, The Medium, The Ascent, Call of the Sea, Bright Memory Infinite, Vampire: The Masquerade, Chorus and Yakuza Six.

Microsoft hasn’t provided an official release date for the Series X. Multiple analysts anticipate that significant delays are following for Microsoft’s manufacturing facilities, which could postpone the launch in Q1 2021. It’d mark the 1st time in Microsoft’s history that they delayed the start of an updated console because of limiting manufacturing capabilities. However, all corporations are dealing with the after-effects associated with COVID-19.

 

Destiny 2 Production Director Provides Update

Bungie, the company behind Destiny 2, is finally revealing its plans for the long awaited update to its most popular game. This comes on the heels of an increase in players being unsatisfied and the company inviting feedback via a recent blog post it made titled ‘This Week At Bungie’  on what they think it should include in the future

Commenting on the list of concerns, the director of production, Justin Truman said; “There’s been a growing list of concerns with the game lately: Trials, the rise in cheaters, our new Seasonal model, the balance between rewards you earn vs. items you buy. We’ve been closely watching and discussing each of these topics as we read your feedback.

Truman added; “When our community managers relay that everyone at Bungie is listening, I assure you, we are … But fixing these issues isn’t good enough if we keep you in the dark the whole time, so we’re going to try something a little different. Every week for the rest of this season, we’ll have updates from different members on the dev team covering the most important topics in Destiny right now, and what we’re planning to do about them.”

Based on this, it is expected that a large number of the changes that will be discussed by Bungie in the weeks ahead may not come into fruition when it next season is released in the fall, which ultimately could be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, whatever is added in terms of fresh content could see the quality of life changes as the company already has stated that season 11 would bring together the disparate elements.

If there is nothing else, at least with the latest happenings, there is hope that the next season will be superior to that of the Season of Worthy and the Season of the Dawn. More so, with the company finally breaking its silence, there is hope that whatever is next to come will improve on the failures of Year 3.

Destiny 2’s Failed Seasons

The latest season of Destiny 2’s, the Season of the Worthy, gave players what most did not want to see, which essentially was more of the Season of Dawn. It did little to change the core gameplay and while it added in Trials of Osiris, the problems that existed in the previous year were still present as were several others, which seems typical in Destiny.

What is clear at this point is that Bungie used it as a template for Year and what also is clear is less played are keen on it. That has not gone unnoticed by Bungie, and that is what is leading players to have hope that the news they get will be good news. That payoff, if it is good news, could be the best seen to date for the series.