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  1. Potential UK Console Scalping Ban Gathers Momentum [Updated] Update: Bill is unlikely to pass, but could help pressure the government into new legislation. Update 02/09/2021: Douglas Chapman MP has now formally brought forward a Bill to ban gaming hardware scalping in the UK. Titled the Gaming Hardware (Automated Purchase and Resale) Bill 2019-21, (as reported by Sky News), it aims to apply similar restrictions on console reselling to those insituted for ticket touting in the UK. Speaking to Sky News about the Bill's similarity to the previous ticket touting law, Chapman said, "We've proposed that a similar legislative process be brought forward to ensure that consumers can purchase gaming consoles and computer components at no more than the manufacturers' recommended price, and that resale of goods purchased by automated bots be made illegal." Chapman acknowledged that the Bill is unlikely to pass – MPs outside the ruling government party rarely see their Bills become law – but was using it as an action to force the government to "take responsibility" for the ongoing issue. Private Members' Bills such as this have previously affected legislation indirectly, which will be Chapman's hope. Politicians are stepping up plans to ask the UK government to consider a console scalping ban (or introducing other protective legislation) to prevent the high levels of reselling seen for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. In late 2020, a group of UK MPs tabled an Early Day Motion to discuss the banning of scalping, and the use of automated bots for "gaming consoles and computer components". The motion, led by Douglas Chapman MP, has now garnered 32 signatures from MPs across multiple parties. In a statement to IGN, Chapman indicated that he now intends to take the issue further: "Given that experts in the cyber industry now predict the issue of scalping to grow across other important goods and services this year, we are looking at presenting a Bill in Parliament so that we can further explore legislative options to protect consumers from this unfair practice." Early Day Motions are regularly used to highlight current issues, but rarely reach a true House of Commons debate. Presenting a Bill, as Chapman is now considering, would be considered an escalation of the process, and an attempt to put pressure on the government to consider formal legislation. Asked why Chapman began this process, he explained that the impetus to begin the debate in parliament came directly from his constituents in Dunfermline and West Fife: “The issue of scalping first came up with constituents contacting me to explain their frustration about being unable to get hold of certain games consoles or computer components pre-Christmas. On investigation we uncovered more details of the unscrupulous practice of ‘scalping’ by automated bots to bulk buy these goods and sell them on at inflated prices." The issue of scalping has reached new levels of recognition after the release of PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S, as well as new graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD. In the US, at least 10% of PS5s are estimated to have been resold, averaging around double the recommended retailer price on eBay. Part-and-parcel of that phenomenon has been the use of bots to secure units before regular consumers can do so, a tactic popularised by sneaker culture. The UK has seen huge demand for new-gen consoles, and scalping has become a recurring story amid that demand. Scalping chains have been claiming large numbers of consoles, even using loopholes to buy stock before it's officially available. Alongside supply shortages, it's a trend that's led to repeated disappointment for normal consumers, and even potentially spurred criminal activity. Source: Potential UK Console Scalping Ban Gathers Momentum [Updated]
  2. New games 2020: the biggest games coming to console and PC Looking for the best new games of 2020? Then you've come to the right place. This year is well underway and, while it's pretty quiet right now, there's a heap of fantastic new games on the way. 2020 is a biggie in gaming and will see us making the transition to next-generation consoles and new streaming services. That means that most games that are due to release this year are fair game to be cross-generation titles - even if we don't know it yet. Xbox Series X and the PS5 may not be releasing until the end of 2020, but there are plenty of fantastic games releasing in the run-up. But it can be hard to keep track of which games are releasing when, and for what platform, so we've put together this handy guide to all the games releasing in 2020 - and when we can expect them. January Monster Hunter World: Iceborne DLC – January 9 (PC) - OUT NOW Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot - January 17 (PC, Xbox One and PS4) - OUT NOW Kingdom Hearts 3: Re Mind DLC – January 23 (PS4) - OUT NOW DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment – January 23 (PS4/US) - OUT NOW Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition – January 23 (PS4/Switch) - OUT NOW Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD – January 23 (Switch) - OUT NOW Journey to the Savage Planet – January 28 (PS4, PC, Xbox One/US) - OUT NOW Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire – January 28 (PS4, Xbox One) - OUT NOW Warcraft 3: Reforged - January 29 (PC) - OUT NOW Journey to the Savage Planet – January 31 (PC, Xbox One and PS4/EU) - OUT NOW PUBG Season 6 – January 30 (PS4/Xbox One) - OUT NOW February The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics – February 4 (PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch) - OUT NOW Life is Strange 2 Collector's Edition – February 4 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One/US) - OUT NOW Monster Jam Steel Titans – February 4 (Switch) - OUT NOW Zombie Army 4: Dead War – February 4 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) - OUT NOW Yakuza 5 (The Yakuza Remastered Collection) – February 11 (PS4) - OUT NOW The Yakuza Remastered Collection: Day One Edition – February 11 (PS4) - OUT NOW Darksiders Genesis – February 14 (PS4, Xbox One and Switch) - OUT NOW Dreams – February 14 (PS4) - OUT NOW DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment – February 14 (PS4/EU) - OUT NOW Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle – February 18 (PS4, Xbox One) - OUT NOW Kingdom Hearts 3: Re Mind DLC – February 25 (Xbox One) - OUT NOW Two Point Hospital – February 25 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) - OUT NOW Marvel’s Iron Man VR – February 28 (PSVR) - OUT NOW March Ori and the Will of the Wisps – March 11 (PC, Xbox One) My Hero One's Justice 2 – March 13 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch) Nioh 2 – March 13 (PS4) Animal Crossing: New Horizons – March 20 (Switch) Doom Eternal – March 20 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Stadia) Doom 64 – March 20 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch) Bleeding Edge – March 24 (PC, Xbox One) Persona 5 Royal – March 31 (PS4) Half-Life: Alyx – March TBC (PC/VR) April Resident Evil 3 – April 3 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) Final Fantasy 7 Remake – April 10 (PS4) Predator Hunting Grounds – April 24 (PS4) Trials of Mana – April 24 (PC, PS4 and Switch) Gears Tactics – April 28 (PC) Minecraft Dungeons – April TBC (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch) May The Last of Us: Part 2 – May 29 (PS4) Fast & Furious Crossroads – May TBC (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) June Pokémon Sword and Shield: Isle of Armor DLC - June TBC (Nintendo Switch) September Cyberpunk 2077 – September (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Stadia) Marvel's Avengers – September 4 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Stadia) TBC new games 2020 Control: The Foundation DLC – Early 2020 ([PC, PS4, Xbox One) The Elder Scrolls: Blades – Early 2020 (Switch) Metro Exodus: Sam's Story DLC – Early 2020 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) The Outer Worlds – Early 2020 (Switch) State of Decay 2 - Early 2020 (PC) What The Golf? – Early 2020 (Switch) Yakuza 0 – Early 2020 (Xbox One) Yakuza Kiwami – Early 2020 (Xbox One) Yakuza Kiwami 2 – Early 2020 (Xbox One) Fallout 76: Wastelanders – Q1 2020 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) Dying Light 2 – Spring 2020 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) Minecraft Dungeons – Spring 2020 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch) Wasteland 3 – Spring 2020 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) Moving Out – Q2 2020 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch) Control: AWE DLC – Mid 2020 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) Death Stranding – Summer 2020 (PC) Ghost of Tsushima – Summer 2020 (PS4) Outriders – Summer 2020 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) Planet Coaster – Summer 2020 (PS4, Xbox One) Pokémon Sword and Shield: Crown Tundra DLC - Autumn 2020 (Nintendo Switch) Godfall – Holiday 2020 (PC, PS5) Halo Infinite – Holiday 2020 (PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X) Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga – Holiday 2020 (Xbox Series X) PS5 – Holiday 2020 Xbox Series X – Holiday 2020 Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course DLC – TBC 2020 (PC, Xbox One and Switch) Destroy All Humans! Remake – TBC 2020 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Stadia) Disco Elysium – TBC 2020 (PS4, Xbox One) Doom Eternal – TBC 2020 (Switch, Stadia) Final Fantasy 13 – TBC 2020 (Xbox One) Final Fantasy 13-2 – TBC 2020 (Xbox One) Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 – TBC 2020 (Xbox One) Final Fantasy 14 – TBC 2020 (Xbox One) Gods & Monsters – TBC 2020 (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch and Stadia) Google Stadia Base – TBC 2020 Kerbal Space Program 2 – TBC 2020 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix – TBC 2020 (Xbox One) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue – TBC 2020 (Xbox One) Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – TBC 2020 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch) Little Nightmares 2 – TBC 2020 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch) Microsoft Flight Simulator – TBC 2020 (PC, Xbox One) Oddworld: Soulstorm – TBC 2020 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) Ooblets [PC, XBO] – TBC 2020 Orcs Must Die 3 – TBC 2020 (Stadia) Phantasy Star Online 2 – TBC 2020 (Xbox One) Psychonauts 2 – TBC 2020 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) Rainbow Six Quarantine – TBC 2020 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) Skull and Bones – TBC 2020 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) Spelunky 2 – TBC 2020 (PC, PS4) Spiritfarer – TBC 2020 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch) SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated – TBC 2020 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch) The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe – TBC 2020 (PC) Streets of Rage 4 – TBC 2020 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch) Watch Dogs Legion – TBC 2020 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Stadia) Yakuza: Like a Dragon – TBC 2020 (PS4) Source
  3. MICROSOFT XBOX SERIES S CONSOLE PRICE LEAKS – IT’S QUITE CHEAP It is common knowledge that the Xbox Series X just like the Sony PS5 will have two versions. The console makers are having a hard time keeping the cost low. A recent speculation claims that these consoles would cost between $600 – $800. Of course, the popular opinion believes that the $800 price speculation is “too high”. To this end, the lower version of these consoles may be a consolation for those who can’t afford the high version. Microsoft already revealed that it is the “Microsoft Xbox Series S”. The internal codename of this device is “Lockhart”. There are reports that Microsoft will soon introduce “Lockhart” for the first time. According to speculations, “Lockhart” uses Zen + Navi architecture, GPU floating-point performance 4TFLOPS. Although this number is lower than the Xbox One X, thanks to the RDNA architecture, the actual game performance is above the X1X. MICROSOFT XBOX SERIES S MAY COST JUST $300 In addition, there are reports that the entry price of the “Lockhart” (digital version without an optical drive?) is $ 300. This might be quite interesting for some gamers considering that the Xbox One X costs $499. In addition, some reports believe that the 4GHz Ryzen APU exposed last year may be used on the Xbox Series S. It will use 16GB of RAM, 12GB of which is allocated to the graphics card and 4GB to the OS layer. Furthermore, it is worth mentioning that AMD Financial Analyst Conference will take place soon in China. At this event, Microsoft will demonstrate for the first time the Xbox Serie X hardware-accelerated ray tracing game based on the RDNA2 architecture. While we await the official arrival of these consoles, the price speculation is quite complex. However, it is important to note that all major gaming consoles will not arrive until the end of this year. Source
  4. Earlier this year, Microsoft added Project xCloud gaming streaming to Xbox Game Pass. That roll out came after a long alpha testing period, but even though game streaming is part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate package, it’s only available on Android devices. Given Apple’s rules regarding App Store distribution, it’s safe to say that game streaming won’t be coming to iOS anytime soon, but what about other platforms like Xbox One and PC? It’s a good question, because Microsoft has talked about platform-agnostic game streaming plenty of times in the past. As it turns out, this current focus on Android doesn’t necessarily mean that mobile streaming is going to be the only option from here on out. In fact, in a new tweet, Xbox chief Phil Spencer says that streaming to Xbox and PC is something that Microsoft wants to pursue in the future. “Yes, we want to do this,” Spencer said in reply to another poster who asked if streaming to consoles and PC could happen at some point. “It’s in the long list of cool things the xCloud team is working on, just a bit further down the list. But we want console and PC players to be able to browse as easily as mobile players, it’s a good gamepass feature.” Specifically, the user Spencer was replying to referenced a tweet from Ben Gilbert that suggested game streaming on consoles and PCs could be a good way to allow players to demo games before downloading them through Game Pass. On PC, game streaming could be particularly useful, because while there are a lot of PC gamers out there, there are many more people who own a computer that isn’t necessarily equipped to run console-quality games. It’s also worth remembering that Stadia – Microsoft’s chief competitor in the game streaming space – allows streaming to PCs and TVs by way of Chrome and Chromecasts, respectively. We’ll see what happens from here, but at some point in the future, we could very well see the game streaming component of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate come to consoles and PC. For now, though, game streaming through the service remains the sole domain of Android users. https://www.slashgear.com/microsoft-says-xcloud-game-streaming-for-console-and-pc-is-on-the-to-do-list-07641443/
  5. Xbox One February update is now starting to roll out As I noted in my blog post about the December system update, we’ve changed the way these work on Xbox One to reduce the impact on our customers. For the vast majority of Xbox One owners who use “Instant On” (the low power state that allows you to instantly power up your console by saying “Xbox On”), the console automatically checks for updates when customers turn it off. This means now that we’ve made the February update available, the next time you turn your console off it will take the update during off-peak hours in your local time. All that to say, never fear you’ll see it sometime over the weekend. As a reminder, here are some of the features you’ll see in this update: The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.And, you will be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.Thanks! Tip: Once you get the update, you can press the Xbox button to see the battery indicator on screen in the lower right next to the clock. Xbox One By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson permalink: http://majornelson.com/2014/02/14/xbox-one-february-update-is-now-starting-to-roll-out/ UPDATE INCLUDES -> CHECK HERE My ladder I had to climb edit tech news or tech talk - haha dunno which one this is meant to be in :P
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