News Roundup April 16th

by Huey Chewwy in

First details of Sony’s next-generation hardware are revealed, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is launching in July, Capcom introduces a home arcade plug-and-play device, Xbox One S All-Digital Edition finally announced, and new releases for the week.

Well, this is a bit of a surprise

There comes a point in every console generation where everyone is looking toward the future, ready for the next box to come from Microsoft, Sony, or even Nintendo. Along with that anticipation comes rumors and speculation of what the next iteration of hardware is going to be. Typically these details are hush hush and anything that is presented to said companies is usually met with a tone of silence or “we don’t comment on rumors”.

Times have changed since everyone was so secretive about the next big machine. Microsoft gave us a clue in on what the Xbox One X would be before it officially had its name. Now Sony is following that same line by inviting Peter Rubin from Wired to give a bit of info into Sony’s next big hardware release. This is not some “hey I got a really big scoop” ordeal, Rubin spoke specifically with Sony’s Mark Cerny.

While not officially calling it the PS5, it almost seems like a sure bet that the next hardware console from Sony is getting that name. Spec wise, chip is heavily dependent on AMD technology. The CPU is based off the third-generation of the Ryzen line and has eight cores of AMD’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. As for the GPU, it will be a custom variant of the Radeon Navi family and support ray tracing. Lastly, the AMD chip included in the next console from Sony will have a custom unit for 3D audio, not something you hear much chatter about.

Games such as Marvel’s Spider-Man will be playable on Sony’s next-gen console

Within the article it is confirmed that not only will the next hardware be backward compatible with the PS4 library but also with the PlayStation VR as well. Cerny even hints that at a possible successor to the PS VR, including the line “VR is very important to us,”.

The final piece of information comes in the form of something that could prove to be a game changer, an SSD. Solid-state drives can be purchased and used for the PS4 and Xbox One currently, but the next console from Sony will have this out of the gate. The effect this could have on load times and world rendering could be huge. Unfortunately, the brand and type of SSD being used was not disclosed.

Those are the short but exciting details regarding Sony’s next hardware outing. Other important details such as software releases (is Death Stranding a launch game?) or services such as PlayStation Plus were not discussed as this was focused on the hardware end of things. This is seems to be a bold move by Sony to get the first tease out there with Microsoft presumably going to unveil their next-generation plans at E3. The next 12 to 18 months should be nothing short of exciting. The full article on hardware specs for Sony’s next-generation console can be read on Wired.

In Europe, arcade comes to you!

Capcom’s history in the arcade is well documented and various ports and collections of arcade titles have graced many different platforms. However, Capcom is looking to celebrate the arcade the way you remember it with the Capcom Home Arcade. Well, maybe not as you remember it EXACTLY but with way less soda stains and used gum on the cabinet.

Conveniently in the shape of the company’s name, the Capcom Home Arcade features 2 Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT sticks and a 6-button layout (not counting the credit and start buttons). The 16 games included are from the original Capcom CPS1 and CPS2 arcade ROMS emulated by FB Alpha. It is clear that Capcom is not pushing out some simple piece of hardware to make a quick buck.

The Home Arcade itself is USB powered, has an HDMI output, and even can use Wi-Fi to access leaderboards. The game lineup itself is quite impressive as seen below.

  • 1944 The Loop Master

  • Alien Vs Predator

  • Armored Warriors

  • Capcom Sports Club

  • Captain Commando

  • Cyberbots Fullmetal Madness

  • Darkstalkers

  • Eco Fighters

  • Final Fight

  • Ghouls’ N Ghosts

  • Giga Wing

  • Mega Man: The Power Battle

  • Progear

  • Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting

  • Strider

  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo

Before you go and pulling out your credit card, it appears that this is only listed for a European release thus far. The price for the Capcom Home Arcade is 230 Euros, which is about $259 when converted to US dollars. It would be silly for this to not release in the US but alas Capcom has not made it official yet. On the very least, could we at least get Alien Vs Predator as a standalone release?

Squad up!

The summer time will be the best time to get a squad of friends together to save the universe. No big deal right? Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order will launch exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on July 19th.

No more discs

During the Inside Xbox presentation today that the presence of a disc-less Xbox One was made official. The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will go on sale May 7th for a price of $250. This version of the S has no optical drive and has a 1 TB hard drive. This bundle also includes Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3 as pack-in games. Owners of the bundle will have a special offer for Xbox Game Pass when booting the system, three months for $1. Conversely, that offer seems to be spread to everyone else as well.

Something that might go well with the all-digital Xbox One S is Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which had also been heavily rumored. Pretty short and sweet with this offer which combines the services of both Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold into one subscription. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will be offered later this year at a price of $14.99 a month.

Six more Xbox 360 titles have been given the Xbox One X enhancement treatment including Ninja Gaiden II which just comes to backward compatibility today.

  • Fable II

  • Fable III

  • Ninja Gaiden

  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent

  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction

  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist

New releases for the week

April 16th

Assassin’s Creed Oydssey: Fate of Atlants Episode 1 DLC (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Final Fantasy X/ X-2 Remaster (Xbox One, Switch)
Dreams Creator Early Access (PS4)
Anno 1800 (PC)
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions (Switch)
World War Z (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
My Time At Portia (PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
Wasteland 2 (Switch)
Ghost Giant (PS4)
Please, Don’t Touch Anything (PS4)
Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown (PS4)
QuiVr (PS4)
Iron Snout (PS4, Xbox One, Vita)
Heaven’s Vault (PS4)
Eternity: The Last Unicorn (Xbox One)
Path to Mnemosyne (PS4, Switch)
Snooker Nation Championship (PS4)

April 17th

Revenant Saga (Xbox One)
Crossovers by Powgi (PS4, Vita)
Trüberbrook (PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
Snooker 19 (PS4, Xbox One)

April 18th

Cuphead (Switch)
Konami Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Dawn of Survivors (Switch)
Katana ZERO (Switch)
Sudoku Relax (Switch)
Our World Is Ended (Switch)
DayD: Through Time (Switch)
The Padre (Switch)
Hell if Other Demons (Switch)

April 19th

Moto Rush GT (Switch)
You Died but a Necromancer revived you (Switch)
Beyond Enemy Lines: Covert Operations (Switch)
Active Soccer 2019 (Switch)