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The Fight Over How To Play Overwatch On Consoles

Overwatch’s Widowmaker Since last weekend, Overwatch console players have flooded forums with denunciations of so-called “cheaters” who play with a mouse and keyboard set-up. That way, they’ll nail the headshots and swift movements that console players must work hard to master. Players stuck with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers call mouse and keyboard conversion devices an unfair advantage. But gamers with disabilities call it a crucial tool. Advertisement On Battle.net, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan posted an unusually terse message rejecting the use of mouse and keyboard on console. He called for a full stop on Xbox and PlayStation’s recognition of input conversion devices or, equivocating, open and easy support for all console players choosing mouse and keyboard. A vocal majority of Overwatch fans rallied behind him. But, for America’s several million gamers with disabilities, the input conversion technology that allows for mouse and keyboard console play is what makes their favorite games accessible. Steve Spohn, CEO of AbleGamers, told me that a block on these devices would prove “disastrous for gamers with disabilities.” He added that “Such a system-wide ban would not only eliminate mouse and keyboard, it READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Smash Bros. Sells Better On 3DS Than Wii U

Yesterday’s Nintendo financial report revealed that Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U sold 3.43 million fewer copies than the same game on the 3DS. It’s a surprising discrepancy considering that Smash 4 is the franchise’s first handheld incarnation and the game has traditionally been played on a home console. Advertisement The 3DS’s 50% sales buff is hard to parse. Since the game’s 3DS release, fans have complained that the Smash wrecks their circle pad, works poorly with the handheld’s ABXY button layout, can’t utilize the Circle Pad Pro, is laggy (especially for more combo-heavy characters) and, players say, is still shitty to play online against friends or strangers. The Wii U also features several game modes and stages that 3DS players can’t access. And, frankly, Smash is meant to be played locally with friends. I’m sorry. It’s true. Advertisement There are a few potential explanations, though. Nintendo initially released Smash 4 on the 3DS. People excited about the game may have rushed to purchase it immediately and neglected the Wii U version when it came out two months later, despite its superior graphics. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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PS4 has Doubled the Sales of Xbox One, Research Firm Reports

Will the Xbox One Ever Catch up to PlayStation 4? Our current generation of console gaming has seen highs and lows for Xbox. Apparently, the PlayStation 4 experience is full of highs. Recently revealed estimates say PlayStation 4 has more than doubled the amount of Xbox One sales in its life-span. We learned this from SuperData, the market research firm compiling all available data on console movement. According to them, Sony as sold 55 million units compared to Microsoft’s 26 million. While Microsoft has not revealed its sales numbers, Niko Partners’ Daniel Ahmad, one of our favorite analysts, supplemented the information with his estimation charts. Even independently, the numbers came around the same estimation. Here is the same chart as before. But this time for Xbox sales. Note. Xbox One sales are estimated. Actual sales may vary. pic.twitter.com/ymHSt0KgNg — Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) January 16, 2017 Here is the same chart for PlayStation consoles are reflected by @Pyrofrost pic.twitter.com/xc1zF99h8q — Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) January 16, 2017 We have learned that Ahmad used “both public and private data to work out total sales […] to work out absolute minimums.” Basically, taking the information presented and working out the variable numbers within a safe margin. Following December 6th, Sony was happy to deliver…

Sleek ‘Glacier White’ PS4 Slim Available Later This Month

Sony Unveils New “Glacier White” PS4 Slim In celebration of the winter season Sony has unveiled a new PS4 Slim, calling it the “Glacier White” edition. This is the first color variant for the PS4 Slim and it will be available later this month! This “Glacier White” version will be available as a 500GB model in Europe on January 24th for £259. This is just one day after a 1TB model is released in Japan on January 23rd. Japan will also have the 500GB model available as well. Some might recall this is the same color variant that came out for the original PS4 as well. Sony has not mentioned any other regions for release, so it is unknown when or if the variant will launch in North America. It is likely that it is only a matter of time before this is announced. The price for this “Glacier White” model is the exact same as the Jet Black version and both come with a dualshock controller of the same color. With this newest announcement, fans have been calling for the same color variant for the PS4 Pro, however it is unclear if this is something even in the works at…

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Buy a PS4 For $249, Get a Year of PlayStation Plus For Free

If you missed out on all of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday console discounts this year, it’s not too late to get a great deal on a PS4 Slim. Today on Aamzon, $249 gets you the Uncharted console bundle, plus a year of PlayStation Plus, which you were going to want to buy anyway. Advertisement This deal was available last week for $269, but now it’s back down to its Black Friday price, and PlayStation Plus is just about the best toss-in you could ask for. Just be sure you see this banner on the product page, in case they remove the offer later. $250 From amazon 902 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more, and don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter. We want your feedback. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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This Tiny Gaming Console Can Play Retro Games From 28 Different Systems

GIF Aside from the pointlessly short controller cables, the only other complaint we have with Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition is that it only comes with 30 classic games. There are so many classic consoles and retro titles to choose from, which is why the RetroEngine Sigma might be a better alternative since it promises to emulate over 28 different classic gaming machines. Nostalgic gamers have been using emulators and downloading ROMs of their favorite games for years now. But installing and configuring the necessary software to perfectly run those retro titles can be a little complicated for some casual gamers who aren’t as obsessed with flawless frame rates, or pixel-perfect graphics. Advertisement The RetroEngine Sigma sounds like it will make the process of running classic games impossibly easy. Since the tiny console, which includes two USB ports for attaching controllers or Bluetooth adapters, doesn’t have a keyboard of its own, users instead connect to it over wi-fi using an app on a smartphone or tablet where they can choose what software to install. The palm-sized console rivals the NES Classic Edition when it comes to its tiny form factor, but the RetroEngine Sigma promises to blow Nintendo’s offering away when…

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Buy a PS4 Slim For $269, Get a Free Year of PlayStation Plus

If you missed out on all of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday console discounts this year, it’s not too late to get a solid deal on a PS4 Slim. Today on Aamzon, $269 gets you the Uncharted console bundle, plus a year of PlayStation Plus, which you were going to want to buy anyway. That’s $30 less than the console’s usual price (though it’s $20 higher than its Black Friday price), but the PlayStation Plus membership is easily worth about $50 on its own. $269 From amazon 601 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more, and don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter. We want your feedback. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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This NES Controller Notebook Is the Perfect Place to Jot Down Cheat Codes

ThinkGeek’s timing could’ve been better with this 240-page notebook inspired by the NES console’s boxy controllers. It would have been the perfect place to write down level codes, cheats, or draw out maps to help you navigate Metroid’s endless caves and caverns—when you were eight years old. But hey, it’s never too late. The geeky notebook is a fun alternative to a boring Moleskine, with a repeating NES controller pattern on the notebook’s inside covers, and three-dimensional buttons on the outside making it almost look like a working controller. But for $25 there are no cables, no Bluetooth, and no electronics that would make it anything more than a journal for jotting notes. Advertisement [ThinkGeek] READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The death of video game console deaths

A few days ago I fired up my Wii U and played through the recent port of Severed, an indie game released earlier this year from the folks behind Guacamelee. Contrary to popular opinion, I really enjoy my Wii U and play it more often than you’d expect. However, there’s no denying that soon the console will be dead. Sooner or later Nintendo will have to reveal the NX, you know, that machine coming out in five months. This means every time I boot up my Wii U could be the last time. Every new game I play on it could be the last new game. This isn’t a new experience. It happens every time an older console generation dies so a new one can be born. However, this time, I realized something has changed. This time could also be the last time I use a certain console for the last time. Some of the most interesting video games come out near the death of a console. But what will happen if console death itself becomes a thing of the past? [embedded content] The life and death of a video game console used to be a fairly predictable cycle. A fun…

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Images leak of smaller, cheaper PS4 Slim