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MMORPG Neverwinter Hit Fifteen Million Worldwide Registered Players

Neverwinter, the Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG by Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios, has reached a new highest player count across all platforms. …Read More The post MMORPG Neverwinter Hit Fifteen Million Worldwide Registered Players by Jordan Loeffler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Dead Rising 4, Overcooked: Gourmet Edition, and More Highlight This Week’s Deals With Gold

Dead Rising 4, Overcooked, Torment: Tides of Numenera, and more are discounted in this week’s round of Deals With Gold offers on Xbox One and Xbox 360. …Read More The post Dead Rising 4, Overcooked: Gourmet Edition, and More Highlight This Week’s Deals With Gold by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Now Loading…Will Sony Follow Xbox’s Digital Games Refund Policy?

With Microsoft now testing refunds for digital games on the Xbox One (and Windows 10), the PlayStation LifeStyle crew got to thinking: should Sony offer PSN refunds on digital games? Why or why not? And with that discussion, this week’s Now Loading kicks off! While some might think the obvious answer is a pro-consumer “yes,” it’s not that cut and dry, and some staff members are quite opposed to it due to the negative side it might do to studios and games in general. Check the responses before grabbing the pitchforks alright, everyone? What do you think? Should Sony offer PSN refunds soon? Should they not due to it being abused? Share your thoughts in the comments below. And remember, we’re discussing the pros and cons here, and not trying to pee in each others’ soup or anything. Got a Now Loading suggestion? Let us know via email or in the comments and it might be featured in the next Now Loading. Now Loading is a recurring staff-driven feature where PlayStation LifeStyle discusses anything video game-related under the sun (yes, even non-Sony platforms). Related Reading: READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Microsoft Tests Steam-Style Refunds For Xbox One

Image via Reddit Microsoft is testing out a digital refund service on Xbox One, although it’s currently only available to alpha testers and might not make it to the public. If this service does go wide, Xbox One players will be able to return games that are less than two weeks old and that they’ve played for less than two hours, just like Steam users can. Advertisement The news first popped up thanks to members of the Xbox Insider program, posting on Reddit. Microsoft says they’re simply testing out the service using that Insider program and have “nothing further to share” in regard to if and when this will be open to the public. Here’s Microsoft’s full statement to press: Advertisement We’re always looking for new ways to improve the customer experience and regularly release new features into the Insider Program to encourage and foster fan feedback, which helps us test and refine features before they reach general availability. Earlier today, we enabled self-serve refund pilot testing for digital content via the Xbox and Windows Insider Programs and this testing is presently limited to select READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Xbox Live’s Spring Sale 2017 Kicks Off Today; Check Out the Full List of Deals

Xbox Live is kicking off the new season with its annual Spring Sale 2017, with the full list of discounted games available right now for one week. …Read More The post Xbox Live’s Spring Sale 2017 Kicks Off Today; Check Out the Full List of Deals by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Xbox Scorpio Vs PS4 Pro – A take on the upcoming “console war”

Battle lines are drawn again for the video game title of “I’m the best console” because Xbox Scorpio and PlayStation 4 Pro are going head-to-head in a no disqualification match! Fans are tweeting nonsense in their hundreds, sending messages of love to their console gods while casting hate towards the other. Brand Loyalty is in full effect, forums are on… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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NPD Analyst Says Project Scorpio Can Help “Push Xbox One Sales Ahead of PS4” in US This Year

We have yet to see a full unveiling of Microsoft’s Project Scorpio but at least one analyst is already optimistic about the hardware’s launch in the US. NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella has told Games Industry that the buzz surrounding Scorpio has the potential to help Xbox One outsell PlayStation 4 in the country this year. I remain bullish on the Scorpio in the US market, particularly in the launch year. I think Scorpio has the potential to push Xbox One sales ahead of the PS4 in the US in 2017. Adoption among the core gaming audience could be significant. And, while this is a niche audience to target, it’s the niche which is necessary to put the Scorpio on the path for longer term mass market adoption. Piscatella then went on to reiterate what many others have already said; Microsoft needs to work on its software lineup because tech specs alone aren’t going to cut it, especially given the speculation surrounding Scorpio’s price tag. No matter how amazing the tech specs are, if attractive content doesn’t show up, the mass market won’t adopt. In addition, if we happen to have another E3 2006 style ‘five hundred and ninety READ FULL STORY AT…

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Microsoft Reveals Xbox Scorpio's Impressive Specs

Microsoft has promised that their next console, Scorpio, will be “the most powerful console ever,” and today the company delivered on that promise, revealing a set of beefy specs that, in terms of raw power, surpass any video game console on the market today. Advertisement In a PR reveal with Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry, Microsoft revealed that Scorpio will include a custom CPU, 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, and, well, I’ll let their chart explain: Digital Foundry’s hype is breathless—“Nor can the number of compute units and teraflops represent the passion the Xbox team has injected into this project”—but in short, their technical wizards say it’s more powerful than any video game box we’ve seen, capable of running a Forza tech demo at 60 frames-per-second and 4K resolution. Whereas the PS4 Pro was an iteration, Scorpio appears more like a new console generation, although Microsoft promises that it will play Xbox 360 and Xbox One games. Advertisement This will no doubt impress gamers who obsess over CPU speeds and graphical fidelity, although Microsoft has a tough task ahead of them when it comes to READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Study: Millennials Think PlayStation Is the Coolest Gaming Brand, Gen Z Thinks It’s Xbox

According to studies commissioned by Google that surveyed 1,100+ teenagers aged 13 to 17 and 800 millennials aged 18 to 25 in the United States between May and July 2016, Generation Z thinks Xbox is a cooler brand than PlayStation. Millennials, meanwhile, think PlayStation is the coolest video game brand. Here’s a look at what Gen Z thinks are the coolest brands, and what the most popular video games are for teenage boys: Coolest Brands YouTube Netflix Google Xbox Orea GoPro PlayStation Doritos Nike Chrome Most Popular Video Games The Legend of Zelda Call of Duty: Black Ops Grand Theft Auto Pokemon Minecraft CS:GO Looking at brand coolness by aided awareness, teens put Sony and PlayStation ahead of Xbox and Nintendo. In the lower tiers, Wii was ahead of EA Sports. The study also found that, for Gen Z, “reading is right up there with video games as the coolest activities. Teens love learning and knowing.” You can read the full study by following the link below. [Source: Google via GameSpot] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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“Talent not included” launches on Xbox One today

Sit down, relax, and let yourself slip into a madcap theatrical universe. Press release: Quebec – April 5th, 2017 – Curtain up! Frima, independent Canadian game developer, and its creative team are announcing that Talent Not Included is launching on Xbox One today, April 5th! This humor-filled action/combat platformer is now available for download for $14.99 on Xbox One. Ready?… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, UFC 2, and More Highlight This Week’s Deals With Gold

Xbox Live’s latest Deals With Gold offers include discounts on titles such as Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, UFC 2, and many more. …Read More The post Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, UFC 2, and More Highlight This Week’s Deals With Gold by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Xbox Founder Praises Horizon Zero Dawn, Says Shuhei Yoshida “Is the Man”

[embedded content] In an interesting new podcast published by The Inner Circle Network, the group conducted a lengthy interview with Xbox founder, Seamus Blackley, who gave us some insight and his personal input on a variety of issues within the games industry including cancellations like that of Scalebound and the risk involved in putting out new IPs. Throughout the course of the interview, Blackley talks about the competition between Microsoft and Sony going as far back as the PlayStation 2 era and at one point, briefly talked about Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn (starting around the 42.00 mark). “I want big releases,” he said while praising the game but also noted that it’s a “100 million Dollar bet” that requires a lot of courage. Blackley said Guerrilla is a great developer but that it takes “balls” to bring such projects to the market and that Yoshida “is the man” for sticking by it even if it wasn’t looking too good at times during the development. “You guys as Xbox gamers owe a huge debt of gratitude to Yoshida-san because he’s a f****** bad***,” remarked Blackley while referring to competition. “He’s pushing, pushing, pushing, pushing, and he’s also a gamer.” Blackley…

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Ubisoft Makes More Of Watch Dogs 2’s Remaining DLC Free

In another sign that something wasn’t quite right with the roll-out of last November’s Watch Dogs 2, the game’s publisher said today that it is moving some of the planned paid content from the game’s season pass to a free update. For paying customers, Ubisoft is replacing it with other stuff. Advertisement Showdown, a team-based PvP mode slated for the forthcoming No Compromise expansion, will now be launched to all users of the game for free. In exchange, a few extra costumes and vehicles are being added to No Compromise. The meat of No Compromise, more story missions for the game, is still part of the paid expansion. In a company blog post, the game’s live producer, Kris Young, cited two reasons: expanding the potential pool of players for the mode and responding to “community feedback we’ve received since we announced the original plans,” specifically a request for more multiplayer in the game. Advertisement It’s very risky for any game studio to offer multiplayer modes only to people who buy paid expansions. If your game is hot, enough people may buy the DLC to keep READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!