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Sony Slowing Prepping For The Arrival of The PS5 With The Launch of Website

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The world is eagerly waiting for some solid details about Sony’s next console, the PS5. While we still don’t have much to go on, the tech giant did quietly roll out the website dedicated to the next generation system.

Sony has been slowly dropping tidbits of information about the PS5 like how powerful it will be, its holiday 2020 launch date, and the logo nobody was blown away by, but that’s about it. Then there was the “small rumor” that it will also have some sort of next-generation backwards compatibility feature that will enhance the previous console’s games. BUT Sony is prepping the world for the PS5 because the consoles official website s up and running.

Now before you get excited, the website is bone dry on deets at the moment but does allow visitors to sign up for a newsletter that promises to keep you updated when new information is slowly revealed.

“We’ve begun to share some of the incredible features you can expect from PlayStation 5, but we’re not quite ready to fully unveil the next generation of PlayStation. Sign up below to be among the first to receive updates as we announce them, including news on the PS5 release date, PS5 price and the upcoming roster of PS5 launch games.”

Welp.

There are still rumblings of Sony having a reveal for the system sometime in February. Take that with a grain of salt though, but we definitely know for sure Sony will not be showing at E3 this year, the company confirmed as much. We will continue to keep our ears to the video game streets.

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Latest ‘Madden 20’ Title Update Adds Nike Vapor Edge Cleat That Boosts Specific Players

Madden NFL 20, Nike Vapor Edge Cleat

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Super Bowl LIV is literally just days away, and Madden NFL 20 is coming with a bevy of updates, most specifically a new shoe for players to sport on the field.

As part of the game’s latest title update, the Nike Vapor Edge — available now —  was added to the collection of in-game cleats for the NFL’s best to rock, and it’s not just a cosmetic update either. When the unique shoe is worn by certain Nike athletes like Christian McCaffrey, Odell Beckham Jr., Kyler Murray, Ezekiel Elliott, and Dalvin Cook, they will gain special boosts that will increase their speed and acceleration.

The addition of an aesthetic update that boosts the skills of certain players is a first for the Madden video game franchise. It also means that those rocking Nike gear gets a clear advantage over players who rock cleats from other brands like adidas, Under Armour, and Reebok. We don’t think gamers should be worried that those players listed above are gonna be unstoppable cause Madden developers favor balance when it comes to its game.

Speaking of Nike, you should see the exclusive Air Max 90 themed Xbox One X they cooked up.

Back to the cleats, we won’t be shocked if Madden will do the same for the other cleat brands, not name Nike. This update followed the addition of The Migos & Joey Bada$$ to the game’s Superstar KO mode becoming the latest Hip-Hop stars to grace Madden’s virtual football field.

Also shared today (Jan.31) was Madden’s annual Super Bowl prediction, giving the Kansas City Chiefs the Lombardi Trophy and naming Madden 20 cover boy, Patrick Mahomes, the MVP. If you’re a Chiefs fan, that’s a good omen because Madden has an excellent track record of picking the big game’s winner. BUT, Madden NFL 19 did incorrectly pick the Rams over the Patriots last year, so there is still hope for 49ers’ fans.

You can check out the video provided by the good folks at EA Sports below.

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YouTube Levels Up, Will Stream Call of Duty & OverWatch League Exclusive As Part of New Deal With Activision

Call of Duty & Overwatch League Will Stream Exclusively On YouTube

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In its quest to compete with other streaming platforms in the world of gaming, YouTube Gaming just leveled up thanks to Google inking an exclusive multiyear partnership deal with Activision Blizzard.

As part of the multiyear deal, Activision Blizzard will now utilize Google Cloud as the preferred provider to boost its game hosting as well as other technical needs. YouTube will also gain exclusive streaming rights to broadcast the video game developers Esports properties like the upcoming season of the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, which officially kicks off today (Jan.24), Hearthstone Esports, and more.

YouTube has been looking for a win in the game streaming world. Since it launched YouTube Gaming back in 2015, the world’s largest video site has struggled to compete with the streaming giant Twitch. Things were looking so bleak that the company decided to shelve its YouTube Gaming standalone app due to “confusion” it was causing viewers replacing it with a “game-focused hun” on its site.

Speaking on the decision to join forces with Activision Blizzard, Sunil Rayan, Head of Gaming, Google Cloud stated in a press release:

“We’ve worked closely with Activision Blizzard for the past few years across mobile titles to boost its analytics capabilities and overall player experience. We are excited to now expand our relationship and help power one of the largest and most renowned game developers in the world.”

Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports added:

“This is an exciting year for Activision Blizzard Esports as we head into the inaugural season of Call of Duty League and our first ever season of homestands for Overwatch League all around the world. It’s our mission to deliver high-quality, competitive entertainment that our fans can follow globally, live or on-demand, and to celebrate our players as the superstars that they are. This partnership will help us deliver on that promise at new levels, by combining our passionate communities of fans and players with YouTube’s powerful content platform and exciting history of supporting next-generation entertainment.”

The announcement has been met with some criticism on Twitter. Here are some of the responses:

Regardless of how they feel, this is a win for YouTube Gaming, whether it closes the large gap between itself and Twitch, which is still the premier destination for Fortnite streamers and Microsoft’s Mixer, which is on the come up thanks to landing Ninja. Time will only tell.

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Wale Tapped To Perform At Inaugural Call of Duty League Home Series Across The Pond

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Wale will be taking his talents across the pond to help kick off the opening night concert of the Call of Duty League’s London Royal Ravens home series.

The announcement of the Wow… That’s Crazy crafter getting things started with poetically infused was announced today (Jan.21) by the Esports organization RekTGlobal. The Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling artist will be joining a lineup that will also feature international DJ Nicky Romero at that concert will take place Feb. 8 at Copper Box Arena.

Speaking on the announcement of Wale performing at the opening night concert, London Royal Ravens Managing
Director Michael ‘ODEE’ O’Dell, who doubles as Chief Gaming Officer for the parent company ReKTGobal added:

“With Wale joining the concert lineup, the Home Series brings together the biggest artists in hip hop and
EDM, plus the world’s best Call of Duty pro athletes. “The inaugural homestand weekend for the London Royal Ravens is a can’t miss event with unforgettable performances, an action-packed esports tournament and lots of behind-the-scenes access for fans and the challenger scene.”

This is the latest news revolving around the COD League. Last week we got our first look at the official street-style uniforms as well as the Kickstradomis customized Air Force 1’s the league’s commissioner, Johanna Faries, and players will be rocking when it launches in Minneapolis (Jan. 24-26).

For our United Kingdom readers looking to score tickets to the event, you can head here. Looks like this is an event Call of Duty fans don’t want to miss.

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Call of Duty League Links Up With Kickstradomis For Custom Air Force 1’s

Call of Duty League Gear

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When you think of professional gamers, we wouldn’t be shocked if most of y’all immediately picture a bunch of “nerds” competitively playing video games. Bet you didn’t know they did it in style.

When the Call of Duty League launches in Minneapolis (Jan. 24-26), you can expect to see its athletes rocking some exclusive footwear. With the help of world-renown custom sneaker designer Kickstradomis, the league will unveil a pair of Air Force 1’s customized explicitly for league’s opening day. League Commissioner Johanna Faries will also have her very own pair to mark the occasion.

The league also announced the street style-inspired gear its athletes will be sporting during home and away matches during the leagues inaugural season. The home team will have the option of either rocker a white hoodie or shirt and the away team will be able to the same but in black. The player gear kits will also have a bomber jacket that will be worn by the COD League players to-and-from events.

These kicks aren’t the first sneakers attached to Call of Duty. Pusha T teamed up with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for an exclusive pair of his adidas Ozweego kicks called the “kingslayer” named after a medal achieved in the game. Players who reached the new officer rank (level 56) within the first week of registering were rewarded with a pair. The three stripes also collaborated with COD for a collection of sneakers inspired by Veteran’s Day.

Call of Duty League Gear

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Fashion and Esports are nothing new, we witnessed it first hand while attending the Overwatch League 2019 championship. The kicks that were gracing that stage were on point, and we expect nothing less from COD League participants. Like other professional leagues before them, we expect jerseys from and merchandise from these Esports leagues to be up there as far as popularity. With brands like Nike, adidas Puma jumping on the Esports wave, it’s a pretty safe bet to expect that.

If you are interested in purchasing some of the COD League gear, you can head here. Hit the gallery below for a detailed look at the Call of Duty League gear below.

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The Migos & Joey Bada$$ Suit Up In ‘Madden NFL 20’ As The Games Next Playable Hip-Hop Stars

The Migos & Joey Bada$$ Are Now Playable Characters In 'Madden NFL 20'

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Madden NFL 20 is heavily influenced by Hip-Hop hence the additions as Snoop Dogg, Lil Yachty, and DJ Khaled as playable characters. Now you will be able to play as your favorite rapping trio The Migos and Brooklyn’s own Joey Bada$$.

That’s right, the group that brought you such hits as “Stir Fry,” and “Versace” are now cyber athletes alongside the BadMon. Madden NFL 20 players can take control of rappers in the games Superstar KO mode. Both The Migos and Joey Bada$$ are no strangers to the football video game franchise lending their hits to various Madden soundtracks and appearing in multiple Madden NFL trailers.

Now we know Quavo is the real athlete out the bunch, Offset is the gamer so he will definitely appreciate being in the game and Takeoff, we’re not quite sure what that man likes.

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Joey Bada$$ did speak on the hype about his in-game character being used fans everywhere stating:

“I’ve been playing Madden since I was a kid, so to be in the game is really next level – I can’t wait for my fans to see my skills on the field and win with me in Superstar KO.”

We definitely understand cause Madden has been a staple in homes for years. You can get a glimpse of the rappers in the game in the trailer below.

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Video Game Twitter Is Not Impressed With Sony’s Very Familiar Looking PS5 Logo

Twitter Is Clowning The New & Very Familiar PS5 Logo

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We don’t know much about Sony’s next console, the PlayStation 5, but as the tech giant slowly leaks details out, we now know what its logo will look like. Unfortunately, the gaming community was not impressed.

Sony unveiled the PS5 during its 2020 CES press conference in Las Vegas. The news wasn’t met with the oohs and ahhhs the company was hoping for, after hyping up it’s unveiling but more of yeah we have seen this before. The logo takes its cues from the PS3 and PS4 consoles using the same font minimal details.

The revealing of the logo still doesn’t give any indication as to what the console will look like. Photos of the devkit for the PS5 hit the internet and initially had some folks believing that it was the final design.  Other details slowly followed like what to expect from the new DualShock5 controller, some of the console’s specs, its release date. Just recently, HipHopGamer spilled some techie tea, claiming that PS5 will run games from PSOne, PS2, PS3, and PS4 but will enhance them thanks to a new backwards compatibility feature called a  “Remastering Engine.”

That has not been confirmed.

But the logo has been and gamers — who are understandably hard to please — are letting Sony just how unimpressed they are with Sony’s PS5 logo. PlayStation fans have been foaming at the mouth to get a glimpse at the next “great place to play” since Microsoft showed off its new console, the Xbox Series X.

To vent their frustration and lack of enthusiasm, they have taken to Twitter to share their hilarious takes on the logo, and, of course, we went gathered the best ones for you.

You can see them all in the gallery below.

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We Would Like To See It: Nintendo Will Reportedly Drop A Switch Pro With 4K Capabilty

Nintendo To Drop A Switch Pro Model With 4K Support: Report

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With news of Sony’s PS5 allegedly featuring a “remastering engine” to enhance its rumored backwards compatibility feature and Microsoft pulling the lid off the Xbox Series X, Nintendo might also be making a splash in 2020.

According to Kantan Games’ Serkan Toto, as part of Games Industry’s yearly analyst predictions, Nintendo will look to compete with the Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X with a Pro model of the insanely popular hybrid model the Nintendo Switch. According to Toto — who accurately predicted the Switch Lite, Nintendo’s next Switch model will have 4K support, use bigger cartridges, plus other upgrades, and it will cost $399.

Per Games Industry:

“There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Nintendo will launch a “Switch Pro” in 2020, my guess is at $399. More specifically, I predict 4K support, bigger cartridge sizes, and of course, beefed-up components. I also think the device will launch after the summer holidays to counter the roll-out of the PS5 and next-gen Xbox later in the year – along with a first-party, system-seller game.”

Soto also predicts we could get see more Microsoft games on the Nintendo Switch this year but isn’t too sure that xCloud will arrive on the device in 2020.

“The love affair between Microsoft and Nintendo is likely to continue, with more big Xbox games landing on the Switch. I am skeptical about xCloud coming to the Nintendo device in 2020, however.”

Toto also predicts that Nintendo will bring N64 games to Switch Online, and we should expect another big mobile release as well, like a “Zelda app or Smash Bros (bold prediction) that could be co-developed with a new partner.

According to Toto, it sounds like Nintendo is set to have another prosperous year.

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PlayStation 5 Will Support Backwards Compability For All Previous Systems: Report

PS5 Will Allow Backwards Compatibility For PS1, PS2, PS3, & PS4: Report

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Microsoft has shown its hand with the revealing of the Xbox Series X, and now there is a possible colossal development in regards to PlayStation 5 having backwards compatibility.

With the launch of Sony’s next console less than a year away, reputable video game aficionado, and journalist, HipHopGamer is reporting that the PS5 will have backwards compatibility but on a much higher level. He says that Sony is working on a “Remastering Engine” for the PS5 that will allow the console to play PS1, PS2, PS3, and PS4 titles with enhancements.

What that means similar to Xbox One X’s backwards compatibility, PS5 won’t just play the games but also enhance them to 4K support.

Now Sony has not confirmed this, so this news should be taken with a grain of salt, but HipHopGamer is a very reliable source, and he is very confident that this news is legit. Furthermore, Sony has filed for patents that strongly suggests the PS5 will support backwards compatibility for all previous systems as well as the ability to add trophies for PS1 and PS2 games.

Despite the PS4 system being the superior console over the years, the one clear advantage Microsoft’s Xbox One had over it was backwards compatibility. It would seem Sony has learned from its only mistake with the PS4 and is looking to rectify the situation with the PS5. Outside of this news, all details about PS5 remain a mystery or hearsay, except for the confirmed news of it being eco-friendly, extremely powerful, and sporting a new DualShock5 controller, which could feature the recently released back button attachment.

We will continue to keep our ears to the video game streets until then.

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PlayStation Unveils New DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment

PlayStation Dualshock 4 Controller Back Button Attachment

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Today (Dec.17), PlayStation has unveiled a new back button attachment for its popular DualShock 4 controller geared towards competitive gamers.

According to PlayStation, the new attachment will help “elevate your gameplay by delivering versatility and performance while maintaining the comfort and feel of the Dualshock 4 wireless controller.” The accessory is very sleek in design and features two programmable and “highly tactile back buttons.”

PlayStation Dualshock 4 Controller Back Button Attachment

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The design is aimed to help competitive players use more of their hands to shorten their response times while giving them more flexibility during competitive gameplay. Here is a breakdown of the specs via PlayStation:

  • Responsive Back Buttons and High-fidelity OLED Screen: The two back buttons can map up to 16 different actions such as triangle, circle, R1, and R2, to name a few and provide amazing tactile feedback, so you can jump and slide without missing a beat. The attachment also features an integrated OLED display that provides real-time information around button assignments.
  • Highly Configurable: A dedicated button allows you to remap back button inputs on the fly, so you are always prepared no matter what game you’re playing. Furthermore, you can save and choose up to three different profiles for use in various games, and there is also a headset pass-through for connecting any 3.5mm wired headset to the controller.
  • Developed by PlayStation: The product is tested and approved for all of your favorite PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR titles and is built with the ergonomics of the DS4 in mind.
PlayStation Dualshock 4 Controller Back Button Attachment

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The Back Button Attachment launches in the US and Canada on January 23,2020 and will cost you USD 29.99, CAD 39.99. We wonder if this will be a permanent fixture on the DualShock5 controller when it arrives alongside the PlayStation 5. You can watch the announcement trailer below.

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