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Bobby Kotick to Step Down as Activision-Blizzard President Next Year

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We’re barely recovering from yesterday’s breaking news between Microsoft and Activision-Blizzard. The agreement announced with a bang by the Xbox brand will see the Richmond firm buy back the shares of the American publisher, thus absorbing its portfolio of studios and intellectual properties. A monstrous transfer window which could signal major changes to come within Activison-Blizzard, currently in the midst of a media storm following the numerous scandals revealed by the press…

This was one of the big questions raised by yesterday’s big news: what will happen to Bobby Kotick after the acquisition is finalized? The controversial Activision-Blizzard CEO has been repeatedly singled out for his handling of internal complaints, and his days at the helm of the group could be numbered.


Bobby Kotick to Step Down as Activision Blizzard President Next Year
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The countdown begins

Microsoft’s statement posted yesterday briefly mentioned Bobby Kotick’s role in the deal. Kotick should thus keep his functions for the months to come… But change is coming for next year. In any case, this is what we learn from the wall street journal, providing some clarification on the ins and outs of this acquisition. For now, Kotick and Activision will continue to operate independently—the Microsoft acquisition isn’t expected to be finalized until June 2023.

As of that date, Kotick will step down from his role as chief CEO; and should, in the best tradition of modern corporatism, pocket a nice starting jackpot thanks to the many shares he holds—39.5 million shares, to be precise. These investments should thus bring in around 390 million dollars for the American businessman.

Once the agreement is finalized, the Activison-Blizzard teams will respond directly to Phil Spencer, appointed president of the new Microsoft Gaming branch, recently established within the Richmond firm. Spencer was previously Executive Vice President of Gaming Bank; a change in nomenclature in response to the restructuring following yesterday’s acquisition.

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A new era in the Windows mobile game console market. GPD has already received the Ryzen 7 6800U APU for the Win Max 2 console

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A new era in the Windows mobile game console market

With the release of Ryzen 6000 mobile processors, equipped with very powerful iGPUs, a new era of Windows handheld game consoles is dawning.

The Aya Neo 2 console with Ryzen 7 6800U was unveiled yesterday, and now GPD has boasted that it has already acquired a batch of the same APUs, so GPD Win Max 2 test models based on this platform should be ready by June. Judging by the entry, the company did not expect that it would be able to get the processors so quickly.

A new era in the Windows mobile game console market.  GPD has already received the Ryzen 7 6800U APU for the Win Max 2 console

GPD Win Max 2 was introduced back in March, but with a Core i7-1280P processor, but its graphics subsystem is no match for the iGPU in the Ryzen 7 6800U.

As a result, before the end of the year, at least two more portable set-top boxes with Windows that can handle modern games should appear on the market. True, apparently, in both cases we are talking about a Full HD screen, which creates an additional load on the GPU. For the same Steam Deck, the resolution is HD.

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Ghost Of Tsushima, God of War, The Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and more. Sony has announced the list of games for the updated PS Plus subscription

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Sony has finally revealed the list of games that will be available as part of the new PlayStation Plus subscription in Extra and Premium plans.

Ghost Of Tsushima, God of War, The Last of Us, Assassin's Creed Valhalla and more.  Sony has announced the list of games for the updated PS Plus subscription

At the time of the announcement, Sony was talking about 400 games, but so far the list is much more modest. The company will probably replenish it over time. However, this list includes former Sony exclusives and even a few games that are still not available on any other platforms. For example, these are the cult Bloodborne and The Last of Us or Demon’s Souls and Returnal, which are completely exclusive only to PS5.

In general, the list includes the following games from internal PlayStation studios:

  • alienation
  • bloodborne
  • Concrete Genie
  • Days Gone
  • Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition
  • Death Stranding and Death Stranding Director’s Cut
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Destruction AllStars
  • Everybody’s Golf
  • Ghost Of Tsushima Director’s Cut
  • God of War
  • Gravity Rush 2
  • Gravity Rush Remastered
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Infamous First Light
  • Infamous Second Son
  • Knack
  • Little Big Planet 3
  • LocoRoco Remastered
  • LocoRoco 2 Remastered
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Matterfall
  • MediEvil
  • Patapon Remastered
  • Patapon 2 Remastered
  • Resogun
  • returnal
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Tearaway Unfolded
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind
  • Until Dawn
  • Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • WipEout Omega Collection

Also on the list are games from third-party studios:

  • Ashen
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Celeste
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Control: Ultimate Edition
  • Dead Cells
  • Far Cry 3 Remaster
  • Far Cry 4
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
  • For Honor
  • Hollow Knight
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Narutoshippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
  • NBA 2K22
  • Outer Wilds
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • resident evil
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole
  • The Artful Escape
  • The Crew 2
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division

But that’s not all. As part of the Premium plan, users will have access to classic PlayStation games:

  • Ape Escape
  • Hot Shots Golf
  • IQ Intelligent Qube
  • Jump Flash!
  • Siphon Filter
  • Super Stardust Portable
  • Mr. Driller
  • Tekken 2
  • Worms World Party
  • Worms Armageddon

In the same Premium plan, there will be remasters of classic games:

  • Ape Escape 2
  • Arc The Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
  • dark cloud
  • Dark Cloud 2
  • fantavision
  • Hot Shots Tennis
  • Jack II
  • Jack 3
  • Jak X: Combat Racing
  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
  • Rogue Galaxy
  • Siren
  • Wild Arms 3
  • Bioshock Remastered
  • Borderlands The Handsome Collection
  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning
  • LEGO Harry Potter Collection

In addition, there will be promised games from the PlayStation 3, but only from the PlayStation Now cloud, so they will only be available in a number of countries. The list of games includes the following projects:

  • Crash Commando
  • Demon’s Souls
  • echochrome
  • Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
  • Ico
  • Infamous
  • Infamous 2
  • Infamous: Festival of Blood
  • LocoRoco Cocoreccho!
  • MotorStorm Apocalypse
  • MotorStorm RC
  • Puppeteer
  • rain
  • Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty
  • Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
  • Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
  • Resistance 3
  • Super Stardust HD
  • tokyo jungle
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Asura’s Wrath
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
  • Devil May Cry HD Collection
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • FEAR
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
  • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

And finally, in the same senior tariff plan, there will be time-limited (three hours) trial versions of games. Now the list of projects is rather modest, but later new exclusives should appear in it.

  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Farming Simulator 22
  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderland
  • WWE 2K22

Sony promises monthly replenishment of the list of free games. As you can see, comparing such a PS Plus to Xbox Game Pass, the latter benefits from the release of Microsoft exclusives on their launch day, but the Sony subscription offers more iconic and highly regarded titles, including PlayStation exclusives that are not available on PC.

The launch of the new PS Plus will take place on May 24 in Asia, then it will be available in Japan on June 2, after June 13 North and South America will be connected, and in other markets the service will become available on June 27.

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AMD will not remain a monopolist in the console market. The next Nintendo Switch will likely use the Nvidia platform again

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AMD will not remain a monopolist in the console market

The second-generation Nintendo Switch console, whatever it’s called, looks set to once again be based on Nvidia’s single-chip system.

AMD will not remain a monopolist in the console market.  The next Nintendo Switch will likely use the Nvidia platform again

This conclusion is made by sources based on a new Nvidia vacancy. The company is looking for a tool engineer for game console developers.

Considering that Sony and Microsoft have long opted for AMD solutions, the current Nintendo Switch is based on SoC Tegra, and no other major companies seem to be going to seriously enter the console market, it is most likely that we are talking about the development platforms for the new Nintendo console. True, this may mean that such a prefix will not be released soon.

By the way, the other day Nintendo itself indirectly confirmed that it would continue to use the Nvidia platform in its new console. The company said that it is very important for it to maintain the continuity of generations and implement a smooth transition. And the easiest way to do this is to keep the platform of the same manufacturer.

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