Rumors that Nintendo is preparing the Switch Pro console have been circulating for a long time: this console was credited with both a powerful platform and support for displaying 4K images on external screens. Bloomberg added fuel to the fire yesterday with its publication with the telling headline “Developers create games for the Nintendo 4K console, which does not exist.” It claims that 11 game development companies have formed teams to create 4K-capable Nintendo Switch apps. The console, according to a Bloomberg columnist, is almost identical to the current Switch, but has more memory and additional ports for connecting to a PC. However, it is noted that if such a prefix came out, it would not be earlier than the end of 2022. But as Nintendo itself said today, there is no 4K Switch.
News from September 30, 2021 (Japan Standard Time) falsely claims that Nintendo is providing 4K game development tools for Nintendo Switch. To ensure a correct understanding for our investors and clients, we want to clarify that this publication is not true.
In the second part of the official Twitter post, Nintendo has no plans for any new consoles other than Switch OLED.
A news report on Sept. 30, 2021(JST) falsely claims that Nintendo is supplying tools to drive game development for a Nintendo Switch with 4K support. To ensure correct understanding among our investors and customers, we want to clarify that this report is not true. (1/2)
— 任天堂株式会社（企業広報・IR） (@NintendoCoLtd) September 30, 2021
Considering that sales of Switch OLED will start literally next week (October 8), this speed of denial on the part of Nintendo looks more than logical: the company does not want users to at least create the illusion of a possible choice – so that someone would wait for a possible Switch Pro. instead of buying Switch OLED here and now. However, there is no smoke without fire, besides, sooner or later Nintendo will have to release a more powerful console, since the volume of innovations in the version with an OLED screen hardly met the expectations of users. Another thing is that the release of Switch Pro may take place later: not in 2022, but in mid-to-late 2023.
Sony is preparing its own launcher for PC games? PlayStation PC Launcher reference found in Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
Sony has made it as easy as possible for PC games to enter the market by making them available on Steam and the Epic Games Store. However, perhaps in the future it will have a layer launcher.
A link to the PlayStation PC Launcher was found in the files of Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, which was released on PC just the other day. Now the link does not lead anywhere, but at least it is there, as is the name of the launcher. In addition, references to PSNAccountLinked and PSNLinkingEntitlements were also found there, which may hint that in the future PlayStation games on PC will require a PSN account. Besides, such rumors have been circulating for a long time.
Given that Ubisoft, Rockstar and Activision Blizzard have their own launchers, it’s possible that Sony wants to join them. At the same time, the presence of a launcher does not mean that games will not be available on third-party platforms.
Microsoft admits: Sony PlayStation 4 sold much better than Xbox One
Microsoft has finally admitted that sales of Xbox One consoles were significantly lower than those of a competitor.
At one time, Microsoft stopped sharing data on the number of consoles sold, and we could only be guided by third-party sources. Now the company also did not disclose how many Xbox One in all its versions were sold during the life of the console, but admitted that the PlayStation 4 was more successful.
Sony has surpassed Microsoft in terms of console sales and installed base, selling more than twice as much as the last generation Xbox.
Given that the PS4 sold over 117 million units, the Xbox One sold less than 58.5 million. This is in good agreement with the calculations of various sources, which spoke of 51 million Xbox One.
The famous PlayStation exclusive came to PC with excellent ratings. This is the second most popular project after God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered was released on PC on August 12th and received a Metacritic score of 87 out of 100. The original game for the PlayStation 4 scored the same amount at one time.
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered hit 65,000 concurrent players on Steam in its opening weekend, falling short of God of War’s record of nearly 75,000 players. By comparison, Horizon Zero Dawn, the first major PlayStation title to hit Steam, drew 56,557 people at the same time.
The PC version of Marvel’s Spider-Man was perfectly ported by Nixxes Software, which Sony Interactive Entertainment acquired last year. She already has over 9,000 reviews on Steam, 96% of which are positive.
Sony’s new PC strategy is clearly generating good returns for the company. Earlier this year, the company said it had sold 33 million units of its Marvel’s Spider-Man series to date, a number expected to continue to rise in the coming months.
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