This week, online and offline retailers in China have abruptly removed many imported game consoles from their catalogs and off the shelves, including the Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox. This was reported by the South China Morning Post.
The reason was the extensive anti-smuggling campaign. The set-top boxes began to disappear after “dozens” of arrests in the coming week. Gamers in China often turned to the gray market to access games not officially sold in the country.
The National Anti-Smuggling Bureau announced on Friday on its official Weibo that the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department has arrested 54 illegal importers and seized 78 million yuan ($ 11.9 million) of contraband Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft consoles. ).
The report said the total value of goods smuggled since 2018 was 3.38 billion yuan ($ 515 billion).
After the arrests, consoles began to rapidly disappear from the shelves of both offline and online stores. Including many offers of consoles and games disappeared from the largest Chinese platform Taobao.
Buy a PlayStation 5 to play the original PlayStation games. The network has the first review of the classic game as part of the new PS Plus
As you know, in the updated PlayStation Plus subscription, gamers will also have access to games from the very first generation of the Sony console. And the first review of such a game has already appeared on the Web.
The fact is that such games began to appear in some countries in the PlayStation Store even now, although the updated PS Plus service has not yet started.
One of the authors of YouTube took advantage of this. He tested the emulator on the example of the game Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, which was released back in 1997. It turned out that everything works very well.
Saves are available to gamers, there are rewards, you can also choose the aspect ratio and visual filter for the image. Of course, there are no improvements for such games, but for many this is a plus, since it is possible to play exactly those games that have been loved since childhood.
New GTA, which is not related to GTA VI: they started talking about the game after the purchase of Take-Two by Zynga
Back in January of this year, video game developer Take-Two announced it was acquiring Zynga for $12.7 billion. Take-Two today announced the closing of a deal that could result in a new GTA game for smartphones, according to a source.
At the moment, this is the largest acquisition in the history of the gaming industry. Yes, Microsoft’s nearly $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard is far superior to that deal, but Microsoft and Activision Blizzard’s deal isn’t expected to close until next year.
According to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, Zynga’s expertise can help it advance its free-to-play and cross-platform gaming ambitions and bring its universes from consoles and PC to mobile devices. Take-Two belongs to the Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead, Max Payne, Civilization, Mafia, BioShock, XCOM and other series.
Zynga CEO Frank Gibaud added, “We’re excited to take this one step further by combining Zynga’s free-to-play experience and next-generation mobile platform experience with best-in-class features and renowned Take-Two intellectual property.”
The main game that Take-Two is waiting to announce is GTA VI, but it is unlikely to be released anytime soon.
AMD wants to conquer the market for cheap laptops. The company is preparing new processors similar to the APU in the Steam Deck console
Earlier this year, AMD introduced Ryzen 6000 mobile processors with Zen 3+ architecture processor cores and RDNA 2 architecture-based GPUs. Early next year, the company should release Ryzen 7000 Dragon Range/Phoenix mobile APUs. It turns out that between these generations, AMD wants to squeeze in another one.
According to leaked slides, the company is going to release Mendocino processors in the fourth quarter, which will be very unusual in their characteristics. They will combine the old Zen 2 processor cores, the latest RDNA 2 iGPU, and the modern 6nm process technology. It’s similar to the Van Goch APU in the Steam Deck console, only on a more modern process.
Mendocino will have a maximum of four processor cores, that is, they will not boast high performance by modern standards. Instead, they will focus on thin, light, and affordable laptops in the $400-$700 price range. The new APUs will allow these mobile PCs to operate autonomously for more than 10 hours.
Apparently, Mendocino APUs will coexist with Ryzen 6000 and Ryzen 7000, focusing on the lower price range. At the same time, they may well get a sufficiently productive iGPU if AMD endows the APU with at least 512 stream processors.
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