Congratulations to Konami, which managed to make a mess by selling absolutely nothing at all: the auction of NFT’s Castlevania, described at length and especially across a while ago on your favorite site, seems to have been lucrative for the Japanese publisher. What better way to celebrate 35 years of a beloved franchise than to shamelessly exploit it?
It is therefore the equivalent of more than $ 160,000 in cryptocurrency that was exchanged during the auction of NFTs Castlevania over the past week.
An easy money affair
After sales platform commission OpenSea, Konami will have revolted the tidy sum of $157,000, or more than 130,000 euros, from the launch of its NFT initiative. The biggest sale of this auction is the NFT of a pixelart artwork of Dracula’s castle from the first game. Castlevania. The latter went for $25,231, neither more nor less. The second most impotent auction is the “Highlights” NFT of Castlevania, a compilation of gameplay videos from the game, part for $17,265.
Because there is no small profit in a capitalist society, Konami has secured a long-term annuity for its blockchain initiative: 10% of the sum of each future transaction of these NFTs will return directly to the pocket. from the Japanese publisher, if these tokens are of interest to anyone in the future.
Who’s next ?
Konami obliges, Castlevania certainly won’t be the last franchise to go through the NFT grinder. We remind you that next year is Metal Gear Solid which will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release on PlayStation in 1998—and just like the Belmont family, it’s hard to see Konami letting one of its favorite brands celebrate this date without “devoting” a collection of its kind to it.
Finally, in 2024, it will be the turn of silent Hill to celebrate that same anniversary… In other words, we should keep hearing about Konami’s NFTs for quite a while. Even though many voices are raised against the sale of NFTs in the video game industry, the Japanese publisher is not one to avoid controversy.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
- 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
- Little Big Planet 3
- LocoRoco Remastered
- LocoRoco 2 Remastered
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Patapon Remastered
- Patapon 2 Remastered
- 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:
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- 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
- Hot Shots Tennis
- Jack II
- Jack 3
- Jak X: Combat Racing
- Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
- Rogue Galaxy
- 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
- Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
- Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
- Infamous 2
- Infamous: Festival of Blood
- LocoRoco Cocoreccho!
- MotorStorm Apocalypse
- MotorStorm RC
- 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
- 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.
AMD will not remain a monopolist in the console market. The next Nintendo Switch will likely use the Nvidia platform again
The second-generation Nintendo Switch console, whatever it’s called, looks set to once again be based on Nvidia’s single-chip system.
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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