As you know, consumer game consoles differ from developer kits, and not only externally.
The latter usually have more ports and sometimes slightly different characteristics. So, only now it became known that the Xbox Series X developer kit has much more memory than a serial console.
The device, known as the XDK, was acquired and dismantled by the authors of Gamer Nexus. The console has the same APU as the production model. That is, it includes eight processor cores with Zen 2 architecture and a GPU with RDNA 2.0 architecture and 56 CUs.
But the universal memory, which plays the role of both operational and graphic, XDK has 40 GB! By comparison, the consumer console only has 16 GB. The XDK is equipped with 14GHz GDDR6 memory. Whether there is a division of this volume into three blocks, like the Xbox Series X, is unknown.
A large amount of memory is needed by developers in the process of creating games, but a mass-produced device is unlikely to require such a huge amount at the moment.
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.
Aya Neo portable consoles introduced with Ryzen 6800U, OLED and Windows OS
Aya Neo has announced Aya Neo Air and Aya Neo 2 handheld game consoles. Aya NeoAir is the first Windows-based handheld console with an OLED screen, while Aya Neo 2 is powered by AMD Ryzen 6800U chipset.
Aya Neo Air is equipped with a modern vibration motor, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a USB-C port and a microSD card slot. It also has RGB lighting and speaker holes on both sides. The Aya Neo Air is very similar to the Nintendo Switch Lite but powerful enough to match the Steam Deck.
Aya Neo is equipped with a 6-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution screen that covers 109% of the NTSC color space. Aya Neo Air is based on the Ryzen 5000 APU. The device weighs about 420 grams.
The Aya Neo Air is available for pre-order now in China, where the device is priced at $647.
The Aya Neo model has a 5.5-inch OLED screen and AMD Ryzen 6800U chipset, which is the first to be used in a handheld game console. There are no details about the device, but it is known that it will be released at the end of the year.
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