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  2. There’s nothing more exciting than opening a brand new console on launch day. Unless of course, yours turns out to be a bag of cat litter. Or a George Foreman grill, or tins of dog food, or bed sheets, or fitness equipment, or a Himalayan Salt Lamp. For me, it was an air fryer that sat in my Amazon package, in place of the PS5 I’d ordered from Amazon months previously. On launch day, excited my PS5 package had finally arrived after an unexpected delay, I hit record on my phone to capture its unboxing. But, after giving the driver the special password from Amazon to ensure a secure delivery, I discovered I had been sent a kitchen appliance instead. The anticlimax was captured on film. I called Amazon immediately to tell customer service about my mysteriously replaced PS5. They said they would investigate, and that I would hear back in 24-48 hours. Baffled, I tweeted the recording I’d made – and it turned out I was very much not alone. Happy #PS5 day everyone. Tried to document our one’s unveiling, but Amazon have tricked us with an unsolicited air fryer instead (after giving delivery password). Anyone else had this problem today? pic.twitter.com/99IUSzSJUU — Bex April May (@bexlectric) November 19, 2020 “Woke up excited for my #ps5 getting delivered......going to be going to bed having had to create a crime report to the police due to the delivery driver ‘misplacing’ it,” said one reply. “Went past my address but did not deliver it, then Amazon claimed it was lost,” said another. “This happened to me too. Marked as delivered with no sign of an attempted delivery. Truly ridiculous,” someone else tweeted. A pattern quickly emerged. Across the UK, the same thing was happening: the originally scheduled PS5 delivery was being ‘missed’, marked as delivered when it hadn’t been, or delayed until much later. When it arrived, the package would contain something - but it wouldn't be a next-gen console. There were too many stories of similar occurrences for this to be a coincidence. What was really happening here? What follows is an investigation which took me from confusing Amazon customer service, all the way to the potential for nationwide organised crime. And I’ll warn you in advance, like a DualSense plugged into a non-brand kitchen appliance, it still doesn’t make any sense. Consolation Prizes Of more than 500 customers who replied to a poll I posted on Twitter, 52% of people missing their PS5 from Amazon never received anything, and 47% had received a random item in its place like I had. This kind of thing might be occurring more often than we realise. Other Amazon customers contacted me to say the same thing had happened to them with other high value items, such as iPhones and hard drives. Usually, if an item goes missing, you’d expect the company to simply issue a replacement. But with PS5 launch day, and no more stock, the problem - and perhaps scam - has apparently happened en masse, and far more noticeably. I mentioned earlier that my delivery had been unexpectedly delayed before the package arrived. For seven hours, my PS5 had been unaccounted for. So, what had happened to my console during that time, and where could it be now? Shortly after I shared the video of my package being opened, someone tweeted me something I hadn’t considered. [poilib element="quoteBox" parameters="excerpt=%22Amazon%20don't%20use%20clear%20plastic%20tape%2C%20so%20I%20suspect%20that%20%5Bit%5D%20has%20been%20opened%2C%20swapped%20and%20resealed%20in%20transit.%22"] “@AmazonUK don't use clear plastic tape, so I suspect that [it] has been opened, swapped and resealed in transit,” replied Twitter user Alex Haines. Rushing to other Amazon packages I had, the difference was glaring. The familiar black ‘Prime’-branded reinforced tape was on all of them. But it wasn’t on what was supposed to be my PS5 delivery. Other people noticed the same thing. Sam Felts told me, “I noticed the tape was just clear, not normal Amazon tape, and there was also a layer of tape underneath the one I opened that was already cut.” Twitter users began speculating that this was evidence the boxes had been tampered with. They theorised our PS5s were being taken out of the package by someone in the supply chain, stolen, and replaced with random items. With an RRP of £449 in the UK, the PS5 is clearly a high-value item. But given the demand and lack of stock anywhere, the consoles are being sold for more than double that on eBay right now. Could my PS5 have been stolen by someone in Amazon’s logistics chain only to be sold at an outrageous markup on the grey market? I browsed eBay listings, wondering if I was scrolling past my own console. Despite the fact that those who had preordered months ago couldn’t even get hold of their PS5, some sellers had procured plenty. It seems entirely possible that, if our Amazon-ordered consoles have been stolen, they could quite easily be being sold on. The Method for Madness The motivation seems clear enough, but how the swaps were taking place is less obvious. The general assumption from the many victims online was that this was an inside job. But where along the Amazon supply chain could that realistically be taking place? Some speculated Amazon warehouse employees could be taking the consoles, and switching the contents before delivery (or never delivering them at all). However, one former Amazon employee, who had worked as security in an Amazon Fulfilment Centre, anonymously told me the security measures in the warehouse were so tight it simply isn’t possible for an employee to sneak an item the size of a PS5 out for themselves. “The packing in the warehouse is entirely covered by line managers and CCTV,” the source told me. “All warehouse staff go through manned security checkpoints to exit the warehouse, and everyone, including management, is required to go through a turnstile with a Random Number Generator search function. One in 10 people are selected, and if they are, they have to submit to a metal detector and turn out their pockets. “I once caught a guy trying to leave with a Micro SD card,” says the Amazon warehouse source, “No way could someone get a PS5 out that way.” Hi @amazon @AmazonHelp can you explain why your courier has stolen my ps5? Parked outside my house for ten minutes going through his van before marking my order as delivered. Refused to check his van when confronted? #ps5 #stolenps5 #ps5preorderuk pic.twitter.com/HKmPIVjgeY — George (@georgeh3nry) November 20, 2020 My source, who also worked at Amazon for the launch of Grand Theft Auto 5, told me the company even brought in extra security for the hugely anticipated game’s launch: “The HGV bringing the games to the warehouse had an escort, and there were extra cameras covering the pallets of games Although it’s more difficult for staff to walk out with a console than a game, I'd assume they'd also take extra precautions with such a high-profile item.” If the warehouse is ironclad, what about the Amazon delivery drivers? Many Amazon customers who hadn’t received their PS5 had reported delivery drivers parking outside their home but never delivering the item. I asked an Amazon driver contact – who also asked to remain anonymous – about what this could mean. Does a driver need to arrive at an address to mark a package as delivered, even if it isn’t? “Yes, the driver needs to be in proximity of the address to mark them arriving and then delivering the item,” they tell me. “Amazon sends notifications automatically to the recipient. For example, ‘Parcel is 6 stops away’ or ‘Parcel has been delivered’. My assumption is the app is pinging the Amazon server the information to send on to the customer,” the source adds. [poilib element="quoteBox" parameters="excerpt=It%20was%20a%20nationwide%20network%20of%20criminals%2C%20working%20several%20delivery%20companies%2C%20and%20for%20a%20while%20they%20seemed%20to%20be%20quite%20successful."] Almost everyone’s stories of missing PS5s from Amazon feature this detail – a driver being spotted in the vicinity of the address, at the marked delivery time, but the package not being delivered. Some have even recorded video of confrontations during this event. And some drivers have reportedly already been fired for it. This could be a far more organised effort than simply rogue drivers, however. Another anonymous source, who had worked as a courier for a delivery firm not affiliated with Amazon, told me of a scam they had seen before, that they suspected could be at play here again. “I'm going to assume this issue is a result of drivers being bribed,” they told me, “Our courier company had the contract from Apple to deliver iPads and iPhones. After a little while, one of our delivery drivers was approached outside our depot and offered cash for iPads.” “It was a nationwide network of criminals, working several delivery companies, and for a while they seemed to be quite successful,” the source tells me. Opened my ps5 pre-order only to find out that there’s cat litter in there ffs @AmazonHelp @AmazonHelp pic.twitter.com/1DnaZaQkps — Lad (@amarthegod) November 20, 2020 Here’s how that scam worked: drivers were offered payment for the deliveries, and were met on the road, somewhere along their route, where a switch of packages took place, and the real, high value packages were given away. So could the swapping of PS5s for other items be the work of a criminal organisation and not the odd underpaid employee? Considering the spread of those affected (we’ve seen reports from up and down the UK), the similarities in cases, and even reports of similar scams reaching as far as the US and beyond, it suddenly seemed plausible. I took this back to my Amazon driver source to get their opinion. “I didn't see any behaviour like this, and as a delivery partner it's foolish to even attempt this,” they told me, “Everything you do, from the route you take, to the parcels and the returns is tracked by an app. If you don't return the parcel then you probably will get marked down and lose the opportunity to work with Amazon again.” [poilib element="quoteBox" parameters="excerpt=There%20is%20nothing%20to%20stop%20gangs%20waiting%20for%20delivery%20partners%20%E2%80%93%20and%20frankly%20nothing%20to%20protect%20you%2C%20as%20a%20delivery%20partner%2C%20if%20that%20happens."] Though they added, “There is, however, nothing to stop gangs waiting for delivery partners outside the depots, or on the routes, and stealing packages from their vehicles – and frankly nothing to protect you, as a delivery partner, if that happens, other than calling the police and alerting driver support.” At this point in my investigation, I must let you down with the news that I haven’t infiltrated the theoretical gang in question. But this got wilder than I’d ever considered going in. Wildest of all, the gang theory seems… credible. I can’t say for certain that this crime has taken place. But I know these hundreds of instances look too uniform in their systematic approach for it to be a total coincidence. But, of course, I can’t prove anything, because no one - particularly not Amazon - is giving real answers to this issue. Feedback Loop The allotted 48 hours of my first complaint to Amazon about the erroneous air fryer came and went, and I hadn’t heard anything from the company as I had been promised. Many others said the same – on November 23, four days since UK PS5 launch day, and two days since Amazon’s 48-hour investigation window should have closed, 63% of people missing their Amazon PS5 delivery from launch day told me on a Twitter poll they had not even had a refund confirmed yet, let alone received the console they had ordered. I called Amazon again. After our joint hours of detective work it was time to compare notes. “I'm not seeing whether there has been any update on it as yet,” said the Amazon customer service rep, when I asked them for the results of their investigation. “Oh,” I told them, “I was told when we spoke a few days ago that Amazon was opening an investigation into what had happened?” “I do see that the information was submitted to have an investigation done, but I'm not seeing that there have been any updates on the investigation,” the customer service agent clarified. I had seen other users on Twitter discuss compensation they had been offered, with some even being offered up to £150 on top of the refund. With Amazon’s investigation apparently less fruitful than my own, I asked about that too. Thanks @AmazonUK for sending me this instead of the ps5 I ordered. And then telling me sorry, we can't send you the item you actually ordered because we ran out. So you're gonna have to wait over 10 days for a refund. Absolute shambles pic.twitter.com/2slEFxKxlc — Kirsty (@oopssimafan) November 20, 2020 The value of compensation for the preorder I set with Amazon months ago, all those lost hours with my PS5, and now, with no stocks left, no option of buying another? £5. Specifically, a £5 Amazon voucher. A cooler version of myself would have told Jeff Bezos where to stick it. But, to be fair, it was £5. Somehow, I should probably count myself fortunate – some victims of the delivery failure hadn’t been offered that. Some hadn’t even been offered a refund for their missing item when I spoke to them. So here I am, with no PS5 (or even an air fryer - Amazon collected it), potentially even the victim of a highly organised nationwide gang, and with £5 in Amazon credit to my name. On Twitter, other victims bemoaned the situation. People were being refunded against their will – we didn’t want refunds, or even generous £5 vouchers, if you can believe it. In fact, Amazon’s wildly random approach to these vouchers, varying from £5 to £150, has just made the whole affair more chaotic. What we wanted was a PS5 – or priority access to the next wave of PS5s to arrive. [poilib element="quoteBox" parameters="excerpt=I%20don%E2%80%99t%20want%20a%20refund%2C%20I%20want%20a%20guarantee%20on%20a%20unit%20from%20the%20next%20batch%20of%20stock."] “I’m fuming with it all to be honest,” Paul Longworth tells me, another Amazon customer whose PS5 preorder never arrived, “I don’t want a refund, I want a guarantee on a unit from the next batch of stock… I now feel I’ve been closed down as they’ve issued me a refund without my consent.” When I asked Amazon about how they were helping customers, an Amazon spokesperson said: “We’re all about making our customers happy, and that hasn’t happened for a small proportion of these orders. We’re really sorry about that and are investigating exactly what’s happened. We’re reaching out to every customer who’s had a problem and made us aware so we can put it right. Anyone who has had an issue with any order can contact our customer services team for help.” Sony was contacted for comment for this article too, but did not respond. With seemingly no investigation work done, or specific answers given by Amazon, it feels like this potential scam is being left to disappear. Amazon still hasn’t spoken about why this happened, or discussed the idea of anything untoward happening on their end. In fact, as Longworth told me, the refund on his non-existent PS5 was labelled as a ‘customer return’. “It adds insult to injury,” he tells me.” When Amazon sent me the instructions to return my unwanted air fryer, the email even called it a PS5. My eye twitched. It leaves us PS5-less, preorder-less customers in the middle of the madness just as baffled and upset as when we first saw our cat food, or foot massagers. To be fair, I have at least learned there is no shortage of air fryers, if playing with low-fat chip recipes over the holidays is your idea of fun. Hi @amazonuk, it's now been more than 48 hours and I haven't heard anything from you about this missing #PS5. Was promised would hear back in 24-48 hours while you conduct your investigation... #AmazonPS5Scam @AmazonHelp https://t.co/DohPlzfhrX — Bex April May (@bexlectric) November 21, 2020 Then I received a new email from Amazon – apparently a blanket one, sent to everyone affected. It read, “We know how excited you were about your new PlayStation 5 order, and we're sorry that you haven’t received your item. We are continuing to investigate why the item was not delivered to you.” Before mentioning that a (non-refusable) £10 credit was now being added to our Amazon accounts. So perhaps Amazon is still investigating… or just watching Twitter’s detective work. I’ll be continuing to look into how this happened - because the letdown for those affected is not just that this happened at all, but that we still, after all this time and searching, don’t know exactly why. If you have more information on the missing PS5s, or any information on how they may have been stolen, please get in touch with IGN’s Newstips email address - newstips@ign.com. You’ll be kept anonymous in any further reports. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Bex April May is a freelance journalist. You can follow her (and get updates on the mystery) on Twitter. View the full article
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  4. Partner Content by Square Enix [poilib element="accentDivider"] This is a special advertising section. Read more about IGN’s policies in our Standards and Practices. War of the Visions Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is a mobile RPG from Square Enix that launched globally in March 2020 and has achieved over 17 million free downloads. Taking inspiration from the grid-based movement and combat of the Final Fantasy Tactics series, War of the Visions (WOTV FFBE) pitches players into a battle between five nations. From the noble red lion warriors of Leonis to the unparalleled military might of savage Fennes, each nation has a stake in the conflict that threatens to consume the continent of Ardra, part of FFBE’s wider world of Lapis. From Wednesday November 18 to Tuesday December 15, new heroes will be added to this fight courtesy of a Final Fantasy IV collaboration event. Cecil, Kain, and Rosa arrive in different forms and are obtained via different means. As we break down exactly how they can be recruited let’s also take a minute to understand who they are and what they can do. Heroes of legend they may be, but they share a tangled relationship, indeed. First, Cecil is the hero of Final Fantasy IV, originally released in 1991 for the SNES/Super Famicom. A Dark Knight who becomes a Paladin, Cecil is brave, loyal, and in love with Rosa. He is the easiest to obtain of the three crossover characters, requiring only that players log-in to WOTV FFBE during the 28-day period from November 18 to December 15, and can be upgraded via special challenge missions appearing during this same timeframe. Cecil’s willingness to sacrifice himself for his friends manifests itself here with his Devoted Guard ability, bestowing a magic shield upon an ally at a cost to his own hit points. Conversely, his powerful Limit Burst ability is far more aggressively focused and by using this Sacred Rage attack Cecil delivers significant damage that has a chance to stun the enemy unit for a turn. Here’s hoping that Rosa is watching this impressive display. To have a chance of uniting Cecil with Kain and Rosa during this collaboration event, players should look no further than the Summons system. Both Kain and Rosa are added to the summoning pool as ultra-rare UR units and both have a chance to be pulled during this tie-in. Summons cost Visiore to perform but with a daily log-in bonus it’s easier than usual to obtain this in-game currency, along with additional Gil and EXP Cubes. There are also free special gifts available and a free daily 10x Summon during the event. If Kain and Rosa are found via the Summons system they make for powerful team members, with equally complicated relationships. Kain is a Dragoon. He is aloof, was previously under the thrall of sorcerer Golbez and, like Cecil, he is in love with Rosa. Historically, he has kept his feelings mostly to himself but this has caused distance between him and Cecil, whom he previously viewed as a rival but now considers a friend. As we said, it’s complicated! A prodigious combatant, Kain is able to strike multiple adjacent foes with his Piercing Lance attack and hit several more with his Limit Burst area-of-effect ability, Dragon’s Bane. Rosa, meanwhile, is a white mage who is deadly with a bow and indispensable to the party for her abilities that boost her allies’ well-being. While Rosa’s Elegant Archer TMR ability raises her attack and magic stats, she can also nullify a host of negative status effects with her Pure Prayer and perform mass-healing using her Limit Burst ability, Miracle of Two Moons, which also restores AP. In addition to Kain and Rosa, a new Vision Card will also be added to the Summons pool. UR Demon Wall grants a new esper upon its initial summoning and, boasting unique card art, can achieve higher attack stats by having Cecil, Kain, or Rosa equip it. New characters, Summons, a Vision Card, and daily bonuses sit alongside unique events that see our heroes face off against the imposing Demon Wall and the sinister Golbez himself. All are available for a limited time in this War of the Visions Final Fantasy Brave Exvius X Final Fantasy IV collaboration event, available free on mobile devices between Wednesday November 18 to Tuesday December 15. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/11/26/final-fantasy-iv-frenemies-hitting-war-of-the-visions-ffbe"]View the full article
  5. The crown prince of Saudi Arabia - through his youth-focused MiSK charity - has purchased 33.3% of SNK, the developer behind King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown, Metal Slug and more. MiSK has announced its intent to buy a total of 51% of shares, and take majority ownership. It's a move that's already causing controversy, given that the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has previously been directly implicated in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, accused of sending an assassination hit squad into Canada, and is the de facto leader of a country repeatedly lambasted for multiple human rights abuses. The 33.3% of SNK shares were bought for approximately $216 million, valuing the full company at around £648 million. Announced by the MiSK organisation today, the move to acquire an SNK majority is described as a means of "empowering Saudi men and women through building economic partnerships, as part of the institution’s updated strategy to maximize the impact on youth empowerment." MiSK has previously worked with SNK on video game and animation projects, creating training programs for aspiring Saudi game developers. When asked for comment by IGN, SNK refused, aside from pointing to its stock transfer agreement. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joe Skrebels is IGN's Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com. View the full article
  6. Pokemon's 25th anniversary celebration was teased at the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with a new logo and a promise of an exciting 2021 for Pokemon fans around the world. The new logo, which you can see below, features Pikachu's iconic face with the number 25 on its cheeks. Pokemon's Twitter also said "Our Pokémon 25th Anniversary celebration kicks off in 2021! Stay tuned for more details." This logo is very similar to the logo for Pokemon's 20th anniversary, but without other Pokemon making up Pikachu's face. Oh, and we also had to share with you the dancing Pikachu that appeared in the parade alongside the Pikachu balloon that took flight for the 20th consecutive parade. Did you catch 'em all? #MacysParade @pokemon pic.twitter.com/ck9UBZ9DE9 — Macy's (@Macys) November 26, 2020 There is a good chance we won't have to wait too long to hear what The Pokemon Company has planned for 2021, as Pokemon Red and Green were released in Japan on February 27, 1996, and it has previously celebrated milestones based on the Japanese release. In 2016, The Pokemon Company celebrated Pokemon's 20th anniversary with the announcement of Pokemon Sun and Moon (On February 26, no less), Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow on 3DS' Virtual Console, a special 3DS bundle featuring cover plates of Charizard and Blastoise, a Super Bowl commercial, and much more. With Pokemon Sword and Shield's Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra DLC released, it may be time to hear about the next big Switch Pokemon title, whether it be a new generation or something similar to Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/06/17/new-pokemon-snap-official-switch-trailer"] We are also waiting to hear more of New Pokemon Snap and Pokemon Unite, the Co-op strategy game that closely resembles a MOBA like League of Legends or DOTA 2. How do you hope The Pokemon Company will celebrate Pokemon's 25th anniversary? Let us know in the comments below! [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.View the full article
  7. U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be streaming Among Us on Twitch.TV/AOC again at 4pm PT/7pm ET tomorrow, November 27, and this time it will be with Canadian Members of Parliament. Ocasio-Cortez shared the news on Twitter, Quote Tweeting Jagmeet Singh, the leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, saying "Canadian Members of Parliament & US Members of Congress venting each other into space. What could go wrong?" [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/10/21/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-streams-among-us-to-get-out-the-vote-ign-now"] Singh tagged AOC in his Among Us stream announcement alongside both @hasanthehun and @northernlionLP, but it is yet unclear as to who else will be joining in on the fun. This will be AOC's follow-up to her first Twitch stream that peaked at over 430,000 viewers ahead of the U.S. Presidential Election earlier this month. AOC's Twitch stream was part of her plan to help get others to get out and vote, and we took a look at how this has even greater implications for U.S. politics as a whole. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/11/20/ign-friendsgiving-2020-playing-among-us-with-our-friends-for-charity"] For more on Among Us, check out our IGN Friendsgiving 2020 in which IGN's Sydnee Goodman and Akeem Lawanson played with such others as Alanah Pearce, Xavier Woods, Rahul Kohli, Elyse and James Willem, and much more. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch. View the full article
  8. CD Projekt Red has pushed back the reveal of Cyberpunk 2077's DLC until after its December 10 release date due to the game's several delays. As reported by VGC, the news was revealed by CD Projekt Red president and joint-CEO Adam Kiciński during the company's Q3 2020 earning call after he was asked about announcing and selling a season pass for the much-anticipated game. “The initial plan was to do it before release, but after the recent delay, we decided to wait for the release to provide gamers with the game and then start talking about future projects. So, after release.” Kiciński said, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/11/25/cyberpunk-2077-the-story-so-far"] CD Projekt Red had previously announced that Cyberpunk 2077 will get DLC at least as large as The Witcher 3, and will have both free DLC alongside paid expansions. It stated it would reveal these plans before launch but, as previously mentioned, the multiple delays shifted the timing. Kiciński also spoke about Cyberpunk 2077's multiplayer - which is a standalone project that won't likely be playable until after 2021 - and how the team plans to share a bit more about it "in Q1 next year." “It’s a separate dedicated production, a big production,” Kiciński said. “And we plan — we think about it as a standalone product. Obviously, it’s not entirely standalone as it comes from the universe of Cyberpunk and is very much related to the concept of single-player Cyberpunk. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=100-new-cyberpunk-2077-screenshots-gangs-characters-and-playstyles-revealed&captions=true"] “It’s another independent production and [an] independent team of people works on it…. I said already we are not focusing right now on talking too much about other future products, products that are to be released after Cyberpunk. So please be with us in the first quarter of next year when we plan to share some strategy update. And I believe Cyberpunk multiplayer will be possible.” For more on Cyberpunk 2077, check out our final preview, the story so far, and all the news from the latest Night City Wire. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch. View the full article
  9. Welcome to Nintendo Voice Chat! This week, join Janet Garcia, Brian Altano, Tom R. Marks, and Brendan Graeber for a super-sized edition of Question Block. We answer tons of your Nintendo questions, and some non-Nintendo questions! Will the "R." in Tom R. Marks finally be revealed? You can only find out right here on NVC. Timecodes! 00:00:00 Welcome! 00:01:57 Super quick news 00:03:03 Mega Question Block! 00:48:50 Out this week 00:53:03 What we're playing 00:59:06 What we're thankful for NVC is available on your preferred platform! YouTube Spotify Apple iTunes Stitcher Podbay PlayerFM Podbean You can also Download NVC 536 Directly Here You can listen to NVC on your preferred platform every Thursday at 3pm PT/6pm ET. Have a question for Question Block? Write to us at nvc@ign.com and we may pick your question! Also, make sure to join the Nintendo Voice Chat Podcast Forums on Facebook. We're all pretty active there and often pull Question Block questions and comments straight from the community. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Logan Plant is the Production Assistant for NVC. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant. View the full article
  10. While Microsoft has been touting that the Xbox Series X is the "world's most powerful console," the PS5 is outperforming it in early game tests, and Microsoft is working on why. As reported by The Verge, Digital Foundry has been analyzing some of the new games across both the PS5 - which is capable of 10.28 teraflops of GPU performance - and Xbox Series X - which is capable of 12 teraflops - and it's not as one-sided as it initially appeared. In Devil May Cry 5, the Xbox Series X has better performance in 4K and ray tracing modes, but the higher frame rate option runs better on PS5, with the frame rate gaps being more than 40fps in some cases. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/11/05/xbox-series-x-review"] “The dips look really strange to me, and it kind of suggests to me some kind of API limitation on the Xbox side where the GPU is being held back by something,” suggests Digital Foundry editor Richard Leadbetter. Assassin's Creed Valhalla, which has been heavily promoted by Microsoft, also runs a bit smoother on PS5, with the Xbox Series X version showing screen tearing and regular frame rate dips below 60fps. The same story plays out in Dirt 5, where image quality and resolution go in PS5's favor. Dirt's developer Codemasters has acknowledged this peformance gap, and has already said it has a fix in the works. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-best-games-to-play-on-xbox-series-xs&captions=true"] Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War does run better in ray tracing performance mode on Xbox Series X, but PS5 performs better in 120fps mode. Why is this occurring in multiple games? Certain developers have spoken to The Verge and have said that some of the issues stem from the fact that Microsoft only allowed developers to submit games for Xbox Series X certification in June, whereas developers had access to PS5 dev kits far in advance. So, it appears that this issue is not necessarily a platform issue, but an issue with developers not having ample time to optimize their titles for the Xbox Series X. Microsoft has acknowledged this issue, and promises it is working with developers to solve any complications. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/11/17/fixing-ps5-xbox-series-x-launch-issues-next-gen-console-watch"] “We are aware of performance issues in a handful of optimized titles on Xbox Series X|S and are actively working with our partners to identify and resolve the issues to ensure an optimal experience,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “As we begin a new console generation, our partners are just now scratching the surface of what next-gen consoles can do and minor bug fixes are expected as they learn how to take full advantage of our new platform. We are eager to continue working with developers to further explore the capability of Xbox Series X|S in the future.” The Xbox Series X does have certain advantages over the PS5, on paper, like variable refresh rate and full AMD RDNA2 support, but many developers still need time to take advantage of all the power the Xbox Series X offers. For more on Xbox Series X, check out our Xbox Series X review and accessibility review, the best games to play on Xbox Series X/S right now, and the best things to do first with your Series X. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/11/14/xbox-series-x-4-things-we-love-and-3-things-we-dont"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch. View the full article
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