2020 promises to be a big year for the video game industry. That’s when the next generation of consoles will come, with PlayStation 5 and Xbox promised by the end of the year – while Nintendo must bet on heavyweight titles to take on competitors.
Speaking specifically of Sony, the next PlayStation family console promises to be grand, with features like backward compatibility and support for 4K and 120Hz TVs. Internally, the video game is expected to boast a video card possibly more powerful than the GTX 2000 lineup and its ray tracing technology, as well as an AMD Ryzen 4000 processor, an SSD drive that indicates that loading screens will be “a thing of the past”. ”, And an“ attractive price ”even with advanced specifications.
Remember that the PlayStation line has just celebrated 25 years of existence. The birthday of the family’s first console was December 3, 1994, and Sony even released a video in late 2019 celebrating the birthday of its flagship. Given this, it is possible that the company will extend the celebrations, especially if we consider that the PlayStation 2 will celebrate 20 years on March 4. Could Sony very well release special anniversary editions of its most iconic video games, perhaps?
Still talking about hardware, the official unveiling of the PlayStation 5 (and the supposed PS5 Pro) is expected to take place at a PlayStation Meeting, an event geared toward the press and partners; and not at E3 2020.
On the other hand, Sony may re-appear at specific events such as Gamescom, Tokyo Game Show and Chinajoy. The latter, in turn, is one of the most important fairs where the tech giant is expected to be present again, as closer ties with the Chinese market is imminent – thus following Nintendo’s footsteps to produce video games in China. The company, by the way, can still undergo many changes in its internal policies and marketing conduct, as some of Sony’s top figures have left office (or announced that they will).
Kaz Hirai, for example, revealed that he retired in early 2019, despite leaving his CEO position a year earlier. Besides him, the president of entertainment strands Japan-Asia also announced retirement last year; and Shawn Layden may leave Sony in 2020. Finally, Shuhei Yoshida is no longer president of Worldwide Studios.
To wrap up hardware, Sony may announce a new PlayStation VR model, as well as betting on gamers-oriented phones, following market trends and the gradual growth of the mobile industry.
And the games?
The PlayStation division is set to air new episodes of State of Play, a recorded program that follows the Nintendo Direct format to feature news from the company’s flagship games. The top two titles that will end the PlayStation 4 exclusive cycle are almost certain to be released: while The Last of US Part II is confirmed for May, Ghost of Tsushima is set for Q3 2020.
Speaking of games, after acquiring Insonmiac Games in mid-2019, the company has expressed that it wants to buy new studios to focus on high-budget titles. Last year, there were rumors that Sony wanted to buy Take-Two and later even left for Remedy Entertainment.
Still on Insomniac Games, now that Sony owns the rights to Sunset Overdrive, it is possible that the first game (hitherto excluded from Xbox One and PCs) will be relaunched for PS4 – beyond the title sequence. Another rumor involving this studio involves the possible development of a new Ratchet & Clank.
Partnering with Microsoft for a cloud service can also help extend the reach of the subscription game streaming service; as well as assisting Sony on its journey to a new cloud gaming program, as leaked patents suggest in recent months. In addition, PlayStation Plus must also win a Premium version.
Finally, it is important to remember that among the many controversies Sony has been involved with lately, cross-play was one of the main issues. With the arrival of the new generation, it is possible for the company to release service on more titles in its catalog, allowing players to share games with others on consoles.
Fortnite Streamer Bowl Teams Confirmed
Twitch Rivals finally came out with the list of top-level players that will compete on the Fortnite Streamer Bowl. They will play alongside some of the most popular NFL players in these weekend duos tournament.
Streamer Bowl will be happening in Miami on January 30, right before the Super Bowl kicks off. In total, 16 duos will be fighting for the $ 500, 000, which will go to the charity of their choice.
Streamer Bowl Teams
- Fortnite World Cup Winner Bugha will be playing with JuJu Smith-Schuster from Pittsburgh Steelers
- LosPollosTV is going to team up with Jamal Adams from New York Jets
- Fan-favorite Turner “Tfue” Tenney will partner with Kyler Murray from Arizona Cardinals
- TimTheTatman’s back is gonna be covered by Jonathan Abram from Oakland Raiders
- Symfuhny and D.K. Metcalf from Seattle Seahawks will do their best to secure the prize
- NICKMERCS is practicing with Mike Evans from Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Popular Twitch streamer DrLupo will take his chances with Keenan Allen from L.A. Chargers
- Fellow Canadian NickEh30 is teaming up with David Morgan from Minnesota Vikings
- Tarik Cohen from Chicago Bears is going for the Victory Royale with Clix
- Chap’s partner in crime is Kyle Van Noy coming from the New England Patriots
- Reverse2k is going all-in with Baker Mayfield from the Cleveland Browns
- BrookeAB, the only female streamer on the list, is partnering up with Eric Ebron from Indianapolis Colts
- Aydan is gonna be playing with Kurt Benkert from Atlanta Falcons
- UnknownxArmy will do his best with the help of Avonte Maddox of Philadelphia Eagles
- Elded will be playing with Arizona Cardinals representative, Kenyan Drake
- Lastly, we have NateHill and Eddie Vanderdoes, coming from Houston Texans
You can watch the whole tournament live from the official page. The event will be promoted via Purple Zone video series that will include the hottest Twitch streamers (Tfue, NickEh30, DrLupo, and Mike Evans) and NFL players (DK, Mike Evans, JuJu, and Jamal Adams).
The format of the tournament is still unknown, but Streamer Bowl will start at 3 pm PT on 30th January.
Ninja gets skin on Fortnite in new update
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins will have his own skin in Fortnite. The streamer made the announcement on Wednesday morning (15) on a broadcast on his Mixer channel. The item is part of the Icon Series, which already has the Marshmello and Major Lazer skins. According to the player, the news comes to the game on Thursday (16), along with the 11.4 update, the first of 2020 at Epic Games Battle Royale. Nevertheless, the skin is only available for three days, leaving the game catalog as early as the 19th.
The character’s look was praised by the streamer. The skin features spiky hair, a blue jacket and hood, and black pants. “(The skin) looks like me,” commented Ninja during the broadcast. Other news involving the player has also come to Battle Royale: an emote, a blingback and a pick are available to the player who purchases the item. You can even vary between four skin customizations.
The title developer plans to release more such items, bringing real-world personalities into the game. Loserfruit and TheGrefg, for example, are also confirmed by Epic Games.
We're bringing the artistic vision, personality and attitude of our top creators to Fortnite with the Icon series, starting with @Ninja!
This is just the beginning of gaming, music, film, and fashion colliding in Fortnite.
Read more here: https://t.co/iIV9SHq3zM
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) January 15, 2020
Fortnite Update 11.4 also features a new weapon side rank feature. In non-competitive matches, the player may “set aside” the assault rifle as a heavy assault rifle, which returns in this patch. Now it will also be possible to upgrade the rarity of weapons early in the game. New items have also been added, such as the Flint-Knock pistol and the Shockwave and Impulse grenades.
Funds are already nearing the end of Fortnite’s first season, Chapter 2, which began in October last year. The next one is scheduled to start in February, and should bring news such as map changes, battle pass and new item releases.
How to get Ninja skin in Fortnite?
Ninja’s skin will be in store for a limited time, however, and availability will cease once it is removed. The skin will be removed three days later, on January 19.
Ninja’s partnership is part of a new Icons series in which Epic Games collaborates with musicians, artists, movies, fashion and more to bring themed experiences to Fortnite. Past collaborations included Marshmello and Major Lazer. Epic has also confirmed that YouTube creators Loserfruit and The Grefg are future collaborations of the Icons series.
PUBG Season 6 Update: New Map And More
PUBG Season 6 update will soon hit the streets, and with it, we will get a brand new map called Karakin. Here’s all that we know about the upcoming season.
New Desert Map
Karakin didn’t come out of the blue. The devs have already teased us via social media before giving us this badass reveal trailer. Karakin is a desert map set somewhere in North Africa. This will be games 5th map, along with Miramar, Vikendi, Sanhok, and Erangel. Karakin is 2 x 2 km in size, which means it is much smaller than other maps and perfect for fast-paced games. It has also been confirmed that Vikendi will not be available in season 6, but will definitely reappear in the later seasons. However, custom matches in Vikendi will still be available.
If you just can’t wait for it, you can already check Karakin out on a test server. Aside from 5 villages on the shores, much of the map is an open mountainous area, which will be perfect for sniping practice. There are claustrophobic underground bunkers spread throughout the map.
PUBG Season 6 Mechanic: Black Zone
Karakin also comes with a twist – a new mechanic called Black Zone that will completely transform the area inside it. The buildings inside it will sustain big damage or be completely destroyed, so you will have to constantly be on your feet. Devs have developed it to prevent excessive camping and we highly welcome it. Black Zone will also evolve in real-time throughout the match, so a house that was there just a minute ago may become totally flattened. Buildings that get destroyed will be represented with X on the minimap. It will also be totally random, resulting in a different experience every time you play. Watch out for the sound of a siren and quickly evacuate if you are inside the purple circle.
Sticky Bombs And Penetrable Walls
Karakin will also have one unique weapon – Sticky Bombs. You will use them on various Breach points, like weak walls and floors, to create new paths. This will definitely add a new tactical element in the game, as you now have the option to attack enemies from various unexpected angles. Sticky Bombs will also uncover various secret areas that might contain useful loot, so keep your eyes open.
Devs have also decided to add bullet penetration, which will work on the weakest walls in Karakin. Lastly, the new flying vehicle called Motor Glider will also be available in Karakin. The vehicle has 2 seats, making it easy for your teammate to spread fire on enemies below. There are dozens of small things added and you can see full patch notes here.
PUBG Is Here To Stay
PUBG is still very much in race with other Battle Royale games like Apex Legends and Fortnite. Remember, Season 5 was launched in October of 2019, and we’ve already got a new one. Season 6 is coming out at the end of the month, on January 25th.