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Sony’s Doing What?
E119: Sony reportedly has a new handheld device in development.
Good morning gamers! Handheld gaming has been dominated by the Nintendo Switch, mobile devices and now the Steam Deck. Sony’s last handheld device was the PlayStation Vita in 2013 but they reportedly have a new one in development.
Q Lite is the codename for the new PlayStation handheld device currently in development according to Insider Gaming. The Q Lite will reportedly operate with remote play, which will require users to own a PS5 and have a constant connection to the internet.
Features for the Q Lite will reportedly include game streaming up to 1080p and 60FPS. The early prototypes indicate the Q Lite will look like a PS5 controller with an 8” touchscreen display at the center. It will have adaptive triggers for haptic feedback alongside volume controls, speakers and a headphone jack.
The release date for the Q Lite is expected to be before the 2024 holiday season. The source claims that the Q Lite is currently in the QA testing phase and it will release before the PS5 Pro and after the the Detachable Disc Drive PS5.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Previews
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is the highly anticipated sequel to Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019), releasing on April 28th. As the release date approaches, several publishers that have received early copies of the game are sharing their hands-on experiences.
In an interview with Xbox, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Director Stig Asmussen acknowledged the criticisms of the previous game. Asmussen says they wanted to improve on the criticisms such as the lack of fast travel, inconsistent combat and the poor reward system. He added that “you can do as much focus testing as you want, but once millions of people are playing, it becomes a different story”.
According to VGC, every element from the first game “feels more refined, polished and expanded upon”. Cal Kestis, the game’s main character now has five combat stances such as single blade, double-bladed, duel wield, crossguard and blaster. VGC says that Cal’s force powers have also improved since the first game.
Here are a few other new details about Star Wars Jedi: Survivor,
Seven large planets
Several side quests
New mobility options (grapple, mounts)
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The U.S. Justice Department has agreed to a settlement with Activision Blizzard over a salary limit in professional esports leagues dispute (the Call of Duty League and the Overwatch League). The lawsuit claimed that Activision Blizzard imposed a tax that "effectively operated as a salary cap, penalized teams for paying esports players above a certain threshold and limited player compensation in these leagues”. The settlement is still being approved by a judge but would require Activision Blizzard to stop putting limits or caps on player salaries.
NRG has officially acquired the historic esports organization Counter Logic Gaming (CLG). The newly formed esports powerhouse will continue to operate under the NRG brand and will be helmed by current NRG founder and CEO Andy Miller. CLG’s League of Legends spot will be taken over by NRG for the foreseeable future and the brand name will be switched from CLG to NRG when Riot allows them to (the teams structure and players will be reportedly maintained). Former CLG CEO Greg Kim and his staff have said their goodbyes amidst layoffs.
KONAMI has announced the opening of its Osaka Studio. The studio will be their new game development studio with a focus on “Creators first”.
God of War’s Sunny Suljic who portrays Atreus said “I think it would be cool to see Atreus grow into a man”.
Legendary Entertainment has acquired the film and TV rights to Street Fighter. A new Street Fighter live-action film is in development.
Snoop Dogg has resigned from the Board of Directors of FaZe Clan. He joined in March 2022 before the company went public.
Minecraft, the live-action movie starring Jason Momoa is expected to be released on April 4th, 2025.
Resident Evil 4 Remake has sold 4 million copies. The Mercenaries' free additional downloadable content is now available to players.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 2 was reportedly in development according to ex-Sledgehammer Games Creative Director Bret Robbins.
Immortals of Aveum, the debut title from Ascendant Studios has reportedly been leaked. The first-person magic shooter is expected to release in July.
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