The Biggest News In Gaming (Week Beginning 17/02/20)
Updated: May 7, 2020
Sony Struggles to Price PS5, Pulls Out of PAX East
Sony has fueled confusion this week after adopting a "wait-and-see approach" in regards to their pricing of the upcoming PlayStation 5, and later by pulling out of an appearance at PAX East, only one week after announcing their attendance.
Nameless sources from the company talked to Bloomberg this week and said that the manufacturing cost of the PS5 currently sits at $450 USD per unit, putting the console giant in a tough pricing stalemate with Microsoft.
The price of the PS4 was £349 and $399 at launch, with a production cost of $381. Judging by these figures, a production cost of $450 would mean the company would need to ship the PS5 at £364/$470.
Creating more doubt, the PlayStation creator also pulled out of an appearance at PAX East in response to the ever-spreading Coronavirus.
Sony had planned to show-off several of their upcoming titles at the event such as The Last of Us Part II, Nioh 2, and Marvel's Iron Man VR. However, their cancellation has seen yet another public appearance go amiss.
"We felt this was the safest option as the situation is changing daily." they said in an official blog post.
"We are disappointed to cancel our participation in this event, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern."
The last time PlayStation held a panel or show at a high profile media and fan event was Tokyo Game Show in 2018.
Tom Holland Shares Hopes and Details for Upcoming Uncharted Film
Spider-Man actor Tom Holland has shared details for the upcoming Uncharted film, saying that the project will begin shooting in around a month's time.
The film has been in production for over a decade and has seen six directors come and go. Holland, however, remains hopeful that the film will solve the problem of poor video game-movie adaptions.
Talking to IGN, the 23-year-old said "I think what Uncharted offers that most video games films don't is that it's an origin story to the games.
“So if you played the games, you haven't seen what's going to happen in the film. And if you haven't played the games, you're going to enjoy the film because it's information that everyone else is getting at the same time.
"But I'm super excited to make that movie and it's been a long time coming.”
Despite developmental troubles, Holland praised the latest script of the film, saying “I read the newest draft of the script on the way over here and it's one of the best scripts I've ever read. It really, really jumps off the page.”
In particular, the MCU star told IGN that the script took inspiration from 2016's Uncharted 4.
"If I'm honest, one of my favorite video games ever is the fourth Uncharted game... Unbelievable. And lots of the inspiration from the film has come from that game in particular."
Finally, Holland said that the stunt crew for the film are already at work ahead of the formal shooting beginning in the next four weeks.
"The stunt department that we have out there in Berlin have done an amazing job already, prepping the stunts, and it's going to be an exciting one."
Final Fantasy VII Remake Set to Swallow 100GB of Hard Drive Space
The highly anticipated remake of Final Fantasy VII may take up around 100GB of space when installed, a photo of the game's back cover suggests.
No official word has come to confirm or deny, but Pixelbuster, a Twitter user, posted a photo of the games rear box art which includes details of the game's compatibility and size.
Pixelbuster has since removed the tweet but had originally shared the photo with the caption "Final Fantasy VII Remake will be over 100GB".
The storage requirement details on the box were labelled as 100GB, but it is unclear if this size refers to a single disc, or the total collection which has been confirmed to ship on multiple Blu-rays.
Presumably, this storage requirement is due to the high-level cinematics and character designs that can be seen in previously released cinematics.
By comparison, other recent games that take up over 100GB of space are Red Dead Redemption 2, and Call of Duty Modern Warfare.
Sonic the Hedgehog Movie "Goes Fast" at the Box Office
The previously controversial Sonic the hedgehog movie has got off to a racing start at the box-office, grossing a total of $100 million USD.
In the US, the film pulled in $57 million, and in 40 other markets around the world it made $43 million, bringing in a total of $100 million worldwide.
Comparatively, 2019's Detective Pikachu grossed $54.3 million USD in North America during its opening weekend, making Sonic's live action outing the new record holder for video game-movie adaptions in that market.
Worldwide however, Detective Pikachu pulled in $104 million in the same amount of time.
The film's success will come as a surprise to many, as the first trailer prompted outrage from fans the world over for the studio's attempts to convert Sonic's video game character model to "live action".
A subsequent delay of four months and a do-over from the movie's animators saw the film release to a 95% audience review score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Google Announces Stadia Support for Non-Google Phones
Google has announced that a large proportion of Samsung, Razer, and Asus devices will now support Stadia, the company's video game streaming service.
Specifically, the Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S10, and upcoming S20 devices will become Stadia compatible after a new update. This news comes after the S20's reveal event in recent weeks, at which Samsung announced an official gaming partnership with Xbox.
Both versions of the Razer phone and the Asus ROG phone and ROG phone 2 will also boast Stadia support.
Until now, the only mobile devices supporting the streaming service have been Google's own Pixel 2, 3, and 4.
Other supported devices include tablets, laptops, and desktops that run a Google Chrome browser. TV's can also be used, but only with the use of a Google Chromecast Ultra.
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