By M. Konwar
Without any warning, Sony finally decided to show the gamepad for the PlayStation 5. The controller was named DualSense with a hint of new features, as well as a changed design — it became two-color and more rounded.
Sony again pointed to improved tactile feedback with vibration and trigger resistance. According to the developers, with DualSense, players will be able to feel all the potholes on virtual roads and the bowstring tension in the hands of the protagonist. The company also added a built-in microphone, used a new lightweight battery and replaced the Share button with Create with similar functions - more on this will be discussed later.
DualShock is made in white and black, and the shape is now much more similar to its competitor from Microsoft. At the same time, Sony did not abandon the symmetrical arrangement of the sticks and did not add more buttons, at least on the external sides of the controller — the internal one was never shown. Among other things, the developers placed the light panel on the sides of the touch panel.
Sony still did not show the design of the PlayStation 5 itself — while the company limited itself to a lot of technical details about the console. The first presentation from Mark Cerny was held on March 18. Although netizens ridiculed his approach to the announcement of a new gaming system, in early April, he further clarified some details in an interview with Digital Foundry.
By M. Konwar
Comparisons of new games for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X continue to appear on the network, and in the case of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, it is again about almost complete parity.
The author of the latest analysis was the VG Tech channel. He tested the shooter in two modes:
120 FPS in dynamic 1440p (can go down to 1280x1200)
60 FPS in dynamic 4K (can go down to 1920x1800) with ray traced shadows.
In both modes, Cold War reaches the declared frame rate, but if in the standard mode with 60 frames per second they are held in 99.9% of cases, then in the mode with 120 FPS drops still occur.
On PS5, they occur less often - the average was 117 FPS in the test. Xbox Series X has 114.93 FPS. The minimum indicators were 97 and 92 FPS, respectively.
Prior to this, Xbox Series X and PS5 have already managed to compare in Devil May Cry 5 and Assassin's Creed Valhalla. The difference between versions is minimal. Graphically, all versions are identical, and the main differences lie in a slight difference in performance and download speed.
At the same time, VG Tech tested Cold War on the Xbox Series S. This version does not offer 120fps mode or ray tracing shadows. In general, it looks and works in virtually the same way as it did on the outgoing generation of consoles. It works 99.9% at 60 FPS, but in the test, it dropped to 45 FPS.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was released on November 13 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and PC. In its debut week, for the first time in history, it did not start from the first line in British retail - it was bypassed by the fresh Assassin's Creed.
By M. Konwar
For the first time in the history of Call of Duty in the debut, week failed to top the charts of British retail, because this year the shooter was released simultaneously with the latest part of Assassin's Creed — and it was the Assassin's Creed Valhalla that became the leader of the past week.
"Valhalla" as a whole showed a remarkably large sale. The starting circulation was twice as high as it was a couple of years ago at the extremely successful Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Although it should be borne in mind that the Ubisoft action took into account 5 days of sales, while Black Ops Cold War — two.
42% of Assassin's Creed circulation was for PS4, 18% for PS5, 40% for Xbox One, and Xbox Series.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales closes the top three. The PS5 version accounts for a whopping 71% of circulation, while the remaining 29% is on PS4. At the same time, 21% of all games sold for the week fell on the PS5, although the console, again, has not yet been released.
Other new products include a remake of Demon's Souls in 6th place, Sackboy: A Big Adventure in 13th (89% of circulation went to the PS5 version), and Godfall in 16th. Yakuza's soft relaunch, subtitled Like a Dragon, hit 20th place with 65% of its circulation on PS4.
It's also worth noting that Just Dance's annual sales have more than doubled, while DIRT 5 is selling modestly.
Charts from 8 to 14 November
Assassin's Creed Valhalla (new) Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (new) Spider-Man: Miles Morales (new) FIFA 21 Animal Crossing: New Horizons Demon's Souls (new) Super Mario 3D All-Stars Mario Kart 8: Deluxe Minecraft for Switch Watch Dogs: Legion
By M. Konwar
At the end of last week, players noticed that the new action RPG Assassin's Creed Valhalla on PC lacks traditional achievements.
As Ubisoft Support later explained, this was an intentional change. The developers have abandoned trophies in favor of Ubisoft Connect trials, for the completion of which various rewards are issued.
The players were unhappy with this change, but now Ubisoft support notes that the previous answer was not true. The company says the change was unintentional and that the developers are working to bring back the achievements to Valhalla.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and PC.