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HD Report | June 26, 2017

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About Matthew Byrd

Matthew Byrd

Matthew Byrd

Matthew Byrd covers the gaming industry including indies, consoles, PCs, iOS and Android apps, as well as topics related to entertainment and technology. He also writes for IndieGameSource and DenOfGeek, and has his own blog at PixelCritique.com.

Posts By Matthew Byrd

Is the Nintendo Switch Slowing Down the 4K Revolution?

June 26, 2017 |

Microsoft and Sony keep saying that the Xbox One X and the PlayStation Pro are not for the average consumer. They’re powerhouse 4K capable console meant to appeal to those who demand a high level of performance from their … Read More

Is PlayLink Sony’s Secret Weapon?

June 24, 2017 |

By the end of Sony’s E3 2017 press conference, many walked away feeling like they had missed something. A couple of surprises notwithstanding, Sony’s conference featured quite a few titles that we had seen before which still aren’t scheduled … Read More

Xbox One X: Great Price, Terrible Value

June 19, 2017 |

Despite opening their E3 2017 showcase with the formal reveal of the Xbox One X, Microsoft decided to not reveal the console’s price until the end of the show.

Their logic behind this move was simple enough. Instead of … Read More

The Nintendo Switch Shortage is Officially Embarrassing

June 17, 2017 | 8

Congratulations Nintendo, you just won E3.

Against all odds, Nintendo stole the show from one major studio who was debuting a new console and another that is at the top of their game and brought an army of major … Read More

The Xbox One X Is, Sadly, Exactly What We Thought It Would Be

June 11, 2017 | 4

With all the bright lights in LA shining down on them, Microsoft finally revealed Project Scorpio – now known as the Xbox One X – to an eager gaming world. After months of anticipation, this was the moment that … Read More

Is The Season Pass Format Dead?

June 10, 2017 | 1

EA’s E3 2017 press conference was filled with all of the usual awkward presentations, sports game updates, and over-produced stage entrances that we’ve come to expect from one of the world’s largest and most reviled game studios.

Jokes aside, … Read More

How Late is Too Late For Project Scorpio’s Release Date?

May 31, 2017 | 1

As we near the official reveal of Project Scorpio at E3 2017, much of the talk surrounding Microsoft’s next console is starting to focus on its unknown price. Gamers can’t help but wonder just how much this powerhouse 4K gaming … Read More

Is There a Definitive 4K Gaming Experience?

May 30, 2017 |

Key figures in the video game industry have been using the phrase “4K” in so many ways this year that you’ve probably been tempted to look up the meaning of the term just to be sure you understand it … Read More

Is Xbox Game Pass the Best Release of the Year?

May 28, 2017 |

We’re just about halfway through 2017, and the year is already shaping up to be one of the greatest in gaming history.

This list of great games we’ve been treated to this year is dizzying. If you’re somehow able to look … Read More

Project Scorpio Shouldn’t be the Focus of Microsoft’s E3

May 22, 2017 | 2

Before the internet came along and spoiled everything, E3 used to be a more surprising event. Chalk that up to plain ignorance. Back in the early days of E3, people simply had almost no idea what was going to … Read More

Is the Sony/Destiny Relationship Bad For Gaming?

May 20, 2017 | 13

Once upon a time, video game exclusives were a simple concept. Either a game was available for more than one console or it wasn’t. It was hardly a perfect concept but at least everyone knew the score.

Now…well, now … Read More

A Lack of Exclusives Is Hurting 4K Gaming Consoles

May 14, 2017 |

Some time ago, I had the privilege of playing the PlayStation Pro at an industry event under conditions which you could easily describe as ideal.

The Pro itself was in pristine condition and hooked up to a top of … Read More

How Can Game Studios Protect Your Digital Games?

May 12, 2017 |

Recently, developer Remedy confirmed that their cult classic 2010 horror game Alan Wake will no longer be available for purchase through any digital retail outlets after this weekend. The studio stated that they were not able to renew songs … Read More

Project Scorpio Should Have Been the Next Xbox

May 6, 2017 |

In just a couple of months at E3 2017, Microsoft is going to formally reveal their upgraded take on the Xbox One that has thus far been referred to as Project Scorpio. Even though Microsoft has yet to officially unveil … Read More

Has The Nintendo Switch Killed Handheld Gaming?

April 30, 2017 |

Don’t look now, but the Nintendo Switch is rapidly becoming a must-have console.

While some thought that the Nintendo Switch might be successful, the general consensus was that Nintendo was going to probably have to rely on their dedicated … Read More

Should Sony Already Be Thinking About the PlayStation 5?

April 29, 2017 |

Sony has won this generation’s console war.

Usually, such a statement would be an exaggeration, but this one is simply a fact. Sony has revealed that they have shipped 60 million PlayStation 4’s since the system’s launch in 2013. … Read More

Is the NES Classic Edition Really A Collector’s Item?

April 24, 2017 |

When Nintendo announced that they were discontinuing the NES Classic Edition, fans everywhere began desperately searching for one of the remaining consoles in the hopes of getting one at a retail price. Otherwise, they knew they were going to … Read More

Call of Duty: WWII – Desperate or Perfect?

April 21, 2017 |

Following weeks of rumors and speculation, Activision has confirmed that they are taking the Call of Duty franchise back to World War II. This will be the first time we’ve gotten a Call of Duty game set in World … Read More

Is Microsoft The Most Consumer Friendly Game Company?

April 16, 2017 | 14

Many people attribute the PlayStation 4’s early lead in the console sales race to the fact that Microsoft botched the reveal of the Xbox One.

The original Xbox One was expensive, dependent on the controversial Kinect, and built around … Read More

You Should Forgive Nintendo For Ending the NES Classic Edition

April 14, 2017 |

In a stunning move, Nintendo recently confirmed they are ending production of the NES Classic Edition.

Since it launched in November, the NES Classic Edition has garnered a level of consumer demand Nintendo hasn’t really seen since the release … Read More