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HD Report | May 24, 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

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

May 22, 2017 |

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 | 12

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

What is a Realistic Sales Figure for Project Scorpio?

April 8, 2017 | 2

Everyone has been buzzing about Microsoft’s Project Scorpio console this week. While there is still so much about the console we don’t know, Scorpio’s recently revealed do at least tell us that Microsoft is preparing to unleash a console … Read More

Project Scorpio Can’t Be A Game Changer Without More Games

April 7, 2017 | 1

While we’re still waiting for the full reveal of Microsoft’s Project Scorpio – as well as its official name and price – Microsoft has finally revealed the hardware powering what they have long claimed will be “the most powerful console … Read More

Why Is Replacing Video Game Console Parts So Difficult?

April 1, 2017 |

Recently, I felt like my computer was running a bit slow whenever I had multiple applications open. So, I decided to purchase an extra 8GB of RAM. I paid about $60, received the part in a couple of days, … Read More

Would Games Be Cheaper If All Games Were Digital?

March 29, 2017 |

Imagine, for a moment, that all physical game stores suddenly ceased to exist.

It’s a fantastical scenario, but not quite as crazy as you might believe. With GameStop and UK games retailer GAME reporting record low sales – and … Read More

Ghost in the Shell: Mondo X Steelbook Series Review

March 25, 2017 |

Format: Blu-Ray

Price: $34.99

While the Ghost in the Shell live-action adaptation is stealing all of the headlines, fans of the original animated film have been generating buzz about the Mondo Steelbook Blu-Ray edition of the 1995 movie based … Read More

Did Microsoft Invest in the Wrong Exclusives?

March 23, 2017 | 1

Let’s get one thing out of the way right now. Microsoft is not in financial trouble. Microsoft is very richer. They are richer than you, richer than me, and richer than several fine countries in the world. It’s hard … Read More

Could Project Scorpio Be A $700 Console?

March 16, 2017 | 7

Project Scorpio is shaping up to be the most expensive video game console we’ve seen in over 20 years.

How expensive? That’s a fascinating question that only got more interesting this week when it was leaked that Project Scorpio may … Read More

Project Scorpio Will Reportedly Feature 4K Streaming and Recording

March 13, 2017 |

Microsoft is touting Project Scorpio as a true 4K gaming system, but so far, that statement has only meant that it will be able to render games in native 4K with no upscaling required. However, recent rumors suggest that Scorpio’s … Read More

Should Microsoft and Sony Invest in Portable Consoles?

March 11, 2017 |

What is the last handheld gaming device you owned? Statistically, the most popular answer to that question would be either the Nintendo DS or something even older. Since the release of the Nintendo DS, the portable gaming industry has changed. … Read More