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HD Report | March 30, 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

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

Breath of the Wild Proves Games Still Sell Systems

March 8, 2017 |

A funny thing happened last week. Well…not funny, so much as slightly unexpected.

See, Nintendo launched a little console named the Switch. This console lacks 4K capabilities, multimedia functionality, and many technical niceties that we’ve come associate with modern … Read More

Game Pass is the Best Reason to Own an Xbox

February 28, 2017 |

When it comes to technological advances, being first doesn’t always mean that much. Look at the Oculus Rift. That device’s Kickstarter campaign basically reinvigorated the entire idea of virtual reality gaming and created a template for how the concept … Read More

When Will 4K Gaming Become the Industry Standard?

February 27, 2017 | 1

Shortly after the Xbox 360 was released, gamers who played the new console on older, standard definition televisions complained that certain games essentially required a high definition connection even though the console was supposed to support both formats.

It technically did, … Read More

Why the PlayStation 4 is Having its Best Year Ever

February 26, 2017 | 2

With few exceptions, the first few months of a year are typically pretty slow for the video game industry. The most gamers can usually hope to receive in January and February are some delayed titles leftover from the holiday … Read More

Why The Nintendo Switch’s Magic Sales Number is 25 Million

February 18, 2017 | 1

Defining the success of a video game console as a fan can actually be a somewhat difficult process.

The problem is that individuals can define success in so many different ways. If a console featured their favorite game of all-time, … Read More

Who Has the Most to Prove at E3 2017?

February 16, 2017 |

As companies like Microsoft and Bethesda announce their E3 2017 presentation dates, it’s becoming clear that the biggest gaming event in the world is going to be bigger this year than it’s ever been.

In fact, it’s hard to think … Read More

Are Nintendo’s “Shortages” Shady?

February 13, 2017 | 1

GameStop recently ran a promotion that allowed 1,000 lucky fans to pre-order the sold-out Nintendo Switch from their local stores.

No wait…that doesn’t sound right. Let’s try this:

GameStop recently ran a “promotion” that allowed for 1,000 “lucky” fans … Read More

VR Gaming is Still too Expensive to Succeed

February 10, 2017 |

There are many people who don’t like virtual reality gaming for many valid reasons.

Some people simply don’t get it. Whatever it is that virtual reality has to offer just doesn’t click with them. Others just aren’t that impressed … Read More

Microsoft Can’t Save Xbox by Themselves

February 7, 2017 | 8

Recently, an Xbox fan took to Twitter to ask Head of Xbox Phil Spencer whether or not Microsoft is going to make any good exclusives for Xbox One. Spencer’s response to the question was professional and encouraging.

“I feel very … Read More

Why the Nintendo Switch is Already a Success

January 31, 2017 |

Today, Nintendo confirmed that they are ending production of the Wii U across the globe. While developers may choose to release new titles for the system, this announcement effectively marks the end of the less than five years old … Read More

For Now, Sony Has Nothing To Fear

January 27, 2017 | 1

Over the last few months, the future of console gaming has begun to take shape.

Nintendo says the future of console gaming is the Nintendo Switch; a device that’s ability to double as a home console and powerful portable gaming … Read More

Kinect for Project Scorpio: Asset or Liablity?

January 27, 2017 |

Once upon a time, Microsoft dreamed of a world in which every entertainment center featured a Kinect. Actually, they wanted the Kinect to be the star of your home entertainment experience. They thought everyone would happily abandon their remotes and … Read More

How Project Scorpio Will Fix Console Gaming’s Greatest Flaw

January 25, 2017 |

Despite what your local Gamestop will tell you when you try to trade used titles in, your old video games are actually very valuable. While you can’t expect to get much money in exchange for them, they’re still valuable … Read More

The Nintendo Switch Can’t Survive Without Multimedia

January 18, 2017 |

Nintendo is a very strange company. As we’ve previously discussed, they’re a studio that likes to do things a very particular way even when conventional wisdom says they should change their thinking. While this stubborn mindset has led to some … Read More