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HD Report | August 18, 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

Nvidia Shield TV 2017 Review: An Ambitious (And Maybe Essential) Streaming Device

August 17, 2017 |

Nvidia’s Shield TV device turned some heads when it was released in 2015. It was an ambitious media streaming tool that attempted to undercut gaming consoles with a mix of media streaming options and gameplay possibilities.

However, it is … Read More

‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review: Looks & Sounds Great, But…

August 14, 2017 |

As a film, 2017’s Ghost in the Shell admirably translates the original movie’s animated design splendor into live-action but fails to replicate the animated version’s intelligence, charm, and compelling underlying philosophy. Scarlett Johansson and a couple of other key … Read More

Which Game Subscription Service is Best?

August 4, 2017 |

I recently spent a month with the three most popular game subscription services available. Are any of them worth it? Here are my thoughts:

PlayStation Now

What It Is

A $99 a year subscription service that allows you to access … Read More

Does Console Gaming Have a Frame Rate Problem?

August 1, 2017 | 1

More powerful gaming consoles have historically been a good thing. That might seem like an incredibly obvious statement, but it’s worth pointing out that many of most revolutionary games of all-time earned that status because they were released on … Read More

It’s Time to Rethink Premium Online Gaming Services

July 29, 2017 | 4

While Xbox Live wasn’t the first online game service for a console (that honor goes to a short-lived modem device for the Famicom) or the most revolutionary console online service (that goes to the Dreamcast and SegaNet) it was the … Read More

Is it time for Japanese Developers to Embrace PC Gaming?

July 24, 2017 |

At the risk of startling a good thing and scaring it away, it must be said that Japan is responsible for some of the best games of 2017.

The reason this is such a big deal is because the Japanese … Read More

Will Next Gen Consoles Cross the $499 Mark?

July 22, 2017 | 3

It’s hard not to look at the Xbox One X and feel a little bit of sticker shock. Yes, Microsoft told us that the console will be a premium product for a premium price, but they also waited until … Read More

Does the Nintendo Switch Need to Be More than Just a Game Device?

July 18, 2017 |

Some say that the appeal of the Nintendo Switch becomes immediately apparent the first time you take it out into the world and experience what it’s like to play console games on the go. However, the appeal of the … Read More

Does the PlayStation 5 Need to be Backward Compatible?

July 14, 2017 | 1

Recently, an analyst for Wedbush Securities made headlines by stating that his research suggests that Sony will release the PlayStation 5 sometime in 2019.

While most of his predictions were fairly standard (the PlayStation 5 will be more powerful, will … Read More

A Lack of 4K Media is Holding Back 4K Consoles

July 10, 2017 |

Those who have joined the desperate search to find a Nintendo Switch at retail price have probably noticed that most retail stores around you are unfortunately still sold out of Nintendo’s increasingly popular device.

However, you may have also … Read More

Is the Xbox One X a Next-Gen Console in Disguise?

July 9, 2017 | 5

When Microsoft released a hype video for something called Project Scorpio during E3 2016, they triggered the kind of discussion that such mysterious announcements at such major events are meant to trigger.

Nobody knew exactly what Project Scorpio was, … Read More

The Xbox One X’s Power Level is Overkill

June 30, 2017 | 9

A few years ago when I was building my first PC, I asked a friend of mine who had built multiple computers for help. There came a point when I was trying to choose between two video cards. Bother … Read More

The Switch’s Lack of Virtual Console is Still Concerning

June 29, 2017 |

Today, Nintendo released two new games for the Wii U’s Virtual Console retro game service. The games, Bok 3 and Devil’s Crush, aren’t exactly all-time classics. In fact, this news may have gone entirely unnoticed were it not for … Read More

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