Episode 24: Console Wars are Stupid (News Show)

Microsoft has detailed its big backward compatibility plans and Sony is set to reveal the first PlayStation 5 gameplay. Mike and Manda discuss why this generation is about more than hardware, as the two major competitors walk down different philosophical paths. Topics also include: Blizzcon 2020, GeForce Now’s attempt at fixing its partner relationships, Tencent’s investment in Marvelous, EA’s renewed NFL contract, and how some analyst perspectives become “fact” via the Telephone Game.

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There will be no Blizzcon in 2020: https://blizzcon.com/en-gb/news/23434523

Update on GeForce Now Library: https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2020/05/27/geforce-now-library-may/

Tencent isn’t just Ubisoft’s savior — it’s the world’s biggest gaming company (Polygon): https://www.polygon.com/2018/3/29/17172326/tencent-ubisoft-explained

Tencent buys 20% stake in Marvelous (Reuters): https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tencent-marvelous/japans-marvelous-shares-jump-17-as-chinas-tencent-takes-20-stake-idUSKBN2320F3

2K returns to making NFL video games, but not a Madden competitor (Polygon): https://www.polygon.com/2020/3/10/21172310/nfl-2k-sports-football-video-games-deal-ea-madden

Grand Theft Auto VI in 2023? Take-Two SEC filing hints at release date (correction) (GamesBeat): https://venturebeat.com/2020/05/26/grand-theft-auto-vi-in-2023-take-two-sec-filing-hints-at-release-date/

Xbox Series X backward compatibility detailed: https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/05/28/xbox-series-x-next-generation-backward-compatibility/

New PS4 games must also run on PlayStation 5 from July, Sony tells devs (Eurogamer): https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-05-29-new-ps4-games-must-be-playstation-5-compatible-from-july-sony-tells-devs

Sony’s Jim Ryan: “It’s time to give fans something that can only be enjoyed on PlayStation 5” (GamesIndustry.biz): https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-05-29-sonys-jim-ryan-its-time-to-give-fans-something-that-can-only-be-enjoyed-on-playstation-5 

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