Paramount+ and Peacock's Rumored Streaming Partnership on Hold Amid Mounting Regulatory Scrutiny

Paramount+ and Peacock's Rumored Streaming Partnership on Hold Amid Mounting Regulatory Scrutiny

ViacomCBS and Comcast's potential partnership, involving a joint venture of the two companies streaming services, has been put on hold amid mounting regulatory scrutiny.According to sources cited by Forbes, both companies slowed down their discussions about a partnership due to growing concerns about "the Biden Administration's pledge to aggressively enforce the nation's antitrust laws." However, it's also suggested that talks may resume, depending on the outcome of the proposed WarnerMedia-Discovery merger.[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/07/29/the-biggest-streaming-movie-and-show-releases-of-august-2021″]ViacomCBS and Comcast are said to be awaiting the administration's verdict on the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery to monitor how regulators react to the proposal before moving forward with their own partnership plans. A source tells Forbes that both parties held at least one "high-level" talk in June about the possibility of merging Paramount+ and Peacock.Over recent years, the streaming market has grown increasingly saturated with new additions such as Disney+, Apple TV+, and HBO Max joining the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to offer consumers alternative ways to watch a wider range of content, but when Paramount+ and Peacock joined the fold, they struggled to match the success of their competitors.At the very least, the companies will likely consider bundling the two subscriptions to improve their reach, though other strategic possibilities will no doubt be explored if the WarnerMedia-Discovery merger survives regulatory review, considering that Biden signed an executive order on July 9 vowing "to combat the excessive concentration of industry."[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/05/18/what-the-43b-warnermediadiscovery-deal-means-for-hbo-max-dc-comics-ign-the-fix-entertainment”]The WarnerMedia-Discovery merger was announced in May, with the companies joining forces in a $43 billion deal to combine WarnerMedia's entertainment assets with Discovery to create a "premier, standalone global entertainment company" hosting "WarnerMedia's storied content library of popular and valuable IP with Discovery's global footprint."Want to know more? Click here to find out what that means for you.[poilib element=”accentDivider”]Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.
Source: Paramount+ and Peacock's Rumored Streaming Partnership on Hold Amid Mounting Regulatory Scrutiny

Playdate Sold 20,000 Units in 20 Minutes

Playdate Sold 20,000 Units in 20 Minutes

Panic Inc.'s crank-featuring 1-bit handheld, Playdate sold all 20,000 units committed for 2021 release – and it took just 20 minutes. As reported by TechCrunch, Panic said that its shipping estimator accurately confirmed that 20,000 units of the handheld had sold in just under 20 minutes when they went up for pre-order on July 29. Orders after that point are still being accepted, but these are unlikely to reach customers until 2022. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”slug=playdate-photos&captions=true”]Playdate's pre-order sales launch wasn't without some technical issues. Panic acknowledged on Twitter that its online store was experiencing some difficulties at the time – especially in relation to international orders. Some international users experienced problems when trying to select their country for delivery, whilst other issues with stock tracking meant that for a brief period of time the handheld showed as sold out. Following its technical issues, Panic said that it was trying to "figure out the best plan for international orders that got delayed due to failures" but that the company was "amazed at the response" by fans over this first wave of Playdate orders. Panic also said in another tweet that there was potential for a "2023 bucket" of orders to make its way to customers in the future, thought the company did reassure fans that it should take a while to get there. ⚠️ There was a slight issue with our stock tracking and Playdate may have temporarily shown as "Sold Out" — we've fixed that now! Anyone should be able to place an order — but you may need to put Playdate back in your cart.Sweatin' over here— Playdate (@playdate) July 29, 2021 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsFor those of you who haven't followed the full Playdate story so far, the nifty little device utilizes a rotating crank which can be used to control different elements of its prebuilt games. IGN previewed the mini-handheld back in June before delving into a more hands-on experience earlier this month. For more from Panic, check out our Firewatch review where we ranked the Santo Campo developed game "among the best of the 'walking simulators' thanks to stellar writing, art direction, and voice acting."[widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”slug=playdate-games&captions=true”][poilib element=”accentDivider”]Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.
Source: Playdate Sold 20,000 Units in 20 Minutes

Metroid Dread amiibo Preorders Now Live in the UK (Limited Stock)

Metroid Dread amiibo Preorders Now Live in the UK (Limited Stock)

Update: Metroid Dread amiibo preorders are back in stock at Nintendo Store UK. Stock is limited so get your preorder in as soon as possible. Amazon is now out of stock.Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest deals on games, tech and accessories.Metroid Dread Amiibo Preorders Back in Stock[poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=metroid-dread-amiibo-preorder-uk"]Preorder Metroid Dread for Nintendo Switch[poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=metroid-dread-special-edition-now-live"]Metroid Dread Release DateMetroid Dread will release on Nintendo Switch on October 8, 2021, alongside the Samus and E.M.M.I amiibo.[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/06/15/metroid-dread-announcement-trailer”][poilib element=”accentDivider”]Robert Anderson is a Commerce Editor and deals expert for IGN. Send him awesome gaming screenshots @robertliam21 on Twitter.
Source: Metroid Dread amiibo Preorders Now Live in the UK (Limited Stock)

Capcom Is Asking Players If They Want a New Ace Attorney Game

Capcom Is Asking Players If They Want a New Ace Attorney Game

Following the release of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, Capcom is asking players to give their opinions on the series – and specifically asking if they want brand new games in the series. The aptly titled The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles User Survey, which Capcom added to its website, asks players to give their detailed opinions on virtually every part of the game you can imagine. Capcom would like to know if you had high expectations for the game before purchase, where you purchased your copy from, what progress you've made with the game so far, and, most cricually, whether or not you'd buy a future Ace Attorney game if it were to be made. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”slug=the-great-ace-attorney-chronicles-e3-2021-screenshots&captions=true”]Following this, players can also give their opinions on a list of further topics linked to The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles including voice acting, story, sound effects, background artwork, game controls, and more. Capcom has even prepared for the possibility that you might not have bought their latest title when filling out the survey. Opting to tell them that you don't own The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles and have no plans on purchasing it in the future grants you access to a range of follow-up questions. These questions prompt you to tell Capcom what consoles/platforms you currently own to play games, which genre of games you prefer, and how many titles you have bought in the past year. It's safe to say this is one of the more thorough user surveys we've seen in a while. If you do manage to get to the end of the mammoth survey, then Capcom will reward you with an "original digital wallpaper" to say thanks for completing it. In other Capcom news, the company recently announced record quarterly sales and profits thanks in part to the success of Resident Evil Village and Monster Hunter Rise. Monster Hunter Rise, which Capcom released to Nintendo Switch in March, sees its second collaboration with other Capcom games go live today. Amaterasu, the beloved white wolf from Okami, is being added to the game which will let Monster Hunter players ride her around the beautiful land of Kamura Village.[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/07/27/monster-hunter-rise-okami-collaboration-trailer”][poilib element=”accentDivider”]Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.
Source: Capcom Is Asking Players If They Want a New Ace Attorney Game

A Potential Paramount+ And Peacock Partnership Has Been Put On Hold

A Potential Paramount+ And Peacock Partnership Has Been Put On Hold

A potential partnership between ViacomCBS and Comcast, meant to bolster the two companies’ flagging streaming services, has been put on hold due to antitrust concerns. A report by Forbes quotes a company insider, who says the companies will now be waiting to see how regulators react to a proposed WarnerMedia-Discovery merger before proceeding.Forbes sources claim at least one high-level talk has been held between ViacomCBS and Comcast in June, discussing a potential merger between their Paramount+ and Peacock streaming services. Both services are struggling in a market already dominated by giants like Netflix, Amazon, and Disney.Any plans made have now been put on hold, however, after President Biden signed an executive order on July 9 vowing to enforce the USA’s anti-trust laws more aggressively “to combat the excessive concentration of industry.”Continue Reading at GameSpot
Source: A Potential Paramount+ And Peacock Partnership Has Been Put On Hold

Beloved Velocity Series Is Getting A Spiritual Successor

Beloved Velocity Series Is Getting A Spiritual Successor

FuturLab, the studio behind the critically acclaimed Velocity series and oddly satisfying PowerWash Simulator, is making a new Velocity-style game. The studio has announced a new collaboration with Thunderful Publishing, which will be helping FuturLab bring a Velocity spiritual successor to life.FuturLab is most known for its sci-fi arcade speedrunning series Velocity, which consists of Velocity, Velocity Ultra, and Velocity 2X. The studio branched out more recently with the popular PowerWash Simulator, but now is returning to its sci-fi action roots with a brand new game.The studio says the new game is “a stylish, high-intensity third-person combat game,” that’s being described as a Velocity spiritual successor rather than a direct sequel. FuturLab founder James Marsden describes the upcoming game as “ambitious” in a recent press release. “It sees our studio returning to sci-fi action, possessing the same DNA as Velocity, but with far more ambition, style, and contemporary relevance,” Marsden said. “It is nothing short of a dream game, and we cannot wait to share it with the world.”Continue Reading at GameSpot
Source: Beloved Velocity Series Is Getting A Spiritual Successor

AMD Announces $379 Radeon RX 6600 XT GPU, Available in August

AMD Announces 9 Radeon RX 6600 XT GPU, Available in August

AMD has announced the latest entry in its Radeon RX 6000 line of graphics cards today. The RX 6600 XT is the first GPU in the RX 6000 series designed for 1080p high-refresh-rate gaming and aims to compete with Nvidia's RTX 3060.The RX 6600 XT includes 8GB of GDDR6 memory with a memory speed of 16Gbps, 32 compute units, a 2359MHz game clock, and a 165 thermal design power, meaning you can use a 500W power supply if you decide to build a PC around the RX 6600 XT.Like other GPUs in the RX 6000 line, the RX 6600 XT is based on AMD's latest RDNA 2 technology, the same graphical architecture that is also available in the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Valve's Steam Deck. Meaning this card supports hardware-accelerated ray-tracing. Like other RX 6000 cards, the RX 6600 XT will support FidelityFX Super Resolution, AMD's open-source supersampling tech that was released last month. While it seems odd for AMD to release a 1080p card, AMD says that 2/3 of displays shipped in 2020 were 1080p. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”slug=amd-radeon-rx-6600-xt-spec-comparisons-and-target-performance&captions=true”]Although the performance charts for the RX 6600 XT aren’t necessarily a representative sample of its gaming performance, does this sort of performance appears to aim to be a better choice for 1080p gaming, according to AMD. The RX 6600 XT will not have a reference model, and all the RX 6600 XT cards are designed by AMD's partners, such as ASUS and MSI. Nine RX 6600 XT desktop GPUs will be available for purchase at launch. AMD also confirmed that several gaming laptops such as the HP Omen 16 and ASUS ROG Strix G15 will offer RX 6600 XT as a GPU configuration option. At the same time, some desktops prebuilt from computer companies such as Alienware and Acer will have the GPU as a configuration option.AMD's Radeon RX 6600 XT card will release on August 11 starting at $379 — $50 more than the starting price of the RTX 3060.[widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”slug=amd-radeon-rx-6600-xt-product-options&captions=true”][poilib element=”accentDivider”]Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.
Source: AMD Announces 9 Radeon RX 6600 XT GPU, Available in August

Aussie Deals: Horrifyingly Slashed Prices on Gaming's Greatest Hair Raisers!

Aussie Deals: Horrifyingly Slashed Prices on Gaming's Greatest Hair Raisers!

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Source: Aussie Deals: Horrifyingly Slashed Prices on Gaming's Greatest Hair Raisers!