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Steam Summer Sale 2020 Is Live With Skyrim, Doom, GTA 5, And More

Summer is always a busy time for deals, and while huge sales from Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation have already ended, one of the season’s biggest gaming sales just launched. Every June, Steam users look forward to an absolute truckload of PC games going on sale as part of the platform’s annual Summer Sale, and the time has finally come: Steam Summer Sale 2020 is live now, as predicted by a developer at SteamDB back in May. The sale includes major discounts on a ton of great games, including Rainbow Six Siege, Disco Elysium, Skyrim, A Plague Tale: Innocence, Grand Theft Auto V, and Terraria. It’s one of the best times of the year to bulk up your game library. Don’t miss it if there are any titles you’ve been looking to snag.

Steam Summer Sale 2020 dates and times

Steam Summer Sale 2020 kicked off Thursday, June 25, and will run until July 9, ending at 10 PM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST.

Steam Summer Sale 2020’s best deals

As usual, literally thousands of games are seeing major markdowns across nearly every genre, from first-person shooters and action-adventure games to city-building games, horror games, and more. See our full roundup of Steam Summer Sale 2020’s best game deals for our recommendations on what to grab.

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence — $15.29 ($45)
  • Jackbox Party Pack 6 — $21 ($30)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain — $6 ($20)
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 – Complete Edition — $17 ($50)
  • Doom Eternal — $30 ($60)
  • Disco Elysium — $30 ($40)
  • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun — $6 ($40)
  • Helldivers — $10 ($20)
  • Tabletop Simulator — $10 ($20)
  • Total War: Warhammer II — $20.39 ($60)
  • Dragon Quest Builders II — $36 ($60)
  • Titanfall 2 — $9.89 ($30)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition — $16 ($40)
  • Outer Wilds — $16.65 ($25)
  • Dark Souls III – Deluxe Edition — $21.24 ($85)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot — $36 ($60)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — $30 ($60)
  • Rainbow Six Siege — $8 ($20)
  • Grand Theft Auto V — $15 ($30)
  • Rust — $20 ($40)
  • …and more

Cheap games under $10

If you’re on a tight budget this summer, you can fortunately find some incredible games for dirt cheap in the Steam Summer Sale–some of them are just a few bucks. Games like Celeste, Undertale, Darkest Dungeon, and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will cost you less than $10 apiece right now, and they’re absolutely worth playing. For more budget recommendations, see our roundup of the best cheap games under $10 in Steam Summer Sale 2020.

  • Celeste — $10 ($20)
  • Undertale — $3.39 ($10)
  • Moonlighter — $6.79 ($20)
  • Darkest Dungeon — $6.24 ($25)
  • Papers, Please — $5 ($10)
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice — $9 ($30)
  • …and more

Best PC exclusives on sale

Most multi-platform games make their way onto Steam at some point, but there are still plenty of games that launch on PC and don’t get ported to other platforms right away. For that reason, it’s worth paying extra attention to PC exclusives during Steam Summer Sale, as you’re likely to find the best prices on these games that you’ll find in a long time. Put that gaming PC to good use and check out our list of the best PC exclusives on sale at Steam, including Total War: Three Kingdoms, Gears Tactics, and Half-Life: Alyx.

  • Half-Life: Alyx — $45 ($60)
  • Gears Tactics — $40.19 ($60)
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms — $45 ($60)
  • XCOM: Chimera Squad — $15 ($20)
  • Tabletop Simulator — $10 ($20)
  • Black Mesa — $13 ($20)
  • …and more

Steam Summer Sale theme and trading cards

While last year’s Steam Summer Sale had a unique Grand Prix theme, Steam Summer Sale 2020 looks to have a more generic summer road trip theme. There’s no real mini-game this year, but you can earn Summer Sale trading cards. You’ll get one trading card for every $10 USD that you spend; plus, you’ll earn one card a day during the sale by completing your Discovery Queue. You can then craft those cards to gain levels for the Summer Road Trip Badge.

A “Road Trip Special” is also available during the Steam Summer Sale. You can save an additional $5 on any purchase of $30 or more. The discount is applied at checkout. There’s also a free sticker to claim each day the sale is live.

Steam Summer Sale introduces Points Shop

Steam has launched the Points Shop alongside the Summer Sale, which will now be open year-round and lets you earn points as you shop. You’ll earn 100 points for every dollar you spend, whether that’s on a game, DLC, application, soundtrack, or in-game items. Those points can then be redeemed for Profile or Chat items, including animated avatars, frames, backgrounds, and badges.

You can also redeem your points to get a background or emoticon for games you already own, including those that were previously associated with trading cards. Another new feature: Community Awards, which let you reward reviews or other user-generated content that you find particularly insightful, heartwarming, or notable in some other way. There are also badges you can earn by rewarding others’ content.

Unlike previous Steam sales where items you earned expired after a certain amount of time, any Point Shop items will be yours to keep and have unlimited uses, with the exception of a special Summer Golden Profile that you can purchase–it’ll display for up to 30 days.

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Fable and Perfect Dark hints denied by Microsoft, but fans think they're real

Official Twitter accounts for Fable and Perfect Dark aren’t indicative of new games says Microsoft, but some are unconvinced.

There have been rumours and hints pointing towards Microsoft making new entries in the Fable and Perfect Dark series for a while now.

These beliefs only got stronger over the weekend, as it was discovered that there were two placeholder Twitter accounts for the two series.

The accounts’ existence were shared by The Verge journalist Tom Warren, with both being registered to Microsoft email addresses. On top of that @PerfectDark’s first follower was Ken Lobb, an Xbox exec and producer of the original Perfect Dark.

Aaron Greenberg, general manager of Xbox Games Marketing, responded to Warren’s Tweets with claims that the accounts in question have been inactive for years and were only made as a means of securing the name and avoiding cybersquatters.

The Perfect Dark account has even updated its profile to state that it’s not affiliated with Microsoft and tweeted that it’s only a fan-made account. The Fable one remains unchanged.

You’d think that would be the end of it, but many are unconvinced and believe this could be a misdirection on Microsoft’s part. It certainly seems a highly suspicious time to suddenly activate a dormant account, potentially just days before the big Xbox Series X reveal event in July.

Warren himself pointed out that, while Greenberg says the accounts have been around for years, one of them was registered in March 2020 and the other in June 2020, meaning they’re actually very recent.

Not to mention that, if the Perfect Dark account is simply fan-made, then doesn’t that contradict what Greenberg said about it being a placeholder to protect the name?

If Microsoft does have new Fable and Perfect Dark games to announce, it will most likely do so at its upcoming July presentation, where it will be showing off first party titles for its Xbox Series X console.

Although the existence of a new Perfect Dark is less certain it’s practically an open secret that Forza Horizon developer Playground Games are working on a new Fable. Instead the biggest question is simply when it will be announced.

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Tales Of Monkey Island By Telltale Has Returned To Digital Stores With A Discount

Tales of Monkey Island, the episodic Monkey Island series from Telltale Games, has been unavailable since the developer and publisher closed, along with many other Telltale series. But now, the game has returned to digital storefronts, and it’s currently discounted by 50% until July 10.

The game is available again on both Steam and GOG, and is currently discounted from $20 to $10. This is the complete collection, so it contains all five episodes, originally released in 2009. The game was released on the Wii and PS3 as well, along with mobile. For now, it only seems to be available on PC.

The developer is listed as LCG Entertainment, and the publisher as Athlon Games. LCG Entertainment handles the parts of Telltale’s back catalog that have been re-released.

While not held in the same regard as the earlier Monkey Island titles, Tales of Monkey Island was generally well-liked, and received an 8.5/10 in GameSpot’s review. This means that the whole Monkey Island series is now available digitally, as The Curse of Monkey Island received a digital release in 2018.

Several Telltale Games releases remain unavailable, including Tales from the Borderlands, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Game of Thrones.

One old Telltale project, The Wolf Among Us 2, has been resurrected, and has been restarted from scratch.

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Games Inbox: What’s the main difference between PS5 and Xbox Series X?

The Monday Inbox wants Naughty Dog to go back to making platfomers, as one reader wonders if Uncharted is truly finished as a franchise.

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Peas in a pod
After following the coverage of the next gen consoles, and slowly getting excited about what the future holds, it seems both machines will be similar in a lot of respects. Both seem to have free upgrades on certain games to the next gen versions, depending on publisher, both promise to all but remove load times, both seem to have graphical choices between frame rate or more detail, and both support backwards compatibility.

I skipped Xbox this generation, after the Red Ring of Death/Microsoft claiming money off my credit card for Xbox Live after I cancelled it and deleted the card (took months for them to give me the money back) and the disastrous launch campaign. Microsoft lost a lot of goodwill quickly. Despite that, the Xbox 360 was my favourite console that generation and I did not get a PlayStation 3 till very late in the cycle.

I want them to make it a tough choice for me this generation, but at the moment Halo Infinite seems to be the only game they are pushing as a reason. I loved the first Halo but Reach was the last one I played and the announcement that The Banished are the enemy means fighting the same enemies yet again, but better, looking does not excite me. I hope they wow me in July, but at the moment I am leaning towards PlayStation 5 because of the backwards compatibility, the investment in the saves, friends lists, etc., and more faith in the exclusive games. Fingers crossed Microsoft have something good up their sleeve

Keep up the excellent coverage.
Bob1972 (PSN ID)

Back to their roots
I know that Naughty Dog has already said that their next game will be The Last Of Us Part 2 or a new IP but I’m sure I’m not the only one that would be curious to see what they’d do if they went back to doing a platformer or a new Crash Bandicoot or Jak And Daxter game.

The obvious joke is that they’d try and turn it into some grimdark serious game (they basically did with Jak 3) but I’d love to see how they’d handle a family friendly game nowadays. Not just for the contrast but to see if they could make a game where the gameplay was the focus instead of the story.

I love The Last Of Us but there’s no pretending the gameplay is all that special. It’s good and everything but if the game was a walking sim or a Life Is Strange style game I’m pretty sure it’d be just as good, maybe even better. So I’d love to see them take the opposite approach with their next game.
Cornbeef

Daily occurrence
I read your article about Infinity Ward cracking down on racist abuse on Call Of Duty, but let me tell you. I’m a person of colour, I play Call Of Duty most days, and every single day I am racially abused by another person, who is usually white, on Call Of Duty. And these people do so without any care in the world.

Why is this behaviour OK for people to get away with? They are not allowed to do it in public but they do it so freely online. This kind of behaviour needs to be stamped out and Call Of Duty, despite having a report function in the game, is not doing enough. I get called racial insults every single day, or multiple times a day, and I have seen many usernames with similarly insulting names.

I have thought about recording these players but there is no direct way of submitting this gameplay or instances of abuse to Infinity Ward or Activision.

I’m tired, upset and angry that I cannot enjoy a game without being racially abused every single day.

Please can you write an article to help stamp out racism in games. I’m sure the same happens in other games too, people think they can get away with racially abusing people online when it’s behind a gamertag.
Adeel Hussain

GC: Would that we could write an article that powerful. We’d be very interested to know if the situation improves at all following Infinity Ward’s promised changes, as they were certainly supposed to include making reporting incidents easier. We’d welcome a Reader’s Feature on the subject, if you felt up to it.

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Out to pasture
I appreciate that gamers aren’t one large homogeneous group with the same thought processes and patterns, but we do seem to flit between demanding new and exciting IP and endless sequels to established franchises. Now, I’m being purposely mischievous there as I know these requests aren’t mutually exclusive, but it leads me to my query, which is much more whimsical.

Well, not so much a query, more of a thinking out loud; do established franchises ever get to die peacefully? Now there’s no agreed criteria for such a set of circumstances as it’s something I’ve just made up, so I’ll set some. When I say died peacefully I mean where there’s a sort of unwritten mutual understanding between the developer and gaming community (including media outlets) that a franchise has run its course, quality has peaked and there’s no more story to tell.

The franchise has been a critical and sales success and has been put out to pasture peacefully with everyone’s blessing, with no clamour for their return.

I’m sure there are a load of examples out there that more or less fulfil this criteria but the only one that immediately springs to mind is Unchartered, and potentially The Witcher series if there’s no more of those.
TheTruthSoul (PSN ID)

GC: Funnily enough Uncharted was the first one that came to mind for us as well. Although we’re willing to bet it comes back at some point, even if it’s not by Naughty Dog. The Witcher definitely seems to be getting ready for a new game, despite CD Projekt’s earlier comments.

Mid-gen upgrade
RE: next gen Cyberpunk 2077. I don’t think you need to wait, you’ll obviously be getting the premier version of the game if you did but I still think we will get a solid experience across all platforms.

An example would be Red Dead Redemption 2, it undoubtedly looks and runs better on the Xbox One X, but I don’t think anyone who played it on the base Xbox felt too disappointed as it was still a very impressive game regardless.
Russell

Alternative opinion
Thank you for your Reader’s Feature on The Last Of Us Part 2. Refreshing to see a media site provide a platform for a reader’s perspective of the game.

Couldn’t have agreed with the review more, the game was not 1/10 but certainly had its major flaws, to not be 9 or 10/10. I will be using your site more for information in the future now due to your courage to provide honest reviews.
Nathan

GC: Whose reviews are you suggesting weren’t honest, and why?

Perfect ending
I absolutely loved The Last Of Us Part 2 and feel it’s Naughty Dogs crowning achievement. I felt totally justified in killing as Ellie, as her character is made totally irredeemable from the get go. The ending was exceptional and showed how much of a character study this was rather than just a plain sequel. It’s a totally different beast than the first. I feel like that final shot was perfection and feel they should leave it be.

I wouldn’t want a third game as Part 2 acts as a perfect companion piece to the original. The hate it’s getting astonished me. Sure, I totally get not every one’s gonna love it but YouTube and social media is so toxic to the point of people threatening abuse on the voice actors. Disgusting behaviour.
Charlie

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10 means 10
Well, I’ve just finished The Last Of Us Part 2 and, man, this game deserves the 10/10 scores it got in my opinion. I absolutely loved it for all of my 31-hour playthrough, which involved heavy exploration where I got the majority of collectibles but still missed a few in a number of chapters. Sure, I ran into some bugs towards the end. I got straight up stuck inside a box I tried to jump over during a late game boss fight. One area the frame rate hit rock bottom and there was some collision issues, but the amount of times any of this stuff happened I can count on one hand, or maybe I’d need one or two more fingers. This all happened during the last… six or seven hours.

But 10 doesn’t mean perfect, it means masterpiece and this game certainly is that and a worthy follow up to the original from the gameplay, with different human factions and good ole zombies with different enemy types including a few new ones. They all require different tactics to take out and fight differently, keeping the action fresh, and new enemy types are introduced throughout with a good amount of space between them so you can get comfortable fighting the ones you’ve seen and then, bam, it throws a new one into the mix that spices it back up. I found exploration fun and rewarding, with simple puzzles and fun collectibles that add to the environmental storytelling, much like the first game.

The ending I can’t even discuss, you really need to live through these characters and the game does an excellent job with each of their character arcs that, while you agree or disagree with how it all goes down, you can understand the motivations.

The graphics are phenomenal, while I would argue that Red Dead Redemption 2’s are better it’s pretty damn close. The different settings are all pretty awesome and feel like real lived-in places. Stellar audio design, from the sound effects to the soundtrack, which all adds to the immersion and cinematic feel of the title.

Anyone who loves the first game should definitely play it, but I cannot guarantee if you’ll love the game as much as I did or hate it for some of the direction they’ve chosen to take. If you tried the first game and it wasn’t for you this will not change that. This game really requires you play the original first to have the same emotional impact I had, so if you missed the first one for whatever reason and this game has piqued your interest I would highly recommend playing it first before strapping in for Part 2.

10/10 masterpiece.
Big Angry Dad82 (gamertag)

GC: Were you playing on a standard PlayStation 4? Because we didn’t have anything like that problem with bugs on the PS4 Pro.

Inbox also-rans
Not a whole game I know, but I had to mention Call Of Duty 4 Mile High Club on veteran difficulty. Hundreds of attempts, two broken controllers, lots of very, very angry cursing and then finally the glorious feeling of beating it, but you have to ask yourself was it all worth it? Of course it was!
Mr B

Just received my Kickstarter copy of The Wonderful 101: Remastered with lenticular sleeve, which I got given because the physical versions would arrive later than the digital ones. I had to pay £15 custom charge unfortunately.
Andrew J.

This week’s Hot Topic
Since we’re now halfway through 2020 this weekend’s Inbox asks the question: what has been your favourite video game of the year so far?

To qualify, the game must be a new release from 2020, not just whatever older title you happen to have played this year. It’s obviously been a very strange six months, but how different has the year been in terms of how many new games you’ve bought and how many you’ve played?

What do you think of the quality of the games so far this year and do you think they make up for the lack of quantity? What are your expectations for the rest of the year and how many new games – and consoles – do you expect to buy in the next six months?

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New Inbox updates appear every weekday morning, with special Hot Topic Inboxes at the weekend. Readers’ letters are used on merit and may be edited for length.

You can also submit your own 500 to 600-word Reader’s Feature at any time, which if used will be shown in the next available weekend slot.

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Grosjean/Baldwin win Virtual Race Of Champions

Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean and Veloce Esports driver James Baldwin triumphed in the Virtual Race Of Champions as reigning World Rallycross champion Timmy Hansen took the individual crown.

F1 star Grosjean and top sim racer Baldwin combined to win the virtual Nations Cup by overcoming Swedish World RX champions Hansen and Johan Kristoffersson in the team final of the event, which was run in partnership with Motorsport Games. 

Grosjean was forced to pull out of the individual event at the last-minute due to a family emergency but was able to make it to the team event – only to end up losing each one of his races for Team All-Stars. Fortunately, 2019 eROC champion Baldwin won every single one of his head-to-head races, including a deciding final race against the individual winner Hansen. 

Baldwin had secured his place in the All-Stars team alongside Grosjean having edged Red Bull Esports team manager Nils Naujoks by just 0.068 seconds in the final of the sim racers category. 

Earlier on Sunday evening, World RX Esports Invitational series leader Hansen had defeated two-time NASCAR Mexico champion, Ruben Garcia Jr to win the individual championship. In the group stage, Hansen beat shock real-world 2019 Race of Champions victor Benito Guerra but lost to double DTM champion, Rene Rast. 

Louis Deletraz, Stoffel Vandoorne

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Antonio Felix da Costa crash

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2012 Race of Champions winner Grosjean’s withdrawal from the individual event meant Hansen progressed to the knockout stages after placing second in the group behind Rast. 

28-year-old Hansen defeated his former World RX rival, 2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg in the quarter-final to set up a re-match with Audi’s new Formula E recruit Rast in the semi-final. Rast was on course to beat Hansen for the second successive race but spun just millimetres from the line and Hansen was able to progress to the final while Ras was eliminated. 

Garcia Jr made a small mistake in the final, which used rallycross machinery, and ended up on the grass which left Hansen to take a comfortable event win. 

“It’s such an honour to be invited to this race,” Hansen said after the race. “It’s always been a big dream of mine because I’ve been watching the Race Of Champions since I was a kid, seeing all these great names compete. 

“Of course, I’d love to have been there in person, but this is how it is and I’ll take this any day.” 

Garcia Jr made it to the final after current Formula E championship leader Antonio Felix da Costa rolled out of the semi-final and Mercedes GT ace Raffaele Marciello crashed out of a likely win in the quarter-final. 

In his quarter-final, BMW Formula E driver Da Costa eliminated FE rival Stoffel Vandoorne, who had taken a clean sweep of race wins in his group against Marciello, Haas F1 reserve Louis Deletraz and 2012 DTM champion Bruno Spengler.

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GTA 6 release date: Bad news for Grand Theft Auto fans not planning upgrade

Analysts and game journalists are predicting a new GTA 6 release date, and it’s not all good news for fans. While there have been increasing hopes of something being announced soon, these have been repeatedly dashed by current events. The latest was Rockstar Games’ reveal of an enhanced and expanded version of GTA 5 coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X. This is launching in 2021 and almost certainly rules out a new Grand Theft Auto game for that year. And now industry experts are predicting a GTA 6 release date being set for late 2022, or 2023.

This would make it the longest wait ever for a new Grand Theft Auto game and would also rule out PS4 and Xbox One ports.

Not only that, but it would also mean that no true GTA game was ever developed for the two consoles, which have been on the market since 2013.

It could prove a bitter blow for those gamers who aren’t preparing to upgrade their Grand Theft Auto experience this year.

The latest information on the subject has been shared by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, who is well-known for his sources.

Speaking on the Triple Click Podcast, via Daily Star, Schreier shared his take on the current situation surrounding Rockstar Games and GTA 6.

“I will say that I know a lot of people out there, especially a lot of avid GTA fans, probably skewing younger have been upset because I said that GTA 6 was in kinda early development and won’t be out for a few years.

“I think GTA 5 coming out next year to PS5 is evidence of that, [and if that isn’t evidence of a later GTA 6 release] then I don’t know what else is.

“Because GTA 6 is a ways away. Like, I wouldn’t expect that game until maybe the end of 2022, 2023. I think [that’s more realistic] for a game like that.”

If GTA 6 does arrive in 2022, gamers fans will be expecting a huge upgrade from what they have been enjoying on PS4 and Xbox One.

The good news for current-gen console owners is that GTA Online will be getting new content over the coming years, extending the life of the platform significantly.

Not only will a new version of GTA 5 be released on PS5 and Xbox Series X, but a standalone version of GTA Online is also in the works.

Rockstar Games have never put a time limit on the highly profitable multiplayer mode, and moving to a standalone version certainly suggests longevity.

This means that even if we do see GTA Online eventually leave the PS4 and Xbox One versions behind due to hardware limitations, there should still be plenty of free compatible updates being planned over the next year.

Here’s the latest information from Rockstar Games on the situation involving GTA 5 coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X:

“As recently revealed at Sony’s PlayStation 5 digital event, the adventures of Michael, Franklin and Trevor are coming to a new generation of consoles, including PlayStation 5, in the second half of 2021.

“The new generation versions of GTAV will feature a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements to take full advantage of the latest hardware, making the game more beautiful and more responsive than ever.

“And for the massive and vibrant community of Grand Theft Auto Online players worldwide, the journey through the ever-evolving, shared world of GTA Online will continue on to the new generation with more new updates including additional GTA Online content exclusive to the new consoles and PC.”

The new announcement regarding GTA 5 coming to PS5 was revealed by Sony during a big PlayStation reveal event.

And according to a recent report, Grand Theft Auto V’s appearance was one of the most popular unveilings.

The port was revealed alongside news regarding Horizon Forbidden West, and Spider-Man Miles Morales.

And according to a report from TechRadar, chat-based research consultants, Reach3 Insights, found that fans were most excited about the GTA 5.

The stats include 25% of fans saying it was the PS5 game they’re most excited for, with the new Spider-Man entry another popular announcement.

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PS5 latest update: Forgotten Xbox One feature coming to next-gen PlayStation?

The PS5 may have taken inspiration from one of the Xbox One’s forgotten features, it has been revealed.

Sony has filed a patent for an information processing device, which features a main screen and a sub-screen on the same display.

“Provided is an information processing device which displays a main screen including main content; displays a sub-screen including sub-content of a different type from the main content at the same time as the main screen,” the patent reads.

The patent suggests that players would be able to switch between the main and sub-screen by highlighting the content.

As pointed out by Gamingbolt, it’s similar to the Snap feature used on the Xbox One.

Snap was a handy Xbox One multi-tasking tool that was removed in order to improve performance back in 2017.

With Snap enabled, users could pull up things like Activity feeds, videos and Internet Explorer while playing a game.

It was particularly handy if you were stuck on a challenging part of a game and wanted a walkthrough.

While it’s unclear if Sony will incorporate similar functionality in the PS5, you can see why it could be a useful feature.

Powerful next-gen consoles are certainly better equipped to handle multi-tasking, so it’s a definite possibility.

In addition to multi-tasking, a previously discovered Sony patent suggests that personalised news and content feeds could be on the way.

The news and content feed could operate similarly to Facebook and Google, with tailored content based on internet searches and the likes.

“Embodiments of the present invention include systems and methods for providing targeted gaming news and content feeds,” reads the Sony patent.

“Information about an interaction by a user with an interactive content title and a plurality of interactive content titles may be stored in memory.

“Such information may be analysed to identify one or more keywords that characterize the user interaction with the interactive content title. Media stored in a database may be filtered based on the identified keywords and displayed within a targeted media feed on a user device of the user.

“The displayed targeted media may be updated based on new information regarding user interaction with the interactive content title.”

The use of a targeted news and content feed should make it easier to discover new releases and gaming info that you might normally miss.

Sony’s next-gen console will support 8K resolution, ray-tracing technology and have much faster loading times.

The speedy (or non-existent) loading times are possible thanks to the specialised solid-state drive, which will make a huge difference to processing speeds.

In Spider-Man on a PS4 Pro, for example, it can take upwards of 15 seconds to fast travel from one location to another. The PS5, on the other hand, will be able to handle the same task in less than a second.

Worlds can also be rendered at far greater speeds, which should inject more pace into games.

Sony will undoubtedly put the technology to good use during the upcoming Spider-Man: Miles Morales spinoff.

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Nintendo games SHOCK: Huge news for video game collectors in Europe

In perhaps the most surprising Nintendo news of the week, a new game has been confirmed for the Wii and Wii U.

Vblank Enterainment has announced plans to bring Shakedown Hawaii to the discontinued Nintendo platforms.

A love letter to the 16-bit era of video games, Shakedown Hawaii is the spiritual successor to Retro City Rampage.

After launching to positive reviews on the PS4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, PC and Nintendo Switch, the game will be released on the Wii in July and Wii U in August.

“Shakedown: Hawaii is coming to Wii and Wii U, this summer!” reads a Vblank blog post.

“I’m beyond excited to finally say that out loud! You might think that after this many ports and physical editions of my games, some of the magic would wear off… but these are truly among the most near and dear to my heart.

“The Wii and Wii U versions include all of the currently released content and feature updates, including the Mogul Update, the Full Tank Update, and the many other little tweaks, improvements and optimisations that went into the game post-launch.”

Both versions can be played in 4:3 aspect ratio on CRT televisions, which seems fitting given the subject matter.

The Wii version also supports 50hz and 60hz gameplay, and can be played using the Wii Remote, Wii Classic Controller, Wii Classic Controller Pro, and GameCube Controller.

Best of all, the game has been optimised to fit entirely into the Wii system memory, so you won’t experience any loading times during gameplay. 

The Wii U version, meanwhile, supports SD and HD, plus 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. It can be played using the Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Remote, Wii Classic Controller, and Wii Classic Controller Pro.

While it’s fantastic to see a new game appear on classic Nintendo platforms, it’s not all good news.

Due to certification issues in North America, the Wii version will only be released in Europe. It’s also limited to just 3,000 discs, which makes it highly collectible.

If you’re unable to secure a disc at launch, expect to pay big bucks to get a second-hand copy further down the line.

On the plus side, the Wii U version will be released in North America this August, although it’s unclear how many copies will be produced.

“Shakedown Hawaii follows three protagonists through a 16-bit open world,” reads the official description. “Build your own ‘legitimate’ corporation by completing missions, acquiring businesses, sabotaging competitors, ‘re-zoning’ land, and shaking down shops for protection money.

“Explore the island by foot, by car, or by boat. It’s filled with arcade challenges, sidequests, stores to shop at, houses to burgle, civilians to interact with, and secrets to discover.”

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Steam's 2020 Summer Sale Is Live With Skyrim, Terraria, GTA 5, And More

Summer is always a busy time for deals, and while huge sales from Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation have already ended, one of the season’s biggest gaming sales just launched. Every June, Steam users look forward to an absolute truckload of PC games going on sale as part of the platform’s annual Summer Sale, and the time has finally come: Steam Summer Sale 2020 is live now, as predicted by a developer at SteamDB back in May. The sale includes major discounts on a ton of great games, from Rainbow Six Siege and Disco Elysium to Skyrim, A Plague Tale: Innocence, Grand Theft Auto V, and Terraria. If you’ve been waiting to bulk up your Steam game collection, there will rarely be a better time, and there are several newer games available to purchase at a huge discount.

Steam Summer Sale 2020 dates and times

Steam Summer Sale 2020 kicked off Thursday, June 25, and will run until July 9, ending at 10 PM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST.

Steam Summer Sale 2020’s best deals

As usual, literally thousands of games are seeing major markdowns across nearly every genre, from first-person shooters and action-adventure games to city-building games, horror games, and more. See our full roundup of Steam Summer Sale 2020’s best game deals for our recommendations on what to grab.

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence — $15.29 ($45)
  • Jackbox Party Pack 6 — $21 ($30)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain — $6 ($20)
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 – Complete Edition — $17 ($50)
  • Doom Eternal — $30 ($60)
  • Disco Elysium — $30 ($40)
  • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun — $6 ($40)
  • Helldivers — $10 ($20)
  • Tabletop Simulator — $10 ($20)
  • Total War: Warhammer II — $20.39 ($60)
  • Dragon Quest Builders II — $36 ($60)
  • Titanfall 2 — $9.89 ($30)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition — $16 ($40)
  • Outer Wilds — $16.65 ($25)
  • Dark Souls III – Deluxe Edition — $21.24 ($85)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot — $36 ($60)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — $30 ($60)
  • Rainbow Six Siege — $8 ($20)
  • Grand Theft Auto V — $15 ($30)
  • Rust — $20 ($40)
  • …and more

Cheap games under $10

If you’re on a tight budget this summer, you can fortunately find some incredible games for dirt cheap in the Steam Summer Sale–some of them are just a few bucks. Games like Celeste, Undertale, Darkest Dungeon, and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will all cost you less than $10 right now, and they’re absolutely worth playing. For more budget recommendations, see our roundup of the best cheap games under $10 in Steam Summer Sale 2020.

  • Celeste — $10 ($20)
  • Undertale — $3.39 ($10)
  • Moonlighter — $6.79 ($20)
  • Darkest Dungeon — $6.24 ($25)
  • Papers, Please — $5 ($10)
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice — $9 ($30)
  • …and more

Best PC exclusives on sale

Most multi-platform games make their way onto Steam at some point, but there are still plenty of games that launch on PC and don’t get ported to other platforms right away. For that reason, it’s worth paying extra attention to PC exclusives during Steam Summer Sale, as you’re likely to find the best prices on these games that you’ll find in a long time. Put that gaming PC to good use and check out our list of the best PC exclusives on sale at Steam, including Total War: Three Kingdoms, Gears Tactics, and Half-Life: Alyx.

  • Half-Life: Alyx — $45 ($60)
  • Gears Tactics — $40.19 ($60)
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms — $45 ($60)
  • XCOM: Chimera Squad — $15 ($20)
  • Tabletop Simulator — $10 ($20)
  • Black Mesa — $13 ($20)
  • …and more

Steam Summer Sale theme and trading cards

While last year’s Steam Summer Sale had a unique Grand Prix theme, Steam Summer Sale 2020 looks to have a more generic summer road trip theme. There’s no real mini-game this year, but you can earn Summer Sale trading cards. You’ll get one trading card for every $10 USD that you spend; plus, you’ll earn one card a day during the sale by completing your Discovery Queue. You can then craft those cards to gain levels for the Summer Road Trip Badge.

A “Road Trip Special” is also available during the Steam Summer Sale. You can save an additional $5 on any purchase of $30 or more. The discount is applied at checkout. There’s also a free sticker to claim each day the sale is live.

Steam Summer Sale introduces Points Shop

Steam has launched the Points Shop alongside the Summer Sale, which will now be open year-round and lets you earn points as you shop. You’ll earn 100 points for every dollar you spend, whether that’s on a game, DLC, application, soundtrack, or in-game items. Those points can then be redeemed for Profile or Chat items, including animated avatars, frames, backgrounds, and badges.

You can also redeem your points to get a background or emoticon for games you already own, including those that were previously associated with trading cards. Another new feature: Community Awards, which let you reward reviews or other user-generated content that you find particularly insightful, heartwarming, or notable in some other way. There are also badges you can earn by rewarding others’ content.

Unlike previous Steam sales where items you earned expired after a certain amount of time, any Point Shop items will be yours to keep and have unlimited uses, with the exception of a special Summer Golden Profile that you can purchase–it’ll display for up to 30 days.

Best Deals This Week

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Dr Disrespect banned from Twitch for ‘violating guidelines’

Dr Disrespect has been banned from Twitch for ‘violating community guidelines’ – three months after signing a multi-year contract with them.

The 38-year-old – real name Herschel ‘Guy’ Beahm – is one of the biggest names in live-streaming, and racked up 4.5million followers on the platform.

However, his profile has now been taken down from the site – with a message instead saying: ‘Sorry. Unless you’ve got a time machine, that content is unavailable.’

In a statement provided to Engadget, bosses said: ‘As is our process, we take appropriate action when we have evidence that a streamer has acted in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. 

‘These apply to all streamers regardless of status or prominence in the community.’

It is unclear what Dr Disrespect’s ban is as a result of, or how long it is for.


This is not the first time the streamer has been taken off Twitch, as he served a two-week ban in 2019.

Last July, he filmed a livestream for fans from the toilet at E3, which included footage of other people also using the facilities – which saw his profile suspended.

According to the platform’s guidelines, it’s against the rules to record someone without their consent or to do anything that could be construed as ‘stalking or violating someone’s established personal boundaries’.

Dr Disrespect’s ban comes shortly after he penned a multi-year contract extension to stay streaming with the brand.

‘Twitch is where I built the Champions Club empire and keep entertaining the hundreds of millions of fans looking for me to dominate competition,’ he said at the time.

‘Twitch is my home and I have made plans to stick around for a while.’

It has yet to be announced exactly how long he will be ‘sticking around’ for, but seeing as he makes around £1million a year just from streaming, we’re guessing it will be a long time.

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Twitch for a comment.

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