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PS4 Slim leak may be Sony’s biggest – with price estimates

PS4 Slim leak may be Sony’s biggest – with price estimates

The smaller version of the PlayStation 4 - the PS4 Slim - appears to have leaked in full. This device appears in a video with full boot sequence and exterior hardware. The owner of this device and video suggests that he or she purchased the device via Gumtree - the Craigslist of the international oddities universe. This device would - unsurprisingly - be smaller and slightly less powerful than its predecessor.

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Pokemon GO down? No, I’m just banned

Pokemon GO down? No, I’m just banned

Soft bans and hard bans are popping up early today from Niantic as the company attempts to cut down a new wave of Pokemon GO cheaters. Of course not ALL of the users that the company has deemed less than on-the-level are actual cheaters - but quite a few (or most) of them are. I knew that my account was banned because I'd been keeping up on Pokemon IV levels with an IV checker - whoops!

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Pokemon GO player gets banned after attempting to earn 1m XP in a single day

Pokemon GO player gets banned after attempting to earn 1m XP in a single day

When it comes to Pokemon GO, there's no shortage of players who are attempting to do ridiculous feats that would be too much for the game's more casual fans. The person who managed to hit the level cap through the use of a bot comes to mind, but what happens when you try to rake in the experience points through more legitimate means? It would appear that you get labeled a cheater nonetheless.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics vid pokes good fun at Japan’s gaming, anime culture

Tokyo 2020 Olympics vid pokes good fun at Japan’s gaming, anime culture

As the Rio 2016 Olympics comes to a close, it was time for the baton to be passed to Japan, who will be hosting the next big international competition. And what better way to introduce the world to the new host than to show them just how wacky the Japanese can be. In a good way of course. In its pitch video for the 2020 Olympics, Japan made some lighthearted, tongue in cheek jokes about the countries perceived obsession with gaming and anime. They even got the highest political power in the country to jump in, almost literally.

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Sony has two new PS4’s coming next month

Sony has two new PS4’s coming next month

Well, that escalated rather quickly. Hot on the heels of leaks of a “PS4 Slim”, sources have come out to confirm that there will indeed be such a console. But more than that, it will actually be a separate console from the already expected PlayStation 4 Neo. While the double punch will undoubtedly confuse some buyers, analysts claim that it is exactly the strategy that Sony needs in order to stem the declining console sales and, at the same time, attract even more new adopters of the gaming device turned entertainment center.

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PlayStation 4 “slim” seen at auction site

PlayStation 4 “slim” seen at auction site

Most gamers, particularly PS fans, are expecting the impending arrival of the more or less confirmed PS4 Neo. Little did we know, however, that there was, or is, another PlayStation 4 model, one that would fall under the company’s usual “slim” category. Such a PS4 slim was apparently held for auction online. And while it isn’t really solid evidence, it might inspire hope that a smaller version of the PS4 might still be coming or, better yet, might be the PS4 Neo after all.

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PlayStation VR title Rez Infinite gets limited edition physical release with vinyl, artbook

PlayStation VR title Rez Infinite gets limited edition physical release with vinyl, artbook

One of the better looking games to support the PlayStation VR headset this fall is Rez Infinite, a high-definition update of the cult-favorite Dreamcast/PS2 game Rez. The re-release of the music-based shooter features remastered visuals and audio, and while PSVR isn't required to play the game, the headset is said to allow players to experience Rez in an entirely new way.

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No season pass with Final Fantasy 15’s $270 Ultimate Collector’s Edition

No season pass with Final Fantasy 15’s $270 Ultimate Collector’s Edition

Final Fantasy XV fans are already disappointed over last week's announcement of the release date delayed by two months, but now comes the news that the game's most lavish package, the $270 Ultimate Collector's Edition, does not include the recently confirmed DLC season pass. That means the most dedicated fans, or at least those with the deepest pockets, will need to shell out an another $25 for the season pass, which appears to include a significant amount of story content.

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is the FPS’s latest sub-series

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is the FPS’s latest sub-series

The release of this year's Call of Duty, titled Infinite Warfare, is fast approaching, and many fans of the long-running franchise still aren't pleased. It mostly boils down to two reasons: either they're unhappy that they have to buy the special edition in order to get the remastered version of the beloved CoD4: Modern Warfare, or they don't like the theme changes from modern combat settings to a futuristic, sci-fi story set in space. Unfortunately for those in the latter camp, there's likely to be more Infinite Warfare titles in the coming years.

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‘Below’ game delayed again, no one knows when it will launch

‘Below’ game delayed again, no one knows when it will launch

Capybara Games has announced another delay for ‘Below,’ and this time it isn’t giving a new future release date. The company says that a lot of soul searching has led it to this decision, and that rather than giving eager fans another release date that doesn’t pan out, it is simply ‘going dark’ while it works on the project. The next time we hear from the company, it says, we’ll know there’s finally a release date to be given and that, hopefully, it’ll be the final one.

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Sennheiser launches GSP 300 gaming headset and two audio amps

Sennheiser launches GSP 300 gaming headset and two audio amps

Sennheiser has taken the wraps off three new audio products: a pair of audio amplifiers, the GSX 1200 PRO and the GSX 1000, for PC and Mac, as well as a gaming headset, the GSP 300, said to be kicking off a new line of similar headsets from the company. The trio of items were introduced at Gamescom 2016, and all of them will be available to purchase the end of next month at various price points.

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New Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer and a GX cards showdown

New Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer and a GX cards showdown

If you've been anxiously since the last Pokemon Sun and Moon reveal, you'll be pleased to hear that a new trailer has arrived. Shown at the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Pokemon World Championships in San Francisco, this new trailer doesn't give us any details about new Sun and Moon features, although it does show off four new Alola region Pokemon. Fair warning: one of them is a sandcastle.

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