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Xbox night mode sounds great, but you probably can’t have it yet

Xbox night mode sounds great, but you probably can’t have it yet

Playing video games at night can be a tricky thing. For starters, lights on your console, controller, and the light from the display can make playing at night a non-starter if you happen to be near people who are trying to sleep. If you're a kid who's trying to get away with playing games at night, all those lights can straight up give you away. Microsoft apparently has the solution to both problems with a new night mode for the Xbox.

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Animal Crossing update tweaks Nook’s Cranny closing

Animal Crossing update tweaks Nook’s Cranny closing

You're not going crazy - the new update to Animal Crossing: New Horizons did, indeed, remove a bit of classic Nook's Cranny action. The change comes at closing time for the shop. Before now, players would find a lovely little tune playing a bit of time before the shop closed for the day - it would be kind, it would be friendly - now, not so much.

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Nintendo Switch has Wii in its sights as total sales surpass PS3

Nintendo Switch has Wii in its sights as total sales surpass PS3

Nintendo has delivered the financial results for the first quarter of its 2021 fiscal year, and those results give us a look at how well the Switch is doing. Nintendo reported that the Switch managed to sell 4.45 million units during the quarter, which was actually a decrease of about 1.2 million units from the same quarter a year ago. Nevertheless, the Switch now sits at 89.04 million lifetime sales, putting it above the PlayStation 3 in terms of total sales.

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PlayStation 5 is already making a profit (kind of)

PlayStation 5 is already making a profit (kind of)

Oftentimes, when gaming companies release new gaming hardware, they usually take a loss on each console sold. Of course, this doesn't last forever as the cost to produce a console goes down as time goes on, but at the start of a new generation, it isn't rare to hear that console makers are selling the consoles at a loss to get them to a certain price point. As it turns out, the period in which Sony was selling the PS5 at a loss was a short one, as Sony is now running a profit on the disc-based console.

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Nintendo Switch gets lit in October: Ori, Metroid Dread, Super Monkey Ball

Nintendo Switch gets lit in October: Ori, Metroid Dread, Super Monkey Ball

The month of October, 2021 is a magical time for Nintendo Switch gamers. In that month, a wide variety of different sorts of games will launch. In that month, a set of top-tier exciting games will launch. In the month of October in the year 2021, Nintendo Switch will be the console to have if you're all about the most awesome oddities and AAA games in the gaming universe.

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Aqua Shift Xbox controller makes others look tame

Aqua Shift Xbox controller makes others look tame

Today Microsoft revealed an Xbox Wireless Controller with a unique physical design detail. Utilizing a color-changing finish on the top panel, this controller delivers just a bit of a "shimmer." This is the Xbox Wireless Controller - Aqua Shift Special Edition, a controller that Microsoft presents "for your holding pleasure."

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Is the McDonald’s PS5 controller legit, or just clowning? [UPDATE: Removed!]

Is the McDonald’s PS5 controller legit, or just clowning? [UPDATE: Removed!]

This week an apparent McDonald's Sony PlayStation collaboration surfaced in Australia. This collaboration appears to have resulted in a fancy new McDonalds Australia 50th birthday celebration PlayStation 5 controller. The odd bit about this situation isn't that the controller exists, but that it appears to exist without any promotional support from McDonald's Australia, Sony Australia, or any of the game streamers supposed to be taking part in the release.

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Don’t rush to add an M.2 SSD to your PS5

Don’t rush to add an M.2 SSD to your PS5

Yesterday, Sony launched its very first PS5 system software beta. It's a big one, too, as it enables the PS5's M.2 expansion slot that has sat dormant since the console released late last year. For now, M.2 support for the PlayStation 5 is only in beta, and while anyone with a PS5 can register to receive beta software, it's probably best to hold off on adding an M.2 SSD to your console.

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PS5 system beta finally adds M.2 SSD support, but there’s a lot you need to know

PS5 system beta finally adds M.2 SSD support, but there’s a lot you need to know

At long last, it seems Sony is finally ready to roll out support for the PlayStation 5's M.2 expansion slot. Since launch, the slot has been disabled, as Sony wanted to ensure compatibility with drives before activating it through a software update. Now support for expansion M.2 drives is rolling out as part of a new beta - the PlayStation 5's first system software beta, for that matter - with plans to enable the expansion M.2 slot for all consoles in a future software update.

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Krispy Kreme UK Xbox doughnuts are “Nexus Level” advertising

Krispy Kreme UK Xbox doughnuts are “Nexus Level” advertising

If there were still any doubts about video gaming becoming mainstream, the fact that major brands are coming up with all sorts of antics to appeal to that crowd. No one can probably top KFC's gaming PC, but there are some that come a close second. Krispy Kreme's idea to celebrate the Xbox's 20th anniversary may seem tame in comparison, but it will at least give gamers a tasty treat while also offering the chance to get a new fridge, er, Xbox console in the process.

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Xbox Series X|S break console records in Microsoft’s Q4 2021 earnings report

Xbox Series X|S break console records in Microsoft’s Q4 2021 earnings report

With its most recent financial results, Microsoft is giving us an update on how well the Xbox Series X|S are selling. Of course, Microsoft stopped reporting exact Xbox sales numbers partway through the previous generation, and while it doesn't look like the company will start reporting specifics in this new generation, it is still nonetheless sharing big milestones for its latest consoles.

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PS5 just hit a huge milestone to become the fastest-selling PlayStation ever

PS5 just hit a huge milestone to become the fastest-selling PlayStation ever

It isn't exactly a secret that the PlayStation 5 is a popular console. In the 8 months since it was released, it's been a very difficult machine to procure, as restocks sell out almost immediately at every retailer under the sun. Sony today gave us an update on just how well the PlayStation 5 is selling, and as it turns out, the console is officially the best-selling PlayStation system in Sony's history.

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