How COVID affected the Games Industry

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    Go to and get cozy at home this holiday season! Thanks to ExpressVPN for sponsoring our channel Despite the Xbox Series X and the PS5 just being released there is an event that’s impacted the games industry on an even larger scale. An impact that is ongoing and of which we haven’t yet felt the full effects. COVID-19 assuredly has affected humanity on a global scale but today we are narrowing in on just how the pandemic affected the games industry this year. It started with the cancellation of gaming events like GDC, E3 and PAX and then it hit our beloved games with delay after delay… but it’s not all bad. Come hang out as we try to look at the bright side of 2020’s worst back of the box feature on today’s edition of Inside Gaming Daily. Listen to our podcast! Or buy our shirt! OR follow us on Twitter! SOURCES [Variety] Summer Game Fest 2020 Steps in to Fill E3 Void for Video-Game Biz [Wikipedia] Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the video game industry [The Washington Post] The giants of the video game industry have thrived in the pandemic. Can the success continue? [Nintendo] Top Selling Title Sales Units [Yahoo Finance] Free time and ‘Fortnite’: How coronavirus changed the video game industry forever [Eurogamer] Nintendo reports extraordinary sales, profit up 200% [VentureBeat] Activision Blizzard beats expectations as Q2 2020 revenue grows 38% to $1.9 billion [Gamasutra] GDC State of the Industry: WFH Edition survey reveals COVID-19’s impact on devs [The Verge] Xbox Game Pass subscribers jump 50 percent to 15 million in less than six months

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    In This Story: COVID-19

    Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

    Symptoms of coronavirus

    The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

    • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
    • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
    • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

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  • In This Story: PS5

    The PlayStation 5 (PS5) is an upcoming home video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Announced in 2019 as the successor to the PlayStation 4, it is scheduled to launch on November 12, 2020 in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea, and on November 19, 2020 for the rest of the world.

    The platform is anticipated to launch in two varieties, as a base PlayStation 5 system incorporating an Ultra HD Blu-ray compatible optical disc drive for retail game support alongside digital distribution via the PlayStation Store, and a lower-cost Digital variant lacking the disc drive while retaining digital download support.

    The PlayStation 5 features a customized solid state drive designed for high-speed data streaming to enable significant improvements in graphical performance. The hardware also features a custom AMD GPU capable of ray tracing, support for 4K resolution displays and high framerates, new audio hardware for real-time 3D audio effects, and backward compatibility with most PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR games.

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  • In This Story: Xbox Series X

    Xbox Series X and Series S are upcoming home video game consoles developed by Microsoft. They are both scheduled to be released on November 10, 2020 as the fourth generation of the Xbox console family, succeeding Xbox One.

    Rumors regarding the consoles first emerged in early-2019, with the line as a whole codenamed “Scarlett”, and consisting of high-end and low-end models codenamed “Anaconda” and “Lockhart” respectively.

    The high-end model was first teased during E3 2019 under the title “Project Scarlett”, while its name and design as Xbox Series X was unveiled during The Game Awards later in December. In September 2020, Microsoft unveiled the low-end model as Xbox Series S.

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