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Nintendo’s Switch could outsell the PS4 in 2018

Sony has had a stranglehold on the market ever since the PS4 launched in 2013. To date, the PS4 has reportedly outsold the Xbox One by greater than a two to one margin, and the distance between the two consoles grows larger each and every year. But one analyst believes that Sony might finally have some competition in 2018.

In a recent report, NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella predicts that the Nintendo Switch will be the best-selling console of the holiday season, and could even overtake the PS4 for total sales on the year. Keep in mind that the Switch has only been on store shelves since early 2017, so millions of consumers had already chosen between the PS4 and Xbox One by the time Nintendo joined the current console generation.

“Driven by the launches of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo Switch will be the best-selling console of the fourth quarter in unit sales, while also elevating the platform to be the best-selling console of the year,” said Piscatella on the NPD Group blog.

In the same report, Piscatella shares his prediction for the top ten games in terms of total sales for 2018. There are multiple obvious choices here, including Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Battlefield V, and PS4 exclusives like God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Not a single Switch game appears on the list, even with a new Super Smash Bros. and a pair of Pokemon games hitting Nintendo’s hybrid console in the coming months.

Without a single best-selling game, Nintendo is predicted to have the best-selling console on the market by the time the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. That would be an incredibly impressive achievement, speaking to just how attractive the hardware and the gimmick of the Switch can be for consumers worldwide.

You still have time to get 10% almost any electronics on eBay

The shopping event of the summer that many of you are waiting for is just around the corner. Prime Day 2018 kicks off on Monday, although there are plenty of other deals to take advantage of right now, including hot Amazon sales, but also exciting discounts from its rivals.

eBay is one of the companies looking to keep up with Prime Day this year, and the retailer is hosting a special sale on all things tech. For one day only, eBay is shaving 10% off the price of various gadgets and electronics.

The discount applies to the purchase price, so it doesn’t include shipping, handling, and taxes, and goes up to a $100 maximum. That means you can buy tech products worth $1,000 and get $100 back as long as you remember to add the coupon code PRIMOTECH at checkout.

That’s all you need to do to take advantage of the deal, aside from completing your purchase by 11:00 PM PT on Tuesday, July 10th.

The sale is available both in the US and Canada, on eBay.com, cafr.ebay.co, and ebay.com, eBay explains, and includes products from a wide variety of categories, like Computers & Electronics, Cameras & Photo, Cell Phones & Accessories, Computers/Tablets & Networking, Consumer Electronics, Video Games & Consoles.

Yup, that means you can buy a brand new Xbox, PS4, or Nintendo Switch, a new PC, or a brand new iPhone X and get that sweet 10% discount. Just add that coupon to your cart before paying for your order. Yes, you can combine multiple eligible items within the same transaction. Again, $100 in savings is the ceiling for the promo, so combine them creatively, as you can only use the code once per account.

Free-to-play co-op shooter ‘Warframe’ is coming to Nintendo Switch

While Nintendo might never be able to match Sony or Microsoft when it comes to the volume of content available on their respective platforms, the Japanese publisher appears to be prioritizing games that already struck a chord with a wide audience when choosing ports. That was evidenced once again this weekend when developer Digital Extremes revealed at the TennoCon fan expo that popular co-op shooter Warframe is coming to Switch.

Warframe wasn’t a smash hit right away, having received middling reviews at launch and failing to take advantage of the fact that it was one of the more elabortate free-to-play games available on consoles. But Digital Extremes refused to settle for failure, and after countless updates and improvements, Warframe has taken off.

In many ways, Warframe feels like a scaled-down Destiny. While both games require the player to be online, neither is a traditional MMO in which you’ll be surrounded by other players. Instead, you will start off on your own ship (which serves as a hub) and choose from a long list of missions on which to embark. You can play through missions solo or with other players, and you’ll collect new items and upgrades along the way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dUxbV0ItPE

Digital Extremes didn’t share many details about the Warframe Switch port, but we do know that Panic Button — the same studio that helped bring Rocket League and Doom to Nintendo Switch — is involved. No release date has been announced, but you can play Warframe for free right now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Free-to-play co-op shooter ‘Warframe’ is coming to Nintendo Switch

While Nintendo might never be able to match Sony or Microsoft when it comes to the volume of content available on their respective platforms, the Japanese publisher appears to be prioritizing games that already struck a chord with a wide audience when choosing ports. That was evidenced once again this weekend when developer Digital Extremes revealed at the TennoCon fan expo that popular co-op shooter Warframe is coming to Switch.

Warframe wasn’t a smash hit right away, having received middling reviews at launch and failing to take advantage of the fact that it was one of the more elabortate free-to-play games available on consoles. But Digital Extremes refused to settle for failure, and after countless updates and improvements, Warframe has taken off.

In many ways, Warframe feels like a scaled-down Destiny. While both games require the player to be online, neither is a traditional MMO in which you’ll be surrounded by other players. Instead, you will start off on your own ship (which serves as a hub) and choose from a long list of missions on which to embark. You can play through missions solo or with other players, and you’ll collect new items and upgrades along the way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dUxbV0ItPE

Digital Extremes didn’t share many details about the Warframe Switch port, but we do know that Panic Button — the same studio that helped bring Rocket League and Doom to Nintendo Switch — is involved. No release date has been announced, but you can play Warframe for free right now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Google’s next big thing might be a gaming service to take on PS4, Xbox, and Switch

Google provides a lot of useful services, including the most popular smartphone operating system in the world. But what the company doesn’t have is gaming-friendly products, including hardware and software. Google is looking to change all that with a daring new gaming project of its own. The company is supposedly working on various ways to take on Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo with console-grade gaming.

According to Kotaku’s sources, Google is taking a three-pronged approach: “1) Some sort of streaming platform, 2) some sort of hardware, and 3) an attempt to bring game developers under the Google umbrella, whether through aggressive recruiting or even major acquisitions.”

It’s unclear what kind of dedicated hardware Google might be working on, or when it might be launched. But this isn’t the first time we’ve heard Google wants to target gamers with products of its own.

More interesting, however, is the streaming option that would allow Google to make high-end gaming available to more users without needing to sell them dedicated consoles. Microsoft is doing the same thing, but Microsoft has the advantage of being one of the established players in the gaming landscape. Like Microsoft, Nvidia and EA are also working on game streaming services.

The code name for Google’s game streaming platform is Yeti. Just like any other game streaming platform, Google’s would offload most of the processing to cloud computers and stream those high-end games to end-user devices. A person familiar with Yeti said the platform could bring games like The Witcher 3 to a tab in Google Chrome. Yeti would also be integrated with YouTube, the report notes, and would link up with whatever console Google might be developing.

Google also had a presence at GDC and E3 this year, talking to game developers about its plans. Google is looking to buy some studios as well, a move that might be necessary to develop some sort of game experiences that would be available only on Google’s gaming service.

It’s unclear at this time when Google will make its gaming ambitions official. Hopefully, this isn’t yet another Google initiative that doesn’t see the light of day.