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Gaming analyst hints at PS5 and Xbox Series X prices at launch

Published: 25/Dec/2019 21:30

by Connor Bennett

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A gaming analyst has revealed their prediction for the prices of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – and they may cost less than you were expecting.

For console owners, the current generation of Xbox and PlayStation offerings is quickly coming to a close and it’s almost time to retire the Xbox One and PS4.

Both Microsoft and Sony have announced that their high-powered replacements in the form of the Xbox series X and PS5 will be released in the 2020 holiday season, but there are still questions to be asked. PlayStation fans are still hoping to see an actual image of the new, high-powered console but both fanbases are eager to hear about how much they’ll need to shell out.

MicrosoftMicrosoft are the first to reveal the design of their next-generation console.

So, that’s where gaming analyst Daniel Ahmad comes in. In a recent Twitter thread, Ahmad discussed the possibility of what both consoles cost fans when the next holiday season comes around.

“Struggling to see how PS5 / Series X can launch sub $400 given preliminary BOM for known specs,” he started off by saying, before noting that both Sony and Microsoft would take “heavy losses” unless they “price appropriately above $400.”

Ahmad also explained that these losses aren’t exactly unusual, especially as it’s been the case with previous generations, but with the increased build prices this time around, they may have to change.

“I don’t think it’ll be as bad as PS3, which cost $800 to build at launch (Sold for $500). But it’s something to keep in mind,” the analyst also stated.

As of right now, Ahmed also suggested that the “bill of materials + manufacturing cost for a Series X console” would come in at around “$460 to $520,” but that doesn’t factor in predictions for making a profit.

Of course, these are solely the analyst’s early predictions and seeing as neither Sony or Microsoft have revealed the cost of the builds, it’s unclear how accurate he might be. 

With more details about both consoles expected to be announced in the build to their releases, it remains to be seen who will land the first blow in the next generation of the console war with a lower price tag.

Call of Duty

NICKMERCS reveals big change to make Mac 10 Warzone loadout even more OP

Published: 18/Jan/2021 14:32

by Jacob Hale

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Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff is one of the biggest names in Warzone right now, and his Mac 10 loadout is imitated across Verdansk — but he’s made a pretty big change to it.

Since Warzone and Black Ops Cold War integrated with one another in December, the Mac 10 has quickly become a go-to weapon in Warzone, an easy-to-control SMG that really packs a punch.

Pair it with a top ranged weapon such as the DMR, CR-56 AMAX, or Kar98k and you’ve got a loadout that is perfectly suited to battle royale.

NICKMERCS’ Mac 10 loadout has become the standard for the weapon, but he’s now made a big change to it, and you can bet this will catch on sooner rather than later.

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The Mac 10 is a formidable force in Verdansk.

NICKMERCS new Mac 10 loadout

NICKMERCS has kept his Mac 10 almost exactly the same as what it was before, barring one major change: the Ammunition used.

“I swapped out the Drum Mag for the Fast Mag,” he revealed in his January 17 YouTube upload. “You know, to add a little extra speed.”

The Salvo 53 Rnd Fast Mag offers the same increased clip size but with an even faster reload speed than the STANAG 53 Rnd Drum. It does reduce the ADS time further than the STANAG, but as Nick says, it lets him play even faster than usual. This will be especially helpful when taking on multiple enemies in a short time span, making sure the likelihood of dying while reloading is minimal.

Elsewhere, all of the other attachments are exactly the same. Here’s a rundown of what he uses:

  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 9
  • Barrel: 5.3” Extended
  • Stock: Wire Stock
  • Underbarrel: Patrol Grip
  • Ammunition: Salvo 53 Rnd Fast Mag

Most players would probably also opt for the Agency Suppressor rather than the Muzzle Brake on the Mac 10, but it’s clearly working out for Nick.

We would recommend trying out the Fast Mag Nick uses, especially in team games rather than just solos, but whether this impacts the meta at all remains to be seen.