Pokémon Legends: Arceus Will Feature New Evolutions for Classic Starters

By Jared Moore

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set to feature new evolutionary forms of its classic starter Pokémon when it launches for Nintendo Switch on Friday, January 28.As per the YouTube description for the game’s latest trailer (which can also be seen below), Pokémon Legends: Arceus will seemingly treat Cyndaquil, Oshawott, and Rowlet to their very own Hisuian final form evolutions.”You may have met Dartrix, Quilava, and Dewott in your other adventures,” reads a statement beneath the YouTube video. “But you’ve never encountered their Hisui region Evolutions.” Dartrix usually evolves into Decidueye, Quilava into Typhlosion, and Dewott into Samurott.While the trailer itself doesn’t show off any of the three final form evolutions, it does treat fans to a further look at the Hisui region and what it has to offer. Across the clip, fans can take another look at the different ways they’ll be able to utilise Pokémon to travel around the region as well as further chances to check out noble Pokémon and the game’s wider landscape. In addition to the trailer, the official website for Pokémon Legends: Arceus did show off silhouettes for the starters’ Hisuian final forms, which can be seen below. Image Credit: The Pokémon CompanyIn other recent Pokémon news, reports around the internet last week suggested that a great detail of the game’s material including the opening movie, a range of new Pokémon, and story elements had been leaked online. The reports followed images that cropped up online showing fans holding boxed copies of the game that had seemingly been sent out early by mistake. With only a few days left until Pokémon Legends: Arceus officially releases, this is once again your friendly reminder to stay cautious on social media for a little while longer. For some slightly different Pokémon news, make sure to check out this article detailing how Logan Paul has denied faking his reaction to the $3.5 million dollar Pokémon scam he became caught up in. And, if you’ve finished that then you may (or may not) want to check out this piece showing off a fan-made Pokémon FPS – though, prior warning, it’s kind of disturbing. Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

Bug Briefly Shows All PS4 Trophies as PS3 Games, Sparking More Backwards Compatibility Rumours

By Jared Moore

A recent bug on the PlayStation Network briefly displayed all PlayStation 4 trophies as if they had come from PlayStation 3 games, causing further rumours around unannounced backwards compatibility plans.As spotted by VGC, an issue on PSN recently meant that trophy lists on both console and the mobile app were showing incorrect data for PlayStation 4 trophies. Instead of displaying trophies as standard, many players reported that their PS4 titles were instead showing up as PlayStation 3 games. PS4 trophies aren’t working and for many people they’re showing up as PS3 games 🤔🤔🤔 #PlayStation pic.twitter.com/wUhjmsccgQ— Hunter 🎮 (@NextGenPlayer) January 25, 2022While the issue was quickly resolved and trophies across the network should now be displaying correctly, some fans have questioned whether or not the accidental bug could provide further evidence to a future where Sony releases its PlayStation 3 catalog of games via some form of backwards compatibility system.This isn’t the first time that PlayStation glitches have led to these kinds of rumours. Last week, several PlayStation 3 games were said to have been spotted by fans on the PlayStation 5 store. Reports included the likes of Dead or Alive 5, which was listed at a display price of £7.99 in the UK, as well as the PS3 versions of Bejewelled, The Forgotten Sands, The Two Thrones, and the Prince of Persia games.Is it happening?! pic.twitter.com/upzaZ94cSQ— Ryan Gorris (@Sirrog85) January 25, 2022 While Sony hasn’t stated that it has plans to release its PlayStation 3 catalog via backwards compatibility or any other service, there have certainly been plenty of rumblings around the topic. Back in 2020, IGN reported that a Sony patent had surfaced suggesting that PS1, PS2, and PS3 games could be emulated via the cloud while more recent reports have conveyed that the studio may be working on its own service to compete against Xbox Game Pass.As reported by Bloomberg, sources familiar with Sony’s plans allegedly shared details with the outlet of a new service codenamed “Spartacus” where PlayStation owners can pay monthly for access to a catalog of modern and classic games. According to the report, documents on the project revealed three tiers for the upcoming service with the highest of those including extended demos, game streaming, and access to a larger library that includes PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP games.While these rumours should all be taken with a pinch of salt, it’s no wonder that Sony fans are beginning to question whether the prospect of an expanded collection of PlayStation titles could be on the horizon. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer recently responded to rumours of a ‘PlayStation Game Pass’, saying that he sees competitors as “an inevitability” and “the right answer”.Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

German Physicist Makes GTA 5 Playable on Game Boy Using Streaming

By Jared Moore

A German physicist has found a way to make Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto 5 playable on a 1989 Nintendo Game Boy through the use of a custom-built streaming cartridge. As spotted by GamesRadar, Sebastian Staacks, a physicist and drummer from Germany, has managed to play GTA V on a Game Boy by using a WiFi cartridge to stream the game. As explained by Staacks on YouTube, the game itself doesn’t run on the Game Boy itself, that would be practically impossible: “I am playing GTA 5 on the Game Boy,” says Staacks in the video. “But it’s not running on the Game Boy. The game is rendered on my PlayStation and then streamed to the Game Boy via WiFi. Conversely, if I press a button on the Game Boy, the input is sent back to the PlayStation so I can control the game.”Here is how I stream video and even play GTA5 on my unmodified #gameboy.Video: https://t.co/Gai3pasEJmBlog: https://t.co/9YrKTwmgSu#nintendo #retrogaming— Sebastian Staacks (@diconx) January 13, 2022While streaming games from one device to another wouldn’t typically be cause for celebration, Staacks’ efforts are certainly impressive given the nature of the technology he’s working with. In order to bring GTA’s 3D moving images over to the device, Staacks had to find a workaround for bringing an HD game to the Game Boy’s 160×144 resolution screen. To do so, the developer’s solution remaps images from the game and pieces them back together as tiles of pixels. For a full description detailing how Staacks overcame this problem, you can check out the full rundown on his YouTube channel. Once Staacks had figured out exactly how to overcome streaming the game’s video imagery onto the device and found a way to transfer that data at an acceptable speed, he had a cartridge capable of streaming Grand Theft Auto 5 (and virtually any other video) from modern hardware to the handheld at around 20 frames per second. A two-button, olive green version of GTA 5 might not be the ideal way to play Rockstar’s modern classic, but it might be one of the most impressive. Not only that, but Staacks has since stated that he’s been able to get the cartridge working on an Analogue Pocket too, though with some small graphical glitches still to iron out. My WiFI cartridge on the @analogue Pocket.It works right away, but with a small timing problem: Those horizontal glitches are not present on the original #gameboy. Still, I am very impressed that the Pocket is so close to the original.https://t.co/tBC05jGYBP pic.twitter.com/sU9B2BikO2— Sebastian Staacks (@diconx) January 15, 2022 For more similar fan-made projects, make sure to check out this piece detailing how someone built a whole new Doom game in Minecraft.Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.