Nintendo Announces the Nintendo Switch Lite Coming This Fall

Nintendo revealed the Nintendo Switch Lite this morning and a release of the mobile-focused console for September 20 this year.

The announcement video showcases the handheld-mode exclusive console and some of the features it will include. The new version comes in yellow, gray and turquoise, with the joy-cons integrated into the unit. The directional buttons will now be replaced by an actual d-pad and the kickstand on the back is gone.

The unit is smaller overall and will play exactly like the original console in handheld mode with a 720p screen resolution. And that’s it. This version doesn’t connect to the TV at all. Because the joy-cons are integrated the ir motion camera and hd rumble have been removed entirely. This means some games that require motion controls will force you to buy extra joy-cons if you don’t have them already.

The unit will launch at a price of $199.99 on September 20 which seems like a great price point for younger, casual or traveling gamers.

Personally I won’t be getting this despite the great price. I’ve always preferred gaming on a TV over a mobile device which this doesn’t support. So sadly I’ll just be waiting for the original Switch to lower its price, if it ever does. Oh and there’s a Pokemon Sword and Shield edition that looks pretty cool, check it out below.

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Google Stadia Pricing Detailed Along with Game Announcements

Stadia’s YouTube channel released an official recap of the stream as soon as it ended. Watch it here for the highlights.

In Google’s Stadia stream today the tech company announced the pricing model for the service as well as the coming games.

Games

Along with already released games coming to the Stadia, several new titles were announced during the stream. Baldur’s Gate III was the first trailer shown and is a big win for Google considering how long fans have been waiting for the next entry. It will be developed by Larian Studios, the developers behind the Divinity: Original Sin series. It will not be exclusive to Stadia as it is coming to PC as well.

Also announced were the games Gylt from Tequila Works and Get Packed from Moonshine Studios. The former seems to be a stealth/horror game from the Rime developers, and the latter looks to be a crazy physics based multiplayer game. Destiny 2 debuted a new trailer for its next expansion Shadowkeep after announcing the game would be on Stadia and will now support cross saves.

Ubisoft seems to be supporting the Stadio in a big way, with The Division 2 coming to the platform along with the upcoming Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, which debuted a new trailer. Just Dance, Trials and The Crew were a few of the other series teased in the Stadia trailer.

All the games Google says are coming to the Stadia

Pricing

One of the biggest questions about the Stadia has been what it will cost. Google announced it will have a free version as well as a subscription based model. The free version and Stadio Pro subscription, which will be $9.99 a month, will not release until early 2020 though. Either way you still have to pay for the games, although Stadio Pro will have discounts and free games, possibly similar to Playstation Plus and Games with Gold.

To play in November (the advertised release) you have to buy the Founder’s Edition priced at $129. It comes with a special edition Stadia controller, a Chromecast Ultra, 3-month subscription, 3-month buddy pass and early access to getting your Stadia name. The pack also comes with a copy of Destiny 2 and all of it’s previous DLC and the upcoming Shadowkeep content.

Final Thoughts

It’s a bit of a surprise Google has decided to have a subscription and charge for individual games. Many hoped for a Netflix-like subscription service instead. It seems like a steep price to pay monthly just for access to improved features like 4K and 60 FPS. A lot of people still don’t even have 4K TV’s or devices.

Internet speeds required to run Stadia games at certain resolutions and framerates

It’ll be interesting what Sony and Microsoft (and to an extent Nintendo) announce with their upcoming next-gen consoles. They could potentially steal a lot of Stadia’s thunder by offering those features with a one time purchase.

If you’re interested in being one of the first to play Stadia games, Google opened up the Founder’s Edition pre-orders here. Otherwise you’ll have to wait to try it out when Google opens it up in early 2020. Just make sure you’re in one of the 14 countries in which Stadia will launch. Those countries are the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. Google plans to add more in 2020.

Microsoft Talks PC. Game Pass Coming to Windows and More

Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, announced this morning that Microsoft will be pursuing a few directives when it comes to the Windows experience and gaming. While more details have been promised for their E3 conference, here are the three takeaways Phil talked about this morning.

  1. Game Pass is coming to PC. This is not surprising, the Game Pass on Xbox is now two years old and has been relatively well received by gamers. For a monthly fee, PC gamers will have a rotating catalogue of games to download and play. If they wish to purchase the game, they will receive a 20% discount from the Windows store. No titles have been shared but it was confirmed that Day One Microsoft games would be available via this service just as they are on the Xbox.
  2. Microsoft games will come to Steam (and other storefronts). The Windows store on PC has long been maligned as a bastion of inefficiency by many who have been forced to use it. Which is a bit odd, as Windows dominates the home computing market when it comes to gaming. The only game mentioned at this point to hit Steam will be the Master Chief Collection of Halo, but do expect more titles (and more storefronts) to be announced.
  3. Supporting Win32 on Windows 10. Per Phil Spencer, “We recognize that Win32 is the app format that game developers love to use and gamers love to play, so we are excited to share that we will be enabling full support for native Win32 games to the Microsoft Store on Windows. This will unlock more options for developers and gamers alike, allowing for the customization and control they’ve come to expect from the open Windows gaming ecosystem.

Check out the entire statement here. More details will be given at Microsoft’s E3 briefing on Sunday June 9th.

 

 

Playstation Global Head of R&D Discusses PSVR for Next Generation Console

Playstation’s Global head of R&D Dominic Mallinson has detailed some of Sony’s plans for the PS VR hardware in the future.

In an interview with CNET, Mallinson discussed not just the PSVR but Playstation’s upcoming console as well. Despite the console’s upgrades, the PSVR is likely not going to get a new headset when next-gen consoles arrive. “There’s no reason for us to coincide it with a new console,” Mallinson says. He feels there’s no reason to ask people to buy a new console and VR headset all at once, “it’s good to have a little breathing space”.

That’s not to say a new headset isn’t in the cards. Mallinson also spoke of several upgrades and changes Playstation is looking to make to the headset. In terms of hardware they “want it to be lighter weight, and easier to put on, less cables, less mess”. The Playstation Move controllers will also get an upgrade eventually, he confirms.

In terms of technology, eye tracking is something Mallinson believes will become standard in all VR headsets. It allows for better game performance and could help the headset “perform more like a high-end PC” CNET notes. Mixed reality is something Mallinson finds interesting, like the Oculus Quest can draw boundaries on the real world.

While the article is an interesting look into what Playstation is considering for the future, it doesn’t seem like something we’ll get soon. Sony’s next console is a ways out and the next PSVR will probably be even farther.

New Mobile Gaming Device Announced with Crank

Firewatch publisher Panic has announced a new mobile gaming device called PlayDate.

The black and yellow device has a simple design and includes a crank on the side. Panic says not all games will use it but some will use it exclusively. The example on the website, Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure, is also the only game shown so far. It seems to use the crank to move the story forward or backward depending on the direction of the crank.

Panic announced there will be twelve games in the first season, one a week. Season one seems to imply more games but the company didn’t go into details. Panic says of the games to come that “we’d like to keep them a secret until they appear on your PlayDate”. So Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure is all we get to see for now.

The PlayDate will release in early 2020 for $149 US dollars. Which is a price point the website describes perfectly as “not super cheap, but not super expensive”. But, as with all consoles, the real test will be the games. And we just have to wait and see if they can prove the PlayDate’s worth.

The Sega Genesis Mini has been revealed

The Sega Classic Mini has been revealed, with a price point of $79.99 USD, and is set to release worldwide September 19th. It has 40 games that come with it, including some instant classics:

  • Altered Beast
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Comix Zone
  • Dr. Robotnix’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Shining Force
  • Space Harrier 2
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • ToeJam & Earl

These are confirmed to be included, with more being released “intermittently over the coming months.” If you get one of these in North America, it comes with a bonus power adapter, and every version comes with the console itself, a Micro-B to USB power cable, an HDMI cord, and two three-button USB controllers.

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Two New Nintendo Switch Models May Be Coming Out This Summer, According To The Wall Street Journal!

Today, many video game media websites reported on an article written by The Wall Street Journal stating that “two new versions of its Switch gaming console as early as this Summer.” Though I couldn’t access the full report because of wsj.com’s subscription service, I’m going to be referencing the points noted by gamespot.com in this piece.

However, if you have a wsj.com subscription, I highly recommend reading the report on their website to support them. Click here to be taken to that article.

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Image courtesy of Nintendo.com.

According to gamespot.com’s article, wsj.com states that there’ll be an improved model and “a pared-down version” that’ll sell for a lesser price compared to the current Nintendo Switch models. The former will have “‘enhanced’ features” and will be targeted toward “‘avid gamers[,]‘” yet it won’t match the specs of the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro, according to wsj.com’s article.

The other system mentioned in wsj.com’s article will serve as a cheap alternative to the current Nintendo Switch hardware sold online and via local retailers. Yet these cheap models will be targeted toward a casual audience, essentially what wsj.com’s claiming “Nintendo sees as a successor to its aging hand-held 3DS device…

E3 2019’s allegedly the place where Nintendo will reveal both models and their plans to “launch them ‘a few months later,'” in time for the holiday season,” according to wsj.com and gamespot.comGamespot.com notes that one of WSJ’s sources stated, “you would be wrong to think the enhanced version is similar to what Sony did with PS4 Pro and the other is just a cheap alternative that looks very similar to some past hand-held machines, say, Sony’s PlayStation Vita.” This entails that we’re probably in for a unimaginable change with respect to these new Nintendo Switch models.

Apparently, the report also claims that the cheaper Nintendo Switch model will not have controller vibration as a means to “cut costs,” according to gamespot.com. The pricing for each system wasn’t discussed in the article either as it seems wsj.com wasn’t able to attain information or chose not to include that info from their sources.

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Image courtesy of Nintendo.com.

Gamespot.com also cites wsj.com stating that Nintendo’s partnering with Sharp, potentially the “Japanese multinational corporation that designs and manufactures electronic products,” to have them assist Nintendo with the new Switch models’ displays. Gamespot.com also cites wsj.com noting that this company originally “bid to make the displays for the original Switch consoles but lost out.”

Lastly, gamespot.com reports that wsj.com was where the Nintendo Switch revision rumors sparked as word about a “a new Switch revision in 2019” was a hot topic online for awhile. I stand with gamespot.com concerning these new models allowing Nintendo Switch consumers–old and new–to play Nintendo’s past, current, and future line-up of games.

Since the highly-acclaimed gaming media event, E3, is only two months away, I’m certain we’ll get more rumors, hints, and news concerning these alleged Nintendo Switch consoles before that event begins. For now, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for any follow-ups regarding these rumors before the time comes.

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