Nintendo Switch Price to Be $250 and $300: Report

It appears that the Nintendo Switch price may make it more affordable than the recently discontinued Wii U.

You could spend upto $299.99 (around Rs. 20,250) for the Switch depending on the version you want to buy. Much like the Wii U, there will be two editions of it.

“UK specialist gaming retail chain GAME has been informed of the Nintendo Switch’s wholesale price to retailers, and is planning on selling their basic SKU (stock keeping unit) of the system in stores for £199.99,” a post on LetsPlayVideoGames reads. “We have also learned that a separate SKU featuring more internal storage and a packed in game is planned to sell at £249.99. We have heard rumours as to what this pack in game is, but we currently have only one source on this information so we are unwilling to talk about that pack in title at this time. Both our sources have told us that additional Switch Pro Controllers are expected to sell at launch for £39.99 at GAME.”

This will, if Nintendo’s plans bear fruition, result in a dollar pricing of $249.99 (approximately Rs. 17,000) and $299.99 (around Rs. 20,250) respectively.

“Lastly, we have been told that Nintendo is planning for the Switch to be close to direct conversion price comparable across regions, which we have been told is tied into their push for the system to be region free. This would in theory put the USA price of the system at approximately $249.99 and $299.99 (This is based off conversions, not any insider information).”

This comes after LetsPlayVideoGames reported that the Switch could sport a March 17 release date and information on the Nintendo Switch developer kit.
As we’ve seen with the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo has not exactly been consumer-friendly with its region-free policies, locking both consoles to the territories they’re sold in with regards to games, digital purchases and the like. This could be a big plus point if true, particularly for those of us in countries like India where Nintendo does not have an official presence.

Prior to this, several reports pegged the price of the Switch to be on the higher side.

“A long-in-the-works revamp to the company’s consoles — the NX, with reveal coming next week — is liable to come at a price that will result in a “major” disappointment for volume sales, the firm Macquarie says,” according to a post on investor website Seeking Alpha. “Speculation is putting the price of the new console between $300 and $350, in line with competing consoles, vs. the Wii’s former discount to rival boxes from Sony and Microsoft.”

Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer Hints at Possible Campaign Plot

Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer Hints at Possible Campaign Plot

Hot on the heels of Nintendo lifting the lid on the Nintendo Switch, Rockstar Games revealed Red Dead Redemption 2 via a new trailer. Though information is scarce, it did deliver a few details on what to expect.

Although the trailer showed off the Wild West in all its enchanting beauty, it also set the tone for what the game’s single-player campaign could be, what with a voice in trailer (which could possibly be that of Red Dead Redemption’s protagonist, John Marston) telling someone to run and not look back. Perhaps it could be a tale of the formative years of a would be outlaw?

 

Nonetheless, the trailer’s description hyped up its single-player campaign as being “an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland” while reiterating the possible online possibilities, claiming that its “vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.”

 

And no, it’s not coming to PC anytime soon. While the first Red Dead Redemption never made it to PC, that hasn’t stopped gamers from requesting it. Red Dead Redemption 2’s apparent lack of visibility for PC won’t do Rockstar any favours. However, we won’t be surprised to see it take the same approach it did to GTA V with a competent PC release down the line. Red Dead Redemption 2’s trailer will debut at 11am ET (8:30pm IST) on October 20.

Earlier it was rumoured that a new game in the Red Dead series was  to be the final game at Sony’s E3 2016 conference. While Rockstar claims a Fall 2017 release, it could be delayed given how production tends to go on the company’s many games.

 

In the past Rockstar Games’ publisher Take-Two claimed it was crucial series. CEO Strauss Zelnick noted Red Dead among the company’s “permanent franchises” at the Cowen and Company’s Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in 2014.

 

“It’s obvious that GTA is a permanent franchise as long as we keep delivering this incredible quality; it seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise, again with the same caveat,” he said at the time.

 

For Honor to Be Playable in India for the First Time at IGX 2016

For Honor to Be Playable in India for the First Time at IGX 2016

  • Hack and slash game For Honor will have its public debut at IGX 2016
  • The last publicly playable unreleased game in India was Killzone 2
  • IGX 2016 takes place from October 15 to October 16 in Mumbai

PlayStation VR isn’t the only gaming-related first for India at IGX 2016 or the Indian Games Expo as it’s called. For those of you who managed to sit through Ubisoft’s inordinately long E3 2016 presentation, you probably remember medieval-themed hack and slash game, For Honor.

A sizeable portion of the game’s single-player campaign was shown off on stage, dispelling murmurs of the title being multiplayer only. This was followed by an alpha that was open for public registration for a host of regions barring India for reasons related to bandwidth constraints.

 

Nonetheless, Ubisoft will be showing off the game’s single-player mode at IGX 2016 – a first for the country in the longest time. To put it in perspective, the last time an unreleased game had a public showcase was PS3-exclusive Killzone 2 at the 2008 PlayStation Experience which took place in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru.

And if Viking on knight on samurai action isn’t of interest to you, there will be tournaments for Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, WWE 2K17, and Mortal Kombat XL at IGX 2016 with a combined Rs. 200,000 prize pool. Not too shabby for games that aren’t Counter-Strike, Dota 2, or League of Legends.

 

Further shoring up the list are a host of locally developed games such as Asura. a Diablo-styled game from Hyderabad-based Ogre Head Studios, Zenith, a role-playing co-developed by Bengaluru’s Holy Cow Productions, and Dodgefall, a racing game from Roosh Interactive, a studio based in Mumbai.

This year’s edition of IGX will take place at the World Trade Centre in Mumbai from October 15 to 16.

 

Mafia 3 on PC Locked to 30fps

Mafia 3 on PC Locked to 30fps: ReportMafia 3 is out from October 7 for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and soon PS4 Pro. However it seems that the PC version is subject to being locked at 30 frames per second. PC Gamer received its code for the game today and noticed this glaring issue.

“We received Mafia 3 code this afternoon, and I’ve started work on the review. But I noticed that the controls felt kinda sluggish, before realising that, if my Fraps readings (and my eyes) are correct, the game is locked to 30fps,” wrote PC Gamer’s Andy Kelly. You could assume that this could be due to the PC being used not meeting the game’s requirements but that’s far from the case.

“I thought maybe my PC just couldn’t handle it, so I shifted down 720p and the lowest graphics settings, but it was still locked to 30. I’m running a GTX 970, an i5-6600K overclocked to 4.5GHz, and 16GB of RAM, which should be more than enough. And it still happens when I disable the in-game vsync option.”

 

At the moment it is unknown if this is something that could be fixed with a day one patch or rectified with an update from Nvidia. Right now though, it’s a tad troubling to see a potentially subpar release of Mafia 3 on the PC, more so given that most of 2K’s PC games have been solid – barring the recent BioShock: The Collection of course.
Hopefully this gets rectified soon. More so considering that developer Hangar 13 plans to support iterative consoles such as the PS4 Pro.

 

“I’m always excited about new technology because it means we can push our art even further,” Studio Head Haden Blackman said to Gadgets 360. “For the PS4 Pro specifically, we’ll add some graphics upgrades.”

Mafia 3 is out on October 7 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One stay tuned to our review soon.

PS Vita Is a Great Machine but Too Late: Former Sony CEO

PS Vita Is a Great Machine but Too Late: Former Sony CEOSony might not be developing games for its handheld, the PS Vita, but that hasn’t stopped a slew of developers from making games on the portable console.

With rumours regarding its demise ever present, only to be quashed by new colours unveiled at TGS 2016 and FCC filings that indicate a new variant is in the offing.

Jack Tretton, the former CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, weighed in with his thoughts on the struggles Sony faced with the PS Vita.

 

“Now that I don’t work there anymore, I think internally it was: ‘This is a great machine, it’s just too late.’ The world has shifted to portable devices that aren’t dedicated gaming machines,” Tretton said in conversation with IGN.

He went on to recount the success of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) with it being an effective way to bring old gamers to the platform as well as bring console-level experiences on a portable platform.
However with the popularity of smartphones and tablets, the PS Vita was released at a time when dedicated handheld devices were not highly sought after so Tretton looks back on the PS Vita as “a nice machine” that launched “at a time when very few people needed a dedicated portable device.”

According to popular gaming forum NeoGAF, FCC filings pertaining to a new iteration of the handheld have been unearthed. This follows Japanese blog Hakano reporting that Sony has registered two wireless modules with the FCC. These are AW-CB262 and J20H091 and they match up to the model numbers for modules pertaining to the PS4 and PS Vita respectively.

Other blogs such as Esuteru are labelling it as the PlayStation Fantasy while others speculate it could be the PS Vita PCH-3000 – indicating it’s simply an iteration of the existing Vita that sports the 2000 model number. Nonetheless, some of the specs listed by Esuteru include a 1080p, 5.5-inch screen, a camera, rear touchpad as well as functionality for L1, R1, L2, R2, as well L3 and R3 triggers and buttons.

Along with this, Vita and PSP games would work on it in addition to FIFA 17, God of War 3, and a new Assassin’s Creed are apparently in development for it too. Apparently it will be out in 2017 and supports a maximum of 32GB of storage.

We’d take this rumour with a grain of salt considering that Sony has stopped making games for the PS Vita. A new model, if at all, would probably be a strategic move until the company shores up its mobile game plans in totality.

FIFA 17 Street Date Broken in the UAE; India Release Soon

FIFA 17 Street Date Broken in the UAE; India Release Soon

  • FIFA 17 is available in the UAE
  • This means you can expect the game early in India as well
  • The official release date for FIFA 17 is September 29

As is the case with most games available on disc, FIFA 17 has seen an early release in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Several retailers in the country have posted pictures of stock today. Speaking to a few gamers based in the UAE, Gadgets 360 has confirmed the same.

Thanks to this several Indian retailers are expected to bring in copies of the game as early as Monday, September 26 at a price not too dissimilar to Rs. 3,999 (your mileage will vary from store to store) for which it is available for pre-order on Amazon India.

For the record, FIFA 17 is only officially available at Amazon India from September 29 – the actual release date of the game, the reasons for which we’ve covered in-depth here. This is par for the course considering FIFA 16 and FIFA 15 saw independent game stores bringing in the game earlier than EA’s own partners in the country.

We’ve seen this happen with The Division, Far Cry Primal and Street Fighter V, Indian merchants with contacts in the UAE bringing in copies through parallel import channels. Prior to this games like Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The Order: 1886, and Just Cause 3 were some big name titles that found themselves available locally prior to release – all of which were stock meant for the Middle East.

While three days might not seem much for many a casual gamer, for FIFA fans it gives them the headstart in mastering FIFA 17’s many nuances, and there are plenty.

For what it’s worth, we found FIFA 17 to be a step down from last year’s game. While there’s fun to be had in FIFA 17, it’s nowhere close to what it should be. Some fundamental changes to the moment to moment gameplay are detrimental to the overall experience and The Journey mode falls flat. Rather, it’s padded in all the wrong places. FIFA 17 isn’t the best effort from EA but it isn’t the worst either. There is a better football game this year, and it isn’t from EA.

 

Titanfall 2 PC Specifications Announced

Titanfall 2 PC Specifications Announced

  • Titanfall 2’s PC requirements appear to be on the higher side
  • This is in order to allow gamers to play it at 60 frames per second
  • Titanfall 2 is out on October 28 of this year

With sci-fi shooter Titanfall 2 out on October 28, developer Respawn Entertainment has revealed what kind of PC you’d need to play the game.

Minimum

  • OS – Win 7/8/8.1/10 64bit
  • CPU – Intel Core i3-3600t or equivalent
  • RAM – 8GB
  • HDD Free Space – 45GB
  • GPU – Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 2GB, AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • DirectX – 11
  • Internet Connection – 512Kbps or faster

Recommended

  • OS – Win 7/8/8.1/10 64bit
  • CPU – Intel Core i5-6600 or equivalent
  • RAM – 16GB
  • HDD Free Space – 45GB
  • GPU – Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 6GB, AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB
  • DirectX – 11
  • Internet Connection – 512Kbps or faster

(Also see: Titanfall 2 Open Multiplayer Tech Test Is the Best Advertisement for the First Game)

Ultra 4K60

  • OS – Win 7/8/8.1/10 64bit
  • CPU – Intel Core i7-6700k or equivalent
  • RAM – 16GB
  • HDD Free Space – 45GB
  • GPU – Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 8GB
  • DirectX – 11
  • Internet Connection – 512Kbps or faster

These specifications appear to be on the higher side. Odd considering the game uses the Source Engine – the same technology powering the likes of Half-Life 2 and Team Fortress 2. However there’s a good reason for this too. Respawn has outlined what kind of performance you can expect with the aforementioned configurations.

“In the past minimum specs were literally the minimum bar to launch the game – your experience once in the game was probably not going to be ideal. Our goal for minimum PC specs on Titanfall 2 is that you can play at a 1600×900 resolution with most details turned on and average around 60fps,” a post from the company reads. “We strongly believe that if you at least match the posted requirements you should have an excellent visual and gameplay experience playing the game, so don’t be alarmed if you boot it up and don’t need to turn all the settings to Low for playable framerates – our artists would actually like if you could see their work! Because of this you will probably be able to actually run the game on a lower-than-minimum spec PC, but the quality and performance won’t quite be ideal.”

At recommended PC specs Respawn is aiming for details nearly maxed out, 1920×1080 resolution (2560×1440 is also very playable), and at an average of 60fps or higher. The studio selected the minimum specs with 60fps in mind for the pure gameplay benefits you get once at 60fps or above.

Finally if it didn’t tip you off, the Ultra requirements allow you to achieve 4K resolution at 60fps.

We found Titanfall 2’s multiplayer beta to be a damp squib, hopefully the single-player campaign has enough going for it to warrant a purchase. What are your thoughts on Titanfall 2? Do you plan to pick it up at launch or do you prefer the likes of Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare? Let us know in the comments.

Steam User Reviews Will Now Include Games Not Bought on Steam

Steam User Reviews Will Now Include Games Not Bought on Steam: Valve

  • Users can now review games even if they were not bought on Steam
  • Steam games bought via Kickstarter or from other websites count
  • This comes after a torrent of negative feedback from game developers

After making fundamental changes to how user reviews work on Steam, Valve has decided to rework its approach further.

Last week saw the company remove reviews for games that were activated via a Steam key. This was because they could be doled out wholesale by developers looking to game the system by posting positive reviews. Now, Valve is giving end-users a choice of what they see when they visit a game’s page on Steam.

“Starting today, the review section on each product page will show reviews written by all users, regardless of purchase type,” a post from the company reads. ”By default you’ll now see reviews written by all players of the game, including Steam customers, Kickstarter backers, bundle customers, streamers, and other users that acquired the game outside of Steam.”

 

The reason for this, Valve claims, is to ensure users have access to all reviews necessary to make an informed buying decision.

“One frequent piece of feedback we’ve heard regarding the recent changes is that it has become more difficult to find and read the helpful, articulate reviews written by customers that obtained the game outside of Steam,” the post says. “We want to make sure that helpful reviews can be surfaced regardless of purchase source, so we’re making a change to the defaults.”

This is a welcome change. The feedback from developers over Valve’s decision last week to remove reviews for games arising out of Steam key redemptions wasn’t pretty. Quite a few believed they would have to stop making games.

 

“That’s me probably going out of business then. My crowdfunders and direct sales were how I hoped to improve my score,” tweeted Simon Roth of Machine Studios before adding, “And once you get below “Positive” sales die pretty fast. So you can’t get new reviews to get a better score.”

For Valve’s part, it said it would keep a close look on the reaction to this from the community and it did. However this is probably just the first of many ramifications we’ll see on Steam with Valve stating it’s working on “some longer-term updates.”

 

PlayStation VR to Launch With Free Demo Disc Containing Eight Games

PlayStation VR to Launch With Free Demo Disc Containing Eight Games
Each PlayStation VR unit at launch will have a demo disc
The demo disc contains eight games to try
PlayStation VR is out internationally from October 13
Sony has announced that every PlayStation VR (PS VR) unit available at launch will have a demo disc containing eight games. These include:

Driveclub VR
PlayStation VR Worlds
Rigs Mechanized Combat League
Tumble VR
Battlezone
Eve: Valkyrie
Wayward Sky
Headmaster

Of these, Driveclub VR and Eve: Valkyrie are the most well known. The former has been touted to hit VR since its inception while the latter is a multiplayer dogfighting game set in space and was exclusive to the Oculus Rift. Rigs is from Killzone: Mercenary developer Guerrilla Cambridge and it’s focussed on frantic first-person combat using mechanised suits. Battlezone is an action game that has you commandeering a tank, it’s one Sony has been demoing quite heavily. PlayStation VR Worlds lets users bask in the depth of the ocean – well, at least in the demo, with the full game packing four more additional settings. Tumble is a VR take on the classic block stacking puzzle games of yore, while Headmaster has you as a footballer honing your skills in what seems to be a prison. Finally Wayward Sky has you exploring a crumbling air fortress.

The use of a demo disc to introduce customers to VR is a shrewd idea. When Sony first started out in the console business, it employed the same tactic to get a generation hooked on the original PlayStation. It could very well be the break VR needs, what with adoption reaching a crashing halt as per the latest Steam survey.

With PS VR set to be available from October 13 internationally, an India date is yet to be fixed. While other regions like Japan, UK, and US have had their pre-orders live for awhile, we wondered if India would be privy to the same any time soon. However this seems unlikely.

“Currently we do not have plans of conducting pre-orders till confirmed date of VR India launch is available,” a spokesperson for Sony India explained to Gadgets 360 over email.

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