The announcement was made in a larger than life Nintendo ad for the new device which included friends meeting up at the park with various types of switches, a Fire Emblem Three Houses cameo and even astronauts playing Switch Lite in space. A more up close and personal feel with Nintendo Switch games using a dedicated handheld to play which is smaller and more easily portable. The full size of the Nintendo Switch Lite is more akin to handhelds and the up, down, left, and right buttons of the original Switch are replaced by a directional pad for the Switch Lite.
With a waterfall flow of information already coming forward regarding the next console generation from Microsoft and Sony it seems like right now is a good time to take stock of the overall data and what it all means from a big picture perspective. Either the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Scarlett may end up being overpowered compared to the competition, but for now that remains in debate. Without final specs and independent third party testing we just don’t know yet. In terms of official announcements, we do have confirmation on several key factors regarding the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett.
If you haven’t heard of it yet, the Oculus Quest is a VR headset which has its own processor, ram, graphics, and storage housed within an inside-out tracking visor and comes with two wireless Oculus Touch controllers. The system does not require any trackers, performs at room-scale or stationary, and uses the Oculus eco-system with cross-compatibility to many PC VR games, apps, and services. Stay Tuned to RealGamerNewZ for our Full Review of Oculus Quest which is coming soon.
If you already have an Oculus Quest, good news! There have been a bunch of new game announcements surrounding the product. Here are a few highlights we’d like to share with the audience and VR enthusiasts out there, courtesy of E3 2019.
With Sony skipping E3 this year Microsoft decided to throw a massive showing of 60 games, over half of which are part of Xbox Game Pass, and 14 games from Xbox Game Studios including some closer looks at titles we knew about as well as some new games. Although some may argue that Microsoft held back a bit this year, there were still a ton of announcements to cover. We’ve selected some highlights from the bunch and provided the important info you need to know about the 2019 / 2020 Xbox lineup!
After signing a new deal with Sony to host their PlayStation Now gaming service, which no one saw coming, Microsoft has revealed their popular Xbox Game Pass service is coming to PC. Not only that, but Microsoft’s PC games lineup will also be available on Steam. Of course, this is all part of Microsoft’s new multi-platform strategy. While the debate is still out about when xCloud will be ready, Game Pass is a great way for Microsoft to get their games downloadable on other platforms in the mean-time.
It is heavily expected by industry insiders that Game Pass and / or more Microsoft titles will be announced for Nintendo Switch at E3 2019. Greg Miller of Kinda Funny Games has even predicted Battletoads could be shown at Nintendo’s E3 2019 Press Conference by an on-stage Phil Spencer (which Microsoft owns due to their acquisition of Rare).
If you haven’t heard about Intellivision Amico yet then let us be the ones to tell you, it’s a modern 2D gaming platform for retro-inspired games, retro ports, indie titles, and more!
Last month it was announced that a new Earthworm Jim will release exclusive to the Amico. With in-house console design experts and investment in game development studios, Intellivision are taking the Amico console very seriously. During a time in which gamers having growing frustrations with AAA games, the Amico provides a very different platform full of potential.
The Amico releases in 2020, and this year’s E3 2019 will be the first time game journalists will get hands-on with playable consoles, controllers, and twenty two playable Amico games – all of which are exclusive titles. Although this will occur behind closed doors for press appointment only, it’s a great sign that things are on schedule for Amico. We also have information on how the games available for demo would break down in terms of genre and style.
Classic Mortal Kombat characters Nightwolf, Shang Tsung, and Sindel have been revealed for the MK11 Kombat Pack. This DLC pack has been in the making for quite a while and brings beloved characters back to the tournament.
Shang Tsung is a shapeshifter who could become any fighter at will in older MK titles, we look forward to seeing the 2019 spin on that concept and hope its scope is large. So far, we know from the trailer that Shang Tsung has special moves of other MK ninjas including Smoke, Reptile, Rain, and more, and can even turn into the character he is fighting.
Since the original merger between Blizzard and Activision it has been gamers’ worst fear to see corporate greed would somehow lead to the dissolving of the former’s authenticity and identity. Blizzard has always been loved by gamers as a beacon of quality titles which provided great value per dollar while also being complete packages that expanded in large ways, not ‘nickel-and-diming‘ customers the way modern games often do.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, on the other hand, has players reconsidering the franchise as interest has begun to grow. For the first time, Call of Duty’s graphical engine has been given a major upgrade. The title will also focus heavily on its single player campaign which was a feature absent from last year’s Black Ops 4 and will be pressured to earn more than ever with Destiny going third-party as Bungie exits Activision ownership retaining its rights.
With Google Stadia re-introducing the idea of cloud streaming to the gaming public, Microsoft and Sony have been flexing the muscles of their xCloud and PSNow services respectively. Google has been doing some interesting things with scaling compute models for their instances, but they face some major challenges as well.
Microsoft announced today that 1,900 games are currently in development for the xCloud service with 3,500 games already ready to be streamed. Phil Spencer has even mentioned that he is partaking in a very early Alpha version of xCloud enabling him to play Xbox games on the go from mobile, laptop, or other platforms. Preparation for the eventual roll-out of xCloud is well underway with servers already in Azure data-centers in 13 regions.
Sony launched their own Nintendo-Direct style broadcasting last month and although the first episode was underwhelming for many due to its indie / VR focus, the second entry has done well to make up for that. The pre-recorded show essentially compiled brand new trailers from a handful of PlayStation 4 games into a 10 minute presentation. Overall, they’ve done a good job at showing what’s coming up for PS4 owners in wake of all the PlayStation 5 headlines we’ve seen Sony engineer Mark Cerny generating lately.