Games Inbox: Is the Nintendo Switch OLED worth it?
The Wednesday Inbox asks where all the money goes from Pokémon Go, as another reader supports the idea of a Dead Space remake.
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Half-truths and best guesses
So after all that, the Switch Pro is finally announced and… it’s not really the Switch Pro at all. It has a better screen for handheld mode (which I don’t use) but beyond that its improvements are extremely trivial. There’s nothing wrong with that, and the price increase isn’t too bad, but I have zero interest in it.
Although it makes no sense that Nintendo announced it now rather than at E3 (unless they realised it was a bit of a nothing burger and didn’t want people arguing over it) I’m going to guess that the rumours became confused over the Switch OLED and the ‘real’ Switch Pro.
Some of the details about the OLED model are exactly right, while everything about more power and the 4K DLSS is obviously not. So I’d imagine the Switch Pro is happening, but only in a year or two, and this is just meant as a stop-gap to keep people interested this Christmas.
I would also suggest that the stuff the rumours did get right increases the chance that they’re at least mostly right about the new Donkey Kong game and there’s still a chance it could be unveiled this week, in time for the 40th anniversary on Friday.
Or not. Who knows. The one thing we can definitely rake away from all this is that predicting Nintendo truly is a mug’s game.
Gamers: The Switch is underpowered compared to its competitors. Give us a Switch Pro!
Nintendo: Here, have a bigger screen, more storage and a LAN connection.
Well, at least I know I won’t be tempted to upgrade my Switch, like with previous Nintendo handhelds. None of the Pro upgrades appeal to me.
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It never ends
I’m sure I won’t be the only one who’s thoroughly puzzled by the Switch OLED. If anything, it feels more like an upgrade to the Switch Lite given how many of the improvements relate directly to playing in handheld mode – and all of them I think most of us could live without.
The most frustrating thing is that those Switch Pro rumours just are not going to go away and it’s going to be the elephant in the room. I know Nintendo do not like their hand to be forced into any kind of announcement, but surely there’s going to come a point where even they recognise that the focus on an (imaginary?) upgrade is going to be a constant distraction for them.
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I am an avid gamer whose first real survival horror game was Dead Space, I am so excited about the new game. Please don’t be discouraged by anybody saying that they don’t like the franchise.
I have been waiting for this moment for about eight years; don’t let me and everyone else down with this new game. This will be a success, believe me. I know I will pre-order it ASAP.
Thank you for reading this and tell everyone involved to keep up the good work!
Where does the money go?
Five years of Pokémon Go already? I don’t even play it anymore and yet that seems a crazy amount of time. It seems like just yesterday it was being simultaneously accused of being the downfall of Western civilisation and encouraging people to go out in the fresh air (remember that?).
Two things struck me about GC’s report, the first obviously being the crazy amount of money it’s made and the fact that it’s still increasing. I played a bit when it first came out, like most people, but I never paid a penny to do so and never would.
The second thing is the very pertinent question of what The Pokémon Company is doing with all this money. I’m sure they’ve got very nice offices, and paychecks, because clearly none of this being ploughed back into the games. Pokémon Sword/Shield was a technical embarrassment and even though New Pokémon Snap was a lot of fun it wasn’t exactly high-tech stuff.
The open world Pokémon Legends game better end up being the best looking Switch game ever given the amount of resources on hand. And yet somehow I don’t think it will be…
The boring one
So I’m guessing Sony’s plan for not-E3 is to have a new State of Play at least every month? That’s actually a fairly good idea, although I think they’d be better off just saying that’s the plan as the uncertainty seems to be annoying quite a few people. In fact I’d say uncertainty in general is something most gamers find irritating and many arguments are really just over schedules and timeframes that could have been quickly cleared up by publishers.
I think it’s pretty obvious that this week’s one is ‘the boring one’, which isn’t a knock on Deathloop or anything else that might be shown but it sounds like there won’t be many brand new games shown. Or if there are they’re probably be indie titles that you won’t be able to get a proper read on.
After that I imagine God Of War will probably be next, as that’s the only announced game we don’t know anything about yet. What really interests me though is when Sony will be announcing new games again, something they haven’t done all years so far. They’ve got a lot in production but we still don’t have a very clear idea of how often they’re going to be producing new first party games.
Microsoft is talking about one per month after Halo Infinite but will Sony match that? It seems like they probably could but they’ve made no such commitment… yet.
In response to Zumat on Monday, while it’s true demand is outstripping supply for both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 you can actually gauge which console is more popular by taking a look at the secondary market. Both consoles share the same retail value but scalper prices for the PlayStation 5 have remained consistently higher than they have for the Xbox Series X.
Generally, we’re seeing a difference of around £100 here in the UK but it can be much more in other regions. This is a good indication that for now at least that there is a bigger demand for Sony’s console.
Don’t give them any ideas
Seeing Bethesda state that development on The Elder Scrolls 6 is only just in the planning phase, I’m almost left wondering why they’re bothering and if Microsoft’s acquisition will speed up the process?
The reason for asking is that I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for some time now, and it strikes me that Ubisoft are out Skyriming Skyrim, with better graphics and less bugs!
Ever since Assassin’s Creed turned into more of a role-playing game, it appears the entire franchise is becoming far more statistics orientated and many of the quests are similar fetch and carry, sneak about or kill someone types that Bethesda offers.
Don’t get me wrong, Fallout 3 is one of my all-time favourite games, and Skyrim has had a similar amount of time spent within its world, but they are both bug-ridden and things like facial animation are horrendously out of date, with most characters having a glass stare look to them and the emotional weight of a feather!
Maybe Microsoft should have bought Ubisoft as well!
PS: If they revive Dead Space I’ll be over the (Brethren) Moon! The original gave me nightmares and a game that can create that tension deserves more love than it originally got from the public. I understand that it got three games, which is a great achievement, but in the face of the Resident Evil remakes it deserves the same love.
I’m not sure I understand why everyone is getting upset about charging for the Ghost Of Tsushima Director’s Cut upgrade. Do they think it cost Sony nothing to make? It’s Microsoft that’s been unusual by not charging for that sort of thing, a luxury only they can afford.
I really hope NetherRealm do something new next, instead of just Mortal Kombat 12 or Injustice 3. Which are basically the same game anyway. They’re a good developer that’s seemingly stuck doing the same thing forever.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was inspired by reader Grackle, who asks what one feature would you add to the next sequel in your favourite franchise.
It doesn’t matter whether the sequel has been announced already, or how likely it is, but we want to know what you’d do to improve your favourite game. It can be something small, like a change to the control system, or something like a change of perspective from third to first person. Or perhaps a change of art style, story, or combat system.
Is your choice something relatively trivial, that’s only meant as a bit of fine tuning, or something that will fundamentally change the nature of the franchise? How likely do you think it is that your idea will make it into a future game?
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