UPDATE: Ubisoft sources have apparently told Laura Kate Dale, Editor-in-Chief for Let's Play Video Games, that the Nintendo Switch's battery only lasts 3 hours. There are other reports that the Switch has "mediocre" battery life, despite Nintendo's following statements and NVIDIA's customized Tegra chip, which may or may not be power efficient.
Given the accuracy of Dale's information leading up to the Switch's reveal, this could be factual, and may go against our speculations below.
The headline of this article has been updated to reflect the new information.
Original story is as follows.
Nintendo's new Switch hardware is actually a transforming 2-in-1 style tablet that has two modes: docked for console living room play, or fastened with controllers for console-grade gameplay on-the-go. But what kind of battery life can we expect from the Switch's handheld? Will we get more than 2-3 hours of action while playing demanding games like, say, a huge open-world game from Rockstar, or even Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild?
Battery life has been one of the biggest questions about the Nintendo Switch, and now Nintendo has weighed in. While the company hasn't given any actual battery specs, it says that the Switch was specifically designed to eke out every last drop of juice and prolong your gaming sessions as long as possible.
"[Switch's battery life] has been developed so that you are able to comfortably play as much as possible in places without accessibly power. Detailed specifications will be announced at a later date," Nintendo told Famitsu in a recent interview.
Nintendo has officially confirmed that it's new Nintendo Switch console-handheld hybrid has no physical backward compatibility support.
Although the NVIDIA Tegra-powered Nintendo Switch uses cartridges called Game Cards, the new platform won't play Nintendo 3DS cartridges, nor is it compatible with Wii U game discs. Nintendo told Famitsu that the Switch is "a completely new game machine" and "since the Nintendo Switch is not a Wii U or Nintendo 3DS successor machine, it will not play Wii U disc software and/or Nintendo 3DS cards."
Nintendo's decision to nix backward compatibility with the Switch somewhat clashes with the company's recent move to meld past successes with new systems, as the Wii U can be booted up in Wii mode and function as a fully-fledged legacy Wii system. Nintendo has made it clear that it defines the Switch as a completely separate system from the Wii U, and the Japanese console-maker is keen on distancing the Switch as far as possible from its failed predecessor.
The Division has been an interesting adventure for both Ubisoft and gamers, but the company is planning a massive launch for its forthcoming v1.4 update for The Division, planned for release next week on all platforms.
Update 1.4 is now ready, launching on October 25 and thanks to gamers on the Public Test Server of the PC version of The Division, we're closer than ever. PTS gamers have been testing the new overhauls, updates, bug fixes, and changes for The Division with its v1.4 patch, so that the patch launches with [hopefully] no problems. Ubisoft is introducing something called World Tiers with v1.4, which enables players to globally change the difficulty of their world to match their gear scores and find better loot for their class level.
The new system will hopefully fix the progression system for players at level 30, making the game feel like it has direction, instead of being bored as you scale higher and higher through levels. Ubisoft has completely reworked time to kill, with GameRant reporting: "Ubisoft has completely reworked time to kill, improving player health for extra survivability while reducing enemy health to make them less of a bullet sponge especially at higher difficulties".
After dropping the first eye-popping teaser trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games has apparently teamed up with Sony to give PS4 owners early access to in-game content.
According to the PlayStation Blog announcement post, the early in-game content doesn't seem like anything major. Rockstar has confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 will have a "brand new kind of online multiplayer," but we're guessing its a mix of GTA Online microtransactions and Watch Dogs 2 style drop-in drop-out multiplayer. It turns out PS4 owners are only getting access to some online content in RDR2, so Xbox One owners shouldn't feel too spurned just yet.
"We are pleased to announce that PS4 players get first access to earn select online content in the vast open world of Red Dead Redemption 2. Check back on PlayStation.Blog for more details soon and for all of the latest information on Red Dead Redemption 2," reads the post.
Nintendo's new Switch system, which melds handheld and console gaming into one unified platform, may have its own dedicated record button just like Sony's DualShock 4's Share button.
Instead of the PS4's Share button that uses a single button to start and stop in-game video recording, Nintendo's new Switch hybrid console may have two buttons for start and stop. The high-res image above shows off the Nintendo Switch's detachable Joy-Con controllers joined up with the Joy-Con Grip, and looking closely on the left-hand side of the controller, we see what appears to be the universal symbol for "record," aka a circle in a box.
The more traditional Switch Pro Controller appears to show the same "record" (circle outlined by a box) symbol and "stop" (a square), further hinting that these could be controls for the Switch's dedicated video recording feature. The Play button could begin recording, and the Stop button could stop it.
The new Red Dead Redemption 2 is out, and all I can say is...wow.
Red Dead Redemption 2's trailer is short, but incredibly sweet. The footage takes us on a delicious journey of graphical prowess, showing our favorite western wilderness in incredible high-def clarity And to think the game is only announced for PS4, Xbox One...surely RDR2 will leverage Sony's new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro and Microsoft's "monster" Project Scorpio consoles?
There's no story information just yet, but we do know that RDR2 will have online multiplayer, likely similar to Rockstar's insanely successful GTA Online. "Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America's unforgiving heartland. The game's vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience."
Today Nintendo just about broke the internet by revealing its new Switch hardware, a revolutionary new console-and-handheld hybrid that merges both on-the-go and living-room gaming. Now NVIDIA has confirmed that the Switch utilizes its new customized Tegra GPU
"Nintendo Switch is powered by the performance of the custom Tegra processor. The high-efficiency scalable processor includes an NVIDIA GPU based on the same architecture as the world's top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards. NVIDIA gaming technology is integrated into all aspects of the new Nintendo Switch home gaming system, which promises to deliver a great experience to gamers," NVIDIA announced in a blog post.
DOOM's new update is here, with id Software adding its new Arcade game mode, new multiplayer modes, classic DOOM modules in SnapMap, and more.
id Software's new Arcade mode will let you play against your friends and other DOOMers from around the world, aiming for the highest score in the single player campaign. You'll need to fight against demon hordes with your completely unlocked array of guns, Praetor suit upgrades, and runes. The developer teases: "Earn medals and achievements, play on every difficulty, and challenge yourself with the new scoring system that rewards aggression and accuracy".
The new patch also includes classic DOOM modules in SnapMap, so you can build and play through new maps using the assets from the original game. DOOM's new update also includes two new multiplayer modes, with Possession and Bloodrush.
Nintendo has unveiled its new NX hardware, and it's actually called the Nintendo Switch.
The Swtich is a transforming handheld tablet, and has a docking station just like past reports. Gamers can actively switch between the tablet on the go, attaching transforming controllers to it, or dock it for console based play. The Switch was shown playing Zelda Breath of the Wild, and it looks like you'll get the exact same gameplay while on-the-go on the handheld as you would while it's docked for console play.
"Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries."
It will have cartridge-based games, and features a detachable controllers called JoyCons. The tablet itself is referred to as the "Switch console", and docks into a U-shaped "Switch Dock" to enable traditional couch-based living room play. The Switch will have its own traditional wireless Pro Controller, as well as a "JoyCon Grip" that merges the two JoyCon controllers together. Up to four Nintendo Switch consoles can be hooked up for seamless wireless multiplayer.
After months of waiting and silence, Nintendo will reveal its NX system today at 10AM EST in a brief 3 minute preview trailer, possibly showing off some of the NX's games. Ahead of the major reveal, Nintendo Japan has published two new bits of Zelda: Breath of the Wild footage that may accompany the system's announcement.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild features a seamless and dynamically interactive open world, and it may be one of the NX's core launch titles. Nintendo affirms that this new Zelda will be an "immediate reason to buy an NX." We're not sure if the new footage is actually running on an NX or not, but if it is, don't expect any major high-end specs: after all, Nintendo has affirmed it's focusing on the "greatness of games over specs."
Nintendo has confirmed the game will launch simultaneously on the NX and Wii U, possibly around March 2017. We might even get a bonafide release date for Breath of the Wild during Nintendo's NX preview event, but I'd expect something this big to be announced at the full follow-up Nintendo Direct showcase.