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PlayStation Takes Spotlight at TGS 2015

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There were plenty of announcements at the Tokyo Game Show (TGS 2015) and more will come as the four-day event wraps up over the weekend. Here’s a quick round-up of what’s been released so far.
PlayStation VR
Formerly known as Project Morpheus, Sony announces the new name for its virtual reality headset the PlayStation VR. It’s still under development but we’re getting closer to a commercial release. Sony said earlier this year that the headset should be available some time in the first half of 2016.
PlayStation VR headsetAtsushi Morita, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, also announced a handful of games that will immediately get PlayStation VR support – all of which are playable at TGS 2015. The titles are: Final Fantasy 14 Online, Dynasty Warriors 7 VR demo,  Summer Lesson, Kitchen, and others.
More on PS hardware
During its live event at TGS 2015, PlayStation announced that it’s cutting down the price of the PlayStation 4 in Japan and Southeast Asia. The price drop will take effect on October 1st. In the Philippines PS4 prices are slashes from Php 24,999 to 18,900.
While there’s no news if the rest of the world will follow suite, it makes sense that they will as Sony wants more people to experience playing with their next generation console specially with the upcoming release of the PlayStation VR.
New color options for DualShock 4 Controllers, faceplates for PS4
PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controllers will soon be available in 4 new colorways. There’s gold, silver, steel black, and crystal. But some people asked… where’s rose gold? No, not really.
DualShock 4 controllers new colors
The gold, silver, and steel black will be available in Japan starting November 6th while the crystal one will come on December 3rd.
If you like styling your PS4, Sony also announced 9 colored face plates for the hard drive bay cover of the console. The colors, all available on November 3rd (still just in Japan), include gold, silver, red, yellow, purple, and pink.

All about them games
Of course, it’s not called a ‘Game Show’ for no reason. Avid PlayStation gamers have plenty of titles and expansions to look forward to. Here are some we’re excited about.
1) Attack On Titan

If you’ve long dreamed of slashing down human-eating titans then this is the game you’ve been waiting for. Fans of the manga and anime Attack on Titan should be plenty excited about this game by Koei Tecmo. The game will be available for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita some time in 2016.

2) BloodBorne: The Old Hunters

One of the better PlayStation 4 exclusive games released earlier this year is about to get its first expansion. Bloodborne: The Old Hunters will feature lots of new content including new weapons like a spiked wheel, a curved sword and a bow and arrow as seen on the trailer. The action-RPG’s expansion will be available as a downloadable content (DLC) on November 24th while a physical release will come on December 3rd.
3) Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

Instead of getting Kingdom Hearts 3, Square Enix appeases fans of the Kingdom Hearts series by releasing the three-game package Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The three games areKingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD (a remake of the Nintendo 3DS game), Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover and Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage. The set is coming to PS4 in 2016.
4) Gravity Rush (Remastered)/Gravity Daze

A well-loved title on the PS Vita is coming to the PS4. The remastered version of the cel-shaded action-adventure game will be available later this year while its sequel, Gravity Daze 2, will hit the market some time in 2016.

Other Notable titles
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate: Jack the Ripper

Umbrella Corps

The King of Fighters 14

World of Final Fantasy

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Nintendo quietly updates the original Switch with a beefier battery

Will sell for the same price

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Last week, Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch Lite. Compared to the original Switch, the upcoming Lite version will focus on handheld gaming. It will feature a smaller screen and non-detachable Joy-Con controllers. Sacrificing its home console capabilities, the Switch Lite will hopefully update Nintendo’s on-the-go gaming lineup.

Naturally, the Switch Lite leaves us with a burning question: what will happen to the original Switch? With a docking mode, the original Switch is still Nintendo’s number one choice for a home console. However, the Lite’s hype is leaving the original trailing in the dust. Thankfully, Nintendo is quietly launching an updated version of the beloved original.


In a few weeks, the gaming company will out a revised Switch. The new Switch will come with a beefier battery, reportedly packing around two more hours of battery life. The new battery will last between 4.5 to 9 hours, depending on the game. (For reference, the original battery plays between 2.5 to 6.5 hours.) According to tests, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can play for up to 5.5 hours on a full battery — up from a paltry three hours.

Much like the Switch Lite, the updated Switch is a huge boost for handheld gaming. Gamers can take their consoles out for longer periods of time. Of course, the update can still feature new hardware on launch. Besides a bigger battery, Nintendo can effectively increase battery life with more efficient chipsets and storage options.

All in all, the new Switch is still a mystery before its launch date. One thing’s for sure: it’s not a completely new Switch. This isn’t a Switch Pro. On launch, the new Switch will cost the same — US$ 300 — as the old Switch.

Besides the revised Switch, Nintendo is also launching the Switch Lite later this year. Also, the company is reportedly working on a gamier Switch Pro for the future. It’s a great time to buy into the Switch ecosystem.

SEE ALSO: Nintendo reveals upcoming games for the Switch

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The Nintendo Switch Lite is coming

For on-the-go gaming!

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It has long been rumored that Nintendo will launch a more affordable version of the Nintendo Switch and now, the company has more than confirmed that the rumors are true. Enter the Nintendo Switch Lite. It’s a smaller less featured-filled version of the hit console from Nintendo.

The Nintendo Switch Lite is smaller and lighter. It sports a 5.5-inch touch screen display against its big brother’s 6.2-inch display and is projected to last a little longer at three to seven hours of playtime.


The primary difference though is that it is a handheld only console. Which is why it doesn’t support Joy-Con controllers. It also doesn’t come with a Switch Dock. You can essentially play most titles available on the Switch, but there’s no option for you to play on a bigger screen.

Pricing and availability

The Nintendo Switch Lite will launch on September 20 and will retail for US$ 199.99. It will come in three colors: Yellow, Gray, and Turquoise. Are you gonna get one?

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A non-Potterhead’s verdict on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Use your phone, Harry!

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More than a week has passed since the global release of the mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and we’re ready to give our thoughts. As the title states, I’m not into the franchise that much although I’m a big Pokémon Go player. It basically has the same gameplay as they’re under the same developers — Niantic, Inc.

That being said, I won’t be diving too much on the lore and will instead focus more on gameplay and its overall experience.


For those unfamiliar, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a location-based AR game that requires you to go out of the house in order to get more experience points, unlock special items, and advance in the game. The same goes for Pokémon Go and the game before that, Ingress. While PoGo, in the real world, has PokéStops that give out PokéBalls, HP:WU has Inns that you get Spell Energy from. This is then required so you can cast spells and return Foundables to their rightful place and time (the game’s version of catching different Pokémon in the wild).

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ALSO READ: A beginner’s guide to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

During the first day of release and being curious as to how the game works, I went out and tried to “catch” as much Foundables as I can and just like PoGo, it gets you in the momentum of just wanting to go around and get as much as you can. I initially noticed the wider array of different “species” you can come across with on HP:WU as compared to when PoGo first launched. I remember all I did back then was to catch Pidgey and Rattata because that was pretty much everything that was available. This was also the main reason why most players quit back then.

You get to choose your house, profession, and design your wand

Back to Wizards Unite, the similarities it has with PoGo made it easy for me to get a grasp of its general gameplay even though I have no idea who most of the characters are. The idea is to basically level up by grinding for experience points in the most efficient way. This means planning where to go and making sure the place is populated by in-game stops and spawns — usually parks and shopping malls are good choices.

Comparison of HP:WU’s UI vs PoGo in the same area

While it parallels Niantic’s other games in many levels, Wizards Unite brings its own charm through its visuals. The environment of HP:WU is simply more immersive than PoGo‘s and even the encounters have more detail in them. It could get distracting at times since there are more elements in HP:WU, but is overall nicer to look at.

A unique aspect from the company’s games is that unlike other multiplayer games where you meet your friends online, you actually play with them in real life and this is also the case for Wizards Unite. These games basically build a community that helps each other accomplish in-game tasks that are usually challenging to accomplish alone. What HP:WU did better, though, is to go for a more immersive gameplay by making you trace different patterns on your screen as if waving your wand as compared to the tapping mechanics of PoGo.

Overall, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite could be a more enjoyable game for some players who are not big fans of the Pokémon franchise. I personally enjoy it enough to switch between HP:WU and PoGo whenever I play out. It will keep you walking around drawing on your screen and pretending to wave your make-believe wand.

It’s a game that’s far more complete than Pokémon Go at launch, that’s for sure. Although, it’s still far from reaching its full potential since there are things that could still be added to the game like a dueling system, for example.

If you want to try the game and get some cardio while casting spells, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is available on Google Play and the App Store.

 

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