Nintendo Switch has created a sensation, and many companies realize that the segment has more potential. A report claims that videogame maker Valve is working on a Switch-like console.
According to Ars Technica, Valve is eyeing a launch by the end of 2021, assuming it’s able to procure enough chips amid a global shortage. The console is said to include a touch screen, gamepad controls, and a USB-C port. The port could be used for connection to an external monitor.
On the software side, it’s said to run on Linux operating system, eliminating the licensing cost of Microsoft’s Windows. However, the latter is still dicey. The rumor mill suggests it could run SteamOS, which is based on Linux.
Its unique selling point is, it’ll literally be a compact PC that’s designed to be held in your hands like a Switch. Ars Technica points out, however, that this rumored Valve handheld PC, codenamed “SteamPal,” won’t have detachable controllers like the Nintendo Switch, making it more like the Switch Lite instead.
Valve hasn’t commented yet, but its co-founder Gabe Newell teased that Steam games shall be mysteriously coming to consoles. “You will get a better idea of that by the end of this year,” he said during an event when asked if Steam games could make consoles.
The game maker has previously tried to enter the hardware space, but it was a half-baked effort. It unveiled Steam Machines in 2105, a console that ran on SteamOS. But it was quietly phased out by 2018, and its reception was lukewarm. Even the Steam Linkhub was discontinued in 2018.
Valve isn’t the only one that realizes the potential of the segment. Alienware previously showcased a prototype called UFO at CES 2020. Qualcomm is also working on a Switch-like console, but it’s said to run on Android.
Buy AMD’s Ryzen 7000 series-Star Wars Jedi: Survivor bundle
Cal Kestis’ adventure continues
AMD has an early offer for those anticipating the release of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.
Until April 1, 2023, customers may avail of the AMD Ryzen Game Bundle which includes select 7000 series processors and access to Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.
Powered by the new Zen 4 architecture, Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors offer incredible performance for gamers — up to 15% faster than the Zen 3 generation.
When purchased, gamers will receive a redemption code and will have until May 6, 2023 to redeem their copy of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.
The action adventure game is set to release on March 17 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows.
The sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order stars now Jedi Knight Cal Kestis, whose story continues with adventures that will push him further than ever as he fights to protect the galaxy from descending into darkness.
Players will discover new planets and visit familiar frontiers in the Star Wars galaxy in the game, each with unique biomes, challenges, and enemies.
Watch the Star Wars Jedi: Survivor trailer.
Cult classic GoldenEye 007 is coming to Xbox, Switch
Through Game Pass or Switch Online
Before the stark rise of Call of Duty and Halo, there was 1993’s DOOM. The still-popular title revolutionized the playing field for first-person shooters on the PC. A few years after that iconic game released, another title quietly reinvented the genre for consoles: GoldenEye 007. Whereas DOOM defined the FPS genre for the PC, GoldenEye 007 did the same for consoles. Now, gamers today will officially get a way to play the game on modern hardware without the use of emulators.
Announced today, Rare is releasing the original game on Xbox and Nintendo Switch. Between the two, the focus is on the Xbox version. Both the Xbox One and the Xbox Series X/S will have access to a 4K remaster of the original GoldenEye 007, featuring higher framerates, dual analog sticks support, and local multiplayer. The HD title will come through either the Xbox Game Pass or the Rare Replay collection.
On the other hand, the Nintendo Switch version is as classic as it gets. Released almost in its original form, the Switch version will come as part of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack package of games for the N64. Additionally, unlike the Xbox version, the Switch is advertising an online multiplayer mode.
Both versions will unlock on January 27.
As it says in the title, GoldenEye 007 is an adaptation of the James Bond film of the same name. Outside of the title’s legacy in the video game world, the film kickstarted the modern era of the James Bond film franchise with Pierce Brosnan’s first outing as the iconic British spy.
Blizzard shuts down almost all games in China
Including Warcraft and Overwatch
Blizzard’s games are about to become a lot less crowded. After failing to pen another agreement, Blizzard and NetEase have (mostly) parted ways. The breakup means that the former is now forced to close down almost all of its games in China.
Because of the different policies in China, Blizzard has to reply on a local partner to distribute their games in the country. For almost a decade and a half, the developer’s partner has always been NetEase, one of the biggest names in Chinese gaming. Initially, the two companies’ deal ended in December; however, Blizzard sought a six-month extension to seek for a more long-term deal with either NetEase or another client.
While Blizzard on Weibo expressed regrets for the lack of a deal, NetEase is less than happy at being painted a villain amid the commotion. In a separate Weibo post (translated via Wowhead), the Chinese company opened about Blizzard’s persistent search for another client while maintaining a shorter relationship with NetEase. The company likens it to “riding a mule while looking for a horse” or a “divorce while still [trying] to live together.”
In a more brutal fashion, NetEase showed more emotion about the separation by physically shattering Blizzard’s orc statue in NetEase’s offices and streaming them doing so. The company also released a new drink called Blizzard Green Tea in its shop. (The term refers to a modern insult which refers to someone who acts innocently but has more lascivious motivations deep inside.)
As a result of the catastrophic separation, Blizzard has shut down its major games in the country including World of Warcraft, Overwatch 2, and Diablo. Of note, Diablo Immortal remains untouched because of a separate deal with NetEase.
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