Since the Nintendo Switch was first released mid-2017, many fans have been asking Square Enix to put more of their games on the console. If you’re not too familiar with Square Enix, they’re the developers and publishers of striking titles like Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, Life is Strange, and Kingdom Hearts.
Although not much has been said on the matter, Square Enix seems to happily show some interest in putting more games on the Switch. They’ve already announced that the upcoming game Fear Effect Sedna will be available on the Nintendo console. They’ve even released a first look video.
Phil Elliott, creator and project lead of the Square Enix Collective program, has confirmed that they’re looking into re-releasing at least one Collective game on the Nintendo Switch soon.
He stated that Square Enix is looking at the potential for taking some of the games they released previously and bringing them to Switch. Elliot says that it’s a case of speaking with the developers and looking into what they want to do. He explains that there are a lot of cases where they’ve encountered a backlog of projects and developers move on to the next more important task, which would make prioritizing re-releases a bit of a challenge.
As much as Square Enix wants to integrate previous releases into the Switch, there are no new plans for exclusive games. Phil Elliot does reassure fans that they can expect one of the games released last year to appear on the Switch soon — and by soon, he means within the year.
In any case, releasing games from the Collective is a start. The Collective is a curated platform that enables creators to share and collaborate with gamers to help them make their work a reality. It allows Square Enix to support and engage with independent developers and the community.
It’s nice to see Square Enix listening to their fans and it does help that many people who own a Nintendo Switch wouldn’t mind more games on it.
What does the GPU Turbo do to your phone?
Is it more than just a marketing gimmick?
It’s been two months since Huawei rolled out the GPU Turbo update to its smartphones. Promised with a 60 percent increase in performance and reducing 30 percent on power consumption, a lot of fans and users were excited after the announcement.
Back then, everyone (including me) was hyped about lag-free games and longer battery life while playing. However, upon receiving the update, I began to wonder: Has GPU Turbo delivered what it promised?
What’s inside the update?
The Game Suite app, which comes with the update, offers an uninterrupted gaming feature, hiding all notifications when enabled (except for calls, alarms, and low-battery alerts).
Mistouch prevention is another feature to avert users from clicking the back and home button while playing — perfect for when you want to focus on your game.
To some older smartphones like the Huawei Mate 10, the Game Suite App offers three performance modes: Gaming mode, which improves game performance but increases power consumption; Smart mode, which balances performance and power consumption; and Power saving mode, which saves power but reduces game performance.
For the newer Huawei P20 Pro (which I’ve been using) and Honor Play, it only has a gaming acceleration mode to toggle on or off.
Thoughts on the reduced power consumption
Because I used the Mate 10 before and recently transitioned to the P20 Pro, I’ve experienced the GPU Turbo update in both phones and I can guarantee that they’ve delivered on lowered power consumption.
With Game Suite, I can put my phone on power saving mode to further save battery. For instance, I was only able to drain the Mate 10 down to 15 percent during a 12-hour road trip despite switching between the games I play and other apps, such as Messenger, Netflix, Spotify, and taking photos and videos every once in a while. The same goes for the P20 Pro.
As a power user, I already get a lot of things done with these highly efficient smartphones and GPU Turbo; these allowed me to do more on a single charge. However, it’s a different case for gaming.
Improved gaming experience, but there’s a catch…
When I started playing games on gaming mode (or game acceleration mode on the P20 Pro), I could run Mobile Legends: Bang Bang on a high frame rate with the highest graphics setting available. Compared to how the game stuttered and lagged during 5v5 clashes, with GPU Turbo, it now runs smoothly, as if I have a smartphone made for gaming.
As shown above, most mobile games will notify their users about the possible repercussions of higher frame rates and using the best settings available. To prove that a smartphone with GPU Turbo can handle this, I sought out to confirm my suspicions.
After asking fellow Huawei users, I found out that after installing GPU Turbo, energy consumption is a lot faster than before. Their smartphones also heat up more easily, especially when playing games with the game acceleration mode on. This isn’t part of what was promised, and it’s pretty disappointing.
It’s not yet perfect
In my experience, GPU Turbo tries to boost performance above a smartphone’s limit hoping that users can experience better gameplay.
GPU Turbo can’t choose when to perform its best. It’s an update that is constantly running in our smartphones without any way to switch it off. We can only hope that Huawei will address these issues for the next batch of updates.
ASUS ROG Phone receives US pricing
Last piece of the puzzle
For the model with 128GB of storage, you’d have to shell out US$ 899. For the larger 512GB storage variant, the cost goes up to US$ 1,099. Both come with a high-end Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB of memory.
Of course, there are accessories to go with it. First is the ROG Mobile Desktop Dock, which costs US$ 229; the ROG Phone Case retails for US$ 59; the ROG Professional Dock is valued at US$ 119; you can buy the ROG TwinView Dock for US$ 399; the ROG Gamevice Controller is at US$ 89; and lastly, the ROG WiGig Dock goes for US$ 329.
Those are a lot of accessories for one phone, but that’s what makes the ROG Phone a truly gamer-centric device.
As stated last week, the ROG Phone will hit US shores starting October 18, with other regions to follow soon after.
PlayStation’s PSN Online ID change coming soon
Full rollout coming early 2019!
You’ll soon be able to retire your DarkWarrior1214 PlayStation ID. In a blog post, Sony PlayStation said they will soon begin testing the PSN Online ID change feature as part of their preview program.
Beta testers part of the preview program will be able to change their PSN ID as much as they want. However, once the feature rolls out to everyone, only the first name change will be free. Succeeding name changes will cost US$ 9.99 for regular users.
PS Plus users will be charged a smaller fee of US$ 4.99. The online ID can be changed through the profile page on your PS4 or at the Settings menu. There’s also an option to display your old PSN ID alongside your new one so your friends can recognize you right away.
Not for all games
The feature isn’t available for all games, though. Only PS4 games published after April 1, 2018 along with other most-played titles that were published before that date will have the feature. PlayStation also warns that changing the ID might cause some issues with some games that can be fixed by reverting to the old ID. Here’s to hoping PlayStation finds a way to address those issues some time down the line.
The planned full rollout of the feature is in early 2019. What will be your new PSN Online ID?
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