Gamers In Beta Podcast 185: Destined to Switch

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Every time a console is officially announced, it’s a special occasion. Last week, in Tokyo, Nintendo announced their hybrid home / mobile console called the Nintendo Switch. We’ve been speculating for some time over the details so it was refreshing to finally be able to talk openly about the system. Listen to Episode 185 as Mike and Corey discuss in detail all things Nintendo Switch.

Other topics include boxers or briefs, sauce or gravy, Scalebound, Resident Evil 7, and a PlayStation 4 Beta.

Games we’ve been playing are Dead Rising 4, This War of Mine, and Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Intro:
Switch facts:
– March 3rd – $299, surprised no other configurations (besides diff colors)
– 32GB internal memory, can accept microSDHC and microSDXC
– Battery life 2 ½ hrs – 6 ½ hrs (3 when playing Zelda)
– Launch lineup: Zelda, Just Dance, Skylanders, 1-2
– 1080p when docked, 720p when mobile
– 5.1 surround sound over HDMI via the dock
– ambient light sensor
– three USB ports — two USB 2.0 ports on the left side, one USB 3.0 port inside the back cover
– No Ethernet port
– Wireless internet will work over the 802.11ac standard
– support up to eight systems over a local Wi-Fi connection
– Nintendo Switch Online service available Fall 2017, 1 Free game for 30 days
– Online MP/parties, companion phone app, no mention of price, free trial for all users until the fall
– Not region locked
– No StreetPass feature or Miiverse
(some) Games
– Super Mario Odyssey
– Arms
– Splatoon 2
Thoughts?
– Love Nintendo taking risks or should they just release a box more inline w/PS4 & XB1
– Lots of detractors, loyalists seem impressed — dividing its core audience?

Question of the week: What makes you buy the switch, and if not, what feature would put you over the top?

NEWS:
Notable releases this week:
Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition (PS4)
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition includes director’s commentary, a PS4 theme, “two new system avatars, plus a host of gameplay enhancements,” according to publisher Curve Digital.)
Dead Effect 2 (PS4/XB1)

PC/WiiU/Multi-platforms:
More crazy promo material for Resident Evil 7
http://www.polygon.com/2017/1/13/14271370/resident-evil-7-vcr-capcom-promotion-promotional-tape-cassette

PlayStation:
Beta signups now open for next update
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2017/01/12/sign-up-for-the-next-ps4-system-software-beta-2/

Xbox:
Scalebound cancelled
http://www.polygon.com/2017/1/9/14216246/scalebound-canceled-xbox-one-pc-platinum-microsoft

Listener questions:
what is sauce and what is gravy?

what do you guys think of the battlepack and progression system in BF1? Me, its kind of lacking and need more rewards.

why do you guys game? What draws you to it?

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