Gamers In Beta Podcast 195: Double Your Length

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A rare Monday night recording…sorry for the 1 day delay and Welcome to Episode 195 of the Gamers In Beta podcast.

Microsoft is slowly cranking up the hype machine for the next console release, so we spend the first half of the show talking about the Project Scorpio.

Games mentioned this week are The Sexy Brutale, Graceful Explosion Machine, Snake Pass, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Mushroom 11, Horizon Zero Dawn, Conan Exiles, and ARK: Survival Evolved.

Plus there are listener responses, humorous anecdotes, and maybe some factual opinions along the way.

Intro:

Scorpio revealed via Digital Foundry: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2017-project-scorpio-tech-revealed
– Read article for facts / let’s talk opinions
– Hearing people say build the platform and devs will come
– Did devs ever abandon Xbox or did MS just close all 1st party?
– Some say MS averse to risk (see above ie closing studios) is Scorpio a risk?
– Does the Scorpio need a “Zelda” at launch
– can they pull off a surprise announcement at this point?
– “if the title implemented dynamic scaling, games running on Project Scorpio will achieve more consistent framerates, faster load times, improved anisotropic filtering, and will run at their peak resolution … developers will also have the option to update existing titles to further take full advantage of Project Scorpio’s advanced capabilities including full 4K assets and 4K resolution.” – do you want devs going back and updating older games on a system that needs newer games?

Last week’s QotW: Have you had a game that compelled you to get all the Achievements/Trophies? Why?

Question of the week: What’s most important to you when choosing a platform and why?

NEWS:
Notable releases this week:
Yooka-Laylee (Win 10 not ready, not part of Play Anywhere)
Stardew Valley Collector’s Edition

PC/VR/Multi-platforms:
Marvel Heroes Omega coming to PS4/XB1
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-04-06-f2p-action-rpg-marvel-heroes-omega-is-coming-to-ps4-and-xbox-one

1st few missions of Dishonored 2 are now playable on PC/Consoles for Free
https://twitter.com/dishonored/status/850030369935982592

Charlie Murder and Dishwasher Vampire Smile headed to PC soon
https://www.destructoid.com/charlie-murder-and-dishwasher-vampire-smile-are-coming-to-pc-pretty-dang-soon–429543.phtml

PlayStation:
Persona 5 ships 1.5 million units
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2017/04/07/persona-5-has-shipped-1-5-million-copies.aspx

Xbox:
EA sent 2TB Hard Drives To Longtime EA Access Subscribers
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/ea-is-sending-2-tb-hard-drives-to-longtime-ea-acce/1100-6449153/

Switch:
SwitchCharge Extends Switch Battery Life Up To 12 Hours
http://www.bagogames.com/new-case-extends-nintendo-switch-battery-life-up-to-12-hours/

Jackbox Party Pack 3 Is Coming To Nintendo Switch Next Week
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2017/04/09/jackbox-party-pack-3-is-coming-to-nintendo-switch-next-week.aspx

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