Is PS4 Pro Worth It? Super Mario Run, Nintendo NX Announcement Delayed, Fallout 4 Mods Canceled

Is PS4 Pro Worth It? Super Mario Run, Nintendo NX Announcement Delayed, Fallout 4 Mods Canceled


Hello and welcome my name is Nate from Video
Games Recon and in this episode I’ve decided to experiment with the usual format of this
show, as per usual were still going to be recapping this week’s popular culture and
gaming news, recording either on a Friday or Saturday and publishing on a Saturday or
Sunday, but this time I’m going to pick 4 to 6 main stories that take my fancy then
move onto a quick fire news round briefly discussing things that are of less interest
to me personally or I don’t have time to cover and then finally ending with a topic
of the show, going a little more in-depth on the news and my thoughts on a particular
topic. Anywho enough jibba jabba without any further adieu let’s do it to it. At one of 2 major tech events this week Nintendo
announces a new mobile game (Super Mario Run) to debut first on IOS in December at Apples
keynote event whilst featuring the Iphone 7 and is set to come at an undisclosed date
later on Android. Being headed by the by the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto famous for being
instrumental in producing many of Nintendo’s classic games ranging from Super Mario Bros
to Ocarina of Time and beyond discussing in an interview with Gamespot how he’s been
working on the project every day in collaboration with DNA and how they really wanted to focus
on making this a more traditional Nintendo game specific to mobile leveraging its strengths
and making it a game that you can play one handed and still keep the essence of what
makes a Mario game, a Mario game. What this means exactly for the control scheme is still
unclear, as to me Mario games are a very tactile experience and how that will translate on
a touch screen is up in the air, that said this endless runner that meets a Sonic game,
and obviously a Mario game looks pretty interesting and is going to be released free to play with
what seems like optional paid for map packs. Personally Pokemon Go didn’t really speak
to me but this floats my boat a lot more. My thoughts on this game are that it will
sink or swim dependant on the control scheme, and you can bet Nintendo is expecting it to
swim after the success of Pokemon Go as you have analysts coming out of the woodwork saying
that Super Mario Run will reach 1 billion downloads in its lifetime which just sounds
out right ridiculous, but when you keep in mind that Pokemon Go has reached 500 million
downloads at this point in time it’s not beyond the realms of possibility. So it seems
Nintendo’s foray into mobile gaming really is turning out profitable indeed. And on a
side note Super Mario Run will not feature any connectivity with the Wii U and project
NX. Sticking with Nintendo for now, the previously
delayed Pokemon Plus hardware has a new worldwide release date of September 16th for those of
you who have already pre ordered. Personally I’m not super sure on the purpose of this
product as although it’s supposed to be more discreet, less nerdy and easier to play
without getting your phone out, it’s super obvious, looking just as nerdy and you have
to get your phone out anyway to move items to and from your inventory, and can’t catch
any new Pokemon only stronger versions of the same Pokemon you already own. Maybe I’m
just getting old and this game doesn’t really speak to me but this tech just seems kinda
like a chocolate teapot, not only taking the game aspects out of this video game but also
gimping its feature set making it a missed opportunity in my eyes. That said it appears
that this thing has and will continue to sell like hot cakes and with a possible 500 million
install base and Nintendo’s ability to make great toys (Amibo’s being case and point),
you can see why this will be at very least a financial success, But I guess we’ll just
have to wait a few days for the reviews to come out to see if the same is said for its
critical success. Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay is shown off
at Sony’s Playstation event and although only really a teaser was easily one of the
best and most interesting things to be shown at Sony’s somewhat lacklustre event. Also
Mass Effect Andromeda was one of the first new games to be announced with support for
the PS4 Pro (formally known as the Neo) but will still feature a lock at 30 frames per
second on both the original PS4 and the Pro, so you’d have imagine any improvements targeted
on the Pro will be in resolution and graphical fidelity, which seems to be a trend with most
games on the PS4 Pro going forward, which in my opinion is a shame (discluding competitive
multiplayer for reasons of an unfair advantage that is). And with that there will obviously
be a theme appearing through a lot of the news stories this week making it quite obvious
what the inaugural topic of the show is likely to be. Although oddly Playstation VR didn’t feature
at the recent Playstation event, some new news has come out not only discussing bundles
available for PS VR but also discussing that how presumably all headsets will come with
a demo disc like in the olden days and will feature 8 demo versions of full VR games to
sample. Some of the most notable games confirmed for European markets are Driveclub, Rigs,
Headmaster and Eve Valkyrie. This is most definitely an inspired decision as not only
does a demo disc provoke nostalgia in the older gamer, it also gives the consumer the
chance to try other games that it might then encourage them to buy. And if you think back
to something like the Nintendo Wii the most popular game on that system was Wii sports,
essentially a glorified demo disc and proof of concept and although that was a more bespoke
experience it’s still a smart move for Sony to give some extra content away for starved
Playstation VR gamers to sink their teeth into.
Ok starting off the Quick Fire Round. According to the rumour mill the Nintendo NX’s supposed
September announcement has been pushed back to sometime in October according to a report
in the Wall Street Journal. Which if the case you’d have to assume is a move to give the
NX space from the Recent PS4 Pro announcement. A remastered collection of the Lego Harry
Potter games is set to hit the shelves in October curiously though has only been confirmed
for PS4 at this point. this game is most likely loosely tied in with the release of the upcoming
film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them coming out on October 18th, but why it appears
to be only on PS4 remains to be seen, perhaps the Xbox version has been shrouded in Harry’s
cloak of invisibility? Finally a release date of again October 18th
has been set for Rocksteady’s long awaited, Return to Arkham collection, now set to be
a remaster of the first 2 Arkham games, and not including Batman Origins and Arkham Knight,
which a shame but makes sense for what they’re trying to do here. That classic 90’s cartoon Biker Mice from
Mars is back in the guise of a turn based strategy game, because who the fuck knows
why? Money I guess? Rejoice Mordern Warfare 2 fans, there’s
actually something for you to be hyped about when it comes to Infinite Warfare as the Tactical
Nuke killsteak is set to make a return, not that it particularly effects us mere mortals
who rarely if ever have the skill set to achieve a tactical nuke. Speaking at PAX Final Fantasy 15 director
Tabata discusses how Final Fantasy is set over a 10 year period and how Noctus’s appearance
will gradually change to reflect that, so as to resemble his father somewhat. I don’t
know about you but I think this sounds like a pretty cool idea and I can’t rarely think
of many games spanning such a space of time. The spiritual successor to Castlevania, Bloodstained:
Ritual of the Night gets delayed till 2018, which is a shame and quite the wait after
the somewhat critical success of its most recent demo. Let’s just hope this doesn’t
mean it’s going the same way as other Deep Silver published game Mighty Number 9. Bethesda says it wants Fallout 4 PS4 mods,
yeah no shit who doesn’t want PS4 mods? Well according to Bethesda, Sony doesn’t
want Fallout 4 mods, well not enough to change its policies giving Bethesda greater mod support.
This is such an own goal for Playstation, I mean it’s not like Sony to make questionable
decisions these days is it, oh wait, scratch that last comment. Time For, Topic Of The Show:
And now for our first topic of the show and elephant in the Sony meeting room, that is
the September 7th announcement of the Playstation Slim and Pro. First off what a fucking snorefest,
that has to be one of the most boring conference I’ve seen from a big console manufacturer,
period. I know this isn’t E3 and is somewhat business related but it’s like they forgot
everything they’ve learned about showmanship in the last few years, and if the argument
is that it was more about business than consumers then why stream it in the first place why
not just let the press report on it, you know the guys who can actually see the 4K and High
Dynamic Range in action as appose to us muggles who had no clue as to the tangible difference
these improvements are supposed to make. I was actually quite excited for this conference
before hand, even hearing rumours that the console could be modular and upgradable, but
nope as it turns out all the news about specs and features had been leaked months ago and
that news didn’t excite me then and still doesn’t now.
The whole selling point of these consoles seemed to be geared towards Price, 4K resolution
and HDR and aside from the price the other 2 selling points fell way short, as most people
don’t have 4K TV’s with HDR support and the PS4 Pro can’t achieve native 4K anyway
instead relying on some fancy upscaling algorithm, whilst the HDR argument for the PS4 Slim and
Pro is rendered mute as HDR support is going to be patched into all PS4’s in the next
update, which although somewhat impressive as I didn’t think such a thing was possible
it still negates it as a selling point. If they’d of come out and doubled down on improved
graphical fidelity and super sampling for 1080p and an improved VR experience as well
as 4K, HDR and possibly improved frame rates, and although this would of annoyed some original
PS4 owners, at least it would of given a good argument for getting a PS4 Pro over sticking
with what you’ve got, going for a slim or even ignoring the platform altogether and
going for a gaming PC or an Xbox One S. The whole message was confusing to me. Some
things I’m still unclear on even as someone who’s took the time to look into the specifics.
Like for example are all future games going to support the Pro or is it completely up
to third party developers? As the current list of PS4 Pro supported games only features
10 released games and 14 upcoming games which doesn’t sound like the greatest value proposition.
And as they talked about value proposition in the conference let’s discuss that. As
at this point I struggle to see it just like I struggled to see the difference HDR made
in the Days Gone Demo (you know what I’m talking about). Firstly were only just learning
about HDR so that’ll be a tough sell for a while, secondly not that many people own
4K TV’s and super sampling and graphical improvements on 1080p displays were barely
talked about, and If your super bothered about power and graphical fidelity anyway then you’re
in the wrong eco system and should be a PC gamer or at least wait for the Scorpio, as
this system really appears to be a half step and competes more with the Xbox One S than
anything else, where as the Scorpio is much more of a generational leap from its predecessor
in terms of power. And on a side note a massive oversight that is baffling is in terms of
no Ultra HD Bluray support, I understand this is to keep costs down but this feature alone
has sold countless Xbox One S consoles due to how expensive 4K Bluray players are in
comparison. Personally for me every argument Sony makes
for the Pro aside from HDR and possible VR improvements which I don’t care about yet,
are arguments as to why I should stick with my standard PS4 for first party exclusives
and concentrate on my PC for third party games as it has roughly the same sort of power as
a PS4 Pro anyway, and instead I should just sit back and wait to see what the Xbox Scorpio
or PS5 has to offer, as these in-generation half step upgrades are becoming cost prohibitive,
and the first new console that’s really gonna get my juices flowing will be the first
console to become fully modular with a limited amount of upgradable components so as to not
to become too difficult for developers to program for, but will still become more in
line with PC’s in terms of performance and gradual upgrade costs. Now I know it looks like I’ve been trashing
on the PS4 Pro, which is somewhat true but I do respect the fact that there is a small
audience that doesn’t have a PS4 yet and or has a 4K TV with HDR support that this
console is designed to appeal to and another audience that has faith in Sony to support
1080p displays with super sampling and improved fidelity, but I like most people am not one
of them so I could only really discuss my opinion and this topic from mine and most
people’s vantage point, even though too a minority this truly does offer a good value
proposition, but none the less you’d still have to agree Sony’s message on the PS4
Pro and it’s eco system as a whole has become muddled and confusing and there conference
was dull as dishwater, on the upside though the silver lining is that Sony’s probably
not alienated its current 40 million PS4 install base yet as most are uninterested in the PS4
Pro and fail to see its current worth and those that do will probably buy this system.
And that I’m sure this will be a financial success, I don’t expect units to fly off
the shelf after the initial pre orders but people like to buy tech, PS4 fanboys will
buy it regardless, The Pro’s not that much more expensive than the slim model and peoples
original PS4’s will break eventually, so not all doom and gloom but with the PS4 outselling
it’s best ever console at this point in its life cycle it seems like an own goal and
unforced error on Sony’s behalf in terms of rocking the boat and confusing the message
to the general Playstation audience. Aywho that’s my humble opinion on the PS4
Pro and Playstations recent event, what do you guys think about the Slim and pro feel
free to hit me up with your thoughts in the comments, just don’t be a dick about it
if you happen to disagree, it’s perfectly fine to disagree with people and put your
opinion across but it’s not okay to be an insufferable prick, just saying. So that was my recap of the weeks gaming news
or points of interest, I’m sure there’s a bunch of stuff I’ll miss each week so
feel free to post anything you’re into that I missed in the comments for discussion, anywho
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