PlayStation


  • I loved Job Simulator for PSVR (review) and still do. So you can imagine I’m pretty jazzed that the game received a free endless mode update titled Infinite Overtime. Here is info taken directly from the PlayStation Blog:
    Players can work the endless night shift to their heart’s content with endless, randomized tasks. Along with the update, Job Simulator will also see a permanent price reduction to $19.99 USD. The new “Infinite Overtime” mode allows players to work the never-ending night shift with randomized, endless tasks for each job in the game. Play endlessly in each of the newly-minted nighttime environments, following instructions from your robot boss, TempBot — JobBot’s slightly less-motivated nighttime replacement. In addition to the endless mode, we’ve added a couple of new bits of gameplay within each of the jobs in Infinite Overtime.

Nintendo


  • If you’re in the market for a ‘new 3DS XL’ and love SNES we have good news. Those of you in North America can preorder the SNES themed new 3DS XL here on Amazon. The new SKU is slated to release on November 27 for $199 and includes the SNES version of Super Mario Kart.
    • Super Meat Boy will be hitting the Switch eShop later this year with Team Meat looking into a physical release for some time next year. This is on top of the upcoming Super Meat Boy Forever, a mobile game turned proper sequel.

    • Morphite finally has a release date on Switch for November 2. The title was originally planned for September 7 on Switch, however, it was then delayed to September 21 and was pushed back a second time due to a technical issue.

    • Another hidden feature in the Switch’s 4.0 firmware update (other than the addition of wireless USB audio we talked about) is added support for GameCube controllers via the Wii U adapter. Just plug the adapter in, connect a controller, and pair it by holding the L + R triggers.

    • Super Mario Odyssey has released to critical acclaim where it’s currently enjoying a 97 on Metacritic. Tristan and I are in love, so expect to hear us all talk about it on Monday’s podcast.

Xbox


  • Microsoft has switched on its previously teased TruePlay feature, which promises to protect against “common” cheats in Universal Windows Platform games. Titles that take advantage of the safeguard will both run in a protected mode and trigger a background service that watches for typical cheating behavior. If they find anything amiss, they’ll send data to the developer.

  • Xbox One backwards compatibility for the original Xbox has launched with support for the following games priced at $9.99 each (though your original discs should also work, if you still have them):
    • Black
    • BloodRayne 2
    • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
    • Dead to Rights
    • Ninja Gaiden Black
    • Fuzion Frenzy
    • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
    • The King of Fighters Neowave
    • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
    • Psychonauts
    • Red Faction 2
    • Sid Meier’s Pirates!
    • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    Original Xbox games added to the Xbox One Backward Compatibility library will experience up to 4X the pixel count on Xbox One and Xbox One S, and up to 16X the pixel count on Xbox One X.
     
    Additionally, when Xbox One X launches on Tuesday, Nov. 7, you’ll be able to run select Xbox 360 games at higher resolution, 9X the original pixel count and with expanded color details. Xbox One X Enhanced Xbox 360 games will include favorites like “Halo 3” and “Fallout 3.”

  • Microsoft has ended production of the Kinect. However, the technology will remain alive in various ways. For example, Apple acquired PrimeSense, the Israeli company that created the 3D tech in the original version of the Kinect, back in 2013. The iPhone X will use PrimeSense’s algorithms in the depth-sensing camera’s Face ID system and the Holo Lens uses a Kinect sensor as well.

  • Assassin’s Creed, ES IV: Oblivion,Halo 3 and Fallout 3 will be receiving free updates for Xbox One X. The updates will will increase visual quality for the games by boosting the on screen pixels 9x and adding 10-bit color depth (as opposed to the original version’s 8-bit)

  • Minecraft fans will be able to place items and characters in their friends’ worlds as they watch them play as part of a new partnership with Mixer. Anyone watching a gamer playing Minecraft via the interactive livestreaming platform can instantly add new features such as zombies, skeletons, pigs and food into the world by clicking on buttons next to the broadcast. They can also change the weather and time of day; so, suddenly plunging a world into night-time could unleash a horde of Creepers, the most dangerous characters in the game. The iOS and Android mobile versions of Minecraft will also have Mixer built into them, letting people livestream their worlds from their devices wherever they are, without having to log into a separate app.

Industry News


  • Arcade cabinet maker Raw Thrills has confirmed it’s currently working on a new machine featuring the heroes in a half shell as depicted in the Nickelodeon cartoon currently in its fifth season. The new game is apparently being built from scratch with new assets to mirror the current TV show and with an eye toward modernizing the genre past Turtle games hailed from. Raw Thrills told Arcade Heores

    “This new version of TMNT is a completely new re-imagining of the brawler concept. There are more moves, more environmental interaction, cool Turtle Power special attacks, voiceover from the entire cast (including Seth Green and others)… it’s really amazing.”

  • After two years spent bringing together characters from 30 different cartoon, television and movie properties in one massive virtual playground, Lego Dimensions is officially done. While TT Games will continue to provide server and customer support for the expansive Lego toys-to-life game, no further expansion sets will be produced for Lego Dimensions. Official word was delivered via the official Lego Dimensions Twitter account.

  • Target’s Buy Two Get One Free sale goes live 10/29 but it will not include Switch games.


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