The Game Times: the Week in Video Game News, 11/8
Why PS4 won't burn your house down; another "new" system from Nintendo; gorgeous custom controllers
Third-party sources address PS4 overheating
Eager pre-order-ers will be relieved to hear that the rumors surrounding PS4′s temperature troubles are, according to multiple developer accounts, just rumors.
The PlayStation 3, and particularly the Xbox 360, are notorious for their frequent inability to keep cool, so it comes as no surprise to hear that many gamers are apprehensive about picking up a console with even more power packed into it. However, dozens of PS4 developer kits have proven themselves reliable and, equally importantly, not prone to combustion.
Creative director Yousuf Mapara, of Secret Ponchos developer Switchblade Monkeys, said their studio has used multiple PS4 dev kits, all of which have “stayed cool” and “never even gotten warm.”
An unnamed triple-A developer offered similar reassurance, and addressed the Xbox One side of things as well.
“None of our devkits, either PS4 or Xbox One, had any overheating problems,” they said. “We have so many and we use them so much that if there was any big issue we’d have probably noticed something, but no, they all worked and still work like a charm.”
So, one on hand, you won’t be able to cook on your PS4, which is moderately disappointing. On the other hand, you can make the next-gen jump without worrying about an explosion.
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- Paypal payment on PlayStation Network. To quote the words of every PS3 gamer ever: “About time.”
- Speaking of technical trouble: Here’s hoping these fixes can get FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4 in working order.
Nintendo is aiming smaller than ever with the Wii Mini
Continuing affordability focus that started with the release of the 2DS handheld, Nintendo recently announced that the Wii Mini will soon be released in North America.
The aptly named Wii Mini is a bare-bones, shrunken version of Nintendo’s Wii. The mini version forgoes backward compatibility with GameCube games, one of two USB ports, an SD card slot, and internet connectivity in favor of a compact profile and the enticing price point of $99.
Wii Mini is expected to hit shelves “by the middle of November” (read: alongside the launch of PS4 and Xbox One) as a bundle including one Wii remote and nunchuk, and a copy of Mario Kart Wii.
Nintendo’s move to release Wii Mini in the U.S. is likely, in part, the company’s response to Sony’s new microconsole, PlayStation Vita TV. Granted, Vita TV is fully loaded with streaming features, PS4 support, and a growing game library (whereas Wii games are now discontinued), but Wii Mini’s lower price tag (a $99 bundle compared to VTV’s $149 total cost) will surely help sales.
Related game news
- GameStop has discounts of their own in mind, all of them bearing the Black Friday name.
- Best Buy has a gamer-centric shopping plan as well, but their’s extends far beyond the holiday rush.
Frame-rate issues and low review scores spell trouble for Call of Duty: Ghosts
The Call of Duty franchise is arguably the biggest name in gaming, but the franchise has seemingly jumped the shark in the process of jumping to next-gen.
Historically, ironclad and repetitive are two common descriptors for Call of Duty’s unwavering annual release cycle. The games may see sparse change title to title, but their reception, particularly in the case of recent installments like Black Ops 2 and Modern Warfare 3, is unassailable. But their latest, Ghosts, is treading water.
Luke-warm reviews are pouring in from games journalists around the world, many of them crying “frame-rate dips!” From Joystiq to IGN to Edge-Online, Ghosts’ reception has been severely hindered by inconsistent presentation, a problem only compounded by the fact that the game actually performs better on current-gen systems.
Related game news
- In more promising news, Uncharted developer Naughty Dog is confident that their PS4 debut will be awe-inspiring.
- Need for Speed: Rivals was so eager to fill the gap created by DriveClub‘s delay that its release was bumped up.
- MMORPG or not, Destiny, an online shooter from the minds behind Halo, will be staying on console. Sorry PC players.
The part with the videos
What’s better than psychedelic PS4 games? Psychedelic PS4 games in slow motion.
Killzone: Shadow Fall makes big promises in its newest trailer.
Can an alien race fill the shoes of zombies in Call of Duty‘s rag-tag multiplayer mode? Check out this gameplay footage and see for yourself.
Answering the PlayStation Population’s cry of monotonous black-on-black is EvilControllers, a company specializing in customized console controllers … evilly. EC skins and paints everything from buttons to analogue sticks, but their newly revealed PS4 lineup is truly a sight to behold. You can see the full selection here, and catch a brief glimpse below.