Short Pause Gaming Podcast #166: Xbox Scarlett Rumors, August's Awesome Indies, & Hellblade Snubs PSVR?
Frankie and Bender are off this week, which leaves Brent and Ben to once again saddle up to talk the latest and greatest in the world of gaming. Topics this week include:
- Xbox Scarlett Cloud Rumors - According to Microsoft insider Thurott, building off an initial report he released a few weeks back detailing the Xbox Scarlett family of next-gen consoles, Microsoft is looking to release two separate SKUs when their next-gen console hits store shelves in 2020. One SKU is set to be a traditional console that houses all of its processing hardware locally, while the second is said to be a console built entirely around the idea of streaming, off-loading the heavy lifting processing sure-to-be required of next-gen games onto powerful computers and servers offsite. Is the industry ready for a new console built to stream games exclusively?
- Guacamelee! 2 Releases August 21 - Drinkbox Studios' eagerly anticipated follow-up to Guacamelee! has a release date, and gamers can get their hands on the next entry in the series on August 21. With all of the awesome metroidvania games releasing over the course of the next four weeks, is the genre being oversaturated for gamers in the month of August? Will some of these games set to release get lost in the shuffle?
- Fallout 76 Beta Details - The Fallout 76 Beta begins in October, arriving first on Xbox One. With Bethesda's well-documented history of bugs in its single-player games, will their first ever online-only title be able to hold up technically? Also, what's the best thing that Bethesda Game Studios does according to Todd Howard?
- Layoffs Hit Onrush Developer - The former Evolution Studios, now housed under developer Codemasters, suffered an unfortunate series of high profile layoffs to its senior staff this past week after their new title, Onrush, failed to find an audience commercially. With development costs rising and developers needing their games to find immediate success to be profitable more than ever, is the industry heading down a path that is not sustainable for the future?
- Hellblade VR Comes to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive Next Week - Developer Ninja Theory has put the finishing touches on a patch that enables Hellblade to be played in third-person VR, and this update arrives for VR users on PC this coming Tuesday. With a PSVR version of the game not available due to astronomical minimum hardware requirements, is this simply a case of the PlayStation 4 just not being powerful enough to run this game, or does Ninja Theory's new exclusivity deal with Microsoft have something to do with this?
- Capcom Hinting at a New Mega Man X Game? - The Japanese version of the soundtrack for the Mega Man X Legacy Collection has released, and the included booklet includes an interesting message. "The story of X's fight is not yet over," adorns the final panel of the soundtrack's booklet, causing fans to wonder if X might be the next to get the Mega Man 11 treatment. Might Capcom consider a new 16-bit entry in the series, similar to the way Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 were new 8-bit entries in the original series last generation?
- Battle Royale News - The Battle Royale genre is the biggest genre in gaming right now, and last week was chock full of news for BR fans. From EA considering a standalone, free-to-play genre entry, to Realm Royale coming to consoles and H1Z1 securing an official PS4 release date, there was a lot for genre fans to sink their teeth into this past week. Does Realm Royale have what it takes to be a consistent presence in the Battle Royale space on both consoles and PC?
- Plus this week's new releases, what we've been playing, and tons more!
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