Report: New Nintendo Switch model planned with bigger OLED screen, 4K output

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Report: New Nintendo Switch model planned with bigger OLED screen, 4K output

Bloomberg published a report Wednesday with new details on the long-rumored new, more powerful Nintendo Switch model, dubbed the Nintendo Switch Pro by fans and players. The outlet first reported on the upgraded model of the Nintendo Switch in 2020, though reports have circulated for years.

According to the report, Samsung will soon begin production on “7-inch, 720p-resolution OLED panels” for the device. The new Nintendo Switch model will also ship with “4K ultra-high definition graphics when paired with TVs,” Bloomberg sources said. Nintendo and Samsung declined to comment on Bloomberg’s report.

Doom 3 is coming to VR, officially

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Doom 3 is coming to VR, officially

The blood-spraying, demon-slaying classic Doom 3 is finally getting a VR release. The first-person shooter from id Software will come to PlayStation VR on March 29, and will be playable on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 (through backward compatibility). Doom 3: VR Edition will feature both the original game and its expansions — Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Mission.

Doom 3 puts you in the position of a space marine who must fight off a catastrophic invasion of aliens on the colonized planet of Mars. The franchise is known for its unique blend of horror and first-person shooter elements that many have tried to adapt to VR. Ex-id Software programmer John Carmack demoed a prototype of Doom 3 in VR at QuakeCon 2012, there have been fan adaptations, and Bethesda made a stand-alone VR game based on the 2016 Doom reboot — but nothing on the scale today’s announcement.

Madden 21’s last round of Franchise fixes rebalances trade logic

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Madden 21’s last round of Franchise fixes rebalances trade logic

Madden NFL 21’s developers will launch, on March 4, the last of three rounds of updates promised for the game’s Franchise mode. Although very granular and technical in the areas they address and improve, the updates still answer long-running demands from Franchise lifers who felt the latest game did little to improve the core mode.

Central to the changes on deck is a reworking of the game’s player-trading logic, and the overall player valuation that behavior rests on. The changes EA Tiburon’s designers described in a blog post on Wednesday are meant to make trades for superstars “closer to what we’ve seen [in real life] based on changing perceptions of ‘realistic’ trades over the years.”

An ambitious open-world D&D adventure game is in the works

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An ambitious open-world D&D adventure game is in the works

Hidden Path Entertainment is in development on a AAA, third-person, open-world fantasy game. The developer made the announcement on March 2, via Twitter, in a Tweet that stated the studio is hiring for the project. Hidden Path Entertainment is the developer behind Raccoon Lagoon, Defense Grid 2, and VR titles Witchblood and Brass Tactics. Not much is known about the project at this time — aside from a notable figure on the development team itself.

Whitney “Strix” Beltran, a high-profile indie developer responsible for the award-winning tabletop game Bluebeard’s Bride, is the project’s narrative director. Bluebeard’s Bride is a horror RPG based on the French folktale, with a rules-light engine. Players take control of different aspects of the bride’s psyche, ultimately deciding the ultimate fate of the character, her husband, and her home.

The Sinking City’s studio just DMCA’d its own game off Steam

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The Sinking City’s studio just DMCA’d its own game off Steam

Frogwares, the studio locked in an acrimonious dispute with publisher Nacon over their game, The Sinking City, used a DMCA claim to have it removed from Steam’s storefront, a Valve spokesman confirmed.

To Vice on Tuesday evening, Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi said Steam “received a DMCA take-down notice” for the version of The Sinking City that Nacon has shipped — the one Frogwares calls a hacked and pirated copy of their game. “So we have responded to that notice,” Lombardi said.

AMD announces RX 6700 XT graphics card, coming in March

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AMD announces RX 6700 XT graphics card, coming in March

The RX 6700 XT is the next graphics card from AMD, the company announced Wednesday. With more mainstream-friendly pricing than its predecessors in AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 line of GPUs, this card is designed to compete with cheaper offerings from Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3000-series GPUs — namely, the RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti. It’s also optimized for gaming at 1440p resolution, rather than 4K.

The RX 6700 XT will be released March 18 with a retail price starting at $479, AMD announced. That launch date will apply for both AMD-made cards as well as options from third-party manufacturers such as Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI.

Sony’s latest patent application: a banana PlayStation controller

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Sony’s latest patent application: a banana PlayStation controller

Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed a patent application to use a banana for a PlayStation controller. We know what you’re thinking, but it’s not this thing:

The patent (spied by GamesIndustry.biz on Tuesday) is actually for a method that turns a “non-luminous passive object being held by a user” into a controller, recognizing virtual button locations on it, with a banana used as the illustrated example. Sony’s idea would conceivably work with anything in the user’s hands, whether a coffee mug, a book, a package of cold cuts, or a tube of Preparation H.

Song in the Smoke is a new survival VR game with art from Katsuya Terada

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Song in the Smoke is a new survival VR game with art from Katsuya Terada

Song in the Smoke is the next game from developer 17-Bit, the studio behind titles like Galak-Z and Skulls of the Shogun. It’s a major departure for the indie developer, tasking players with surviving in a wild, fantastical forest in virtual reality. It’s also highly stylized, with character artwork from illustrator Katsuya Terada, known for his work on Blood: The Last Vampire and early games in The Legend of Zelda series.

As seen in the game’s first trailer, Song in the Smoke tasks players with standard survival game tasks: crafting, hunting, cooking, and warding off threats. But the VR game leans toward the mystical, with otherworldly beasts, mysterious artifacts, a three-headed crow, and what appears to be a very pissed-off spirit lion.

Valheim fans have created the game’s first big PVP tournament

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Valheim fans have created the game’s first big PVP tournament

The Viking-themed survival game Valheim has blown up, and continues to be a best-seller on Steam. While most players are working on building, fighting bosses, and learning how to sail their new longships, a new community-organized tournament is breaking the mold of PvE adventuring, and focuses entirely on a clash between Vikings.

The Vikings of Legend is almost like an esport, but in a game that with no esports leagues, community-wide rulesets, or even a major PvP focus. Here’s how the competition works: Two teams load into a server, completely nude and bereft of any tools or weapons. One team heads west, and the other team heads east. This is the build phase; players have to quickly chop trees, gather stone, hunt, kill bosses, and build up defensive bases.