Welcome back to another installment of What the D-Pad, the weekly gaming podcast on Twitch.tv/TYFOfficial on every Wednesday or Thursday where we play a trending or topical game and discuss current news that I found on Twitter or Google News.
Travis already summarizes the details on yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, here.
We talk about those announcements at length. We also briefly touch upon the meeting about video game violence at the White House with little results, the details of the newest game in the Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure legacy, the Fortnight resolution with PlayStation cross-play servers, and much more!
Anyway here’s the podcast…
And here is some news that we may or may not have gotten around to talking about….
Call of Duty BLOPS4 – announcement teaser. Criticisms include that it’s release is super close to the to the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 even though it won’t impact sales, and the marketing department’s forgetting of how roman numerals work so they opt for tally marks instead.
via GameInformer, with the release of Artifact, a spin off card game based on DOTA, Gabe Newel says that Valve will start shipping games again, plural, whatever that means. Don’t expect Half-Life 3.
Neir Automata is 1 year old! The game’s composer, Keiichi Okabe looks back at his work on the series via playstation blog.
Ubisoft is developing The Division 2, it is a thing that exists. via Kotaku
PS4 5.50 Firmware updates, the new Playstation update by sony features a new UI, time control locks not dissimilar from Xbox and Nintendo’s, and a dedicated PS+ library selection so you don’t forget what games you have free access to. Still no ability to change your name on PSN. via newsweek
Crazy headline making tech! Intel Optane 800P review on Gizmodo – SSD killer NAND based “flash” storage found in phones branded as “bleeding edge” storage expansions built like M.2 solid state drives. Biggest benchmark differences is 3 seconds faster in launching game files and 4k video, half the time in launching Windows 10 and rendering in adobe programs. Value breakdown “For the 118GB stick (which is the only one a rational human would really consider) that averages to $1.69 per gigabyte. Samsung’s 960 EVO series, which is generally considered some of the fastest NAND storage available, goes for $0.48 a gigabyte.” – Alex Cranz, Gizmodo
Epic Games has convinced Sony to allow cross-platform play for Fortnite Battle Royale. The game will now be available to play with friends across PS4, Xbox One, PC and Mobile, and the inevitable Switch port. Random matchmaking only works on the specific console servers, but you can specifically connect to games to match-make with friends and decide later if you want to be obliterated with mouse and keyboard users. These issues with Sony have persisted ever since people wanted cross play game modes in Rocket League and Minecraft in the last several years.