This week on a special gaming episode of the Refresh, Nintendo officially announces Switch, the name of its new hybrid console, we get hands on with the new Razer Blade Pro, Battlefield 1 gets reviewed, gaming editor Brett Phipps talks best PS VR games and Brexit comes to Football Manager.
Nintendo Switch official announcement
Nintendo finally put us out of our misery by revealing a trailer of it’s new console, not called the NX as expected but instead switching to the name, Switch.
It’s a modular portable console which can be plugged into a dock and used at home but can also be taken with you for on-the-go gaming for when you’re flying or even when you’re going to a mate’s barbecue (just in case your friends are really boring).
It comes with two detachable controllers and will also feature a pro controller which may or may not be included with the console itself.
Nvidia’s Tegra Processor will power the device bringing with it, all the enhanced gaming capabilities you’d expect.
We also saw a trailer of the new Zelda game, Breath of the Wind which will launch with Switch in March 2017. In addition to this, Nintendo also stated it will be partnering up with 3rd party developers such as Activision, Ubisoft and EA to bring a broad gaming line-up to its hybrid console.
What do you think? Is this the console of the future, or have Nintendo lost the plot? Make sure you check out our gaming experts opinions here.
Razer Blade Pro
PC Gaming giants Razer launched three new laptops at an event in Berlin but their top of the range and very expensive Blade Pro was the standout showing. Our very own Sean Keach was invited along to try it out.
Battlefield 1 Review
Battlefield 1 is out and Sam Pinney has dutifully been assigned to play it to give you his verdict. Controversial for its setting but it looks like DICE have come up with the goods.
Top 5 PlayStation VR games
Gaming editor and PS VR fan, Brett Phipps has been getting to grips with PlayStation’s virtual reality. Batman Arkham VR joined the horrifying Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, the immersive Drive Club and space game EVE Valkyrie in his top 5 but can you guess which topped the list?
Brexit to feature in Football Manager
The new instalment of Football Manager is out on November 4th and the headline isn’t an advanced tactics engine or new player dispute feature — it’s the inclusion of a Brexit simulator which will play out all the virtual consequences that will affect in-game developments and decisions.
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Speaking to the Telegraph, Sports Interactive studio director Miles Jacobson explained that it wouldn’t have felt right to leave out the interesting situation we have this year when Britain voted to leave the EU.
Developers have carried out extensive research to the possible scenarios that will play out and and the result is a simulator that can produce several different outcomes which, among other things, will affect the way foreign players can obtain work permits.
It could be the most detailed Football Manager we’ve seen and we’ll have our review when it comes out next month.
Ronnie O’Sullivan falls short
Finally, snooker champ Ronnie O’Sullivan got to play pool using a VR headset. His natural ability and muscle memory left him a bit snookered though. Make sure you watch the video to find out what happened.
That’s all for this week, I’ll be back next Friday with another episode of the Refresh.