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Video game round-up: Possible ‘Switch 2,’ ‘Starfield,’ ‘PlayStation Plus’ price increases

Nintendo likely developing a ‘Switch 2’

Eurogamer was the first to report that at Gamescom in Cologne, Nintendo's developer presentation for “Switch 2” took place behind closed doors. According to Eurogamer, one of the “Switch 2” demos was a “souped up” version of “Zelda: Breath of the Wild” that utilized the upgraded specs of the enhanced Switch.

VGC corroborated Eurogamer’s report and added that a source claimed Nintendo also showed off “The Matrix Awakens” Unreal Engine 5 tech demo, which showcased the power of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in 2021. VGC’s report also noted that the demo included advanced ray tracing enabled and visuals that can be compared to other current generation consoles.

According to an article from Dexerto, Nintendo has also received a series of new patents that could be featured in a new console. One noteworthy patent is a different kind of joystick that would prevent Joycon drift. This new patent uses a magnetic field instead of a potentiometer like the current Joycons do. Though Nintendo received this patent, there is no guarantee this design will be used in the next model of the Switch.

‘Starfield’ launches to mixed reviews

Besthesda’s latest project, “Starfield,” released for PC and Xbox Series X/S on Sept. 6. On score aggregate website Metacritic, the game boasts a favorable 87 from 57 critic reviews, but a lackluster 5.6 user score based on 4,631 ratings. What happened?

“Starfield” is the first new universe from Bethesda in 25 years that focuses on space exploration. The description for the game calls it Bethesda Game Studios’ “biggest and most ambitious game.” While many critics don’t exactly praise the game’s main story, Alex Donaldson of RPG Site praises the side story and writes, “Starfield just unfurls.” Most of the reviews are positive or mixed.

On the other hand, the user reviews are very polarized, with almost 90 percent of them being positive or negative. Many of the negative reviews cite lackluster graphics, empty worlds, and little variety. Alternatively, many of the positive reviews state that it takes time to truly sink into the game and commend the combat and side missions.

One notable comment about “Starfield” comes from Todd Howard, the Director and Executive Producer at Bethesda Game Studios. When asked why “Starfield” was not optimized for PC, Howard responded, “We did… you might need to upgrade your PC.”

PlayStation Plus price rises

Starting Sept. 6, Sony increased the price of the various PlayStation Plus plans. The PlayStation Plus Essential 12-month Subscription is now $79.99, the Extra 12-month subscription is $134.99, and the Premium 12-month subscription is $159.99. These prices were previously $60, $100, and $120, respectively. They noted that the price increase will not take place until the user’s next renewal that occurs on or after Nov. 6, but users who make changes to their plans after Sept. 6 will be affected by the new prices.