Slow News Day, SBG?
It's Friday, and there's not much going on in the world of video game news that I feel like writing about. That said, it's time for a new segment here on Second Best Gaming called "Slow News Day, SBG?"
Essentially I, Jesse (the only one at this site), am going to talk about what I'm playing and some of my personal thoughts pertaining to some recent news in the video game sphere. It's fun to write, it's clickbait, and it doesn't really matter because no one is reading this hot trash. So let's get started.
Cars 3: Driven to Win Announced:
This is a big one for me. As a huge fan of the Disney Infinity series, a lot of wounds feel healed knowing that the team at Avalanche Software not only lives on, but gets to make another Disney video game.
Perhaps lesser known, Avalanche made the Cars 2 video game back in 2011, just two years before Disney Infinity released, so despite what some may say, this game isn't necessarily destined to fail. The team has a lot of experience working with the Cars franchise, and rumor has it that unused assets for a Disney Infinity Cars 3 PlaySet are present in this game. I can't speak to the validity of that rumor, however, Driven to Win is being developed in the Octane engine that Avalanche built specifically for the Disney Infinity franchise. That's why the trailer shows wonkier, more toy-like physics in the characters movements, not because the game is simply being "slapped together."
Personally, I'm just excited to play this. By no means will it fill the gaping hole in my heart where Disney Infinity once rested, but surely it'll be fun and possibly somewhat therapeutic. Also, it's coming to Switch. No better place for a family friendly Disney kart racer, if you ask me.
Microsoft Reveals Specs for Project Scorpio
This news didn't quite make the splash I expected to see on the internet. It really seems like the Xbox brand is losing the mindshare of gamers, and while console sales are healthy, this has bad news written all over it for the Xbox team at Microsoft. After the specs were released this week fans seemed pleased with what they saw, myself included. Scorpio seems much beefier than the current Xbox One, and it offers a good amount of upgrades even to those that are interested in upgrading their Xbox, but not necessarily their TV (I just can't justify upgrading to a 4K TV when my current 1080p TV still looks great).
I think Microsoft isn't shying away from the reality of the Scorpio. This isn't going to be some behemoth product that somehow makes the Xbox One shoot so far up in sales that it turns the tides of this generation's console war. The PS4 is so far ahead of the Xbox One in terms of sales, and I think Microsoft isn't betting on the Scorpio to change that. They aren't going for the number one spot with this move, they're trying to provide gamers with the box that the PS4 Pro so spectacularly failed to be. A hardcore, power hungry, perfectionist, basement dwelling gamer.
Even Xbox head Phil Spencer himself said that he expects the Xbox One S to sell way better than the Scorpio (recent IGN Unlocked podcast). Microsoft is aware that the best selling console is the cheaper one that offers tons of value (i.e. the PS4 Slim and the Xbox One S) but that doesn't mean they can't win the hardcore gamer's opinion when it comes to premium consoles (PS4 Pro vs Project Scorpio). If all the Scorpio does at the end of the day is win the gamer's vote for best and most powerful home console, it'll have done its job, but I'm sure Microsoft also wants to make a little money in the process.
That should do it for my first entry of Slow News Day, SBG? Hope you liked it (and by you, I mean my mom and my girlfriend). I'll be back to do another one sometime soon. Whenever there's a slow news day and I wanna churn up my daily clicks.