Toasty Evenings With Xbox Series X, World Cap Pikachu

Today: Godfall developer says first wave of next-gen titles will not live up to the full potential of the consoles — Very limited Pikachu with special caps in Pokémon Go — It won't be easy to get a new Nvidia GPU until next year

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New consoles keep you warm through winter

According to a reporter from French outlet Jeux Video the Xbox Series X is very quiet, but it can also get “really hot”.

Get toasty with the Xbox Series X this November

“The Series X is hot, like really hot! It doesn’t make any noise, but damn it’s hot! The console is emitting heat like crazy. It’s almost like a fireplace shaft. You can heat up your flat with it,” reads a translation of Ken Bogard’s live stream. Other reports have also commented on the quiet operation of the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

Toasty: The pre-release console ran very hot even when playing backwards-compatible games or just navigating the menus. Giant Bomb's Jeff Bakkalar also commented that the console was very warm even on standby.

Idle heat: “Here’s what’s crazy… this was just plugged in in standby mode behind me and you guys, the entire thing is a little toasty,” said Bakkalar in a podcast. “… it seems like this thing might be doing something while you’re not using it, to the point where it needs to exhaust heat.” Xbox Series X launches on November 10th.

Which organization gave Fable II a Proggy Award in 2008?

a) The Golden Joysticks
b) Spike TV
c) BAFTA
d) PETA

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Kirby Super Star was prototyped on NES

Kirby Super Star for Super NES was actually prototyped on the NES console. The game was designed for the old hardware to keep scope tight and avoid doing extra work until the game design was solidified.

The images from the NES prototype surfaced 20 years later

The prototype was kept under wraps at Nintendo, but you can see some pictures from it in an old issue of the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu – and the same sprites are actually used in both versions!

Some things did change, though: The American version of the game featured typical American rather than Japanese food.

Join our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today's fact.

Gearbox boss calls new consoles a huge leap

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford thinks people will come to consider the next-generation hardware a true leap ahead.

An ‘historic leap’ but it needs new games for new ideas

“I think customers will realize how profound of a difference it is to have the throughput capability that these new platforms bring. It’s just absolutely unreal,” Pitchford told GameSpot.

The most obviously dramatic change is that both consoles feature NVMe SSD hard drives, which dramatically cuts down loading times and allows much more aggressive content streaming.

Huge leap:“The leap there with PS5 and Xbox Series X is the biggest leap I have ever seen in the history of console generations. I’m saying, including the leap from 2D to 3D. It’s going to change the way we think about every bit of our experiences.” However, Pitchford also warns that the first wave of games won't be the most convincing demonstrations of the new technologies.

New ideas:“…it’s going to be hard to see that in the initial launch titles because a lot of the launch titles are games that were endeavored upon before,” he said. Once games designed around the capabilities of the new platforms emerge, they will enable entirely new experiences.

World Cap Pikachu appears in Pokémon GO

World Cap and Original Cap Pikachu will appear in Pokémon Go to celebrate the new time slot of the Pokémon anime in Japan.

Rare and Shiny World Cap Pikachu for a limited time

This special Pikachu can evolve, and will stay Shiny after you capture it. You will also get a free Remote Raid Pass every week until the end of November thanks to the Remote Raid Pass promotion.

Pokémon GO

  • Spotlight Hour – World Cap Pikachu
    • October 6th from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM local time
    • 2x XP for catching Pokémon
  • Spotlight Hour – Original Cap Pikachu
    • October 13th from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM local time
    • 2x Candy for catching Pokémon

Pokémon Masters EX

  • Legendary Arena Entei event
    • Lasts until 06:00 UTC on October 17th
    • Item rewards changed since last time
    • Spotlight Scout with Wallace and Sygna Suit Grimsley
  • Nvidia warns that RTX 3080 and 3090 will be in short supply and CEO Jensen Huang admits that Nvidia “just weren't prepared for” the demand
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Season 2 will have a new level called Knight Fever that features fickle drawbridges and swinging log spikes
  • New trailer for the Pikmin 3 Deluxe Switch port introduces a “squad of adorable, plantlike” Pikmin to command
  • Turn 10 appears to be assisting Playground Games on new Fable since senior designer Bill Giese has listed Forza and Fable in his work experience on LinkedIn
  • PlayStation 5 launch title Astro's Playroom “roughly 4-5 hours long” so you can finish it in one sitting – but at least it features many a PlayStation Easter egg

Which organization gave Fable II a Proggy Award in 2008?

ANSWER: PETA!

No mention of Fable II's adorable doggy? For shame, PETA, for shame.

Did you know that PETA has their own award? The animal rights organization awards the Proggy to people and organizations that are contributing towards animal welfare. Fable II won that award, and was called the “most animal-friendly game”. Could it be because of the central role played by its canine companion?

Not quite. The game's morality system awarded virtue points for vegetarian diet options, and so PETA praised Fable II as “an effective tool that teaches gamers the real-life benefits of a vegetarian diet”. It's not clear whether Fable inspired anyone to turn vegetarian and so prevent their eyes from going red and horns from growing out of their heads, but it seems like no-one at PETA earned that achievement for killing a bunny…

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey.

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