Xbox Series S Price, Sonic Games for 30th Anniversary

TODAY: Turns out Animal Crossing: New Horizons is not a game for kids after all — Sega turned down the display technology that ended up powering Virtual Boy — No microtransactions in Cyberpunk 2077

Microsoft reveals the Xbox Series S

Microsoft has finally unveiled its less powerful next-gen console Xbox Series S, previously known by its codename Lockhart.

Microsoft went ahead with the announcement following a leak that revealed the price and release date for both Xbox Series X and S. According to Microsoft, the Xbox Series X delivers “next gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever” and will launch at $299/€299/£249.

Both consoles will launch on November 10th, and the Xbox Series X is supposedly priced at $499.

  • Features a custom 512GB NVMe SSD supporting the new Xbox Velocity Architecture, which lets you instantly pick up where you left off in a game
  • Unlike the Series X, the Series S won’t target 4K, but focuses on 1440p

Your play, Sony: Will this prompt Sony to finally spill the beans on the PlayStation 5’s price point? Sony’s next State of Play is supposed to be dedicated to PlayStation VR, but maybe this recent development will make them change their minds?

What was the only movie tie-in game to appear on the ill-fated Virtual Boy?

  1. Hudson Hawk
  2. Waterworld
  3. Congo
  4. Judge Dredd

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.

The Origins of the Virtual Boy

The Virtual Boy has roots all the way back in the mid-90s, when the Massachusetts company Reflection Technology developed a red LED display called the Scanned Linear Array. They tried to license it to Sega – who turned it down because the technology had health issues.

Nintendo’s Gunpei Yokoi was more enthusiastic and signed a deal with Reflection Technology to deliver displays for a console called VR32. Nintendo stuck with the red LED displays to keep costs down, and thus the infamous Virtual Boy was born.

Turns out Sega made the right call: Virtual Boy both unwieldy and uncomfortable, had a tendency to cause headaches and motion sickness.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ demographic is older than expected

Animal Crossing: New Horizons director Aya Kyogoku and producer Hisashi Nogami talked about the demographics of Animal Crossing players at the Computer Entertainment Developers Conference in Japan.

Nogami said many people assume that New Horizon is primarily a game for young girls, but that’s completely off the mark: “Looking at the gender and age data of Animal Crossing users, it is clear that the ratio of males and females is half and there are many users in their 20s and 30s,” said Nogami.

Surprising demographics: “Since it has not been a year since it was released, it has not been possible for many children to buy it, but for the moment it is a game with a user group that’s likely different from your expectations.” Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold 22.4 million copies, making it the second best-selling Switch game.

Standalone Joy-Cons in the works?

Nintendo have filed patents for stand-alone Joy-Cons that can not be clipped to a device like the typical Joy-Cons.

Super Mario Galaxy for Switch uses detachable Joy-Cons, which presents a problem for Switch Lite owners. Could the stand-alone Joy-Cons simply be dedicated Switch Lite peripherals? The Switch lite has neither HD rumble or an IR motion camera, so several other games are incompatible with the handheld console.

Galaxy fever: Judging by Amazon’s top sellers list, Super Mario 3D All-Stars is one of the year’s most pre-ordered games. The collection features Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy, which will require detachable Joy-Cons to play the co-op mode.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

Developers: Vicarious Visions, Neversoft

Version played: PC

It has been over twenty years since Tony Hawk became a videogame hero, and now Vicarious Visions has rebuilt the two first games in the series from the ground up for a new generation. Whether you’re a new or old fan, you definitely don’t want to miss this stunning remake.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 includes all stages from the two classics and most of the character roster, but also introduces some new elements to help the games feel more modern. While the two first games are the most fondly remembered, the later games definitely expanded the range of tricks and play styles and refined their feel: Reverts, Manuals and Wall Plants help you extend your combos, while Spine Transfers makes navigating skate parks less rigid.

In addition to the campaigns, there’s a variety of challenges and game modes like Speed Run, which tasks you with finishing every objective in a level in a single run, and Single Session high-score runs. There’s also ranked and unranked multiplayer mode, with up to 8 competitors.

On top of that, the game is brimming with high-end features like high refresh rates, ultrawide aspect ratios and HDR rendering. The game performs well too, easily hitting 120FPS at 1440p on mid-range hardware. If you have a decent PC, you should definitely go for the PC version – but bear in mind there is no cross-platform multiplayer.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 still offers perfect short-burst fun with serious just-one-more-go addictiveness and a high skill ceiling that’ll keep you skating for a long time before you’re a master. Whether you’re a veteran who has played hundreds of hours of the earlier games or a total newcomer, this is quite simply the best version of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

The PC version of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Standard Edition is £39.99 on the Epic Games Store.

Score: 9/10

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  • Feels great
  • Looks stunning
  • Perfect for new and old fans

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  • Now we’re hungry for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3+4!

Necromunda: Underhive Wars Codes

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Necromunda: Underhive Wars is available today on Steam for $29.99 or £27.99, and we’ve got some codes to hand out this week, with the giveaway ending this Friday.

Deep below the nightmarish, polluted hive cities of Necromunda, in the twisted, vertiginous, dark tunnels of the Underhive, rival gangs fight to the bitter end for personal power, wealth, survival and the honour of their Houses. Only the strongest survive.

  • Several new Sonic games will mark the 30th anniversary of the blue hedgehog according to Licensing Source Book Europe
  • The Sinking City has been delisted and removed from players’ librares according to fans. Frogwares stated that the game has been removed as a result of their legal battle with BigBen Interactive/Nacon
  • Milestone’s RIDE 4 next-gen upgrade differs between consoles according to PR materials: The free PS5 upgrade is only available until April 30th 2021, while Xbox One users will be able to upgrade at any time
  • Ever wanted to play Virtual Boy on a TV? This hardware mod gets Virtual Boy running outputting to a 3D TV with polarized glasses
  • CD Projekt RED confirms Cyberpunk 2077 will not feature microtransactions as rumours claim they could be added. The official Twitter account calls the rumours clickbait

What was the only movie tie-in game to appear on the ill-fated Virtual Boy?

Answer: Waterworld!

A match made in heaven: Cinema’s biggest flop and Nintendo’s worst console!

Only 22 games were published for Virtual Boy, and Waterworld was one of them. Developed by famed shovelware developer Ocean, it was the only Virtual Boy game made outside Japan, and is widely considered one of the worst games of all time.

The game was intended to feature multiplayer, but the Virtual Boy link cable never saw the light of day as Nintendo quickly discontinued production. If you ever feel like a failure, you should remind yourself that at least you didn’t make Waterworld for Virtual Boy.

Today’s issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Ken McKown, and Jamie Davey.