DualSense controller, Valorant breaking records, much more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here and welcome back to The Gaming Observer. It Wednesday, April 8th, and we’re going start once again talking about gaming events, and then move on to actual video games.

E3 not doing major online digital event. Microsoft moving all events through July 2021 digital-only.

So first thing I’ll say is that sources are now claiming that E3 is not going to be hosting a digital conference this year. They’re going to do something, I think mainly to make sure some publishers don’t get entirely screwed over in terms of publicity, but it won’t be this huge deal that people may have been expecting. Now another interesting note here is that Microsoft will be moving all of its events to a digital format until July of next year. That’s July 2021 that Microsoft will stay all-digital in its events. Now I will say there seem to be some cavetas here, for example they may not necessarily be obstaining from participating in other people’s events like Gamescom or next year’s E3. However, it appears as though the Xbox Series X won’t be getting a physical launch event, which is very interesting, but I look forward to seeing what they do.

First look at new PS5 controller, the DualSense

Sony has just unveiled the controller for the Playstation 5, which is not called the Dualshock 5, but is instead called the DualSense controller. And if you look at this thing, honestly its pretty beefy. It could be the images are just skewing its size, but it definitely looks bigger than the Dualshock. It’s primary colour is also white instead of black, so that might end up being the colour scheme they go with for the full console. Anyway the name, DualSense, refers to the primary marketing angle they’ve taken with it, which is the new haptic feedback features. They claim it will let you feel “the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud,” or “the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.” They’ve also gotten rid of the share button, and turned it into a create button, but there’s not much info on what that will do. It also has a built-in microphone, so that’s pretty neat.

Riot Games’ Valorant breaks Twitch records

Riot Games has recently released Valorant, their new first person shooter, into a closed beta. It turns out that people are incredibly excited for this game, as it just broke Fortnite’s record for most people watching a game at one time on Twitch, with 1.7 million. As RockPaperShotgun says nicely here, “Maybe people are watching because they’re excited for a new game from the makers of League of Legends, or because they’re excited for a first person shooter following in Counter-Strike’s footsteps. Or maybe it’s because watching Twitch streams is how you get a key to enter the beta.” Regardless of the reason, there is obviously some hype here, and I’m looking forward to how it shapes up in the gaming community. It’ll really be something if Riot can pull off another mega hit.

Saints Row: The Third getting a remaster

Somehow my brain skipped this story yesterday, so here it is: Saints Row: The Third will officially be receiving a remastered version of the game. Most of the game’s assets have been reworked, alongside some new graphics and lighting. The remaster will include all 30 DLCs and the three expansions. Set to arrive on PC, Xbox, and Playstation of May 22. I think this is a great game to remaster, Saints Row is a great franchise.

Disco Elysium is planning a Switch port.
Overcooked 2 gets a definitive edition.

Okay and our last two stories here. The first is Disco Elysium will be heading to the Nintendo Switch. I guess development on that port hasn’t begun yet though, so it’s probably a ways away. Nonetheless, I’ve heard great things about that game and have been meaning to pick it up. It’s received an ungodly amount of awards. And the final story is that Overcooked 2 will now be receiving a Gourmet edition, which is to say the game packed in with its DLCs. That’s currently available for all console players, and PC players get access on April 16th

Alright, thank you very much for joining me here today, and thank you to Seane for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon. I will be back tomorrow with the news, as I am every Monday through Friday, and until then, Happy Gaming everyone.