PS5 details, Interactive Recommender, IGF awards, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome back to your daily gaming news for Friday, March 20th. Thank you for your patience yesterday with the repeated episode, don’t worry we’ve got lots of new things to look at today.

More PS5 details, similar to Xbox Series X

We now have the technical information about the PlayStation 5. Now on at least a surface level, the specs are pretty similar to the Xbox. It also has an SSD that will drastically improve load times, they’ve got 16 gigs of RAM, and just under 1TB of storage, which can expanded. In terms of backwards compatability, what they’ve said so far is that it will be able to play the “100 top PlayStation 4 titles as ranked by playtime.” Which is to say the top 100 most popular PS4 games. This obviously a little different than Xbox, which is saying basically every single Xbox One game, and everything that’s already compatable from previous generations. So yeah, all of this to say that it looks like things are going to be pretty similar tech wise, and so now we just need to wait on what kind of games come out, and especially how much they are going to cost. And I think this is a real sticking point here, because even a difference of $50 could be a turning point for customers. What are these consoles going to offer over their competitor which will justify a difference in price. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. Just on a personal note, I’ve been an Xbox player my whole life basically out of circumstance, and if I had to buy a console this year, it 100% be Playstation. Not only have I missed out on those major exclusives like God of War and Spiderman, I’m generally comfortable right now knowing that I could access most of t he Xbox games on PC. So anyway, we’ll see how this all shakes out.

Steam integrates the Interactive Recommender

Steam has just officially integrated something from the Steam Labs into the main client, and that is the Interactive Recommender. This is an addition to the other systems they have in place for recommending games, like the Discovery Queue, not a replacement. And essentially what it is, is machine learning which is based on playtime. So tags and reviews don’t necessarily influence the reccomendation, but instead the algorithm looks at other players that have similar play habits to you, who also play a game that you haven’t tried yet. Then it’s likely to be a game you would would enjoy, and it gets reccomended. I think this is a cool idea, and super easy to use and customize, so check it out and see if there’s any games it recommends.

A Short Hike takes top IGF Award — plus more!

So hey, we’re still doing awards shows 3 months into the year, and this time around, it’s the IGF Awards, otherwise known as the Independant Games Festival. I’m talking about it though because his is the biggest awards show of the year for indie developers. So the grand prize went to a game called A Short Hike, which you may have picked up for free on the Epic Games Store yesterday alongside Mutatzione which won Excellence in Audio. Excellence in Narrative went to a game called Heaven’s Vault, which is an adventure game about an archaeologist, and it has a bunch of language puzzles, it looks pretty cool. And the last one I’ll mention here is the Excellence in Art award, which went to a very wholesome 2 player adventure called Knights and Bikes. If you have a signficant other who you want to play couch co-op with, this looks good for that.

Resident Evil 3 Remake demo now available

Resident Evil 3 is coming out in a few weeks, but if you’d like to get your hands on it a bit earlier, feel free the demo which is out now. Seems like people are pretty excited about it, but I should be able to give you my own impressions on tomorrow’s show. Just figured I’d give you the heads up.

Alright, thank you very much for joining me here today, and thank you to Vader 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.