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Switch is more expensive than PS4 and Xbox One

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Nintendo's Switch is more expensive than PS4 and Xbox One

Nintendo's Switch console will launch on Friday March 3 at a suggested retail price of NZ$548 (AU$470), Nintendo announced over the weekend.

For comparison's sake, you can pick up a PS4 Slim 1TB Premium Bundle for NZ$528, a PS4 Slim 1TB Watch Dogs 2 Bundle for NZ$478, a PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console for NZ$638, a PS4 Slim 500GB Console for NZ$448, an Xbox One 1TB Elite Console for NZ$548, and an Xbox One S 1TB Gears of War 4 Console Bundle for NZ$528.

The Switch won't feature StreetPass or Miiverse, Nintendo has revealed. Instead, it will support "existing social media platforms" (think: Facebook and Twitter) with its share button.

Nintendo will launch a new premium online service that you can access from your phone as well as the Switch. It allows you to start online matches, send friend requests, and boot up a multiplayer. It is free to try, and will be a paid service from spring 2017. Subscribers to the service will get one monthly game download of a Virtual Console title for either the NES or SNES, but that game will only be playable for the month it is available for free. Connecting with friends will be on a case-by-case basis, but Nintendo is hoping to create a standardised experience. There are no friend codes.

The Switch will not replace the 3DS, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime told CNET.

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Game Mode to boost performance on Windows

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Game Mode to boost performance on Windows

Microsoft is adding a mode to Windows that it says will improve game performance.

Game Mode is coming as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update later this year, and promises to boost game performance across Win32 and Universal Windows Platform titles.

It is suspected that the mode suspends background processes, it's still not clear what the mode actually does or how it does it.

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What are Switch hands-on impressions saying?

What are Switch hands-on impressions saying?

Immediately following the Switch conference on Friday evening, Nintendo held hands-on events for press and fans around the world.

While impressions have predictably been all over the map, some same points have been raised by many writers, some of which are collected below:

Hardware-wise, it's an interest concept

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PS VR support coming to Dirt Rally via paid DLC

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PS VR support coming to Dirt Rally via paid DLC

Dirt Rally is getting PS VR support soon via a paid DLC pack.

The PS VR DLC is coming to the PlayStation Store in the coming weeks, and will also be available from retail via a new boxed version of Dirt Rally,

It supports every car, route and discipline within the game, but also allows a second player to take on the role of co-driver and send calls to the driver using the using a DualShock 4.

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League of Legends finally has a single player practice mode

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League of Legends finally has a single player practice mode

After much flip-flopping on the subject, Riot has finally announced that League of Legends is getting a practice tool.

The tool, creatively called 'Practice Tool', is a place where anyone can go to brush up on the game's systems.

Riot describes it as a simple, straight forward, single player environment that lets you test out things without wasting hours in Custom Games.

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Sony shutters MediEvil and Rigs studio Guerrilla Cambridge

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Sony shutters MediEvil and Rigs studio Guerrilla Cambridge

Sony is closing Rigs: Mechanized Combat League developer Guerrilla Cambridge, a studio that's been around since the PlayStation 1.

All employees will be laid off, although Sony is attempting to move people onto other projects.

It has also pledged to speak with other developers in Cambridge about employment opportunities – the English town is host to many game studios including Ninja Theory ( Hellblade), Jagex (RuneScape), and Frontier Developments (Elite: Dangerous, Planet Coaster).

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Gravity Rush 2 mostly soars, say critics

Gravity Rush 2 mostly soars, say critics

According to critics, Sony has got 2017 off to a good start with Gravity Rush 2.

The first-party PS4 exclusive about semi-controlled falling in various directions currently sits at 79 on OpenCritic.

Gravity Rush 2 follows gravity-breaking protagonist Kat as a new danger emerges to threaten the fabric of the universe itself. Still searching for clues behind the mystery of her origin, and with the powerful Raven at her side, Kat must master three unique gravity attack styles as she takes on enemies and massive bosses.

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Aussies upset top US team at Paladins Invitational

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Aussies upset top US team at Paladins Invitational

An Aussie esports team claimed some high-profile scalps at last week's Hi-Rez Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.

Australia’s Abyss Esports tore through the Paladins tournament group stages losing only to eventual champions Burrito Esports, 3-2.

Abyss then took down top US team Eager in one of the biggest upsets of the weekend, before falling at the hands of District 69 in the semis.

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The Tale of the Ice Staff is a cute ARPG that needs your help

The Tale of the Ice Staff is a cute ARPG that needs your help

A cute locally-developed pixel art action RPG is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter.

The Tale of the Ice Staff is an 8-bit style title whose randomly-generated dungeons, side quests, mini bosses, and lore will give players at least 40 hours of gameplay, according to its Kickstarter page.

The dev team – led by two locals including a former Ubisoft, Microsoft and Gameloft employee – is seeking NZ$30,000 to create the first chapter of the game.

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