SCG Gaming News & Notes for Oct. 4, 2018
Sony leaks November PS Plus games, new Switch model may be coming, PSN name changes could be inbound and more
Sony may have leaked the November PlayStation Plus games as being Yakuza Kiwami and Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition. According to GameSpot, the usual monthly graphic is already showing on the PlayStation blog for November, despite just being a few days into October.
Sony usually announces PlayStation Plus games a day or two after the final Tuesday of the month, which coincides with the last day to get the previous month’s titles. There’s no word on whether or not this was a leak, mistake or may change before the games release next month. It’s also not clear what PS3 or Vita games will be offered in November at this time.
A report from the Wall Street Journal, citing suppliers and others with direct knowledge, has revealed that Nintendo may be launching an alternate version of the Nintendo Switch next year.
It’s unclear what changes the new version of the handheld-console hybrid will include, if it indeed dose exist, but some are speculating more storage space, fixes for well-known issues like the left Joy-Con’s connectivity problems and a newer, better screen may be in store for a revised version of the popular system.
Microsoft recently announced that the Xbox One will get keyboard and mouse support for games soon, allowing for more PC games to come to the console. Support for current titles would be up to developers, Microsoft said. Support for keyboard and mouse for future release will also be left up to developers.
PC World, via Xbox execs and Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, reports that Warframe will be the first game to test the functionality.
With Microsoft launching so many controller variants, it’ll be interesting to see if the company unveils an official Xbox One keyboard and mouse bundle.
Speaking of keyboard and mouse, console players of The Sims 4 will soon be able to control their virtual families easier as the game is getting support for the peripherals.
According to The Sims forums, Twitter user SimGuruLegacy, which is run by Sims developer Maxis, tweeted that the game will allow the use of keyboard and mouse via a patch at some point.
Unfortunately, the account later tweeted in response to a user that it won’t be in the game’s next patch. However, the account also tweeted that the developers are working to bring support for keyboard and mouse to consoles as soon as possible.
Sony may finally be allowing PSN users to change their usernames. According to Kotaku, several developers have mentioned working to prepare their games to support the functionality.
No word on when the much-requested feature will be implemented or if this is even set in stone at this point, but seeing that Sony mentioned at last year’s PlayStation Experience that we could see name changes by this year’s event (though Sony recently announced there won’t be a PSX event this year), we could see the ability to change names on PSN soon.
PSN launched in 2006 with the PlayStation 3 and users have been asking to change their names pretty much since day one. Xbox allows users to change their names as much as desired with the first change being free and every subsequent change setting users back $8 each.
Name changes for PSN users coming soon could also explain why the recent 6.00 firmware update on PS4 seemed to do nothing.
Stay tuned to Sac City Gamer for updates on all of these stories and more.
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