The PowerSwitch – Xbox and the Netflix for Games – Episode 14

TODAY on The PowerSwitch – Gaming’s Call-In Talk Radio Show: Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service shows a new commitment to a game distribution model with potentially huge industry ramifications, over sixty indie games announced during the Nintendo Switch Indie Showcase, new virtual reality pricing models show further competitiveness between HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and Nintendo Switch is taking up the mantle of the PlayStation Vita



  • (1:05) – Main Topic: Xbox and the Netflix for Games
    • Xbox Game Pass announced
    • Potentially huge industry ramifications
    • Gamestop stock down 8%
    • Still hindered by internet infrastructure
    • Concern over the “race to the bottom”
    • Is Xbox Game Pass something you need?
  • (12:17) – Caller: Videogameguru64 (Illinois)
    • Favorite announcements of the Nindies Showcase
  • (22:59) – Caller: Matt (New Jersey)
    • Oculus Rift drops bundle price to $598
    • HTC Vive implementing monthly installment pricing options
  • (35:00) – Top Five Takeaways: Nintendo Switch Indie Showcase
    • Refreshing to see exclusives
    • WarGroove capitalizing on nostalgia
    • Yooka-Laylee missed release date reveal chance
    • Stardew Valley is perfectly meant for Switch
    • Nintendo Switch has taken up the Vita mantle
  • (46:40) – Outro


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Peter Spezia

Editor-in-Chief at Rhymes With Asia
Speaking into a microphone about nerd culture is a passion project for Peter Spezia, formerly known as SMYNYouko. Peter has been an Internet broadcaster since 2007, with past shows including Show Me Your News and WTF, Pokémon. His latest ventures include hosting The PowerSwitch - gaming's call-in talk radio show - and writing for A University of Michigan alum, Peter lives in the Great Lakes State with his wife Rachel as he works in video production for FCA US LLC. When he isn't keeping track of the latest video game industry news, Peter is either playing the guitar or staying fit.