Off-TV Play in Xenoblade Chronicles X Due to Western Demand

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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As always, we here at oprainfall practically foam at the mouth for anything Xenoblade related. Today, though we didn’t really hear any new story features in Xenoblade Chronicles X, we did learn something cool. It was revealed by Koh Kojima on his personal Twitter account that Off-TV play is coming to the game solely due to Western demand for such a feature.

While I can’t speak for other Wii U owners, I am most pleased by this, primarily due to my lack of a HD TV. For me, playing my Wii U games on my Gamepad is the only way to enjoy them fully. Besides this, I simply like the capacity to play my games with my TV off, as I find it somehow relaxing.

Kojima further clarified he was originally not necessarily intending to implement this feature, as it was uncertain if the Gamepad could display all the information required. Luckily, this fear proved unfounded, as it now appears Off-TV play is a sure thing for the game when it releases. I am confident this wonderful spiritual successor will be worth the wait!


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  • Retsukuza

    When he says ‘all the information’,I presume he means that without the second screen (as well as playing on a smaller screen) would be too hard for some people.

  • Eric

    I don’t have an HDTV either, so it’s Off-Screen or bust when it comes to the Wii U.

    • Ryan_oprainfall

      Walmart was selling 40 inch hdtvs this last black friday for just over $100. Time to get with the times man especially if you have an hd capable machine. It’s 2015!

  • Thomas Johnson

    My hope is that the map can be displayed at all times on the gamepad. And I don’t mean the mini map in the corner–I mean the full map that shows you where you have and haven’t explored. Going into the menu to see that all the time was really annoying in Xenoblade Chronicles.

    • Pedro Rosas

      Very unlikely, its probably gonna be like Hyrule Warriors at best where you see the map on the corner or have to pause the game to look at the whole thing. It would be interesting if they were to add a huge map like in final fantasy where its just faded out in the screen so you can move while looking at the big map.

    • Vinicius

      Well, in the last few directs they showed that the map is avaliable all the time on the Gamepad, and it shows you things like sidequests, and what you explored already.

    • Thomas Johnson

      Good. It’s been a while since that Direct, so I guess I had already forgotten. Thanks.