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The Big Three Giants In The Video Game Industry Keep Making Mistakes

The video industry is driven by three big giants; Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. Well, at least Sony and Microsoft undoubtedly, while Nintendo is like that cool kid who doesn’t need any comrades. If you ponder back at the revelation of Xbox One with a Kinect that nobody desired, it was a direct effect of the commercial success of Xbox 360. But on the contrary, I presume that 360 was rather more successful than One with its array of first party games and introduction to motion gaming. Motion gaming was something which was quite impressive at the time but soon lost its charm, yet Microsoft could not let go of the Kinect. In addition to that, there are just are just a handful of games for One’s Kinect. Then you’ve got Sony, who thought it would be a great idea to price the PS...

Microsoft In Talks To Extend PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Exclusive Deal

The creator of the hit video game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is in talks with Microsoft about extending their agreement to publish the game exclusively on Xbox, according to people familiar with the matter. South Korea’s Bluehole has agreed to produce the game for Microsoft first by the end of the year and is likely to give the company a longer period as the solo console, said the people, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. Games are typically offered exclusively for about three months to encourage people to buy a particular console, so Xbox may have the game to itself until the middle of next year or longer. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has become this year’s surprise hit of the game industry, selling 13 million copies and shattering records for personal-compute...

PUBG Developers Discuss The Benefits Of Working With Microsoft

In a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Brendan Greene, the guy behind the ARMA III mod that led to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, discussed about bringing the game to the Xbox One alongside the release of the Xbox One X and how Microsoft has been a really big help in porting the game over from PC to console. You can read the full interview here, and below are some of the highlights. Microsoft is sending over a bunch of staff to both Bluehole in Korea and utilizing their staff in Spain to help port the game while the main team keeps working on the PC version. Microsoft is also helping them with security and anti-cheat design for the PC version. Microsoft is aiding them in designing the controller feel (button mappings, auto-aim, etc) for the game, utilizing their experience in ...

Xbox One Official Mouse And Keyboard Support Coming Soon

We’ve always known Xbox was interested in bringing in keyboard and mouse support to their platforms but it was all just hushed rumours and speculations, however, during a panel at PAX West Xbox Platform CVP Mike Ybarra discussed mouse and keyboard support for Xbox One. This is what he had to say: “Keyboard and mouse support is definitely coming. We have to be very smart in how we do that. We’ll leave it a lot up to developer choice. A lot of people tweet me and say “you can’t do this because of fairness,” and we understand that. We run two platforms; the Xbox platform, and the Windows platform. And so, when we bring keyboard and mouse, we’ll coach developers and say look, you’ve got to think about your multiplayer pools, if you have a competi...

First Look at the Latest Xbox One Dashboard Update

It’s an exciting day at Team Xbox as Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Ring will get a first look at the latest Xbox update. This release is the next major update for gaming on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and is designed to make the Xbox gaming experience more fun, personalized, and social than ever. We’ve heard feedback from our fans that they want the ability to customize Home the way they want. This new experience on Xbox One gives gamers more choice and delivers fun faster. Updates to Home, Guide and Community are available today, with updates to Avatars, Game Hubs, Profiles and more coming this fall. Windows 10 PCs will also receive updates to the Game bar and Gaming settings menu. Here’s a detailed look at some of the new features that will arrive for Xbox Insiders starting today and contin...

Xbox One X Pre-Orders Coming Soon, Will You Be Buying?

Microsoft’s competitor to high end PCs was revealed at E3 this year (we are talking about Xbox One X) is going to be ready to be taken off the shelves. Xbox One X can be pre-ordered soon. Xbox head Phil Spencer took to twitter to answer some fan queries- “Our plan is set for this”, Spencer said. “All approvals are done so now just landing the announce with all the info, won’t be too much longer.” The Xbox head also talked about Crackdown 3- “Crackdown will be at Gamescom and we’ll show more there”, he confirmed. “Yes, I saw the SDCC stream. We’ll make sure we have a good demo.” Spencer also talked more about Crackdown in following tweets- Unfair to judge people who don’t play all the time on demos but for those who play CD, know what LT does is critical.. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP...

Microsoft Now Owns Tech That Powers Some Of The Biggest PS4 Games

Havok the physics engine behind Uncharted 4 and Horizon Zero Dawn has been acquired by Microsoft. Is it a problem for Sony? I don’t think so, as Microsoft has announced in a statement that they will continue to license the technology out to anyone and everyone that wants to use it. This is a positive move for the engine, as Microsoft does suggest that it hopes that the acquisition will further strengthen its cloud-based computing services, which they are starting to see the fruits of from a gaming persuasion in Crackdown 3. Havok has been used in many games, such as Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Just Cause, Medal of Honor, Portal and many more. And in the coming future if Microsoft does want to license the technology then it is highly unlikely that they would deny Sony, as rival c...

What Happens To Your Games If You Die

We all have migrated from owning discs of games to owning digital copies in our digital libraries. It could be Steam, Origins, Uplay, PlayStation Network or Xbox Live. Some of us might have an account that’s not worth much but there are also people who’ve spent more than a thousand dollars in just games. So what happens in the unfortunate event that you die? Ever wondered what happens to your digital library? Well, a user on the Steam Community asked if they passed away and pass on their steam account in their will, would it be done. Well, there’s an answer to that and the answer is yes. If you do state it in your will, Steam will not block the change of ownership. Here’s the statement from one of the steam moderators: Well, that’s good news for Steam users bu...

The Top 7 Most Disappointing Announcements At E3 2017

We covered the top showings at E3 2017 and now we’re covering the disappointments from E3. This is all based on my personal opinion, which will differ from yours so please, don’t come at me with your pitchforks. Nintendo Metroid Prime 4 Nintendo had a pretty great conference, probably the best conference this year so choosing a disappointing announcement was kinda hard. This was extreme nitpicking but they announced Metroid Prime 4 with what was essentially a gif of the title of the game. It hyped everyone up for sure but then we have nothing else, no images or screenshots or alpha footage or anything. Sony Monsters of the Deep Okay, what? No seriously, why even announce this? A Final Fantasy Fishing game for the VR because apparently, people’s fantasy is to fish. Microso...

Sony blocking Cross-Play for Profit?

With recent announcements that Minecraft will allow cross-play between all the platforms and Rocket League for the Switch also announcing that it’ll feature cross-play, Sony has made a strange decision and have blocked cross-play on their platforms. The reasoning behind this decision is very weak and quite frankly, not a smart one but what do we “players” know. In an interview with Eurogamer, PlayStation global sales and marketing head Jim Ryan had this to say, “We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base”, he says. “Minecraft – the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it’s all ages but it’s also very young. We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation...

Microsoft’s Xbox One X To Trump PS4 Pro?

When the Xbox One was announced originally, people were skeptical if it was more powerful than the PS4. Turns out it was not as powerful as the PS4 which led to a lot of criticism towards Microsoft and Xbox. Then came the PS4 Pro and people bashed Microsoft even more. Sony even upped their exclusives’ game in the meantime which led to the rise of PlayStation’s popularity which left people wondering if Microsoft would step up their game and if so then how? We heard rumours about Project Scorpio for a long time, every couple of months we would get new information but nothing substantial about it. Then they revealed that Scorpio would run games at 4k and people were skeptical but still intrigued by the idea of it. Now, we finally have it officially announced, with the specs and ga...

E3 2017 Highlights: Microsoft Press Conference

With so many expectations for Project Scorpio and people watching to see how Microsoft plan on going toe to toe with Sony again, Microsoft did not disappoint. Their whole conference was packed from start to end and they had a lot of things to announce. So here are the highlights from the Microsoft Press Conference. Xbox One X Project Scorpio finally got revealed it is called Xbox One X. They released a world premiere trailer alongside a bunch of impressive details about it. The Release date of One X is 7th November 2017 and it’ll cost $499.  They also announced backward compatibility for the original Xbox titles and that over 40 pre-existing titles will get the One X update to support 4k. Forza Motorsport 7 Microsoft showcased Forza Motorsport 7 on the newly released Xbox One X and i...


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