There are a bunch of Phils at the top of gaming. While the Xbox brand is run by (good guy) Phil Spencer, Phil Harrison was also a figurehead at Microsoft. However, it seems that he is leaving for even greener pastures.
Oh Mantle, you had one job and you did it oh so well. AMD's Mantle API has been around for well over a year now, born out of Microsoft's slow progress on DirectX 12. AMD wasn't happy with DirectX 11 any longer, and so Mantle was created to further optimism draw calls and bring new forms of functionality to graphics cards. Without mainstream support from the likes of Nvidia or Intel, it was doomed to a single purpose. And its time has finally run out.
When I told people that I was actually keen to play Fable Legends, they laughed at me. Then they made fun of my gigantic money-hat, occasionally stealing a loose R20 note when my back was turned the other way to avoid their scorn. Well who’s laughing now, huh? Because Fable Legends is going to be a completely free to play game! HA HA!
It's hard for any press conference to really surprise us anymore. With tons of leaks, the glory of the internet showing us all the trailers and videos in advance and other modern developments, E3 is slowly losing its announcement appeal. Microsoft is determined to bring it back - but can they?
People seem to despise success. Whenever anybody becomes famous or successful – whatever the reason – they end up being the target of hate, vitriol and general chagrin. Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson is wildly successful, - and for good reason. Minecraft has become a phenomenon, a sensation that’s changed the way people look at games. And since being bought out by Microsoft, Persson has been regularly accused of “selling out.”
There’s been little to go one since the surprise announcement of a Phantom Dust reboot at Microsoft’s E3 press conference last year. The rebirth of the original Xbox cult classic has been under development at an outsourced independent studio, with Microsoft keeping a close eye on one of its upcoming exclusives. But it seems like they weren’t pleased with what they saw, which has resulted in the closure of Darkside Games.
The dream for low-level access to PC gaming hardware is one that’s been alive for forever. PC gamers have looked on at console games – and while shunning them – wondered how such underpowered hardware could produce such good visuals.
It’s already February and the Xbox One has been without a major update this year. Microsoft stuck pretty well to monthly updates last year, but it seems like they just needed a few more days for the very first one in 2015. Thankfully it’s finally up, and it’s fixing a lot of major issues.
Sony has released its financial results for the third quarter of the fiscal year, much like everyone else has been doing lately. In the period between 1 September and 31 December, Sony had some surprisingly positive results in the gaming divisions, resulting in some improved predictions.
Microsoft unveiled a pretty nifty piece of hardware last week, dubbed the Hololens. More augmented reality than virtual reality, it’s essentially a far more powerful version of Google Glass. It’s meant to help add something extra to your life, with the demo reel promising all kinds of features that look too good to be true. But it’s still a solid idea, and one that could help add some extra value to games.
The holiday season is still prime shopping time, which means that it's peak sales time for consoles. The PS4 managed an impressive 4.1 million units sold to consumers in that period, and Xbox has a higher number - but they're continuing to obfuscate the facts.
Microsoft had a pretty great last week, with their Windows 10 keynote getting their year off to a promising start. One of the highlights from the conference was DirectX 12, which will be exclusive to Windows 10. There was really a timeframe on when the API would be launched, and it seems like there didn't need to be - because DirectX 12 is out right now.
Welcome to Minecraft Monday. We used to report on things that people have built, but it's 2015 and time for something new. So instead, we will be showing you how to build your dream creations. First up, they say a man's home is his castle. So a man's castle should be his home, right?
There’s going to be a new Call of Duty this year because of course there’s going to be one. Activision has been steadily whipping their studios to keep their mega millions franchise alive, so it’s just a matter of time before we hear about the next instalment. That seemingly came from Microsoft yesterday – before they pulled the old one eighty again.
Last night was a knockout for Microsoft. For a press conference with just the Windows 10 tagline, there was certainly a lot more on show than their brand new operating system. For example, DirectX 12, which will boost gaming on all Windows devices through software alone. But only if you have Windows 10 first.