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.
DirectX 12 has been lingering out in the open for a while now, and Xbox head Phil Spencer only got a moment to touch on it during the Windows 10 event that Microsoft hosted tonight. DirectX 12 is meant to usher in a new dawn for gaming on PC, Xbox and mobile - and this first look didn't disappoint in the slightest.
Everyone is about Virtual Reality right now. Oculus has all their chips in that basket, joined by a few bets from Sony and Samsung. Microsoft have instead decided to fold, and start a new table altogether. Instead of VR, Microsoft is pushing augmented reality. Or, as they like to call it, holograms.
Who else totally called it? Microsoft is all about Windows 10 tonight, but there was a little time for Xbox boss Phil Spencer to talk bout how the new operating system will affect PC gaming, and more importantly Xbox One gaming. And it's about bloody time that Xbox and PC gamers are finally going to be able to play online with each other.
Microsoft is kicking off their year early with an in-depth, brand new look at Windows 10 at an exclusive event tonight. Many have believed for years that Microsoft should shift their business model to a more Service based enterprise, monetizing applications rather than the Windows platform altogether. Well they're finally agreeing.
Before everyone disappeared on holiday last year we decided to help host a competition with local indie developers Egamea, to help promoted their game O3DX. There were four massive prizes on offer, including goods from Nintendo, Microsoft and Steam. With the competition now closed, all that's left is to check if we're making your Tuesday extra special.
I hope you guys had a great Christmas. With even better gifts, unlike me. Honestly, who gives out socks. Hot damn, I hate socks so much. Over in the US of A, the Xbox One strategy of cutting the price of the console had a surprisingly effective result, as the latest sales results paint a rosy picture for the massive black box.
Microsoft had a rather surprising announcement at E3 last year, revealing that the cult classic card game Phantom Dust would be rebooted into a modern Xbox One exclusive. Considering the 2005 original was flawed in so many ways, Microsoft has to think of a different way to approach it. One strategy, is seems, is toning down on the story a little bit.
I really like the Xbox’s current management. Unlike the previous head – who came across as little more than a suit with a face- Don Mattrick, division and studio head Phil Spencer and creative director Ken Lobb come across as being enthusiastic, engaging, and dare I say, honest. That doesn’t mean they’re quick to shy away from hyperbole. Speaking on The Inner Circle Podcast, Lobb said that Scalebound has the potential to be the "Game of All-Time."
Rare as we know it, isn’t the same developer of yesteryear. From the days of Donkey Kong Country, Banjo Kazooie and even Viva Piñata, Rare has evolved into a studio that pumps out stuff such as Kinect Sports Rivals. But that’s the Rare of today. And the Rare of tomorrow could be a studio that once again flexes its creative muscles; something that Microsoft sees potential in.