Microsoft Tag

Posted by Zoe Hawkins - 05 Mar 2015

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.

Posted by Alessandro Barbosa - 03 Mar 2015

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.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 27 Feb 2015

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!

Posted by Zoe Hawkins - 24 Feb 2015

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?

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 19 Feb 2015

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.”

Posted by Alessandro Barbosa - 18 Feb 2015

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.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 10 Feb 2015

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.

Posted by Alessandro Barbosa - 06 Feb 2015

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.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 28 Jan 2015

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.

Posted by Alessandro Barbosa - 26 Jan 2015

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.

Posted by Zoe Hawkins - 26 Jan 2015

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?

Posted by Alessandro Barbosa - 23 Jan 2015

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.

Posted by Alessandro Barbosa - 22 Jan 2015

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.