No Man’s Sky has been hiding recently, but that doesn’t mean it’s fallen off the radar as one of this year’s most anticipated titles. The game is launching exclusively for PS4 first, with a PC release slated for a later time. An Xbox One launch, however, doesn’t seem to be in development – and it’s made Microsoft quite sad.
It's the time of year again when speculation flies about how long Microsoft will hold on to the Xbox brand. This isn't the first time rumors have swirled and it probably won't be the last. Is it a case of typical rumors or should we follow that "where there's smoke, there's fire" belief?
It’s not just Gears Of War that’s possibly getting a touch of the remastered treatment over at Microsoft. While their exclusives may have dwindled in the golden years of the Xbox 360, Microsoft still had some solid titles that were cranked out. Alan Wake for example, is a magnificent piece of tense storytelling and survival. A classic from developer Remedy Entertainment, it’s also a title that will most likely never ever see a sequel. But a remaster could be on the way.
The ease with which we are able to link credit cards to online accounts is a proper headache for parents not keeping a close enough eye on their children. It's not uncommon for massive bills to be racked up by ignorant (or deviously sly) children, leaving the parents to foot the bill. It's so common in fact that it's even happened to a Director of the World Bank - although he's looking to give Microsoft grief for it.
There’s maybe a handful of games out there, that can actually make me feel something. Whether it was an idiotic and gleeful grin in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance or a sadistic chuckle when I walled my Sims into a basement that also doubled as a slave labour painting workshop, very few games pack the necessary emotional left hook that can wipe a vacant look of my face. Ori and the Blind Forest however, is one of those rare games. And it’s far, far more than a mere emotional journey, as it dips into a challenging, beautiful and creative pool of design.
Sony and Microsoft are locked in a battle, fighting against each other to prove who’s got the better hardware, the better games, and the better PR and marketing people. Or at least their rabid fans are. In truth, the corporations aren’t averse to working together – and according to Microsoft’s current Xbox chief, they’re working together to stop a common enemy: The idiots that keep brining services down though DDoS attacks.
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.