Tis the season, to get cheap games, tralalalala! Right now, Sony is busy with an Easter sale of note, with various discounts on several big name games and plenty of indies. Of course, they’re not the only game in town, as Microsoft is also ready to crowbar your wallet open.
I had the great pleasure of getting invited to Microsoft this morning for breakfast canapés and a glimpse into the future of the company in South Africa. It was really quite informative, but it was clear the topic on most people's minds - when are we getting Azure servers in South Africa?
I like the good people at our local Microsoft office. They host a bunch of launches for games, as well as events for local indie developers in Joburg, and are generally quite liberal with their coffee machine. Now it seems that they're ramping up their Xbox One marketing in preparation for the launch sometime in September.
Back in the early 2000s, Apple became known for their iPod devices instead of their over-priced PCs, thanks to a solid focus on that emerging digital market. Gaming is in a similar position right now, and that’s a bit of history that Microsoft is keen on repeating.
Microsoft’s DirectX 12 gives developers lower-level access to hardware than ever before, and is already proving to be quite impressive. According to Stardock’s Brad Wardwell writing on Neowin, DirectX 12 will make a significant difference to the Xbox One’s graphical performance.
Since Microsoft revealed the Xbox One, we’ve been hearing about how much The Cloud could benefit games, and how the array of 300 000 servers in the sky would make games look and run better. Microsoft even said that the fairies in the ether would give the Xbox One three times the computing power. Since the console’s release, we’ve seen exactly none of that extra power. Here’s that cloud in action.
Microsoft has announced that Phil Spencer is now the head of Xbox and I for one am very happy about this. To me Phil has always been the more gaming-oriented person in the company and the one thing the Xbox One needs desperately is a renewed focus on games.
When the Xbox was originally introduced Microsoft were quite vocal about the online player reputation management system they had implemented. The idea being that when you act badly online your reputation points take a hit and eventually you will only be paired with other gamers with bad rep.
We all know that the future of gaming will be about new visuals, new waggle movement technology and games starring heroes who look like they pump more steroids in their veins than an entire gym locker room. Epic Games may have moved onto greener pastures, leaving Gears of War behind, but there’s a good reason for that. It’s because Epic lost interest in the franchise.
It's our favorite time again - what did Peter Molyneux say? This time, gaming's grandfather (or maybe he's the crazy uncle, or black sheep cousin) said indies should enjoy their time in the sun because it won't last. He also gave one of my favorite quotes ever regarding Microsoft.
Because it was a public holiday on Friday and we were exercising our human rights to sit in our underwear and play videogames, we missed Microsoft’s great big DirectX 12 announcement at GDC last week. so let’s have a look, and see what the new API will offer.
It's poo time again! No, not that half hour it seems the guys require to sit on the throne - companies have been nominated and it's time to vote on the worst companies in the US of A. Will EA score a hat trick, or will another company take their "prize"?
Don’t worry guys, this stuff is only virtually real. The Oculus Rift has the attention of the world right now, with Sony set to release their own VR kit one of these days, presumably while Nintendo tries to bury the memory of the 3D Virtual Boy. Now add Microsoft to that rumour list, as it looks like the house of Xbox is also wanting to enter the goofy headset market.
So, last night I was lured to Microsoft under false pretenses. That's right, I was told that I was being used to fill in for a missing person on the "Graeme and Friends" podcast, but in fact, that missing person was there. Does this mean that they actually wanted me for my winning personality? I'm not too sure - but I am sure that you can win stuff by listening.
Oh, what a sad day it was when we found out that we weren't getting Titanfall in South Africa. The only country in the world where Titanfall was pulled, and it was primarily due to our poor infrastructure (among other reasons). Well, maybe it will release here after all - Azure servers are rumoured to be on the way.