These days, consoles need to be more than just simple game machines. They need to be future game machines. The tried and trusted method of inserting a physical disc may not be going anywhere soon due to consumers actually wanting to own something that can’t be taken away from them, but there’s a growing market in digital games as well. And that market may soon be making way for digital streaming games.
Man, I kinda feel bad for Microsoft. No Street Fighter V love on the Xbox One at all. But that doesn’t mean that the Xbox One doesn’t have a great fighting game exclusive to that console. Killer Insinct is essentially one of the purest games in that genre, something that I’ve spoken at length about before. It’s also a game with new fighters popping up every month, with the second season having already introduced three new brawlers. And get ready to say hello to an old favourite, as Riptor enters the fray.
Up until yesterday, the answer to that question was “probably.”At Gamescom, Microsoft announced that Lara Croft’s next grand adventure would debut exclusively on Microsoft platforms in 2015. The wording was particular; hinting that there was a timed exclusivity. It’s something Phil Spencer confirmed in interviews.
Despite not being able to rope in Epic Games, Microsoft and their own studio, Black Tusk, are hard at work on the next installment of the Gears of War franchise. We've known that for a while, and yet Black Tusk are playing their cards extremely close to the chest. So while we still won't get our first look at Gears of War today, it seems like it's making good progress.
I am officially convinced that Joburg drivers are indies. They refuse to abide by the rules, choosing to be "trendsetters" on the road. You know, making their own paths and whatnot. Right? That is what's happening? I'm going to stick with that explanation in a bid to cut down on my road rage at the idiocy.
Oculus VR got a lot of grief when they decided to financially partner up with Facebook earlier this year. Some backers felt it was a sell out, and that the company's vision would now be influenced by the social media giant. That hasn't happened yet, but could you imagine what would've happened if Oculus partnered up with the likes of Sony or Microsoft?
The business of November has finally simmered down and the video game industry is just about ready to call it a year. But not until the Video Game Awards take place this week, with a number of games taking to the stage and handful of new ones ready to make their debut. But Microsoft have seemingly closed shop already, confirming that nothing new will be shown at the event.
A year since the new generation console have launched and it seems that the first battle was won by Sony. The PS4 has been selling fast and furious, but EA's Chief Financial Officer says that things are shifting in the market.
The Xbox One’s in a bit of sales upswing at the moment, mostly thanks to the Redmond company slashing $50 off of its North American retail price. It’s a tactic that certainly helped Nintendo ignite the 3DS’ momentum, and it looks like it’s helping Microsoft get more Xbox ones into people’s homes. the company’s announced that it’s just shipped 10 million consoles.
It’s time to scratch a Rash, pop a Pimple and burst a Zit. No, I haven’t been frequenting the Reddit popping thread again, but I have been dipping into some Battletoads nostalgia as of late. And it looks like that trip down memory lane was well timed, because Battletoads may be returning.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare finally landed yesterday and quickly established itself as one of the best entries the franchise has ever had. That’s mostly due to the game’s new Exo abilities, which transform the landscape of the eSports focused multiplayer mode. It’s going to be interesting to see how professional players adapt to it over time. We, however, didn’t have that much practice at last night’s Media Invitational tournament, but we still walked away victorious!
I have been ranting and raving about how stupid the end of year release calendar is each year. Gamers aren't all children - they can buy games at any time of year, not just wait until the holiday season. It seems Microsoft has woken up to this, and might just be changing up their plans for 2015.
Right now, with 13 and a half million units sold, Sony is “winning” the next-gen console war. Microsoft is slowly, slowly fighting back, and won’t win it on its exclusives alone. As the Redmond company’s already seen, the only way it’ll win is on price. One thing that’ll certainly help on that front is a newer, cheaper SKU – which certainly helped Sony with the Playstation3 in the last generation. It looks like Microsoft is already working on it.
Even worse than the stuff PlayStation Plus owners get as part of their subscriptions – depending on personal tastes, of course. Where PlayStation 4 owners are getting some big name indies in The Binding of Isaac and Steamworld: Dig, Xbox One owners instead get something they’ve likely never heard of before.
I'm a fan of smart wearable devices. I've yet to own one, but unlike a lot of people (like Geoff), I actually see the value in having a watch or smart band everywhere I go. I guess it's because most of the common features are ones I would use, especially when it comes to health and fitness tracking. That's why I'm already very excited about Microsoft's entry into the smart wearable tech market.