Tuesday
Jun162015

E3: Backwards Compatibility on XBOX ONE 

Oh thank God, its about time that we regain the ability to play our 360 games on our XBOX ONE. I will finally have games to play on the console. The thing about backwards compatibility is that it is a great thing to have, but the vast majority of games, and people will not use it. 

Its the sad truth, although there is the little fact that the number of games coming out is slower than it was during the 360's time in sun so perhaps more will return to the older titles. I do wonder about XBLA games, if I can recapture those from my 360 library... ... where do I sign up.

There is a preview program starting now, and this should be in full swing come the holidays. 

For those wanting to know, this will work on close to 100 games when it comes out, and it will also work for games both digitally purchased and for those that you have the disc. Now for the disc games what will happen is that it will download the game to the console, but will require you to have the disc in the drive to play it, so basically like old times.

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Tuesday
Jun162015

Microsoft is Seriously Getting into VR

Alright so lets talk about something really quickly. Sony has their own VR helmet, the Morpheus, and Microsoft has their project called HoloLens. The thing is Microsoft is also getting involved with the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. You see I think Microsoft wants a couple of extra honey pots on their side, JUST IN CASE, something goes slightly wrong with the HoloLens, such as perhaps a delay in release. 

So why not also help back and support the two other big-ish VR helmets? Yes I know there's a ton more out there, but lets be honest, the Vive is backed by Valve, that means that all of the games on Steam have a chance to get the most out of the device, and the Oculus is owned by Facebook, and even though some people HATE that fact, the device definitely has the capital to stick around for longer than other KickStarter projects.

I do find this interesting given the fact that in our latest Thursday Night Hangout we mentioned the need for a standard SDK, perhaps with Microsoft getting involved and making sure that these devices will play night with Windows 10 we might see at least a standard starting for form for Windows 10. I guess we'll find out, but if Microsoft stops at these three devices, what does that say about the other devices out there? Perhaps they will need to conform to the standard that will be followed?

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Tuesday
Jun162015

E3: Rare Shows of Sea of Thieves

Now I know that Rare is now fully removed from being the big dog that they were back in the day, but on occasion they still put out games, and sometimes they are worth a look, and might actually be solid. Here is their latest entry, Sea of Thieves. This game is scheduled for release on both XBOX ONE and Windows 10 machines.

 

As you can see from the trailer this is a shared first person adventure, which seems very ambitious, and I wonder how it will exactly work seeing as everyone has their own jobs. Actually I'd be curious to see how many times mutiny occurs as someone does a half ass job steering the boat in a battle. Which then makes me think about is there respawning or once you die you start again, how does one start again... damn so many questions, and of course there's no exact release date for the game, so it is unknown when we will be able to find out exactly what there is to this game.

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Tuesday
Jun162015

E3: FF VII is Coming Back

Son of a bitch, here I am hating on Sony for a couple of years now and then they show off some amazing stuff that peaks my interest, but when this trailer was shown, I think I might have shed a tear, lost my shit, and found a little bit of hope. Long has this remake been desired, and long has Square Enix help this game at full arms length. 

It is widely known that this game is, to many, the best of the Final Fantasy series, and to many is sacred. Perhaps that is why Square Enix has been hiding this game until the graphical technology of a system could be strong enough to come close to matching what they are able to do with CGI. 

Now of course this game is, for the time being, going to be a PlayStation 4 exclusive, but one does have to wonder if it is a timed exclusive, or if Sony and Square Enix decided to fully embrace once again. Only time will tell, and of course there's no release date, but one, such as myself, can hope that it happens sooner than later. Anyone want to get Altered Confusion a PlayStation 4 when the game comes out? Pretty please ;)

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Monday
Jun152015

E3: New Mass Effect Coming 2016

Alright so I know that there are a ton of you out there who have sworn off this series simply because of the ending of Mass Effect 3, but COME ON. This was a solid series 99.4% of the game. Now there's a new chapter, this one titled Andromeda, and it appears that some serious bad-assery is going to take center stage.

I don't think 2016 can't come soon enough to allow me to get back into this universe, and I wonder what commander name we will be taking this time.

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