The video-games industry likes to think of itself as progressive but on the evidence of 2019 you’d suspect it was in the throes of a mid-life crisis. After the 24th, 15th and 13th instalments of Resident Evil, Kingdom Hearts and Far Cry; we await Mortal Kombat 11, Tropico 6 and Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled; a HD update of a 20 year-old kart racer from the publisher that parted ways with Destiny, the shooter that defined the generation. After the summer, the console release schedule turns to mist, where the certainty of a Call of Duty update is all that stands between the games industry sticking two PS Move controllers up its nose and crossing the Atlantic in a Nintendo Labo coracle. This lack of visibility around release schedules isn’t the existential funk that it first appears, however. As Google prepares to unveil its vision for gaming’s future, a new technology war is emerging from the shadows; ahead of a year of key announcements including PS5, two new Xbox … [Read more...] about 10 key battles that will define the future of gaming, as PS5, Google and Xbox Project Scarlett draw near
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As the summer starts to roll around there is the usual dearth of video game releases for July. However, there is still quite a few remasters that people will be looking forward to as well as some more niche or indie games. Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows) Set 50 years after the original Red Faction, Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered is set to be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows on July 3rd. This is a remaster with updated graphics and 4k support. Runbow (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch) Originally released for Wii U back in 2015 (a PC release followed in 2016, with New 3DS and Xbox One getting releases in 2017) Runbow will come to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on July 3rd. This is a multiplayer face paced platformer. Nekopara Vol. 1 (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch) Delayed from last month Nekopara Vol. 1 releases on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on July 4th. … [Read more...] about July 2018 Video Game Releases: At Least We Survived E3
THE rise of artificial intelligence assistants has been snowballing as tech firms compete with each other to have the best one- but Google may have just won the race. The tech giants have overhauled Google Assistant and given it the ability to hold a two-way conversation and make phone bookings for you without anyone knowing its a robot. Here's the lowdown on the virtual assistant. What is Google Assistant? Google Assistant is an artificial intelligence app that is found on mobile and smart home devices that can be used to answer questions, search the internet, set alarms, and more. The app is the tech giants version of Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa - just without a funny name. The bot was unveiled in May 2016 and was originally only rolled out on Google Pixel phones but can now be downloaded on to most Android and iPhones running the latest operating system. Users can activate the AI app by saying "okay Google" or "hey Google" and then follow it with a command of what they want the … [Read more...] about What is Google Assistant, can the app make phone calls and how do you change its voice?
Unity 2018.1 marks the start of a new cycle that introduces a major upgrade to our core technology, which gives artists, developers and engineers the power to express their talents and collaborate more efficiently to make their AAA dreams a reality. Let’s start with a few of the highlights, and then you can dig into the details of all the features. The first two highlights described below, the Scriptable Render Pipeline and the C# Job System, represent the first versions of two major features, which will continue to evolve to help you unlock beautiful graphics and increase the runtime performance of Unity. While you go through the list of new features, you can download Unity 2018.1 here. Scriptable Render Pipeline (SRP) Available in Preview with Unity 2018.1, the new Scriptable Render Pipeline (SRP) places the power of modern hardware and GPUs directly into the hands of developers and technical artists, without having to digest millions of lines of C++ engine code. SRP makes it … [Read more...] about 2018.1 is now available – Unity Blog
As Polygon's recent fifth birthday approached, we started thinking about what we could do to celebrate it. And what's more fun than ranking the 100 best games of all time? 500? So we did. We started by setting rules upfront. We asked everyone to vote based on innovation, polish and durability, rather than simply personal taste. We cut games released in 2017 to eliminate recency bias. And we left out sequels that we deemed too similar to the games that came before them. Then we voted, but we knew we had gaps in our knowledge on staff. So in addition to gathering votes from the Polygon team, we worked with a group of external and freelance writers to pull in their input: Kahlief Adams, Susan Arendt, Katherine Cross, Jon-Paul Dyson, Benj Edwards, Cara Ellison, JC Fletcher, Jenn Frank, Harold Goldberg, Janine Hawkins, Blake Hester, Laura Hudson, Henry Lowood, Jeremy Parish, Carolyn Petit, Andrea Rene, Jaz Rignall and Gary Whitta. Collecting all those votes together, we then combed through … [Read more...] about The 500 best games of all time: 500-401