Nvidia’s big push at the show this year is Ray Tracing, a technology that the company believes will provide the next big graphical leap. As bumps in resolution and polygon counts have gradually diminishing returns, attention turns to lighting in an attempt to provide the next huge leap in visual fidelity. When it’s used right, ray tracing can look absolutely insane. GDC had a number of demos based around the tech, but the stand-out was a Star Wars tech demo from Epic featuring Stormtroopers and Captain Phasma. Before you read any further, have a watch: The Star Wars demo is a proper holy shit moment. A graphics card did this – and in real time. The demo is a proper holy shit moment, right? Epic has used actual assets from LucasFilm and CGI house ILM here, but that shouldn’t undermine just how insane this looks. A graphics card did this – and in real time. While a few smaller details reveal it as computer-generated footage, it’s astonishingly … [Read more...] about Nvidia and Microsoft’s new real-time lighting tech feels like the future of high-end gaming visuals
Yesterday, we ran an analysis piece on Microsoft’s exclusives problem on Xbox One, laying out the reasons why a big acquisition makes sense for the company. We mentioned some of the rumors doing the rounds, including Electronic Arts, Valve and PUBG Corp. Today, we’ll address those rumors individually and hear from leading analysts, while also investigating other companies that might help Microsoft games chief Phil Spencer address his console platform’s shortfall against rival Sony. Larger independent developers are always on the radar of acquisitive companies, the largest and most successful currently being the likes of Double Fine Productions, CCP, Klei Entertainment, Telltale Games and IO Interactive, all of which have development heft and good brands. But those markers of success are often driven by independent leaders and a strong internal culture. Most of these are unlikely to want to sell. Individually, they wouldn’t make a big difference anyway in … [Read more...] about The studios that could help Microsoft solve its exclusive game problem
While denying an earlier report that development is behind schedule, Electronic Arts told The Wall Street Journal that Anthem, the open-world, multiplayer action game coming from BioWare, will launch in 2019 and not 2018, the window originally given for the game at E3 2017. Instead, EA will launch a new Battlefield game. Blake Jorgensen, Electronic Arts’ chief financial officer, told the Journal that the publisher figured Anthem would do better if it launched in a quieter period than the traditional end-of-the-year crush of big titles. “People are trying to create a story,” Jorgensen told the Journal, denying reports Anthem was delayed. Last week, Kotaku reported that Anthem would not launch until 2019, with unidentified sources at BioWare saying the fall 2018 window was never considered realistic. The news was couched inside a story portraying BioWare as feeling pressure to develop a big hit following the disappointing March 2017 launch of Mass Effect Andromeda, … [Read more...] about BioWare’s Anthem delayed to 2019, EA confirms
Yes, you read that headline correctly. A recent report by Polygon has suggested that Microsoft has been internally grappling with its dearth of compelling Xbox One exclusive games, and is currently weighing up potential avenues to remedy this. One such avenue is the acquisition of other studios and publishers, to bring more popular game franchises under the Xbox umbrella, and a "reliable source close to Microsoft" relayed to Polygon that Electronic Arts has been mentioned as a potential investment. The report also states Valve and PUBG Corp have been considered by Microsoft as potential partners in an acquisition deal, though author Colin Campbell clarifies that this rumour was merely a "whisper" relayed to Polygon through its sources, so it shouldn't be considered as gospel truth. In fact, it's best to take all of this gossip with a pinch of salt, before anyone starts throwing around the "Half Life 3 as an Xbox One exclusive!" predictions. Either way, the fruition of … [Read more...] about Rumour: Microsoft is on the hunt for more exclusive games, and has considered acquiring EA, Valve, or PUBG Corp to get the ball rolling
Microsoft has allegedly been eyeing up a number of surprising investments including EA and Valve, according to a new report. In a report from Polygon's Colin Campbell, a "reliable source close to Microsoft" allegedly told the outlet that the multinational tech company was looking at making some shocking acquisitions, with EA, Valve, and PUBG Corp. each listed as potential candidates. The excerpt from the report reads: "Some of the names being thrown around as possible acquisitions by Microsoft are, frankly, astounding, even unthinkable. But the fact that they are doing the rounds is instructive. The most recent one we heard (from a reliable source close to Microsoft) was, in fact, Electronic Arts. We also heard a whisper about Valve and about Korean outfit PUBG Corp., which Microsoft last year signed to a timed exclusive for its hit survival shooter, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds." According to the report, Microsoft is looking to make some serious acquisitions in order to … [Read more...] about Microsoft Reportedly Looked at Buying EA, Valve and PUBG Corp.