Sony’s PS Plus and Microsoft’s Games with Gold services have each featured a handful of notable titles during the year’s first quarter. The former offered Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and The Witness as part of its March 2019 lineup, while the latter has already included games like Celeste, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 as part of its catalog this year. If the recent past serves any indication, both companies may continue to offer their userbases an array of critically acclaimed titles to enjoy as 2019 moves forward. The following are some games that Sony and Microsoft may include as part of their platforms next month. May Games with Gold and PS Plus predictions | The big ones Id Software’s latest diabolical creation, Doom, seems poised to be featured in either PS Plus or Games with Gold next month, seeing as how the reboot launched three years ago on May 13, 2016. As an unnamed space marine … [Read more...] about Xbox Games With Gold and PS Plus predictions for May 2019
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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
Sony Interactive Entertainment has acquired Audiokinetic, the creators of Wave Works Interactive Sound Engine (Wwise). Wwise is a piece of software specifically tailored for audio design in video games and other interactive media, and it's been used by dozens of both triple-A and indie developers in hundreds of games."A rich and all-encompassing audio experience is increasingly critical to the overall gameplay experience, further enhancing immersion and emotion for the player," said Sony Interactive president and CEO John Kodera. "Audiokinetic is a preeminent provider of audio solutions for the gaming industry, and we are confident that this acquisition will allow us to further grow the PlayStation platform and contribute to the broader gaming industry."The acquisition is expected to close by the end of January, but Audiokinectic will continue to operate on its own. "It's our goal to support Audiokinetic's efforts to advance its audio technology while maintaining independence and … [Read more...] about Sony Buys Company Behind Tool Used In Hundreds Of Games, But It Won’t Go PS4-Only
Until now Microsoft’s 4K console has been very expensive. The benefits of upgrading from the regular Xbox One S have been relatively slight, largely because the S manages to play 4K Blu-rays and displays HDR. Sure, the increased power of the Xbox One X is a big deal, as is the added HDD size and the fact it can render proper 4K (ahem, unlike some other consoles) without resorting to ‘checkerboarding’. But is it really worth spending another $500 / £430 for a console that offers 4K gaming? Perhaps not, but that’s all about to change.The big old headline from this year’s XO18 event is that the Xbox One X is getting a price drop from November 18-26, meaning you’ll get $100 off EVERY console. So, the basic retail price will be $399. That’s a big deal. Suddenly, Xbox One X is very much on a par with PS4 Pro in terms of price. This throws off a lot of previous predictions about how cheap you’ll be able to buy the Xbox One X. However, given … [Read more...] about How cheap will Xbox One X be over Black Friday?
If PC gaming is special for one reason, it's that it emphasizes control and choice. Players can add mods, edit ini files, or change their hardware to tailor their experience. It's a platform built on freedom that empowers users to play how they want—something that has traditionally been antithetical to the design of consoles. But times change.Over the last generation, consoles have taken more than a few pages from the PC gaming playbook, like the Playstation 4 Pro and Xbox One X letting players choose between performance or better graphics. And with games like Fortnite, Rocket League, and Minecraft leading the charge with cross-platform play, the next step in innovation is one that every player benefits from regardless of whether they play on PC or console. Well, everyone except for Playstation 4 players, that is.Console wars Sony's stance on cross-play between consoles has popped up in Playstation conversations again and again this summer. It's something that dates as … [Read more...] about Sony’s backwards stance on cross-play hurts games as a whole