You might have seen the news that Microsoft has unveiled xCloud, a streaming service that will let you play Xbox One games on smartphones, tablets and basically anything that can connect to the internet. This comes after EA announced in June that they would launch a game streaming service as part of their clunkily titled EA Origin Access Premier offering. And Sony already offer a streaming service for PS2, PS3 and a limited number of PS4 games in the form of PlayStation Now. Even Nintendo, dear old online-phobic Nintendo, has a couple of streaming-only games on the Switch courtesy of streaming version of Resident Evil 7 and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey - although these are currently only available in Japan. In short, streaming is so hip right now. But is it any good? Will it take off? And what impact will it have on the games industry?Hold on, hasn’t streaming been done already?OK, first things first, video game streaming is not a new phenomenon. OnLive launched … [Read more...] about Is streaming the future of video games? And can it even work?
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VODAFONE is "ready" to trial super-fast 5G networks in seven cities across the UK. And to prove it, the network demonstrated a live holographic call, beaming footie ace Steph Houghton MBE from Manchester to Newbury in stunning 3D. The Manchester City and England Women's Captain was able to interact with Vodafone's Anne Sheehan and 11-year-old Man City fan Iris, despite being 190 miles apart. The incredible holographic effect gave the impression that they were in the same room, requiring super-fast network speeds – like those 5G can offer. Iris was able to see her sports hero Steph using Microsoft's HoloLens virtual reality headset. The pricey gadget works using augmented reality, beaming computer-generated images into the real world, as if they were really there. A big part of the problem with augmented reality and virtual reality is that the 3D images involved are made of huge amounts of data. To transmit this data – like when conducting a holographic phone call – … [Read more...] about Vodafone is ‘ready’ for 5G phone speeds – and proves it with HOLOGRAM phone call to England footie captain Steph Houghton
There was nothing sadder than the Nintendo GameCube aisle at my local Blockbuster. Actually, calling it an aisle would be a little disingenuous. Chronically understocked and catastrophically disorganized, the GameCube section at my Blockbuster was nothing more than a few rows of loose first-party Nintendo titles. Paling in comparison to the gargantuan PlayStation 2 section, finding a cross-platform game for the GameCube was a bonafide small miracle. Some of my most lucid memories of renting games at Blockbuster revolved around me badgering teenage clerks and managers about their GameCube inventory. “Do you have The Simpsons: Hit & Run for the GameCube?” I remember asking. I was only ten years old and I wanted to play Grand Theft Auto more than anything in the world. My father, who otherwise didn’t care which games I was playing, had seen a report about the game on the news and refused to let me play it. His knowledge of video games ended at Super Mario 64, … [Read more...] about In Memoriam: A Eulogy to Renting Games at Blockbuster
APPLE's 2019 iPhone range will get lightning-fast 5G download speeds that let you download 4K movies in seconds. The next-generation of mobile data technology is expected to arrive between 2019 to 2020 – and Apple wants to be the first to cram it into handsets. That means roping in a 5G modem chip supplier as Apple doesn't make the processors, which power the rapid downloads, in-house. But that could be about to change. The rumour mill is rife with news about potential partnerships and severed ties between Apple and its 5G partners, which could see it go it alone and make the chips itself. That wouldn't come as a surprise: the tech giant already makes its A11 Bionic smartphone processors in-house, so why not do the same for modems? If that turns out to be the case, the biggest casualty will be its current modem supplier – alongside chip manufacturing giant Qualcomm – Intel. Apple has reportedly notified Intel that it won't be using its 5G modems in its 2020 … [Read more...] about Apple’s 2019 iPhone tipped to get super-fast 5G download speeds – letting you download 4K movies in SECONDS
Industry insiders have always had thoughts on how long consoles will keep going, and Ubisoft today have argued that the next generation of game consoles will be the last. The future of game consoles has been discussed before, and as technology is allowing us to stream to a multitude of devices including our smartphones through Steam, it is unclear how long people will be willing to dish out several hundred dollars on new machines every 5-6 years. Speaking to Variety, Yves Guillemot (co-founder and CEO of Ubisoft) said he believes that game consoles only have one generation left. He argues that the next logical step is streaming to non-exclusive platforms. “I think we will see another generation, but there is a good chance we will see less and less hardware”, explains Guillemot. “With time, I think streaming will become more accessible to many players and make it not necessary to have big hardware at home”. Indeed, strides have already been made on the streaming … [Read more...] about Ubisoft Think the Next Generation of Consoles Will be the Last