PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE will both soon be offering bigger and better ways to play their games on PC. Sony will use the Online Service PlayStation NOW originally introduced to run PS3 games on PS4 and PSVita.
The subscription service is hoped by many to eventually lead us to some sort of video game digital rental service. Rumors from before Xbox ONE DRM was cancelled still stand and in addition to the recently announced Xbox S/* Service we are shown the future. Microsoft even made a point to specify and reveal the unique ways in which they will partner to retailers like GameStop to sell these digital services through as many channels as gamers need making them easy to buy. Across the pond UK retailer GAME has also been considering premiering a monthly subscription service for video games. Gamefly’s attempts previously at penetrating the digital pc games goods market. GameStop’s new deal with Microsoft to sell their digital games signed in 2017.
Xbox’s original DRM which was announced at many gamers’ angst prompting both Xbox ONE and PS4 to rid themselves of DRM and even HDCP unless tagged by developer as protected content – which only seemed to happen to a handful of games so far mainly during cut-scenes.
Each disc was used as a key. Xbox’s original DRM would have allowed for digital game second hand market to survive in one way. The gamer could sell their game to a friend once but that game could not be sold a second time by the buyer of this used digital game key. In some cases that would mean the key could enter annoying states but this was Microsoft’s early attempts to appease both of the best worlds of physical content and digital content video games. Steam, PSNow, Xbox Games, PS Plus + Xbox LIVE, PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox ONE, Xbox Scorpio, Pricing.
As time goes on, PlayStation brand has done very well by its players. We will wish to see, going forward, that our library will be as cross-compatible with future hardware as possible. The PS4 architecture leads us to believe this is possible. PS4 Pro is excellent machine many of us enjoy, and the PS4 Slim is great for players on a budget. Sony can expand PS Now and make it part of PS Plus. Sony may allow PS4 rentals, making sure to profit but providing the best potential solution for gamers and the PlayStation brand.
Emulators of old games are sometimes possible, PS4 Ultra specs (rumored) to out-perform Xbox Scorpio in 2019 and this brings back up the topic of the PlayStation Store because Sony may take great heed to the digital libraries gamers all cherish and invest so much in. The PlayStation 3 library didn’t go beyond its owners’ PS3 console – but now with PS4’s x64 architecture Sony can take us from PS4 to PS4 Pro, PS4 Ultra, and hopefully whatever is next for PS5’s generations as well – with a massive growing library eventually rivaling Steam’s.
“Ghost of a Tale follows a courageous minstrel mouse named Tilo on a perilous quest to discover the fate of his true love Merra. Armed with a mouse’s talent for stealth, agility and disguise – and a love of music – Tilo must explore the towers, dungeons and forests of Dwindling Heights, making enemies and allies as he searches for the truth. Combining elements of classic adventure, action-RPG and exploration games with a rich and highly immersive visual style, Ghost of a Tale weaves an epic, yet intimate tale.”
Five more Xbox 36o are now playable on Xbox One. This been a nice feature for Xbox users, and has even breathed some life into older titles such as Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Halo Reach, and Fallout 3. The new additions are Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Radiant Silvergun, Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3, and Cyber Troopers Virtual-On OT.
Several days ago, Microsoft showed the world the new Xbox One X, which they call “The World’s most powerful console” which is a true statement. Xbox One X features faster processing power compared to the Xbox One, “The 8-core Custom AMD CPU is clocked at 2.3GHz to bring enhanced AI, real world detail, and smoother interactions to your gaming.” The Xbox One X also features 12 GB of GDDR5 of graphical memory allowing for better draw distance, and bigger worlds. A good example of this is the E3 Demo’s of Assassin’s Creed Origins. The 6 Teraflop GPU also also for more detail, more lifelike environments ranging from trees, to water, to faces. Xbox One X uses advanced liquid cooling and the supercharger-style centrifugal fan which allows it stay cool and also maintain a small size, it is the smallest console Microsoft has ever made, being much smaller than the Xbox One and Xbox One S, despite having much better hardware.
The Xbox One X is also capable of playing games at 4K and 60 fps. Now this ranges from game to game, what developers decide to do, and what the system is even capable of. Forza Motorsport 7 is true 4K and 60fps, which is impressive for a console, but nothing new to people on the PC scene. Xbox One X is going back to the roots of consoles being somewhat more on a higher power side. As the Xbox One and PS4 were severely outdated the moment they were announced. It is designed to allow for cheaper 4K gaming for the consumer market to use. It’ll come out on November 7th for $499.99, which is a fair price for what is in the box, any lower and they would be taking a lose. Now if you should buy it, do you have a 4K TV? Do you care if your games look and run better for a few hundred dollars more? It’s up to you, below I link the official Xbox website which contains even more information about the Xbox One X, educate yourself before purchasing. Until next time.
Below are the following statements, and plan from Microsoft on this process works.
“You’ve spoken; we’ve listened. In support of offering gamers the freedom of choice, we’re making changes to the Microsoft Store purchase experience by offering customers a simple way to instantly return digital products like games and apps through account.microsoft.com.”
“When a game or app leaves you wanting more, we’re here to help. Self-service refunds on Xbox One and Windows 10 provide a quick, simple way of returning a digital product.”
To request a self-service refund: 1. Navigate to account.microsoft.com and sign-in. 2. From the top menu bar, select Payment & billing > Order history. 3. Navigate to a purchased game or app, and select Request a refund.
Please note the below conditions for requesting a self-service refund: • Games and apps are eligible for self-service refunds within 14 days of purchase if you have less than 2 hours of play time across all accounts. • DLC, season passes, and add-ons are not eligible for self-service refunds. • The game or app must be downloaded and launched before requesting a self-service refund. • You must wait for at least 1 day after the game or app’s release before requesting a self-service refund. • Certain Windows 10 apps may not be eligible for self-service refunds. • Microsoft reserves the right to block access for users who abuse self-service refunds.
The Xbox Spring Sale is about to kick off. It’ll last from April 11th to April 17th. Featuring sales on big games such as Overwatch, Halo Wars 2, Battlefield 1, and more. “New Season. New Deals. Shop Spring Sale April 11 – 17, 2017 and save up to 67% on select Xbox Store games. Save up to 10% more for being Gold. From April 6 – April 17, 2017 Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners can also upgrade to Gold for $1 for the first month of membership”
These days it seems everybody wants everything, and they want it on whatever console they happen to own. There seems to be a major backlash against exclusive games both from the majors as well as indie developers. What is sad though, is that many times a lack of quality content ends up being the result of the multiplatform obsession that the gaming community has thrust upon publishers and developers of all shapes and sizes.
In the following RGN Podcast we discuss just how we feel about console exclusives and address the age old excuse that gamers always throw up, claiming they cannot afford more than 1 platform to game on and that it’s simply not fair for some games to be available only on a different platform that they don’t own. Instead of catering to this victimized state of mind we have provided a compelling argument that will serve as the first part of a longer series of discussions aimed at proving the point of exclusive games being good for the industry as a creative force driving originality, innovation, and healthy competition causing the focus of development studios large and small on creating high quality video games we wouldn’t otherwise see in such a polished state / form. Surely not all multiplatform games are bad, but take a listen to what we had to say on this show and tell us you don’t agree that buying every halfway decent game just because it releases is a cheap cop-out compared to spending big on hardware then picking and choosing only excellent software to purchase for it.
Today is the anniversary of the launch of Titanfall. Since the launch of the game the community has really made a lot of content for the game and developers at Respawn Entertainment have noticed and want to return the favor. So today if you own a copy of Titanfall on PC, Xbox 360, or Xbox One you can go to either Xbox Live or the Origin Store and add the Season Pass to your game for free. This includes all of the maps that have been made from the community as well. It’s really great to see a developer give back to the community in a big way, hopefully we will see more things like this from other developers in the future.
On January 22nd Aaron Greenberg (Microsoft Marketing Team Lead *across 1st & 3rd Party Game Studios) confirmed that DirectX 12 will be coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One and will have an effect on both systems. This will only be seen if developers make use of it. This is optimizing the power of the Xbox One with power that it already has, opening up more possibilities with games to come in the future.
The first game to see this performance enhancement that has been brought up is Fable Legends since this game will be merging players who are playing on Xbox One and Windows 10. In Fable Legends, players will be brought into the fantasy world of Albion for some of the best exploration and adventure found in the series, the adventure doesn’t have to be played alone it can be played with up to four friends who can be playing on either Windows 10 or Xbox One. Players can play as a hero with four separate hero’s and a fifth player can play as the villain where they control from a top down view and plays more like a strategy game.
Personally, I’m hoping that more games with take use of DirectX 12 and can’t wait to see what the future has to bring with the gamer experiences crossing Windows 10 and Xbox One.
Today the combination of Deep Silver, The Workshop Entertainment, and Reloaded Games have announced they are bringing their hit PC game All Points Bulletin: Reloaded to Playstation 4 and Xbox One. All Points Bulletin is a Free2Play Action MMO that has gathered quite the community of over 5 million gamers. When All Points Bulletin: Reloaded comes out in the spring it will be free to play and will be a free download for owners with Xbox Live Gold on Xbox One and for Playstation 4 owners. In the game players can earn items in game for free and they will also have the ability to buy in-game gear, items, vehicles and customization for characters depending on what play style the choose.
All Points Bulletin: Reloaded takes place in the urban city of San Paro in the near- future where users will be able to choose between two different factions. They can choose to play as the Enforcer who uphold the city’s martial law or they can choose to be a Criminal and cause mayhem. APB: Reloaded features extensive character and vehicle customization. The game supports up to 100 users characters in a match and also features missions of up to 50 vs 50 player matches.
Keep an eye out for APB: Reloaded coming to Xbox One and PS4 this spring.
Destiny gamers face off in what Bungie is calling a race to the death (more specifically ‘Death Race 2015’ were their exact words). In just a few days New Guns and Gear as well as up to Level 33 will be unlocked as players experience Hard Mode of the Crota’s End Raid. The following is a comprehensive list of unlockable gear being added to the game for free through the 184.108.40.206 Destiny Update on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live respectively for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 players of Activision and Bungie’s newest franchise.
Auto Rifle: Abyss Defiant
“We will not go quietly.”
Scout Rifle: Fang of Ir YÛT
“This is the shape and the point of the tooth: nothing has ever lived that will not die.”
Pulse Rifle: Oversoul Edict
“The light of the will of Crota shines down like a vast and inverse sun.”
Hand Cannon: Word of Crota
“There was life, and He spoke unto it, and it was silent, and lived no more.”
“Hard Mode is also the only place to obtain “Crux of Crota,” the final piece needed to upgrade the Eidolon Ally (the gun formerly known as Husk of the Pit) to its full, Necrochasmic glory” – Bungie
Auto Rifle Upgrades: Husk of the Pit >> Necrochasm
“Eternity is very close. Can you feel yourself slipping?”
Ship: Bane of the Dark Gods
Excerpt from Deej Official Bungie Weekly Update for Destiny:
Finally, there’s also a Hard Mode Exclusive color palette for your gear. It’s called Glowhoo. The first of you to earn it gets to show it off.
On Your Marks!
Tuesday, January 20th
Update 220.127.116.11. will set the table. Patch Notes will be published when it’s available for download.
Wednesday, January 21st
Follow us on Twitter. There will be a manual start for Hard Mode. I’ll swing from vine to vine in our studio and give you a glimpse at what it’s like when we push big red buttons. Our target will be 10AM Pacific (West Coast). Just like you, we hit most of what we shoot for. Nevertheless, stay tuned.”