In this topic-filled episode of Beatz N’ Bitz Podcast produced by DJ Killzown Jones the discussion around Phil Spencer’s vision for Microsoft’s Xbox brand going forward, the digital only Xbox One coming in 2019, and Project Scarlet are all discussed in-depth mid-show. Beyond this, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet is revealed by DJ Killzown Jones as to be coming to the Nintendo Switch through PlayAsia.
In the hip hop world Tekashi 6ix9ine has pleaded not guilty to racketeering and firearms charges while cutting a new distribution deal for his album which has began to leak. The trial has been set for September 2019 and revolves around the alleged shooting of a bystander during altercations alleging to have taken place between the rapper’s entourage and opposing individuals, but also involves a number of other events mainly taking place in New York City. Joyner Lucas and Trey Songz have engaged in a hip hop beef among this.
Other gaming topics discussed include Kingdom Hearts III going gold, making it ready for the manufacturing process which will hopefully meet its goals for the January 25, 2019 scheduled release of the PlayStation 4 / Xbox One game. The Game Awards are discussed again as well as Mortal Kombat XI, the new film adaptation of The Lion King, digital only gaming, online only games, and a variety of other topics and gaming titles.
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In the 2019 Q1 Earnings Conference Call for Microsoft, CEO Satya Nadella announced to investors that Xbox Game Pass will come to the PC. In the past, many publications erroneously reported that the service would be available for Xbox as well as PC when it launched. There were certainly some disappointed that it wasn’t the case. However, now that dream will come true.
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[Update: This deal confirmed during X018 Event, More Info: Microsoft Xbox X018 – Inside Xbox Event Full WrapUp & Videos]
Phil Spencer inherited a mess from Don Mattrick when he took over the Xbox brand after their famous failure in marketing at the beginning of this game console generation back in 2013. Long term damage occurred to the brand from the aggressive and confusing messaging of Microsoft’s later cancelled “always online DRM” system for the Xbox ONE. In addition to this, a mismanagement of publishing deals and lack of foresight in studio investment has led to an unmistakable lack of exclusives on the console throughout this entire games console generation.
Excellent games take a long time to develop, and with Phil Spencer steering the Xbox brand back towards the right direction behind the scenes, the fruits of this labor have yet to materialize. In order to ensure that such a problem won’t happen again, and gamers know that Xbox takes this situation seriously – Microsoft announced at E3 2018 that they’ve been acquiring a number of respected game development studios and even creating some of their own.
Ninja Theory (best known for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice) is one of the studios Microsoft has acquired as well as Undead Labs, Playground Games, Compulsion Games, and more. This week we also received the news that the final stages have been entered in a deal between the Xbox team and the development house behind Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity. Obsidian Entertainment will become a subsidiary of Microsoft if this deal goes through, further bolstering the company’s commitment to Xbox and gaming overall.
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Today, Microsoft has announced their plans for investing in the future of cloud gaming. While they recognize that this new service is unlikely to be any gamer’s main platform of choice for the foreseeable future, Project xCloud is more about working out the kinks and glitches to be prepared for when that day comes that cloud streaming video games are a viable option. Using their massive Azure server platform (which was also offered as a source of dedicated servers for Xbox ONE games), Microsoft will deliver cutting edge cloud gaming through Project xCloud to devices like PC and smartphones. Unlike other cloud gaming services, Microsoft’s xCloud has custom features and controls built for each game.
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In a recently published interview with GamingBolt, Matteo Sciutteri of RuneHeads has revealed a few expectations for next-generation hardware currently in development from Microsoft and Sony. As many may know, Microsoft openly announced the Xbox Project Scarlet family of consoles to be in development at this year’s Xbox E3 2018, though no details were yet provided. Sony has been vague about details as well, merely stating that a next-gen console can be expected from them around 2020 or 2021 with a possible name of ‘PlayStation 5’ given by the leading game industry giant.
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