Virtual reality is the future of gaming, and Microsoft and Valve want to lead the charge. The two video game giants have entered into a partnership to make Windows 10 the ultimate platform for VR gaming.
Microsoft has expressed a strong desire to become a prominent player in the virtual reality scene, having also teamed up with Facebook-owned Oculus VR to have every Oculus Rift unit shipped with the updated Xbox One controller. Shaking hands with Valve brings them one step closer to realizing their hefty goal.
Valve, on the other hand, has been at the forefront of PC gaming for many years with their Steam platform, which serves as a hub for gamers to download the vast majority of PC games. It too has dived head first into the VR scene with the creation of new business unit — Valve VR — tasked with creating a unique virtual reality headset.
Speaking to event-goers during Microsoft’s E3 2015 conference, Microsoft Studios’ corporate Vice President of Kudo Tsunoda said that the company is “working closely with Valve to make Windows 10 the best platform for VR gaming.”
Details on the partnership are scarce and it’s not exactly known what each company will bring to the table, but it can only be good things that lay ahead for the fledgling world of VR gaming.
Are you skeptical about VR gaming? If so, what would make you become a fan? Let us know by leaving a comment.
Remastered Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition Coming in October 28
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is coming to the Xbox One, PS4 and PC with better graphics.
During its E3 2016 conference, Bethesda confirmed the rumours that Skyrim is getting remastered for the PS4 and Xbox One.
The following trailer provides a comparisons between the original Skyrim and the Special Edition. Watch it and let us know if it makes you want to get it…
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition releases on October 28 for not only the Xbox One and PS4, but also for the PC. Anyone who owns a Steam copy of the original game and its add-ons can upgrade to the Special Edition for free.
Xbox One S Actually More Powerful Than Regular Xbox One
When Microsoft revealed the slim Xbox One S at E3 2016, we were led to believe its only noteworthy selling points were its significantly smaller size and more appealing design. However, as it turns out, it is also more powerful than the regular Xbox One.
Yes, the console also supports 4K media playback and boasts a UHD Blu-ray player, but we are little astonished to find out it actually plays regular Xbox One games better.
In an interview with Polygon, Rod Fergusson, head of Gears of War 4 developer The Coalition, said the new Gears benefits from some of the Xbox One S’ increased power.
Apparently, the updated console features increased GPU and CPU “raw” power that allows games to dynamically scale resolution in both single-player and multiplayer and maintain frame-rate targets for each.
The team behind Gears of War 4 was able to use the extra power to reduce the frequency of frame-rate and resolution penalties in demanding spots.
The Xbox One S’ high dynamic range (HDR) offers a wider colour range, helping with some visuals improvements like surface detail on metal and armour.
It’s odd that Microsoft didn’t say anything about the One S having more power than the regular Xbox One, even if it isn’t a huge increase. Maybe they didn’t want to shift any focus away from the beast that is the Xbox One Scorpio…
Are you more likely to buy an Xbox One S now?
Scalebound Coming to Xbox One and PC, Massive Boss Fights Await
Scalebound’s development has experienced reboots and delays, but it’s a lot closer to bringing us large-scale multiplayer dragon combat that fans have long wanted.
At E3 2016, developer Platinum Games announced that the game would also release on the PC in addition to the Xbox One and showed off a gameplay footage of it co-operative mode.
We get to see a team of dragon-riding players take on a massive crab-like sea monster that fills much of the environment. Watch how they go about business…
Frank West is Back in Dead Rising 4 With Many New Toys
At E3 2016, Capcom gave gamers their first official look at Dead Rising 4. That’s right, Frank West is back and he has many new and interesting toys to play with.
In development at Capcom Vancouver, the new Dead Rising is set in Willamette, Colorado, and takes place 16 years after the events of the original Dead Rising.
Frank is on a zombie-slaying quest to uncover the truth behind a mysterious outbreak that has overrun the city but especially its major mall, and he seems to have the right weapons to get the job done.
Dead Rising 4 also features four-player co-op missions and quick match, which lets players join a game that’s already in-progress.
Watch the reveal trailer and let us know if you’re excited for Frank West’s latest adventure…
Dead Rising 4 releases in holiday 2016 on the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Will you be getting it?
Forza Horizon 3 Races to the Xbox One, Releases on Sept 27
Not only did Microsoft and Playground Games announced Forza Horizon 3 at E3 2016, but they also gave audiences new trailer and revealed its release date to be September 27, 2016.
Forza Horizon 3 offers a 4-player co-op campaign and, like Gears of War 4 and Killer Instinct, is part of the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, meaning you only need to buy it once to play it on both the Xbox One and PC.
Watch the E3 trailer…
Pre-ordering Forza Horizon 3 gets you early access from September 23, as well as a Car Pass, VIP Membership and more.
Gears of War’s General Raam Shows Up in Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct, the Xbox One and PC-exclsuvie fighting game, has received yet another guest character in the form of General Raam from the Gears of War series.
Revealed during Mircrosoft’s E3 2016 press conference, Raam joins Rash from Battletoads and Halo’s Arbiter in the new Killer Instinct’s growing roster of characters.
His gameplay can be described grabby, stabby and stompy just like in the Gears games. He’s not the fastest of fighters, but he can deal out a lot of damage.
Watch General Raam is action and let us know what you think about his overall design…
Raam is currently available for Killer Instinct Season 3.