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Microsoft's new cloud gaming arm is a big step forward

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 24 mins ago

Microsoft continues laying the groundwork for a vast inter-connected web of devices to bring its games onto.




Rather than trying to beat Sony at its own game and push tons of Xbox hardware sales, Microsoft embraced its strengths and re-wrote the rules. Starting with unifying all Xbox One consoles with Windows 10 PCs, it transformed Xbox from a console into a cross-platform service that bridges multiple avenues. Xbox LIVE became the glue that holds the platforms together with tons of engagement and billions in monetization every year. And more recently Microsoft actually beat Sony at its own game with Game Pass, a $10 a month subscription service that includes a growing backlog of third-party games as well as every new future first-party Microsoft game (a value that absolutely smashes Sony's PlayStation Now game streaming service).


Microsoft isn't slowing down, either: it's plans are becoming more and more ambitious. At the end of 2017, the company actually started a cloud gaming division shortly before acquiring PlayFab, a "complete backend platform provider of services to build, launch and grow cloud-connected games". Before this Microsoft used Azure to accelerate games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox, and the upcoming Crackdown 3 to boot. Now the cloud gaming division will help foster these ideas and, eventually, likely build a games-streaming service that will beam Xbox games to all devices--from smart TVs to set-top boxes and mobile devices to boot.

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Battlefront II gets cosmetic only microtransactions

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 58 mins ago

Gamers have officially won the Battlefront II lootbox battle as EA makes massive changes to the game's progression and monetization strategy.




After months of tweaking, Electronic Arts has announced Battlefront II's new and improved live service purchases and player progression system. The "chance for pay-to-win" element of randomized lootbox gear has been abolished and replaced with a cosmetic-only marketplace that clearly shows what gamers will get if they purchase content. This marketplace will run on the premium in-game currency Crystals which are purchased with real money. Star Cards can't be purchased, and anything affecting gameplay isn't buyable with real money. Crates are still in, but are only doled out for actually playing the game and cannot be bought.


This move is particularly interesting because Battlefront II was originally supposed to have cosmetic-only microtransactions. If EA and DICE had made a tactical decision to preserve that idea then a lot of this could've been avoided--along with the potential millions forgone when in-game purchases were turned off.


"With this update, progression is now linear. Star Cards, or any other item impacting gameplay, will only be earned through gameplay and will not be available for purchase. Instead, you'll earn experience points for the classes, hero characters, and ships that you choose to play in multiplayer. If you earn enough experience points to gain a level for that unit, you'll receive one Skill Point that can be used to unlock or upgrade the eligible Star Card you'd like to equip," reads the update.

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Far Cry 5 trophy list revealed, 20-30 hour platinum run

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 33 mins ago

The Far Cry 5 trophy list has been revealed showing that the game will be around a estimated 20 - 30 hours of gameplay required to reach a platinum level standard.




The website Powerpyx has revealed the list showing most of the trophies that are not spoilers to the games storyline.


Powerpyx which provides gamers with guides on how to achieve platinum level status has estimated that Far Cry 5 will be a "very achievable 20-30 hour platinum."

Kirby Star Allies launch trailer released, shows abilities

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 33 mins ago

Kirby Star Allies released over the weekend and to celebrate the games debut Nintendo has released quite a long launch video of the new title, the video details much of Kirbys abilities that will available to play in the new game.



The video shows Kirbys ability called Friend Hearts which can turn Kirbys enemies into his allies. Kirby can acquire up to 4 allies at a time and will have a large selection of 20+ types of friends to have.


It wouldn't be a Kirby game if Kirby couldn't inhale enemies and steal their abilities so of course Kirby Star Allies will feature the classic ability, the above video details some of copies Kirby can do.

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Battlegrounds hits 5 million players on Xbox One

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 33 mins ago

PUBG was released last December on Xbox One and since then the game has taken off like wildfire, now the title has hit another huge milestone surpassing 5 million players.



Microsoft and PUBG Corp have released a short 40 second video celebrating that the Xbox One version of the game reached this milestone, the video shows many streamers celebrating their 'winner winner chicken dinners!'


Despite the numerous problems that are throughout the Xbox One version of the game, the sheer popularity of PUBG has driven the sales margin higher and higher even though the experience may not be the smoothest.

Frogwares release The Sinking City gameplay footage

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 33 mins ago

Frogwares have released a gameplay update video for their Lovecraftian world titled The Sinking City.



The video details how Frogwares have gone about building the interesting world of The Sinking City, showing off lighting effects, model creation and bug and problems they have encountered through the journey.


The video also details that the developers are planning for a showcase at both GDC and EGX this year. The H.P. Lovecraft inspired title currently has no release date yet, but as we move throughout 2018 I'm sure we will get more updates from Frogwares.

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SEGA releases TOP SECRET Sonic Racing game

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 33 mins ago

SEGA has taken to their official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter page to release what is titled a 'Top Secret' video. The video gives a very quick glimpse at what is to be believed is a new Sonic Racing game.




In 2010 SEGA released Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing which is now the most recent Sonic Racing title. Players had the option to choose from 20 different characters such Crazy Taxi, Fantasy Zone and of course Sonic himself.


Unfortunately there is currently no known announcement date for the a new Sonic Racing game, hopefully we will hear more about the title throughout this year.

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Ethereum dips to just $455, after highs of $1360 in January

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cryptocurrency & Mining | Posted: 12 hours, 24 mins ago

For anyone involved in the cryptocurrency space you'll know that we're in a very bad space right now, with the likes of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Electroneum, NEO and every other coin down... big time.




Ethereum took a major dip on the morning of March 19, reaching a low of $454 and recovering slightly to $542 at the time of writing. The market cap of Ethereum is $53.8 billion, while the last 24 hours has seen $672 million traded in the cryptocurrency exchanges.

Twitter could also ruin cryptocurrency ad party with bans

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cryptocurrency & Mining | Posted: 15 hours, 4 mins ago

It looks like all of the big players in the tech industry are banning cryptocurrency ads as a collective, with Google and Facebook already slamming down the cryptocurrency ad ban hammer.




The latest company that should join the crypto ad ban fray is Twitter, with Sky News reporting that the social network will soon impose a worldwide ban against ads for ICOs (initial coin offerings), cryptocurrency wallets and token sales, all in the next two weeks.

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Half-Life teased in Unreal Engine 4, looks INCREDIBLE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 16 hours, 6 mins ago

Half-Life is one of the best games ever made, but it looks a little dated now. Valve aren't talking anything Half-Life right now, as they make hundreds of millions of dollars a year taking a 30% slice of other developers' games. But now there's a new Unreal Engine 4-powered remake of Half-Life, and it looks freaking incredible.



SilverTM is behind the new Half-Life remake, with the developer to not be recreating the entire game, but a playable version of the first chapter of Half-Life so that gamers can enjoy it. SilverTM is celebrating this announcement with a video of the Half-Life remake and a slew of new screenshots.

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