Microsoft’s ‘Project Scorpio’ games will run in native 4K

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Microsoft's 'Project Scorpio' games will run in native 4K

Microsoft’s ‘Project Scorpio’ games will run in native 4K

So it sounds like Project Scorpio is going to have some serious oomph behind it power wise. In an interview with USA Today Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis has said that “Any games we’re making that we’re launching in the Scorpio time frame, we’re making sure they can natively render at 4K.”

That’s no mean feat. There’s been a lot of discussion around 4K gaming as the upcoming PS4 Pro does output at 4K but after an upscaling process rather than natively processing the resolution. Sony executive Andrew House hasn’t ruled out 4K native gaming entirely but currently PS4 Pro upscales for higher resolution televisions.

It’s also much easier for Microsoft to currently say that the Project Scorpio will run games natively at 4K as it’s currently a year away and will run on as yet unnamed new graphics processors. Regardless of it being future tech, there’s still the issue of true 4K gaming being exceptionally expensive. Current PC graphics cards that deliver a 4K experience will set you back hundreds of pounds just for the GPU so it’ll be interesting to see how Xbox Scorpio balances that. Add in presumably Oculus Rift based VR support and it’s going to need a hell of a lot of power under the bonnet.

Source: Gamesradar


Microsoft is thinking about Xbox 360 emulation on Xbox One

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Microsoft is thinking about Xbox 360 emulation on Xbox One

Microsoft is thinking about Xbox 360 emulation on Xbox One

This generation of games console has been a bit more jarring for gamers simply because there is no backwards compatibility on either Xbox One or PS4. This has resulted in a split market to some extent, with retailers continuing to push the Xbox 360 and PS3 hard alongside the new machines.

Sony’s answer to running last-gen games on new hardware is clearly streaming, with the acquisition of Gaikai turning into PlayStation Now later this year. For Microsoft, though, emulation may be on the cards, but don’t hold your breath.

Frank Savage, Xbox partner development lead, was asked during the BUILD conference last week whether there are any plans for an Xbox 360 emulator on Xbox One. Savage responded by saying they are thinking about it, but emulating PowerPC on x86 is difficult.

Even though the Xbox One is several times more powerful than the Xbox 360, it is very unlikely we will ever see an official Xbox 360 emulator running on the hardware. Even if we do, I doubt it could run the games anywhere near as well as the native hardware it was designed for. And if it doesn’t work perfectly, Microsoft won’t ship it as a feature.

It is much more likely Microsoft will choose to use its Azure cloud architecture to offer a similar streaming experience to Sony. However, they could just as easily choose to port the best Xbox 360 games and offer them as digital downloads through Xbox Live. And don’t forget the Xbox 360 is still selling and generating revenue for Microsoft.

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iOS, Android, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone got Angry Birds Go!, Update also!

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Angry Birds Go

Angry Birds Go

Rovio has released Angry Birds Go! Kart racing game on all major mobile platforms including Android, iOS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone. The 3D “kart” racer game is free to play, but comes with a heavy dose of in-app purchases. It’s similar in many ways to Mario Kart as you’ll race through 50 different tracks to score points, power-ups, weapons and collect coins to upgrade your vehicle in an attempt to win races. Rovio has also silently updated the original game in the series.  Fans of the franchise will be happy to know that the latest update for Angry Birds adds 15 brand new levels to the Bird-day Party episode. Happy 4th Bird-day, Angry Birds addicts! Keep in mind that the game should be fully compatible with all devices powered by Android 2.3 and up & iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices powered by iOS 4.3 and later.


PlayStation 4 Goes on Sale in Australia

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PlayStation 4 goes on sale in Australia

PlayStation 4 goes on sale in Australia

PLAYSTATION 4 officially launched in Australia overnight, but due to massive preordering, relatively few consoles were available for sale.

The PS4 went on sale in Australia at midnight but retailer EB Games has for weeks been taking pre-orders for 2014, having already pre-sold its 2013 supplies in many stores.

Sony Entertainment today said the PS4 was now available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

The midnight launches at EB Games and JB-HiFI stores Australia wide were mainly for customers picking up their pre-ordered consoles.

Some of the exclusive features of this console are:

Automatic Background Updates

System software and game updates will be downloaded in the background, so PS4 is ready when you are.

PlayAsYouDownload

Purchase a game from PlayStation Store and play it as it downloads to your PS4.

Personalised Content

Your PS4 system learns how you play and intuitively curates the content you use most often.

Play Used Games

You can trade-in a PS4 game, sell or lend it to a friend or simply keep it forever. It’s your choice.

Sony said the PS4 was selling for a suggested retail price of $549.95 and it had arrived with a lineup of over 20 first and third-party games, including exclusive titles like Knack and Killzone: Shadow Fall.

In total, the PS4 system will have a library of over 30 games by the end of the year, Sony said.

In the US, Sony says it notched up more than 1 million sales in North America following the PlayStation 4’s launch there two weeks ago.

Microsoft says it has sold 1 million consoles worldwide of the rival Xbox One console within 24 hours of it being on sale.

Analysts have predicted that Sony and Microsoft would each sell 3 million gaming consoles worldwide by the end of this year.