Microsoft will bring Project xCloud game streaming service to Windows 10 PCs

(Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Xbox/AP Images) Microsoft said it will bring its new cloud-based game streaming service to Windows 10 PCs, as part of a flurry of other announcements revealed at this year’s X019 show. Project xCloud had the most running time of anything else at Thursday’s show, showing the company’s investment in the new technology. The service is coming to Windows 10 PCs next year, and Microsoft is currently working to expand the territories in and platforms on which it’s available. Microsoft last month began rolling out a public preview for xCloud, which lets users play high-powered Xbox games such as Halo on their smartphones. The service is powered by Microsoft’s Azure data centers on specially-designed servers built from Xbox components. Users don’t need to own any games, or even a console, to use xCloud. Microsoft also revealed today that it is expanding the number of titles that Read the full article…

Fortnite gets stormtrooper costumes in new Star Wars crossover

Image: Epic Games Fortnite’s latest crossover is here, and this time it’s a Star Wars-themed event timed to coincide with the release of Jedi: Fallen Order. The big inclusion is a new stormtrooper cosmetic skin, which is available in Fortnite’s item store, or you can get it for free by buying EA’s Star Wars game on the Epic Games Store. For everyone else, there’s a Star Destroyer hanging out in the skies above Fortnite’s island to gawp at. From Avengers, to Borderlands 3, and even Weezer’s latest album, Fortnite has become a key promotional venue. Previous crossover events have introduced new cosmetic items, custom maps, and even game modes. Fornite’s last Avengers crossover, for example, introduced a whole new game type including special… Read the full article…

Xbox chief says Project Scarlett ‘will not be out of position on power or price’

Microsoft isn’t going to repeat its mistakes from the Xbox One with its next-generation Xbox console. “I would say a learning from the Xbox One generation is we will not be out of position on power or price,” says Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s Xbox and gaming chief, in an interview with The Verge. “If you remember the beginning of this generation we were a hundred dollars more expensive and yes, we were less powerful. And we started Project Scarlett with this leadership team in place with a goal of having market success.” That market success will be key for Xbox, after years of falling behind PlayStation sales and questions over its games lineup. Either way, Spencer thinks there are plenty of generations of Xbox ahead. “We had the discussion… Read the full article…

Death Stranding’s 40-Hour-Long Story, Explained

Death Stranding’s story, confusing as it may seem, is ultimately about reconnecting the world after a great catastrophe pulls it apart. That’s Death Stranding’s plot in a nutshell, but if you want something a little deeper than that to truly find out what’s going on in Hideo Kojima’s latest, well pull up a chair, because here’s Death Stranding’s 40 hour story (including the big ending) summed up in a nice digestible plot summary in 3,000 or so words. If you need help understanding some of the terms used, we have a neat Death Stranding glossary you can use as a reference. Read the full article…

With women at its heart, GeekGirlCon celebrates geeky minorities and fans of all ages

GeekGirlCon 2017 attendees play games on Gamecube. (Photo courtesy of Sayed Alamy, GeekGirlCon) There was a popular Scott Pilgrim discussion going on at the same time. But the room was still packed at an unassuming panel called “Geek Girls Exist” at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. It was clear that a convention centered around geeky women was not only plausible but could also be successful. Those on the panel and many supporters put their heads together and the result was GeekGirlCon, an annual celebration of the female geek. The first show took place in a couple of rooms at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (then called EMP) in 2011 and has since grown into a movement. More than 11,000 people attended the show in 2018, nearly triple the headcount from the original event. This year’s show takes place Nov. 16-17 at the Washington State Convention Center and just as many, Read the full article…

Minecraft Earth goes national: Microsoft’s augmented reality game now live across U.S.

A view of Minecraft Earth on Seattle’s Burke Gilman Trail. (GeekWire Photo / Joe Bergin) Minecraft Earth, Microsoft’s take on the smartphone-enabled augmented reality gaming craze, made its U.S. debut after months of testing. Microsoft said the early access version of Minecraft Earth is now available on Android and iOS devices in the U.S. The game already debuted in the U.K., Australia, Canada, Iceland, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Sweden and South Korea. Like the smash hit Pokémon Go, Minecraft Earth layers its universe over the real world, and that takes a lot of planning and computing power. That’s why Microsoft is rolling the game out slowly, and it plans to achieve global availability by December. Even though it is making its debut around the world, Minecraft Earth remains a work in progress. The early access version is the minimum feature set needed for a strong experience, but more content and Read the full article…

Fortnite’s Android installer is now a launcher for Epic mobile games

A few weeks after the launch of Fortnite’s second chapter, developer Epic made a seemingly minor change: the Fortnite installer for Android was updated to become the Epic Games App. What was once a tool for keeping Fortnite updated has now transformed into a way for the company to distribute its own mobile games. Today, Epic is launching its second game through the app, a cross-platform title called Battle Breakers, which is available on PC, iOS, and Android through both Samsung’s Galaxy Store and the Epic Games App. The game itself is a hero-collecting role-playing game. The premise is that ”monsters from space trapped the world’s greatest heroes in technomagic crystal.” Players can save and collect these characters to use in more than… Read the full article…

Rockstar apologizes for buggy Red Dead Redemption 2 launch on PC

Rockstar Games is “sincerely apologizing” to players over a series of technical problems that have plagued Red Dead Redemption 2 since its launch on PC last week. The studio tweeted out a four-part apology, explaining some of the problems that PC players may be encountering with their game. The studio acknowledges that a “small number of Red Dead Redemption 2 players are still experiencing some ongoing problems with the game stuttering.” This is likely caused by “unforeseen issues related to specific combinations of Nvidia graphics drivers, Nvidia GPU cards and certain CPUs.” The team is rolling out an update today that will help with the stuttering issues. A full-time solve for the problem might take a couple of days as the Rockstar… Read the full article…

Rockstar Apologises for Shaky Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Launch

Rockstar has apologised for issues that have impacted some players in the wake of Red Dead Redemption 2’s launch, and has also released a new update featuring several fixes. “Over the past week, we have been working as quickly as possible to address issues that have impacted the launch of the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2,” the publisher said in a statement published via the Rockstar Newswire. “As a result, we have already identified and resolved a number of these issues by deploying fixes to the Rockstar Games Launcher and some to the game itself.” “However, we are aware that a small number of Red Dead Redemption 2 PC players are still experiencing some ongoing problems with the game stuttering. We believe this is due to unforeseen issues related to specific combinations of Nvidia graphics drivers, Nvidia GPU cards, and certain CPUs. Read the full article…