Even though we're still a few months away from the release of Project CARS 2, developer Slightly Mad Studios continues to release screenshots of its next-gen racing game, and it looks incredible.
Project CARS 2 launches in September, but until then we get to scope out these new screenshots. Are you ready for it to hopefully melt your PC into the ground? It looks like it will push everything we've got to the limits, so let's hope AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega and whatever NVIDIA throws at it in return can play this at 4K 60FPS+ or 3440x1440 @ 100FPS or more.
EA has been working on its Origin digital download service, announcing a new update that delivers download speed management, and more.
Origin now features a built-in FPS counter which is supported in Origin games, and it's just that - a FPS counter, and that's all. EA has also included cross-game party invites, which means you can invite friends that are playing other games, something Steam has supported for years.
Origin's new update should roll out over the next few days, so keep your eyes open to your Origin client.
Insomniac Games is working on what looks to be the best Spider-Man game ever made, and since Sony owns the rights to the Spider-Man franchise, it is a PS4 exclusive. But what about the faster PS4 Pro? Well.
During a recent discussion on open world games being locked to 30FPS, Insomniac said that even the PS4 Pro isn't capable of 1080p 60FPS with Spider-Man. This is mostly due to the slower CPU inside of the consoles, and this includes the new Xbox One X, too. Insomniac said that 1080p 60FPS is "not really an option" on the PS4 Pro, adding that they will "optimize for best experience on PS4 and PS4 Pro". I thought best experience meant smoothest and highest frame rate, you know: 60FPS - and 1080p at least.
Quantic Dream make some of the most interesting games, with Detroit: Become Human teased so far - without a release date, and now we have been told it will be a 2018 game.
Quantic Dream boss David Cage, the director behind Heavy Rain and the upcoming Detroit: Become Human said their new game would be a 2018 release. If you haven't heard about the game, Detroit: Become Human is explained as: "Travel to the near-future metropolis of Detroit - a city rejuvenated by an exciting technological development: androids. Witness your brave new world turn to chaos as you take on the role of Kara, a female android trying to find her own place in a turbulent social landscape".
Sounds interesting, right? The developer adds: "Shape an ambitious branching narrative, making choices that will not only determine your own fate, but that of the entire city. Discover what it means to be human from the perspective of an outsider - see the world of man though the eyes of a machine".
Detroit: Become Human is a PS4 exclusive, but I'm hoping for some really high-end tweaks to the PS4 Pro version of the game. Heck, I'd love to see an unleashed version of Detroit: Become Human on the rumored PS5.
Capcom and Bandai Namco partner to bring a new dimension to cross-IP gaming.
Capcom today announced that it has entered in a "cross-licensing agreement with Bandai Namco related to online matching in properties such as the Street Fighter series." While the company didn't explicitly reveal the exact nature of this agreement, the partnership could one day open up new avenues to cross-gaming experiences such as cross-game online matchmaking between Capcom's Street Fighter V and Bandai Namco's Tekken 7, and lead the way to resurrecting the long-awaited Tekken x Street Fighter crossover fighting game.
The Japanese publisher affirms that the reason the agreement was made is to "improve the user experience while accelerating the production of titles and reducing development costs for both parties."
E3 2017 - Microsoft will have more than 40 games enhanced on Xbox One X when the console ships this November, and Xbox exec Phil Spencer discusses how much work goes into enhancing games on the new console.
As we've said multiple times, not every game will run at native 4K 60FPS on the Xbox One X - in fact, most of them won't. This is something that Xbox division head Phil Spencer has also said and iterated upon since the $499 Xbox One X was announced at E3 2017. Developers have total free reign to use the Xbox One X's higher-end power as they see fit, which includes the 6TFLOPs Polaris-derived GPU alongside a 2.3GHz Jaguar "Evolved" CPU, 12GB GDDR5 RAM at 326GB/sec, and a slew of other optimizations like DirectX 12 built right into the GPU's command processor, support for FreeSync 2, and the ability to hit native 4K with HDR enhancements and adequate frame rates.
The Xbox One X's native gameplay boost is comparable to Sony's Boost Mode feature on the PlayStation 4 Pro, which improves the performance of games that don't yet have specific PS4 Pro patches.
Microsoft has promised that all existing and new Xbox One games will run better on the Xbox One X by default thanks to the system's hardware, but developers have to add in Xbox One X Enhancement Upgrades to their games for the titles to fully leverage the console's power and enable features like native 4K textures, dynamic resolution scaling, 4K checkerboarding with HDR, improved FPS, improved draw distances, etc. Xbox's Phil Spencer confirmed that over 40 games would have Xbox One X enhancements at Microsoft's E3 2017 showcase, and recently talked about how easy it is for developers to bring over 4K assets from their PC builds to run on the Xbox One X.
E3 2017 is done and dusted, and now we know just how many views each of the game trailers had during the week - with Star Wars Battlefront II at the top of the list. Here's the top ten most-viewed E3 2017 games:
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- Assassin's Creed Origins
- FIFA 18
- Call of Duty: WWII
- God of War
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Need for Speed Payback
- Dragon Ball Fighter Z
Star Wars Battlefront II had over 7.9 million views, while Super Mario Odyssey enjoyed a swift 5.5 million views. As for the break down of numbers, we have:
- Star Wars Battlefront II - 7.9 million views
- Super Mario Odyssey - 5.5 million views
- Spider-Man - 4.5 million views
- FIFA 18 - The Journey: Hunter Returns - 4 million views
- Need for Speed Payback - 3.4 million views
- Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer Reveal - 3.3 million views
- Forza Motorsport 7 - 3.1 million views
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - 3 million views
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole - 2.7 million views
- Assassin's Creed Origins - 2.6 million views
Can you believe it has been 20 years since the release of the original Age of Empires, and now Microsoft has announced that it is working on Age of Empires Definitive Edition, a remastered version of AoE in 4K.
4K isn't the only thing Microsoft is doing with Age of Empires Definitive Edition, as there will noy only be the original base AoE alongside the "Rise of Rome" expansion pack, but there's enhanced gameplay and narration, 16 civilizations to explore, and 10 campaigns to play through.
Feature wise, Microsoft promises: "Fully remastered with beautifully enhanced graphics that support up to 4K, entirely re-orchestrated soundtrack, brand-new narrative, major gameplay improvements, Xbox Live support for multiplayer and achievements, this definitive edition brings back the original "Age of Empires" and its "Rise of Rome" expansion with 16 civilizations ranging from the Stone Age all the way to Romans".
Xbox One game sales are expected to rise by over 15% in 2017 in part thanks to Microsoft's new high-end Xbox One X system.
Microsoft's latest premium $499 Xbox One X system will catalyze game sales on the Xbox One family of consoles throughout 2017, analyst firm FutureSource Consulting forecasts. According to FutureSource, total Xbox One game sales are expected to rise by 17% to 70 million throughout 2017 with the bulk of game sales happening in Q4 to coincide with the Xbox One X's launch. PS4 game sales are expected to only jump by 3%, however Sony expects to sell 18 million more PS4 units in the fiscal year ending March 2018, bringing the total sales to 68 million units.
The adoption of 4K UHD television sets is also growing, likely sparked by more 4K entertainment options as well as the range of new 4K-enabled video games consoles such as Microsoft's $249 Xbox One S and it's new $399 Xbox One X, and Sony's $399 PlayStation 4 Pro. 4K UHDTVs made up 25% of all televisions sold in 2016, FutureSource reports, and the adoption of 4K TVs is expected to rise 38% in 2017 to account for more than a third of all TVs sold.
E3 2017 - Xbox division head Phil Spencer says that Microsoft's new $499 Xbox One X isn't for everyone--it's for those experienced players who want the best console hardware available, and want to push 4K gaming and play today's games at the best possible performance.
"The Xbox One X is a console so it's for someone who wants to play video games in a console environment, and it's for someone who wants the best console out there and a premium console experience. It's not for everybody. Just like the Elite controllers--they're not for everybody. Everyone shouldn't spend $150 on a controller," Xbox executive Phil Spencer said in a recent interview with Giant Bomb.
"The Xbox One X is for the gamer who's experienced, whether they're a PC gamer or a current-gen console gamer, and they want the best console experience available."