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Rock Band 4 announced for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

rockband4-promo-illus36yuvHarmonix Music Systems today announced Rock Band 4, the next generation of the award-winning social and interactive music gaming, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

Rock Band 4 will support old peripherals though Mad Catz are developing creating new Rock Band peripherals.

“The creative energy and excitement at the studio right now is at an all-time high,” said project manager Darren Richardson. “We’re thrilled to have Mad Catz as an important partner as we move the franchise to a new generation of consoles, and we can’t wait to show our fans how we’re evolving the gameplay they love.”

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GDC 2015: Spencer – Gaming still an essential part of Windows, “we lost our way”

Microsoft Xbox head Phil Spencer said that, even though it may seem like they company lost its way, gaming is still essential to the Windows platform.

cover“The role of gaming on the television is critical to the longterm success of all of us. But, clearly the success you see in PC today is a important component for all us,” said Spencer to a group of developers at GDC.

Spencer then detailed his role within Microsoft as head of gaming in general and how–within his role that role–he spends a lot time talking to higher ups about how gaming “used to” be essential to the Windows platform. Simply stating: “we lost our way.” Continue reading

GDC 2015: Xbox on Windows 10 – cross buy, 20% GPU boost and more revealed

Microsoft Studio head Phil Spencer took the stage at the GDC to unveil Xbox on Windows 10, and exactly how the OS will change with Xbox One and PC landscape.

f12f000d-43e8-480c-a222-700c18e85b30_1000Microsoft plans for a 12 month implementation process for Windows 10–as they gradually introduce the operating system to “complete the circle of what people will be able to do.”

In addition, Microsoft also detailed a Universal Development Center that allows developers to easily manage the monetization of their content across all supported platforms. 

Spencer says that with Windows 10 developers will be able to submit their apps and games under “one store” allowing gamers to cross buy, purchase a title on one system and it be available on the other for no extra change. The process will require a certain amount of tweaking on both ends, but it should allow developers to reach a wider audience. Continue reading

GDC 2015: Valve’s Steam Controller revealed

imageqhuipAt GDC today, Valve’s letting everyone go hands on with the Steam Controller, which releases in November alongside Steam Link.

The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work as buttons, triggers, two bumpers, and two buttons on the back on each side of the controller. Continue reading

HTC makes an apology for causing Half-Life confusion

Earlier in the week, at the Game Developers Conference,  HTC chairwoman Cher Wang suggested that a Half-Life game was in development for the new Vive VR headset.

downloadIn a statement issued to BBC today, Wang apologized for her remarks stating that she misspoke about Half Life coming to virtual reality.

“I would like to apologise for any confusion caused when I referred to individual games titles,” Wang said.

“In response to a question on specific games, I misspoke when I referred to our working together with Valve on a particular game, when instead I meant our collaboration with Valve on developing next-generation virtual reality experiences for gaming.”

Bethesda announces Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

16500441517_6683a74b2f_oBethesda today announced Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order which released last year.

In development at MachineGames, the studio behind The New Order, The Old Blood takes B.J. Blazkowicz on a two-part mission deep within Bavaria into Castle Wolfenstein.

“Diving back into the world of Wolfenstein has really been fun for us,” said producer Jerk Gustafsson. “We’ve enjoyed exploring the events leading up to The New Order. We think fans will really enjoy the story, all the action and, of course, jumping back into the combat with new weapons.” Continue reading

GDC 2015: Steam Machines will hit the market in November

controller_livingroomSteam Machines, living room PCs, will be hitting the market in November alongside something called Steam Link, Valve announced today.

Steam Link will allow for game streaming between multiple PCs or Steam Machines at 1080p/60HZ. Steam Link will be available for $50 as well as a special Steam controller which will also be available for $50.

“We continue to see very strong growth in PC Gaming, with Steam growing 50% in the last 12 months,” said Valve president Gabe Newell.”With these announcements we hope that we are helping build on that momentum.” Continue reading