The future of gaming is LIVE! E3, also known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, returns for its 21st year on Tuesday, June 14th and runs through Thursday, June 16th. The event will feature press conferences and reveals from some of the biggest names in the video game business: Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft, Bethesda, EA and more third-party developers! The expo, known for its history of being the event where major developers unveil new and upcoming projects, is already gathering a fair amount of buzz. With talks of new consoles from Microsoft , Nintendo (Nintendo NX) and Sony (PS 4.5) possibly being introduced or discussed, virtual reality (VR) devices for gaming systems, and a slew of games coming in the second half of 2016, you can be certain that video games will be the major focus of E3 this year. (more…)
Once Microsoft made the big Xbox One backwards compatibility announcement at E3, many were wondering if Sony‘s Playstation would follow suit. When MCV caught up with the European Playstation head honcho Jim Ryan, they asked that very question. (more…)
So summer’s almost here and you may have some time on your hands. So why don’t you do the opposite of what your instincts tell you, and spend that free time indoors, in front of the TV, and enjoying the Best Line-up of Games ever assembled for an Xbox system. As the Electronic Entertainment Exo – AKA: E3 – gets underway on the left coast this week, Microsoft is already lording its wares over the entire gaming landscape with a lot of high-profile titles, big sequels, and technological advancements to take your gaming experience to the next level. This will all unfurl over the next several months to a year, of course, but for now you can wet your whistle with these videos and demos. (more…)
It’s finally happened. Microsoft has taken that one consistent complaint from Xbox One users and turned it into one of the biggest announcements of E3 2015. That’s right, Microsoft is making the Xbox One backwards compatible for Xbox 360 games digitally. (more…)
Disney has long been at the forefront of pushing boundaries when it comes to kids and their interaction with imaginative toys and experiences. The Disney Infinity toy/game hybrid series has been doing extremely well these last few years, and of course, Disney’s theme parks themselves are essentially one big immersive experience. Now, the company is ready to make another leap: Playmation, wearable smart technology that they hope will blur the lines of gaming and imaginative play all the more.
Christmas is coming early for gaming fans who may have always wanted to put their hands on a new Xbox One system but have bulked at the nearly $400 price tag. For you penny-pinchers, or people with penny-pinchers in your close family, circle of friends or as significant others, Microsoft is giving you a break this coming holiday season with special prices on their latest gaming system, and that includes exclusive bundle packs that feature some of this fall’s most anticipated new games. In the console wars, being the first to cut prices is usually seen as a sign of weakness, but with a successful launch last fall and over 5 million units shipped so far, it maybe that Microsoft just wants to ensure that it’s a very Xbox Xmas. (more…)
Amongst the goodies at Microsoft’s E3 presentation this morning was the announcement that we’re getting not just one, but two new Tomb Raider games in the near future. Following up on last year’s critically and commercially successful reboot of the franchise, Tomb Raider, developers Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics seem to have their eyes on a true Croftian renaissance. But will they succeed? Let’s roll the videotape on the two new trailers for the games and see. (more…)
After numerous attempts by Peter Jackson (with the aid of 28 Days Later… screenwriter Alex Garland) and even a short film made by then-unknown Neill Blomkamp to try and get a Halo movie off the ground, it seems like we’re finally going to be treated to a live-action rendition of Master Chief’s planet-marauding adventures. Only they won’t be seen on the big screen.
Yes, the continued war for supremacy between TV and Cinema rages on, as a Halo series is reportedly on the horizon for Showtime. But will this be a tiny, Serenity-style character piece, or will Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV help bring all of the scope and grandeur of the XBox game into you living room week in and out?
Microsoft is aggressively moving forward with its plans to take on not just the video game market, but the online streaming video world of Netflix and Hulu with original programming for Xbox customers.
First two Halo-based shows were announced, along with the sci-fi drama Humans, then a series of gamer-interest documentaries–including one about the recent discovery of the legendary Atari E.T. landfill.
Next in line seems to be a number of ambitious projects–of particular note, a series based on the popular (and fun as Hell) tabletop RPG Deadlands, and a miniseries version of the graphic novel series Winterworld. (more…)
Another one bites the dust. A Halo movie has been talked about since the first video game was released on the inaugural Xbox system becoming an instantaneous best-seller. A lot of big name people have been stapled to this proposed movie, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro for example, and yet it still hasn’t been able to reach theaters everywhere. Maybe what this thing needs is a legendary filmmaker, a man with a proven track record of creating quality sci-fi projects. Can someone like Ridley Scott be the solution? It’s possible, but has Microsoft approached the filmmaker? No. No, they haven’t. (more…)