I tuned into Giant Bomb at Nite yesterday evening and caught a really candid interview with Xbox Chief Phil Spencer. I am convinced that he is the best executive in the gaming industry. You can tell he really cares about what he does, and likes to do what is in the interest of gamers.
The interview is about 50 minutes long and they get into a number of topics such as: The console lifecycle going forward, games as a service, bringing Xbox games to PC because consoles are not for everyone, who the Xbox One X is for and its price, the idea of “winning E3” and competition in the industry, cross platform play, why he values backwards compatibility, and VR as an industry and how it needs to be an open platform. He even jokes about the confusing Xbox naming scheme.
The Minecraft server has been updated to version 1.12. This update adds a new crafting system, a new function system, hints for beginners, glazed terracotta, concrete, colored beds, illusioners, and parrots. It also replaces achievements with advancements.
Since the PC as a platform doesn’t really have a corporate overlord to put on a conference, the guys over at PC Gamer have been putting on a show for the last couple of years. Its more low key and paced slower then the other conferences since it doesn’t have a ton of money behind it, but it often has some interesting demos and developer interviews. Full conference is above. Some of my personal favorite parts of the show:
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds A short video showing some of the new features coming to the extremely popular PC game. New features include climbing and vaulting as well as weather changes. Also coming is modding support and two new maps: one set in Peru and the other set in the Adriatic.
Here are the only two things they showed at their conference that I thought looked any good:
Wolfenstein II Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed first-person shooter, Wolfenstein: The New Order developed by the award-winning studio MachineGames.
Full press conference is above. Here are some of the trailers that I thought looked interesting from this year’s Microsoft conference:
Anthem In Anthem™, a new shared-world action-RPG from EA’s BioWare studio, team up with friends as Freelancers—the bold few with the courage to leave civilization behind and explore a landscape of primeval beauty. Wield an arsenal of Javelin exosuits, each equipped with unique weapons and abilities. Band together with friends, confront the dangers you find, and grow in power with every step.