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.
Firefox 54 was released, and with it we finally get multi-process. The old Firefox used a single process to run all the tabs in a browser, and a complex site in one Firefox tab could slow down all the others. That often meant a less than perfect browsing experience. Firefox now uses up to four processes to run web page content across all open tabs. This means that a heavy, complex web page in one tab has a much lower impact on the responsiveness and speed in other tabs. By separating the tabs into separate processes, Firefox makes better use of the hardware on your computer, so it can deliver you more of the web you love, with less waiting. Medium has a nice write-up of the new version of the browser. In order to run multiprocess, your add-ons need to support it as well. You can check compatibility using this plugin.
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.