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Sony E3 2017 Press Conference

Full press conference is above. There were audio issues on Sony’s end at the beginning, but they fixed it soon after. Here are some of the trailers that I thought looked interesting from this year’s Sony conference:

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
In order to find an ancient Indian artifact, Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross must venture deep into the Western Ghats mountains, discover the lost cities of the Hoysala Empire, and face a ruthless warmonger, Asav. No Nathan Drake this time and Amy Hennig is long gone from Naughty Dog, but this could still be pretty good. Kind of looks like it should be DLC for Uncharted 4 though.

Days Gone
Days Gone is an open-world action game set in the beautiful, high-desert of the Pacific Northwest two years after a pandemic has transformed the world. Looks neat, but the demo last year was better.

Shadow of the Colossus
Hey look they are releasing this game again. I didn’t care for it the first or second time around, but it sounds like they are redoing the terrible controls so maybe I will check it out.

Call of Duty: WWII
Multiplayer for the new Call of Duty. Looks like absolute garbage.

God of War
From Santa Monica Studio and creative director Cory Barlog comes a new beginning for one of gaming’s most recognizable icons. Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.

Marvel’s Spider Man
They re-skinned a Batman game and turned it into Spider Man. I am kinda OK with that, as I like the Arkham games. It seems like it might be a bit too QTE heavy though.

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Giant Bomb Interviews Phil Spencer

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.

This guy gets it.

Software

Firefox 54 Released

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.

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PC Gaming Show E3 2017

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.

Lawbreakers
Lawbreakers is getting its last closed beta on June 28 followed by an open access beta test on June 30th. It also has a release date: August 8 on PC and Playstation 4. The game will cost $29.99

Killing Floor 2: Summer Sideshow Expansion
Killing Floor 2 is getting a free expansion this week. It includes new challenge modes, minigames, weapons, and enemies.

BattleTech
BattleTech? Now that’s a name I’ve have not heard in a long time.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

Age of Empires is getting another update. All of the assets of the game have been updated to deliver 4k graphics. They also improved other parts of the game including AI and pathfinding as well as online multiplayer.

Lone Each & Echo Arena
The first VR game I have seen at E3 so far that looks like something I would be into.