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Microsoft Announces Project xCloud for Developers

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Microsoft has announced a new xCloud-based technology that will enable developers to test their games without having to have access to physical Xbox developer kits, allowing them to create and test games remotely.

It’s a good response to current times, with a number of people now forced to work at home due to COVID-19 and associated Stay-at-Home orders and quarantine practices.

“By giving developers access to our PC Content Test App (PC CTA) they can remotely connect to their Xbox Development Kits from their PC, allowing them to test, play and iterate as if they were in the office. It also prevents them from having to download daily builds to local hardware in the home, which can often take hours,” Microsoft stated.

Infinity Ward, Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Rare, Turn 10, Undead Labs and Eidos Montreal are among some of the major studios that have been using this technology since it went live.

“Using the PC Content Test app enables us to bring back our old workflows wholesale. Installs to kits on-site are now minutes rather than the hours it takes to download remotely, and we have the flexibility to react when something goes wrong,” Rare’s technical director Sean Davies said.

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Playstation Calls Xbox’s Call of Duty Offer “inadequate on many levels”

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Microsoft has promised to keep Call of Duty games available on PlayStation for three years beyond the current agreement between Activision and Sony and Playstation CEO Jim Ryan is calling the offer “inadequate on many levels”.

Microsoft has a deal in place to buy Activision Blizzard, the publisher behind Call of Duty, for around $69 billion, but the deal has been scrutinized by competitions regulators, including the UKs Competition and Market Authority, with concerns that Microsoft could end up “withholding or degrading” Activision Blizzard works from other consoles or even subscription services.

Ryan spoke out about the offer.

“I hadn’t intended to comment on what I understood to be a private business discussion, but I feel the need to set the record straight because Phil Spencer brought this into the public forum,” Ryan said, according to Gamesindustry.biz.

“Microsoft has only offered for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony ends. After almost 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal was inadequate on many levels and failed to take account of the impact on our gamers. We want to guarantee PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines this principle.”

 

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Logitech, Tencent Team Up for New Cloud Console

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Tencent Games and Logitech are joining forces for a brand new handheld cloud gaming console, which is currently slated for a release later this year, and will support several existing cloud gaming services, including Xbox Cloud Gaming and NVidia GeForce NOW.

“Logitech G’s leadership in PC and console gaming gear make them an ideal partner to help us realize the vision of bringing a better gaming experience to gamers around the globe,” said Tencent Games Smart Solution Innovation Lab general manager Daniel Wu. “Today marks the start of a new opportunity for our companies to further push the frontiers of gaming devices.”

As of this writing, there is no official release date associated with the console, and marketing plans are not currently known although it will likely include elements of Influencer Marketing and even Video Game SEO to help scale.

Earlier this year, Xbox was reportedly planning to launch a cloud streaming device sometime in 2023, but no official statement has been issued by Microsoft since.

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Playstation Showcase Coming Next Week

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Sony has officially announced a new Playstation showcase for next week and the even will take a look “into the future of PS5”.

The showcase will be held on Thursday, September 9th and it will be packed with updates from Playstation Studios, industry developers, and more as the company gears up for the upcoming holiday season.

The PlayStation Showcase begins at 1pm EST on YouTube and Twitch.

 

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