Gears of War 4 to Get Special Edition Xbox One S Console

Gears of War 4 to Get Special Edition Xbox One S Console

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gears of War 4 will get a special editon Xbox One S
  • It will sport the same design as the controller shown at E3 2016
  • Gears of War 4’s release date is October 11 this year

Gears of War 4 is possibly the biggest Xbox One and Windows 10 game this year what with Microsoft making it available to both via the Xbox Play Anywhere program for digital copies. However it seems that aside from having the option of buying the game on disc, Xbox One fans have something else to look forward to – a special edition console.

According to NeoGAF user ekim, who has a solid track record on Microsoft related leaks, you can expect a limited edition Xbox One S console for Gears of War 4.

“So you guys remember the Gears Of War Elite Controller that was announced at E3?,” he askedfollowing up with:

“If you like that design, you might like the Xbox One S GoW [Gears of War] Limited Edition. :)”

This should come as no surprise considering that previous entries in the series have received their own console variants. And while ekim has no concrete idea as to when it would be officially announced, hebelieves there’s a good chance it could be revealed in August.

An Xbox One S for Gears of War 4 is apt, what with the game’s studio head Rod Fergusson stating you can expect improved visuals and a more consistent frame rate on the Xbox One S over the Xbox One. And while Xbox boss Phil Spencer has flip flopped on this, multiple sources have confirmed that this is indeed the case.

Don’t expect Gears of War 4 to be in native 4K for Project Scorpio though. “We have to look at what the engine can do with the power that Scorpio has,” said Fergusson to Polygon. “Because we’re mastering at 4K, it’s not about assets or art. It’s about getting the milliseconds down in terms of getting the game to 4K at 60 or 30 [fps]depending on single-player or multiplayer.”

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Microsoft at E3 2016: Challenge Scorpio, Gears of War four, and Xbox Live

Microsoft at E3 2016: Project Scorpio, Gears of War 4, and Xbox Live

HIGHLIGHTS
Microsoft may be bring its extraordinary video games to Windows 10 Pc.
Xbox One S – a slimmer Xbox One will be out in August as leaked previous.
Venture Scorpio – a greater powerful Xbox is due for Christmas 2017.
Windows 10 and Xbox One specialbecome a phrase thrown around all through the length of Microsoft’s E3 2016 convention. Which ought to come as no marvel because it became leaked early in the year that most of the employer‘s upcoming games will come to Windows 10 Computer and Xbox One.

Speaking of leaks, most of the conference‘s biggest bulletins had been revealed earlier than it evenbegan. Be it information for the Xbox One S, Halo Wars 2, Forza Horizon 3, or thirdbirthday celebrationvideo games like Final Fable XV, The Division Underground, ReCore, and Battlefield 1, there was very little that turned into unknown. Nevertheless, right here are the maximum crucial bulletins from Microsoft’s E3 2016 occasion.

(Also see: Xbox One Exclusives Gears of War four, Scalebound Coming to Windows 10 Laptop: Report)

The Xbox will move beyond generations
On the stop Xbox boss Phil Spencer said the employer will no longer wait round 5 to 8 years to sell you a new Xbox. That is because of Project Scorpio – a new Xbox carrying 6 teraflops of GPU strength and eight CPU cores with the goal of letting you play video games at 4K decision and in high constancy VR.It’s due in Christmas 2017 and has been introduced now for developers to know what to expect and takeadvantage of it.

But understand that whatever works on the Xbox One and One S will work at the Scorpio and vice versa.

Scalebound gameplay impresses
From the crew at the back of Vanquish and Bayonetta is Scalebound. After a solid showing at Gamescom 2015, PlatinumGames lifted the lid on the game‘s stellar co-op mode. There’s a wealth of movement, ahonest little bit of strategising, and oodles of fabulous combat. It is going to be coming to Home windows 10 Laptop as Xbox One in 2017.

Tekken 7 – one of the rare video games that changed into now not leaked
Preventing game Tekken 7 become present at Microsoft’s event. there has been smooth lookingstruggling with and a beneficiant tale mode. To have fun its early 2017 arrival on the Xbox One, Tekken Tag Event 2 is free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers proper now.

Gears of Conflict 4 is coming to Computer day one
Also coming to Windows 10 Laptop, Gears of Struggle four had a tremendously long demo which focussed on teamwork to a massive degree. there has been plenty occurring what with numerousclimate, environments, and hordes of enemies to defeat. It’s out on October 11. Microsoft Additionallyunveiled a Gears of War 4 themed Xbox Elite controller to go along with it.

Xbox Live tiers up
Some new functions will be making their way to the Xbox One. Those encompass Golf equipment toassist you to form communities with buddies, Searching out Group which helps you to find likemindedgame enthusiasts, and a brand new e-sports platform called Arena. Further to this Historical past musiccoming to the Xbox One as is Language Place Independence – which lets you choose your languagewithout being tied by way of Region and voice assistant Cortana.

There have been different games inclusive of a bunch of indie titles inclusive of Internal and WeSatisfied Few out soon in addition to a new gameplay trailer for uncommon‘s Sea of Thieves, whichregarded like a shared-international recreation similar to Destiny. Gwent – a card sport from CD ProjektRed, makers of The Witcher three become Additionally found out and may be coming to Computer and the Xbox One first with other systems later.

What had been your preferred exhibits from Microsoft’s E3 2016 conference? Allow us to recogniseinside the remarks.

Questioning which had been the first-rate games introduced at E3 2016? You can listen to our podcastthru iTunes or simply hit the play button underneath to discover.

Gears of conflict 4 Beta stay; Pre-Orders and price revealed

Gears of War 4 Beta Live; Pre-Orders and Price Revealed

Gears of conflict 4the largest Xbox One (and probably home windows 10) exclusive this 12 months is now to be had for Xbox One owners to test out. Weighing in at around 7GB, it’s going to allow you toplay a group of multiplayer modes which include team deathmatch, dodgeball, and co-op groupdeathmatch that helps you to and 4 others square off in opposition to hardcore bots. The beta will ceaseon may additionally 1.

And if you locate the multiplayer beta to be what you’re searching out, you may pre-order the gamedigitally as nicely. on the time of scripting this, Indian sites which include Amazon India, Flipkart, and Snapdeal do now not have the game listed just but, making the Xbox store the best region you could get pre-order and pre-down load it from right now. the same old version of the game will set you again via Rs.four,000 while the ultimate edition which incorporates the Gears of warfare 4 Season pass and vintageskins will cost you a princely Rs. 6,six hundred. remember the fact that you might want round 80GB ofloose space on your Xbox One to down load the sport. Gears of warfare 4 is out on October elevenworldwide.

in line with the list the Season pass grants you get right of entry to to a “vintage VIP percent, 12 monthsof limitless get right of entry to to new maps, early get entry to to an different VIP playlist and sixequipment Packs.”

With Gears of struggle being one of the biggest, if no longer the most important Xbox franchise in India, we might not be surprised to peer the enterprise finally input traditional retail officially with Gears ofstruggle four. for the time being, Xbox One exclusives are to be had at brick and mortar stores, albeit with out Microsoft’s understanding or consent. previous Gears of conflict games have had a hardcore following and a colourful online community. optimistically we will see the equal for Gears of battle four.

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LawBreakers From Makers of Killzone and Gears of War Is Not Free-to-Play Any More

LawBreakers From Makers of Killzone and Gears of War Is Not Free-to-Play Any More

LawBreakers – the five-on-five multiplayer sci-fi first-person shooter from Boss Key Productions, the game studio helmed by the creators of Killzone and Gears of War, is not free-to-play any more.

“As the game continued to take shape, we realized free-to-play wasn’t the right fit for what we’re building,” said Boss Key CEO Cliff Bleszinski in a prepared statement. “LawBreakers is a competitive game at heart and that means balance is a big priority to me, my team, and our community. Using a digital premium model helps ensure an even playing field by giving fans access to every available role without any barriers.”

The statement contains an FAQ answering some of the others concerns fans might have in some depth. These include reiterating Blezinski’s quote and more importantly stressing that “LawBreakers will not have the $60 (around Rs. 4,000) price point of a traditional boxed product.” Always a good thing. It also hints at the possibility of a console release.

(Also see: Killzone and Gears of War Creators Reveal LawBreakers)

With the game available to add on your Steam wishlist right now, the multiplayer first-person shooter genre seems to be heating up. Blizzard’s Overwatch is due in May as is Battleborn from the creators of Borderlands. Plus there’s Titanfall 2 in the works. To old timers in the crowd this might seem reminiscent of the late 90s and early 2000s glut of multiplayer shooters when Quake 3, Team Fortress, and Counter-Strike dominated the scene. No surprise considering how many gaming companies are taking e-sports more seriously than ever.

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Changing gears at India’s start-ups

The Morgan Stanley markdown brings Flipkart’s valuation down to about $11 billion from the $15.2 billion the company claimed when it raised its last round of funds. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

The Morgan Stanley markdown brings Flipkart’s valuation down to about $11 billion from the $15.2 billion the company claimed when it raised its last round of funds. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

In late October, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Bill Gurley, speaking to The Wall Street Journal about technology start-up valuations, said, “All these private valuations are fake. They’re all on paper.”

Gurley, managing partner at San Francisco-based venture capital firm Benchmark, has been openly critical for a while of the dizzying valuations attributed to technology start-ups in recent years. His criticism is directed in particular at unicorns, the common term for technology start-ups privately valued at $1 billion or more.

Until a couple of months ago, Gurley’s criticism had few takers in India’s start-up ecosystem. In fact, back in October, few venture capitalists and even fewer entrepreneurs would concede to a valuation bubble.

Sure, there had been a few upsets. Zomato, the restaurant discovery platform backed by Info Edge India Ltd and Sequoia Capital, had fired 10% of its staff as part of a cost rationalization drive. Food ordering start-up TinyOwl, backed by Matrix Partners and Sequoia, had laid off more than 100 people and shut down offices in some cities as it battled a cash crunch. Property search and listings platform Commonfloor was on the block as it failed to draw fresh capital despite having investors such as Tiger Global Management and Google Capital on board.

But, unlike elsewhere in the world, where unicorn valuations were being marked down with alarming frequency by mutual funds, India’s unicorns held their mythical valuations. E-commerce bellwether Flipkart was still going strong at $15.2 billion. Rival Snapdeal was cruising along at about $5 billion. Budget stays aggregator and unicorn aspirant OYO Rooms had just snapped up $100 million from Japanese investor SoftBank and others, taking its valuation to a reported $400 million. Even seed-stage start-ups were raking in $1 million rounds. What bubble?

In the past two months, however, some of that exuberance has tempered. People still aren’t talking in bubble terms, but they admit that a correction is underway in India’s start-up funding market. The correction is evident from the numbers for the concluding quarter of 2015. A KPMG report, based on data compiled by research firm CB Insights, shows that venture capital-backed firms in India raised $1.5 billion in October-December 2015, down 46% from the $2.8 billion raised in the July-September quarter. The volume of deals also declined to 114 from 139 in the preceding quarter.

The numbers are down primarily because of a correction in later funding rounds, specifically in the Series B and C stages where valuations were most frothy. A quick survey of deals reported across media shows that after September, there has been a marked decline in Series B and C stage deals, especially in terms of value. Compared with the past, only one deal crossed the $100 million mark—hyperlocal delivery service Grofers raised $120 million in a Series B round led by SoftBank.

The ticket sizes of the remaining 15 deals in those stages were well below the $50 million mark. After Grofers, the three largest deals involved e-commerce company Naaptol ($52 million), PepperTap, another hyperlocal delivery service ($40 million), and ethnic products marketplace Craftsvilla ($34 million).

Apart from the decline in deal ticket sizes, later-stage rounds are also in a somewhat different complexion in terms of the investors involved. Out of the 16 deals reported, six were led by strategic investors such as SoftBank, Paytm, Snapdeal, Amazon, Mitsui, and even a local family office backed by the Murugappa Group. Venture capital firms have been less visible, preferring to divert their resources to younger companies at the seed and Series A stages. Not because their resources are running scarce—India-dedicated venture capital funds raised a little more than $2 billion in fresh capital last year, according to data compiled by the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.

Most venture capitalists believe that valuations will correct further. In January, Mint reported that practically every leading venture capital fund in the market expects valuations for mid-stage deals to be between 25% and 50% lower than the 2015 levels. That, most reckon, will take another 6-8 months to play out, and they’re willing to wait. They can afford to wait because hedge funds, notably New York-based Tiger Global (which invests in start-ups from a separate venture capital fund), are no longer breathing down their necks. Hedge funds, until recently among the most aggressive dealmakers in India’s start-up market, are on a hiatus due to the recent turmoil in the public markets.

While venture capitalists have started to come to terms with the downturn, entrepreneurs are still holding out. This isn’t unusual. Historically, private valuations have always lagged the public markets by a few months. But, there’s no doubt that they will eventually correct. Entrepreneurs can take cues from the recent markdown of the value of Flipkart shares owned by mutual funds. The latest to do so is Morgan Stanley Institutional Fund Trust, which has written down the value of its minor stake to $58.9 million, as of 31 December, from $80.6 million in June.

The Morgan Stanley markdown brings Flipkart’s valuation down to about $11 billion from the $15.2 billion the company claimed when it raised its last round of funds. That’s a fairly big hit, assuming that the lofty valuations that Flipkart claims aren’t, as Gurley suggests, imaginary.

Flipkart is a bit of a lodestar for the country’s start-up ecosystem.

That makes the markdown the strongest manifestation yet of the correction that is currently underway in India’s start-up funding market.

Winter is here. Make no mistake. But, as anybody who’s lived through a couple of downturns would know, it’s also when the most interesting start-ups are born.

Snigdha Sengupta is the founder of StartupCentral, a digital news and analytics platform focused on venture capital. She also periodically contributes stories on venture capital and private equity to Mint.

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Microsoft to End PC Gaming as We Know It: Gears of War Developer

Microsoft to End PC Gaming as We Know It: Gears of War Developer

Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is a programming application for Windows 10 developers that lets them create a single version of software to run across all Windows devices including PCs, smartphones, tablets, and the Xbox One. The company is slated to unveil more UWP details at its Build event this month. However UWP has also gained the ire of Tim Sweeney, co-founder of Epic Games, the studio behind the Gears of War and Unreal franchises.

According to Sweeney, UWP is a closed platform. What this means is developers will need Microsoft’s approval to distribute games on Windows 10. This could result in Microsoft controlling the sale of PC games and apps, taking care that only UWP titles would be available on the Windows Store.

(Also see: PC Gaming Is Getting Better, but Publishers Are Getting Worse)

“Microsoft has launched new PC Windows features exclusively in UWP, and is effectively telling developers you can use these Windows features only if you submit to the control of our locked-down UWP ecosystem,” he wrote in the Guardian. “They’re curtailing users’ freedom to install full-featured PC software, and subverting the rights of developers and publishers to maintain a direct relationship with their customers.”

“The specific problem here is that Microsoft’s shiny new “Universal Windows Platform” is locked down, and by default it’s impossible to download UWP apps from the websites of publishers and developers, to install them, update them, and conduct commerce in them outside of the Windows Store,” his post reads.

Furthermore, the software giant can, at any time, prevent apps from being installed from sources other than the Windows Store.

“It’s true that if you dig far enough into Microsoft’s settings-burying UI, you can find a way to install these apps by enabling “side-loading”. But in turning this off by default, Microsoft is unfairly disadvantaging the competition. Bigger-picture, this is a feature Microsoft can revoke at any time using Windows 10’s forced-update process,” his post continues.

windows_10_family.jpgThis is an embarrassing state of affairs for Microsoft. It just launched Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 – a revamped version of the classic Xbox 360 title, as a signal of its renewed interest in the PC gaming space. Bad enough that the game suffers from a myriad of technical problems (some of which we’ve faced in our playthrough as well), that one of its long time collaborators has decided to voice its concerns publicly.

In response, Xbox boss Phil Spencer tweeted that “Windows has always been an open ecosystem” andmore information will be shared during the company’s Build conference.

(Also see: EA Wants to Win PC Gamers Back, but Its Actions Say Otherwise)

Along with this, Kevin Gallo, Corporate Vice President of Windows at Microsoft, told the Guardian: “The Universal Windows Platform is a fully open ecosystem, available to every developer, that can be supported by any store. We continue to make improvements for developers; for example, in the Windows 10 November Update, we enabled people to easily side-load apps by default, with no UX required.

“We want to make Windows the best development platform regardless of technologies used, and offer tools to help developers with existing code bases of HTML/JavaScript, .NET and Win32, C+ + and Objective-C bring their code to Windows, and integrate UWP capabilities. With Xamarin, UWP developers can not only reach all Windows 10 devices, but they can now use a large percentage of their C# code to deliver a fully native mobile app experiences for iOS and Android. We also posted a blog on our development tools recently.”

win_10_apps.jpg(Also see: I Have Over 300 Games on Steam and I’m Leaving It All Behind for GOG Galaxy)

This isn’t the first time Microsoft has run foul with PC game developers. When Windows 8 was launched, Valve’s Gabe Newell referred to it as “this giant sadness” while its Games for Windows Live service was seen as an aberration by both consumers and game makers alike.

If Sweeney’s allegations are true, it means that PC gaming as we know it, in its current form will cease to exist over time, giving Microsoft a monopoly in terms of digital distribution and commerce much like how the App Store and Google Play operate. This would mean flexibility and choice – two of the biggest reasons for gamers to flock to the PC as a gaming platform, as well user generated content or mods as they’re known would have no place in Microsoft’s scheme of things.

“Microsoft is moving against the entire PC industry – including consumers (and gamers in particular), software developers such as Epic Games, publishers like EA and Activision, and distributors like Valve and Good Old Games,” Sweeney claims.

All of this is perhaps indicative of how troubled the dialogue between the company and its development partners has become. More so when you consider that Xbox One (and potentially Windows 10) exclusive Gears of War 4, which runs on Epic’s Unreal Engine 4, is one of the year’s most anticipated games.

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Tags: Epic Games, Gears of War, Gears of War 4, Microsoft, PC Games, PC Gaming, Tim Sweeney,Universal Windows Platform, UWP, Windows 10, Windows Store
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