March 01

Microsoft HoloLens Details Revealed!

Microsoft has now revealed the specifications and features for their upcoming augmented reality headset!

Microsoft posted on their website full details about their augmented reality headset, including what exactly will be powering it. HoloLens comes with a “Custom-built Microsoft Holographic Processing Unit” that features a Intel 32 bit architecture. It will come with 64gb of flash storage, 3gb of ram and has built-in speakers, voice & gesture recognition, and wifi. The device has multiple microphones and cameras, including a 12 megapixel / hd video camera. It packs a reasonable battery too with approximately 3 hours of active use and two weeks of standby time. The developer edition of Microsoft HoloLens is available to pre-order now but does not come cheap at $3,000! One should remember that this is still the dev kits right now, it wouldn’t be accurate to think a retail version would be the same price. While it may sound expensive when compared to VR, it should be noted that HoloLens is self-operating: meaning it does not require the power of a PC to function. With the headsets shipping from the end of the month, I can’t wait to hear what people have to say about it. Augmented reality very much intrigues me, possibly even more than VR!

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is one of my most anticipated games of 2016. While the game doesn’t release until April 29th, a beta for the game will be running this weekend. The beta, which will run from March 4th – March 6th, will be open to all PS4 owners and will serve as an opportunity to stress test the game’s servers. While Uncharted may not be known for its multiplayer, deathmatch and other game modes on offer do provide a solid experience. You are able to pre-install the beta from today, which maybe a good idea considering its fairly sizeable 7.6 GB file. I know I will be trying to give this some time over the weekend!

I think we can all agree that Rocket League was one of the biggest successes of 2015. The car-football multiplayer game has generated more than $70 million in revenue since its launch in July 2015 on PS4 and PC, and the addition of the Xbox One release last month will surely only add to this success. On top of this, Psyonix has now confirmed that a physical edition of the game will be coming in Q3 this year. Thanks to a partnership with 505 Games, the PS4 and Xbox One retail versions will include: the base game, the three previously release expansions, and  some “cool retail-exclusive goodies.” Details of those goodies have not yet been revealed but we will be sure to bring those to you when they are announced. I am happy for the success that Psyonix has found with this game, and will be interested to see what they come up with once development on Rocket League comes to an end.

EA Access is a service that I rave on about quite a lot, either through these ramblings or on our GOTW Show. EA has today announced the latest game to be added to “The Vault” for EA Access members. The original Plants Vs Zombies joins the line-up, taking the total number of games available to sixteen. What makes this announcement interesting is that it is the first backwards compatible 360 title to join the library, which, to me, indicates that other historic titles may be under consideration. I would love to see EA add a load more of their back catalogue to this service: just think how beneficial it would be to add games like the original Mirror’s Edge when the sequel is due to release in May. It will be interesting to see what EA’s future plans are, and you know I’ll be keeping you up to date and encouraging you to subscribe. Note: I get no sponsorship from EA, although I feel like I should!!

Until tomorrow,

Matt