If you have a kid, there’s a possibility that you spent little over an hour scolding him for spending way too much time glued on his phone, tablet, or computer’s screen. There’s an even bigger possibility that it’s because he’s been playing Minecraft.
Minecraft is the younger generation’s version of Pokémon. As a kid myself, I spent hours and hours a day trying to catch little creatures and trying to win badges at gym battles. Today, kids are spending their days in a more creative and constructive way, in my opinion, by building structures forged from their imagination.
Personally, I have played Minecraft for several nights straight, trying to complete my dream fortified mansion-slash-city-slash-world. There’s no limit in what you can do in the game other than yourself. A few hours will fly by quickly as you see your imagination come to life, at least virtually. Think like an architect seeing his designs being built.
Microsoft Today revealed a teaser into how they’re reintroducing Minecraft to the world. From the idea that built the phenomenon of Pokémon Go comes Minecraft Earth.
However, it is quite easy to say, based on reports, that Microsoft is taking an ambitious leap from Pokémon Go.
Comparably, like Pokémon Go, Minecraft Earth is built on the foundation of augmented reality. You will get to experience the world of Minecraft through your mobile phone’s camera. Moreover, users will get to interact and establish relationships with other players.
But where Minecraft Earth stands out is that its a world where multiple players can create along the way. It’s not like Pokémon Go where Pokémon are left conveniently along sidewalks or parks for players to find. Microsoft takes it further by allowing users to define and decide how their own Minecraft Earth will look like in the end.
They can accomplish this by playing the regular Minecraft game whether individually or with friends connected to the same Wi-Fi, or through a server that lets you play with an even larger group of 50 people or more.
”Minecraft Earth proposes to completely break the dogma that has lived with us in computing since the beginning: this idea of a single person that holds a single device to create a single experience,” Alex Kipman, Microsoft’s HoloLens and Kinect creator tells The Verge. “With Minecraft Earth, that’s no longer the case. The content is in the real world.”
Microsoft says that the mobile app will be like playing the original game since it’s highly anchored by the basics to easily resemble the game we got so used to. They wanted to preserve the spirit of the game that’s all about creating and collaborating.
Minecraft Earth will not be a player versus player kind of game. You cannot kill other players and claim their resources as that’s not how Microsoft intends the game to be. But you can technically steal from other players when they allowed you to enter their builds, but you won’t be doing it anonymously behind a computer but besides the person that you’re stealing from. A little mischief to spice things up.
Just like the original, you will be spending your time chopping down trees and collecting resources that you can use in Build Mode to create your fortress. But with a real-to-life version of the original, you can scale your builds into actual size reaching to 200ft x 200ft. If you spent hours building it on your phone, I wonder how long Minecraft Earth will take you.
Moreover, you can have your builds stored personally by leaving it at the desired spot. From there, you can decide to share it with other players for them to help or collaborate on your work.
However, don’t expect that every single tree or plot of land can be harvested. This is where the concept of Pokémon Go comes in, in order to collect resources, you will need to walk around the neighborhood or to the park to see ‘tapables’ that you can collect.
“We have covered the entire planet in Minecraft,” Tori Olafsson, Minecraft Earth game director explains “Every lake is a place you can fish, every park is a place you can chop down trees. We’ve actually taken maps of the entire world and converted them to Minecraft.”
There are also adventures in Minecraft Earth that vary from easy to difficult. Easy where it can take you by surprise as you fall into a castle filled by skeletons attacking you or difficult where you are knowingly entering the challenge risking all of your resources.
Definitely, Minecraft Earth is bringing a lot of things in the table, with augmented reality along its side, it will take over the world by storm and start a whole new phenomenon alongside its 91 million active players across the planet.
Minecraft Earth will be available in iOS and Android via beta on summer.
Watch: ‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ Receives A Sequel
At the end of the Nintendo Direct for E3 2019, Ninty announced that the sequel for the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is under development for Nintendo Switch. Although Nintendo was a bit careful with details, a teaser trailer accompanies the presentation to give us a short glimpse of what to expect.
In the teaser trailer, we’ve witnessed what seems to be a more horrifying and dark theme for Breath of the Wild. Link and Zelda, with their familiar animation, explores an underground lair where an ancient evil, embellished with what looks like Gerudo visual cues, is growing.
After Link and Zelda’s terrifying encounter with the diabolical entity, a Hyrule Castle quakes and rises from the ground.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released back on March 3, 2017, along with the Nintendo Switch. The game has become one of the most acclaimed titles of all time. At some point, Nintendo sold more copies of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild than the actual Switch consoles.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel announcement is currently trending worldwide on Twitter. It’s safe to say that fans from different parts of the world are excited to explore Zelda once again. Unfortunately, other details such as release date are still unavailable.
Games Coming With Xbox Project Scarlett
Microsoft just dropped their teaser trailer to the new Xbox hardware codenamed Project Scarlett — it promises to make background loading times to be a thing of the past with its new processor and SSD innovations. Along with the cutting edge console, comes a whole new generation of games for Xbox users.
Microsoft says that there are hundreds of people from 17 studios — both from first-party studios and third-party studios — working on content production for the new Xbox with four generations of games coming. “Better than you’ve seen them before,” said a speaker from Microsoft in their latest video.
Here are some of the Games Microsoft Xbox mentioned during their E3 keynote:
Cyberpunk 2077 is Keanu Reeves — set in the metropolis of the future, where body modification has become an obsession. Users play as an outlaw — an enhanced mercenary working in the sleazy underbelly of the city. In other words, users get to enhance their characters through in-game choices such as swords coming out of your hand, as seen in the video above.
The John Wick star introduced the latest trailer of Cyberpunk 2077 during the E3 conference at Los Angeles including its release date set on April 20 next year.
Gears of War 5 will seemingly focus on Kait Diaz’s character and will give its fanbase a more in-depth look into the world of the Locusts as users explore Kait’s role further and her connection with Swarm.
Moreover, Gears of War 5 will also venture away from the typical big men with big guns storyline (which the game series is mostly popular with) for the first time.
Gears of War 5 will be available for playing this year on September 10th.
343 is saying that Halo Infinite will be the “spiritual reboot of Halo” with more realistic environments and new characters that should be a “perfect starting point for new players.” Halo Infinite will also focus more on the exploration side of the franchise.
For multiplayer gaming, 343 has confirmed a 4-player split screen but pushed back against the idea about a Halo Infinite battle royale feature.
Halo Infinite will also come to Xbox One and PC. “This story will mark the beginning of a new chapter and challenge for the Chief, but it will also respect and continue threads that led to this point,” says Chris Lee, studio head of Halo Infinite. “If you’ve never played a Halo game before, this will be a great place to jump into the story.”
The game will not be released until late next year.
Moon Studios, who created the multi-award winning Ori and the Blind Forest, is finally making a come back with its highly anticipated sequel: Ori and the Will of the Wisps.
Announced during the E3 event two years ago, the beautiful cinematic game will finally arrive next year in February.
Ahead of its Minecraft: Earth application coming with advanced Augmented Reality tech, Microsoft released the latest trailer of its Xbox application for Minecraft called Minecraft Dungeons.
The Minecraft-based dungeon crawler will support local and online co-op play for up to four players and is set to be released Spring of next year. Minecraft Dungeons was initially set for an earlier release date during E3 last year, however, was later on rescheduled for this year’s release.
Similar to the same technology that’s making Minecraft Earth a possibility, Microsoft’s Flight Simulator will also be powered by Azure cloud artificial intelligence.
Moreover, the Flight Simulator is a hyper-detailed game that’s previously only available in PC. Its last installment was the 2014 Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition, a continuation of the 2006 Flight Simulator X. Today, Microsoft’s introducing it to the Xbox through its Xbox Game Pass subscription service.
Bleeding Edge is a first-party Xbox game produced by Technical Alpha. It’s a classic team play game (four players on each side) with the usual assassins, fighters, tankers, etc. However, it has a highly melee-filled character base except for a few long-range heroes.
The goal of the game is to take over three control points situated within the game. Notably, there’s an interesting character balance that should make the game worthwhile, as described by IGN.Bleeding Edge comes out June 27th.
How ‘Xbox Project Scarlett’ Is Microsoft’s Vision For The Future Of Gaming
The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2019 (E3 2019) kicked off its 25th year, and Microsoft took the opportunity to introduce one of the biggest announces this year: the Xbox Project Scarlett — a new generation of Xbox hardware.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 is one of the world’s most significant gaming events where hardware manufacturers, software developers, and publishers from the video game industry gets to present new and upcoming products to the world. This year, the event took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Microsoft took center stage during its keynote and introduced innovations on how they see the gaming industry in the future through their new-generation Xbox consoles. Primarily, they indicated that one of the problems users encounter when playing console games is the load time.
In their reveal trailer, “sitting there in the fake elevator because you know that the game’s loading the background. It’s just an elevator ride forever,” the gaming giant said.
To innovate and address loading time, Microsoft discussed the development of its custom processor in partnership with AMD. The new CPU will “leverage” AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture, and it’s promising this new console will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X. Microsoft is also using fast GDDR6 RAM, that it claims will “usher in resolution and framerates we’ve never seen before.”
Codenamed Project Scarlett will be able to provide framerates up to an impressive 120 frames per second, will support 8K-compatible gaming, ray-tracing, and variable refresh rates. “It’s real-time because it’s hardware is accelerated for the first time ever.”
Microsoft is also including an all-new SSD on Project Scarlett. “We’ve created a new generation of SSDs. We’re using the SSD as virtual RAM.” The new SSD will be able to boost performance speeds up to 40x compared to the current generation of the Xbox. Meaning, games will not just load faster but users will also have a seamless experience when playing games. “When you’re able to move through worlds without waiting for the screen to load; that speed, that performance is what the next generation’s about.”
In addition to the new Project Scarlett console, Microsoft also introduced the new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2.
Microsoft’s high-end controller features adjustable tension thumbsticks that you can set according to your preference using an adjustment tool to improve precision. There’s also changes to the trigger locks that should make users apply more control and faster shooting speeds, for example. Even the paddles and thumbsticks have been overhauled for more customization.
The Elite Controller Series 2 also includes a USB-C support and Bluetooth connectivity, and a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 40 hours per charge.
Sony is also promising that the PlayStation 5 will also support up to 8K graphics, 3D audio, SSD storage, and backward compatibility with existing PlayStation 4 titles. The PS5 will also use an eight-core CPU based on AMD’s third-gen Ryzen line, and ship with a GPU that supports ray-tracing graphics. Sony is also teasing 4K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate support.
However, since Sony decided to skip this year’s E3 2019 event (for the first time), the upcoming PlayStation 5 and its specs and other details have yet to be confirmed.
Other than the Xbox Project Scarlett hardware, Microsoft also introduced new bundles for its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription — now includes PC games.
Moreover, users with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription will also benefit from the new range of content coming to the new Xbox Project Scarlett and Halo. With faster performance ratios, users will experience a new set of gaming.
Users can purchase the $14.99 bundle for both Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for both Xbox and PC. Gamers who both use Microsoft’s PC and console games can significantly benefit from this bundle since Xbox Game Pass for PC are available at $9.99 per month, Xbox Live Gold at $9.99 per month, and Xbox Game Pass for Xbox at $9.99 per month. That’s a combined separate total of $29.97, so the Ultimate deal is a saving of around $15 per month if you want all three of Microsoft’s subscriptions.
There’s also a $1 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for first-time users available. Moreover, here are the available subscription services with its benefits included:
- Xbox Game Pass PC – $9.99 per month, includes more than 100 PC games
- Xbox Game Pass Console Games – $9.99 per month, includes more than 100 Xbox games
- Xbox Live Gold – $9.99 per month, includes access to online multiplayer games
- Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – $14.99 per month, Xbox Game Pass PC, Xbox Live Gold, and Xbox Game Pass Console Games
The new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription is available over at Microsoft’s site.
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