E3 is right around the corner but it’s not the only big event that’s coming soon. Gamescom is also on the way this summer. Most years at Gamescom, there’s some big news and big announcements from some big companies. Unfortunately though, this year will have a little less bigness due to Sony opting out of Gamescom. This is due to Gamescom moving forward on the calendar and E3 moving back on the calendar. They feel that there isn’t enough time between the two shows and instead would like use the Paris Games Week in October for their news and announcements. Read what Sony had to say after the jump.
Something that may come as a shocker to some is the fact that GTA V Online actually has a chat filter. What’s even more of a shocker is the fact that all three console companies are censored words. You literally can’t say Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo. To take it a step further, you can’t say Xbox or Playstation. Heck, you can’t even say Rockstar, Rockstardev, or R*.
This is pretty strange if you ask me. I understand having a filter for online chat but filtering company names? Isn’t that a bit far? Surprisingly, other publisher names aren’t listed in here. Maybe this was to keep console wars chat out of the game? What are your thoughts on this?
If you’re going to be one of the people upgrading to Windows 10 when it releases this Summer you’re going to be able to do so for free. Anyone with Windows 7 or higher will be eligible to upgrade at no cost. The best part? Even if you are running a pirated copy of one of current operating systems. Microsoft will not punish you and will still allow you to upgrade. Their reasoning?
“We believe customers over time will realise the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies.”
It’s an incredibly smart move from the company and an incredible gesture towards people who’ve not gotten their copies legitimately. Microsoft wants you on their operating systems and they want you to have legal versions of the software. There are many different ideas about how to handle pirates from every company out there. The one thing they all want is for everyone using their software to be a paying customer. The best way to do that is to make it as easy as possible for people to upgrade or get access to their software.
I think it’s a great move by Microsoft and I’ll be interested in seeing if they have numbers on how many pirated copies of their operating systems become legitimate copies of Windows 10.
Quote courtesy of Eurogamer
Big news if you’re an Xbox One owner. Microsoft has recently started rolling out the March Xbox One update. There’s some seriously awesome features in here, one of which Wii U and 3DS owners have been having a lot of fun with, screenshots. Here’s a full list of features:
DDoS attacks on the console services have been one of the worst things of gaming online. They also seem to be happening at a much-more frequent rate then ever before. Some of the biggest stories of this generation have been the DDoS attacks that have happened on services like XBL and PSN during the holidays. The good news is, the console companies are now working together.
According to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, Microsoft has been talking with both Sony and Nintendo on how to avoid DDoS attacks.
Our commitment to Xbox One customers is to make sure our service is robust and reliable. I don’t think it’s great when PSN goes down. It doesn’t help me. All it does is put the fear and distrust from any gamer that’s out there, so I look at all of us together as this is our collective opportunity to share what we can about what we’re learning and how things are growing. Those conversations happen, which I think is great.
It’s really good to see the console companies working together to fight against this. Hopefully this means they’ll find a way to completely stop DDoS attacks from happening.