Daily Gaming News: 3/16/16 (Microsoft & Sony Cross-platform Gaming, Release Dates, and more)
Microsoft will all Xbox gamers to play against PS4 and PC players
With Microsoft announcing that Rocket League is getting cross-network play on Xbox One and PC, they also made it known that the Xbox One will be providing native support for cross-platform play between Xbox One, Windows 10, and other “online multiplayer networks,” hinting that it would be possible for Sony to join in as well. Developers building games for Xbox One and Windows 10 will be able to support the feature, but it will require Sony and others to “participate” in order for games to be played across both gaming consoles.
“We’re enabling developers to support cross-network play… This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks – including other console and PC networks.”
“Of course, it’s up to game developers to support this feature… We’re thrilled to confirm that Psyonix’s Rocket League will be one of the first games to take advantage of this new capability by enabling cross-network play between Xbox One and PC players, with an open invitation for other networks to participate as well.”
Sony responds to Microsoft’s invite to let Xbox One players play PS4 players
Sony has now responded to Microsoft’s invite, indicating that it might be open to the idea. Sony’s response doesn’t necessarily say that they will allow competitive gaming between PSN Network and Xbox Live gamers, but it does sound like they are open to listen to developers who are interested in the idea of cross-platform gaming. We’ve been waiting for this since online console gaming became a ‘thing’, and now we might get what we have always wanted.
“PlayStation has been supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy 11 on PS2 and PC back in 2002.
We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play.”
Sony plans to launch Playstation VR in October
PlayStation VR headset will launch in October of this year for a suggested retail price of USD $399. Currently, more than 230 developers are building content for the PS VR. Sony plans to have 50+ games ready for 2016. Also, The Playroom VR will be available as a free download from PlayStation Store for all PS VR owners at launch. The Playroom VR will include six games for gamers to enjoy and play with family and friends at launch.
The PS VR headset attaches to the PlayStation 4 video game console. It competes with PC-based VR headsets coming late-March from Oculus VR and in the first week of April from HTC. It also competes with the smartphone-based Samsung Gear VR headset.
The headset has a 5.7 OLED screen at 1,920-by-1,080 RGB resolution. It runs at 90 to 120 frames per second. It has 360-degree tracking, a 100-degree field of view, sub-18 millisecond latency, and controls such as the DualShock 4 and PlayStation Move, which tracks motion. The PS camera tracks the PS Move and DualShock controllers. It supports 3D audio, which means the sound can change based on the player’s head orientation.
March Games Release Dates
- Far Cry Primal (PC) – March 1
- Heavy Rain (PS4) – March 1
- Mortal Kombat XL (PS4, Xbox One) – March 1
- Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (PC) – March 1
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Wii U) – March 4
- Tom Clancy’s The Division (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – March 8
- Kholat (PS4) – March 8
- The Guest (PC) – March 10
- Deathsmiles (PC) – March 10
- Hitman (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – March 11
- Samurai Warriors 4 Empires (PS4) – March 11
- Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (PC, Xbox One) – March 11
- WWE 2K16 (PC) – March 11
- EA Sports UFC 2 (PS4, Xbox One) – March 15
- Salt and Sanctuary (PS4, Vita) – March 15
- Need for Speed (PC) – March 15
- Pokken Tournament (Wii U) – March 18
- Paragon (PC Early Access) – March 18
- Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (3DS) – March 18
- Fallout 4: Automatron DLC – (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – March 22
- Republique (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – March 22
- Day of the Tentacle Remastered (PC, PS4, PSVita) – March 22
- Samorost 3 (PC) – March 24
- Trackmania Turbo (PS4) – March 25
- Hyrule Warriors Legends (3DS) – March 25
- The Descendant – Episode 1 (PC) – March 25
- Killer Instinct: Season 3 (Xbox One) – March 29
- MLB 16: The Show (PS4, PS3) – March 29
- Nights of Azure (PS4) – March 29
- Resident Evil 6 (PS4, Xbox One) – March 29
- The Walking Dead: Michonne – Episode 2: Give No Shelter (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, iOS/Android) – March 29
- MXGP 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – March 31