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  • #89
    remembering this

    a slipped info ….

    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/d...ansform-gaming

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    • Misterx
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      free Xbox live/game pass who will allow to use its Xbox One as edge device

    • mistercteam
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      indeed MrX
      the 3x part is ready to serve the other on shortest distance/smallest latency, so the probability to have other edge block on same local network will be higher, and the dormant one ready to serve, infact the W10 is made ms has right to use the local processing for other use, thats why W10 is a service

    • Direct X-Static
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      Physics and lighting seem to be the most beneficial aspects of the cloud enhancements, two features which are likely to see the greatest improvements in the upcoming consoles... throw a bit of DXR into the mix and things start to sound pretty interesting for how long MS can support the XB1. While Sony is out of steam with the PS4, MS has been priming their services for cloud-enhanced XB1 gaming and another few years of games that keep getting better on their 2013 HW. MS did say the XB1 was a 10 year console when it launched!

  • #90
    Sources: Microsoft Is Close To Buying Obsidian



    Microsoft is finalizing a deal to acquire the independent development studio Obsidian Entertainment, according to three people briefed on the negotiations. We don’t know if ink is on paper yet, and plenty of major acquisition deals have fallen apart in the final hours, but those close to the companies believe it is all but done.

    One person with knowledge of the deal told Kotaku they’d heard it was “90%” finished. Said a second person: “It’s a matter of when, not if.”

    Obsidian, best known for its work on critically acclaimed role-playing games like Knights of the Old Republic II (2004) and Fallout: New Vegas (2010), has been independent since it was founded in 2003. The Irvine, California-based studio has long been beloved by RPG fans, but has often faced financial strains, nearly going out of business in 2012 before it signed a deal for an online tank game and launched a Kickstarter for the isometric throwback that would become Pillars of Eternity.

    One compelling argument for the sale is that being owned by a company with deep pockets will offer Obsidian stability and resources the likes of which it has never had before.

    “We do not comment on rumors or speculation,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.

    “Unfortunately, we don’t comment on rumors or speculation other than to say that the Rumors album by Fleetwood Mac still holds up,” said an Obsidian spokesperson.

    In late 2017, Obsidian announced that it was developing a new RPG that would be published by Private Division, a label of 2K Games designed to fund mid-sized games. The companies did not say anything about which consoles the RPG will be available on, and it’s not clear how this sale will affect that game. One option is for Microsoft to buy out the contract; another is for Microsoft to simply inherit it, allowing Obsidian to tie up its loose ends as part of the acquisition.

    “While it is our policy not to comment on rumors or speculation, we look forward to publishing the upcoming RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, and remain confident in the team there to deliver an outstanding game,” said a representative for Private Division.

    This would be a huge move for the company behind Xbox, which has been on a shopping spree this year, snapping up four game studios including Playground (Forza Horizon) and Ninja Theory (Hellblade). Its most recent notable game studio purchase before that was Mojang, the maker of Minecraft. Microsoft has kept Minecraft multiplatform, even enabling cross-play between Switch and Xbox One players, but console makers usually buy studios with the intent for those studios to make games for their consoles, not the competition. Microsoft’s biggest weakness this generation has been its stable of first-party developers, and with Obsidian, the company now has an RPG-focused studio that can help it compete against the PlayStation’s strong lineup.

    A person familiar with goings-on at Microsoft said the company has been looking to bolster its PC development, which makes the PC-focused Obsidian a perfect fit.

    Obsidian and Microsoft have a checkered history. Before the release of the Xbox One, Obsidian was working on an Xbox-exclusive role-playing game, published by Microsoft, called Stormlands. Tense disagreements between the two companies led Microsoft to cancel the game in 2012, and to some involved it was hard to imagine the pair working together again. The Xbox department is under different leadership now, however, with Phil Spencer taking the top role in early 2014. And the move appears to make sense for both parties.


    https://kotaku.com/sources-microsoft...ian-1829614135

    :)
    Last edited by Blaze_ATX; 10-09-2018, 09:27 PM.

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    • Blaze_ATX
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      Microsoft when the acquisition is done, please for the love of God give them the Shadowrun IP, open world fantasy develop by Obsidian it's a winner you will sell millions.

      :)

  • #91


    https://twitter.com/majornelson/stat...91131942907905

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    • #92


      https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/st...24410775687170

      :)

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      • Blaze_ATX
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        Jason Schreier a journalist from Kotaku and one of the biggest pony's on the Sony stable and when this pony is saying this, you know Microsoft it's not playing this time and when next gen start Microsoft will be ready.

        :)

    • #93


      And It is not over yet more acquisitions will come.

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      • XboxOneFan
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        Cool picture!

    • #94
      Quantic Dream Studios is looking for Direct3D, 11 & 12 engineers




      Microsoft...



      :(

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      • Blaze_ATX
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        Microsoft don't you dare waste money buying this shitty developer. There are other studios that are more value to you than this worthless shitty studio. Please don't even consider it.

        :)

    • #95
      Forza Horizon 4 Sees Two Million Players in Its First Week



      It has been one week since we launched Forza Horizon 4 and we are humbled by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we continue to receive from players around the world. We are proud to say that in this first week alone, there are currently two million players driving around Forza Horizon 4’s Britain. On behalf of everyone at Playground Games, thank you for supporting Forza Horizon 4 and making the game such a success!

      With such incredible global engagement with Forza Horizon 4, the game is now the highest-rated Xbox exclusive of this generation* and Forza continues to be the best-selling racing franchise of this console generation**. We also want to share some fun stats with you from the community:
      • More than 4.6 million hours of Forza Horizon 4 gameplay have been watched across Mixer, Twitch, YouTube and Facebook as of Oct. 9***
      • Players have logged more than 822.7 million miles – that’s probably not covered under manufacturer warranty
      • The community has settled in quite nicely living the Horizon Life, purchasing more than 4.1 million properties and owning more than 74.4 million cars
      • More than 377.7 million roads discovered – you’ve been looking for miles and miles and miles…
      To say this is an exciting time for everyone would be an understatement and as Ralph shared on Inside Xbox during Goodwood, there’s a lot more to look forward to in the next few weeks including our biggest fan requested feature – Route Creator, coming on Oct. 25.

      Forza Horizon 4 is now available with Xbox Game Pass and globally on Xbox One and Windows 10. Xbox Game Pass members can start playing Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition on Xbox One and Windows 10, as part of their monthly membership. The membership includes over 100 more great games, including highly anticipated new Xbox exclusives the day they’re released, all for one low monthly price.

      Be sure to follow @WeArePlayground and @ForzaMotorsport for regular updates, and @XboxGamePass on Twitter and Instagram for upcoming news and more games being added all the time.

      *Source: Metacritic

      **Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service (U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand) –
      November 2012-August 2018; and other sources.

      ***Source: Mixer, Stream Hatchet


      https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/10/...IAd4Xr6l1hR.99

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      • #96
        Man, the Obsidian acquisition from Microsoft are making a lot of pony's mad. Just grab some popcorn sit back relax and enjoy this two threads.ohhh!!! the amount of salt. lololololololol



        Kotaku: Microsoft finalizing deal to acquire Obsidian Entertainment

        https://www.resetera.com/threads/kot...ainment.73777/


        Why people on ERA are against acquisitions of struggling developers?

        https://www.resetera.com/threads/why...elopers.73910/




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        • Joddington
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          I'm sure all the ponys would be gloating if Sony was acquiring Obsidian. bunch of moronic hypocrites.

        • Blaze_ATX
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          Exactly!

          :)

        • Direct X-Static
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          They really should be put at the helm of a new ShadowRun though. I forget which of you mentioned it the other day, but It needs to happen!!!

      • #97
        hahhah the meltdown over Obsidian is priceless,

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        • #98
          PSN Online ID Change feature enters PlayStation Preview Program soon (Beta 2018 / Full release early 2019)

          Quote: "This feature is compatible with PS4 games originally published after 1st April 2018, and a large majority of the most played PS4 games that were released before this date. However, please note not all games and applications for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita systems are guaranteed to support the online ID change, and users may occasionally encounter issues or errors in certain games."


          LOL!!!! Embarrassing!




          More Info at the link...


          https://blog.eu.playstation.com/2018...-program-soon/

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          • Blaze_ATX
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            This shows how far ahead Microsoft is in terms of services, the ID change exists on Xbox since the beginning of the Xbox 360 and works flawless without any problem. This is embarrassing for Sony they can't make a simple aplication works without any problem and the funny part is that they say if you encounter a problem with you new gamertag you can roll back to your old gamertag.

            :)
            Last edited by Blaze_ATX; 10-11-2018, 12:42 AM.

          • scottvxr
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            Annoying voice......FOR THE PLAYERS.

          • BadCeeJay1975
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            This confirms suspicions all along that they made some fundamentally poor decisions when designing their database underpinning the whole service. Instead of using an ID number they used the username as the primary key. If they made such a rookie mistake as this then what other mistakes did they make that might not be as evident for a front end user? This goes to show that Sony concentrates on making the front look nice and glossy but don't give a shit how things look behind the scenes. Instead of doing things right and proper, they do just enough to get over each hurdle as they get to it instead of looking further ahead and planning things properly.

          • Joddington
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            It's basically a fudge to assign a second username onto existing accounts. It's not a username change function like Xbox has. Sony should have bitten the bullet at the beginning of this gen and redone their user database architecture rather than having to do this embarrassing patch in.

          • scottvxr
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            Sony will clearly not be ready for next generation 😆

          • BadCeeJay1975
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            scottvxr Yeah, if Sony cannot even guarantee games from THIS YEAR will work going forward how the hell can they deliver a quality BC solution for the PS5!

          • Joddington
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            They'll probably try and brute force any back compat between PS4 and 5. They don't have the skills for an intelligent software solution.

          • Direct X-Static
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            @ BadCeeJay

            Yep! Sony has always been like that, quickly copy-pasting other company's hard work so they look competitive. In the long run though it's coming back to bite them in the ass while MS moves gracefully into the future. And now MS is going to have the games to show they mean business...

        • #99
          https://azurespeedtest.azurewebsites.net/ this site let's you check your latency to various Azure Datacenters :) best i can get from switzerland to the netherlands is like 48ms.. but MS has 2 DCs planned for Switzerland next year :)

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          • Joddington
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            Checking my phone attached to my Wi-Fi gives either Netherlands or France best at about 56ms. should get a better result when hard wired on my Xbox.

          • BadCeeJay1975
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            Strange, I am in the North of the UK but France is fastest for me at 39ms, Netherlands 42, Ireland 53 and then UK West at 62 and UK South at 68

          • mozzie
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            I guess that depends on how well your internet provider is linked to the azure infrastructure.. as far as I understand providers have so called PoP (Point of Presence) where they make peerings / NNI (network network interconnect) for companies there's also Azure express route which will connect your on premises infrastructure with the shortest route possible to Azure (avoiding the open internet, which also makes it more secure).

          • G-Force
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            mine got down to around 31 - 35
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