Xbox boss offended by Sony’s reason for blocking cross-play

The head of the Xbox team, Phil Spencer, has expressed a measure of frustration or offense with how Sony reacted to questioning about their choice to block cross-play.

This all came up as Minecraft and Rocket League are set to work across the PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch platforms in cross-play. If I own those games on my Switch, for instance, I’ll be able to play with you on your Xbox One.

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BioWare reveals its brand new IP, Anthem, a direct answer to Destiny

Bungie, BioWare, and Bethesda were the three largest breakout game developers of the 2000s, storming into the mainstream and changing the way we look at shooters, RPGs, and a hybrid of both. This year at E3, each three of the “Bs” is bound to turn up huge, and indeed, two of them will emerge in direct competition with one another.

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PlayStation 4 can now load games from external drives – does it make a difference?

Years ago, 500GB seemed like an unimaginably huge amount of hard drive space. For your phone and for most daily computer use, it still is. For gamers, though, it seems like a pittance, and it’s only going to get worse as games with ultra-high-resolution textures meant to be viewed at 4K become a thing. To mitigate that, the Xbox One allows users to plug in an external drive of their choice, allowing for massively-expanded game storage without the need to crack open the system or worry about copying games.

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The zombies are coming (to Call of Duty: WWII)

This year’s Call of Duty is ultra-serious. Not that previous ones hadn’t been, but the return to World War II demands a bit more respect than jetpacks and spaceships. There was some concern then, among all the focus on realism and respect, that there wouldn’t be any room for the poor, unfortunate undead.

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Here’s what’s inside Project Scorpio and why it has PS4 Pro “licked”

We don’t have a name, a look at the outside of the box, or a price tag to hang on it, but we have a much better idea of what’s inside Project Scorpio following Eurogamer‘s extensive and exclusive reveal today. We’re likely going to be plowing through all the data for a while, but here’s what we know so far.

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Xbox Game Pass announced, sounds like the Netflix of Xbox without streaming

Microsoft has announced the Xbox Game Pass, a new subscription program that will offer access to more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backwards compatible games. It sounds a lot like Netflix without the hangups of streaming games.

For $9.99 per month, players can cruise through a growing list of games, pick whatever they want and download it directly to their Xbox One for play until their subscription is done. Xbox head Phil Spencer touched on a few of the games included in the experience by glazing over Halo 5: GuardiansPayday 2NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II.

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Activision studios including Infinity Ward hit with layoffs

Layoffs happen in video games all the time. It’s common, but it always sucks. The latest in the long list is Activision which, according to Kotaku, has laid off 5% of its workforce.

Some of those are members of Activision’s corporate offices, but game studios were included in that as well. Infinity Ward, the developer behind 2016’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, saw 20 members of its team let go, while Beenox’s in-house quality assurance team has been shut down completely. Gamasutra says the latter still has 150 people working, so it seems the studio itself isn’t in trouble.

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