The week after E3 is generally pretty quiet in the gaming world, and we all collectively hold our breath until the end of the summer – in this case EA Play and the rumored State of Play event. That said, there have been a few notable stories this week.
Cyberpunk 2077 returns to PlayStation Store
Several months after being pulled from PlayStation Store for being so buggy and almost unplayable, Cyberpunk 2077 has been restored. It is now available for purchase for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 users. However, there is a catch. Sony warns that the game will still not be optimal on the base PS4 and that only players with PS4 Pros or PS5 should play it.
In other Cyberpunk 2077 news, Microsoft revealed that next month is the last possible date it will reimburse those who bought the game on July 6. Microsoft didn’t remove the game from its store after its rough launch, but it did so publicly. offer refunds to anyone who purchased the game and regretted it. Now that this ends, so it looks like Cyberpunk 2077, whatever its form, is here to stay.
Windows 11 adds auto-HDR to games
Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 this week, and it has a myriad of new features. The company promises that the new operating system will be great for gamers and has introduced one of the most important new features it will have: automatic high dynamic range for all games built on DirectX 11 or higher that don’t. haven’t already. Essentially, games will look better on Windows 11 PCs, without the player or the game developers having to do any work to make it. According to Microsoft, more than 1,000 games will support auto-HDR.
The presentation of Windows 11 also served to show how the Xbox Game Pass will be fully integrated into the new paradigm, which Microsoft has tested with the new Xbox app on Windows 10. Microsoft also recently announced that it is updating its data centers. with the Xbox Series X. hardware, which more or less means that games played through Xbox Cloud Gaming will look and play better. The Windows 11 Xbox app will also support xCloud games.
Renowned Portal Kim Swift Joins Microsoft to Build Cloud Games
Chalk another big acquisition by Microsoft. Kim Swift, the woman behind Portal and Left 4 Dead, will help Microsoft develop games specifically for the cloud. In case you didn’t know who Kim Swift is, she was the one who produced a portal-based student game called “Narbacular Drop” that ultimately caught the interest of Gabe Newell and Valve. She then led the team that created Portal and worked on several other Valve projects. His most recent project, however, was with Google. She was part of Stadia’s internal development studio and oversaw their games in development. Stadia closed this project in February.
Games designed for the cloud, at least according to what Google has promised, are the future of gaming, as games aren’t tied to the hardware of a single PC or console, but can instead harness the vast power of the game. cloud for bigger worlds, better graphics, etc. Head of Xbox Game Studios Peter Wyse told ServerPlay that cloud native games are next for Xbox: “We don’t know exactly what it looks like today, or even what it looks like … Kim is going to build a team focused on new cloud experiences, something that will support our mission to get our Xbox games to connect 3 billion players to play our games.
Weird story of the week: indie developer walks in front of camera to prove he’s not Hideo Kojima
There is an interesting tendency in the gaming world to attribute a lot to being secretly the work of Hideo Kojima. Specifically, many who want to see Kojima create the Silent Hills game promised in his iconic PT game demo are quick to attach meaning to the so-called clues that suggest he’s doing just that. In this case, the studio that’s at the center of it all is Blue Box Studios, which is making a horror game called Abandoned.
The studio has repeatedly vowed that this was not a smokescreen for a Silent Hill project, and director Hasan Kahraman even put together a video promising that he is not secretly Hideo Kojima and that he is not working on Silent Hill, but the plot continues to grow. I almost feel sorry for Blue Box, because all of this almost guarantees that Abandoned won’t live up to the new Silent Hill game that those involved in this theory have built in their heads.
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