Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In what was a quieter week for gaming news, here’s a quick recap in some of the smaller news you might have missed this week!
Project xCloud to begin public trials this year
Back on Tuesday, during their Inside Xbox show, Microsoft revealed that Project xCloud would begin public trials this year. While details are scarce at the moment regarding a specific release date or window, the new streaming service was demonstrated live on the show and appeared to have worked well. It’ll be interesting to see if Google’s reveal of their own streaming service will push Microsoft into starting public trials sooner for xCloud.
Sony was rumored to be in talks to buy Take-Two Interactive
Earlier this week one of the biggest rumors floating around was that Sony was trying to buy out Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games and 2K Games, two of the biggest developers in gaming. According to a report by MarketWatch, Sony was in “advanced talks” to by out the large publisher, though those rumors seemed to hold no water. Joel Kulina, the source of the rumor stated that “this is purely unconfirmed market speculation that is making the rounds. I am not the source of this story in any regard. And not sure who quoted me as I didn’t speak with anyone over the phone (unless someone saw a trading note that I wrote).” Sadly for Sony fans that it appears this rumor is about as likely as the one floating around months ago about Microsoft being in talks to purchase Electronic Arts. You can read more about the rumor about Playstation buying Take-Two in the article below.
PlaystationVR 2 might be wireless based on patent information
A recent patent filing from Sony might give us an idea of how the next iteration is going to work. The patent discusses the PSVR 2 cutting the cord and being completely wireless. According to a report from GameRant, the new headset “would utilize different frequencies to maintain a constant connection with the wireless headset. Of course, this means that there would still be some sort of base or processor unit connected to the PlayStation to communicate with the headset, whether it’s attached to the rumored PS5 or compatible with current generation hardware.” This is an important improvement for them to make to PSVR since the cord connecting to the PS4 can sometimes get in the way of players’ playing experiences. Since news is only coming out about the patent filed for it, it will likely be a while before this new iteration of PSVR releases. You can read the full article from GameRant below.
Next content update for No Man’s Sky launching this sunmer
Later but not least, Hello Games programmer Sean Murray published an article on Xbox Wire on Friday, revealing the next big content update for No Man’s Sky, titled Beyond. While Murray didn’t delve into all the details about their massive new update, he did reveal that the game would be receiving an online mode, titled No Man’s Sky Online. “No Man’s Sky Online will dramatically expand the opportunities for playing together, and has many recognisable online elements, but we don’t consider the game to be an MMO,” states Murray. “It won’t require a subscription, won’t contain microtransactions, and will be free for all existing players.”
The story of No Man’s Sky is an interesting one, as the game released to a negative reception, due to the lack of content that was promised leading up to its release. After coming to Xbox last August along side their first major update Next, the game has seen a bit of resurgence and has grown into a much better game since its launch. With Beyond set to launch this summer, it looks like things are looking up for No Man’s Sky. You can read Murray’s full announcement in the link below.