This year promises to be full of exciting conferences and events, and kick starting 2019 is Pocket Gamer Connects, London. As one of the biggest events in mobile gaming, PGC London will not only give you a chance to make meaningful connections with gaming professionals, but will also bring you up to speed with the most recent trends in the industry. With over 250+ speakers, you’re absolutely spoilt for choice this year (that equates to around 90+ hours of quality content). So to give you a helping hand as to which ones you should see, we’ve listed our top 8 picks for PGC London 2019 that you definitely shouldn’t miss. Day 1: Monday the 21st January 2019 Talk 1: Key findings from over 3 billion mobile gamers When: 9:20am – 9:40am Speakers: Ioana Hreninciuc, CEO at GameAnalytics We’re actually starting off this year’s conference with our own session. Taking insights from our latest report, our CEO, Ioana Hreninciuc, will be deconstructing data and … [Read more...] about 7 Talks You Shouldn’t Miss At PGC London 2019
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Microsoft has abandoned working on bringing VR to the Xbox One X, the company confirmed in a new interview. VR was one of the features the company promised the Xbox One X would support when it was unveiled last year. Speaking with Gamesindustry.biz, Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer for Gaming Mike Nichols said that the company doesn’t have “any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality or mixed reality.” Nichols also added that the company’s focus remains “primarily on experiences you would play on your TV, and ultimately we'd like to make those experiences more broadly.” This news comes as quite the surprise as just last year, Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Phil Spencer reiterated the company’s commitment to supporting VR for the Xbox One X. But it looks like things have changed on that front, which may be partly due to the VR hype dying down and the technology itself not reaching the point where it’s more convenient and … [Read more...] about Microsoft Is No Longer Working on VR for the Xbox One
Score an Epyc win for AMD in the supercomputing space as Cray, a long-time partner of Intel, has decided to add Epyc 7000 series processor options to its CS500 line of clustered supercomputers.AMD broke the news on Twitter alongside a press release by Cray, with the latter explaining that it has integrated and optimized its programming environment and libraries to enhance AMD's Epyc processor performance."Our decision to offer AMD EPYC processors in our CS500 product line is emblematic of Cray’s commitment to the community to deliver a comprehensive line of high-density systems with an optimized programing environment to deliver the required performance and scalability," said Fred Kohout, senior vice president of products and chief marketing officer at Cray.The new Cray CS500 cluster configurations with Epyc inside provide four dual-socket nodes in a 2U chassis. Each node supports two PCIe Gen3 x16 slots (200Gb network capability) and both hard drive and solid state drive storage … [Read more...] about AMD and Cray forge an Epyc supercomputing partnership
EA's new chief design officer has vowed to "learn from" the mistakes the company made with loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront 2, and has promised that it will "do better" in future games. Patrick Söderlund, who was head of worldwide studios at EA until an executive reshuffle this week, told The Verge that the controversy around the decision to box-ify everything in the game has "had an effect on EA as a company and an effect on us as management", and that it is determined to avoid similar mistakes in upcoming open-world shooter Anthem and the Battlefield series.EA removed premium currency from Battlefront 2 ahead of release because of player anger over the progression system, which forced you to grind or pay extra for unlockable extras after you'd already shelled out $60 for the base game. Premium currency is due to return next week, but the new progression system is much better.“We have taken significant steps as a company to review and understand the mechanics around … [Read more...] about EA’s new chief designer promises to avoid repeat of Battlefront 2’s loot box controversy
As you gear up for the 2018 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, remember that this year marks the return of the Vision Track - a series of mini-keynotes featuring great speakers and forward-thinking companies discussing the future of the game industry! These talks will give you new opportunities to learn from companies or individuals who are doing amazing work outside game dev that then feeds back into game innovation. You'll also see talks from leaders in video games that will give you vibrant insight into how to take your work forward in the years ahead. For example, NYU Game Center director Frank Lantz will deliver "This Is Your Brain On Games", a session devoted to interrogating whether there's any evidence that games are having this effect on us. Lantz will look at examples from specific games and extrapolate to a broad vision of how games might have the capacity to increase our collective … [Read more...] about Supercell, Pixar, and top devs share insights at the GDC 2018 Vision track!