Microsoft is announcing a big new feature for Xbox owners today: cross-network play. It's something the software giant has hinted at for years, and now it seems the reality of PS4, Xbox One, and PC players playing the same game together might finally happen. Developers building games for Xbox One and Windows 10 will be able to support the feature, but it will require Sony and others to "participate" in order for games to be played across Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Rocket League will be one of the first titles to support the new cross-network play, and Microsoft notes there is an "open invitation for other networks to participate as well," strongly hinting that Sony or other console manufacturers could enable gamers to play their friends regardless of what device they're using.
Read more: Microsoft will allow Xbox gamers to play against PS4 and PC players
Some surprising news out of Sony today: Naughty Dog has given Uncharted 4 its third and, hopefully final, delay, moving the release date two weeks back to May 10. According to Sony, the developer is delaying the game to ensure a smooth worldwide release. From the Playstation Blog:
“As you know, Naughty Dog is wrapping up production on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End with the game on track to go gold and into production later this month. In an effort to meet the considerable worldwide demand, and to ensure that all gamers worldwide have the opportunity to play the game on day one, we have chosen to postpone the launch of the game by two weeks to allow for extra manufacturing time.”
Racing title Forza Motorsport 6 Apex launches this spring
Microsoft is bringing its 10-year-old driving series Forza to Windows 10 as a free-to-play game.
Forza Motorsport 6 Apex will launch this spring, offering 63 cars across six locations. All cars and locations can be unlocked by playing the game, though in-game purchases will also be available. No details on item pricing have been released.
IBM is working on a new virtual reality MMO that will turn your body into part of the game. Called Sword Art Online: The Beginning, the new game is sponsored by IBM Japan and powered by the company's tech like Watson and cloud service SoftLayer. (Sword Art Online is an anime about massively multiplayer online virtual reality worlds, making it the ideal show to be turned into a massively multiplayer online virtual reality game.)
Read more: IBM-powered virtual reality MMO scans your body to create an avatar
Gamers got their first look at Quantum Break almost three years ago, but it wasn't until mid-2014 that Xbox One owners got some idea of when to expect it, as Microsoft announced that the game was scheduled to arrive in 2015. But last year, the launch of the game - which was designated an 'Xbox One exclusive' - was pushed back to 2016.
Today, though, Microsoft and Remedy Entertainment have finally set a launch date, along with other significant announcements surrounding the game's release.
Quantum Break will be launching on the Xbox One on April 5, 2016 - but Microsoft also announced today that the game will be launching on Windows 10 on the same day. And as if that surprise wasn't enough, the company also revealed that the Windows 10 version "will be available at no additional cost for those who digitally pre-order the game on Xbox One".
Read more: Microsoft reveals launch details for Quantum Break on Xbox One and Windows 10