Xbox in 2016 and the PS4 Gets Hacked - Six Months Later...
Xbox in 2016
Yesterday was Playstation, so today is Xbox's turn. Six months ago Phil Spencer took to Twitter to answer a few questions about the year ahead. Topics included:
- The non-possibility of streaming the Xbox 360 to Windows 10, which indicates a clear decision to move away from the previous generation (finally).
- The chance of an Alan Wake 2 game after the studio finishes with Quantum Break.
- Most interestingly to me the discussion of shipping more new IP this year than any other year in a long time, which comes with challenges.
So exactly how many new IPs have come out so far in 2016 and how many more are scheduled this year? Excluding games that previously released on another platform, so far we've seen:
- Arslan The Warriors of Legend
- Layers of Fear
- The Flame in the Flood
- The Division
- Minecraft Story Mode
- Quantum Break
- Dangerous Golf
- Mighty No. 9
- The Technomancer
Still to come in 2016:
- Song of the Deep
- We Happy Few
- Book of Demonse
- Assetto Corsa
- The Wild Eight
Unconfirmed Release Date:
- Carmageddon Max Damage
- Sunless Sea Zubmariner
- Batman Telltale Series
- Gwent A Witcher Card Game
- Monster Boy and the Curse Kingdom
- Styx Shards of Darkness
- Sword Coast Legends
To be fair to Phil Spencer and Xbox, that IS a lot of new IP for one calendar year. On the other hand there is only a handful of decent games on that list, so I would guess that one of the challenges they face is keeping the quality of games that allow on their platform at a certain level.
Doom, Overwatch and more recently Inside have been immensely popular, and I'm also looking forward to We Happy Few and Cuphead when or if that ever come out, but there is a large percentage of the other games that just didn't live up to expectations and fell by the wayside. I hope I get a chance to try them out down the track to see if they've managed to turn things around.
The PS4 Gets Hacked
Kotaku reported on a hacker group who managed to get Pokemon to work on a PS4 back in January. Using an exploit in one particular version of the PS4 firmware they uploaded Linux to the console and went from there. Sony was quick to release an update that stopped this and in the six months since there hasn't been any news on another such feat.
If people were able to get inside the console then anything could happen, most likely of which would be the beginning of some form of emulating on the platform. It was a huge achievement for Xbox to make 360 games backwards compatible on the Xbox One through emulation, so if something similar were to happen here it would make many Sony fans happy.