For the longest time ever, if you wanted to connect a gaming controller to your iOS device, the only official way to do that would be to look for MFi accessories. Unfortunately, some of these accessories might not necessarily be the best option, but thankfully when Apple launched iOS 13, they finally included support where PS4 and Xbox One controllers could actually be paired with iOS devices.
If you’re thrilled by the notion of being able to play your games using more robust controllers, you’ll be happy to learn that the process of pairing your controller with your iOS device is actually pretty simple and straightforward and probably will only take you a couple of seconds. Check out the instructions below if you’d like to learn how to pair a PS4 or Xbox One controller with your iPhone.
This is why there is an increasing call to focus more on renewable sources of energy, and both Sony and Microsoft are pledging to do their part. As part of the Playing for the Planet Alliance during the UN Climate Summit, both Microsoft and Sony have announced that they will be taking steps to ensure that their consoles will be more environmentally friendly.
From Microsoft’s end, the company will be launching a pilot program that will create 825,000 carbon neutral Xbox consoles. According to Microsoft, “These are the first gaming consoles to be carbon neutral. While just a pilot, we’re already looking at what we can do to further reduce and neutralize carbon across devices in the future.”
Origin has made a gaming machine to end all gaming machines. If you’re the kind of gamer who wants to own all of the consoles and a proper gaming PC then this custom creation from Origin PC will appeal to you. It has the PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and a proper gaming PC in one case.
Origin PC has created this machine in order to commemorate its 10th anniversary. This custom gaming machine has an Xbox One X, a PlayStation 4 Pro, and a Nintendo Switch. That’s in addition to a full-fledged gaming PC that’s also in the case.
It’s no secret that as far as consoles are concerned, Microsoft and Sony are rivals with their Xbox and PlayStation platforms respectively. For years, both companies have enjoyed a healthy rivalry and it shows, especially this year where Xbox boss Phil Spencer showed his competition some camaraderie.
Speaking in an interview with Giant Bomb, Spencer was quoted as saying, “I wish Sony was here. E3 is not as good when they’re not here.” For those unfamiliar, Sony was not present at E3 2019. The company had confirmed back in 2018 that they would not be making an appearance at E3 this year.
Back in the days of Diablo, some of the developers behind the game left Blizzard where they formed their own studio, Runic Games, which resulted in the Torchlight series, which many had hailed back then as a possible alternative to Diablo for those who enjoy this style of game.
The good news is that if you enjoyed the Torchlight series of games, you’ll be pleased to learn that Torchlight II has since been announced for the PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. For those unfamiliar, Torchlight II was originally launched on the PC back in 2012, which means that this is by no means a new game.
As part of its new Shadowkeep year three update, Bungie is bringing cross-progression to Destiny 2. Players will be able to benefit from cross-save support for the title on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Google’s Stadia game streaming service. The announcement comes mere months after Bungie announced its split with publishing partner Activision.
This move will enable Destiny 2 players to share their characters across multiple gaming platforms which include Google’s new Stadia service, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It is certainly going to make life easier for Destiny 2 players who previously had to create separate characters and make do with progress that was tied to each individual gaming platform. This will let them carry their characters and progression across platforms.
Apple will soon improve the gaming experience on the Apple TV set-top box significantly. The company announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2019 today that an upcoming firmware update for the set-top box will bring support for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers to the Apple TV.
It’s no surprise that Apple has waited all this time to bring controller support to its set-top box. This would have always made sense regardless of when Apple had done it. The company is doing it now as its new Apple Arcade game subscription service is due to arrive soon. This service will offer more than 100 new and exclusive curated games which will be playable across Mac, iPad, iPhone, and the Apple TV.
If you’re a fan of Dungeons & Dragons, you are probably familiar with the fact that over the years, several games based on D&D have been made. Baldur’s Gate is one of those games that has held a special place in many hearts of gamers, and the good news is that it looks like the series and other D&D titles will be making its way onto consoles.
This was announced by Skybound Games and Beamdog where titles such as Baldur’s Gate, the Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear expansion, Baldur’s Gate II, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale and Neverwinter Nights have been announced for the PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.
The PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One consoles and the companies that make them, Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft respectively are now being investigated for consumer rights violation. The Competition and Markets Authority has announced that it has launched an investigation into numerous business practices exercised by these companies which may violate consumer rights.
The authority is responsible for preventing anti-competitive business activities in the United Kingdom. It has written to these three companies to seek information about their online gaming contracts. Its intentions for the investigation include ascertaining if the contract terms are fair. It will look at whether the auto-renewal process is fair or not and just how easy it is to cancel a pre-order or get a refund. Sony did make a change last week to its digital refund policy which made it easier for users to get refunds.
Last week Microsoft brought its Xbox Live service to iOS and Android devices. This meant that developers who wanted to integrate Xbox Live into their iOS and Android games would be able to. There were rumors that this could be the start of something bigger and that it might even make its way onto the Nintendo Switch.
However it seems that will not be the case. According to journalist Russell Holly who attended Microsoft’s presentation at GDC 2019, Microsoft will not be bringing its Xbox Live SDK to the Nintendo Switch. If you’re a bit confused, we get where you’re coming from. Microsoft had recently announced that popular indie game Cuphead, which was previously exclusive to the console, would be coming to the Switch with Xbox Live in tow.
This comes in the form of a new SDK that developers can use to integrate Xbox Live functionality into their games. What this means is that gamers can expect to see more games take advantage of this for features such as crossplay and Xbox Live Achievements, especially if you are primarily an Xbox gamer and would prefer having it all in one place.
Speaking to The Verge, Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s gaming cloud chief said, “We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community. If you watch what we’ve done, especially with Minecraft, over the past few years we’ve taken Xbox Live to as many platforms as Minecraft is on as possible. Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers.”
The update will introduce crossplay matching between both consoles and players need to opt-in in order to play. If they don’t, then the game modes that they will be limited to will be Creative Mode and Playgrounds. According to Epic, the reason for this is, “Motivating factor is unlocking optimization potential allowing us to run more playlists during more hours of the day while supporting more data center locations. Please provide us with feedback on your experience!”
It’s actually a rather interesting approach as the debate on which console is better is still very much alive and well, and this forcing of Xbox gamers to fight against PlayStation gamers will go a long way in keeping that rivalry alive and well. It was late last year that Sony had finally allowed PS4 crossplay.