After videogames’ grey generation, Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive is a riot of colour

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The pitch hadn’t gone well. “It started off with us cranking out MC5’s Kick Out The Jams and ended with Drew [Murray] standing on a chair, acting out the entire game,” creative director Marcus Smith explains. “We thought for sure that was it, that we were gone. Microsoft… Well, they kind of have a square reputation…. Continue reading

Microsoft’s E3 2014 press conference: a solid but uninspiring start for Phil Spencer’s ‘new Xbox’

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And with that, Xbox One is an Xbox again. To the relief of the millions watching around the world earlier today, Xbox One wasn’t referred to as an ‘all-in-one entertainment system’ at all during Microsoft’s E3 2014 media briefing; instead, we were presented with a string of new games intended to recapture some of the… Continue reading

Pre-E3 positioning: Microsoft dis-Kinects, but what are the implications?

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Piers Harding-Rolls is director and head of games at analyst IHS Technology. Here, he delivers his verdict on today’s Microsoft announcements. In what is becoming a relatively common strategy of news control for consumer electronics and technology companies before major trade events, Microsoft has confirmed it will sell a standalone version of the Xbox One… Continue reading

‘What if you gave Tony Hawk a gun?’ Meet Insomniac’s Xbox One shooter Sunset Overdrive

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Sunset Overdrive is an open-world superhuman adventure in the mould of Prototype and Infamous, but your power is traversal – every wall can be run on; every ledge, mantled; every car and awning is a springboard; every rail and wire can be grinded indefinitely while firing on the armies of OD’d zombies prowling the streets… Continue reading

E267: Introducing Sunset Overdrive, Insomniac’s explosive arrival on Xbox One

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The new issue of Edge magazine, starring Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive, is out now in print and on iPad. Our cover game is borne out of wanting to make something that stands apart. It’s not an FPS, it isn’t swamped in browns and greys, and it has a weapon that launches vinyl records. We take an exclusive first… Continue reading

Xbox One is languishing behind PS4 – what can Microsoft do to put the Xbox brand back on top?

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The party, if there was one at all, was shortlived. News that UK sales of Xbox One had surged 96 per cent in the week of Titanfall’s release, with seven out of every ten consoles sold alongside Respawn’s multiplayer shooter, should have set champagne corks popping in Microsoft’s Redmond HQ. Any suggestion that this was… Continue reading

Kinect 2 brings the era of physical interfaces for active play to a definitive end

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Morning television is the freight train of fitness trends. These breakfast shows introduce families to lightweight takes on current events and fashions. The first morning show aired in 1952, and its audience was primarily stay-at-home mothers. While much has changed, US morning shows such as Today and Sunrise still sell traditionalism, including the latest health… Continue reading