Monday, August 11, 2014

The Day Before GamesCom - Gamer's Source

Hello and welcome to the Gamer's Source, your destination for gaming conversation. It's the day before GamesCom kicks off for real, so there isn't too much going on, but there is interesting news about GameMaker coming to Xbox One and Valve possibly opening up Steam to media other than games. So, without further ado, the news:

  • Valve becoming the next iTunes? - New application type ID's have been spotted in the Steam Beta. Updated recently, the new types indicate the Valve is looking to allow Video, TV and Music on the Steam store, though don't jump to too many conclusions just yet. Steam already offers gameplay trailers and video game soundtracks, so this may be a way to streamline things from the code base.

    I would not be surprised at all if Valve was making a jump to challenging iTunes. Valve is incredibly popular on PC gaming fronts and already has a large install base, so moving to incorporate more media makes perfect sense. Valve tends to keep it's announcements to itself, so I doubt GamesCom will reveal anything, but stay tuned for more updates.
  • Microsoft Beefing Up Indie Presence - GameMaker is making it's way to Xbox One. YoYo Games has announced a partnership with Microsoft, opening up it's software for Windows platforms as well as Xbox One. The Windows platform support is available today, though Xbox One exporting will have to wait till the fourth quarter. Xbox One exporting still requires a license from Microsoft's ID@Xbox program.

    This is great news for developers who are a fan of the game engine, and great news for gamers as well. Though Microsoft has been working very hard to ramp up development for it's console, which at the moment is fairly empty of releases until the fall. GameMaker already has a pipeline for Sony consoles. 
Here's also a list of interesting, but self explanatory news:
  • Driveclub's Special Edition has been announced, though only for Europe.
  • Destiny's Beta Characters will NOT transfer over to the full game.  
  • Pre-ordering Alpha Sapphire or Omega Ruby will nab players a shiny Beldum. 
  • Remember Me developer reveals new game, Life is Strange. 
  • Hot Line Miami 2: Wrong Number launches on PS4 next week.
  • The Hungry Horde has been announced for PS Vita.
  • Call of Duty Advanced Warfare pre-order offering access to multiplayer a day early
  • EA Access now live on Xbox One.
And that is all! Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @Jesterhead0302. Feel free to share this with all your friends and family who enjoy gaming as much as we do. Also, tell me what you think about today's news. Are you excited for GamesCom's conferences tomorrow? Leave a comment below and, as always, keep the conversation going.

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