EA and Comcast Team up to Bring New Streaming Service

There are a lot of streaming services that bring games to players on their TV. We all know the popular NVIDIA Grid and the company’s constant attempt to make it more popular. Microsoft and Sony are attempting to bring such services to their consoles too, but they still have a long way to get people interested in the latter.

Now Electronic Arts and Comcast made a partnership to bring cloud gaming to your TVs too. All you need is an Xfinity X1 box from Comcast. The really interesting thing here is that the companies are not relying on controllers, but rather encourage people to use their smartphones and tables as their own personal controllers. All they need is an app called Xfinity Games and then navigate to a website on their handsets, enter a code and you’re done. The controls are made out of swiping and tapping gestures.

But are handsets really good controllers? Well, tests proved they are not! The companies found out that it was extremely difficult to control and navigate the Dead Space title, but found out that the handsets are best at controlling cars, so they went on and added the Real Racing to the list of games. They say that this would be the future of online gaming, but is it really true? There are more things to take into account here.

One of the main issues with online stuff is the user’s internet speed. Ok, you get some games that can be controlled remotely, but you still have to think that despite your efforts of delivering and receiving input and game feedback, ISPs around the world are still struggling to deliver actual speeds to have their customers load up a page, yet alone play a fully fledged game remotely. The second one that is applicable here is the controller. You can get some feedback by the handset’s ability to vibrate, but are most games ready for using virtual buttons? I would like to see how someone would play a fast-paced FPS or even RTS titles controlled via a smartphone or tablet.

Nevertheless, there are around 20 titles available for Comcast customers to try out, including NBA, PGA, and Plats vs Zombies. The list is said to be constantly changing based on user feedback and the companies are even thinking of adding third-party titles to the list in the near future.

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See Alien Isolation’s First Incarnation as a Third-Person Sneak-em-Up

Creative Assembly, developer of last year’s Alien Isolation, held a post-mortem of the game at GDC, during which Creative Lead Alistair Hope revealed that for a time during the development process the game adopted a third-person perspective, even showing test footage to prove it.

Hope discussed his team’s approach to the game, citing Resident Evil 4Dead SpaceClock Tower, and Silent Hill 2 as early influences. The third-person perspective was an effort to emulate those games, but the team soon realised that the camera position revealed too much, robbing the game of the necessary sense of claustrophobia.

Creative Assembly’s design lead Clive Lindop discussed the first-person/third-person debate with Polygon last year, saying, “We really argued about third-person versus first-person. In third-person, you have too much information. Your character is hiding behind a desk, but the camera is up above and you see too much. You know more than the alien does. The fact that you can’t see stuff in first-person really drives you crazy.”

Do you prefer third-person and its greater peripheral view, or is the immersion of first-person perspective more to your taste?

Source: Polygon

Humble Origin Bundle Is Revealed! Top-Tier Titles For Pay-What-You-Want Prices

After the successes of the Humble Deep Silver Bundle I thought the next amazing bundle would take a while to come around but I have just been proven wrong. The latest Humble Bundle is teaming up with Origin and EA to offer a wide range of top tier titles. As you can see above there is Dead Space and Dead Space 3 on offer, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition, Mirror’s Edge, Medal of Honor, Battlefield 3 and the Sims 3 with Starter Pack DLC.

For once there is a “minimum” for the order, of $1, but for $1 you can pick up Dead Space and Dead Space 3, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition, Mirror’s Edge and Medal of Honor. For meeting or beating the current average of $4.74 you can get Battlefield 3 and the Sims 3 with the Starter Pack DLC.

Unlike many previous bundles EA is allowing 100% of proceeds to go to charity or the humble tip. Yes that’s right EA isn’t taking a penny from any of these game sales, they don’t even give you the option to give them money as part of your purchase. The charities are Human Rights Campaign, Watsi, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, American Cancer Society and American Red Cross. You can also donate part of the amount to the Humble Bundle organisation.

In terms of how the games are delivered, all the titles are given Origin codes. Additionally, you can get Steam codes for Dead Space, Burnout Paradise, Crysis 2, Mirror’s Edge and Medal of Honor. That means in effect you get two of those games and of course if you prefer one platform over the other you can give the other keys to a friend.

So we’d encourage everyone who plays games, even if only infrequently, to pick this bundle up because it is unlikely you’ll ever see all these games this cheap again in the history of EA’s existence.

Image courtesy of Humble Bundle