Killer Instinct to Arrive on Windows 10 March 29

Microsoft is really ramping up their Xbox One and Windows 10 collaboration for games. With Forza 6 Apex and Gears of War Ultimate already set to arrive soon  or already arrived, Killer Instinct will be following along shortly on March 29th. The game will be available from the Windows store and what’s more, all DLC from the Xbox One will be available for the Windows version after a pretty quick update process.

As  UWA (Universal Windows Application) based on the UWP (Universal Windows Platform), Killer Instinct comes with all the pros and con, namely it may not feature the full set of usual PC tweaks and features. That, however, is expected of most console ports these days anyways so it really isn’t that much of an issue. The system requirements are pretty tame as well, with only an i5 750/Phenom II x4 965, 4GB of ram and GTX480/HD 5850 being the minimum. The recommended isn’t that much beefier at i5 4670K/FX 4300, 8GB ram and GTX670/HD 7950. Of course, Windows 10 is required. You can see the full spec list below.

Minimum

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.67 GHz/ AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.4 GHz
  • MEMORY: 4 GB RAM
  • GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480/ AMD Radeon HD 5850
  • DIRECTX: Version 11
  • NETWORK: Broadband Internet connection

Recommended

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-4670K @ 3.4GHz/ AMD FX-4300 @ 3.8 GHz
  • MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
  • GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670/ AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • DIRECTX: Version 11
  • NETWORK: Broadband Internet Connection

Killer Instinct And Gears of War Ultimate Coming to PC in Early 2016

Microsoft’s renewed focus on pleasing the core PC gaming audience has been rightfully met with a great deal of scepticism. This isn’t surprising given the horrendous impact of Microsoft’s Games for Windows Live DRM system which left customers in certain territories unable to legitimately purchase their favourite titles. Unfortunately, it still seems unlikely for major Xbox exclusives like Halo 5 and Forza 6 to suddenly arrive on the PC unless Microsoft alters their strategy. Nevertheless, there are a few exceptions including Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Killer Instinct and Fable Legends.

Since the official announcement of Gears of War Ultimate Edition and Killer Instinct, there hasn’t been much information regarding release dates or the development process. This made some fans quite apprehensive and pondered if the projects could be cancelled. Thankfully, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has directly addressed these concerns on Twitter and predicted both games will launch in early 2016:

This is exciting news for PC players wanting to play leading Microsoft IPs at high resolutions and a smooth framerate. The Xbox One is lacking in graphical horsepower and provides a less than stellar user-experience. As a result, if you own a decent gaming PC, waiting for those versions is a cogent tactic. However, it’s still unclear if Microsoft will ever bring the likes to Halo to the platform.

Iron Galaxy Responsible for Killer Instinct PC Port

Iron Galaxy, developer of the atrocious Batman: Arkham Knight PC version, have been commissioned to produce Microsoft’s latest love letter to PC Gamers. With a team of only 12 people, Iron Galaxy are expected to construct a solid PC port offering good keyboard controls, support for professional Fight Sticks and enhanced visuals. In a direct AMA session, the CEO addressed concerns and pleaded:

“This is an amazing opportunity to work on a game and a genre we are super passionate about,”

“Before we were ever talking about this, I was a fan of the game. And to get to now take it over and start with this great base, and expand it and put new stuff on top of it, everyone in the company is super pumped up, and we can’t wait to show people what we’re going to be doing down the road,”

While their intentions may be admirable, it’s difficult to ignore the colossal mess of the Batman: Arkham Knight port and does little to alleviate concerns that Microsoft perceives PC Gaming as an afterthought. Furthermore, Killer Instinct is a fluid, combo-based, exhilarating beat-em-up requiring a minimum and solid rate of 60fps. If the optimization is sub-par, Iron Galaxy will be lambasted for it. However, I can’t see how their reputation can become worse given the furore surrounding Batman: Arkham Knight.

Perhaps, this is the perfect opportunity for Iron Galaxy to redeem themselves but I can understand why anyone would be highly suspicious of the final product.

Thank you Gearnuke for providing us with this information.

Microsoft Announces Xbox One Worldwide Promotional Tour

Microsoft has announced plans for a worldwide Xbox One promotional tour. Beginning on October 1 and running until the end of the year, the tour will take in 75 cities with the initial phase covering Europe, the US and Canada.

The tour will give consumers the chance to go hands-on with games including Forza 5, Ryse, Killer Instinct, Dead Rising 3, Kinect Sports Rivals, Crimson Dragon, Max: Curse of the Brotherhood, Zoo Tycoon and Minecraft. While attendance is free of charge, it’s limited to those over 18 years of age and space will be limited.

Xbox One will also be playable at Milan Games Week during the October 25th – October 27th, Paris Games Week during October 30th – November 3rd, and Madrid Games Week November 7th – November 10th.

Additionally, custom Xbox One ‘Test Drive’ vehicles will offer hands-on time at festivals, university campuses, retail centres and other locations across the UK, Germany, France, US and Canada in the coming months.

Below are the current tour dates:

  • Philadelphia: October 3rd – October 6th
  • Paris: October 10th – October 13th
  • Toronto: October 10th – October 13th
  • Chicago: October 17th – October 20th
  • Vienna: October 17th – October 20th
  • Atlanta: October 24th – October 27th
  • Dallas: October 31st – November 3rd
  • Berlin: October 31st – November 3rd
  • Phoenix: November 7th – November 10th
  • San Francisco: November 14th – November 17th
  • Dublin: November 14th – November 17th
  • Los Angeles: November 21st
  • London: November 21st – November 24th

Thank you CVG for providing us with this information.

Xbox One Will Get A Day One Update, 15-20 Min Download Expected

Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One will be getting a day one update. Actually the news comes as little surprise since Microsoft has admitted that they continue to tweak the software and optimize the system.

The update is said to not only optimize the system to get the most performance out of the system, as executive told IGN: “We are optimising Xbox One so that the day one update is as fast as possible. While we’re still finalizing the details, we expect that the download will take between 15 and 20 minutes for most users.”,but it also apparently will contain new firmware that is necessary to reverse Microsoft’s original decision to place restrictions that required online validation to enable the use of pre-owned software. This firmware apparently removes all of these restrictions.

On Monday, Microsoft announced plans for a worldwide Xbox One promotional tour. Beginning on October 1 and running until the end of the year, the tour will take in 75 cities with the initial phase covering Europe, the US and Canada.

The tour will give consumers the chance to go hands-on with games including Forza 5, Ryse, Killer Instinct, Dead Rising 3, Kinect Sports Rivals, Crimson Dragon, Max: Curse of the Brotherhood and Zoo Tycoon. While attendance is free of charge, it’s limited to those over 18 years of age and space will be limited.

Microsoft has confirmed a Xbox One release date of November 22, 2013 in 13 markets. The Xbox One price has been set at £430 / €500 / $500.

Thank you CVG and Fudzilla for providing us with this information.