Microsoft's Phil Spencer just wrapped up their presentation on Xbox, gaming and the future with Windows 10. The stream is expected to be up later, but for now, here are the big things we learned.
Certainly, more information will come out later today and tomorrow, but for now here is what we know.
Microsoft has announced some of their plans for Xbox and Windows 10. The company is launching their Windows 10 Xbox Live SDK at some point today for some developers, with a slow rollout planned over the next 12 months. Xbox Live on Windows 10 will allow cross-platform play between Windows 10 devices and Xbox One.
Windows Central is here in sunny San Francisco where Microsoft is set to take the stage at 2pm ET (11 am PT / 7 pm GST) for GDC 2015!
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer will host the presentation about developing games across the Microsoft ecosystem – from Windows 10 PCs to Xbox One consoles. In other words, this should be some exciting stuff!
The session will not be streamed, although Microsoft will later post it online on Xbox Live, YouTube, Channel 9, and on Xbox Wire. For now, tune into our live blog below to get the news as it happens!
During Microsoft's press event at the 2015 Game Developers Conference. the company's Xbox head Phil Spencer announced that Elite: Dangerous, the PC space combat and trading game, is coming to the Xbox One console this summer.
Afterlight, the popular image editor that made its Windows Phone debut in September, is now available for Windows 8.1. It's also a universal app, which means that Windows Phone owners can get the full Windows 8.1 version for free and vice-versa.
Kantar WorldPanel has released its latest numbers for smartphone sales for the last three months ending back in January. The numbers contrast nicely with the last report that showed near universal declines in sales of Windows Phone.
The numbers, as usual, are a mixed bag of good news and not so good news for Windows Phones. Sales, in general, are up slightly as a whole across of big five European markets including Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. However, in individual countries, the story varies.
At GDC Microsoft released a huge list of all of its ID@Xbox games in the works. Anarcute is one of them from the list and we're pretty excited about it. We go hands on with it to see what could make these cute little rioters so deadly.
The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL have been announced this week at MWC 2015, and they come with a newer version of Windows Phone 8.1. Other Windows Phone users are probably going to see the new features in an update called Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2. The changes are subtle, but make life a little easier. We've noticed the settings page received some changes, including the ability to pin individual settings to the Start screen. Watch our hands-on video to see it in action.
Developer MachineGames and publisher Bethesda Softworks announced plans today to release Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a stand alone prequel to their acclaimed 2014 first person shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order. The game will launch May 5 for the Xbox One, among other platforms, for $19.99.
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Coship BVC is one of a bunch of new ODM partners for Microsoft and Windows Phone and at Mobile World Congress we managed to snag one for a first look. As is becoming less unusual, Coship offers the X1 in two varieties: One with Windows Phone, one with Android. The two are identical in terms of the hardware, just offered with a choice of different software.
Here's something we didn't expect to see at Mobile World Congress, a Windows Phone running the Windows 10 Technical Preview from Alcatel OneTouch. The phone is the Pixi 3, one of its range of low cost devices that can be had in a variety of screen sizes and running either Android, Firefox OS or Windows Phone. Only this version of the Windows Phone has the Technical Preview on it.
The Impossible Path is a Windows Phone game that will test your visual memory and ability to steadily trace a path between two points. It is a puzzle game, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
The Impossible Path has over one hundred levels of play that span three difficulty levels. Graphics are minimal and while game play starts off a little on the slow side, it doesn't take long to pick up the speed. After playing the game for the past few days, The Impossible Path comes across as an entertaining Windows Phone game to pass the time with.
Flipboard for Windows Phone has been updated with a "topics" feature that allows you to discover new content based on your interests. You can find new stories based on tags you select as your interests, with over 34,000 topics available across categories such as technology, science, business, politics, sports and many more.
Valve, the company behind game distribution platform Steam, has announced a new hardware product called "Steam Link," which allows users to stream games from their PC directly to a TV in any room around their house.
Tetra Lockscreen, one of many apps in the Microsoft Garage project, has evidently been removed from the Windows Phone Store. The app infamously did not work on the Lumia 1520, due to an incompatibility bug that was being worked on, but for other phones like the Lumia 830 it worked just fine.
Reports started coming in early February that the app had gone missing, but some of it appeared to be regional or specific phone related. However, now it seems that for all Windows Phones, the app is indeed gone.
The Witcher 3 is set to be one of the year's biggest role-playing games when it arrives on Xbox One, Windows and PlayStation 4 this May. The third game in the Witcher series differentiates itself from other open-world action-RPGs with its dark and mature storyline filled with meaningful player choices and memorable side quests.
While hanging out with the Microsoft OEM Partners division at Mobile World Congress we got chance to see a bunch of different Windows and Windows Phone devices that are sold by regional partners and retailers. Like this, the Cherry Mobile Alpha (Neon, thanks to John Terence Vidal in the comments for the assist!), a lower-end Windows Phone for the Philippines. And it's not bad.
The Microsoft Band was meant only be a platform demonstration device for Microsoft Health ( read our analysis here). As such, Microsoft never intended to take on FitBit and other fitness wearables. There was only one problem: people really like the Microsoft Band.
Online orders for the Band have been offline for weeks, if not months now. Microsoft Store availability – the physical ones – is much better, but most US citizens still do not live in driving distance of one.
We are proud to report that Microsoft is finally getting stock back online, with preorders for those who signed up via email getting first dibs.