Microsoft Store: Cloud saves corrupted? You’re out of luck!

There’s a pretty interesting topic on /r/windows10 today. Someone is having problems with Superhot VR edition. Basically his savegame got corrupted somehow and unfortunately the broken file is already up in the cloud.

What doest that mean? According to Microsoft support you have to “play the game again”. Ouch.

On Steam whenever you’re having problems with syncing your saved games the program actually asks you if you want to use the local saved games or the cloud ones. But not on Microsoft store, if something goes wrong you’re screwed.

You can read more about this problem here and see more of those screenshots here.

Latest Steam Beta introduces higher DPI support for all platforms!

Remember how Steam used to look like crap on higher DPI settings on Windows or Linux? Not anymore! Activate the latest Steam beta to see how it looks like under other than default DPI settings. Here’s a screenshot from 125% DPI mode on Windows 10 at 1080p:

Steam Beta, higher DPI support

Warcraft III gets a widescreen update! Remastered version incoming?

Blizzard is finally taking care of Warcraft III – they’ve added lots of balance fixes to the game and native widescreen support. The same thing happened when StarCraft Remastered was announced… so Warcraft III Remastered confirmed? Added a screenshot below from the test version, considering it’s a 2002 game, it doesn’t look that bad in 2018 :D

Weekend Deals (14.05.2017)

Here are the best deals just for you guys! We have a lot of nice games on sale right now, finally something new! Check them out below:

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Weekly Sale is up with Minecraft Windows 10 Edition €8.99

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Rising Storm 2: Vietnam €14.39

MXGP 3 €25.49

Call of Duty: World War II €33.59

Sudden Strike 4 €35.39

Destiny 2 €39.59

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All ALIEN games are now cheaper!

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The Flame in The Flood €5.99

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series €16.95

Steel Division: Normandy 44 €30.49

Micro Machines €21.95

 

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Alan Wake Collector’s Edition €3.19 / £2.69 / $3.46. You can purchase it right here!

Little Nightmares £13.59

Yooka-Laylee £31.49

Dark Souls series on sale.

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Rising Storm 2: Vietnam Digital Deluxe Edition €12.03

Miscreated €14.99

Verdun €7.89

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Northgard $15.99

Special Steam Unpowered 5% off voucher: UNPWR

Mafia III €11.69

The brand new design of the store is now live!

Millie £0.99

Halo Wars 2 £23.99

Windows 10 Game Mode explained, coming around April

Say what you want about Windows 10 but I can’t wait for this one! Microsoft wants Windows 10 to be “the best gaming operating system ever,” and Game Mode is about to come out in around a month or two with the Creators Update.

At first gamers speculated Game Mode would only affect Universal Windows Apps. That’s not the case: Microsoft plans to make the games you buy from Steam or GOG or other platforms run better, too.

“Game Mode will work both with UWP games as well as Win32-based games,” Kevin Gammill, a partner group program manager for Xbox, told PC Gamer in an interview on Tuesday.

“I will say that it’s likely that we’ll be able to eke out a little bit more performance on the UWP side with some games, essentially because of the way Win32’s architected vs. the way UWP’s architected. Specifically, there’s no way at the platform level to really know where a game starts and stops…. You could have a number of Windows services running, we don’t know if that’s part of the game or not, that the game’s calling into. UWP is more of a contained package, and you know where it starts and stops. Knowing what the contained package is may be of some extra benefit, may be slightly better than Win32 from a performance perspective. But no question, Game Mode can see huge perf benefits for both Win32 and UWP.

Game Mode focuses on the two pieces of hardware you’d likely expect: your CPU and GPU. Gammill explained that when you run a game, it’s naturally given a percentage of the GPU cycles, while the background gets another percentage. “At the platform level we can tweak that,” he said. Turn Game Mode on, and when a game is in the foreground, “we’re going to bias GPU cycles to your game, versus the background pass,” he explained.

“If you have Lightroom in the background doing some kind of math-intensive, GPU-intensive conversion, and that’s taking up a lot of cycles, and then you have your game in the foreground, and all of a sudden you give your game what was—and I’ll make these numbers up—90% of your GPU [and increase that] up to 98%, Lightroom running in the background will slow down. That may seem like an obvious statement, but some people don’t think it all the way through.”

What Game Mode is doing with the CPU is a bit more complicated. Microsoft is tackling “thread contention,” which you can think of as every service and application on your PC vying for processor time and resources (eg, L1/L2/L3 cache) to complete its task.

“Depending on your machine configuration, what software you have running on the machines, what system services you have running, you could have threads running across all your cores making the machine relatively hot,” Gammill said. “And then when you have a game running on top of that, depending on how the game is architected, sometimes those threads can contend from a resource perspective with what’s going on in the system. So essentially what we’re doing with Game Mode is allocating a number of threads that will be for the game only, and the rest of the threads for the system only.”

Gammill said that in working on thread contingencies, they’ve been able to make performance more consistent. Games don’t have to contend with other services running on the same threads, so when the game suddenly needs more CPU power—perhaps due to a spike in AI-driven enemies on screen—it has plenty of headroom.

At launch, Game Mode will be easy to turn on and off through the Game Bar (Windows key + G, if you have it enabled through the Xbox app). Microsoft is also working on a whitelist of games that will benefit from Game Mode, which it’s filling out by testing on a variety of systems. Eventually, Game Mode will be able to switch on automatically when it detects one of those games, but the whitelist will start out empty in the upcoming Windows Insider build.

Microsoft stressed several times that this is just the beginning for Game Mode, and that performance should improve as the team continues to iterate on it. “This is not one of those features where we ship it, we high five, and move on,” Gammill said. “This is one of those features where this is really phase one, and we want it to get better after we ship the Creators update. Not only waiting for the next big Windows release, but as the Creators update continues to mature in the marketplace as well.”

Source: PC Gamer

Windows 10 Game Mode coming later this week

The brand new Windows 10 Creators Update is just around the corner. It will have some special gaming features, and it’s nearly ready to roll-out.

There will be a new insider build (so it is not stable) in the upcoming week and it’s going to have the mysterious “Game Mode” on it! The improvement won’t be fully functional until later releases, but Microsoft has at last shed some light on what it is: it’ll fine-tune your PC to speed up gaming performance by disabling some background processes (in both Win 32 and UWP games).

Both PC and Xbox One will receive Xbox Live upgrades that help you connect to friends on social networks (is anyone even using that on the PC?), a more social-friendly Activity Feed, better tools for Clubs and looking-for-group posts, and the option to start your own Arena tournaments in games like Killer Instinct and World of Tanks.

Sounds nice and lets hope it won’t have much problems on the release day. Windows 10 Creators Update is coming out in March 2017.

Microsoft will use Steam to sell Windows games

I think they have finally realized that selling games on their own, buggy, slow and unpopular Windows Store is a really bad idea. They have changed their mind and said that they will be selling their PC games on Steam, maybe including those titles that have Xbox Play Anywhere (buy once on console, play on PC too) thing?

Gears of War 4

Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox team at Microsoft, was talking on GameSpot stream during the E3. He said:

“I don’t think Valve’s hurt by not having Microsoft’s first-party games in their store right now. They’re doing incredibly well.”

Accordingly, Spencer said that Microsoft:

“Microsoft will ship games on Steam again.”

I don’t know about you guys but I would be more than happy to play Gears of War 4 in coop with friends on Steam! The employee did not say which games would be sold on Steam, nor when they would appear.

Microsoft brings some Xbox One games to Windows 10

Microsoft announced a couple of nice things yesterday, including some games, software and some offers. Check out the list below if you want to know what’s going on!

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Here’s a quick summary of the event that happened on March 1st 2016:

  • Those who pre-order Quantum Break On Xbox store will get the Windows 10 PC version for free
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is now available for download on Windows 10 PCs (priced at $29.99)
  • Microsoft today announced Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is coming to the PC – Windows 10, fully supporting DirectX 12
  • Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is going to support Oculus Rift
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in April
  • Killer Instinct: Season 3 for Xbox One and Windows 10 coming in few days
  • Xbox team revealed the new updates arriving soon on Xbox One and also in the Xbox app in Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile
  • Xbox One to receive future hardware upgrades, I think it means that they are just going to create their own small “Steam boxes”? ;)
  • Universal Windows Apps will allow for games to run on Windows 10 PCs, Windows 10 Tablets and Windows 10 Mobile phones in the future, supporting DirectX 12 and possibly Vulkan

Also check out the gameplay from Quantum Break, it looks really good:

In other news you can stream your Xbox One games to any Windows 10 PC in your local network for some time now. Sony is planning to bring the same experience to the PS4 users. PS4 Remote Play feature is coming to Windows PCs soon.

Microsoft Windows 10 Event is now live!

Update #2: Well Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a nice improvement but right now they’ve showed Microsoft Surface Book – first ever notebook made by Microsoft, looks pretty badass. It has Gorilla Glass screen which you can touch, amazing keyboard and nice hinges on the 13″ screen. It has a GPU by NVIDIA. Battery life is 12 hours. The guy just copied a file from a flash drive (3GB) to the desktop in like 5 seconds which was amazing. And by the way you can make a tablet out of it, it has a fully reversable screen that you can fold or even detach it from the base.

Update #1: They’ve showed a couple of nice things about Windows 10 Continuum feature (basically turning your phone into PC with USB-C cable), also showed new phones Lumia 950 ($549) and Lumia 950 XL ($649). Surface Pro 4 coming up next!

You seriously need to see this, so far they’ve shown a new demo (which was pretty cool!) of Microsoft Holo Lens and Microsoft Band. More to come! Click here to watch.

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Poll Time: Did you upgrade to Windows 10?

Hello! Windows 10 came out yesterday. I’m wondering if you guys updated to Windows 10 yet?

I have and I’ve been using it since October 2014 as a Windows Insider. It really is a good piece of software and has some really cool features but it still needs some work. I’ve also switched to Lumia 640 which is also running Windows 10 (beta) at the moment. It’s really nice to have the full experience although the phone beta still needs some bug fixes. Also I can’t stop playing this… vote below!

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Windows 10 is going to kick ass

Here’s a quick post about Windows 10 conference. They have showed a lot of goodies on it. First of all Windows 10 is going to be free for current Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. But only for the first year after that you will have to pay for the system. How much? I have no idea. It won’t be subscription based as people speculated earlier, that’s good – it was confirmed after the conference.

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Finally, they have made the system apps unified. It basically means that the apps will be consistent through out all the platforms – phones, tablets and computers running Windows 10. You can see how it looks like on the screenshots below.

They have improved the looks since the last technical preview. Looks fucking nice if you ask me:

Windows 10 Conference Screenshot January 2015

And for the first time you will be able to stream your Xbox One games to your PC or tablet which could be pretty awesome, so if you have Xbox One you can launch it on your tablet, notebook or PC.

The Xbox App looks pretty sweet. It acts sort of like Steam and Facebook combined. You can even sync that with your Xbox One and see your games on the list and of course stream them to your PC or tablet. Check out these screenshots:

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Microsoft also said that there is not a single problem with Steam running on Windows 10 and the guy even played some Civilization Beyond Earth for a bit.

Another cool thing is the HoloLens, imagine playing Minecraft like this:

So will this be a failure just like Windows 8? I really doubt it. They have changed the whole policy in their company it seems. It’s all about users and their ideas this time. Remember if you are using Windows 10 leave them ideas and report bugs through that nice little feedback app.

They have also announced Fable Legends to have cross platform gameplay between Xbox One and PC players and of course the PC version of the game to come out soon: