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Phil Spencer tries to shut down Sweeny’s Open Windows comments

Phil Spencer tries to shut down Sweeny’s Open Windows comments

Both Microsoft's Phil Spencer and Terry Myerson have taken to the stage this week at BUILT 2016 to assure the public: they're open. Not just open for more developers - not just open for development - but an open ecosystem. Their comments ring particularly important after a recent comment by Epic Games' Tim Sweeney about how the Universal Windows Platform must die. Obviously Microsoft does not want that to happen. At BUILD 2016 this week, Microsoft representatives on stage have made that clear.

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Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney: Universal Windows Platform must die

Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney: Universal Windows Platform must die

You'd think that Microsoft's move to embrace both console and PC gaming on equal footing would be welcomed with laud. And yet, aside from getting worrying questions from the console folks, Redmond is also getting some rather scathing remarks from PC gamers as well. Epic Games CEO and renowned computer graphics guru Tim Sweeney is not one to always open his mouth. So when he comes out with an op-ed that unambiguously says the Universal Windows Platform on the PC " can, should, must and will, die", you can't help but wonder why.

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Tim Sweeney: Trailblazing Galaxy S7 and Vulkan API made simple

Tim Sweeney: Trailblazing Galaxy S7 and Vulkan API made simple

Epic Games' head Tim Sweeney explains in simple terms what Vulkan API is and why the Samsung Galaxy S7 is a gaming trailblazer. This week we've seen some amazing looking graphics coming from Epic Games and Samsung. With the Samsung Galaxy S7, both groups suggest we're entering a new age for gaming on smart mobile devices. It involves Vulkan API, Unreal Engine 4, your CPU, your GPU, and a demo called ProtoStar. But what's that mean to you, the everyday average user?

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Unreal Editor in VR puts you in the game as you edit [UPDATE!]

Unreal Editor in VR puts you in the game as you edit [UPDATE!]

The crew at Epic Games have revealed an Unreal Engine VR editor for UE4 that places the developer within the level they're editing. Virtually. Using a virtual reality headset - the HTC VIVE in this case - the developer will be able to look around and edit the universe they're creating as they exist within said universe. It's difficult to explain without allowing you to see it, so head in to the video(s) we've got here, where your mind is about to be blown into pieces.

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Unreal Engine 4 dwarf heralds Uncanny Valley passage

Unreal Engine 4 dwarf heralds Uncanny Valley passage

What you're about to see will make you a true believer in the future of computer-rendered film. It'll do that even though what you're going to see is a rendering made with a gaming engine. Not to worry, though, the folks behind the engine are fully aware of what they have on their hands. The creator of this masterpiece of a rendering goes by the name Baolong Zhang, he's a 3D character and environment artist, and he's working here with Unreal Engine 4. Imagine the possibilities in virtual reality with this type of work - meet your best buddy dwarf and have a pint with him!

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Epic Games teases new shooter, dubbed “Paragon”

Epic Games teases new shooter, dubbed “Paragon”

Epic Games has been hard at work of late. They recently released the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for the Xbox One, giving fans chance to experience the franchise in all of its HD glory. They've also been teasing a new Unreal Tournament game, which we haven't seen in quite some time. However, it appears that they have another game up their sleeve.

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Epic Games demos ‘Bullet Train’ game for Oculus Rift

Epic Games demos ‘Bullet Train’ game for Oculus Rift

Epic Games has demonstrated a new video game it has in the works titled “Bullet Train” — it is a VR game designed for the Oculus Rift, and as the name tongue-in-cheek references, it is a shooting game that takes place within a train station. Gamers get off the train in a train station and begin shooting a variety of firearms at various armor-clad baddies. Gameplay video after the jump!

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Epic VR documentary asks: “what is virtual reality?”

Epic VR documentary asks: “what is virtual reality?”

This week the folks at Epic Games have debuted their first documentary series for the virtual reality environment. Not IN the virtual reality realm, but about it. In service to virtual reality, this series of videos will show the world what virtual reality is all about. The first episode goes by the name "A Sense of Presence: What is Virtual Reality?" and attempts to answer just that - in a very short span of time. One of the most major doors VR still needs to unlock for most people is a simple understanding of what this technology is - this video attempts to be the first key.

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Metroid spectacularly re-imagined in Unreal Engine 4

Metroid spectacularly re-imagined in Unreal Engine 4

Developer CryZENx brings a fully re-imagined Metroid Prime gameplay environment into existence with Unreal Engine 4. And boy does it look fantastic. What you're going to see is a project - not an official game made for release. Here you'll see some of the capabilities of the graphics environment Unreal Engine 4, complete with realistic lighting, shadows, atmosphere, and everything in-between. Just keep reminding yourself that while this isn't a real game - it could indicate where Metroid could go, someday, maybe.

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Unreal wants you to mod dinosaur world with the ARK Dev Kit

Unreal wants you to mod dinosaur world with the ARK Dev Kit

This week the folks at Studio Wildcard and Epic Games have teamed up with Alienware to encourage creative folks to go wild in dinosaur-land. In the world of ARK, that is, a video game where the ancient world and the modern world mix in an absolutely wild open world environment. To begin, users need to sign up for a free Unreal account and download the ARK Dev Kit - which is no small task due to its size.

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Epic Games forums “compromised by a hacker”, taken offline

Epic Games forums “compromised by a hacker”, taken offline

The Epic Games forums were recently "compromised by a hacker", the company has revealed, and as a result it has taken its forums offline temporarily. Forum members began getting emails recently, and in them Epic Games details that notified users may have had their email address, username, date of birth, and password compromised. Those who use the same password elsewhere are encouraged to change it on their other accounts, and have been told that once the forums come back the passwords will have been reset.

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Apple brings Metal to OS X

Apple brings Metal to OS X

OS X El Capitan is introduced with the iOS developer feature Metal, allowing developers to get "closer to the hardware." This software element allows developers to code in a way that brings potential speed increases and battery performance as well, "up to 40 percent battery performance," has been reported by users after re-coding apps with Metal, according to Apple's Federighi. According to Epic Games, Metal is allowing developers to destroy vehicles 70-percent faster than ever before, on a Mac - onstage at WWDC 2015.

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