Microsoft has given its IllumiRoom concept a makeover, with the immersive projected gaming experience evolving to deliver interactive web content that fills the living room and engages with Xbox One, Windows Phone, and Windows. Dubbed Microsoft SurroundWeb, the concept relies on the same approach of using projectors to cast digital graphics onto the surfaces of real-world objects, like the wall surrounding a TV or the coffee table in front of it, which then react to the user within that space.
Microsoft's console ambitions continue to lag behind Sony's PlayStation 4, with concerns that the gulf in sales between the Xbox One and its key rival could be a trend of things to come. Sony announced earlier this week that it had sold seven million PS4s, prompting Microsoft to confirm it had shipped five million Xbox One consoles since launch.
Fans of the Wolfenstein game franchise should get out their credit card, the latest game in the franchise is now up for pre-order. Wolfenstein: The New Order can be pre-ordered on Steam for PC gamers right now. Pre-order pricing for the game is $59.99 and you get some extras for ordering early.
Atari has announced a new video game that will hit the PC via Steam this spring. The game is called Minimum and one glance at it will remind many of Minecraft. The game has blocky graphics and focuses heavily on crafting. Atari says that minimum is a fast paced, session-based combat game pitting five teams against each other.
Square Enix announced a new mobile game called Hitman Go was in the works in February. This week Square Enix has announced that the game is now available for iOS gamers to download and play. If you are familiar with the Hitman franchise, this game is much different from the shooter/strategy game you remember.
The March 2014 NPD Group numbers are in, and with them Microsoft has earned additional bragging rights for Titanfall, which was the number one bestselling game last month. Beyond that, Xbox One sales since launch have hit more than 5 million, a strong number that still lags behind the PS4's 7 million.
Amazon has announced an update for Fire TV, with voice search support incoming for Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anytime, as well as a fresh batch of games, Amazon MP3 support, and more. The update to the set-top box is due over the summer, Amazon says, though voice searching for Netflix is still conspicuous by its absence.
Zynga may best be known for its Facebook games, but the company is bringing a new mobile FarmVille to iPhone, iPad and Android in an attempt to turn around its underwhelmed players. FarmVille 2: Country Escape can be played in both single-player and multi-player modes, with gameplay on the phone or tablet synchronized with what's happening online on Facebook.