Tag: crossplatform

05
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Hot Pursuit Remastered’ Features Cross-Platform Multiplayer Racing

KEY POINTS

  • The latest title to get the remake treatment is 2010’s “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit”
  • “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered” will feature better graphics and new achievements
  • With cross-platform multiplayer introduced, players can challenge one another no matter the system they’re playing on

Criterion Games’ 2010 hit “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit” is getting a remake for several current generation consoles, and the new iteration will come with a cross-platform element.

Dubbed “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered,” the racing game set in fictional Seacrest County is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on Nov. 6. Nintendo Switch users will not be left behind, however, as the Switch version is slated for release on Nov. 13.

Remakes seem to be more in vogue now among video game circles. In the past few weeks alone, both “Demon’s Souls” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” either had a remake released or announced.

More than the nostalgia, it is perhaps familiarity with the title and property as well as the good memories they bring forth that make publishers return to the older games in hopes of remaking them and introducing them to both fans of the original versions as well as to a newer audience.

With any remake, one of the first things that get a significant upgrade is the graphics. Because of improvements and leaps made in technology, a visual improvement will be present in “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered.”

The Verge stated that on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, the game will run in 1080p at 30fps, while PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X players can pick between a 1080p 60fps performance mode and a 4K 30fps “fidelity mode.”

Meanwhile, PC gamers can play the game in

30
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Facebook launches cross-platform messaging on Instagram and Messenger

Facebook has taken its biggest step yet in integrating its various messaging platforms, allowing select users on Messenger and Instagram to message one another app to app. In addition to the launch of cross-platform messaging, Instagram is also getting a major overhaul of its DM system, which will be expanded with features taken from Messenger.

New Instagram messaging tools include vanishing messages, selfie stickers, custom emoji, chat colors, new ways to block unwanted messages, and the introduction of Messenger’s Watch Together feature, which lets you watch videos with friends during a video call.

Users will be able to reject the update if they choose, but Facebook will no doubt be betting that access to new features will encourage them to say yes. In addition to cross-platform messaging, users on Instagram and Messenger can also search for profiles across both apps simultaneously. Users can opt out of these features if they wish.

Exactly when and where Instagram and Messenger cross-platform messaging will be available is unclear, though. According to CNN, the feature is currently being “tested in select markets and will expand globally in the coming months.” There’s no public timeline on when Facebook might also begin integrating its other messaging behemoth, WhatsApp.

The news is part of an ambitious plan outlined by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2019 to transition his social media empire from one founded on public spaces to one with a greater focus on private communication. As Zuckerberg explained in 2019, “private messaging, ephemeral stories, and small groups are by far the fastest growing areas of online communication.” By integrating messages on its various apps, each of which has more than 1 billion users, Facebook hopes to capture as much of this market as possible.

Past steps