Fable creator Peter Molyneux thinks that Microsoft's recently announced HoloLens augmented reality is potentially more interesting than Oculus Rift and virtual reality, but that it faces many of the same challenges.
"I think [HoloLens], for me, more exciting than even VR but it shares a similar problem as VR does and that is: what is the application going to be?" Molyneux told Gamesindustry.biz in an interview. "This is the problem with VR - the applications that we think are going to be great on it quite often are exhausting or very challenging. My hope is that their concept video doesn't over promise what the technology can deliver."
Back in June 2014, President of worldwide studios at Oculus VR Jason Rubin described the challenges Oculus Rift faces similarly. "I believe VR's Angry Birds is going to take a few years to find," he said. "But there's plenty of fun (and success) to be had along the way."
Keep in mind that Molyneux's comments are also based on an early versions of HoloLens' tech that he tested over two years ago.
On Wednesday during a Windows 10 event, Microsoft officially announced a future-focused augmented reality platform called "Windows Holographic." Its overall aim is to blend your digital life with the real world.
For more on HoloLens, which Microsoft says is different than the Oculus Rift and Sony's Morpheus, read our coverage of the reveal announcement.
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Microsoft's Windows Insider program that allows members to test early version of Windows 10 has added an early version of the Xbox app to it's latest January build.
"With the initial preview release of the Xbox app, the team has focused on ‘the basics’, including supporting high resolution desktop monitors, keyboard and mouse input, and will continue to add new functionality until we finally ship the Xbox on Windows application and experiences later this year," Microsoft said on Xbox Wire.
As with all Windows features as part of the Windows Insider program, Microsoft's plan is to continupnely update the Xbox app based on user feedback.
For now, you can watch some of the basic features of the Xbox app in the video above, or courtesy of Xbox Wire, read what's currently included in the app below.
If you're not a part of the Windows Insider program, you can join here.
Cloud Imperium Games have passed a major new milestone for PC space sim Star Citizen. The project, already the most successful crowdfunded project in history, has now reached a $70 million, up from $69 million just two weeks ago.
More than 734,700 people have contributed to the game's funding, which is up from 717,000 people two weeks earlier. Star Citizen's crowdfunding effort still has a ways to grow, according to Roberts, who said previously that he envisions the campaign reaching $100 million some day.
In other Star Citizen news, Cloud Imperium Games yesterday released version 1.0.1 of Arena Commander, a multiplayer-focused piece of Star Citizen where players can battle each other in a variety of modes. Cloud Imperium Games also release a new trailer for Arena Commander, which you can watch above.
Cloud Imperium Games says 1.0.1 is primarily a bug fix and game balance patch, addressing issues ranging from ship balancing to missile damage to UI legibility. You can find the complete patch notes here.
For more on Star Citizen and Roberts himself, check out part one and part two of GameSpot's interview with the legendary designer.