As we head into the last few months of 2016 and anticipate what’s to come in 2017 for us gamers, before that we must welcome Blizzcon 2016. Opening on November 4 & 5th 2016, this year’s Blizzcon will be the 10th they’ve hosted and their 25th anniversary. That’s pretty impressive.
Before all the developer talks, fantastic cosplays & announcements, plenty of action is already underway with the Blizzcon esports tournaments. Those that have already started are Heroes of the Storm & Hearthstone Group stages, with World of Warcraft starting on October 28th. Obviously, Blizzcon are also hosting an Overwatch tournament and the group stages will start on 29 Oct (12PM PDT/ 8PM BST).
This year, Blizzcon have partnered with Twitch & MLG to livestream all of the esports online and through their Blizzcon mobile app, so literally nobody has an excuse not to catch any of the games being streamed.
Here’s the rundown of the teams that are participating in the Overwatch group stages, which this year is a world cup based tournament, therefore you will have pro players representing their country.
What’s interesting about this competition, is that the community helped to vote and source the potential Pros to represent their own countries, based on their popularity, skill & regional tournament rankings. And now, these remaining 16 teams will battle it out to become the No 1 country in Overwatch. I’m definitely excited to see how the different Pro players, who wouldn’t normally be in a team together, be able to cooperate & strategise to victory.
Make sure to bookmark the url below so you’re ready to catch the start of the World Cup on the 29th October!
Focused around Window’s 10, today’s live conference showcased a bunch of interesting new tech & innovations.
We were shown an updated version of Paint to support 3d drawings, which will also be made available to the previous Surface tablets. They also released new 3d software that will allow anyone to capture an object and create a 3d object without requiring prior skill in developing 3d applications. Users will be able to share their creations through an online community (Remix3d.com), where they can help to inspire others.
Microsoft finally announced the integration of Beam with Xbox, so gamers can stream games directly from their console.
Now to one of two the big announcements, Microsoft showed off their new all-in-one desktop PC, Microsoft Surface Studio. Packed with a tremendous amount of tech, the Surface Studio manages to hide it all away inside a small case that sits underneath the screen, as the base. What seems to be specifically marketed to artists & engineers, Microsoft have suggested it is for anyone who can create and they showed off the features which definitely could help attract creative users to switch from using an iMac to Surface Studio, such as the zero gravity stand, which allows the user to easily position the screen in an angle to suit their work.
The second big announcement was the Microsoft Surface Dial. A gadget which looks like a switch from an oven, serves as a nifty tool, that gives users a host of functions such as zoom & movement. However, it was the next function that sparked a huge cheer from the crowd. You are able to place the Microsoft Surface Dial onto the screen and it can be used as a colour wheel or to switch between brushes. Those, who worry about it scratching the precious screen shouldn’t be worried, as the Dial seems to have a rubber bottom.
Priced at $2,999, the Surface Studio will definitely be a luxury to most creators, but time will tell if this will replace designers table in the future.
Ok, this was a bit of a surprise.
So today on October 20th, Nintendo decided to treat the world with the official teaser of their new highly anticipated console. Over the months we’ve seen rumoured prototypes and apparent leaked patents describing their next console to be a console/handheld hybrid. Well, it looks like that was pretty much spot on.
Here are the 15 things I noticed after watching the Nintendo Switch reveal.
1.NEW LOGO AND NEW NAME
2. The console itself. This could be the smallest console yet. Not sure what the 2 ports are on the side. Could be memory card slots.
3. The controller with light indicators to suggest up to 4 can be connected. Looks more ergonomically designed than Wii U controller.
4. Controllers slide onto console.
5. Console becomes a handheld gaming tablet
6. Increased numbers of missing dogs to be registered in the future
7. Return of game cartridges to the console
9. Wireless Wii like controllers + new headset?
10. Another new controller
11. Return of in car gaming + 3rd type of controller for small hands. In car bracket accessory announced.
12. Multi device support for multiplayer gameplay
13. New Mario announced? And spotted Mario amiibos next to console.
14. Nintendo moving to e-sports? Future goal?