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E3 Impressions – Day 3

by Michael Goodman | Jun 18, 2015

As E3 comes to a close we share some final thought with you regarding cloud gaming and Microsoft’s embrace of indie developers.

  • PlayStation Now launching on Samsung Smart TVs. PlayStation Now, Sony’s cloud gaming service is now available in beta on select 2015 Samsung Smart TVs in the U.S. and Canada, allowing hundreds of PS 3 games to be streamed directly to a compatible Samsung Smart TV without requiring a console or downloads. Eventually PlayStation Now will come to 2014 Samsung Smart TVs as well. To play PlayStation Now games users will need either a DualShock 3 or DualShock 4 controller (this is the PS 3 or PS 4 controller), , which is not included with the subscription or TV. PlayStation Now officially launched in North America in January 2015 and is in beta in the UK. It costs $20 for a single-month subscription or $45 for three months.
  • Microsoft embraces indie game developers. Indie games aren’t just an amusing side business anymore, in some cases, they’re getting more attention and sales than mainstream AAA titles. Sony recognized this early on and has been actively courting indie developers for the PS4. Microsoft however, has been slow to catch on. Given that 53% of developers self-identified as independent according to Wired Magazine the time has more than come for Microsoft to change their tune. So, it should not go unnoticed that amid all hoopla and big-budget shooters that is an E3 press conference Microsoft invited a handful of “indie” developers on stage to show off what they are creating for the Xbox One and Windows 10 devices.
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