Stephen is about to go on a plane trip and wants to take his games with him. Can he use his first generation Surface Pro to play some modern games….and have fun with them?
After years of anticipation the wait is finally over….sort of. The demo for Super Smash Brothers was released on the Nintendo eShop yesterday at noon. The demo allows players to select from five different characters in a solo or group setting, but only one map and game mode are available.
In the demo we are greeted by classic Smash Brothers characters such as Mario, Link, and Pikachu. We also get the chance to play as two new characters, Villager and Mega Man. Personally my favorite of the 5 is Link, and my favorite of the two new characters is Villager.
First, Phil Spencer defends the choice to make the new Tomb Raider game a timed exclusive. In his defense he says..
“I’m a big fan of Uncharted and I wish we had an action adventure game of that ilk. We’ve started some, and we’ve looked at them. But we don’t have one today of that quality. This is an opportunity.”
Basically stirring the pot of Sony fanboys, probably unintentionally. But it does appear as though Microsoft feels they need to somehow try and combat Uncharted 4’s release which is scheduled to come out on December 31st according to Amazon.com.
Additionally, Blizzard was told it was “Unacceptable” that the XBone version of Diablo 3 ran at 900p whereas the PS4 version ran at the full 1080p. Blizzard admitted they had trouble getting the game to run at 1080p on Microsoft’s platform but was apparently able to hit the mark after directly working with them and getting a “code update”, whatever that means.
Hopefully this isn’t the start of “me too” syndrome coming from the Seattle technology giant, but it’s fun to sit back and watch.
I was finally able to upgrade my phone to the latest update for WP8.1 and I was underwhelmed. The big feature was the ability to add folders to the start menu…
My first tablet was some cheap android tablet I bought off the Staples website way back when I used to work for them and their Rewards Card was actually useful. It had a resistive touch screen which worked ok as long as I wasn’t trying to scroll with it. A stylus worked great but I could never find a good case for it that would hold both the tablet and stylus.
I soon graduated to an iPad 2 when the iPad 3 came out and the 2 took a price cut. I loved it. In fact I sold my netbook after two weeks with the iPad once I realized it did everything I needed in a mobile solution, or so I thought. It would play YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and even work as a Word Processor in a pinch. The web browser was fairly robust for a tablet I though and rarely encountered anything it could not do.
However after a while I was missing being able to use websites with Flash, type with any sense of speed and print directly from it. I told myself I could love without the flash if I could solve the other issues. I tried using different print utilities with varied success and never could find a case with a keyboard that would still be slim enough for my liking.
So I have had the 8.1 preview for about a week now and feel I’ve used it enough to talk about it at least semi-intelligently. I am not a power user but I do use my phone all day for various tasks. This isn’t a full review of all the new stuff on WP8.1 but rather my experience with it as it pertains to me and how I use my phone. So I will break this down into the areas that have impacted me.
Internet Explorer 11
The most used app on my phone is Internet Explorer and with WP8.1 you practically get the full blown IE11 which comes in very handy. I enjoy using the internet on my phone and rarely encounter a web page that it will not load. Adobe Flash is still an opportunity for it but youtube, NHL.com and other websites that use video all load fine and play fine. It loads HTML5 content without any issues.
My favorite part about IE11 on Windows Phone is that you can load the desktop version of the websites by default, which may not seem like a big deal at first as most phones do that, but with IE11 they actually act like the desktop sites. A big win in this area is that Youtube will block some content from being able to play on mobile devices even if viewing the desktop version of the site, at least that has been my experience on Android phones and tablets and the ipad. But on IE11, I just load the desktop version and that video is no longer blocked. It even plays in browser if I want instead of auto-full screen just like on a real computer. It’s a little thing, but it makes a huge impact with how I use my phone. Continue reading