Posts with tag beta
Bugs and connection issues expected
While Microsoft and developer 343i continue to recover from the disastrous Halo: The Master Chief Collection launch, both companies are looking ahead at what comes next – Halo 5: Guardians. Today the company has officially launched the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta to everyone who purchased Halo: Master Chief Collection with two included maps – Truth, and Empire – and the Slayer playlist.
Haverzine was granted a sneak peak of the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta alongside other Xbox Preview Program members, and all in all we liked what we saw. Gameplay was fast and fluid, graphics were impressive and a notable step up from 2012’s Halo 4, and the game still felt more or less like Halo.
That said, we did notice some odd glitches and problems in our time with the Multiplayer Beta early access period. We noted some severe connection issues throughout the weekend, with parties failing to connect to the Halo servers, games ending early, and slow matchmaking performance in general. The beta is also running at a sub 1080p resolution, disappointing considering the Xbox One’s graphical capabilities and expectations.
Are you enjoying the Halo 5 beta? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! I’ll see you on the battlefield.
Calling it Windows 7.5 isn't that far off
Using the Windows 10 Technical Previews feels a little bit like going home. It’s as if I had just spent the last three years in some sort of bizzare-o world filled with buggy, nearly useless full screen applications; like I’m enjoying a swim in a refreshing, crisp, blue pool after spending an eternity in the fiery depths of Hell.In this scenario, Hell is, of course, a stand in for Windows 8 – and I think the sooner we admit the similarities, the sooner we can all recover from its abuses.
The Windows 10 Technical Preview is kind of like the anti-Windows 8 – indeed, some have taken to calling it Windows 7.5, and I don’t think that’s too far off. If you’ve not seen it in action yet, picture this – all the Desktop improvements that shipped with Windows 8 minus all of the horrible Start Screen garbage. Oh, and the Start Menu is back, so that’s pretty nice.
Microsoft is saying that this represents only a tiny fraction of the features, design, and functionality we’ll find in the final version of Windows 10 – due sometime late 2015 – and I believe it. Essentially, there’s only a couple of things worth getting really excited about here thus far, if you appreciate the fact that Microsoft is reverting back to the “classic” Windows 7 way of doing things.
Read more to hear our early impressions of the Windows 10 Technical Preview build.
It's early, but it works
A couple of days ago we reported that popular iOS developer Steven Troughton-Smith had uncovered evidence that iOS 8 beta build released at WWDC last week does indeed include the ability to split-screen multitask applications on compatible devices (note: iPads), despite a lack of confirmation from Apple itself nor any obvious way to enable the functionality. But today we’re getting our first look at the functionality as Mr. Troughton-Smith has managed to unlock the hidden capability, posting a video of what it looks like on YouTube.
The video, seen above, was captured from Mr. Troughton-Smith’s Macintosh Mac and enabled on iOS 8 beta 1 running on the iOS Simulator – that means to say, not honest to goodness iPad hardware just yet. What we’re looking at here is an incredibly early look at a clearly unfinished feature.
Apple likely never intended for us to know this was in the works just yet, as it appears that the feature is still fairly early in development. In the video, we see Safari running on a simulated version of the iPad hardware being dynamically resized via a two-finger swipe gesture.
As for how he did it, Steven tweeted the following: “I had to byte-patch UIKit to turn that on. It checks for an Internal install and also the titular plist key in com.apple.UIKit.”
Source: Steven Troughton-Smith (YouTube)
Our first giveaway
Project Spark has recently hit the Beta stage and Microsoft has been sending out keys for it. Project Spark is Microsoft’s latest tool for people to make, share and play their own games using a simple set of tools. We’ve received five of these keys and want to give them away to anyone who hasn’t gotten access to Project Spark yet. How can you enter to win one of these keys? Read on past the break.
Get the latest before your jealous friend
Good news, fellow gamers – Microsoft has begun inviting some Xbox Live users to begin testing out Xbox One Software Updates ahead of their official release to the general population. Users have begun receiving Xbox Live messages like the one above inviting users to download a special Xbox One application that enrolls a console into the program.
We’ve known for some time now that Microsoft is working on updating the Xbox One with some much needed improvements, some of which rolled out to users just a couple of days ago, and it’s good to see the company is doing more to make sure that the company’s next generation console remains successful into the long run. As for when we should expect to see the first Xbox beta release, Microsoft has begun messaging those who were accepted into the beta program the following message:
Thanks for registering to preview Xbox One updates! The first preview wave will be coming to your console soon.
Not exactly a lot to go on, but hey – official world that there’s more to come is better than no word at all. Future Xbox One updates are expected to bring Twitch streaming support to the console, improvements to the way it manages Xbox Live’s party system, stability improvements, controller improvements, and more.
Bug fixes and improvements
There’s been a lot of focus on Apple’s upcoming mobile operating system, iOS 7, some of us tend to forget about that other major operating system Apple develops and sells – OS X, the system behind their line of Mac computers. Announced at WWDC alongside iOS 7, OS X 10.9 Mavericks is the next generation version of OS X and the followup to the very successful OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It’s also the first version of OS X to ship sans a big cat name.
Well today Apple has released their next developer version of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Developer Preview 6. Apple is, as per usual, short on exact details regarding what’s new, simply saying that there are some bug fixes and improvements abound. OS X Mavericks isn’t expected to launch alongside iOS 7 at Apple’s major September 10th even, which is expected to focus solely on the iPhone, however Mavericks should ship not long after to Mac users via the Mac App Store.
We’ll let you know about any major improvements or changes as soon as we know more – but until then, paying developers should head to the Developer Portal (or the Mac App Store for users of a previous Mavericks Developer Preview) and get downloading.
Currently in Beta, the tool allows you to pick from a set of pre-defined templates, tweak them to your liking and then deploy it to your Windows Phone – all without having to have a costly Windows Phone Dev subscription. Another nice touch is that when you’re done playing with the template, you can download the source and work with it further in Visual Studio. Of course, you can’t submit apps made here to the Windows Store but it’s a nice way to get a one-off app deployed to your phone in a pinch.
Get your Macs ready
Apple’s doing some spring cleaning this week, first updating their brand new iOS 7 mobile operating system to beta 3 for registered developers last night, and now again today with the release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Previe 3. Like the iOS 7 betas, OS X 10.9 Mavericks is currently only available to registered and paying OS X developers.
While there’s no changelog currently available for the new build, Apple claims that OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview 3 brings along improvements and bug fixes, the same jargon they use for the iOS 7 betas. Weighing in at 1.08GB., this is no small update, so we expect to see some significant under the hood changes if not visual user interface changes.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks will be released on the App Store to all users of any modern Macintosh computer made within the last few years this fall. It brings along several major improvements, including greatly improved dual monitor support, Finder tabs, an overhauled Safari, better background application power management, Finder tags, and more.
Fresh from //BUILD/
We’ve been following the leaked Windows 8.1 builds for some time now, but now we finally have a chance to play with the official Windows 8.1 Preview. It was released at Microsoft’s //BUILD/ conference today, and is available as an update to Windows 8 or Windows RT owners through the Windows Store. Of course, a couple days ago the Windows Server 2012 R2 images were posted to MSDN and TechNet ahead of //BUILD/, so we got a sneak preview of what’s coming to Windows 8.1 through that route too.
Anyway, we’ve played with both. Now it’s time to see what all is coming to Windows 8.1, so check after the break.
Company launches new Windows 8.1 site
Microsoft has begun the lofty process of launching Windows 8.1 recently, with a free Public Preview (beta) build currently set to launch on June 26th and a final release tentatively scheduled for this holiday season. For those who aren’t aware, Windows 8.1 is an upcoming free significant update to Windows 8 that addresses some issues and concerns customers have had with Windows 8 thus far, least of all being the removal (and now restoration) of the Start Button, the ability to completely skip over the Start Screen and directly into the “Classic” desktop, and personalization limitations of the Start Screen.
As we inch closer and closer to a release, Microsoft has today launched their official Windows 8.1 Enterprise website, outlining some of Windows 8.1’s enterprise capabilities and feature set. At the moment, the site currently briefly outlines a new “enhanced user experience”, “Apps for your business”, security capabilities, and support for BYOD scenarios.
We’ll be sure to have a complete review of Windows 8.1’s Public Preview build as soon as we’ve had some time to shake a stick at it, so keep a lookout for that in the weeks ahead!
SimCity 4 Reactor this isn't
If you’re excited for the reboot of SimCity coming this March, then there’s some good news for you. Starting January 25th and continuing through January 28th, you will be able to beta test the latest version of SimCity.
The only downside, aside from having to install Origin on your PC? The beta test is PC only and you only get one hour of playtime. Still, this will be an exciting time for hardcore fans of the series.
Get ready to beta test
Canonical has let drop a timeframe for when everyone can get a taste of their upcoming Ubuntu Phone OS. The first OS image and source code drop will come “late February” and will only be for the development device, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Being this early, you could consider this a beta or even an alpha release of the OS, so don’t expect everything to work properly or even at all.
Source: OMG Ubuntu!