Daily Bytes 02/11/16: Daily Edition


Facebook may not be your typical developer, even if its platform has hosted some of the world’s most popular casual games in recent years. Unity held its annual Unite conference yesterday, the big news was some of the partnerships it has made recently, including ones with Nintendo, Facebook and Google, each of which will be using the popular engine for upcoming games and projects. It’s another case of Facebook trying to keep you on Facebook, whether that’s online or off. The Game Engine also released its Version 5.5 of its popular Game development engine. Nintendo plans to use their connection to make development for the Switch easier for indie developers and has already created its first mobile runner game using the platform. Google plans to use the Platform for its DayDream VR platform.



It seems that they have fired back at Google, after Google went ahead and disclosed details surrounding a critical vulnerability currently present in Windows and it turns out that Microsoft isn’t too pleased about it. Google disclosed the issue privately to Microsoft back on the 21st of October but went public with it just ten days later.

In a statement given to VentureBeat, Microsoft fired back at Google for putting customers at potential risk:

“We believe in coordinated vulnerability disclosure, and today’s disclosure by Google puts customers at potential risk. Windows is the only platform with a customer commitment to investigate reported security issues and proactively update impacted devices as soon as possible. We recommend customers use Windows 10 and the Microsoft Edge browser for the best protection.”

Right now, there is no news on when this vulnerability will be fixed but Microsoft should be working on it as fast as possible now that everything is out in the open.



Right now, a lot of Windows 10 games require an internet connection to run. However, this week Xbox’s Major Nelson announced that some new backend updates have been made recently, which will make it possible to play more of your UWP PC games offline.


An update to the Xbox Support site now notes that “most games with a campaign mode will be playable offline” going forward. However, titles with network co-op or multiplayer features will still require an online connection. Windows 10 Store games running in offline mode will also be limited to one designated ‘offline device’ at a time. Gears of War 4 does have multiplayer features but the game’s campaign and LAN still work while not connected to the internet following these latest updates.



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