LiquidSky’s SkyOS Android coming June 3 – Avalanche of Blizzard Gamers on Tablets Incoming

I am a LiquidSky true-believer because I have had my hands on the beta client and tested it. I have posted about LiquidSky a few times in the past months, including hands-on videos playing Diablo III, and World of Warcraft in my NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet running Android 5.0.1 along with a Bluetooth mini-keyboard and mouse. It is quite possible.

Now LiquidSky has been silent the past 4 weeks for a good reason. They were working very hard on rebuilding the SkyOS Android from the ground up. A brand-new SkyOS Android App will be pushed into the Google Play Store on June 3rd, and beta servers will be brought online.

I encourage all our visitors to register here to join LiquidSky Beta. Once LiquidSky beta ends and the official app goes live (near or around 2016) you will have the opportunity to get GBs of space in the cloud to upload all your video games, apps and files; and you will be able to play any of your video games at max settings on your tablet or from any PC wherever you go.

LiquidSky’s SkyOS Android

Become a true-believer. Try it yourself on June 3. Get ready to play your favorite games on your Android tablet.

If you don’t have a tablet, I recommend the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet (32GB 4G LTE).

Other products I recommend (as I have tested them):

LiquidSky Latest Update

This news announcement was made by LiquidSky team on May 11, and the community manager Jesse posted early today that a brand-new SkyOS Android app update will be pushed to Google Play Store on June 3. The old version as of April 19 was SkyOS 2.0. On June 3, if the version is 2.x or 3.x then it is the new app update.


Greetings everyone!

We’re here with a progress update on the Android Client, plus an update on SkyOS. The Android Client has been rebuilt from the ground up, and we wanted to share with you what’s new.

New Features

  • Support for connection of controllers over a USB OTG cable for use in the Sky. Of note, Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers have been tested, and work very well.

  • Support for bluetooth controllers. Of note, bluetooth controllers may interfere with WiFi connections over the 2.4ghz band. A dual band router with a 5ghz connection is recommended to avoid interference.

  • Touch Controls. You will be able to bind Keyboard Keys, and Controller inputs to specific “touch buttons and joysticks”. You will also be able to control the size and position of the touch buttons on the screen.

  • The ability to save touch control presets, as well as export presets, to share with others in the community. A future feature will be the ability to create and share new buttons and button skins.

  • Many have requested it: we now have a ‘home’ button, which brings you back to the SkyOS game and program launcher, allowing you to work behind another program as needed.

  • New button in the SkyOS dropdown menu that opens Steam in Big Picture Mode.

Here is a quick video preview of the Android Client in action. We have included a picture in picture to keep the content itself visible, while including a simultaneous shot of its use with a controller.

Android Client Video Preview

We’re really excited about this, and are aiming for June 3rd as to when we will re-open our beta servers for your use.

As always, thanks for the interest and support! We’ll see you back here soon.

-The LiquidSky Team — source

 

Activision Blizzard Q1 2015 Conference Call Transcript

During the Activision Blizzard Q1 2015 financial report conference call, it was announced that World of Warcraft subscriptions are down to 7.1 million.

  • Activision Publishing’s Destiny and Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™ combined now have more than 50 million registered players and nearly $1 billion in non‐GAAP revenues life‐to‐date.

  • Blizzard Entertainment had the largest Q1 online player community in its history, up a double digit percentage year over year despite no major launches in the quarter. As expected and consistent with our experience following prior expansions, we saw a decline in the World of Warcraft subscriber number. Subscribers ended the quarter at 7.1 million. World of Warcraft’s revenue performance at constant FX has been more stable, driven by continued strong uptake on value added services, and price increases in select regions, which partially offset subscriber declines, particularly in the East. World of Warcraft remains the No. 1 subscription‐based MMORPG in the world.

  • Blizzard Entertainment’s Heroes of the Storm™, which has had over 11 million beta sign‐ups, entered closed beta in January. The Founder’s Pack, released in the quarter for $39.99, granted immediate access to the beta, along with a selection of heroes, skins and more.

  • Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft had steady engagement and revenues quarter over quarter, despite no new content releases this quarter. This was driven by sustained pickup of the Goblins vs Gnomes™ expansion content, which was released in the previous quarter.

  • On March 31, 2015, Blizzard Entertainment kicked off closed beta testing for StarCraft® II: Legacy of the Void™, the third installment of the company’s real‐time strategy sequel. Legacy of the Void will be a standalone product that doesn’t require any prior releases, so it will be easier than ever for players to get into the game and experience all of the latest content.

  • On April 2, 2015, Blizzard Entertainment released Blackrock Mountain, the second Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Adventure. Additionally, on April 14, the game was released on iOS® and Android™ mobile phones. The smartphone release helped propel the franchise to over 30 million registered players and the #1 download spot for mobile games in more than 25 countries.

  • On April 7, 2015, Blizzard Entertainment launched the WoW Token System, which enables World of Warcraft players to exchange game‐time Tokens, purchased at $20, to other players for in‐game gold. This serves the dual purpose of enabling players to pay for their subscriptions with their gold and providing players with a secure method for purchasing gold in‐game.

  • On April 23, 2015, Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase, Inc. announced that Sanctuary’s gates have been thrown open to all Chinese heroes, as open beta testing for Blizzard Entertainmentʹs award‐winning action role‐playing game Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls™ has gone live in China. Approximately 3 million people signed up to play the beta in China, and the game has already sold 1 million units across two offerings: the Premium Package for approximately $32 (RMB198) and the Digital Deluxe Package for approximately $64 (RMB388).
  • On June 2, 2015, Blizzard Entertainment expects to launch Heroes of the Storm after an open beta testing period commencing May 19. The release follows on the heels of the epic finale of the Heroes of the Dorm™ collegiate eSports tournament, which was aired live during primetime on April 26 on ESPN2, the network’s first‐ever live telecast of a collegiate eSports event. Students from more than 460 schools across the U.S. and Canada competed for hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition and other prizes.

  • Blizzard Entertainment expects to begin beta testing for Overwatch™ in fall 2015.

  • Blizzard Entertainment announced that its ninth BlizzCon® will be returning to the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7. Tickets went on sale in two batches in April and quickly sold out.

This is a partial transcript of the conference focusing on the Blizzard Entertainment portion. Some of the speakers in this portion are: Dennis M. Durkin (Chief Financial Officer), Mike Morhaime (Blizzard CEO), Bob Kotick (Activision Blizzard CEO), and Thomas Tippl (Chief Operating Officer).

Activision Blizzard Q1 2015 Conference Call Transcript

Patch 6.2. Second Look: Ashran Excavation

Following the newest build of the patch 6.2. PTR, I returned to Ashran to see if any new lore about the artifact had been added. There hasn’t been, but the new Ashran Excavation area has been heavily modified and looks much better than during our last look at it.

Read on for the full preview.

Fighting the Good Fight: A look at 6.2, World of Warcraft’s present state, and what the future may hold [SPOILERS ABOUND!]

A sickly green mars the formerly star-crossed skies of Draenor. A planet that once housed an indescribable primordial beauty now finds itself besieged to an extent never before witnessed. Savage, free beasts that used to roam this alien planet’s expansive lands find themselves twisted into malformed shadows of their former visage. Indigenous trees that could previously sweep you up in their widespread presence now burn as fuel for the Fel. On top of all this, the throne of command and power formerly possessed by Draenor’s original usurpers, the Iron Horde, has become uprooted, deformed, and guided by new management.

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This mental image of oncoming destruction is something we hopefully have to look forward to sooner rather than later. Welcome to 6.2, the upcoming content patch for World of Warcraft and an update that holds more weight than just being another patch to tally up with all the rest. Gul’dan has wrought control of the once mighty Iron Horde, morphing them into the Fel monstrosities he had always envisioned as their fate. In seizing control of Draenor’s formerly largest threat, Gul’dan has ushered onto the would-be Outlands, a fate far worse than anything the Iron Horde could’ve ever accomplished. By Gul’dan’s hand, the Burning Legion in full force has finally arrived on Draenor. Their way of entry and base of operations lays across the former seat of power for the Iron Horde: Tanaan Jungle. With 6.2, the end may be nigh for Draenor not just in a story sense, but a content perspective as well.

2015 New York Comic Con Tickets on Sale May 13

ReedPOP announced tickets for the 2015 New York Comic Con will be on sale on Wednesday, May 13th at 12pm EDT. There will be two other opportunities to get tickets after that date:

  • A limited supply of New York Comic Con Tickets will be available for purchase at Special Edition: NYC 2015 on June 6-7. All details can be found here.  
  • An event at Midtown Comics later this summer. All of the info for this event will be announced at a later date. Note that Midtown Comics is the ONLY Retail partner selling NYCC 2015 Tickets. Don’t miss NYCC 2015, October 8-11, 2015 in the Javits Center in New York City.

Blizzplanet reviews Avengers: Age of Ultron

There are many reviews out there praising or bashing the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. From my point of view, as a Marvel Comics geek, I plainly loved it. It was awesome to see Thor and Captain America assisting each other. There’s a scene everyone has seen where Captain America swings his shield, and Thor bats it with the Mjolnir hammer to destroy a bunch of Ultron robots.

Blizzplanet reviews Avengers: Age of Ultron

Blizzplanet is going to BlizzCon 2015!

A personal dream (and I guess even in your heart too) is finally going to be achieved this November. Thanks to MedievalDragon, I will attend BlizzCon for the first time, but that’s not all. Contributors like Danny, Ian (the Red Shirt Guy) and Montoya will be there too to cover the event. What can we expect from this BlizzCon? A lot of things really.

Introduction of the Timewalking feature

Implemented back in September 2013 during the patch 5.4, the Timewalking mode was supposed come right after that but was report to a future patch, which is now.

With the arrival of the patch 6.2 the functionality is finally presented by Blizzard and will take place during a few Timewalkings events from noon Friday to noon Monday.

Patch 6.2 Preview – Timewalking

As we get started testing Patch 6.2 on our public test realms, we’re looking forward to discussing all of the new features and content coming to World of Warcraft. First up, we’re excited to present Timewalking.

In Patch 6.2, we’re introducing seven different weekend events that will run from noon Friday through noon Monday every week. Two of those events will be Timewalking weekends, in which you’ll be able to queue up for a randomly selected old-school dungeon with a new sort of “heroic” difficulty: When you Timewalk these dungeons, you’ll find that your character’s power and gear has been scaled down to a fraction of what they normally are. For the first time in years, some dungeons you outgrew long ago will once more put your skills to the test.

A good challenge deserves a good reward, so to go along with scaling you down, we’re going through most every piece of loot in each Timewalker dungeon and scaling it up. That’s right, when you Timewalk through Utgarde Pinnacle, take down King Ymiron, and loot his Red Sword of Courage, it will scale up to an item level appropriate for use at your level.


Courage comes in several shades of red.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll test Timewalking on the PTR in the following dungeons:

Timewalking will be available to characters who are level 71 and higher for Burning Crusade content, and level 81 and up for Wrath of the Lich King dungeons. It will open up only during certain three-day-long weekend holidays. While Timewalking, your power will be adjusted down to the level of the Heroic dungeon, but you’ll retain all of your skills and talents. We will also be testing additional rewards, such as a level 100 quest that rewards one Seal of Tempered Fate per weekend, so keep an eye on the in-game calendar.


Patch 6.2 PTR testing is underway! You can get started testing with us by copying your character and downloading the PTR client. Once you’ve had a chance to try out the patch, visit our PTR Discussion forum to talk about your experiences. To report any issues or errors, use the in-game Submit Bug feature (found underGame Menu > Help > Submit Bug) or visit the PTR Bug Report forum.