Here's your weekly round-up of the biggest video game news stories from the past seven days, including Microsoft's bold new future of the Xbox platform, a short delay for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, a lengthier delay for Mass Effect, and the major new feature coming to PS4 in the next firmware update.

Microsoft to unify Xbox and PC platforms in move to kill traditional console model

Microsoft has indicated a major change to its gaming strategy after revealing plans to unify its Xbox One and PC platforms. Speaking at Microsoft's Xbox Spring Showcase, head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that the company was working towards a single, unified gaming ecosystem that could run Universal Windows Applications (UWAs) across both console and computer.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End delayed - Sony sets new release date for PS4 blockbuster

The next generation PS4 blockbuster Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has been delayed for a third and hopefully finally time, with Naughty Dog and Sony pushing back the anticipated release yet again by two weeks. The game is now due out on Tuesday, 10 May.

Mass Effect: Andromeda delayed until early 2017

EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen has confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda will not be released in 2016, as had been announced when the game was first revealed at E3 in 2015. As many had suspected, the game is now targeting a release in early 2017.

PS4 PC remote play: Sony details major 3.50 software update including offline mode

Sony has detailed the new features coming to its next major software update, including Remote Play functionality for PC and Mac, and the ability to appear offline while using the console. Sony announced the impending update in February, offering people the chance to beta test it in March.

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