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At this point in time, we have learned and written about many of the details of the upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. Nevertheless, what do we know about the necessary accessories for these new consoles? Microsoft has just introduced their full line-up of next generation accessories. This line-up includes new controllers for the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PCs as well as a better rechargeable battery solution. Xbox gamers will want to look into the new controllers. Microsoft has previously introduced the Xbox Wireless Controller in Carbon Black and Robot White, but there will be at least one more color option. Console players can purchase the Xbox Wireless Controller in... Read more...
Last week, HotHardware reported on preorders for the new Xbox consoles coming up on September 22nd. We also wrote about all the preorder snags with major device announcements, and it seems Microsoft will have its fair share too with limited availability of pre-orders at GameStop locations. Preorders seem to be a pain point for most major retailers, generally speaking. Between bots snatching up the orders, limited stock, and websites getting the “hug of death,” no one can pull off a launch where everyone is happy. It seems like this will be the case once more for Microsoft as Twitter user (and reliable leaker) Wario64 tweets that GameStop locations will be allocated a limited... Read more...
At Xbox, the goal is to have “a unified Xbox experience across devices that puts gamers at the center.” With the advancements of the Xbox Series X|S and the new GamePass experience, the Xbox team has rebuilt the Xbox app to align with their vision. The new Xbox App (Beta) is available on Android devices today. The new Xbox app has been rewritten entirely to tie together the vision of a “unified experience," according to Kristen Mann, Principal Program Manager for Xbox Experiences. The goal for the app is to make it “easier for all gamers to stay connected to your friends, games and fun at home or on the go, no matter what device they prefer to play on.”... Read more...
Yesterday, we came across more pictures of Sony's next-generation PlayStation 5 console with specific for qualification at the FCC and Taiwan's NCC -- and quite frankly, it's more than a bit porky. Insults were leveled against the Xbox Series X when it was fist unveiled, with people pointing to its towering monolith-like design. But the PlayStation 5 and its PlayStation 5 Digital Edition sibling take things to a whole new level, dwarfing even Microsoft's next Xbox. While we presented pictures and dimensions of two PlayStation 5 consoles yesterday, these two aspects of the consoles don't tell the full story of how big they are. However, new renders that were created by 3D modeler @keisawada... Read more...
Oh what a time to be a video gamer, and the platform hardly matters. Fancy PC gaming? Great, the GeForce RTX 30 series is off to a hot start (minus the preorder snags), and Big Navi looms right around the corner. Prefer to game on console? Sony has opened up pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 (also with snags), and Microsoft will be doing the same for its upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles very soon. How soon? Next week, as a matter of fact. Pre-order availability kicks off September 22, which is next Tuesday, and barring any hiccups, you will be able to choose between either one. Note that there are key differences between the two. For one, the Xbox Series X is priced at $499 and... Read more...
Today, Sony hosted their PlayStation launch stream. During the stream, they showed off a plethora of games and now, we finally have pricing for the PS5.  The PS5 comes in at $499 and $399 for the normal PS5 and the digital-only PS5, respectively.  This puts the normal PS5 on par with the Xbox Series X while the PS5 digital is $100 more expensive than the Xbox Series S. The PS5 editions will be available in the United States on November 12th with the rest of the world following on November 19th.   Sony also showcased over 10 different game trailers before getting to the meat of the stream. Some of these games we had seen before, some we got to see more of, and some... Read more...
Microsoft seems to have their head in the clouds, or rather, their games are in the cloud now. Today, Kareem Choudhry, corporate VP of cloud gaming at Microsoft, announced that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate users across 22 countries will be able to play more than 150 games via the cloud starting tomorrow. Earlier in August, we reported on Project xCloud being rolled into Xbox Game Pass, and it is finally here. Gamers around the world will be able to transfer gameplay across their Xbox consoles and to other devices, such as mobile phones and tablets. Not only will this allow for gameplay anywhere, it will also open Xbox gaming to those who do not have an Xbox. As long as you have a decent internet connection... Read more...
There are so many things to like about Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S game consoles, just based on the specifications, list of features, and everything else that has been revealed so far (including pricing). One of them is the Quick Resume feature, a potential game changer, if it works quickly and seamlessly, as shown in a new video highlighting the functionality. What is Quick Resume? As Microsoft had previously demonstrated, it is a feature that allows players to resume multiple games from a suspended state. Picture this—you're playing a single-player game when suddenly your buddies start pestering you to play Modern Warfare. Quick Resume allows you to essentially... Read more...
One of the big questions on many gamers’ minds is whether their favorite games will be playable on the next generation of consoles. Game offerings and availability can be a major factor for consumers. Borderlands 3 fans will therefore be thrilled to hear that the game will be available on the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PlayStation 5. There is even more good news for Borderlands 3 players. The Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5 will also support 4K resolution at 60fps in single-player mode. Those who enjoy playing the game with friends will not be able to run 4K resolution at 60fps, but they have not been left out entirely. Three- and four-player split screens will be available... Read more...
You will be able to swap out the external solid state drive (SSD) storage on your Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S without rebooting the console, Microsoft has confirmed. Up until now, we only knew that both consoles would support external NVMe SSDs as a way to expand the internal storage, but the hot swapping revelation is a new development. Why does this matter? Here's the deal—Microsoft has been making a big deal about the switch to SSD storage with its next-generation game console. Likewise, it has also been hyping its Velocity storage architecture. The two combined come with the promise of virtually eliminating both initial game loads, and in-game transitions. It could also open the... Read more...
Yesterday, Microsoft dropped pricing information on the Xbox Series X and Series S. Coming in at $499 and $299 respectively, these should be pretty good devices at attainable prices. The Xbox pricing announcement, however, seemed to have Sony shaking in their boots according to a source familiar with the situation. Since the Xbox announcement, Sony has been surprisingly quiet considering the price war tension has been released. An anonymous source familiar with the situation spoke to GAMEREACTOR and expressed how Sony had to change things up once Xbox made their announcement. According to the source, the PlayStation 5 was “considerably” more expensive than the Xbox Series X. The source... Read more...
Microsoft has suddenly become rather forthcoming about its Xbox Series X retail launch, having announced pricing, when exactly it will land on store shelves, and even unveiling a disc-less Xbox Series S with the same CPU inside, and an aggressive price to boot. At the same time, however, Microsoft let it be known that its Xbox Game Pass for PC service is about to double in price. Xbox Game Pass for PC is currently in beta, and if you sign up now, you can still take advantage of the $1 introductory offer, to cover your first month of membership. That offer stands until next week, ending on September 17. During the beta period, the price would normally be $4.99 per month after the initial introductory... Read more...
In what continues to be information overload on its next-generation Xbox consoles. We now know pricing for both consoles, that preorders will open on September 22nd and that the actual launch is set for November 10th. Yesterday, we were given an overview of specs for the entry-level Xbox Series S, and today Microsoft is giving us all the nitty gritty details concerning what makes the console tick. On the processing front, Xbox Series S still gets its primary motivation from an 8-core Zen 2-based CPU, however, it’s running at a slightly lower clock speed (3.6GHz versus 3.8GHz in the Xbox Series X). Still, processing power is four times greater than its predecessor,... Read more...
This has been a rather eventful start of the week for Microsoft, after pictures and pricing for its entry-level Xbox Series S leaked early Tuesday morning. Microsoft not long after confirmed the information, and posted a trailer for the console. Today, Microsoft is confirming the leaked pricing for the "big daddy" Xbox Series X, which gets an official price tag of $499. Microsoft also revealed that preorders for the console will open on September 22nd, which is less than two weeks from now. The console will actually be available on November 10th. For those that don't want to immediately plunk down 5 big ones for the Xbox Series X, it will also be available through Xbox All... Read more...
Updated 9/9/2020 @ 3:08pm This article has been updated to include the official Xbox Series X trailer from Microsoft embedded below (the original story continues below, unedited, following the trailer): It’s been a busy day for Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox Series S console. The first details about the console leaked extensively early this morning, after which Microsoft simply threw up the white flag and officially announced the console and its $299 price tag. Now, veteran Microsoft leaker WalkingCat — who was among the first to provide details on the Xbox Series S along with a short video clip of the console — is adding more fuel to the fire with yet another video... Read more...
After a series of leaks early this morning, Microsoft has finally gone official with its Xbox Series S, which will be the entry-level version of its next-generation console series. Although the company didn’t go into much detail about the console, it did present us with a single image of the console standing vertically. The Xbox Series S — which is presented in Robot White — is much thinner than its Xbox Series S counterpart, and features a large, black circular vent on its side for cooling. We also see the same Robot White controller that has leaked previously. Best of all, Microsoft is promising a price of just $299 for the Xbox Series S, which is quite frankly an amazing... Read more...
We have heard time and again how both next-generation game consoles will finally leverage solid state drive (SSD) storage to vastly improve game loads and virtually eliminate in-game transitions, but what about the PC space? After all, SSDs have been available to PC gamers for quite some time now. Well, good news—Microsoft is bringing its DirectStorage application programming interface (API) to Windows PCs, and with it comes the promise to "revolutionize PC gaming." This is exactly what we hoped would happen. As it applies to the Xbox Series X, Microsoft has made a big deal about the system's Velocity Architecture, which paves the way for hyper-fast I/O performance. The Xbox Series X is... Read more...
Earlier this week, some rather disappointing rumors made the rounds which claimed that 343 Industries would be taking two rather extreme measures with respect to its highly anticipated Halo Infinite. The first rumor was that the game – which has already been delayed until 2021 – would be further delayed until 2022. The second rumor suggested that the Xbox One version of the game had been canceled altogether due to performance issues.  The second rumor in particular was quite interesting, given that Microsoft has taken the firm stance that it would provide cross-generational support for new games for at least the new few years, meaning that there would be no Xbox Series X exclusives.... Read more...
Many gamers have been just as excited about Halo Infinite as they are about the launch of the next generation Microsoft Xbox Series X. Halo Infinite was expected to be the premier launch title for the game console, but it was recently delayed until 2021. Now, a Microsoft insider has allegedly come forward and said that the game could be postponed until 2022. The insider claims that the game might even skip support for the Xbox One S entirely. According to the mysterious insider, the current version of Halo Infinite was having major issues running on the Xbox One S. Infinite was allegedly running at lower than 900p and having issues loading assets into levels on the current-generation console.... Read more...
Microsoft is offering up a glimpse of the upcoming overhaul headed to the Xbox dashboard, which should arrive in earnest when the Xbox Series X launches in November. It is a visually sleeker design, and one that promises to be "faster to use," according to Microsoft. The overhaul will also be shared on other devices for a unified experience. "The new Xbox look and feel is designed to be faster to use, more approachable and visually appealing. This holiday it will be shared across all Xbox mobile apps, Xbox Game Pass on PC, and of course Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles," Microsoft announced in a blog post. Text is more readable, elements on screen are easier to understand at a glance, and... Read more...
Given the wild year that 2020 has been, many of us are tired of the doom and gloom dominating the airwaves and are looking forward to some positive news. For console gamers, that means the release of the Sony PlayStation 5 and the Microsoft Xbox Series X. While Sony hasn't zeroed in on the exact launch time frame for its console (other than to say late 2020), Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series X will launch in November. One thing that hasn't been revealed about either device at this time is pricing. However, the folks at Monster Energy might have tipped Microsoft's hand when it comes to the Xbox Series X. The company announced its Monster Energy contest, which is... Read more...
Halo fans will need to wait a bit longer until they can get their hands on the next game in the series. It was recently announced that Halo Infinite has been delayed until 2021. The ongiong health crisis has unfortunately made it difficult for the developers to work on the game. Halo Infinite was originally supposed to be released during the upcoming holiday season. Chris Lee, the Studio Head for Halo Infinite, remarked, “The extra time will let us finish the critical work necessary to deliver the most ambitious Halo game ever at the quality we know our fans expect.” There is currently not a set release date for the game. 343 Industries are certainly not the first developers to delay... Read more...
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