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Updated 8/11/2020 @ 4:00pm Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series X will launch in November, although it didn't specify when in November. Microsoft added that 100s of Xbox Series X-optimized games will be available at launch, and that the highly anticipated Halo Infinite won't be one of those games. Instead, developer 343 Industries says that Halo Infinite will arrive some time in 2021. Our original story continues unaltered below. As we get closer to the launch of Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox Series X game console, additional [previously unknown] details have leaked to the public. Most recently, the official Xbox Series X controller was pictured along with its retail... Read more...
Rumors have been swirling for months that Microsoft was preparing to launch a cheaper next-generation console with reduced specifications compared to the Xbox Series X. Previous reporting has suggested the more affordable console would be called the Xbox Series S and might be unveiled soon. While the console's name had been rumored for a while, the packaging for this leaked next-gen controller actually confirms it. The source of the photos is a Twitter user named Zak S, who claims he purchased the controller on resale site OfferUp for $35. Zak was asked if the seller said where he got them in the thread, and no answer was given. A short video of the controller can be seen in the tweet below.... Read more...
At least one publisher is planning to charge a premium for games released on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (some of them, anyway), compared to what the same titles will go for on current-gen consoles (Xbox One and PlayStation 4). As such, pricing for NBA 2K21 has been set at $69.99 for the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and $59.99 for current-gen consoles. And according to Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick, the price hike is "justified." Whether other publishers follow suit remains to be seen. But for Take-Two Interactive, a $10 bump is a "modest price change" that is perhaps long overdue. "There hasn't been a price increase for frontline titles for a really long time, despite the fact that... Read more...
Late last month, we learned that Microsoft will be rolling its Project xCloud game streaming service into its popular Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription service. Cloud game streaming will be a "free" add-on to the package that already includes an Xbox Live Gold subscription and access to over 100 console and PC games. Microsoft this morning announced Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to stream games from their Android smartphone or tablet starting on September 15th. At launch, there will be over 100 games available to select from across a wide variety of genres. The service, however, will still be in beta as Microsoft works to ensure the stability of the platform. Gamers... Read more...
Microsoft has just announced that a new Microsoft Store experience will soon be available for the current family of Xbox One consoles. Rather than a minor update to the existing storefront, Microsoft says that this is a “completely rebuilt” interface that is focused on speed and ease of use. On the speed front, Microsoft says that the new Xbox Store will load twice as fast as previous iterations, meaning that it will launch in less than two seconds. The speed benefits are not only attributed to performance improvements, but also in how quickly you can find the content that you’re looking for; be it a new game, a trailer for a TV or movie release (which are viewable inline with... Read more...
Please be true...please be true...please be true. What am I blabbering on about? I'm hoping the persistent rumor that Microsoft is going to abandon its Xbox Live Gold program is true, though only if that if means there will no longer be a subscription fee to play games in multiplayer mode, when the Xbox Series X arrives. Could it actually happen? Let's examine the evidence so far. As we wrote about last week, the Microsoft Store is no longer selling 12-month subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold. They can only be purchased in one-month or three-month increments. Purchasing a three-month subscription means it would expire in October (assuming it is redeemed right away), a month or so before the Xbox... Read more...
Oh. My. Goodness. You might be having a bad day, but did you wake up to a tweet by Domino's Pizza making fun of you? Microsoft did, following the gameplay reveal of Halo: Infinite, an upcoming launch title for the immensely hyped Xbox Series X console that is due to arrive this holiday season (November or December), with Navi in tow. Gamers were not super impressed with the gameplay reveal, as it pertains to the graphics. The Xbox Series X is touted to arrive with plenty of horsepower, served up by custom AMD silicon based on the chipmaker's Zen 2 CPU cores and next-generation RDNA 2 graphics (Navi), with hardware support for real-time ray tracing. Instead of being blown away by the visuals,... Read more...
This weekend provided some interesting leaks. There was the Intel Tiger Lake benchmark entry that popped up in SiSoftware's SANDRA database, which showed massive performance gains over Ice Lake, and on the console side, a photograph of a mysterious white Xbox controller was uploaded to Reddit, and then taken down. The color scheme of the controller has fueled speculation that this might be for an unannounced Xbox Series S console. So far, Microsoft has only announced the Xbox Series X, with a black color scheme, due out this holiday season (November or December). According to The Verge, which plucked the photo before it was deleted and chatted with the Reddit user who uploaded it (who identified... Read more...
Microsoft is going to have another go at highlighting games for its upcoming Xbox Series X console, and hopefully this time around the focus will be more on the actual gameplay and less on cinematic trailers (something Microsoft received criticism and apologized for). If you want to check it out, clear your morning/afternoon—the Xbox Games Showcase Official Show (as it's called) is happening today. The event kicks off at 12:00 pm ET (9:00 am PT). It is being presented as a livestream. Since you are already here and reading this, feel free to keep this page open and watch the event in the embedded video below... Alternatively, you can bounce over to Microsoft's official Xbox channel on YouTube... Read more...
Paying an extra fee to play video games online with current-generation game consoles is nothing new. There is now speculation that Microsoft may be getting ready to ditch Xbox Live Gold with the launch of the Xbox Series X game console. We're certainly taking these rumors with a grain of salt, but what can't be denied is that you can no longer purchase a year of Xbox Live Gold via the Microsoft Store. There is some residual inventory remaining at third-party retailers allowing gamers to get their hands on a year's worth of Xbox Live Gold. As it stands now, gamers can only purchase one month and three-month subscriptions of Live Gold via the Microsoft Store. Some  incredibly wild speculation... Read more...
When it comes to Microsoft’s game consoles, all that everyone wants to talk about at this point is the Xbox Series X. This is the company’s next-generation gaming console that will doing battle with Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 5. But what about the current family of Xbox One consoles? Well, Microsoft has confirmed that two of its three currently-produced consoles are being discontinued as it ramps production of the Xbox Series X. In this case, the high-end Xbox One X and the entry-level Xbox One S All-Digital Edition are getting the boot. The $399 Xbox One X was released on November 7th 2017, and is [currently] the most powerful gaming console on... Read more...
Without a doubt, the thing I'm most excited about in regards next-generation game consoles is the promise of faster storage combined with techniques designed to virtually eliminated load times and, importantly, in-game transitions. I have no idea if the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 will live up to the promises made by Microsoft and Sony, respectively, but I'm hopeful. As we wait to find out, Microsoft cranked the hype dial to 11 by detailing the Xbox Velocity Architecture that will play a key role in this. Let me back up a moment. Even without a jump to solid state drive (SSD) storage, the Xbox Series X and PS5 are intriguing consoles. Both are being powered by custom silicon based on AMD's... Read more...
Microsoft is putting some restrictions on game developers regarding their ability to charge gamers to upgrade current generation titles to versions that will run on the Xbox Series X. Word of Microsoft's stance comes from publishing sources that are familiar with the plans. Companies that have been working on games that will be available on current generation hardware and the next generation console when it launches are being pushed to offer upgrades at no additional cost. Reportedly, the developers do have the option to use Xbox's Smart Delivery or their own methods to deliver both versions of the game. EA is accomplishing this using what it calls Dual Entitlement. Several games have been announced... Read more...
If you were a bit underwhelmed by Microsoft's previous gaming showcase as part of its Xbox 20/20 series, the company has a second chance at redemption with an upcoming event scheduled for July 23rd. An event like this would typically be held at E3, but the COVID-19 pandemic blew those plans out of the water, forcing Microsoft to improvise. The event, which will take place at 12:00pm EST, will highlight many of hot first-party games that will be coming to the Xbox Series X. As you might expect, the most highly anticipated game to be shown off will be Halo Infinite. Developer 343 Industries -- which is part of Xbox Game Studios -- teased Halo Infinite briefly back in June (see embed below). We're... Read more...
For the most part, video games for game consoles have cost $59.99 for as long as most gamers can remember. The last time there was a significant increase in the price of video games was when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 launched back in 2005 and 2006 respectively. The launch of those consoles pushed video game prices up by about $10 from $49.99 to $59.99. Now it's looking like gamers are in for another price increase for video games with the next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Game publishers are reportedly considering raising pricing across the board for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X games according to research firm IDG Consulting. The news that game publishers are considering pricing... Read more...
2K Games today revealed pricing for its upcoming NBA 2K21 game, which will launch first on current-generations game systems (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows PCs, and Google Stadia), then later on Microsoft's and Sony's respective next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. However, pricing will not be the same on current-gen and next-gen platforms, at least not for the standard edition. Regardless of platform, NBA 2K21 will arrive in two main releases—standard and a special Mamba Forever Edition honoring the late Kobe Bryant, the former Los Angeles Lakers superstar who perished this year in a helicopter crash, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna... Read more...
A new report is making the rounds that claims the Xbox Series S entry-level game console was originally expected to be revealed this month at E3 2020. Instead, Microsoft spent the month recapping all the details already known about the Xbox Series X, which is its high-end, next-generation game console. The latest report claims that the Xbox Series S (codename Lockhart), which is the lower-powered and cheaper of Microsoft's next-generation game consoles, won't be unveiled until August. Originally, the Xbox Series S was intended to be part of the big Xbox E3 2020 show where the console could be explained in detail along with its position alongside the Xbox Series X device. However, the coronavirus... Read more...
Gamers are in a for a treat this holiday season. Well, multiple treats—on the PC side, new graphics cards are coming, and in the realm of consoles, Sony is preparing its PlayStation 5 and Microsoft is readying its Xbox Series X. But could there be more more consoles to come shortly after? Perhaps so, according to a new leak. We have already heard chatter about there possibly being a PlayStation 5 Pro in the wings, and we will have to wait and see if any such device materializes. Likewise, recently discovered documents suggest Microsoft could be prepping a lower power Xbox Series X console, for playing games at 1080p or maybe even 1440p for a cheaper price than its 4K-capable brother. Source:... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft's nascent xCloud game streaming service is in store for a big hardware upgrade next year. Microsoft xCloud has been available in preview form (aka beta) since October 2019 and allows you to stream Xbox One games to your Android or iOS device for on-the-go, console-quality gaming.  Microsoft is reportedly planning a full-scale public launch later this year, and the xCloud game servers will be powered by current-generation Xbox One S hardware nestled with in blade servers. However, there is a big hardware upgrade on the way in 2021 according to a new report from The Verge. It is claimed that Microsoft will next year switch to Xbox Series... Read more...
Kentucky Fried Chicken is having some fun on Twitter at the expense of Microsoft and Sony, both of which have revealed their next-generation game console designs, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, respectively. Each one has a unique look, but can they fry chicken? The "KFConsole" can, while also cranking out 4K visuals and 120 frames per second. A video promoting the spoof console was posted by KFC Gaming, the official gaming account of KFC (yes, the fried chicken chain maintains a gaming presence on Twitter). Have a look... The future of gaming is here. Introducing the KFConsole. #PowerYourHunger pic.twitter.com/ssUrX41Ab1 — KFC Gaming (@kfcgaming) June 12, 2020 Console designs that... Read more...
Gamers have been anticipating the next-generation consoles for years, and both the Sony PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X will launch this holiday season. A user on reddit named "GREBO7" has created a graphic that shows every game console going back to the original PlayStation and Xbox to give us a size comparison. We can see in the graphic that the Sony PlayStation 5 is a massive console that is much larger than anything that's ever been released on the market before. The PS5 isn't as fat as the Xbox Series X, but it is taller. We know the PlayStation 5 will be offered in a version with an optical drive and a version without the optical drive. The version used in the graphic is the console... Read more...
Excitement is building around Microsoft's upcoming next-generation game console: the Xbox Series X. The console features AMD hardware for the processor (Zen 2) and graphics (RDNA 2) along with a speedy 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD which should make long loading screens a thing of the past for most games.  Today, Microsoft is giving us some additional insight into backwards compatibility with the Xbox Series X, which is a feather in the cap for the company. "Your favorite games and franchises, your progression and achievements, and the friendships and communities you create through gaming should all move with you across generations," writes Microsoft’s Jason Ronald, Direct of Program Management... Read more...
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