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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...
Pending any major hiccups along the way, we're roughly 6 months away from the global launch of the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5. Given that's it's been nearly 7 years since the last generation of consoles launched (Xbox One, PlayStation 4), there will likely be incredible demand for the new gaming duo. In the case of the Xbox Series X, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer seems confident that at launch, there will be enough consoles to go around. "In our supply chain, we feel good about the hardware side," said Spencer, while speaking with none other than former Nintendo of America chief Reggie Fils-Aime on his new Talking Games podcast. "It feels like we'll be able to get enough units. We're... Read more...
I'm about to show my immaturity here, but one of my favorite recurring segments on Tosh.0 is when the comedian pulls off a stunt that he saw someone else perform in a user video, then declares "I'm better than you, nana nana boo-boo, stick your head in doo-doo." I assuming it's still a recurring segment, anyway (it's been a couple years since I tuned in). Microsoft may as well go ahead and borrow the phrase, because its Xbox Series X has more graphics muscle than Sony's PlayStation 5, and might end up being less expensive as well. To quickly recap the hardware, both next-gen game console are rocking custom AMD silicon based on the company's Zen 2 CPU cores and upcoming RDNA 2 graphics architecture,... Read more...
Not everything lives up to the hype. The NFL off season in New England, in which Patriots fans (like myself) anticipated Brady's return along with the aggressive pursuit of high level receivers (I'm still reeling in self pity). Or the chicken sandwich at Popeye's (sorry, no sorry for that hot take). You can add to the list Microsoft's Xbox Series X livestream, in which Microsoft was "so pumped" to show people "a first look at Xbox Series X gameplay." Like the chicken sandwich that failed to impress me (in relation to the hype), quantity is not a substitute for quality. I understand we all have our different tastes, fair enough. But no matter where you stand on that one, you would probably agree... Read more...
Microsoft just held its first online event to showcase gameplay footage from a number of games destined for the Xbox Series X. A baker's dozen of games were on tap during the event, with the headlining title no doubt being Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Although Microsoft and Ubisoft described this as a “gameplay trailer”, it looks more like a cinematic trailer to us, using the in-game engine rather than actual gameplay footage. With that being said, the game looks gorgeous with plenty of Viking-esque action going on. We’ll stay tuned for some actual gameplay footage, but we’re liking what we see so far. Dirt 5... Read more...
These are unique times, though despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft reiterated its goal remains to launch its next-generation Xbox Series X game console this holiday season (i.e., November or December). Same goes for Halo Infinite. Providing a sneak peek at what is to come, Microsoft will be livestreaming some actual gameplay on the Xbox Series X today (as was announced last week). "Starting with the May 7 episode of Inside Xbox, we will be showcasing what happens next in the world of Xbox, every month, which is why we’re calling it 'Xbox 20/20'. These monthly moments will take place throughout the rest of the year and will be a way for us to engage, connect... Read more...
Let's start with the good news—Microsoft's Phil Spencer says the Xbox Series X is still on track to launch this holiday season, which means it will debut sometime in November or December, as originally planned. So, what's the bad news? Some next-generation games may lag a bit behind, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This does not come as a huge surprise. Efforts to contain the global virus pandemic have disrupted businesses far and wide, including game development. Major events have been cancelled, and the call for social distancing has seen more people than ever sent home to either take time off, or work remotely, both of which present certain challenges. Spencer acknowledged the reality... Read more...
Microsoft has been pretty forthcoming about its next-generation Xbox Series X game console, and has revealed many details about its hardware and software features. Not only have we seen what the console looks like (something that Sony isn't yet prepared to do with its PlayStation 5), but we also know about the innermost workings of the console including its AMD Zen 2-based Ryzen processor, RDNA 2 GPU and speedy PCIe 3.0 SSD. What we haven't seen much of so far is actual gameplay footage from the console. That all changes next week, as Microsoft will hold an Inside Xbox event on May 7th at 11am EST, during which it will show actual gameplay from upcoming native Xbox Series... Read more...
This is a big year in the gaming console segment—Sony is set to release its PlayStation 5 in the holiday season (November or December), and around the same time, Microsoft will launch its Xbox Series X. Rumor has it the PS5 will debut at $399, or thereabouts. What about the Xbox Series X? Nothing has been announced yet, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer says he feels "really good" about how the Xbox Series X stacks up against the PS5 in both price and performance. In regards to performance, we already know he is justified in feeling good about where things stand. Both Sony and Microsoft have revealed detailed specs about the hardware insider their respective next-gen consoles, and while the PS5... Read more...
If things go well, you will never have cause to open up your game console and spy its guts. That is somewhat of a shame, because depending on the system, there is some complex engineering involved. This is especially true of Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Series X console, which crams high-end components into a tower design. Game consoles have become more closely related to PCs in recent years, and the Xbox Series X looks more like a PC than any previous generation game system. The reason is because Microsoft determined it was the best fit for the juggling act that takes place. What juggling act? Well, the Xbox Series X has to fit high-end parts, including a next-generation GPU; it has to accommodate... Read more...
Last week, a semi-anonymous hacker made headlines when they brazenly posted supposed source code to GitHub outlining chunks of AMD's next-generation Radeon DNA 2 (RDNA 2) GPU architecture, as found in the upcoming Xbox Series X game console. The hacker valued the stolen data at $100 million, but can it really be classified as source code? And is it truly that valuable? Maybe not. The hacker claimed to have gotten their mitts on various source files pertaining to different versions of AMD's graphics technology, the most interesting of which is Arden, the codename of the GPU inside the Xbox Series X. AMD managed to get the code removed from GitHub by filing a DMCA take down request. The hacker... Read more...
AMD has confirmed that some of the source code pertaining to its RDNA 2 graphics architecture used in Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Series X console and was posted to GitHub by a hacker who stole the data is legitimate, but downplayed the extent of the theft. According to AMD, the "stolen graphics IP is not core to the competitiveness or security" of RDNA 2. "At AMD, data security and the protection of our intellectual property are a priority. In December 2019, we were contacted by someone who claimed to have test files related to a subset of our current and future graphics products, some of which were recently posted online, but have since been taken down," AMD said in a statement. "While we are... Read more...
When it comes to next-gen game consoles, the core specifications are now officially known, with both Microsoft and Sony revealing more hardware details about the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, respectively. While custom bits rule the day, the hardware is rooted in PC-centric architectures, namely AMD's Zen 2 CPU and second generation RDNA GPU technologies. They're basically PCs in console digs, or as Valve co-founder Gabe Newell puts it, they are "just delivery sockets" built on the same general foundation. This is a good thing. It affords more freedom for developers to focus on their games and not necessarily the various platforms. The PS5 and Xbox Series X are built on top of similar CPU... Read more...
Earlier this morning, Microsoft revealed the full hardware specifications for its upcoming Xbox Series X gaming console, and it will be an absolute beast. From its 3.8GHz 8-core AMD Zen 2 processor, to its 56-CU RDNA 2 GPU to its 1TB NVMe SSD, Microsoft means business with console, which will be able to deliver 4K60 gaming experiences. One thing that Microsoft didn't talk about at the time, however, was the console's wireless controller. Instead, the folks in Redmond saved that discussion for a separate Xbox Wire blog post. When it comes to the overall design of the Xbox Series X controller, Microsoft isn't reinventing the wheel -- it is instantly recognizable as an Xbox controller.... Read more...
While Sony has been holding things incredibly close to the vest with its PlayStation 5, Microsoft has been very forthcoming with information on its Xbox Series X. Nowhere is that more evident with today's full specs dump on the console, which is packing some very impressive hardware. Starting off with some of the stuff that we already knew, we're looking at an AMD Zen 2-based processor design, which feature a total of 8 cores. However, Microsoft today confirms that the custom chip is clocked at 3.8GHz by default, or 3.66GHz if SMT is enabled. The Radeon RDNA 2 GPU is rated at 12 TFLOPs (which was previously announced), but Microsoft is confirming that the GPU is cooked at... Read more...
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