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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...
To start the summer off right, Microsoft is offering up what it says are the greatest Xbox deals of the year. Xbox Deals Unlocked is underway right now and will run through June 15. That means over the next five days, any Xbox fans looking for a new console or big savings on games need to hop over and check out the deals and save money. Some of the biggest deals include: $100 off Xbox One X $100 of Xbox One S All-Digital Edition Save up to 70% on over 600 digital games First time discounts up to 25% on newly released titles such as Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Doom Eternal and Resident Evil 3. $10 off Xbox Design Lab controllers Microsoft says that those offerings are just a sample of the savings... Read more...
Any gamers who purchased a new console in recent years knows that they often come with bundled games that require you to type in lengthy codes to redeem. Not only do those codes take a long time to type in using an on-screen keyboard, but it's also frustratingly easy to mistype them and have to start all over. Microsoft is moving to make entering long redemption codes a thing of the past with a new program called Digital Direct. Digital Direct embeds any games, DLC, and trial subscriptions directly on the console itself. This change was made quietly, and anyone who's purchased a console recently may have games or other content they've missed. Microsoft says that during the setup process for the... Read more...
Gamers are expecting a significant upgrade in many aspects when Microsoft's Xbox Series X console launches later this year. One of the updates will be a brand-new Xbox store that is code-named "Mercury." A look at that future Mercury update for the Xbox Store app on PC has leaked, showing a beautiful storefront with a design loosely based on Microsoft's fluent language. Mercury also has refreshed icons that are similar to those found on Microsoft's PC Store app. Anyone who has seen the beta Xbox app or the new Xbox Game Bar for PC users will recognize the Mercury look and feel. The interface has the acrylic blur effects Microsoft currently favors and certainly looks very nice. We particularly... Read more...
Microsoft has offered the Xbox Game Pass service since June 2017, and it's been growing rapidly in popularity ever since. Microsoft's Phil Spencer says that over the last two months, he has seen just how important gaming can be to the community. People around the world have been stuck inside due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, and many have turned to gaming to pass the time and keep in touch with friends and family. Spencer said that after Xbox gamers join Xbox Game Pass, statistics show that they play 40% more games, and more than 90% of Game Pass members have played a game they wouldn't have tried without the service. He also notes that gamers often discover new genres they haven't previously... Read more...
Microsoft has announced that it is launching a new Xbox Bounty Program that will pay gamers, security researchers, and tech fans globally for finding and reporting bugs. Bug bounty programs have been around for a long time and are an effort by companies to allow the public to uncover vulnerabilities in software and hardware to report them to the manufacturer rather than putting them on the black market (or using them personally for nefarious purposes). Microsoft says that the new Xbox bounty program requires the person finding a bug to share it with the Microsoft Xbox team via the Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure or CVD. Eligible submissions that have a clear and concise proof of concept... Read more...
Microsoft is teasing a new deal for PC gamers who have yet to try Xbox Game Pass for PC. Microsoft is offering the first three months of Game Pass for PC for just $1. The software giant says that's the best deal yet for the game streaming service and allows players to get unlimited access to over 100 high-quality PC games. Microsoft does say that the deal is a limited time offer, and there is no indication of how long the $1 deal will be available for PC gamers. Along with announcing the special deal, Microsoft has also announced the new games that are coming in the next few weeks. The games include "Children of Morta," "Gris," and "A Plague Tale: Innocence." "Children of Morta" is a story-driven... Read more...
Christmas has come and gone, but Microsoft still has some excellent deals that gamers can take advantage of via the Microsoft Store. There are big savings on Xbox and PC digital games, movies, and more. Microsoft says this is the biggest Xbox sale of the holiday season, with up to 67% off digital games for the Xbox One. Discounts are offered on some of the most popular games out there and are good through January 2. A few of the deals can be seen below, and gamers can go here to see them all. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - $59.99 regualr price, on sale for $49.79 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - $59.99 regular price, on sale for $49.79 NFS Heat - $59.99 regualr price, on sale for $38.99 Mortal... Read more...
Microsoft has been showing off some details and talking up its next-generation Xbox, and it is expected to land for the holiday 2020 season. When the console was unveiled, it sported a very different look (vertically oriented) from current consoles and was announced as the Xbox Series X. The new game console was part of the lineage of Microsoft hardware that started years ago with the Xbox leading to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One generations. However, some may have noticed something about the announcement of the Xbox Series X name last week. The official images of the console has "The New" in small print. The "Xbox" name was in large print with "Series X" in a medium-size font. The implication was... Read more...
Last night, Microsoft surprised us all by spilling many details on its next-generation Xbox Series X roughly a year before it will even be released. The Xbox Series X has a tower form-factor, is powered by an AMD Zen 2 CPU paired with an RDNA GPU, and features GDDR6 memory along with an ultra-fast NVMe SSD for storage. The console will also ship with a revised wireless controller that is patterned after the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller. In an interview with GameSpot, however, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer and Jason Ronald (Partner Director of Program Management for Team Xbox) provided some greater insight into the console with regards to local gaming, the cloud, and first-party... Read more...
While Sony has had some pretty loose lips regarding its upcoming PlayStation 5, Microsoft has held things pretty close to the vest with regards to its next-generation Xbox, codenamed Project Scarlett. What we do know, however, is that like the PlayStation 5, Project Scarlett will be powered by an 8-core/16-thread AMD Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 processor. Today, the folks over at Windows Central claim to have some inside information on performance targets for Project Scarlett, and the console is going to be an absolute beast. Anaconda is the alleged high-end version of Project Scarlett, akin more to the Xbox One X, while Lockhart will be positioned like the current Xbox One S. Anaconda... Read more...
“Guess who’s back? Back again?” The real Slim Shady may not be making an appearance at your home this holiday season, but new versions of the “Xbox Onesie” are available. Microsoft has just released its “Xbox Hooded Union Suit”, the perfect outfit for binge gaming sessions. Larry Hyrb, the Director of Programming for Xbox Live, tweeted that the Xbox Hooded Union Suit or “Xbox Onesie” would be available in limited quantities on December 5th. The Xbox Onesie is black and green and includes deep pockets that can fit an Xbox controller. There is also an arm pouch so that your smartphone is accessible while you play or lounge around your house.... Read more...
We all know at this point that the next-gen Xbox is in the works, and Microsoft continues to say that the console will be on par with the coming next-gen PlayStation 5. Microsoft says Project Scarlett will set a new bar for console power, speed, and performance. A new report claims that Microsoft is planning at least two versions of the console. In addition to the standard console, there will reportedly be a second version codenamed Lockhart. Lockhart was thought to have been canceled when Microsoft only announced one Project Scarlett console (Anaconda) in June. Kotaku now reports that the disc-less, digital-only Lockhart console is still in the works. The real question about the disc-less Lockhart... Read more...
Anyone who missed the X019 show and wants to catchup will appreciate that Microsoft is going over everything it announced at the event. Among the good news is that there are 21 titles from developers in the ID@Xbox program that will launch day one with Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud. One of the best announcements was a new survival game called "Grounded" from Obsidian. This is a new Xbox Game Preview title that will launch in the Spring of 2020 with Xbox Game Pass. The game looks a lot like the movie "Ants" or "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." "Grounded" is a survival game where the players have been shrunken down and must survive the wild world of the backyard complete with bugs and spiders that... Read more...
Microsoft is getting ready for the future of gaming that will allow you to stream your favorite games to multiple devices. A preview is underway with Xbox Console Streaming Preview and Project xCloud Preview that will start in October 2019. The previews are a first look and will allow the streaming of Xbox games to an Android phone or tablet. Microsoft says that there are two ways to stream in a pair of technical previews. One is to stream from the cloud with the Project xCloud Preview. This method allows fans to play Xbox favorites on an Android phone or tablet directly via the cloud. Microsoft promises console-quality games with no waiting for downloads. Gamers wanting to try this out... Read more...
The Coalition and Xbox have announced that the game Gears 5 has gone gold ahead of its launch next month. The game going gold is a big deal for the developers as it means that the game disc has been released to manufacturing so everyone can play it on September 6. The developers say that Gears 5 is as far as they have ever taken the franchise. The game offers five ways to play and is hailed as the biggest entry in the Gears of War franchise. Gears 5 offers a Campaign mode, Versus mode, Horde, Escape, and a mode for building your own maps. Another hallmark of the game is that it will support crossplay across all modes on Xbox, Windows 10, and Steam. Gears 5 also supports the Adaptive Controller... Read more...
Microsoft wants to cover the full gamut of gamers in the next generation from the low-end to the high-end. Microsoft has talked about its cloud game streaming service that will allow gamers to play games on any device, including smartphone and PC devices. While Microsoft has talked up the high-end Project Scarlett console, a new report claims that the software giant still has plans for an xCloud streaming box that is low-cost to go along with the high-end, next-gen Xbox. Rumors had claimed in the past that there were two Project Scarlett consoles with the more powerful known as Anaconda still in development, but the mainstream console, codenamed Lockhart, having been canceled. Lockhart is... Read more...
One thing that is a given whenever a new game console comes out is that it will have upgraded hardware that is leaps and bounds ahead of the previous generation—it comes with the territory of riding a console for several years before introducing an entirely new model. That is again going to be the case when the next Xbox arrives, but what will it look like? We do not know yet, but according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, expect something "cool looking." The design of the next Xbox—codename Project Scarlett—has not been finalized yet, which is not surprising since it is more than a year away from launching. Nevertheless, Microsoft at least has a general idea of the overall design,... Read more...
Earlier this week, Microsoft pre-announced its next-generation Xbox gaming console, codenamed Project Scarlett. Like the PlayStation 5 that has been talked about for the past few months, Project Scarlett is powered by a beefy octa-core Ryzen 3000 processor, a Radeon Navi GPU and its comes standard with an incredibly fast SSD instead of an old-hat HDD. However, with high-flying game streaming services like Project xCloud and Google Stadia on the horizon, some are questioning the need for expensive, dedicated hardware to play their AAA games. After all, Stadia can seamlessly stream games to your home in 4K HDR at 60fps with 5.1 surround sound. And both xCloud... Read more...
It's been a few months now since we first learned about what's in store for Sony's PlayStation 5. Today, it's Microsoft's turn as it delves into high-level details surrounding its next-generation Xbox, which has been developed under the codename Project Scarlett (something which Microsoft acknowledged in teaser trailers leading up to its E3 2019 press conference). If you've familiar with the hardware details behind the PlayStation 5, then things are pretty similar with respect to the new Xbox console. An AMD 7nm Zen 2-based, octa-core Ryzen 3000 processor is running the show, and that's backed up by a Radeon Navi-based GPU. Given the advances in processing power that have come... Read more...
Microsoft told us last October that the Xbox Game Pass was coming to the PC platform and would bring with it a bunch of games that gamers could play for one low price, just as it does on the Xbox console. At the end of May, Microsoft announced that the Xbox Game Pass would hit Windows 10 PCs with 100 game titles in tow. E3 2019 is underway and Microsoft has offered up all the details that we have been waiting to hear about the service. TheXbox Game Pass for PC beta has launched with a regular price of $4.99 per month, but during its introductory period, the service is only $1.00 monthly. Microsoft says that there is a "huge variety" of games from every genre and new games will be added on an... Read more...
There is a very high likelihood that Microsoft will reveal details about at least one upcoming Xbox game console family codenamed "Scarlet" later today, during a scheduled press event. The company's has been tossing out hints in various videos posted to social media, and the Internet community did not disappoint in piecing together the clues. Microsoft dropped hints in three videos in particular over the past few days. The first one contains "R 255" in the background, followed by references to "G 36" and B 0" in the second and third videos, respectively. Mash those together and you get RGB (255, 36, 0), which not coincidentally is the color code for scarlet. Here's a look at the first teaser...... Read more...
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