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It feels like the current generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles have been around forever, if clumping up iterations into the same generation (such as the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X for Microsoft, and PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Slim, and PlayStation 4 Pro for Sony). New consoles are on the horizon, however, and Sony recently revealed some tantalizing details about its PlayStation 5. How can Microsoft respond? Before we go any further, forget about the disc-less Xbox One S All Digital edition that is up for preorder for $250. That is not the next-gen Xbox we want to focus on. It's not a next-gen console at all, and is basically an Xbox One S without the optical drive, which makes... Read more...
Microsoft has long had its Xbox Live service that you must have to play Xbox game online In 2017, it launched another service called Xbox Game Pass that gave gamers access to a slew of streaming game titles for one price, including some brand new games. A new rumor is going around that claims Microsoft is set to combine Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass at one cheaper rate for gamers. The rumor comes from WalkingCat via Twitter, who has a track record of being correct on these things. The leaker claims that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will be the name of the new service and that it will cost $14.99 per month. If you bought those services separately, they would set you back $19.98 per month combined. Combining... Read more...
Microsoft is working behind the scenes to make its Game Bar a more attractive tool for people who play games on a Windows 10 PC. The improvements are not just visual, but consist of feature additions, as Microsoft fleshes out the Game Bar with enhanced functionality. That includes a couple of interesting features that are about to be added. Through the Xbox Insider program, Microsoft is testing a new Spotify widget for the Game Bar. This allows users to control their music and podcasts from the Game Bar, including functions such as play, pause, and skip. For it to work, users need to have the Spotify app for Windows installed, which is available from the Microsoft Store or Spotify's website.... Read more...
Are you tired of using a Xbox One controller with FPS games? Razer just released its Turret gaming keyboard and mouse that was first announced back in 2018 for the Xbox One. The keyboard and mouse combination boast several features, including Razer Chroma, 5G advanced optical sensors, and a 2.4 GHz wireless connection. Users will be able to choose from 16.8 million colors with Razer Chroma for both their keyboard and mouse. Both devices feature Xbox Dynamic Lighting, 1000Hz Ultrapolling, and Razer Synapse 3. They also share a unified dongle and include ergonomic design features. The Razer Turret Keyboard incorporates mechanical switch with 50g actuation force, 10 key roll-over with anti-ghosting,... Read more...
Understandably, Sony and Microsoft are not divulging too many details about each one's future game console plans—any statements about upcoming hardware are typically vague in nature and reflect a general ethos, rather than specifics about the actual hardware. That said, there is information out there, hidden not just in leaks and rumors, but also in patent applications. One of them talks about a dedicated hardware physics engine. Microsoft filed the patent in January 2018, and it was first published a couple of weeks ago. Titled "Separation Plane Compression," it hints at what could be included in Microsoft's next-generation Xbox console. "A computing device, including a processor configured... Read more...
Gamers were very excited about what EA was cooking up when it and Bioware announced Anthem, an entirely new IP, last summer during E3. The game was highly anticipated but launched with significant problems, and that anticipation turned to disappointment for many. The game has been widely criticized for crashing PS4 consoles with at least one person claiming that the crash bricked their PS4 altogether. Sony has allegedly offered some PS4 Anthem gamers refunds. EA admitted yesterday that Anthem was crashing PS4 consoles and called on gamers to submit crash reports so it could determine the root cause of the crashes. Xbox One gamers might have felt safe as the problem seemed to be limited... Read more...
Given the prevalence of high-speed internet in the United States and the disdain that many gamers have for swapping out Blu-ray game discs, it’s likely that the optical drive on your console might not get much use. The same could be said for movie watching, with many people opting for streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Hulu versus accumulating stacks of Blu-ray discs. Microsoft has apparently gotten the hint, which is why it has been developing a new Xbox One S variant under the codename Xbox Maverick. According to a new report from Windows Central, the official retail name for the console will be Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. The console will completely ditch... Read more...
Well, this is one spectacular bombshell. Reports are making the rounds that Microsoft and Nintendo are working together bring some Xbox games directly to the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo Switch -- these would be straight ports of existing titles. But that's not all, it appears that the two companies are going all-in with a Project xCloud partnership that would allow Xbox Game Pass subscribers to stream games to a Nintendo Switch. This would allow for truly cross-platform gaming that would be less dependent on tying you into one particular hardware ecosystem, but instead rely on streaming games to a wide variety of devices as long as you have a fast and stable internet connection.... Read more...
We don't have a crystal ball handy, but if you ask Microsoft, the company will tell you that the future of playing games will at least partially be driven by streaming titles from the cloud. That is Microsoft's vision with Project xCloud, an ambitious streaming platform. Microsoft has not shared a ton of details about the upcoming service, though it did reveal that all digital Xbox One games currently in the Microsoft Store on Xbox will be capable of streaming to a mobile device. More on that in a moment, but first, let's take a step back for a moment. Microsoft describes Project xCloud as "the future of gaming" where gamers are empowered to play the games they want with the people they want,... Read more...
Are you looking to channel your inner Tom Brady? Well, Microsoft is giving you a chance to get in on some TB12 action with a new Madden NFL 19 contest. Now through February 12th, you have the opportunity to win a Xbox One X console that is decked out with Super Bowl-themed accessories. For starters, there's a custom Xbox One X console that features G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time) monikers emblazoned on it and green trim. The console comes with a black Xbox One wireless controller with matching green trim and triggers. Microsoft is also throwing in an Xbox G.O.A.T ring made from 10-carat gold, which has been plated black. The ring is dotted with 188 black diamonds and 46 green tsavorite stones.... Read more...
It's been a minute or two since the last time Microsoft overhauled its game controller for its Xbox consoles, or otherwise made any significant changes. Is a redesign coming? Perhaps so, according to new patents the company filed, which detail some alternations to the trigger design and other parts of the controller mechanics. To be clear, Microsoft has not yet announced a new controller. There has been chatter of a second generation Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, and there have even been some leaked images, but nothing official. The Elite is sort of a different beast anyway—it's billed as "the world's most advanced controller" and carries a premium price tag, at $149.99 MSRP. Image Source:... Read more...
When someone is looking to get into game emulation in this day and age, RetroArch is likely the most common suggestion. It's a front-end that utilizes Libretro cores that open up the ability to emulate old platforms -- from Atari to NES to MSX to disc-based platforms like Dreamcast and PSone. RetroArch isn't too difficult to get up and running, although it might require a bit of patience from those who haven't dabbled with game emulation before. One of the biggest reasons RetroArch stands out of the crowd is because it supports a wide-range of platforms on both ends of the equation. Even Windows 95 and PowerPC-based OS X is supported! It might surprise you that even consoles themselves are supported,... Read more...
Razer today officially launched its new Razer Turret, which is a wireless mouse and keyboard combo specifically designed for the Xbox One platform. Microsoft first announced official mouse and keyboard support for its gaming consoles back in September, and Razer was listed as one of its early partners. Razer has a long and esteemed gaming pedigree, and it that extends to the Razer Turret, which uses 2.4GHz wireless tech to provide a stable connection to both the mouse and the keyboard with a single USB dongle that plugs into your Xbox One.  There's also a dedicated Xbox key that will invoke the home menu. The Razer Turret uses a combination of Xbox Dynamic Lighting and Razer... Read more...
Digital assistants are everywhere these days—maybe you routinely summon Siri on your iPhone to set a reminder or ask for directions, or perhaps you call on Alexa to fire up your playlist on your Echo speaker (or tell jokes through Jimmy Fallon). What about Cortana? Microsoft is still fleshing out its own digital assistant, and it appears Cortana is learning a new trick—support for multiple users. Where this makes the most sense is on the Xbox One, a game console at its core, but also a home entertainment hub. Microsoft has long promoted the Xbox as more than just a gaming machine—they're gateways to streaming video platforms like Netflix and Hulu, and can be used to browse the... Read more...
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