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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...
Making good on its promise, developer Hello Games is bringing No Man's Sky to Xbox Game Pass on Thursday, June 11. Same goes for a Windows 10 version, which will be part of the Game Pass for PC program starting on the same day. Good stuff, though even better, Hello Games also announced crossplay support for No Man's Sky. "We are excited to be able to announce that, starting tomorrow [Thursday, June 11], PlayStation 4 players, Xbox One players, and PC players will all be able to explore, journey, survive, build, and trade together. Excitingly, No Man’s Sky is joining what is at the moment a fairly small group of games which support cross-platform multiplayer," Hello Games announced today.... Read more...
Historically, Sony has been loathe to fully embrace cross-platform multiplayer gaming, much the consternation of gamers. Who knows when or if it will pull a true 180 (to Sony's credit, it does support cross-play in some instances). When it comes to its PS4 Remote Play feature, however, a new survey hints that Sony might be more welcoming of competing consoles. PS4 Remote Play is a different beast than cross-play, of course, but it was to be supported by competing consoles, it would be an interesting twist (and a welcome one). As it stands, PS4 Remote Play allows gamers to stream PlayStation 4 games to their Windows PC, Mac system, Apple iOS (12.1 or higher) devices, and Google Android (5.0 or... Read more...
Owners of the SHIELD TV family of media streamers/gaming devices will be happy to learn that NVIDIA is rolling out yet another new update that brings even more functionality. SHIELD Experience 8.0.2 was distributed today, and it supports SHIELD TV devices dating way back to 2015 -- how's that for excellent product support? SHIELD Experience 8.0.2 adds support for the new 2019 SHIELD Remote to older SHIELD TV devices. The newest remote is a big upgrade over its predecessor thanks to backlit buttons, customizable menu button, dedicated buttons for volume/mute, and a remote locator feature.  Also included with this update is support for the new Xbox Elite Series 2 wireless controller, which... Read more...
Origin PC has unveiled the 2020 edition of its "Big O", which is a hybrid gaming desktop. Inside the chassis is a liquid-cooled PC, a liquid-cooled gaming console, and an optional capture card in one system. The machine is aimed at gamers, streamers, content creators, and professional users. We visited the 2019 edition of the Big O back in July. Inside the large chassis is a liquid-cooled gaming PC on one side, and a liquid-cooled console of the user's choice on the other side. Big O can be fitted with a PS4 Pro or an Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. Both consoles include the original hardware, but there is an option to upgrade either of them to SSDs for internal storage. The console and PC each... Read more...
Earlier this week, Xbox chief Phil Spencer ruffled a few feathers in the gaming world when he spoke his mind on the state of virtual reality (VR) for consoles. Spencer at the time lamented problems that he saw with VR technology, and stated his reasoning for not pursuing the technology with Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Project Scarlett gaming console. "I have some issues with VR—it’s isolating and I think of games as a communal, kind of together experience. We’re responding to what our customers are asking for and… nobody’s asking for VR," said Spencer in an interview with Stevivor. "The vast majority of our customers know if they want a VR experience,... Read more...
Google's ambitious cloud gaming platform called Stadia is only a few days away from launching to the public, and there are still many questions that have yet to be answered. That said, Google did answer some of them during an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit yesterday. One of them was in regards to which controllers will work with Stadia. Following the AMA session, Google updated its support pages to list exactly which controllers will (and will not) work with Stadia. Sony's DualShock 4 is one of them, as is Microsoft's Xbox One controller, both of which support USB and Bluetooth connectivity with Stadia on the desktop and through Pixel devices. Here's a look at the official list... Source:... Read more...
Today's a big day in the world of game streaming. While Google and Microsoft are both developing paid services (Stadia and Project xCloud respectively) that will allow you to stream games to just about any device, the former also has a more localized option just for Xbox One owners. The company just announced that Xbox Insiders on the Alpha or Alpha-Skip-Ahead ring can now begin testing Xbox Console Streaming. This feature is currently in the "preview" stage, and is only available to Xbox Insiders residing in the United States and the United Kingdom. With Xbox Console Streaming, you will be able stream/play any Xbox One game that is installed on you console to an Android device (i.e. a smartphone... Read more...
Microsoft and Taco Bell are teaming up again to both fill hungry tummies and satiate a need for gaming. Starting on Thursday, October 17, Taco Bell patrons who order a $5 Double Chalupa Box will have a chance to win an Xbox One X Eclipse console, Xbox Elite Series 2 wireless controller, and a six-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership. The promotion runs until November 23. It's claimed the tantalizing prize bundle will be given away every 10 minutes on average, which adds up to a bazillion consoles (or something like that—math was never my strong suit). This is far from the first time Microsoft and Taco Bell have collaborated on a giveaway (Taco Bell has also partnered with Sony for a... Read more...
Microsoft has launched the preview of the Project xCloud game streaming service. The xCloud preview opened yesterday afternoon and is available for gamers in the U.S., U.K., and Korea. The caveat is that players must be invited to the beta, and invites are going out now. The xCloud beta kicks off with streaming limited to Gears 5, Halo 5: Guardians, Killer Instinct, and Sea of Thieves during the initial preview of the service. Microsoft's Kareem Choudhry, cloud gaming head, says that the xCloud test will allow Microsoft to test in a broader capacity with a range of gamers, devices, network environments, and real-world use scenarios. Halo 5 via ProjectXcloud captured on my Galaxy S10. pic.twitter.com/0uq8YEZX2v... Read more...
Halo fans who also happen to Xbox Insiders will be the first to get in on testing Halo: Reach multiplayer action. Invites have gone out for the multiplayer insider flight with 343 Industries confirming that all of the players who gained access to the test flight should have an email with instructions to join the test. 343 Industries has not indicated how many insiders were invited to join the test. The devs are looking to strain the matchmaking system this time out, and since this is a beta, odds are there will be issues with the system. Halo Support has tweeted that the MCC multiplayer flight for Halo: Reach on the Xbox One is underway. The tweet points testers to the Halo support site for a... Read more...
Call it one small step for PlayStation 4 owners and one giant leap for gamers, as Sony has opened the door for cross platform gameplay. Or shall we say, opened it a bit wider—Sony actually relented to Epic Games around this same time a year ago by allowing an open beta enabling cross-play in Fortnite between the PS4 and Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. At first, Sony was resistant to the idea, citing the PS4's supposed superiority over other platforms as the reason why. Sony also admitted at the time that it was not a technical barrier preventing it from embracing open play, just that the "PlayStation [4] is the best place to play." Sony would later backpedal by saying "enabling... Read more...
Microsoft has announced that it is looking for Xbox Insiders who want to join the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring. That ring is currently using the latest 2004 OS build (2004.190918-1920). Microsoft says that version of the OS is the next major release that is expected to come to the Xbox One game console. Microsoft notes that typically the version of the OS in the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring won't come to the masses via general availability for "quite some time." These early looks at the future OS may contain features from other preview rings. Alpha Skip-Ahead serves as a place where Microsoft can build changes for the Xbox that will have a significant impact on the stability and functionality of the system... Read more...
Are you ready to take a short trip down memory lane? Microsoft has just released a video with stories about every Xbox One controller ever made. The video showcases popular designs, specialty controllers, and controllers that never reached the market. Xbox Industrial Designers Monique Chatterjee and Carl Ledbetter provided details about every very edition of the Xbox One controller. Microsoft has produced nearly 60 variations and a dozen “series” of the Xbox One controller since the console’s release in 2013. Chatterjee and Ledbetter noted that the original controller was a bit unrefined. The first controller featured a detail on the front referred to as the “v-neck”.... Read more...
Microsoft has recently been playing nice with other game consoles to some extent. The software giant had announced that it would publish the game Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition on Nintendo Switch. That game was initially an exclusive on the Xbox One and the PC, but Microsoft has stated that it has "no plans" to release more exclusive titles on PS4 or Switch. As for why Microsoft first allowed exclusive games to head to other consoles and then said it would stop, it has to do with its purchasing of developers to add to the Xbox Creative team. Microsoft points out that as the new devs were purchased and brought in house, it knew that there were some existing commitments to other platforms... Read more...
Western Digital is looking to "Paint it Black" with a new family of WD_Black external storage devices targeted squarely at gamers. With the WD_Black label affixed, you can expect to find excellent performance across-the-board, with the new products including one SSD-based device and four HDD-based devices. Let's get the super-fast SSD out the way first: the WD_Black P50 Game Drive. This is the first storage device in the industry to support the USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port and offers read speeds of up to 2GB/sec. Western Digital says that the P50 Game Drive is available in capacities up to 2TB and comes backed with a 5-year warranty. Pricing has not yet been announced for the P50 Game Drive, but it will... Read more...
Having trouble convincing your console brothers and sisters how easy and rewarding it can be to assemble a PC? Find new friends! Just kidding (maybe). Rather than kick your console friends and family members to the curb, let them know that PC Building Simulator is now available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. That's right, the PC building sim has expanded its reach to all three major modern consoles, so even your controller-wielding buddies can assemble a faux PC. PC vs Console? Why should you have to choose! PC Building Simulator is now available on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch! pic.twitter.com/7Mfi96u4yM — PC Building Simulator (@PCBuildingSim) August 13, 2019... Read more...
It's been 20 years since The Blair Witch Project launched and left moviegoers scared and wondering if the film was actually based on real events. There have been video games based on the franchise before, but they were forgettable, and many likely don't know they ever existed. A new game is on the way called Blair Witch from Lionsgate Games and Bloober Team, and it looks incredibly creepy. The official E3 announcement for the game promised a first-person, story-driven, physiological horror game based on the cinematic lore of Blair Witch. The game is set in 1996, complete with old cell phones, and has the player searching for a young boy lost in the woods. Players take on the persona of a former... Read more...
Origin PC has finally unleashed the successor to its original "Big O" gaming machine that debuted way back in 2010. While the original Big O combined a high-end gaming PC with the internals of an Xbox 360 gaming console, the new 2019 edition of the Big O is a much more ambitious design and was built to celebrate Origin PC’s 10th anniversary. The new Big O combines a badass gaming PC with the internals from an Xbox One X and a PlayStation 4 Pro. In addition, there's also a slot incorporated into the chassis to slide in a Nintendo Switch to complete the console gaming trifecta. The donor Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro are removed from their plastic enclosures and mounted vertically... Read more...
Your Xbox One may not be easily portable, but that does not mean your games can’t be. Western Digital just announces its Gaming Drive Accelerated SSD for the Xbox One. The portable SSD allows players to store more games and load them more quickly. The Western Digital (WD) Gaming Drive Accelerated SSD is available in 500GB and 1TB capacities. The 1TB allows users to store up to 25 games. Both versions reportedly load games 50 percent at 400 MB/s read speeds. The SSD is compatible with the Xbox One S and Xbox One X and relies on a USB 3.0 connection. Most importantly, the SSD is portable. It measures 5 X 4 X 1.3 inches (127 X 101.6 X 33.03 millimeters) and weighs 0.2379 pounds (roughly 124.24... Read more...
WayForward is prepping a new entry in the long-running River City / Kunio-Kun series that will bring old-school, side-scrolling action to a new generation of gamers. Called River City Girls, the new game features a pair of female high school protagonists fighting through six regions of River City. Looking at the trailer, I'm somewhat reminded of the Double Dragon series of yesteryear. In River City Girls, however, Kyoko and Misako are attempting to rescue their kidnapped boyfriends, Kunio and Riki. Players can go at it solo, or enlist a friend for local co-op gameplay. Either way, you will be treated to 16-bit style graphics and an "epic synth-pop soundtrack" featuring NateWantsToBattle, Chipzel,... Read more...
If you're looking for a dirt-cheap gaming console for yourself, a family member, or maybe a recent graduate, Newegg is running a fantastic deal on the Xbox One S. Via Newegg's eBay Store, the Xbox One S is currently priced at a reasonable $199. However, if you add the console to your cart and go through the checkout process, the price drops by another $29.85 bringing the total price to a red hot $169.15 (before any applicable sales tax, depending on your state). That's near Black Friday level pricing for the Xbox One S, but it actually gets even better. For select eBay accounts, eBay's equally hot eBay Bucks promotional period is ending today that gives you 8 percent back if you purchase... Read more...
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