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Without a doubt, this has been one of the worst years for gamers, in terms of being able to buy hardware. It doesn't matter if you're a PC gamer or a console gamer, the hardware for your platform of choice has been affected by a silicon shortage, scalpers, and other factors. As it pertains to the console side, the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 have been tremendously difficult to find in stock, and now the same is true of last-gen systems. Don't believe it? Head over to Best Buy and search for an Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4, or PlayStation 4 Pro. Here is a sample of what you will see... Once you have struck out, head over to Walmart and look up the same consoles. You will... Read more...
Microsoft has more surprises up its sleeve than just a new version of Windows (a Windows 11 ISO is making the rounds). On the console side, Microsoft announced at E3 that is bringing its Xbox Cloud Gaming service (previously known as Project xCloud) over to its previous generation Xbox One game consoles. This is a smart move for a couple of reasons. For one, with the shortage of silicon affecting the technology industry at large, current-generation game consoles like the Xbox Series X/S and Sony's PlayStation 5 are often out of stock, leaving millions of gamers on last-gen hardware. And secondly, the decision effectively casts a wider net for Microsoft's game streaming service. "We’re excited... Read more...
Does anyone remember the Xbox 360? That second-generation Xbox gaming console first launched way back in November 2005, and that was the last time that Microsoft released a first-party wireless headset for its gaming console. However, that changes today with the announcement of the Xbox Wireless Headset. Given Microsoft's efforts to bridge the gap between differing gaming experiences, the Xbox Wireless Headset is supported among Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X consoles, Windows 10 PCs, and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. So, you can be sure that Microsoft will be pushing this is a great accessory to have alongside an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. In the time since... Read more...
It's been kind of painful to watch Cyberpunk 2077 stumble and flounder since it launched on December 10. While the game is a blast when it's working right, bugs and glitches galore have caused a torrent of outrage, particularly from our console brethren trying to play it on their seven-year-old PlayStations and Xboxes. However, developer CD Project Red has been hard at work making its blockbuster RPG all that it should have been, and now a hotly anticipated bug fix patch has just dropped.  Cyberpunk 2077 v1.1 Patch - Fixes And Optimizations The most glaring issues in Cyberpunk 2077 all seemed to revolve around memory utilization on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Cars and pedestrians that... Read more...
In one of the quickest reversals we've seen in the tech industry in recent years, Microsoft has already backtracked from its ill-advised and ill-timed decision to raise prices on its Xbox Live Gold subscription service. As we reported yesterday, the 1-month, 3-month, and 6-month subscriptions all received price hikes, with the latter being pushed to $59.99 (effectively making a year of Xbox Live Gold cost $120). Now, Microsoft is apologizing for its blunder, after realizing that raising prices during the middle of a pandemic (even though people are flocking increasingly to games) is not exactly a great PR move. "We messed up today and you were right to let us know. Connecting and... Read more...
What was supposed to be a triumphant close of 2020 for CD Projekt Red (CDPR) is shaping up be a growing nightmare for the developer. Cyberpunk 2077 launched last week to [mostly] critical acclaim on PC platforms, but was derided for its performance, numerous bugs, crashing, and awful visuals on previous generation consoles (namely the Xbox One and PlayStation 4). Given that many gamers are understandably upset about how Cyberpunk 2077 has turned out on these consoles, many are asking for refunds (after CDPR implored them to do so). Microsoft today confirmed that it is obliging those requests. "While we know the developers at CD Projekt Red have worked hard to ship Cyberpunk 2077 in... Read more...
Cyberpunk 2077 may have been one of the most highly anticipated games of 2020 (if not, the most anticipated), but last week's launch was marred by a slew of bugs and performance issues across PC and console platforms. The platforms that were hardest hit, however, were the original Xbox One and PlayStation 4, which don't really have the horsepower to play Cyberpunk 2077 in its full glory. Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red (CDPR) has heard your complaints, and is going beyond its original promise to patch the hell out of the game to make it playable and actually enjoyable for the gaming masses. It posted a tweet early this morning indicating that players can now ask... Read more...
We know a few things about next-gen game consoles and graphics cards. Like, the PlayStation 5 is fire (in a good way). So is the Xbox Series X, and the same can be said of AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series and NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series. All good hardware for playing Cyberpunk 2077. You know what might not be good hardware for the game? Last-gen consoles. At long last, Cyberpunk 2077 is out, bringing with it all of its graphical glory and advanced effects, like real-time ray tracing. On the right hardware, it is a visual splendor. But on older hardware—the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One—let's just say the graphics take a hit. To highlight this, users have been uploading videos and images... Read more...
Earlier this week, some rather disappointing rumors made the rounds which claimed that 343 Industries would be taking two rather extreme measures with respect to its highly anticipated Halo Infinite. The first rumor was that the game – which has already been delayed until 2021 – would be further delayed until 2022. The second rumor suggested that the Xbox One version of the game had been canceled altogether due to performance issues.  The second rumor in particular was quite interesting, given that Microsoft has taken the firm stance that it would provide cross-generational support for new games for at least the new few years, meaning that there would be no Xbox Series X exclusives.... Read more...
Many gamers have been just as excited about Halo Infinite as they are about the launch of the next generation Microsoft Xbox Series X. Halo Infinite was expected to be the premier launch title for the game console, but it was recently delayed until 2021. Now, a Microsoft insider has allegedly come forward and said that the game could be postponed until 2022. The insider claims that the game might even skip support for the Xbox One S entirely. According to the mysterious insider, the current version of Halo Infinite was having major issues running on the Xbox One S. Infinite was allegedly running at lower than 900p and having issues loading assets into levels on the current-generation console.... 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...
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...
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