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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...
For many years now Microsoft has worked to make older Xbox and Xbox 360 games backward compatible with the Xbox One game console. At E3 2019, Microsoft said that since the backward compatibility program was announced in 2015, over half of all Xbox One gamers have enjoyed legacy games on the current generation console. At E3 2019, Microsoft also gave up details on the next-generation Xbox dubbed Project Scarlett including that it will launch in the holiday 2020 season. Microsoft notes that over 600 titles, including entire franchises like Assassin's Creed, Gears of War, and Mass Effect are backward compatible with the current generation console. Backward compatibility with Project Scarlett will... Read more...
Microsoft gave up some details on the highly anticipated game Gears 5 at E3 2019. One of the big details was a launch date; Gears 5 will land on September 10 on Xbox Game Pass or preorder. Microsoft had previously announced that the game would be part of the lineup for the new Xbox Games Pass For Windows 10, which was also confirmed at E3 2019. Gears 5 is bigger than ever with five game modes and the game promises the deepest campaign mode yet. Microsoft said of the game, "With all-out war descending, Kait Diaz breaks away to uncover her connection to the enemy and discovers the true danger to Sera – herself." The company also teased a tie in with Terminator Dark Fate, a move that... Read more...
Microsoft is hoping to usher in a new era for game streaming with its Project xCloud game streaming service. The folks in Redmond, Washington gave us an early look at Project xCloud back in early March and is positioning it as a cross-platform service that will work on Xbox One consoles and even smartphones. Instead of having to install games on your device, those with a stout enough internet connection will be able to stream them directly with minimal lag. Today, Microsoft is giving us an update of sorts on Project xCloud, and its efforts to provide "seamless compatibility" for playing games anywhere. The service will work with just about any existing game without modification.... Read more...
If you're looking for a hot deal on an Xbox One S console, we've got two options available for you today. Both Walmart and Amazon are selling the Xbox One S 1TB console for a low $208, which is a steep discount from the MSRP of $299 (and the typical sale price of $250). This particular version of the console doesn't come with any bundled games, and includes a single wireless controller. In other words, it's just a barebones entry into the Microsoft-ecosystem when it comes to console gaming. What you do get is a gaming console that can play back 4K content and includes a built-in Blu-ray drive for those time when you want the utmost image fidelity compared to the compressed streams that you'll... Read more...
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...
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