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PC gamers trying to make the crossover to gaming on consoles have long wanted full mouse and keyboard support for the Xbox One. Microsoft has mulled support for the preferred PC gaming input method for years, and reports in June claimed that Microsoft held a conference with Razer detailing the Turret keyboard and mouse. Microsoft and Razer have now made that partnership official with Microsoft announcing that it will be enabling mouse and keyboard support on the Xbox One for select Xbox Insiders in the coming weeks. Microsoft notes that with support for the mouse and keyboard at the platform level, devs will be able to add mouse and keyboard support to their games if they want to. Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft has gone all-in when it comes to the subscription model. It has found success with Office 365 and is even looking to recurring revenue for certain versions of its Windows operating systems. On the gaming front, it has Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass to keep the money flowing in from customers. But what about hardware? Microsoft is reportedly working on a new Xbox bundle called Xbox All Access. For a monthly subscription fee, you will be able to get a brand-new Xbox One S console, Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass for roughly $22 per month. You will pay this monthly fee for two years, after which you will be able to keep the gaming console (as you would have paid the full retail price... Read more...
Are you having trouble finding an avatar for the Xbox One that you can relate to, or otherwise would want to use? Microsoft is planning to address this with a much more diverse selection of avatars, and if you are subscribed to the Skip Ahead, Preview Alpha, or Beta ring for the Xbox Insider program, you can try it out in the latest build (1810). The same goes for Windows 10 Insiders. "We are releasing an update to Insiders in the Alpha Skip Ahead, Alpha, and Beta rings! This build includes updates to Avatar rendering as well as other improvements to the Avatar Editor user experience. Please check out the new navigation animations as well as the newly released collection of moods and props!,"... Read more...
Much to the dismay of gamers, new and old, Nintendo abruptly stopped production of its wildly popular NES Classic Edition console last year before it had a chance to satiate demand. It was an unpopular decision, one that Nintendo rectified when it brought the throwback console back to life this past June. Nintendo made the right move, as evidenced by the sales—the NES Classic was the top selling game console in June, according to tracking data release by NPD Group. That is in terms of unit sales, and it is especially notable because it is the first time an NES system has led in monthly unit sales since NPD starting tracking such data way back in 1995, according to Mat Piscatella, an analyst... Read more...
Microsoft's Xbox One was originally launched nearly 5 years ago, which means that many are already talking about what its successor will look like. We're now learning again that the new gaming console family will launch in 2020, likely sometime in the fall as with previous Xbox releases. The console is reportedly being developed under the codename Scarlett, and will be available in two primary configurations. The first console will function pretty much like what we expect from a modern console. It will likely still accept games that can be installed via Blu-ray disc, and will support games that you download from the Microsoft Store. We can expect for this console to pack in a processor and... Read more...
Gamers and tech enthusiasts have had their fair share of sales this summer from Amazon Prime Day to the Steam Summer Sale to the Google Store Summer Sale. If your bank account is still in decent shape, here is one more sale to entice you. Microsoft is offering deals on over 700 Xbox One and PC games, consoles, and subscriptions in its Ultimate Game Sale. The biggest draws of the Microsoft Ultimate Game Sale are the discounts on Xbox One games. Gamers can get up to 65% off while Xbox Live Gold members also save an additional 10% off the already discounted prices. There are many games on sale, but here are some of the best deals: Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Special Edition: $23.99 or $19.99 for Gold... Read more...
Microsoft revealed this morning that it will be announcing "all-new Xbox hardware and accessories" and "perhaps a few surprises" at this year's Gamescom, which is being held in Cologne, Germany. Microsoft will be making its big reveal during the Inside Xbox Show that will be broadcast live from Gamescom 2018 August 21st at 10:30am EST. Even though the current generation Xbox One was initially released in late 2013 and saw subsequent updates with the Xbox One S and Xbox One X in 2016 and 2017 respectively, we aren't likely to see next-generation Xbox hardware at the event. In fact, we're quite certain that this won't be the case.  Microsoft did, however, confirm that it will have new... Read more...
Fans of the vast game No Man’s Sky have a new update coming next week that is called “Next”, and will bring with it some major additions to the game. This update adds a full multiplayer experience that allows players to team up with friends and random players to reach their goals. The Next update also brings with it the ability to play the game in first- or third-person view. Perhaps the coolest of the new features in the update is the ability to become a fleet commander. With that ability, players can command a fleet of ships as they explore the universe. The update also brings with it a significant update for the game’s visuals.  New planetary rings and improved... Read more...
Behold the MEGA-one video game controller mod. This thing is designed specifically to make your games more immersive by delivering heftier vibration feedback than your PS4 or Xbox One controller is capable of. In fact, the MEGA-one vibration motor is 500 times stronger than what's available in a standard DualShock or Xbox One controller. According to the ex-NASA engineer who designed the controller each bullet you fire in a shooter recoils the controller back at you. The vibration is enough to nearly pull the controller out of your hands in a driving game if you get out of control. The giant vibration motor has an on/off switch that looks right out of a fighter plane. The controller promises... Read more...
Microsoft is introducing Dolby Vision to support to its Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles, the company confirmed. It's already available to users who participate in the Xbox One Insider Program and who download the latest system update (version 1810), along with a few other goodies. Once it rolls out to the public, the Xbox One S and Xbox One S will join a select group of streaming devices that support both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. "Dolby Vision enables select TVs to take HDR up a notch with scene-by-scene precision and accuracy versus standard HDR which uses one setting for the entire movie/show you are watching. If you have a TV that supports the latest version of Dolby Vision and a Premium... Read more...
Microsoft just flipped the switch to send the Xbox One July Update to customers. The July Update (version 1806) is part of the Redstone 4 development branch, which is analogous to the April 2018 Update on the Windows 10 PC side of things. The July Update brings support for FastStart, which we first discussed last month. According to Microsoft, FastStart identifies "which files are needed to begin playing and prioritizes" those files to download from the onset. With this feature enabled, you will be able to start a game up to twice as fast after you download it.  Microsoft is also making enhancements to Pins with a feature called Groups. Groups allows you to more easily "create... Read more...
Sony has been come under increasing pressure due to its unflinching policy of blocking PlayStation 4 cross-play with other consoles (i.e. the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch). In the past, this policy has drawn complaints from gamers, but nothing like what we've seen with Fortnite. Gamer outrage has been immense since cross-play is not only impossible between the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, but cross-progression has also been banned.  Fortunately, it appears that Sony may be willing to cave in slightly when it comes to cross-play with the world's most popular game. Shawn Layden, who serves as President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, provided the following... Read more...
It seems as though PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) was all the rage last year with online gamers, then Fortnite came long to rain on its parade. With Fortnite now gathering up the lion’s share of attention from gamers these days, PUBG engagement has been cut in half since the start of 2018. Developer Bluehole is trying to address some of the complaints that may have caused some to flee the game with a new patch specific to the Xbox One platform. While there is no new content that is being delivered with this new patch, the main focus is being placed on stability and performance. With regards to stability, the developer has made further optimizations to the... Read more...
Ask any PC gamer who stays far away from consoles why they don’t play console games and many of them will tell you it’s all about the controls. Once you are used to a mouse and keyboard, gaming with a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One wireless controller on shooters isn’t particularly smooth. Consoles gamers have also long felt that allowing people to play games with a mouse and keyboard gives them an unfair advantage. This hasn't stopped Microsoft from promising to add mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox One console -- Minecraft already has support for a mouse and keyboard. A new report has surfaced that claims earlier in the year Microsoft gave a presentation to developers that... Read more...
If you have been holding your breath waiting for Microsoft to release a VR accessory for its Xbox One console, go ahead and refill your lungs with oxygen, there is no point in turning blue in the face. Despite previous plans to embrace VR on the console side of the equation, it's not coming to the Xbox One. Instead, Microsoft is limited its VR and mixed reality focus to the PC, which it believes is "probably the best platform" for such things. Microsoft's chief marketing officer for gaming, Mike Nichols, revealed the company's stance in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, saying the focus on the Xbox One does include VR or MR. "We don't have any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality... Read more...
As with any sector of humanity, gamers are a unique and diverse bunch with different ethnic backgrounds, styles and sense of fashion, shapes, sizes, and so forth. For nearly a decade, Xbox gamers could choose an avatar to represent themselves in the virtual world, albeit with limited selections. That's about to change. Microsoft is pushing out a major update to Xbox Insiders that opens up a whole new level of avatar customization and a bunch of new options. "Avatars will be a unique representation of your desired style, personality, creativity, and mood as you play on Xbox One. As an Xbox Insider, you’re among the first to get your hands on the new Avatars. With this release, you can get... Read more...
Over the weekend Microsoft started to roll out a new beta update to members of the Xbox One Preview Beta and a subset of members in the Delta Ring. The new update is 1806.180612-1920 and the key feature in this beta update is the addition of Fast Start technology for Games Pass titles. Games Pass is sort of a Netflix of games for Xbox owners. For now, Fast Start is limited to a set of specific games including: The Flame in the Flood Fuzion Frenzy Screamride Spelunky Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 Dovetail Games Euro Fishing The Golf Club Fast Start is a tech that aims to make the loading of Games Pass games faster for players. The way it does that is by downloading only the assets that are required... Read more...
Is your launch day Xbox One seemingly a little grey around the temples these days, and you don't see the point in upgrading to an Xbox One S or the more powerful Xbox One X? Well, we know that Microsoft is currently developing its next generation Xbox console, and a new report suggests that the device may be a little over two years away. This information comes from Thurrott, which indicates that the next Xbox is being developed under the codename Scarlett. However, the big news is that there won't just be a single device launched, as was the case with the Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Instead, Scarlett encompasses an entire family of devices.  The devices will reportedly launch in 2020,... Read more...
Virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant have been growing in popularity in recent years as more and more devices gain support for the assistants. This growth is coming despite some significant privacy issues with Alexa recently, notably when the Amazon Alexa device recorded a private conversation and sent it to a random contact on the device. Amazon came back with a convoluted answer as to how that breach of privacy happened and vowed to make it so this couldn't happen again. The image below shows a screenshot claimed to be of a coming Xbox One build that offers users the ability to enable voice control with digital assistants. In that image available assistants called out include... Read more...
We knew that Mega Man 11 would be arriving be incoming sometime this year to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the franchise, but Capcom today announced the official release date for the title. Mega Man 11 will debut on October 2nd in the United States and will be available on all major console platforms (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) and the PC. In this latest installment, Dr. Wily is once again wreaking havoc with a new drop of Robot Masters. The game sees the introduction of new powers including the Speed Gear (which allows youth slow down time) and the Power Gear (which will amp up the power of the Mega Buster). However, using the Double Gear power-up, you'll be able to... Read more...
There is a new update available for the Xbox One and it brings it with some nice upgrades for gamers. Chief among them is support for a 120Hz refresh rate. Most big screen televisions are not capable of hitting 120Hz (not natively, anyway), but for gamers who plug their game consoles into a fast monitor, this is a welcome upgrade. It works with both 1080p and 1440p output resolutions on the Xbox One X and Xbox One S. "This high refresh rate option means you can now take full advantage of displays with 120Hz capabilities. High refresh rate support can provide a smoother gaming experience and lower latency on some displays, and games may benefit from reduced tearing and stuttering via 120Hz output,"... Read more...
It just got a little bit easier to find a gift for that special gamer in your life, in case you want to get a head start on the holiday shopping season. That's because Microsoft has expanded the option of buying games from the Microsoft Store as a gift to include PC games and PC downloadable content (map packs, skins, and the such). In addition, all Xbox One games available in the Microsoft Store are now eligible for gift giving as well. The ability to gift games is something Microsoft rolled out last fall, though at the time it only included select Xbox One digital titles and DLC, along with Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions. Microsoft says this proved popular with gamers, saying... Read more...
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