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You would think that Microsoft's first commercial (or launch trailer) for its upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S game consoles would focus heavily on the hardware, with shots of the systems from all angles and maybe some closeups. Or maybe blitz the viewers with a nonstop array of game footage. Either guess is wrong. The first Xbox Series X/S commercial here, and it is more of a creative piece than anything else, titled "Us Dreamers." And it works. The trailer is part of what Microsoft is called its "Power Your Dreams" campaign, and is intended to crank the hype dial even further than it already is at. "Power Your Dreams speaks to the idea that when we game—whether on console, PC... Read more...
We were told the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S would usher in a new era of gaming, run much faster than the previous generation, virtually eliminate load times, enable more expansive worlds, and bring about world peace! Okay, maybe not that last one. But the rest have all been hyped time and again. Will they deliver? We will find out in due time, but ahead of the upcoming launch, some early testing gives us a sneak peek at what is to come. From my own perspective, the most exciting thing about the Xbox Series X/S is the Velocity architecture. Sure, I am as excited as any geek about the console's guts consisting of custom AMD silicon based on its Zen 2 CPU and RDNA 2 GPU architectures, with... Read more...
The holiday season is fast approaching, and the new consoles from Microsoft and Sony will be arriving soon. When it comes to deciding on what you want, it can be a challenging proposition. Between exclusive games, varying specs, or more features, choosing a new console to last a few years until the next iteration can be daunting, to say the least. Thus, let us go ahead and lay everything out to make your decision-making process easier this holiday season. Xbox Series X/S Vs PlayStation 5: From Styling To Fitting These Beasts In Your Entertainment Center Either the Xbox or PlayStation will be sitting on a shelf, TV stand, or desk for the foreseeable future, so you probably need to like how it... Read more...
Have you pre-ordered the Xbox Series X fro Amazon? Well, it may be a while until your brand new console will be in your hands. Amazon recently emailed customers to let them know that they may not receive the Xbox Series X on launch day. Several Twitter users have posted snippets of emails they have recently received from Amazon. The emails state, “We're contacting you about your order of Xbox Series X to let you know in advance that you may not receive this item on the day it is released due to high demand.” Amazon then notes that they are working with their suppliers to get more inventory and that they will keep their customers updated on their progress. Many of these same Twitter... Read more...
We finally know pricing for the 1TB Game Drive that will be available for Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S game consoles, and it's not cheap. Best Buy is currently listing the Seagate 1TB Game Drive at a price of $219.99, which is surely to have many gasping in amazement. We should note that the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S are using a PCIe Gen4x2 interface internally, which means that the onboard SSD is not nearly as fast as the PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 solutions that are available on the market for PCs. The 1TB Game Drive matches the speeds of the internal drive, which means that it offers I/O throughput of 2.4GB/sec raw, or 4.8GB/sec compressed. Pricing for the... Read more...
You have probably noticed that the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S look completely different from one another, despite several similarities in the hardware powering each console. Make no mistake, aesthetic decisions was a big part of the design process. So how did Microsoft arrive at two unique looks? Chalk it up to "intelligent geometry," among other things. The Xbox design team shared with Xbox Wire what went into the design language of each console. After sharing some prototype designs with customers in late 2017, one thing became clear to the team, which is that "gamers were most excited about something that felt new and different, but also easily fit into their homes wherever they played."... Read more...
At this point in time, we have learned and written about many of the details of the upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. Nevertheless, what do we know about the necessary accessories for these new consoles? Microsoft has just introduced their full line-up of next generation accessories. This line-up includes new controllers for the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PCs as well as a better rechargeable battery solution. Xbox gamers will want to look into the new controllers. Microsoft has previously introduced the Xbox Wireless Controller in Carbon Black and Robot White, but there will be at least one more color option. Console players can purchase the Xbox Wireless Controller in... Read more...
Last week, HotHardware reported on preorders for the new Xbox consoles coming up on September 22nd. We also wrote about all the preorder snags with major device announcements, and it seems Microsoft will have its fair share too with limited availability of pre-orders at GameStop locations. Preorders seem to be a pain point for most major retailers, generally speaking. Between bots snatching up the orders, limited stock, and websites getting the “hug of death,” no one can pull off a launch where everyone is happy. It seems like this will be the case once more for Microsoft as Twitter user (and reliable leaker) Wario64 tweets that GameStop locations will be allocated a limited... Read more...
At Xbox, the goal is to have “a unified Xbox experience across devices that puts gamers at the center.” With the advancements of the Xbox Series X|S and the new GamePass experience, the Xbox team has rebuilt the Xbox app to align with their vision. The new Xbox App (Beta) is available on Android devices today. The new Xbox app has been rewritten entirely to tie together the vision of a “unified experience," according to Kristen Mann, Principal Program Manager for Xbox Experiences. The goal for the app is to make it “easier for all gamers to stay connected to your friends, games and fun at home or on the go, no matter what device they prefer to play on.”... Read more...
Yesterday, we came across more pictures of Sony's next-generation PlayStation 5 console with specific for qualification at the FCC and Taiwan's NCC -- and quite frankly, it's more than a bit porky. Insults were leveled against the Xbox Series X when it was fist unveiled, with people pointing to its towering monolith-like design. But the PlayStation 5 and its PlayStation 5 Digital Edition sibling take things to a whole new level, dwarfing even Microsoft's next Xbox. While we presented pictures and dimensions of two PlayStation 5 consoles yesterday, these two aspects of the consoles don't tell the full story of how big they are. However, new renders that were created by 3D modeler @keisawada... Read more...
Oh what a time to be a video gamer, and the platform hardly matters. Fancy PC gaming? Great, the GeForce RTX 30 series is off to a hot start (minus the preorder snags), and Big Navi looms right around the corner. Prefer to game on console? Sony has opened up pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 (also with snags), and Microsoft will be doing the same for its upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles very soon. How soon? Next week, as a matter of fact. Pre-order availability kicks off September 22, which is next Tuesday, and barring any hiccups, you will be able to choose between either one. Note that there are key differences between the two. For one, the Xbox Series X is priced at $499 and... Read more...
Today, Sony hosted their PlayStation launch stream. During the stream, they showed off a plethora of games and now, we finally have pricing for the PS5.  The PS5 comes in at $499 and $399 for the normal PS5 and the digital-only PS5, respectively.  This puts the normal PS5 on par with the Xbox Series X while the PS5 digital is $100 more expensive than the Xbox Series S. The PS5 editions will be available in the United States on November 12th with the rest of the world following on November 19th.   Sony also showcased over 10 different game trailers before getting to the meat of the stream. Some of these games we had seen before, some we got to see more of, and some... Read more...
Microsoft seems to have their head in the clouds, or rather, their games are in the cloud now. Today, Kareem Choudhry, corporate VP of cloud gaming at Microsoft, announced that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate users across 22 countries will be able to play more than 150 games via the cloud starting tomorrow. Earlier in August, we reported on Project xCloud being rolled into Xbox Game Pass, and it is finally here. Gamers around the world will be able to transfer gameplay across their Xbox consoles and to other devices, such as mobile phones and tablets. Not only will this allow for gameplay anywhere, it will also open Xbox gaming to those who do not have an Xbox. As long as you have a decent internet connection... Read more...
There are so many things to like about Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S game consoles, just based on the specifications, list of features, and everything else that has been revealed so far (including pricing). One of them is the Quick Resume feature, a potential game changer, if it works quickly and seamlessly, as shown in a new video highlighting the functionality. What is Quick Resume? As Microsoft had previously demonstrated, it is a feature that allows players to resume multiple games from a suspended state. Picture this—you're playing a single-player game when suddenly your buddies start pestering you to play Modern Warfare. Quick Resume allows you to essentially... Read more...
One of the big questions on many gamers’ minds is whether their favorite games will be playable on the next generation of consoles. Game offerings and availability can be a major factor for consumers. Borderlands 3 fans will therefore be thrilled to hear that the game will be available on the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PlayStation 5. There is even more good news for Borderlands 3 players. The Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5 will also support 4K resolution at 60fps in single-player mode. Those who enjoy playing the game with friends will not be able to run 4K resolution at 60fps, but they have not been left out entirely. Three- and four-player split screens will be available... Read more...
You will be able to swap out the external solid state drive (SSD) storage on your Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S without rebooting the console, Microsoft has confirmed. Up until now, we only knew that both consoles would support external NVMe SSDs as a way to expand the internal storage, but the hot swapping revelation is a new development. Why does this matter? Here's the deal—Microsoft has been making a big deal about the switch to SSD storage with its next-generation game console. Likewise, it has also been hyping its Velocity storage architecture. The two combined come with the promise of virtually eliminating both initial game loads, and in-game transitions. It could also open the... Read more...
Yesterday, Microsoft dropped pricing information on the Xbox Series X and Series S. Coming in at $499 and $299 respectively, these should be pretty good devices at attainable prices. The Xbox pricing announcement, however, seemed to have Sony shaking in their boots according to a source familiar with the situation. Since the Xbox announcement, Sony has been surprisingly quiet considering the price war tension has been released. An anonymous source familiar with the situation spoke to GAMEREACTOR and expressed how Sony had to change things up once Xbox made their announcement. According to the source, the PlayStation 5 was “considerably” more expensive than the Xbox Series X. The source... Read more...
Microsoft has suddenly become rather forthcoming about its Xbox Series X retail launch, having announced pricing, when exactly it will land on store shelves, and even unveiling a disc-less Xbox Series S with the same CPU inside, and an aggressive price to boot. At the same time, however, Microsoft let it be known that its Xbox Game Pass for PC service is about to double in price. Xbox Game Pass for PC is currently in beta, and if you sign up now, you can still take advantage of the $1 introductory offer, to cover your first month of membership. That offer stands until next week, ending on September 17. During the beta period, the price would normally be $4.99 per month after the initial introductory... Read more...
In what continues to be information overload on its next-generation Xbox consoles. We now know pricing for both consoles, that preorders will open on September 22nd and that the actual launch is set for November 10th. Yesterday, we were given an overview of specs for the entry-level Xbox Series S, and today Microsoft is giving us all the nitty gritty details concerning what makes the console tick. On the processing front, Xbox Series S still gets its primary motivation from an 8-core Zen 2-based CPU, however, it’s running at a slightly lower clock speed (3.6GHz versus 3.8GHz in the Xbox Series X). Still, processing power is four times greater than its predecessor,... Read more...
This has been a rather eventful start of the week for Microsoft, after pictures and pricing for its entry-level Xbox Series S leaked early Tuesday morning. Microsoft not long after confirmed the information, and posted a trailer for the console. Today, Microsoft is confirming the leaked pricing for the "big daddy" Xbox Series X, which gets an official price tag of $499. Microsoft also revealed that preorders for the console will open on September 22nd, which is less than two weeks from now. The console will actually be available on November 10th. For those that don't want to immediately plunk down 5 big ones for the Xbox Series X, it will also be available through Xbox All... Read more...
Updated 9/9/2020 @ 3:08pm This article has been updated to include the official Xbox Series X trailer from Microsoft embedded below (the original story continues below, unedited, following the trailer): It’s been a busy day for Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox Series S console. The first details about the console leaked extensively early this morning, after which Microsoft simply threw up the white flag and officially announced the console and its $299 price tag. Now, veteran Microsoft leaker WalkingCat — who was among the first to provide details on the Xbox Series S along with a short video clip of the console — is adding more fuel to the fire with yet another video... Read more...
After a series of leaks early this morning, Microsoft has finally gone official with its Xbox Series S, which will be the entry-level version of its next-generation console series. Although the company didn’t go into much detail about the console, it did present us with a single image of the console standing vertically. The Xbox Series S — which is presented in Robot White — is much thinner than its Xbox Series S counterpart, and features a large, black circular vent on its side for cooling. We also see the same Robot White controller that has leaked previously. Best of all, Microsoft is promising a price of just $299 for the Xbox Series S, which is quite frankly an amazing... Read more...
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