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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...
We have heard time and again how both next-generation game consoles will finally leverage solid state drive (SSD) storage to vastly improve game loads and virtually eliminate in-game transitions, but what about the PC space? After all, SSDs have been available to PC gamers for quite some time now. Well, good news—Microsoft is bringing its DirectStorage application programming interface (API) to Windows PCs, and with it comes the promise to "revolutionize PC gaming." This is exactly what we hoped would happen. As it applies to the Xbox Series X, Microsoft has made a big deal about the system's Velocity Architecture, which paves the way for hyper-fast I/O performance. The Xbox Series X is... 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...
Microsoft is offering up a glimpse of the upcoming overhaul headed to the Xbox dashboard, which should arrive in earnest when the Xbox Series X launches in November. It is a visually sleeker design, and one that promises to be "faster to use," according to Microsoft. The overhaul will also be shared on other devices for a unified experience. "The new Xbox look and feel is designed to be faster to use, more approachable and visually appealing. This holiday it will be shared across all Xbox mobile apps, Xbox Game Pass on PC, and of course Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles," Microsoft announced in a blog post. Text is more readable, elements on screen are easier to understand at a glance, and... Read more...
Given the wild year that 2020 has been, many of us are tired of the doom and gloom dominating the airwaves and are looking forward to some positive news. For console gamers, that means the release of the Sony PlayStation 5 and the Microsoft Xbox Series X. While Sony hasn't zeroed in on the exact launch time frame for its console (other than to say late 2020), Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series X will launch in November. One thing that hasn't been revealed about either device at this time is pricing. However, the folks at Monster Energy might have tipped Microsoft's hand when it comes to the Xbox Series X. The company announced its Monster Energy contest, which is... Read more...
Halo fans will need to wait a bit longer until they can get their hands on the next game in the series. It was recently announced that Halo Infinite has been delayed until 2021. The ongiong health crisis has unfortunately made it difficult for the developers to work on the game. Halo Infinite was originally supposed to be released during the upcoming holiday season. Chris Lee, the Studio Head for Halo Infinite, remarked, “The extra time will let us finish the critical work necessary to deliver the most ambitious Halo game ever at the quality we know our fans expect.” There is currently not a set release date for the game. 343 Industries are certainly not the first developers to delay... Read more...
Updated 8/11/2020 @ 4:00pm Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series X will launch in November, although it didn't specify when in November. Microsoft added that 100s of Xbox Series X-optimized games will be available at launch, and that the highly anticipated Halo Infinite won't be one of those games. Instead, developer 343 Industries says that Halo Infinite will arrive some time in 2021. Our original story continues unaltered below. As we get closer to the launch of Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox Series X game console, additional [previously unknown] details have leaked to the public. Most recently, the official Xbox Series X controller was pictured along with its retail... Read more...
Rumors have been swirling for months that Microsoft was preparing to launch a cheaper next-generation console with reduced specifications compared to the Xbox Series X. Previous reporting has suggested the more affordable console would be called the Xbox Series S and might be unveiled soon. While the console's name had been rumored for a while, the packaging for this leaked next-gen controller actually confirms it. The source of the photos is a Twitter user named Zak S, who claims he purchased the controller on resale site OfferUp for $35. Zak was asked if the seller said where he got them in the thread, and no answer was given. A short video of the controller can be seen in the tweet below.... Read more...
At least one publisher is planning to charge a premium for games released on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (some of them, anyway), compared to what the same titles will go for on current-gen consoles (Xbox One and PlayStation 4). As such, pricing for NBA 2K21 has been set at $69.99 for the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and $59.99 for current-gen consoles. And according to Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick, the price hike is "justified." Whether other publishers follow suit remains to be seen. But for Take-Two Interactive, a $10 bump is a "modest price change" that is perhaps long overdue. "There hasn't been a price increase for frontline titles for a really long time, despite the fact that... 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...
Please be true...please be true...please be true. What am I blabbering on about? I'm hoping the persistent rumor that Microsoft is going to abandon its Xbox Live Gold program is true, though only if that if means there will no longer be a subscription fee to play games in multiplayer mode, when the Xbox Series X arrives. Could it actually happen? Let's examine the evidence so far. As we wrote about last week, the Microsoft Store is no longer selling 12-month subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold. They can only be purchased in one-month or three-month increments. Purchasing a three-month subscription means it would expire in October (assuming it is redeemed right away), a month or so before the Xbox... Read more...
Oh. My. Goodness. You might be having a bad day, but did you wake up to a tweet by Domino's Pizza making fun of you? Microsoft did, following the gameplay reveal of Halo: Infinite, an upcoming launch title for the immensely hyped Xbox Series X console that is due to arrive this holiday season (November or December), with Navi in tow. Gamers were not super impressed with the gameplay reveal, as it pertains to the graphics. The Xbox Series X is touted to arrive with plenty of horsepower, served up by custom AMD silicon based on the chipmaker's Zen 2 CPU cores and next-generation RDNA 2 graphics (Navi), with hardware support for real-time ray tracing. Instead of being blown away by the visuals,... Read more...
This weekend provided some interesting leaks. There was the Intel Tiger Lake benchmark entry that popped up in SiSoftware's SANDRA database, which showed massive performance gains over Ice Lake, and on the console side, a photograph of a mysterious white Xbox controller was uploaded to Reddit, and then taken down. The color scheme of the controller has fueled speculation that this might be for an unannounced Xbox Series S console. So far, Microsoft has only announced the Xbox Series X, with a black color scheme, due out this holiday season (November or December). According to The Verge, which plucked the photo before it was deleted and chatted with the Reddit user who uploaded it (who identified... Read more...
Microsoft is going to have another go at highlighting games for its upcoming Xbox Series X console, and hopefully this time around the focus will be more on the actual gameplay and less on cinematic trailers (something Microsoft received criticism and apologized for). If you want to check it out, clear your morning/afternoon—the Xbox Games Showcase Official Show (as it's called) is happening today. The event kicks off at 12:00 pm ET (9:00 am PT). It is being presented as a livestream. Since you are already here and reading this, feel free to keep this page open and watch the event in the embedded video below... Alternatively, you can bounce over to Microsoft's official Xbox channel on YouTube... Read more...
Paying an extra fee to play video games online with current-generation game consoles is nothing new. There is now speculation that Microsoft may be getting ready to ditch Xbox Live Gold with the launch of the Xbox Series X game console. We're certainly taking these rumors with a grain of salt, but what can't be denied is that you can no longer purchase a year of Xbox Live Gold via the Microsoft Store. There is some residual inventory remaining at third-party retailers allowing gamers to get their hands on a year's worth of Xbox Live Gold. As it stands now, gamers can only purchase one month and three-month subscriptions of Live Gold via the Microsoft Store. Some  incredibly wild speculation... Read more...
When it comes to Microsoft’s game consoles, all that everyone wants to talk about at this point is the Xbox Series X. This is the company’s next-generation gaming console that will doing battle with Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 5. But what about the current family of Xbox One consoles? Well, Microsoft has confirmed that two of its three currently-produced consoles are being discontinued as it ramps production of the Xbox Series X. In this case, the high-end Xbox One X and the entry-level Xbox One S All-Digital Edition are getting the boot. The $399 Xbox One X was released on November 7th 2017, and is [currently] the most powerful gaming console on... Read more...
Without a doubt, the thing I'm most excited about in regards next-generation game consoles is the promise of faster storage combined with techniques designed to virtually eliminated load times and, importantly, in-game transitions. I have no idea if the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 will live up to the promises made by Microsoft and Sony, respectively, but I'm hopeful. As we wait to find out, Microsoft cranked the hype dial to 11 by detailing the Xbox Velocity Architecture that will play a key role in this. Let me back up a moment. Even without a jump to solid state drive (SSD) storage, the Xbox Series X and PS5 are intriguing consoles. Both are being powered by custom silicon based on AMD's... Read more...
Microsoft is putting some restrictions on game developers regarding their ability to charge gamers to upgrade current generation titles to versions that will run on the Xbox Series X. Word of Microsoft's stance comes from publishing sources that are familiar with the plans. Companies that have been working on games that will be available on current generation hardware and the next generation console when it launches are being pushed to offer upgrades at no additional cost. Reportedly, the developers do have the option to use Xbox's Smart Delivery or their own methods to deliver both versions of the game. EA is accomplishing this using what it calls Dual Entitlement. Several games have been announced... Read more...
If you were a bit underwhelmed by Microsoft's previous gaming showcase as part of its Xbox 20/20 series, the company has a second chance at redemption with an upcoming event scheduled for July 23rd. An event like this would typically be held at E3, but the COVID-19 pandemic blew those plans out of the water, forcing Microsoft to improvise. The event, which will take place at 12:00pm EST, will highlight many of hot first-party games that will be coming to the Xbox Series X. As you might expect, the most highly anticipated game to be shown off will be Halo Infinite. Developer 343 Industries -- which is part of Xbox Game Studios -- teased Halo Infinite briefly back in June (see embed below). We're... Read more...
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