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    I’ve spent the past week with an Xbox Series X in my living room. I’ve played a variety of games on this preview unit, testing load times, performance, and some of the new Series X features. I switched back to an older Xbox One X briefly during testing, and it was like going from cable internet back to the days of a 56k modem. That’s how much the Xbox Series X improves the games you already play every day. Everything just feels better. As this is a preview console, I was limited to focusing on three areas for this initial hands-on: backward-compatible games, load times, and the new Quick Resume feature. I’m going to focus on my impressions of...
    The stage is set as PlayStation and Xbox have made their moves, and it is only a matter of time before PS5 and Xbox Series X and S are available on the market. The next generation of console gaming is about to kick-off in spectacular fashion. But while fans may be concerned about the pricing for the next-gen consoles and games, there is one factor they are missing out on and that is the storage on the next-gen consoles. Storage is one of the most important factors in any gaming platform, let alone consoles. The SSD/HDD plays an important role in determining the speed of the rig, the loading times, the number of games that one can store, etc. But...
    The Xbox Series S and the PS5 digital edition are two tough choices for consumers. Either, they can buy the very economic Xbox Series S, or they can buy the PS5 digital edition at a higher price. The Xbox Series S is also a digital-only console with weaker specifications than the Series X but the PS5 digital edition is as powerful as the PS5. With such consoles up against each other, both Microsoft and Sony need to step up their marketing strategies. ALSO READ – Record-breaking demand of the Xbox consoles in other regions. Xbox Series S’s price reduction happens for a special reason Between the two consoles, the PS5 digital edition takes away the specifications on its behalf, and...
    Microsoft may have revealed the Xbox Series S and X but there is a lot more to the story than we know. Designing next-gen consoles that users will continue to enjoy for many years is not an easy task. Add to that the pressure that comes from the competitors racing alongside and we can begin to imagine just how difficult it is. Apart from the hardware specifications and capabilities of the Series X and S, the design of the consoles has attracted a lot of attention. Microsoft shared their inspiration for the design of the next-gen consoles in a blog post today. Read on to find out how the team put together Series S and X, keeping their faithful fanbase...
    Microsoft’s new Xbox consoles sold out across all major American retailers within minutes of preorders going live Tuesday morning. Demand for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S systems crashed the preorder pages of Amazon, Walmart, GameStop and Target shortly after being made available. It even took down Microsoft’s Xbox ordering website. Gamers hoping to get their hands on one of the new Xbox consoles were met with an error screen on Amazon, while Walmart’s and GameStop’s pages didn’t even load due to the traffic. Repeated attempts by The Post to reserve a unit at Target saw this reporter reach the checkout page, only to have the site refresh to an empty cart. A Twitter search for the...
    The Xbox Series S and Series X consoles will both be available starting on November 10th, and you can ensure you’ll have one on launch day by placing a preorder today, starting at 11AM ET / 8AM PT. The Xbox Series S, a smaller, less-powerful alternative to the Series X with no disc drive and 512GB of SSD storage, costs $299.99. The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s much bigger flagship next-gen console, featuring a more powerful GPU than the Series S, double the storage to a 1TB SSD, and a 4K Blu-ray disc drive. It’s $499.99. Microsoft’s new $59.99 Bluetooth wireless controller that features a USB-C charging port and a new Share button for capturing screens and clips can be...
    On Tuesday morning Microsoft will start taking pre-orders for its next-generation console family, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. While the consoles will work with existing Xbox One gamepads, if you want a second Xbox Wireless Controller to maintain the subtle tweaks, low latency connection and dedicated Share button shown off in March, it will cost $60. That’s the same price as its predecessor, and, as Microsoft had confirmed previously, still means it uses AA batteries right out of the box. If you’d prefer a play-and-charge solution, Microsoft is selling a rechargeable battery pack and USB-C cable combo for $25, all set for delivery on November 10th along with the new consoles. Sony’s DualSense PS5 gamepad, by comparison,...
    With less than 24-hours before Microsoft starts taking Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders, the redesigned Microsoft Store on Xbox is now available to all users — though not without some launch day issues. The product of what the company says is years of development, the updated marketplace brings with it a couple of notable enhancements to the experience of buying content on an Xbox. One of those is enhanced speed, with Microsoft saying the new interface loads in under two seconds in most instances. The company has also tweaked the storefront to make it easier to see what games your friends are playing, as well as to find out what’s on sale at any given moment. Overall navigation...
    SONY have revealed that more PlayStation 5 pre-orders will go live within days and apologised for a chaotic launch last week that left thousands of gamers unable to get hold of the new console. In a tweet over the weekend, the Japanese tech titan admitted the first round of pre-orders "could have been a lot smoother" and assured fans that more PS5s would be available through to 2021. 4Sony has apologised for last week's chaotic PS5 launchCredit: Twitter The console isn't out until November, but Sony opened pre-orders with little warning last Thursday, sparking a mad scramble for minimal stock. Major retailers across the globe reported selling out within minutes, leading to widespread criticism of Sony's handling of the launch....
    Both Sony and Microsoft revealed the prices and the launch date of their respective next-gen consoles. The PS5 is slated to hit the markets on November 12th for the US starting at $399. It will be released for the entire world just a week after. On the other hand, the new Xbox range will begin at $299 and will be launched on November 10th. This has officially flagged off the start of the console war. Both consoles differ from each other in terms of style and even hardware. The prices are yet another factor. At face value, it is easier to assume that Microsoft might be able to create a niche with the Xbox Series S with its aggressive pricing,...
    MICROSOFT has revealed exactly when you’ll be able to preorder an Xbox Series X and S at the end of this month. You can put your name down for a console on September 22 but where you are in the world will determine what time you can order. 2You'll be able to preorder the new Xbox consoles at the end of this monthCredit: Alamy In the UK, you can preorder the consoles at 8am BST from participating retailers. These retailers include the Microsoft Store, GAME, Amazon, Currys, Dixons, John Lewis and others. In the US, preorders for the Xbox Series X and S will start at 11am ET / 8am PT. Stockist will include Amazon, Target, Walmart, Gamestop, Costco and...
    The PlayStation 5 will be Sony’s largest console ever, according to official system specifications released on Thursday, confirming speculation from fans that the next-gen PlayStation will be just absolutely massive. Here are the official size dimensions of the standard PlayStation 5 and the disc-less Digital Edition of the console, as revealed via the PlayStation Blog: PlayStation 5 Width: 15.35 inches (390 mm) Depth: 10.23 inches (260 mm) Height: 4.1 inches (104 mm) PlayStation 5 Digital Edition Width: 15.35 inches (390 mm) Depth: 10.23 inches (260 mm) Height: 3.6 inches (92 mm) Sony notes that those dimensions do not add in the size of the included base, which will give the PS5 a larger footprint when standing...
    Microsoft revealed its Xbox Series S console last week, aiming to offer more budget-friendly next-gen gaming for $299. The console is specifically targeted at 1440p resolution rather than 4K, leading to some lingering questions and confusion around just how well it will play next-gen games. There are concerns around the GPU performance, memory, and whether the Series S could hold back next-gen gaming. I got a chance to speak with Jason Ronald, Microsoft’s director of Xbox program management, to dig into what’s really going on with the Xbox Series S. The biggest difference between the larger Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S, apart from the size and design, is the GPU inside. The Xbox Series S has 4...
    GAMERS across the globe were left high and dry this morning after pre-orders for the new PlayStation console sold out within minutes. The PlayStation 5 isn't out until November but a handful of stores opened up orders on Thursday, sparking a furious scramble for the machine online. 6The PlayStation 5 is out in November but pre-orders opened on ThursdayCredit: Sony/the sun PS5 listings have already begun to pop up on sites like eBay for as much as £250 above the asking price. Crestfallen PlayStation fans took to social media to vent their frustrations at missing out. "So did anyone manage to pre order a PS5? F*****g thing sold out everywhere in about 30 seconds," one Twitter user asked. Another fumed:...
    Sony has finally announced the price for PlayStation 5, and it was perhaps the best bit of a brilliant showcase. With the PS5 disk edition priced at $499 and the digital edition priced at $399, Sony may well have already won the war of next-gen consoles. Microsoft had revealed the price for Xbox Series X and Series S a week ago to be $499 and $299, respectively. The real game-changer is possibly the price of the digital version of PS5. Although the Xbox Series S is priced at a lowly $299, it is a far inferior machine compared to the Series X and PS5. It is likely gamers wouldn’t mind shelling out an extra $100 to get their hands...
    The biggest loser this holiday season will be my wallet. Sony finally released its pricing for the PlayStation 5. The regular version with a Ultra HD Blu-ray drive will cost $499 and the digital version without one will weigh in at $399. They will be released in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea on Nov. 12. It will go out worldwide NOv. 19. That news comes a week after Microsoft unveiled its pricing plan for Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X. The budget-friendly Series S, which isn’t as powerful as its big brother, is priced at $299 and the high-end Xbox Series X will cost $499. Both of Microsoft’s consoles come out Nov. 10....
    We finally have a price and release date for both models of the PlayStation 5, so it’s time to take another look at how the new Sony console generation measures up to the competition. Last week we found out about the cheaper, lower-specced Xbox Series S and, while we know how it differs from the Series X, how does it look next to the disc-less Digital Edition of the PS5? Check out the table below for all the specs we know to date — we still don’t have the exact size dimensions or weight of either PlayStation model, though we’ll be sure to update this post once that info is revealed. PlayStation 5 PlayStation 5 Digital Edition Xbox...
    New York (CNN Business)After several teasers and mini-events, Sony has finally revealed how much the PlayStation 5 will cost.It costs $499, and comes out on November 12 in the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. For other countries, it's coming out on November 19. That puts it head to head with its rival, the Xbox Series X, which also costs $499.In a footnote, Sony said that China's launch date was still "under exploration."The Xbox Series X is coming out on November 10, a full two days earlier than the PS5. Microsoft is also selling a cheaper Series S for $299.Sony has a "digital edition" of the PS5, which does away with the console's disc drive,...
    Xbox had finally revealed price details, and the expected launch date for the Series X and Series S consoles, and fans can finally rest assured. The console will hit the markets on the 10th of November. However, the pre-orders will be starting from the 22nd of this month. READ MORE- Sony Gears Up for PlayStation 5 Launch by Stepping Up Distribution Plans This is the tweet… Xbox Series X: $499 (ERP)Xbox Series S: $299 (ERP) Release date: November 10 Pre-order starts September 22: https://t.co/Dz5bRsAuwQ | #PowerYourDreams pic.twitter.com/MadZl4OOKJ — Xbox (@Xbox) September 9, 2020 Microsoft priced the Series X console at $499 and the Series S console at $299. The marketing lead of Xbox UK recently tweeted that the pre-orders start...
    The next-generation of Xbox gaming is a little more complicated than what we’re used to. This past week, Microsoft announced it’s releasing not one but two new consoles: the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. Not only that, but Microsoft’s initial crop of first-party games will also be playable on its last generation Xbox, the Xbox One, as well as Windows PCs. And that’s before we get into Microsoft’s game streaming service, xCloud, which could mean you won’t need any Xbox hardware at all to play many of the latest games. Each new generation tends to deliver big changes for console gaming, and Microsoft’s successors to the Xbox One are no different. Expect games to look better (thanks...
    Microsoft’s new Xbox Series S should offer impressive next-gen performance for its $299 price, but where does that leave the Xbox One X? According to Microsoft, the 4K-targeting Xbox from 2017 will still hold some advantages over the Series S — at least when it comes to running Xbox One X-enhanced current-gen games. “Xbox Series S was designed to be the most affordable next-generation console and play next-generation games at 1440p at 60fps,” Microsoft says in a statement to Gamesradar. “To deliver the highest quality backwards compatible experience consistent with the developer’s original intent, the Xbox Series S runs the Xbox One S version of backward compatible games while applying improved texture filtering, higher and more consistent frame rates, faster...
    The Xbox Series S might have leaked earlier this week before being officially unveiled, but Microsoft was hiding it in plain sight months ago. Xbox chief Phil Spencer appeared in multiple interviews in July, ahead of Microsoft’s Xbox games showcase, and he hid an Xbox Series S on the shelves behind him. The official Xbox account revealed the elaborate prank today, and Spencer added that the Xbox Series S appeared in at least three YouTube video interviews during July. While it might sound surprising for an unannounced console to be hidden in videos, Microsoft has a habit of hiding secrets and codes as teasers ahead of its console announcements. Microsoft teased its Xbox One X console with a bunch of...
    Ubisoft has unveiled a remake version of its old game and delivered the good news about the PS5 and Xbox Series X for the Rainbow Six Siege with an event called Ubisoft Forward or Ubiford. But how does the Rainbow Six siege innovate for this next-generation console?Next-generation console features for the Rainbow Six siegeThe long-awaited PS5 and Xbox Series X Heralds for Ubisoft’s famous FPS game Rainbow Six Siege. Accordingly, the game will appear with 120 FPS and 4K support. Ubisoft plans to make an ambitious introduction to the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles, with the game expected to deliver the most effective gameplay. Meanwhile, Ubisoft has good news for those who have an Xbox One or PS4...
    The last two console generations from Microsoft and Sony — spanning from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 all the way to the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X — have been transformative in terms of audio quality. Consumers have been able to move away from high-fidelity tuners and sprawling surround-sound speaker systems to relatively inexpensive and high-quality headphones. That means many consumers, myself included, have laid out some serious coin for new cans. But will your audio investment pay off with the next generation of consoles? We talked to four major manufacturers to get some answers. Turns out, things are still a little bit up in the air. “We’re dependent upon [Microsoft and Sony] to kind of tell...
    We are fully immersed in the tech review season, and this week’s episode of The News Brigcast proves it. The News Brig’s Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Tom Warren dive into reviews of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2, Microsoft’s Surface Duo, and Android 11. Two foldables reviewed running on Android — how do they compare? That’s why The News Brigcast exists, I suppose. We’re also coming into the game console season. The prices have been revealed for the Xbox Series X and the newly revealed, cheaper Xbox Series S, while the PS5 release date and price are still unknown. The crew breaks down what you are getting for your money when investing in these consoles. And of...
    Microsoft’s shockingly low price for its upcoming Xbox Series S surprised more than just video game fans — it also stunned chief rival Sony. The Japanese gaming giant is under pressure to slash the MSRP of its upcoming PlayStation 5, which European blog Gamereactor reports was “considerably” higher than the prices Microsoft announced for its two new consoles. The console makers have for months been locked in a staredown over who would release pricing details for their next generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles first. Microsoft this week revealed that its top-tier Xbox Series X would cost $499, while the budget Series S would retail for a wallet-friendly $299. Rumors had pegged the high-end PlayStation 5 as selling for as much...
    Rumors of a third-next-generation Xbox console have surfaced, indicating an all-digital version Xbox Series X.. Images shared last night will show the Xbox Series V as an intermediate point between the two currently announced versions. Rumors have surfaced from Twitter user Idol Sloth that he is Series X and Xbox Series S Bureau. As Ide laziness says, the series V power and the match between S and X. It also suggests that the attached image will be digital by V because any identification of the disk drive contains a significant portion of the Series X. (Rumored) There is an Xbox Series V (codenamed Project Edinburgh) which is rumored to be less powerful than the Series X, but more powerful than...
    Rich and John talk about this in the latest DF Direct. Microsoft has unveiled its long-rumored second-next-gen console – and finally, the cut-price Xbox Series S. It seemed that it would always take to decide to publish. Released this week, Which was earlier than planned because Microsoft was quick to respond to its shape factor and price leak. The machine was first introduced six months ago by Digital Foundry’s Rich Leadpeter and John Lynneman when they traveled to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington for an exclusive look at the Xbox Series X. Console in the special episode of Digital Foundry Direct, you can see in the embed below. This content is hosted on an external platform, and...
    MICROSOFT has unveiled a bonkers new deal for its high-powered new console, the Xbox Series X. Gamers can bag a Series X plus access to Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft's Netflix-style on-demand library of over 100 games, for just £29 a month. 3Xbox Game Pass is a library of 100 games you can stream to your new console, and it just got a whole lot biggerCredit: Microsoft Announced yesterday, the deal, called Xbox All Access, lasts 24 months and works a bit like a phone contract. You'll pay £28.99 a month over two years, eventually racking up a bill of £696. That's not bad when you consider that the Series X alone will cost £449 when it hits shelves on November...
    Microsoft has been touting the very short loading times enabled by the Xbox Series X and Series S, and now we have a concrete example of the improvement in The Outer Worlds. In a deep-dive video released Wednesday about the newly announced Xbox Series S, Microsoft demonstrated the difference in loading The Outer Worlds on an Xbox One S and an Xbox Series S. Released in October 2019 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, the open-world role-playing game is notorious for its lengthy load times. With the “Continue” option from The Outer Worlds’ main menu, an Xbox One S took 53 seconds to load the game. On an Xbox Series S, the same load took just 12 seconds...
    This week was a real deluge of big news about the next Xbox, including its price, release date and the announcement of a cheaper, less powerful version. So now that we know what’s coming this November, gamers are wondering where to spend their cash. Are the robust specs under the hood of the Xbox Series X worth the extra $200? Or could you get by just fine with the more diminutive Series S? We’ve got the major points below so you can compare the two, but the real test will come when we review both systems this November.  Xbox Series X Xbox Series S Price $499 $299 ...
    A heap of recent games and ones that come out before November 10th will have versions optimized for Xbox Series X and S as well (though not all necessarily on day one). They include Dirt 5, Watch Dogs: Legion, Fortnite, NBA 2K21, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Control, Doom Eternal and Marvel’s Avengers. There are other big games on the way in the days after the Series X and S launch, in particular Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Cyberpunk 2077. On top of all that, there are a bunch of other titles slated to arrive in the next few months that don’t yet have firm release dates. Although Harmonix’s next rhythm game Fuser hasn’t been officially announced...
    New York (CNN Business)This holiday season will see a showdown between new consoles from two of the biggest names in gaming: Sony and Microsoft.The companies have now given plenty of detail on their new consoles, Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X. Both are coming this holiday season. The Xbox Series X is arriving on November 10 and costs $499. It's also launching a cheaper version, the Xbox Series S for $299.CNN Business took a look at how these two hotly anticipated releases compare, from the technical specifications of the consoles to their designs and business strategies. We also spoke to Xbox following Thursday's games showcase to discuss the next generation of consoles.Tech specsWhen it comes to the processor,...
    New York (CNN Business)After over a year of teasers and mini-announcements, the mystery is solved: We finally know that the next-gen Xbox Series X will cost $499.Xbox unveiled the price tag along with its release date. Both the Xbox Series X and the smaller, cheaper Series S launch on November 10. Pre-ordering starts on September 22. The current generation Xbox One X also costs $499, so the upcoming console will maintain the price that has been working for Microsoft's (MSFT) popular video game system. Keeping the price steady could help in an economy that's still dealing with the ongoing pandemic, but Xbox's strategy is less focused on selling new hardware than Sony's (SNE). It's also making its newer games playable...
    This morning, Microsoft announced that the Xbox Series X will officially arrive November 10th, with pre-orders beginning September 22nd. If you’re not ready to shell out $499 for new gaming hardware, you may be happy to learn that Microsoft will offer both the Xbox Series S and X for a monthly fee. For $24.99 per month for 24 months, you can get the Xbox Series S and Game Pass Ultimate. For an additional $10 per month ($34.99) you can get the Xbox Series X and Game Pass Ultimate. Given that an Xbox Live and Game Pass subscription is already $15 per month, you can effectively pay as little as $10 more for next-gen hardware, or an additional $20 per month...
    Xbox All Access was introduced many years ago as a way for customers to purchase the Xbox One. This allowed you to pay the monthly cost while gaining access to the Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold. In an upcoming release The Xbox Series X and Series S will be released on November 10thMicrosoft has announced that Xbox All Access will be available for both consoles in the launch. The Series S120 is capable of 1440b at fps, direct x ray tracing and variable update rate. It comes with a custom 512GB SSD, which is not included in the disk drive so you need to save all your games and content. The Xbox Series X2 is the most powerful...
    Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Ubisoft’s next entry in its long-running franchise, is launching November 10th, the developer announced today. The game’s release will coincide with that of the Xbox One Series X and S; Valhalla was originally slated for November 17th. Microsoft announced today that its next console will be available for $499 this November. Valhalla, revealed in April, is a Viking-themed twist on the series. The game stars Viking raider Eivor — in a female or male option — fighting to establish a settlement in England. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla launches with Xbox Series X | S on November 10, 2020. Build the legend of a Viking raider on any console.Upgrade from Xbox One to Xbox Series X at...
    Microsoft is fully detailing its new Xbox Series S console today. The $299 next-gen console will arrive on November 10th, designed to be a more affordable option for 1440p gaming. Microsoft is using the same CPU from the Xbox Series X inside the Series S, running at 3.6Hz. “The primary difference between Xbox Series X and S is the GPU,” explains Jason Ronald, Microsoft’s director of Xbox program management. “Xbox Series S delivers four times the processing power of an Xbox One console and supports experiences up to 120fps,” says Liz Hamren, head of platform engineering and hardware at Xbox. “The primary difference between Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S is in resolution. Through talking to our customers, we...
    As far as console reveals/announcements are concerned, the Xbox Series S announcement was the most underwhelming, by a margin. Multiple leaks and rumors forced Microsoft to make the announcement, as there was literally no further information that could’ve been leaked. But instead of actually helping in building the hype around the Series S, the leaks killed the hype and turned it into a rather mediocre announcement. Usually, the hype around any console announcement is absolutely unreal. Days and days of speculation clubbed with the official sources building up the anticipation is usually how it goes. Microsoft may have planned something similar for the Series S, but things definitely didn’t go according to plan. Surprisingly, the latest leak was not the...
    Xbox Series SX Company Confirms Introductory Price of 299 for Xbox Series S Xbox | Twitter We can finally put a price on the new generation: 299. That’s what Microsoft’s new console will cost, the Xbox Series S. The North American company has been the first to reveal the official price of its new products, ahead of Sony and its PlayStation 5, of which we still do not know the price or the official launch date, although there are some estimates based on various rumors. The Xbox Series S, which according to Microsoft itself will be “the smallest Xbox in history”, therefore becomes the first of the new consoles to announce its final price....
    The main downgrade on the tiny new console is the SSD. The Series S has just 512GB of storage, compared with 1TB for the Series X (and 825GB for the PlayStation 5). The Series X will have a custom port that allows for storage expansions and it’s possible the Series S will have this functionality as well, though Microsoft has not confirmed that just yet. Rumors about an all-digital next-gen Xbox have been swirling for ages, as Microsoft has focused on expanding its online services, encouraging cross-console play, and building out Game Pass, which this year crested 10 million subscribers. Its most inclusive tier, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, costs $15 per month, and includes Xbox Live Gold and instant access...
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is getting a graphical upgrade for next-generation hardware, and current owners of the game on PC, Playstation, and Xbox will get the update for free. Developers CD Projekt Red announced the news today, saying the updated game will be available on the PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC, featuring a “range of visual and technical improvements.” These include faster loading times and ray tracing graphics. The upgrades will apply to the base game, says Projekt Red, as well as to both of its expansions (Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine) and all other “extra content.” The appeal of this news is testament to The Witcher 3 ’s lasting greatness. This is a game...
    CD Projekt Red is bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to next-generation consoles. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of the highly regarded action role-playing game are in development, CD Projekt Red announced Friday. The next-generation edition of the game will feature “a range of visual and technical improvements — including ray tracing and faster loading times — across the base game, both expansions, and all extra content,” CD Projekt Red said in a news release. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for PS5 and Xbox Series X will be sold as a stand-alone purchase, but will available as a free update for current owners of the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. CD Projekt notes that the next-generation...
    Astro’s latest wireless gaming headset, the A20 Gen 2, is an upgraded version of the 2017 model. It will ship in October for $119, which is considerably down from the $149 that the previous-generation A20 was priced at. Despite the price cut, Astro says it has increased the wireless range from the 30 feet offered by the first-gen model to 50 feet, and it charges via a convenient USB-C port. The A20 Gen 2 headset will ship in two different color mixes: blue, white, and black for a PlayStation-like vibe or green, white, and black for an Xbox look. Each includes a USB Type-A wireless adapter that lets it easily connect to the console their color mix corresponds to...
    With a new console generation just over the horizon a big question on the minds of many gamers is, “How much am I going to spend on new accessories?” The cost of the system is often just the tip of the iceberg, as it’s possible to spend hundreds of dollars on new controllers or headsets when there’s no backward compatibility. Fortunately for your wallet, Astro Gaming has the latter covered — most of its existing headset lineup will be compatible with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X at launch. It’s going to work a little differently depending on which system you opt for, as well as by headset model. Wired sets like the A10, A40 and A40TR will continue...
    GAMERS will have to pay as much as £449 for the PlayStation 5, a new leak suggests. It means the console will cost the same as the most expensive current PlayStation – the £449 PS4 Pro. 4Sony's PlayStation 5 could land on store shelves on November 20Credit: Sony PlayStation We're expecting Sony's next-gen console to land in shops in mid-to-late November. But Sony is keeping the price of the PS5 quiet – which insiders tell The Sun is a bid to match or beat Microsoft's still-priceless Xbox Series X. However, a new leak from Chinese industry site MyDrivers claims to reveal the exact PS5 pricing. The full-fat PS5 is expected to cost £499 / $499, which could break the bank...
    The next instalment in the long-running Yakuza franchise will reach Western shores on November 13th. That’s pretty much what we were expecting — Sega had already given us a “November” release window, and a Microsoft Store pre-order page had previously referenced the 12th day of the month. Yakuza: Like a Dragon will initially be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC through Steam and the Microsoft Store. The Xbox Series X version will be available on the same day the console launches, followed by the PS5 release sometime later. If you buy the Xbox One version, you’ll also get the Series X upgrade free of charge via Microsoft’s Smart Delivery. Yakuza: Like a Dragon, better known as Yakuza 7,...
    SONY'S first-ever TV ad for the new PlayStation 5 has been revealed – giving us a fresh look at the console. The PS5 probably won't be out until November, but we now know almost everything about this next-gen gaming machine. 6Sony has released its first PlayStation 5 TV advertisementCredit: Sony PLayStation In the ad, we see some game-style footage that blends the player into the virtual world. The focus of the ad is showing off the new DualSense controller, which is designed to be immersive. It has new "haptic" features that let you "feel" the game – something missing from the rival Xbox Series X joypad. Sony says you'll be able to experience "the slow grittiness of driving a car...
    The Xbox Series X’s release date is just a few months away — probably — and Microsoft has finally given us a preview of what things will look like when we first boot up the console. In a post on Wednesday, Microsoft gave fans its first look at the New Xbox Experience user interface, which will connect Xbox players across consoles, PC, and mobile devices. The new Xbox UI should be familiar to anyone that’s used an Xbox One. Tiles still provide large images and represent most of the navigation to different menus, but everything has been streamlined a bit, according to Microsoft. Things like launching games, navigating to your social tabs, and browsing for new games in the...
    Microsoft has thoroughly convinced me: I don’t need to buy an Xbox Series X. The games don’t look “next-gen” enough. There aren’t enough titles I actually want to play. Yesterday, the company announced its flagship game, Halo Infinite, won’t even arrive until 2021. Besides, almost all of Microsoft’s key games are also coming to Windows PCs, and some may even come to the PS5 as well. And while I have a sneaking suspicion that Microsoft is breaking a big promise by not bringing some Xbox Series X games to the Xbox One, another possibility is that many of the biggest reasons to buy a new Xbox won’t be available until long after its November launch. But intriguingly, I don’t think...
    Microsoft confirmed this week that the Xbox Series X will launch in November, but the company could be targeting a very specific date: November 6th. While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic may affect Microsoft’s exact launch date for the Xbox Series X, distributors seem to be getting ready for November 6th specifically. An anonymous tipster, who recently purchased an unreleased Xbox Series X controller, sent me an image earlier this week of what is claimed to be the box that these controllers are stored in at distributors. The box specifically tells retail stores (that receive the shipments) not to sell or display the controllers until November 6th. Microsoft has used similar orange “street date” stickers on packages at its retail stores...
    NEXT-GEN consoles from Sony and Microsoft are now just months away – so which one will you buy? We've rounded up the key details about the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, with everything you need to know before launch. 11Sony's PlayStation 5 looks seriously space-ageCredit: Sony PS5 vs Xbox Series X design – which console looks better? First off, what do these consoles look like? It's important! They'll be sitting pride of place in your living room, so you don't want your £400 gaming machine looking totally naff. Sony has gone back to the drawing board with the PlayStation 5, offering an enormous, curved, ridged beast. It looks like a console from a sci-fi movie, with white casing and...
    Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 20 smartphone series, two new tablets, a new version of the Galaxy Watch and new ear buds.   Designed for 'Note loyalists', the standard Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra both support 5G and stream Xbox games over the cloud. Both devices are optimised for game streaming via Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft's video game subscription service that gives users access to a catalogue of games. More than 90 games should be available on the smartphone via the cloud, making the Galaxy Note 20 a 'portable game console'.  The 6.7-inch-screened Note 20 will retail from £849 for the 4G version and £949 for the 5G version, while the slightly larger 6.9-inch Note Ultra, with full 5G...
    The companies that sell video games are all staying relatively quiet about whether they plan to universally hike game prices from $60 to $70 with the launch of next-gen consoles later this year. But of the more vocal ones, massive publisher Take-Two Interactive has flip-flopped in its public statements of late, causing a bit of confusion in the process. After initially becoming the first company to say it would hike the price of next-gen versions of NBA 2K20, CEO Strauss Zelnick now says that may not be the company’s plans for all of its next-gen titles going forward. “We’re definitely announcing pricing on a title by title basis,” Zelnick said in an earnings call Monday evening (via Ars Technica)....
    Microsoft Microsoft has overhauled the store’s navigation system, as part of its aim of “making it easier than ever to find your next favorite game, app, movie or TV show.” There are more search filters, a revamped Wish List and an updated cart — it should be easier to see what items you’ve added to it. There’s a focus on backwards compatibility, so you’ll be able to see pricing for Xbox One games, as well as Xbox 360 and Xbox titles you can play on your current console (or Xbox Series X, when the time comes). To browse the store, you’ll first need to sign in with your Xbox account. Not only will that enable personalized recommendations, it’ll allow Microsoft...
    The gap between the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 for cross-platform titles will likely be real, though it’s not going to be as severe as the XB1X/PS4 Pro divide. Despite this, though, during the all-important launch window, it’s likely that we’ll see PlayStation 5 exclusive titles that simply look better than Xbox Series X exclusive titles. You can see this in Halo Infinite, which looks like a 4K remaster of a Xbox One launch game. Now, some of that comes down to art direction and wanting to produce a game that recalls the Halo series’ legacy. There are also promises that it’ll “get better,” but the game looks like an upscaled Xbox One game because it is, in...
    Microsoft’s next-generation console, the Xbox Series X, will launch sometime this holiday season. Unlike the PlayStation 5, which has several exclusive titles, Microsoft will be taking much less of a hard-line approach to the generational switch-over. For example, Microsoft’s tentpole title Halo Infinite will be released on both the Xbox One and the Xbox Series X. Thanks to Microsoft’s new “Smart Delivery” system, if you buy Halo Infinite on the Xbox One, you don’t need to rebuy it on the Series X — you’ll already have it. Ownership of games with Smart Delivery will be tied to your Microsoft account, and will apply across platforms. Backward compatibility matters a lot to the Microsoft team, and now apparently so does...
    Microsoft has a lot of exciting things coming our way apart for the Xbox Series X. The company’s vision for the future of gaming is headed in a completely different direction than Sony. Xbox chief Phil Spencer also mentioned that the Series X was no longer the star of Xbox’s strategy. This proves that the company is not limiting its resources to its console but also betting big on other stuff. Yes, we’re talking about Project xCloud. Over the last few days, we have talked about how Microsoft’s xCloud is the next big thing. This could also be the reason the company decided to stop producing Xbox One console. One this is clear, the company has now changed its focus...
    Microsoft showed off a lot of games coming to the Xbox Series X, including exclusives and brand-new titles, at its July showcase event. We now have a much better idea of what’s in store for Microsoft’s upcoming console. If you weren’t able to watch the event live, we’ve collected some of the biggest trailers from the show right here, and you can catch a replay of the whole event on YouTube. Microsoft shared the first look at Halo Infinite’s campaign today, including an extended gameplay sequence where Master Chief took on waves of aliens. 343 Industries said the game will run at a “flawless” 60 frames per second. Halo Infinite will launch this holiday season. Avowed is the...
    As part of today’s Xbox Game Studio event, Caroline Marchal from new studio Interior/Night showed up an entirely new piece of “interactive drama,” As Dusk Falls. The game will span 30 years in the American southwest and, judging from the trailer, it’ll have a pretty unusual art style that I’d describe as an animated painting. It’s hard to say exactly what the story will consist of, but Marchal wrote on the Xbox blog that it’ll focus on “two familes whose trajectories collide in the Arizona desert in 1999.” The trailer definitely plays the story close to the vest, though. The blog post also focuses heavily on the interactive side of this drama, so it sounds like the player will have...
    One of the most unique things about The Falconeer is that it was made entirely by one person. Developer Tomas Sala came up with the gameplay, programming, art, graphics and lore. That’s not unheard of, but it is super unusual in 2020. The game is available for pre-order now. It will arrive with Xbox Series X this holiday season, but you’ll be able to play it on any Xbox device. The day-one edition will sell for $39.99 (€39.99 / £34.99), and it will include a custom reversible sleeve, lenticular card, sticker sheet, a digital download of the soundtrack and a digital game guide.
    Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase promises an hourlong look at games coming to Xbox Series X this holiday season and beyond. You can watch the Xbox Games Showcase live right here, starting at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT on Thursday, July 23. One big game that will get plenty of attention during Microsoft’s game showcase is Halo Infinite, Master Chief’s next adventure, which is coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Windows PC. First revealed in June 2019 as a “spiritual reboot” for the sci-fi shooter franchise (and as a launch game for Xbox Series X), Halo Infinite serves as both a continuation of the events of Halo 5: Guardians and “a great place to jump into the story” for...
    With the launch of the Xbox Series X this holiday — Microsoft’s fourth major console launch over two decades — Xbox head Phil Spencer and his team are taking a very different approach to ushering in a new generation of game devices. Unlike the more traditional hard breaks between previous Xbox generations, where customers bought a new console and a rash of new games to play on it, Microsoft’s next generational jump will be soft. There’s the promise of backward compatibility with three previous Xbox consoles, a hundred-plus titles playable on day one to Xbox Game Pass subscribers, and the option to play Xbox games old and new from the cloud on phones and tablets. Even the games coming to...
    New York (CNN Business)Microsoft is officially discontinuing the Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition."As we ramp up into the future with Xbox Series X, we're taking the natural step of stopping production on Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition," a Microsoft spokesperson told CNN, adding that production on 2016's Xbox One S will continue. The Xbox One X, released in November 2017, was designed to run games with 4K resolution, and was billed as a high-end version of 2013's Xbox One. Still, it could not turn Xbox sales around, and Microsoft's flagship product still falls behind Nintendo's Switch and Sony's PlayStation 4 — the other major consoles of the generation. Xbox doesn't release the...
    Xbox chief, Phil Spencer recently made some pretty interesting announcements. This could not have come at a better time since we will soon catch a glimpse of the upcoming games at the Xbox Games Fest. Maybe, we could also get an update on the Xbox series X launch date and price. But what makes these announcements interesting? These show that Microsoft actually cares about the community and fans. In a letter to the community making these announcements, Phil writes “At Xbox, we listen to what you – players, game developers, and content creators – tell us you want from the future of gaming. Based on your feedback, we’re building a future where you and your friends can play the deepest,...
    News Brig got on the phone recently with Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty to discuss Microsoft’s acquisition of several game studios over the past two years, including Obsidian Entertainment, Double Fine, Ninja Theory, Compulsion Games, InXile, Playground Games and Undead Labs. In a time of relative uncertainty around the world, Booty emphasized that Microsoft still aims to provide a seeming sense of stability for the studios that are now under its wing. Meanwhile, Booty is also looking ahead to a new generation of Xbox Game Pass and the new console launch on the horizon. [Ed. note: This conversation has been lightly edited for concision and clarity.] I wanted to get a more general philosophy about the studio acquisitions for...
    MICROSOFT will unveil a second next-generation Xbox console in August, according to reports. The new machine, codenamed "Lockhart", will allegedly hit shelves alongside the Xbox Series X later this year. 3Fan render of the rumoured Xbox Series S Apparently, the console will be a cheaper version of the Series X, with no disc tray. That means gamers will have to download any games they want to play rather than simply sticking in a disc. Microsoft unveiled the Xbox Series X last year and will release the console in the run up to Christmas 2020. According to Eurogamer, the US tech titan had planed to reveal a cheaper, smaller version of the console during an event in June. 3Microsoft unveiled the...
    Microsoft may reveal its affordable Xbox Series X alternative in August according to a new report from Eurogamer.  The new report suggest that while Microsoft was originally poised to reveal the cheaper alternative in March, obstacles created by coronavirus and the cancellation of the E3 gaming conference have set those plans back. According to Eurogamer, the console will be called the 'Xbox Series S.'   News of a potential reveal date come less than a week after developer documents leaked onto Twitter suggesting a cheaper and less powerful alternative to Xbox's Series X console is still in the works. The documents, which make reference to a Dev kit for a console codenamed 'Lockhart' are the hardest evidence yet of...
    New developer documents leaked onto Twitter suggest a cheaper and less powerful alternative to Xbox's Series X console is still in the works. The documents, which make reference to a Dev kit for a console codenamed 'Lockhart' are the hardest evidence yet of Microsoft's plans for a Series X alternative. According to The Verge, the console will support gaming at 1080p and 1440p as opposed to the Series X which supports 4K resolution. Source: https://t.co/xaf432dsV9 https://t.co/e9xcLoyeVE— TitleOS (@XB1_HexDecimal) June 26, 2020 While details about the Series X alternative are still sparse, The Verge reports that it will come with 7.5GB of usable RAM and around 4 teraflops of GPU performance. For comparison, the The Xbox Series X will have 13.5GB of usable...
    Microsoft was working in parallel on a new console in addition to the Xbox Series X, especially to satisfy the pockets of its less wealthy users. “data-reactid =” 12 “> It has long been rumored that Microsoft was working in parallel on a new console in addition to the Xbox Series X, especially to satisfy the pockets of its less wealthy users. leaked a document on Twitter where it is confirmed that the company works in Lockhart, the name that would carry this platform, which would be cheaper than the X Series and also with less technical capacity and power. “data-reactid =” 13 “> And this Friday, June 26, leaked a document on Twitter confirming that the company works on...
    The Xbox Series X is definitely a revolutionary console. It is a significant upgrade from its predecessors in the industry. It is 4 times as powerful as the Xbox One X, and 8 times as powerful as the original Xbox One from 2013. This is because of processor technology advancing with leaps and bounds, in only a few years. The Xbox Series X has taken advantage of all of the new hardware components, to make it a beast of a gaming machine. Here are the 3 newest and coolest features which make use of all the power of the Xbox Series X. Quick Resume on the Xbox Series X This is perhaps the most convenient new feature on the...
    The rumors of Microsoft producing a lower-end counterpart to the Xbox Series X just got some support. The Verge reports that a leaked Microsoft document from this month makes multiple references to “Lockhart,” a budget (and possibly cloud-oriented) console for those content with 1080p gaming. The file makes multiple references to the Xbox Series X developer kit including profiling modes that target code for the system, suggesting that Lockhart is a cut-down version of modern hardware rather than a repackaged Xbox One. While the document doesn’t outline the performance, The Verge understands that Lockhart will have considerably less usable RAM than the Series X (7.5GB versus 13.5GB), an underclocked CPU and a GPU with just four teraflops of performance versus...
    Microsoft has been planning a second, cheaper and less power next-gen Xbox console. Codenamed Lockhart, it’s designed to take most of the key next-gen improvements found in the Xbox Series X and provide them at a lower price point for gaming at 1080p or 1440p. A newly leaked Microsoft document, posted on Twitter, includes references to this Lockhart console and multiple “Project Scarlett consoles.” Project Scarlett was the name Microsoft originally used to reveal its Xbox Series X console before it was officially named. Rumors had suggested two next-gen consoles under the broader Project Scarlett plans: Anaconda and Lockhart. Microsoft has etched an anaconda snake into the Xbox Series X mainboard, but the company has never publicly discussed its Lockhart...
    The next generation of consoles is right on the horizon, and both Microsoft and Sony have revealed quite a few facts about their new machines. Microsoft debuted the Xbox Series X under the codename “Project Scarlett” at E3 2019, and gave us a first look at the console’s design in December. With anticipated exclusives like Halo Infinite, and a big focus on backward compatibility, the platform has a lot to offer — even though a number of questions remain. Here’s everything we know about the Xbox Series X. What is the Xbox Series X’s release date? The Xbox Series X is scheduled to come out sometime in “holiday 2020,” but Microsoft hasn’t revealed a specific date just yet. A look...
    MICROSOFT is planning a huge Xbox event next month – where a second console could be revealed. The new Xbox Series X has already been announced, but a spin-off console has been heavily rumoured. 5The Xbox Series X has a tall, boxy design that's markedly different from previous modelsCredit: Microsoft We still don't know exactly when the event will be held, other than that it'll take place in July. It's called Xbox 20/20, and Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg said on Twitter that the team is "working hard on it". "Good content review today in fact with the big boss," he said. "We will share more details when all is locked. Kindly ask for patience in the meantime." 5This is the most...
    Now that next-gen consoles are on their way, game developers will be looking to pounce with new titles. The recent PS5 launch event saw some exciting games making their way to players. A day back, the EA Play Live event announced big news for the fans. EA will be bringing a new Skate game along with their usual lineup of FIFA, Star Wars, and other RPGs. The company will also bring more games to other platforms and shift their concentration on cross-platform as well. EA’s Chief Studios Officer Laura Miele was interviewed by Gameindustry, where she revealed some of the biggest highlights for the next-gen consoles. Laura Miele talks about the developer’s plans Laura Miele explained how the next generation of...
    Microsoft is upgrading its xCloud game-streaming service with more powerful hardware based on the Xbox Series X sometime next year, according to The Verge. Sources also told The Verge that even more powerful PC server blades are being tested for streaming PC games over xCloud, a game-streaming service for mobile devices. The xCloud service would be incorporated into Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s all-in-one game streaming subscription. Right now, Microsoft is using Xbox One S hardware to power xCloud, but the company appears to already be thinking about more powerful options. The reported testing on PC server blades is a good indication that games in users’ Xbox Game Pass for PC subscriptions could be made available for streaming through xCloud in...