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Jun 12, 2020. 16 comments

What We Still Don’t Know About PlayStation 5 And Xbox Series X

What We Still Don’t Know About PlayStation 5 And Xbox Series X

Today saw Sony

officially unveil the PlayStation 5. Microsoft revealed the Xbox Series X last December. And while we already have quite enough to argue about between design choices and technical specs , there are still a few important things we don’t know about this upcoming pair of game consoles.

The biggest mystery surrounding the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X is their release dates....

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Jun 11, 2020. 11 comments

Killer Instinct Documentary Reveals Surprising Connection to Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Killer Instinct Documentary Reveals Surprising Connection to Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Fighting game community documentarian Esteban Martinez of Hold Back to Block returned this week with a full-length look at the history of Killer Instinct, focusing on its 2013 reboot. Surprisingly, the celebrated competitive fighting games actually has roots in licensed fare like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Green Lantern.

Double Helix Games was one of six studios up for consideration to work...

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May 07, 2020. 24 comments

Everything Microsoft Showed During Today's Xbox Series X Event

Everything Microsoft Showed During Today's Xbox Series X Event

Microsoft finally showed its next-gen Xbox Series X in action today during a special edition of Inside Xbox featuring a slew of trailers for upcoming games, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Dirt 5, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

Over a dozen games were shown during the roughly hour-long event and while many of them were from smaller publishers, it still provided our first look, even if only a...

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May 07, 2020. 16 comments

All These Studios Are Making Xbox Series X Games

All These Studios Are Making Xbox Series X Games

During today’s Inside Xbox broadcast, Microsoft revealed a whole host of studios making games for Xbox Series X.

Some of the bigger names featured include Crystal Dynamics, Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Capcom, Epic, From Software, Sega, Square Enix, and WB Games. Sarah Bond, head of Xbox partnerships, said that players can look forward to “hundreds” of Xbox Series X games in 2021.

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May 07, 2020. 24 comments

This Is What Xbox Series X Graphics Look Like

This Is What Xbox Series X Graphics Look Like

Here’s what Playism’s Bright Memory: Infinite looks like running on the Xbox Series X, or at least in-game footage representative of Xbox Series X performance. Not too shabby.

The first game shown during Microsoft’s Xbox Series X gameplay reveal event was this first-person shooter from developer FYQD-Studio. Note that the official stream version carried a disclaimer that the game and console...

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Apr 30, 2020. 19 comments

Xbox Series X Gameplay Reveal Set For May 7

Xbox Series X Gameplay Reveal Set For May 7

Microsoft will finally show gameplay from Xbox Series X games, including our first look at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in action, on a new episode of Inside Xbox airing May 7.

While Microsoft has already shown the console itself, as well as shared deep dives into its specs, this will be the first opportunity to see how next-gen games actually run on it. The company says the gameplay reveals...

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Mar 31, 2020. 4 comments

Here's April 2020's Xbox Live Games With Gold

Here's April 2020's Xbox Live Games With Gold

April’s Xbox Live Games with Gold is a good deal for fans of racing games and RPGs. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription.

April’s Games With Gold are:

Xbox OneProject CARS 2 (April 1-30)Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle (April 16-May 15)Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)Fable Anniversary (April 1-15)Toybox Turbos (April 16-30)

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Mar 31, 2020. 6 comments

The Xbox Series X Is Shaped Like A Fridge So It Can Vent More Heat

The Xbox Series X Is Shaped Like A Fridge So It Can Vent More Heat

In a departure from past video game consoles, the Xbox Series X stands upright instead of laying horizontally. Microsoft says that design choice was part of an effort to make the hardware’s fan as big and efficient as possible.

The company laid out its thinking in a recent interview with Digital Foundry over on Eurogamer. The console’s unusual form factor is a product of two things: the need...

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Mar 20, 2020. 17 comments

Microsoft's AI Experiments Are Creating Unbeatable Raid Bosses

Microsoft's AI Experiments Are Creating Unbeatable Raid Bosses

Raid bosses are the toughest fights in any massively multiplayer online game, but eventually players always find ways to crack them. Now developers are looking at ways to use cloud computing to give raid bosses a way of fighting back.

During one of Microsoft’s Game Stack developer livestreams yesterday, software engineer James Trott said that as developers are able to use the resources of the...

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Mar 19, 2020. 5 comments

Microsoft Adds More Stuff You Probably Won't Use To Game Pass Ultimate

Microsoft Adds More Stuff You Probably Won't Use To Game Pass Ultimate

Today, Microsoft announced it’s expanding the Game Pass Ultimate subscription to include “perks,” extra goodies like in-game currency and cosmetic packs for certain games available through the service. While it’s a small gesture, it’s part of the company’s ongoing attempt to make subscribers feel like they’re getting their money’s worth.

The first set of games to get perks includes Phantasy...

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Mar 16, 2020. 10 comments

The Xbox Series X Controller Is Subtly Different

The Xbox Series X Controller Is Subtly Different

There are obvious differences between the controller for the Xbox Series X and the current Xbox One controller. The directional pad has changed, and there is a share button now. Then there are features like new textures and rounded bumpers, small changes that could make a big difference in controller comfort for many people.

In a lengthy interview at Xbox Wire, Xbox senior designer Ryan...

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Mar 16, 2020. 23 comments

Here's What's Inside The Xbox Series X

Here's What's Inside The Xbox Series X

Last month Microsoft posted a lengthy article talking about what the upcoming Xbox Series X console can do. Today the company details the hardware inside the box that’s getting it done, including a custom eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU running at 3.8 GHz and its powerful RDNA 2 GPU.

The technical jargon runs thick in Microsoft’s Xbox Series X technology post this morning, so much so that the...

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Mar 03, 2020. 15 comments

I Like One Of Xbox's Two New Controller Colors

I Like One Of Xbox's Two New Controller Colors

Look at this beautiful piece of gaming equipment. Microsoft calls it Phantom Magenta, but we’re calling it “purple.” Not the Atomic Purple of Nintendo fame, but a richer, more mature hue. I want to uncork it and drink deeply from it’s hand oil-caked reservoirs. It’s up for preorder today, along with a white camouflage number that’s not nearly as attractive.

I don’t get camouflage controllers....

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Feb 25, 2020. 13 comments

Here's March 2020's Xbox Live Games With Gold

Here's March 2020's Xbox Live Games With Gold

March’s Xbox Live Games with Gold are a nice mix. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription.

March’s Games with Gold are:

Xbox OneBatman: The Enemy Within—The Complete Season (March 1-31)Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (March 16-April 15)Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (March 1-15)Sonic Generations (March 16-31)

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Feb 17, 2020. 15 comments

It Seems A Playable Xbox Build Of StarCraft Ghost Has Leaked (Update)

It Seems A Playable Xbox Build Of StarCraft Ghost Has Leaked (Update)

Here’s something I didn’t expect to see today: New gameplay footage of StarCraft Ghost. The third-person shooter had a rocky and well-known development history before being officially canceled by Blizzard, something confirmed back in 2014. Now an early Xbox build seems to have leaked out and popped up online.

Andrew Borman posted some screenshots on Twitter but quickly pointed out that he had...

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Feb 10, 2020. 22 comments

I Finally Got My First Xbox

I Finally Got My First Xbox

I’ve never wanted to own an Xbox console, if I’m being completely honest.

For the past 19 years Microsoft has put out exclusive after exclusive that don’t appeal to me in the slightest. The consistency is actually kind of impressive. Not that Xbox consoles or exclusives are poorly made—they’re just usually not for me. Even the few games that have caught my attention over the years, games like...

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Feb 01, 2020. 4 comments

Microsoft's Bug Bounty Program Will Pay Players To Find Security Flaws In Xbox Live

Microsoft's Bug Bounty Program Will Pay Players To Find Security Flaws In Xbox Live

Xbox Live has never suffered a major hack, and Microsoft would like to keep it that way, in part by rewarding people who report vulnerabilities in the gaming network with cash.

“The Xbox Bounty Program invites gamers, security researchers, and others around the world to help identify security vulnerabilities in the Xbox Live network and services and share them with the Xbox team,” the company...

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Jan 28, 2020. 7 comments

Here's February 2020's Xbox Live Games With Gold

Here's February 2020's Xbox Live Games With Gold

February’s Xbox Live Games with Gold is a mix of racing, horror, and multiplayer. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription.

February’s Games with Gold are:

Xbox OneTT Isle of Man (February 1-29)Call of Cthulhu (February 16-March 15)Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)Fable Heroes (February 1-15)Star Wars Battlefront (February 16-29)

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Jan 28, 2020. 11 comments

Kentucky Route Zero: The Kotaku Review

Kentucky Route Zero: The Kotaku Review

After seven years, the haunting episodic adventure game Kentucky Route Zero is finally complete. The game’s first chapter came out on PC in 2013. Tomorrow’s Act V marks the end of the story. A new “TV Edition” for consoles collects all five acts—the main story pieces of the game—and four interludes—side content that ties back into the story. I’m mainly a PC gamer, so the thought that there is...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jan 20, 2020. 19 comments

Dad Builds Custom Xbox Adaptive Controller So Daughter Can Play Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Dad Builds Custom Xbox Adaptive Controller So Daughter Can Play Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Xbox’s Adaptive Controller has done some amazing things as far as accessibility in video games goes, but the setup isn’t hard-wired to only work on a Microsoft console. It can, with a little work, also run on the Nintendo Switch, and in doing so bring an enormous smile to a little girl’s face.

Rory Steel built this custom pad for his daughter, who has been itching to play some Zelda along with...

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