Sure, Cyberpunk 2077 may have been delayed until Dec. 10, but CD Projekt Red wanted to give gamers a sneak peek at what’s in store for them with a special edition of Night City Wire. We get to see gameplay footage from both the Xbox Series X and Xbox One X consoles. For those who have never heard of this game, you play in the first-person perspective of a customizable mercenary known as V, who can acquire skills in hacking / machinery, acquire an arsenal of weapons, and there are even options for melee combat. Read more for the video and additional information.
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Microsoft acquired AI startup Bonsai, which specialized in reinforcement learning for autonomous systems, and last year, they previewed a new Azure-based platform that is partially built on this technology, which helps developers train the models necessary to power them. This innovative combines Microsoft’s tools for machine teaching / machine learning with simulation tools as well as the company’s IoT services and its open-source Robot Operating System. Read more to see what a robot running on this technology could look like.
Gamers have joked that the new Xbox Series X looks like a fridge, and what better way to prove their point than by building an actual life-sized 1:1 scale replica fridge modeled after the next-gen console? Microsoft did just that and a few lucky social media influencers / celebrities have already received one, but now, the company is giving this thing away. To enter the contest, simply follow the official Xbox Twitter account and retweet the giveaway tweet including the hashtag #XSXFridgeSweeps. Read more for two videos and additional information.
With the second season of The Mandalorian just around the corner, Microsoft introduces a new Xbox controller inspired by the series. This peripheral is armor-clad in a Mandalorian pattern reminiscent of beskar steel and comes with a matching Xbox Pro charging stand. Other features include textured grips, custom button mapping, and up two twice the wireless range. Use the magnetic contact system for one-handed play while you charge. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Microsoft researchers unveil Capacitivo, an interactive smart fabric that can automatically recognize objects. Technically speaking, it’s a contact-based object recognition technique developed for interactive fabrics, using capacitive sensing, that can detect things such as food (different types of fruits, liquids, etc.) and other types of objects often found around the house or workplace. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
The problem with virtual reality devices is that controllers can only be used for interacting with objects, but Microsoft has a wrist-worn haptic device that will let you feel them. Called the Haptic PIVOT, this device renders virtual objects into the user’s hand on demand, consisting of a single actuated joint that pivots a haptic handle. This means that objects can be moved in and out of a user’s hand, giving them the sensation of grasping, catching, or throwing an object. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
Anyone fortunate enough to have secured an Xbox Series X should be receiving their consoles on November 10th, but apparently some retailers have already received their stock ahead of time. With that said, at least one person has managed to get their hands on the retail version of the console and already unboxed it for the world to see. Inside the box, you’ll see the console itself, power cord, HDMI cable, and the new wireless controller. Read more for the video and additional information.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 developer Asobo announced this week that sign-ups for its forthcoming VR closed beta have opened, and is set to begin later this month or early November. In addition to the game, participants are also required to have a compatible Windows Mixed Reality headset. Should you pass those steps, you’ll then have to submit your DxDiag to help Asobo pick the players most suited to each wave of its closed beta, and then agree to Microsoft’s NDA. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Priced at $549.99, the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go is priced just right for students or anyone working from home that doesn’t need an extremely powerful computer. Featuring a 12.4-inch PixelSense touchscreen display, a full-sized keyboard with 1.3mm key travel for an accurate and comfortable typing experience, and a large precision trackpad in three metal finishes: Ice Blue, Sandstone and Platinum. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on, and additional information.
Just picked up Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 and can’t find a flight stick in stock? Well, there’s a workaround if you have a spare Xbox controller and a 3D printer around. Akaki Kuumeri managed to create a HOTAS (hands on throttle-and-stick) using simple 3D-printed, snap together parts. What he ended up was a flight stick perfect for casual gaming. Sure, it may not be the prettiest of mods, but we’re sure someone out there is going to go above and beyond with their version. Read more for a video demonstration and how to make your own.