Microsoft officially unveiled the Xbox Series X at The Game Awards 2019, and it will be the company’s fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility. This means you’ll be able to enjoy thousands of games from three generations and more with four times the processing power and support for both vertical as well as horizontal orientation. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Forza Horizon 4 fans rejoice! The game is getting a new multiplayer “Elminator” mode tomorrow in the Series 17 update that is inspired by the battle royale genre. This free update supports up to 72-players duking it out in a closing play area, with the left the last one driving declared winner. The arena is located in Britain and eliminating other players in head-to-head races allows you to earn upgrades as well as faster cars. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Microsoft xCloud is the working title of the company’s upcoming Xbox cloud gaming streaming service, which runs on Microsoft’s 54 Azure cloud computing centers, hosted in 140 countries. It’s designed to work with smartphones, either with touchscreen controls or with an Xbox controller attachment over Bluetooth. This is what an actual smartphone accessory could look like when the service is introduced. Read more for additional pictures.
Microsoft launched its Xbox Console Streaming for some, which lets you stream Xbox One games directly to your Android device. Right now, it’s available to US or UK users who are Xbox Insiders in the Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings. If you just so happen to be in that group, a device running Android 6.0 or higher and a Bluetooth-capable Xbox One controller are required to take part, but a controller clip is also recommended for the best gameplay experience. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Gears 5 release is just over a month away, and today, Microsoft unveiled a limited edition Xbox One X bundle for the game. It’s the first first Limited Edition Xbox One X since the Project Scorpio Edition, and sports a never-before-seen dark translucent casing as well as laser-etched cracks across the console’s frosty top surface, complete with snow drifting across a golden Locust symbol on the back. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Project xCloud aims to bring console quality gaming to phones and tqblets, but let’s face it, using a touchscreen controls just won’t cut it, especially for FPS games. Sure, there’s systems like AdaptControl which can adapt to the ‘drift’ typically occurring when using virtual on-screen controls, but touch-based emulation of traditional gaming controls like D-pads, buttons and joysticks aren’t responsive enough. So, Microsoft has been working on prototype Xbox mobile controllers for smartphones that attach to each end. Read more for additional pictures and information.
A new Microsoft Flight Simulator game is coming to PC (Windows 10) and Xbox One platforms through Xbox Game Pass in 2020. In the announcement trailer, we get a preview of a variety of flyable planes, including small two-seaters to massive 747s, complete with satellite data, thanks to Microsoft’s Azure engine, which brings the world to life, including real-world locations like the pyramids at Giza as well as the Seattle Space Needle. Read more for a flight test video and additional information.
Slated for release in Q4 2020, Microsoft’s Project Scarlett will use a semi-custom AMD Zen 2 processor architecture with Radeon RDNA architecture, and GDDR6 memory, which is plenty of power for 8K graphics, real-time ray tracing and even 120 frames per second gaming performance. Say goodbye to loading times, this console will utilize SSD storage that doubles as virtual memory to for blazing fast performance. “We’ve created a new generation of SSDs. We’re using the SSD as virtual RAM,” says an Xbox representative. Read more for another video of Xbox’s Phil Spencer on the new console, another picture and additional information.
Microsoft officially launched its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription today ahead of the company’s E3 press conference. At $14.99 per month, users gain access to Xbox Live Gold as well as Xbox Game Pass for both Xbox and PC. How good of a deal is Ultimate? Well, considering that Xbox Game Pass for PC / Xbox costs $4.99 / $9.99 respectively as well as Xbox Live Gold for $9.99 per month, that is a combined total of $24.97 per month. Read more for a Microsoft press conference livestream direct from E3 2019 and a link to where you can buy it now.
Meta Threads, a clothing company which hosts top styles from influencers and esports teams, has partnered with Microsoft for their second generation of Xbox apparel, launching June 11th during E3 2019. The pieces found in this line highlight both athletic and technological influences, all the while maintaining an urban stylish tone to create functional modern clothing for gamers everywhere. “Working with a team as talented as Xbox has made the creative development process an incredible experience. Gaming remains a dominant force in pop culture and our goal is to capture the lifestyle beyond just the screen, bringing it into our fan’s every day lives. We are excited to announce our second collection with Xbox at E3 and are looking forward to future projects,” said Steve Nabi Co-Founder and President of Meta Threads. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.