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Masiv / Jul 23, 2018


One of the most surprising moments of E3 2018 was when Phil Spencer mentioned that the next-generation of Xbox consoles were already in development and codenamed Scarlet. No further details were shared beyond that, but a new report may give fans a better idea of what to expect from Scarlet and the future of Xbox.

Thurrott reports that Microsoft plans on launching two distinct versions of the next-generation Xbox. One version will be a traditional home console that will play games locally, but the other will be a cloud-based streaming box that has been referred to as Scarlet Cloud. The cloud-based Xbox console will be made to stream games from Microsoft’s upcoming game streaming service, and will reduce latency by running games both locally and through the cloud.

Whether players choose to purchase the traditional version of Scarlet or Scarlet Cloud shouldn’t make a difference in terms of what content they can access. Both Scarlet and Scarlet Cloud (and apparently other devices as well, such as PCs) will have access to Microsoft’s game streaming service, which will presumably be an evolution of the Xbox Game Pass that currently requires players to download each title individually.

In its report, Thurrott also reiterated that Microsoft is looking to release the next-generation Xbox consoles in 2020. Since Microsoft has already started teasing the next-generation of Xbox hardware, 2020 does seem like a reasonable release year. Depending on when in 2020 Microsoft plans on launching the Scarlet family of consoles, we may even get some concrete details at E3 2019 next summer.
Masiv / Jun 06, 2018


E3 2018 will take place from June 12-14, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The 2018 expo will mark the 21st time E3 was held in the Los Angeles area.

The biggest stage in gaming for reveals and news drops formally kicks off at the Los Angeles Convention Center on the 12th. But really, the show informally kicks off a few days earlier, on Saturday, when the annual gauntlet of press conferences begins.

The actual E3 event starts on Tuesday shortly after Nintendo's stream ends. But if you're not going to be hanging at the Los Angeles Convention Center next week, the press conferences will be your best bet for getting up-to-the-minute E3 news as it unfolds.

Here is the E3 2018 press conference schedule
  • EA – June 9 at 11am PT/ 7pm BST
  • Microsoft – June 10 at 1pm PT/ 9pm BST
  • Bethesda – June 10 at 6.30 pm PT/ 2.30 am BST
  • Square Enix – June 11 at 10am PT/ 6pm BST
  • Ubisoft – June 11 at 1pm PT/ 9pm BST
  • Sony – June 11 at 6pm PT/ 2am BST
  • Nintendo – June 12 at 9am PT/ 5pm BST


See our Events Calendar for more info and links to watch the conferences.
Masiv / Feb 19, 2018


While the Xbox One does not have an official, Microsoft-approved plan for support of keyboard and mouse controls (at least not yet), there are ways to do it. One way is through the use of adapters. Microsoft is apparently aware of this, but the company is not taking action in the case of multiplayer shooters--where keyboard and mouse players would theoretically have an advantage.

The reason? According to Xbox engineering lead Mike Ybarra, Microsoft could block keyboard and mouse setups on console, but won't do it because the company wants to give developers the freedom to operate their games as they see fit. Not only that, but a keyboard and mouse setup can be a helpful solution for players with accessibility considerations.

For a long time now, Microsoft has said it is considering bringing an official keyboard and mouse solution to the Xbox One. In September last year, Ybarra said keyboard and mouse support is "definitely coming" to Xbox One, but he didn't say when or in what form. Ybarra said Microsoft understands the concerns people have about keyboard and mouse users having the upper hand against people using a controller.

"We have to be very smart in how we do that. We'll leave it a lot up to developer choice," Ybarra said at the time. "A lot of people tweet me and say, 'You can't do this because of fairness,' and we understand that. We run two platforms; the Windows platform and the Xbox platform."

Ybarra said one solution is that developers can create systems in their games that allow players to decide if they want to play against people using controllers or a keyboard and mouse setup. In fact, Microsoft's Gears of War 4 supports cross-play between Xbox One and PC, and the company already tested the waters with controller versus keyboard and mouse setup. Xbox One players can choose whether or not they want to play with PC users.

Would you like to see official keyboard and mouse support on Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below!
Masiv / Oct 28, 2017
As promised, Xbox One backwards compatibility with original Xbox games will arrive this year. But the feature is coming much sooner than we expected, as the first games arrived Tuesday, Oct. 24.



A total of 13 games will be supported initially on Xbox One. Microsoft shared a list of these games on the Xbox Wire, and in addition to the two we'd repeatedly heard about -- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge and Fuzion Frenzy -- we'll also be able to play Ninja Gaiden Black, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Black.

Here's the full list:
Black
BloodRayne 2
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
Dead to Rights
Fuzion Frenzy
Grabbed by the Ghoulies
The King of Fighters Neowave
Ninja Gaiden Black
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Psychonauts
Red Faction II
Sid Meier's Pirates
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

The video below showcases what Knights of the Old Republic looks like running on an original Xbox versus an Xbox One S. While you're unlikely to mistake it for a newly released game, it does look noticeably better, with sharper textures and less aliasing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1kDabyaw5k

Xbox games will not be added to the backwards-compatibility list on the same sort of timetable as Xbox 360 games. Following this initial set of 13, the next "batch" of game will arrive sometime in spring 2018. 
Falconer / Sep 28, 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F63h3v9QV7w
The all-new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive. Coming Spring 2018 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems.



This will be a prequel about Dutch's Van der Linde Gang from the first Redemption game. This means we will get to see John Marston when he was younger and more rogue.



According to the updated website "Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience." LINK

Hunting, Horse breaking, and train robbing are activities featured.
Masiv / Aug 12, 2017


The 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship is headed to the East Coast of America for the first time, as the top 32 teams in Call of Duty today will compete at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Aug. 9-13.
 
With the 2017 season offering the largest season prize pool in Call of Duty history of $4 million, it’s only fitting that the Amway Center, set to be one of the largest venues that will host a Call of Duty tournament to date, will be the place where $1.5 million of that prize pool will be on the line. Part of the City of Orlando’s largest redevelopment plans in the city’s history, the Amway Center has played host to All-Star Games and world class performing artists, and will now hold its first major esports tournament.

Watch Live right now (Saturday, August 12, 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IcFuRRUvwg
Masiv / Jun 11, 2017


The next version of Microsoft's long running Xbox line of video game consoles is named Xbox One X. It costs $500, and launches November 7.

Microsoft detailed the new console during a press briefing in Los Angeles. The Xbox One X looks strikingly similar to the Xbox One S (Microsoft's previous console), but is notably smaller.

The other big difference about the Xbox One X is how powerful it is.

It's capable of powering 4K gaming — the next step up in graphical fidelity after HD — as well as 4K Blu-ray discs. It's got "six teraflops" of processing power, which means it's far more powerful than the current models of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — even the new, more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro.

The console is being touted as the most powerful game console ever made, and Microsoft says it's also the smallest Xbox ever made. 

Aside from being powerful and small, the Xbox One X is an Xbox One: It can play all your existing Xbox One and Xbox 360 backwards compatible games. It also works with all your existing Xbox One accessories, from gamepads to racing wheels.



Xbox One X was previously announced as "Project Scorpio," and Microsoft only showed off its chip at the time. The Xbox One X console is expected to launch on November 7, starting at $500.
Falconer / May 11, 2017


Square-Enix has just announced that they are splitting their partnership with IO Interactive putting the future of the Hitman series in doubt. In 2009, Square-Enix took control of IO & is currently has begun negotiations with potential new investors to keep it going.

Square-Enix is keeping the IP for Hitman while discarding IO. This is what happened to the great Sleeping Dogs game which since has been dead as a series.

Square-Enix Statment