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Highlights from the Xbox showcase – E3 2017

So E3 2017 is in full swing, with the Xbox showcase taking place this morning. There were hardware announcements, gameplay reveals and given Xbox were keen to say they had 42 games to present, plenty of titles just dropped with no real information. Yay! Roll up your sleeves, because we’re about to delve into the hype. Here’s what went down: Xbox One X was revealed Goodbye Project Scorp...[Read More]

Project Scorpio’s beefy specs ran a Forza demo at 4K/60fps

Digital Foundry just revealed the final specs of Project Scorpio, Microsoft’s candidate in the whole “mid generation upgrade” console trend, and boy does it sound like a beast. Scorpio will be running a GPU with more compute units and a higher clock speed than the PS4 Pro, a custom eight core CPU, and 12GB of RAM. According to Digital Foundry’s Richard Leadbetter, Project S...[Read More]

Gears of War 4 review: The next generation struggles to get into gear

Reviewed on Xbox One. Copy supplied by publisher. Drink some protein shakes, dust off your chainsaw and strap a car chassis to yourself, we’re heading to planet Sera. It’s been five years since we last checked in on Marcus Fenix and friends in a core Gears of War title, and a lot has changed in that time. The latest offering, Gears of War 4, takes place 25 years after Gears 3, putting ...[Read More]

Turns out Xbox One S DOES give a slight performance boost

When it came to the new Xbox One consoles announced at E3, it was next year’s Project Scorpio that got all the attention given it’s apparently coming to make frame rates everywhere quake in their uncapped boots. However, the Xbox One S, which launched across the world yesterday, touted the support of 4K Blu-Rays and HDR colours, with pretty much no changes to gaming performance. Speaki...[Read More]

Xbox One S 1TB and 500GB release dates confirmed

Microsoft announced last week that the first refresh of the Xbox One, the 4K video enabled, smaller Xbox One S, will be hitting stores on August 2. The particular model releasing on that date will be the highest end one, sporting 2TB of hard drive space. As for the 1TB and 500GB models, at the time Microsoft said details of their release “will be shared soon.” Well, I guess “soon” in t...[Read More]

New Gears of War 4 gameplay and snazzy console

Xbox has dropped some footage from Gears of War 4’s campaign featuring Marcus Fenix fighting alongside his son JD and friends. The gameplay seems to take place early in the campaign and shows off new executions, dynamic weather effects and of course the new enemies, the Swarm. Prepare to hear “SWAAAARRRRMM!!!!!” a lot throughout the campaign. Also announced was the limited edition Gears of War 4 t...[Read More]

Xbox One S launches on August 2

The Xbox One S has been slated for an August release since it was announced this past E3, it was just a matter of when. Well, now it’s official: the Xbox One S is arriving on August 2 in Australia. As was confirmed at E3, there will be several different versions of the Xbox One S which differ in hard drive size. The 2TB model is the one launching on August 2 for $549AUD, with Microsoft sayin...[Read More]

Microsoft backtracks on this week’s Xbox Play Anywhere announcement

Well this is disappointing news. Earlier this week Microsoft announced on Windows Blog that their Xbox Play Anywhere program will apply to all future games published by Microsoft Studios, giving the impression that all previously Xbox exclusive franchises would now be cross compatible with Windows 10 PCs. Now it seems like that notion was inaccurate, as Microsoft has since edited the Windows Blog ...[Read More]

Xbox Play Anywhere will apply to all future Microsoft published games

Microsoft have today announced that all future games published by them will be playable across both Xbox One and PC under the Xbox Play Anywhere program. In a blog post regarding the first anniversary update to Windows 10, Microsoft said “every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere and will be easily accessible in the Windows Store.” Announced at E3...[Read More]

Reports surface of two new Xbox One models on the way

Sources have told Kotaku that Microsoft is planning to release two new versions of its Xbox One console, one in 2016 and another in 2017. The reports, which have been corroborated by Polygon’s “own sources”, describe the 2016 model as a slimline version around 40% smaller than the current Xbox One, offering 4K video support and sporting a 2TB hard drive. Polygon’s source de...[Read More]

Xbox planning to support cross network multiplayer, including PS4

  It sounds almost too good to be true, and in a way it kind of is. In a post today on the Xbox Wire, ID@Xbox program director Chris Charla said that in addition to supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10, Microsoft will allow developers to implement cross-network play as well. This means Microsoft are open to allowing Xbox One and Windows 10 players to play with/agains...[Read More]

Microsoft announces Young Conker for HoloLens

  With all this talk surrounding the price of virtual reality lately, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Microsoft is working on a product called HoloLens which is based around an entirely different kind of experience: augmented reality. For the uninitiated, augmented reality (AR) is the idea of using a headset designed to present digital images overlayed onto a real-life location ra...[Read More]

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