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Project xCloud Name Change Imminent, And It Might Succeed where Stadia and YouTube Have Failed

We just announced that Project xCloud – Microsoft’s game streaming service – would soon be integrated into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at no additional cost. Now we’ve learned that even more details will come to light in August 2020, just one month before that integration happens. One of those big details will likely be a new name, but according to Xbox Head, Phil Spencer, in an interview with The Verge, an official and final name has yet to be decided on. “This isn’t the official name, but you should think about it as Game Pass streaming or Xbox streaming, something like that. We actually don’t have the final name just yet, but it won’t be Project xCloud.” And, Xbox isn’t planning to sleep easy on xCloud – or whatever it will be called – as it is. The company has big plans that could put it in a position to knock Google Stadia and even YouTube down a peg. As you recall, the idea with game...

As Microsoft Kills Off the Xbox One, PlayStation Insists the PS4 Still Has a Lot of Life Left In It

Sony is all set to launch the PlayStation 5 this holiday season, but while Microsoft is starting to kill of production of the Xbox One, PlayStation is clear that there’s still a lot to come for the PS4 and has even gone so far as to say there’s still a lot of life left in the console. Strange? Perhaps, but it’s not as strange as you might think. Eric Lempel, the Worldwide Head of PlayStation Marketing discusses the company’s outlook on the PS4 at the end of Today’s Summer Games Festival DualSense reveal. Lempal made it very clear that the PS4 was still important to the company and that PS4 owners shouldn’t worry if they can’t upgrade right when the PS5 launches. “We believe that all of these things combined, as well as all the other great PS5 features we've spoken about, really lead to a next-generation experience. And in many cases, we can't take everybody with us from previous consoles into that experience. You need...

Microsoft is Killing off the Xbox One as Launch of the Xbox Series X Nears

As the launch of the Xbox Series X draws near, Microsoft has confirmed that most of the Xbox One family will soon be discontinued. It seems like an odd move considering most next-gen games will be backward compatible and is expected to serve as a gateway to Project xCloud, but the Xbox One S will remain while the standard Xbox One and One X bidding farewell. This was confirmed to The Verge by a Microsoft rep, who said the following: “As we ramp into the future with Xbox Series X, we’re taking the natural step of stopping production on Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally.” On top of this, a number of media outlets have reported that the SKU for the 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscription is also being discontinued, leaving the option to buy the 1- and 3-month subscription only. Again, another odd move – especially with alerting consumders –...

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Will Soon Include Project xCloud for Free

Microsoft’s Project xCloud game streaming service has been in the works for a while now, with limited public beta testing ongoing for the last year or so. Now, we’re learning that the service is going to be greatly expanded and made available to just about everyone. Starting September 2020, just a month or two before the Xbox Series X launches, Microsoft will be adding Project xCloud to its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Subscription. Don’t know what that is? Well, for $14.99 per month, you get access to Xbox Game Pass on Xbox and PC along with your Xbox Live subscription. So, basically access to more than 100 games, online multiplayer capability, and – pretty soon – the ability to stream those games (and any other digital purchases that are compatible) to your phone or tablet. In a post on Xbox Wire, Xbox head Phil Spencer laid it all out: "Cloud gaming in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate means your games are no longer locked...

Watch Dogs Legion Released Date Revealed for Current-Gen Systems

Ubisoft’s Looking Forward event – the company’s digital replacement for this year’s canceled E3 – came with a seven-minute trailer for Watch Dogs Legion (embedded below) and an official release date of October 29, 2020. The game will launch for current-gen systems this October with next-gen versions of the game “coming soon.” What that means is up for debate, but you shouldn’t expect to see it land on the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 until at least February 2021. Watch Dogs Legion Gameplay Overview Trailer (July 2020) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGBrGqXILgM The trailer for Watch Dogs Legion gives is a look at the main villains in the game – Albion CEO Nigel Cass and Mary Kelly, the latter of which is the leader of the most powerful crim syndicate in London. This is the woman responsible for money farming organs on the black market so, you know, not a nice lady. Outside of this wee also get a look into the interesting recruitment...

New Leak Claims Silent Hill PS5 Reveal Could Happen In August

The drama behind a new Silent Hill game has been as gruesome and terrifying as the game itself. We heard new games were coming, then we heard it would return for the PS5, then in quick succession Konami shot the rumors down. A month or so later, a Japanese horror artist hinted at a Silent Hills revival, and a month after that, yet another leak said that a reveal was imminent. The trail has, for the most part, been cold ever since. So, what in the world is going on? Is it coming? Is it not? Well, known (and usually accurate) leaker, Aesthetic Gamer, has clued us in on some new facts, and now it looks like Silent Hill could be revealed as soon as next month. Now, before we get into the tweet from Aesthetic Gamer, I should point out that he was very accurate when it came to Resident Evil Village (RE8), and has had a knack for nailing information for horror games in general. You should...

Xbox Games Showcase – When to Watch and What to Expect

We’ve known for a while now that July would serve as home to the Xbox Games Showcase, and now we have confirmation that it’ll happen on Thursday July 23. We know that we’re see some first-party games for the Xbox Series X, but what exactly will we see? The rumor mill has been quite busy about this Series X showcase, with the most prominent and practically confirmed (thanks to the official Halo Twitter account) being our first look on next-gen Halo Infinite gameplay. Microsoft has stopped short of revealing what we’ll see, but it did say that you’ll need to tune in at 9am PDT, noon EDT, or 5pm BST. Get ready. https://t.co/ktmpzdysZ2 pic.twitter.com/1KJh8pMF4M— Halo (@Halo) July 6, 2020 That said, Xbox has significantly expanded its range of first-party studios in the past few years, and this specific event is going to be their time to shine. Rumors say that we’ll get our first look at the long-awaited Fable 4 –...

Xbox Series S Will Be The Same as Series X, Minus the Disc Drive

We’ve been hearing a lot of Project Lockhart, what is now widely believed to be the Xbox Series S or the “all-digital” version of the Series X. However, it was suspected that the Series S would be come with less processing power, less ramp, and a smaller SSD – a similar recipe that was used with the Xbox One S – it was designed to be small, not powerful. We’ve now learned, thanks to an anonymous developer at Gearbox, that the Series S will be almost the same as the Series X, and this is good news indeed. This information comes from a post on NeoGAF with words from an unnamed employee who claims that “Microsoft failed on providing real dev kits on details on . We didn’t get any type of real Lockhart hardware until very recently.” This apparently caused some delays in the development of Borderlands 3 because the studio had to basically guess as to what the hardware specifications might be.   “Microsoft...

The Xbox Series X’s Velocity Architecture Will Push Open-World Games to the Next Level

We learned about the Xbox Sereis X’s hardware long before we knew anything about the PS5, and ever since then, Microsoft has been talking up its hardware likes it’s the best thing since the invention of toilet paper. With the SSD and all the other new hardware all working together, the Xbox Series X – much like the PlayStation 5 – has some serious potential to do some really impressive things for gaming. One big thing that makes the Series X stand out is its Velocity Architecture, which basically combines streaming and decompression, among other things, to drastically lower the time it takes to get assets from storage to the screen. This has been a common discussion point among game developers recently, and now CBE Softwares’ Jan Kavan has expressed just what Velocity Architecture will mean for games going forward in an interview with GamingBolt. “This will greatly help large games – especially open world – because streaming is always an issue to deal with. It’s...

Xbox Series X and PS5 Tech: The Road to Making Dreams Come True

It wasn’t that long ago that we got our first look at what the PlayStation 5 is capable of when Epic Games showcased Unreal Engine 5’s new Nanite technology. The graphics, lighting, and, well, everything was just breathtaking. Now, Epic Games’ Chief of Technology Kim Liberi has come out and admitted that next-gen console hardware will help developers bring their dreams to life. Those dreams? Movie-like graphics in video games. In the latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine, Liberi laid this concept out as it relates ot him: “It has been a lifelong dream of mine that real-time computer graphics, and in particular games, can be as believable and realistic as a movie. Next-gen graphics and processing power will not only make games more immersive but will also enable entirely new gameplay concepts that can take advantage of fully dynamic environments and lighting, much-improved physics, smarter AI, and richer multiplayer experiences.” Make note of how he’s talking about “next-gen graphics,” and not speaking...

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