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« Reply #15 on: 2020-07-31 17:39:23 »

'Halo Infinite' team on graphics criticism: 'we do have work to do'

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343 Industries has responded to fan concerns that Halo Infinite, the next instalment in the beloved shooter franchise, doesn’t look particularly ‘next-gen.’ In a blog post, community manager John Junyszek said the team in Redmond had “heard the feedback” shared by disgruntled fans after the Xbox showcase. “The build used to run the campaign demo was work-in-progress from several weeks ago with a variety of graphical elements and game systems still being finished and polished,” he said.

Halo Infinite opened the Xbox showcase — a long-awaited event focused on first-party titles for the Xbox platform, including the upcoming Xbox Series X console – with a campaign demo that showed Master Chief battling his way through a forest and mountain-covered planet. Many viewers were intrigued by the structure of the game, which appears to be more ‘open world,’ but horrified by the seemingly-simple visuals which looked flat and ‘last-gen.’ “Halo Plastic Edition,” one YouTube viewer commented last week..... Click article to read full article
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« Reply #16 on: 2020-07-31 17:45:02 »

PC gaming tycoon Gabe Newell would opt for Xbox Series X (but probably won't)

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The CEO of PC gaming platform Steam, Gabe Newell, has indicated that of Holiday 2020's new home consoles, he currently prefers the Xbox Series X to the PlayStation 5 -- but "has no stake in the race."

On vacation in New Zealand in March, Valve Corporation CEO Gabe Newell decided along with a group of family and friends to stay on there as the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world, instead of returning to the USA.

Inspired by New Zealanders' communal response to the pandemic, Newell and his fellow holidaymakers have now come up with "a way of saying thank you for the hospitality and generosity" shown to them.

He joined TV show "The Project NZ" to talk about the concert, dubbed We Heart Aotearoa or We Love Aotearoa (using the Maori name for New Zealand), and set for August 15 on Queen's Wharf in Auckland, North Island.

There'll be race car drivers, VR experiences, music and food for families in the afternoon, followed by a concert for 18s and over featuring Ladi6 and The Bad Seeds in the evening.

Invited to comment on a couple of tech and gaming matters, he said he thought Holiday 2020's Xbox Series X would be better than the PlayStation 5.

Newell didn't explain his reasoning further, merely restating his conclusion: "Because it is."

Official hardware specifications indicate that the Xbox Series X will outpace the PlayStation 5 in every comparable area save for hard drive speeds.

Thanks to historical hardware consistencies, Xbox has also been talking up its large library of games compatible across Xbox Series X, the current Xbox One, and previous Xbox consoles.

Just as Sony did in June, Xbox is expected to unveil a second, less expensive unit, which should dovetail with its budget-conscious Xbox Games Pass subscription service and, potentially, cloud gaming solution xCloud.

Microsoft is also handling online server architecture for Sony's xCloud equivalent, PlayStation Now.

Though Newell worked at Microsoft earlier in his career, he suggested that wasn't influencing his outlook.

"I don't have a stake in that [Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5] race. Obviously we [at Valve] do most of our development on personal computers."

Though it's likely that Newell will stick with a PC for his gaming, between PlayStation and Xbox, he said he would "definitely go with an Xbox."

Should general consumer preferences follow those of Newell, it will be a dramatic reversal of fortunes for Xbox and Sony compared to this time in 2013, before the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
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« Reply #17 on: 2020-09-21 18:08:55 »

This is pretty big news.

Microsoft buys Bethesda, maker of hit The Elder Scrolls and Fallout games, in $7.5 billion deal

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REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft is buying the company behind popular video games The Elder Scrolls, Doom and Fallout.

The software giant said Monday that it is paying $7.5 billion for ZeniMax Media, the parent company of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks.

Microsoft said it is buying Bethesda in part to beef up its Xbox Game Pass game subscription service, which it says has over 15 million subscribers.

Bethesda games, such as Starfield, which is currently in development, will launch on Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or computers, Microsoft said.

Microsoft has new consoles debuting on Nov. 10, the Xbox Series X and stripped down Series S version. It will be competing against Sony's new PlayStation 5 console.

R.W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said the deal is part of a wider industry trend of consolidation. Microsoft already owns studios that make popular games including Minecraft and the Halo franchise.

“We believe the deal checks a lot of boxes for Microsoft, such as strengthening the Xbox/Games division product portfolio as competition increases, boosting the profile of Xbox subscription services, and providing more content for the company’s cloud gaming initiatives," he wrote in an investor note.

Microsoft Corp., which is based in Redmond, Washington, expects the deal to close in the second half of fiscal 2021.
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« Reply #18 on: 2020-09-21 18:25:58 »

Holy cow.  Microsoft is making some big powerplays here.  Not for the short term, but the long term investment and a long term win.  They are buying big developers.  Don't forget they got Mojang recently too.

This will allow Microsoft to possibly make 'The Elder Scrolls,' 'Doom,' and 'Fallout' games be Microsoft/Xbox exclusives.    This would be earth shattering for Sony.  Not right away, but in the long term.  This would be HUGE.  Microsoft is smart here morphing their Xbox and PC experience into one.  It allows them to streamline.  They are making their games as accessible as possible, even having monthly payments to get a system at a very low price.  Very low priced Game Pass and tons of backwards compatibility.  Microsoft is setting up for a death blow to everyone else it looks like.  We'll see how this plays out in a few years.
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« Reply #19 on: 2020-09-22 02:40:34 »

Microsoft REALLY needed this. As someone who has mostly been going with Xbox consoles since 2004, they've been rather pathetic with the Xbox One. I have gotten plenty of use out of it so I certainly don't regret buying one, but the most fun I had on it was probably playing indie games like Cuphead and Enter the Gungeon.
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« Reply #20 on: 2020-09-23 16:00:47 »

People are accidentally buying the old Xbox because of Xbox's dumb naming system.  Oops. 

PS5 Disc And Digital Pre-Orders Continue To Sell Out Nightmarishly Fast.

Do Not Expect Xbox Series X And Series S Pre-Orders To Be Smoother Than PS5’s.

Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders were just as messy as PlayStation 5.

Xbox One X’s Amazon sales rank climbs due to Xbox Series X pre-order confusion

It looks like a bunch of soon-to-be-disappointed people accidentally bought Xbox One X’s today.

Xbox Series X Pre-Order Chaos: Confused Gamers Accidentally Buy Old Xbox One X.

Xbox Series X and S: Old console sales surge on pre-order day amid apparent naming confusion.
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« Reply #21 on: 2021-02-08 12:39:54 »

Hey there since I'm not really a gamer I ask here recently got the series s  as my ps4 been sent off for repair are there any good games part from halo *already got that*
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« Reply #22 on: 2021-02-08 17:09:42 »

Don't really know anything about Xbox, so I can't really help.  Just search what you like. 

The pitfall with the new Xbox was the lack of new games that came with the new one.  Luckily you can play your old Xbox games on the new system.  If you like racing, Forza is popular.  It's not Gran Turismo, but it's an alternative.
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« Reply #23 on: 2021-06-16 18:24:51 »

Microsoft had a big conference with their newly owned Bethesda.  They announced a ton of new games and surprisingly had a lot of good things to reveal.

Here is a break down.
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« Reply #24 on: 2022-09-02 14:25:46 »

Microsoft's Trying To Buy Activision Blizzard deal gets global scrutiny

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Microsoft’s plan to buy video game giant Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion could have major effects on the gaming industry, transforming the Xbox maker into something like a Netflix for video games by giving it control of many more popular titles. But to get to the next level, Microsoft must first survive a barrage of government inquiries from New Zealand to Brazil, and from U.S. regulators emboldened by President Joe Biden to strengthen their enforcement of antitrust laws...
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