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  1. Xbox Series X DRM Makes It Near Impossible to Play Games Offline It seems that Microsoft’s digital rights management decisions for the Xbox Series X are a serious cause for concern. According to a video from YouTuber and game developer Modern Vintage Gamer, the Xbox Series X is unable to play games without connecting to Microsoft’s servers. He tried games off a disc like Rise of the Tomb Raider as well as Hitman 3 and both refused to work offline. While Microsoft recommends keeping your Xbox Series X as your ‘Home Console’ in its settings, it’s a solution that’s described as a ‘ban
  2. Xbox Series X will be in short supply until at least June, Microsoft admits 2021 will be full of console and GPU shortages Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge Demand for Microsoft’s latest Xbox Series X console is high, but supply isn’t likely to keep up until at least through June now. In an interview with The New York Times, Microsoft’s head of investor relations, Mike Spencer, revealed supply of its new Xbox consoles will be constrained at least through June. Microsoft had warned that the Xbox Series X would be in short supply until at least
  3. There might be a systemic hardware fault with the Xbox Series X after all, as reports emerge of problems with the disk drive and possibly the fan. Although videos of the Xbox Series X with smoke coming out of the top have been labelled as fake it seems there are real hardware issue with the console, with stories of it refusing to accept disks and Blu-rays. The console launched on Tuesday, November 10 worldwide and now reports are beginning to pile up on Twitter and Reddit of the disk drive not working. There seems to be some variation in exactly
  4. The Xbox Series X has been out for just over 48 hours, but already some users are reporting technical issues. A help thread on the Microsoft community help forum reports that the new console is shutting down spontaneously shortly after starting a game. According to the thread, the console is shutting down just a few seconds after starting a game. A full reinstall and a full reset of the console haven't helped, says the user. A few others have reported similar experiences in the comments, while others have offered potential troubleshooting tips. At le
  5. If you’re one of the many people who tried to get an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 earlier this week, you probably have some strong words for Microsoft, Sony, and every major retailer in your region right now. There’s no two ways about it: these launches have been disasters from the perspective of the consumer, and at this point, it seems likely that PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S are going to have stock issues for some time to come. Obviously, we’d expect new consoles to be popular, fast-selling items regardless of when they launch, but the pandemic we’re current
  6. Xbox Series X could seriously disappoint PC owners thanks to this missing feature Next-gen Xbox consoles don’t support local game streaming to Windows 10 PCs (Image credit: Microsoft) Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and S consoles have just been released, but it turns out that there’s some sad news for previous Xbox owners who used the streaming feature to play console games on their PC via their local network (using Wi-Fi or a wired connection). For those not in the know, this local streaming feature works via the Xb
  7. iFixit found Microsoft's chunky next-gen console is designed to be cool and quiet. iFixit revealed all of the Xbox Series X parts. The Xbox Series X and Series S came out Tuesday, and iFixit wasted no time in opening up the more expensive Series X. The repair site's teardown revealed that Microsoft included plenty of parts to keep the next-gen console cool, including a sizable fan, a heat sink and thermal paste. It found that the console's modular design should make the fan, power supply unit and wireless board easy to replace. However, the
  8. Microsoft publishes known issues for Xbox Series X|S Microsoft's next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X|S, are set to launch tomorrow, November 10. As we lead up to the launch, Microsoft has revealed a list of bugs and issues you might run into on your new consoles when you get them in your home. Perhaps the most notable issue is that you may experience corrupted images or no signal on your TV if you set the console to 4K resolution at 120 frames per second with variable refresh rate enabled. This can happen even if your TV supports this input, and the
  9. If you haven’t managed to pre-order a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X yet, don’t sweat it. Don’t fret. Don’t worry, be happy. Okay, maybe not happy. For early adopters of shiny new gadgets, not being able to track one down by launch can be disheartening and frustrating. That might be even more pronounced thanks to everything else going on in the world—a tense, divisive election here in the States; the COVID-19 pandemic and resurgent lockdowns; probably an alien invasion or something worse in the near future. I get it. I’m not here to brush off your sadness.
  10. Improved performance and new features Epic on Monday revealed new information about what performance benefits Fortnite players should expect day one if playing the game on the new PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X / S consoles, all of which launch next week. We already knew some of these — specifically the 4K and 60 frames per second targets — but Epic is also detailing some behind-the-scenes upgrades the new hardware should allow for. For the new Xbox, you’ll get that bump in resolution if you’re playing on the more powerful Series X, while the Series S is ca
  11. This PS5 and Xbox Series X NBA 2K21 trailer shows the true power of next-gen With gameplay changes to go with the graphical upgrade (Image credit: 2K) The new NBA 2K21 trailer is a showboating sneak-peek at the next-gen computing power of the Xbox Series X and PS5. Annual sports releases don't change much from year-to-year, but next-gen upgrades will help them make a genuinely massive step forward. Beyond the impressive photorealism, the sheer number of lifelike fans, coaches, cheerleaders, mascots and refs generated in
  12. Ever since Microsoft announced pricing and release dates for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, we’ve known that the company is planning to open up pre-orders for both consoles on September 22nd. If the PlayStation 5 has taught us anything, it’s that precise timing will likely be crucial for those who want to secure an Xbox Series X/S pre-order as soon as possible. Microsoft has now confirmed when pre-orders will open up on September 22nd, so get ready to set your alarms and mark your calendars. The time to write down is 11 AM EDT/8 AM PDT on the morning of the 22nd, Micros
  13. A first look at Microsoft’s new Xbox Series X console The next-gen Xbox will arrive on November 10th priced at $499 Microsoft’s Xbox Series X console demands to stand upright, loud and proud. At least that’s my immediate impression after getting an early look at a nonfunctional Xbox Series X unit, supplied by Microsoft. It’s not as big as I expected from the Series X photos, but the dimensions could make positioning it in your living room a challenge. The console is 151mm (5.9 inches) wide or deep and 301mm (1
  14. Microsoft Xbox Series X and Series S pricing detailed, launches November 10th Microsoft has already revealed a fair bit about the Xbox Series X including its detailed specifications. The only aspects of the gaming console that still remain unknown are its price and exact retail availability date. A report from Windows Central has now revealed the pricing of not just the Xbox Series X but that of the Xbox Series S as well. The Xbox Series X will cost $499, with Microsoft also offering a $35/month Xbox All Access financing option. As for the Xbox Se
  15. Microsoft starts showing off the new experience on the Xbox Series X Microsoft is unveiling its next-generation Xbox dashboard today, which is the one that's coming to the Xbox Series X console that will arrive later this year. But as you can probably guess from the image above, it's coming to the whole family, including the apps on mobile and PC. Along with a refreshed UI, it's meant to be fast, something that the Xbox dashboard has historically struggled with. Microsoft says that when you boot up your Xbox, the home screen will load over 50% faster, and it
  16. Xbox Series X has a much firmer release date – here's why Yakuza: Like a Dragon spills the edamame beans (Image credit: Microsoft) Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series X is due to release in November, 2020. But the company didn’t specify an exact day, nor whether it would arrive at the start or end of the month. However, thanks to Yakuza: Like a Dragon press release and store listing, we now have a much better idea of when the console will release. And it’s thankfully sooner rather than later.
  17. Microsoft confirms that the Xbox Series X will arrive in November Microsoft confirmed today that its next-generation Xbox, the Series X, will arrive in November. Originally unveiled as the Xbox Series X in December and known as Project Scarlett before that, the console was originally slated for the more vague 'holiday 2020' season. But today, Halo Infinite was delayed, and it's going to arrive in 2021 instead of 2020. Being the headlining launch title for the Series X, some might have assumed that the hardware was delayed as well, but that's not t
  18. One week later, it looks like Microsoft is already breaking a big promise with Xbox Series X They said you wouldn’t need an Xbox Series X for two years Did Microsoft convince you that you wouldn’t need to next-gen hardware to play Xbox Series X games? Think again: fully half of the next-gen games that Microsoft showcased at its Xbox Series X showcase today, including Forza, probably aren’t coming to Xbox One. Which suggests either some of those games aren’t actually coming out for a long time — or Microsoft has a
  19. Watch the 18 biggest trailers from the Xbox Series X Games Showcase Halo Infinite, Fable, Forza Motorsport, and more Image: Microsoft Microsoft showed off a lot of games coming to the Xbox Series X, including exclusives and brand-new titles, at its July showcase event. We now have a much better idea of what’s in store for Microsoft’s upcoming console. If you weren’t able to watch the event live, we’ve collected some of the biggest trailers from the show right here, and you can catch a r
  20. Xbox Series X's first big RPG is Avowed, a Skyrim-like game from Obsidian Check out the first big Xbox exclusive RPG (Image credit: Obsidian) Obsidian has revealed its next big RPG, and it's Avowed, a fantasy RPG coming to Xbox Series X and PC that's set in the universe of Eora from the developer's Pillars of Eternity games. Not much else was revealed about the new game, but a brief clip confirms it'll be a first-person title, immediately recalling the look of Skyrim in its first trailer. The voiceover says the following
  21. Microsoft announces Xbox Series X games event for July 23rd Halo Infinite will be the big star of Microsoft’s show Microsoft will hold its Xbox Series X games event on July 23rd at 9AM PT / 12PM ET. The company is planning on showing games made by its Xbox Game Studios, including Halo Infinite. 343 industries briefly teased Halo Infinite in a trailer a couple of weeks ago, revealing that The Banished antagonists are returning for the next big installment in the Halo franchise. There will be more than just Halo, t
  22. The PS5 and Xbox Series X games price hike is unpleasant – but not surprising Opinion: it's a necessary evil (Image credit: 2K Games) 2K Games has been the first company to commit to next-gen game pricing, setting the price of NBA 2K21 on Xbox Series X and PS5 at an eye-watering $70 – $10 more than its price on PS4 and Xbox One. But it looks like 2K Games isn't the only publisher that will implement a price hike on Xbox Series X and PS5 games, as research company IDG told GamesIndustry.biz that other major publishers ar
  23. Some Xbox Series X games won’t hit 60fps “performance target” Dropping to 30fps, as in Assassin's Creed Valhalla, is a “creative decision.” Enlarge / This Assassin's Creed Valhalla screenshot is running at one frame per all of time (or 1 fpat). 105 with 78 posters participating With the added power of the Xbox Series X, Microsoft has been touting 4K resolution gaming at 60 frames per second as a new console standard. In recent days, though, we've been learning that not all Series X titles will be achieving that standard.
  24. Here are the first 13 games optimized for the Xbox Series X Thirteen new games are coming to the Xbox Series X with optimizations Microsoft is detailing the first games that will be optimized for its next-gen Xbox Series X console today. All of the games included in Microsoft’s Xbox 20/20 show will sport a new Xbox Series X Optimized badge, which signals that a game has been improved and optimized for the new console. Optimizations include 4K support at up to 120fps, DirectStorage support, hardware-accelerated ra
  25. Xbox Series X games to finally be revealed next week X gon’ give it to ya (Image credit: 343 Industries) After Xbox head Phil Spencer hinted that we might see Xbox Series X games in the near future, Microsoft has now finally given us a date. On May 7 at 8am PT/11am ET/4pm BST, gamers who bat for the green team can tune in to a special episode of Inside Xbox, where Microsoft and its global partners will showcase next-gen gameplay running o
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