Microsoft revealed the pricing and initial game release for its Xbox Game Pass for PC ahead of its Xbox press conference at E3 on Sunday. Gamers can join the beta for the subscription-based service gaming for $5 per month for a limited time. Members will receive a 30-day notice before this introductory period ends and Xbox Game Pass for PC reverts to its standard price of $9.99 per month.The service will include access to at least 10 games during its beta phase, including Halo: The Master Chef Collection and Gears 5, each of which is listed as "coming soon."Microsoft has slowly been making Xbox more integrated with Windows, and support for Game Pass on PC is yet another example. Microsoft is expected to discuss a wide range of new games and initiatives during its Xbox press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET). But perhaps the most anticipated news will be about Microsoft's next upcoming Xbox -- codenamed Scarlett according to a report … [Read more...] about Xbox Game Pass for PC pricing, game lineup revealed
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This year, at the annual premier video game event Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft officially revealed the Xbox One X — an upgraded, 4K-capable version of the Xbox One console. The system is set for launch on November 7th at a cost of $599 CAD and is aimed at being a beefier, true 4K-capable mid-generation console update than that of last year’s PlayStation 4 Pro. Sony’s upgraded console, which costs $499 CAD, wasn’t as big of a technological leap forward, instead needing to employ upscaled 4K, rather than outputting the resolution natively. The Xbox One X, on the other hand, is able to run games in true 4K HDR, which Microsoft is looking to leverage to offer gamers the best possible experience. Last week, I flew out to New York to attend the Xbox Showcase Experience, a behind-closed-doors event offering access to a variety of Xbox One X titles, as well as opportunities to meet with some of the games’ developers. Given my multi-hour … [Read more...] about Xbox One X: 4K console gaming is promising, but should you be interested?
Bottom line: Microsoft and Nintendo’s bizarre friendship appears to be blossoming in new and exciting ways, bringing down the walled gardens of old. Microsoft’s best in-house Xbox games and a select few of the most popular 3rd-party titles could become available on an Xbox GamePass app for the Nintendo Switch, or even its successor, later this year. According to a variety of sources, Microsoft is already deep into the development of bringing Xbox titles to the Nintendo Switch. Intensive titles, such as Forza Horizon 4, are expected to run on Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service, while indie titles may lose their exclusive status and become direct ports available on the Switch store. The hits leaked so far include Ori and the Blind Forest, Cuphead and (potentially) Gears of War 5. Direct-Feed Games was the first to break the news, and although they don’t have the best track record (they claimed that Call of Duty would come to Switch last year) this time … [Read more...] about Microsoft is expected to use Project xCloud to bring Xbox games to the Switch
Year In Review We look back at the highs, lows, surprises, and standouts in and around video games this year. In sports they call it a rebuilding year. Xbox One has had a few of those recently, but it’s an especially appropriate description of the console’s 2018. This wasn’t a year for new hardware nor a major blockbuster exclusive game. The most exciting announcement to come out of Microsoft was the news that it is acquiring game studios and setting itself up for many more exclusive games in the years to come. “We had a pretty good year. We could do better—but we had a pretty good year,” Xbox boss Phil Spencer said last week at The Game Awards, before acknowledging some of the platform’s success. It’s a humble time for Xbox, which did manage to have a year marked by cool improvements, interesting experiments, and a steady stream of good multiplayer games. Hardware When we last left the Xbox One hardware in late 2017, it was in a … [Read more...] about The State Of Xbox One In 2018
Battle Royale phenomenon Fortnite has won Ultimate Game of the Year at the 36th Golden Joystick Awards. The game was released in 2017 but, with 40 million players each month, continues to dominate the industry conversation. The award was voted for by the public, with Fortnite beating critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption 2 into second place. Rockstar's Wild West epic was released at the end of October, narrowly missing out on nominations for many of the categories, but it did collect the Critic's Choice award. Norse adventure God of War was the biggest winner on the night, taking home best storytelling, audio, visual design, best PlayStation game and best studio for developer Sony Santa Monica. There was also a lifetime achievement award for From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki, the revered mind behind the Dark Souls series and the upcoming Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The 36th Golden Joystick Award winners Best Storytelling God of War Best Competitive … [Read more...] about Golden Joystick Awards 2018: Fortnite wins game of the year while God of War takes four