One of the biggest gaming deals ever happened just last month when Microsoft plopped $7.5 Billion in cash to acquire Bethesda Softworks along with all of its studios. An immediate question back then was whether some or even all of Bethesda’s titles like the next Doom, The Elder Scrolls VI, the next Dishonored, and others will ever be seen on other consoles like the PS5, with the answer vaguely being a “case by case basis”.
Microsoft spending a huge amount of money only to get these games appear on other platforms seemed counter-productive to the point of the acquisition, and in a recent interview with Kotaku, Phil Spencer speaks about and clarifies some lingering issues and questions.
One of the biggest questions in the interview was very direct and straight to the point – “Is it possible to recoup a $7.5 billion investment if you don’t sell Elder Scrolls VI on the PlayStation?”
Spencer answered concisely “Yes.”
Spencer continues by saying “I don’t want to be flip about that. This deal was not done to take games away from another player base like that. Nowhere in the documentation that we put together was: ‘How do we keep other players from playing these games?’ We want more people to be able to play games, not fewer people to be able to go play games. But I’ll also say in the model—I’m just answering directly the question that you had—when I think about where people are going to be playing and the number of devices that we had, and we have xCloud and PC and Game Pass and our console base, I don’t have to go ship those games on any other platform other than the platforms that we support in order to kind of make the deal work for us. Whatever that means.”
It’s interesting to note that while the “documentation” was not to deprive the other players from playing these (Bethesda’s) games, Spencer quickly shifts to say that they don’t need to ship the games to other platforms to make the deal work. Then again, with the millions of Game Pass Subscribers who will be enjoying these titles day-and-date on the service, it’s not hard to imagine this deal going any other way.
Microsoft have built expertly-engineered machines in both the Series X and Series S, giving players a valid reason to pick up the console coming into the next generation. These consoles will boast of a wide selection of fully optimized launch titles and with the possibility of all of Bethesda’s titles being exclusives, the future of Xbox is looking brighter than ever.
Microsoft is coming in strong as the next-generation fast approaches. Boasting of the most powerful console in the Xbox Series X and the most affordable in the Series S, they’ve amassed quite the library of games due to backwards compatibility as well. Now, they’ve finally confirmed the 31 fully optimized titles for the Xbox Series S and X at launch.
In a post from the Xbox News Wire, these titles are “fully optimized”, meaning you’ll be able to play the best versions of these titles using the power of the new hardware. These titles are a combination of current-gen titles that have Smart Delivery upgrades to Game Pass launch titles, highlighted by Gears Tactics, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
Here’s the full list.
Day One Xbox Series X|S Optimized Titles
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Smart Delivery)
Borderlands 3 (Smart Delivery)
Bright Memory 1.0
Cuisine Royale (Smart Delivery)
Dead by Daylight (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
DIRT 5 (Smart Delivery)
The Falconeer (Smart Delivery)
Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
Gears 5 (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
Gears Tactics (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
Grounded (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
King Oddball (Smart Delivery)
Maneater (Smart Delivery)
Manifold Garden (Smart Delivery)
Observer: System Redux
Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
Planet Coaster (Smart Delivery)
Sea of Thieves (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
Tetris Effect: Connected (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
The Touryst (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
War Thunder (Smart Delivery)
Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition
Watch Dogs: Legion (Smart Delivery)
WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship (Smart Delivery)
Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Smart Delivery)
Yes, Your Grace (Smart Delivery)
Of course, if you’re planning to go team green next generation, these aren’t the only games you’ll get to play. There are literally hundreds and even thousands of games available to you due to backwards compatibility, so clearly there isn’t a lack of choice on what game to sink your time into.
Backwards compatibility is a core pillar for Microsoft coming into the next generation with its Series S and Series X. With its commitment to bring across whole libraries from previous generations, Microsoft isn’t only porting these titles but the power of the new consoles will allow the players to experience these games the way they were meant to be.
Microsoft went into detail on how all of this works, saying that “Backward compatible games run natively on the Xbox Series X and S, running with the full power of the CPU, GPU and SSD.” All backwards compatible titles will also benefit from Auto-HDR, allowing the game to produce more vibrant and vivid colors. Even titles from the original Xbox like Fuzion Frenzy will benefit from this, giving the game a brand new lease on life.
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of Microsoft’s backwards compatibility is bringing the games to play at much better frame rates like Sekiro and Final Fantasy XV. One prime example of this is Fallout 4, which now plays at 60FPS thanks to the power of the Series S and X. Remember how the current generation struggled to run this? Forget about that once the Series S and X come rolling along.
Both the Xbox Series S and X will allow backwards compatibility for all previous generations of Xbox consoles, bringing along all your save data and and enhanced gaming experience at no extra cost.
The Xbox Series S and X will be available worldwide on November 10.
A month away before we officially hit day 1 of the new console generation and at least from this end of the world, it still feels surreal. While other territories already have their pre-orders secured, we’re still grasping at straws on when pre-orders are taking place. While we’ve yet to gain final word on when the release date is happening, other people are already unboxing the damn consoles.
Yep, a month early and for the Series X at least, some units are already ready to ship to stores. Maybe the PS5 is ready too, but proof first, and the Series X has just that.
A post by Daniel Ahmad show boxes upon boxes of Xbox Series X’s all piled up and ready to go, with Halo Infinite emblazoned on the rear part of the box, proving just how big the game is to Microsoft even with the unfortunate delay to 2021.
What’s better than boxes of Xboxes? An unboxing of a box of Xbox…
Alright, we’ll stop.
Aaaaanyways, a YouTube channel named Willy Crow has uploaded what seems to be the first actual unboxing of the next-gen console, and we’re pretty sure that by the time everybody gets to read this, the video may have been taken down already.
Official unboxing? Unofficial unboxing? More like illegal unboxing, but hey, “first!”, yeah?
The Xbox Series S and Series X will be releasing on November 10 for $299 and $499 respectively. No word yet on local pricing and availability.
The first previews of the Xbox Series X from outfits have been published and it is nothing but good news for Xbox fans as the most powerful console also showcases blazing fast load times, among other impressions.
Due in large part to the technology in use, namely the SSD, next-gen gaming will usher in a new standard for loading times, letting players game more instead of waiting.
Below are a couple of loading time comparisons from GameSpot and The Verge, and do note that despite the differences in actual times, one thing for certain is that loading times have been drastically reduced. These are also for non optimized titles, meaning that the Xbox Series X is doing all this via brute strength.
VentureBeat reports of increased frames for some of the older games like Sekiro and Final Fantasy XV, along with transferring files from internal to external SSD, which is fast considering next-gen storage options are around $200.
IGN also reports that the SSD will have “802 gigabytes of usable space, after OS and system files.” and notes that the Series X is “almost inaudible when it’s idle, and in Red Dead Redemption 2, for instance, it’s still pretty quiet – much more so than the Xbox One X, which gets noticeably louder under full GPU load.”
Capcom is looking into bringing Resident Evil Village to the PS4 and Xbox One but says that they will not make any promises.
These statements come from the recent Capcom Special Program presentation for Tokyo Game Show 2020, with producer Tsuyoshi Kanda saying that “were looking into delivering the experience on Xbox One and PS4 as well. We’re looking into it, but we can’t make any promises.“
You can view the program below, but the tidbit about the current-gen port starts at around the 17:40 mark:
As we know, Resident Evil Village was set to release exclusively for next-generation consoles exclusively, and it still is, at least for now. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One install base is huge, so it would make complete sense for Capcom to at least consider this, even with development implications.
Resident Evil Village is scheduled for a 2021 release for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC.
We all know that the next-generation consoles are going to be big, not just figuratively but literally as well. The PlayStation 5, in particular, is just straight up huge when put side by side with other consoles. With pre-orders coming and going, we’ve got to get ready to redecorate soon enough to prepare for the coming of these mean machines.
Enter Twitter user KeiSawada, who has done everyone a favor by illustrating just how both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will look inside our homes, giving us an idea of how much furniture we’ll need to move around.
With most gamers owning a PlayStation 4 and a Nintendo Switch, it was only logical to place both side by side. The PlayStation 5 is looking like an absolute f****ng unit.
Side by side with a Series X and S? Here you go.
If you plan on getting both consoles, needless to say that you’ll be needing a LOT of space, especially if you’ll be placing them horizontally.
Both Sony and Microsoft not only want to empty your wallets but also your TV rack as well. You’ve got less than 2 months to clear up some space as the Xbox Series X and Series S will be releasing on November 10 while the PlayStation 5 will be releasing on November 12 in selected territories and November 19 worldwide.
So you’ve just secured yourself a pre-order of the most powerful next-gen console. You’ve got your Game Pass subscription on standby, ready to play all those games in crisp 4K 60fps, enough to fill up your stock 1TB SSD. Need extra space? Sure, expandable storage for the Xbox Series X will cost over $200.
$219.99 to be exact, or around PHP11,000. That’s $80 shy of a Series S.
Best Buy have already placed pre-orders and to be fair, similar add-ons would cost about the same price, so the $200 price tag is justified to a certain extent. Considering that this is a proprietary drive, you’ve got no other options except Seagate for this one, at least for now.
1TB of storage should be more than enough for a lot of people. Unless you’re the type to keep everything on stored on multiple storage devices, 1TB should give you anywhere from 10-20 games, maybe more, depending on the titles. Or about 5 Call of Duty: Modern Warfares.
You can still use your regular USB drives as storage, but Xbox Series X enhanced games will need to be run from the brand new SSD.
Sony, on the other hand, has opened up their storage options to third party suppliers, but will still have to be “certified” by Sony to ensure that it meets the specs and speed of their custom internal SSD. It’ll probably cost around $200 too, more or less.
Either way, the next-generation of consoles will certainly bring some next-generation prices with it, from accessories to even some of the games.
Because of some weird twist, the Xbox One X is seeing a resurgence in sales, possibly a case of mistaken purchase over the Series X.
Xbox Series S and X pre-orders have gone live in parts of the world today and as expected, pre-order slots of the next-gen system immediately flew off the shelves, with some shops posting sold out signs as soon as they opened.
Online retailers haven’t had it easy too, as websites started crashing the second pre-orders went live. Even the Microsoft site was not spared, at the very least indicating that there is indeed high demand for it.
From what it looks like, in the rush and panic to get hold of the Series X, some customers may have mistakenly ordered the current-gen box over the next-gen box. The packaging and colors used do indeed show some similarity, so it wouldn’t be too far from the truth to say that Amazon may be receiving a lot of refunds and order cancellations soon after. It also doesn’t help that the naming convention for both systems is very similar, which really doesn’t help the parents who are not well-versed in the industry that are buying these for their children.
Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad reported that this could be because of incorrectly configured bots that were set to purchase multiple pre-orders to scalp over ebay.
Whatever the case, pre-orders did not go as smooth as Microsoft would have hoped but it seems that there was enough demand for both consoles to break some records.
Both the Series X and Series S will launch on November 10 and will retail for $499 and $299 respectively. Local pre-orders in the Philippines have not been announced yet.
With Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda, the initial reaction to the deal would be to ask the question “Will all Bethesda games now be exclusive to Xbox?” The answer to which, at the moment, is not as clear cut as everyone thinks it is.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Phil Spencer said that they will be keeping the current publishing commitments, likely referring to both Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo as PlayStation 5 timed exclusives. For everything else? All Spencer has to say is that “We’ll take other consoles on a case-by-case basis.”
Spencer also confirmed in an interview on CNBC that the range of titles on Bethesda’s roster will be a day one release on Game Pass, saying that “the great games coming from ZeniMax and all of those studios—we’re now over 23 studios inside of Xbox—those games will be able to come to the Xbox community, they’ll come to Game Pass day-and-date, and people will just have this amazing collection of great games to continue to play on Xbox.”
Bethesda’s Todd Howard also says that “this one is about more than one system or one screen. We share a deep belief in the fundamental power of games, in their ability to connect, empower, and bring joy. And a belief we should bring that to everyone – regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you play on. Regardless of the screen size, the controller, or your ability to even use one.”
All this surely means for now is that Microsoft has indeed bolstered its first party lineup with this strong acquisition, and with the addition of Game Pass, the next-generation is indeed looking strong for Team Xbox. Whether or not some titles will be releasing on other consoles like the PlayStation 5 or the Nintendo Switch remains to be seen, but at least there is still that possibility.
You’ve saved up for it and in 2 months time, you’re ready to throw money at your nearest retailer for that brand new console fix. But have you asked yourself – which next-gen console is for you?
For a moment when September began, we were not sure whether or not the next generation would get delayed or continue as planned. Just like an exciting TV saga, in much awaited fashion, leaks of the Xbox Series X and Series S forced Microsoft to reveal their cards showing aggressive pricing options for both the Xbox Series X and Series S at $499 and $299 respectively. Like a poorly kept secret, everyone even knew of the existence of the Series S even before it was forcibly revealed.
Sony, firing back, has announced their pricing details as well at $499 USD for the Standard Edition and $399 USD for the Digital Edition.
With four consoles and two companies to choose from, we’re here to lay out the groundwork and hopefully provide an answer to the question of which next-gen console is for you. Of course if you had the budget for it, why not buy both! Not everybody can, and if you have to choose only one, this will help you out.
Xbox Series X: The Powerhouse
The most powerful next-gen console, the Xbox Series X pulls no punches with their tech. They’re boasting teraflops, RAM, ray tracing, and all other tech mumbo jumbo that go past non-tech savvy gamers’ heads. The bottom line is if you want a console that screams power without breaking a sweat, the Series X is the right console for you.
With a competitive price of $499 USD, you’d be hard pressed to find a PC that can perform at this level and price point. It is just not possible at this point in time. Compared against the entry level cost of a gaming PC or laptop which would be around $700 and extends to as high as $4,000, the Xbox Series X is a convenient way to secure a powerful plug-and-play box without the high prices and tech know how to set up a definitive gaming experience.
At this point, however, with only a handful of games at launch and even losing Halo Infinite as a launch title, securing a Series X is basically saving it up for the future barrage of Microsoft exclusives. Remember all those studios that Microsoft acquired through the years? They’re prepping up and in a year or two, we’ll finally see the fruits of their labor and even Sony must be shuddering at the though.
The Series X will also get you the best graphical performance for multiplatform games starting day one. It would also be the next best place to play AAA titles such as Cyberpunk 2077 versus that of a full spec gaming PC or laptop at launch.
If you are a longtime Xbox gamer and have kept all your games from the original Xbox to the most current Xbox One, its backwards compatibility would benefit you greatly as almost all your games will be playable on launch. Some backwards compatible games would receive a graphical enhancements, sweetening the deal. Furthermore, Game Pass is a really great service. How great? How about free Bethesda games?
Personally, this console will reach full potential very soon, not just at launch. All the benefits listed outweigh the cost, but for now, unless you really feel the need to make your current gen games look fantastic while waiting for future titles, the Series X can wait a bit, especially if you have an Xbox One. It can “wait”, but the need to purchase eventually is almost assured.
PS5 Disc Edition: The Classic
The brand strength of the Playstation really carries its weight throughout this debate. For every benefit I would list for the Xbox Series X, just the first party pedigree alone of Playstation is enough to counteract any spec showcase. The power isn’t up to par, but what you’ll get is the continued promise of high quality first party games from Sony’s studios like God of War, The Last of Us, Ghost of Tsushima, Uncharted… Hell, Horizon Forbidden Westis even part of the first wave of exclusives about to come into play.
Call me cynical, but the quality of games is really what pushes console sales and the service/benefits of said console is mostly secondary. Personally, I can count how many consoles I’ve purchased due to the exclusivity of games alone and it started with PS1 for Final Fantasy 7 even if I had more games I could’ve picked up for the Nintendo 64 back in the day. The trend continued from there: PS2 for Metal Gear Solid 2 and Final Fantasy X, PSP for Crisis Core, Xbox 360 for Lost Odyssey, PS Vita for Persona 4 Golden, Nintendo Switch for Octopath Traveller, and a PS4 for Persona 5. After acquiring said console, we can just hope that the console would have enough new pedigrees for it and the behavior just carries over. Right now, from all the showcases from both parties, PS5 has the most exclusive games I could see myself playing in the future (with the future possibility of Final Fantasy 7 Remake 2 coming out with timed exclusivity on the PS5).
Historically, the best and the brightest aren’t usually the most popular when it comes to gaming. Sega’s hardware was far superior to Nintendo during the Master System and Genesis days, but Nintendo was the market leader in the late 80s up the mid-90s. Sega lost again to Sony Playstation with both their Sega Saturn and Dreamcast being outperformed even with better specs. Playstation, with the exception of the PS3 who boasted its tech more than its library, continued to perform well in the latter generations. It’s always been about the quality of the games and which console secures exclusivity. The name of the game mostly hasn’t changed, although Microsoft disagrees with this strategy.
Will sticking to traditional techniques bite Sony years down the line? Maybe, maybe not, but one thing is for certain, there’s almost no way you can go wrong with a PS5 purchase and that’s a fact.
PS5 Digital Edition: The Digital
Unlike the Xbox, there is only one difference between both PlayStation 5 models. For $100 more, the savings you would incur from purchasing a digital console would push you to miss out on not just the physical copy of the game, but also from the freedom of picking up a PS5 game outside of PSN. That’s a big consideration for some, for some not so.
I’m primarily a digital gamer from 2012 onwards with the advent of full AAA games coming out on Xbox Live and with the improvement of the PSN platform in 2013 thereafter. The only physical games I’ve picked up recently were for the Nintendo Switch Lite as storage is an issue. The PS4 discs are merely glorified installer discs at that point and the biggest benefit is that you save on internet data versus that of digital use.
For some savings, I don’t see the benefit of going fully digital when it severely limits my options in where to acquire games. While the PSN has been beneficial for me as a gamer, I would pay the extra cash to widen my options even if I seldom pick up physical copies. Plus the fact that both editions come equipped with the same 825 GB SSD, spend the dough and save on physical copies of the games down the line if they’re readily available for you.
Also, if PSN somehow goes down for extended periods, well, good luck downloading that 50GB game.
Xbox Series S: The Impulse Buy
The biggest draw of the Series S is the fact that you can pick up a next-gen console for chump change. At $299, you cannot beat this value. If you’re strapped for cash, and you really need to have a console on day one, the Series S is the way to go.
However, it is digital only and doesn’t have the same power as the full fat Xbox Series X, unlike both PlayStation 5 models. As argued in the PS5 digital, the console locks you into having Microsoft as your only distributor. Having no disc drive, it limits your backwards compatibility to your digital purchases. Plus with its price point, it will definitely work as the next-gen version of Xbox One S, limiting its capabilities to that of an entry level console. If you want more options and graphical improvements, your only option would be to upgrade, forcing you to shell out more money in the long run.
Though that being said, due to these difficult times, there’s still a benefit of the Series S in terms of its price point. If you haven’t upgraded your TV from 1080p to 4K, it’s a definite plus. It’s a perfect entry level console as well if you’ve missed out on the last two generations and would like to get back on the console train. By this point, you probably don’t have physical copies of the games in the last two generations and unless you’re willing to scour stores for copies of old games, the digital library is there for you to catch up. It’s also a great second console if you plan on buying both without breaking the bank.
And so with all this talk, we ask again, which next-gen console is for you?
Buy an Xbox Series X because…
You want to get max specs and performance without taking out a second mortgage for a decked out PC.
Disc drive gives easy access to the biggest gaming collection out of all the consoles due to its backwards compatibility.
Game Pass opens up to a large quantity of games including future first party and third party games on day one.
You don’t mind those tried and tested AAA exclusives that Sony parades around and instead may want something different and something “western”.
First wave of first party titles promising: Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, and Ratchet and Clank. Even God of War.
You can rely on the promise of great games year in and year out, some with PlayStation exclusive deals and content. It is Sony, after all, and almost every year they have legitimate Game of the Year candidates.
More options with second hand game purchases through physical copies from local retailers and groups.
Buy a PS5 digital edition because…
You want the same PS5 for $100 less.
You’re primarily a digital gamer and have no need for physical copies.
You’ve got a great internet connection.
It’s a much better console spec-wise to a Xbox Series S.
Buy a Xbox Series S because…
It has the perfect price point for an entry level console.
You have no plans on upgrading your 1080P HD TV.
You game casually but still want a taste of the future.
You’re planning to buy a PS5 but also want an Xbox as a second console on a limited budget, so as not to miss out on all these games.
At the end of the day, purchasing a console at launch is no easy feat. They’re usually way over the price point you’ve paid for on your last console and the titles usually lack in quality at launch. Given that the battle for this next generation is being drawn out at its endgame, Microsoft pulled a fast one with its aggressive pricing. Sony, backed by its pedigree, is relying on its fan base to push its sales.
In the end, it’s all about your needs and what would be the best possible buy. If you want the specs then get the Series X, but if you want the games, PS5 has the library, and if you want the cheapest console there’s the Series S.
There’s a market for everyone these days and at the end of the day… Why not both?
Ubisoft announces a new massive multiplayer outdoors playground entitled Riders Republic which will release on February 25, 2021 for the PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series, and PC.
Riders Republic was developed by Ubisoft Annecy and is a social playground where players can experience the thrill of extreme sports in open and densely populated world. Among these sports include biking, skiing, snowboarding, wing suiting, and rocket wing suiting.
Players can do these variety of extreme sports in a variety of destinations like American National Parks like Bryce Canyon, Yosemite Valley, Sequoia Park, Zion, Canyonlands, Mammoth Mountain, and Grand Teton.
There’s also a variety of multiplayer modes that can be played with a squad. These include:
Competitive Races and Trick Challenges with PvP and solo modes
Mass Starts – Frantic 50-player races
Multiplayer Arenas – a mode with 6v6 PvP matchups
Online cups – a mode to show off and show out to make it to the top of the leaderboard
The game also has a career mode wherein players can make a pave their way in the different sports, rise to the top of the leaderboard, and sign with sponsors. Riders can be customized through progression-based gear.
A Gold Edition and Ultimate Edition will be available for pre-order. Gold Edition will include the base game, Year 1 Pass, exotic kits, the BMX Sport add-on, and exclusive content. Ultimate Edition, on the other hand, includes the Year 1 Pass and four exclusive cosmetic packs: Cosmic, Rainbow, Neon and Skull’n Style. In addition to this, It includes 20 Helicopter tickets to reach summits faster.
Riders Republic will release on February 25, 2021 for the PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series, and PC, with free upgrades given to those who purchase the current generation version of the game.
“The difference between a completionist run and a main story run… we do know that the main story run in Cyberpunk 2077 is slightly shorter than The Witcher 3 because we got a lot of complaints about Witcher 3’s main story just being too long. Looking at the metrics, you see tremendous numbers of people played through that game really far, but never made it to the end. We want you to see the full story, so we did shorten the main story, but we have lots to do, and in terms of a completionist campaign, I just don’t have that number.”
In comparison, The Witcher 3 main story on average takes 51.5 hours based on “How Long To Beat”. If you plan to complete everything however, be prepared to shell out a couple of hundred hours to do so, as can be attested to by gamers out there who have beat the game many times over.
Cyberpunk 2077 will feature 3 branching storylines called Lifepaths, and each will have different events and sequences, giving the players a unique experience each time. Safe to say that even though the main story is shorter, Cyberpunk might give more replay value, especially with incoming DLC.
Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to launch on November 19 with no more delays, and you can look forward to playing it on current generation consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but also choose to hop right into the next-gen versions for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series, as well as the PC. Players can also look forward to a next-gen upgrade for current gen owners of the game next year.