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Microsoft has been showing big love to backwards compatibility, ensuring consumers that their investments from the previous generations wouldn’t go to waste. Adding to this already solid feature is the promise of boosting frames from existing games without the need for work from the devs. Sorcery! In an official news post from the Xbox site, Microsoft has outlined what they called FPS Boost, which “employs a variety of new methods for nearly doubling (and in a few instances, quadrupling) the original framerate on select titles” In short, your games will run smoother, enhancing the experience even further. At the moment, only 5 games can take advantage of this – Far Cry 4, New Super Lucky’s Tale, Sniper Elite 4, UFC 4, and Watch Dogs 2. It is a rather odd selection, but it the important thing to note here is the potential that the Xbox Series can unlock for the older titles.…

Microsoft isn’t leaving their next-gen systems empty handed, as they’ve just announced the new Xbox Wireless Headset, which is set to debut March 16 at a retail price of $99, or around PHP5,000. The news comes by way of the Xbox Wire news site, which promises “best-in-class audio and chat performance, outstanding design and comfort, and unique experiences that are tailored for each gamer,” and will support “industry-leading spatial sound technologies including Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Headphone: X for realism and audio precision that fully surrounds you.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPHvH7D6qQY This wireless headset can connect to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PC’s via Bluetooth, with your listening experience customized by the Xbox Accessories App. The headset also boasts of fast charging, giving about 4 hours of use for only 30 minutes of charging, and up to 15 hours of battery life with 3 hours of charging when…

The Playstation 5 took center stage when it launched in the Philippines last month, but sadly not many hopefuls got their hands on one with all of the pre-order drama that happened. It’s been tough getting one, and even though it is by far the more preferred console locally, stocks have not been kind. Just to remind everybody, an equally impressive next-gen console is also out there and is by far relatively easy to obtain – the Xbox Series X, which launched stealthily early in December at a premium. Securing one console is hard enough, securing both without paying more than the SRP is just a flex at this point. Starting the year right, I literally unboxed the unit six hours into the new year. The Series X is no slouch despite its looks, but is it a must-buy system you gotta pick up right now? What would Uncle Phil…

Surprise drop! The Xbox Series X is now available in the Philippines through Datablitz, who have posted the next-gen console just moments ago and if you’ve been waiting this over the PlayStation 5, now is the time to open up your wallets while it is still in stock. It’s not cheap, and it looks like the scarcity of the item may be the cause of the price being so high, but if you’ve got some extra cash lying around and cannot wait any further, PHP35,995 might be an “ok” price to pay to get it first and play some next-gen games. https://www.facebook.com/DataBlitzPH/photos/a.2083919915084001/2083920005083992/?type=3 Are you willing to pay a bit extra for a taste of the “most powerful next-gen console”? Hurry up as stocks will most likely zero out fast!

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…

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…

Both the Xbox Series X and Series S will be the first consoles to feature Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, as announced by renowned audio specialists Dolby. The latest in innovation from Dolby, Atmos “puts you in the middle of the action by precisely placing each sound all around you in three-dimensional space, so you can quickly pinpoint its location in the game — before it’s too late”. It aims to provide a much more deeper level of immersion, not only stopping at surround sound, but even from top to bottom. Dolby Vision will “unlock the most realistic and lifelike visuals the game has to offer, with brightness, contrast, color, and depth that goes beyond even traditional HDR games”. This places more emphasis on highs and lows, with 40x brighter highlights and 10x deeper blacks, allowing colors and images to be vividly translated to your screen. https://download.dolby.com/experience/GamingProSite_VisionDemo_v02_FHD_30_H264.mp4 You can expect…

With the announcement of the Xbox Series X and Series S release date on November 10, multiple publishers have since shifted release dates for some of their titles. Undoubtedly the biggest title not making an appearance for Microsoft will be Halo Infinite, which has been delayed to 2021. Even then, there’s still quite the selection that Xbox fans can look forward to, apart of course from the whole catalog of games from backwards compatibility and Game Pass, which recently added EA Play as part of the service at no extra cost. Here’s the updated list of launch titles for the Xbox Series X and Series S: Assassin’s Creed ValhallaWatch Dogs: LegionDestiny 2: Beyond LightYakuza Like a DragonGears TacticsDirt 5Tetris Connected Of course, some of the already released games like NBA 2K21 and Marvel’s Avengers will be boosting the launch lineup as well. Next gen upgrades for The Witcher 3 and…

Phil Spencer, is in every sense of the word, confident about their upcoming next generation offerings. Not only is the Series X the more powerful console, it is backed by one of the best services out there in Game Pass. With the recent announcement that Project xCloud was going to be bundled with Game Pass Ultimate for free, they’ve already started flexing their guns, a challenge to the competition in every way. Xbox is not directly competing with IP exclusivity, but they’re developing an ecosystem that has the potential to be more inclusive. It sounds quite ambitious but with nothing to lose, I signed up for the Project xCloud (Preview) as my Microsoft account is still active. Within a couple of hours, I was selected to be a tester for the tech. I don’t know how, but they probably looked at my Gamerscore, shrugged, and gave me the keys. I…

The next generation of consoles is nearly upon us. Towards the end of the year, we will finally get to see the PS5 and the Xbox Series X, with both packing monstrous power that will surely put the current generation to shame. We keep mentioning the PS5 and the Xbox Series X side by side since they have been in direct competition with each other ever since a few generations back. Phil Spencer thinks this may not be the case anymore. In a recent interview with Protocol, Spencer shared his views on the upcoming generation and how the Xbox is positioned in such a way that the PS5 is no longer it’s main competitor in the space: “When you talk about Nintendo and Sony, we have a ton of respect for them, but we see Amazon and Google as the main competitors going forward,” Spencer said. “That’s not to disrespect…

PlayStation isn’t the only one with free monthly games! If you’re an Xbox fan and subscribed to either Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, then you’re in for a treat because the free games for February have been revealed. Check out the trailer below: For February, you’ll be getting a mix of nearly all genres with the following lineup: TT Isle of Man (February 1-29, Xbox One) Call of Cthulhu (February 16-March 15, Xbox One) Fable Heroes (February 1-15, Xbox 360 compatible with Xbox One) Star Wars Battlefront (February 16-29, Xbox 360 compatible with Xbox One) Looking forward to playing any of these games? Let us know in the comments below!

Microsoft is taking on the next gen with guns blazing and as soon as Sony announced that they wouldn’t be taking part in E3 2020, Phil Spencer quickly took to Twitter to announce that they are, on the other hand, hard at work for the upcoming convention. For the second year in a row, the spotlight will be front and center for Xbox and there would be no better time and place to pull out all the stops and convince consumers that the Xbox Series X is indeed the way to go for the next generation. They’ve built a strong foundation with moves such as acquiring a lot of studios to beef up their exclusive titles as well as bank on backwards compatibility to make the transition seamless for the existing fanbase. E3 2020 will take place on June 9-11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The next gen “war” is heating up and with Microsoft pretty much conceding this generation in order to focus on Project Scarlett, or Xbox Series X as it’s now called, they have made quite a number of strong moves that not only pushes them back in contention, it also makes them look like the stronger candidate heading into the 2020 Holidays. One such move is Backwards Compatibility, something Phil Spencer and Xbox have been preaching for quite a while now. If you’ve been playing on the Xbox ecosystem, you’ll be glad to know that the latest Series X will support backwards compatibility starting on day one for Xbox One games. In a series of interviews with GameSpot, Microsoft executive had this to say: “We wanted to make sure we had that, day one, we could deliver on the compatibility promise, and so I’ve been playing quite a few [Xbox 360]…