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Already a major player in the US, Microsoft is now setting their sights on Asia, a market that it is now trying to expand into, if a job listing is any indication. Based on a LinkedIn entry, Microsoft is hiring for a “Gaming Marketing Lead” that will be based in Singapore. With Xbox now being a premier player in the scene due to the meteoric rise of Game Pass, this position will have the responsibility to “Drive omni-channel marketing campaigns, including direct to consumer and thru partner to drive the Gaming business for Xbox across the region.” Microsoft has mostly struggled in the region for the past few outings, but with a strong performance bannered by its latest Series S and Series X offerings, the company is poised to make waves. Other responsibilities from the position will be to set the “overall gaming marketing communications strategy for the region to…

A few months back, it was reported that Hideo Kojima, the mastermind behind polarizing hits like Death Stranding, is teaming up with Xbox for his next game. It’s not really a left-field idea, seeing as Kojima and his studio are not exclusive to any platform at the moment, but recent reports are saying that the upcoming project is indeed happening, and has hit a major milestone in making the deal a reality. VentureBeat reports that both Hideo Kojima and Microsoft have “signed a letter of intent” basically signifying that both parties are working towards an publishing agreement which will have Microsoft publishing Kojima’s next game, according to sources familiar with the matter. Lawyers are just finalizing the details of the agreement at this point but based on the progress, it seems like the project is a definite go if the report is to be believed. There have been rumors that…

During the recently concluded Xbox Bethesda Showcase, it was revealed that over 20 new games are coming to Xbox Game Pass, most of which are day and date releases, further strengthening the already undeniable value of the subscription service. While it is a given that first party titles would definitely drop on the Xbox Game Pass, there’s no signs of slowing down for their high profile third party releases including the anticipated Back 4 Blood, all the Yakuza titles including Yakuza Like A Dragon, and the upcoming release of Hades. https://youtu.be/srLdxSfCB8U Ramping up the 2021 Holiday season with the releases of aforementioned first party titles, 2022 will be a much bigger year as the acquisitions of Xbox Game Studios is coming into high gear. If there is a time to pick up a Xbox Series X, it would definitely be soon as this sleeping giant is slowly starting to wake.…

One of the most anticipated shows of E3 2021 is done – The Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase. In this fantastic lineup, much of the highly anticipated titles have been announced including their respective release dates. Starfield, the much anticipated IP from Bethesda finally makes an appearance and Forza Horizon 5 gets a launch date of November 9th, making it one of the most anticipated first party title to launch this year. No definite launch date has been announced for Halo Infinite yet, although during this Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, a free to play multiplayer has been teased to whet the appetites of fans anticipating its release, which for now remains an ambiguous “Holiday”. While we also awaited the return of Craig, sadly, he is gone… but not forgotten. Other highlights include the world premiere of Suikoden successor Eiyuden Chronicle and Arkane’s new IP Redfall. Finally release dates for…

A flurry of game announcements have already been happening over the past couple of days, but its only going to get crazier as we approach June. Microsoft have announced that the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase will be held on June 13 at 10AM Pacific (June 14 1AM Philippines) and will focus on games from both parties including partner publishers and developers, as well as upcoming releases on Game Pass, and much much more. The show will be a 90-minute affair, and based on the way the Xbox Series has been firing on all cylinders since it launched late last year, expect a TON of announcements and world premieres. Fans are really wanting to see a number of things during the showcase, and while Microsoft has an insane number of studios and projects, most will still need time. We can realistically expect an update on Halo Infinite, and maybe even…

Ahh Starfield, the game that we’ve almost seen or heard nothing official about but manages to raise the hype levels so much. Recent news reports have pointed that the game will be an Xbox and PC exclusive, which actually is the most logical conclusion, but now reports are popping up that the Starfield release date is sometime in late 2022. This comes from industry journalist and insider Jason Schreier, saying that the plan is to tease the game at E3, with its release date tagged for late 2022. It’s been widely rumored that the game was supposed to release later this year, but Schreier is saying that 2022 is when the Starfield release date is targeted. https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/status/1395392859944198144 Schreier goes on to say that Starfield is “nowhere near done” and that the Starfield team has been very small until 2019 because majority of Bethesda Game Studios was working on Fallout 76.…

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…