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Microsoft cranks pressure on game devs with Xbox Series X success at stake

Microsoft cranks pressure on game devs with Xbox Series X success at stake

Microsoft has already spoken a fair amount about Xbox Smart Delivery, which is a new feature that will essentially offer free upgrades for cross-generation games. Halo Infinite, for instance, will be a Smart Delivery title, which means that when players purchase it on Xbox One, they'll also get the Xbox Series X version for free if they one day upgrade consoles. Microsoft has already said that all first-party games launching on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X will be Smart Delivery titles, leaving third-party developers the option to use Smart Delivery as well.

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Five things I need to see from the Xbox Series X Games Showcase

Five things I need to see from the Xbox Series X Games Showcase

After weeks of waiting, we finally have a date for Microsoft's Xbox Series X game reveal. The company will reveal a number of first-party games in development for the Xbox Series X in just a couple of weeks, on July 23rd at 9 AM PDT. While we wait for the 23rd to roll around, here are five things I need to see from the showcase.

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NBA 2K21 will cost more on next-gen consoles – and you’ll have to pay to upgrade

NBA 2K21 will cost more on next-gen consoles – and you’ll have to pay to upgrade

With the end of the current console generation fast approaching, there are plenty of people wondering how publishers and developers will handle cross-generation games. On Xbox Series X, we'll see Smart Delivery, a feature that lets customers buy a game on either Xbox One or Xbox Series X and own it on the other platform, but Microsoft isn't forcing publishers to participate in that program. One publisher who clearly won't be participating in Smart Delivery is 2K Games with NBA 2K21.

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Xbox Series S reveal event details leak

Xbox Series S reveal event details leak

If you've been following next-generation rumors for a while, then you'll know that Microsoft's Xbox Series X reveal was missing something: a second console. Since the early days of Project Scarlett rumors and leaks, we've heard that the next generation will comprise multiple consoles for Microsoft, but when it came time to reveal its next-gen hardware, Microsoft only announced the Xbox Series X.

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Xbox Series X might have a second console in tow at launch

Xbox Series X might have a second console in tow at launch

In the lead up to the reveal of the Xbox Series X, there were numerous rumors that claimed Microsoft's next-generation console plans actually comprised two machines. Individually, these machines were called Anaconda and Lockhart, and together, they made up Project Scarlett. Project Scarlett was eventually revealed to be the singular Xbox Series X, with no sign of another console.

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Halo Infinite teases the return of the Banished

Halo Infinite teases the return of the Banished

Halo Infinite will definitely wind up being one of the biggest games of the year, in part because it'll be a launch title for the Xbox Series X. We haven't heard too much about the game yet, but that's presumably going to change next month when Microsoft unveils its Xbox 20/20 presentation for July. In the lead up to that show, it seems that the folks at 343 Industries are teasing one of the game's enemy factions.

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Project xCloud could be in for an Xbox Series X-sized upgrade

Project xCloud could be in for an Xbox Series X-sized upgrade

2020 should end up being a big year for Microsoft's Project xCloud, but a new report today is suggesting that 2021 could be just as big for the service. Microsoft is planning to launch Project xCloud as part of Xbox Game Pass later this year - thereby unleashing its Google Stadia and PlayStation Now competitor - but next year, we may see Microsoft move to Xbox Series X hardware in its Project xCloud server blades.

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Cyberpunk 2077 delayed into ideal sale date

Cyberpunk 2077 delayed into ideal sale date

Another day, another delay of the game Cyberpunk 2077. This time, CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwinski and head of studio Adam Badowski suggested that they've got another good reason. This time, the delay pushes the release from September 17, 2020, to November 19, 2020 - right to the point at which they've selling the game at the same time as the release of the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5.

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Check out the chill Xbox Series X boot up sound

Check out the chill Xbox Series X boot up sound

For the past couple of weeks, much of the attention regarding next-generation consoles has been on Sony because its big PlayStation 5 reveal. Today, Microsoft is pulling the spotlight back on the Xbox Series X ever so slightly by revealing the console's start-up sound. In truth, you may not hear this sound all that often since most of the time you'll only be putting your machine into sleep mode, but it's still worth a listen if you're planning to buy an Xbox Series X.

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Xbox Series X price leak could blow PS5 out of the water

Xbox Series X price leak could blow PS5 out of the water

The Microsoft Xbox Series X price and release date schedule leaked in part, suggesting the Sony PlayStation 5 could be in trouble. Of course we still do not know the pricing of the PlayStation 5 for certain, but if a leaked listing on Amazon France proves accurate, Sony might need to make some adjustments. Today's situation with Microsoft seems to be that they'll position the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S as "loss leaders", with prices that rely heavily on future game purchases and subscription fees gathered from gamers that've bought into their ecosystem.

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PlayStation 5 price and release date leak says Xbox Series X has edge

PlayStation 5 price and release date leak says Xbox Series X has edge

The Sony PlayStation 5 (PS5, if you prefer) had a bit of a leaky listing problem today on Amazon France. There, it would appear that the Sony PS5 was listed as a pre-release product with a release date of November 20, 2020, and prices at approximately 400 and 500 Euro. Price structure precedent suggests that the release prices in the USA would, then, be around $400 USD for the Digital Edition PS5 and $500 for the standard PlayStation 5.

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Xbox Series X Smart Delivery means old game buys stay free

Xbox Series X Smart Delivery means old game buys stay free

Microsoft expanded Smart Delivery for the Xbox Series X today with a variety of big-name game titles. With Smart Delivery, users will be able to play games on Xbox Series X that they'd previously purchased on systems like Xbox One and Xbox One X. Microsoft suggested that all Xbox Game Studios games that are "Optimized for Xbox Series X" will "support Smart Delivery."

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