Eli Blumenthal USA TODAY Published 10:58 AM EST Nov 21, 2018 One of the biggest staples of holiday sales aren't just the fancy new 4K TVs, it's what you can play on them. With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and just general holiday discounts abounding across retailers online and in-store, the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch all receive some of their biggest discounts this time of year, presenting an interesting challenge for buyers and gift givers: Which system should you choose? While all can play "Fortnite" and "Minecraft," here is a guide to help you make this decision, plus a little bit of what you should keep in mind as we head into 2019. For those on a budget: Xbox One S or PlayStation 4 At starting prices of $199.99, there are plenty of deals to be had for the Xbox One S or regular PlayStation 4. While not as powerful as their One X or PS 4 Pro siblings, both systems can play all the latest games and can even tap into newer TV features like … [Read more...] about PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch: Which one should you buy?
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If that sounds familiar, it's probably because it's somewhat similar to the game-licensing strategy Microsoft originally planned for the Xbox One - a DRM-heavy system that made every physical game disc a one-time-use redemption key for digital games.Microsoft is also reportedly planning a "disc-to-digital" exchange program that would allow users to turn physical games into download codes, though it remains unclear how exactly this process would work.The device will allegedly serve as a bridging product ahead of the 2020 release of the next-gen Scarlett family of devices. When you consider that the Xbox One S costs $300 and the Xbox One X costs $500, it makes sense that Microsoft would want to offer consumers a less expensive point of entry, especially late in the generation as console sales slow down. The new disc-free hardware is also separate from Microsoft's reported plans for a streaming-focused box, codenamed Scarlett, that is now expected in the 2020 timeframe. Is it worth the … [Read more...] about Update brings mouse and keyboard support to Xbox One
First announced at E3, FastStart "works by identifying which files are needed to begin playing and prioritizes the download of those files first", Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb explained in a blog post.Scavengers Studio has confirmed that Darwin Project, its survival-infused battle royale game, has now gone free-to-play on Xbox One. Naturally, this isn't ideal, particularly for those who play competitive titles in which getting early access to the game can give you an advantage over your late-coming peers. Your groups will appear under My Games and Apps, in Home, and in the Guide.Also, Groups are finally available. The update will include "FastStart", which is a feature created to address one of the biggest frustrations of modern gaming: Being forced to wait for your titles to download before you can play them. Moreover, these groups will sync to your Microsoft account, so they'll show up on other consoles that you own. That first group is full of pins.UI navigation has been … [Read more...] about Xbox One July Update Out Now, Adds FastStart And Groups
File photo: Kareem Choudhry, Xbox Vice President, introduces the Xbox One X gaming console during the Xbox E3 2017 media briefing in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian It's already possible to use a digital assistant with the Xbox One games consoles, but your options are quite limited. Microsoft, as you'd expect, integrated Cortana functionality. However, using Cortana requires having the now defunct Kinect hooked up, or relying on the microphone in a headset. That could soon change, though, as there's evidence Microsoft is opening up Xbox to other assistants. As Windows Central reports, an image has appeared of a new option in the Xbox One interface under preferences for digital assistants. You can opt to "enable digital assistants," but there's specific mention of Cortana, Alexa, and Google Assistant. If this turns out to be a real feature added as part of a future Xbox update, it could unlock the use of smart speakers to control your Xbox. … [Read more...] about Xbox One to Support Alexa, Google Assistant, report says
Microsoft has its head in the cloud with Xbox One. The company focused on how cloud computing will make games for its next-generation Xbox One console more immersive during its Monday presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the gaming industry's annual trade show. Microsoft announced last week that the successor to the Xbox 360 must be connected to the Internet every 24 hours to operate, and the system would ideally always be online. "The platform features and capabilities of Xbox One allow developers to push the boundaries of creativity and push the genre in new directions," Phil Harrison, Microsoft's vice president, told the crowd at University of Southern California's Galen Center.Microsoft kicked off the event with a sneak peak of "Metal Gear Solid V" for the Xbox One. A cinematic trailer of the game showed off features like an open world, horse stealth and realistic time. The upcoming console's cloud computing capabilities were demonstrated by fleshing out dense … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo E3 2013: Microsoft hypes next-gen Xbox One games