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Xbox One X costs $499, coming November 7

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2017 11:08 pm

E3 2017 - Microsoft's newly announced 4K-ready Xbox One X console carries with it a $500 price tag, and releases in November.




Microsoft today announced that its new premium Xbox One X system costs $499 and comes in a single 1TB configuration. The new 4K box will be able to play games in native 4K on 4K displays with HDR, but only supports HDMI 2.0. Gamers can enjoy low-latency experiences on Xbox One X with FreeSync 2 display support, and developers are adding in key optimization enhancements to run games in native 4K 60FPS, such as Turn10's new Forza 7 game.


Xbox One X features a highly customized and tweaked 16nm SoC with a heavily customized 8-core Jaguar CPU at 2.73GHz, alongside a Polaris-grade GPU with 40 Compute Units, 1.71GHz of clock speed, and 6TFLOPs of compute power. 12GB of GDDR5 unified memory gives the console a hefty bump of system memory with 326GB/sec bandwidth. All of these components sit in a small, sleek chassis that closely resembles the Xbox One S in form factor, but the Xbox One X is actually the smallest console Microsoft has ever made.

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Metro Exodus announced, coming in 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2017 10:02 pm

E3 2017 - 4A Games completely blew us away by announced Metro Exodus, but it won't be a direct sequel to Metro 2033 or Metro Last Light.



Metro Exodus' reveal was totally surprising and is easily one of my favorite announcements made during Microsoft's E3 showcase. The game is a indirect sequel to Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, and will instead focus on a story that takes place over multiple seasons, all sourced from Glukhovsky's original Metro novels.


Metro Exodus takes on a more open-world scope with incredible fidelity and detail--all shown on Microsoft's new high-end Xbox One X system.

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Assassin's Creed: Origins coming October 27, 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2017 9:40 pm

E3 2017 - Ubisoft today annoucned its Egypt-themed Assassin's Creed with a release date shortly before the Xbox One X.



Assassin's Creed: Origins looks absolutely incredible; as a history buff, I've long imagined exploring ancient Egypt, and the game basically makes my dreams come true. AC: Origins will have deep RPG mechanics and features high-end 4K resolution and HDR to boot, showing an amazing recreation of ancient Egypt.


Assassin's Creed: Origins launches October 27, 2017 on PS4, Xbox One and PC with 4K support on Xbox One X.

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Xbox One X announced, coming November 7

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2017 9:08 pm

E3 2017 - Microsoft confirmed its new Project Scorpio is called Xbox One X, and will launch in November.



Microsoft's new high-end 4K ready Project Scorpio console is officially known as Xbox One X, and is coming on November 7. The company confirms that Xbox One X is the most powerful console ever made, but it's also the smaller Xbox ever made. The Xbox One X looks like a small, scaled down Xbox One S, and as we previously predicted, it's quite svelte and sleek.


As we previously announced, Xbox One X uses a Polaris-grade GPU at 1.17GHz and a highly customized 8-core Jaguar-based 2.73GHz CPU alongside 12GB of GDDR5 RAM. Xbox One X will support FreeSync 2, full native 4K support, and is completely compatible with all existing Xbox One games and accessories. Xbox One X will also play all Xbox 360 backward compatibility titles.

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BioWare's new Anthem is 'massively hugely ambitious'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2017 7:45 pm

E3 2017 - EA is extremely excited about BioWare's new IP, Anthem, and frankly so are we. This is a new opportunity for BioWare to reclaim their throne with the "Bob Dylan of video games." Here's what EA's Patrick Soderlund had to say about the new project.




Yesterday EA finally revealed BioWare's new IP, previously codenamed "Dylan" because EA and BioWare wanted to make the "Bob Dylan of video games." It's called Anthem, it's set in a massive futuristic open world with sci-fi Spartan-like mechsuits, it's online-based, has four classes and is "fast and unexpected." This is EA's dream game, the "gigantic action game" they've always wanted to make, and represents a turning point for BioWare. In a very real sense, this is BioWare's Destiny.


According to EA executive Patrick Soderlund, Anthem will deliver something gamers haven't seen before. "[Anthem] pushes the boundaries of open-world fidelity to a whole new level, unlike anything you've ever seen before. It's a new IP from BioWare, they've been working on it for quite a while. We're gonna have a very short section of that at our press conference, and then it will appear with a gameplay demo at a partner's press conference the day after," Soderlund said in a recent interview with Engadget.

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Kingdom Hearts III gets a new trailer!

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2017 6:32 pm

E3 2017 - After months of silence and waiting, Square Enix has dropped a new Kingdom Hearts III trailer...and it looks pretty good.



The new Kingdom Hearts III gameplay trailer shows off some snazzy action-based combat and heralds the return of Hercules and cements the Mount Olympus world into the game. The footage wasn't actually revealed for E3 proper--it was part of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour.


Sadly, Square Enix says it may not show more KH3-related goodies at E3. "Fans can look forward to the unveiling of a new world and new trailer during the D23 Expo on July 15, 2017," a PR rep told us.

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Project Scorpio costs $499, says Geoff Keighley

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2017 4:31 pm

E3 2017 - Microsoft's new enthusiast-grade console will have a lower $499 price tag associated with it, according to games personality Geoff Keighley.




Given Project Scorpio is capable of hitting native 4K 60FPS at Ultra PC equivalent settings in games like Forza 6 I personally think $499 is a great price for the console itself. There were reports that Project Scorpio would be called Xbox One 10S and become a "4K PC in your living room," but based on that price, I'm not so sure. Project Scorpio will absolutely be a nexus that taps the Windows 10 PC ecosystem with cross-app, cross-gaming, and cross-feature functionality, accompanied with native 4K gaming and entertainment to boot.



There's lots of hubub from journalists and analysts like Wedbush Securities' Michael Pachter that say Microsoft needs to release Project Scorpio at $399 to be competitive. This isn't true: Microsoft is already competitive against Sony, albeit in a different way. Explaining how Microsoft's Xbox division makes its money is actually a long and involved process, but I invite you to read more on it here.


Xbox isn't losing, Sony isn't pummeling it into the dust, and there's lost of misinformation and misconceptions floating around.

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Only 9 countries will get the HTC U11 with 6GB of RAM

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 11, 2017 3:23 pm

HTC announced its U11 flagship almost a month ago, and the phone is slowly starting to hit markets around the world.




The HTC U11 is powered by Qualcomm's top processor, the Snapdragon 835, and comes with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 2TB with a microSD card.


However, there's also a 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage version of the device, available exclusively in certain markets.

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Visceral's Star Wars game won't be at E3

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2017 12:11 am

E3 2017 - EA only has room for one big Star Wars game at E3, and that's Battlefront II.




When EA's E3 presser came and went without any mention of Visceral Games' new action-based Star Wars game, I was disappointed. But I have to admit it makes sense. This year is all about Battlefront II, which is a massive, massive undertaking for EA and DICE. Visceral's new Star Wars game, which doesn't even have a final name, has been MIA for some time. The game wasn't shown at the recent Star Wars Celebration, and now it's missed EA Play 2017. Could it be delayed past its original 2018 release date? Unthinkable!


Renowned Uncharted scriptwriter Amy Hennig is leading the project at Visceral Games, and aims to capture the magic of the original trilogy for the project. Hennig recently confirmed that 2017 was "Battlefront II's year," and that Visceral is "still hard at work on our game, though, have no fear!"

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FIFA 18 on Switch features Ultimate Team

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 10, 2017 10:09 pm

E3 2017 - Electronic Arts has officially confirmed the modes coming to the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18.




FIFA Ultimate Team, EA's biggest bread-winner microtransaction mode, is coming to FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch. However, as we reported days ago, the port isn't powered by EA's Frostbite engine and won't have the Hunter Returns story mode.


The following modes will be available on FIFA 18's Switch version: FIFA Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Kick Off, and Local Seasons. "Ultimate Team fans will get to participate in beloved features like Squad Building Challenges, Online and Offline Seasons, Tournaments, and Draft. Players will enjoy live campaigns connected to the narrative of the football season, the Transfer Market, and more Ultimate Team features that will be revealed very soon," EA affirmed.

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