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Quantum Break to receive Xbox One X enhancements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 21, 2017 2:40 am

Microsoft is only a couple of months away from the launch of the Xbox One X, and now we have found out that Remedy is working on Xbox One X specific enhancements for Quantum Break.




Quantum Break launched last year for the Xbox One and was met with major performance issues, and even on the PC it wasn't the best performing game. Let's hope that the close collaboration between Remedy and Microsoft can solve this, but I'm sure it's going to poke a few angry gamers that they'll have to probably buy another version of the game - but let's hope it's just a download away.

Xbox One X trade-in offer revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 21, 2017 12:14 am

Gamestop is giving interested gamers an opportunity to shave off up to $200 on a new Xbox One X with a trade-in promo.




Back in 2016 Microsoft confirmed it would offer a trade-up program for its high-end 4K-ready Xbox One X console, and now the company is living up to its word. Retailer Gamestop is holding what may be an attractive trade-in promo for the Xbox One X, however official details aren't available as it varies on a store-to-store basis.


"Get up to $200 credit when you trade select systems toward a new Xbox One X," reads the promo, which is only valid between today and November 1, 2017. A Gamestop tweet seems to counter the information provided on the site, reading: "Pre-order the Xbox One X, trade in your console later from 11/7 - 11/19 to save up to $200 toward your purchase." It's unclear whether or not there are two separate promos, or if users will have to pay upfront to secure their Xbox One X pre-order and then trade in their qualifying consoles at a later date.

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PlayerUnknown: we want PC version of PUBG on Xbox

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 20, 2017 10:34 pm

Early access sensation PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will be published by Microsoft for release on Xbox One, and developer Bluehole states they want to ensure parity between the PC and console version.




During a Gamescom 2017 stream, Microsoft today confirmed a partnership with PUBG's development team to publish PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox One for release on the Xbox Game Preview program in late 2017. This effectively means the games titan will publish a third-party early access game on its Xbox family of consoles, and eventually, the final launch release. Despite reports that PUBG may in fact come to PS4, this new deal may point to Xbox One console exclusivity for the last-man-standing shooter.


Armed with the might of Microsoft's publishing arm, Bluehole and PUBG creator Brenden Greene want to ensure cross-platform parity and quality on both PC and Xbox One, even though PUBG is sold on Steam and not Microsoft's Windows Store. "We want to get the PC version of PUBG on Xbox," said Brenden Greene, aka PlayerUknown, during the Xbox Gamescom 2017 showcase.

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Xbox One X pre-orders available now

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 20, 2017 8:49 pm

Microsoft's new "beastly" Xbox One X console is now available for pre-order ahead of its launch in November.




Microsoft today announced that its $499 Xbox One X is now available for pre-order across a number of retailers. The initial wave of pre-orders will snag the limited edition Project Scorpio edition, which comes with an exclusive vertical stand and green lettering on the controller and the console itself.


The console comes with a 1TB hard drive, and the base unit features a high-end 4K-ready 6TFLOP Polaris-grade GPU alongside a heavily tweaked Jaguar CPU and 12GB of GDDR5 RAM to enable enthusiast-grade console experiences. For more information on the Xbox One X be sure to check out or massive content index.

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100 games will be enhanced on Xbox One X

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 20, 2017 7:56 pm

Microsoft today confirmed that 100 Xbox One games will be enhanced to leverage the power of its new high-end Xbox One X console.




As we've discussed previously, Microsoft's new $499 Xbox One X console will play all Xbox One games even better than original Xbox One consoles, but these titles will need updates and patches to tap the full potential of the console's massively tweaked 6TFLOP Polaris GPU. In order to hit native 4K 60FPS in games like Forza 7, users must first download required patches and content that essentially "unlock" the console's power. Microsoft has put together the Xbox One X Enhancement Program that will mark all retail and digital games with special icons so gamers know which titles are enhanced.


During its Gamescom 2017 press event in Cologne, Germany, Microsoft has confirmed that 100 games will be enhanced on Xbox One X, including both new and old third-party and first-party games. You can find a full list of Xbox One X consoles here. Remember that Xbox One X enhancements don't automatically mean the game will run in native 4K 60FPS with HDR, far from it; Microsoft has confirmed that developers have full freedom to choose how to use the Xbox One X's power. This means that the game could simply get a boosted frame rate for 1080p and not even add 4K support. It's all up to the developer.

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Our 'Guardians' giveaway is out of this Galaxy!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 20, 2017 8:01 am

To celebrate the upcoming home video release of 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2', we have ten Blu-rays prize packs to give away thanks to our friends at Disney Home Entertainment. Each winner will score a Blu-ray copy of the film, and some cool 'Guardians' merch including a T-shirt, cap, backpack, keychain, and notebook!




Anyone can save the galaxy once. Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies, and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.


To go into the running to win a prize, post this article to your social media profiles and send your correct answer to the following question (along with your postal address), to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on August 25:


Name the creator of the original 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Marvel comic.

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Path of Exile launches August 24 on Xbox One

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 20, 2017 12:12 am

Path of Exile will launch on Xbox One next week, developer Grinding Gear Games has confirmed.



Landmark action RPG Path of Exile, who's been called the "real Diablo III", will launch on Microsoft's Xbox One family of consoles on August 24, 2017. The game will be free-to-play with cosmetic-only microtransactions, and features the new Fall of Oriath expansion.


"The long-awaited release of Path of Exile on Xbox One is right around the corner. We're all set to make our console debut on August 24th at 2pm (PDT)," PoE developer Grinding Gear Games wrote in a recent blog post. "We are very excited to welcome even more exiles to our community. As per usual, the game will be free to download and available to everyone!"

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Mass Effect: Andromeda singleplayer is dead

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 19, 2017 11:12 pm

BioWare today confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda won't get any more singleplayer DLC.




Avid Andromeda fans were hoping BioWare would muster up its resources and send off the Mass Effect series with one last big DLC bang before it went into cryo sleep. That won't happen: BioWare has officially confirmed that ME: Andromeda's singleplayer is dead. Not only will the game's singleplayer not get any add-ons or DLC to further the story, but it won't even be patched. "Our last update, 1.10, was the final update for Mass Effect: Andromeda. There are no planned future patches for single-player or in-game story content," BioWare wrote on an official blog post. The "fall of the quarian ark" will now be told through other mediums like comics and graphic novels.


BioWare says that Andromeda's multiplayer will live on, and for good reason: the online MP component is riddled with loot crate microtransactions, the kind that earned EA $420 million in revenue last quarter. The team that made Mass Effect: Andromeda, BioWare Montreal, doesn't even exist any more and has been totally absorbed by EA's new Motive studio. Reports indicate that the Mass Effect series has been put on hiatus as BioWare focuses on its massively ambitious new online-based IP Anthem, and a new entry in the Dragon Age series.

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Nintendo should have big Switch stockpile for holidays

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 19, 2017 10:17 pm

Despite the current flash memory shortage that's plaguing the industry, and reports from analysts who forecast Switch supply to remain constrained throughout 2017, Japanese games-maker Nintendo will likely have a strong surplus of Switch units ready for the holiday season.




Nintendo has been strategically holding back inventory of its popular Switch console-handheld hybrid and releasing a flow of new units to coincide with launches of its biggest games, including ARMS in June, and July's mega-popular Splatoon 2. This makes logical sense as Nintendo can't sell Switch exclusive games if the Switch consoles aren't out in the wild. NPD's recent sales charts for July confirmed this strategy, and indicates Nintendo has reserved a large surplus of Switch units for the launch of its biggest exclusive to date: Super Mario Odyssey.


Nintendo's reserved tactical and calculated release strategy is paying off, albeit met frustration from its key constituency. The Switch was the top-selling hardware platform of July in the U.S., and Splatoon 2 dominated the software revenue charts in the same region. "The Nintendo Switch was July's best-selling hardware platform," NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said in the July sales report. "[That was] driven by new inventory released in support of the launch of Splatoon 2."


Mr. Piscatella also highlights that the new inventory of Switch hardware helped push other Nintendo games on the top 20 sales chart. "Nintendo's Splatoon 2 was the best-selling title of the month. Three of the month's top seven best-selling games are published by Nintendo. Nintendo was also the best-selling software publisher in July."

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Flash shortage may last throughout 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 19, 2017 9:06 pm

NAND flash memory stock is expected to remain tight until the next year, affecting a multitude of sectors and devices from Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid to traditional SSD storage.




Key analysts and industry sources have told Tom's Hardware that the flash memory shortage could last well into 2018. As big chip-makers such as SK Hynix, Toshiba and Samsung focus on more efficient 3D NAND flash memory for all market sectors including enterprise, business and retail, allocation for traditional flash memory, which is used in a number of devices such as Nintendo's Switch handheld console, mobile phones, and SSDs, remains constrained. Toshiba, for example, is bringing its 64-layer 3D VNAND BiCS Flash memory to the retail SSD market, but as Tom's Hardware notes the rollout is quite slow. This triggers a reaction throughout the entire supply chain at the fabrication plants in which these chips are made.


We've already reported that titans like Apple and Samsung are laying claim to the bulk of available flash memory for their respective mobile handsets, leading to shortages that affect a number of devices. This, of course, is compounded by the rollout and fabrication of new advanced 3D NAND memory technologies. Interestingly enough, Chinese tech giant Lenovo recently had its Q1 2017 earnings strongly impacted with a $73 million dollar loss thanks in part to the flash shortage. The company may raise the prices of its products to offset the shortage's impact and protect its margins, Reuters reports. "Most of the component cost is stabilizing except memory ... and the price is still going up," Lenovo COO Gianfranco Lanci said during the Q1 earnings call.

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