Gamescom 2018 is right around the corner so it comes as no surprise that Major Nelson teased "all-new Xbox hardware and accessories" in a blog post this morning.
The funny thing is that he edited it quickly after posting it, with Microsoft "backtracking on this statement" reports Engadget. I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft showed off the next-gen Xbox at Gamescom next month, codenamed Project Scarlet. We could expect a refreshed Xbox One X with more than 1TB of storage, however.
Engadget thinks Microsoft will unveil an "even cheaper Xbox One S" console, and not an upgraded Xbox One X. Why not both? I'm sure higher-end gamers want more than 1TB of storage, so it would be nice to see a new Xbox One X with 2TB or even 4TB of storage.
Have you ever been curious of how many games are on the Nintendo Switch? well, a full list has been provided by Perfectly Nintendo and it appears there are almost 1000+ games on the handheld console across all regions.
Nintendo Perfectly has gone ahead and provided the numbers of titles based on each region. The lists feature the main three regions, North America, Europe and Japan. For a game to be counted it has be fully released and available to gamers, not just announced.
According to the figures, the total amount of Nintendo Switch games available to gamers since the consoles release back in 2016 comes in at 928 (all regions). Moving onto smaller categories, North American gamers have 846 games available to them, Europe following closely behind with 834 and finally Japan with just 543.
Microsoft has just unveiled a brand new controller for their Xbox One, this controller is specifically designed for all those sports games fans out there and comes with a bonus 14-day trail for Xbox Live Gold.
Microsoft has deemed this new controller as the 'Sport White Special Edition' and has been inspired by athletics and sports lifestyle gamers. The Sports White is just one of the first controllers of the upcoming 'Sport series' that Microsoft plan to roll out. According to Major Nelson, the controller features "mint accents, and grey and silver patterns", the "rubberized diamond grip on the back" is designed for comfort so players can stay attuned throughout long period gaming sessions.
Microsoft are also releasing a premium 'Sport White Special Edition Xbox Pro Charing Stand.' It is aimed to keep the controllers fully charged with the luxury and simplicity of seamlessly removing the controller from the stand when desired. Each of the charging stands comes with a battery cover, rechargeable battery and a 6-foot power cord. The controller itself comes in at $69.99 and will be available starting July 31st, shipping will begin on August 7th. The charging stand will cost $49.99 and will be available for retail on August 7th. If you are interested in any of Microsoft's new products visit the official Microsoft Store here.
Now that we know a next-gen Xbox is in development, currently known as Project Scarlet, we have no idea about what performance or new features to expect from Microsoft's next-gen Xbox family.
During an interview with Giant Bomb, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said that there is two things that Microsoft wants to focus on with Project Scarlet, the first are frame rates, and the second is loading times. Spencer said: "I think frame rate is an area where consoles can do more. When you look at the balance between CPU and GPU in today's consoles they're a little bit out of whack relative to what's on the PC side".
Spencer isn't a fan of download and loading times on current games, while install times have gone through the roof for some of the new games with massive worlds, 4K resolution and higher resolution textures. There are plenty of the games already on the market, and plenty in development that are driving past 50GB and getting into the 100GB area.
Spencer said: "I'm always wishing games would start quicker".
TweakTown exclusively reported a couple of days ago now that Sony is co-developing AMD's next-gen Navi GPU architecture for its upcoming PlayStation 5 console... but what about Microsoft's next-gen Xbox?
Today is a new day, with fresh rumors about the new Xbox that Microsoft teased was in development at E3 2018 earlier in the week, and now we have a codename: Scarlett. Microsoft is working on a "family of devices" under the Scarlett codename, which should be similar to the three Xbox consoles Microsoft has this generation: Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X.
Microsoft is interesting in a game streaming service, which could change the Xbox family of consoles forever. Imagine a world where game streaming is an integral part of the Xbox experience, while the top-tier flagship Xbox handles 4K 60FPS and beyond.
Anthem, BioWare's massive new shared-worlds IP, won't have lootboxes of any kind.
Despite lootboxes bringing in billions across the industry, BioWare's latest flying mech-shooter will be monetized via cosmetics only. This aligns with recent predictions from analysts and confirms that Anthem will have a recurring hook.
"We are going to have some cosmetics and vanity items that you'll be able to purchase, but you're always going to know what you'll get before you spend any money on it," BioWare's Mark Darrah said at EA Play 2018.
"So no lootboxes and no ability to pay for power. So that means no ability to spend money on gameplay advantage at all within Anthem."
"We want to make sure Anthem is an immersive experience that feels like it's complete from the get-go. That means the main story, big open world, and an ongoing service that provides new content for a long period of time--new story, new experiences for everyone."
Nintendo has announced a "2nd Unit Set" for the Nintendo Switch, this set is designed for families that already own a Nintendo Switch and desire to purchase another one.
What has been titled as the "2nd Unit Set" will include the following: Nintendo Switch system, two Joy-Con controllers, two straps and does not include the dock, HDMI cable, or Joy-Con grip.
What is most surprising though is this new set does not include the AC adapter cable which is required to charge the Nintendo Switch. The 2nd unit set costs $230 when the traditional bundle costs $299.
The rumors of the PS5 being announced and released this year had console gamers excited, with the rumor mill stating that Sony would release the PlayStation 5 this year according to the number of developer kits given to developers.
Well, according to Sony Interactive Entertainment America CEO Shawn Layden, that won't be happening. He confirmed on the PlayStation Blogcast that there will be "no new hardware announcement at E3 this year", and there you have it. This should mean no PS5 and no PSVR 2.0 headset.
Sony released the PS4 nearly 5 years ago now, so we're getting close to the half-decade milestone with no new news of a next-gen PlayStation 5 console. The beefed up PS4 Pro was released in November 2016, so we're getting close to the 2-year anniversary of that, and still no PS5.
What do you think about that? Do we need a PS5? I think we do, stat. Our exclusive story on the PS5 is that it will feature a discrete GPU instead of a lukewarm, underpowered APU like all of the current-gen consoles feature, including the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.
E3 2018 is going to be absolutely massive this year, and as usual we should expect a bunch of new and exciting stuff from Microsoft and their Xbox presentation at E3.
In a new blog post today, Microsoft's Mike Nichols said that the company has a "great briefing filled with new games" to unveil, continuing: "We're hard at work on exciting plans for E3, from what will be a great briefing filled with new games to the fan experience at the Microsoft Theater. This is our biggest E3 yet, and we look forward to a great week for gamers. Again, thank you to the amazing Xbox community".
Microsoft will kick off its E3 2018 event on Sunday, June 11 at 1PM PT / 4PM ET. Last year we expected the Xbox One X but now that's here and there's no next-gen Xbox expected this early, what will Microsoft show off? A next-gen Halo that pumps away at 4K 60FPS on the Xbox One X would be killer, but what else could steal the show?
Atari has announced plans to launch pre-orders for its upcoming Atari VCS console, with pre-orders opening on May 30 and the first batch of consoles will ship in Spring 2019.
IndieGogo has an exclusive for the pre-orders of the Atari VCS console, with an awesome limited edition Atari VCS Collector's Edition that rocks a beautiful retro-styled wood front and it's giving me shivers. If you score yourself one of the first Atari VCS consoles, you'll be looking at $199 for a limited amount of time.
Atari COO of Connected Devices, Michael Arzt, said: "We continue moving forward on the Atari VCS project and are excited to see this pre-sale kickoff and to share more updates with our fans as we look toward the first shipments. We are building outstanding teams and forging alliances that will make this product great and truly worthy of the Atari VCS name. Expert hardware partners are helping make this project possible and we couldn't be more pleased with their contributions".
But we're all here for that headline, right?! The Atari VCS will have support for native 4K, HDR, and 60FPS. Atari will also include on-board and expandable storage, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and even USB 3.0 support.