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What Can We Expect From Xbox Project Scorpio?

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With the Xbox One S now out, what everyone is waiting for is the so-called the Project Scorpio, possibly a new breed of Xbox.

When it comes to console gaming, we always expect major technological progress every 3 to 5 years but are often disappointed with what little we get. Some games, even the big budget, triple A titles end up looking dated after just a couple of short years, whereas it seems PC gaming just keeps on progressing.

Why is this not about Project Scorpio? Although this particular console will have a set of hardware and is built to outpace both the Xbox One and Xbox One S in performance, it will still technically run the same games, so if that’s what you’re hoping to see when it comes, your money might be better spent just buying new Xbox Games from Harvey Norman or from your local game stop.

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What’s this ‘new breed’ of Xbox?

By a new breed of Xbox, we mean the next proper generation of Microsoft’s console — a fresh start for the company, if you will, a system able to play games both the Xbox One and Xbox One S wish they could.

The Xbox One we have today has undergone several changes since the console was first announced back in 2013. If the system was released as originally planned, we’d have a console that required constant internet connection to play games, effectively undermining the pre-owned games market and requiring a subscription to Xbox Live Gold.

Also, it would’ve came bundled with a new and improved Kinect — something hardly any gamer wanted — and wouldn’t have been fully functional without the motion sensing input device.

Guy Cocker, a former game expert at Wired and T3, said that “Microsoft made many mistakes during the pre-launch period of the Xbox One.” The major ones include pitching a product that no one wanted (Kinect) and positioning the system as more of a living room entertainment box that mixed a DVR, a video streamer, an internet browser than a true gaming experience.

The decision to forcefully include Kinect made the console significantly more expensive than the PS4, plus it proposed some very draconian anti-consumer measures regarding the trading of pre-owned games that further left a bad taste in gamers’ mouths.

Microsoft, to its credit, listened to player feedbacks, critiques and video game blogs, and introduced new policies to make the Xbox One more appealing to its core audience, but a lot of damage had already been done to the brand’s image.

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The Next Xbox: games focused

“I think the next Xbox will be a game-focused console, so it will unveil with high-spec PC hardware like the Xbox One, the difference being it will be cheaper at launch,” says Cocker.
Microsoft may have overlooked highlighting this in Xbox One’s original reveal, but it has since changed its tune thanks to the backlash from the gaming community. According to Cocker, there’s also a very good chance the next Xbox will ditch a physical disc drive as online services get better and better, but we have our doubts considering that a 4K blu ray drive is one of the main reasons why the Xbox One S has sold well.

What we know for certain is that the Xbox One Scorpio will be the most powerful console ever made when it goes on sale, handily beating the PS4 Pro and Nintendo Switch on all technical fronts. Unlike the Pro, it will offer true 4K gaming.

There are also rumors of VR tech to take on the PlayStation V3 and the reintroduction of Kinect. All this boils down to a console that’s expected to stick around for a very long time.

Xbox One and Xbox 360, backward compatible

Summary

For now, us gamers can only hope for the best and placate ourselves with the Xbox One S. Holding on to your Xbox One? Check out the Xbox games from Harvey Norman to get your fix of the latest titles delivered straight to your doorstep. After all, awesome games are what always matter in the end, right?

What do you expect from the Xbox One Scorpio?

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Forza Horizon 4 Reviews Round-Up, It’s Love All Around

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Forza Horizon 4 is arguably the best installment in the series to date.

Reviews for the latest Forza Horizon are in, and Microsoft, Playground Games and, most importantly, racing game fans have a lot to be happy about.

Forza Horizon 4 is a resounding hit with critics and gamers alike, earning an average score of 92 percent on metacritic as of the time of this writing.

This time around, car aficionados take to a shared open-world Britain that has been fine-tuned to take into account both the seasons and the time of day, with seasonal changes altering the driving conditions and the accessibility of pathways. The game world literally changes over time.

There are 450 unlockable cars, including the Warthog for the Halo series, that can customized and raced to the heart’s content.

If you are still on the fence about getting Forza Horizon 4, check out some of the more notable reviews and scores here…

If you’ve played Forza Horizon 4, what would you personally rate it, and why? Let us know in the comments below.

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Get Hyped With The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Launch Trailer

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This is an Assassin’s Creed game unlike any other.

Set in ancient Greece, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey builds on what made origins so good, bringing back some of the beloved features the franchise is known for while introducing radical new changes and departures — most notably, an RPG-driven dialogue wheel, the ability to play either as a male or a female protagonist, and the ability to choose between romance options — that could potentially change the face of the series forever.

Unlike the previous Assassin’s Creed games, this launch trailer uses gameplay footage rather than CGI, but it still manages to be engaging. It showcases some of the gameplay elements players can expect, as well as the locations they will frequent. We also get a bit on the story and how the choice you make will affect it.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is playable on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Watch the trailer here, and let us know if it gets you hyped…

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Has 200 Different Animal Species With Unique Behaviors

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Hunting was an important part of life in the untamed American frontier, so animal lovers are in for treat.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has a diverse range of wildlife to kill, skin, eat and sell, with Rockstar revealing via Twitter that players can expect around 200 species of animals, birds, and fish in the game.

Better yet, the animals have their own unique behavior and interact with each other in different and expected ways. Predators will hunt for herbivores, some animals are solitary, some hunt are pack hunters, some can only be seen at night, etc.

Preparing animals for consumption or other uses require some work. For instance, larger animals must be cut up into smaller pieces and, once prepared, physically taken either to your camp to be eaten or to a shop to sell. If neither is done, the meat will spoil.

Moreover, leaving blood on your horse could attract unwanted attention from predators.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is playable on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Gameplay Launch Trailer Is Action-Packed

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is primed and ready for your enjoyment.

Activision and Treyarch have unveiled a new gameplay launch trailer for the shooter, showcasing all three modes of the game: Multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Check out the trailer here…

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Say It Ain’t So, Devil May Cry 5 Has Microtransactions

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The good news is that you won’t be forced to pay for anything.

For all the praise the Devil May Cry 5 TGS 2018 demo received, one new addition in particular caused a stir, and it has nothing to do with Dante’s theme song being removed because of the sexual misconduct allegation against the singer. No, the issue is much bigger.

Those who played the demo made an unfortunate discovery — Devil May Cry 5 has microtransactions. You will be able to spend real money on red orbs, which are essentially the game’s main form of currency.

In Devil May Cry 5, which are obtained by doing virtually anything from combat to breaking red clusters, can be used to upgrade your character by purchasing new skills and revive on the spot rather than being forced to do so at the last checkpoint).

You can also exchange real money for red orbs, a system that isn’t particularly new to the Devil May Cry Series and actually existed in Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition.

Fortunately, whereas some games require you to spend real money gain certain features, spending money on red orbs in Devil May Cry 5 is optional. According to Capcom, the game doles out “ample” red orbs in regular play.

“… players can purchase even more red orbs which can be used for quicker upgrades or more continues,” the publisher said. “This is completely optional as the game has been balanced to provide ample orbs for play without purchase in mind. This allows players more options to use red orbs at the pace and style they prefer to play.”

Let’s just hope for Capcom’s sake that Devil May Cry 5 doesn’t join the growing list of games ruined by microtransactions.

Are you OK with how microtransactions are applied in Dante and friends’ latest adventure? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Have You Seen The Resident Evil 2 Remake TGS 2018 Trailer?

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It previews familiar allies and evil foes.

At the 2018 Tokyo Game Show, Capcom unveiled a new trailer for the remake of the classic survival horror Resident Evil 2, giving us a look at some of the enemies and potential allies you can expect in your adventure, including iconic series femme fatale Ada Wong, the mysterious Annette Birkin and Chief Officer Brian Irons.

Like the original, the Resident Evil 2 remake follows the journey of rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield as they begin to uncover what’s behind Raccoon City’s terrifying zombie outbreak. As the duo embark on their own campaigns independently, their collective experiences piece together to form a a comprehensive story that uncovers the people and motives behind the evil that’s engulfed the city.

Watch the trailer, and let us know what you think.

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