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Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S prices have been revealed
Up until a couple of days ago, we’ve known just about everything there is to know about the next-generation of hardware except arguably the most important information – the price. Well, Microsoft decided to go first and revealed prices for both its flagship Xbox Series X as well as the slightly weaker Xbox Series S. The Xbox Series X and S will launch on November 10th at $499 and $299 respectively. In the UK, they will launch at £449 and £249 on the same date. Additionally, Phil Spencer announced that Xbox will be offering customers of one of the next-gen Xbox’s 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at $24.99 – with EA Play included!
That’s really exciting news for loyal Xbox fans and could just be the deciding factor for many undecided next-gen buyers. The price of Xbox Series S, in particular, has garnered a lot of praise and could prove to be an absolute winner. It really all depends on what Sony will do with the pricing of the PlayStation 5 which we won’t have to wait too long to find out. For more information on the pricing, release date, and specs of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, check out our original news coverage.
Remedy under fire regarding Control next-gen upgrades
Remedy Entertainment went from beloved to shady in just a few short weeks. The entire situation started when Remedy decided that next-gen upgrades for Control will only be available for those who buy the Ultimate Edition of the game – even if they previously bought the base game and expansion separately. The reasoning behind the decision was that the developer was unable to upgrade existing versions of the game to Ultimate Edition due to all the next-gen changes and improvements. This soon proved to be either a mistake or an outright lie when many players saw their Control Deluxe Editions accidentally upgraded to Ultimate – something Remedy quickly reverted back. This obviously added fuel to the fire of the controversy with many fans calling for a boycott of the Ultimate Edition. Until we hear a proper explanation from Remedy, be sure to check out more details on the whole situation in our original news coverage.
Future Games Show showcases promise a bright future for the horror genre
If you thought that horror games are becoming rather scarce – think again. GamesRadar’s Future Games Show promised some exciting titles that will scare us on both the current and next-generation of hardware. The sheer diversity of showcases ensures there’s something for everyone’s horror taste. From Quantum Error’s highly atmospheric Lovecraftian horror scape to Silent Hill-like Song of Horror all the way to psychedelic In Sound Mind. But that’s far from everything so be sure to check out our original news coverage for a more detailed list of showcases as well as their respective trailers.
Facebook reveals the next iteration of their Oculus Quest headset
The future of almost desktop-grade wire-free virtual reality is now. After promotional videos of Oculus Quest 2 leaked to the internet, Facebook decided to officially make the announcement a bit earlier than originally planned. The new and improved headset will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 processor, 2K resolution per eye, 6 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of internal storage. The already excellent controllers will further be improved and the headset will even feature hand tracking so some games will be playable even without them. The headset will also support desktop VR experiences through the usage of Oculus Link cable. Seems like an absolute all-rounder headset that could be a real winner depending on the price which Facebook decided not to reveal yet. For more information and full promotional videos, check out our original news coverage.
Star Citizen creator responds to long development cycle criticism
Star Citizen has seen its fair share of criticisms aimed toward its ever-expanding scope, funding, and production time. While it can’t be argued that it is one of the most ambitious projects of all time, it’s also overflowing with what many would label as unnecessary features when existing ones still need plenty of work. An increasing number of players doubt the game will release in the next ten years while many others go as far as saying that it will never see the light of day. In response to the latest batch of criticisms, the game’s creator – Chris Roberts, stated that from this point forward, Star Citizen forums will be even more transparent with the production process. This will be done via the implementation of a system that will enable interested parties to track 58 feature and content teams and see what they are currently working on. He went ahead and assured everyone that Star Citizen is not a pipe dream, nor will it take 10 to 20 years to deliver. Hopefully, he delivers and shames us for ever doubting him. To read the full statement and learn more details on Star Citizen, be sure to check out our original news coverage.
Tony Hawk’s 1+2 Remake first week sales are through the roof
People are hungry for high-quality skating games. How do we know this? Well, it’s thanks to the sales results of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 which, after only 10 days of hitting the shelves has managed to sell a staggering 1 million copies, shattering franchise sales records. While nostalgia definitely played a large role, the high-quality of the remake and excellent critical response definitely also helped. The situation will probably prompt developers to remake plenty of other games and hopefully, they give it the same love and attention Tony Hawks got from Activision. For more information on Tony Hawk’s Remake sales results and the game itself, check out our original news coverage.