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      Xbox Series X owners get 4K dashboard today
      by Asher Madan

      Today, Microsoft announced that the October Xbox Update is rolling out to console owners today. The patch includes Night Mode and other enhancements, but the standout feature has to be for Xbox Series X users.

      Beforehand, the Xbox Series X dashboard resolution was limited to 1080p to prevent performance issues with 4K games. However, it seems like the team has found a workaround. Now, the text is crisp and the game art looks incredibly clear at 4K resolution. However, there are still some interface elements that are 1080p, like the Xbox Series X|S Optimized logo and some icons like HDR Calibration. Hopefully, these will be updated soon because they're a little jarring to witness.

      If you simply update your console, you may not see the 4K resolution menu. In order to apply it, you have to go to Settings and change the resolution of your console to 1080p first, and then back to 4K. This should start rendering the dashboard at 4K. This is probably another bug that needs to be fixed.

      Aside from the 4K dashboard on Xbox Series X, all Xbox owners are getting Night Mode and Quick Settings changes. Night Mode allows you to dim the light on your display, the power button on your controller, and the power light on your console. You can also change the blue light filter this way.

      The Xbox Guide now includes a Quick Settings menu so you can customize your accessibility features. This is quite handy because you don't have to fish around in Settings anymore to open them.

      What feature are you looking forward to the most with the October Xbox Update? Let us know in the comments below.

    • By Asher Madan
      Forza Horizon 5 goes gold, requires 103 GB on most systems
      by Asher Madan

      Today, developer Playground Games announced that Forza Horizon 5, its upcoming open-world racing game, has gone gold. This means that only bug fixes remain before launch in November and discs will be printed soon. The title takes place in Mexico and features a number of graphical improvements over its predecessor.

      Since the game has gone gold, you can pre-load it on PC and Xbox. However, storage space is one important detail to keep in mind. On the majority of platforms, including Xbox Series X|S, you'll need 103 GB. However, you'll need another 13 GB on Xbox One. This may be related to compression differences between the two platforms.

      Xbox Series X|S: 103 GB Xbox One: 116 GB Windows: 103 GB Steam: 103 GB Forza Horizon 5 launches on November 9, 2021, for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Xbox Game Pass subscribers are also gaining access on day one. Meanwhile, Premium Edition owners will be getting into the action four days early on November 5.

    • By Asher Madan
      New Starfield video details solar system setting and time period
      by Asher Madan

      Starfield is an upcoming role-playing game from Bethesda that takes place in outer space. We don't know much about the title, but it's supposed to feature similar choices and gameplay elements as Fallout and The Elder Scrolls games.

      Back in August 2021, a few unlisted YouTube videos leaked discussing the various locations you'll travel to in the game. Today, another video appeared that discusses the locations in the game and when it takes place. The description provides more details about what to expect in terms of factions you'll encounter.

      Are you excited to play it on Xbox Series X|S and PC? Let us know. Starfield is only coming to those two platforms on November 11, 2022.

    • By Asher Madan
      Assassin's Creed and Star Wars receive huge discounts in this week's Deals with Gold
      by Asher Madan

      Every week, Microsoft and select publishers discount a number of titles for a weekly Deals with Gold sale. This week, games from the Assassin's Creed and Star Wars franchises are available for substantially less. Below, you'll find the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 games with their respective discounts. The deals and games marked with an asterisk are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members, so you'll need an active paid subscription for the additional discount.

      Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
      Xbox 360
      Many of the games are also backward compatible so you can play them on your Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One. Even if you still only have an Xbox 360, this week you're in luck!

      Which titles are you interested in? Did you buy any? Let us know in the comments below.

    • By Asher Madan
      Elden Ring delayed until February 2022, network test announced
      by Asher Madan

      Recently, gameplay footage from Elden Ring leaked on YouTube. The title is a third-person open-world action game from the acclaimed team at FromSoftware. Elden Ring takes a lot of cues from the Dark Souls series, but gives you more freedom of movement and exploration options.

      There was some debate about whether the leaked Elden Ring footage was real, but there's no doubt about that now because it appears to be from the closed network test. Today, publisher Bandai Namco revealed that PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S players would get to jump into the world in November 2021. You can take a look at the exact times below.

      Just head over to the game's website to register. Codes will be sent out shortly before the test goes live, and you have until November 1 to sign up. Unfortunately, there's some bad news too.

      Instead of launching in January, Elden Ring has been pushed back to February 25, 2022. FromSoftware wants to polish the game further before launch. The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the development cycle of many games, so it's understandable that the team wants more time to make sure Elden Ring is a great experience for everyone.