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    • By Asher Madan
      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 LoneWolfSL
      Among Us heads to Xbox and PlayStation consoles as well as Game Pass in December
      by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe

      After a long time of waiting in the vents, Among Us is finally getting its console debut on Xbox and PlayStation. The developer Innersloth today announced the mega hit multiplayer social deduction game will hit Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 on December 14.

      That's not all for Xbox fans though, as the game is also coming to Xbox Game Pass at launch for no additional cost. The PC variant of the service received the game last year. Meanwhile, an exclusive Ratchet & Clank cosmetic is incoming for PlayStation console owners.

      Based on real life party games like Mafia, Among Us offers a social multiplayer experience for up to 15 players who are depicted as cartoon astronauts. The objective of these Crewmembers is to complete all tasks scattered across a map or find and eject the Imposters that are blending in with the team before they assassinate the regular members. This involves plenty of interrogations and finger pointing by both sides.

      Cross-play will be supported on the newer platforms as well, letting players join together for matches with others from any PC, console, or mobile device. While the title originally released in 2018 for PC and mobile, it was hit by a massive surge in popularity in 2020 and still remains a behemoth. A Nintendo Switch port released late last year as well.

    • By Asher Madan
      512 GB and 2 TB Xbox Series X|S Storage Expansion Cards announced
      by Asher Madan

      Back in October 2021, images of a 512 GB Xbox Series X|S Storage Expansion Card were spotted at an American retailer. This confirmed earlier reports from France that Microsoft was working with Seagate to release new storage options for current-generation console owners. Today, the companies officially announced the product, but there's a surprise we weren't expecting.

      Aside from a 512 GB option that costs $139.99, there's a 2 TB Storage Expansion Card in the works that'll cost you $399.99. Microsoft provided more details on Xbox Wire about both products. The 512 GB card is launching before the 2 TB one and it's up for pre-order right now at Walmart for $139.00. It's launching in mid-November. The 2 TB card will launch in early December and pre-orders will go live in mid-November, around the time the 512 GB card is available to consumers.

      Using an Xbox Series X|S Storage Expansion Card is quite simple. You just have to plug the card into the large rectangular port in the back of your current-generation console. It'll automatically detect it and let you install games on it either manually or automatically depending on what you choose in Settings. Xbox Series X|S Optimized games only run from internal storage or this dedicated Storage Expansion Card. You can run last-generation Xbox One titles from any external hard drive.

      Are you interested in the 512 GB or 2 TB Storage Expansion Cards? Let us know in the comments below.

    • 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.