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By Rich Woods
Microsoft will have more Xbox Series X and S consoles at launch
by Rich Woods
Yesterday, after a long wait, pre-orders went live for the Xbox Series X and the lower-powered Xbox Series S. As you can probably imagine, both consoles were sold out pretty quickly. If you still want one on day one, don't worry, as you'll still get a chance.
Microsoft confirmed via Twitter that retailers will have additional units available on launch day. It's not surprising, as it's common for companies with popular products to want to offer an in-store experience to fans that want one. For example, Apple's iPhones tend to sell out on day one, but it always has a stock in Apple Stores for those camping out overnight to be one of the first with the new smartphone.
Another thing the company said was to sign up with retailers for updates. This implies that there will be additional units coming in stock for pre-orders. But of course, you'll want to stay on top of it. Sign up with as many retailers as you can, and when someone says that it has the model you want, act fast.
As noted in the tweet, the next-generation Xbox consoles are set to arrive on November 10.
By Namerah S
No Man's Sky Origins update out now, expands universe
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Today Guildford-based video game developer Hello Games rolled out a major update for its dystopian survival title No Man's Sky. The latest update, version 3.0, adds an expansion pack titled Origins to the base game. Players get to experience a tonne of new features and a significantly larger in-game universe.
Origins adds more planets with various different kinds of landscapes and terrains for players to explore. The expansion pack also brings more details to the plants, wildlife and ecosystems of No Man's Sky. Update 3.0 adds new creatures, colourful new plants, newly birthed stars, diverse terrains and unique new atmospheres, lighting, and weather conditions.
The newly introduced variety of flora and fauna are interactive and can be harvested as edible produce. As part of the new update, a few planets have been overtaken by plant and anomalous lifeform infestations. Similarly, Sandworms have also been added to a number of planets. Apart from new creatures such as wild robots, aliens and insects, new NPCs have also been added. Traders have been introduced to the game, offering wares and black-market upgrades.
During their travels, players may also come across new buildings, ruins, and civilizations. The new colossal buildings and settlements can be explored to uncover alien histories or to take on new missions. These places will also feature new NPCs and shops residing in the new communities.
As for the game's UI, the latest update also refreshes that with a complete visual overhaul, new features, and improvements made to previously existing options and menus. An improved Photo Mode is also available in No Man's Sky now. Other in-game additions include multi-tool upgrades, changes to crafting and items, the removal of portal interference and a lot of bug fixes.
No Man's Sky Origins is out now and can be downloaded by players free of charge on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Owners of the base game can access it by updating the game to the latest version. Detailed information and patch notes about Origins can be found on the game's official website.
By Asher Madan
Xbox Deals with Gold feature Grand Theft Auto, Resident Evil, and more
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 Grand Theft Auto, Resident Evil, and other franchises are available for substantially less. Below, you'll find the Xbox One and Xbox 360 games with their respective discounts.
All of the Xbox 360 games appear to be backward compatible so you'll be able to play them on your Xbox One and the upcoming Xbox Series X|S.
Which titles are you interested in? Did you pick any up? Let us know in the comments below.
By Namerah S
Remothered: Broken Porcelain to launch a week early
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Survival horror title Remothered: Broken Porcelain was previously set to debut on this Halloween. Today developer Modus Games revealed that the original October 20 launch date has been moved up. Now the sequel to 2018 horror game Remothered: Tormented Fathers will be seeing the day of light a full week ahead of schedule.
This is welcome news for fans of the upcoming new instalment in the Remothered series. When the survival horror was first announced, Remothered: Broken Porcelain was slated for release on August 25. However, the makers of the game had to push this back to October 20 due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Developed by Modus Games and published by Stormind Games and Chris Darril of Darril Arts, Remothered: Broken Porcelain is set to launch on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam on October 13, 2020.
You can now pre-order the Xbox Series X and S to get them on November 10
by João Carrasqueira
The day is finally here. You can now pre-order Microsoft's next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and S. Both consoles feature similar architectures and share some features, but the Series X is the more powerful and expensive of the two.
First announced at The Game Awards last year, the Series X has an octa-core AMD Zen2-based CPU clocked at 3.8GHz, and an AMD RDNA2 GPU with 52 compute units running at 1.825GHz, making for a total of 12.15 TFLOPS of performance. Additionally, it has 16GB of RAM, 10GB of which have bandwidth up to 560GB/s, while the remaining 6GB have a slower 336GB/s speed, and it comes with a 1TB NVMe SSD. All of that allows the console to target 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, with support for up to 120 frames per second. It also has a disc drive for those that prefer physical games.
The Xbox Series X costs $499 and you can get it here. You can also get it with Xbox All Access for $34.99 per month, including Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for two years.
The Xbox Series S was rumored for a long time, and finally got announced just this month. It features a slightly slower CPU running at 3.6GHz, and a less powerful GPU with 20 compute units running at 1.565GHz, making for a total of 4 TFLOPS of performance. With the lower power, the console targets 1440p resolution at 60 frames per second, though 120 frames per second gameplay is also supported. There's just 10GB of RAM, 8GB of which have 224GB/s of bandwidth, with the remaining 2GB being slower at 56GB/s, and the SSD is also smaller at 512GB. The SSD on both consoles supports speeds up to 4.8Gbps, and both are expandable with a 1TB expansion card. The Series S also doesn't have a disc drive, so all games will be digital.
The Xbox Series S costs $299 and you can get it here. It's also available with Xbox All Access, but for just $24.99 per month.
Finally, if you're interested, there are some accessories available for preorder, as Microsoft announced yesterday. The new Xbox Wireless Controller can be had in an all-new Shock Blue color in addition to Carbon Black or Robot White for $59.99, and there's a new Rechargeable Battery + USB Type-C bundle for $24.99. PC gamers can also get the Xbox Wireless Controller bundled with a wireless adapter or with a USB Type-C cable for wired use.