Microsoft is getting serious about pricing its Xbox One S console in a direct death threat to Sony and the PS4 and PS4 Pro, as well as paving the way to its upcoming Xbox One X console. The Xbox One S is now available through Microsoft's own Xbox store for just $249, and that includes a freaking game as well.
The new Xbox One S deal includes the 500GB console with different bundles available:
- Battlefield 1
- Forza Horizon 3
- Minecraft Favorites
- Battlefield 1 Special Edition
- Gears of War 4
But there's also a huge price reduction on the 1TB console, with Xbox One S 1TB console bundles that include Battlefield 1 or Gears of War 4, with these consoles and specific games giving you the 1TB console for just $249. That's damn good considering the 2TB console is $349 on sale, and normally $399.
Even as a PC gamer, the Xbox One S is the perfect 4K Blu-ray player for your 4K-capable TV. For that reason and that reason only I own the Xbox One S, but at $249... it's ridiculously cheap to own one now. But it creates a gigantic price gap between the even standard $299 pricing and the $499 price on the 4K-capable Xbox One X.
Microsoft will be launching its next-gen Xbox One X console on November 7 for $499.
I don't think it'll happen soon, but Xbox director Mike Ybarra has said that keyboard and mouse support is coming to the Xbox, where he said it's "definitely coming" and that he's aware about concerns gamers have about keyboard and mouse users DOMINATING controller users.
Ybarra said: "We have to be very smart in how we do that. We'll leave it a lot up to developer choice. A lot of people tweet me and say, 'You can't do this because of fairness,' and we understand that. We run two platforms; the Windows platform and the Xbox platform".
Once the company adds mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox, Microsoft will reportedly "coach" developers on the best practices. Ybarra said that developers could let gamers decide who they want to play against: the slower gamers on controllers, or the precise-aimers on keyboard and mice.
Ybarra added: "If you have a competitive game, people probably are going to want the choice to say I'll play with other keyboard and mouse people or I'll play only with controller people, or that I'll play with any of those. So you'll see our first games supporting keyboard and mouse soon; I can't announce what that is, but soon. And then based on developer interest, they'll choose to do keyboard and mouse going forward, or not".
Microsoft has made the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition console real, with an awesome trailer below to show it off.
What makes the Project Scorpio Edition console stand out? Well, the console itself comes in a beautifully textured black, graphite textured case - with a limited edition console that rocks "Project Scorpio Edition" in green text. It looks slick AF, but I wish we had the LCD display that the developer units featured. Oh well.
There's a massive 'X' on the Project Scorpio Edition box, a throwback to the original Xbox from all the way back in the day. This console is for the early adopters of Xbox One X, and it looks awesome... even as someone who is very anti-console.
Microsoft isn't far away from launching what the company is calling the first true 4K console, but now there's news that we might see a special Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition console.
The purported Project Scorpio Edition variant would feature a Project Scorpio logo printed in green vertically on the controller, and on the console. German online store MediaMarkt is the first to tease it, with a description of the console reading: "Be the first to experience the Xbox One X console for the biggest fans - the Project Scorpio Edition in individual design, both the console and the controller are labeled 'Project Scorpio.'".
Microsoft could release a limited edition day one version of Xbox One X, just like they did for the first Xbox One with the "Day One" limited edition consoles. We should know more about the Project Scorpio Edition consoles leading into the launch in November.
It looks like Microsoft will detail the pre-order process and information for Xbox One X soon, with the company teasing it might provide more details on the pre-order for Xbox One X as soon as later today.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer was asked on Twitter when more details for Xbox One X pre-orders will begin, with Spencer tweeting back: "We'll share more info on this tomorrow". Towards the end of July, Spencer said that the company had planned its pre-orders for Xbox One X already, with an official announcement not far away - it seems not far away meant, today.
Xbox One X will cost $499 and launch on November 7.
It looks like PS4 Pro will be receiving its new v5.0 update soon, something that will allow gamers to broadcast their gaming sessions onto Twitch at 1080p 60FPS.
Not just that, but families will now have the option of multiple adult accounts, with parental controls on a per-account basis. You can also follow anyone's account, not just developers or personalities. If you want to see your system notifications, you won't have to go back to the home screen once the v5.0 update is here, you'll just need to visit the Quick Menu.
Sony hasn't detailed when the v5.0 update for PS4 is coming, but it should be available in the coming weeks.
Atari has followed through with its promise of a "brand new Atari product" from E3 2017 last month, with the company giving more details on its upcoming Ataribox console.
According to The Verge, Ataribox is a NES Classic like console that is inspired by the classic look on the Atari 2600, with indicator lights that glow through the glass/wood materials. Atari is adding in a HDMI port, SD card slot, and 4 x USB ports. Atari will have two different Ataribox consoles, one in wood and the other in black/red.
Atari is promising all of the classic games we know and love from the Atari 2600 console as well as "current content", but we have no idea what new content to expect. Ataribox should be similar to the NES and SNES Classic consoles, offering retro games inside of new hardware.
Oculus might have lit the VR world on fire with its recent Rift and Touch bundle price drop to $399 for the next 6 weeks, but Amazon is joining in on the bundle price bonanza with their new Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 bundle.
Amazon's new Xbox One S bundle is part of their Prime Day sales, which is for Prime members only - at just $289.99 for the 1TB Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 bundle that comes with a Play & Charge kit. It also arrives with an additional white wireless controller, and digital versions of Forza Motorsport 6, Halo 5: Guardians, and ReCore - representing a huge 31% discount, saving $127.91.
If you don't want the Halo Wars 2 bundle, there's the 500GB Xbox One S console with the same digital games for just $239, which is an even better deal if you didn't want HW2. This is a larger savingsf of 35%, or $128.93. Not bad at all. This deal runs out tomorrow, so jump in now.
If there is a big rumor for the PlayStation 5 it would be the latest news on it, with the PS5 rumored to not just hit 4K, but be capable of driving it at 240FPS. Ridiculous, right?
A few weeks ago I was told exclusively that the PS5 would feature a dedicated GPU, something that would help drive 4K 60FPS... but 4K @ 240FPS Is an entirely new game. There's no amount PC hardware available that will easily drive 4K @ 240FPS, especially not a mainstream console.
Well, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Patcher has said that the PS5 Pro will be backwards compatible with both PS4 and PS4 Pro games, and it'll be here in 2019. Patcher was recently interviewed by Gaming Bolt, where he said: "I really like Shawn and I don't think he is attempting to mislead anybody. The PlayStation 4 Pro is better [from a technical perspective] than the PS4, so I think that's a half step towards the PlayStation 5".
"I think the PS5 will be another half step. So he is being honest when he said he is not doing a half step but the PlayStation 5...how much faster can it be? It will surely support 4K. Will it support 240 frames per second? Great. Will it play games that were made for the PlayStation 4 PRO? That's the question. I think it will. So I think they will build a console that will backwards compatible with the PS4 Pro. So I think it will be perceived by the consumers to be a half step and I think Shawn is telling the truth when he says it's will be a full fledged console".
Microsoft is really talking up its upcoming Xbox One X console, with a big show at E3 2017 last month, the company is running head first into Xbox One X marketing hype.
Dave McCarthy, Head of Xbox Operations was interviewed by MCVUK, where he said that Microsoft wants to deliver a "premium PC experience" to the console space, for the first time ever. He said: "The way we look at it, choice feels like the right principle right now. There are consumers that really want to balance price against capabilities. But there will always be customers in your segment of gamers that want the best of the best, and I think that up until now the PC space was really the only place they could go to get that. They now have the ability to get that in the console space".
McCarthy continued: "We're all about the developer choice there overall. Different developers are going to choose to do different things for different game formats. But the good news is that the Xbox One SDK that everyone writes to will be able to handle that variation. You don't need a unique version for Xbox One X. It's just going to know if I'm running a One X, will take advantage of it and going to feel like a premium PC experience overall".