Microsoft is cutting the Xbox One X to make room for the next generation

After just two years of service Microsoft is already set to cut the Xbox One X from it production library. In an interview with the Verge, a Microsoft Spokesperson confirmed the American tech giant is solely focused on its next-gen console. To make room for the Xbox Series X, both the Xbox One X and Xbox One S digital will no longer be manufactured.

However, the spokesperson did reassure fans that the standard Xbox One S will still be supported. So, going back and playing any Xbox One games should be easy enough. Equally, we already know that the Xbox Series X will support backward compatibility. So, you probably won’t need your Xbox One anyway once the Series X drops.

Microsoft says farewell the Xbox One X

xbox series xThis decision makes sense when you think about it. The Xbox One X is the enhanced version of the original console designed to support 4K gaming. However, once the Xbox Series X drops the former will effectively become an inferior version of the latter. Rather than supporting an outdated console, it would be better to go all in on its next-gen platform instead.

Interestingly, reports around the industry suggest the Series X won’t be Microsoft’s only next-gen console. In fact, it seems likely that a cheaper, less powerful alternative is in the works. Rumored to be called the Series S, it would offer an option to upgrade for gamers who don’t want to cough up the Series X’s full fee.

That would certainly be an understandable decision too. Although an exact price tag hasn’t been announced, it’s possible the Series X could cost over $500. If so, a cheaper alternative may be necessary to keep the Xbox brand’s mass appeal.

Be sure to keep an eye out as the Xbox Series X is expected to drop sometime this year. It should be interesting to see which between the Series X and PlayStation 5 come out on top. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you think this is Microsoft’s generation to lose or if Sony are the favorites.

Video Games That Tackle Social Issues

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Video Games – we all enjoy it. Whether you’re young or old, a student or an employee looking to pass the time with a little fun; we all enjoy video games. It is a means for us, an outlet, to do the things we can not do in real life; to experience the things that is not readily accessible to the most of us. Video games also help us understand different types of people by having diverse and – for some games – very realistic characters. But, not a lot of us see the underlying meanings behind the video games we play and enjoy. The implications hidden behind the realistic graphics, the heart-warming soundtrack, and the innovative gameplay. Here is a list of some of the video games that tackle different social issues. Sit back and let us dwell deeper into the meaning of these well-known video games.

War“This War of Mine” 

Video Games: This War of Mine is a video game about civilians surviving in a war-torn city.
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Let’s start with a very well-known topic – war. We’ve all heard of different stories about war. And war has been a choice of topic or genre by a lot of video games. But, the creators of This War Of Mine, 11 Bit Studios, approached this genre in an innovative and immersive way. In this game, you don’t play as a well-trained-muscle-torn super soldier equipped with a planetary cannon. Here, you play as a civilian caught very deep in the war-devastated fictional city of Pogoren, Graznavia. You will struggle, because ‘gather’ is putting it lightly, for food. Scavenge for medicines or supplies and try your very best not to bump into soldiers or other hungry survivors.

The day and night cycle plays a significant role in the game mechanics. During the day, you’ll be managing your hideout in a very detailed manner; while keeping an eye on that sniper whose not letting you out. When darkness falls, you’ll be sneaking into buildings and areas for supplies; while avoiding being killed by other people seeking means for survival. You will also be making a lot of moral decisions; whether you’ll kill that one annoying person to save the whole group or watch as everyone slowly suffer. Add to that, the beautifully-made charcoal-style aesthetics; and you have a game that will leave you thinking and reflecting about war and its effect on the human soul.

 

Privacy“Watch Dogs 1 and  2″ 

Video Games: Marcus Holloway and the gang
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Have you ever felt like being watched? Like Big Brother is always around you, lurking in the dark, studying and recording your every move? We are living in the age and time of information and the improvement in technology is far from slowing down. Also, the number of people uploading all of their information in the internet is increasing. Which is why black hats are more eager to steal any sensitive information they can get their hands on.

Watch Dogs, is a video game about hackers waging war on the government for manipulating information and invading the privacy of their people. This video game does not really tackle or explain ‘hacking’ in detail; but it shows what hackers can do with the information that the people, themselves, gave out there in the internet. This game is a sweet reminder that internet privacy is sometimes just an illusion to make us feel safe. It also reminds us that the internet is a very dangerous place to be placing all of our information.

 

Social Difference – Multiple Video Games (Witcher SeriesLife is Strange, The Last of Us, other video games)

Video Games: The Witcher
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So what if you have white hair, feline eyes, sterile, and has high resistance, if not immune, to diseases? So what if you have pointy ears and lives longer than humans? We are all living things and we can co-exist if given the chance and consideration.

The Witcher series, which is set in the world of Temeria, is flooded with racism and discrimination. Elves and Dwarves are discriminated for not being human, despite the humans being the invaders of the land. Basically, humans are the foreigners and, yet, they are pushing away and abusing the original inhabitants of the land. Luckily, Geralt, despite being discriminated himself, acts as the median between the two worlds. That of humans and of ‘non-humans’. Geralt does not make any rush decisions when doing a job. He investigates first and looks for a way for both parties to work together. With an exception, there is no consideration to be given for evil-tainted individuals, human or non-human.

Video Games: Life is Strange
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Life is Strange is a video game that takes place in a small town called Arcadia Bay. A place where a lot of things happen. Including alcoholism, bullying, and child abuse. Child abuse being a social issue that’s very rampant nowadays; this video game shows the whole issue in a different perspective. You play the game and see the world through the eyes of a teenager with the ability to control time, Max Caulfield. The game also includes other issues like teenage pregnancy, social anxiety, and brats who think like they are on top of everyone. Max’s story is also a depiction of how it feels like to be bullied for being “not among the famous”. This is a game definitely worth checking out if you want a relaxing soundtrack and a story that is full of twists.

Video Games: Riley and Ellie
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The Last of Us: Left Behind, sparked a controversy when Ellie and Riley hinted quite a number of times about their feelings with each other. We all remember that photobooth scene, right? How about that scene where they dance to a tune and then unknowingly attracted a horde of infected? All of these hints led to one conclusion and a lot of people were shocked. Some related and found themselves in the position of the protagonists in terms of personal identity; some accepted the fact and were happy for the pair; but, for some…they just do not approve of the whole charade. The relationship they have and the characters themselves doesn’t actually raise an issue; but the different ways people responded to the writing of the game, present an issue on sexual discrimination.

There you go. Here are just some of the games that tackle some of the issues we are facing up to this day. There are still a lot of games that depicts issues not mentioned here. If you have played a game with an interesting theme, comment them down below and let’s have a talk. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Rare Reveals Canceled Conker Game As Project Spark DLC Also Cancelled

It’s no wonder that Conker the Squirrel drinks as much as he does given the amount of bad luck he’s had.  After debuting in the cult classic Conker’s Bad Fur Day at the tail-end of the Nintendo 64’s lifespan and having it remade for the original Xbox as Conker: Live and Reloaded, things have only gone from bad to worse and back again for Rare’s adorable little jerk.  On September 28th, 2015, Rare revealed concepts and artwork for a new Conker game that was planned to be developed for the Xbox after the release of Live and Reloaded.  Called Conker: Gettin’ Medieval, the game would have had a focus on multiplayer and set in medieval times with various reimaginings of characters from the Conker series.  The game wouldn’t have been focused on Conker himself, but rather the world that the Conker series is built around with its representation of Death taking the central role instead.  Perhaps the game would have gone more into the background of the Conker series, such as explaining why the Panther King has such a hatred of squirrels in the first place.

The reveal of this cancelled Conker game coincides with the recent cancellation of another Conker game.  Project Spark had episodic DLC based around Conker called Conker’s Big Reunion.  Along with the announcement that Project Spark will be dropping microtransactions with its next update for an entirely free model, it was also announced that the remaining episodes of Conker’s Big Reunion, along with all other episodic content planned for Project Spark, has been cancelled.  If you’ve made any purchases of or on Project Spark on or after July 28th, 2015, you can refund it for Microsoft Store credit equal to your money spent.

It’s a sad day for Conker fans, but maybe Playtonic Games can reincarnate him as Barry the Bad-Mouthed Badger or something once they’re done with Banjo-Kazooie successor Yooka-Laylee.  What are your thoughts on these two canceled Conker games?  Which would you rather have put back into development if you could?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Gaming Is Good For Me

A ‘hobby’ is defined as ‘An activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure’. Common hobbies include an ensemble of varying sport activities, the reading of books, even trainspotting is considered a hobby. However, it has come to my attention that for a noticeable number of those outside of the gaming community that playing video games is highly disregarded as a hobby. That being said, what I aim to do here is try to defend this hobby that I personally partake in and try to bring into light it’s positive aspects as I believe it has many.

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The Lazy Hobby 

One of the primary reasons that indulging in a game is frowned upon is due to the fact that it isn’t a particularly physically demanding hobby. Strictly speaking, most gaming consoles and handhelds require the player to sit and focus on a screen. A successful game developer will aim to keep the player seated and engrossed for an extended duration of time. Does this then ultimately mean that gaming should be classed as any less of a brilliant hobby? I think that is quite unfair actually.

The Comeback

Firstly, let’s begin with the fact that although gaming as a hobby in most cases is not physical or evident in any means of activeness, mentally, games possess the ability to exercise a players mind. Games of today offer the players opportunities to gain knowledge of circumstances and eras that prior to playing would not have comprehended or taken any interest in. They allow players to put themselves into situations and ways of thinking that they would not consider themselves ever to be in. A fine example of a game that captures this ability so well is Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream). Heavy Rain falls under the genre of interactive-drama. Throughout the proceedings of the game the player plays as four vastly differing characters that are all collectively involved in the case of a serial killer known as the Origami Killer. The player is put in the position of a Father, a former police officer, a FBI profiler and a photojournalist. The game requires the player to make quick and vital decisions that have the potential to kill of main characters. Complete with interactive gameplay in the form of fast-paced action sequences and motion related actions with the controller, Heavy Rain is perfect for involving the player as if they were living out the games events for themselves. By bringing the more underrated moments of gaming in to light, we could even consider the fact that perhaps gaming ultimately becomes a more exciting way to learn.

Furthermore, in regards to the physical side to the argument, game consoles such as the Nintendo Wii, have answered such issues allowing players to use their physical being to play games. For example, Wii Sports provides players the chance to bring sporting activities to their home. Despite the odd, 40 inch television taking a battering from a Wii remote in tennis or the insatiable level of embarrassment derived from playing Just Dance at a family gathering, Nintendo Wii, Playstation Move and Xbox Kinect have answered the demand for more physical means of gaming.

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Living The Story Of Many Differing Characters

Admittedly, one of the most enjoyable aspects of playing video games is the sheer span of genres, gameplay styles, settings, story lines and characters. The profound versatility video games provide is what allows it to be such a widely appreciated hobby. It offers players of all types a chance to escape from their everyday troubles, whether it be a bad day at work or a little bit of leisure to unwind. Let’s take The Last Of Us as an example. A hard day at the office followed by even a short amount of time with protagonists of The Last Of Us, Joel and Ellie is enough to A. mentally teleport you elsewhere even if only for a short while and B. Proceed to make you then realise that things could be worse, you could be surviving against an increasing population of infected on a day to day basis. The requirement for a general escape from reality is something every good hobby should offer and gaming offers just that. In addition thanks to the indefinite amount of genres it is fair to say gaming can cater for every type of player. There is no reason why is should be regarded unpleasantly.

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Educational

As mentioned briefly before, gaming is actually relatively educational when considering games such as the Assassins Creed franchise for instance. The Assassins Creed game series orientates itself around various historic events and is based within historic settings. It reconciles a number of radically different religious faiths and beliefs and ties them in with the story lines of the games within the series. Games such as Assassins Creed are great for bringing to the attention of the player, things they may not have known before. This enlightenment to players as a whole is just another pro to gaming.

Gaming- Associated badly?

It is possible that the more negative views and opinions aimed at gaming as a hobby may actually be derived from popular game franchises almost posing as the face of the hobby. For instance, first-person shooter franchise, Call Of Duty is at the heart of many gaming addictions. The installments within the series consist of taking part in war, mass shootings and a number of other violent activities. Although, the events within some of the series installments are of historic significance, it is apparent that the overriding feature of the series is the widely played multiplayer which results in a lot of anger and arguing among players the vast majority of the time.  This being said there is a strong possibility that the negativity posed towards gaming as a hobby could originate from associating gaming primarily with such franchises. Whether or not it is the narrow-mindedness of outsiders to the gaming community or poor means of presenting gaming is to blame, both fail to acknowledge the beauty in games such as The Last Of Us, Tomb Raider, Journey and even more recent titles such as Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture. These memorable video games not only fulfill the basic needs and requirements of a hobby, but that also allow the player to lose themselves in jaw-dropping stories that give the player the chance to explore an entire spectrum of emotions they were not accustom to prior to playing.

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All In Favor

Gaming is an utterly fantastic hobby that can take a player of any age or sort and give them their rope ladder to escaping the harshness of reality for just a few hours when seemingly needed most. No, generally speaking gaming isn’t as physical as other more kindly regarded hobbies but in terms of exercising the mind and imagination, I believe that gaming should be regarded in much higher spirit than it is by so many. Here, I aimed to open discussion over the issue, not point fingers.

That said, feel free to comment your views below.

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Beta details revealed

The next installment of the hugely successful Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops III, is starting its multiplayer beta test soon.

Playstation 4 owners will be able to get access first on August 19th. Xbox One and PC owners will have to wait a bit longer with access to the beta being open on August 26th.

Players will get a chance to play three multiplayer maps. Hunted a big game hunting lodge found beneath a waterfall in the lush mountains of Ethiopia. Combine, a vertical farming and sustainability research facility. Finally Evac, an abandoned emergency evacuation zone in the middle of Singapore’s flooded quarantine zone.

All of the favorite game modes will be available including; team deathmatch, domination and capture the flag and many more. Check out the trailer here:

Are you looking forward to the beta for Black Ops III? Do you think the futuristic setting is the best direction for the franchise? Let me know in the comments below.

ZHEROS – In Space, Nobody Can Hear You Brawl

Rimlight Studios has announced that upcoming 3D brawler will be ready for release on Xbox One via the [email protected] self-publishing program.

ZHEROS is a stylised sci-fi action game combining frantic fun, crazy creatures and monstrous mechs! Set in a futuristic and colourful landscape you take control of either Captain Dorian or Mike punching, kicking and shooting your way through robotic enemies to stop the evil plan of Dr. Vendetta. Think the over top heroism from Captain Qwark in the Ratchet & Clank series.

The game can be played solo or via local co-op, you and a friend can battle through various enemy types using unique and engaging combat.

ZHEROS looks like a fun light hearted break from the gritty realism of most new releases, to see the game in action check out the gameplay video below:

ZHEROS will be playable at the upcoming Gamescom event. What other [email protected] games are you looking forward to seeing? Let me know in the comments below.

Mouse And Keyboard Support Coming To Xbox One

Phil Spencer, Xbox department’s CEO, revealed earlier today that the Xbox One will feature an option to use a mouse and keyboard at certain occasions.

In a Conversation regarding the upcoming Xbox One straming functionality that is coming to Windows 10, Phil Spencer explained he really likes the idea, and would like to see the other way around.

“Those aren’t far away […] Mouse is what we’d need to add.”

In an answer to a fan, Phil Spencer explained that to fully incorporate a Windows-like streaming mechanic to the Xbox One, Microsoft will first need to embody mouse and keyboard support.

But it’s still unknown whether or not games that are supported with both the Xbox One and Windows 10 will accept the mouse and keyboard, as games like Fable: Legends are obligatory when playing on Windows 10.

For now, only 10 apps have been confirmed to suit in both systems, one of them being Microsoft: Edge, the replacement for Internet Explorer.

Next up on Microsoft’s plans is the release of the final version of Windows 10, which will come with a whole new User Interface, which will obviously bring entirely new features, just like the virtual intelligent assistant: Cortana.

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Skyscrappers – Platformer fighter hybrid announced for Xbox One and PS4

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Groundshatter has announced an upcoming four player brawler heading to Xbox One and PS4 this year. Following a formula not dissimilar from SpeedRunners it features four players all competing to remain on screen, the difference is that the battle takes place on a collapsing building. Whilst jumping between sections you will also have to be vigilant of enemy players attacking you.

Unlike most modern releases Skyscrappers multiplayer is exclusive to local play, there will also be a single player mode as well.

In the gameplay video released we are introduced to four playable characters; Phileas, Kichirou, Solene and Jessica. All have their own weapons and unique style.

If you are a fan of quick competitive action with friends then this will be the game for you. Check out the gameplay video below.

Are you excited for Skyscrappers game? Could this be Xbox and PS4’s very own Smash Brothers? Let me know in the comments below.

Microsoft Lose Exclusivity Rights For Call of Duty

Call of Duty

Call of Duty

For a long time that all of the DLCs that came to Call of Duty were first launched on the Xbox platform, but all this changed in this year’s E3, when Sony announced that Call of Duty’s expansions would be coming first in their platform, the Playstation.

But it isn’t just the DLC that will be first released for the PlayStation, as you may also expect Call of Duty Black ops 3’s Multiplayer Beta to be first launched for the Sony’s Playstation 4.

Adam Boyle, Sony’s P/R VP, was recently interviewed by Gamespot, where he stated:

“Well, I think the first thing was we’ve had a great relationship with Activision around Destiny, […] we fell in love with [Black Ops 3] instantly… As soon as I started playing it, I said, ‘This feels incredible! You can wallride!’ It’s just so smooth; it’s almost like poetic. And so obviously, we just continued talking with our partners at Activision and worked something out. And now we’ve got I think a great benefit to all the gamers.

So there you have it folks, whether it was because Sony decided to pay some extra funds to Activision, so that they could start selling this AAA game before their primal rival, or simply because Microsoft lacked the patience to deal with Activision again, at least now you know what Sony has to say about it.

What do you think about this news. Are you happy? Please give your opinion in the comments box below.

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Xbox And Their Current Gamescom Situation

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Gamescom

Now that E3 is over, Microsoft has already started planning their next big event, Gamescom, which will be elapsing from August 5 until August 9. It will be located in Cologne, Germany.

Microsoft promises to bring their “greatest games lineup in Xbox history” into the event, thou their primarily focusing in the Xbox One. They have already announced that they’ll be showing Scalebound, Platinum Games next adventure game, the Demo from the time travel shooter Quantum Break, and more details about Crack Down.

Microsoft has already stated that they’ve purposely saved some games announcements and content from E3, so that they could then show it on Gamescom.

The show will be open to the public and if you visit the Xbox booth, you will be able to play a lot of their upcoming AAA titles, just like Halo 5: Guardian, Forza Motorsport 6 and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Microsoft is also planning in doing an “Xbox FanFest” this year.

Sony, Microsoft’s biggest rival, will actually give Microsoft a break, and skip Gamescom this year, as they will be focusing more on the Paris Games Week, which will only be happening this October.

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