We Need More Clarity From Sony And Microsoft's Next-Gen Plans

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We Need More Clarity From Sony And Microsoft's Next-Gen Plans

I don’t think we can blame the pandemic for Sony and Microsoft’s strange approach to the next-generation of gaming. The missteps began as soon as we learned new hardware was on the way. The confusion surrounding PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X has only become more pronounced as we near their supposed launches.

If both consoles release this holiday season, you’d think we’d know why we should be excited. At the very least, you’d think we’d know what a PlayStation 5 is. Microsoft has at least shown us the Xbox Series X is a real, physical thing, and yesterday we saw some games running on it. Sony, on the other hand, has adopted a college lecture approach to teaching the masses about SSD performance and shoulder-button tension.

When discussing PlayStation 5 and the oddly named Xbox Series X, both Sony and Microsoft have moved away from the huge showcases that provide full pictures of what to expect from the hardware, its performance, and the games you’ll play on it on launch day and beyond, and are now feeding us a steady stream of crumbs. Here’s how load times are faster. Nibble nibble. Here’s what ray tracing looks like. Nibble nibble. Here’s something cryptic about enhanced rumble. Nibble nibble. Here's more 4k! Nibble nibble. Here’s an hour-long lecture about SSD.

Xbox Series X – All Of The Confirmed Games

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Xbox Series X – All Of The Confirmed Games

Today's Inside Xbox briefing brought over a dozen new game announcements for Xbox Series X, Microsoft's next-generation console that is slated to release this fall. It's been a quiet year for games, both from the COVID-19 pandemic bringing release date delays, and both Microsoft and Sony being surprisingly tight-lipped about their next-generation plans.

Slowly, we're starting to learn what we will be able to play on Xbox Series X, both on launch day and well into 2021. We've rounded up all of games confirmed for Xbox Series X, as well as other games that have simply been announced as next-generation releases, yet will likely release on both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Here's what we know so far:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Ubisoft is putting the next installment of Assassin's Creed on most systems. No release date has been given, but Assassin's Creed Valhalla will launch on Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Stadia at some point during 2020's holiday season. This historical adventure is set toward the end of the ninth century and unfolds within a sprawling open world that recreates sections of Norway and England. You control a Viking named Eivor, who can be male or female, and can be customized with the war paint, clothing, and hair of your choosing. This entry again features sailing, and introduces large-scale assaults.
 

Xbox Series X – All Of The Confirmed Games

about X hours ago from
Xbox Series X – All Of The Confirmed Games

Today's Inside Xbox briefing brought over a dozen new game announcements for Xbox Series X, Microsoft's next-generation console that is slated to release this fall. It's been a quiet year for games, both from the COVID-19 pandemic bringing release date delays, and Microsoft and Sony being surprisingly tight-lipped about their next-generation plans.

Slowly, we're starting to learn what we will be able to play on Xbox Series X, both on launch day and well into 2021. We've rounded up all of games confirmed for Xbox Series X, as well as other games that have simply been announced as next-generation releases, yet will likely release on both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Here's what we know so far:

The Ascent Neon Giant and Curve Digital's first game for Xbox Series X is cyberpunk RPG that can be played single-player or with a friend via co-op. The Ascent tells the story of a world that is struggling to survive after a corporation that ran everything suddenly shuts down. Neon Giant is a small indie studio, but the team has worked on triple-A games like Doom, Wolfenstein, Bulletstorm, and Gears of War. The Ascent is also slated to release on Xbox One and PC.

Xbox Series X – All Of The Confirmed Games

about X hours ago from
Xbox Series X – All Of The Confirmed Games

Tomorrow's Inside Xbox briefing will hopefully bring plenty of game announcements for Xbox Series X, Microsoft's next-generation console that is slated to release this fall. It's been a quiet year for games, both from the COVID-19 pandemic bringing release date delays, and both Microsoft and Sony being surprisingly tight-lipped about their next-generation plans.

Slowly, we're starting to learn what we will be able to play on Xbox Series X, both on launch day and well into 2021. We've rounded up all of games confirmed for Xbox Series X, as well as other games that have simply been announced as next-generation releases, yet will likely release on both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Here's what we know so far:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Ubisoft is putting the next installment of Assassin's Creed on most systems. No release date has been given, but Assassin's Creed Valhalla will launch on Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Stadia at some point during 2020's holiday season. This historical adventure is set toward the end of the ninth century and unfolds within a sprawling open world that recreates sections of Norway and England. You control a Viking named Eivor, who can be male or female, and can be customized with the war paint, clothing, and hair of your choosing. This entry again features sailing, and introduces large-scale assaults.

Xbox Series X – All Of The Confirmed Games

about X hours ago from
Xbox Series X – All Of The Confirmed Games

Tomorrow's Inside Xbox briefing will hopefully bring plenty of game announcements for Xbox Series X, Microsoft's next-generation console that is slated to release this fall. It's been a quiet year for games, both from the COVID-19 pandemic bringing release date delays, and both Microsoft and Sony being surprisingly tight-lipped about their next-generation plans.

Slowly, we're starting to learn what we will be able to play on Xbox Series X, both on launch day and well into 2021. We've rounded up all of games confirmed for Xbox Series X, as well as other games that have simply been announced as next-generation releases, yet will likely release on both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Here's what we know so far:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Ubisoft is putting the next installment of Assassin's Creed on most systems. No release date has been given, but Assassin's Creed Valhalla will launch on Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Stadia at some point during 2020's holiday season. This historical adventure is set toward the end of the ninth century and unfolds within a sprawling open world that recreates sections of Norway and England. You control a Viking named Eivor, who can be male or female, and can be customized with the war paint, clothing, and hair of your choosing. This entry again features sailing, and introduces large-scale assaults.

Looking Into Grounded’s Unnatural Wonders

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Looking Into Grounded’s Unnatural Wonders

A backyard can be a treacherous place to explore when you’re shrunken down to a centimeter. That’s the central conceit behind Grounded, the upcoming survival game from Obsidian Entertainment. Danger may be a constant companion, but we were struck by something else during our hours of hands-on time: The backyard is a really fun place to explore. 

“It definitely feels like the one thing we talk about is making it feel like a theme park,” says game director Adam Brennecke. “One thing we’re trying to do is make it feel like every turn and everywhere you go there’s something cool to find – not only the stuff materials wise, but there might be a cool manmade object or a little secret cave that you’ve never seen before.”

They’re definitely on the right track. Head out in any random direction, and you eventually stumble upon an object that’s fun, interesting, or flat-out weird. And even though we still didn’t understand why, for instance, there’s a disembodied action-figure head out in the middle of nowhere, the developers have spent a lot of time poring over its back story. 

Looking Into Grounded’s Unnatural Wonders

about X hours ago from
Looking Into Grounded’s Unnatural Wonders

A backyard can be a treacherous place to explore when you’re shrunken down to a centimeter. That’s the central conceit behind Grounded, the upcoming survival game from Obsidian Entertainment. Danger may be a constant companion, but we were struck by something else during our hours of hands-on time: The backyard is a really fun place to explore. 

“It definitely feels like the one thing we talk about is making it feel like a theme park,” says game director Adam Brennecke. “One thing we’re trying to do is make it feel like every turn and everywhere you go there’s something cool to find – not only the stuff materials wise, but there might be a cool manmade object or a little secret cave that you’ve never seen before.”

They’re definitely on the right track. Head out in any random direction, and you eventually stumble upon an object that’s fun, interesting, or flat-out weird. And even though we still didn’t understand why, for instance, there’s a disembodied action-figure head out in the middle of nowhere, the developers have spent a lot of time poring over its back story. 

Looking Into Grounded’s Unnatural Wonders

about X hours ago from
Looking Into Grounded’s Unnatural Wonders

A backyard can be a treacherous place to explore when you’re shrunken down to a centimeter. That’s the central conceit behind Grounded, the upcoming survival game from Obsidian Entertainment. Danger may be a constant companion, but we were struck by something else during our hours of hands-on time: The backyard is a really fun place to explore. 

“It definitely feels like the one thing we talk about is making it feel like a theme park,” says game director Adam Brennecke. “One thing we’re trying to do is make it feel like every turn and everywhere you go there’s something cool to find – not only the stuff materials wise, but there might be a cool manmade object or a little secret cave that you’ve never seen before.”

They’re definitely on the right track. Head out in any random direction, and you eventually stumble upon an object that’s fun, interesting, or flat-out weird. And even though we still didn’t understand why, for instance, there’s a disembodied action-figure head out in the middle of nowhere, the developers have spent a lot of time poring over its back story. 

Electrifying Emergent Stories From Online Worlds!

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Electrifying Emergent Stories From Online Worlds!

When a new online gaming experience hits the market, the development team braces for impact. They want people to play it, the servers to hold up, and players to consume the content the way they intended. On that last note, players like to experiment, and some of their ideas are so outlandish that the developers didn’t even consider them. In 1998, an Ultima Online player thought, “What if I attacked Lord British?” Moments like these are rare, occurring in just one match or instance of a world, but thanks to players recording their games, they have become historic events that we can see online. Here are some of the best emergent stories that players have experienced in some of today’s biggest games. Read more...

Electrifying Emergent Stories From Online Worlds!

about X hours ago from
Electrifying Emergent Stories From Online Worlds!

When a new online gaming experience hits the market, the development team braces for impact. They want people to play it, the servers to hold up, and players to consume the content the way they intended. On that last note, players like to experiment, and some of their ideas are so outlandish that the developers didn’t even consider them. In 1998, an Ultima Online player thought, “What if I attacked Lord British?” Moments like these are rare, occurring in just one match or instance of a world, but thanks to players recording their games, they have become historic events that we can see online. Here are some of the best emergent stories that players have experienced in some of today’s biggest games. Read more...