Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Bundles Xbox Live And Game Pass In One Subscription

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Bundles Xbox Live And Game Pass In One Subscription

Since its inception in 2017, Game Pass has been a focal point for Xbox. The subscription service that grants players access to over 100 games at no additional charge has continually grown its library and shows no signs of slowing down. Today, Xbox announced Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

This new membership bundles the platform's two subscriptions into one monthly price. Game Pass Ultimate includes Game Pass as well as Xbox Live Gold. With your subscription to Game Pass Ultimate, you get access to every game in the Game Pass library, multiplayer over Xbox Live, and all the other benefits included with Xbox Live Gold like Deals with Gold and Games with Gold.

The subscription will cost $15 a month when it launches later this year.

Overwatch's Storm Rising Event Is Now Live

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Overwatch's Storm Rising Event Is Now Live

Blizzard's newest Overwatch Archives event is now live. You can now grab some friends or matchmake into Overwatch's Storm Rising mission, a PvE mission to take down a rough enemy from the Overwatch team's past.

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Assassin's Creed Unity Could Help Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

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Assassin's Creed Unity Could Help Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

After yesterday's dreadful fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France, officials have been trying to get a sense of the damage behind them and the scale of the work ahead of them in rebuilding parts of the historic building. While this will not only take time and resources, it has been pointed out that there might be a leg up in the form accurate 3D models of the cathedral's interior from an unlikely source.

Assassin's Creed Unity, the 2014 release in the history-centered series and first exclusive Assassin's Creed game on modern consoles, took place in Paris during the French Revolution. As a result, the game features an intricate 3D map of the inside of Notre Dame cathedral in a way that's unrivaled outside of historians. In 2014, the game's senior artist Caroline Miousse told The Verge that she spent two years recreating that building, down to making sure each brick is where it should be.

In an interview Ubisoft published about the game around its release, Miousse said "We added things like cables and incense across the second level of Notre Dame so players would be able to move around easier when they’re above the ground. I also think it adds a personal touch to the monument. I’ve left my little mark on a few parts of Notre Dame and there’s something remarkable about that."

Microsoft's E3 Conference Will Be On June 9

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Microsoft's E3 Conference Will Be On June 9

The countdown to E3 has already begun and last week Microsoft publicly showed off its starting pistol by suggesting that their next Inside Xbox would detail their road to E3. Ahead of today's show, the Washington-based tech giant has gone ahead and taken the first step on that road by announcing the details of their E3 press conference.

Microsoft will be holding their annual show on Sunday, June 9 at 1:00 p.m. PT.

This is the usual spot for the Xbox showcase, so that's not terribly surprising. Microsoft moved their E3 conference to Sunday in 2017, as it was burdensome for many to cover the Xbox conference, then basically run a gauntlet of other conferences and appointments until Sony's later that night. Now with no Sony conference this year and Nintendo to likely retain their Tuesday morning spot for their showcase, Microsoft has plenty of breathing room on Sunday.

Capcom Home Arcade Delivers 16 Games And Arcade Controls

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Capcom Home Arcade Delivers 16 Games And Arcade Controls

Capcom has revealed a new piece of hardware called the Home Arcade, which is a standalone emulation unit that packs in 16 old-school games with arcade-quality inputs.

Details on the North American release are pending, but Capcom's European store has it price at about $288 USD.

Take a look at the trailer below to see the hardware and gameplay snippets from each of the titles. The sticks are Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT sticks, with OBSF buttons if you're into that kind of stuff.

The First Official Details For The Next PlayStation Console

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The First Official Details For The Next PlayStation Console

For the last couple of years, gamers everywhere have wondered what the next generation of console gaming would be like. Answers have kind-of, sort of eked out, with Microsoft's focus on subscription models offering an idea of where its philosophy for the future lay, while Google and Apple have announced plans to enter the gaming space as well. Today, Wired published a piece that revealed a few details about what to expect from Sony's next PlayStation.

Wired's interview is hardware-focused, with lead systems architect and producer Mark Cerny not discussing any software-related features or even what to expect from the game's launch library (except for a seemingly accidental hint Death Stranding could possibly be among those titles). However, Cerny revealed a number of key details that should please gamers frustrated with current console generation woes. The next PlayStation features a solid-state drive and supports ray-tracing graphics, which have never been on a console before. This console also supports 8K graphics for the few people who have a setup that can handle that.

Death Stranding Could Be On Both PlayStation 4 And The Next PlayStation

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Death Stranding Could Be On Both PlayStation 4 And The Next PlayStation

Wired put up a massive story today that revealed details about the next generation of PlayStation hardware. While there was essentially no news about software or what sort of titles we will see in the future of the device, an interesting tidbit from Mark Cerny about Death Stranding does rear its head near the bottom of the piece:

It's not an actual confirmation but it does support what people have long thought about the possibility of Death Stranding being a cross-generational title. In March, Kojima admitted that the game was "slightly behind" his internal plan, but whether this is related to the possibility of it being on both the PS4 and the next PlayStation is unknown.

For more on the next generation of PlayStation, head here.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Release Date & Cover Art

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Release Date & Cover Art

Nintendo and developer Team Ninja have announced that the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series returns with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order on July 19 (exclusively to the Switch), bringing with it the co-op action that made the series a hit 10 years ago.

The Black Order features four-player co-op play online and off (and solo play), as players pick characters ranging from Iron Man to Spider-Gwen to find the Infinity Stones before Thanos does.

For more on the game, check out the announcement trailer.

First Screens And Video For Judgment's New Actor For Hamura

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First Screens And Video For Judgment's New Actor For Hamura

One interesting thing about video games is how much of a product is made up of different moving parts and gears that could, theoretically, be swapped out without everything else falling apart. In practice, a lot of things are a lot more interdependent than you'd like, but in the case of Sega's Yakuza semi-spinoff Judgment and the drug scandal with one of its actors, replacing the character was both doable and a seeming priority for the team. Just weeks after Judgment actor Pierre Taki has been arrested for cocaine use, Sega has already replaced the actor and we have the first look at the new Hamura.

You can check out a short video of the character below with Judgment's English dub.

Here's also a few new screenshots of the actor replacing Taki as Hamura.

New Nintendo Switch Firmware Lets You Sort Games And Transfer Saves

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New Nintendo Switch Firmware Lets You Sort Games And Transfer Saves

Nintendo has released a new Nintendo Switch update today, numbering 8.0.0, which adds a couple of new features to the hybrid console. Previous updates added things that run the gamut from digital game sharing to mining Twitter and Facebook friends lists and the 8.0.0 update is a little closer to the latter than the former.

The new firmware update adds game sorting, which lets you organize your home screen by a few categories. You can order games by last played, total play time, alphabetical by title, and publisher, so all Nintendo games would be together, and all Capcom games, etc. 

You can also now move individual game save files over to different Switches. This doesn't copy the data, as it completely erases it from the source system once the transfer is complete, but it does let you move the files over. This is useful in case, say, Nintendo announces a more portable Switch and you want to move individual games over without moving every single title that you might prefer on a TV screen.