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First details on the next-generation of Xbox announced – Project Scarlett

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During the Xbox E3 briefing, Microsoft gave fans first details on the upcoming next-generation of Xbox consoles.

Microsoft revealed the first details on the new console’s specs and how the console will overall fit into the Xbox platform portfolio. It’s a focus on reducing load time. New processor from AMD.

Specs Highlights:

  • New Processor from AMD, 4x more powerful than Xbox One X
  • Zen2 from AMD GDDR6 
  • 120FPS Support, 8K Gaming
  • New SSD for Ram Support
  • Reducing load time for Xbox Games
  • Backwards Compatibility Confirmed

Project Scarlett will set a new bar for console power, speed and performance, arriving Holiday 2020 alongside Halo Infinite. Powered by a custom-designed processor, leveraging the latest Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture from our partners at AMD, Project Scarlett will deliver a new level of immersion. Paired with high bandwidth GDDR6 memory, and a next generation solid state drive (SSD), Project Scarlett will provide developers the power they require to bring their creative visions to life. Featuring hardware accelerated raytracing, variable refresh rate, 8K capability and ultra-low latency input, Project Scarlett will deliver a new level of fidelity, precision and accuracy never before seen in console gaming.

With Project Scarlett, we continue our commitment to compatibility by ensuring your gaming accessories and Xbox career will also move forward with you, along with thousands of games across four console generations which will look and play best on Project Scarlett.

In an interview with GamesIndustry, Xbox’s Lead Phil Spencer has confirmed that Project Scarlett will still have a physical disc drive.

“We know, because we see it, that more and more players are buying digital. We think the experience in certain instances, specifically if I am away from my console and everything is on my hard-drive with the entitlements are all there, there are some scenarios that are easy. But we know that people still have discs.

“So even when we put out things like the Xbox One S All-Digital edition, we are very clear with the name because I am not trying to confuse anybody, that if you are somebody that has a library of discs, or that’s the way you want to acquire the content, then you should buy the Xbox One S, not the Xbox One S All-Digital… which is why we put it in the name, and yes I know it says SAD.

“I want to be very descriptive, because I am not trying to confuse anybody about what the options are. I want to give people choice, and right now physical is a choice that millions of people love.”

The new Xbox consoles, currently titled Project Scarlett, are expected to be available Holiday 2020. Halo’s new Halo Infinite title will be a launch title for the new console.

PlayStation’s next-generation console is also expected in 2020. Sony announced details on the PS5 back in late April.

SOURCE: Xbox

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How to fix Warzone’s never-ending update loop on PlayStation & Xbox

Warzone’s developers have offered a potential fix for console players having to continuously reinstall the most recent update.

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Warzone Xbox and PlayStation players

Warzone players on console have been stuck in a never-ending update loop where they need to install the update multiple times over, but Raven Software has offered players a solution to fix this frustrating issue.

Since Warzone’s update on April 6, which nerfed the dominant FFAR and AUG weapons, some console players have had to install the latest updates over and over. This never-ending update loop has been preventing players from accessing Warzone as the download never completes.

Some players reported this issue after the mid-Season 2 update dropped, but the issue appears to have cropped up again after the most recent Warzone update.

To end the update loop and access the game, some players have reported that they have had to completely uninstall the game and reinstall it. However, Raven Software have now acknowledged the issue in Warzone and have provided a possible solution.

Warzone Season 2 gameplay

Taking to their official Trello board, Raven Software added a card to their Warzone list that states “Some players on console are having to reinstall the update multiple times over.”

They have confirmed that the issue is under investigation and asked players to refer to the description for a potential solution.

Here’s what Raven Suggests to fix the never-ending update loop:

  1. Let both install
  2. Launch the game
  3. Go to DLC Management screen (R3) from Main menu or via Settings menu
  4. Install both Campaign Packs, & Special Ops Packs

Raven emphasized that this should fix the update loop, but asked players to let them know the results. You can get in touch either through their Twitter or the r/CODWarzone subreddit.

Warzone players in Verdansk

While this bug has most often been reported on PlayStation and Xbox, it’s worth trying on PC too if you’ve been having the same issue. Also, if you have the same issue on Black Ops Cold War, it’s worth trying this method here too.

Hopefully, Raven Software’s solution works so you can enjoy using Gunsmith Customs and the new ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle.

Image Credit: Activision

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Rumor: Battlefield 6 could launch on Xbox Game Pass

It’s possible that Battlefield 6 will launch on Xbox Game Pass following rumors of a Triple-A FPS game launching on Game Pass in Fall.

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Rumors that a Triple-A first-person shooter game is highly likely to launch on Xbox Game Pass in Fall have led to speculation that this is Battlefield 6.

The Battlefield 6 rumor mill has been continuously turning, with details of the game supposedly being leaked. The content and settings of the game are still unconfirmed, but we know for definite that Battlefield’s 2021 title will launch in the Holiday season.

Talking on The XboxEra Podcast, Shpeshal Ed revealed a rumor that, “There is a third party, Triple-A, first-person shooter that is very highly likely to be launching in Game Pass this fall.”

Battlefield 2021

Also talking on the podcast, Jon Clarke, the co-founder and Editor in Chief of XboxEra, explains that when you say “triple-A, third party, first-person shooter,” there are two franchises releasing games in 2021 that come to mind: Call of Duty and Battlefield.

It’s highly unlikely that Call of Duty 2021 will launch as part of Xbox Games Pass, as Activision already have an exclusivity deal with PlayStation. Therefore, Battlefield 6 is the most likely candidate.

“My other bet would be Battlefield 6 because the EA Play relationship already exists,” Clarke explained. “And I’m sure Microsoft are sharing lots and lots of lovely numbers on what it does for a player base when you’ve got 20 million people immediately available to play your game.”

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EA Play, EA’s subscription service, has now joined Game Pass, offering almost the entire backlog of Battlefield games to Game Pass owners, as well as free trials for the latest titles. This deal makes it very possible that Battlefield 6 will be available on the Game Pass.

Shpeshal Ed rebutted saying that Back4Blood is also releasing in Fall, but those on the podcast weren’t sure it would qualify as a Triple-A game. That leaves only Battlefield 6.

With Xbox acquiring Bethesda and having some of their games launch exclusively on the Xbox and PC, it’s clear that Microsoft is making moves to acquire the biggest franchises for Game Pass.

We reiterate that this is only a rumor for now, and all signs point towards Battlefield 6 being on Game Pass, but whether it’s a launch title remains to be seen.

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How to get 10 free PlayStation games in 2021

Sony is offering PlayStation 4 and 5 owners free copies of AAA, VR and Indie games as part of the Play At Home initiative in 2021.

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PlayStation Play At Home

Sony is offering PlayStation games for free to PS4 and PS5 owners during the months of March, April and May 2021.

As part of Sony’s “Play at home” initiative of 2021, PlayStation gamers are being treated to a library of indie, VR, and AAA games to play, free of charge. These titles will all be available for a limited time during the months of March, April, and May of 2021 in the PlayStation Store for download.

These games will be available to all PlayStation gamers, without the need for an active PS Plus subscription. Any Play At Home titles are completely free for all players, as was the case when Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection was offered in the past.

Free PS Games for March 2021

The following games will be available for download from March 25, 2021 at 8 P.M. PT until April 22, 2021 at 8 P.M. PT.

PlayStation Indie Game Titles

  • Abzû
  • Enter the Gungeon
  • Rez Infinite
  • Subnautica
  • The Witness

PS VR Titles

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Moss
  • Thumper
  • Paper Beast

Premium Titles

  • Ratchet & Clank (Available from March 1, 2021 until March 31, 2021 at 8 P.M. PT)

Free PS Title For April 2021

For April, there is currently only one game announced for free. That will be Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition, which becomes free for all players between April 19, 2021, at 8 P.M. PT until May 15, 2021, at 8 P.M. PT.

Be sure to not miss the deadline for any of these games, and get them in your library before they’re gone. If you’re a PS VR owner, this may be a great time for you to stock up on quality titles for your hardware.

Sony has stated that they’ll have more to share soon, so perhaps that will be even more free titles for gamers to enjoy in the future. We’ll be sure to update when Sony makes an announcement.

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