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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 disable Adaptive Triggers for Black Ops Cold War on PS5

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Black Ops Cold War’s integration of the PS5 DualSense controller has been seamless. But despite how incredible the adaptive triggers make firing guns feel, the effects don’t quite translate to multiplayer – here’s how to fix that.

One of the PlayStation 5’s fantastic new features that makes it feel truly next-gen is the new adaptive triggers that are on the new DualSense controller. They make games feel more interactive and especially make CoD feel far more immersive.

The minor caveat that comes with this for Black Ops Cold War is that the unique feeling of squeezing the trigger doesn’t translate as well to the online. In fact, it can actually hamper your performance and make you play worse.

Turning off the DualSense’s Adaptive Triggers in BOCW

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They’re honestly sensational to use in something a bit more casual like the campaign, but the truth is that most people have built up anywhere between 5-20 years of FPS muscle memory. Firing a gun usually comes at the tap of a button.

Read More: 5 top tips and best spots to dominate Nuketown ’84 in Black Ops Cold War

When you’re in a competitive online environment, we found that it was so easy to press the R2 button – as we would’ve done on the PS4 – and realize that not enough pressure had been applied.

Furthermore, the thundering resistance of the triggers feels great, but the additional force required can lead to a fatigued finger believe it or not. So we decided to turn them off, and the way to do it is quite straightforward.

  1. Pause the game
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Remain on the Controller tab
  4. Scroll down until you get to Trigger Effect
  5. Disable it
  6. Exit to save the changes

Now your settings are back to being like any Call of Duty ever made. We understand how innovative and groundbreaking this new reactive feedback is, so if you feel like you want to make the most of the new technology, then by all means keep/turn it back on – especially for non-online stuff.

Whether you’ve turned it on or off, we hope this guide helped, and hope you have a setup that suits your feel for the game and that benefits you the most.

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Twitch bot checks PS5 and Xbox Series X stocks live

A twitch bot will check to see if you can find a console nearby.

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Ever since they launched, Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X have been a hot commodity that not everyone is able to get. Luckily a Twitch bot is checking if you can purchase a console before Christmas time.

This year has been hectic enough as it is, but the arrival of the latest next-gen consoles have created a huge rush. Many who had hoped to get the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X during the first few weeks of their respective launches, ended up going home empty handed.

Many retailers have been running out of stock almost immediately and with the imminent Christmas season on people’s minds, the demand for units is extremely high. If you want the consoles then you have to keep checking their availability.

Thanks to one Twitch bot, you don’t have to worry about that anymore. It will browse through many different sites to keep check when either of the two consoles is in stock so that you don’t have to.

This channel is run by Cam Ritz. Simply head over there and watch the bot work live. You can check when the latest hit was and enter the !local command to see if you can find the consoles from any store within your vicinity.

Ritz has stated that the the bot has helped viewers secure consoles through a few different retailers such as GameStop and Sam’s Club. Don’t get your hopes up too much though, as the stream will mainly show you “OUT OF STOCK” in glaring red.

Due to the rather unpredictable nature of the way retailers are stocking up on the consoles, there is no sure way to get yourself a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X before Christmas time. However, checking in with this stream daily will greatly increase your chances of finding one soon.

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Black Ops Cold War dev responds to Xbox Series X bricking issues

Black Ops Cold War is crashing the Xbox Series X, which could lead to the console being permanently broken. A Treyarch dev has responded.

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Xbox Series X users reported that the game-breaking bugs in Black Ops Cold War have completely broken their console.

Black Ops Cold War has had a rocky start with the new generation of consoles. The Dualshock controller would disconnect and freeze up the system and the PS5 could accidentally run Cold War’s PS4 edition as default.

Now, Xbox Series X users are reporting game-breaking bugs and crashes. These crashes are reported to have eventually ‘bricked’ the console.

Reddit user ‘Junesfoshiz‘ posted a “word of caution” to Xbox Series X Users, saying that they had experienced several crashes on their Series X over the weekend. It wasn’t much of a problem at first, but “when it happened this morning it was for good. Xbox will not boot back up.”

‘Junesfoshiz’ said that if you’re experiencing these crashes on the Series X, it might be worth leaving Cold War alone until the issue is resolved.

In the meantime, a Treyarch dev has responded to these issues.

Treyarch response

Community Manager Josh ‘FoxhoundFPS‘ Torres responded to the Reddit post. “Generally speaking, we’re investigating all crashes and across the game,” he said.

The Xbox Series X crashing issue is high up on Treyarch’s agenda, with it being at the top of the official Trello Board of known bugs and issues. Developers are currently working on a fix.

“My immediate recommendations are to make sure that you’re using the correct version for your platform,” FoxhoundFPS continued, confirming that next-gen consoles accidentally running the previous generation edition is not exclusive to PlayStation.

On top of losing out on faster load times, more detailed textures, and Ray Tracing, playing the previous generation’s edition could cause the game to repeatedly crash and break your console.

Speaking of Ray Tracing, he said that “players have also shared that disabling Ray Tracing on XSX has helped.” Temporarily losing out on this next-gen feature is worth it if it could save your console. You can follow all of Black Ops: Cold War’s known issues by keeping an eye on Charlie Intel’s known issues board.

Update 12/2/20 – It appears this is still an issue, with more players reporting their new Xbox consoles are bricking, per reddit user “SkyPickel“.

DO NOT PLAY COLD WAR (Bricked Series X) from r/XboxSeriesX

We’ll update if we get any word on a direct fix for this issue from Microsoft or Treyarch.

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