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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 get free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate with Discord Nitro

Discord Nitro members can get their hands on a free Xbox Game Pass subscription, and our quick guide will run you through the process.

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Discord is running a hot promotion for its paid members as Discord Nitro users can get 2-months Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for free, and here’s how.

Since its release, Discord has become one of the most important social media platforms in the world. Offering a mix of instant messaging, business-related discussion, and a medium for gamers to unite and discuss current gaming affairs.

Users are also able to upgrade the services and features they get with Discord by paying a membership to become a ‘Discord Nitro’ subscriber. This gifts extra benefits such as better avatar control, more customization options, and better servers.

Now, as well as these cool Perks, Discord Nitro members can also get free Xbox games through 2-months free access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

How Discord Nitro members can get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for free

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To get two months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for free, Discord Nitro subscribers need to have not already redeemed the offer, have not become a Discord Nitro member for free through the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offer, and obviously, need an Xbox.

Here’s the full step-by-step process to acquiring Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for free:

  1. Log into your Discord account
  2. Head to your Gift Inventory
  3. Find the free code titled ‘Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (2 months)’
  4. Click on ‘See Code’
  5. Note down the 25-character code
  6. Now, head to your Xbox account to redeem the full code
  7. Enjoy two months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for free and play some awesome games!

How long is the free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offer valid for?

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If you’ve been debating about signing up for Discord Nitro or just want to do one month to get the free period of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, then players have from October 26, 2021 to April 26, 2022 to claim the offer.

That’s plenty of time to either let an existing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership expire or to simply weigh up the pros and cons of the offer. But it will give you access to some massive titles – including 343 Industries’ Halo Infinite.


Hopefully, everything went to plan and you’ve successfully claimed two months of Xbox games pass Ultimate to sit nicely alongside your existing Discord Nitro subscription!

For more cool gaming news and guides, check out the best FOV settings for Halo Infinite and also how to claim a free FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Twitch Prime Gaming pack.

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How to play Hell Let Loose console Open Beta on PlayStation 5

Hell Let Loose, the highly-realistic WW2 FPS, will soon be coming to consoles. Here’s how to access the upcoming PlayStation 5 Open Beta.

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Hell Let Loose, the realistic 50v50 World War 2 shooter, is soon coming to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S so here’s how to play the upcoming Open Beta.

Hell Let Loose instantly became popular amongst PC FPS fans for its hardcore gameplay, massive-scale 50v50 action, extremely realistic depiction of key World War II battles, and a strong emphasis on teamwork.

The Second World War action will soon be coming to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S and developers Black Matter have shared info on its upcoming console beta, so here’s everything you need to know.

How to play Hell Let Loose Open Beta on PlayStation: Time & date

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With Hell Let Loose’s popularity on PC, console players have been desperately awaiting its arrival on Xbox and PlayStation. We’re one step closer to that being a reality with devs Black Matter announcing the Open Beta for PlayStation 5.

Following August’s closed Beta, it has now been confirmed that Hell Let Loose’s Open Beta will be from September 16 to September 20, 2021. It will begin at 3 AM PT / 6 AM ET / 11 AM BST.

As this is an Open Beta, you don’t need to register or get a code to play the game. Simply:

  1. Search for Hell Let Loose on the PlayStation Store (once the Open Beta goes live)
  2. Download Hell Let Loose’s Open Beta
  3. Launch the game from your downloads or library

When is the Xbox beta?

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As the first console beta is only on PlayStation 5, Xbox fans are keen to learn when they’ll get early access to Hell Let Loose.

Xbox players will have to wait a while longer as they’re “taking it one beta at a time,” but confirmed that “As more things get locked in, we’ll share them with the community” on their Twitter account.

Keep an eye on Charlie INTEL for any updates on the Hell Let Loose Xbox beta.

Does Hell Let Loose have crossplay and cross-progression?

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Hell Let Loose’s crossplay will be between Xbox Series and PlayStation 5 consoles only.

As for cross-progression, Black Matter confirmed Hell Let Loose won’t feature it as “the plan is to keep console and PC as entirely separate ecosystems.”

So, Xbox and PlayStation players will be able to queue into the same servers and squad up, but PC players will be playing their own separate version of the game.

Hell Let Loose isn’t the only WW2 FPS game coming to consoles this year, as Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Open Beta also goes live on September 16 ahead of its November release.

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When does GTA V release on PS5 & Xbox Series X?

GTA 5 will be releasing on the PS5 and Xbox Series X marking three generations of GTA V – here’s what we know about its release date so far.

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We’ve known for months that GTA V is getting a PS5 and Xbox Series X remaster, and Rockstar Games has finally confirmed when exactly the next-gen editions will arrive.

Rockstar is continuing to deliver constant weekly updates to GTA Online, and there is plenty of anticipation among players about all the planned GTA V content that will be arriving soon.

A next-gen upgrade of the popular game will be arriving on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, and we now know what kind of changes to expect from it, including the official release date.

GTA V on PS5 & Xbox Series X|S release date

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Rockstar Games finally gave us an update on Grand Theft Auto V’s remaster through a new trailer at the PlayStation Showcase 2021. We also got a closer look at what new features will be in the enhanced edition.

While it was initially thought the game would arrive on the PlayStation 5 on November 11, 2021, the trailer confirms that the actual release date is sometime during March 2022. We expect the same date applies to Xbox as well.

They have confirmed that the game will release with “new features and more,” which lines up with their previous statement that GTA V remastered won’t be a “simple port.”

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While GTA V has been out for eight years, GTA Online remains insanely popular and continues to receive continuous support. The trailer confirms that the online multiplayer will also be releasing as a separate game in March 2022.

As previously announced by Rockstar, although GTA Online standalone will be available for both consoles, PlayStation 5 players will receive GTA Online standalone for free “during the first three months.”

Will my GTA Online data carry over?

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Lots of players have invested lots of real cash to fund their GTA Online antics such as buying fast cars and properties, but will they get to continue this on next-gen?

Early leaks have suggested that players will be able to carry over their data and progress from GTA 5 on the PS4 and Xbox One. But given that there’s an opportunity for Rockstar to make more money, we’ll see if this remains the case.

Grand Theft Auto V Remastered trailer

The new trailer at PlayStation Showcase 2021 highlighted many of the new improvements that will be in the next-gen edition of GTA V. The changes included improved graphics and enhanced gameplay.

Rockstar Games also seem to have updated the character switching feature so that the process is seamless. There will also be many other additions that have yet to be revealed.

For more GTA, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, and check out how to make $600k in an hour with GTA Online Contract mission.

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