The Xbox Series S has topped all other consoles at this year’s Black Friday shopping extravaganza. The little next-gen console is turning out to be a savvy move from Microsoft. According to the Adobe Digital Economy Index, the Xbox Series S has dominated sales in what is usually the busiest shopping day of the year.
Even though everyone is talking about the Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5, which have both been out for over a year, as well as the Nintendo Switch OLED, those consoles have been incredibly difficult to find. The Xbox Series S however, began to show up in decent quantities just before the Thanksgiving Holiday and shoppers began swallowing them up.
Of course, the Series S is at least $100 less than its competitors as well as the Series X, while still able to play next-gen exclusives like Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite, as well as third-party titles like Battlefield 2042 and Call of Duty Vanguard. Pair the tiny console with a Game Pass subscription and you got a very compelling console.
Hell, I picked up one to put in the family room and to act as my travel console, because I cannot help myself.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, walking simulator (KIDDING!) developer Kojima Productions will be dipping its toes into the music, television, and film industries. The new studio will be based in Los Angeles, California.
This will not be some fly-by-night operation as there is some serious leadership put at the helm. The new division will be led by Riley Russell, who has been a Sony mainstay for 28 years in various roles at Playstation including chief legal officer, and VP of business affairs.
It always seemed like Hideo Kojima was destined to be in the film industry as his games have always been grandiose. Even though I’m a believer that games have become a superior medium for storytelling, I’m glad to see that Kojima is realizing a dream of his.
According to an insider report, EA has rejected a pitch from DICE for a third installment of Star Wars Battlefront due to high licensing costs.
All in all, it costs a lot of money to make Star Wars games. And if those games are crap and don’t sell like gangbusters, then you will not recover your investment.
For what it’s worth, DICE does have a least two “story-driven” single-player Star Wars titles in development with EA, one of which may be a sequel to the extremely well executed and fun Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Looks like Sony may have a plan to make the Playstation 5 look less like ass and more elegant by the way of official shells.
Discovered by OPAttack, the official patent is titled “Cover for Electronic Device” and is described as an “ornamental design for a cover for an electronic device.” The patent then has a diagram of the PS5 faceplates for illustrative purposes.
This could explain why Sony threatened companies like CMP Shells if they had their own plan in the works. Or perhaps they realized it was a missed opportunity? I don’t know!
What I do know is that the black shells that I ordered from CMP improve the look of my PS5 1000% and my Xbox Series X is no longer embarrassed to share a media shelf with it.
Halo Infinite‘s Campaign co-op will be delayed to May 2022 and Forge may be delayed even further according to 343 Head of Creative.
In an interview with Eurogamer, 343 Head of Creative, Joseph Staten, has confirmed that with the extension of Halo Infinite Season 1 by 3 months, Forge and Campaign co-op, which was always intended to be launched with Season 2 anyway, will be pushed out as well.
Season 1 was originally planned to span 3 months, but it will now run for 6 months, so it makes sense for everything to push out accordingly. Hard and fast dates however have not been confirmed.
“We can’t commit to any hard dates right now, because as we’re seeing with this multiplayer beta, other things might move up in the priority stack for us. If it turns out that our progression system just isn’t working the way that we intended, if we need to move some of these bigger rocks sooner, then we as a team will make those decisions and will clearly communicate to our fans why we’re why we’re doing certain things.”
Joseph Staten via Eurogamer
At this point, I can’t really fault 343 for taking their time to ensure that everything is top-notch. I have been thoroughly enjoying the multiplayer which is highly polished. If the campaign launches with the same level of quality then we’re in store for a good time. 343 seems to be outputting quality with the additional time so I say let them have it.
I was able to get my hands on an Xbox Series X at launch last year, but don’t think for a second that I didn’t try to get my hands on the limited edition Halo Infinite Xbox Series X. I was not able to land one, but I suppose I shouldn’t be selfish. I did consider myself fortunate to even have landed a standard Xbox Series X, to begin with, that is until I saw the Halo Infinite Xbox Series X in the wild.
For those that did manage to snag a Halo Infinite Xbox Series X, there is a hidden surprise, provided they own a black light.
The hidden symbol was discovered by Reddit user Demon_King_Lamb. When viewed under UV or black light, a Zeta Halo symbol is revealed.
Microsoft has clearly put a lot of effort into the Xbox Series X, and the Halo Infinite Xbox Series X makes a sexy-looking console, look even sexier. I now want one more than ever.
Starting today, some lucky Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can stream games to their console instead of downloading them. This includes streaming Xbox Series X games to your old and crusty Xbox One. Of course, you can also stream games to your Xbox Series X or S, if you want to take them for a spin before downloading them, saving precious storage space.
Microsoft is slow-rolling this out to users globally with more folks getting access in the coming weeks. To help users differentiate, titles that can be streamed will have a “cloud” icon on the Xbox Store.
Of course, quality will vary depending on your internet connection. Also, if you have a data cap, you may want to be wary.
Come on Playstation fans, did you really think Microsoft would let this come out on the PS5?
In an in-depth article on GQ UK covering Phil Spencer’s tenure at Xbox, Spencer essentially puts any and all speculation to rest.
“It’s not about punishing any other platform, like I fundamentally believe all of the platforms can continue to grow… But in order to be on Xbox, I want us to be able to bring the full complete package of what we have. And that would be true when I think about Elder Scrolls VI. That would be true when I think about any of our franchises.”
Seems pretty definitive to me. I mean, he does not outright say exclusive, so I guess the door is ever so slightly open.