The Best Selling Console This Black Friday Weekend Is the Xbox Series S?

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.

[Source: Adobe Digital Economy Index]

Halo Infinite Co-op and Forge Mode Release Delayed Minimum 3 Months

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.

[Source: Eurogamer]

Elder Scrolls VI Will Be an Xbox/PC Exclusive, Which Should Surprise No One

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.”

GQ

Seems pretty definitive to me. I mean, he does not outright say exclusive, so I guess the door is ever so slightly open.

Playstation fans

I wouldn’t put any money on this though.

[Source: GQ UK]

Microsoft Announces Xbox Documentary Series – Releases December 13, 2021

Microsoft has announced during its 20th Anniversary Celebration that it will be releasing a six-part documentary detailing the history of Xbox.

The series is titled Power On and will cover the birth of the Xbox brand when it was conceived by a small team of DirectX engineers at the software giant.

From the trailer, there is a good mix of current and former Xbox team members who delve into the difficulties encountered to bring the console to life within the behemoth software maker.

The six-part series debuts on December 13, 2021.

[Source: Microsoft]

Xbox Adds Over 70 Titles To Its Backwards Compatibility List in One Big Final Push

Today, as part of the 20th anniversary of Xbox broadcast, Microsoft has announced that over 70 original Xbox and Xbox 360 titles have been added to the backward compatibility program. This is the single biggest deployment of new additions in the history of the program and BOOM, it’s officially over. No more titles will be added.

Below is the full list of titles added today:


  • 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
  • Aces of the Galaxy
  • Advent Rising
  • Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Make the Grade
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth
  • Bankshot Billiards 2
  • Beautiful Katamari
  • Binary Domain
  • Black College Football Xperience: Doug Williams Ed
  • Cloning Clyde
  • Conan
  • Darwinia+
  • Dead or Alive Ultimate
  • Dead or Alive 3
  • Dead or Alive 4
  • Death by Cube
  • Disney Universe
  • Disney’s Chicken Little
  • Elements of Destruction
  • F.E.A.R.
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
  • F.E.A.R. 3
  • F.E.A.R. Files
  • The First Templar
  • Gladius
  • Gunvalkyrie
  • Islands of Wakfu
  • Lego The Lord of the Rings
  • Manhunt
  • Max Payne
  • Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
  • Max Payne 3
  • Mini Ninjas
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
  • MX vs. ATV Alive
  • MX vs. ATV Untamed
  • NIER
  • Novadrome
  • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee
  • Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
  • Otogi: Myth of Demons
  • Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
  • The Outfit
  • Outpost Kaloki X
  • Quake Arena Arcade
  • R.A.W. – Realms of Ancient War
  • Red Dead Revolver
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Ridge Racer 6
  • Rio
  • Risen
  • Risen 2: Dark Waters
  • Rock of Ages
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
  • Scramble
  • Screwjumper!
  • Secret Weapons Over Normandy
  • Skate 2
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam!
  • SpongeBob’s Truth or Square
  • Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition
  • Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • Switchball
  • Thrillville
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails
  • Time Pilot
  • TimeSplitters 2
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment
  • Viva Piñata: Party Animals
  • Warlords

The titles added today will include some notable enhancements. Microsoft has confirmed that every title added includes Auto HDR (for supported displays), 4x resolution increase on Xbox Series X and Xbox One X; 3x resolution increase on Series S, and 2x resolution increase on Xbox One S and Xbox One.

Now that is how you close out a program and ride off into the sunset.

[Source: Microsoft]

According to a Random Tweet, The Fable Reboot Has Been in Development For At Least Four Years

According to a tweet from Tom Gaulton, a lead engineer at Playground Games, the Fable reboot has been in development for over four years. The dude was just trying to celebrate his four-year anniversary at the developer. Hoping he didn’t get any shit for this.

The Fable reboot was initially revealed in July 2020. This would indicate that the title has been baking for a bit and is well underway, or one would think. Also of note, this tweet is celebrating his four years at the company, so there is a possibility that the game has been in development longer.

The last entry in the franchise was Fable III back in 2014.

[Source: Twitter]

Forza Horizon 5 Will Have On-Screen Sign Language Interpreter As Well As a Full Set of Accessibility Features

Xbox continues to lead the way in accessibility with the inclusion of an on screen sign language interpreter in Forza Horizon 5.

In an Xbox Wire blog post, Mike Brown, Creative Director of Forza Horizon 5 at Playground Games highlights the accessibility features that will be included in the new games, and sign language is on feature of many.

Below from Xbox Wire details all accessibility features:


  • A Game Speed Modification setting that allows gamers to play Forza Horizon 5 at a reduced speed when playing offline; this feature is great for newcomers and those who would like more time to progress through the game.
  • High Contrast mode that changes colors to make things such as menus and text easier to distinguish for gamers.
  • Color Blindness mode that allows players with color blindness to better visualize game elements. Players can adjust color blind settings independently for the UI and the game visuals.  
  • For Subtitles, we know the importance of customization. With these, you’ll be able to:
    • Turn subtitles on or off
    • Adjust the font size
    • Adjust the background opacity
    • Ability to highlight key words
  • Customize menu and gameplay font size.
  • Screen reader narrator that reads text, buttons, and other elements aloud.
  • Text-to-speech and speech-to-text options for players that want to participate in Voice Chat and either need to send synthesized voice or receive voice chat as synthesized text.
  • Ability to disable moving backgrounds.
  • Notification duration setting, which allows players to set how long notifications in the game appear.

See, I’m not always bitter and snarky. There are things that I care about and accessibility for all people to enjoy gaming is one of them. As always, I hope the industry in general follows Microsoft’s lead in this area.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

Try Not to Get “Feels” Watching the Latest Halo Infinite Teaser

Halo Infinite launches December 8, 2021, and 343 is practically releasing a new trailer daily to drum up hype.

The latest trailer features a UNSC soldier sharing an emotional story through sign language as he was injured in a battle. The viewer learns that this battle he’s recounting was significant as it led to the discovery of energy shield technology that would ultimately end up in the armor that is used by Master Chief as well as all Spartans.

No gameplay in this trailer this time around. Just very well acted and tastefully presented.

[Source: Microsoft]

Xbox Website Goes Back In Time With Original Xbox Styling To Celebrate the 20th Anniversary

True story – twenty years ago I wanted to get the newly released original Xbox, but my girlfriend of the time was against it. She wanted me to stop playing video games entirely and be more of an adult. I bought an Xbox anyway, and seven months later I dumped her crazy ass. Best two decisions I ever made.

So seeing the Xbox website go retro is pretty cool. Fills me full of nostalgia of simpler times, the birth of a brand that I have become a fan of, and was the genesis of me getting out of a toxic relationship.

[Source: Microsoft]

Sega is Making a ‘Super Game’ with Microsoft Tech

SUPER GAME!!!! Not a very original name. It sounds like something a small child would come up with on a school project.

Anywho, Sega has announced that it will be using Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to produce “large-scale, global games” as part of the aforementioned Super Game project. 

If you may recall, back in May 2019, Sony also partnered with Microsoft on a similar deal. All in all, Microsoft is hopping into bed with everyone.

Only time will tell what games come out from this partnership. As a Sega kid, I hope this works out well for them.

[Source: Sega]