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Old 12-11-22, 05:07 PM
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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

Originally Posted by Decker
Like not even a new Forza game or anything?
Redfall, Forza, Minecraft Legends, and Starfield are all slated for the first half of 2023, per the most recent showcase. Wouldn’t surprise me if at least one or two of those are delayed again — I feel pretty good about Redfall and Minecraft Legends hitting their targets— but I guess that’s the last we’ve been told.

It sounds like some sort of Xbox showcase is semi-imminent. Presumably January or February if it’s of any size/interest, since otherwise they’d be pushing too close to E3 season.
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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

Well...some reports and rumors suggest the lack of showing off new games and all was due to the deal going on with FTC suing over M.S acquisition of Activison...but most aren't buying it. Blizzard is part of it and they had a huge presentation for Diablo 4 with a awesome CGI Trailer and release date.....and still, where are all these Studios that M.S was buying up left and right? I really did think if anything Bethesda would've came out with known and future stuff: Starfield, Redfall and maybe even some Indian Jones stuff...i'm a big fan of all the games and not so much a peep from them which was a bigger shock....
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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

This chatter has made me realize I have not bought an Xbox game this year. Took me awhile to beat Halo, and I forgot it came out later year.
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Old 12-29-22, 03:53 PM
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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

Remember back when I said Xbox isn't even trying with Games with Gold anymore? Yeah, that's still the case.

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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

How to set up a console for someone else? I bought my niece a series S in anticipation for Hogwarts Legacy. Is it possible to make a live account and she can change her gamertag later? That way I can pre load H.L. and put gamepass on it with some games downloaded ready to go.
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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20



Xbox and Bethesda to Present Developer_Direct Livestream on January 25

Xbox and Bethesda will present a Developer_Direct on Wednesday, January 25, providing fans with an inside look at some of the games coming to Xbox, PC and Game Pass over the next few months.

Presented by the game creators themselves from studios including Arkane Austin, Mojang Studios, Turn 10 Studios, and ZeniMax Online Studios, the Developer_Direct will focus on big features, extended gameplay showcases, and the latest info for Xbox games launching in the next few months, including The Elder Scrolls Online, Forza Motorsport, Minecraft Legends, and Redfall.

To dedicate the proper amount of time for a deep dive into Bethesda Game Studios’ Starfield, a standalone show is in the works.

Fans should tune in on Xbox channels (Twitch, YouTube) and Bethesda channels (Twitch, YouTube) at 12pm PT/3pm ET, January 25 to see all the latest on:
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Studio Director Matt Firor will unveil 2023’s major Chapter update, including the latest regions of Tamriel to become playable in ESO, as well as a major new feature coming in the game’s biggest update this year. The Developer_Direct will be immediately followed by the full, standalone ESO Chapter Reveal Event, hosted by Zenimax Online Studios, which will provide all the in-depth details ESO players will be keen to know.
  • Forza Motorsport: The team at Turn 10 Studios have been hard at work, bringing fans the next generation of Forza Motorsport, built from the ground up to take advantage of Xbox Series X|S. Forza Motorsport is back, and we can’t wait to share more gameplay and exciting new details.
  • Minecraft Legends: Mojang Studios will showcase an insider’s look into the PvP multiplayer experience in Minecraft Legends – the upcoming action-strategy game from the makers of Minecraft. Developed in partnership with Blackbird Interactive and launching this spring, don’t miss exclusive gameplay footage at the Developer_Direct.
  • Redfall: The minds behind Dishonored and Prey, Arkane Austin, will showcase several minutes of gameplay from their upcoming FPS. The Developer_Direct will reveal single and multiplayer gameplay, showing more of how you and your friends will take down bloodthirsty Vampires on the picturesque island of Redfall, Massachusetts.Fans can expect to learn more about combat, customization, bosses, the open world, and more.
Stay tuned to Xbox and Bethesda’s official social channels for more on the Developer_Direct, comingon Wednesday, January 25 at 12pm PT/3pm ET.
Old 01-11-23, 09:09 AM
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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

I've had this system for a couple months now. I'm generally very impressed with the tech that went into it - the quick resumes, the load times, the backwards compatibility, even the Cloud Streaming is pretty fantastic.

But man does Microsoft need to get some first party and/or exclusives out there. At least High on Life has been fun.
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Old 01-14-23, 08:18 AM
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With a lot of games getting "Nex Gen Upgrades" or like the next Dead Space getting a complete Remastered...this story caught my eye. I can think of no better series than Gears of War getting a Remastered Edition. I got a Xbox 360 for GoW and halo which were the cornerstones of XBox...and to this day I never had so much co-op fun as in GoW especially Horde Mode.I really hope they do come out with one. It looked and played great. And I still say the Cover System and the Crouch & Run was the best ever.

Gears of War Remastered Collection is Still Happening – Rumor
Though rumored last year to no announcement, the compilation is still very much in development, as per XboxEra's Nick Baker.


Gears of War Remastered Collection is Still Happening – Rumor (gamingbolt.com)
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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

Originally Posted by mhg83
How to set up a console for someone else? I bought my niece a series S in anticipation for Hogwarts Legacy. Is it possible to make a live account and she can change her gamertag later? That way I can pre load H.L. and put gamepass on it with some games downloaded ready to go.
You can, it'd involve setting up an account and then changing the associated email address and potentially paying to change the gamertag -- but it's do-able. There are potential snags to that process though. Unless she just has super slow internet, It'd be easiest to just set it up when she's in possession of it.
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Old 01-18-23, 01:38 PM
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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

Definitely not good news...
Microsoft Cuts Include Gaming Divisions Behind Halo, Starfield
By Jason Schreier
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...halo-starfield

The Xbox-maker said Wednesday it’s cutting 10,000 jobs as it seeks to reduce costs amid a broader economic slowdown. [b]Some people at Bethesda Game Studios, maker of the upcoming Starfield, as well as 343 Industries, the company behind 2021’s Halo Infinite, were affected, according to people familiar with the matter. Some of those who lost their jobs were veterans who had been with Xbox for more than a decade, said the people, who asked not to be named because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.

The scale of the cuts in the gaming division wasn’t completely clear. Microsoft said it still plans to hire people in strategic, competitive areas, such as artificial intelligence, but many other departments were losing staff, including its HoloLens goggles business and some engineering divisions, Bloomberg reported.
Good luck to those that now have to go looking for work.
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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

Maybe blowing $69 billion on Activision wasn't the smartest decision.

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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

I'm loving the series X - even games that are compatible with both the xbox one and series X look amazing - I wasn't expecting that.

I bit the bullet and bought the 1tb expansion card for stroage as well - ugh, 200 bucks but oh well, going to need it. I'm full on ready for the new generation of games now.
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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

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Definitely not good news...
Microsoft Cuts Include Gaming Divisions Behind Halo, Starfield
By Jason Schreier
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...halo-starfield



Good luck to those that now have to go looking for work.
The Tech industry has been warning for months about the dreaded 'R-Word" and layoffs has been happening and/or planned. But as big as MS is, no telling what the extent, the where, the who will be known for awhile. But one has to wonder....this might have had a role on the lack of showing at the Video Game Awards, the delays with Redfall and now Starfield which many has said is a MUST for MS and XBox. And past year no really wow 1st party exclusives, Halo had a rough launch, several key games pushed back.....But it's a known fact that PC Sales are way down and that with Software could also be a attributing factor....we'll have to wait and see I guess...supposedly the Xbox Show is still on at end of month?
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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

Originally Posted by Rival11
I'm loving the series X - even games that are compatible with both the xbox one and series X look amazing - I wasn't expecting that.

I bit the bullet and bought the 1tb expansion card for stroage as well - ugh, 200 bucks but oh well, going to need it. I'm full on ready for the new generation of games now.
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Old 01-18-23, 09:39 PM
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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

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Maybe blowing $69 billion on Activision for what amounts to Call of Duty, Diablo and, uh, Spyro wasn't the smartest decision.
I doubt there’s any connection. It’s the same story for virtually every large tech company under the sun. Amazon is in the middle of laying off 18,000 people, for instance.

And don’t forget King when listing Activision’s biggest assets. Those mobile games are an enormous part of Activison’s profits.
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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

And are we even sure that the deal is going forward?
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Yes, though the FTC or EU can still tell them no at this point.

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Yeah it would be really dumb of them to do layoffs in anticipation of the acquisition before the acquisition is even finalized. But if you look at how much staff they hired/acquired since COVID, this seems more like cutting back to what they had before, mainly because of some of the insane amount of hiring they and other companies did when they were flush with money. You'd have to think they're all in on something like Starfield though.
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Yeah that seems to be true of all of these tech companies. They stocked up in 2020 and now have to undo those changes.
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I still don't see how developering a huge exclusive AAA game and then letting everyone with Game Pass play it at launch for no additional cost makes financial sense for the company. God of War Ragnarok sold 5.1 million copies in its first week. Those sorts of sales and the revenue influx that comes with it can keep a studio going and justify a long development cycle.

I know it's the cornerstone of their business model but I just don't see how giving away use of their top exclusive games as part of a subscription service is sustainable or even smart.
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I still don't see how developering a huge exclusive AAA game and then letting everyone with Game Pass play it at launch for no additional cost makes financial sense for the company. God of War Ragnarok sold 5.1 million copies in its first week. Those sorts of sales and the revenue influx that comes with it can keep a studio going and justify a long development cycle.

I know it's the cornerstone of their business model but I just don't see how giving away use of their top exclusive games as part of a subscription service is sustainable or even smart.
shhh....
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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

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I know it's the cornerstone of their business model but I just don't see how giving away use of their top exclusive games as part of a subscription service is sustainable or even smart.
When you have zero high-end AAA first-party exclusives like Xbox had in 2022, probably pretty easily!

I know on the A/AA side of things, Game Pass has a considerable lift on sales, even on other platforms, since "my friend said this game is really great"-style buzz is such a huge driver. I'm not sure to what extent that translates to AAA. And Microsoft is still selling a good number of games directly. Halo Infinite was the #2 best-selling game across all platforms when it came out in Dec. '21, and it was the top-selling title on both the Xbox ecosystem and among the PC titles that NPD tracks, despite being available for "free" with a subscription. Forza Horizon 5 had the Forza franchise's biggest launch ever in terms of sales, again despite being available on Game Pass, and it was the 4th best selling game of Nov. '21, behind CoD: Vanguard (across all platforms), Battlefield 2024 (across all platforms), and Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl. (And those rankings are from NPD, who are sales/revenue-oriented and not, like, "20 million players!" marketing fluff and don't have eyes into Game Pass revenue.)

FWIW:

"[Game Pass is] not the only thing that's growing in Xbox. It's not the only focus of the organization, and it, as a standalone thing, is very sustainable as it sits today, just like today. It's sustainable," Spencer said. "I know there are a lot of people that like to write, 'We're burning cash right now for some future pot of gold at the end.' No. Game Pass is very, very sustainable right now as it sits and continues to grow."

"Yeah. I mean, you could do the math on Game Pass. I guess you don't know how many subscribers or how much each subscriber is paying," he added. "But you can make some fairly informed decisions and literally just do the math on what we think Game Pass could eventually be--you could do that on any part of the business. But absolutely, Game Pass is sustainable."
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Re: Xbox Series X - 11/10/20

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shhh....
That's a flawed argument.
MS isn't "giving away" anything. Folks are paying anywhere from $5/month (assuming they got the best possible deal converting XBL Gold to GPU) to $15/month (full retail value of GPU). With 25 million subs, that's $60 to $180 per year, or the price of 1-3 "AAA" games.

Lumping in their exclusive AAA games gets enough attention to bring in extra subs, even if that number is leveling off, and there's still more than enough people willing to just buy some GP games anyway, even some people that have a subscription (see Oldboy )

Plus, more importantly, if we're being honest... What AAA games? It's tumbleweeds over here! (edit: beat by Adam. )
With barely a couple (or less!) major exclusive titles each calendar year thus far, I find it hard to believe that GP is the source of the company's current financial woes and cutbacks.
They're making cuts to their big studios, which is not a good sign for sure. But there could be all sorts of more direct reasons for that, especially if they're not canceling (more...) games outright.
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I don't think anyone is claiming it's the cause of their woes, it was forward looking speculation for stuff like CoD.

Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite made sense to me as enticements for Game Pass Ultimate and early Xbox One Series X sales, plus they already owned those franchises.

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