Xbox Series X News

Are Launch Day Lineups Getting Worse?

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | People are clearly excited for the new hardware, but are the games they'll actually play on it as interesting as they used to be?

Warner Bros. Distances Hogwarts Legacy From J.K. Rowling

With the Harry Potter creator facing criticism over views seen as transphobic, Warner is distancing its new game from Rowling.

Xbox Series S's Install Sizes Will Be Smaller Than the Series X's

Lower resolution target, smaller file size.

Hogwarts Legacy, the Long-Rumored Harry Potter Game, Is Coming Next Year

After many leaks and reports, it was finally revealed at today's PS5 event.

Xbox Says it No Longer Collects Voice Recordings

Microsoft's taking a more transparent stance on data collection ahead of next-gen.

Here's the Xbox Series X and S's Retail Boxes

"What's in the box?!"

Bungie CEO Denies Reports of Acquisition Talks With Microsoft

Rejoining Xbox would be a mindboggling move for the makers of Destiny and Halo.

Madden NFL 21's Launch Month Was Significantly Bigger Than Madden 20's

Madden 21's dollar sales are up double-digits on its predecessor.

Borderlands 3 Is Targeting 4K/60FPS on PS5 and Xbox Series X

Save files and DLC will also transfer to next-gen systems.

This Week's Xbox Series S Reveal Has Me Feeling Optimistic About Microsoft Again

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Microsoft's Series S reveal caps off an intriguing strategy for upending the console market.

Control PS4 Owners Suddenly Get Ultimate Upgrade, Then Lose It

Looks like a switch got flipped somewhere.

Ubisoft Reveals Riders Republic, a Multiplayer Extreme Sports Sandbox

Totally radical, broseph.

The Next Night City Wire Will Focus on Cyberpunk 2077's Gangs

This time we'll get a Night City tour, a primer on the city's gangs, and a look into the score.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Will Hold a Multiplayer Beta Next Month

As per usual, there's a platform preference and special access granted for pre-orders.

Tetris Effect's Multiplayer Update Is Arriving in Time for the Xbox Series X Launch

The timed-exclusive Connected modes are coming on November 10.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Will Launch a Few Days Early for Xbox Series X and S

The next step for Yakuza will kick off on the Xbox.

Gears Tactics Is Coming to Console on Xbox Series X Launch Day

Roadie running to a console near you on November 10.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Bundles In EA Play Later This Year

This deal makes the All Access route for Series X and Series S that much more attractive.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Will Now Launch Alongside Xbox Series X and S

Ubisoft bumps up Valhalla to be a launch game.

Xbox Series X Costs $499, Launching November 10

Both of Microsoft's consoles launch on the same day.

Colin Kaepernick Is Now a Playable Free Agent in Madden NFL 21

The quarterback can take the field again.

The Xbox One Series S Launch Date is Official: November 10 at $299

The price and the release date is here at last.

Cyberpunk 2077's Microtransactions Will Only Be in Its Multiplayer Mode

You won't find microtransactions when the main game launches this year.

NBA 2K21 Physical Sales Are Down 37% After One Week Compared to 2K20

Digital sales are trending upwards, however.

Cyberpunk 2077 Will Receive More DLC Than The Witcher 3

And it'll be revealed before launch in November.

Nintendo's Mario-Palooza Shows How the Pandemic Could Change Everything

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | There's no such thing as a slow news week when the industry is forced to question its most foundational assumptions.

Gotham Knights Will Have Some Involved Detective Work Leading Up to Villain Showdowns

Don't expect to just roll up on Mr. Freeze, smack him down, and be done with it.

Immortals Fenyx Rising Release Date Potentially Leaked on the Microsoft Store

The Microsoft Store is back at it again.

The Witcher 3 Gets a Free Next-Gen Upgrade With Ray Tracing Next Year

Geralt's journey gets some faster load times, too.

Cyberpunk 2077 Won't Rival Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in Ridiculous File Size

And we can expect PC system requirements soon.

Xbox Won't Reveal Next-Gen Details at Tokyo Game Show This Month

Don't expect a price or release date.

AT&T Reportedly No Longer Interested in Selling Warner Bros. Interactive

What could have resulted in the mother of all consolidations seems to have fizzled out.

The First Post-Launch Avengers Hero Is Kate Bishop, the Other Hawkeye

Clint's protege will join up with the Avengers before he does.

Ubisoft's Next Forward Presentation Will Show Off Watch Dogs: Legion and More Next Week

Watch Dogs: Legion, Rainbow Six Siege, and the game formerly known as Gods & Monsters will be there.

Halo Infinite's Newest Foe Is an Elite With a Mysterious Past

Step aside, Craig. Let the fella with the red sword through.

Cyberpunk 2077's Next Night City Wire Stream Is Slated for Tokyo Game Show

At that point, it'll be just shy of two months from release.

The Xbox Series S Surfaces Yet Again, This Time On a Game Pass Trial

Just in case you weren't yet convinced.

New Resident Evil Village Information Will Debut at Tokyo Game Show This Month

Could we see gameplay with hench Chris Redfield?

Halo Infinite Gives First Official Look at Weapon and Player Cosmetics

The game's not coming till next year, but it still has a 2020 Monster Energy tie-in.

Post-Launch Heroes in Marvel’s Avengers Will Be Free, but Their Battle Passes Won’t Be

Battle passes—sorry, Hero Challenge Cards—will ask for some credits.

Doom Eternal's Ancient Gods DLC Will Be Available as a Standalone Purchase

You'll be able to blast these demons without buying the full release.

Report: Xbox Series X Looking to Launch in First Week of November, PS5 Not Long After

Sources say it's most likely we'll see the PS5 launch in the middle of the month.

NBA 2K21 Shows Off Its Story Mode and New Neighborhood Feature

The Long Shadow stars Michael K. Williams and Djimon Hounsou.

The Complete Gamescom 2020 Opening Night Live Recap

Dragon Age, Fall Guys Season 2, and Ratchet & Clank all featured in today's presentation. Here's the complete recap.

Destiny 2's Stasis Powers Shine With Darkness in Beyond Light's New Trailer

As we creep closer to November, we'll learn a lot about Stasis in short order.

Gamescom Opening Night Live: Where to Watch and What to Expect

Summer games, slippin' away.

Hitman 3 Sets Release Date and Guarantees Free Next-Gen Upgrades

Agent 47's coming to all platforms just a few weeks into the new year.

Halo Infinite Recruits Ex-Bungie Lead to Help Hit 2021 Release Date

Joseph Staten returns to Halo from Xbox Game Studios.

Call of Duty Will Also Have a Next-Gen Price Bump With Black Ops Cold War

Want digital Ronald Reagan on next-gen? You'll need to pay a bit more.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's Campaign Will Let You Play as a Gender Neutral Character

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's campaign will let you customize your protagonist.

Inside Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's Sequel Fever, Biggest Changes, and Choice-Driven Campaign

Treyarch and Raven's latest is being billed as a sequel to Black Ops 1, but it looks like it has more in common with Black Ops 2.

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 Reignites the Perfect Combination Later This Year

It'll drop down in December.

343 Says There Are "No Plans" To Push Halo Infinite Past 2021 or Off Xbox One

"Please don't believe everything you read," says 343's Community Manager.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Plot and Next-Gen Upgrade Plans Leaked

A new leak details the plot of Black Ops Cold War, as well as Activision's next-gen upgrade plans.

NBA 2K21's Current-Gen Demo Pits Larry Bird Against Kobe Bryant

Today, you can get a small taste of what this year's $60 NBA 2K offering is like.

Cyberpunk 2077's Minuscule Subtitles Can Be Adjusted, Thank Goodness

Yes, the game that will let you custom-color your character's body hair will also let you tweak those hard-to-read captions.

Daedalic's Version of Gollum is Deliberately Less Creepy Than in The Lord of the Rings Films

He has more hair than his movie counterpart, and larger eyes.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Pins Down Its November Release Date

Yakuza's current-gen and PC launch won't be far from that for the Series X version. Meanwhile, we're still waiting on PS5 details.

Rocksteady's on Shaky Ground Ahead of Its Big Reveal

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The Batman: Arkham Knight developer's handling of a 2018 report of sexism at the studio has drawn attention, critics, and defenders.

Epic Turns Apple Dispute Into a Fortnite Event With the #FreeFortnite Cup

The event debuts this Sunday, on August 23.

Bungie Outlines All Destiny 2 Content Leaving in November

Here's everything leaving Destiny 2 in November.

Hitman 3 Will Be a Timed Epic Exclusive on PC [Update]

Also, Agent 47 becomes Inspector 47.

505 Games Stands Firm on Next-Gen Upgrade Plan For Control

The publisher isn't budging on letting Control owners upgrade for less than ticket price.

Bloodlines 2 Fires Two Creative Leads, Including Original Game's Writer

Things are looking rough for this Vampire successor.

Hitman 3 Drops PvP Ghost Mode, Servers Will Shut Down on August 31

Ghost Mode isn't coming to Hitman 3, and the Hitman 2 servers are shutting down as well.

Ubisoft Fires Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Creative Director After Misconduct Investigation

Ashraf Ismail joins the growing list of departures and terminations.

Control's Alan Wake Expansion Is Also Hiding Some Kind of Moon Mystery

It looks like Jesse will investigate an off-world Altered World Event.

The Xbox Series X Won't Be Any Louder Than the Xbox One X

Phil Spencer speaks about the next-gen consoles fan.

Halo Infinite Was Delayed Instead of Splitting Up Parts of the Game

Phil Spencer appeared on Animal Talking to discuss Infinite's delay.

Control's Free Next-Gen Upgrade Will Be Limited to the Ultimate Edition

If you've already explored the FBC on Xbox One or PS4, you're out of luck.

Halo Infinite Is Missing Xbox Series X's Launch

343 says "it is not sustainable" for the team or good for the game itself to release in 2020.

Xbox Series X Will Launch This November, Without Halo Infinite

Microsoft's big next-gen console has a window, but won't have Halo at launch.

GTA Online's Huge New Update Brings Back Rockstar's Best Minigame

Red Dead players got the Naturalist role. GTA players get tons of stuff, plus Qub3d.

New Xbox Controller Unboxing Video Shows How it Stacks up With Other Pads

See how it compares to a DualShock 4, a Switch Pro pad, and more.

Xbox Quietly Ditches 20/20 Branding Ahead of Future Reveals

No dedicated monthly shows.

Marvel's Avengers Will Have Unique Cosmetics for Intel, Verizon, and More

To collect absolutely everything, you'll need a PlayStation, a Verizon plan, some gum…

New Cyberpunk 2077 Map Shows Gang Turf Within Night City

From the World of Cyberpunk 2077 book.

Xbox Series S Console Seemingly Confirmed in Leaked Controller Packaging

Xbox's next-gen controllers will work with both console models.

Microsoft Says Apple Is the Only Platform to "Deny Consumers From Cloud Gaming"

The matter of getting xCloud and Game Pass on iOS is getting heated.

Doom Eternal's First DLC Will Start a New Story Set After the Campaign

We'll see more of The Ancient Gods, Part One later this month.

Control's Alan Wake DLC Will Be Followed by Another "Remedy Connected Universe" Game

It's all one universe? Always has been.

Braid Is Getting a Remastered Anniversary Edition Next Year

Someone go tell Soulja Boy.

As Testing Ends, It Looks Like xCloud Isn't Coming to Apple Devices Any Time Soon

Microsoft's likely running into the same issues with Apple as Google and Valve.

Bethesda’s Free Next-Gen Upgrades Begin With Doom Eternal and Elder Scrolls Online

Both titles will get spruced up for the Series X and PS5.

Cyberpunk 2077 Is Having Another Night City Wire Showcase Next Week

Time to learn about lifepaths, weapons, and more.

Microsoft Says Xbox Live Gold Isn't Changing or Going Anywhere for Now

Rumblings of Live's imminent demise seem to have been premature.

Marvel's Avengers Will Also Have Limited-Time, PlayStation-Exclusive Cosmetics

It's looking like Sony's platform is the place to play.

FIFA 21 on PS5 and Xbox Series X Will Continue Including Women's Teams

The defending world champion U.S. Women's National Team will be playable on next-gen consoles.

Project xCloud Comes to Android Devices Next Month

The launch for Game Pass Ultimate subscribers also brings a boatload of new phone peripherals.

Next-Gen Price Bumps Reflect the "Quality of the Experience," Says Take-Two CEO

The $10 hike reflects an increase in quality and costs.

EA Lays Out Madden's Franchise Mode Roadmap Through Madden 22

Franchise Mode's updates will carry on into a whole new year of Madden.

Halo Infinite Will Have Free-to-Play Multiplayer

It'll also support 120 FPS on Xbox Series X.

No Taxation Without Misrepresentation

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Electronic Arts sees a phenomenal surge in sales due to the pandemic, but the impact on the bottom line is minimal compared to a good tax dodge.

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