Project Scorpio Specs Announced

Microsoft has revealed fresh new tech specs about its upcoming upgraded Xbox One console, Project Scorpio.

According to a new report from Digital Foundry, the console’s specs are beyond what we’ve seen in the current console generation. Scorpio was able to run a Forza Motorsport demo at 60 FPS in seemingly native 4K, with graphical settings at an “Xbox One-equivalent” level. In terms of specs, the console boastsa 1 TB hard drive, as well as 12 GB of GGDR5 memory–the same type of RAM contained in the PlayStation 4, though Sony‘s device only contains 8 GB.

That 12 GB is split into two portions: 8 GB is accessible to developers, while 4 GB is reserved for system use. That’s an increase over Xbox One’s 8 GB overall memory, which was split the same way into portions of 5 GB and 3 GB, while GGDR5 represents a speed increase over Xbox One’s DDR3 RAM. Digital Foundry–which was shared this information by Microsoft itself–says Scorpio will run all Xbox One games “better,” whether they’re patched for the new console or not. This is because the console uses no emulation–Xbox One games will run natively using the system’s internal power.

Combined with a faster CPU, the result is a more stable or higher frame rate, no screen tearing, and faster load times. All of that is also reportedly true for backwards-compatible Xbox 360 games, even though changes in hardware between Xbox One and Project Scorpio mean Microsoft has had to go through each backwards-compatible Xbox 360 game individually to make them run on Scorpio.

The site says Scorpio’s internal design brief was to scale existing titles up to 4K–and this latest batch of information suggests Microsoft has succeeded. it should be noted, however, that the demo only contained one test version of an unconfirmed Forza game–though the build apparently was built using the same tech used to make Forza Motorsport 6. Additionally, titles that were originally 30 FPS will not go over that unless patched to do so, while the level of optimization seen in all titles could vary.

Users who own 1080p televisions will still be catered for, too: “ultra HD-rendering should super-sample down for those 1080p displays,” says the site, meaning games should look sharper, even if you don’t own a 4K set. Although no price has officially been confirmed, Digital Foundry and Eurogamer estimate from the specs they’ve seen that the console will cost US $499–the same price as the Xbox One at launch.

We already knew that Scorpio will boast six teraflops of performance–including 320 GB/s memory bandwidth and eight CPU cores–though the console will differ from Xbox One by reportedly not containing ESRAM. Microsoft says Scorpio is the most powerful console ever made and that it will be more powerful than the PlayStation 4 Pro, which came out last year. It will still support Xbox One games, controllers, and accessories.

The new console is due to launch this holiday, but it remains to be seen when Microsoft will start to officially show it off in more detail. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said he is unsure if Microsoft will show off Project Scorpio before E3 in June, while also stating recently that he thinks it’s “critical” for first-party games to be ready for the system’s launch.

 

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Crackdown 3 Details “On The Horizon” Developer Says

HOLY CRAP. XBOX EXCLUSIVE NEWS.

It’s been a while since anyone has gotten new information about Crackdown 3, but it seems like that’s going to change soon. More information about the Xbox One and PC is “on the horizon,” reads a tweet from the game’s official Twitter account.

“2017 is shaping up to be great!” the developer said. “Crackdown 3 info is on the horizon, and we’re ready to bring the boom!”

Asked on Twitter if the Crackdown 3 news might come on Thursday as part of the Project Scorpio reveal, the developer said, “We have no insight in to what other teams are working on, but Crackdown news will start rolling out BIG TIME in the coming months.”

The “coming months” could be a reference to E3, which takes place in early June. Microsoft’s briefing is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, June 11, which is earlier than its normal Monday morning timeslot.

Crackdown 3, or at least a part of it, was previously expected to launch in 2016. Microsoft later confirmed a delay to 2017, for a couple of reasons. First, Xbox marketing manager Aaron Greenberg said the open-world game won’t launch in 2016 because the company’s holiday lineup was already so stuffed with great games that it didn’t need more. Later, Microsoft Studios boss Shannon Loftis said the delay is partially the result of needing more time work on the campaign.

We also know that the game will run at 4K on Project Scorpio and should launch this holiday or sooner. Crackdown 3 is in development at Reagent Games, under the guidance of Crackdown series veteran David Jones.

Spider-Man Still Happening in 2017

According to Ryan Penagos, VP and executive editor of Marvel Digital MediaInsomniac GamesPlayStation 4-exclusive Spider-Man title is still going to be released in 2017

Penagos was talking about Marvel’s recent video game output during a livestream and said “there’s even more on the horizon for 2017 like Spider-Man coming to PlayStation 4 and Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC.” Insomniac’s Spider-Man title was announced during E3 2016 but as of yet Insomniac, Sony, and Marvel have not officially announced a release date for the game.

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have partnered for Spider-Man: Homecoming, a new movie which is set to hit cinemas in July. Insomniac’s game isn’t tied into this movie, but would no doubt benefit from being released this year. However, as previously stated, an official release date has not yet been specified for the game. Spider-Man the game casts players as the iconic web-slinger in a completely original story. It takes place at a time when Peter Parker is “experienced” and “more masterful at fighting crime” in New York.

“From traversing with parkour and utilizing the environment, to new combat and blockbuster set pieces, it’s Spider-Man unlike any you’ve played before,” reads a line from the game’s description. Spider-Man, which is a working title for the PlayStation 4 game, is the first licensed game Insomniac has ever made. It is known most for the Ratchet and Clank series.

Are you still looking forward to the Spider-Man game?

 

Destiny 2 Story Trailer Released. Will Make The Jump To PC

Earlier this afternoon, Bungie released the official story trailer for Destiny 2 after a teaser trailer earlier this week with fan favorite Cayde-6 giving you a quick summary of what happened at the tower while enjoying a drink in the middle of a battle zone.

The new trailer shows the Cabal are back and looking even more intimidating and even bringing new monsters with them. The enemies of the guardians have destroyed the tower, vault and everything that earth had left and have driven the towers vanguard and civilians and to the ruins of the city and the outskirts in the forests looking to tend to their wounds and regroup to make a push to get their city and tower back. Here is the video below

Destiny 2 will release on September 8. The sequel will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and the big news is now it will be available on PC. An open beta for the sequel will be coming later this year and the game is now available for preorder . The announcement came as part of the game’s official reveal trailer. Bungie will also reveal the first gameplay for the sequel during a live stream on May 18. Destiny 2 will mark the first time the series is available on PC, corroborating previous reports.

A Destiny 2 expansion pass will also be available for purchase separately and as part of the digital deluxe edition of the game. It will include access to the two major expansions, which will include “brand new story missions, cooperative activities, competitive multiplayer, and a wealth of new weapons, armor, and gear.”

Destiny 2 pre orders are now available for Collector’s Edition, Limited Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, and along with the existence of two expansion passes. The Collector’s Edition includes the following content and items for $249.99 USD.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Officially Announced For 2017

EA has announced the next Star Wars Battlefront game, as well as offered official confirmation of its final title: Star Wars Battlefront II.

The full reveal will come on Saturday, April 15th, at 2:30 p.m., as part of that week’s Star Wars Celebration festivities in Orlando, Florida. A trailer and first details will arrive during a special panel called “The Galaxywide Premiere of Star Wars Battlefront II,” so we’re likely to get some firm details and discussion, rather than just a quick glimpse at the game. The only real visual released alongside the announcement is the new logo. Not exactly exciting, but something to hold you over for the next few weeks:

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EA hasn’t exactly been coy about its plans to deliver a follow-up to Star Wars Battlefront, confirming the game was in development and briefly showing off some concept art during E3 2016. In addition, the publisher has discussed the project during investor calls, sharing a few scant details about what we can expect in the process. The sequel will include content from multiple eras, including the new trilogy of films, with a “dramatically larger” scope, and quite possibly a full single-player experience.

In addition to the showing at Star Wars Celebration, Battlefront II will also be on display at EA Play, the even the publisher’s runs alongside E3 in June. Star Wars Battlefront II launches this holiday season, presumably on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Beam, New Menu For Xbox One Starts Today

The Xbox One is getting another update starting today to go along with some of the major changes coming to Windows in its forthcoming Creators Update.

The new additions include streaming via Microsoft’s own Twitch competitor Beam, as well as a brand new Xbox user experience made up of a new design for Guide, improvements to Home and more. The new features are designed around encouraging gamers to stream more often, providing easier access to those aspects of the UI. The overhaul can be seen as a push for Beam in this way, which it acquired last year.

Beam is a Twitch competitor designed around offering more ways for audiences to interact with streamers, and Microsoft clearly sees it as a way to bring the popularity of game streaming back within its own domain. It highlights that the new Beam integration means you don’t have to download or activate any additional software or accounts – Beam is fully native in Xbox.

Other big new features include the new Home design, which is designed for improved performance, and which puts content related to the games you’re currently playing front and center. This is part of the ongoing evolution of the platform back to being primarily a gaming device, though at the Xbox One’s outset it was positioned more as a media hub for all types of content.

The Guide is also reconfigured, providing quick access to media controls and your most used content in a menu you can access via the Xbox button on your controller. There’s also improved multitasking, including in-game Achievement tracking via an overlaid UI element. Cortana will also be available on top of whatever else you’re doing, so you don’t need to jump entirely out of the action to control music, set reminders and do more via voice controls.

The nice thing about consoles and their long shelf life is the extremely iterative approach their makers take to their core software. The centrality of Beam to this new Xbox experience seems like it could be more of a distraction for a large number of users, but otherwise these changes feel like a clear win.

April’s Games For Gold Confirmed. Include Ryse, Walking Dead

I usually don’t post the Games With Gold until the beginning of the month but seeing as April’s games are already confirmed, I thought I’d treat everyone to a nice surprise.

The April lineup is one of the best in recent memory in my opinion. Ryse: Son of Rome will be free all month long on Xbox One. The other game on the console is The Walking Dead: Season Two, which includes all five episodes, which will go free from April 16 through May 15.

On the Xbox 360 side of things, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to get a free copy of Darksiders from April 1-15 while Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will be free during the second half of the month, from April 16-30.

You can still pick up some of the March games. Heavy Weapon is free on Xbox 360, while Xbox One owners can download the multiplayer shooter Evolve and the horror game Layers of Fear.