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Microsoft Announces Xbox All Access

Microsoft has announced a new, subscription-based service for both the Xbox One and Xbox One X. Xbox All Access will give players access to an Xbox console and 2 years of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Games Pass for a monthly fee.

For $34.99 a month, players can grab an Xbox One X with the bundle, while $21.99 a month will get them an Xbox One S. Xbox All Access will be available in-store only at Microsoft stores. Click here for full details from Microsoft.

PG’s Take:

This is yet another solid consumer move by Microsoft. All Access bundles some of Xbox’s best features into one package, with monthly payments giving players a way to pay for it without some of the upfront costs of purchasing a new console. Being an in-store only feature is a bit of a bummer, but I don’t see any reason this service won’t be anything but a success.

 

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Microsoft’s E3 – A Potentially Promising Future for Xbox players!

Whether you’re an Xbox player or not, there is no doubt that Microsoft really outdid itself at E3 this year. Not only was it the largest show in their history, but they unveiled some really juicy details that should have any Xbox owner excited. I’m not referring to the 18 console launch exclusives, 15 world premiers, or any of that. I’m talking about their clear focus on creating original content in the future.

The creation of The Initiative, Microsoft’s brand new studio dedicated to creating first party titles, is big news. Based in Santa Monica and headed by Darrell Gallagher, The Initiative’s sole purpose is to make Xbox exclusives, which should be exciting to anyone who owns an Xbox as our lineup of first party games is basically a barren wasteland at the moment. The most exciting thing about this announcement is that while they are directly a Microsoft studio, they have been given the creative freedom to operate like an Indie studio. Which could mean getting some fresh and unique titles exclusively for Xbox.

As well as this new first party studio they have also acquired Playground Games, longtime development partner and team behind the Forza series, who are not only working on Forza Horizon’s 4, but have been confirmed to already be working on a brand new project. In addition, Microsoft will also be acquiring Ninja Theory, makers of Hellblade and Kung Fu Chaos. This will give them the resources and ability to make even more ambitious games on the Xbox platform. State of Decay 2 has seen over 2 million people playing, and more to come especially since it was available at launch on the Xbox Game Pass, and it sounds like Microsoft is planning on shelling out the resources to make sure that game continues to grow. Last, but surely not least, Compulsion Games. The brilliant minds behind We Happy Few, could truly benefit from Microsoft’s support and deep pockets. They have definitely shown they can make a unique and refreshing game, now imagine what they can do with the freedom to dream bigger and take risks. All of these teams developing for Microsoft is a HUGE boon for future releases, and I can’t wait to see what comes of it.

Also, one of the better announcements of Microsoft’s E3 presentation is the upgraded Game Pass, which will now see many big titles added such as Elder Scrolls Online, The Division, Fallout 4. As well as giving subscribers Xbox exclusives on their launch day, including games like Horizons 4 and Gears 5.

Definitely sounds like some exciting games will be coming to Xbox in the near future. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Witcher 3 Adds Xbox One X Support

CD Projekt Red has announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has received an upgrade patch for Xbox One X players. The patch adds two new visual options, 4K Mode, and Performance Mode.

4K Mode will put the game at 4K resolution and run the game at 30fps. Graphical improvements such as enhanced shadows, ambient occlusion, and texture filtering will all be included. Performance Mode will enable a dynamic resolution with a minimum of 1080p with a target of 60fps.

Along with the Xbox One X patch, it was also announced that a similar patch will be coming to PlayStation 4 Pro soon.

 

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Bungie Releases Trailer Detailing Destiny 2’s EDZ

Today Bungie dropped a trailer for the European Dead Zone, Earth’s new playable area in Destiny 2.  According to Bungie, the new EDZ is also boasted as the “biggest playable area ever created by Bungie.”

The trailer gives the first look at Adventures and Lost Sectors, which look to take the place of those repetitive, boring patrol missions (of the original).  Adventures are fully voiced side quests that dig into the lore of the Destiny universe and Lost Sectors look to be small dungeons with some kind of mini-boss at the end. With the additions of Adventures and Lost Sectors, as well as new Public events and new sub-classes to try out, it sure looks like Bungie understand what players want from the sequel.  Thankfully, with it’s release right around the corner, we won’t have to wait long to find out.

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Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition Coming to Consoles

Critically acclaimed RPG, previously exclusive to PC, Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 and X-Box One X this summer. The Complete Edition, which will includes both expansions, The White March: Parts I & II, will launch on August 29.  The below is from the press release:

Pillars of Eternity is an RPG inspired by classic titles such as Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment,which features an original world and game system that evokes and improves upon the traditional computer RPG experience. The Complete Edition, adapted for consoles by Paradox Arctic and distributed at physical retail by 505 Games, features an enhanced UI and redesigned controls to provide a superb experience on the big screen, navigated easily and intuitively using game controllers.

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition features:

●         Award-winning writing, story and artwork of Pillars of Eternity, along with the expanded world and content of The White March: Parts I & II

●         Countless character creation options, from races and classes to character backgrounds which drive your personal story

●         An epic universe to explore, filled with intriguing party members and companions, a variety of in-game factions, and a lovingly rendered world to traverse

●         New UI and controls designed from the ground up, presenting the Pillars of Eternity experience like never before

This is exciting news for fans of Boulder’s Gate style game play — and certainly has this gamer excited.