Yes, you can soon buy an Xbox mini fridge

Remember a few months ago, when Microsoft gave certain influencers and celebrities a full-size Xbox Series X fridge, with lots of cool drinks inside? Well…we won’t be getting one of those anytime soon. However, we will be able to purchase the next best thing later this year – an Xbox mini-fridge!

Microsoft revealed the fridge following yesterday’s E3 showcase, complete with the words “Xbox and chill,” along with a release window of holiday 2021. There’s no pricing available on it just yet, but it’ll likely be somewhere around the $500-$1000 point, considering its quality.

The trailer below gives you an idea of what’s in store with the fridge, complete with its wild green colors. And no, you won’t have to wait for your drinks to load. That’s ridiculous.

There’s no word if it’ll be available at all retailers or just exclusively at certain spots (or online), but we hope to find out more soon. Even PlayStation fans should be all over this one.

Outer Worlds 2: E3 Reveal

Outer Worlds is a newer franchise with the first title that released October 25th 2019. While the first game is still fairly popular, today during E3’s Microsoft/ Bethesda showcase Outer Worlds 2 was announced! The sequel will be releasing on Game Pass for Xbox One and Xbox Series S and X. No release date is in sight, in fact the trailer itself joked that only the developers have the title figured out so far.

Outer Worlds is better known as one of Obsidians top action RPGs, and sends a deeper message for bashing capitalism. You play as a creatable character that awakens on a planet where their ship has crashed. You stumble upon a conspiracy against other fellow colonists of Halcyon. Players get to choose their own path, literally, with the help of unique companions from each world along the way. What made the first Outer Worlds so special is that players can choose how they want to play through the game, were it be shooting their enemies with a hefty flame thrower or shotgun, or stealth their way and avoid nearly all combat.

While we don’t know any information in regards to the story, what we do know from Obsidian is that it is the same Outer Worlds, but a new crew, new story, and new solar system. In addition to that information we have that very flashy title to look forward to. I can’t help but feel so much excitement and anticipation to see where the next game will take us. I do hope that they will keep the same style as to where you can play through the game however you want, in addition to killing whoever you want and change the game entirely.

Microsoft introduces Arcane’s original action game, Redfall

The Microsoft/Bethesda merger is bringing a lot of content to the Xbox over the next year, but one interesting title that stands out is an all new action IP, one that pits superhuman soldiers against vampires.

Redfall is currently in development at Arcane Austin studios. In it, the island town of Redfall, Massachusetts falls under siege to a deadly army of vampires. They’ve managed to isolate the city from the outside world, and even managed to blot out the sun, so they can run wild without fear of melting away.

It’s up to a handful of elite soldiers to step up and try to fight back against the horde, armed with special abilities like flotation tubes that let them fly up to rooftops, as well as invisibility and high-powered weapons that can easily put a stake in their adversaries. Oh, and did we mention there’s a robot dog of sorts too? One that can use his head in vital situations, to say the least.

The open world co-op-based adventure is the latest Bethesda exclusive for Xbox and PC consoles, meaning it’s not going to see the light of day on PlayStation in any form. That’s good news for Microsoft, adding yet another asset to their growing library of games – like Starfield.
We’ll see more of Redfall in the months ahead, leading to its summer 2022 release. And yes, it’ll be on Xbox Game Pass, so don’t fret that. In the meantime, enjoy the carnage-filled trailer below.

Forza Horizon 5 hits the road this November

Man. We’re still working our way through the loaded circuit in Forza Horizon 4, but now we’re going to have to book a trip to Mexico this fall, as the fifth chapter in the series is already coming our way.

During today’s Microsoft E3 Showcase, the company revealed that Forza Horizon 5 will make its debut on Xbox platforms and Windows 10 PC starting on November 9th. Playground Games is once again handling development, even though the team is quite busy with the next chapter in the Fable series (as announced earlier this year). This appears to be the first game in the series designed with a next-generation engine in mind, so it’ll take full advantage of the Xbox Series S and X, as well as high-end PC’s.

The gameplay trailer below shows just what kind of terrain you’ll be covering in Mexico, from driving near the Grand Caldera volcano (they actually motion captured on one, believe it or not) to kicking your way up through a dust-filled desert. You also get to do so in a variety of vehicles, with many gorgeous cars that you’ll be able to drive over the course of your journey. Like previous Forza games, you’ll be able to challenge your friends in match-ups, or even just go for a fun drive in the outer reaches of the country.

The gameplay looks fantastic, running at 60 frames per second without missing any details. The setting t really shows off just how colorful Mexico is, right down to the smallest of architecture.

Oh, and there’s a new feature called the Events Lab, in which you can create your own neat gameplay experiences. This includes turning your car into a freakin’ bowling ball, knocking down pins as you go!

Check out the trailer below and get revved up for November.

Diablo II: Resurrected raises hell this September

After being officially confirmed at Blizzcon a few months ago, it appears that Diablo II: Resurrected is set to raise hell on the main stage.

Today, during the Xbox E3 showcase, Activision Blizzard confirmed that Diablo II: Resurrected will come to PC and Xbox consoles starting on September 23rd.

A new trailer, featured below, offers some fresh new gameplay, put together by the team at Vicarious Visions, who previously worked on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. So it’s obvious they have some experience when it comes to offering a fresh coat of paint to a classic game experience.

Here’s the game’s official description: “Pursue the mysterious Dark Wanderer and fight the denizens of hell as you uncover the fate of the Prime Evils Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal, now in all-new 3D graphics. Experience the genre-defining Diablo gameplay featuring robust RPG character progression, incredibly deep itemization, and visceral hack-and-slash combat.”

There’s no word yet if the game will also come to other platforms (like PlayStation and Nintendo Switch) on the 23rd, but it seems likely. For now, you can enjoy the trailer below and pre-order the game for Xbox platforms here. There also appears to be a beta on the way, so keep your eyes peeled for more details. In the meantime, prepare…to go to Hell!

Starfield coming to Xbox, PC in 2022

There’s a reason that Microsoft invested all sorts of money into Bethesda – to land some big games. And part of that line-up includes Starfield, which now appears to be a huge exclusive for the Xbox/PC front.

A leaked trailer for the game has revealed that the sci-fi adventure will make its debut on November 11, 2022. Though the trailer, seen below, doesn’t have any official game footage, it shows that there’s a galaxy worth exploring, with all sorts of neat aspects. Imagine the likes of Skyrim, but with sci-fi elements and all sorts of cool interplanetary travel. That’s the kind of hint Starfield provides.

This looks to be the first major release under the Microsoft/Bethesda merger, which, according to the E3 presentation, are now considered “one big team.” This likely means that Bethesda will now operate under the Microsoft label, though obviously some releases, like Deathloop for PlayStation 5, will remain under the Bethesda name. We’ll have more details about the merger soon.

We’ll see what the game offers when it drops next year!

Halo Infinite drops holiday 2021, will offer free multiplayer

While today’s Halo Infinite update may not have offered any more details on the mysterious campaign, it did revel one interesting factor that will be huge for fans of its multiplayer – they can enjoy it free of charge.

Microsoft and 343 Industries revealed today that Halo Infinite will have free-to-play multiplayer, and from the looks of it, it’ll be just as chaotic as in previous games. You can check out the first gameplay below to get a taste of what’s to come, including weapons that can knock Warthogs for a loop in one shot. Talk about insane.

Of course, those that want the full Halo Infinite experience will be able to experience the “Epic Campaign,” which tells the next chapter of Master Chief as he attempts to deal with the loss of his virtual partner Cortana. But of course, he’s got aliens to fight, so it’s time to find a pulse rifle.

Check out the footage below and prepare to jump in later this year, only on Xbox and PC!

ID@Xbox Summer Game Fest Demo event returns next week

For the second year in a row, Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest surprised us with some great news. Also for the second year in a row, Xbox system owners will be able to try out several games that were featured today.

Microsoft announced that the Summer Game Fest Demo event will once again make a return, starting on June 15 and running through June 21. For that week, players will be able to try out 40 great indie titles on the house through downloadable demos in the Xbox marketplace.

Keep in mind that the demos are temporary, so once June 21st runs out, they’ll “evaporate”. However, most of them are based on near complete versions of each game, so you’ll get an idea of what they have to offer when they release this summer. You’ll also be able to provide feedback to developers, depending how you feel with each demo you try out. It’s a good way to help them get ready for their releases.

The full list of games will be revealed on the 15th. However, here are some highlights that you won’t want to miss:

Tunic- take on this unique isometric action-adventure game, and see how your fox warrior holds up against monsters and other dangers, while locating secrets and doing some exploring!

Echo Generation- Trip back to 1993 and try out some classic turn-based action in this fun supernatural title, where kids have to take on mysterious beings and save their beloved city.

The Riftbreaker- Ready for action/RPG goodness? Prepare to take your mecha-suit places as you build up bases and destroy enemies!

Lake- Solve this narrative mystery surrounding a quiet person in 1986, guiding her fate based on your decisions.

Sable- This Journey-esque game looks fantastic, as you travel a mysterious cel-shaded desert either on foot or with the help of your Gliding vehicle.

We’re looking forward to next week, are you?

Choosing Your Platform: DVS Edition

When it comes to new gamers, or even veteran gamers choosing a platform to play on can be intimidating. You can be faced with a variety of choices, even as a parent choosing one for their child. This guide can come in handy by helping you narrow down your choice without feeling overwhelmed or pressured by irrelevant parties that tend to be a bit biased with their opinions. I mean let’s be honest, gamers can be the worst fanboys and their views might not be aligned with your best interests. In light of this I am going to break it down by covering each current generation system along with their advantages and disadvantages. These systems will be the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 5, Xbox Series X, PC, and I will also touch upon the Classic editions of retro consoles.

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The Nintendo Switch was released on March 3rd of 2017, and made a huge comeback for the company since the Wii U console that was largely unsuccessful due to it’s limitations. Part of what made the console so successful is the fact that it was immediately open to 3rd party titles and support, and also has a unique design for home console and as well as portable, and the exclusive titles that were strong candidates for 2017 Game of the Year.

However, why should anyone choose this console over the others? Firstly this console is well suited to those whom are mostly on the go. Any full time employee that has limited time for gaming can easily take this console with them to work. The Nintendo Switch is a handheld console that has the a docking station that enables it to be play on a TV making it also viable as a home console, and has a platform that allows coordinating game play with other remote players. This capability is very well suited for those who often travel as well as the homebody. This console is an excellent choice for families, as Nintendo is mostly known for popular family oriented games like Super Mario Brothers, Pokemon, and even goofy games like Arms. Gamers with a budget can also benefit from picking the Switch since it only costs 299.99 instead of spending 499.99 like the other console choices.

For gamers that do not care for playing on the big screen, the Switch Lite version is available at 199.99. Though additional accessories can be expensive, you still get everything you need just buying the console by itself. The other big plus is you’ll have access to Nintendo exclusive games that will not be available on any other platform, such as Mario Odyssey, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The Switch also now features live services to play online games with others such as Splatoon 2 and Overwatch, and the subscription is much cheaper than other services starting at 3.99 a month.

That being said there are some downsides to going down this route. A lot of accessories are sold separately, such as a protective case and screen protector. The screen for the Switch is plastic and easily scratched up. Some of the accessories, like additional joy cons for family events are expensive, as a pair of joy cons costs 69.99 USD and you will need to get a separate docking station. Another factor to consider is that the joy cons are extremely small, so for those with bigger hands will probably end up dropping another 59.99 on the Pro Controller. Additionally, you will also probably end up buying an SD card since the console only offers 32 GB of storage. Going along with the storage dilemma, it must be said that not all games will auto save to Cloud storage. Lastly, if you want to play in full 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, this is not your console. Nintendo has never been about being the latest and greatest, they hold value in their games and are more invested in their consumers instead of performance.

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The Playstation 5 is Sony’s newest console which released on November 12th of 2020, and made remarkable improvements from their Playstation 4. It is the best selling new generation console so far with 4.5 million units sold and 47.4 million subscribers. This system is sold at your local stores for 499.99 for the disc edition, and 399.99 for the digital edition making it a pretty hefty purchase. Which is why I am narrowing down the pros and cons to help you decide if this is the best choice for you.

First and foremost, I always say base your console choice on what your friends play on if you play online often. It can be pretty lonely for those who base their choice off of internet or local peer pressure, and we all have ran into elitists at your local Best Buy or GameStop that have their own opinions that may differ from yours. However if you genuinely don’t care about playing with your friends, there are still a number of great reasons that the PS5 can be well suited for you. First and foremost we all love Sony exclusives such as Bloodborne, Spiderman, Ghost of Tsushima, and God of War. While these exclusives are making their way to PC, not everyone has that budget, and you may have to wait years until new releases launch on that platform, IF they ever do.

This console is also more geared toward single player gamers with Japanese Style and Action Adventure RPGs respectively. You also get powerful performance from the PS5, with the ability to play new titles in 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, add their 3D audio support and controller that uses haptic feedback.

Nevertheless there are some downsides to this platform. Chiefly the storage size for their SSD, which is only 825GB, and the system is just not as powerful as the Xbox Series X. So for those who want the most powerful console, you might want to look at other options. Another downside is that while their backwards compatible list is impressive, it does pale in comparison to the available Xbox selection that goes as far back as the original Xbox’s titles. The overall design for the console is also extremely huge compared to other consoles, which might prove inconvenient for those with limited space. That being said, the console is a great pick for the gamer more geared towards single player RPGs, or those who absolutely love Sony’s exclusive titles that are almost always Game of Year candidates.

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On November 10th, 2020 Microsoft released it’s Xbox Series X, the most powerful console of this generation. While the console was remarkably improved from the last entry, the launch did not do well, like previous console launch. That being said, the Series X is still an excellent option for gamers that love multiplayer games, Microsoft exclusives, and the most powerful performance that doesn’t bust the budget, and a great choice for those who love PC gaming, but need a break from traditional PC play. This console is a beast, running up to 8K resolution, the 12 Teraflop AMD RDNA 2 GPU and runs at 120 fps with 16 GB of RAM. The Series X is also usable as a home theater system to watch movies or stream in general. You can gain access to exclusives (also on PC) such as Halo, Gears of War, and Sea of Thieves, making this console perfect for players that want to make the most of a multiplayer experience.

If higher performance isn’t as important, you can also step down to the Series S. This is just a less powerful and cheaper option for those who care more for the multiplayer aspect and don’t want to fork out 499.99 USD. At 299.99 USD the Series S console still suits online gamers that need to budget but still care about pure performance. There aren’t as many of the more popular its counterparts, but it is cross compatible and cross save with PC, and allows for the use of the Xbox Game Pass, which carries over to PC as an app. With this option you can start playing on an Xbox machine, save, and literally pick up where you left off on your computer. You can also play with PC key and mouse friends who don’t have an Xbox.

Xbox is also know for its backward compatibility, so most of the original Xbox or Xbox 360 titles can be played on various Xbox consoles in upscaled resolution and frames. While the Xbox Series X has amazing perks, there are things to consider. There are a lack of many new titles available because of a poor launch and horrible performance shown for Halo Infinite. Also since Xbox Game Pass is compatible with PC, it might be more expeditious to do PC gaming if you have the budget and are not concerned with having a console, especially one you might find inconvenient or visually unappealing.

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Last but not least, classic PC gaming has limitless options, and can prove to be the ultimate and most powerful experience with varying costs. You can buy a prebuilt computer, laptop or make your own build. However, to get the best performance despite what biased opinions might say, you will be spending at least a grand if not more especially with current surge in demand due to the huge influx of online education and employment brought on by Covid.

PC gaming is the best avenue for those who want the most customization for their gaming and performance experience. You can get apps and download games from almost any major gaming company like Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, and EA. You also get great platforms like Steam that have excellent bundles and a massive collection of various games dating back to the Stone Age. You’ll also find apps for customizing your accessories and parts, i.e. Razer offers headset, mouse, keyboard, and even mousepad customization; AMD will offer you a performance customization app for your motherboard, GPU, CPU, and more.

A personal computer can be updated as needed and can last a lot longer instead of having to upgrade often with new gaming consoles. These serve as great examples for players looking to maximize their performance and have total control over how they choose to play. However there are downsides for going down the computer route, such as price. You can spend less to play, but those players will find you won’t be playing in 2K nor 4K with limited frames depending on your settings. Even with a smaller budget you will be looking $800 at the bare minimum.

Those looking to build will also find that the market is totally off the charts with GPU and CPU prices. Tt might be far better to buy preowned at this point in time. Portable gaming laptops are great if you are on the go a lot, however they have a tendency to run hot because of the graphics which tends to give them a shorter life span. PC’s also have a learning curve, because unlike consoles you generally have to adjust your game settings to reach the quality you want. Not all games available have an automatic optimization setting for your build. You’ll also end up needing to learn how to use different apps to monitor your performance or adjust your peripherals. Lastly, operating systems can be quite expensive and literally a pain to deal with. Windows 10 nearly always releases bad updates in need of patches which can lead to minor issues such as audio problems all the way to random crashes.

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Lastly and briefly I want to touch on the Classic Editions of retro consoles. Gaming companies have been releasing new classic mini versions of retro consoles like the NES Classic, Sega Genesis Mini, and the Playstation Classic. These mini consoles come loaded with old bangers like Super Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Metal Gear Solid. These are great options for collectors, retro players or for those who just want to buy a quick console for the family for a few hundred dollars. A downside to these consoles is how fragile they are and that you are limited to the preloaded games, but they still are great buys for the price and love of nostalgia.

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It can be a struggle for gamers to find the right gaming console or computer that best fits their needs or play style. As a gaming fan that has owned nearly every platform, I hope this article serves as a guide that helps players veteran and new find the platform that best suits them.

Microsoft Buying Discord: Should It Happen?

We all know and love our friendly communication software Discord. We use it often for guilds, clubs, clans, business, social media pages, streaming and playing with friends. The company has been speaking with potential buyers for some time now, but we did not expect Microsoft to join the fray. Microsoft has been in discussion with Discord for possibly purchasing the software for $10 billion USD and Phil Spencer has been working on the deal. However, what will this mean for players? Should Discord join one of the biggest technology corporations out there?

Microsoft Corporation is a multi-national technology company that is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to manufacturers, software, hardware, and services. Microsoft is the world’s largest software maker with revenue surpassing $38 billion in 2019 as stated in their website by Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella. The company has had their ups and downs with purchasing and creating communication software in the past, with platforms like Skype and Microsoft Teams t show for their efforts. While Microsoft Teams is very popular with business, however, Discord happens to be the heartbeat of the PC community, servicing various areas including movements, podcasts, and school projects. Clans and guilds gather together on discord for gaming and raid nights, and users commonly utilize the platform just chatting on a day to day basis. What would happen if Microsoft did indeed purchase this software? The last time Microsoft attempted to own a true social network, they created So.cl in 2011 and it completely failed.

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Unfortunately we have no insight on Microsoft’s plans for Discord as of yet, but can only speculate the future of this social platform, along with the very likely possibility that Xbox might also be involved. It is highly probable that Microsoft will keep Discord on PC in light of the PC accessible Xbox Game Pass, however one can’t help but wonder if it will be integrated with the Game Pass app, or will they keep it stand alone? We can all hope that Discord does not become a part of Office 365, changing the free to use aspect. Hopefully we will get answers soon to alleviate the anxiety for PC players across the world.