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  1. I probably like Bottas more than most people in here but I can still see why Mercedes would be looking to bed in someone new as a potential team leader in Hamiltons final few years. I don't get why people assume Russell is such a done deal for next year though. I just don't see why Mercedes would commit to him at this point. There doesn't appear to be any danger of him going to another team so why not sit back and assess the entire field for another few months before settling on a Bottas replacement?
  2. Buy an S and do the three years of Gamepass Ultimate thing. If you end up using it loads then you can always upgrade to an X later and use the S as an emulation box. If you don't use it much then you can get rid of it and still have access to Gamepass on your PC.
  3. I thought the most common rumour was still that this game was done and dusted and they were just sitting on it until the timing was right, same as the Pikmin 3 port.
  4. Skyward Sword is one of those games that you often saw people saying got good after the first five hours and somehow not seeing that as a massive problem. I didn't have much of an issue with the motion controls but I remember it was a very drawn out game in places. If they smooth out the rough parts then there's a great game in there.
  5. I'm just going to ignore the last few pages and put up my answer to the original question. The jump to $70 just feels unnecessary when you look at the rude health the industry is in overall. The PS4 is probably the most successful console of all time when you consider both hardware and software sales. It won't keep that title for too long as the Switch is still selling brilliantly and will almost certainly reach the 100 million consoles sold landmark before the end of the year. Based on very early indicators its entirely possible the PS5 will also end up surpassing the PS4 a
  6. Unexpected news but looking at what has been said it could be a good outcome. Keeps them out of Facebooks clutches which is undoubtedly a good thing.
  7. I thought my Microsoft predictions were possibly a touch pessimistic but sadly it seems like they were more optimistic than half the predictions in here. Funnier than the other half, which is borderline tragic.
  8. I'm just going to do Microsoft predictions for now because thats what I've been seeing and hearing more about on podcasts and such. -Ubisoft and EA announce support for the Windows Store -EA Play Pro and Ubisoft+ are offered as subscriptions that work across Xcloud as well as the Windows and Xbox Stores -Starfield reveal including release date (Early 2022) -Halo Infinite demo and release date (2021) -STALKER release date (2022) -Forza Horizon 5 demo and release date (2021) -Psychonauts 2 release date (2021) -Console Flight Sim release date (2021)
  9. At this moment the whole xCloud project still feels a bit like its aimed at stopping Google and Amazon getting established more than anything. If they get to a point where MS are offering the ability to either download or stream a game for the same price Stadia are offering a streaming only option then the MS option seems a no-brainer to me.
  10. https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/2/22415712/microsoft-xbox-store-cut-epic-games-court-documents Well that'd be absolutely massive if it came to pass.
  11. Mays Stadia Pro games: Trine 4 Hotline Miami 2 Floor Kids Rumour is that a fourth game will get announced during the month.
  12. It just feels like Activision are on a different path to all the other major publishers. EA, Ubisoft etc. all have their big franchises but they also seem to be at least trying to find their next big thing. Activision's focus seems to be getting narrower and narrower each year but it's working for them.
  13. I think it could easily be a repeat of the Days Gone-Last of Us 2 situation where the games shared enough in terms of setting that people ended up viewing Days Gone as a bit of a stopgap on the road to Last of Us 2. They were very different games but sticking them in the same showcases didn't help the new game. I think Sony, Nintendo and now MS all have enough different games in the works that they don't need to show stuff that's more than 18 months away. Knowing that The Initiative are working on Perfect Dark is neat but what was the value in another CG trailer? Let E3 be
  14. I don't think we're going to see anything about ES6 until after Avowed comes out.
  15. I'm not expecting a ton of MEGATONS this year but I think it'll be an enjoyably news heavy couple of days as companies start to get back on track after their schedules were turned upside down by the pandemic. We have a (provisional) date for Deathloop but beyond that it isn't very clear whats coming out when in the second half of the year.
  16. https://www.windowscentral.com/io-interactive-may-be-working-xbox-exclusive-fantasy-rpg Wahey, Dragons!
  17. If they were starting from scratch I could see the value in that approach but I don't think its a realistic option now. At the very least any new XBox store would be tied to your Microsoft account and need to give you access to games you already own so it'd be tied to the existing store in some way. Does it make sense to put resources into building a new store or into improving the one you already have people using? Theres supposed to be an overhaul of the store coming this year, possibly before August with a whole pile of changes. I wouldn't be surprised if we see EA and Ubisoft
  18. The images came out the same day Microsoft released their latest "we're very serious about PC gaming " blog post/press release so I guess showing off their flagship game with some very PC specific features was seen as a way of reinforcing that message. I don't think we're going to get much in terms of meaningful updates before E3.
  19. I believe it's PC specific. Not sure what the story is for Play Anywhere games. Updated the thread title.
  20. Press release link There's some other stuff there talking about their commitment to PC gaming and PC makers offering Gamepass bundles but the big announcement is: They are supposed to be announcing more big changes to the Windows Store at Build.
  21. Can you imagine how well Sony and MS would be doing if the PS5 and Series S/X weren't the most botched launches ever?
  22. If MS hadn't released the new store last summer and instead held it back for the Series S/X then they'd probably have gotten a lot more praise over "fixing" their OS for the new consoles. Putting the new store app on the old consoles as well was definitely the right decision though.
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