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10 hours ago, Simmy said:

My little brother is playing on the original Xbox one (fat) and has been feeling a bit down over lockdown recently.

 

Over the past few nights I've been thinking of treating him to a Series S which would be perfect for him... Except I forgot he has all of his games on disc :( everything.

 

And I'm kinda stumped to be honest. A One X doesn't make sense and a Series X is out of my budget. Would love to get him a Series S but he wouldn't be able to play any of his games, sadly. 

Personally I’d say a One X would be a nice upgrade for him. It’ll be faster, games will look better and it’ll have more space on the HDD. Perhaps top your gift up with a year or two of Gold and (assuming he’s not already had it) do the £1 gamepass ultimate trial conversion thingy and for around £200 he’ll have a better console (that he can play his disc games / blu rays on) with a boat load of cracking GP games to go at :)

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You know those store credit things that they sent out last week? How do I redeem it?

 

I had a notification in the app on my phone for £8 credit, but looking now I can’t find it anywhere.


Have I missed a bit in the app somewhere or is it too late to claim now?

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23 minutes ago, Jonny5 said:

You know those store credit things that they sent out last week? How do I redeem it?

 

I had a notification in the app on my phone for £8 credit, but looking now I can’t find it anywhere.


Have I missed a bit in the app somewhere or is it too late to claim now?


it should be one of the first tiles on your homescreen

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Loving Yakuza 3 at the moment but had a weird situation tonight where the framerate absolutely bottomed out for no reason.

 

Checking online and it appears to be a known issue whereby the game will stutter and sometimes crash whilst the console is background downloading/updating on an external drive. I have Halo MCC installed on the external and that began updating at exactly the point it all started playing up, weird bug?

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9 hours ago, Jg15 said:

Loving Yakuza 3 at the moment but had a weird situation tonight where the framerate absolutely bottomed out for no reason.

 

Checking online and it appears to be a known issue whereby the game will stutter and sometimes crash whilst the console is background downloading/updating on an external drive. I have Halo MCC installed on the external and that began updating at exactly the point it all started playing up, weird bug?

 

These remasters are a little flakey on the Xbox I think, I've had issues with Yakuza 5 failing to properly sync save data between two consoles (literally the only Xbox game I've ever seen have any problems with this).

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I swear the Series X makes games look noticeably sharper on my old 1080 plasma telly, so much so that i'm not going to bother getting the expensive new telly I was planning on getting. I've been playing a lot of Forza Horizon 3 and that looked a bit sharper but I fired up FH4 this morning with the Series X upgrade and the image almost sliced my eyeballs it was so sharp. It looks incredible.

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As much as I love my Series S I guess the X suits me more. More than sheer power it's the better xbox one backward compatibility what am after. 

The Series S/X stock alert looks pretty dead. Is there  any queue about when there will be some availability? 

Of course I'm not in a rush at all. But looking forward an upgrade. 

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3 hours ago, daifuco said:

As much as I love my Series S I guess the X suits me more. More than sheer power it's the better xbox one backward compatibility what am after. 

The Series S/X stock alert looks pretty dead. Is there  any queue about when there will be some availability? 

Of course I'm not in a rush at all. But looking forward an upgrade. 

Stockinformer are helpful, it's worth signing up for notifications. I was the same, although the S is good I wanted a X because I want something that can play my Xbox One discs. I got lucky with Stockinformer and managed to snag an X from Amazon.

 

Microsoft have said there may be stock issues for the X until summer:

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.trueachievements.com/n44586/xbox-series-x-stock-shortage

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11 minutes ago, Uncle Mike said:

Fucking hell. The same price as the console for some headphones? Wow.

There’s also the official MS ones that are something like £90.

 

I think it’s great that they’re catering for a range of budgets to be honest.

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Gaming headphones with a sophisticated aesthetic that makes them wearable in any situation. Packed with quick-access gaming functions, rock-solid connectivity for mobile gaming and Dolby Atmos virtualised surround sound for an immersive gaming experience.

 

Man, they're really struggling to fill up that copy with the single bullet point (supports Dolby Atmos) the manufacturer sent them. Game successfully with these game-friendly gaming headphones for additional gaming gamiosity! Allows successful gaming connection to games console for crystal-clear game sound effects and game music. Interface them with your head and ears, or carry them with your hands. Spin them on a table, and see how long it is before they stop. Throw them in the air - not too high - and catch them. Can be worn while playing games, and and also in non-game situations. £450.

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24 minutes ago, Uncle Mike said:

Fucking hell. The same price as the console for some headphones? Wow.

They're just B+O headphones with the Xbox Codec added. You can buy them without the xbox functionality for the same price.

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14 minutes ago, Wahwah* said:

They're just B+O headphones with the Xbox Codec added. You can buy them without the xbox functionality for the same price.

They don’t have a mic then?

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4 hours ago, esar said:

I swear the Series X makes games look noticeably sharper on my old 1080 plasma telly, so much so that i'm not going to bother getting the expensive new telly I was planning on getting. I've been playing a lot of Forza Horizon 3 and that looked a bit sharper but I fired up FH4 this morning with the Series X upgrade and the image almost sliced my eyeballs it was so sharp. It looks incredible.

It will, simply because of the improved texture filtering

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21 minutes ago, JPL said:

They don’t have a mic then?

Yeah they have directional mics built in to the ear cups. I did post a guys review in the Next Gen Headphone thread. They do also work on the PS5 and PC apparently. I've actually pre-ordered the light grey ones :D

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1 hour ago, footle said:

It will, simply because of the improved texture filtering

 

18 minutes ago, esar said:

 

Well, that's a nice bonus :)

Also because games with dynamic res will hit that highest possible res way more often, if not all the way through. Even on 1080p set that looks very sharp and detailed thanks to downsampling. Titanfall 2 goes all the way up to 6k apparently! Also, with improved performance boosts you get solid 60FPS moving images on your screen which also makes the overall image clearer and more solid imo.

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18 minutes ago, Wahwah* said:

I saw this on another forum:

 

 

 

I’ve just tried to see what this is about, but Twitter really confuses me and I’ve no idea what’s going on.

 

A game by another studio is not an abandoned Kojima game for PS5, but that somehow has something to do with MS signing up Kojima to make a game?

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There was a game announcement for some kind of survival horror game called "Abandoned" for PS5 earlier this week. Apparently, (this is all news to me, and I'm only going from the quoted tweets) some people were baselessly speculating that this was a Kojima game. I don't know if Grubb is a reliable source that Kojima is talking to Xbox.

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I wouldn't be surprised if MS have been talking to him. They are making all the right moves. 

 

Could even be for an xbox port of Death Stranding. Who knows. 

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12 minutes ago, JPL said:

I’ve just tried to see what this is about, but Twitter really confuses me and I’ve no idea what’s going on.

 

A game by another studio is not an abandoned Kojima game for PS5, but that somehow has something to do with MS signing up Kojima to make a game?

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Kojima Productions is making a new game, but it is not Abandoned for PlayStation 5. Earlier today, Sony Interactive Entertainment revealed a trailer for Abandoned, which is a horror project from developer Blue Box Games. But that trailer, and the developer’s spotty history, are just odd enough to cause some people to speculate that Abandoned is secretly the next game from Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima. That is not the case.

 

One of the reasons people believe Abandoned is from Kojima is because it’s difficult to find a lot of information about Blue Box Games. But that isn’t because it is a shell corporation for Kojima Productions. Instead, Blue Box is simply a small studio that has never released a major console game before.

Blue Box’s website is dead. It has a game in Early Access on Steam that it has stopped updating. And it has yet another similar game that it attempted to launch on Steam’s now-defunct Greenlight program.

 

I get it, though. Maybe Kojima was playing the long-con. And it was him behind this studio all along. He was simply waiting for the moment to strike, and that time has come.

But the biggest piece of evidence I have that Abandoned is not a Kojima joint is that Kojima is in talks with Microsoft about publishing his next game, according to a source familiar with the matter. And yes, that statue on Phil Spencer’s shelf was referencing a potential deal with the legendary developer. I cannot confirm if Xbox closed the deal yet, but my understanding is that Kojima is the focus of a Microsoft plan to leverage Japanese talent.

So you’ll have to enjoy Abandoned absent Kojima’s marketing stunts.

https://venturebeat.com/2021/04/07/abandoned-for-ps5-is-not-a-secret-hideo-kojima-game/

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I doubt Microsoft give a single fuck about getting Death Stranding on Xbox anymore, it would do nothing. If they are in talks it'll be for something new.

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1 hour ago, Wahwah* said:

Kojima is in talks with Microsoft about publishing his next game, according to a source familiar with the matter. And yes, that statue on Phil Spencer’s shelf was referencing a potential deal with the legendary developer.

That’s the only thing of any note then?

 

Twitter is fucking weird.

 

Thanks for clarifying by the way!

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I've been playing Death Stranding on PS5 the last few weeks. It's an interesting curio. It's not straight up bad but it also isn't something I'd recommend unless you're interested in peak Kojima so crazy. Fun for what it is, but also goes on way too long, has terrible pacing, and it's certainly not a big get for Microsoft if it ever appears.

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32 minutes ago, JPL said:

That’s the only thing of any note then?

 

Twitter is fucking weird.

 

Thanks for clarifying by the way!

 

I think that's what a lot of games news journalism is now, a tiny nugget of info spun out into a few hundred words.  

 

Nonetheless, that rumour + a toy on Phil Spencer's office shelf - a port of death stranding = Interest (for me anyway).

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Sony own the IP for Death Stranding and it's made with their Decima engine. There's no way it's coming to Xbox. I could see the episodic horror game Kojima was meant to be working on for Stadia being a good fit for Gamepass, though. 

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Death Stranding was a good 'hiking in the Highlands' simulator for me during the worst of the pandemic. 

 

It's a weird game that would be better if it was full walking simulator. 

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