Tag Archives: Microsoft

Sea of Thieves Closed Beta: It’s nice to be excited for a Rare game again

The Sea of Thieves closed beta dropped last week, attracting a surge of interest on social media and triggering a wave of nostalgia amount 90’s kids with fond memories of developer Rare’s golden age at Nintendo. Its been 16 years since Rare headed to Xbox and it feels, for the first time since that changeover, like Rare is back in form. Continue reading Sea of Thieves Closed Beta: It’s nice to be excited for a Rare game again

Microsoft Studios exclusives will now launch day-and-date on Xbox Game Pass

Xbox have announced overnight that any Xbox One titles published by Microsoft Studios will arrive on the Xbox Game Pass digital delivery platform on the same day as their retail launch. This is actually pretty huge news. Here’s why. Continue reading Microsoft Studios exclusives will now launch day-and-date on Xbox Game Pass

Tech Review: Microsoft’s Surface Laptop dominates its price range with superior battery life

At first it may seem odd Microsoft present such a standard-looking laptop following their run with the Surface Pro and Surface RT series, a wearily received but now beloved family of tablets that really reinvented the company’s image to the casual tech consumer. Their goal of creating new product categories is nowhere to be found with the Surface Laptop which isn’t really all that different to a regular laptop, though does sport a sleek, stylish design that falls in-line with top competitors and even nudges them out. Simply put, this is one of the best laptops released in 2017, with refined details that make the user experience that much more seamless, proving that Microsoft can still work with something so unremarkable and still come out on top.... Continue Reading

Yo ho ho and a boat full of trolls, Sea of Thieves drops March 20

Microsoft have announced that their upcoming multiplayer pirate title, Sea of Thieves, will see release worldwide on March 20, 2018. The game, created by legendary developer Rare Ltd, has seen multiple technical alphas and has been the sleeper multiplayer hit at numerous gaming trade shows over the last two years. Continue reading Yo ho ho and a boat full of trolls, Sea of Thieves drops March 20

Games Review: Xbox One X (2017): Raw power, same mistakes

Boy, Don Mattrick really fucked Xbox, didn’t he? It’s been five years since Microsoft’s now-infamous E3 2013 presentation, the unveiling of an All-in-One corporate fantasy wildly out of step with what its audience actually wanted and expected. Microsoft have been trying to course correct ever since. So dominated have they been by the runaway success of the competing PlayStation 4 that Xbox stopped reporting sales numbers entirely over a year ago, only beginning again when pre-orders for the Xbox One X went big.

To that end, the Xbox One X has been positioned as something of a saviour. A powerhouse console built to cater to the hardcore gamer and herald of a new age of ultra high definition content. To read between the lines of Microsoft’s breathless marketing for the machine, it feels a bit like this is the make-or-break moment for the Xbox One as a brand and as a hardware family. They really seem to want to convey that they have a lot riding on this machine. The questions that leap to mind then are: Can the Xbox One be saved this late in the game? And, could the Xbox One X save them if it had to? Continue reading Games Review: Xbox One X (2017): Raw power, same mistakes

Getting an Xbox One X? Don’t have NBN? It’s important to know what you’re signing up for

As of this writing I have had our Xbox One X review unit in my home for eight days. The console, along with a generous care package of games including console exclusives, new releases and a few November headliners, arrived the Thursday afternoon before PAX Aus. I’ve been able to play three of these games so far — Super Lucky’s Tale, Disneyland Adventures and Zoo Tycoon. Why? Because over the course of those eight days, our Xbox One X has been locked in a digital war of attrition against my humble ADSL2 connection. Continue reading Getting an Xbox One X? Don’t have NBN? It’s important to know what you’re signing up for

Paris Games Week 2017: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds sets a release date for Xbox One

The most popular game in the world, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, is coming to Xbox One. This we’ve known since E3 earlier this year. What we haven’t known was when. Now we have an answer, and it’s way sooner than you were expecting. Continue reading Paris Games Week 2017: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds sets a release date for Xbox One

Ten things discovered while playing the Xbox One X

The Xbox One X has been met with a bit of bemusement by Australian gaming hobbyists so far. First we couldn’t pre-order the machine but could instead go on a waitlist. Then it was announced that the unit was cost Aussie punters a whopping $649.95 AUD. Then pre-orders for the machine finally opened but the amount of available units was extremely limited and they sold out quickly. The question, however, remains: what the hell is the Xbox One X and what will it do for me that my launch model won’t?
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Hands-On Preview: Everything We’ve Played on the Xbox One X So Far

So you managed to snag a preorder on the Xbox One X before they sold out. Fantastic effort, great job! But what the hell are you going to play on it, and which games will allow you to take advantage of all that raw power? Xbox Australia invited us to a hands on event in Sydney recently to give us a bit of an idea. Here’s everything we got to try. Continue reading Hands-On Preview: Everything We’ve Played on the Xbox One X So Far