Xbox Experience to Be Built Into TVs and Streaming Sticks as Part of Major Off-Console Push

Xbox Experience to Be Built Into TVs and Streaming Sticks as Part of Major Off-Console Push

Xbox is going to start building its services directly into TVs, create Xbox streaming devices that negate the need for a console, and will add cloud gaming directly into PC and Xbox console experiences. It's the surest sign yet that Microsoft is now thinking beyond traditional devices for gaming, although it insists that consoles remain its "flagship experience."In a pre-E3 2021 briefing, head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced a number of improvements and extensions to the Xbox ecosystem, including its Game Pass subscription service, All Access payment service, and Game Streaming capabilities. The main takeaway is that, as it's hinted before, Microsoft is beginning to think of how to reach platforms other than Xbox consoles and PCs.[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/06/10/satya-nadella-says-microsoft-is-all-in-on-gaming-xbox-update”]The headline additions are:Xbox is working with TV manufacturers to build Xbox experiences directly into internet-enabled TVs, with only an extra controller required to play. This would presumably use Game Streaming services, rather than seeing games stored on TV hard drives.Xbox will also build 'streaming devices for cloud gaming', which will allow players to play Xbox games on TVs or monitors, without the need for a console. Phil Spencer previously hinted that streaming sticks could be bundled with a Game Pass subscription, but that wasn't mentioned in the new announcement.Later this year, cloud gaming will be added to Xbox consoles and the Xbox app on PC, meaning you can play games before you buy and download them. This could also mean that you could begin playing games while they download.Microsoft datacenters are being upgraded with Xbox Series X hardware, meaning cloud gaming players could see better load times and frame rates (depending on internet connection).Xbox cloud gaming in a browser will soon open to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, supporting Chrome, Safari, and Edge.The company added that it's also working on new subscription offerings for Game Pass, working to expand Xbox All Access (which offers a console and Game Pass for a monthly fee, rather than an upfront cost), and will add cloud gaming for Game Pass Ultimate members in Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and Japan this year.[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/06/10/satya-nadella-and-phil-spencer-discuss-gaming-at-microsoft-xbox-update”]Speaking about the company's philosophy going forward, Spencer said, "We want everyone on Earth to be able to join in [on gaming], no matter what device you have access to, or where you are, and without spending a lot of money on every bit of individual entertainment. "Achieving our mission is not going to be…
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Xbox Is Officially Moving Beyond Consoles – With Microsoft’s Support

Xbox Is Officially Moving Beyond Consoles – With Microsoft’s Support

As the story goes, when Phil Spencer became head of Xbox in 2014, he got a call from newly-appointed CEO Satya Nadella. "I don't actually know a whole lot about why we're in gaming," Nadella said to him.Nadella's remark at the time ought to have been unsurprising. The Xbox One had launched the previous holiday to strong initial sales but a slowing long tail compared to its direct competitor, the PS4. This was in no small part due to its emphasis on being a general living room entertainment box rather than a gaming console, and it was exacerbated over the years by a dearth of strong first-party exclusives. There are other reasons, sure, but at the core of it all was a company, Microsoft, that didn't seem to have any idea what to do with the promising gaming division it had in Xbox.[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/06/10/satya-nadella-and-phil-spencer-discuss-gaming-at-microsoft-xbox-update”]So Spencer, only a few weeks into his new job, spent some time puzzling out a response to his boss candidly admitting he didn't know why Microsoft even had the division Spencer had just been appointed head of. And when he called Nadella back, he had decided to go big or go home with his pitch:"If we're going to stay in the gaming space, then let's make sure we're all-in," Spencer said. "The last thing I wanted to do was run the gaming organization here as kind of an afterthought of the company and kind of half-in, half-out. Let's go fix who we are."[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/11/24/xbox-could-be-a-smart-tv-app-within-a-year-says-phil-spencer-ign-news”]It's been seven years since that conversation, and it's now abundantly clear that Spencer's "all-in on gaming" pitch did not fall on deaf ears. In fact, Spencer appears to have been so successful in his bid that Microsoft and Xbox have unified themselves in a cross-company strategy that is primed to shed the need for a gaming box at all.Today, Nadella and Spencer have announced a number of both reflective figures and future plans cementing this. There's the obvious success of Game Pass, of course, which Xbox has consistently pointed at for years as a business model that encourages players to play more games and more genres, as well as spend more money on games. Without specific numbers its actual success can be hard to quantify, but Xbox has offered Square Enix's Outriders as a recent example of a title launched into Game Pass, that also sold very, very well on Xbox in…
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Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins – Exclusive New Character Posters Revealed

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins – Exclusive New Character Posters Revealed

With the release of Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins fast approaching, Paramount Pictures has released a new series of motion posters featuring the heroes and villains of this G.I. Joe prequel.IGN can exclusively debut all eight motion posters, which depict the main characters of the movie alongside symbols of the three key organizations that fuel the plot – the Joes, Cobra, and the Arashikage ninja clan.. Scroll down to get a closer look at this long-awaited origin story for the silent ninja hero. Static versions of the motion posters can also be found in a gallery at the bottom of the article.Snake Eyes[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/06/10/snake-eyes-gi-joe-origins-exclusive-motion-poster”]Henry Golding stars as Snake Eyes, a loner who is recruited into the secretive Clan Arashikage. The film will chronicle his rise and show how he becomes the elite but silent member of G.I. Joe. Though there's no guarantee the movie will follow the usual path of past G.I. Joe stories, as we already know we'll be seeing a lot of Snake Eyes' face.“Let's just say he wasn't born with a mask. There's always a beginning,” Golding told IGN. “And the importance for giving complexity to such an iconic character, I think drove us to be able to allow him to express himself because I don't think we were able to see that in the comic books. We weren't able to understand the hardships that got him to be who he is, the decisions that were made, the hurdles that had to be overcome, the wrong, the right. And we see all of that within this, [film] because perhaps he isn't the best of guys in the beginning, perhaps his motivations aren't true. But what he goes through with the Arashikage [Clan] perhaps puts him back on the right track.”Storm Shadow[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/06/10/snake-eyes-gi-joe-origins-storm-shadow-motion-poster”]Andrew Koji plays Thomas Arashikage/Storm Shadow. In the comics, Tommy is Snake Eyes' friend and fellow trainee, though their friendship will become an outright rivalry as they grow older and find themselves on opposite sides of the G.I. Joe/Cobra war. Their relationship will be at the heart of the film, which shows Snake Eyes gradually allowing others into his solitary existence.“The only relationship that Snake Eyes, when we pick up with him, is his own," Golding said. "He is a complete loner. He's been on his own for the majority of his life, up until the point where we pick them up in the movie. And…
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Free Guy's Jodie Comer on Playing GTA and Spider-Man to Prepare for the Video Game Movie

Free Guy's Jodie Comer on Playing GTA and Spider-Man to Prepare for the Video Game Movie

Director Shawn Levy’s upcoming action-comedy Free Guy revolves around Ryan  Reynolds’ bank teller Guy, an NPC in a raucous GTA-style, open-world shooter game called Free City who rebels against his programming. But while Guy is the heart of the movie and the focus of the story, Free Guy doesn’t take place wholly within the realm of a video game. The movie sees “real world” characters, such as Jodie Comer’s Millie Rusk, who wrote the code for Free City, enter the game as avatars.The introverted Millie is out to determine who stole her code and, as her badass avatar Molotov Girl, she comes into contact with Guy. As Jodie Comer explained to IGN and other press visiting the Boston set back in June 2019: “What's wonderful is Molotov meets Guy within the video world and he doesn't realize that he is an algorithm. He thinks his life has this greater meaning, as we all do. And it's about how these two people who are from completely separate worlds kind of help each other realize a lot of what is inside of them. And they help each other both get to the kind of destination it is that they need to be at.”[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/06/10/free-guy-official-trailer”]Comer believes that Millie’s avatar reveals “a resilience and a determination” within her and that while the video game world may be artificial, she discovers a very real relationship with her creation, Guy. “The contrast is Molotov is very physically strong and there's all of these very impressive things and it's super cool, and Millie's a little bit more introverted, so that is very different. But I think the resilience is there of Millie and her determination to kind of fight for what is hers. I feel like amongst all the kind of action of it all, there is a very human relationship there. The feelings that Guy and Molotov end up finding are all very real and kind of relate to a relationship in the real world.”Initially, though, Millie/Molotov is “dismissive” of Guy, a background character in her coding she normally wouldn’t give a second thought to until she realizes something is amiss in her game. “It's not until she senses some kind of abnormalities within the world and how people are reacting to things that she then engages with him,” Comer explained, “and that continues to grow throughout the movie.”To prepare for her role, Comer’s homework included playing…
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Microsoft Will Launch At Least One New First-Party Game Every 3 Months

Microsoft Will Launch At Least One New First-Party Game Every 3 Months

Thanks in part to its acquisition of ZeniMax/Bethesda and the efforts it’s made to ramp up other internal development through buyouts of other studios, Microsoft now has 23 internal game developers across the world.With so many teams now working on Xbox games, Microsoft said today that its new goal is to launch at least one new first-party game on Xbox Game Pass every three months.These will span a variety of genres, including role-playing games, shooters, strategy titles, and adventure games. Microsoft said its goal is to make sure there is a “steady stream of compelling exclusive content to explore.”Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Xbox Will Be Built Into TVs, Xbox-Branded Streaming Devices Announced

Xbox Will Be Built Into TVs, Xbox-Branded Streaming Devices Announced

Xbox Game Pass has been one of Microsoft’s biggest success stories this generation, and the company is not slowing down. Microsoft on Thursday announced major plans to grow and evolve the service over time, while it also released new statistics that speak to its popularity.Microsoft is working with TV manufacturers around the world to “embed the Xbox experience directly into” internet-connected TVs. The idea is you’ll be able to play Xbox games with no additional hardware, except for a controller. This is a very big deal because it opens up a potentially much larger audience for Xbox: people who don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars for a console but still want to play games on their TV. Continue Reading at GameSpot
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MoviePass Deliberately Misled Its Customers, Says The FTC

MoviePass Deliberately Misled Its Customers, Says The FTC

The executives behind the failed theater ticket subscription company MoviePass have reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, following charges that they misled customers and failed to protect its user’s data.As reported by Variety, the FTC ruled against Helios and Matheson Analytics, the company which owned MoviePass, CEO Mitch Lowe, and Chairman Ted Farnsworth. It stated that they will be “barred from misrepresenting their business and data security practices.” In addition, any other businesses they own must “implement comprehensive information security programs.”The FTC’s ruling comes nearly two years after MoviePass closed down. The service launched in 2017 and enabled subscribers to book tickets for one film a day for an incredible $10 per month. Unsurprisingly, the company quickly ran into financial issues, and regularly changed its policies as it tried to manage cashflow. MoviePass eventually wound down in September 2019.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart PSA – What The Game Doesn't Tell You About The Zurpstone Quest

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart PSA – What The Game Doesn't Tell You About The Zurpstone Quest

One thing is bound to confuse you a great deal when you first start Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and that thing is the optional Zurpstone side quest on Sargasso. After finishing up your time at Scarstu Debris Field (Zurkie’s), Mort will call asking Rivet to come back to Sargasso to help out with a situation regarding Trudie–an alien pterodactyl-looking creature. If you choose to return, you’re treated to a new side quest where you must collect Zurpstones first to feed Trudie and then more after that to earn valuable collectibles. The task itself is simple, but the further you go along with the quest, the more confused you’ll likely become, as you start to notice Zurpstones in places you can’t even reach.Focus on collecting the first 15 Zurpstones and return to Mort to receive your first reward: a pair of Galactic Ranger boots. He’ll then tell you to collect 30 Zurpstones for a Galactic Ranger helmet, and then all 60 Zurpstones for a Spybot–but now, you’ll have Trudie to help fly you across Sargasso to reach those seemingly out-of-reach Zurpstones. The job will seem easy from here, at least, until you realize Trudie can’t collect the Zurstones that aren’t near perches for her to mount on, particularly ones that are on mountains and Gelatonium factory towers.The key to getting these Zurpstones lies in Trudie’s secret fire breath.You can’t get these Zurpstones because Trudie has a hidden attack that you first need to unlock. Apparently, Trudie needs to work her way up to breathing fire again, which will only happen once you collect 45 Zurpstones.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart CraiggerBear Locations – How To Find These Secret Collectibles

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart CraiggerBear Locations – How To Find These Secret Collectibles

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is pretty upfront with its collectibles, frequently detailing their locations explicitly on the map as soon as you’re close to it. However, there’s one collectible that it never tells you about called CraiggerBears. These stuffed animals are in the game as a way to memorialize longtime Insomniac Games artist Craig Goodman, who passed away from brain cancer in 2019. In real life, they’re custom-made bears made by a nonprofit organization called Let’s Live Life to help comfort children who just lost a parent or are about to lose one.CraiggerBears are scattered throughout the galaxy, hidden in plain sight. While collecting them doesn’t earn you any specific in-game unlocks, they do earn you two trophies: It’s So Fluffy! and UnBEARably Awesome. Below we detail how to find every CraiggerBear so far in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Be wary; there are minor spoilers below around key locations you’ll visit throughout the game.For more about how the game stacks up, be sure to read our Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart review. Otherwise, check out our other guide coverage in the list of links at the bottom of this guide.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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