Microsoft’s next-gen console, the Xbox Series X is all about power and speed. With an AMD Zen 2 CPU and high-end GPU with ray-tracing, it’s designed to support 4K games at 60fps, and 8K is possible. An SSD means quick load times, and backwards compatibility will support games from Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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The Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is even more comfortable, durable and customizable than its predecessor. It has a profile switch button, the option to program a button to act as a Shift key to map more commands, and an internal battery that lasts up to 40h per charge.
Microsoft is bringing Xbox One and Xbox 360 games to Windows 10 computers with Xbox Game Pass for PC. Enjoy unlimited access to a growing library of games – including Forza Horizon 4 and the upcoming Gears 5 – for just $5 a month. There’s also a $15 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate that covers both PCs and the Xbox One.
Microsoft turned up at E3 2019 not with an actual new console, but with a description of what they’re working on. The next-gen system will support up to 8K resolution, 120fps, real-time ray tracing, packs a custom SSD to reduce load times, and will play thousands of titles from prior-gen Xboxes. Drops late 2020.
Microsoft’s Project xCloud is an upcoming video game streaming service that will allow people to play Xbox One games on their PC, tablets or phones. It will work with the Xbox One controller and supports streaming via 4G connections. Public tests will begin in 2019.
Xbox and Make-A-Wish’s Consoles for Kids charity auction lets you bid for one-of-a-kind autographed and custom painted Xbox One X consoles, each one signed by a celebrity or game developers. All of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish. The auction runs until 10/3/18.
Console modder Ed’s Junk has turned the Xbox One X into an all-in-one portable system. But his Xbook One X doesn’t just come with a 21.5″ 1080p display. It also has a built-in keyboard that makes typing and navigating menus a breeze. We only wish it had a 4K screen.
Razer’s even pricier alternative to the Xbox One Elite Controller. The Wolverine Ultimate has six extra inputs – two remappable bumpers and four triggers – plus a quick control panel. It also has extra thumbsticks and d-pads, and of course Chroma RGB LEDs.
Costing just as much as the standard Xbox One X, the console’s limited Project Scorpio Edition has a graphic pattern on the exterior and “Project Scorpio” printed on the console and the included controller. It also comes with an exclusive vertical stand.
Etsy store 1Up Forge makes key holders using the controller connectors of old video game consoles, such as the NES, the Atari 2600 and the PlayStation. Attach the male connector to your keyring then stick it in the proper port to secure it. They could use more polish though.
Console modder Ed Zarick made a replica of the Iron Man-themed Xbox One that Xbox France gave away in 2016. He designed and 3D printed the raised parts as well as the arc reactor. Check out his build log here. You can grab the design and 3D files on his blog.
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