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Cloud gaming hits Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15th – Engadget

Project xCloud makes Xbox console games playable on Android smartphones and tablets, streamed in over WiFi or cellular data. It’s been live in beta since October 2019, and it’s proven to be one of the most consistent, steadily-growing streaming services out there.

The standalone Project xCloud preview program will shut down on September 1st, and Microsoft is no longer accepting new testers. From here on, an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership is the only way to try out Microsoft’s cloud-gaming technology.

Game Pass Ultimate costs $15 a month, and it gives members access to a massive game library on Xbox consoles, PC and Android devices, plus Gold multiplayer services. There’s also a basic version of Game Pass for consoles, which costs $10 a month, and a separate version for PC, which is on sale right now for $5 a month. Game Pass went live in 2017, and today there are more than 10 million members on the books, outstripping Sony’s PlayStation Now subscriber count five times over.

Streaming is a critical aspect of Microsoft’s strategy for the future of console gaming. The company is banking on cross-platform subscription services like Game Pass to generate recurring revenue and create an all-encompassing gaming ecosystem for the largest number of players possible. Combined, Game Pass and xCloud streaming will theoretically give players a massive, constantly updated game library that’s accessible on practically any piece of hardware they have, negating the need for a shiny new console. Microsoft has been dismantling the idea of strict console generations for years, and it’s now targeting players on any device.

This inclusive approach comes with its drawbacks. Even though the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 have comparable CPU, GPU, RAM and SSD stats, it’s likely that games are going to look better on Sony’s console for the first few years. Microsoft has promised that all first-party Xbox Series X games will also run on the Xbox One family of consoles for “the foreseeable future,” limiting developers to seven-year-old hardware. That’s one reason Halo Infinite received such a tepid reception after its reveal in July.

Meanwhile, Sony is maintaining rigid divisions between console generations. Games built for the PS5 are free to take advantage of its significant improvements in processing power, graphics capabilities and hardware-driven AI systems. PlayStation Now is lightyears behind xCloud, but Sony is actually partnering with Microsoft to leverage Azure and xCloud technology for its own use.

With xCloud in Game Pass Ultimate, players will be able to seamlessly transition among platforms, starting a game on the console and continuing it on a tablet, or vice versa. Friends list, achievements, controller settings and saved games exist across devices.

XCloud will be available via Game Pass Ultimate in 22 countries at launch, and those are as follows: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

And here’s the list of confirmed xCloud-Game-Pass titles:

• Ark: Survival Evolved

• Bleeding Edge

• Costume Quest 2

• Crackdown 3 (campaign)

• Destiny 2

• F1 2019

• Forza Horizon 4

• Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

• Gears of War 4

• Gears 5 Ultimate Edition

• Grounded

• Halo 5: Guardians

• Halo Wars: Definitive Edition

• Halo Wars 2

• Halo: The Master Chief Collection

• Halo: Spartan Assault

• Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

• Killer Instinct Definitive Edition

• Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

• Minecraft Dungeons

• The Outer Worlds

• Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

• Ori and the Will of the Wisps

• Quantum Break

• ReCore: Definitive Edition

• Ryse: Son of Rome

• Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition

• State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition

• Sunset Overdrive

• Super Lucky’s Tale

• Tell Me Why

• The Bard’s Tale Trilogy

• Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut

• Wasteland 3

• Wasteland Remastered

• Yakuza Kiwami 2

Update 8/4 2:30PM: Microsoft announced the closure of the xCloud preview program this morning, and this information has been added to the story.

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Daily Deals: Dell’s Black Friday in July Sale is Ending Today, Massive Savings on Alienware Gaming Laptops and Gaming PCs – IGN

Today is July 31 and Dell’s Black Friday in July Sale is ending soon. Save on the lowest prices we’ve ever seen on Alienware Aurora gaming PCs, Alienware Area 51m desktop replacement laptops, and Alienware m15 and m17 gaming laptops, and more.

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How to watch the PC Gaming Show and Future Games Show today, June 13 – The Verge

Even if the world’s biggest video game expos have been canceled this year, we’re being treated to an unprecedented array of virtual events in their place — and today, what’s been dubbed the Summer Game Fest will continue with the PC Gaming Show and the Future Games Show, starting at 11AM PT / 2PM ET.

Here’s what to look forward to, and how to watch.

The PC Gaming Show

What: The PC Gaming Show will showcase “new games, never-before-seen gameplay footage, and announcements from some of PC gaming’s biggest and most interesting developers.” You can see the full lineup of developers involved here. The event will be two hours long, though unlike previous years, it will be pre-recorded instead of shown live.

The event was originally scheduled for June 6th, but was delayed to June 13th to “make space for those speaking out and demonstrating about how to end the systemic oppression and police brutality experienced by black people.”

Among other announcements, rumor has it the Persona series will finally make its way to PC!

When: Saturday, June 13th, 11AM PT / 2PM ET / 7PM London

How to watch: Watch on PC Gamer’s Twitch and YouTube channels, or just click here to start the stream:

The Future Games Show

What: The hour-long Future Games Show will include “exclusive trailers, announcements, and deep dives on existing AAA and indie games.” Content will cover “40+ games on console, PC, and mobile,” according to GamesRadar, which is hosting the event. Publishers participating include Square Enix, Devolver Digital, and more. Nolan North and Emily Rose, who star in the Uncharted series as Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher, will be hosting.

The show was first planned for June 6th, but was postponed to June 13th “in support of the protests demanding justice and change over the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police.”

When: Saturday, June 13th, 2PM PT / 5PM ET / 10PM London

How to watch: Watch on GamesRadar’s Twitch, Twitter, and YouTube channels, or just click here:

These aren’t the end of the Summer Game Fest, by the way — not by a long shot. Here’s our running list of the other events you can look forward to.

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HP’s new gaming laptops include an Omen 15 redesign and 16-inch Pavilion – Engadget

HP Pavilion Gaming 16

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The Pavilion Gaming 16 you see here, meanwhile, is HP’s first 16-inch gaming laptop. It’s clearly meant for those who don’t expect to travel often, even with a footprint reportedly closer to that of a 15-inch computer. You can opt for up to a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 as well, although the cost-conscious design is apparent with the 1080p 144Hz display and graphics that top out at the RTX 2060 Max-Q (at least some will use the GTX 1660 Ti).

Both the AMD- and Intel-powered Omen 15 systems are available today at Best Buy and HP for a starting price of $1,000. The Pavilion Gaming 16 will ship sometime late in June for an easier to swallow $800. There will be a slew of matching accessories including a monitor, mice and headset, although they’re largely run-of-the-mill outside of Omen Dyad wired earbuds (below) that pack dual drivers, an inline mic and flat cabling for $50. They’re available now in Europe, although HP didn’t detail US availability.

HP Omen Dyad earbuds

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