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Is Xbox Working on a Handheld Console?

ComicBook.com 18 July, 2021 - 01:01pm

Is Xbox working on a handheld console? After the failure of the PlayStation Vita, many wondered and proclaimed the handheld console was dead, largely due to the advancements in smartphones. In 2017, and ever since, Nintendo has proven this wrong with the Nintendo Switch, which is on track to be one of the best-selling video game machines of all time. More recently, Valve further poked holes in this claim as well with the Steam Deck, which is in such demand that Valve is having trouble with the pre-ordering process.

Between the Nintendo Switch OLED and the Steam Deck, there's a lot of chatter about the handheld market right now and whether or not PlayStation should jump back in. Unfortunately, for PlayStation fans, this probably isn't going to happen for a variety of reasons. Who could jump in though is Xbox with all of its Microsoft money.

Right now, there's no indication this is happening or will happen, but a fairly prominent Xbox insider and leaker by the name of "Rand al Thor 19," who doesn't outright claim a new handheld is in the works at Xbox, but does seem to suggest as much.

who says Xbox won't release a proper handheld in a year or two tho Jeff👀

For now, take all of this for what it is, which is pure and utter speculation. It would be one thing if Rand al Thor 19 made a definitive claim, but unfortunately, that isn't the case. Of course, Xbox could come in and squash the speculation with a definitive comment itself, but typically it does not comment on speculation so we don't expect this to happen. If it does though, we will be sure to update the story accordingly.

In the meantime, for more coverage on all things Xbox -- including all of the latest news, rumors, leaks, and speculation -- click here or, alternatively, check out the relevant links right below:

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Xbox Series X restock: GameStop, Best Buy and Microsoft dates – get our tracker alerts

TechRadar 18 July, 2021 - 01:01pm

There's been no Xbox Series X restock date today, July 18, but our 24/7 Xbox restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider is working overtime to help you buy the Microsoft console in the US.

Matt has helped over 57,500 people buy a next-gen console through his Twitter alerts, all for MSRP or in a GameStop bundle in which the price is face value for everything. There are even a few secrets at Target and the Microsoft store he'll tell you about.

► When is Xbox restock? Follow our Xbox Series X restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider and turn on notifications for live restock news. It's the fastest way to get Xbox restock updates.

► Don't buy from other Twitter users – which are all scams. Only buy from the US stores Matt alerts you about. No one will legitimately sell Xbox Series X for just $550.

Click on this last major Xbox Series X restock date, when Best Buy had the $499 Xbox console for sale at MSRP this past week. It won't be in stock today, July 18, but an alert will be sent in case any US retailers surprise us.

The Best Buy Xbox Series X has been happening weekly for one month with the exception of the short 4th of July holiday which only one retailer in the US, Target, had a restock of the new Microsoft Xbox console. That's why Best Buy has suddenly become the most popular retailer for Xbox Series X stock – it's consistent. Note: it has done weekly restocks before and then skipped six weeks in a row in 2021, so it's never guaranteed at Best Buy anymore.

Unfortunately, every Xbox Series X restock has been on a different date and time in the last month. Thursday and Friday used to be popular with Best Buy, it has shifted to Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the latest restock cycle, and the time has extended from 9:38am to 6:05pm – so basically the whole day.

That's why our Xbox Series X restock alerts have become so crucial for people.

🚨🚨🚨Xbox restock! 🏷 BEST BUY 🏷 ♻️RT this + follow @mattswider + @techradarXbox Series X ($499) https://t.co/vPvw4Op0GD👇July 14, 2021

The GameStop Xbox Series X restock strategy is all over the place, with the last major online inventory launching back on May 26 (alongside a big PS5 restock opportunity). There have been other Xbox restock events since that date: on June 16 we saw the first and only major in-store restock at retailer stores – GameStop or otherwise – in 2021; on June 23, we saw an Xbox All Access bundle go live; and this past Thursday, July 15, the retailer briefly bundled the Xbox Series X console with an extra blue Xbox controller, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and $20 gift card and F1 2021.  

We're hoping for more – and better – Xbox Series X GameStop bundles in the near future, as the game retailer keeps trying different things with its Xbox inventory. And, of course, we'll be there with Twitter alerts.

The official Microsoft Store hasn't had a major restock in the US months through its website. Instead, the company is diverting some of Xbox Series X inventory to a pilot program designed to help its most loyal Xbox fans get the new Series X console. 

The Xbox Insiders Xbox Series X upgrade plan, first discovered by Bradon Hofer over at Gaming Target, is actually a great incentive for people who want to beta test dashboard tweaks and other system updates that Microsoft is developing for its consoles. And if you're stuck testing things out on an old Xbox One and wanting to upgrade to the new Xbox Series X, really you should be the first in line. 

Note: you'll need to power up your old Xbox One console in order to log into this particular Xbox Insiders menu. You access it online, nor can you find the menu on an Xbox Series X. This prevents Xbox Series X owners from ordering a second console from their brand new system.

The last Walmart Xbox Series X restock date had some good news attached to it, and so did some of the most recent Best Buy restock dates: the Microsoft console was in stock for anywhere from 14 minutes (at Walmart on July 1) to 29 minutes (on June 24 and June 29) at Best Buy. Costco also had an Xbox bundle with a pricey SSD that stayed in stock for an entire weekend.

Why is that important? Well, if the Xbox Series X Walmart restock is this week, Thursday at either 2:30pm EDT or 3pm EDT (it's overdue), it may just sit there as demand shrank in June and July. We just need a restock opportunity to happen at MSRP.

We noticed is that the console was far easier to buy than prior weeks and months. This is a good sign. We just need a restock to happen, but it just sits there.

It's become easier to buy Xbox Series X in recent weeks, and yes, there hasn't had a major restock since July 1, but from June 24 to July 1 it just *sat there*... in stock at both Best Buy (twice) and Walmart for several minutes.👇When + where to checkhttps://t.co/Sv1ezGuERVJuly 11, 2021

Every morning Target has the Xbox Series X in stock at random stores to be bought online (no, you cannot buy the Xbox in stores in the US at this time). The problem is that it's hard to issue Twitter alerts when it's usually select stores in a city and there are as few as five consoles as part of the Xbox restock.

Target has switched from a nationwide restock date to offering the Xbox Series X at a local level (again only to be bought online buy picked up in stores) and it has the Xbox consoles for sale as they come in every morning.

Stores like Walmart and GameStop often restock the Xbox Series X through the Xbox All Access bundle, which works a lot like a smartphone plan. You pay for the console over time, but you're also signed up for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (which is actually something you should look into buying alongside an Xbox anyway).

After 24 months, you save a couple of dollars with this Xbox Series X plan, but you're on the hook being required to pay for it for two years.

The Xbox Series X restock news continues to be a mixed bag. The console is readily available when there's a restock, but retailers in the US haven't made the new Xbox for sale except for a few restock dates in late June and the first half of July. Demand has fallen, but so has supply. At first, it may be difficult to buy Xbox Series X once things do become steady again (as more demand piles up), but as soon as those pent-up needs are met, it will just sit there in stock again, according to our analysis.

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Microsoft news recap: praise for PlayStation 5's DualSense controller, agreement reached to acquire RiskIQ, and more

OnMSFT.com 18 July, 2021 - 01:01pm

In a recent discussion, Xbox head Phil Spencer praised PlayStation 5's DualSense controllers, and stated that there is "probably some work that we'll do on the controller," hinting of a possible new controller for the Xbox platform.

June looked to have been a strong month for the Xbox Series X|S, as Xbox became the highest-grossing console in the United States in terms of dollar sales, though was beaten by the Nintendo Switch for the number of unit sales, according to the NPD.

US NPD HW - June dollar sales of Xbox consoles set a new record for the Xbox platform, besting the previous high set in June 2011.

— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) July 16, 2021

If you thought that Microsoft's acquisitions of game studios would end after the blockbuster Bethesda acquisition, you might be wrong. In a recent interview, Phil Spencer, alongside Head of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty, said that future acquisitions of game studios might surprise us.

Microsoft has entered a definitive agreement to acquire cybersecurity firm RiskIQ. Commenting on the acquisition, Microsoft's VP of Cloud Security, Eric Doerr, said "The combination of RiskIQ’s attack surface management and threat intelligence empowers security teams to assemble, graph, and identify connections between their digital attack surface and attacker infrastructure and activities to help provide increased protection and faster response."

Currently, Office files can only be opened within Microsoft Teams itself, however, a new setting is to be added shortly that will provide the option to choose where to open Office files, such as in-app, or using the respective Office application.

Push-to-walk Walkie Talkie has arrived on the Teams iOS app in preview, essentially allowing the device to be turned into a walkie-talkie. The feature is aimed at frontline workers.

Microsoft Teams is set to gain some new 3D emojis later this year, offering up a new depth of emoji visuals, and creating a more fun-looking atmosphere. Other Microsoft products, such as Windows, are also set to receive the new emojis.

At Inspire, Microsoft announced a new Dynamics 365 integration with Microsoft Teams which will allow users to access Dynamics 365 data within Teams, enabling the ability to view and edit data within the app at no extra cost.

Starting this Summer, Microsoft Teams users will be able to purchase apps within Teams, announced at Inspire.

Worried about how you look during Teams meetings? Soon, video filters will aim to make you look better during those meetings. Features include smoothing out facial features, adjust lighting levels, or soften the camera's focus.

Two new features have started to roll out to Teams users on mobile. The first is the large gallery layout, which allows you to see more video feeds at once. Second, a new device audio sharing feature, which will allow presenters to share their device's audio whilst sharing audio-enabled content.

It's not only iOS getting Teams' new push-to-talk Walkie Talke feature, Microsoft Teams phones are also set to receive the feature, turning desk phones into walkie-talkie devices.

That's it for this week. We will be back next week with more Microsoft news.

5 DualSense Color Schemes We Can't Live Without

COGconnected 18 July, 2021 - 01:01pm

Xbox knocks color schemes out of the park. I don’t love the Xbox controller compared to Sony’s offerings, but that hasn’t stopped me from collecting a shameful number of absolutely rad controllers like the Sea of Thieves pad and the x019 Limited Edition (so nice).

Heck, we just showed off a ridiculous range of Space Jam controllers the other day, and it had me thinking: Cosmic Red is a good start, but what other DualSense color schemes would I actually want? So off I went to see what the internet had already mocked up, and Photoshopped a few more. Here are the top 5 DualSense color schemes we think Sony would be nuts not to release.

Late in the PS4’s life, Sony went to town and approved every bonkers color combo dreamt up by ambitious interns. Sunset Orange was one such combination, and it’s one we need to have back in our hands. Sunset Orange AND adaptive triggers? Mmmmmmmm.

Where Sunset Orange goes, Berry Blue must surely follow. It’s like the popsicle you wish you’d gotten from the ice cream truck as a kid on summer vacation, but somehow even more delicious.

Shout out to NeoGAF for having a mockups thread, but booooo for not having all the creators credited there… If anyone knows who mocked up these awesome hombre schemes, let us know in the comments. So nice.

Obviously, this will happen eventually, and I’ll be buying one. So many memories associated with the PS1 color scheme. High five to @Elca_Gaming of Twitter for this creation.

@itsalastor came up with this fantastic, black and gold geometric look. I’d be proud to add this bad boy to the collection, and yes, I’d even let it sit on my Vault Boy controller holder.

What color schemes do you hope PlayStation release for the DualSense controller? Let us know in the comments below, and hit us up on Twitter to tell us how right (wrong?) we got this!

[Trailer] Overhead Zombie Shooter ‘The Last Stand: Aftermath’ Heads to PS5, Xbox Series, PS4, Xbox One And PC Later This Year

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[Trailer] Dark Fantasy Wild West Shooter ‘Weird West’ Comes to PC, Consoles This Fall

[Trailer] Overhead Zombie Shooter ‘The Last Stand: Aftermath’ Heads to PS5, Xbox Series, PS4, Xbox One And PC Later This Year

[Trailer] Take on The Arctic And Eat Your Friends in Upcoming Survival Title ‘Dread Hunger’

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Developer Con Artist Games with publisher Armor Games Studios have announced that not only will The Last Stand: Aftermath be heading to PC via Steam Q4 2021, but also that the game will see a release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and the Xbox Series. The game will also receive a physical version, courtesy of Merge Games for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PlayStation 4 versions.

In case you need to be brought up to speed, The Last Stand: Aftermath is based on The Last Stand series, which is set during a cataclysmic zombie apocalypse. With Aftermath, players take control of one of a number of survivors who have locked down following a deadly outbreak. However, each survivor has been infected and must leave their compound to make the most of their remaining time. They must gather supplies for those who they will be leaving behind, and hunt for the truth behind the zombie virus before they succumb.

With the fall of each survivor, players will take control of another, who will benefit from the progress made by their predecessors.

Writer/Artist/Gamer from the Great White North. I try not to be boring.

[Trailer] Dark Fantasy Wild West Shooter ‘Weird West’ Comes to PC, Consoles This Fall

[Trailer] Take on The Arctic And Eat Your Friends in Upcoming Survival Title ‘Dread Hunger’

‘Resident Evil Re:Verse’ Delayed Until 2022

Developer WolfEye Studios has announced that their upcoming dark fantasy reimagining of the Wild West in Weird West will finally be released this fall for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The developer has also released a new trailer to coincide with the announcement.

Weird West mixes lawmen and gunslingers with werewolves, demons, and other fantastical creatures in a mashup of an overhead shooter with RPG elements. You’ll take control of one of five characters, each with their own story and motivations. Each character will journey through various locations in the game, eventually having their stories cross paths with each other.

Being a blend of an RPG and overhead shooter, you’ll utilize a combination of top-down shooting and each character’s unique abilities, while balancing out their strengths and weaknesses.

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