Halo: The Master Chief Collection Season 6 features in This Week on Xbox

Microsoft this week welcomes Grand Theft Auto V to Xbox Game Pass alongside the newly optimized Zombie Army 4: Dead War. Plus check out the new Halo: The Master Chief Collection Season and more. Check out this week’s episode of This week on Xbox learn more about what you can expect from the new additions. […]

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If Apple Arcade had its own gaming controller, I’d want it to look as minimal as this

Sleek, with minimal details, and controls that are as baffling as the AppleTV Remote yet equally appealing. This may be Designer Hannes Geipel’s version of a Microsoft Surface Gaming Controller, but it definitely has a very strong Apple-esque vibe to it.

The Surface Gaming Controller concept by Hannes Geipel boasts of a brilliantly simple form. With absolutely no frills, textures, accents, or color-separation, the Surface Gaming Controller has a clean look to it that is a major contrast to Microsoft’s own Xbox controller. The Surface Gaming Controller comes with a soft, satin finish, and sports two rather slick looking joypads with a metallic ring around them. The joypads lie perfectly in reach of your thumb, while two large X signs sit where you’d expect the D-pad and the XYAB buttons.

However, instead of the buttons, the controller opts for flaps, using the X-shaped cutouts to create triangular plastic flaps that bend inward when pressed. The flaps give a natural spring-like action, providing just the right amount of resistance as you press it… although whether this detail is better than your average button from a tactile standpoint is something that’s yet to be determined. On the aesthetic front, the X-shaped cutouts definitely set the controller apart visually! There are even a pair of triggers on the upper corners of the controller, although they sit flush against the surface and recess inwards when pressed.

All the details on the Surface Gaming Controller focus more on form than on function, resulting in a device that definitely looks good. I’d arguably compare this to the AppleTV Remote, which most consumers will agree is more visually pleasing than functionally useful. Then again, the Surface Game Controller is just a concept. It echoes the clean, no-nonsense design of Microsoft’s Surface Book and Surface Pro, comes with minimal backlighting for night-time gaming, and if you look carefully, you’ll even spot the Microsoft logo on the back!

Designer: Hannes Geipel

Outriders launches on PlayStation 5, PS4, PC, Xbox One,X and S

As expected Outriders has officially launched on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and will also be immediately available via Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service. Outriders is a cooperative role-playing third-person video game, developed by People Can Fly and published by Square Enix. Offering both single and multiplayer modes […]

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Free Xbox games with Gold April 2021

Microsoft has today announced the three Xbox games subscribers will be able to enjoy with Games with Gold for April 2021. The April Games with Gold lineup for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, enables you to battle mythical beasts in Vikings: Wolves of Midgard, as well as drive heavy big rigs to victory […]

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Xbox Cloud Gaming Beta receives Backward Compatibility support

Microsoft has today announced the roll-out of backward compatibility to its Xbox Cloud Gaming Beta enabling Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Members to enjoy a “collection of favorites from the past in a whole new way” explains Microsoft. Sixteen original Xbox and Xbox 360 games are now available on Android phones and tablets, with more games […]

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Elder Scrolls Online: Console Enhanced Edition launches June 8th

ZeniMax Media and Bethesda have today released more details about the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online: Console Enhanced Edition which will be launching on the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 on June 8, 2021. Providing for the first time the ability for gamers to enjoy the ESO game running at 60 frames per second when […]

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New Bang & Olufsen Xbox wireless headset features ANC and Dolby Atmos $499

This week Bang & Olufsen has unveiled a new Xbox wireless gaming headset which features both active noise cancelling and Dolby Atmos technology and will soon be available to purchase priced at $499. The Xbox wireless gaming headset is available in Black Anthracite, Grey Mist and Navy finishes and features a microphone with beamforming technology. […]

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This Week On Xbox features Takes Two, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, and more

Microsoft has released the new episode in the ongoing This Week On Xbox bringing you all the latest Xbox news this week, featuring Takes Two, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, and more. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is an action-adventure game developed and published by Sega, which originally launched on the PlayStation 4 […]

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Biomutant open world, action adventure now available to preorder

Biomutant the upcoming action role-playing game developed by Experiment 101 and published by THQ Nordic, launching in a few months time on May 25, 2021. Is now available to preorder for the PC, PlayStation and Xbox platforms and offers a single player game running on the Unreal Engine 4. Set in an open world environment […]

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Paradise Lost adventure game launches on PlayStation, PC and Xbox

The Paradise Lost adventure game has launched this week and is now available on the PlayStation, PC via Steam and Xbox, during which you take on the role of Szymon, a boy raised in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, who finds an abandoned Nazi bunker, where “Slavic mythology mixes with retrofuturistic technology”. “What happened? WWII had no […]

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