Xbox Series X - The Worlds Most Powerful Console. Phil Spencer IGN interview (p21)

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PostRe: Xbox Series X - Power Your Dreams. Full Specs revealed (p15)
by Monkey Man » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:31 pm

Might be some Series X info from this weeks GDC talks - https://mixer.com/gamestacklivecc or https://www.youtube.com/MSFTGameStack

Add on 7 hours to the times below i.e 10am PST = 5pm GMT.

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https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/g ... s/gdc-2020

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by Steve » Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:29 pm

Anyone else slightly disappointed about the lack of any kind of innovation with the controller? It's essentially the same as before with a few very minor refinements.

I guess if it's aint broke, then don't strawberry float it up which is fair enough.

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by Robbo-92 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:39 pm

I've always found the Xbox One controller to be very good so just refining it sounds good to me.

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PostRe: Xbox Series X - Power Your Dreams. Full Specs revealed (p15)
by Monkey Man » Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:56 pm

With those principles in mind, the Xbox design team developed a next-generation controller to deliver what fans wanted most: improved ergonomics for a wider range of people, better cross-device connectivity, easier sharing, and reduced latency.

https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/03/16/ ... ontroller/

I think MS have been held back in some ways on the controller front by all the improvements its already made over this gen (unlike previous gens) and the cross-gen compatibilty the controller needs as well as it being a well regarded controller anyway. Evolution over revolution as new features on controllers tend to be only used by a few games.

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PostRe: Xbox Series X - Power Your Dreams. Full Specs revealed (p15)
by KK » Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:58 pm

Are they including a rechargeable battery/pack this time or does it need to be purchased separately again?

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by Steve » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:05 pm

KK wrote:Are they including a rechargeable battery/pack this time or does it need to be purchased separately again?


Separate. Although looks like you can use the same one as before.

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by DarkRula » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:10 pm

I bought one of those for One controller. It then proved a whole lot easier to just keep the controller connected via USB, so the battery pack remains inside only as a backup. I guess I'll just keep the pack within that One controller until needed for the new one (probably never).

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by BID0 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:30 pm

Get some AA eneloops and you'll save a fortune. You should be able to get a charger and 4x AA kit for £10

IKEA batteries are also meant to be unbranded eneloops but I have no feedback for those having never used them myself

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by Somebody Else's Problem » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:37 pm

I hope the thumbsticks are more resilient. My Xbox One S controller has recently developed a really annoying drift on the left stick.

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by rinks » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:38 pm

DarkRula wrote:I bought one of those for One controller. It then proved a whole lot easier to just keep the controller connected via USB, so the battery pack remains inside only as a backup. I guess I'll just keep the pack within that One controller until needed for the new one (probably never).

If the cable is always connected, you’d be better off taking the battery out, otherwise it’s constantly being topped up to maximum charge, which I believe knackers batteries’ life.

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by more heat than light » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:40 pm

Steve wrote:Anyone else slightly disappointed about the lack of any kind of innovation with the controller? It's essentially the same as before with a few very minor refinements.

I guess if it's aint broke, then don't strawberry float it up which is fair enough.


Not at all. The fact that Xbox One controllers will work with Series X is more than enough to cover for any lack of innovation. Will save people a lot of cash.

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by DarkRula » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:42 pm

rinks wrote:
DarkRula wrote:I bought one of those for One controller. It then proved a whole lot easier to just keep the controller connected via USB, so the battery pack remains inside only as a backup. I guess I'll just keep the pack within that One controller until needed for the new one (probably never).

If the cable is always connected, you’d be better off taking the battery out, otherwise it’s constantly being topped up to maximum charge, which I believe knackers batteries’ life.


Bit late for that considering I've been using it that way for probably more than two years at this point, possibly even more. Although I will check to see if the pack is still in there, as I can't remember if I had ever took it out.

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PostRe: Xbox Series X - Power Your Dreams. Full Specs revealed (p15)
by Monkey Man » Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:30 pm



A load of Developer GDC videos now on the Game Stack youtube page as well - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaCZHr ... YIVsTFuUHg

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by KK » Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:35 pm

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Blimey, it's big.

(that's what she said, etc.)

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by Monkey Man » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:08 pm

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PostRe: Xbox Series X - Power Your Dreams. "exciting new features, showing never-before-seen demos" on Thursday (p17)
by Buffalo » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:19 am

I’ve been told that the new console doesn’t have an optical port, meaning I can’t use my sound system on it. Not cool.

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PostRe: Xbox Series X - Power Your Dreams. "exciting new features, showing never-before-seen demos" on Thursday (p17)
by Poser » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:24 am

Buffalo wrote:I’ve been told that the new console doesn’t have an optical port, meaning I can’t use my sound system on it. Not cool.


Yeah, my amp doesn't have 4k passthrough, so although I could use an HDMI for surround sound, I'd only be getting 1080p visuals.

The overall unit cost must really be creeping right up if they're leaving that off.

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PostRe: Xbox Series X - Power Your Dreams. "exciting new features, showing never-before-seen demos" on Thursday (p17)
by Buffalo » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:28 am

My system is 10 years old but optical ports are fairly universal surely? It’s not dying out or anything, is it?

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by more heat than light » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:41 am

Buffalo wrote:My system is 10 years old but optical ports are fairly universal surely? It’s not dying out or anything, is it?


I was looking at soundbars the other day, and was considering the Sonos Playbar, but that only has optical, no HDMI at all. It's a really odd omission if the new Xbox doesn't have it.

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PostRe: Xbox Series X - Power Your Dreams. "exciting new features, showing never-before-seen demos" on Thursday (p17)
by BID0 » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:55 am

I'm lucky in that my TV has an optical output so I could do it that way (HDMI to TV then optical to surround sound), although that would add quite a bit of latency I suspect and make some types of games unplayable.


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