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by Photek » Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:20 pm

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Here at Xbox, we’re building the future of gaming by putting players first and ensuring that you are at the center and in control of your gaming experience. Whether you’re exploring an expansive library of Xbox Game Pass titles with more than 10 million of your fellow gamers or taking your gaming on the go with Project xCloud, it’s clear that the future of gaming is brighter than ever.

Nowhere is that more evident than with Xbox Series X, our fastest, most powerful console ever. Not only will Xbox Series X set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, it will empower the world’s greatest developers to create games that launch us into the future of gaming. Putting players first also means introducing a host of new features and technologies to improve their experience.

One of the most exciting of the technologies we’re introducing with Xbox Series X is Smart Delivery, which will ensure that you always play the best version of the games you own for your console, across generations. This technology is available for all developers, and all Xbox Game Studios titles that are Optimized for Xbox Series X, including Halo Infinite, will support Smart Delivery.

But what does that mean for you, the player? Well, it means that if you purchase the Xbox One version of a supported title, we will deliver the best version of it to your Xbox One, as usual. If you decide to jump into the next generation with Xbox Series X, we will automatically provide the Xbox Series X version of the game at no additional cost when it becomes available. You won’t need to do anything in terms of choosing a version to download. We’ll take care of all of that. And it’s not just limited to games that you purchase digitally; physical discs of Xbox games can also support Smart Delivery if the developer or publisher decides to implement it.

Below are a few different scenarios in which Smart Delivery will work across generations with the games and consoles you own now and those you may own in the future. Smart Delivery will ensure that only the best version of the game will be installed on your hard drive, so you don’t have to manage your storage space:

- If you own Gears 5 or are loving it via Xbox Game Pass now, you can play it today on Xbox One. Then, if you pick up an Xbox Series X this holiday, all it takes is a push of a button to download it and you’ll have the Optimized version of Gears 5 – available on day 1 at launch with the console – at your fingertips.

- When Halo Infinite launches alongside Xbox Series X and Xbox One this holiday, you only have to buy the game once and you’ll get the best version for whichever console you own, or both. If you pick up Xbox Series X for your living room, Smart Delivery will recognize that and deliver you the Optimized version there. If you decide to move your existing Xbox One to a bedroom or the office, Smart Delivery will recognize that too and deliver that version when you’re playing on Xbox One.

- Lastly, some new and existing Xbox One titles will be Optimizing their games after the Xbox Series X launches. For example, if you buy Cyberpunk 2077 when it launches on September 17, you’ll be set to explore Night City on Xbox One. If you pick up Xbox Series X at launch this holiday, you can play it there too in compatibility mode picking up exactly where you left off. Then, when CD PROJEKT RED delivers an Xbox Series X Optimized version of Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll automatically get upgraded once it’s available at no additional cost.

We’re also happy to confirm that Smart Delivery will be enabled for Xbox Game Pass titles that leverage it. Outside of our Xbox Game Studios titles, it will be up to the individual developer to determine whether they take advantage of Smart Delivery.

As was the case with our current backwards compatible titles, you won’t have to worry about losing any progress either. Thanks to our commitment to compatibility across generations, you can be assured that when you purchase a game on Xbox One today, your game library, progression and entire gaming legacy moves forward with you if you jump into the next generation with Xbox Series X.

But what about the games? Below you’ll find the initial list of new and existing titles that will be Optimized for Xbox Series X and confirmed to support Smart Delivery. Please note: this is in addition to the thousands of games you’ll be able to bring with you to Xbox Series X via back compatibility on day one. As this list grows in the weeks and months leading up to the Xbox Series X launch, we’ll keep it updated to reflect any additions.

Halo Infinite
Cyberpunk 2077
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Destiny 2
DiRT 5
Scarlet Nexus
Chorus
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
The Ascent
Call of the Sea
Gears 5
Second Extinction
Metal: Hellslinger

We hope this gave you a better idea of what we’ve got planned for Smart Delivery and how this new technology will ensure that the player is at the center of the gaming experience. We’ll be sharing more on Smart Delivery and adding titles to the list above in the coming months.



https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/06/15/what-is-smart-delivery-xbox-series-x/

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by Somebody Else's Problem » Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:40 pm

Mattrick would never have approved of anything like that.

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by Monkey Man » Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:39 pm

Pretty good preview of the upcoming July event -



https://xboxera.com/2020/06/16/can-micr ... -showcase/

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by Monkey Man » Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:52 pm



Seems like the marketing is starting for this, with Remedy making the campaign could be a nice launch title.

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Do you kind folks expect the July event to be where we also get release date and price for the Series X?

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by Mafro » Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:54 pm

That's one of the most generic images I've seen in my life.

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by Peter Crisp » Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:18 pm

Crossfire X just looks like a tarted up version of Counter Strike.
No bad thing but not exactly groundbreaking.

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by Monkey Man » Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:37 am

Peter Crisp wrote:Crossfire X just looks like a tarted up version of Counter Strike.
No bad thing but not exactly groundbreaking.

There might be room for a Console "Counter Strike" but I doubt it, had 1 billion players though & a movie on the way - https://variety.com/2020/film/news/cros ... 203502166/

I'm only interested in Remedy's campaign which hasn't been shown yet but I expect a bog standard "COD" campaign but you never know with Remedy. The stock on the gun has 6/25 on it so maybe a reveal next Thursday.

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by Photek » Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:35 pm

So that Xbox Series X tech achitect beardy dude was on Xbox Podcast unlocked and I can't tell if me made a mistake or not but when asked about back compat games that aren't specifically enhanced, he said that at just the system level, they will get HDR, some games that qualify will double frame rates and if they will all increase in resolution. Again, none of these are 'enhanced' they just get this stuff across the board. If that's actually true, it's mental.

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by rinks » Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:32 pm

Crazy rumour.

A new rumour that seems almost too good to be true suggests that the Xbox Series X will be sold for around $400 (approximately £323) and that Lockhart, or the Xbox Series S, is a digital-only console that will be available for half that price.


https://www.trueachievements.com/n42144 ... es-x-price

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by Robbo-92 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:43 pm

Photek wrote:So that Xbox Series X tech achitect beardy dude was on Xbox Podcast unlocked and I can't tell if me made a mistake or not but when asked about back compat games that aren't specifically enhanced, he said that at just the system level, they will get HDR, some games that qualify will double frame rates and if they will all increase in resolution. Again, none of these are 'enhanced' they just get this stuff across the board. If that's actually true, it's mental.


It’s actually amazing what they’ve achieved with backwards compatibility, if it all goes off as they plan of course (which I think it will!).

rinks wrote:Crazy rumour.

A new rumour that seems almost too good to be true suggests that the Xbox Series X will be sold for around $400 (approximately £323) and that Lockhart, or the Xbox Series S, is a digital-only console that will be available for half that price.


https://www.trueachievements.com/n42144 ... es-x-price


That’d be insane if true but would probably still be £400 in the UK. If the price is going to be this good though, why not just come out and actually say it? I’m really hoping we get an announcement for the July event soon and hope we get a price at the end of it or at the latest, August.

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by Jenuall » Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:59 pm

The holding back of info we've seen with this generation reveal has been hugely interesting.

Announcing too much too soon gives the other side a chance to better adapt or at least articulate why any apparent advantage their competitor has is nothing special. So seemingly some of the main reasons you would hold out so long before revealing things like a spec or price is that either you are so far ahead that you don't want the other side to have any time to deal with it, or you are so far behind that you want to wait to see what the other side does so you can best minimise the damage and ability your competitor has to dump on you for it.

I think there is a strong chance we are going to be surprised by one of these machines either being considerably cheaper or more expensive than expected

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by Photek » Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:21 pm

Robbo-92 wrote:
Photek wrote:So that Xbox Series X tech achitect beardy dude was on Xbox Podcast unlocked and I can't tell if me made a mistake or not but when asked about back compat games that aren't specifically enhanced, he said that at just the system level, they will get HDR, some games that qualify will double frame rates and if they will all increase in resolution. Again, none of these are 'enhanced' they just get this stuff across the board. If that's actually true, it's mental.


It’s actually amazing what they’ve achieved with backwards compatibility, if it all goes off as they plan of course (which I think it will!).

rinks wrote:Crazy rumour.

A new rumour that seems almost too good to be true suggests that the Xbox Series X will be sold for around $400 (approximately £323) and that Lockhart, or the Xbox Series S, is a digital-only console that will be available for half that price.


https://www.trueachievements.com/n42144 ... es-x-price


That’d be insane if true but would probably still be £400 in the UK. If the price is going to be this good though, why not just come out and actually say it? I’m really hoping we get an announcement for the July event soon and hope we get a price at the end of it or at the latest, August.

Current rumour is that’ll be the ‘mic drop’ announcement at end of July event. If XSX is €400 I actually don’t think Sony can adjust down to that.

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by Mafro » Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:39 am

£400 could be instabuy territory for me.

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by Cuttooth » Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:51 am

If this does have the equivalent of an RTX 2080 / 2070 S they must be losing an absolute tonne of money with each console, especially if they did a half price digital only version.

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by Robbo-92 » Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:38 am

£400 would be very hard for me to not jump on at launch as well, seems unbelievably low though so I’m still doubtful the price will be that low for the Series X.

As for the price of the S/Lockhart, remember it’s not going to be using the same GPU, CPU/SSD should be the same though I’d have thought. A much weaker GPU will save them a fair bit for the quantity they’ll be buying in.

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by Robbo-92 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:38 pm

When does anyone think we might get an announcement for the July event? Has anyone seen any rumours? I’m really hoping it won’t be long and when we do get a date it’ll be early July rather than towards the end as that’d feel like an awfully long wait after the PS5 event.

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Games Optimized for Xbox Series X will take advantage of powerful Xbox Series X features that make games look and feel incredible, including 4K resolution at up to 120 frames per second, DirectStorage, hardware-accelerated DirectX ray tracing, little to non-existent load times and much more.

Games featuring the Optimized for Xbox Series X badge include new titles built natively using the Xbox Series X development environment as well as previously released titles that have been rebuilt specifically for Xbox Series X.

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Optimized for Xbox Series X is the indicator for games that take advantage of the full power of Xbox Series X. Since Xbox Series X offers developers unparalleled power and speed, this empowers them to create the experiences they want and embrace a range of features and capabilities based on what is best for their individual titles. When you hear a game has been Optimized for Xbox Series X, you’ll know that the developer has either natively designed or fully rebuilt their game to take full advantage of the unique capabilities of our most powerful console ever.

Games featuring the Optimized for Xbox Series X badge can showcase anything from virtually eliminating load times via the Xbox Velocity Architecture, heightened visuals and hardware-accelerated DirectX raytracing powered by our custom, next generation GPU, to steadier and often higher framerates up to 120fps. Titles displaying the Optimized for Xbox Series X badge can include:

Brand new games built natively for the Xbox Series X such as Halo Infinite.
Previously released titles in which a developer has enhanced their title using the Xbox Series X development environment to dramatically leverage the power and features Xbox Series X has to offer, like Gears 5.

Let’s take a closer look at what you’ll be getting when you’re playing a game that’s been Optimized for Xbox Series X:

Groundbreaking Visual Fidelity Immerses You in Your Games


Powered by DirectX 12 Ultimate and with support for hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing—a first for consoles—select games will produce more dynamic, realistic environments. DirectX Raytracing means that you’ll see true-to-life lighting, accurate reflections and hear 3D spatially accurate acoustics in real time as you explore the game world. Ultimately, DirectX Raytracing enables developers to create more physically accurate worlds. To give a better feel for what this may look like in practice, we asked Manuel Fernández, Co-founder and Programmer from Out of the Blue to share what they’re most excited about for leveraging DirectX Raytracing in Call of the Sea:

“In Call of the Sea, the island has a great importance as we tell the story as a dialogue between the player and their environment. Thanks to the power of Xbox Series X and DirectX Raytracing, we will have the chance to make the island even more present, almost come to life. Players will have the opportunity to enjoy the island’s stunning environments in beautiful 4K, allowing for a greater immersion and an overall better experience.” – Manuel Fernández, Out of the Blue

Next Generation Framerates Offer the Pinnacle of Precision

Games that have been Optimized for Xbox Series X use the power of the new console to deliver higher, steadier framerates, with a performance target of 60 frames per second at 4K resolution. Some games will even be able to support framerates up to 120 fps or variable refresh rates, allowing developers to offer players heightened realism and more precise controls for fast-paced action. We also talked to Technical Director at Codemasters David Springate about optimizing DiRT 5 for Xbox Series X, to give you a better feel for how increased framerates could improve next gen games:

“DIRT 5 is a fast, action-packed amplified off-road racing game and being able to play it with 120fps options on Xbox Series X is incredible. The power of Series X means that the game looks stunning at 60fps, and we’re also able to offer amazingly smooth, responsive gameplay at 120fps while still looking gorgeous. Racing fans know frame rate is king and DIRT 5 will deliver on this. Players will experience the strongest sense of speed and responsiveness at the highest frame rate. It’s such a great, smooth experience – I hadn’t experienced another racer like it.” – David Springate, Codemasters

Faster Load Times Will Get You Gaming More Quickly than Ever

Optimized for Xbox Series X isn’t just about gorgeous visuals and better framerates. It’s also about virtually eliminating in-game load times thanks to our Xbox Velocity Architecture technology. XVA combines a custom solid-state drive, custom hardware and integrated software to greatly decrease load times both in and out of games, meaning gamers will be able to spend more time playing and less time waiting. As an example, for titles that have large, open-world environments, these experiences will feel even more dynamic, as developers will be able to leverage the massive increase in processing power and the ability to stream assets in extremely quickly to not break immersion. Developers will also be able to effectively eliminate loading times between levels and create fast travel systems that are just that: fast. We talked with Mike Rayner, Technical Director at The Coalition to hear what he’s most excited about for leveraging the XVA for Gears 5 and here’s what he had to say:

“As a game developer one of the most exciting improvements that far exceeds expectations is the massive I/O improvements on Xbox Series X. With the Xbox Series X, out of gate we reduced our load-times by more than 4x without any code changes. With the new DirectStorage APIs and new hardware decompression we can further improve I/O performance and reduce CPU overhead both of which are essential to achieve fast loading. As we look to the future, the Xbox Series X’s Sampler Feedback for Streaming (SFS) is a game changer for how we think about world streaming and visual level of detail.” – Mike Rayner, The Coalition

Wondering which games are Optimized for Xbox Series X? Below you’ll find a list of titles confirmed to be Optimized for Xbox Series X to date. As this list grows in the weeks and months leading up to Xbox Series X launch, we’ll keep it updated to reflect any additions.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Bright Memory Infinite
Call of the Sea
Chivalry 2
Chorus
Cyberpunk 2077
Destiny 2
DiRT 5
FIFA 21
Gears 5
Halo Infinite
Hitman 3
Madden NFL 21
Marvel’s Avengers
Outriders
Scarlet Nexus
Scorn
Second Extinction
The Ascent
The Medium
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Yakuza: Like a Dragon

We hope this gave you a better idea of what it means when you purchase a game that’s been Optimized for Xbox Series X, which ensure that the player is at the center of the gaming experience. We’ll be sharing more on Optimized for Xbox Series X and adding titles to the list above in the coming months.

https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/06/25/ ... optimized/

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