All posts by Steve Clarke

Bleeding Edge now available with Xbox Game Pass and on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam | Windows Experience Blog

Bleeding Edge – a unique 4v4 online brawler that showcases combo-based action combat and strategic objective-based gameplay – is now available worldwide with Xbox Game Pass and on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam.
“Best experienced with friends or open communication with other players, Bleeding Edge redefines the meaning of squad goals and really puts the team in teamwork,” writes Ninja Theory Product Manager Fran Mead on Xbox Wire. “At launch, Bleeding Edge features a diverse roster of 11 larger-than-life fighters hailing from the edges of society, five vibrant sprawling cyberpunk arenas and two fast-paced game modes: Objective Control and Power Collection.”
As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, Bleeding Edge is fully cross play and cross save between both Xbox One and Windows 10 and also with Steam – so if you played during the game’s Closed Beta, all your progress will be saved for launch.
To find out what’s new, what’s coming later and more, head over to the Xbox Wire post.

A closer look at Xbox Series X: technology powering the next generation | Windows Experience Blog

In December, Xbox chief Phil Spencer revealed Xbox Series X, the company’s fastest, most powerful console ever. When it is released this holiday season, Xbox Series X will set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, while allowing gamers to bring their legacy forward with them and play thousands of games from four generations.
Recently, along with the tech experts Austin Evans and Digital Foundry, the Xbox Wire team took a closer look at some of the technologies that are powering Xbox Series X and talk to the team about the choices they made when defining the next generation of gaming. The team spent an entire day discussing everything from the console’s custom processor and latency solutions to backward compatibility and visual enhancements.
Head over to Xbox Wire for the full report.

State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition now available on Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Steam and Epic Game Store | Windows Experience Blog

The next evolution of Undead Labs’ popular zombie survival fantasy game series, State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition, becomes available Thursday across the world on Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Steam and the Epic Game Store.
“Juggernaut Edition provides the highest quality and most expansive State of Decay experience in a single title, replacing the Standard and Ultimate editions, and includes all previous add-on packs (Independence Pack, Daybreak Pack, and State of Decay 2: Heartland),” writes Xbox Senior Product Marketing Manager Brandon Wells in a blog post on Xbox Wire. “This new edition not only unlocks all previously released DLC, but also adds a tremendous amount of new content like a new open-world map named Providence Ridge, fully remastered graphics and audio, and hundreds of minor improvements for veterans and new survivors alike.”
To find out more and see the trailer for the new edition, head over to Xbox Wire.

Say hello to Heart of Fire: Free update adds Tall Tale and new weaponry to Sea of Thieves | Windows Experience Blog

The latest monthly content update for Sea of Thieves, titled Heart of Fire, is now available with Xbox Game Pass and on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.
“This free update brings story-driven action with a new Tall Tale continuing the sagas of Pendragon and Captain Flameheart, alongside new weaponry to fight your foes and a special challenge for Pirate Legends,” says Joe Neate, executive producer at Rare, in a blog post on Xbox Wire.
For details and imagery from the update – plus some guidance if you’re new to Sea of Thieves – head over to Xbox Wire.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps now available with Xbox Game Pass and for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and Steam | Windows Experience Blog

Xbox Game Studios on Wednesday welcomed gamers to a brand new adventure as Ori and the Will of the Wisps celebrated its worldwide release with Xbox Game Pass and for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and Steam.
“Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a game that everyone at Moon Studios has poured their hearts and souls into developing over the last five years so that our community can play the best version of the game possible,” said Thomas Mahler, Co-Founder of Moon Studios. “We believe we’ve delivered on that promise to players and are looking forward to the response from the community.”
Players will be immersed in the beautiful visuals the Ori series is known for, all with music composed by Gareth Coker. Along Ori’s journey, an improved combat system with new spirit weapons, skills and a new shard system will allow players to customize Ori’s powers in a unique way, making each playthrough unique.
For more details on what to expect in the game, news about the launch and more, head over to Xbox Wire.

CES 2020: ASUS unveils Zephyrus G14 and Ryzen-powered TUF Gaming laptops | Windows Experience Blog

ASUS is having a busy day at CES 2020. In the afternoon it announced the Zephyrus G14 from its ASUS ROG brand and new Ryzen-powered TUF Gaming laptops, in addition to the company’s morning announcements of new laptop and desktop computers.

Zephyrus G14

The Zephyrus G14 brings premium innovations to a wider audience with an ultra-slim form factor at just 17.9mm thin and 1.6kg, all without compromising performance. The Zephyrus G14 gaming notebook features RTX graphics for high frame rates when playing popular games, and also lets gamers choose between high refresh or high resolution for their display; the choice of 120Hz refresh rate or WQHD resolution panels allows users to optimize for gaming or creating content. And to deliver nonstop speed, this new laptop is equipped with a ROG-exclusive 4th generation AMD Ryzen processor that has eight cores and 16 threads in a more energy-efficient 35W power envelope.
Making the G14 extra portable are up to 10 hours of battery life, thanks to the ability to charge from compatible Type-C power packs. And the G14 is fine to look at, both aesthetically with subtle styling in Moonlight White or Eclipse Gray, and functionally, with the optional AniMe Matrix display that deepens personalization, enabling users to show custom graphics, animations and other effects across more than a thousand mini LEDs embedded in the lid.
The Zephyrus G14 will be available later in 2020.
ASUS TUF Gaming laptops are known for delivering high performance while standing up to the rigors of life on the go. At CES 2020, ASUS is introducing an all-new TUF Gaming family of laptops focused on further gains in performance, ruggedness and versatility.

TUF Gaming A17

The 15-inch TUF Gaming A15 and F15, along with their 17-inch A17 and F17 siblings, deliver an unprecedented experience for the price. Key to the experience is potent processing power, thanks to a choice between 4th Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs and upcoming 10th Gen Intel Core processors. NVIDIA Turing-based GPUs up to the GeForce RTX 2060 feed frames into fast displays that refresh at up to 144Hz and use AMD FreeSync technology to ensure smoother, tear-free gaming across a wide range of titles.
Gamers who plan to spend long hours away from an electrical outlet can choose from bigger battery options – despite the smaller size of the units – ranging up to 90Whr, while the compact chassis make the new laptops easy to carry, and rugged, too, with updated military-grade durability testing demonstrating their ability to survive in the field.
For more details on the Zephyrus G14 and the new TUF Gaming laptops, including availability, head over to ASUS Edge Up and the ASUS Newsroom.

CES 2020: Dell introduces sleek, affordable laptop for gamers | Windows Experience Blog

Dell delivered welcome news at CES for new and price-conscious gamers with the announcement of the newly redesigned Dell G5 15 SE (Special Edition). It is the first Dell G Series laptop to feature 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series Mobile Processors (up to 8 cores and 16 threads) paired with the latest AMD Radeon RX 5000M Series graphics. The two chips work seamlessly together using AMD SmartShift technology to optimize performance by automatically shifting power as needed between the Ryzen processor and Radeon graphics, giving gamers precisely what they want at each moment of play.

Dell G5 15 Special Edition

New features worth calling out include the Game Shift macro key, which allows quick launch of game-ready settings for enhanced performance, reducing latency and sharpening images for fast, immersive gaming. Also, Dell’s Alienware Command Center offers a hub for controlling in-game and peripheral lighting settings, integrating nahimic 3D audio to provide a 360 degree sound experience with Audio Recon overlay, and providing a central game library for easy customization.
The G5 15 SE’s thin, sleek redesign features a modern “fighter plane” look wrapped in a premium iridescent silver finish with metallic accents. Along with a 15.6-inch FHD display panel, the new G5 15 SE has an optional 144Hz refresh rate, optional four-zone RGB keyboard with WASD and optional 68WHr battery for those who don’t want to stop when they game on the go.
Did we mention the price? Dell is making the new G5 15 SE truly affordable with a starting price of $799.99 beginning in mid-April.
Find out more about this and other announcements at the Dell CES 2020 press site.

Parents: New video helps you get up to speed on gaming controls before the holidays | Windows Experience Blog

Just in time for the holidays, the Xbox team has released a special video with must-know gaming tips for families. Host Jessica Chobot – full-time gamer and mother – covers a wide range of topics, including how to setup a new console ahead of time so kids can get right into gaming, how to set up screen time limits and content filters, and family-friendly games to consider.
The short video includes lots of helpful tips, but if there is one main takeaway for parents it’s this: make sure your children are using a child or teen account when using their Xbox One console or Windows 10 device. These accounts give you access to customizable and easy to use family settings so you can decide what is right for your children:
Screen Time Limits: Manage how much gaming time is appropriate for each day of the week.
Content filters: Ensure kids only have access to age-appropriate content.
Privacy: Determine who your kids can play and chat with.
Spending Limits: Avoid surprise spending by setting up an allowance or requiring your permission to make any purchases.
Head over to Xbox Wire to watch the video and find out more.

Coming in April exclusively to PC: Gears Tactics | Windows Experience Blog

Gears Tactics, first announced at E3 2018, will launch April 28 on the Windows Store and Steam, and will be available the same day with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta). The first title in the long-running Gears series to be developed exclusively for PC, Gears Tactics is a fast-paced, turn-based strategy game.
Fans got their first look at the game’s action with the release of the Gears Tactics World Premiere Trailer at The Game Awards event Thursday evening in Los Angeles. Head over to Xbox Wire to view the trailer, see additional images and find out more about Gears Tactics and how to get it. Or pre-order it today at Microsoft Store.