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Microsoft’s next Xbox does not have a disc slot

All digital!

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For the past two to three decades, video gaming has always been associated with compact discs. From then to now, video game stores are lined with cases and cases of discs. Sadly, times are changing. For quite a while now, PC gaming has almost completely moved to digital distribution. Now, video game discs belong exclusively to console gaming. However, the compact disc’s last sanctuary is slowly coming to an end.

Recently, a leak has revealed Microsoft’s latest project — a disc-less Xbox One. Supplemented by detailed renders, the Xbox One S All Digital does not include a tray for discs. Instead, the upcoming console will rely solely on digital downloads and subscriptions. Unfortunately, the leak does not include any other hardware specifications. However, the leaked box art indicates the inclusion of pre-installed games like Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3. The leak also hints at 4K support and 1TB of internal storage.

Finally, the leak included the device’s release details. The Xbox One S All Digital will retail for EUR 229.99 starting May 7 in Europe.

Albeit strongly supported, the leak still carries a slight bit of uncertainty. Microsoft has not officially announced the device. However, given the industry’s current trajectory, an all-digital console sounds like a logical choice. Google has even announced streaming service Stadia. Unfortunately, the industry’s trajectory does not bode well for the traditional compact discs of old. Say goodbye to scratched disc problems; say hello to more slow internet woes.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft built prototypes of Xbox controllers for mobile

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Sony: More PlayStation 4 games coming to PC this year

Days Gone already in the works

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No matter which side you lean on in the console wars, Sony’s PlayStation 4 carried one of the most robust lineup of console exclusives during its life cycle, especially compared to Microsoft’s own palette of exclusives. You have Bloodborne, God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Just Cause 4, just to name a few. Naturally, the brilliant lineup of exclusives helps the company convince people to buy into the PlayStation ecosystem.

However, since the PlayStation 5 is already thriving, Sony no longer has a lot of reasons to keep their exclusives locked in its vault. Now, as confirmed by PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan, more PlayStation games are coming to the PC this year.

In an interview with GQ about the PlayStation 5’s upcoming VR program, Ryan lets loose that “there’s an opportunity to expose those great games to a wider audience.” As game development technology improves over the years, PlayStation can now deliver console exclusive to non-console owners more easily.

Last year, PlayStation broke a lot of ground by releasing the Horizon Zero Dawn base game and expansion pack to the PC. Though the PC port came with a host of niggles, it was still a refreshing change of pace from Sony’s formerly strict release policies. Besides the popular RPG, PlayStation also allowed Quantic Dream to release Detroit: Become Human on PC.

In fact, right on cue, Bend Studios soon announced that the former PlayStation exclusive Days Gone is coming to PC sometime this spring. Given Ryan’s comments, Days Gone is likely just the first round of PC releases for PlayStation 4 games this year.

SEE ALSO: Why you should buy the PlayStation 5!

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SteelSeries unveils its new Tusq in-ear gaming headset

Providing supreme comfort while gaming on the go

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For 20 long years, SteelSeries has provided gamers around the world with high-quality peripherals suited for competition. From game-ready mice and keyboards to powerful headsets, the brand’s portfolio spans across a variety of platforms for every gamer. Now, they’re adding a new gaming headset that will surely entice all the mobile gamers out there  — the Steelseries Tusq.

The SteelSeries Tusq in-ear gaming headset is a lightweight gaming headset suited for mobile devices. It comes with a detachable boom microphone for crisp, clear voice quality while playing. If you don’t feel like having a microphone close to your mouth, it also comes with a built-in microphone, as well.

Along with the boom mic, the Tusq gaming headset comes with multi-sized tips to help you find your ideal fit. It’s around-the-ear design provides security and comfortability while you play on your mobile device. Also, the entire package comes with a soft case to put the headset and additional tips in, making it a truly portable device.

The SteelSeries Tusq retails for SG$ 69 and is already available in authorized retailers, Shopee, and Lazada.

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Blizzard announces Diablo II remaster for this year

Back to hell we go

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Thought it was released way back in 2012, Diablo III is still one of the most reliable hack-and-slash roleplaying games available today, thanks to consistent development and a thriving season system. Of course, before it got to this point, the franchise thrived on the previous entry, Diablo II, now a classic game praised for its difficulty and fun gameplay. This year, Blizzard is bringing it all back. During the online-only BlizzCon 2021, the company has officially announced a modern remaster, Diablo II Resurrected.

To celebrate the original game’s 21st anniversary, Diablo II Resurrected brings the classic game to a new generation, complete with new graphics. During its time, the original game had crude, but reliable graphics laid over an isometric format. As shown in the short announcement trailer, Diablo II Resurrected features new graphics similar to that found in the third entry, Diablo III.

Diablo II Resurrected will include both the base game and the 2001 expansion, Lord of Destruction. While the base game features the franchise’s titular villain, Diablo, the expansion pits the player against the third Prime Evil, Baal.

Strewn across five acts, the game takes players across differing difficulties and seven different character classes: Amazon, Assassin, Barbarian, Druid, Necromancer, Paladin, and Sorceress.

The HD remaster will launch sometime this year for the PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, and Xbox Series X/S. Notably, the PC version will allow cross-platform progression across the different console version.

While Blizzard is taking a step back with this announcement, the company is also developing a mobile version, Diablo Immortal, and the next main entry to the series, Diablo IV.

SEE ALSO: Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 are not coming in 2021

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