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Xbox Series X Unboxing

Is this your next gen console?

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The next generation of console gaming is upon us. Here we’ll unbox Microsoft’s Xbox Series X.

Here’s a good look at the box.

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On the different corners of the box, you’ll see the following details: The console’s name as well as the marks of it being next gen — 4K 120FPS and 1TB SSD.

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Elsewhere on the box you’ll see an image of the console as well as its top features.

It opens up like so and you’ll the console neatly wrapped with this ‘Power Your Dreams’ message greeting you.

We’re gonna skip a few steps. Here’s the Xbox Series X in all its glory.

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Inside, you’ll also find the “fine-tuned” Xbox Wireless Controller.

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Cables. The one on the left is the Utlra High Speed HDMI cable (yes, that means HDMI 2.1), and your power cord.

As you may have seen from photos online, the top of the Xbox Series X has this green accent.

Here’s an even closer look.

Now, here’s the Xbox Series X with the Wireless Controller.

This doesn’t get talked about a lot but the it does have an accompanying smartphone app.

On the app, you can manage your library and stream your games to your phone. The app is available for both iOS and Android.

All right, we’re ready to play!

If you’re curious about the tech specs, here they are:

Processor

  • CPU. 8X Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
  • GPU. 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
  • SOC Die Size. 360.45 mm
  • Process. 7nm Enhanced

Memory and storage

  • Memory. 16GB GDDR6 w/320 bit-wide bus
  • Memory Bandwidth. 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s.
  • Internal Storage. 1TB Custom NVME SSD
  • I/O Throughput. 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)
  • Expandable Storage. Support for 1TB Seagate Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S matches internal storage exactly (sold separately). Support for USB 3.1 external HDD (sold separately).

Video capabilities

  • Gaming Resolution. True 4K
  • High Dynamic Range. Up to 8K HDR
  • Optical Drive. 4K UHD Blu-Ray
  • Performance Target. Up to 120 FPS
  • HDMI Features. Auto Low Latency Mode. HDMI Variable Refresh Rate. AMD FreeSync.

Sound capabilities

  • Dolby Digital 5.1
  • DTS 5.1
  • Dolby TrueHD with Atmos
  • Up to 7.1 L-PCM

Ports and connectivity

  • HDMI. 1x HDMI 2.1 port
  • USB. 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
  • Wireless. 802.11ac dual band
  • Ethernet. 802.3 10/100/1000
  • Accessories radio. Dedicated dual band Xbox Wireless radio.

Let us know if there’s anything specific you want to find out about the Xbox Series X. Our PlayStation 5 is also on the way so hit us up on social media if there specific things about the two next gen consoles that you want us to compare!

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PS5’s DualSense controller gets two new colors

Midnight Black and Cosmic Red

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Not too fond of the white DualSense controller on the PS5? Sony PlayStation heard you as they announce two new colors of this haptic wonder — Midnight Black and Cosmic Red.

The PlayStation blog waxed poetic while describing the new colors: “Midnight Black features two subtly different shades of black with light grey detailing to reflect how we view space through the night sky. Cosmic Red offers a striking black and red design inspired by the unique vivid shades of red found throughout the cosmos.”

The DualSense controller is one of the biggest innovations of the PlayStation 5. Combining Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers, it offered developers a new way to have gamers experience games. This was most evident in the recently released roguelike survival shooter Returnal.

The new colors are indeed striking. Could this be a sign that we might see Midnight Black and Crimson Red plates for the actual PlayStation 5?

The new lineup of colors will be available at participating retailers globally starting June 2021. The exact date will vary by location. You may check with local retailers for availability.

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LoL Wild Rift: New champions, skins, and character adjustments!

Patch Notes 2.2c is here

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Amidst Rengar and Kha’Zix’s rivalry, new competition is joining in the mix. Renekton is finally getting released later on in the patch to face off against his brother, Nasus. And, the ancient rituals of Blood Moon will make their debut in Wild Rift with Renekton. So, buckle up, there’s a bunch of new things coming with the patch.

Renekton: The Butcher of the Sands

Renekton is an ascended warrior from the scorched deserts of Shurima. The esteemed warrior of his empire was entombed beneath the sands during the fall of the Sun Disc. While the world above the sand changed, he grew resentful and insane. Now free from the deserts’ entrapment, Renekton seeks vengeance over his brother, Nasus (whom he blames for years in darkness).

Riot is doubling down on new skins, new accessories, new events, and champion adjustments. So, if you’ve been out of the loop from the Wild Rift universe, this is the perfect time to come back to it.

There’ll be another update on the patch later this month for what’s to come in June and July. But, the Jubilant Colors event kicks off in just a few days: May 24. Check the patch notes here to read up on more specifics!

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PlayStation VR 2 could be 4K with gaze-tracking tech

Hope they have enough stocks…

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Excited for the PlayStation VR 2? A fresh leak regarding foveated virtual reality headset points to the next-gen accessory being a compelling head-mounted display — and far more impressive than the predecessor. Sony has been teasing the launch for quite some time and even left many breadcrumbs for enthusiasts.

However, the report today isn’t official. According to Upload VR, Sony recently shared more details of the next-gen PlayStation VR with the company’s partners. Topping the list of details is a 4,000 x 2,040-pixel resolution, which gives it a stunning total of 8.16 million pixels.

In terms of rendering, it will work smarter by utilizing foveated rendering. That means that anything in the users’ peripheral vision that isn’t being looked at directly will be rendered in lower quality. The new technology will help save computing resources, delivering a better experience.

A single USB-C connection to the front of the PS5 is expected to power the unit. Another welcome touch is inside-out tracking. Now that Sony is ditching the PS Move controllers, the headset’s onboard cameras will be used to track the position of the new orb-shaped controllers instead.

The accessory seems like a perfect companion for the PlayStation 5 and is well equipped to compete. Although, the supply of PlayStation 5 has been severely hit, and the Japanese giant is expecting delays to go well into 2022. The company hasn’t even given us a release date yet — we know only that we won’t be seeing it by the end of 2021.

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