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The Xbox Streaming Service Puts 8 Xbox Ones In A Single Rack, See What It Looks Like

Microsoft is launching a new streaming service, currently codenamed xCloud, in public trials this October. The company has now shown off more of how it works and talked about the service at a high level. xCloud, or whatever name Microsoft ends up giving it, allows you to stream high-end games to your phone or presumably a variety of other internet-connected devices.

The games themselves run from datacenters that Microsoft operates around the world. In a new Fortune video, Xbox streaming boss Kareem Choudhry showed off the actual guts of the server rack that powers xCloud games. The core innards of eight Xbox One S consoles are fit into a 2U rack unit that was specifically designed for a data center.

The racks are physically located in 13 regions around the world, Choudhry said. You can see it for yourself in the video below, beginning at around 1:45.

It’s not the flashiest of reveals, but it’s neat to see the guts of how something as broad and ambitious and technically demanding as xCloud operates in a way you can see with your eyes.

Also in the video, Xbox boss Phil Spencer talks about how Microsoft does not expect cloud gaming to really take off anytime soon. Instead, the version of xCloud launching this year in public trials is seemingly being positioned as a foundation on which to build the program over the years. Spencer specifically said the groundwork being laid today will support xCloud for a decade to come.

He also talked about Microsoft’s ambition for game-streaming to reach more people around the world over time than traditional gaming has been able to thus far. The thinking is that by removing the need to buy a console, Microsoft can reach a much larger population of gamers. As Microsoft has said time and again, consoles aren’t big-time money-makers–it’s software and services that bring home the bacon. With xCloud, seemingly every phone in the world is a potential Xbox Live subscriber, and that could become an incredibly lucrative opportunity for Microsoft if it pans out.

That being said, Microsoft continues to develop traditional consoles and it will for a long time to come. Microsoft’s efforts into streaming are meant to complement the traditional console-based experience, not replace it. For Microsoft, it is all about giving people an option of how they want to play. Microsoft’s next home console, Project Scarlett, launches in Holiday 2020.

xCloud’s public trial launch in October is just ahead of when Google’s own streaming service, Stadia, is pegged to debut in November.

from GameSpot – Game News https://www.gamespot.com/articles/the-xbox-streaming-service-puts-8-xbox-ones-in-a-s/1100-6468631/

Digimon Survive Opening Animation Released, Introducing More Characters

Bandai Namco has released the opening animation for Digimon Survive, which has been embedded below. Originally scheduled for a summer 2019 release, Digimon Survive has been delayed to 2020.

The opening animation introduces all of the major human characters for Digimon Survive, including protagonists Takuma, Aoi, and Minoru. The three are prepped to go on a trip with the rest of their class, which is composed of several other school stereotypes such as a beautiful girl who’s always on her cellphone and a delinquent-looking boy who’s just misunderstood. The class is headed to some ruins, though mysterious earthquakes in the area have caused several students to voice concern over whether it’s safe.

As the class gets ready to leave, several mysterious supernatural phenomena begin to pop up: an elderly man is surrounded by monstrous creatures, a trouble-making girl encounters snow in the midst of spring, and Takuma notices a ghost-like girl watching him from the window of his classroom. As the students leave, the ghost girl starts singing, the classroom begins to decay become overrun with vegetation, and we see the girl stroking the head of a sleeping child.

Digimon Survive is a survival strategy RPG that also incorporates visual novel elements. The game stars the aforementioned Takuma, Aoi, and Minoru who wander into a strange world and become partnered with Agumon, Labramon, and Falcomon respectively. Taking inspiration from the original Digimon Adventure anime, Survive has you shape the emotional and mental evolution of Takuma, Aoi, and Minoru, which in turn affects how Agumon, Labramon, and Falcomon digivolve. Survive also revisits the concept of what a Digimon is that was first conceived by Digimon Adventure director Hiroyuki Kakudō–that they’ve always been a part of human history and mistakenly identified as shikigami, yokai, or demons in the past.

Digimon Survive is scheduled to launch for Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch.

from GameSpot – Game News https://www.gamespot.com/articles/digimon-survive-opening-animation-released-introdu/1100-6468624/

Target Is Offering 25% Off PS4, Xbox One Games With In-Store Pickup

Target really wants you to visit your local Target store: The retailer is currently slashing 25% off the price of select PS4 and Xbox One games when you select Order Pickup at checkout, meaning you’ll need to swing by your neighborhood Target to grab your games. This offer is available now through Saturday, July 27.

This marks the return of a popular deal that initially launched before Prime Day, about a month ago. No word yet on whether Amazon will hijack this sale like it did with the last one, but in any case, this is a pretty great opportunity to save big on new releases like Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Days Gone, and Judgment. Plus, some of these games are already discounted on top of the extra 25% off, so your savings might be even greater.

It’s worth noting some of the games included in Target’s sale can be found cheaper online elsewhere, such as Kingdom Hearts 3, which is only $20 at Amazon; Red Dead Redemption 2, which is still $30 at Walmart; and God of War, which is $20 at Walmart. So consider double-checking the price elsewhere first, as you may find some of these games cheaper and eligible for free shipping at other retailers.

To make your job easier, we’ve gathered some of the best deals worth claiming (and driving to Target for) below. Please note prices shown reflect the full discount with the additional 25% off applied, and both PS4 and Xbox One versions are available except where noted (in some cases only one version is cheaper). Availability may also vary by store. You can check out the full list of titles at Target.

See all games eligible for 25% off with Order Pickup

from GameSpot – Game News https://www.gamespot.com/articles/target-is-offering-25-off-ps4-xbox-one-games-with-/1100-6468620/

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