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First look at Xbox Series X console revealed at The Game Awards

Published: 13/Dec/2019 2:21 Updated: 13/Dec/2019 2:49

by Andrew Amos

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The Xbox Series X is the next generation of the popular Microsoft console, expected to be released during the holiday season in 2020.

After the release of the Xbox One X in 2017, Microsoft has been quiet about the development of their latest console. With the PlayStation 5 coming out in the coming months, the console wars were set to be heating up again.

Now, Microsoft have revealed their plans, with the Xbox Series X console set for release as soon as the “next holiday season.”

MicrosoftXbox Series X will be hitting shelves in late 2020.

The Xbox Series X was unveiled by Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, and has been labeled “the fastest, most powerful Xbox ever.”

“For 18 years and three generations, we’ve designed Xbox consoles to power your dreams,” he said. “We see a future where you are instantly absorbed in your games, where worlds are even more life-like, immersive, responsive, and surprising.

“Xbox Series X will lead us into the future of console gaming. Our fastest, most powerful Xbox will set a new bar for performance, speed, and compatibility.”

Senua’s Saga Hellblade II was also announced at The Game Awards as one of the first titles to be coming to the console. Xbox have been working with over a dozen different developers to get the console primed for release, with more announcements expected soon.

“Developers around the globe are already hard at work building games for Xbox Series X,” said Spencer. “Our 15 Xbox Game Studios are developing the largest and most creative diverse line-up of games in our history.” 

The Xbox Series X announcement comes after Sony announced their own plans with PlayStation 5 earlier in 2019. Both consoles will be looking to compete with Nintendo’s ever-popular Switch, as the console wars look to be heating up once again.

Nothing is known about the Xbox Series X spec list, or any other titles hitting the console. But with Microsoft teasing big plans for 2020, it shouldn’t be long until we hear news on this front.

The Xbox Series X is expected to be released in 2020 Holiday season.

Valorant

Valorant devs considering Overwatch-style block teammate feature

Published: 4/Dec/2020 19:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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Valorant players hoping for a way to avoid getting certain users on their team may soon have a tool available to them according to Riot Games.

In a recent Ask Valorant article, producer Sara Dadafshar answered a question about whether the team would consider adding a feature to block players so they don’t end up in a queue with them again.

In a team game like Valorant, being able to work with those who fit your playstyle can be a key component. Of course, not everyone works well together and sometimes you could even find yourself with a griefer on your team who intentionally feeds.

According to Dadafshar, the idea was “interesting.”

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Players are asking for a way to block teammates.

“There’s some nuances we’d have to work through to ensure queue times don’t significantly increase, but we understand how frustrating it is when you get matched up with someone who you just reported in the prior match,” she explained.

The more players you have blocked or have blocked you, the longer your queue could potentially become. Plus, with multiple players being blocked, the number of possible team options drastically change.

That said, she isn’t ruling out the possibility of the feature coming to Valorant in a future update.

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Riot isn’t ruling out a block feature.

“We’ll think on this a bit, but know that we are currently working on better detection of disruptive behaviors in hopes of being able to appropriately administer penalties and hopefully lessen the number of players you wouldn’t want to play with to begin with.”

Other games, such as Overwatch, have implemented features for users to avoid queuing with certain players. People can select “avoid as teammate” after a match to keep that person from being on their team for a week.

After seven days, the avoid resets and players can only have three users selected to avoid at any given time.

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Valorant, but it’s nice to see that the devs are considering giving fans more control of their experience with the FPS.