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Microsoft debunks new Xbox Series X video revealing ports & controller

Published: 7/Jan/2020 0:40 Updated: 7/Jan/2020 4:01

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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UPDATE January 6, 4:45PM PST: Microsoft have since issued a statement, and have said that the renders shown off by AMD were false, according to Thurrott.com.

“The Xbox Series X imagery used during the AMD CES press conference was not sourced from Microsoft and does not accurately represent the design or features of the upcoming console. They were taken from TurboSquid.com.”

Original article below…


 

Rear shots of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X console were revealed during the AMD CES 2020 event on January 6, and gave eager fans a glimpse at new details that weren’t shown off during the original reveal.

Xbox’s next generation console was first teased at E3 back in June 2019 under the name ‘Project Scarlett,’ and was later revealed to be called the Series X during The Game Awards on December 12.

Inside components such as a custom solid-state drive and GDDR6 SDRAM were unveiled, as well as an overall look at the console’s front, but the back of the system was never shown off – until now, that is.

Xbox / MicrosoftThe Series X is due for release at the end of this year.

New Xbox Series X details

During AMD’s annual tech show CES, new shots of Microsoft’s upcoming system were unveiled, which gave fans a peek at what the rear looks like.

In the reveal, the console was shown to have two USB-C ports, two HDMI ports, and Sony/Philips Digital Interface capability.

Two HDMIs is certainly interesting, but could just mean they’re In and Out like the Xbox One – but who knows?

A USB port was also shown on the front, presumably to make charging the wireless controller easier for players, rather than having it exclusively on the back.

Fans were awarded with a new glimpse at the upcoming controller too, and were shown what it will look like from the side in order to get a better feel of how big it’ll be.

The flat design of the gamepad looks sort of similar to the Nintendo Switch’s Pro Controller, and it was shown to have black bumpers at the front and silver ones at the rear.

The Series X is set for release late 2020, so fans won’t have to wait too much longer to get their hands on Microsoft’s next-gen system, and is rumored to be more powerful than the PlayStation 5.

Halo Infinite has been confirmed to be a launch title for the console, with an even bigger lineup expected to be announced closer to the time.

Apex Legends

Respawn hope to bring Wraith “under control” in Apex Legends Season 8

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:41

by Andrew Amos

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The debate around Wraith is still raging on in Apex Legends. Despite change after change, she’s still a power pick in a lot of situations. However, in Season 8, Respawn are pulling out the final straw to try and bring Wraith “under control” once and for all.

Wraith has been slowly tuned down over the 20-month history of Apex Legends from outrageously broken, to somewhat manageable. Despite being hit with a big set of nerfs in June’s Lost Treasures update though, she still reigns supreme in the Outlands.

However, Respawn aren’t giving up hope on finally bringing the voidwalker “under control.” In an interview on the Third Party podcast, developer Daniel Klein said that more changes are on the way in Season 8.

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Wraith could be getting a bit bigger if Respawn end up shipping their intended changes for Apex Legends Season 8.

While he joked about just straight up removing Wraith from the game, Respawn actually have a direction they want to take. They don’t want to hit Wraith’s kit any harder. They want to see if they can “fix” her hitboxes.

“I don’t want to hit her kit any more. We’ve pushed that to the breaking point where it’s barely still fun, but the extremely wind-up on her tactical ⁠— as much as it was necessary ⁠— it puts the ability more into the camp of cerebral power rather than satisfying in the moment power,” he said.

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much… that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

The Pathfinder changes were shipped in the Season 7 update earlier in November, and have made the grappling robot a bit easier to hit while dashing across Olympus and the other maps.

Despite Respawn’s hopes though, nothing is locked in. They’ve only just started scouting out the work to change Wraith’s hitboxes. Klein stated he hopes the changes will be enough that Respawn could even look at buffing Wraith down the line, but the solution could be a dead end.

Pathfinder flying across screen with grapple hook.
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Pathfinder was hit with a similar hitbox nerf in Season 7.

“Nothing is guaranteed yet, we haven’t started work yet. I’ve asked one of our technical artists to take a look at it. Whenever he gets around to it, we will know more.

“My earnest hope is that we can bring her under control with just hitbox changes, and then maybe even look at ways at making her more in-the-moment fun again, and find a balance point between her tactical now and what it used to be.”

They’re not willing to risk “giving Wraith more power” by shipping some changes early before they tackle her hitboxes, so don’t expect ability buffs soon. However, in Apex Legends Season 8, expect Wraith to feel a little bit different.