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Xbox Series X is the name of Xbox Project Scarlett: here’s everything we know

Xbox Series X is the name of the next-generation Xbox, previously known by its semi-codename Xbox Project Scarlett. This bombshell announcement came out of left field at the Game Awards 2019, and now we know the new console will be coming in Holiday 2020. It all started like a game announcement, and we here at TechRadar definitely weren’t expecting it to turn into a new hardware announcement. 
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After a mysterious little trailer, we got to see the Xbox Series X in all of its blocky glory, and don’t worry: it still has a disc drive. However, the new Xbox Series X kind of looks like a little gaming PC, which makes us wonder what kind of hardware is inside.As for what kind of Xbox Series X games we can expect when the new console launches, Phil Spencer took the stage to talk about that. Games will be “More lifelike, immersive and surprising” and that the Xbox Series X will “lead us into the future of gaming”. He also stated that 15 Xbox Game Studios are building a huge library. And, while we didn’t get to hear about nearly all of these games, we did get a bizarre trailer for Hellblade II Senua’s Saga.And of course, with a new console comes a new controller. The next generation Xbox Wireless Controller will apparently be more accessible to everyone, as Microsoft has made an effort to refine the size and shape. This shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone that’s been following the tech giant, as it’s been making waves for accessibility in gaming for a while now. Along with enhanced accessibility, we’ll also be getting a dedicated share button (finally) that will let you share screenshots and videos with your friends.We’re sure we’ll hear more about pricing at a later date – but we may be waiting until E3 2020. 
But, what’s inside?
We still don’t know the exact Xbox Series X specs, or how much it will cost, but we can piece together a bit of information. We’ve known for a while that Xbox Project Scarlett – now Xbox Series X – would be packed with an AMD Zen 2 processor, like the Ryzen 5 3600, but we still don’t know what that chip will look like. Likewise, we know the GPU will be based on the AMD RDNA graphics architecture that premiered with AMD Navi back in July. But again, we don’t know what it will be capable of, beyond that it’ll have some hardware ray tracing functionality. According to Microsoft’s page for the Xbox Series X, the Redmond tech giant is doubling down on it including a super fast SSD that will “virtually eliminate load times.” SSDs are becoming cheaper by the day, so it’s starting to become more believable, but we still doubt it will be as fast as Microsoft is implying, but we’ll have to wait and see. Microsoft is still apparently targeting the ability to play games natively at 4K 60 fps, and with how thicc the console appears to be, we can expect whatever hardware is inside to be packing some serious heat. We just hope Microsoft spills the beans on the actual hardware inside the retail package soon, because we’re dying of curiosity. 
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Amazon’s old-timey MMORPG New World is coming out May 2020

Amazon has scheduled its MMORPG New World release date for early 2020, and that just means you’ll soon be able to warp back in time to the 17th century.The cinematic trailer for the MMO game was revealed at The Game Awards and, according to the Amazon trailer, the official release window will be May 2020.New World will take players back to a time when there was still much to explore and focuses on an island called Aeternum, or the Eternal Isle. There players will get to do their own share of exploring.Being an MMORPG, players won’t be alone. And, that appears to be a very important part of the puzzle. Based on our experience in the New World Alpha, most of the gameplay is centered on how players interact with each other. There weren’t scripted events or a guided narrative.New World is an open world sandbox. Players will band together, collect resources, craft equipment, and build fortresses. Other players can go it alone. But, the game is PvPvE, so loners and players in different factions are likely to run into one another on not-so-friendly terms as they vie for the same resources.Those interactions between the players looks to be where the meat of the game will take place. As with Minecraft and Eve, players will be making their own fun within the world that Amazon has built. Though the monsters roaming Aeternum will likely add some extra dynamics to the game.The combat we’ve seen in the alpha version was Dark Souls-esque, with stamina factoring into each fight. That may make it simpler than other MMORPGs that are loaded with fantastical abilities (though there are magical abilities). That combat can take place at a massive scale, too, as Amazon has said 100 players can take part in the same battle.Amazon will also launch a New Worlds beta before the official release date, and the full game is available for pre-order now. You can find out more about New World on its website here.
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This is Ultimate Rivals, an Apple Arcade game that has Lebron James playing hockey

Apple Arcade’s $5-per-month subscription service has a large library of games but no truly must-have titles – but that might change. Apple is taking a big swing with a new game, Ultimate Rivals: The Rink, that pits your favorite pro football, soccer, baseball, and hockey players against each other – to, well, play hockey.It’s a fanciful premise, and the game is indeed a more casual take than the accuracy-obsessive sports sims on the market. Instead, Ultimate Rivals: The Rink, the debut title for seven-year-old indie developer Bit Fry Games, is an arcade-style game that takes its cues from older classics like NFL Blitz and NBA Jam with cartoony versions of famous athletes and exaggerated sports action.Games have tried to resurrect the dormant ‘arcade sports’ subgenre and failed in an era dominated by realistic EA Sports and 2K Sports franchises, but those experiments didn’t have a roster that included LeBron James, Mike Trout, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Alex Ovechkin. The 58-player launch lineup will be grown over time – and considering it also includes Wayne Gretzky as the sole non-current player, might add more legends later on.Ultimate Rivals: The Rink deviates further from sports fidelity by shrinking teams down to three-player squads made of a center, a wing, and a goalie. Each athlete from the roster varies in 12 stats, from top skating speed and shooting/passing ability to endurance and ‘turbo’ – all approximated from their performance in their sports of choice.

In play, the game is a little like a video game version of the bubble hockey tables that inhabit pizza taverns and bowling alleys. You can pass, shoot, sprint-skate (‘turbo’), and – when you’ve collected enough power-up coins – activate an ultimate ability. The latter are silly and superpowered, letting Trout clobber enemies with baseballs, Rapinoe kick a quintet of balls in every direction, or James activate a three-point line in the other team’s end zone. In other words, hockey that’s been miniaturized and spiced-up for the mobile gaming crowd – a Rocket League with pucks and sports stars. While Apple Arcade also works on Macs and Apple TVs, the game will likely see most play on the go, and there’s just enough complexity for the game to fit comfortably on an iPhone display. Each match spans six minutes divided into three periods of two minutes each. You can play other folks online, or go up against the AI if you happen to be outside cell range. It’s a low-entry game that’s easy to pick-up-and-play, has no single-player story mode, and features a lot of flashy athletes. This is Apple’s biggest swing for the fences with Apple Arcade – and they’re so confident it’ll be a hit that they’re already calling Ultimate Rivals a franchise. Next up: basketball.

Ultimate Rivals: a must-have franchise?
Apple Arcade launched with the tech giant’s signature bravado asserting the service’s value and family-friendliness, but critics puzzled over who would enjoy it most. After all, some of its games are available elsewhere, and only Apple product owners could sign up for and use it. But that uncertainty focused around Apple Arcade’s lack of must-have titles – the games that would convince fence-sitting fans to sign up.Apple’s been tight-lipped about the contracts behind the service, but we can surmise that the requirement to make all games compatible with a broad range of iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple TVs scared off some developers. Subsequently, the initial lineup of Apple Arcade games featured a mix of titles –  some delightful, others skippable, and a few transcendent – but seemingly nothing that would drag in the skeptical to fork over $5 per month. Not the way gamers expect, anyway, given the titanic production budgets that go into making AAA games dazzle players on their high-powered consoles and PCs. The Apple Arcade library has continued to grow with dynamic and new indie games, but nothing that’s grabbed attention.Ultimate Rivals could be the game that finally pulls that off, though it will still have an uphill battle to convince folks to go to the effort of subscribing (even with the free month trial). EA and 2K’s sports franchises long ago spilled into the mobile realm – and those games are free-to-play. 

What Ultimate Rivals has is fantasy – not just to put together your esoteric dream team of players, but to be competitive without needing to memorize leagues-worth of stats or the best tactics from real-world sports. Part of that fantasy requires some reality, which is why it took Bit Fry seven years to acquire licenses from player associations to put athletes from five different sports into one game. They could have put the game out years ago, but didn’t want to just rehash NBA Jam or NFL Blitz with facsimile athletes. They wanted to make something new. In taking such a long time, Bit Fry developed an engine around approximating player skill in one sport to apply to another – an abstraction that opens the door to importing other famous (or even fictional) figures into the game. Or rather, games: Bit Fry is already announcing that the next title in the series will be Ultimate Rivals: The Court, which already has a release window for ‘Spring 2020’ in the US (Q2 2020 elsewhere). And since they’ve already got a roster of players with approximated skill rankings, they can swiftly turn around and reapply those to basketball-related attributes. If Alex Morgan can kick a soccer ball swiftly down the field, she can surely dribble it quickly down a basketball court.And since its sports, there will always be more pro athletes and new underdogs that capture the headlines – and then, with a little coding magic, those players can show up on your fantasy hockey squad overnight.
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PS5 exclusive Godfall looks like a hack-and-slash Destiny

At the Game Awards, we finally saw another game launching with the PlayStation 5 that’s coming next year – and that next PS5 launch title is Godfall, a console exclusive coming holiday (end of year) 2020 that looks like a hack-and-slash Destiny.We know nearly nothing about the game, made by studio Counterplay Games and Gearbox Publishing, save for what’s revealed in this initial teaser trailer. What look like player characters in ornate armor are thrown around a storm-tossed decadent palace before staring at a colossal tower – and wrapped around the top, a gargantuan multi-headed monster. 
The words ‘loot’ and ‘legendary armor’ are the operative words here – if it’s published by Gearbox, it wouldn’t be surprising if some loot-hunting Borderlands 3 DNA smuggled in. But unlike that satire-laden looter-shooter, Godfall seems like a more serious and traditionally heroic game, which puts it more in tune with Destiny.In any case, we’ll figure more out about the game when it comes in the end-of-year holiday 2020 season.
Here’s the Xbox Series X – the next-gen console previously known as Xbox Scarlett

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Xbox Series X is the next Xbox Console

Xbox Series X is the name of the next-generation Xbox, previously only known as Xbox Project Scarlett. This bombshell announcement came out of left field at the Game Awards 2019, and it will be coming in Holiday 2020. It all started like a game announcement, and we here at TechRadar definitely weren’t expecting it to turn into a new hardware announcement. 
Here are our favorite Xbox One gamesCheck out the best PC games
After a mysterious little trailer, we got to see the Xbox Series X in all of its blocky glory, and don’t worry: it still has a disc drive. However, the new Xbox Series X kind of looks like a little gaming PC, which makes us wonder what kind of hardware is inside.As for what kind of Xbox Series X games we can expect when the new console launches, Phil Spencer took the stage to talk about that. Games will be “More lifelike, immersive and surprising” and that the Xbox Series X will “lead us into the future of gaming”. He also stated that 15 Xbox Game Studios are building a huge library. And, while we didn’t get to hear about nearly all of these games, we did get a bizarre trailer for Hellblade II Senua’s Saga.We still don’t know the exact Xbox Series X specs, or how much it will cost, but with how thicc the console appears to be, we can expect whatever hardware is inside to be packing some serious heat. We’re sure we’ll hear more about pricing at a later date – but we may be waiting until E3 2020. 
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Final Fantasy VII Remake just got a jaw-dropping new trailer at the Game Awards

We already know that Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming in just a few months, but we just got a new trailer at the 2019 Game Awards that shows off a ton of action. The trailer essentially consists of pieces of combat, along with some sparse pieces of dialog from the biggest characters in the story, like Cloud, Tifa, Aerith and Barrett. 

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One thing that we didn’t quite see, however, is how the game’s Midgar section will be stretched out to be as long as any other Final Fantasy game. We did hear Tifa ask Cloud if he’s planning on staying in Midgar – but who knows if that will actually be reflected in the game.This is just another in a long list of extremely exciting trailers for one of the most anticipated game remakes in history. Final Fantasy VII Remake drops on March 3 2020, so there’s only a couple months left until we see how it shapes out. Until then, we’ll just have to keep an eye out for any new trailers to extract any new tidbits of information about the game.
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The Tile Tracker at Amazon makes the perfect cheap Christmas gift idea

If you’re looking for a cheap Christmas gift idea, the Tile Mate from Amazon is a fantastic option, and lucky for you, it’s currently on sale. You can get the all-new Tile Mate GPS tracker on sale for just $19.99 or you can grab a Tile Mate 4-pack for $49.99. The Tile Mate tracker is a handy way to help you keep track of important things of all sizes. Attach the tracker to anything you don’t want to lose, and it will send location data to the Tile app on your phone. You can even use the tracker to help find your phone – just double-tap the button on your Tile and your phone will begin to ring even on silent mode. The tracker also works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can use your voice to help find your keys or phone.

As we mentioned above, the Tile Mate would make an excellent gift for anyone on your list, and this is the lowest price we’ve seen for the GPS tracker. We don’t know how long Amazon will have the Tile Mate on sale, so you should take advantage now before it’s too late.
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Cisco Silicon One wants to power the Internet of the future

Cisco has revealed new details concerning its ‘Internet for the Future’ strategy and the networking giant announced a multi-year plan which will see it build and invest in 5G technologies including silicon, optics and software.Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins provided more details on the company’s future plans in a blog post, saying:“Innovation requires focused investment, the right team and a culture that values imagination. We are dedicated to transforming the industry to build a new internet for the 5G era. Our latest solutions in silicon, optics and software represent the continued innovation we’re driving that helps our customers stay ahead of the curve and create new, ground-breaking experiences for their customers and end users for decades to come.”
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The company introduced its new networking silicon architecture called Cisco Silicon One and it also released its new Cisco 8000 Series carrier class routers which are built on the new silicon.
Cisco Silicon One
Cisco Silicon One is a new switching and routing applications specific integrated circuit (ASIC) which has been designed for the 5G internet era. The programmable networking chip has been designed to provide a number of improvements to performance, bandwidth, power efficiency, scalability and flexibility.According to Cisco, the Silicon One architecture will be the foundation of the company’s routing product roadmap for the next decade and the company’s long term goal is to help support future applications and services that will arrive once 5G has been widely adopted.Silicon One will integrate into Cisco’s new 8000 series carrier class routers which have been designed specifically for the webscale companies and service providers that will operate 5G networks and build AI and IoT applications. The first Cisco Silicon One ‘Q100’ model has already surpassed the 10 Tbps routing milestone and in the near future the architecture is expected to reach 25 Tbps.Executive vice president and general manager of the networking and security business at Cisco, David Goeckeler explained how the company’s ‘Internet for the Future’ strategy is the most ambitious development project it has ever undertaken, saying:“Pushing the boundaries of innovation to the next level — far beyond what we experience today — is critical for the future and we believe silicon, optics and software are the technology levers that will deliver this outcome. Cisco’s technology strategy is not about the next-generation of a single product area. We have spent the past several years investing in whole categories of independent technologies that we believe will converge in the future — and ultimately will allow us to solve the hardest problems on the verge of eroding the advancement of digital innovation. This strategy is delivering the most ambitious development project the company has ever achieved.”
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This Android tablet is a third the price of an iPad Air just before Christmas

The Lenovo Smart Tab P10 is an Android tablet with Alexa built in, and it can be yours for a lot cheaper – 50% off – thanks to this incredible deal that’s live right before the holidays.Half off saves you $175 on this tablet – a discount that got better while we wrote this article. Take that as a sign that this deal can change at any moment, so snag it soon.Aside from being a capable tablet, the signature feature of the P10 is its included Smart Speaker – a dock you can slide the device into for serious sound from a quartet of full-range Dolby Atmos speakers. Want to up your media binging game? This tablet-and-dock package is for you. 
The Tab P10 has roughly comparable specs to the non-Pro iPads in the world, so we’d recommend it so long as you’re not already smitten with iPadOS (the new iPad-specific iOS). Android may not be as tailored to tablet use, but at this discount, it’s worth the adjustment. 
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