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Microsoft Recommends Xbox One X Not Be Plugged Into A Surge Protector

Tyler Lee November 20, 2017

With our electronics costing hundreds if not thousands of dollars, obviously it would be such a shame if they were to be damaged during a thunderstorm, which is why sometimes we turn to surge protectors to help give our electronics that added layer of protection. However if you were thinking of using it with the Microsoft Xbox One X, think again.

In a tweet by the Xbox Support account, the company has recommended that users not plug their consoles into a surge protector. This is in response to several complaints in which some gamers were discovering that their consoles wouldn’t turn on when connected to a surge protector.

Did you know that your Xbox One is designed to be plugged directly into a wall outlet? Check out our console power guide here: https://t.co/lGymrPOQEV

— Xbox Support (@XboxSupport) November 17, 2017

According to Microsoft’s Xbox support page, they note that this is because the console comes with a built-in surge protector of its own, so plugging it into another is redundant and actually reduces the power needed to turn on the console. “Because the console has a built-in surge protector, you should not connect it to an external surge protector. If you connect the console to another surge protector, the console cannot reach the full power that is needed for optimal performance.”

Of course there could be a variety of reasons why your console isn’t turning on, but if you have plugged it into a surge protector, try plugging it directly into the wall outlet and see if that works for you.

Microsoft Recommends Xbox One X Not Be Plugged Into A Surge Protector , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Graphics Comparison

Tyler Lee November 15, 2017

As you’re probably aware by now, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has been released and is available pretty much across all possible platforms, save for the Nintendo Switch and Mac computers, but otherwise if you’re a PS4 or Xbox or a PC gamer, you will be able to get your hands on the game, if you haven’t already.

If you haven’t and you’re deciding which platform to get it on and you’re wondering about things like graphics, you’re in luck because the folks at IGN have put together a graphics comparison video in which they compare the game’s graphics on the PS4, PS4 Pro, the Xbox One S, the Xbox One X, and the PC.

The platforms that we’re probably more excited to see are the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X, both of which represent Sony and Microsoft’s latest console efforts, with the Xbox One X packing enough power to offer up native 4K gaming, although admittedly based on the video above, we’re not sure if the differences are glaring enough to warrant a decisive judgement.

As for the PC comparison, IGN has stated that the PC they are running the game on is powered by an Intel Core i7-6850k CPU clocked at 3.60GHz with 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 x2 SLI configuration GPU, which by all accounts makes their rig something of a beast. In any case you can check out the comparison video and decide which platform you want to play the game on.

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Graphics Comparison , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Xbox One Game Gifting Live For All

Adnan Farooqui November 14, 2017


Microsoft confirmed several weeks ago that it will enable Xbox One owners to gift games to each other. This feature went live recently for members of the Xbox Insiders program. With the holiday season just around the corner, Microsoft has now launched this feature for all. Anyone with an Xbox One can now use its game gifting feature.

Microsoft has previously revealed that the ability to gift games digitally was one of the most frequently requested features by the Xbox One community. The company heard the feedback and decided to develop this feature.

Mike Ybarra, the corporate vice president of Xbox and Windows gaming at Microsoft, has confirmed via Twitter that the Xbox One game gifting feature is now available to everyone just in time for the holidays.

Xbox One owners can gift games via the Microsoft Store. They can buy the titles without having to worry about regions. It’s a quick and easy way to gift someone a title without even having to get up off your couch.

Even though Microsoft is allowing customers to purchase new games to gift to their friends and family, it’s not allowing gamers to transfer a game that they already own to someone else as a gift.

PlayStation 4 owners might be feeling a bit left out following this announcement, given that Sony still doesn’t allow game gifting on the PS4.

Xbox One Game Gifting Live For All , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Xbox One X UK Sales Hit 80,000 Units In The First Week

Tyler Lee November 13, 2017

The Xbox One X is the latest console in the market right now, and it is also the latest Xbox One console from Microsoft. It is also the most expensive console one can buy in the market at the moment, and based on its tech specs, it is also the most powerful gaming console available right now.

With all those taken into consideration, how has the market reacted to Microsoft’s Xbox One X? Turns out surprisingly well, at least according to a report from GamesIndustry.biz who claims that the Xbox One X has managed to sell 80,000 units in its first week of availability in the UK. This not only matches the Nintendo Switch when it was released earlier this year in March, but it also beats out Sony’s PS4 Pro which reportedly sold 50,000 units in the first week, and took about a month to hit the 80,000 mark.

This is interesting especially when you consider the fact that the Xbox One X is more expensive than the competition, something that backfired on Microsoft when they first announced the Xbox One, and were later forced to drop the Kinect from the bundle in order to reduce the price. However it seems that the ability to play games in native 4K is appealing enough for gamers to be willing to fork out that extra money for it.

Note that the 80,000 figure is only for the UK market and we’re not sure how the console has fared in other parts of the world, such as Japan where the Xbox One was a bit of a disappointment in terms of sales.

Xbox One X UK Sales Hit 80,000 Units In The First Week , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Blizzard Announces Free Overwatch Weekend For 17-20 November

Tyler Lee November 12, 2017

While most of Blizzard’s games have included a trial edition of the game where players get to try before they buy, the same cannot be said for the company’s latest franchise, Overwatch. However Blizzard has been a pretty good sport about letting players try the game before buying through free weekend events.

For those who might have missed out on the previous free weekends, you’ll be pleased to learn that Blizzard has recently announced that from the 17-20 November, Overwatch will be going free-to-play once again. This means that players who didn’t buy the game will be able to play it over the weekend and decide if they want to spend their money on it.

According to Blizzard, “For this free weekend, we’re making Overwatch’s full roster of 26 heroes and 16 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options. Plus, if you decide to purchase Overwatch after test driving the game, you’ll get to keep any progress that you made during the weekend.”

Blizzard notes that if players want to continue their progress, they’ll have to use the same account they did when they participated in the free weekend event. We expect that Blizzard will continue to host free weekends for the foreseeable future, although we have heard in the past that Blizzard could be considering a trial version of the game.

Blizzard Announces Free Overwatch Weekend For 17-20 November , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Ubisoft CEO Thinks Next-Gen Consoles Are At Least Two Years Away

Tyler Lee November 10, 2017

Sony’s PS4 Pro was launched last year and this year we saw the launch of the Nintendo Switch and the Microsoft Xbox One X, which means that these are the latest consoles available in the market right now. However could next-gen consoles be in the horizon? According to Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot, yes, and that we could see them in two years.

Speaking during an investor’s call (via GameSpot), Guillemot was quoted as saying that he believes that we are at least two years away from seeing next-gen consoles being launched. “As Sony launched PlayStation 4 Pro last year and Microsoft Xbox One X this year, we think we still have a minimum of two years in front of us before something new is coming.”

Guillemot stresses that this is just Ubisoft’s projected arrival of next-gen consoles, meaning that this is just what Ubisoft thinks and isn’t necessarily a guarantee. However Guillemot’s prediction might not be too far off. Earlier this year analyst Michael Pachter had suggested that we could be seeing the PlayStation 5 launched in 2019, making it two years from now.

Prior to that other analysts have suggested a possible 2018 release for the PS5, although given that the PS4 Pro was launched in 2016, two years from then does make it 2018. In any case we suppose only time will tell, so until then take it with a grain of salt.

Ubisoft CEO Thinks Next-Gen Consoles Are At Least Two Years Away , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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DOOM’s Graphics Compared On The PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Tyler Lee November 9, 2017

Recently Bethesda announced that they will be bringing DOOM onto the Nintendo Switch, which means that DOOM will now be playable across pretty much all platforms which includes the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. So the question is, which platform is DOOM the “best” to play on in terms of graphics?

We guess given the customizability of the PC where gamers with huge budgets can put together monstrous rigs, the answer is pretty obvious. So the next question is how does DOOM fare compared to the other platforms? That’s what YouTube channel ElAnalistaDeBits tried to find out when it compared the graphics of DOOM across all of its playable platforms.

Like we said, the PC is the clear winner in this case, but the PS4 actually holds its own pretty well. The Xbox One looks like it would probably rank third, and the Switch comes in last. Then again the Switch isn’t exactly being marketed as a powerful high-end console, but we reckon that it still looks good enough to enjoy the game on.

At the end of the day we guess it depends on your gaming preference, whether you’re more of a mouse and keyboard kind of gamer, or if you prefer consoles, and which consoles you already own, but it’s still a fun and informative comparison nonetheless.

DOOM’s Graphics Compared On The PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Microsoft: No Plans To Release First-Party Xbox Games On Other Platforms

Tyler Lee November 6, 2017

Console exclusives are what helps draw players to a particular platform. A good example would be Nintendo where if you wanted to play a Zelda, Mario, or Pokemon game, you would definitely need to purchase a Nintendo console. This theory pretty much applies to the other platforms as well, like God of War for Sony’s PlayStation, Halo for the Xbox, and so on.

Now if you were hoping that maybe one day we could see first-party Xbox titles release on other platforms, you will be disappointed to learn that save for Minecraft, that will not be happening, at least not anytime soon (if ever). This is according to a tweet by Xbox chief Phil Spencer (via DualShockers) who confirmed that the company had no such plans at the moment.

Today we ship Minecraft on other platforms, we all know that, no plans to expand this right now.

— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) November 6, 2017

Spencer’s tweet is in response to a report from The Wall Street Journal who spoke about Spencer’s recent promotion to executive vice president, and how his new position at Microsoft afforded him greater latitude when it came to reaching gamers “on any device”. This was interpreted to mean that we could see first-party games from Microsoft find its way onto competing platforms like the PS4.

However based on Spencer’s tweet, it seems that is not what he meant, but rather it seems that he was only talking about Minecraft. We suppose technically Minecraft does belong to Microsoft after the company acquired Minecraft’s developer back in 2014, although to be fair Minecraft had already found its way onto various platforms before that.

Microsoft: No Plans To Release First-Party Xbox Games On Other Platforms , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Xbox Quests Bring Rewards For Xbox Live Gold Members

Adnan Farooqui November 2, 2017


Xbox Live Gold members already get a selection of free games monthly as part of their subscription but Microsoft is now providing Xbox owners an additional incentive to subscribe to this program. It has introduced Xbox Quests which the company describes as a new way to get rewarded for being an Xbox Live Gold member.

Three new Quests will be posted in the Gold Membership Area every month. Xbox One players in the United States who complete all three Quests are guaranteed to win a mystery prize. Microsoft will also be giving away a 55 inch Samsung 4K TV every month to one very lucky winner.

Xbox Live Gold members don’t need to go through any registration process to sign up for Quests. They just need to head over to the Gold Membership Area on their console and check out the available Quests for the month.

Quests for the month of November include logging into the Mixer app on Xbox One on five different days, increasing the Gamerscore by 400 points, and downloading two Games with Gold.

Once the three Quests for the month have been completed users will receive their mystery reward through the Xbox Message Center in the following month. Microsoft hasn’t really detailed what these mystery prizes are going to be so we’ll find out for sure next month when it starts sending them out to Xbox Live Gold members.

Xbox Quests Bring Rewards For Xbox Live Gold Members , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Xbox Quests Bring Rewards For Xbox Live Gold Members

Adnan Farooqui November 2, 2017


Xbox Live Gold members already get a selection of free games monthly as part of their subscription but Microsoft is now providing Xbox owners an additional incentive to subscribe to this program. It has introduced Xbox Quests which the company describes as a new way to get rewarded for being an Xbox Live Gold member.

Three new Quests will be posted in the Gold Membership Area every month. Xbox One players in the United States who complete all three Quests are guaranteed to win a mystery prize. Microsoft will also be giving away a 55 inch Samsung 4K TV every month to one very lucky winner.

Xbox Live Gold members don’t need to go through any registration process to sign up for Quests. They just need to head over to the Gold Membership Area on their console and check out the available Quests for the month.

Quests for the month of November include logging into the Mixer app on Xbox One on five different days, increasing the Gamerscore by 400 points, and downloading two Games with Gold.

Once the three Quests for the month have been completed users will receive their mystery reward through the Xbox Message Center in the following month. Microsoft hasn’t really detailed what these mystery prizes are going to be so we’ll find out for sure next month when it starts sending them out to Xbox Live Gold members.

Xbox Quests Bring Rewards For Xbox Live Gold Members , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.