Xbox Live back online after major outage

Xbox Live's online platform for console gamers suffered a major outage Thursday afternoon, with gamers worldwide taking to Twitter to report troubles logging in. But later in the day, the problems seemed to have been resolved. Around 6:30 p.m. PT, the Xbox Support team tweeted that users should once again be able to sign in, complete purchases and join chat sessions. On Friday morning, the Xbox status page listed all online functions as up and running.
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Best Buy has stock available for the Xbox Series X and S right now

Update February 26th, 2021 12:05PM: Best Buy still has both consoles in stock, but the retailer is releasing small waves of inventory every few minutes, so if you’re unable to buy one immediately, it’s worth trying again in a few minutes. Best Buy has restocked both of Microsoft’s next-gen consoles...
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Knockout City’s first console beta coming in April

Knockout City, the futuristic dodgeball game coming from Velan Studios and Electronic Arts in May, will hold its first console beta from April 2-4, allowing players on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X to duke it out amongst themselves and players from Windows PC via Origin and Steam.
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Xbox Live was down for more than five hours

Microsoft’s Xbox Live service went down for more than five hours today, preventing users from signing in to the service. The Xbox Live problems started at around 3:15PM ET today, and Microsoft confirmed it was investigating the outage. The Xbox Live status page was updated at 9.49PM ET to say that all services are now up and running.

Xbox Series X Restock Updates for Walmart, Target, Amazon and More

Xbox fans are in luck this week as both the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S are available at the time of writing, with the digital console available at several retailers. The Xbox Series S is more widely available than the Xbox Series X, but gamers with their hearts set on the disc version of the console have options.
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Walmart will have the Xbox Series X / S available at 3PM ET today

If you missed Target’s early morning Xbox Series X restocks today, you have another chance today to secure Microsoft’s next-gen console. A Walmart spokesperson told The Verge that the retailer will have the Xbox Series X and Series S available for purchase today, February 25th, at 3PM ET. Walmart told...
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The Xbox Series X and S are available again at Target

Update February 25th, 2021 12:48PM ET: Both GameStop and Target have run out of stock. If you are looking to buy the Xbox Series X, Walmart plans to restock the console at 12PM PT / 3PM ET today. You can find additional information here. Update February 25th, 2021 09:07AM ET:...

Xbox Series X restock at Walmart now — how to get yours

The moment you've waited for is here! Xbox Series X restock is now live at Walmart. Both Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles are available via an all-inclusive subscription that includes a 24-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership. You can purchase either console via this link. Typically, Walmart...

New Halo Infinite 4K screenshots revealed — now this is a killer Xbox Series X exclusive

New 4K screenshots of Halo Infinite have revealed a game that’s looking a lot more like flagship Xbox Series X titles that it did last year. On the Halo Waypoint blog, developer 343 Industries posted a clutch of screenshots snapped at a 4K resolution, revealing a Halo Infinite has come a long way on the visual front since its initial game footage debut last July. Clearly delaying Halo Infinite from an Xbox Series X launch game to a “Fall 2021” release date has done wonders for it.

We played Cyberpunk 2077 PC on an Xbox One CPU

Since the arrival of Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the dividing line between PC and console technology has become more of a blur - both last-gen and current-gen hardware from Microsoft and Sony are effectively integrated, customised PCs. Profoundly illustrating this is the arrival in Far Eastern markets of a PC motherboard that's actually based around the Xbox One processor. We've acquired one, tested it, and even run Cyberpunk 2077 on it - so what we have we learned from this bizarre experience?

PS5 and Xbox Series X component shortage will be investigated by the US government

PS5 and Xbox Series X stock problems due to the COVID-19 pandemic are being investigated by the Biden administration, reports Reuters. President Joe Biden pledged a 100-day review of supply chains as well as $37 billion yesterday (February 24) to fund legislation that will accelerate manufacturing for chips used in the PS5 and Xbox Series X. The shortage of semiconductors has also affected production amongst US automakers, pharmaceutical companies, and other major manufacturers. The scarcity, which extends worldwide, has been "exacerbated by the pandemic" and was the main topic of a conversation between Biden and lawmakers yesterday. "I’m directing senior officials in my administration to work with industrial leaders to identify solutions to the semiconductor shortfall,” Biden announced. “Congress has authorized a bill but they need $37 billion to make sure that we have this capacity...I’ll push for that as well."

Xbox Chaturdays 16: Playstation games on PC and the ravenous Elden Ring fandom with Jeff Grubb

For our 16th episode of Xbox Chaturdays we'll be joined by the 'Elden One' himself, Jeff Grubb, to discuss the future of Playstation games on PC, a State of Play, a Nintendo Direct, a Pokemon Direct, our impressions of the Outriders demo, and the insatiable desires of the Elden Ring fandom. If you want to join the conversation live, be sure to catch us on Saturday (2/27) at 12:00PM ET.

10 Xbox games that need 'FPS Boost'

Better framerates for better experiences. Backward compatibility has been a huge focus for the Xbox platform in recent years. The engineering wizards at Microsoft are not only looking to preserve your existing catalog of titles but improve them as well. This started with Xbox One X enhancements for titles like Halo 3, Star Wars Battlefront 2, and many more. With the dramatically increased performance capabilities of the Xbox Series X and S, Microsoft is pushing the back-compat envelope even further with 'FPS Boost.'

Why Playstation bringing more games to PC proves Xbox had the right approach all along

Let's start by breaking down the latest developments and the current situation. Ryan was interviewed by GQ about Sony's plans for a next-generation PSVR headset and the future of PS5. In addition to burning topics like PS5 stock shortages and the delay of Gran Turismo 7, Ryan was also questioned about the company's desire to bring more Playstation titles to PC. When asked why Sony held back on releasing games on PC for such a long time, he explained why the company decided to change their approach.