The Daily Moot: Xbox Series X
1. Xbox Series X
The complete specs of the Xbox Series X have finally been revealed! It’s been a long waiting game between the upcoming Xbox and the PS5 with each console slowly releasing information in hopes of being able to one-up the other. Xbox has finally taken the leap and the specs are certainly impressive. Featuring 8x Zen 2 Core CPUs at 3.8GHz and a 12 Teraflop custom GPU, the Xbox Series X should be able to handle the most graphically intensive games and provide ray tracing with ease. While the system’s power is undeniable, there is one concern: its only storage is a 1TB SSD. Having an SSD is great of course, but with modern games easily running up to 100GB you’ll likely fill up your storage very quickly. Fortunately the Xbox Series X provides a port for external storage, but unfortunately the port will only accept a proprietary drive that’s currently in production by Microsoft and Seagate and it’s unknown how much the drive will cost. So, while the Xbox Series X should be able to run any game flawlessly, you’ll likely have to pick and choose your gaming library wisely in order to avoid having to uninstall and reinstall your games.
2. Nintendo Indie World Showcase Nintendo has just announced an Indie World Showcase livestream set for tomorrow at 10am Pacific Time. The livestream will feature approximately 20 minutes of info about upcoming indie games that are headed to the Nintendo Switch. Considering that there aren’t many major releases scheduled after next week’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Indie World Showcase should be a great opportunity for Switch fans to find some new great games to look forward to.
3. Steam User Record Amid the widespread self-quarantine, many people have turned to one of the best indoor comforts on the planet: gaming. This has been a huge boom for Steam, which just broke its own record for concurrent users. As counted by SteamDB, there were over 20 million unique concurrent users on Steam yesterday, with over 6 million of those in-game. CS:GO is currently the biggest beneficiary, topping the Steam charts with over 1 million concurrent players this weekend.
4. Halo 2 for PC After the surprise launch of Halo: Combat Evolved a couple weeks ago, 343 Industries is ready to bring more Halo games to PC. Both Halo 2 and Halo 2: Anniversary are set to begin testing this month, with Halo: Reach Forge and Theater soon to follow. The studio described the testing as a way to “get early access builds out to our Halo Insiders before they reach the public.” Depending on how smoothly the early testing goes, 343 Industries expects a public test flight to be ready by the end of March.
5. Warzone Hits 15 Million Players In less than 1 week after launch, Warzone has already hit over 15 million players. As Call of Duty’s latest take on the battle royale genre, Warzone has seen a warm reception from the gaming community. Despite some issues with bugs and lag, players from PC, PS4, and Xbox One have all flocked to duke it out in the 150-person battle to the death. Warzone’s impressive player count is no doubt bolstered by its free-to-play status, but it clearly offers a unique and refreshing take on the battle royale genre. If you’re still on the fence about downloading Warzone, check out Ryan’s in-depth review of the game below.