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Microsoft: “Xbox Series X and S are the only next-gen consoles that support all RDNA2 features”

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Microsoft Xbox Series X and S are the only next-gen consoles that support all RDNA2 features

We’ve known about the term RDNA2 for a long time, but precisely the first time we heard that a system was going to use it (aside from future AMD graphics, of course) was when Xbox Series X was still Project Scarlett. Until today, we already knew absolutely everything about the new generation of Microsoft, but it was precisely the processor manufacturer that was missing to reveal its new generation of graphics.

Today, with the official launch of the new RX 6000, AMD has confirmed the full support and functionality of RDNA2. As we expected, many of these are already integrated into Xbox Series X and S, but, let’s get to the point, the big question that crosses the internet is whether the Sony console has exactly the same characteristics as Microsoft’s. And the statement today from the Xbox Wire account has been resounding:

Xbox Series X | S will be the only next-generation consoles with full RDNA2 integration, thanks to our agreement with AMD.

Xbox Series X and S: Full RDNA2

Obviously, there is always room for a response from the PS5, but there are specific functions of RDNA2, such as the VRS and Mesh Shaders that have not been mentioned in their presentations, which raised suspicions in the user. As we can read in the XboxWire post, everything presented today at the AMD show will also be supported by Xbox Series X and S.

Games like Watch Dogs: Legion already have DirectX Raytracing, the Mesh Shaders provide a very high capacity to the system to handle geometry in real-time, giving developers flexibility never seen before.

The Sampler Feedback, built into the Xbox Series Velocity Architecture, allows only the portions of texture that the GPU needs to render for a scene to be stored in memory, providing a more than double memory and bandwidth boost.

Finally, it is confirmed that games like Gears 5 will use Variable Rate Shading or VRS, which allows saving GPU resources in the least necessary image fragments without reducing image quality, making the system gain up to 15% performance. only with this feature.

But collaboration goes further, thanks to Direct ML or Machine Learning that Xbox Series has built into the hardware. This will not only allow adding smarter NPCs or better animations but also a better visual quality thanks to techniques such as “Super-resolution by ML”, which will automatically increase the resolution.

A whole series of features that AMD and Microsoft have put together in Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, which will open more and more possibilities for this future next generation that is coming to us. This is great news.

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Microsoft increases the price of Xbox Series X and Xbox Game Pass

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Microsoft increases the price of Xbox Series X and Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft has announced that starting from the beginning of August, “to cope with global market competition”, the price of the Xbox Series X will undergo an increase.

XBOX SERIES X: INCREASING THE LIST PRICE

Prices will largely match the increase Sony announced for the PS5 last year. In Italy, the console will retail for €549.99. There will be no changes to the prices of the Xbox Series S

GAME PASS PRICES ALSO INCREASE

Furthermore, starting from July 6, the new rates for new players who subscribe to Game Pass Ultimate and Game Pass for Console will also come into force.

Current Game Pass Ultimate and Console members will receive an email from Xbox with details about their membership before their next renewal.

These are the new prices:

  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: €14,99
  • Xbox Game Pass Console: €10,99
  • PC Game Pass €9,99

Most markets will be impacted by Xbox Game Pass price increases, with the exception of some Game Pass console prices which will remain the same in Norway, Chile, Denmark, Switzerland, and Saudi Arabia.

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Pumpkin Jack will also receive Ray Tracing in its free version for Xbox Series X

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Pumpkin Jack will also receive Ray Tracing in its free version for Xbox Series X

Just a year later and this time, ready for Halloween, Pumpkin Jack returns to the attack with a version adapted for Xbox Series X and PS5, without details at the moment for Xbox Series S, which of course will receive improvements, but still undetermined.

And it is that this arcade of platforms so colorful and particular we are sure that it will paint great with the typical improvements of the new generation. If you don’t know what we thought last year, here is the analysis, which is precisely from a server.

Specifically, we are not talking about any improvement, because again, another title is aimed at both including Ray Tracing, in this case, Pumpkin Jack will have two graphic modes, one based on Quality, which reaches 4K resolution, quality ultra effects or shadows and ray tracing, however, will run at 30fps.

On the other hand, we will have the well-known performance mode, which should not be despised, since it discards some of the ultra and Ray Tracing improvements, but still maintains the 4K objective, but at 60 fps.

Pumpkin Jack arrives at the nextgen in time for Halloween

It should be remembered how curious Pumpkin Jack is and the merit of being developed by a single person, Nicolas Meyssonier, all in Unreal Engine and with an incredible result that reminds us a lot of the golden age of platforms like Medievil.

We will have to be attentive to their new projects, but for now, we can only tell you that this update is totally free, so if you bought it at the time and you have not touched it yet, perhaps this is the moment. Well, rather on October 27, which will be when the version of this generation is released.

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Watch Dogs Expansion: Legion Titled Bloodline Officially Released Today

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Watch Dogs Expansion Legion Titled Bloodline Officially Released Today

Some time ago, Ubisoft announced the presence of an expansion for its open-world game, Watch Dogs: Legion, entitled Bloodline.

The expansion, which presents the stories of two iconic characters from the Watch Dogs series, namely Aiden Pearce and Wrench, has finally been launched this Wednesday (7/7/21).

The Bloodline expansion is currently available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via EGS or the Ubisoft Store.

In this expansion, players will later play as Aiden Pearce who must find Wrench because he has a special task so that his brother Jackson is not harmed.

In addition to bringing the Bloodline expansion, Ubisoft is also presenting a new Season Pass in Watch Dogs: Legion which brings a lot of interesting content and also the option to add Aiden or Wrench to DedSec Resistance in the campaign and online mode.

It is known that Aiden Pearce will come with abilities such as Focus for Slowmo aiming, System Crash to turn off electronic devices, and also Gunslinger to give buff damage. Then for Wrench, there are abilities such as Summon Sergei, Ninja Balls, Lady Smash, and MPX SMG/LTL Grenade Launcher.

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