Backward compatible games that play better on Xbox Series S

Oldies can still be goodies.

If you follow Xbox news, you’re likely well aware that the Xbox Series X is a monster. It has a slew of new titles that run at high resolutions and frame rates. It can run older Xbox One X-enhanced games even better than that console could. But what about the Xbox Series S? Which games get some benefit from Microsoft’s other next-gen console?

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order just got a next-gen update

Respawn’s 2019 Star Wars release just got a lot better on Series X and Series S.

A few weeks back, I wrote a post about games that were just begging for Xbox Series X upgrades. It’s as though Respawn and EA were listening, because Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — a game that appeared on that list — just got a nice little update targeted at the Series X and Series S.

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Finally, your Xbox Elite Controller paddles will work with Steam

The Steam experience becomes more Elite.

The Xbox controller has been the de facto Steam controller for a long while. Just about any game you can play with controller support feels right with it. What Steam couldn’t do, however, was support the paddles found on the back of the Elite Controller. Thankfully, it appears an update to bring paddle support is on the way.

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January 2021 Xbox release dates

The first month of the year is slim pickins.

How’s the new year been for you so far? The end of 2020 brought us brand new consoles, a slew of blockbuster titles, and Stephen A. Smith bashing the Dallas Cowboys at The Game Awards. In an otherwise ghastly period, those are at least a few highlights we can point to. Now, though? The calendar has been tossed in the garbage and replaced with a new one. With that, it’s time to talk about January 2021 Xbox release dates.

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Earth patch v. 2021 coming soon

Please don’t review bomb us on Metacritic.

“Dear Gamers,

We would like to apologize for the current state of Earth. We should have paid more attention to making it run better. We will fix all bugs and crashes, ultimately culminating in patch v. 2021. Please accept our sincere apologies.

Humbly,
The Earth Development Team”

This evening marks the end of an especially trying year. While we’ll be celebrating the end of it, those celebrations will also look a lot different than we’re used to. Keep your chins up. Hope is on the horizon. We just have to sit this one last party out.

Jump online and play some games with friends. Spend some time with your favorite Twitch streamer. Take this opportunity to finally binge The Mandalorian. The year 2021 will start out a little rough, too, but once we get over those first few bumps, it’ll only get better from there.

Best wishes.

Ubisoft Plus and Xbox Game Pass: Not likely

This one definitely sounds more like fan-fic, folks.

There’s been a rumor floating around these past few days that, frankly, I’ve done my best to ignore. It started on a sketchy-looking Xbox website (that I will not link to), and, over the course of a few days, gained a lot of traction. The rumor states the following: Ubisoft Plus and Xbox Game Pass will join forces, just as Game Pass and EA Play did this year.

This does not make fiscal sense for either company — at least, not in the way Ubisoft Plus is structured right now.

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If you plan to travel, the Xbox Series S is likely your best bet

Tiny can be mighty.

The Xbox Series S is basically the Nick Foles of Microsoft’s next-gen lineup. It’s not the franchise quarterback. You shouldn’t build your entire entertainment experience around this particular box. But in the right circumstance, it is perfect. It is exactly what you need. It can deliver in the clutch, and sometimes, that’s all you really need.

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Introducing Game Pass Club: A new ‘book club’ for Xbox Game Pass titles

Let’s play together.

Look: 2020 has been a tough year. We’ve been largely blocked off from friends and family. So many of the social activities we enjoyed — playing sports, going out for beers — were either changed drastically or were shut down altogether. We’re losing out on a lot of the experiences we once shared with one another, and it looks like 2021 might have more of that on the menu. Yes, things are looking up, but we still have at least a few more months of the status quo.

That’s where Game Pass Club comes in.

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Xbox Series X and S stock: How to find it

Nab yourself a shiny new Xbox.

It’s not every day I get to reference my hometown ABC affiliate in an article about Xbox, but Harrisburg’s ABC 27 recently posted an article that could be helpful to those looking for Xbox Series X and S stock. The new consoles aren’t easy to find at the moment, but if you follow ABC 27’s helpful tips, you may have a shot at tracking one down.

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Everwild release date: When’s it coming?

“Unforgettable experiences in a natural and magical world.”

Everwild is a fascinating project. It’s a new IP from Rare — the latest after Sea of Thieves. Aside from a reveal at X019 and another trailer shown during July 2020’s Xbox showcase, though, we don’t know a whole lot about it. What can you expect from this title? Will it bring that same whimsical Rare charm players are accustomed to? And when is the Everwild release date?

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