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Xbox Cloud Gaming: Now Running on Xbox Series X; Expanded PC and Apple Device Availability

At Xbox, our mission is simple: bring the joy and community of gaming to everyone on the planet. To achieve that, we aspire to empower everyone to play the games you want, with the people you want, anywhere you want.

We are creating a future that combines the gaming heritage of Xbox and the power of Azure. A future where we bring high fidelity, immersive games to the 3 billion players around the world. Now we’re taking a big step forward to reaching that vision: Starting today, Xbox Cloud Gaming is available to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members with Windows 10 PCs and Apple phones and tablets, via browser, across 22 countries. If you’re a member or want to become a member, simply go to xbox.com/play on Microsoft Edge, Chrome, or Safari on your PC or mobile device to start playing hundreds of games from the Xbox Game Pass library.

With billions of active Windows 10 PCs, iOS devices and Android phones, we want you to have new opportunities to play the deepest, most immersive games whenever and wherever you choose. Simply put, we’re bringing the Xbox experience directly to the devices you use most.

We’re also making significant improvements to the overall experience: Xbox Cloud Gaming is now powered by custom Xbox Series X hardware. We’ve been upgrading Microsoft datacenters around the globe with the fastest, most powerful Xbox hardware to give you faster load times, improved frame rates, and an experience of a new generation of gaming. To ensure the lowest latency, highest quality experience across the broadest set of devices, we will be streaming at 1080p and up to 60fps. Going forward we’ll continue to innovate and add more features to enhance your cloud gaming experience.

Cloud gaming provides seamless play across your devices. When you’re streaming games on a PC or mobile device, your game is playing from Xbox hardware in a Microsoft datacenter. This means you can jump into a game, connect with your friends, and play through the Xbox network just as you’ve always done. That’s right, your game saves are just the same wherever and whenever you play, so you can pick right back up from where you left off. 

So grab your PC and stream Outriders or Doom on your iPad using your saved game. Or, when you have a free half-hour, you can fire up xbox.com/play and get a game in on MLB The Show 21.

As we bring games to more devices, we’re also evolving how you can play your games. Today about one-in-six players who play from the cloud are exclusively using custom touch controls that are enabled for more than 50 games – one I personally love is Minecraft Dungeons. And of course, you can also play games from the cloud using a compatible Xbox Wireless Controller, or one of the many supported controllers and mobile gaming accessories, including the all-new Backbone One for iOS.

Today marks a key milestone in our journey to bring the Xbox experience to all gamers, and we can’t wait for you to begin playing. I remember about three years ago, the first time I picked up a phone and played a cloud game, using nothing but touch controls. It’s a moment I’ll never forget, where the beauty of the graphics mixed with the creativity of technology to create something truly magical. So, from Team Xbox to you, we hope you experience more joy and connection through gaming anywhere and everywhere.

Author: Catherine Gluckstein, Vice President & Head of Product, Xbox Cloud Gaming
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Bloodborne Remastered PS5 release date latest: Expanded edition tipped for 2021 launch

New details have emerged about a potential Bloodborne Remastered game coming to PS5.

The latest rumours suggest Bloodborne Remastered will have a late 2021 release date on PlayStation 5.

That’s according to a new leak on French Twitter feed SoulsHunt, which has a great track record when it comes to upcoming reveals.

Based on the latest information, Bloodborne Remastered will launch on PS5 first, before making its way to PC.

Interestingly, the game isn’t said to be in development at FromSoftware or Bluepoint Games.

As a reminder, BluePoint is responsible for the excellent PS5 port of Demon’s Souls, which launched alongside the console last year.

The remaster is, however, said to be ambitious, which means it should contain a wealth of visual improvements, as well as an improved frame-rate.

Fans have been clamouring for a 60 frames-per-second update for a long time, so hopefully this will satisfy them.

There are even rumours that Bloodborne Remastered will contain additional content on the PlayStation 5.

Fans of Bloodborne have discovered plenty of cut content since the game launched back in 2015.

As seen on YouTube channels like VaatiVidya, Bloodborne fans have uncovered everything from cut monsters and boss fights, to new lines of dialogue and areas to explore.

While it would great to see some of this content included in a Director’s Cut version of the game, brand new content would also be welcome.

As long as it contributes something worthwhile to the Bloodborne lore, it’s all good.

Even if the Bloodborne Remastered rumours turn out to be false, FromSoftware fans have Elden Ring to look forward to.

The open-world FromSoftware game has a January 2022 release date on PlayStation, Xbox and PC.

Elden Ring is a fantasy adventure collaboration between From Software’s Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.

“Unparalleled adventure awaits in Elden Ring, the next epic fantasy title created by From Software, Inc. and Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc,” reads the official description.

“Elden Ring is From Software’s largest game to-date and is set in a sprawling realm steeped in a rich and bloody history crafted by Hidetaka Miyazaki – creator of the influential and critically acclaimed DARK SOULS video game series; and George R.R. Martin – author of The New York Times best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire.”

The game features horseback combat, giant bosses and the same brutal Dark Souls-inspired action.

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Green list update: 11 countries that could be made green

The green list was revealed on May 17 when international travel was allowed to resume, but much to the dismay of aspiring travellers, only 12 destinations were added. Green countries are those deemed safe for recreational travel and don’t require passengers to quarantine upon their return to the UK. Travel to amber and red countries is still allowed but discouraged, and depending on which destination you venture to, you’ll have to quarantine either in an approved hotel or your own home on your way back into the country. Those hoping to holiday safely are undoubtedly anxiously awaiting the next travel update to see where they can go.
This week Mr Shapps urged eager holidaymakers hoping to travel within the European Union to exercise patience.Mr Shapps said: “I don’t think people have a very long time to wait before other countries are able to join the green list.:”

The Transport Secretary added France’s vaccination rate is lagging six to eight weeks behind the UK, meaning it could be deemed safe for travel soon.

He urged travellers in the UK to be “a little patient” and wait for countries to be added before venturing out of the country for leisure purposes.

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The expected update comes as British travellers may face tougher restrictions while travelling to France following numerous reported cases of the India variant circulating in the UK.According to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, the UK won’t be dubbed a red list country but could face “slightly tougher sanitary measures”, possibly having a category of its own according to Schengen Visa Info.

Mr Le Drian said: “The arrival of the Indian variant is a problem, and we remain on high alert regarding that matter in cooperation with the British authorities.

Currently, Brits travelling to France have to provide a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before they arrive, fill in a health declaration form forcing them to self isolate for seven days and then take another PCR test.

The EU Parliament is expected to enable European citizens to travel around the 27-nation-bloc using Covid certificates from June 16, but since the UK left in December 2020, it cannot take advantage of the arrangement.

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed