Guide Xbox Game Pass In 2023: The Full List Of Everything Announced So Far
The complete list of all games
The hottest picks for RPG action on Xbox consoles in 2023
News These Eight Games Are Coming To Xbox Game Pass (May 18-30)
The latest official roundup of new titles
Guide New Xbox Games Release Dates In 2023
2023's upcoming Xbox launch dates
News Xbox Game Pass June 2023: First Two Games Confirmed Following Launch Date Shift
Staying in the bunker a little longer
News - May, 2023
TodaySun, 28th May 2023
Talking Point Did You Know Insomniac Made An Xbox Game Before Sunset Overdrive?
Long before the days of being Sony-owned
When you think of Xbox plus Insomniac Games, you likely think of Sunset Overdrive, right? This early Xbox One era exclusive remains one of the high points of that generation, and it's still talked about by Xbox fans today - over eight years since launch. However, did you know that the team actually developed...
YesterdaySat, 27th May 2023
Guide Xbox Game Pass: All Games Coming Soon In June 2023
The full list of confirmed games so far
Looking for a complete list of games coming to Xbox Game Pass in June 2023? It can be pretty difficult to keep track of all the comings and goings in the world of Xbox Game Pass every week, so we've put together this handy guide to provide an overview of what's coming to Xbox Game Pass in June, as well as the...
Feature These 25+ Games Are Coming To Xbox Next Week (May 29 - June 2)
"A new era for fighting games begins"
Welcome to your new Xbox games roundup for May 29th to June 2nd! We've got a busy few days ahead for new releases, including the arrival of Street Fighter 6 along with the Diablo 4 early access period (for Deluxe/Ultimate Edition owners), as well as three Xbox Game Pass titles that are all launching on the...
News Stop The Presses, Square Enix Just Announced A New Game For Xbox
The first SE Xbox release in 2023!
Xbox fans have been forced to wait almost half a year for any kind of Square Enix news, but now we finally have confirmation that at least one game from the publisher will release on Microsoft's platform in 2023. Phew! That game is Infinity Strash: DRAGON QUEST The Adventure of Dai, which was announced a few hours...
Pick One Which Is Your Favourite 'Metal Gear' Game On Xbox?
We're missing a few, but there are still plenty of them!
It's time for another round of Pick One! This week, to celebrate the announcement of the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake for Xbox, we thought we'd go back and look at the history of Metal Gear games on Microsoft's consoles. <related ids="150006"> We're definitely missing a fair few Metal...
Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (May 27-28)
How about some Cassette Beasts?
Welcome to the weekend! If you're looking for some new games to play over the next few days, we've been treated to a bunch of recent Xbox Game Pass releases, various new free-to-play titles have been getting a great reception on the Xbox Store, and there are lots of Xbox deals that are cu
News Minecraft's 'Trails & Tales' Update Locks In A June Xbox Release Date
Camel mounts are on the way
Mojang has officially locked in a release date for the Minecraft Trails & Tales Update. It'll be arriving across all platforms including Xbox and Windows PC next month on 7th June. This new (and free) update (Version 1.20) will add a new biome, more mobs and blocks, two full new wood sets and much more. Below is a...
Friday26th May 2023
Report Microsoft Makes Three Major Changes To Xbox Achievement Rules
To help tackle easy gamerscore titles
It's being reported that Microsoft has implemented three brand-new Xbox achievement rules that all games will seemingly need to abide by in the future, and they're focused around ensuring achievements can't be earned too easily. This is courtesy of True Achievements, which says that games will have to avoid the...
News Xbox Fans Begin Speculating As Double Fine Teases 'More To Come' On Game Pass
"There's something for everyone and more to come!"
This week marked the arrival of Double Fine's Massive Chalice on Xbox Game Pass, and in a follow-up post on social media yesterday, the Xbox studio teased that there was "more to come" on the subscription service. No specifics were provided, but the wording — and image seen above — got a lot of...
News Alone In The Dark Launches This October, And A Free Prologue Is Out Now On Xbox
Check those corners
We've known about THQ Nordic's plans to reimagine Alone in the Dark since last summer, and the project has intrigued us ever since, especially with how well Capcom has breathed new life into various Resident Evil classics in recent years. Today, the team has unvei
News Xbox Games Showcase 2023 To Be Shown In 25 Different Movie Theaters
Tickets are free and you get $10 in snacks!
We know you're looking forward to the Xbox Games Showcase 2023 as much as we are, and if you're interested in watching the show in style, it's been confirmed that 25 movie theaters in the U.S. will be showing the event for free. Better yet, you'll even get $10 worth of snacks to use on whatever you want!...
News Rockstar Is Seeking 'Nothing Short Of Perfection' With GTA 6
"That's a challenge that the folks at Rockstar face every time"
Will GTA 6 come out this generation? We certainly hope so, but it's been a long development cycle so far for the team at Rockstar, and parent company Take-Two has hinted at one of the big reasons why. Basically, Take-Two believes that Rockstar "seeks perfection" with its Grand Theft...
News The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum Dev Apologises For Issues & Is 'Committed' To Patching The Game On Xbox
"Please accept our sincere apologies for any disappointment"
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum has launched in a pretty rough state this week, and it's led to some scathing reviews of Daedalic's new LOTR adventure - including a 2/10 from our sister site Push Square. The good news is that the team has at least acknowledged the game's poor reception and...
News Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Adds 'Battle Royale Mission', Unveils First Expansion
The DLC pack launches next month
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty has been one the biggest hits of the Xbox Game Pass library in 2023 so far, at least when it comes to general buzz surrounding the game's launch and its subsequent updates. The team has just dropped its latest patch, version 1.08, and it adds a very intriguing new feature to the game.
News Walmart Plus Is Giving Away 2 Free Months Of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
And Xbox Game Pass is giving away 45 days of Walmart Plus...
If you're looking for a free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate code, you might be in luck! Walmart Plus is giving away two free months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (in the U.S.), and there's a free 30-day trial for Walmart Plus on its website. The Game Pass code is a limited-time offer that appears...
News THQ Nordic Offers To Publish Physical Version Of Alan Wake 2
"We'd love to go at it again!"
Shortly after Remedy's big Alan Wake 2 blowout during Wednesday's PlayStation Showcase, we learnt that the upcoming spooky sequel was going to be a digital-only release on all platforms - including Xbox Series X|S. However, publisher THQ Nordic has seemingly thrown its hat into the ring for creating some kind of...
Deals Huge Xbox Warhammer Sale Now Live, 70+ Discounts Included
Featuring the newly released Boltgun!
The Warhammer Skulls celebrations for 2023 kicked off last night with the Skulls Showcase, introducing us to a bunch of new reveals for various upcoming Xbox titles such as Space Marine 2 and Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin. <related ids="150101"> To capitalise on the hype, Xbox is now running a special...
News Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath Brings Its 'Psyko' Shooter To Xbox Game Pass Next Week
A Hypnospace Outlaw spin-off
The Xbox Game Pass lineup for May 2023 is about to come to an end, so as we look ahead to next month, the first title that's been confirmed so far is Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Vengance Of The Slayer, which arrives for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC as soon as next Thursday, June 1st. And... well,...
Thursday25th May 2023
News Three Games Are Available Today With Xbox Game Pass (May 25)
Including this great Pokémon-like adventure
Welcome to another Xbox Game Pass day! We've got three games joining the library today, two of which are brand-new releases for console, and all of which have received good reviews across the web. Cassette Beasts, for example, has a Metacritic rating of 83 and a Steam rating of "Overwhelmingly Positive",...
News AEW Unveils 30 Minutes Of 'Fight Forever' Gameplay Ahead Of June's Xbox Launch
Alongside two very violent screenshots
We were finally treated to a release date for AEW: Fight Forever on Xbox earlier this week (it's coming on June 29th), and following the announcement, THQ Nordic and AEW Games wasted little time giving us a look at what to expect. In the video above, you can watch 30 minutes of brand-new gameplay footage from...
News Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Congratulates Sony On 'Nice' PlayStation Showcase
"It's fun to get to see what's to come"
Xbox's Phil Spencer has been active on social media over the past few hours, taking to the platform to not only share his excitement over Bungie's Marathon, but also to praise the PlayStation Showcase 2023 in general. In a response to PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Huls
News 'Teardown' Is A Highly-Rated Open World Heist Game Heading To Xbox In 2023
This one looks very interesting!
Yesterday's PlayStation Showcase delivered lots of third-party announcements that interested us Xbox fans, with huge titles like Assassin's Creed Mirage and Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater unveiled at the Sony show. However, there were also some 'smaller' multi-platform titles shown off, including the...
News European Commission Explains Why It Disagreed With UK CMA Over Xbox ActiBlizz Deal
"Occasionally, we reach decisions that are not aligned..."
Microsoft has officially appealed against the block of its Activision Blizzard takeover in the UK, with the formal process taking place earlier this week. The appeal is being handled by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). This was announced by a Microsoft spokesperson in response to...
Reaction PlayStation's Showcase Was A Win For Xbox, Whichever Way You Slice It
Third party bonanza
As the dust settles on Sony's big 2023 PlayStation Showcase, we're left with one big takeaway ahead of Microsoft's show next month - it was a pretty big win for Team Xbox. Sony's show wasn't bad by any means - in fact, there were lots of games shown that we're excited to play. However, the good news for us and the folks over at...
News Alan Wake 2 Will Be Digital-Only On Xbox For 'Many Reasons'
Wakey wakey, download speed
Alan Wake 2 was properly revealed during yesterday's PlayStation Showcase, with developer Remedy giving us a first glimpse at real gameplay ahead of the title's October release. Alongside this in-game reveal, the team dropped a bunch more Alan Wake 2 info onto its
Roundup Every Xbox Warhammer Announcement At The Skulls Showcase 2023
New games, release dates and updates!
Today marked the Warhammer Skulls Showcase 2023, which revealed a bunch of Warhammer announcements for Xbox. Below, you'll find a complete roundup of everything we saw (Xbox-related) at the event. Here's the complete Xbox rundown from the Warhammer Skulls Showcase 2023: Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of...
News Forza Motorsport Cover Art Revealed, More Gameplay Coming Very Soon
"See you at the starting line"
Turn 10 Studios has today pulled back the curtain on the official Forza Motorsport cover art, revealing that the cover cars are the 2023 No. 01 Cadillac Racing V-Series.R and 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray. In addition, it's been confirmed that these two Forza Motorsport cars will be getting an "up-close look" at the...
News The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum Is Getting Dreadful Reviews At Launch
We could be looking at one of the worst games of 2023
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is launching today on Xbox (and other platforms) after a number of delays, and we're starting to realise why this game has seemingly been in limbo for quite some time. Early reviews for this new LOTR title are starting to go live and, well... it's not looking good...
Report Xbox To Unveil Starfield Controller & Headset At Games Showcase 2023
It looks like we have prices as well
It's being reported that Xbox will unveil a Starfield controller and headset at the upcoming Xbox Games Showcase 2023 on June 11th, and it looks like we already know pricing details as well. This has been leaked by the reliable billbil-kun, who had the following to say for
News Metal Gear Solid 3's Remake Treatment Looks Impressive In New Screenshots
We've come a long way since the mid-2000s!
The long-rumoured Metal Gear Solid 3 remake was unveiled last night, and just like recent reports, the game is indeed coming to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, as well as PlayStation 5 and PC. The above teaser trailer showcases a slither of what to expect with this reimagining, while the team at Konami
Video 'Aliens: Dark Descent' Deep Dive Shows Extended Look At Tactical Action Gameplay
Coming to Xbox next month!
There's a new Aliens game coming to Xbox in less than a month! Yep, we'd forgotten how close Aliens: Dark Descent was to launching across Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S - so this new gameplay drop has served up a lovely reminder for us at PX HQ. And you know what, it's looking pretty bloody good so far- emphasis on the...
Poll Looking Back At Alan Wake, What Score Would You Give It?
If you were to review it now
It's been an exciting week for Alan Wake fans, with the very first gameplay trailer being unveiled for Alan Wake 2 alongside a release date of October 17th - and that's got us reminiscing about the original game here at Pure Xbox. Of course, unlike the sequel,
Wednesday24th May 2023
Guide Xbox Game Pass In 2023: The Full List Of Everything Announced So Far
The complete list of all games
Xbox Game Pass is already filling up for 2023, and if you're looking for a list of everything coming to Game Pass in 2023, you've come to the right place! Below, we've picked out the complete list of games announced for Xbox Game Pass in 2023 so far, and we'll keep updating this as more are announced throughout the...
News Lots Of Games Confirmed For Xbox Following PlayStation Showcase 2023
"What a good looking group"
Today's PlayStation Showcase 2023 is officially done and dusted, and although nothing was mentioned about Xbox during the event itself, we've since been treated to a bunch of confirmations that you'll definitely want to know about! This includes the announcement of the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake, a new date and gameplay...
News Xbox Adds Some Wild Game Pass Categories, Including One For Titles That Show Character Legs
"Literally games that let you see your character's legs"
Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service, and like most subscription services, Microsoft allows users to browse the library by all sorts of different categories to find the games they want. These are typically separated by genre or other similar kinds of differentiating factors, but now, the...
News It's Official, The Metal Gear Solid 3 Remake Is Coming To Xbox Series X|S
"A faithful recreation of the original story and game design"
It's official! Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater has been announced today as part of the PlayStation Showcase 2023, with the confirmation that it'll not only be coming to PS5, but also Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC. In addition, we're likely getting a "Master Collection" of the...
Guide June 2023 Showcases: Every Xbox-Related Event Announced So Far
The Xbox event, Summer Game Fest, Ubisoft Forward and more
It's almost time for the 2023 summer showcases to begin! June kicks off a very busy period for gaming events including the Xbox Games Showcase 2023 along with the Starfield Direct, so we thought we'd collect all of these Xbox-related presentations into one guide so you know when to keep your...
News Bungie's New 'Marathon' Is An Extraction Shooter Coming To Xbox Series X And S
From the creators of Halo
Bungie has officially unveiled its revival of 'Marathon' - an old series that the famous Halo developer worked on prior to Xbox's blockbuster franchise. This time, the IP is coming back as an extraction shooter, and Xbox Series X|S is thankfully included in the platform list. For now, we don't have any kind of release date...
Review Hyperkin Xenon Controller - An Amazing 360 Throwback For Xbox One, Series X|S
Just like the real thing
The Xbox 360 controller is well-known for being one of the very best controllers ever made. Microsoft's evolution of the original Xbox 'S' controller felt like a truly refined effort for the company's second home console, and third-party accessory maker Hyperkin has decided to bring it forward for Xbox One, Xbox Series X and...
News Xbox Has Much Weaker Brand Momentum Than PlayStation, Claims New Sony Document
With Nintendo in second place
Oh boy, here we go! Sony's most recent business report features a bunch of information about how well the PlayStation brand has been performing lately, and as spotted by our sister site Push Square, it also includes a reference to Xbox. That reference is found in a graph where Sony compares "leading category momentum"...
News Former Telltale Devs Launch 'Star Trek: Resurgence' To Reasonable Reviews On Xbox
"To boldly go where Telltale has gone before"
This week marks the arrival of Star Trek: Resurgence on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and the first reviews have been going live over the past few days, with the game getting a generally positive reception overall. Star Trek: Resurgence marks the debut release from Dramatic Labs, which is...
News Age Of Empires 4 Co-Dev Suffers Significant Layoffs Prior To Upcoming Xbox Release
"This decision was incredibly difficult."
The co-developer of Age of Empires 4 had some sad news to share last night, as it was revealed that 121 employees were being laid off from the company (Relic Entertaiment), described as an "incredibly difficult" decision to make. This was revealed in a statement on social media, where Relic and SEGA Europe...
News Alan Wake 2 Launches On Xbox This October, First Gameplay Revealed
We found the manuscript!
Remedy has finally peeled back the curtain a little bit further on the highly-anticipated Alan Wake 2! The team has showcased a first look at gameplay during PlayStation Showcase 2023, and we now have an official launch date too. Alan Wake 2 hits Xbox Series X|S on October 17, 2023, and our initial glimpse at gameplay has...
News Xbox Is 'Focused' On Finding New Developers Outside Of Well-Known Locations
"We have focused on trying to get more global with it"
Major deals like Xbox's huge push to acquire Activision Blizzard make regular headlines, of course, but Xbox is keen to expand its development portfolio in different ways as well. Speaking to UK outlet The Guardian, Xbox's Sarah Bond spoke about Microsoft's attempts to find developers who...
News Dragon's Dogma 2 Gameplay Finally Showcased Almost A Year After First Teaser
Coming to Xbox Series X|S consoles
Capcom has delivered some proper Dragon's Dogma 2 gameplay at the PlayStation Showcase 2023, almost a full year after it was first revealed last summer. That reveal was a decade on from the original release too, so Capcom certainly knows how to make us wait with Dragon's Dogma! A
Poll Which Xbox Console Had The Best Controller?
Come tell us your favourite generation Xbox controller!
Earlier today, we posted our review of Hyperkin's new Xbox 360 controller replica, and after being so impressed with their efforts, we've started thinking about which Xbox generation had the best controller. For a number of years now, we've been convinced — maybe even conditioned — that...
News Assassin's Creed Mirage Gameplay Trailer Confirms October 2023 Release Date
"Join an ancient organisation and come to understand a new creed"
It's been announced today as part of the PlayStation Showcase that Assassin's Creed Mirage will now launch on October 12th, 2023. You can check out the very first gameplay reveal trailer up above. The game, which was first announced in September of last year, is set in the city of...
News Embracer CEO Admits 'Challenging Year' Despite 'Encouraging' Sales For Dead Island 2
"The decision to give the studio time to polish the game has paid off"
Embracer Group is the top-level owner of Dead Island 2 and its development studio Dambuster, who both fall under the Deep Silver publishing label. It's all a bit complicated with this company, but the bottom line is that Embracer seems happy with how the long-awaited zombie...
News Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time Remake Still In 'Early Stage' At Ubisoft Montreal
"We're in conception right now"
It was all the way back in 2020 when Ubisoft announced the remake of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time with a January 2021 release date, but unfortunately it's still nowhere near close to launch right now. In May of last year, it was confirmed that Ubisoft Montreal was taking over the project from Ubisoft Mumbai...
Tuesday23rd May 2023
Guide How To Complete All Xbox Game Pass Quests In 2023
May 23rd Quests now live!
Have you heard of Xbox Game Pass Quests? For subscribers to the service, they're a great way of earning extra money while trying out some different games. In this article, you'll find guides for completing the game-specific Xbox Game Pass Quests every single week, helping you to maximise your Microsoft Rewards points in...
News Indie Game Gets Overlooked For Xbox, Publisher Suddenly Changes Decision
"Xbox gamers, we've heard you loud and clear!"
Update: Well, we didn't expect to be giving you an update this quickly! Just a day after announcing that Inspector Gadget - Mad Time Party would be coming to Xbox "if the demand is strong enough", publisher Microids has decided that the demand is indeed strong enough, and therefore an Xbox version will...
Guide Xbox Adds More Perks For Game Pass Ultimate Members (May 2023)
Here's what you can claim for free this month
The Xbox Game Pass Perks program is back with plenty of freebies in May 2023, including a particularly enticing Walmart+ subscription in the US! We also had a handful of Perks last month that we never got around to highlighting here at Pure Xbox, so we've grouped those into the pile below (just in case...
News Forza Horizon 5 Update 21 Is Huge, Featuring All-New Photo Mode Options & More
Explore the horizon
Forza Horizon 5 will move onto its Series 21 update on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC this week, and the team's 'Explore the Horizon' update is looking like one of the biggest yet. The headline feature is a re-worked photo mode that adds tons of new options for the car photography enthusiasts out there. From...
News One Of 2021's Highest-Rated Games Is Coming To Xbox Game Pass Next Week
It was #13 on Metacritic across all platforms
Microsoft revealed the latest set of titles coming to Xbox Game Pass in May 2023 last week, and one of them that you might have totally glossed over was Chicory: A Colorful Tale, heading to console and PC on May 30th. If you did, you should know there's a lot to look forward to here! Chicory: A Colorf
News Final Fantasy 16 Team 'Looked At All Options' Before Deciding On (Timed) PS5 Exclusivity
"We do approach multiple platforms"
It's now been close to three years since Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy 16 was going to be a PlayStation 5 exclusive, although according to a new interview, the team considered various platforms before making that decision. FFXVI producer Naoki Yoshida talked to Game Informer recently and mentioned that...
News The Highly-Rated 'Planet Of Lana' Is Available Today On Xbox Game Pass (May 23)
Dive into another excellent Game Pass adventure
This one has been a long time coming - the gorgeous 2D puzzle-platformer Planet of Lana is finally arriving on Xbox Game Pass today! We've been hands-on with Wishfully's debut title ahead of launch — which you can read all about in our Planet of Lana review — and we're happy to report that the game...
News Nacon Announces New 'Affordable' Xbox Controller For September 2023
"A heavy-duty, high-performing controller"
We've got another new Xbox controller hitting the market in the near future! As part of Bigben Week 2023, Nacon recently announced the "EVOL-X", which is an officially licensed Xbox controller coming out in September of this year. The company says it's built on the expertise gained with 2021's Nacon...
News 'Testament: The Order Of High Human' Is A First-Person Fantasy Action RPG Coming To Xbox
Featuring "metroidvania elements set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world"
A new development studio going by the name of Fairyship Games has announced its first solo project - Testament: The Order of High Human. This is a brand-new fantasy action RPG with "metroidvania elements", and it's coming to Xbox. Sadly, we don't know the launch date right...
Report Ubisoft's Open World Star Wars Game Is Blasting Towards Early 2024 Launch
Ubisoft hasn't exactly been prolific over the last few years. Lots of its upcoming lineup seems to continue to see delays — both public and internal — but a new report from outlet Kotaku at least gives us a little bit of hope for the team's upcoming Star Wars game. According to the report,
Deals 150+ Games Added To This Week's Xbox Sales (May 23-30)
Many of last week's offerings also remain
It's Tuesday, so that means we've got another set of weekly Xbox deals to go through! To be honest though, most of the offerings right now are being carried over from last week, such as the Publisher Spotlight Series sale, Activision Blizzard Franchise sale and the massive Xbox Super Saver sale. As a...
Deals All 20+ Backwards Compatible Games In This Week's Xbox Sales (May 23-30)
Original Xbox and Xbox 360 classics
As part of this week's set of new Xbox deals, we've once again got another batch of classic titles from the original Xbox and Xbox 360 eras that have been discounted for the next week, although some of them were already on sale anyway. For example, the big set of Call of Duty titles were part of last week's...
News F1 Manager 2023 Returns For A Second Season On Xbox This Summer
Drive Every Decision
Frontier Developments has announced today that the second entry in the F1 Manager series entitled "F1 Manager 2023" will be heading to Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S at some point in Summer 2023. Compared to last year's game, F1 Manager 2023 promises "deeper management systems, more dramatic racing, and an even...
Monday22nd May 2023
News Multiple New Free-To-Play Games Are Already Topping The Charts On Xbox
Ubisoft leads the pack
Earlier this month, we brought you news of multiple new free-to-play games coming to Xbox, and the good part is that they've all been received at least pretty well - which is why they're dominating the "Top Free Games" chart right now! Looking at the charts in the UK and US, Ubisoft's Trackmania is actually the #1 "Top Free...
News Microsoft Rewards Is Getting An Important Spot On The New Xbox Dashboard
Here's a first look
Last week, it was mentioned in an Xbox Insider update that Microsoft Rewards would be getting an important spot on the Xbox dashboard in the future, and now we know how it'll look when it arrives. Tom Warren of The Verge shared a sneak peak at this on Twitter over the weekend - look in the top-left corner! Interestingly, the...
News Phil Spencer Issues Mini-Statement As Xbox Unveils Latest Safety Report
"Investing in trust and safety is a top priority"
Xbox has today unveiled its second Transparency Report, which "details the continued efforts to better protect our players and illustrates our safety measures in action". The full report is available to download now on the Xbox website. The report spans July to December 2022, and some of the key...
Random Remember When Don Mattrick Told Us All To Buy An Xbox 360 In 2013?
Cries in always-online
Late last month, it clicked in our minds that we were fast approaching the 10-year anniversary of Microsoft's grand reveal for the Xbox One. Well, we say grand, but the livestream probably didn't quite go to plan for Xbox, at least in terms of fan reception to the reveal event as a whole. <related ids="148476">...
Review Planet Of Lana - A Gorgeous New Xbox Game Pass Adventure
We've been looking forward to this one
From the moment Planet of Lana was first announced as an Xbox Game Pass title back in 2021, there was plenty of excitement surrounding its amazing visuals - and therefore a lot of hope that it would translate into an entertaining puzzle-adventure experience. Fortunately, developer Wishfully has managed to...
News A Plague Tale: Requiem's 60FPS Mode Is 'Watertight', But Major Cutbacks Were Needed On Xbox Series X
XSX players have some new performance options
Earlier this month, Asobo Studio finally delivered a high performance mode for A Plague Tale: Requiem - applying to Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles at this stage. Well, as usual the team at Digital Foundry has taken a look at the new option
News You Can Now Try Out 'DREDGE' For Free On Xbox
Steam ratings for this indie hit are 'Overwhelmingly Positive'
Spooky fishing sim DREDGE has gone down really well since its launch in late March, and the team is hoping to bring in even more players with a new free trial option on the Xbox Store. You can now go hands-on with one hour of DREDGE for completely free across Xbox One and Xbox Series...
News Codemasters 'WRC 23' Debut Is Seemingly Right Around The Corner
Under new stewardship
We've known for a while that the racing experts over at Codemasters are taking over the WRC franchise this year, which will be under EA's new 'EA Sports Rally' brand following the company's acquisition of the British developer. The team still hasn't formally announced its first officially licensed WRC game though, but a new...
News Metal Gear Solid 3 Remake Is Reportedly Coming To Xbox After All
There have been rumours of PlayStation exclusivity
In the run up to Sony's big PlayStation Showcase this week, there have been lots of rumours about who and what might show up during the event. Konami has been at the top of those rumour lists following its recent Silent Hill announcements, although it looks like one of the company's other big...
News Alan Wake 2 Supposedly Aiming For October Release Date On Xbox Series X|S
"We're in the middle of working on it now"
Despite little information on what Alan Wake 2 actually is or what the game will look like on Xbox Series X|S, its release date could be right around the corner. Developer Remedy has always been gunning for a 2023 release with this long-awaited sequel, and one of the game's voice actors may have just...
News Xbox Is Hosting A Massive Assassin's Creed Franchise Sale Right Now
Including deep discounts on Valhalla content
Tuesday is typically the day for Xbox digital deal roundups, but we appear to have some new discounts that have gone live over the last few days - namely a pretty huge Assassin's Creed franchise sale. The majority of Ubisoft's AC games are now discounted on Xbox, including lots of Assassin's Creed...
News Boosteroid Joins Nvidia GeForce Now In Getting Access To Xbox Cloud Titles, Starting Next Month
Four titles will debut on the cloud gaming service
Following a bunch of long-term contracts granted to the likes of Nvidia, Boosteroid, EE and more, Microsoft has started adding its titles to these third-party cloud streaming services. Last week, Xbox announced that four games were hitting the Nvidia GeForce Now library in the coming days, and now...
News Kenny Omega Announces June Release Date For AEW: Fight Forever
"Good things come to those who wait"
The official AEW video game is almost here! AEW: Fight Forever has today received a June 29th, 2023 release date for Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S (along with other platforms), as announced by AEW star Kenny Omega. In a statement, Omega said the game had "exceeded my highest expectations": "Thanks...
Sunday21st May 2023
Soapbox Go Buy The Best Console Version Of Far Cry 3 While It's Cheap On Xbox
The 360 version is finally on sale!
Over the last few months I've somehow managed to squeeze out a couple of features about Far Cry 3, even though Ubisoft's seminal open world shooter is now a decade old. I just love this game so, so much, and it really proved that Ubisoft's open world formula did used to be fun before they simply added too much...
Saturday20th May 2023
Feature These 20+ Games Are Coming To Xbox Next Week (May 22-26)
Including four Xbox Game Pass titles
Welcome to your new Xbox games roundup for May 22nd to May 26th! We've got plenty to look forward to over the next few days, including the releases of Star Trek: Resurgence, Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun and The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, while the
News According To Metacritic, These Are The 10 Best Xbox Games Of 2023 So Far
It's a good list, but do you agree with it?
Every now and again, we like to take a look at how the Metacritic ratings are shaping up for Xbox releases, with the 2022 list revealing that Elden Ring was the highest-rated title of the year with a massive score of 96. In case you aren't aware, Metacritic creates an average score for each game based on...
Pick One Which Of These June Xbox Releases Are You Most Excited For?
We've got a busy month ahead
Yes, we're only halfway through the month of May, but we've already got our eye on what looks set to be an extremely busy month for Xbox in June, with the Xbox Games Showcase set to be joined by a variety of major releases! If you want to see everything that's been announced for June (and beyond), you'll find it...
Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (May 20-21)
Trying the SF6 beta?
It's time for the weekend! If you're interested in checking out what's new on Xbox over the next couple of days, we've got more Xbox Game Pass additions, a selection of Free Play Days titles, a free open beta for Street Fighter 6, and
News Halo Infinite Season 4 Adds Infection Mode This June
A multiplayer fan favourite returns
We've got a rather exciting update for Halo Infinite fans today, with 343 Industries announcing Infection mode for the multiplayer component. It will be arriving in Season 4, which starts on 20th June. Here's the teaser artwork to go with the announcement: Halo's Infection mode is a multiplayer game mode which...
Friday19th May 2023
News 'The Outlast Trials' Is Going Down Well In Early Access, And The Full Game Is Planned For Xbox
Outlast the terror
The Outlast Trials has been floating around for years at this point, in fact, it was first unveiled in 2019 before disappearing into the shadows for a short while. The team at Red Barrels brought the game back into the spotlight last year — with it's PC early access release now here — and eventually, we should be getting an...
Guide Starship Troopers: Extermination Dev 'Aware Of The Demand' For Xbox Version
"The team is focused on the Early Access launch"
Starship Troopers: Extermination arrived on the co-op FPS scene this week, and ever since its Early Access launch on PC, we've seen lots of questions about a console release. The game is live on Steam right now, but is it coming to Xbox? Is Starship Troopers: Extermination Coming To Xbox?: Right...
News In The Latest Xbox ActiBlizz Twist, China Reportedly Approves Microsoft's Acquisition
While Microsoft looks like it has a fight on its hands with the UK CMA — and potentially the US FTC — over its Activision Blizzard acquisition, in a new twist today - China has reportedly approved the deal. According to the financial analysts over at
News Two More Titles Revealed For Xbox Game Pass (May 18 - June 1)
And one is available right now!
We may have recently had our official back half of May Xbox Game Pass roundup, but two more titles have since been revealed - including a shadow drop! That'll be Supraland: Six Inches Under which is now available in the Game Pass library, with Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath heading to the service day one on June 1...
Video 10 Xbox Games To Play If You Like The Look Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom
No Switch? No problem!
Thanks to Xbox Game Pass we've always got lots of unique experiences to be blasting through on our PCs and Xbox consoles, but every now and then another platform delivers something you just can't seem to resist. Over the last week, Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has taken the gaming world by storm, and of course, it's only...
News Last Month's Xbox Series X And S Sales Strong In Europe Compared To April 2022
Hardware sales up 19% in European markets
It seems to be a bit of an up-and-down story with Xbox hardware sales this generation, with 2023 continuing on that path so far. Recently, Xbox posted a year-on-year drop of 30% for Xbox hardware revenue globally, however, the consoles seem to have done well last month in a bunch of European markets -...
News 2K Seems To Be Totally In Favour Of Xbox Acquiring Activision Blizzard
It could be a slam dunk
Earlier this week, 2K parent company Take-Two released its latest financial report, and a batch of related Q&As have led to some interesting Xbox tidbits. We already reported on the company's CEO saying we're "probably" going to see mid-gen console upgrades, and the 2K boss also discussed Microsoft's ongoing acquisition...
News Xbox Store Gets Welcome Browser Update As Part Of Accessibility Improvements
"It’s easier than ever to find your next favorite Xbox games"
Yesterday, Xbox celebrated its "commitment to accessibility" as part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, sharing a whole bunch of ways that the team has been working to support the brand's Gaming & Disability communities. This includes updated accessibility support pages on the...
Thursday18th May 2023
News Free Play Days: Try These Xbox Games For Free (May 18-21)
Included with Xbox Live Gold & Game Pass Ultimate
Xbox Free Play Days is back, and we have another generous weekend ahead of us! Microsoft has dropped four titles into its free-to-play promotion this week, including Ubisoft's huge co-op shooter The Division 2. Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor - Martyr
News Two Games Are Available Today With Xbox Game Pass (May 18)
Update: Make that three!
Update: We've been treated to a surprise third title! Supraland: Six Inches Under has arrived day one on the service for Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S following today's Humble Games 2023 showcase. Original story: It's time for another Xbox Game Pass day! We've got two games joining the library today, and both...
News We're 'Probably' Getting Mid-Gen Xbox & PlayStation Consoles, Says Take-Two CEO
Xbox Series XX
If you can believe it, we're already into the third year of Xbox Series X|S, which means hardware refreshes could be inbound soon. Last generation we were about to learn of the Xbox One S and Xbox One X at this point in the console's life cycle, and publisher Take-Two reckons we could be close to seeing similar refreshes for Xbox...
News Xbox One Launch Title 'Killer Instinct' Gets Major Quality-Of-Life Update In 2023
10 years strong
Killer Instinct may give us somewhat fear-inducing flashbacks to the Xbox One launch era, but it's grown into a bit of a cult classic since its Xbox launch in 2013. The team has continued to update and improve the title over the years, and this month's update is looking like it will keep the Xbox exclusive fighter going for years to...
News Phil Spencer Declares 'Big Milestone' As Xbox Debuts Four Games On Nvidia GeForce Now
With the first available today!
It was all the way back in late February that Microsoft announced it would be bringing Xbox and Activision Blizzard games to Nvidia's GeForce Now service, and that process has begun today with the arrival of Gears 5. In addition, three more Xbox titles (the PC versions) will be landing on GeForce Now before the end...
News Lords Of The Fallen Sets October Release Date For Xbox Series X|S
A vast world awaits
Update (Thu 18th May, 2023 14:10 BST): Lords Of The Fallen has now officially been confirmed as coming to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on October 13th, 2023! You can watch the extended gameplay reveal trailer up above. Pre-orders have also begun today, with the game available in Standard and Deluxe Editions in digital form,...
News Mortal Kombat 1 Brings Its Reborn Universe To Xbox This September
With a beta in August
We've got confirmation of the next Mortal Kombat game! Mortal Kombat 1 will arrive for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on September 19th, 2023, with a beta dropping in August for those who pre-order the game. Mortal Kombat 1 is described as the start of a "new era" for the series, featuring a "reborn" MK Universe: "Mortal...
News Star Wars Jedi: Survivor's Next Xbox Update Outlined, Here's What To Expect
Update: Now available!
Update: This update is now available for Xbox! The patch notes are the same as the ones listed below. Original story: EA and Respawn have released "Patch 5" for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, and while it's only for PC at the moment, these improvements will also be part of an upcoming console update. Here's the official...
News Ghostwire: Tokyo First Xbox Update Out Now, Includes 'Performance Enhancements'
"We’ve added various optimizations"
The first update for the Xbox version of Ghostwire: Tokyo has arrived today, with the most notable addition to this update being the arrival of "performance enhancements", aiming to improve how the game runs on Series X|S. These enhancements even include a new HFR Performance Graphics Mode for Xbox Series S...
News UK CMA Encouraged To Promote 'Economic Growth' Despite Reservations Over ActiBlizz Deal
It's all getting rather political isn't it
Since the CMA decided to try and block Xbox's Activision Blizzard deal in the UK, we've been left a little unsure as to where the whole saga will go next. The EU has now approved the deal which at least paints a slightly rosier picture for Microsoft, but here in the UK and over in the U.S. it all seems up...
Video Here's 7 Minutes Of 'Warhammer 40K: Boltgun' Ahead Of Next Week's Release
"Unleash your devastating Space Marine arsenal"
The release of the '90s-style Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun has crept up on us, with the game set to arrive for Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S as soon as next Tuesday, May 23rd, and it's looking fantastic so far! There's plenty of Warhammer 40K: Boltgun footage out there if you look around for...
News Are You Ready, Kids? SpongeBob SquarePants Arrives In PowerWash Simulator This Summer
"How did Bikini Bottom get so mucky?!"
It's been a great week for crossovers! First, we were treated to the reveal of Nicholas Cage for Dead by Daylight, and now we've got news of another amazing partnership - SpongeBob SquarePants and PowerWash Simulator! Yes, the
News GTA 6 Hits The Headlines As Potential 2024/2025 Release Window Revealed
"Fiscal 2025 is a highly anticipated year for our company"
You may have seen some chatter surrounding GTA 6 over the past few hours, and that's because Take-Two appeared to allude to its potential release window as part of an earnings call that took place last night. In the call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick explained that the company is expecting...
Wednesday17th May 2023
Guide New Xbox Games Release Dates In 2023
2023's upcoming Xbox launch dates
What new Xbox games release dates in 2023 are coming up? If you're looking for a list of 2023 Xbox release dates, including for Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, you've come to the right place. 2023 is shaping up to be a massive year for the platform when it comes to new releases and Xbox Game Pass, with...
News Internet Loses Its Mind As Nicholas Cage Gets Announced For Dead By Daylight
"Clutching our Nicholas Cage sequin pillow"
Well, here's something we didn't expect to be talking about today! The one and only Nicholas Cage (!) has been announced as coming to Dead by Daylight's character roster in the near future, with more details about his inclusion to be announced on July 5th. For now, all we have is the teaser trailer up...
News 'Eastern Exorcist' Begins Trending Following Xbox Game Pass Announcement
"Fight your way through the brutal world"
Microsoft treated us to the latest batch of Xbox Game Pass additions for May 2023 yesterday, which included a whole bunch of indie titles that you may never have heard of before - including the 2D action RPG, Eastern Exorcist. This game ended up attracting a lot of attention yesterday, so we thought we'd...
News 'Ghostlore' Brings A Taste Of Diablo To Xbox Game Pass This Week
Inspired by timeless classic ARPG's
We've already highlighted one of the games coming to Xbox Game Pass this week (Eastern Exorcist), so we may as well do the other one! Ghostlore arrives in just a few short hours, releasing on May 18th, 2023. Ghostlore has been available on PC Game Pass
News Microsoft Rewards Begins Offering More Free Points With New 'Daily Check In' Offer
Expanding to more regions as of today
We've got another Microsoft Rewards offer to share with the Pure Xbox community! This time, it's an offer that you can (seemingly) only access on the Bing app on Android phones - and not everyone will necessarily see it right now. It's called "Daily Check In", and you may have actually spotted it in the past,...
Review LEGO 2K Drive - An Open World Racer Where Side Missions Shine
It's the taking part that counts
When 2K first announced its open world racer based on all things LEGO, we were a little confused by the name. Sure, LEGO 2K Drive sounds fine as a title, but given the history of 'LEGO Racers' as a toy line and a video game series, we thought it'd make more sense to pull from that well and return with a LEGO Racers...
Deals 100+ Xbox Games Have Been Slashed By 80-95% This Week (May 16-23)
Amazing games from as low as $0.99!
Looking for some cheap Xbox games from May 16th to May 23rd, 2023? You've definitely picked a good week for it! There are over 100 games that are discounted on the Xbox Store by 80-95% in this week's Xbox sales, mainly thanks to an Xbox Super Saver Sale that's live until May 30th. There are too many deals for us...
Review PowerA MOGA XP-Ultra - A New Wireless And Multi-Platform Xbox Controller
"The First Licensed Wireless Controller for Xbox Series X|S, Mobile, and Cloud Gaming"
When it comes to modern day gamepads, it’s hard to beat the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller. It’s comfortable, deeply customisable, and pretty versatile - pairing not only to Xbox consoles, but mobile and Windows PCs too. The Xbox-brand 'Elite' controllers are...
Rumour Forza Motorsport To Release This October, It's Claimed
Do we think this is likely?
Turn 10 Studios has been working away on its grand Forza Motorsport reboot for more than five years at this point, and we're still none the wiser on when the game is coming out. Sure, we have a 2023 window, but beyond that, it's anyone's guess really. The months of October and November have been kind to Forza fans in...
News Telltale's The Expanse Series Kicks Off This July On Xbox
Series roadmap also detailed
It's been a long time coming, but the revival of Telltale Games is moving along nicely as the team prepares for its upcoming release of The Expanse. Based on the Amazon Prime TV series, the team's story-driven sci-fi adventure is coming soon - in fact, Telltale has all of Season One mapped out. Episode One arrives on...
News Blizzard Has Axed Overwatch 2's PvE Hero Mode
"We can't deliver on that original vision"
Blizzard's Overwatch 2 team has dropped a bombshell today, announcing it will no longer deliver the game's long-awaited PvE Hero Mode. This mode was originally part of the reasoning behind the release of Overwatch 2, and now in an official Twitch livestream the game's executive producer Jared Neuss has...
News SEGA Considers Following Xbox, PlayStation & Nintendo In Charging $70 For AAA Games
"We would like to review the prices of titles"
In recent years, a fair few major game publishers have raised their standard AAA pricing to $70. Take-Two was among the first to do it, alongside Sony and more recently Microsoft; starting with Arkane's Redfall. Well, it looks like SEGA is also considering a similar move for some of its titles. In a...
Tuesday16th May 2023
News These Eight Games Are Coming To Xbox Game Pass (May 18-30)
The latest official roundup of new titles
Microsoft has announced the second batch of Xbox Game Pass May 2023 games, which features lots of interesting new indie additions including some previously announced titles such as Planet of Lana and Cassette Beasts. Don't forget that FIFA 23 is also available with Xbox Game Pass today! <related ids="14
News Microsoft CEO Raises Eyebrows With Comment About UK & Activision Blizzard
"Let's wait for it all to play out"
Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has been getting a lot of attention over the past few hours courtesy of an interview he recently conducted with CNBC, in which he addressed Microsoft's attempted takeover of Activision Blizzard. In the interview, which was recorded prior to the European C
News It Looks Like PlayStation Exclusive 'Stray' Is Coming To Xbox Soon
Since its PlayStation and PC launch last summer, we've had our eyes on the post-apocalyptic kitty adventure Stray potentially coming to Xbox. It's been a "console exclusive for a limited time" since release, and now we have a hint that the Xbox version is finally on the horizon. The U.S. ratings board (ESRB) has posted a listing for...
News Another Five Games Will Leave Xbox Game Pass Soon (May 31)
The second batch of departures for May
Microsoft has confirmed the next five titles to be removed from Xbox Game Pass in May 2023, with this batch of games leaving on May 31st. The list includes some notable departures like Evil Genius 2 and Lawn Mowing Simulator, but thankfully nothing too major this month. Here's what's leaving Xbox Game Pass in...
News 'AEW: Fight Forever' Achievements Revealed As Xbox Preloads Go Live
Is release just around the corner?
It looks like the long-awaited release of AEW: Fight Forever is now just a few weeks (hopefully not months!) away, as the full list of Xbox achievements has now been revealed, and Xbox preloads have also gone live. As revealed by Twitter user Jbarnacles, the full list of AEW: Fight Forever Xbox achievements were...
News UK MPs Question Why The CMA Blocked Xbox's ActiBlizz Deal Following EU Approval
The CMA says the EU is "fully entitled to reach that view"
Yesterday brought the latest twist in the Xbox Activision Blizzard tale when the European Commission officially approved Microsoft's attempted merger. They now join a fairly extensive list of regions that are in favour of the deal going ahead, however, as is seemingly becoming the norm in...
News 'Crime Boss: Rockay City' Brings Its Turf War To Xbox Series X|S This June
Following its PC launch back in March
Remember this?! Crime Boss: Rockay City attracted quite a lot of attention prior to its initial PC release back in March, but unfortunately that launch didn't go quite to plan, with the game acquiring a 52 Metacritic rating based on its reviews. Nevertheless, the game has continued to impr
News Planet Of Lana's First Review Suggests It'll Be A Great Addition To Xbox Game Pass
EDGE Magazine gives the stamp of approval
We're exactly a week away from the day one arrival of Planet of Lana on Xbox Game Pass, and there's definitely been a lot of interest in this cinematic puzzle adventure over the past couple of years - ever since it was announced in 2021. The question is, is it any good? According to EDGE Magazine, the...
News FIFA 23 Is Available Today With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (May 16)
EA's FIFA 23 is coming to EA Play & Xbox Game Pass Ultimate today, May 16th, and it's set to be the final FIFA game to do so! Yep, this is the company's final FIFA title before it moves over to the EA Sports FC series later this year.
News Age Of Empires 1 Returns As DLC For Age Of Empires 2: Definitive Edition
The return of Rome
Update (Tue 16th May, 2023 18:00 BST): Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition's Return of Rome expansion is available today, launching on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. The price is just £9.99 / $12.74, and even less if you're an Xbox Game Pass member! We'll throw the link and some screenshots of the expansion...
Deals Xbox Is Hosting A Huge Backwards Compatibility Sale This Week (May 16-23)
A large selection of Xbox classics
Microsoft has delivered a huge batch of Xbox sales this week, with over 700 titles currently discounted across a bunch of different promotions on the Xbox Store. We're definitely interested in a lot of these! <related ids="149484"> Typically, these sales roundups also include a small-ish selection of...
Deals Over 700 Xbox Games Discounted Across Multiple Sales This Week (May 16-23)
Take your pick from a massive selection
Another Tuesday means another set of weekly Xbox deals, and once again Microsoft is treating us to a ridiculously large array of offers, with over 700 discounts available to take advantage of right now. We can't possibly highlight all of these, so you can find the full official selection on the Xbox website,...
News Xbox Users Are Finding More 'Just For You' Deals On The Store This Week
A slightly improved discount on a couple of titles
Xbox's new "Just For You" feature on the Microsoft Store has proved a hit so far, offering some good deals to certain users over the past few months - and it's just returned again with some nice discounts as part of this week's sales. From what we can see so far, most people seem to be getting Call...
News Amazon's New World Team Is Developing A Lord Of The Rings MMO
Returning to Middle-earth
The Lord of the Rings has had some fantastic video game adaptations over the years, and now Amazon, in partnership with Embracer Group (the holder of Tolkien's IP), has announced a brand new open-world MMO set in Middle-earth. Most interestingly, the game will coming to consoles and PC, and will be developed by Amazon's...
Monday15th May 2023
Rumour Microsoft Won't Stick To '12-Month Window' For Xbox Games Showcase 2023
We may see some titles that are further out
Last year, Xbox decided to limit the content it showed off at 2022's Summer Showcase to games that were set to release within 12 months. While the move was clearly an attempt to deliver on showing more complete titles, it didn't really pay off due to multiple delays - with projects like Starfield and Forza...
News Xbox Is Going All Retro With Multiple '90s-Based Releases This Week
Including a port of this 1997 FPS
Fan of '90s games? Well, Xbox has got a few interesting new releases in the lineup this week, including a port of a 1997 FPS, a sequel to a management game from the early '90s, and a couple of modern titles with '90s inspirations. The first of those is Chasm: The Rift, which was released a year after the original...
News Four Games Are Currently Free To Download With Xbox Live Gold
Including the latest GWG title for May
The second Xbox Games With Gold title of May 2023 has dropped today in the form of Hoa, which takes the form of a beautiful puzzle-platforming adventure that has a "Very Positive" rating on Steam based on 1700 user scores. You can check out the trailer for Hoa above, along with a few screenshots b
News Xbox's Activision Blizzard Deal Officially Approved In Europe
A major step forward
Microsoft's attempted acquisition of Activision Blizzard has taken a huge step forward today, as the European Commission has voted to approve the deal, leaving just the UK CMA and U.S. FTC as the major roadblocks right now. In a
Reminder Five Games Are Leaving Xbox Game Pass Today (May 15)
Last chance to try this award-winning PCGP title
Here we go again! The first batch of departures for Xbox Game Pass in May 2023 have arrived, with five games leaving the service later today. These are spread across console, PC and Xbox Cloud Gaming. There's also a sixth game appearing on the Xbox Game Pass app in the form of My Friend Pedro,...
News UK CMA Issues Official Response To EU's Activision Blizzard Verdict
"The CMA stands by its decision"
Today's announcement that the European Commission has approved Microsoft's Activision Blizzard takeover hasn't gone unnoticed by the UK CMA, which itself blocked the takeover just a few weeks ago. In an official statement on social media, the CMA said that it recognised and respected the verdict by the
News EU Makes Microsoft 'Automatically License' ActiBlizz Cloud Games Post-Merger
"This will apply globally", says Microsoft's president
Following today's news of the EU approval over the Xbox Activision Blizzard merger, Microsoft president Brad Smith has quickly made a follow-up statement that makes for interesting reading. While we knew of lots of individual cloud gaming deals that the Xbox owner struck with various companies...
Talking Point Are You Still Playing Forza Horizon 5 In 2023?
The open world racer hits a huge player milestone
It's been doing the rounds lately that Xbox's 2021 open world racer Forza Horizon 5 has hit 30 million players according to the game's leaderboard, so we thought we'd load it up and have a quick check. As you can see up above, the in-game Hall of Fame leaderboard has indeed ticked over to just above...
News Xbox Series X|S Reaches 2 Million Sales In UK, Climbs Into Top 10 Fastest-Selling List
Quicker than Nintendo Switch according to the data!
Xbox hardware sales may have dropped off in recent months, but overall, Microsoft's start to the generation is looking pretty good so far. New UK sales data from GamesIndustry.biz reveals that Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S have now hit two million units sold in the region - that's at a faster...
News COD Going Xbox Exclusive 'Would Not Significantly Harm Competition', Says EU
The European Commission weighs in
Well, Xbox's huge Activision Blizzard deal has been officially approved in the EU! The region is happy with the concessions Microsoft has made in regards to cloud gaming, and going off some of the statements in its new report, the European Commission wa
News Layers Of Fear Remake Gets Official June Release Date For Xbox Series X|S
"Utilising the highly-anticipated Unreal Engine 5"
Developer Bloober Team has finally unveiled the proper release date for its upcoming Layers of Fear remake - exactly one month out from launch! Layers of Fear will launch on Xbox Series X|S on June 15th 2023, and it will mark a full-blown next-gen reimagining of the series. This upcoming title is...
News Obsidian Has 'No Plans' For A Sequel To Xbox Exclusive Pentiment
"I always intended it as a standalone story"
Last year's Pentiment was an Xbox exclusive that probably flew under the radar a little bit, all things considered. Sure, it wasn't the most 'AAA' affair from famed RPG developer Obsidian, but we thought it was fantastic when it dropped onto Xbox Game Pass last November. However, it's looking like we'll...
Saturday13th May 2023
Feature These 10+ Games Are Coming To Xbox Next Week (May 15-19)
Including this new open world driving adventure
Welcome to your new Xbox games roundup for May 15th to May 19th! As you can see, it's a fairly busy week ahead for new releases, and we've got some particular highlights on the way such as LEGO 2K Drive, the free-to-play launches of Trackmania and
Talking Point How Satisfied Are You With PC Game Pass Right Now?
If you're a Game Pass Ultimate member, do you use it?
We often put a lot of attention on Xbox Game Pass here at Pure Xbox, and that includes the fantastic library of PC Game Pass titles that are accessible to every Game Pass Ultimate member - some of which are unique to that platform. That said, it feels like the console games get more attention...
Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (May 13-14)
Are you slamming the Diablo 4 servers?
Welcome to the weekend! We've got plenty of new Xbox activities to help you to keep busy over the next few days, including more recent Xbox Game Pass additions, four Free Play Days titles, the arrival of the free Diablo 4 "Server Slam" beta, and a massive set of deals including a very ent
Friday12th May 2023
News Xbox Game Pass June 2023: First Two Games Confirmed Following Launch Date Shift
Staying in the bunker a little longer
One of our most anticipated Xbox Game Pass titles for May was Amnesia: The Bunker, but unfortunately, the team has announced a short delay. Frictional's horror sequel will now launch on June 6th, 2023, marking one of the first confirmed Game Pass titles for the month of June. The developer says that this delay...
News Microsoft Rewards Giving Away 100s Of Easy Points With New 'Edge' Browser Update
Definitely worth your time
As if we didn't have enough ways to earn Microsoft Rewards points, we've now got another one! The new update for Microsoft Edge on desktop PCs allows you to acquire hundreds of points for barely doing anything at all. (Note: We haven't tried doing this on the Xbox browser yet, but we know PC works for definite). You can...
News Warlander Brings 'Epic Medieval Fantasy Warfare' To Xbox For Free Next Week
"Combines the best of MOBA and Action Hack & Slash RPGs"
We've got a couple of free-to-play releases arriving on Xbox next week, with one of them being Ubisoft's Trackmania, and the other being the action-packed Warlander, with the latter coming to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S (and PS5). Warlander, which first launched on PC back in
News Xbox Congratulates Nintendo On The Release Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom
"I look forward to the mystery and challenges that await in Hyrule"
Unless you've got some Xbox-shaped blinkers on, you've probably seen that Nintendo's latest Zelda title has now launched. Yep, Tears of the Kingdom is officially out in the wild, and it's looking like certain sections of Team Xbox will be playing this one in the coming days and...
News UK CMA Places Further Restrictions On Microsoft And Activision Blizzard
There's been a slight update in Microsoft's attempted acquisition of Activision Blizzard, with the UK's Competition and Markets Authority now restricting the tech and video game giants from "acquiring an interest" in each other. As explained by the BBC, a recent interim order reveals the two parties would need "prior written consent"...
News Xbox Fan Shares Useful List Of All Game Pass Games With VR Support
For use with PCGP
It's not very often that we talk about VR here at Pure Xbox, but it is a valid way of playing some of your favourite Xbox Game Pass games. Of course, the only way to play them is on PC, but nevertheless there are plenty of them! Microsoft Flight Simulator, for example,
News Ravenlok Seems To Be Going Down Well On Xbox Game Pass As Dev Hits Player Milestone
"Another game I likely wouldn’t know about if not for GP"
Ravenlok launched on Xbox Game Pass last week, and the title has already reached a significant amount of players across all platforms. Developer Cococucumber has revealed that 250,000 players have tried out this colourful indie RPG already - a substantial number! "We're thrilled to...
News Indie Dev Prefers Selling Games Outright Despite 'A Pretty Good Deal' With Xbox Game Pass
"A lot of people just go in and try it and they don't invest"
Indie titles seem to thrive on Xbox Game Pass. We're not always privy to the sheer numbers, but the service absolutely puts more attention on some of the smaller titles that come to Xbox every month, with Microsoft often highlighting them alongside the platform's own massive releases when...
Random New Tenacious D Song Confirms Jack Black Digs Fallout 4, Red Dead 2
The crossover we all deserve
Look, we've written some bonkers Pure Xbox headlines over the last year or so, especially with all of the Activision Blizzard stuff going on, but this is not something we ever expected to type into that headline box. Confirmed - Tenacious D's Jack Black loves a bit of Fallout 4 when he has some spare time to game...
News Xbox & Activision Among Long List Of Devs Involved With Summer Game Fest 2023
Geoff reveals the lineup
With the cancellation of E3 this year, Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest essentially takes over as the main gaming event for the season. With less than a month to go until The Game Awards host delivers the show, a pretty long list of partnered game companies have been announced. There are some huge names in this list,...
Thursday11th May 2023
News In One Week's Time, We'll Be Losing This Xbox Exclusive Forever
The story of CrossfireX is a sad one. At one point, it seemed like the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S exclusive shooter was going to be a major hit on the platform, but a poor launch saw the game crowned the worst Xbox release of 2022 (according to Metacritic), and that was followed up by an apparently rapid loss of players following its...
Review ASUS ROG Ally - The Xbox Handheld We've Been Waiting For?
With native PC Game Pass integration
What do we want? A handheld device for our Xbox games! When do we want it? Uh… twenty years ago. Of course, we thought our dreams were finally coming true last year when the Steam Deck launched. However, Valve very quickly put a Linux-shaped damper on that. And yes, we know we can install Windows 11 on the...
News State Of Decay 2's First Major 2023 Update Is Out Now On Xbox Game Pass
Zombie heart attacks
State of Decay 2 developer Undead Labs has delivered the 33rd (!) update to its zombie survival sequel - this one titled 'Heart Attack'. This is the team's first big update of 2023, bringing loads of new features, fixes and more to the Xbox Game Pass title. Believe it or not, the game will be five years old later this month,...
Reaction Zelda Reviews & Redfall Woes Put The Pressure On Xbox Exclusive Starfield
We need a smooth landing
Well, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom reviews are in and this is quickly becoming a Game of the Year contender already! Sitting at a blistering 96 on Metacritic and 97 on Open Critic, Nintendo's latest Zelda adventure is seemingly one of the greats - an
News The Witcher 3 Update 4.03 Continues To Improve Xbox Series X|S Performance
Here are the full patch notes
The Witcher 3 Next-Gen finally dropped at the tail end of last year, and it was a largely impressive port even if some performance issues did present themselves around launch. In the months since, CD Projekt RED has been working to improve the experience on Xbox Series X|S, and another fresh update is rolling out today,...
News Ubisoft's Trackmania Launches For Free On Xbox Consoles Next Week
"Experience the thrills of racing and the joy of creation"
Ubisoft has announced that the new Trackmania will be launching on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S for free next week on Monday, May 15th, following its initial release on PC back in 2020. This version of Trackmania is actually a remake of Trackmania Nations from 2006, featuring...
News Xbox Shows Support As ASUS ROG Ally Pre-Orders Go Live
Includes three months of Game Pass Ultimate
Today's a big day for the ASUS ROG Ally, which is being positioned as not only a major competitor to Valve's Steam Deck, but also the best way to play Xbox games in handheld form - thanks to its native PC Game Pass integration. The device has just been unveiled as part of a launch event, where the...
News Free Play Days: Try These Xbox Games For Free (May 11-14)
Included with Xbox Live Gold & Game Pass Ultimate
Xbox Free Play Days is back for the weekend! This time around, Microsoft has dropped four games to try for free this weekend - with one coming as both an Xbox One and an Xbox Series X|S version. Here's the full list of Free Play Days titles for May 11 through May 14: Dragon Ball Xenoverse...
Rumour 'Mortal Kombat 1' Reboots The Series On Xbox This September
The reveal appears to be imminent
If you're a big Mortal Kombat fan, you might have heard this news by now! Over the past few hours, a mixture of teases, leaks and rumours have appeared to reveal the next entry in this legendary fighting series. It looks like the game will be called Mortal Kombat 1, and according to a report over at Windows...
News Call Of Duty 2023 Reveal Reportedly Coming In August, Zombies Mode To Feature At Launch
Update: The game is reportedly 'Modern Warfare III'
[Update - Thurs 7pm]: The same source at Insider Gaming is now reporting that Call of Duty 2023 will indeed be titled 'Modern Warfare III' - a direct sequel to 2022's Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. This year's game will reportedly contain "campaign, multiplayer, zombies, and a new Warzone 2 map...
News Halo Infinite's Latest Season 3 Update Has Arrived, Here Are The Full Patch Notes
FPS counter, new features & more
Last week, 343 Industries announced it would be releasing its next update for Season 3 of Halo Infinite on May 10th. It's now officially arrived, and along with the update, the developer has released full patch notes - detailing what exactly Spartans can expect from this latest patch. Here are the details, courtesy...
Guide Diablo 4 'Server Slam' Beta Dates, Release Times And Download Size On Xbox
Putting Diablo 4 through its paces
Blizzard is gearing up to put Diablo 4 through its paces this weekend with the Diablo 4 'Server Slam' beta, starting tomorrow, May 12th. The clue is in the name with this one - the team wants to stress the Diablo 4 servers to the max, so why not help them out, eh? If you're wanting to jump into this Diablo 4...
News 'Fuga: Melodies Of Steel 2' Is Available Today With Xbox Game Pass (May 11)
Your latest Game Pass addition
The final title from our initial Xbox Game Pass roundup for the first half of May is here in the form of Fuga: Melodies Of Steel 2. The JRPG sequel is now live on Xbox Game Pass, and if you've never sampled the series before, the first game is also still in the library at the time of writing. Anyway, let's cut to it...
Wednesday10th May 2023
News Some Amazing Games Are Discounted By 80-90% On Xbox This Week (May 9-16)
Xbox games from as low as $0.49!
Looking for some cheap Xbox games from May 9th to May 16th, 2023? Things are looking a little different this week with our "90% discounts" roundup - we haven't actually got many highlights in the 90% range, but fortunately there are plenty of other great games that have been reduced by 80% and 85%. Some of the...
News Here's What's Included In The Xbox May 2023 Update
Rolling out this week to Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One
The Xbox May 2023 update begins rolling out to all users on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S this week, introducing a few new features that aren't all that major, but it's nice to have them all the same. Here's a short overview of the Xbox May 2023 update, with more details available at...
News EU 'Expected' To Approve Xbox Activision Blizzard Deal Next Week
According to "sources" at Reuters
It appears we can't go a few minutes without something new happening in the world of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard at the moment, with the latest story being that that the European Commission is reportedly expected to approve the takeover as soon as next week - potentially on Monday, May 15th. This is according...
Talking Point Have You Tried Ubisoft Plus On Xbox Yet?
If so, what do you think of the service?
It's been almost a month since Ubisoft Plus finally launched on Xbox after what felt like an age of rumours and speculation. The team's service contains lots of huge titles to enjoy on Xbox including loads of games from the Assassin's Creed series, the Far Cry franchise, and much more besides. While the...
Video Digital Foundry Compares Last-Gen Hogwarts Legacy To Xbox Series S
There are some surprising results!
So, Hogwarts Legacy finally landed on last-gen consoles earlier this month, and an initial look at the Xbox One version showed some surprisingly positive results for this port overall. However, since launch last Friday the team at Digital Foundry has taken a deeper look at the last-gen versions, showcasing how all...
News A Plague Tale: Requiem Adds 60FPS Performance Mode For Xbox Series X
Available now on Xbox Game Pass
The fantastic A Plague Tale: Requiem has received a major boost on Xbox Game Pass today, as the game's latest update introduces a 60FPS performance mode on Xbox Series X (as well as PlayStation 5). We're hoping we'll get some patch notes soon, but for now all we have is the announcement: Despite the lack of 60FPS...
News 'Mouse' Looks Like Cuphead In First Person, And It's Coming To Xbox
Jazzy tunes and big booms
Cuphead instantly caught the attention of many back in 2017 with its unique, retro-cartoon graphics, and thankfully it had the side-scrolling gameplay chops to back it up. Well, a new title from developer Fumi Games is hoping it can capture the imagination of players in a similar fashion - but this one will meld a similar...
Report Activision Blizzard Hires Royal Family-Level Lawyer To Fight UK CMA
He represented the Queen at one point!
Things are seemingly getting pretty serious when it comes to Xbox's squabble with the UK CMA over its Activision Blizzard deal! According to law analyst Florian Mueller (via Eurogamer), ActiBlizz has gone all the way to the top in hiring a lawyer to overturn
News Game Pass Title Hollow Knight: Silksong Has Been Delayed
"We had planned to release in the 1st half of 2023"
We've got some breaking news about the anticipated Xbox Game Pass release Hollow Knight: Silksong, with Team Cherry's marketing and publishing rep Matthew Griffin announcing a delay. Today's update mentions how the game was "planned to release in the 1st half of 2023" but development is still...
News EA CEO: Whatever Happens With ActiBlizz Deal, We'll Still Be #1 Publisher On Microsoft's Platform
"We continue to be Microsoft's biggest partner"
EA held an earnings call for the period ending March 31, 2023 last night, and as part of CEO Andrew Wilson's comments, he talked a little bit about Microsoft's ongoing attempt to acquire Activision Blizzard. Basically, according to Wilson, the company is "indifferent" about whether Microsoft's...
News Pokémon Dev Teams Up With Take-Two To Create New IP
"Creating ambitious new action-adventure IP"
This is a pretty big surprise! Last night, the team at Private Division — a publishing arm of 2K owner Take-Two — announced a brand-new partnership with Pokémon developer Game Freak. The two companies will be working together on 'Project Bloom', a new action adventure IP. For now, we don't know any...
News Fall Guys Gets A Major Update With The Arrival Of Season 4 On Xbox
Say hello to the level editor
It's a big day for Fall Guys on Xbox (and every other platform) today, as the Season 4 update is now available, introducing a particularly major feature in the form of "Fall Guys Creative", which is the name for the new level editor. As of today, you can now start building your own levels to share with friends and the...
News Agatha Christie's 'Murder On The Orient Express' Arrives On Xbox In Fall 2023
"A modernised and revisited version"
Microids has today announced a brand-new Agatha Christie game for Xbox in the form of Murder On The Orient Express, which is a "modernised and revisited version" of Christie's classic tale of the same name. Interestingly, the developer says this 2023 version of the story will feature brand-new elements including...
Tuesday9th May 2023
News Redfall Dev Reveals Sadness Over 'Mean Spirited' Feedback From Peers
"I am human, I have feelings"
It's fair to say last week's launch of Redfall on Xbox Game Pass didn't go quite the way anyone had hoped it would, and therefore there was a lot of negativity floating around the various Xbox communities following the game's release. Something that particularly shocked a Senior 2D Artist on Redfall, however, was the...
Deals Xbox 'Next-Gen' Sale Now Live, 300+ Games Discounted This Week (May 9-16)
Alongside an Xbox first-party sale
This week's Xbox sales are now live, and we've got another excellent batch of discounts to take advantage of, with the highlight being a "Next-Gen" sale for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S featuring some major (and recent) AAA titles! Along with that, we've also got a first-party sale called the "Xbox Game Studios...
News Saints Row Major Expansion Arrives Alongside Hefty Xbox Discount
Here's the DLC launch trailer
Developer Volition has just dropped its launch trailer for the upcoming 'The Heist & The Hazardous' expansion and it looks suitably OTT, as is the Saints Row way. This new DLC pack — the first from the game's 2023 roadmap — is out now, and the game is also heavily discounted on Xbox
News Here's What Might Be Leaving Xbox Game Pass In June 2023
Some early predictions!
What's leaving Xbox Game Pass in June 2023? Well, Microsoft hasn't confirmed anything just yet, but based on some games that were added to the service this time last year, we can at least make a few predictions ahead of time. We know that a lot of Xbox users want more advance notice of games leaving Xbox Game Pass, but...
News EA Details Next Major Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Update, Here Are The Full Patch Notes
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor had some bugs at launch, but Respawn Entertainment is well into the patch fixes now - with the next major one due to arrive later today on 9th May. While some of the update is focused on PC and PS5 "only" there are still a number of general fixes covering Xbox Series X|S. Here's the full rundown, detailing...
News FIFA 23 Officially Joins Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Next Week
As part of EA Play
EA has revealed a date for FIFA 23's arrival as part of EA Play, which means it'll also be coming to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on the same day! You can look forward to playing the latest entry in the series on May 16th, 2023. This will include both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions of the game, which are entirely separate...
News The 'Very Positive' Omega Strikers Is Now Available For Free On Xbox
"Join the footbrawl!"
Fancy trying a new game for free this week? Omega Strikers is now finally on Xbox after a short delay prevented its release back in April, and the good news is that it seems to be getting pretty positive feedback so far. It doesn't really have enough Xbox reviews for us to provide a proper roundup of impressions yet, but over...
Deals All 30+ Backwards Compatible Games In This Week's Xbox Sales (May 9-16)
Grab some cheap classics!
This week's set of Xbox deals is now live, featuring some nice promotions like an Xbox Next-Gen sale and a first-party Xbox Game Studios sale alongside the usual Deals with Gold and Spotlight offerings. <related ids="149106"> As is the norm, the list includes some backwards compatible discounts (from the original...
Rumour Microsoft Exec Hints At Hellblade 2 Appearance During Xbox Games Showcase 2023
Update: Greenberg suggests it wasn't a hint!
Update: Xbox's Aaron Greenberg has cooled this rumour, mentioning how he was just highlighting some fan art. "It’s just fan art, nothing to do with any specific game." Nevertheless, we're still hoping to see Hellblade 2 make a big appearance at this year's showcase! Original story: As we near
News Starfield Sounds Saucy If New ESRB Description Is To Be Believed
Warning: may contain jetpack sex
Over the weekend, we spotted that Starfield's Twitter page was updated with a brand-new ESRB rating ahead of the game's September 2023 launch. As was expected, the game has been rated 'M' for Mature in the US, and now the official description has revealed some, err... juicy details about the reasons behind the...
News Hi-Fi RUSH Update 4 Arrives On Xbox, Full Patch Notes Revealed
Pillow softness officially adjusted
The latest Hi-Fi RUSH update is now live on Xbox Game Pass, and it introduces some amusing fixes for Tango's fantastic rhythm beat-em-up. Were you clamouring for improved pillow softness to better refresh Chai? Your prayers have been answered in Update 4! The rest of the update focuses on some small gameplay...
News Street Fighter 6 Open Beta Punches Onto Xbox Series X|S Next Week
Including plenty of content
Capcom has announced an open beta for Street Fighter 6; its upcoming multiplatform fighter that heads to Xbox Series X and S next month. The beta goes ahead roughly two weeks ahead of launch, with everything kicking off on Xbox on Friday, May 19th, and pre-loads starting Tuesday, May 16th. The beta lasts through the...
News 'Shadowrun Trilogy' Brings Three Tactical RPGs To PC Game Pass Today (May 9)
Today marks another Game Pass drop, folks! Tuesday's addition is for the PC library in the form of Shadowrun Trilogy, which happens to already be available on Xbox Game Pass for console players! Shadowrun Trilogy is a collection of tactical RPGs based off the famous tabletop series that finally came to modern consoles last year. We...
Monday8th May 2023
The hottest picks for RPG action on Xbox consoles in 2023
What are the best Xbox RPG games you can play as of May 2023? The RPG genre has exploded in popularity in recent years, edging its way into mainstream gamer consciousness like never before. As a result, where Western RPGs have historically been pretty hard to come by, they're now absolutely...
News New Xbox Game Pass Walmart+ Perk Includes Free Access To Paramount Plus (US)
Let's go shopping
We have a brand new Xbox Game Pass perk now available that grants a pretty chunky free trial! This one is a US-exclusive, allowing Game Pass users in the country to try out Walmart+ for free for 75 days. We don't have access to this perk here in the UK, so here's a look courtesy of Game Pass Counter on Twitter: Wha
Talking Point Are You Hoping Xbox's 'Gears Collection' Is Real?
Which game would you play first?
A 'Gears of War collection' of some sort has been a hot topic for a number of years at this point, with lots of rumours and reports pointing towards it becoming a reality some day. We've never heard anything official from Xbox on the matter, but a recent comment from Phil Spencer has reignit
News Weird West: Definitive Edition Brings Next-Gen Version To Xbox Game Pass Today (May 8)
With 4K / 60FPS support
We have a new Xbox Game Pass drop today - well, sort of! Weird West came to the service just over a year ago when the title first launched, but now Devolver Digital is bringing a proper current-gen version to the library today, May 8. The team says that this port includes "all the bells and whistles" for Xbox Series X|S,...
Poll Do You Think The Xbox ActiBlizz Deal Will Still Go Ahead?
Following the recent CMA verdict
Now that the dust has settled on last month's UK CMA ActiBlizz verdict, we've been left wondering what happens next. We have the EU verdict supposedly right around the corner, we have the FTC's ongoing lawsuit and of course, Microsoft has already committed to
News Hogwarts Legacy Continues To Sell Gangbusters Following Delayed Xbox One Launch
Back to the top
Hogwarts Legacy finally came to last-gen consoles on Friday following an almost-three-month wait since the game's Xbox Series X|S launch. The delay seems to have been worth it though, not only for the state of the game on Xbox One, but also for Warner Bros. to gain a second sales wind. This week's UK sales data is in, and Hogwarts...
PSA Xbox FanFest 2023 Sign-Ups Close Soon Ahead Of Summer Games Showcase
Xbox's 2023 showcase will be broadcast in five locations
Xbox FanFest returns this year with five events happening worldwide next month, but if you want in, you better be quick because sign-ups are about to close. This year, the Xbox Games Showcase will broadcast to FanFest audiences live in Los Angeles, Mexico City, São Paulo, Melbourne, and...
News Xbox Series X|S Arctic Camo Controller Appears On Microsoft Store
Available to order
Another Xbox Series X|S controller variant appears to have cropped up on the Microsoft Store! The 'Arctic Camo Special Edition' controller is
Sunday7th May 2023
News Starfield's ESRB Rating Appears To Have Been Revealed By Bethesda
A 'mature' experience like other Bethesda games
Bethesda's new sci-fi RPG Starfield is on the horizon, and it seems some new information about the game may have been revealed. On Starfield's official Twitter, the banner image for the account has been updated - revealing what appears to be the ESRB rating for the anticipated title. It seems it will...
Saturday6th May 2023
Feature These 15+ Games Are Coming To Xbox Next Week (May 8-12)
Including a new version of an acclaimed RPG!
Welcome to your new Xbox games roundup for May 8th to May 12th! We have a number of new releases coming to the platform this month, including Marvel's Midnight Suns for Xbox One and a 'Definitive Edition' of Weird West that launches straight onto Xbox Game Pass! Here's what's coming to Xbox next week:...
Talking Point What Do You Think Of Redfall So Far?
Does it mark a fall from grace?
Redfall landed on Xbox Game Pass earlier this week, and it's safe to say it's been a pretty controversial launch on the whole. 30FPS is the only way to play on console, the game has arrived with a litany of bugs and glitches, and to be quite frank
Poll Which Of These Is Your Favourite Arkane Title On Xbox Game Pass?
And why is it Dishonored
We can't lie - we are a little disappointed by Redfall in its current state. While we think there's a good game underneath some of its teething problems, we were hoping for a bit more from one of our favourite development teams in Arkane. The game's rocky launch has got us thinking more about the team's back catalogue...
News Halo Infinite's May Update Is Adding An FPS Counter On Xbox Consoles
It also includes QoL updates, Sandbox tuning & more
Although it has had some difficult periods, the Halo Infinite Multiplayer live service has continued to evolve over the past year - with the arrival of Season 3 not long ago. Now that we're in May, 343 Industries has announced it will be releasing a new update on 10th May. Players can expect this...
News Xbox Gets Another Free Dynamic Background, Available Now On Series X|S
Celebrating the arrival of Ghostwire: Tokyo
If you're eager to update your Xbox Series X|S dashboard with a new background, the latest dynamic one is now available. This time it's based on the Tango Gameworks release Ghostwire: Tokyo. To apply it, you'll need to head over to the Settings menu > Personalisation > My Background > Dynamic...
Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (May 6-7)
Any of the new Game Pass titles?
Welcome to the first weekend in May! We've got plenty to keep ourselves busy with over the next few days, including Redfall & Ravenlok on Xbox Game Pass, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor after Respawn pushed out its first post-launch patch, and of course,
Friday5th May 2023
News Xbox Announces Permanent Price Cut For Series X|S Storage Expansion Cards
"The Seagate Storage Expansion Card is now available starting at a lower price"
This is the day quite a few folks have been waiting for! After almost three years on the market, Microsoft is officially slashing the price of its Xbox Series X|S Storage Expansion Cards - at least in the US. Now reflected on the official Xbox website, all three sizes...
News Xbox To Provide Update On Starfield's Frame Rate Ahead Of September Launch
Expect details in the near future
Before its bumpy launch, Redfall was already making headlines for all the wrong reasons - with a last-minute announcement that the game would be limited to 30FPS on Xbox platforms at launch. What probably hurt the most was that the game was just weeks out from release at this point, immediately lowering expectations...
News Microsoft Reckons It 'Lost The Worst Generation To Lose' With Xbox One
"Where everybody built their digital library of games"
Xbox Boss Phil Spencer talked about lots of different aspects of the company's gaming business in a recent interview on Kinda Funny's Xbox podcast, but this quote is a particularly striking one. Basically, Phil reckons that last generation was a particularly bad one to 'lose' because of the...
News Hogwarts Legacy Looks Surprisingly Good On Xbox One
The last-gen version is out now
After a few months of waiting, Hogwarts Legacy has finally arrived on last-gen consoles and it looks like the wait may have been worth it for Xbox One players after all. As showcased by The Xbox Tester up above, Hogwarts Legacy on last-gen consoles actually looks pretty good. Bare in mind that this video shows the...
News Xbox 360 New-Gen Controllers Now Up For Pre-Order At Hyperkin
A classic returns
Last year, third party accessor maker Hyperkin revealed that it was bringing back the Xbox 360 controller, by creating a set of officially licensed wired 360 pads for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. Well, they're hitting store shelves this June, and four different variations are now up for pre-order on the Hyperkin website. Fans can...
News Is Xbox's Phil Spencer Already Playing The New Asus Gaming Handheld?
Shelf don't lie
Phil Spencer yesterday appeared on the Kinda Funny Games Xcast, and while the focus was mostly on the state of Redfall and Xbox's gaming division, we did spot a new backdrop addition we haven't seen before.
News EA Adds New Star Wars Themed Dynamic Background To Xbox Series X And S
Apply it now!
Late last night, EA decided to join in on the Star Wars day celebrations by bringing a brand new Star Wars Jedi: Survivor dynamic background to Xbox Series X and S consoles. The background is quite a subtle one, but it looks eerily beautiful and is a solid addition to the growing list of dynamic Xbox backgrounds now available. We...
News Ghostwire: Tokyo Hits Major Player Milestone Following Xbox Game Pass Launch
LOTS of players "have taken a thrilling tour of Tokyo"
After a yearlong wait for the game's PS5 exclusivity period to end, Bethesda and Tango Gameworks brought Ghostwire: Tokyo to Xbox Game Pass last month, and the teams have already hit a major new milestone in the time since. Within a month of the game's Xbox launch, Tango's spooky adventure has...
News Just Like Halo Infinite, 'LEGO 2K Drive' Battle Passes Won't Feature Time Limits
2K has detailed how it'll be handling post-launch support for the upcoming Lego 2K Drive, and we quite like the sound of what they're going for here. As is the norm nowadays a battle pass system will feature, but just like the way 343i handled Halo Infinite, the racer's passes won't be time limited. So far, four total 'seasons' have...
Thursday4th May 2023
News Xbox's Phil Spencer: 'I'm Upset With Myself' Over Redfall Launch
"There's nothing that's more difficult for me than disappointing the Xbox community"
As you may have already seen, Xbox Boss Phil Spencer has earlier today taken part in a very candid interview with the Kinda Funny Xcast crew over on YouTube. As we're still very much into Redfall's launch week, the game was of course a hot topic on the show, and its...
News Xbox Boss Insists Microsoft Will Deliver A Packed Schedule Of Releases
"We've got collections of games coming"
The Xbox Series X|S generation has had a lot of exciting moments, but there's also been a lot of delays and a lot of waiting for releases. So, when will Microsoft actually start getting more games out the door on a regular basis? Speaking on the Kinda Funny Games Xcast, Microsoft's head of gaming Phil Spencer...
Video Check Out Star Wars Jedi: Survivor's Frame Rate Update For Xbox
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor had some performance hiccups at launch, but EA and Respawn Entertainment have now improved the overall experience in the first major update for Xbox. After arriving yesterday, YouTube channel 'ElAnalistaDeBits' has now uploaded a comparison showing off the current patch against the launch version of the game on...
News Phil Spencer Says Xbox 'Needs To Improve' Its Development Process
"I think we need to improve on engaging in games that are midway through production"
In a first appearance since the launch of Redfall, Xbox Boss Phil Spencer today featured on a Kinda Funny podcast to discuss the state of Xbox moving forward. Naturally, the discussion quickly moved to Redfall's launch and how Xbox might go about navigating its...
Video Redfall Xbox Series X Vs. Xbox Series S Vs. PC Comparison
Here's how the console versions compare to PC
A lot has been said about Arkane's decision to launch Redfall at 30FPS on console - even if a 60FPS performance patch is planned for a future update. With all the talk surrounding the game's technical details, we decided to put together a comparison video showcasing how each platform compares from a...
News Striking Action RPG 'Ravenlok' Is Available Today With Xbox Game Pass (May 4)
Welcome to your latest Game Pass PSA! Today, we have colourful action RPG Ravenlok hitting the library following Redfall's arrival earlier this week on May 2nd. Early reviews for Ravenlok hit the web last night, which we covered in our latest roundup. Check that out down below if you'd like an idea of what to expect from Ravenlok on Xbox G
News Xbox Console Exclusive 'Planet Of Lana' Gets May Release Date On Game Pass
Just a few weeks to go!
Planet of Lana has been on our Game Pass radar for some time, but until recently, the game hasn't had a nailed on release date. Well, we're pleased to reveal that this gorgeous 2D adventure is coming to Xbox Game Pass on May 23, 2023. For now, this is an Xbox console exclusive as well, with it being added to the library...
News Xbox Announces Extended Showcase 2023 Featuring 'In-Depth Interviews' & More
"Focused on the news from our Xbox Games Showcase"
Yesterday, Microsoft revealed even more information on this summer's Xbox Games Showcase including the exact date and time it all kicks off next month. Also tucked into the team's announcement post was a little note on this year's 'Xbox Games Showcase Extended' which is now confirmed to be returning...
News Free Play Days: Try These Xbox Games For Free (May 4-7)
Included with Xbox Live Gold & Game Pass Ultimate
Microsoft is treating us to four Xbox Free Play Days titles this weekend, including strategic RPG For The King which is pictured up above. A couple of the other offerings this week are part of Xbox Game Pass, but still, they're here if you only subscribe to Xbox Live Gold and want to play them over...
News Xbox Game Pass Chiller 'Amnesia: The Bunker' Looks Scary As Hell In New Gameplay Demo
Here's an extended look at the horror title
It might not be October just yet, but Xbox is bringing the spooks to Game Pass this month! Yep, Frictional Games' seminal horror series returns in just a few short weeks when Amnesia: The Bunker hits Xbox Game Pass on day one. Ahead of the game's launch, the team has just released 10 minutes of gameplay...
Wednesday3rd May 2023
News 'Chrono Odyssey' Is A Jaw-Dropping Fantasy RPG Launching On Xbox Series X And S
This looks absolutely fantastic!
Wow! Rarely are we this taken aback by video game graphics these days but if 'Chrono Odyssey' looks like this when it launches we could be in for a proper visual treat on Xbox. The upcoming fantasy MMORPG has just delivered its first proper gameplay reveal, posted up above, and it looks very next-gen-shiny to us! In...
News Redfall Dev Says The Team Is 'Continuing To Improve' The Xbox Title
"May have had a rocky start, but we're continuing to improve on it"
Redfall has gotten off to a rocky start on Xbox Game Pass so far - evidenced by a substantial amount of glitches already circulating online and on social media. However, the team at Arkane is seemingly already working on improving the shape of the game on Xbox and PC. Arkane...
Guide Xbox Series X Stock: Where To Buy Xbox Series X|S In May 2023
Xbox console stock checker for UK and US
More and more Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles are starting to appear at retail, meaning it's thankfully a little easier to get your hands on one than it was when the console first launched back in 2020. Even so, you might be finding it tricky to find one in stock at just the right time – and that's...
News Microsoft Says To Expect 'New Surprises And First-Looks' From Xbox Games Showcase 2023
"This is the day gamers have been waiting for"
It seems that following Redfall's Game Pass release, Xbox is full speed ahead towards its big summer showcase for 2023. In a new Xbox Wire blog post, the team has revealed the start time for its upcoming showcase, also hinting at plenty of "surprises" for Xbox fans next month. The Xbox Games Showcase...
Roundup Here's What The Critics Are Saying About Ravenlok On Xbox Game Pass
The title hits the library tomorrow, May 4
Ravenlok is looking like an intriguing Xbox Game Pass launch for the month of May, and ahead of its full release tomorrow, some early critic impressions have hit the web. So, here's what folks think about this Xbox Game Pass fantasy adventure in the run up to launch: GameGrin (7.5/10): "Ravenlok
News Saints Row's First Major Content Update Lands On Xbox Next Week
Update: We now have a specific date!
[Update - May 3]: Developer Volition has revealed the official release date for Saints Row's first big content drop! The team's 'The Heist and The Hazardous' paid expansion arrives May 9th, alongside a new map district which is completely free. Read more about the 'Sunshine Springs' map expansion down below...
News Star Wars Jedi: Survivor First Major Patch For Xbox Series X|S Now Live
More patches are on the way
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor hasn't had the smoothest launch across all platforms, but fortunately Respawn has been able to deliver a major update. The first patch for the game includes a series of fixes for Xbox Series X|S as well as PC. On Xbox Series X, the installation file is around 140GB, and this patch update is 7GB...
News Bethesda Will Show 'Tons Of New Gameplay' At Starfield Direct Next Month
"Starfield Direct will invite you inside Bethesda Game Studios"
Well, Microsoft is fully focused on June it seems! The Xbox maker has just dropped even more details about next month's big summer showcase, and now Starfield is getting in on the act as well. Bethesda's Starfield Direct livestream
Random Redfall Players Are Encountering Some Hilarious Glitches On Xbox
Vampires love a good T-pose
Redfall has just hit Xbox Game Pass this week, and admittedly, it hasn't released in the best state - with Xbox and PC players encountering crashes, bugs and all sorts of glitches so far. If you've not run into anything like this yourself just yet, here's a look at what you've potentially been missing out on. Some common...
News Marvel's Midnight Suns Brings 'Excellent Tactical Action' To Xbox One This Month
The title came to Xbox Series X and S last year
2K and developer Firaxis Games have announced a new release date for the last-gen versions of Marvel's Midnight Suns. Last year's excellent Marvel-themed RPG hits Xbox One on May 11th — roughly six months after the game's Xbox Series X|S launch — while the Nintendo Switch version has now been...
News Atomic Heart's First DLC Teased For Summer 2023 Release On Xbox
"Facility 3826 still has many undiscovered places…"
Alt-history first person shooter Atomic Heart made a big splash when it launched straight into Xbox Game Pass back in February, and the dev team isn't done there. The game's first DLC pack has just been teased - now targeting a release "this summer". It is definitely just a tease right now, with...
Tuesday2nd May 2023
News Xbox Players Encouraged To Change Two Camera Settings In Redfall
"You'll instantly have a much better experience"
Redfall's Xbox Game Pass launch has finally arrived, and in and amongst a range of initial impressions, players have started to mess around with the in-game settings to make for a smoother experience all round. Much has been said abo
News These Five Games Are Coming To Xbox Game Pass (May 2-11)
The latest official roundup of new titles
Microsoft has officially announced the first batch of Xbox Game Pass May 2023 games, which obviously includes today's addition of Redfall, along with the likes of Ravenlok and Weird West among others. <related ids="148852"> Here's the full list of games coming to Xbox Game Pass in early-mid May 2023:...
Review Redfall - Arkane's Undead Experiment Brings Mixed Results To Xbox Game Pass
After multiple delays, and the somewhat controversial decision to launch on current-gen consoles at a locked 30FPS, Arkane Studios has finally managed to get Redfall out the door and into the hands of Xbox Game Pass players. This is a game we’ve been really digging the style of from what we’ve seen in pre-release footage, with its...
Roundup Here's What The Critics Think Of Redfall On Xbox Game Pass
It's a bit of a bloodbath!
Redfall is now officially available on Xbox Series X|S and Game Pass, and as you've probably seen it's shocking in all sorts of ways... We've already shared our own review here on Pure Xbox - concluding Redfall is "not bad" with a six out of ten score: "If you come at it looking for a chilled out bit of vampire hunting...
News Another Five Games Will Leave Xbox Game Pass Soon (May 15)
The first batch of departures for May
[Update - 2:15pm] Xbox has officially confirmed the next batch of Game Pass leavers, and it's actually slightly different to what the app first said. According to Microsoft's proper roundup, My Friend Pedro is not leaving yet, with Her Story instead departing this month. We've updated the table to reflect the...
News Microsoft Introduces New Xbox Game Pass 'Friend Referral Program'
"Give up to five friends a free 14-day PC Game Pass trial"
Microsoft has today announced a brand new program to try and entice new players to try out its Game Pass service. The new 'Friend Referral Program' — as it's known — allows current Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass players to gift up to five 14-day PC Game Pass trials to friends...
Deals 600+ Games Included In This Week's Xbox Sales (May 2-9)
Another batch of promotions now live
Last week saw an absolutely huge selection of games discounted across Xbox Live, with Friday's Golden Week Sale still ongoing at the time of writing. That hasn't stopped Microsoft adding even more discounts though, with another big batch of sales going live today across multiple new promotions. <related...
Deals All 15+ Backwards Compatible Games In This Week's Xbox Sales (May 2-9)
May the force be with you
Xbox has just unleashed another huge list of digital deals for the week ahead, and as per usual, it includes a batch of backwards compatible games available at dirt cheap prices. A lot of this week's offers are for old school Star Wars titles, as Microsoft has just set a 'May the 4th Sale' live - including the pictured...
News Redfall Is Available Today With Xbox Game Pass (May 2)
Included with your subscription
If you've somehow managed to miss this over the last few hours, Redfall is now available on Xbox Game Pass. Arkane's new vampiric looter shooter has arrived on the service day one - across Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC. Reviews and impressions started to hit the web late last night, including our own written...
News Titanfall Game Director Working On 'Something New' At EA
"The mission is to find the fun in something new"
In a new interview with outlet Axios, veteran Respawn Entertainment developer Vince Zampella discussed everything going on behind the scenes at the EA-owned studio. The team has only just launched Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, but it seems to have lots of other projects in the works already. Indeed,...
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Feature The Full List Of New Xbox Games Releasing In May 2023
All the release dates you need to know
Welcome to our roundup of all new Xbox games coming out in May 2023! Below, we've listed every Xbox game with a May 2023 release date, including all confirmed Xbox Game Pass releases so far. Without further ado, here are all the new games coming to Xbox in May 2023: The Biggest New Releases Coming To Xbox...
Guide Microsoft Rewards: How To Claim 2000 Bonus Points On Xbox In May 2023
Your Monthly Bonus Round instructions
It's that time again! We're big fans of the Microsoft Rewards program here at Pure Xbox, which allows you to complete tasks in order to earn redeemable points which can be spent on gift cards, donations and much more. May 2023's "Monthly Bonus Round" challenge has just begun, and by satisfying a few...
News New Xbox Dashboard Featuring More Background Space Unveiled
After months of testing, Microsoft has finally unveiled what a new Xbox dashboard could look like with its latest Xbox Insider 'Home experience'. The new home screen layout, pictured above, is arriving for Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha Insider rings later this week. Most notably, the new dashboard finally allows for a bit more...
Guide Microsoft Rewards: How To Complete May's 'Vy For Victory With Game Pass' Punch Card
500 points for three achievements
It's Microsoft Rewards time! In addition to the new May 2023 Monthly Bonus Round punch card on Xbox, we've got a second punch card yet again this month in which you can acquire an extra 500 points fairly easily. The punch card is called "Vy For Victory With Game Pass" and requires you to obtain three achievements...
News New Xbox Game Pass Ad Reminds Us Of What's Coming In 2023 And Beyond
There are some amazing titles inbound
On the eve of Redfall's big first party release, Microsoft has dropped a brand new advert showcasing everything new on Xbox Game Pass. The short clip, posted up above, mostly highlights recent and upcoming releases for the service, including the aforementioned Redfall, Minecraft Legends and Hi-Fi RUSH alongside...
News Xbox Game Pass Players Are 'Heading For New Zealand' To Play Redfall Early
Making the virtual trip?
It's that time once again! On the eve of Redfall's big Xbox Game Pass launch, players are discovering that with a simple settings change they can play the game a full 12 hours early. Yep, Arkane's new vampiric looter shooter has officially landed in New Zealand, which means that the nation is about to fill up with Xbox Game...
News 'The Last Case Of Benedict Fox' Is Getting Mixed Feedback On Xbox Game Pass
Critics on board, fans not so much
You'd be forgiven for missing it, but yes, The Last Case of Benedict Fox is now available on Xbox Game Pass, and has been so for the last few days. While the indie metroidvania was quite hyped up before release, it arrived just as Star Wars Jedi: Survivor was launching, which certainly hasn't helped with visibility...
News EA Details Major Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Update, Here Are The Full Patch Notes
Coming to Xbox tomorrow, May 2
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is here, and while Respawn's current-gen-only adventure hasn't had the smoothest of launches so far, multiple patches are already in the works across all platforms. The first Xbox post-launch update is locked and loaded, ready to release tomorrow, May 2nd. Here are the full patch notes, which...
Talking Point Have You Been Enjoying Star Wars Jedi: Survivor On Xbox?
How has your experience been so far?
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor dropped late last week, with fans of a galaxy far, far away now having a good weekend to get stuck into EA's latest franchise entry. It doesn't appear to have been the smoothest launch of all time, but critics were very impressed with what Respawn Entertainment delivered in its sequel to...
News Xbox Reveals 'Sunkissed Vibes' Official Controller To Launch This Month
Turn up the heat
Xbox has unveiled its second collaboration with nail polish brand OPI, although this time it's geared more towards gamers luckily for us. While last year's Spring Collection collab brought 'gaming inspired' nail colour options for OPI fans, this year's effort has spawned a brand new themed Xbox controller. The 'Sunkissed Vibes'...
News Indie Fishing Hit 'DREDGE' Gets 2023 Roadmap With Lots Of Content Coming To Xbox
Year-round fishing trip
DREDGE has been a breakout hit for 2023 so far, with this spooky fishing sim taking the seas by storm since its Xbox arrival in late March. Well, the good news is that even more content is coming to the title throughout the year, as Black Salt Games unveils its 2023 DREDGE roadmap. The first free update drops later this...
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