PUBG Reaches 1 Million Players on Xbox One

PUBG Reaches 1 Million Players on Xbox One

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has reached one million players on Xbox One just 48 hours after it’s launch on the Xbox One’s Game Preview program, Microsoft announced Friday.

PUBG launched on Xbox One on Dec. 12 as a console launch exclusive. Microsoft originally announced the deal at E3 2017, with Player Unknown himself Brendan Greene announcing the news at Microsoft’s press conference. Developer Bluehole later went back into talks with Microsoft in October to extend the console exclusivity detail beyond the normal three month window for most exclusive deals.

By comparison, PUBG took 16 days from its Early Access launch to sell one million copies on Steam. PUBG rapidly became a phenomenon within a few months of launch, selling two million copies by May, 10 million copies by September and a staggering 20 million copies by November. The battle royale game is currently previewing its second map, Miramar, on test servers on Steam ahead of its version 1.0 release on Dec. 20.

In celebration of PUBG‘s release on Xbox One, Microsoft will be bundling the game with every Xbox One X purchase this holiday season. The deal is available online and through local Microsoft stores from Dec. 17 to Dec. 31.


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Pixels & Ink – Episode 271: Too Many Teraflops!

Pixels & Ink - Episode 271: Too Many Teraflops!

After a bit of a delay, the Pixels & Ink Podcast team is back in action! This week, Phil Brown, Lisa Mior, and Brendan Frye tackle some big announcements from Paris Games Week and Razer. Naughty Dog stirred up quite a bit of press with the reveal of some in-game footage from the upcoming and highly anticipated The Last of Us 2. Razer introduced their newest member of the Cult of Razer gaming family, the Razer Phone.

In Hollywood news, countless studios are reeling from the fallout of sexual assault allegations against powerful moguls starting with Harvey Weinstein. Another blow was struck last week when Star Trek Discovery star, Anthony Rapp, came forward with allegations of assault and harassment against House of Cards star, Kevin Spacey.

In reviews, Phil discusses Thor: RagnarokThe Killing of a Sacred Dear, and Super Mario Odyssey. Lisa tries to get the team on board with an early look at Animal Crossing Pocket Edition. And Finally, Brendan Frye goes through the ins and outs of the 4K madness machine that is the Xbox One X.

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Bryan Espiritu Designed Xbox One X Available In Toronto

Bryan Espiritu Designed Xbox One X Available In Toronto

Xbox Canada has recruited Toronto based designer and Legends League founder Bryan Espiritu to design five exclusive Xbox One X consoles to coincide with the release of the Frenzy App and the new Xbox One X console.

The best part aside from the very cool designs themselves is the fact that all five of the consoles will be free and up for grabs starting at 4:00 pm at the Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto.

The console designs are based on different parts of the city: the West end, East end. Uptown and Downtown. Each console has been coloured to represent one of the four face buttons present on the Xbox One X controller to celebrate the launch of the system.

Bryan Espiritu is known for his creative talent and his brand IDEALL (Inspiration Driven Esthetic) which over the years transformed into the Legends League brand as it is known by today. His unique art has appeared on everything from New Era hats to Canadian manufactured sweatshirts.

Those wanting to try their hand at winning one of the limited editions consoles should download the Frenzy app (iOS only) and head on down to Trinity Bellwoods Park.


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Halo The Master Chief Collection Set To Receive Xbox One X Support

Halo The Master Chief Collection Set To Receive Xbox One X Support

Looks like Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be getting an update for Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One X console release.

Bonnie Ross, head of 343 Industries talked about the Master Chief Collection and how 343 is planning on upgrading and fixing the title for the Xbox One X console in a stream today. She went on to state that 343 is looking at the release of the One X as an opportunity to crack open the title and make it better than ever.

Bonnie also took the time to talk about 343’s honest approach to communicating with the fans about their games, and the ideas that they have going forward, even the ones that are half-baked, with the main goal of transparency between the studio and fans in mind.

To begin this process, 343 is planning on opening up a new public program for MCC that will allow for iterative patches and updates that test the game in a large-scale environment. 343 promises that the program will launch sometime next Spring.

Hopefully, the program will give 343 valuable insight from fans that can help improve not only the Master Chief Collection but all Halo title titles going forward.


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Limited Edition Minecraft Xbox One S and Day One Edition Xbox One X Announced

Limited Edition Minecraft Xbox One S and Day One Edition Xbox One X Announced

A new Minecraft-inspired Xbox One S has been announced for pre-order beginning today, in addition to the official unveiling of the “Project Scorpio” edition of the forthcoming Xbox One X.

Those interested in the upcoming Minecraft Xbox One S will have to wait till October 3, 2017, when the system becomes available at participating retailers.

The limited edition Xbox One console sports a semi-transparent case and brimstone inspired artwork, ripped straight out of the voxel-filled game.

The other side of the unit dons a classic and iconic grass and dirt design that transforms the already unique looking Xbox One S console into a Minecraft machine.

The design spills on to the controller as well, which features a similar grassy block aesthetic with TNT written on the centre.

The upcoming limited edition console will ship with a 1TB hard drive to give players more than enough storage to fit all their favourite titles on to the console.

The limited edition Xbox One Project Scorpio edition of features mostly the same jet black colour scheme, with the added Project Scorpio branding appearing on the front of the unit.

Additionally, the Project Scorpio branding is also present between the directional pad and the right analog stick on the controller that will ship with the limited edition Xbox One X console.

Like the limited edition Minecraft Xbox One S, the limited edition Project Scorpio Xbox One X is now available for preorder at participating retailers.

It’s no secret that Microsoft and Mojang are long standing partners when it comes to bringing Minecraft related content to the Xbox platform. The new Minecraft-inspired console should prove to be a must-own for serious console Minecraft players.

Microsoft acquired Minecraft and Mojang in 2014 for a whopping $2.5 billion.

The Minecraft edition Xbox One S is available for pre-order for $500 CAD and $399 USD