The final version of Android 11 is finally here and although it brings with it some new features and technologies, most of them are for the quality of life changes and they are not really groundbreaking.
Still, there is a lot to be excited about Android’s new iteration, and today, I am going to go over all of the things that you need to know about the new update.
People, Privacy, Controls
In Google’s official developer blog, the company didn’t introduce any groundbreaking features, but instead, they focused more on the overall experience. That is why you can expect a lot of quality of life improvements in the new release.
The new update is centered around PPC or People, Privacy, and Controls. The ‘People’ aspect of it revolves around communication and how to make it easier for you to see and reply to any messages that you may have received.
For ‘Privacy’, Google has given more granular control to the user in that you can allow certain apps to run with full permissions only for one time and that permission will be revoked after use. If that application is ever used again, the OS will prompt you to do the same.
While that new feature might seem cumbersome, it is actually quite useful, especially since applications will no longer be able to give data back to its servers when it is not being asked.
Lastly, the ‘Control’ part of the equation provides you with the ability to turn on or enable your smart home devices. If you have a smart lock, for example, you are given the chance to unlock it using your smartphone.
That is basically Android 11 in a nutshell, but of course, I will give you more details about the new features in the next part of the article.
You can always expect new things coming in every operating system update and in Android 11, the features are more centered around quality of life and ease of use.
Here are just some of the most useful features that the new update provides:
This was implemented in the earlier betas and I am glad that Google has finally polished this.
By now, you’ve probably used (or are still using) Facebook Messenger as a means of communicating with your friends and family, right? Well, think of ‘Bubbles’ as similar to the chat bubbles that the said application makes- the only difference is that it now houses all of the supported messaging apps.
For instance, if you’ve received a text and if someone from your Skype list has messaged you at the same time, each entry will be placed inside that bubble and once you tap on it, you will be presented with different bubbles similar to how Facebook Messenger shows it. This allows you to quickly and easily reply to each person without any hassles.
In the previous versions of Android, whenever you receive notifications, it will just present you a bunch of different stuff and they appear in the order that you receive them. This presents the problem of clutter and you might not be able to go to the most important messages that you need to attend to.
Well, in Android 11, notifications are now categorized based on the nature of said notifications. The three categories are Conversations, Alerting, and Silent.
Conversations are any notifications that come from your messaging apps, so if there are multiple people messaging you all at once, all of those new notifications will be bunched up under this category.
In the ‘Alerting’ section, these are just the usual alerts that different apps will give you. For example, if you’ve used a ride-hailing app to call a cab, any notifications that it produces will be placed under the Alerting tab.
Finally, the Silent notifications are usually system notifications that most users will just ignore anyway. The beauty about creating this section, though, is if there is something that you want to know, say, how much battery you have left, you can still see it just by looking under this section.
Alerting and Silent notifications can be set to not notify or produce a sound whenever you receive new ones, so this saves you the trouble of not looking at your phone all of the time just to see if someone messaged you or not.
So, you looked at your notification shade and because there are so many different things, you swiped some of the notifications away. But, this also presents the possibility that you may have accidentally swiped away a certain notification that you should have read.
Well, the new update actually helps you find that particular notification and more thanks to the nifty Notification History.
Notification History basically records all of the notifications you have received in the past 24 hours so that you can get back at them whenever you have the time or if you have accidentally removed them from your notifications panel.
This feature is turned off by default, so if you want to enable it, you should go to Settings->Apps & Notifications->Notification History. From there, you just toggle the option.
4.Better Media Controls
In the previous version of Android, every time there is media playing in the background, you can just swipe down your notifications shade and you can play or pause your music from there. The problem with this implementation is that you can accidentally close the app if you are swiping away certain notifications.
Well, to prevent that from happening, any music or video that is currently playing will now have its small interface placed under the quick settings menu.
The cool thing about this is that you can do a lot more things now. You can launch the application from there, skip to a particular time frame in the song that you are currently listening to, as well as many others.
I actually love this implementation and I am pretty sure that you will. Now, I do not have to remove my wireless headphones if I want to pause my music track because I can do that quickly and easily.
The screen recorder app was actually an implementation in Android 10 but Google decided to not include it in the final release because of apparent bugs that needed ironing out.
Thankfully, Google has finally released a working version alongside the new update and you can now enable screen recording from the quick settings menu.
Keep in mind that this is a rather simple recorder, so if you want more specific features, you will have to download a dedicated app for that.
But, for most intents and purposes, the default screen recorder should satisfy most users.
6.Smart Device Control
A lot of people are getting smart home devices now and because the ecosystem has developed considerably over the years, Google has decided to make things so much easier for people that have them.
You are now given an entire interface dedicated to controlling the different smart devices in your home and all you have to do is long-press the power button and that’s it.
Keep in mind that your smartphone would have to be connected to the same home network so that you have the ability to control all of your smart devices.
7.Granular App Permissions
There is always an issue about privacy whenever you use any mobile device that is connected to the internet, but the good thing is that Google now gives more granular control to the user, especially when it comes to app permissions.
Whenever you run an application, the OS will ask you whether you should give it full access all of the time or give it just a one-time pass. If you’ve chosen the latter, if you run the same app again, you will be presented with the same menu again.
In addition to more granular control, the operating system will also revoke all app permissions for applications that haven’t been run for quite some time.
8.Auto-Enable Dark Theme Based on Time
In the previous version of Android, Google has finally implemented a system-wide dark mode that you can enable in your phone’s settings. The problem was that it is just a simple toggle and that’s about it.
Well, with Android 11, you can now set the phone to enable dark mode based either on a certain time of day or a specific time that you’ve set.
For instance, you can have the phone enable the said mode if the sun sets and it will turn on light mode again during the morning.
You might not use this feature, but it is certainly a godsend for people that want to rest their eyes at night without having to manually enable or disable dark mode.
Have you ever wanted to share something that you’ve found on your newsfeed? I am pretty sure that you have and while you want to share it with your friends and family, it might be cumbersome to do so, especially if you have installed a lot of apps on your mobile device.
The new update has brought a nifty feature called ‘Share Sheet’ and it basically provides you with an interface that places all of your most-used apps conveniently so that you can share the things that you want to share quickly and easily.
The Google Assistant has become quite useful in its latest iteration and because the company deems is quite useful now, you can enable a feature called Voice Access to pretty much allow you to control your smartphone or tablet using only the power of your voice.
This feature is turned off by default so you will have to enable it in your phone’s settings. This new thing is not too polished, but I am pretty sure that Google will iron the kinks out in the future.
11.Control Android Auto Wirelessly
Android Auto is definitely quite useful, especially if you have connected your phone to your car. While Google Pixel devices can connect to any new car wirelessly, other phones will have to be connected in a different way.
Thankfully, Google has made your life easier because it now supports all other Android devices to connect to your car wirelessly. This is definitely some good news for Android Auto users!
Any person that is running a Google Pixel smartphone should receive a notification to download the new update. But, the good news is that, for the first time, Android 11 is also releasing in other smartphones as well.
Companies like OnePlus, Oppo, Xiaomi, and Realme will also receive the new update in some of their mid-range and high-end devices, so if you are using, say, a OnePlus Nord, for example, you should also receive a notification to get Android 11 as well.
All other Android phones will have to wait a little longer until their respective companies will receive the update, but it should be within a month or two.
iOS 14 is Finally Here- Everything You Need to Know
The iOS 14 beta was first introduced back in June 2020 but on September 16, Apple has released the final version of the ever-popular mobile operating system that is placed at the heart of your Apple iPhone.
Just like Android 11, iOS 14 can be construed as an incremental upgrade but there are some noteworthy improvements that you will surely love.
Today, I am going to go over everything you need to know about Apple’s new mobile operating system and find out what new features you might like using immediately.
When you swipe right on the homescreen a couple of times, you will be presented with a new feature called the App Library. Think of this as Apple’s implementation of an app drawer (that is a mainstay in Android Devices).
All of the applications that are found in the App Library are neatly categorized for your convenience. Here, you can find all of your folders and some app folder suggestions as well.
Apple understands that iPhone homescreens can get really cluttered, and so, the company has provided users with the ability to stack the same type of apps into a single folder.
Furthermore, depending on the time of day, the operating system can suggest certain apps that you might like to use at that moment.
For example, the OS might suggest that you use a music streaming app if you want to jog a couple of laps while listening to your favorite music.
Apple was heavily criticized for not giving users the freedom to add widgets to the homescreen. Well, that has changed in iOS 14.
Now, users have the ability to add any widgets that they like on the homescreen. Not only that but these widgets provide useful information right off the bat so that you can simply glance at the particular widget to find out the current weather conditions, for instance.
You can add as many widgets as you want and you can also resize them a little bit, though its implementation is not as extensive as the Android ecosystem.
People often use Siri as a means of enabling almost hands-free access to their iPhones. Well, in iOS 14, Siri is vastly improved- both in its AI technology and the things that it can do.
You can make use of Siri to craft messages for you, call specific people, translate foreign languages (more on this later), block possible incoming calls, and so much more.
In addition to what I’ve said, Siri also doesn’t take up the entire screen anymore. Instead, you can look for Siri in a small globe icon that is usually situated at the bottom of the display.
This feature was first implemented on iPads, but you can also enjoy picture-in-picture mode on your iPhone as well.
This allows you to play videos on the background while you are face timing someone which is pretty awesome.
Think of App Clips as Apple’s implementation of Android’s Instant Apps. Basically, you get a hold of some specific app features without actually having to download and install the said app.
For example, you can purchase a coffee from Starbucks just by scanning a particular code. This alleviates the need for downloading the company’s specific app just for the same job.
Not a lot of applications support this as of yet but expect that more and more of them will be supported in the future.
7.iMessage Has New Features
Apple’s Messages app has plenty of new features that you will really love using frequently. First is the ability to pin any important messages within a conversation. You can pin messages just by swiping a particular part of the conversation to the right. The pinned comment can be placed on your homescreen for convenience.
Aside from that, you now have the ability to reply to a specific message within the conversation via inline replies.
Have you ever used Facebook Messenger and you want to mute notifications from certain group chats but still want to get notified if your name is mentioned at any point in the conversation?
Well, that specific feature is also now available on the Messages app as well. This is a great feature if you want to mute notifications from your group chats but you still want to get notified if you’re ever given a special mention.
To mention any person within the chat group, all you have to do is use the ‘@’ symbol and a list of names should pop up. Just tap on the person that you want to shoutout and the app should do the rest.
Lastly, if photos are uploaded to the group chat, you can add an image overlay on top of it or you can add some cute emojis to make it more fun and lively.
Memojis are nothing new, but the iOS 14 introduces some new ones, including new headwear, hairstyles, stickers, and so much more.
Moreover, Apple has done a pretty good job of making Memojis even more expressive than ever before!
WatchOS 7 was released in the same window as iOS 14 and because of that, you can expect some integrations with Apple Smartwatches as well.
The new health app not only allows you to use your Apple Watch’s sleep tracking feature, but it also records some important data that you can use to relay to your physician to give you a general idea of your overall health.
10.Improved Weather App
The default weather app in iOS 14 also gets some major improvements, including the ability to give you notifications and more information about upcoming severe weather systems, improved forecast accuracy, precipitation readings, and so much more.
You can use your Apple Watch to help provide you with clear routes if you intend to use a bike to go to work. Although this doesn’t work in all cities all over the world, Apple intends to add support for more cities sometime in the near future.
12.Digital Car Keys
This unique feature not only unlocks your car doors but it can also be used as a means of starting your car’s engine as well.
Not all new cars are supported, however, so if you want to use this feature, make sure that you have a compatible vehicle.
In addition, when the u1 chip is released next year, you can also unlock your car doors without having the phone with you (but you will need an Apple Watch that is tethered to your phone for this to work).
You will find a new Translate app when you install the new update. The beauty of this application is that you can use its extensive features even when you are not connected to your home network.
This means that if you’re talking to your friend that doesn’t speak the local language, you can use the app to have things translated for you and you can also use its conversations feature so that the translated text can be spoken out loud for your friend to hear (and understand).
Furthermore, you can use your Apple Watch to do the same thing as well since it, too, has its own translate app.
Every time you fire up an application that sends or requires user data, that application must provide you with a heads up if they’re going to do those things. You are given the power to either provide access to that application or deny permissions.
In addition to that, you will see a colored dot that indicates whether your camera or your microphone is in use (green for the camera and orange for the microphone, respectively).
15.Set Default Apps
Apple has finally given you the freedom to choose your own default apps. At the time of writing, you can only set your default web browser and mail application, but the company is set to add support for more applications moving forward.
If you are using the Airpods Pro and you are also using other Bluetooth devices as well, now you can switch between the said devices seamlessly thanks to an automatic switching ability.
Airpods Pro users can also enjoy the improved spatial audio feature which essentially provides you with an even more immersive listening experience.
If you’ve been using the same password in almost all of your accounts using an iPhone, iOS 14 introduces a new password monitoring system that will alert you to change passwords whenever it detects any data breach that could compromise your data.
The best thing that you can do is to use a password manager like LastPass so that you will only have to remember a single master password for all of your passwords.
How to Get the New Update?
So, which devices are supported? Well, any iPhone that is above the iPhone 6 is supported. This means that from the iPhone 6s to the newest Apple iPhone SE should receive a notification to download the latest update.
WatchOS 7- New Features and Everything You Need to Know
Apple’s smartwatch operating system is now on its 7th iteration and although it doesn’t have grandiose features, there are some notable ones nonetheless.
Today, I am going to go over the new features and everything you need to know about WatchOS 7.
The new Apple smartwatch operating system will debut with the release of the Apple Watch 6 but it will also be available on a handful of older generation Apple watches as well.
Anyway, there aren’t a lot of big features included in the new update, but there are some notable ones. Here are just some of them:
1.Watch Faces and Complications
There isn’t a lot of flexibility when it comes to watch faces on Apple smartwatches and that is because the company didn’t make it open source, which means that other developers cannot chime in with their own designs.
But despite the fact that support is limited only to the company, Apple is going to be releasing some new watch faces soon that will not only make your watch look very interesting but it will also add new features and information that will surely be useful to you.
Aside from new watch faces, app developers can also make use of watch complications via a new API. That means that you can use your Apple smartwatch to find out more information about current events, weather, sports, and many others.
For example, if you are going to run a weather app, the said application can provide information about the weather condition, as well as the wind speed, temperature, etc.
2.Sleep Tracking and Wind Down Mode
Apple watches have become one of the most reliable sleep tracking devices for quite some time now and it has only been improved in the new update.
WatchOS 7 provides you with a more robust ‘Sleep’ app that can help you track your sleeping habits and provide you with some tips on how to help improve the quality of your sleep.
You will be able to set your own sleeping time, though you are encouraged to sleep at night (which can be a problem for people who are working in graveyard shifts).
To complement the Sleep app, there is also a Wind Down mode that basically mutes all incoming notifications until the time you’re supposed to wake up. This also means that the watch will not accidentally turn its lighting on whenever you flick your wrist or make watch gestures.
With the use of the watch’s different sensors, the application can record some important metrics that can help you improve your overall sleeping patterns. This is great for people that are not getting the right amount and quality of sleep.
One of the best ways to kill the Covid-19 virus is to do frequent handwashing. But, it is not just a mere gesture of wetting your hands with water and putting a little bit of soap and be done with it because there are some set rules that you have to follow to make it even more effective.
As a general rule, you should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. I think by now, you know the basic principles of handwashing, albeit you have to do it 20 seconds at a time.
To help you instill good handwashing habits, the WatchOS 7 can use an Apple Watch’s motion sensors, built-in AI, and microphone to ensure that you are doing it correctly.
If it senses that you are done before the 20-second mark, it will remind you to continue washing your hands.
In addition, the watch will also remind you to wash your hands again once you come home from work or from somewhere else.
It is always a good idea to strengthen your immune system and one way to do that would be to increase your daily physical activities.
The new update brings with it a new fitness app that includes four additional activities that you can track using your Apple Watch.
If you are a fan of dancing, the new fitness app can help you track a lot of popular dance routines, including Hip-hop, Latin, Bollywood, and so much more.
Aside from dance tracking, you also have options for functional strength training and core training. It is said that resistance training not only helps build muscle but it can also be good for your general health as well.
Lastly, you can also track your cooldown regimen as well. This includes some stretching and things that you can do to maximize your time after working out.
According to the WHO, people should not exceed listening to music at 80 decibels for more than 40 hours a week. Otherwise, your hearing will be compromised.
To help protect your ears, the new WatchOS 7 can send you timely notifications to remind you to stop listening to loud music once you’ve reached the 40-hour mark (this could be in a span of one week).
I think that most people are not going to go beyond that limit anyway, but it is still a nice feature if you forget to rest your ears.
If you are using wireless headphones, you will hear a chime that will notify you when you are close to the said limit.
As part of physical distancing measures, people are encouraged to ride a bike to work instead of taking public transport (this is assuming that you do not have your own car).
If you are riding a bike to work, the new feature can help plot a course that will help make your travel more seamless.
For instance, if there is a huge stairway in your path, your Apple smartwatch can plot a different course for you to take for a smoother ride.
Of course, it should go without saying that this feature is only available for LTE versions of the Apple Watch as this thing will require continuous internet connectivity to work.
7.Translation and an Improved Siri
Siri, Apple’s own AI assistant, has been vastly improved. This time, you are able to send voice-to-text commands right on your Apple Smartwatch and you can use that feature to help you translate some foreign words to your chosen language.
For instance, if you want to know the Japanese term for ‘hello’, you can say that to Siri and she will not only translate that for you but she will also say it out loud so that you will know how it is said correctly.
This is a nifty feature, especially if you are talking to some foreign clients and you want a quick way to know the meaning of certain words that you are not familiar with.
How to Get the Update?
The new WatchOS 7 is now available only for select Apple smartwatches. This means that your unit should be at least Apple Watch 3, Apple Watch 4, Apple Watch Series 5, and the new Apple Watch SE. Apple Watch 6, as mentioned earlier, already comes with the new operating system so you do not have to worry about anything.
There are three ways to get the update. The first one would be to open up the Watch application on your iPhone. Next, tap ‘General’ and you will find the option to install a ‘Software Update’.
Alternatively, you can also do the update process directly on your Apple smartwatch as well. To do this, head on over to Settings->General->Software Update.
Apple is employing a staggered rollout which means that you might not get notified even though the update is already available for download. The above steps can be done in order to force the watch to get the new update.
If you are patient, you can go with the third approach and just wait for the notification that will prompt you to download the new update.
There are a few things that you have to remember before initiating the update. First, you need to be connected to your WiFi router as the update will not push through if you are using an LTE connection.
Second, your Apple Watch must at least have 50% of battery before downloading and installing the update to ensure that the device won’t turn off during the entire process.
Third, do not touch the watch while it is updating. Let the entire thing install first before you can use the watch again. It is vital that the entire process is not interrupted, otherwise, you could experience a lot of issues.
The WatchOS 7 is an iterative update, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have some exciting and important features.
I am really happy about the Watch faces and complications because it just provides you with a much better user experience, especially since app developers can now introduce more watch-specific features to the masses.
The sleep tracking, handwashing, hearing, and fitness applications help you improve your overall health, especially since we are still under the effects of a global pandemic.
I also find maps and Siri’s translation services to be quite useful as well, so there are still a lot of things to be happy about with the new update.
Xbox Series X- When Will It Be Released and What Does It Bring to the Table?
After months of hype and speculations, the Microsoft Xbox Series X has finally been unveiled to the public and we now know a lot more information about the upcoming game console than ever before.
In this article, I will go over the key points that you need to know about Microsoft’s console, such as release dates, pricing, new features and technologies, and so much more.
Release Date and Pricing
The Xbox Series X will be released on November 10 and pre-orders will start as early as September 22. The price of the said game console will be $499 which is in-line with Sony’s Playstation 5 disc edition.
Unlike Sony where the company has decided to employ a staggered release date for its PS5 consoles, the Microsoft Xbox Series X will be released on the same date worldwide. Of course, there is the challenge of availability considering that we are still suffering from a global pandemic, which is why pre-ordering the console (assuming that you want to get one) makes a whole lot of sense.
Unlike previous Xbox consoles, the Series X will actually have a more tower-like design with some air vents that can be visibly seen on top of the device.
The Series X will also feature a 4K Blu-ray player, so you could say that it is indeed quite similar to what Sony has to offer.
As of the time of writing this article, the console will only be available in black, though with the release of prior Xbox consoles, a white-colored Xbox is not too far off.
The more vertical design of the upcoming gaming machine might prove to be challenging for some people, especially when it comes to desk space. You will need to have adequate space to rest the console on the surface.
- CPU: AMD Ryzen Custom Zen 2, 8-cores/16-threads (via SMT) @3.8GHz (boost) and 3.6GHz (base)
- GPU: AMD Custom RDNA 2 GPU with 52 Compute Units, 12 TFLOPS, and @ 1.825GHz
- Process (nodes): 7nm Enhanced
- Memory: 16GB GDDR6, 320-bit Bus, 10GB @ 560GB/s and GB @ 336GB/s memory bandwidth
- Internal Storage: 1GB Custom NVMe SSD, 4.8 GB/s (read) and 2.4 GB/s (write) (both are theoretical values)
- Storage Expansion: 1TB
- External Storage Support: USB 3.2 External HDD
- Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
- Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, up to 120FPS (Theoretical)
I am really very excited about the new-gen consoles because they are packed with serious hardware that allows you to play games at 4K resolution without any issues.
Just like the PS5, the Xbox Series X is also powered by a custom AMD Ryzen CPU (using Zen 2 architecture) and a custom AMD GPU (using the new RDNA2 architecture). This performance package should allow you to play games at 4K@ 60 frames per second ‘comfortably’ (at least according to Microsoft Xbox president, Phil Spencer) and it could even give you the right amount of processing power to achieve more than 60 frames per second (up to 120 frames per second, theoretically).
The CPU, according to Digital Foundry, has a base clock of 3.6GHz and it boosts up to 3.8GHz. The good thing is that the boosting algorithms will only kick in when the console needs more horsepower which can be a good thing both from a performance and thermals standpoint.
It is also worth noting that the new Xbox will support ray tracing. Thus, you can enable such a feature in the games that support it and you will not have to worry about any performance penalties at all since the hardware is more than capable.
This new and upcoming game console will also be using a custom 1TB NVMe SSD which is 100+ GB more than what the PS5 has to offer.
While Spencer didn’t mention anything specific, the SSD that comes in the Xbox Series X should be faster than any consumer SSD that you can find on the market up to this point.
This would mean that if you are going to use its expansion slot to add more storage, you will have to buy an SSD directly from Microsoft if you want to get the best performance possible out of a storage drive.
If you are okay with using an external hard drive, it can support one that is using a USB 3.2 Gen 1 cable.
The optical drive is a 4K Blu-Ray player and each game disc can hold as much as 100GB of storage (though it is more likely that each disc can contain an amount lower than that).
The Microsoft Xbox Series X has a lot of nice features up its sleeve. For one, it has the new Velocity architecture that makes good use of the console’s NVMe SSD, thus virtually eliminating load times.
In line with the said technology, you will also get to enjoy the ‘Quick Resume’ feature where you can pick up right where you left off almost instantly thanks to the use of a new DirectStorage API and Sampler Feedback Streaming (SFS) technologies.
The Xbox Series X will also have VRR or Variable Refresh Rate and Auto Low Latency Mode or ALLM to provide you with a smooth gaming experience. The former will eliminate screen tearing and improve overall frame rates and the latter will ensure that it will use your chosen display’s lowest latency mode for maximum performance.
Because the Playstation 5 can support 8K resolution, Phil Spencer also said that the Microsoft Xbox Series X can also handle that as well, though it remains to be seen if the gaming experience will be somewhat enjoyable, given how taxing the said resolution can be.
Unlike the DualSense controller that comes with the PS5, not much is known about the Series X’s controller. Spencer did say that it will have a slimmer form factor and its D-Pad is vastly improved (to mimic the Xbox Elite controller which is a 3rd-party peripheral).
The rumble motors are reported to make a comeback, though I do not know if it will be a better implementation than the haptics that are embedded in the DualSense controller.
It seems that lowering the latency is one of the top priorities of the company as Spencer said that it will have a Dynamic Latency Input feature that will significantly reduce the input lag of the said controller. Of course, this will be tested in our review once the unit is available.
It is a bit of a disappointment that Halo Infinite, which used to be a launch title, is delayed until 2021. There are still plenty of different games, however, and here are just some of the most notable ones:
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- As Dusk Falls
- Battlefield 6
- Borderlands 3
- Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
- Chivalry 2
- Control: Ultimate Edition
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Dirt 5
- Dragon Age 4
- Dying Light 2
- Far Cry 6
- FIFA 21
- Gears 5
- Hood: Outlaws and Legends
- Hogwarts Legacy
- Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- New Genesis: Phantasy Star Online 2
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Rainbow Six Quarantine
- Resident Evil Village
- Scarlet Nexus
- State of Decay 3
- Watch Dogs: Legion
Backward Compatibility and Xbox Game Pass
A lot of people were disappointed by the fact that the Playstation 5 only supports PS4 games and is not backward compatible with the older generation Playstation consoles. The Microsoft Xbox Series X is different.
You see, it not only supports all of the games from its predecessor’s content portfolio, but it will also support most of the games of the older generation platforms as well. This means that even the original Xbox games are playable on the new game console which is a really good thing.
You would want to register for the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate so that you can unlock all of the games. It is worth noting that by getting the game pass, you also have the privilege of using the company’s xCloud feature that allows you to play Xbox games while you are on the go. Think of this as an improved version of Google Stadia.
I am really impressed with what the Microsoft Xbox Series X has to offer. Aside from its very powerful hardware, its new features and technologies will certainly improve your gaming experience manifold.
By getting the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you get to enjoy your favorite Xbox games while on the go, while also unlocking all of the possible older-generation games that are playable on the new platform.
It remains to be seen if the new controller is better, but I am eager to find out if the new low latency feature can truly decrease input lag by a lot.
Remember that you can already pre-order your own unit today and the console will be officially released on November 10 in all regions. It costs $499.
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